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In the Spirit of Giving Tuesday, Donate to the Annual Appeal

A Global Day of Giving

#GivingTuesday connects diverse groups of individuals, communities and organizations around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving.

Friends of Northside invites you to join the movement this Tuesday, November 27.

#GivingTuesday is about ordinary people coming together to do extraordinary things. Make a donation to the Annual Appeal and you will help us do extraordinary things for your student and Northside!

Double Your Impact with Employer Matching Contributions

Employer donations can double or triple the impact of your donation. That means your $50 donation can result in up to $150 for Northside! If you aren't sure if your company matches employee contributions, contact your human resources department.

Click HERE to make your donation now online.

Click HERE (English) or HERE (Español) 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.

Questions? Click HERE to contact Friends of Northside.

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Thank you to the 110 families who have donated so far!

We still have a long way to go. Don't delay! Please donate today.

Keep Northside strong! All donations are appreciated!

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This Week in Sports

Come to a game and support our student athletes!

Women's Basketball

▪ Tuesday, November 27 at 5:00 pm (V) and 6:30 pm (SO) vs. Collins HS at Collins HS
▪ Thursday, November 29, 5:00 pm (V) and 6:30 pm (SO) vs. Senn HS at NCP
Tuesday, November 27 at 5:00 pm (V) and 6:30 pm (SO) vs. Collins HS at Collins HS
Thursday, November 29, 5:00 pm (V) and 6:30 pm (SO) vs. Senn HS at NCP

Men's Basketball

▪ Tuesday, November 27 at 5:00 pm (V) and 6:30 pm (SO) vs. Steinmetz at Steinmetz
▪ Wednesday, November 28 at 5:00 pm (V) and 6:30 pm (SO) vs. Rickover at Broadway Armory
▪ Friday, November 30 at 5:00 pm (V) and 6:30 pm (SO) vs. Lane Tech HS at Lane Tech HS
Tuesday, November 27 at 5:00 pm (V) and 6:30 pm (SO) vs. Steinmetz at Steinmetz
Wednesday, November 28 at 5:00 pm (V) and 6:30 pm (SO) vs. Rickover at Broadway Armory
Friday, November 30 at 5:00 pm (V) and 6:30 pm (SO) vs. Lane Tech HS at Lane Tech HS

Men's Bowling

▪ Monday, November 26 at 4:15 pm vs. Taft HS at Home (Waveland Bowl)
Monday, November 26 at 4:15 pm vs. Taft HS at Home (Waveland Bowl)

Women’s Bowling

▪ Monday, November 26 at 4:15 pm vs. Lakeview HS at Home (Waveland Bowl)
Monday, November 26 at 4:15 pm vs. Lakeview HS at Home (Waveland Bowl)

Men’s Swimming and Diving

Practices began on Monday, November 19. Email Coach Ceja for more information.

Men’s & Women’s Indoor Track & Field

Indoor season will begin on Monday, January 14. Contact Director of Athletics Henderson for details.

Wrestling

The wrestling team will co-op with Von Steuben High School this year. Contact Director of Athletics Henderson for details.

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

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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.

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LSC Meeting

Tuesday, November 27
6:30 pm

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Friends of Northside Meeting

Tuesday, November 27
7:00 pm
Faculty Lounge

Come to the meeting to learn more about what's happening at NCP.

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Don't Miss Northside's Fall Play

Radium Girls, by D.W. Gregory

Thursday, November 29, 5:30 pm
Friday, November 30, 7:00 pm
Saturday, December 1, 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 2, 3:00 pm
Cost: $5
NCP Theater

In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage—until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease. Inspired by a true story, Radium Girls traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court….Radium Girls offers a wry, unflinching look at the peculiarly American obsessions with health, wealth, and the commercialization of science.

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Golden Apple Awards

Nominate an NCP Teacher Today!

Is there a Northside teacher who deserves recognition for superior service to our students, school, and community? Nominate him or her for the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching today! Nominations are now being accepted statewide. Deadline is December 1.

For more information click HERE.
To nominate a teacher click HERE.
Questions? Contact the Awards team.

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Friday, December 7
8:00 - 10:00 am
Panera Bread, 6059 N. Lincoln

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

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AP EXAM REMINDER

Students who plan to take an Advanced Placement (AP) exam this spring must register and pay by 5:00 am, December 28.

The cost is $110 per exam. Click HERE to register online and pay using a credit or debit card.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Alexander Hughes in the counseling office.

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Buy your 2018-2019 Stampede Now and Save Money!

The deadline for purchasing the 2018-2019 Stampede for the standard price of $45.00 is Friday, March 1. After this date the price will go up from $45.00 to $55.00. Also, after this date, you won’t be guaranteed a yearbook, since we will not be ordering many extra copies.

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

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Donate Tea to the Faculty Lounge

Individually Wrapped Tea Bags Needed

Many members of our faculty and staff drink tea, and the supply in the faculty lounge is running low. Please consider donating a few boxes of individually wrapped tea bags to NCP. Mark your package FOR FON and drop it off in the main office or at the security desk.

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Holiday Book Drive

The NCP Crucible Chapter of the National English Honor Society is holding its 2018 Holiday Book Drive now through Wednesday, December 14. Donation boxes are located in all English classrooms. All books will be donated to Open Books Chicago. Thanks to the generosity of Mustangs during last year’s book drive, NEHS collected more than 1100 books for donation. Let’s see if we can beat that total this year!

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Northside College Prep: Spring 2019 SAT Prep Course

Registration Deadline: Monday, December 10

Academic Approach is offering a standardized test preparation course for Northside College Prep students who will participate in the April 9, 2019 SAT exam. This course is best suited for students who are interested in an efficient preparation course reviewing key skills in reading, writing, math, and science, and their application on the SAT. The 24 hours of total instruction introduces reading annotation, math problem solving, and grammar and rhetorical skills, all with rigorous emphasis on SAT standards and practices. The Academic Approach spring 2019 SAT Prep Course dates are outline below.
For more information, contact Monique Moore, Northside Prep College Counselor at mcmoore6@cps.edu or (773) 524-3954 x26811.

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Teacher and Staff Appreciation Holiday Buffet

Thursday, December 20

Our teachers and staff are THE BEST, so let's show them how grateful we are for all they do for our students! Contributions of homemade or purchased lunch and dessert items, drinks, gift cards, financial support, and your time are all welcome. Click HERE to sign up.

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Travel this Spring with Northside

Spring Break 2019 Trip to Spain

Four amazing cities and more than 15 sites to visit, including Madrid, Granada, Sevilla, and Costa del Sol!

What is included? 8 days of beautiful and historical España! Airfare, all hotel stays, transportation-comfortable coach bus, tour guides, breakfast and dinner, etc.

Open to ALL students.

Email Jtorres2@cps.edu for more information.

Spring Break 2019 Trip to England

On this trip you will experience the distinct character that is London. Admire St Paul's Cathedral, Big Ben, The House of Parliament, and Buckingham Palace. We will also travel to Somerset and visit Stonehenge—the United Kingdom's most mysterious landmark, Bath, Stratford (see where William Shakespeare was born), and Oxford.

See Ms. Fernandez or Ms. Vosnos or click HERE for an informational brochure.

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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NCP Spring Benefit Update

Planning continues for this year's event, which takes place on Friday, March 8, 2019.

Auction Items

The committee is looking for donations for the online and live auctions and needs your help securing items – sports tickets, restaurant gift cards, travel and hospitality vouchers, tutoring, unique experiences and hosted parent parties. Please email Kristen Werries Collier, kristenwerriescollier@gmail.com to donate, get more information or pass on connections to pursue.

Corporate Sponsorship

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 to cover spending for Northside not covered by the CPS budget. For sponsorship opportunities and in-kind donations, please contact Matt Schechter, matthew.d.schechter@gmail.com.

Food & Beverage

Have a connection to a local restaurant? Contact Debra Swan, debra@theswans.net, about showcasing a dinner buffet item.

Want to Help?

Want more information on how to get involved? Contact Event Chair, Debra Swan, debra@theswans.net.

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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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Mark Your Calendar

Friday, December 7 at 7:00 pm: Talent Show
Thursday, December 13 at 7:00 pm: NCP Athletic Boosters Meeting
Tuesday, December 18 at 6:30 pm: LSC Meeting
Tuesday, December 18 at 7:00 pm: Cozy Concert
Friday, December 28: Deadline to Register for AP Exams
Monday, December 24 - Friday, January 4: Winter Break

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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.

The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting Up a Generation for Failure

Greg Lukianoff
President and CEO, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) and author, Unlearning Liberty and Freedom from Speech; co-author (with Jonathan Haidt), The Coddling of the American Mind.
Wednesday, November 28
7:00 pm
New Trier High School, Northfield Campus, Cornog Auditorium
7 Happ Rd., Northfield

View event flyer HERE.

Know Thyself: Using Your Uniqueness to Create Success

Karamo Brown
Television host and culture expert on the Emmy-winning Netflix reboot of Queer Eye. Co-author of the forthcoming book Queer Eye: Love Yourself, Love Your Life. Co-founder of 6in10.org, and recipient of the 2018 Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award.
Wednesday, December 5
7:00 pm
Evanston Township High School Auditorium
1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston

View event flyer HERE.

Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago's South Side

Eve L. Ewing, Ed.D.
Poet, visual artist, essayist and author of Ghosts in the Schoolyard and the "Ironheart" series for Marvel Comics. Assistant Professor, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.
Wednesday, December 12
7:00 pm
Evanston Township High School Auditorium
1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston

View event flyer HERE

To visit FAN's website, click HERE.

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NCP Debate Posts Unprecedented Results at Glenbrook's Invitational

Seniors Magi Ortiz and Alex Pinheiro, ranked #11 in the country going into this weekend, made it all the way to varsity semifinals, not only picking up their third bid to the Tournament of Champions next spring (a program record), but knocking off teams from #25 Bellarmine (CA), Archbishop Mitty (CA), #22 Washburn Rural (KS), and #15 North Broward (FL) on their way to the final four. Our run ended with a tight loss to the #1 team in the country (also from North Broward) in semis, leaving us the last public school team standing alongside three of those dastardly private schools.

The pair is poised to climb in the rankings again in the December edition of the National Coach Poll. More importantly, several seniors received debate scholarship offers and recruiting visits throughout the weekend, giving them the chance to join NCP debate alums Aidan Kane (’18) and Maria Sanchez (’16) on the college circuit next year.

Meanwhile, our sophomores came to play also. Kyujin Derradji and Evan Chen made an equally impressive run all the way to JV finals, losing a close 2-1 decision to New Trier to come up just shy of the tournament title. They posted wins over fellow JV squads from Greenhill (TX), Niles West, New Trier, and others from across the country on their way there, winning 16 of 17 total judge ballots before the final rounds.

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NCP Girls Swimming and Diving Compete at State

Freshman Sequoia Alonso finished 7th in diving and freshman Hannah Shimada finished 10th in the 100 freestyle at the girls state swimming and diving finals this past weekend.

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

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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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CPS Student/Parent Scholarship Information Session

Thursday, November 29
5:30 – 8:00 pm
UIC Student Center East
750 S Halsted St, Chicago

The Office of School Counseling and Postsecondary Advising (OSCPA) is inviting eligible SENIORS with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher (weighted or unweighted) and an ACT score of 17+ OR SAT score of 910+ and their parent/adult chaperone to attend the CPS Scholarship Information Session to support students' efforts to research and apply for dollars for college.

Registration is REQUIRED for both students AND parents/adult chaperones. Register HERE.

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Collegiate Scholars Information Session (Freshman Only)

Wednesday, December 5
2:00 - 3:00 pm

A representative from The University of Chicago Collegiate Scholars Program (CSP) will conduct an information session for 9th-grade students.

Chicago Collegiate Scholars is a three-year enrichment program for academically successful and highly motivated Chicago Public High School students. CSP prepares students for admission and success at the nation's most selective colleges and universities. The program is currently accepting applications for the Class of 2022.

The deadline to apply is February 15, 2019.

The strongest candidates for the program will demonstrate the following characteristics:

▪ Ranked in the top 10% of their class
▪ Enrolled in academically rigorous courses (Honors, AP, IB)
▪ Leaders in their community, both inside and outside of high school
▪ Have demonstrated the ability to confront and overcome academic and social/cultural challenges
▪ Creative and willing to learn and share their ideas with others
Ranked in the top 10% of their class
Enrolled in academically rigorous courses (Honors, AP, IB)
Leaders in their community, both inside and outside of high school
Have demonstrated the ability to confront and overcome academic and social/cultural challenges
Creative and willing to learn and share their ideas with others

Semifinalists for the program will be invited to interview with our Admissions Committee in late March 2019. Finalists and their parents/guardians will be invited to an additional interview in April 2019. Final notifications of acceptance will be distributed in early May 2019.

If you or your student have any questions prior to the information session, contact Monique Moore, Northside Prep College Counselor, at mcmoore6@cps.edu.

Upcoming College Visits at Northside

Monday, November 26
Canisius College, 9:48 am

Wednesday, November 28
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 10:00 am
Eastern Kentucky University, 10:31 am

Thursday, November 29
Flashpoint Chicago, A Campus of Columbia College Hollywood, 10:38 am

Wednesday, December 5
Collegiate Scholars Program (Freshman Only), TBA
Wilbur Wright College/Chicago Star Scholarship, 8:37 am

Thursday, December 20
Peace Corps Vanuatu, 3:15 pm

The list of college visits is updated frequently. For the most current information, parents of juniors and seniors should log into their parent account for Naviance.

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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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▪ 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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