North Hi Mount Elementary

October 17, 2021

My dear North Hi Mount families:

There are no words to describe the happiness that I feel with the events in the last 2 weeks of school. Award ceremonies went as planned, Walk-a-ton was a big success, and our Carnival was incredible! It brightens my day to see so many families united in our school, having fun, children smiling, and adults getting to know each other. Thank you for all the effort from our PTA, organizers, volunteers, and families. We are growing together.

I have been seeing more and more tardy students. I am concerned about this situation, and I want to let you know that if you are facing a challenge with your student coming on time to school, just talk to us. Being on time at school is as important as being there at all, as both impact the performance and routines of the student. Let us know how we can help.

Always yours,

Mandi Murphy

NHM students: Together we work hard, together we have fun!

Calendar of events

  • Tuesday, October 19: Picture Day (uniform required)
  • Tuesday, October 19: Third grade Field Trip
  • October 25th-October 29th: Red Ribbon week
  • Wednesday, October 27: KG field trip
  • Friday, October 29th: Walking School Bus
  • Friday, October 29th: Beignet Bus at North Hi Mount
  • Friday, October 29th: Storybook parade

Important news from NHM office

The office staff would like you to know that we cannot answer phones between 7:30-8:00 am. At this time we are concentrated on helping students go to their classrooms, direct them to breakfast, having announcements, and receiving tardy students. Please be patient with us.

Additionally, we will like to remind you that we don't do early dismissals after 2:15 pm. It is very complicated to try to find students during this time. Please plan your appointments accordingly.

Picture day information

Tuesday, October 19 is picture day, and we have the volunteers that we need. Thank you so much for responding so fast!

Please make sure to send your student in uniform code. This means tops should be polo shirts in white, navy blue, yellow or royal blue. Bottoms can be khakis or navy blue, they can be dark blue jeans, with no embellishments. These pictures will be used for the yearbook

Sick Notes

If your student was absent, please don't forget to send a note. You can send your notes to the office or by e-mail to:

Drop-off procedures

Thank you for all your support during the morning drop-off. We have observed an increased number of cars dropping off by Dorothy Lane. Remember, this is our bus line, and even after the buses have left, we need this street clear. If cars stop in this lane, it creates traffic all the way to the crosswalks on Dorothy and 7th avenue, creating a problem for our car line too. Please don't drop off there unless is after 7:50 am (tardy)

Additionally, please don't drop off your students by the playground stairs (unless the student is going to Clayton before 7:30 am). All the students must enter by the entrance at 7th or by Dorothy Lane's door. This is for their safety.

By 7:30 AM NO CAR should stop at 7th St. since this is our car line drop off.

Tardy students

We have an increased number of tardy students. Remember, STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO BE AT THEIR CLASSROOM BY 7:50 am. After that time, students will be considered tardy. Three tardies mean for a student to not have a perfect attendance award. Tardy affects the flow of teaching as well.

At 7:50 am sharp we start with announcements. We show respect to our flags, pledge of allegiance, and respect to the students that are making the announcements. This is hard if we have tardy students in the halls.

Tardy students will be given a tardy pass. ALL tardy students should access the building by the door at Dorothy Lane, this includes students going to portables. PLEASE DO NOT DROP OFF YOUR STUDENT IN THE PORTABLES IF THEY ARE LATE. If a student arrives late and is being dropped off directly to the portable the teacher will send the student back to the front office.

Welcome Mrs. Natalie Chavez!

We are happy to have our new cafeteria monitor Mrs. Natalie Chavez. She has been working with us before, so we are happy to have her back.

We still need volunteers to help in the cafeteria, look for the information below. Dr. Schetz has sent information by mail as well.

We need volunteers for cafeteria!

Next week we need volunteers for the cafeteria. We still have spots in one shift. Thank you for all your support. YOU WILL ONLY BE ABLE TO SEE THE OPPORTUNITY IF YOUR PROFILE MATCHES (check your volunteer profile, add more options if it is necessary). If you are interested and you don't see the event, just contact Dr. Schetz and she will direct you.

We encourage you to open your Volunteer portal after you have been approved as a volunteer. If you want to see ALL the opportunities that we have, it is better to choose any volunteer opportunity in your profile. Volunteer portal sign-up is on the same webpage as the volunteer application, just scroll down.

Please complete the volunteer application below either if you are a new or returning parent. You will need a photo identification by a U.S. Government agency. If you don't have one, please contact Dr. Schetz ( for more information.

Pre-K ice cream

We did it! Most of our students that are buying ice cream now are depositing money in the student's account. Thank you so much. This makes ice cream Friday so easy! Therefore we don't need you to complete the form anymore!! Hooray!! Just make sure that you always have money in the account

We are still accepting cash, and we will monitor those pre-k students with money to be sure that they get their ice cream.

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Early voting for the general, special and constitutional amendment elections begins Monday, October 18 and continues through Friday, October 29.

Polls will be open at most county locations from:

  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, October 18 – Friday October 22
  • 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, October 23
  • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, October 24
  • 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, October 25-Friday, October 29

Tarrant County registered voters may cast ballots in-person at any designated early voting location in the county. All vote centers are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, November 2.

Among the items on the November 2 ballot are four Fort Worth ISD “Commitment To Classrooms” propositions.

The Fort Worth ISD Board of Education approved a resolution on Tuesday, August 10, calling for a November 2 bond election of $1,490,400,000. The election will not result in a property tax rate increase. If approved, the proposals will, among other things, address renovations at the District’s middle schools and provide a new elementary school in Benbrook.

  • Proposition A would provide $1,211,000,000 for the construction, renovation, acquisition, and equipment of school buildings in the District. This includes upgrades to middle schools as well as the construction of a new elementary school.
  • Proposition B allocates $98,300,000 for the construction, acquisition, and equipment of existing Fine Arts facilities. This includes upgrades to auditoriums.
  • Proposition C would provide $104,900,000 for the construction, acquisition, and equipment of stadiums in the District.
  • Proposition D would provide $76,200,000 for the construction, renovation, and equipment of recreational facilities in the District. This includes the replacement of turf at existing athletic stadiums.

Additional bond details are available at these upcoming informational sessions or by visiting

For more voting details, including voting locations and schedules, visit the Tarrant County Elections Administration website.

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

Ms. Houston is our incredible dyslexia teacher. Many students on our campus benefit from her experience and dedication. She is sharing some resources with us in order to raise awareness. Thank you so much Ms. Houston for all you do!

Attached is a digital copy of Ms. Houston's favorite book to explain the different levels of dyslexia. It is from Nessy which is a website with amazing resources. The book is an easy read in a child-friendly format, with a wealth of information. Please take your time to read it, it is really cute!

Additionally here is the link for Nessy if you are looking for more information and resources. As always, we are open to any concerns that you could have about your student. Teachers are the first contact if you think your student needs any educational support.

North Hi Mount Literary Society

You and your family members are cordially invited to join

The North Hi Mount Literary Society

Meetings will be held three times a year: Fall, Winter, Spring

6:00-7:00 in the NHM Library

The North Hi Mount Literary Society is a student-parent book club that allows families to read, discuss and engage in literature together. Students and parents will read the assigned text as a joint venture at home and digest the book before the meeting. Come ready with insight and questions!

The Society will boast snacks, engaging activities, intriguing discussion of classic tales and daring new books, and most importantly, the opportunity to engage in a literary community that celebrates the bond that reading forges with your child.

Read the book together and bring the whole family!

We hope to see you at the library!


Lauren Witherspoon

NHM Literary Society Chair

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Thank you so much to all the generous donors, leaders, and volunteers for making our Walkathon and Carnival successful. ALL students, faculty, and staff at NHM benefit from your efforts.

🚌 👟 Walking School Bus PTA for questions.

🏫 Stay and Play: Want to let your Eagles run off energy while you hang out with other parents? Stay and play on Mondays after dismissal at the playground.

📸 Don't forget to 'click and share' your Fall Carnival and Walkathon pictures with the YEARBOOK. Scroll to “Fall Carnival” and “Walkathon,” and upload there. One picture per family per page, please.

📸 For all the early birds, yearbooks are available for purchase now! Click HERE.


Christmas store information

In partnership with the Arlington Heights United Methodist Church, we will have the annual Christmas store. In this program, families will be able to shop for new toys for 80% off the retail price (Example: $10 toy will cost $2) and you can buy 3 toys per child.

Dr. Schetz will start contacting families that could benefit from this store. Please check your e-mails! BUT if you think that your family needs help, please don't hesitate to contact her at or 817-815-1500

Red Ribbon week is October 25-29

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Blue zone information

Do you know that North Hi Mount is a Blue Zone School?

This means that we teach our students to live healthier and happier lives!

Healthy children learn better!

To achieve this, we implemented policies and provide food options that encourage healthy eating in our school. Some examples of our efforts are:

  • Sharing healthy tips during morning announcements
  • Promoting healthy snacks

As parents, you can help us with this effort by:

  • Sending healthy lunches and snacks for your students. Avoid sugary drinks and sodas
  • Reviewing the list of healthy snacks that are Blue Zone approved
  • If you want to celebrate your student’s birthday in the classroom, please coordinate with your child’s teacher

Remember that you cannot bring sugary snacks, cupcakes or cookies in the classroom

Being a Blue Zone School means a way of living!

Parent partnerships

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The end of the first six weeks is here, and that means reports cards will be available in Parent Portal. In order to join the Parent Portal you will need the e-mail address that you use to enroll your student (s) and your students' ID. If you don't know your student's ID, please contact the office.

Please read the attached flyer for detailed instructions or go to

Cafeteria useful links

Health corner

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