Northside Child Development Center

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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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  • Summer Pop-Up Libraries

    Niles Community Schools is pleased to partner with the United Way of Southwest Michigan and the Meet Up and Eat Up summer program to bring pop libraries to you. Click on the Title to read more.

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

    Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP-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)


Construction Updates

  • Construction Updates:

    March 13, 2019


    Dear Northside Families,

    Northside Child Development Center will soon undergo remodeling as a result of the community’s support of the school bond in 2015. We are extremely excited for construction to begin at Northside, as the renovation will offer our children an improved learning environment, enhanced safety and security, increased access to technology, improved energy efficiency, and overall building and site improvements.

    Our primary objective is and always will be student learning. With a focus on minimizing disruption to our students and classrooms we will be making changes beginning Spring Break. In order to accomplish this expedited construction timeline, we must make changes to some of the classrooms to allow for a heavy construction workload. Thankfully, we have space within the building to move classrooms around and allow for the construction to begin.  


    Our Kinder-Connection classrooms will be temporarily moved into the All-Purpose room.  We will be putting up temporary walls within the all-purpose room to create three fully functional classrooms.  Our ASD classroom will be moved into another classroom down the hall. Mrs. Neff’s classroom will be moved into Principal Shabazz’s office and we will be temporarily closing the library and computer lab.  


    As with any construction project, we anticipate families may have questions about the logistics, and what this means for you. For that reason, I will be dedicating the next Parent Night to discuss construction.  This meeting will be on Wednesday, March 20th from 3:45 - 4:30 pm. We will have child care available as well. During this information session, we will discuss the various reasons why we have made changes this school year and the long-term benefits to our children and families of Northside.  

    We will also be closing the morning parent-drop off after Spring Break as that section of the building will be under construction. Beginning April 8th you will need to walk your child into the building for morning drop off.

    If you have any questions during this process, please feel free to contact me at or 269-683-1982.



    Jennifer Shabazz

    Principal, Northside Child Development Center


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

  • March 7, 2019


    Northside Families,

    I am hoping that we are on the way to warmer weather and ready to enjoy Spring here at the school.  We have had many exciting events taking place here at Northside starting with our Sweetheart Dance in which many of you joined us for a special night with your child.  Last week we had Spring conferences. As a school we had over 92% attendance. Thank you! If you were unable to make conferences please contact your teacher to set up something with you either over the phone or in-person.  March 6th was the first Kindergarten registration for the 2019-2020 school year. We have registration for GSRP (pre-school) and Kindergarten coming up again in the next few weeks.

    Due to the weather we have had to cancel our Very Important Parent nights. I am excited for our March meeting.  The date has been changed to March 20th from 3:50 PM to 4:30 PM.  We will offer child care in the gym.  At this meeting we will discuss a lot of important information for the end of the school year, as well as get your feedback on the 2018-2019 school year.  I hope that you will be able to join us.

    March is national reading month. We have a lot of exciting events planned at the school.  On Monday, March 4th we kicked off the month with a special guest reader, Mrs. Ann Bingham, from curriculum and instruction.  On Thursday, March 7th, we had Mayor Nick Shelton read to the students. Below you will see the list of activities coming up for the remainder of the month.

    Upcoming Events: For Students

    March 11th - 15th Dr. Seuss Week

        March 11th - Color day (wear as many colors as possible)

        March 12th - Cat in the Hat Day ( Wear red, white, black)

        March 13th - Crazy Socks

        March 14th - Dress as your favorite Dr. Seuss character

        March 15th - Viking Spirit Day

    March 21st - DEAR Day (Drop Everything And Read)  Students to wear PJs

    Upcoming Events: For Parents

    March 14th - GSRP Registration @ 6:00 PM

    March 18th - Diaper Drive for Great Start Parent Coalition

    March 20th - VIP Meeting @ 3:50 - 4:30

    March 29th - Half Day of School

    April 1st - 5th - Spring Break


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

    Thank you,

    Jennifer Shabazz, Principal, Northside Child Development Center



  • Friday, March 26th, 2019 - Mark your calendars!

    There is a half day of school (am only) for Friday students.

    Teachers have professional development in the afternoon. School dismisses at 11:45 am.


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