Forest Grove Gazette

December 2019

Message From the Principal

Forest Grove’s School Site Council Guides our Improvement

One of the important groups that provides feedback and input about ways to improve our school is the School Site Council.

The Forest Grove School Site Council is a combination of parents and school employees (teachers and staff) who develop goals for our school and track our progress in attaining those goals.

Our council meets monthly and all of our meetings are open to the public. December’s meeting will be held Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 3:30 p.m. in the school’s conference room.

Our agenda will be posted Friday in the front office window. Past agenda items have included a review of our School Safety Plan, reviewing our state testing results, and discussing how our school budget is being spent.

The council welcomes community participation and there are a couple of ways that you can help.

First, you can give feedback to any of our council members for improvements that you would like to see at our school. Current council members are: Buck Roggeman (Principal), Kilene Brosseau (Teacher), Barbara Hirst (Teacher), Maurisa Alt (Teacher), Claudia Guttierrez (Parent), Audrey Lorca (Parent), Edwin Morticorena (Parent), Jennifer McNary (Parent), and Carolyn Swanson (Parent).

The second way you can provide feedback is by taking our school goals survey. This survey seeks feedback on our four areas for improvement: English Language Arts, Math, Social Emotional Learning, and Parent Engagement.

If you have any questions about our School Site Council, feel free to contact me at .

Thank you,

Buck Roggeman, Principal

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Winter Concert

Our annual Winter Concert will be from 6:00-7:00 pm on Wednesday, December 18th for grades TK-2nd and Thursday, December 19th for 3rd-5th grades.

Come celebrate with us at the Pacific Grove Middle School Performing Arts Center.

Teachers will be sending out more information regarding where and when to meet and pick up your child.

Winter Break is from 12:10 p.m December 20th - January 6th No School!

Forest Grove's FalconBots

This is the first year that Forest Grove has had a robotics team through the FLL First Lego League for some of our 5th graders. They have been meeting weekly since September to build their robot and code for missions. These 19 5th graders have been working hard with volunteer coaches, Renee Krueger, Henry Nigos, Ari Hague and Nancy Da Silva.

Their season will end with a local competition at Chartwell School on Saturday, December 14th.

*A special thank you to one of our FG parents, John Fletcher of S&P Global for their grant to the Robotics team to get this year underway.

Staff Appreciation Potluck

Sign up for the staff appreciation potluck! Let's show our wonderful teachers and staff how much we appreciate them on December 19th.!/showSignUp/4090f4baba723a5fe3-forest1

Sensory Walkway

A big thank you to Diane McClusky, (Occupational Therapist), Sandy Sanjurjo (FG parent) and Ruslana Berlinska (FG parent) for the fun and colorful sensory path that is now in the front of the school. It is fun to see the students hopping down the hallway on the way to school. Ruslana (pictured here) is the creator of all the decorative flip flops and amazing artwork.

Next Parent Education Class - Improving Sibling Relationships

Forest Grove in partnership with the Pacific Grove Adult School is proud to host our second Parent Education Class on Thursday, Jan. 16, 8:45-10 a.m. in the Forest Grove Multipurpose Room.

Child development expert Gail Root will talk about Improving Sibling Relationships. A light breakfast will be provided and child care is available.

All Forest Grove and Robert Down parents are invited to attend.

Please RSVP soon to Forest Grove counselor Zoe Roach at .

Food Donations for the Holiday season

We now have food barrels from the Monterey County Food Bank in our office for donations of canned food and non-perishable food items. Please think of us when you're at the grocery store to pick up extra items for donation to this worthy cause. This is also a great opportunity to sort through your pantry for unused food items.

Bubba Gump's Shrimp Co.

Thursday, Jan. 16th 2020 at 4pm

720 Cannery Row

Monterey, CA

Mark your calendars!

Bubba Gump Dine Out is on January 16 from 4-8 pm! Be sure to mention that you are there to support the Forest Grove PTA!

Are You Taking a Trip?

Forest Grove's Winter Break will be from

12:10 pm on Friday, December 20- Monday, January 6th.

If you are planning a trip that will take your child out of school, please remember that you can apply for up to 10 Justifiable Absence days with the principal. Click here to access the form and have it turned in at least 2 weeks prior to the date(s) of absence. If approved, your child's absences will not count as "unexcused" absences and will then not count towards truancy.

Happy and safe travels!

Yearbook Photos

Share your Falcon Photos! Do you have pictures of Forest Grove events such as Book Fair, Ice Cream Social, Chalk Art, Falcon Football, and Beautification??? The Forest Grove yearbook relies on photo submissions from our parent and teacher community. Please share your pictures with us! Email photos to

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:

Wednesday, December 18th: Winter concert TK-2nd

Thursday, December 19th: Winter concert 3rd-5th

Friday, December 20th: Minimum day - 12:10 dismissal

December 23- January 6th: Winter Break - no school

Tuesday, January 7th: Students return to school

Monday, January 20th: MLK - no school

February 17-21: President's Holiday and Break - no school