Forest Grove Gazette

Forest Grove Falcons March

After School Safety Class

Traveling safely to and from Forest Grove is a high priority at our school.

While we have communicated a strong emphasis on traffic safety around school, during March our focus will shift to teaching our students to be safe in the after school hours.

Our Pacific Grove Police Department School Resource Officer Yma Garcia will be be visiting our third through fifth grade to teach them after school safety tips.

In addition to teaching traffic rules, Officer Garcia will talk with students about taking safe routes home from school by avoiding shortcuts through unfamiliar areas and not talking to strangers.

The program also discusses safe practices at home and what to do in case of emergency.

Officer Garcia and school administration encourages our families to review the information in the booklet After School Safety that each one of our third through fifth graders will be receiving. A photo of the book’s cover accompanies this article.

The activity book presents safety information in an informative and fun format.

By combining the efforts of our police department, schools and families, we hope to increase the level of awareness and safety of our children.

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Communicating with Forest Grove

Our telephone system has presented us with a daunting challenge over the past two months.

As many of you know, our telephone service has not been completely functional since we experienced a complete shutdown of service in mid-January.

Since that time, most of our extensions are working, and we have been able to reactivate our absence reporting line. Unfortunately, the rest of our voicemail system remains unreliable.

If you need to reach your child’s teacher, the best method of communication at this time is through email. If you need to contact Mr. Roggeman, you can email him at Our office is open during school business hours 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., so you can always call our staff or visit us in person during those times.

Over Spring Break, a new phone system will be installed at Forest Grove. The new system will become a model for the rest of the district, and once it is fully functional, we will send an announcement to our Forest Grove Falcon community.

Keep Our School Healthy

As the cold and flu season continues to linger, it is important to emphasize the importance of keeping your child home if he/she is sick.

We have had a few instances of kids coming to school when they are not feeling well, and as a result, the illness spreads in a class.

While we recognize the importance of sending our students to school, we need your cooperation to keep our school a healthy place for students and staff.

Please keep your child home from school if he/she has any of these symptoms:

  • Running a temperature higher than 99.0°

  • Fever or chills

  • Sore throat or trouble swallowing

  • Headache

  • Muscle aches

  • Sneezing

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Breathing trouble

  • Unusual spots or rashes

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Volunteers Needed for PTA Events

PTA is in need of some extra hands to help with the Ice Cream Social March 18 and Forest Grove Boys Night Out April 15, 2016. Please contact Julie at if you are able to help.

Spring Book Fair

The spring book fair is coming, so mark your calendars for March 15-18. Shopping will be available again for parents before and after school. All profit from this fair is going towards new books for our school library, as well as building teacher classroom libraries and providing needed classroom supplies.

Volunteers are needed to help make this just as successful as our fall fair. To sign-up, visit:

Order Your Yearbooks Now

Forest Grove Yearbooks are on sale now.

Don’t miss the chance to order your 2015-2016 school yearbook. We have a limited supply, so order today to make sure that your child receives one.

  • $20 per book until April 1.

  • $25 per book after April 1. (while supplies last)

There are two easy ways to order:

  1. Complete the Yearbook Order form and return it with your payment via cash or check (checks payable to Forest Grove PTA)

  2. Visit on the Home page and order online with your credit card.

Yearbooks will be delivered to all classrooms the last week of the school year. This is the first time books have been available for sale. No pre-orders were taken. Questions: Contact Dana Marshall at .
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A Class for Parents of English Language Learners

Learn English and strategies to help your child be successful with school and homework. Classes meet Tuesdays in the ELD room and Wednesdays in the Library from 3:15-4:45 pm.
Free childcare available through BASRP
Contact Sarah Weber at or Jayne Lord at

Una Clase para los Padres de estuciantes de Ingles. Aprenda ingles y estrategias para ayudar a su hijo a tener exito en la escuela y las tareas. La clase en martes en la clase ELD y miercoles en la biblioteca de las 3:15-4:45. Es gratuito y con cuidado de ninos disponible a traves de BASRP. Si tiene alguna pregunta favor de comunicarse: Sarah Weber o Jayne Lord

Announcements for March

February 29 - March 4 - Parent Conferences

March 2 - Dr. Seuss’ birthday

March 6 - Taste of PG (PG PRIDE fundraiser tickets may be purchased online at )

March 8 - English Language Advisory Committee meeting in computer lab at 8:45 a.m. The group will learn about Google Translate, our school website, computer lab games, and how to sign up for Remind.

March 13 - Daylight Saving Time

March 15-18 - Spring Book Fair

March 23 - Peppers Dine Out

April 13 - El Torito Dine Out

May 4 - PF Chang Dine Out