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Taste of Northside - A Feast and Fundraiser for Northside College Prep!

Join us for a festive evening of food, drink, and live entertainment to benefit NCP!

Purchase tickets, view and purchase sponsorship packages, or make a donation in lieu of attendance today.

Don't Delay - Early bird pricing ends February 17.

Participation at the Sponsorship level contributes directly to the success of the Gala.

Please consider purchasing at a Sponsorship level.

To learn more about the event, click HERE.

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Call for Auction Donations

It’s auction time! This major fundraiser raises critical funds to support Northside. Please help us gather items to include in our online silent auction. Some ideas include:

Sports Tickets: Bears, Bulls, Hawks, Cubs, Sox, Fire, College Teams, or more

Restaurant Gift Cards: Who doesn't love to eat out?

Hotels and Getaways: Local hotels, an apartment in Paris, your home in Michigan, Indiana, or Wisconsin... Also hotels and/or homes in college destinations would be great – Boston, New York, LA, etc.

Unique Experiences: Access to the inaccessible! Backstage pass, on-ice at the Blackhawks, sold-out shows, chef's dinner, Behind the Scenes...

Important Auction Dates:
Online Auction: March 1 - 10
Live Auction at the Party: March 8

To donate, get more information, or volunteer, please email
Kristen Werries Collier, kristenwerriescollier@gmail.com.

Click HERE for the donation form. Print a form and carry it with you. Ask your favorite stores, theaters, and more if they will contribute an item to our auction. It takes just a few minutes, and all dollars raised in the auction make a difference for our school.

You can drop off auction items at school or email the committee HERE. Deadline for submissions is February 16.

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Build a Social Experience for NCP

A fun aspect of our annual Benefit fundraising effort each year is the Parent Parties! Northside families offer to host a party for other Northside parents and families. The host pays for the party, guests pay to attend and the revenue generated from tickets is all donated to Northside. These parties raise $500-$2500 each and are a great opportunity to meet and mingle with other Northside parents. A few ideas are Moms & Margaritas, Poker Night, Wine Tasting, Backyard BBQ, Theme Dinner Party, and more.

Please consider hosting a party like one of those suggested, come up with your own idea, or we can help you put something together. Reach out to Nancy Liljedahl at n.liljedahl@comcast.net if you are interested in hosting or want to brainstorm. Thanks for your support!

Corporate Sponsorship

Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Corporate Sponsorship contributions will be used to underwrite the cost of the 2019 Spring Benefit and enable Friends of Northside to provide more of its financial resources for programs and services for the school not covered by the CPS budget. For sponsorship opportunities and in-kind donations, please contact Matt Schechter, matthew.d.schechter@gmail.com. Click HERE for the sponsorship form.

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We Want Your Photos!

We are putting together a slideshow of our students participating in the many activities that make Northside special. If you have pictures you'd like to be considered for inclusion in the presentation, please forward them to Debra Swan at debra@theswans.net.

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Friday, February 8
8:00 - 10:00 am
Panera Bread, 6059 N. Lincoln Ave.

Join fellow Northside parents at FON's monthly coffee gathering. Stay for as long as your schedule allows.

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20 Hour Art Show

Friday, February 8
7:00 - 10:00 pm
NCP Art Wing

Northside College Prep’s Art Department presents The 20 Hour Show, featuring artwork from over 150 advanced art students.

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This Week in Sports

Come to a game or meet and support our student athletes!

Women' Basketball

▪ Tuesday, February 5, 5:00 pm vs. Payton Prep at NCP

Visit the NCP Athletics website for updates and additional information about Northside teams. Download the 8 to 18 app via iTunes or Android to follow them on your phone.

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NCP Athletic Boosters Meeting - NEW DATE

Wednesday, February 13
7:00 pm
NCP Faculty Lounge

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Spring Musical

The Addams Family

Thursday, February 14, 7:00 pm
Friday, February 15, 7:00 pm
Saturday, February 16, 7:00 pm
Sunday, February 17, 3:00 pm

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Monday, February 18
President's Day

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LSC Meeting

Tuesday, February 19
6:30 pm
NCP Faculty Lounge

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Friends of Northside Meeting

Tuesday, February 26
7:00 pm
NCP Faculty Lounge

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College Planning Night for Juniors

Thursday, February 28
6:00 - 7:30 pm
Auditorium

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STEM Day 2019 - Parent Volunteers Needed!

Saturday, March 16

The event, spearheaded by students, is geared towards elementary-age children. Northside students will have interactive presentations on STEM-related topics for children to partake in.

Adult volunteers are needed for two areas:
1) Mentor Northside students with presentations
2) Provide logistical support to the Planning Committee (e.g. securing food and other materials) and acting as ushers and guides on the actual day.

Please contact Johan Tabora (jntabora@cps.edu) or Ana Vites (amvites@cps.edu) if interested or if you have questions.

All volunteers must be Level II CPS Volunteers.

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Important Deadlines to Note

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Purchase Yearbook Personal Ads for Seniors

All materials are due by Friday, March 17.

Commemorate your student's accomplishments or declare your best wishes with a personal ad in the upcoming Stampede. The prices are:

▪ Full Page $150
▪ Half Page $80
▪ Quarter Page $50

Members of the Stampede can create the ad for you, or you can submit a pre-made ad yourself (photo resolution no less than 600 dpi, please). If you choose to submit a pre-made ad, please also email the digital photos as separate attachments.

Click HERE to download the order form and turn it in to the Main Office with your payment, indicating your preferences. A Stampede member will then contact you to confirm receipt of your request, or to help you create your ad. Checks or money orders (no cash) should be made payable to Northside College Prep.

Questions? Contact Marion McCreedy, Stampede adviser, at mkmccreedy@cps.edu.

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And While We're Talking About Yearbooks...

Order yours now to avoid the March 1 price increase!

Yearbooks were not included as an item on the school fee schedule this year.

To purchase a yearbook please click the link below and follow the directions.
1) Click HERE
2) Enter code 4187219

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Juniors - Class of 2020! Save the Dates!

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Donate Your Sewing Machine

Ms. Woodruff is hoping to run a sewing colloquium this spring but needs sewing machines. If you have a sewing machine you can donate, please contact Ms. Woodruff at jwoodruff@cps.edu.

Thank you to everyone who has donated a sewing machine. And thank you to SewVacDirect who is donating 2 brand new machines!

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Travel this Spring with Northside

Spring Break 2019 Trip to the Grand Canyon

Students will have a chance to connect with the majesty of our National Park system. We will spend 5 nights in the Grand Canyon camping, hiking, stargazing, and learning wilderness skills. Students will participate in a second-semester colloquium to prepare them for the trip. Trip sponsors and chaperones include Ms. Qazi, Ms. Schaldenbrand, and Mr. Barry Smith. Approximate cost: $1,000 (includes flight, food, and lodging).

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Parking Lot Safety and Procedures

Our NCP school parking lot is a busy place before and after school. Families dropping off and picking up students are asked to be mindful of both safety and courtesy. Please assist us by ensuring that traffic lanes stay clear during drop-off and pick-up times. Pulling over to the curb on the right as your student enters or exits your vehicle keeps students safe and traffic flow efficient.

Please remember that ALL VEHICLES MUST EXIT ONTO KEDZIE. You may enter the parking lot from Kedzie or Bryn Mawr, but regardless of where you enter, all cars must exit onto Kedzie. For the safety of our students and the rest of the Northside community, please do not exit onto Bryn Mawr.

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CPS Volunteer Requirements

According to CPS policy, anybody who is going to be in contact with students must be approved as a CPS volunteer. There are two levels of volunteers, Level 1 and Level 2.

Level II Volunteers

(This process can be completed in a day & is required even of volunteers for Friends of Northside events)
A fingerprint criminal background check is not required for Level II Volunteers.

A Level II Volunteer is:

1. A parent providing supervised volunteer service in their child’s school or classroom for less than 10 hours/week;
2. Any individual providing volunteer service for less than 5 hours/week at a school where s/he does not have a child enrolled;
3. An individual providing incidental volunteer service with no ongoing individualized interaction with a student(s) including those who speak at a class/assembly, judge academic competitions, give musical performance, participate in the “Principal for a Day” program, job shadowing event or other one-time event provided where there is direct supervision of the activity/event by regular school employees;
4. A parent accompanying his/her child’s class on a one-day field trip or another type of extracurricular activity that does not involve an overnight stay; and/or
5. An individual providing volunteer service on projects/activities involving no or nominal contact with children (home-based volunteer activities, volunteers serving at Central or Network office).
1. A parent providing supervised volunteer service in their child’s school or classroom for less than 10 hours/week;
2. Any individual providing volunteer service for less than 5 hours/week at a school where s/he does not have a child enrolled;
3. An individual providing incidental volunteer service with no ongoing individualized interaction with a student(s) including those who speak at a class/assembly, judge academic competitions, give musical performance, participate in the “Principal for a Day” program, job shadowing event or other one-time event provided where there is direct supervision of the activity/event by regular school employees;
4. A parent accompanying his/her child’s class on a one-day field trip or another type of extracurricular activity that does not involve an overnight stay; and/or
5. An individual providing volunteer service on projects/activities involving no or nominal contact with children (home-based volunteer activities, volunteers serving at Central or Network office).

Level I Volunteers

(Please allow 8-12 weeks for the entire process)
A fingerprint criminal background check is required for all Level I Volunteers.

A Level I volunteer is:

1. A parent providing volunteer service in their child’s school or classroom for 10 or more hours/week;
2. An individual providing volunteer service for 5 or more hours/week at a school where s/he does not have a child enrolled; and/or
3. Any individual chaperoning an overnight school-sponsored trip, regardless of the hours/week that the volunteer serves (See also the Student Travel Policy).
1. A parent providing volunteer service in their child’s school or classroom for 10 or more hours/week;
2. An individual providing volunteer service for 5 or more hours/week at a school where s/he does not have a child enrolled; and/or
3. Any individual chaperoning an overnight school-sponsored trip, regardless of the hours/week that the volunteer serves (See also the Student Travel Policy).

To become a volunteer, please visit CPS' Volunteer website and follow the instructions. There is also a link on Northside's website on the Parents page Northside Volunteers.

Assistant Principal Kaitlin O'Hare is Northside's Volunteer Coordinator. After applying to become a volunteer, you must visit the school and show Ms. O'Hare your ID, so she can approve you to move forward in the volunteer process. For Level II volunteers, that is the only step you must take. For Level I, you will receive further instructions from CPS.

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Check out The HoofBeat, Northside's online newspaper, to get NCP news from the student perspective!

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What is FAN?

FAN is Family Action Network, an organization which connects parents, educators, and professionals through collaborative programming that educates, inspires, and positively impacts the broader community. Nearly every week during the school year there will be a dynamic and important speaker, discussing the issues that interest you.

FAN events are free to all.

Coming Up

Reach for Greatness: Education in the Age of Smart Machines

Yong Zhao, Ph.D.
Foundation Distinguished Professor, School of Education, University of Kansas. Author of over 30 books, including Catching Up or Leading the Way, What Works May Hurt, Reach for Greatness, Counting What Counts, and World Class Learners.
Thursday, February 21
7:00 pm
New Trier High School, Northfield Campus, Cornog Auditorium
7 Happ Rd., Northfield

Never Enough: The Neuroscience and Experience of Addiction

Judith Grisel
Behavioral neuroscientist and Professor of Psychology, Bucknell University. Author, Never Enough: The Neuroscience and Experience of Addiction.
Monday, February 25
9:00 am
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Monday, February 25
7:00 pm
New Trier High School, Northfield Campus, Cornog Auditorium
7 Happ Rd., Northfield

The Art of Dying Well: A Practical Guide to a Good End

Katy Butler
Author of the New York Times bestseller Knocking on Heaven’s Door and the forthcoming The Art of Dying Well. Finalist for a National Magazine Award.
Monday, March 4
7:00 pm
New Trier High School, Northfield Campus, Cornog Auditorium
7 Happ Rd., Northfield

Be Fearless: 5 Principles for a Life of Breakthroughs and Purpose

Jean Case
Philanthropist, investor, and impact investing pioneer; CEO, Case Foundation; first female Chair of the National Geographic Society; former senior executive at America Online, Inc
Monday, March 11
7:00 pm
New Trier High School, Northfield Campus, Cornog Auditorium
7 Happ Rd., Northfield

To visit FAN's website, click HERE.

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Bragging Rights

NCP's Academic Decathlon Team Advances to City Competition

Northside’s Academic Decathlon Team earned fourth place overall in the regional tournament, advancing the team to the city competition.

Academic decathlon is a rigorous competition that tests seven academic subjects and three presentation skills.

Congratulations to the following decathletes who placed in their respective divisions:
Christine Alex: 5th place overall, 2nd place math, 4th place economics, music and art, 5th place social science and literature.
Tania Haque: 6th place music and economics
Tian Chen Luo: 4th place overall, 1st place math, 3rd place literature and art, 5th place science, social science and economics, 6th place music.
Tyler O’Brien: 5th place economics, 6th place art and music
Lily Robinson: 4th place music, 5th place art
Mackeda Sahelu: 6th place overall, 4th place economics, 5th place science and art, 6th place literature, math and music.
Justin Schechter: 2nd place math, 4th place economics, 5th place science
Kahaan Shah: 4th place math and social science, 5th place science, 6th place economics.
Nana Afriyie, Simon Carter and Brandon Huynh also competed as non-scoring participants.

Do you have news or team results to share with the Northside parent community?

Click HERE to submit information.

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FON Connect

Friends of Northside uses a customer/constituent relationship management (CRM) system known as FON Connect that allows our parent volunteer organizations to work from one database. It is not a CPS database and is completely different and separate from the CPS Parent Portal and Northside's EPay website.

FON Connect serves as the NCP Family Directory and allows users to review their donation history, update their contact information, register for upcoming events, and more. Each parent has a separate account. Transactions, including donations, are recorded in the account of the parent who initiated the transaction or donation.

If you’re new to FON Connect, you'll need to set up a login and password. To do so:

▪ Click HERE.
▪ Click on “Forgot Password?”
▪ Enter your email address.
▪ Check your email for the link to create a login name and password.
Click HERE.
Click on “Forgot Password?”
Enter your email address.
Check your email for the link to create a login name and password.

Once you have set up your FON Connect account, keep your login and password in a safe, convenient place because they will be your keys to the database throughout your years at Northside.

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Navigating Northside

Navigating Northside

Navigating Northside, our parent handbook, is available on the school website under the Parents tab. Click HERE to access it directly.

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College Fair

College Fair

Tuesday, March 5
6:00 - 8:00 pm
at NCP

Northside Prep, Disney II Magnet, and Von Steuben High School are hosting a joint College Fair.

Register today at www.strivefair.com.
Please click HERE for more details.
If you have questions, contact Monique Moore, NCP College Counselor, mcmoore6@cps.edu or (773)-534-3954 x26811.

Volunteers Needed! Please sign up HERE to help.

SAT Prep Course

Bring sharpened pencils and a calculator for every class.

For more information, contact Monique Moore, Northside Prep College Counselor at mcmoore6@cps.edu or (773) 524-3954 x26811.

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Naviance CCLR Live by Kaplan

College, Career, and Life Readiness

Naviance users have free access to Kaplan's interactive live-streaming and on-demand programming. Click HERE to learn more.

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NCP College Planning Handbook

This is a great resource that guides students through the entire college process. Click HERE to access a copy.

NCP College Planning Additional Resources

Click on the links below to check out the additional resources on the Northside College Prep website:

▪ Counseling Events
▪ NCP College Calendar
▪ NCP Scholarships
▪ CPS Scholarships
▪ NCP Summer Opportunities
Counseling Events
NCP College Calendar
NCP Scholarships
CPS Scholarships
NCP Summer Opportunities
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Help Northside When You Shop Online

You can help our school with no extra cost to you.

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way to support Northside while you shop.

Click HERE to read about AmazonSmile. Click HERE for detailed sign-up instructions. Skip the instructions and sign up HERE!

To choose Northside, please note that our AmazonSmile name is Friends of "North" "Side" (North Side - two words at AmazonSmile).

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Give Back to Northside

Purchase school and office supplies at Office Depot and OfficeMax, and Northside can receive 5% back in credits or FREE supplies. Simply provide our school ID 70031171 at checkout, online or in stores. There’s no cost to you!

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Follow Us on Social Media

▪ NCP's Official Facebook Page
▪ Northside Prep Parents' Facebook Page, a closed group for parents, by parents, to share their knowledge of Northside
▪ NCP's Twitter Page
▪ Friends of Northside Facebook Page, for news everyone can view
NCP's Official Facebook Page
Northside Prep Parents' Facebook Page, a closed group for parents, by parents, to share their knowledge of Northside
NCP's Twitter Page
Friends of Northside Facebook Page, for news everyone can view
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Seniors, click HERE for the Class of 2019 web page.

Northside’s website can be found HERE.

Friends of Northside's website can be found HERE.

To see all volunteer opportunities on one page, click HERE.

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