Forest Grove Gazette

May 2017

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SBAC Testing is Here

Every Spring brings along with it statewide Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) testing. It is an important time for schools throughout the state of California and in Pacific Grove. On Friday, Principal Roggeman will be visiting our third through fifth grade classes, encouraging our students to relax, take their time, and show what they know. Here are some steps you can take to insure that your child is ready for the test.

On Test Day

  1. Make sure your child gets a good night's sleep and eats a healthy breakfast

Many teachers report that students who do not do well on tests have not gotten enough sleep, and have not eaten breakfast on the morning of the test. Doing both of these things will ensure that your child is working at full capacity (Narang, 2008).

  1. Make sure your child is prepared

Forest Grove will supply the tools your child needs for the test, such as pencils, an eraser, and paper. If your child is absent on a testing day, your student will be given an opportunity to make up the test.

  1. Remain positive

Staying calm will help your child stay calm. If your student gets nervous about the test or is likely to experience anxiety during the test, help your child practice some relaxation techniques to try when taking the test. (Narang, 2008).

Finally, remember that standardized tests and grading systems are not perfect; each format has its own limitations. As you help your children do their best on the tests they take, also remind them that testing is just one part of their education. With your support and involvement, they will be well on her way to her own bright future.

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A Message from the Library

As the school year is coming to a close, please check your bookshelves, under beds and toy boxes for any of our library books. Bills will be going out next week for overdue books. All library books are due back by May 26th. If you find your book after paying for it, you will be reimbursed as long as the book is in good condition.

While we are talking about the care of our books, we have received many books returned in terrible, wet and moldy condition. Please help your students keep lunches, water bottles and food away from their books. If a book gets wet, please stand it up and fan the pages immediately so it can dry. Thank you for your help in keeping our library clean, healthy and ready to READ!

If you need to contact me, I can be reached at

Thank you, Christine Gruber
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1st Day School Supplies

Get a head start and order your school supplies for next year! Get exactly what your child needs without making multiple shopping trips to the stores. Deadline to order is June 15.

Order here now:

Falcon Fest Sponsorships!

On May 26, students will celebrate academic success with a fun filled day of activities supported by the Forest Grove PTA. Parents and teachers are already hard at work making plans for another fabulous bash. We are seeking sponsors to help bring fun, age appropriate activities to our school. Many of these activities are very expensive, and this is why we are reaching out to local businesses and/or families who would be interested in a tax deductible sponsorship. Our Tax ID number is 94-6171945. Please consider being a sponsor and help us make this the best event ever!

Visit: to sponsor the event!

If you have any questions, please contact Summer Wright at

Forest Grove Yearbooks for Sale Now!

There's still time to pre-order your 2016-2017 Forest Grove Yearbook!
Order forms are available in the office, or order online at We will only have a limited quantity of yearbooks for in-person sales at the end of the year. $25 per book. Questions? Email

PTA Events...

Beautification Day: Beautification day is tomorrow! Saturday, May 6 from 1:00 -4:00 pm. Come get your hands dirty and help make our school a more beautiful place for our kids.

Join the PTA! The PTA Executive Board positions available are:
President, Treasurer, Secretary and VP of Events.
Contact Sarah Chavez if interested at

NEW Attendance Policy

Next school year will bring about something new that will affect many of our families. The PGUSD Board Policy states that if a student "is tardy or absent for more than any 30 minute period during the school day without a valid excuse on three occasions in one school year..." shall be considered truant.
If you are going to sign your student out early for the day it must be verifiedwith a doctor's note to be considered excused. Early pickups more than 30 minutes early for vacations, extra curricular lessons, or other appointments will be considered truant unless approved by the principal for Family Leave. If you have any questions about this policy you can email or call Nancy, our attendance clerk at or 831-646-6560 x202

Wellness Policy

Just a reminder for this last month of school to please do not send your child to school sick as they are likely to infect others. MCOE policy states that a student must be fever and vomit free for 24 hours before returning to school without having any medications.
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After School Enrichment (ASE) Announcement

A big thank you to all the Forest Grove parents and students for participating in the After School Enrichment program! I am looking forward to setting up the next one, which is scheduled to begin in the Fall of the 2017/2018 school year. If there are any Forest Grove parents who have a skill they want to share and are interested in leading a class, please contact me at I will begin working on the Fall program this summer.

Best regards,

Natalie Montgomery

ASE Coordinator

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Save the Date

May 6: School Beautification Day 1:00-4:00 pm
May 8 -19: SBAC testing grades 3-5
May 26: Falcon Fest
May 26: 5th grade Student Orientation 9:00-11:00 am
May 29: Memorial Day NO SCHOOL
June 2: Last Day of School