The Blaze


Important Dates

August 28 - First Day of School - School Hours 7:45 - 3:00PM

September 11 - Fun Run Kick Off

September 12 - Parent Orientation - First Session 4:30 - 5:15PM or Second Session 5:15 - 6:00PM

September 19 - Fun Run

Welcome Back!

Welcome Back Dragons! It was great to see all of you last week at Meet the Teacher. We know this is a tough time for some of our Pre-k and Kindergarten parents who will be leaving their children for the first time. The best thing you can do for your child is to be excited about this new adventure and encourage your child to have a great first day as a dragon.

We encourage you to read this smore in its entirety for important First Day Procedures. Please reach out to your teacher if you do not know your idismiss number. This number is important to help our dismissal run smoothly. We do anticipate a longer than normal dismissal this week, so please be patient with us as we get your children to you safely.

PTA will be selling Forester Spirit shirts on Monday morning from 7:20 - 7:45AM. You may purchase shirts with cash, card, or check. Our school fundraiser will also be starting soon! You may register your child at MYBOOSTER.COM today to start earning prizes for your child and class.

Don't forget to post your Back to School pictures on our Facebook page so your child may be featured in the yearbook. You may join us at


Mrs. Mantle & Mrs. Perez

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First Day of School Procedures

Parents can drop off students as early as 7:00AM in the front of the building. Parents may drive thru and drop off students in the drop off lane. Parents who want to walk students up to the front of the school must park in the side parking lot to prevent students from crossing traffic. Parents may walk students into the foyer and staff will guide students to their designated area.

Designated areas:

7:00 - 7:15 All students will be in the gym if they are not eating breakfast & in the cafeteria if they are eating breakfast.

7:00 - 7:40 - All Pre-K Students in the cafeteria.

7:15 - 7:40 K, 1st, & 2nd grade will sit in the gym. Teachers will escort students to class at 7:40AM

7:15 - 7:40 - 3rd - 5th will sit outside of their classrooms. Teachers will bring students in the classrooms by 7:40.

Students will be able to eat free breakfast from 7:00 - 7:40AM. Students will go to their designated areas when they finish eating breakfast. Please be sure to get your students to school early if they plan to eat breakfast.

Class begins at 7:45AM, please be on time every day. If a student is not in their classroom at 7:45AM they will be counted tardy.

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Dismissal Procedures

Please refer to the graphic above for dismissal procedures. We have 5 options to dismiss Forester students:

1. Bus Riders

2. Parent Drive Up

3. Parent Walk Up

4. Unaccompanied Walker

5. Learning Tree

Parent Drive Up - If you choose to stay in your vehicle and pick up your child, your child will be a parent drive up. You will drive thru the front of the school and your child will be called using their IDismiss number. Please display this number every day to speed up the pick up line.

Parent Walk Up - If you choose to park in the side parking lot and get out of your vehicle, you will be a parent walk up. You will park your vehicle, walk to the side door, give your iDismiss number to the staff member, and your child will be sent down using their IDismiss number. Your child will exit the side door where you are located.

Unaccompanied Walkers - If you choose to have your child walk home, they will be an unaccompanied walker. These students will be escorted to the end of the Forester driveway and they will walk home. Staff will not wait for parents to pick up, as this is not a parent pick up location.

Bus Riders, Learning Tree, & Daycare - If you choose to have your child go to Learning Tree, ride the bus, or take a daycare bus after school, please communicate this with your child's teacher and call the office before 2:00PM to discuss any changes to pick up. You child will be escorted to the gym or cafeteria at the end of the day. Students must be signed up for Learning Tree before attending.

FREE Lunch and Breakfast

We are pleased to inform you that Forester will be implementing the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs for the 23-24 school year. This means that all students enrolled at Forester Elemtary are eligible to receive a healthy breakfast and lunch each day at no charge. Your children enrolled at Forester will be able to participate in these meal programs without having to pay for meals or submit a Free & Reduced Meal Application. Families with student(s) enrolled in CEP campuses can answer questions which will determine if the student will qualify as Economically Disadvantaged.

CEP Website

Forester Dragon's Glow Run

The day is here! You can now register for our Forester Dragons Glow Run! Our goal is to raise $55,000 for field trips and educational programs. Registering is easy and free!


Be sure to check out the easy sharing functions on MYBOOSTER.COM to let others know how they can help support our school.

Thank you for working with us to make our school stronger. We are grateful for your support!

Safety First at Northside ISD

In Northside, the safety of our students and staff is one of our top priorities. We regularly review and revise our safety plans and procedures to enhance security. Keeping our schools safe requires continuous work and communication with our students, staff, and families. For more information, please visit the district's Safety Website:

The Raptor System Sign-In

The Raptor System screens guests for those who may pose a threat to students.

  • Must have valid license or state issued I.D. EACH TIME you come on campus.

  • I.D. scan will be required for all visitors and volunteers coming in for meetings, volunteer work, etc.

  • Please wear the provided visitor's badge while on campus.

  • Return temporary visitor badge before leaving.

  • There is no access to the building after 3:00 pm unless pre arranged with a staff member.


  • For the safety and security of our students, All Forester Volunteers will be required to complete and clear the Background Check Form.

  • Must have valid license or state issued I.D. EACH TIME you come on campus and get signed in through our Raptor System/

"Safety First in 2023-24 Campaign

Here is the new response protocol which is part of the district's “Safety First in 2023-24” campaign. Please read over the information included in the Standard Response Protocol informational flyer in order to familiarize yourself with the new common safety language that will be used.

Health Forms

If your child will need any medications administered this school year, you will need to fill out new health forms. This link includes asthma action plans, food/allergy forms, and general medication forms. Please reach out to Nurse Dodd if you have any questions regarding medical forms.