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Dynamic Learners * Diverse Opportunities * Driven to Succeed

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  • Viking Pride!

    Viking Pride! It is more than what we do on the athletic field or court. It epitomizes how we feel about being part of the Niles community. Niles is a great place to live. It is also a great place to learn, to play and to be. Viking Pride embodies how we feel about ourselves and our community. Niles Community Schools, in partnership with the community, is dedicated to inspiring and preparing all learners through diverse opportunities to challenge the present and enrich the future. Viking Pride is Alive!

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Welcome

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    Welcome to Northside Child Development Center

    2020 North Fifth Street, Niles, MI 49120
    269.683.1982
     
    Dynamic Learners * Diverse Opportunities * Driven To Succeed
     
    Dear Parents,
     
    Northside is a unique early primary learning community of over 300 students and 40 staff members. The passionate, highly qualified staff provide dynamic, hands-on learning experiences and innovative opportunities. We believe that all students can and will learn, and that it is our collective responsibility to empower all children to create, discover, and apply knowledge in a diverse culture of collaboration, respect, and high expectations. To continuously meet the needs of our families, Northside provides full day and half day GSRP preschool, Kindergarten, Kinder-Connections, (transition into kindergarten) Montessori, Early Childhood Speical Education and a Berrien Resa ASD classroom.
     
    Our exciting outdoor classrooms (garden), integrated motor indoor learning spaces, diverse classroom discovery centers, computer lab, and research-based curriculum and instructional practices ensure that we are providing the building blocks for each child’s future. We model lifelong learning and collaboration in Professional Learning Communities, and provide a safe and civil learning culture. Our “Mini Vike Guidelines for Success” teach and celebrate Being Nice, Listening, and Doing. Classrooms are peaceful environments in which staff members act as facilitators for the learners, as the children learn to resolve problems early, independently, and successfully.
     
    Our teachers and building administrator continuously review student achievement data from NWEA, DIBELS, preschool school readiness outcomes, TS Gold, and Brigance as well as formal and informal classroom assessments. As members of data teams, the staff members collaboratively determine goals and implement effective instruction, to ensure that each child is successful. We take pride in the fact that our Northside growth scores are above the national average, and that students who have participated in our preschool programs continue to be successful over time, based on longitudinal data. 
     
    At Northside, we believe that parents are their children’s first and most important teachers, and that partnering with parents is essential to our students’ success. Thus, we strongly encourage parent participation. Northside enthusiastically provides interactive, educational family activities throughout the year, such as Pumpkin Social, Dad’s Day in the Snow, The Great Kindness Challenge, Grandparent Day, Me and My Gal, Caring for Our Earth, Carnival, and Fun With Dental Health. Northside also houses a PreK coordinator, which provides an abundance of educational material for our parents, as well as connections to community resources. We help parents set goals, advocate for their children and their families, and we work diligently to provide the support necessary. 
     
    Community relationships are also central to our success at Northside. We appreciate our many community classroom volunteers and community partnerships with organizations, such as Niles Community Gardens and Niles District Library. We provide training and materials for our local day care providers, through a partnership with the Childcare Resource Center (CCR) & Berrien Community Foundation (BCF). Our membership with the Great Start Collaborative and Berrien RESA are other county-wide resources we find valuable. These partners are actively and enthusiastically engaged as part of our school family year after year. 
     
    Mrs. Jennifer Shabazz, Principal
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     Our programs & hours:

      Kinder-Connections—Monday through Friday:  8:35-3:36

    >Special Education—Monday through Thursday: 8:30 - 11:40 (AM students) & 12:26-3:36  (PM students)

    >Great Start Readiness Program (Early Learners)— Monday through Thursday: 8:35 - 11:48 (AM students)

                12:23 - 3:36 (PM students) and 8:35 - 3:36 (full day students)

    >Montessori— Monday through Friday: 8:35 - 11:48 (AM students) and Monday through Friday:  8:35-3:36 (full day students)

                                     (Tuition charged for the Montessori program)

     

Headlines

  • Captured by the Superintendent

    Pictures taken by Dr. Applegate as he attends events and visits schools throughout the district.

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  • YMCA Offering After School Programs

    The Niles-Buchanan YMCA is offering safe, top quality, enriching after school programs for your child! (More)

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  • Bond Construction Updates

    * Updated February 2018! See the construction as it unfolds. (More)

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  • Bond 2015

    We wish to extend our sincere gratitude to all the community members who came out to vote on the bond proposals. (More)

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  • Inclement Weather and School Closings

    When it comes to severe weather and the potential for a school closure, I know that the sooner the decision is made the better for staff, students, and parents. Typically, we make a decision to close for inclement weather collectively with Brandywine and Buchanan. Our goal is to make this decision before 6:00am. (More)

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  • District Lays Out Strategic Plan

    After months of gathering information from community stakeholders through surveys, workshops, forums and other means, leaders of the Niles Community Schools district have developed a new strategic plan that will help guide the district in reaching future goals. On February 1, 2016, the Niles school board ratified the plan by approving the district’s new mission statement, vision statement, beliefs and goal statements — all of which are components of the strategic plan. “To use a Viking analogy, we wanted everybody to have their oars in the water at the same time and all pulling together,” said Greg O’Toole, school board president. “I think this was critical to getting to that point.”

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Being NICE

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    If you walk into our building and ask any child, adult, and even parents (quite possibly), they will tell you we have three Mini Vike expectations!  We are Nice, we Listen, and we Do the Right Thing!  These simple words have very deep and complex ideas that go with them.  To guide and develop our children's ability to do each of these three things we use the tools pictured on the home page.  Each day we provide real ways that we can accomplish all three of these little ideas that make a BIG difference.  Not only do we expect our children to exhibit these socially acceptable attributes, we challenge All to exemplify these ideas.  Our proactive approach is helping our children know how to develop and interact appropriatly with their peers.  When we take this approach, we minimize the idea of "bullying" and "harassment" and maximize the behaviors and words that show we care and are Nice.  As we move into the realm of Big Vike behaviors of being Respectful, Responsible, and Resilient, (y) our children have the foundation to excel socially!

     

    It is essential at this level we have an understanding of Bullying and Harassment-specifically as parents, staff, and children.  As children develop socially they exhibit characteristics, behaviors, and use words that are hurtful.  This is part of their social development however not an excuse.  As we balance this developmental phase, it is necessary to be clear on how bullying and harassment is defined so we don't throw a label on actions that are hurtful yet not defining.  When you consider whether bullying or harassment has actually happened use the following filters:

     

    Bullying is defined as repeated, persistent, harmful behavior, where an imbalance of power exists, intended to cause fear, distress, or harm to another person's body, emotions, self-esteem or reputation, that substantially interferes with a student's ability to benefit from the educational environment.

    Bullying rises to the level of unlawful harassment when one or more persons systematically and chronically inflict physical hurt or psychological distress on one (1) or more students or employees and that bullying is based upon one (1) or more Protected Classes, that is, characteristics that are protected by Federal civil rights laws. It is defined as any unwanted and repeated written, verbal, or physical behavior, including any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gesture, by an adult or student, that is severe or pervasive enough to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational or work environment; cause discomfort or humiliation; or unreasonably interfere with the individual's school or work performance or participation.

     

    Aggressive behavior is defined as inappropriate conduct that is repeated enough, or serious enough, to negatively impact a student’s educational, physical, or emotional well-being. Such behavior includes, for example, bullying, hazing, stalking, intimidation, menacing, coercion, name-calling, taunting, making threats, and hitting/pushing/shoving.

     

    Children do a great job of telling us when they have been wronged.  If they do not tell us at school listen carefully to them at home; and then come share your concerns with us here.  This is essential for us to deal with any issues expeditiously.  The Principal (or other designated administrator) shall promptly investigate and document all complaints about bullying, aggressive or other behavior that may violate this policy. The investigation must be completed as promptly as the circumstances permit.

     

    If the investigation finds an instance of bullying or aggressive behavior has occurred, it will result in prompt and appropriate remedial action.

Principal's Update

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    September 14, 2018

     

    Families,

     

    We have had a fantastic start to the school year.  As I walk through the hallways and classrooms the children are following the Lil’ Vikes promise of be nice, be kind, listen, and do the right thing.  When the classes are walking down the hallways they are in a line and doing “hugs and bubbles”. Next week will bring new and exciting changes as our Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) will begin on Monday, September 17th.  

     

    Bus Update:

        If your child rides the bus to school there will be more stops and kids on the bus due to GSRP starting, please be patient with them for the first few days.  If you drop off or pick up your child we will be allowing the GSRP parents to walk their children to class for the first week. Please feel free to contact the office at school or transportation if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s bus situation.

     

    Homecoming (Friday September 21st):

    Next week is homecoming week for Niles High School and are students will be going to the parade on Friday.  We will take a bus to Eastside School in the afternoon to watch the parade and then return to school. If you do not want your child to attend please send a note or call the school.  Students are encouraged to wear a Niles shirt to support the school.

     

    Apple Festival:

    Apple Festival is quickly approaching.  We will be painting t-shirts to get ready for the parade on Tuesday, September 18th.  You provide the light colored (white) shirt to paint, we will provide the rest. Everyone in your family may bring a shirt to paint

    TIMES:  Tuesday, September 18th

    • Mrs. Ward & Mrs. Pliley :  5:30
    • Mrs. Grow & Mrs. Hoppstock : 5:45
    • Mrs. Mariner & Mrs. Cole & Mrs. Benjamin : 6:00
    • Mrs. Dodge & Mrs. Zeitlow : 6:20
    • Mrs. Duis & Mrs. Flenar : 6:35
    • Mrs. Morrow : 6:45

        PARADE:

    • Saturday, September 22nd - Youth Parade - Meet at Eastside Park at 12:45pm
    • If we win a trophy on 9/22/18 -  Saturday, September 29th in the Grande Parade

     

    If you have any questions or concerns please contact Mrs. Shabazz.

     

    Thank you,

    Jennifer Shabazz

Announcements

  •  Picture Day is Coming.      Picture Day is Coming!

    Picture Day is Tuesday, September 25, 2018.

    Order forms will be sent home next week with students. You can order online as well. See the flier being sent home this week for more information.

    Northside Child Dev Center Picture Day ID #LM51803YO

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  •   VIP (Very Important Parent) Group

    We will hold monthly meetings for teachers and parents to join together and discuss what is happening at Northside and how we can help our children have a successful year at school.

    The first meeting is being held on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 3:50 pm.

    Child care will be provided.

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