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FON Annual Appeal

The 2018-2019 Annual Appeal

Dear Parents,

Thanks to you, Northside students receive the benefits of programs and services not covered under the school's budget from CPS. With your help, our students have college counseling, technology, a wellness center, athletic uniforms, extra security and more.

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. In recent years, families have donated anywhere from $10 - $10,000.

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. We have 67 generous families that have donated as the thermometer below starts to climb.

Please click HERE to make your donation now online. You may also make a donation in person at Northside on Thursday, November 15, during report card pickup from 12:00 - 6:00 pm.

Thank you for your continued support,
Friends of Northside

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Thank you to the 67 families who have generously donated so far. With everyone's help we can reach our goal!

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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Donate Gently Used Winter Coats, Hats, Scarves, Gloves, and/or Shoes

Northside's Junior Leaders and Pay It Forward colloquium are teaming up to spread some kindness and warmth to Chicago's homeless. They are asking for your help to donate any gently used winter coats, hats, scarves, gloves, or shoes. If necessary, they will wash or dry clean the items, so don't worry about that. There will be donation boxes by the main office until November 16, so please donate what items you can. On December 19, they plan on renting buses to personally deliver the items as gifts to the homeless living outside. Thank you in advance for your generosity! If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Heavey at mjheavey@cps.edu or Mr. Blease at rblease@cps.edu.

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Winter Sports Tryout and Practice Information

Register Today

Anyone interested 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.

Women's Basketball

Tryouts began on Monday, October 29 at 4:00 pm in the NCP Gym. Practices are after school daily from 4:00 - 6:00 pm and Saturdays from 9:00 - 11:00 am. Contact Coach Henderson for more information.

Men's Basketball

Tryouts begin on Monday, November 5 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Practices are after school daily beginning at 3:15 pm for freshman and 6:00 pm for frosh/soph and varsity players. Contact Coach Matt Rollins for more information.

Men's Bowling

▪ Monday, November 5 at 4:15 pm vs. Lane Tech HS at Home (Waveland Bowl)
Monday, November 5 at 4:15 pm vs. Lane Tech HS at Home (Waveland Bowl)

Women’s Bowling

There will be an information meeting in the cafeteria, day/time TBD. Tryouts will be on November 12. Contact Director of Athletics Henderson for details.

Men’s Swimming and Diving

Practices begin 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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Picture Retake Day

Wednesday, November 7

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Spring Break Spain Trip Informational Meeting

Tuesday, November 6
6:00 pm
Room 233

Visits to Madrid, Granada, Sevilla, and Costa del Sol. AN AMAZING CULTURAL AND LANGUAGE EXPERIENCE TO MANY EXCITING PLACES!

Email Janet Torres if you plan to attend.

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CHAPERONES NEEDED

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College Visit to Northwestern University

Wednesday, November 7
8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Interested chaperones can email Martha Mulligan at mlmulligan@cps.edu

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Chamber Strings Trip to Vernon Hills High School

Thursday, November 8
1:25 - 7:30 pm

Northside's Chamber Strings will be heading to Vernon Hills to rehearse alongside the Vernon Hills High School Orchestra in preparation for a special masterclass and performance at DePaul University scheduled for the following day.

Two chaperones are needed for the event. Please contact Mr. Park at lypark@cps.edu if you are available.

The school bus departs Northside at 1:25 pm and returns at 7:30 pm (latest).

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Chamber Strings Performance at DePaul University

Friday, November 9
7:15 am - 3:00 pm

Northside's Chamber Strings will be featured as part of the DePaul University School of Music's "Unveiled" - an 11-day music festival and celebration marking the grand opening of the music school's new Holtschneider Performance Center. As an alumna of DePaul Unviersity's School of Music, Mr. Park was invited to bring Northside Prep's Chamber Strings to DePaul for very special masterclass with Dr. Cliff Colnot, renowned conductor, arranger, and pedagogue.

Two chaperones are needed for the event. Please contact Mr. Park at lypark@cps.edu if you are available.

The school bus departs Northside at 7:15 am and returns at 3:00 pm (latest).

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Alumni Parent College Panel

Wednesday, November 7
6:30 - 8:00 pm
2nd Floor Atrium

You are invited to attend the annual parent panel about the college application process. Hear from parents of recent NCP alumni who will share their experiences and words of wisdom regarding their college search. They will discuss topics such as state vs. private vs. international schools, Posse scholarships, arts or athletic considerations, finding unique opportunities, etc. Please RSVP HERE.

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NCP Athletic Boosters Meeting

Thursday, November 8
7:00 pm
Faculty Lounge

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FON's First Friday

Friday, November 9
8:00 - 10:00 am
Panera Bread, 6059 N. Lincoln

FIRST FRIDAY is Friends of Northside’s monthly coffee hour at Panera Bread, 6059 N. Lincoln. Please join us on the first Friday of each month when school is in session, 8:00 am – 10:00 am.

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Parent/Teacher Conferences

Thursday, November 15
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 the 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. Click HERE to sign up online. Online scheduling is open until midnight on Monday, November 12. Our password is ncpmustangs. Click HERE for detailed instructions. If signing up online, remember to allow time between conferences to get from one classroom to the next.

Also on November 15

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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NCP Family Directory Opt-Out Option

Northside College Prep has asked Friends of Northside (FON) to create an online, password protected family directory for the purpose of facilitating parent communication, community, and volunteerism. Directory information includes student name, student and parent/guardian address, parent/guardian telephone number, parent/guardian e-mail address, and student grade level. If you DO NOT want FON to include your family's information in the password protected online directory, please complete the Directory Information Opt Out Form found HERE and submit it to the Main Office by Wednesday, November 21.

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Thanksgiving Break

Wednesday, November 21
Thursday, November 22
Friday, November 23

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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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Travel this Spring with Northside

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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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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Join the Spring Benefit Committee

The 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 8, 2019 - Save the Date!

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

What roles are available?
* Entertainment Chair - one or two people to determine and arrange the entertainment for the Gala.
* Auction Item Solicitors - at least five people to solicit auction items. It requires just a few hours a week and can be done in person or via phone or email.

Email ncpgaladonate@gmail.com or ncpspringbenefit@gmail.com for more information or to join the team!

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Parking Lot Safety

Parents, 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 1, 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.

Heritage Baking: An Evening with Hewn's Head Baker Ellen King

Ellen King
Co-owner and Head Baker at Hewn in Evanston; author, Heritage Baking

Monday, November 5, 7:00 pm
New Trier High School/Northfield, Cornog Auditorium
7 Happ Rd., Northfield

View flyer HERE

Grand Rounds Presentation! Self-Driven: Why a Sense of Control is So Important for Children and Teens

William Stixrud, Ph.D. and Ned Johnson
Dr. Stixrud is a clinical neuropsychologist and founder of The Stixrud Group, a lifespan neuropsychology practice, is an adjunct faculty member of the Children's National Medical Center, and is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pedicatrics, The George Washington University School of Medicine.
Mr. Johnson is an author, speaker, and founder of PrepMatters, an educational company.
Dr. Stixrud and Mr. Johnson are the co-authors of The Self-Driven Child.

Tuesday, November 13, 9:00-10:30 am
New Trier High School/Northfield, Cornog Auditorium
7 Happ Rd., Northfield

Register HERE

The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives

William Stixrud, Ph.D. and Ned Johnson

Tuesday, November 13, 7:00 pm
New Trier High School/Northfield, Cornog Auditorium
7 Happ Rd., Northfield

View flyer HERE

To visit FAN's website, click HERE.

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Seniors Magi Ortiz and Alex Pinheiro Northside Debate's first repeat participants at the Tournament of Champions

Seniors Magi Ortiz and Alex Pinheiro will be Northside Debate's first repeat participants at the Tournament of Champions, held at the University of Kentucky in May 2019. Magi and Alex received their second TOC bid (which locks them into the nationals field) by advancing to quarterfinals of the University of Michigan debate tournament, featuring 166 teams from 21 different states.

Magi and Alex compiled a 5-2 record in prelims, before advancing to elimination rounds and defeating a team from Paideia (GA) on a 2-1 decision for the bid. They then added a second straight win over the same powerhouse Montgomery Bell (TN) team they defeated a few weeks ago.

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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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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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Students with Learning Differences Experience Day @ CIP Bloomington

Saturday, November 17
9:30 am – 1:00 pm
CIP Bloomington, 425 N College Ave Bloomington, IN

Visit one of the world’s most comprehensive postsecondary transition programs for young adults ages 18-26 with learning differences.

For young adults with Asperger’s, High-Functioning Autism, ADHD & other Learning Differences, their parents, and the professionals who support them.

Register HERE.

For more information, call Ashley Sullivan, Admissions Coordinator at 812-323-0600 ext 22.

Visit the website HERE.

Upcoming College Visits at Northside

Monday, November 5
University of Illinois at Chicago, 9:30 am

Tuesday, November 6
Northern Illinois University, 3:15 pm

Wednesday, November 7
Vassar College, 3:15 pm

Thursday, November 8
University of St. Francis, 11:36 am

Friday, November 9
Wayne State University, 12:26 pm

Tuesday, November 13
Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), 11:36 am

Wednesday, November 14
Loughborough University, 9:48 am

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