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Be Our Valentine!

Purchase Your Tickets at the Sponsorship Level

Your support is critical to sustain a high quality of education for our children. Join Northside parents, faculty, alumni, and friends at the annual spring benefit, Taste of Northside, for a casual and fun evening in a historic venue close to home. Your ticket includes a dinner buffet (featuring items from some of Chicagoland's best restaurants), an open bar and live music, and attendance gives you access to the live auction items.

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Auction Donations - Please Donate Today!

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 passes, 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 26.

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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!

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Mark Your Calendars

The NCP ONLINE AUCTION Runs March 1 – 10

This is one of our most important fundraisers and lets you nab fabulous items donated by amazing businesses in the community. Your bids directly benefit our Northside students.

Here are just a few of this year’s auction items:

▪ Four 100-level Chicago Bulls tickets
▪ Front row seats to see Jeff Tweedy at the Vic
▪ Dinner for two with the Hungry Hound, Steve Dolinsky of ABC News
▪ Dremel 3D Printer
▪ Tooth whitening package with Dr. Baukol DDS
▪ Dinner for two at Frontera Grill, including cookbooks signed by chef Rick Bayless
▪ Three-night Tucson Getaway
Four 100-level Chicago Bulls tickets
Front row seats to see Jeff Tweedy at the Vic
Dinner for two with the Hungry Hound, Steve Dolinsky of ABC News
Dremel 3D Printer
Tooth whitening package with Dr. Baukol DDS
Dinner for two at Frontera Grill, including cookbooks signed by chef Rick Bayless
Three-night Tucson Getaway

Set your calendar to start bidding on March 1. We’re still taking donations for the auction too!

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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This Week in Sports

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

Men's Basketball

▪ Monday, February 11, 5:00 pm (SO) and 6:30 pm (V) vs. Niles West at Niles West
▪ Thursday, February 14, 5:00 pm (V) and 6:30 pm (SO) vs. Bulls College Prep at NCP
Monday, February 11, 5:00 pm (SO) and 6:30 pm (V) vs. Niles West at Niles West
Thursday, February 14, 5:00 pm (V) and 6:30 pm (SO) vs. Bulls College 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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Student Resource Closet

Donations Needed

Friends of Northside has a resource closet for our NCP students. We would like to fill it with school supplies, non-perishable food items, hygiene products, and clothing necessities.
All items can be brought into the counseling office and placed in the large bin marked “Student Supply Box.”

Please make sure all of the items are new and unopened. No used clothing please.

If you have any questions please contact Nancy Liljedahl at n.liljedahl@comcast.net.

Thanks for your help and support!

Supply List:

▪ “New” winter gloves for men and women
▪ Snacks like granola bars, nuts, and dried fruit
“New” winter gloves for men and women
Snacks like granola bars, nuts, and dried fruit

Please bring your items into the Counseling Office and put into the gray bin.

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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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Give the Gift of Your Time and Talents

Become a FON Board Member

Friends of Northside (FON) is a parent organization that works to support the Northside community through fundraising and volunteerism. All parents and guardians are automatically members of FON. Board positions are available for those who would like to take a more active role.

FON's fundraising seeks to raise money with the goals of replacing lost funding from CPS, supporting the school’s mission, and maintaining and enhancing the learning experience for all NCP students. FON efforts include the Annual Appeal, Spring Gala and Cubby Walk Walkathon, among others.

FON also provides volunteers and hospitality to the NCP community. It plans social/educational programs, recruits volunteers for various NCP events such as Open House, distributes this weekly email communication, and maintains the student directory.

Come see what we're all about!

Join us at our next meeting and learn more about what's happening at Northside and how you can make an impact.

Tuesday, February 26, 7:00 pm
Faculty Lounge

If you're interested in joining the board, please email Friends of Northside.

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College Planning Night for Juniors

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

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Northside Prep Counseling Department is looking forward to seeing all junior students and their parents/guardians on Thursday, February 28, for the annual College Planning Night. The counseling team will share an overview of the planning steps for the college admission process, NCP application process, post-secondary resources, and information to assist your family with scheduling a college conference. Also, students will receive access to the College Planning Handbook and parents will receive their registration code for Naviance, our college application management program.

Both students and parents are highly encouraged to attend because this is a milestone that will assist your family with successfully navigating the college application process! Our goal is 100% attendance by juniors and their parents/guardians. This is an exciting time in your life and the NCP counselors look forward to helping you with your personal journey.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact your respective counselor.

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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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NCP Men's Swim Team Places Fourth at City Championship

The NCP Varsity Men’s Swim Team placed fourth at the CPS City Championship on February 3, making a strong showing in a field or more than 30 CPS high schools.

Junior Kyle Hathaway led the Northside swimmers by winning the 100 breaststroke and placing third in the 200 individual medley. Senior Lukas Hoffman took home two second place finishes, one in the 200 free and the other in the 500 free.

Other varsity point scorers included freshman Rocco Cappelletti (fourth in the 100 fly and sixth in the 100 back), sophomore Osita Achufusi (ninth in the 50 free and seventh in the 100 free), junior Marcus Tschoe (eleventh in the 100 back), senior Daniel Claud (eleventh in the 200 free), senior Ian Shimandle (fourteenth in the 50 free, ninth in the 100 free) and senior Taber Skiba (eleventh in the 500 free).

Rounding out the scoring, the 200 free relay (Hathaway, Shimandle, Achufusi, Cappelletti) placed third, the 200 medley relay (Hoffman, Hathaway, Cappelletti, Achufusi) took fourth, and the 400 free relay (Claud, junior Payton Kane, Shimandle, Hoffman) placed seventh. Senior Luis Acosta also swam for the varsity team.

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Girls Varsity Basketball Team defeats Payton and takes back Principal's Cup

The Girls Varsity Basketball Team defeated Walter Payton College Prep 37-36 to take back the Principal's Cup for the first time in three years on Tuesday, February 5. In what was a thrilling game, the Mustangs secured their win in the last 20 seconds.

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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February College Visits at Northside

Monday, February 11
The Catholic University of America

Tuesday, February 12
Verto Education

Friday, February 15
Duke Kunshan University

Thursday, February 28
Greenville University

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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.

CPS Scholarships and Non-NCP Events

For more information about general CPS scholarships and post-secondary Events outside of Northside College Prep feel free to visit the NCP College Counseling Calendar HERE.

Midwest College Showcase

Tuesday, February 12
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Renaissance Hotel
933 Skokie Boulevard
Northbrook, Illinois

Albion, Allegheny, Antioch, Beloit, Coe, Cornell, Denison, DePauw, Earlham, Grinnell, Hope, Kalamazoo, Kenyon, Knox, Lake Forest, Lawrence, Luther, Macalester, Monmouth, Oberlin, Ohio Wesleyan, Ripon, St. Olaf, Wabash, Wooster

Schedule:
6-8:30 pm College Fair
6:15-6:40 pm Three Sessions: Financial Aid 101; The Value of Small, Private, Residential Colleges; Creative/Performing Arts
6:45-7:10 pm Three Sessions: Supporting Your Child Through the Admissions Process (for parents); Navigating the College Admissions Process (for students); Small College Athletics
7:15-8 pm Three Sessions: Financial Aid 101; Young Alumni Voices; Selective College Admission

Questions? Email to jill.deiter.allen@gmail.com

The Chicago Liberal Arts Panel & College Fair

Wednesday, February 13
6:00 - 8:30 pm
University of Chicago Charter School Woodlawn Campus
6300 S. University Ave

The University of Chicago Charter School is hosting The Chicago Liberal Arts Panel & College Fair. This event is open to any high school sophomore or junior attending a high school in the city of Chicago.

Schedule:
6:00-7:00 pm Panel
7:00-7:30 pm Intermission
7:30-8:30 pm College Fair

While not required, students are encouraged to register in advance. Students can register HERE.

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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