Upcoming Important Dates

Thursday, December 17 - Cozy Winter Virtual Showcase: Orchestra Concert
Saturday, December 19 - AP Payment Deadline
Monday, December 21 - Friday, January 1 - Winter Break


Additional Info Below

▪ Annual Appeal Update
▪ AP Exams and Payment
▪ Cozy Winter Virtual Showcase: Intermediate Strings, Concert Strings, Chamber Strings
▪ Winter Break
▪ Any Questions About SchoolCNXT?
▪ The College Crisis Initiative: Panel Discussion at Davidson College This Wednesday, December 9
▪ Academic Approach SAT Test Prep
▪ College Application and Essay Resources
▪ College Representative Visits
▪ Financial Aid Resources
▪ CPS Scholarship Notifications
▪ FON Senior Parent College Night Highlights
▪ Photo Submissions Requested for NCP Stampede!
▪ Order Your 2020-2021 NCP Yearbook
▪ Ways for Parents to Stay in Touch
Annual Appeal Update
AP Exams and Payment
Cozy Winter Virtual Showcase: Intermediate Strings, Concert Strings, Chamber Strings
Winter Break
Any Questions About SchoolCNXT?
The College Crisis Initiative: Panel Discussion at Davidson College This Wednesday, December 9
Academic Approach SAT Test Prep
College Application and Essay Resources
College Representative Visits
Financial Aid Resources
CPS Scholarship Notifications
FON Senior Parent College Night Highlights
Photo Submissions Requested for NCP Stampede!
Order Your 2020-2021 NCP Yearbook
Ways for Parents to Stay in Touch

Update on the 2020-2021 Annual Appeal

Thank you to all the families that have contributed thus far to the Annual Appeal!

Here is where our donation totals stand compared to prior years immediately after Giving Tuesday:

▪ 2020-2021 - $75,000
▪ 2019-2020 - $54,000
▪ 2018-2019 - $100,000
▪ 2017-2018 - $109,000
▪ 2016-2017 - $99,000
2020-2021 - $75,000
2019-2020 - $54,000
2018-2019 - $100,000
2017-2018 - $109,000
2016-2017 - $99,000

Contributions are ahead of last year, which is great. However, we are still behind contribution levels in the prior three years following Giving Tuesday.

Every dollar matters as they fund activities important to our students and which are not covered by the budget of Chicago Public Schools. Northside is annually ranked one of the top schools both in Illinois and the United States by U.S. News and World Report. Donations to Friends of Northside help fund activities to keep Northside the great school it is.

Employer Donations

Please check with your employer about company matching donations. It can often double your support to Northside. Contact Friends of Northside at with any questions.

Stock Donations

Friends of Northside graciously accepts donations of stock, which we convert to cash upon receipt. Please contact us at FON can easily provide information related to Wintrust Bank if you would like to donate stock to FON in lieu of cash.


New this year is the ability to donate via PayPal. If you might normally write a check but now instead use PayPal, we encourage you to make online donations in this manner.

We still have a long way to go to reach our goal of 100% participation by NCP families and $500,000!

Click HERE to read the appeal letter from Principal Mest.

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

Questions? Click HERE to contact Friends of Northside.

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

Keep Northside strong! All donations are appreciated!


AP Exams and Payment

There continues to be a technical issue with the collection of AP Exam fees. In prior communication, AP Exam fee payments would be due by Friday, December 4 at 3:00 pm. The payment deadline has been adjusted and will be later in December.

An announcement will be made to all students, teachers, and families to ensure that you are able to pay on time. Your continued patience is very much appreciated.

AP Exams will take place May 3-7 and May 10-14. For reference, the AP exam cost is $110 per exam. If you completed your family income form and have been approved, the exam cost is $15 per exam. For students enrolled in AP Seminar and Research, the exam cost is $143.

If you have any further questions regarding payment, please contact Mr. Hughes at


Cozy Winter Virtual Showcase

Thursday, December 17
7:00 pm
Broadcast info coming soon

(Intermediate Strings, Concert Strings, Chamber Strings)


Winter Break

Monday, December 21, 2020 - Friday, January 1, 2021

*Classes resume on Monday, January 4, 2021.


Any Questions About NCP Communications Sent Via CNXT?

If you are having problems with SchoolCNXT, please contact the main office from 7:30 am - 3:15 pm at 773.534.3954, or you can email the NCP school clerk, Mary Grasz, at

NCP uses SchoolCNXT to communicate important information to parents and the school community. All families should have received a text message and/or email communication about signing up. If you did not receive that communication or need access to your student's account, you can gain access by using this tool on Northside's website.


The College Crisis Initiative: Panel Discussion at Davidson College This Wednesday, December 9

As the semester draws to a close, we hope you will join us for a panel discussion at Davidson College that highlights an incredible example of the convergence of collaborative research, the liberal arts, and impact.

Born out of the COVID-19 global pandemic, The College Crisis Initiative (C2i) focuses on how colleges and universities innovate in a crisis mindset.

Since March, the C2i team at Davidson, comprised of student researchers and faculty, has collected and analyzed data on how post-secondary institutions have responded to the pandemic. The team shares their work with policymakers and the public via the C2i Dashboard.

Join us on December 9 at 8:00 pm EDT (7:00 pm CST) to learn about the genesis of the initiative, what the data is telling us, and what's next. Register now!


Academic Approach SAT Test Prep

Academic Approach is offering an optional virtual SAT prep course to help NCP juniors and sophomores prepare for the Spring SAT School Day test scheduled for April 2021. It runs from January 20th-March 24, 2021 to help students prepare for the spring SAT in April. Information regarding the schedule, registration details, and course fee is available by following the link below. The deadline to register is December 27, 2020. Click here for more details.


College Application and Essay Resources

Hello, Class of 2021 Parents,

Time is moving at light speed and the December college application deadlines are quickly approaching. New York University has you covered with helpful tips and best practices as your students prepare to hit submit on their college applications!

Here are a few articles that will assist you in supporting your students as they tackle their college applications and essays.

If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact Ms. Moore at or email your student’s respective school counselor. We are here to support your family with navigating the next steps in the college admissions process.

▪ From Parent to College Counselor: Helping Your Child Apply to College (click here)
▪ 3 Tips to Choose the Right Common App Essay Prompt (click here)
▪ 6 Proofreading Habits for Your College Essay and Beyond (click here)
▪ Working with Your Counselor to Prepare a Great Application (click here)
▪ Advice: Application Tips (click here)
▪ Is Early Decision Right for Me? (click here)
▪ How to Narrow Down Your College List (click here)
▪ What I Wish I Knew Before Applying to College (click here)


College Representative Visits

The NCP Counseling Department is offering virtual postsecondary visits for Northside Prep students and parents. We are offering virtual postsecondary visits to ensure all families have the opportunity to explore various postsecondary pathways, engage with the postsecondary representatives, and obtain answers to pertinent questions or concerns. Virtual postsecondary visits are offered after school from 3:15 pm - 4:00 pm and during Flex Blocks 1-4 on Wednesdays.

To date, college, military, and GAP Year representatives are scheduled to connect with NCP students virtually, and the list is growing every day. Click HERE to view the list of upcoming and past postsecondary visits. Also, check out the messages from the admissions representatives and the additional resources they shared during their visits.

*Please note, all virtual visits will be conducted via CPS Google Meets and no email addresses outside CPS will be permitted into the virtual postsecondary visits. To protect the privacy and safety of students, parents will only be permitted to access virtual visits if their respective student is present and the student will be required to log in via their CPS Gmail account. All postsecondary visits will be managed and monitored by an NCP staff member.


Financial Aid Resources

Video: Q&A with the Director of Financial Aid at Notre Dame (click here): Director of Financial Aid Mary Nucciarone answered questions from students and families during a recent University of Notre Dame Admissions LIVE event. Watch the session on-demand for insights and information about the financial aid process.

How Personal Savings are Considered on the FAFSA (click here): Many families think that saving for college may hurt their chances of getting financial aid. The reality is that the money the average family saves will not significantly affect the amount of aid they receive. There are several reasons why.

Financial Aid Q&A: Take this Chart to Your Next College Visit (click here): This handy chart lists 10 common financial aid questions. Ask them at your college visits and fill in the answers to get a full picture of the financial aid processes at your top-choice schools. We've included our answers too.

▪ ISAC English Financial Aid Presentation (click here)
▪ Northwestern Virtual Financial Aid Presentation (click here)

Net Price Calculators
▪ FAFSA4Caster (click here)
▪ Net Price Calculators (click here)
▪ National Center for Education Statistics: College Navigator (click here)

FAFSA and RISE Application Checklists: English and Spanish (click here)
▪ FAFSA Website (click here)
▪ Create FAFSA ID (click here)
▪ FAFSA 2021-2022 Worksheet (click here)
▪ The FAFSA Process (click here)
▪ 8 Things to Do After Filing the FAFSA (click here)
▪ FAFSA Tips & Common Mistakes to Avoid (click here)

RISE Application Website (click here)
▪ RISE Alternative Application User Guide (click here)

CSS Profile Website (click here)
▪ CSS Profile Tips & Resources (click here)
▪ CSS Profile Checklist (click here)

Avoid Student Scams (click here)
Tax Benefits for Higher Education (click here)

Update: Recursos de presentación en Español

▪ Presentación ISAC en Español (click here)
▪ Planilla de preparación para FAFSA 2020-2021 (click here)
▪ Cómo crear y utilizar la credencial FSA ID (click here)
▪ El proceso de la FAFSA (click here)
▪ Solicitud Alternativa para aplicar para la Subvención MAP de Illinois 2020-2021 (click here)
▪ Lista de verificación de FAFSA y RISE 2020-21 (click here)
▪ El Perfil de Ayuda Financiera/CSS (click here)
Presentación ISAC en Español (click here)
Planilla de preparación para FAFSA 2020-2021 (click here)
Cómo crear y utilizar la credencial FSA ID (click here)
El proceso de la FAFSA (click here)
Solicitud Alternativa para aplicar para la Subvención MAP de Illinois 2020-2021 (click here)
Lista de verificación de FAFSA y RISE 2020-21 (click here)
El Perfil de Ayuda Financiera/CSS (click here)

CPS Scholarship Notifications and College Events Around the City

For more details about upcoming events and to access the most recent updates, (click HERE) to view the College Calendar on the Northside Prep Counseling Website. Also, for additional scholarship opportunities visit the Northside College Prep Counseling page (click HERE).

Monday, December 14
App Closes: The Science Ambassador Scholarship

Tuesday, December 15
App Closes: Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois

Thursday, December 31
App Closes: Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship

Saturday, January 2
App Closes: Dolores Saxton Walker Scholarship

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FON Senior Parent College Night Highlights

We have written up the highlights of FON’s Senior Parent College Night for all those who were not able to attend. Panelists discussed the college search and application process; financial aid; what virtual graduation was like; college orientation and finding a roommate; the decision of whether or not to attend college courses remotely; and other aspects of attending college during a pandemic. You can find the write-up HERE.


Photo Submissions Requested for NCP Stampede!

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Order a Yearbook Today!

Interested in purchasing a copy of the 2020-2021 Stampede, NCP's yearbook? Click HERE to start your order!

Copies are $45 until March 1 and $55 afterwards.

Bragging Rights

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

Click HERE to submit information.

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