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The 2019-2020 Annual Appeal Remains Critical to Support Northside

Dear Parents,

We are happy that the strike is over and our Mustangs are back in school!

Even though an agreement was reached between the CTU and CPS, our fundraising goal has not changed. Unfortunately, Northside still has crucial needs that are not covered by the budget. These items include funding for student clubs, athletic uniforms, bus transportation for extracurricular activities, classroom supplies and equipment and school security.

Imagine Northside and your student without these items or services. Every day for every student, your support makes Northside the outstanding school it is.

Our goal for this campaign is to raise $500,000 with 100% participation from Northside families. Our goal is attainable if every family makes a donation. We need everyone's help to make it happen.

Would you be willing to make a special donation of $10, $100, $1,000, $10,000 or whatever you can afford to help us meet our goal so that we can bridge the gap between what CPS provides and what Northside needs to continue to be the great school it is?

We simply can't do it without you. Your support will make a real impact on the high school experience of each Northside student.

Click HERE to read the appeal letter from Principal Mest.

Click HERE (English) or HERE (Español) to download a paper form to return to the main office with payment.

Want to donate now? Click HERE. Questions? Click HERE to contact Friends of Northside.

All donations are tax-deductible, and any amount is greatly appreciated!

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Northside's Selective Enrollment Open House Has Been Postponed

A new date will be available soon

Due to the CTU strike, the Northside College Prep Open House has been postponed. A new date will be available soon.

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This Week in Sports

Come out and support our student athletes!

Women's & Men's Cross Country

▪ Saturday, November 9, IHSA Varsity Championship, time TBD, at Detweiler Park in Peoria
Saturday, November 9, IHSA Varsity Championship, time TBD, at Detweiler Park in Peoria

Women's Swimming

▪ Sunday, November 10, V and JV Championship, 10:00 am, vs. UIC College Prep at UIC College Prep
Sunday, November 10, V and JV Championship, 10:00 am, vs. UIC College Prep at UIC College Prep

Winter Sports Tryout and Practice Information

Winter Sports Online Registration will be Open on Monday, November 4

Anyone interested in participating in a winter sport must register online - even if you have registered before. Visit the NCP athletics website HERE and click on the registration tab.

Tryout Dates:

▪ Cheerleading – TBA
▪ Poms/Competitive Dance – TBA
▪ Men's Bowling – TBA
▪ Women's Basketball – 11/4
▪ Men's Basketball – 11/11 (non-school day, subject to change)
▪ Wrestling (co-op with Von Steuben) – 11/11
▪ Women's Bowling – 11/18
▪ Men's Swimming and Diving – 11/25
▪ Track (Men and Women) – Jan 2020
Cheerleading – TBA
Poms/Competitive Dance – TBA
Men's Bowling – TBA
Women's Basketball – 11/4
Men's Basketball – 11/11 (non-school day, subject to change)
Wrestling (co-op with Von Steuben) – 11/11
Women's Bowling – 11/18
Men's Swimming and Diving – 11/25
Track (Men and Women) – Jan 2020

Visit the NCP Athletics website for information about Northside teams.

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Student or Parent Volunteers Needed for NCP Basketball

Student or parent volunteers are needed to help staff the scorer’s table (operating the new scoreboard and keeping the scorebook) during the regular season and at tournament games for both men's and women's basketball. A small courtesy payment (to come from concessions proceeds) will be offered to interested students. Two volunteers needed per game.

Contact Athletic Director Henry Henderson.

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School Improvement Day

Friday, November 8
No classes for CPS students

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Veteran’s Day

Monday, November 11
No classes for CPS students

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NCP Athletic Boosters Meeting

Wednesday, November 13
7:00 pm
Faculty Lounge

The NCP Athletic Boosters seek to organize support and assistance for our exciting athletic programs, their coaches, and our amazing student-athletes. Please join us to share your ideas and concerns and help us in our quest to increase attendance and student participation at our team events. Get involved and let’s celebrate the incredible achievements of our students outside of the classroom!

All parents and guardians are welcome. Go Mustangs!!!

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Parent/Teacher Conferences

Thursday, November 14
12:00 - 6:00 pm
Non-attendance Day for Students

Parents can meet with teachers on a first-come, first-served basis or sign up online for 5-minute conferences. You may schedule conferences in advance for any time between 12:00 and 4:00 pm. From 4:00 to 6:00 pm, traditional walk-in appointments will be available. Online scheduling will be available starting Wednesday, November 6 at 12:01 am through Monday, November 11. We will share the sign-up link as soon as it's available.

Also on November 14

Principal's Chat with Ms. Mest

4:15 - 5:15 pm
Library

While you’re at school to meet with your student’s teachers, take advantage of the opportunity to ask questions and participate in a group discussion with Principal Mest.

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DON'T FORGET: AP Exam Registration Deadline Approaching

Register by Friday, November 15

Students taking AP exams at Northside College Prep must register HERE and pay by 4:00 pm on Friday, November 15, 2019.

For the 2020 AP Exams, the cost is $110 per exam and $15 if your student qualifies for a free/reduced lunch. Please adhere to the November 15 deadline as there will be a mandatory College Board late fee of $40.00 charged in addition to the exam fee. Please contact Mr. Alexander Hughes if you have any additional questions.

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Friends of Northside Meeting

Tuesday, November 19
7:00 pm
Faculty Lounge

Friends of Northside (FON) is the “one-stop-shop” for NCP families to get involved. FON facilitates communication between parents and the school, organizes parent volunteers, plans and sponsors social/educational events, and raises much-needed funds to bridge the gap due to CPS budget cuts. FON supports the school’s mission to maintain and enhance the learning experience for all students of Northside College Prep High School.

To find out more about Friends of Northside, please visit their website HERE.

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Local School Council (LSC) Meeting

Tuesday, November 19
6:30 pm
Faculty Lounge

The Local School Council (LSC) - the voice in the continuing evolution of Northside - is an elected body that plays an important role in the decision-making that affects our school. The LSC is responsible for approving the Continuous Improvement Work Plan (CIWP), principal selection and evaluation, and allocating discretionary funds to school programs.

LSC elections for six parent and two community representatives will be held in April 2020. Please attend upcoming LSC meetings to get a sense of what NCP’s Local School Council is working on this year.

You can learn more about the Local School Council HERE.

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Financial Aid Information

Upcoming Workshops

ISAC Student Financial Aid Follow-up
Wednesday, November 20
Two sessions: 1:25-2:10 pm and 2:15-3:00 pm
Room 224

Additional Financial Aid Resources

In addition to the FAFSA Completion workshops, the counseling department has shared some useful resources that may assist you and your family with navigating the next steps in the financial aid process. Click on the titles below to access the FAFSA resources:

▪ The FAFSA Process Graphic by the Federal Student Aid.
▪ 7 Things You Need Before You Fill Out the 2020–21 FAFSA® Form, (2019) by the Federal Student Aid.
▪ FAFSA Tips & Common Mistakes to Avoid (2018) by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.
▪ 8 Things to Do After Filing Your FAFSA Form (2019) by Chicago Public Schools Office of School Counseling and Postsecondary Advising and the Office of College and Career Success.
The FAFSA Process Graphic by the Federal Student Aid.
7 Things You Need Before You Fill Out the 2020–21 FAFSA® Form, (2019) by the Federal Student Aid.
FAFSA Tips & Common Mistakes to Avoid (2018) by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.
8 Things to Do After Filing Your FAFSA Form (2019) by Chicago Public Schools Office of School Counseling and Postsecondary Advising and the Office of College and Career Success.
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NCP Fall Play: Sense & Sensibility

Thursday, November 21 at 7:00 pm
Friday, November 22 at 7:00 pm
Saturday, November 23 at 7:00 pm
Sunday, November 24 at 3:00 pm

A playful adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of the Dashwood sisters—sensible Elinor and hypersensitive Marianne—after their father’s sudden death leaves them financially destitute and socially vulnerable. Set in gossipy late 18th-century England, with a fresh female voice, the play is full of humor, emotional depth, and bold theatricality. SENSE AND SENSIBILITY examines our reactions, both reasonable and ridiculous, to societal pressures. When reputation is everything, how do you follow your heart?

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Thanksgiving Break

Wednesday, November 27
Thursday, November 28
Friday, November 29

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PSAT/NMSQT Update

11th Grade Students Will be Able to Submit Their April 2020 SAT Test Scores for Consideration for the National Merit Scholarship

Due to the CTU strike, the PSAT/SAT for sophomores and juniors scheduled for Wednesday, October 30, was cancelled. CPS has confirmation from the College Board and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation that juniors will be able to submit their April 2020 SAT test scores for consideration for the National Merit Scholarship.

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Travel this Spring with Northside

Spring Break 2020 Trip to Costa Rica

Want to zip line through beautiful Costa Rica and learn about sustainable projects? Contact Ms. Torres or click HERE for more information.

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Sculpture Class Looking for Unwanted Chairs

Sculpture II & III students will be transforming chairs into sculptural objects. We are looking for donations of unwanted chairs of any type. Please note, chairs will not be returned. Donations should be left outside of room 111. Chairs are needed as soon as possible. Thanks!

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Guest Speakers Needed for Life Lessons Colloquium

Mr. Madia is looking for parents who would like to be a guest speaker for his life lessons colloquium.

He's looking for people in the field of finance, cooking, fashion, travel, hiring manager, auto, housing, life skills, etc. Please contact Mr. Madia directly to help.

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Donations Needed for Student Resource Closet

Friends of Northside has a resource closet available to NCP students. Currently, we are in need of:

▪ Individual snacks such as granola bars, nuts, and dried fruit
▪ Toothpaste and dental floss
▪ Hair conditioner
▪ Men’s and women’s underwear and socks
▪ Loose leaf and graph paper
▪ Spiral notebooks and binders
▪ Colored pencils
▪ Sanitizing wipes (Clorox type)
▪ Bath towels
Individual snacks such as granola bars, nuts, and dried fruit
Toothpaste and dental floss
Hair conditioner
Men’s and women’s underwear and socks
Loose leaf and graph paper
Spiral notebooks and binders
Colored pencils
Sanitizing wipes (Clorox type)
Bath towels

All items must be new and unopened. No used clothing will be accepted. Please bring all items to the Counseling Office and set outside of Ms. Matthews' office.

Contact Nancy Liljedahl with any questions.

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Important November Dates

Please note, these dates are subject to change due to the CTU strike.

▪ Friday, November 8 - No school - Teacher Improvement Day
▪ Monday, November 11 - No school - Veterans Day
▪ Wednesday, November 13 - Boosters meeting
▪ Thursday, November 14 - No school - Parent-Teacher Conferences
▪ Friday, November 15 - Deadline to register for AP exams
▪ Tuesday, November 19 - LSC meeting and Friends of Northside meeting
▪ Wednesday, November 20 - ISAC Student Financial Aid follow-up
▪ Thursday, November 21 - Sunday, November 24 - Fall Play
▪ Wednesday, November 27 - Friday, November 29 - No school - Fall Break
Friday, November 8 - No school - Teacher Improvement Day
Monday, November 11 - No school - Veterans Day
Wednesday, November 13 - Boosters meeting
Thursday, November 14 - No school - Parent-Teacher Conferences
Friday, November 15 - Deadline to register for AP exams
Tuesday, November 19 - LSC meeting and Friends of Northside meeting
Wednesday, November 20 - ISAC Student Financial Aid follow-up
Thursday, November 21 - Sunday, November 24 - Fall Play
Wednesday, November 27 - Friday, November 29 - No school - Fall Break
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No Experience Necessary

Make a commitment to Northside by offering your time for any of these rewarding on-going volunteer positions. Email Friends of Northside to indicate your interest or ask questions.

Graphic Designer

Provide professional guidance and materials for various design needs throughout the year.

Spring Benefit Committee

The Spring Benefit is NCP’s major spring fundraiser. Get involved, get to know NCP staff and parents, and make a profound impact on Northside College Prep.

When is the Spring Benefit?
Friday, March 13, 2020

What’s the time commitment for the team?
The time commitment depends on your role. There is something for everyone. Please join us!

Email Debra Swan, Event Chair, for more information or to join the team.

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Sophomore Elia Ton That Advances to Cross Country State Finals

Amidst high drama, a court appeal brought by Jones College Prep HS against the IHSA rules that eliminated CPS schools from competing in the IHSA State Cross-Country competition was upheld Friday afternoon. Word quickly spread and the men's and women's cross country teams assembled (without buses) to arrive at Fenton HS in Bensenville to compete on Saturday, November 2. Running with field conditions where melted snow left the course treacherously muddy, both teams displayed their skills with grit and valor. Although both teams failed to advance to the State Finals, congratulations are in order for Sophomore Elia Ton That, who earned an individual slot for the second straight year. She will represent Northside at the State Finals on November 9 in Peoria.

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

Click HERE to submit information.

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November College Visits at Northside

Monday, November 4
University of Maine, 11:36 am
Lynn University, 12:26 pm

Tuesday, November 5
Illinois College, 9:48 am

Tuesday, November 12
Ryerson University, 10:38 am

Wednesday, November 13
National Louis University-Chicago Campus, 10:38 am

The counseling department will reach out to post-secondary representatives to reschedule visits that were unable to take place during the CTU strike.

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CPS Scholarship Notifications and College Events Around the City

For more details about the upcoming events and to access the most recent updates, view the College Calendar on the Northside Prep Counseling website HERE.

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New to Parent Portal?

Three easy steps to sign up!

1. Obtain your student's PIN, which should be on your acceptance letter or school welcome letter.
2. Create an account HERE.
3. Link a student to your account.
1. Obtain your student's PIN, which should be on your acceptance letter or school welcome letter.
2. Create an account HERE.
3. Link a student to your account.

PINs can only be provided to the parent/guardian in person or by mail to the address on file. They cannot be provided by phone or email, or to a student. To request your PIN, please contact Sonia Fernandez in the Counseling Office.

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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 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;
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;
3. Any individual chaperoning an overnight school-sponsored trip, regardless of the hours/week that the volunteer serves (See also the Student Travel Policy).

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;
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;
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).

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 1, you will receive further instructions from CPS.

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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 organization to work from one database for events. It is not a CPS database and is completely different and separate from the CPS Parent Portal and Northside's EPay website.

FON Connect also 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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Parking Lot Safety

Our NCP school parking lot is a bustling 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 and by following the parking lot procedures.

Parking Lot Procedures

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.

The first few days will be busy at drop-off and pick-up. Please, for the safety of all involved, plan to give yourself enough time for drop-off and pick-up and please be patient while in the parking lot. Pulling over to the curb on the right as your student enters or exits your vehicle keeps students safe and traffic flow efficient. Our safety team will be actively working to ensure that students arrive and depart safely each day and that vehicles in school lots remain damage-free.

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NCP Carpool Connection!

If you're interested in carpooling to school, add your address to the 2019-2020 NCP Carpool map and reach out to contact a potential carpool family on the map. Find the map HERE or on the Welcome page of FON Connect.

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Attention, Parents of CTA Commuters

Did you know that the #82 and #92 buses pick up students in front of Northside at the end of the school day? The Kimball Brown line station is also close to school at Kimball and Lawrence.

These are just a few of the ways students can use public transportation to commute to school. More information on routes for your student can be found at the CTA website HERE.

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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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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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Support Northside - Shop AmazonSmile

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

Click HERE to read about AmazonSmile. Click HERE for detailed sign-up instructions or skip the instructions and sign up HERE.

Please note that our AmazonSmile name is Friends of "North" "Side" (North Side - two words at AmazonSmile).

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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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Northside’s website can be found HERE.

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

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

Click HERE to submit information.

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