Forest Grove Gazette

September 2019

Message From the Principal

Parent Engagement at Forest Grove

One important indicator of school success is parent engagement.

Simply defined, parent engagement means that parents are attending school events, showing interest in their children’s education, and providing meaningful feedback to the school for how to better serve our students and our families.

I am proud to report that so far parent engagement at Forest Grove is at an all time high.

From the 100-plus family members who attended our welcome back coffee and safety talk, to our incredible attendance at Back to School Night - from our record setting sales at the Book Fair, to our Ice Cream Social that packed our Multipurpose room and playground, it is clear that our families are eager to be involved at Forest Grove Elementary School.

Last week, we had two sessions where parents had the opportunity to learn about the Toolbox social-emotional learning program that we are implementing at Forest Grove.

At the end of the meeting, I informed parents that working with the Pacific Grove Adult School, we have the funding available to offer a series of free parent education classes throughout the year.

Parents at the meeting suggested the following topics:

  • Internet Safety

  • Overcoming fears/anxiety

  • Conflict resolution with siblings

  • How to structure media/screen time effectively

  • How to boost low self-esteem

  • Anger management/tantrums

  • Educate students about counselor availability at school

  • Motivating students to learn

  • Dealing with puberty

  • Knowing who to trust (child safety)

If there is another topic you would like to see us address with a parent education night, please let me know at . By joining together with our parents, we can provide the best possible educational experience for our students.

Thank you,

Buck Roggeman, Principal

First Responders Honored

Forest Grove will continue a practice that we began last year of honoring our First Responders in memory of those who were called to duty during the 9/11 attacks. We will invite our firefighters, police officers, and EMT’s for a flag salute, a brief speech, and some light snacks to begin the day. Please join us on Wednesday, September 11 at 8:45 a.m.

Falcon Football

Falcon Football at Breaker Stadium is on Friday, September 13. Come watch the Pacific Grove Breakers take on Santa Cruz!

Free admission for all Forest Grove Families wearing GREEN!

Spirit wear will be sold on Thursday the 12th after school so that everyone can get ready to wear GREEN.

School Beautification Day

Save the Date: Saturday, September 28. Have an idea or a skill you would like to share? Contact Amy at

Walk With Pride

Please join us on September 21st from 9:00-12:00 pm for PG Pride's Annual Fundraiser, Walk with Pride. This provides an excellent event for students and their families to walk/run/ride together with students, staff, teachers and administrators along our beautiful shoreline, while raising money for our classrooms.

Teachers will be handing out pledge papers to your students and families can help raise money for your child's classroom.

View the website and pledge form here:

Chalk Art Day!

Chalk Art is on Friday, September 20. Your child will be participating in creating a giant art mural during their PE time. Dress your child accordingly-as they will be getting dirty

Dine Out for PTA

Petra's Dine Out is on September 11! Be sure to let Petra's that you are there to support Forest Grove

How to Stay Connected to the PTA

Have you turned in your PTA Membership form yet? If not, it's not too late!

Why join PTA? The number one reason to join the Parent Teacher Association is to benefit your child. In doing so, you also help your school. But there are many more PTA advantages:

Get Connected. There’s no better way to know what’s happening in your school.

Speak Up. PTA can be a way for you to more effectively suggest change at your child’s school.

Witness Improvement. By getting involved at your child’s school you’ll be part of the solution, helping make positive changes.

Be a Role Model. By becoming a PTA member, you’ll be demonstrating to your child the importance you place on education.

Visit to download your membership form now!

Want to be a Chaperone or a Volunteer?

We love to have parents help out at school and join us on our field trips. Before you go, make sure you have been fingerprinted through the District office. It is district policy that all parent volunteers be fingerprinted and cleared before working in the room or chaperoning a trip. Pick up a packet in the office or click here.

Contact Angela Lippert or Kimberly Ortiz at the District Office for more information.

Kimberly Ortiz 831-646-6553

Angela Lippert 831-646-6593

Upcoming Dates:

September 2nd: Labor Day - no school

September 11th: Petra Dine Out

September 13th: Falcon Football Friday

September 20th: Chalk Art Festival

September 21st: Walk With Pride

September 25th: School Picture Day

September 28th: Beautification Day