Northside Child Development Center

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Dynamic Learners * Diverse Opportunities * Driven to Succeed

  • 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 to Northside Child Development Center

    2020 North Fifth Street, Niles, MI 49120
    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)



  • 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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  • Indoor Walking Schedule

    Indoor walking set for winter months. (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


    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



    October 4, 2018


     Welcome to Fall!  Here at Northside we are having a great time getting ready for the new season.  I have reached into the “feely box”in Mrs. Benjamin’s classroom and the children helped me figure out it was a gourd.  Northside won the youth parade and participated in the Grande Parade at the Apple Festival. Next week our Kinder-Connection and Montessori students will have the opportunity to begin checking out books in the school library.  The most exciting part of October is seeing the children come into school smiling and excited to learn something new. Thank you to all our families for assisting us in allowing the children to walk on their own to their classrooms and greet their teachers everyday.  


    NO SCHOOL - Monday, October 8th


    Very Important Parent Meeting - October 10th @ 3:50pm - 5:00pm All Purpose Room

        Please join us for our first Parent Meeting to learn how you can be involved in the exciting things happening at Northside and support the teachers.  Childcare will be provided.

    Northside Winter Clothing Drive - October 15th - November 2nd (see flier attached)

        Consider donating to our clothing drive by bringing in new or gently used winter coats, snow pants, hats, and gloves.  All donations will be used for our Northside families.

    Pumpkin Social - October 17th 5:30pm - 7:00pm  

    Families will get to trick or treat through the school, watch the skit performed by staff from the book, The Big Pumpkin, and share a snack with their family.  We cannot wait to see everyone!

    Playdate - October 19th - 10:00am - All purpose Room @ Northside

        Playgroups are free literacy-based events for families with children ages birth-5 years of age.  Each playgroup is based on a children’s book and features hands-on family fun activities. The playgroup lasts for one hour and is hosted by Berrien RESA’s Early Childhood Education Department.  

    Safety Night - October 24th @ Community Evangelical Free Church 5:30pm - 7:30pm

        Please see the attached flyer for this community event and RSVP to have dinner provided.

    Rise and Roll Fundraiser - This will be starting in November :)


    **Please ensure your child has an extra set of clothing at school in case of an accident.

    **If you have not been receiving our phone calls or email updates please contact the office to update your information.


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


    Thank you,

    Jennifer Shabazz

    Principal, Northside Child Development Center