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Northside's Selective Enrollment Open House

Student and Parent Volunteers Needed

Sunday, October 27
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Please encourage your students to sign up to help with the Open House. Student volunteers are needed from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. There will be 2 training sessions: October 9 and 23. Students will be able to pick from flex 2 and flex 4 sessions. On the day of the Open House, students will show families around, answer questions, and have the opportunity to share what they love about Northside. Food and snacks will be provided and students will earn service learning hours. Please encourage students to fill out this FORM to sign up.

We also need 100 adult volunteers to work this busy but super-fun event! Parents help answer questions and direct crowds in the gym, outside and all over the building. You will need to be registered as a Level II volunteer if you have not done so already. It very easy to do - you must complete a form and turn in an ID. Please see details below under CPS Volunteer Requirements.

Sign up HERE to volunteer.
Sign up HERE to donate snacks for the students.

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Host Families Still Needed!

Wednesday, October 9-Friday, October 18

Northside College Prep will be hosting 12 students from Prague from October 9-18. We are still looking for NCP families, preferably with a sophomore, junior, or senior, willing to host a student during that time and show them some of the amazing things that Northside and Chicago have to offer. If you are interested in hosting, please fill out an application form HERE. Information about the trip can be found in this Prague FAQ document. For additional information, please contact assistant principal Barry Smith.

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Only a Few Hours Left to Get Your Northside Mustangs Spirit Wear

The Athletic Boosters have coordinated with All Seasons Screen Printing & Embroidery again this year to make NCP Spirit wear available to everyone online. The new mustang logo has now been incorporated into the offerings from last year. Shop for the latest gear HERE.

The store will be open until 11:59 pm on Sunday, September 29. Get your spirit wear today!

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Volunteers Needed for Spanish Honor Society

Wednesday, October 2, 9 and 30
8:00 am - 9:30 am

For the past 10 years, Northside's award winning Spanish Honor Society has gone to Hibbard Elementary nearby to read to, and tutor, 1st graders who are Spanish speakers. It's a great volunteer opportunity for the students to practice their Spanish outside of class, but we need chaperones!

The most URGENT is this Wednesday, October 2, from 8:00 am - 9:30 am.

Also, one chaperone is needed for Wednesday, October 9, from 8:00 am - 9:30 am and one for Wednesday, October 30, from 8:00 am - 9:30 am.

Please contact Señor Blease at rblease@cps.edu if you can walk with the students. It's less than a mile away.

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Annual Appeal Mailing

Wednesday, October 2
4:00 - 5:30 pm
(Please note the corrected start time.)

Admin Conference Room

We're kicking off our Annual Appeal and need 10 volunteers to label and stuff envelopes for the mailing that goes to all NCP families and friends. No skills are required and it's guaranteed to be a good time! To sign up, click HERE.

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First Friday

Friday, October 4
8:00 - 10:00 am
Panera Bread, 6059 N. Lincoln Ave.

Friends of Northside gathers on the First Friday morning of every month for coffee and conversation. This casual get-together gives you a chance to meet and network with other parents. Feel free to come and go as it suits your schedule.

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No School - CPS Day Off

Monday, October 14
Indigenous People's Day/Columbus Day

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Financial Aid Completion Workshops

Tuesday, October 15
6:00 - 8:00 pm

The counseling department will be offering FAFSA Completion Workshops for English and Spanish-speaking parents and students on Tuesday, October 15 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.

Additional student workshops will be held during the day for students who would like to start their FAFSA as soon as the application becomes available or if they would like one-on-one support.

Students and parents, please register HERE for the FAFSA Workshops. Also, students will be required to register for the workshops offered during the school day in their Enriching Student Portal as well.

For more information contact Ms. Moore or Mr. Hughes.

Presentations

ISAC Student FAFSA Workshop
Wednesday, October 2
Two sessions: 1:25 - 2:10 pm and 2:15 - 3:00 pm
Room 224

ISAC Parent and Student FAFSA Workshop (English & Spanish)
Tuesday, October 16
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Room 219

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

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Life Lessons

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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PSAT/NMST Exam

Wednesday, October 16
8:00 am

Northside College Prep sophomores and juniors will participate in the PSAT/NMSQT exam. On the day of the exam, students are expected to report to school no later than 8:00 am for a full day of school. More details about the exam will be shared with students and parents in the near future.

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FON Parent College Night

Thursday, October 17
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Second Floor Atrium

The Friends of Northside sponsored Parent College Night will be held Thursday, October 17 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm in the Second Floor Atrium. Come hear parents of recently graduated NCP students share their experiences and advice about the college search and application process. Please RSVP for the event HERE so we know how many people to expect.

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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)
▪ Dryer sheets
▪ Laundry soap
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)
Dryer sheets
Laundry soap

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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If parents are interested in learning more about how to support their children through grief, they can reach out to Willow House for support. Last school year, Willow House provided grief support at Northside for students and staff, and also offered staff training. They can provide expert guidance for parents on what to expect for adolescent grief, how to support your child, and when to seek out additional help. All services are free of charge. Contact Willow House or Anne Cooper, Northside School Social Worker with any questions.

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October events

Important October Dates

▪ Wednesday, October 2 - ISAC Student FAFSA Workshop & Annual Appeal Mailing
▪ Friday, October 4 - First Friday
▪ Monday, October 14 - Indigenous People's Day/Columbus Day (no school)
▪ Tuesday, October 15 - LSC Meeting & FAFSA Completion Workshop
▪ Wednesday, October 16 - PSAT/NMST Exam & ISAC Parent and Student FAFSA Workshop
▪ Thursday, October 17 - FON Parent College Night & Athletic Booster Club meeting
▪ Friday, October 18 - Latino Fest
▪ Tuesday, October 22 - FON Meeting
▪ Friday, October 25 - Halloween Dance (sponsored by the Latin Club)
▪ Sunday, October 27 - NCP Open House
▪ Tuesday, October 29 - Halloween Concert
Wednesday, October 2 - ISAC Student FAFSA Workshop & Annual Appeal Mailing
Friday, October 4 - First Friday
Monday, October 14 - Indigenous People's Day/Columbus Day (no school)
Tuesday, October 15 - LSC Meeting & FAFSA Completion Workshop
Wednesday, October 16 - PSAT/NMST Exam & ISAC Parent and Student FAFSA Workshop
Thursday, October 17 - FON Parent College Night & Athletic Booster Club meeting
Friday, October 18 - Latino Fest
Tuesday, October 22 - FON Meeting
Friday, October 25 - Halloween Dance (sponsored by the Latin Club)
Sunday, October 27 - NCP Open House
Tuesday, October 29 - Halloween Concert
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This Week in Sports

Come out and support our student athletes!

Women's Volleyball

▪ Tuesday, October 1, 5:00 pm (V) and 6:00 pm (JV) vs. Washington at NCP
▪ Wednesday, October 2, 4:30 pm (JV) and 6:30 pm (V) vs. Lake Forest Academy at Lake Forest Academy
Tuesday, October 1, 5:00 pm (V) and 6:00 pm (JV) vs. Washington at NCP
Wednesday, October 2, 4:30 pm (JV) and 6:30 pm (V) vs. Lake Forest Academy at Lake Forest Academy

Women's Swimming

▪ Tuesday, October 1, 5:00 pm, vs. Jones College Prep and Walter Payton College Prep, at NCP
Tuesday, October 1, 5:00 pm, vs. Jones College Prep and Walter Payton College Prep, at NCP

Women's Golf

▪ Thursday, October 3, 8:00 am, IHSA Regionals, location TBA
Thursday, October 3, 8:00 am, IHSA Regionals, location TBA

Men's Golf

▪ Wednesday, October 2, 8:00 am, IHSA Regionals, location TBA
Wednesday, October 2, 8:00 am, IHSA Regionals, location TBA

Women's Cross Country

▪ Tuesday, October 1, 4:30 pm, Invitational vs. Mather, at NCP
Tuesday, October 1, 4:30 pm, Invitational vs. Mather, at NCP

Men's Cross Country

▪ Tuesday, October 1, 4:30 pm, Invitational vs. Mather, at NCP
Tuesday, October 1, 4:30 pm, Invitational vs. Mather, at NCP

Visit the NCP Athletics website for additional information about Northside teams.

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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.

Volunteer Coordinator

Manage and update our online volunteer system as needed 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?
Meetings begin in the middle of September. 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 Spring Benefit.
* Auction Item Solicitors--at least five people to solicit auction items.
* Printed Materials Chair--one or two people to design and produce all the printed materials.

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

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NCP Cross Country Teams Finish Strong at Mather Invitational #2

The Northside cross country teams competed in the Mather Invitational #2 meet at Legion Park on Tuesday. On the girls side, the Mustangs finished second out of 19 teams with 42 points, coming up just short of city rival Taft with 37 points (low score wins in cross country). The boys team took fourth out of 21 teams with 147 points. A total of 52 Mustangs competed in the two-mile race.

Elia Ton-That (So.) finished first in the girl’s race while teammate Gwen Casey (Sr.) finished third. Allison Feeney (So.), Nora Hill (So.), and Maria Avina (Jr.) rounded out the top five, finishing in 16th, 17th, and 21st place respectively. Median Karic (Jr.) and Tessa Myatt (Fr.) were also honored for finishing in the top-10 in their class at the meet.

Ezra Hill (Jr.) led the way for the boys, taking fourth place in the race. Seth Karall (Sr.), Josiah Shimandle (Jr.), Liam Pentangelo (Fr.), and Arlo Johnston (Fr.) made up the rest of the Mustangs five scoring runners, placing 16th, 53rd, 56th, and 62nd respectively.

Next up, the teams will be competing in the Lakefront Invitational at Montrose Beach, hosted by Loyola University and Latin School, on Saturday September 28th, before returning to Legion Park for the final Mather Invitational meet of the season, on Tuesday October 1st.

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

Click HERE to submit information.

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September and Early October College Visits at Northside

Monday, September 30
Barnard College, 9:48 am
University of California, Berkeley, 9:48 am
Middlebury College, 9:48 am
Wesleyan University, 10:38 am
Lehigh University, 11:36 am
Temple University, 3:15 pm

Tuesday, October 1
Davidson College, 9:48 am
Elon University, 9:48 am
Taylor University, 9:48 am
Amherst College, 11:36 am
Dominican University, 12:26 PM
Pennsylvania State University, 12:26 pm
Williams College, 12:26 pm
University of Chicago, 3:15 pm

Wednesday, October 2
Providence College,10:40 am
Santa Clara University,11:20 am
Willamette University,11:20 am
University of Tulsa, 12:40 pm
Niagara University, 3:15 pm

Thursday, October 3
Drake University, 9:48 am
Mercer University, 9:48 AM
University of Exeter, 10:38 AM
California Lutheran University, 12:26 pm
Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne,12:26 pm
Hope College, 12:26 pm
Wentworth Institute of Technology, 12:26 pm
Northeastern University, 3:15 pm

Friday, October 4
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 9:48 am
Stevens Institute of Technology, 9:48 am
The University of Alabama, 10:15 am
University of Dayton, 10:15 am
Indiana State University, 10:15 am
Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis, 10:15 am
The University of Oklahoma, 10:15 am
University of New Orleans, 10:38 am
Regent's University London, 11:36 am
Bowdoin College, 12:26 pm
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach, 12:26 pm
Grinnell College, 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.

Students are highly encouraged to meet with the reps who take the time to visit Northside. Oftentimes these are the same regional reps who will be reading your child's application! Students may ask a teacher to be briefly excused from class to meet a college representative.

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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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National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) College Fair

Saturday, October 5
11:00 am – 3:00 pm

McCormick Place- Lakeside Center
2301 S. King Dr.

Free and open to the public, National College Fairs allow students to interact with admission representatives from a wide range of post-secondary institutions.

Click HERE for more information, to see a list of participating school and to register.

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100 Black Men of Chicago, Inc. - 17th Annual College Scholarship Fair

Saturday, October 5
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
University of Illinois, at Chicago - Pavilion
525 S. Racine Ave.

Since 2003, the 100BMC has hosted an annual College Scholarship Fair with up to 200 Colleges and Universities interacting with nearly 5000 students, parents and educational partners.

Students can register HERE.

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Tufts University Admissions: Who Gets In and Why

Sunday, October 6, 02:00 - 04:00 pm
Hilton Garden Inn Chicago North Shore/Evanston
1818 Maple Ave
Evanston, IL 60201

Please join Rachel Brown, Associate Director of Admissions, and Evelyn Ocampo, Admissions Counselor, for a look inside a selective college admissions process. Insight into how and why admissions decisions are made will be revealed during this interactive workshop. The event is open to students, families, and school counselors.

Students can register HERE for the workshop.

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Additional College Events and Scholarship Deadlines:

Monday, September 30
App Closes: Cirkled In - "No Sweat" Scholarship
5:30 pm - Registration opens: CPS Student/Parent Scholarship Information Session
5:30 pm - Oxford University Undergraduate Admissions Event - Chicago

Thursday, October 10
App Closes: City Treasurer's Hispanic Heritage Month Scholarship
7:00 pm - Boston University Reception in Winnetka

Tuesday, October 15
App Closes: Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s Youth Awards

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

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