Forest Grove Gazette

October/November 2017

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Early Pick-up Next Week

The week of October 30-November 3 is an early dismissal day for ALL students. Students are dismissed at 12:10 pm. Only students eating hot lunch will be fed at school, all other students will eat at home.
BASRP will still offer daycare starting at 12:10pm-6:00 pm during conference week. There are daycare contracts in the office for your convenience.

Two New Classrooms

Preparation for the addition of two new classrooms began at Forest Grove over the October Break.

Our new classrooms will be placed near the kindergarten center - one of the classrooms (E-5 below) will house the transitional kindergarten class, and the other room (E-6) will be home to our music program.

This transition will open up room K-3 for our fourth kindergarten class which is currently being taught in room G-5.

Another benefit to this new construction is that our reading intervention program will be able to return to room G-5 after temporarily being taught out of the Before and After School Recreation Program room.

If all goes according to plan, both of the new classes and all of the moves will be completed when we return from Winter Break.

The project began over Fall Break with the necessary tree removal to clear room for the classrooms. We plan on planting replacement trees in the forest as we are sensitive to maintaining our forest setting.

We also had to remove the benches that provided an outdoor instructional space. As part of this project, we will reconstruct this outdoor instructional setting near its former location.

Temporary fencing will be installed to keep our students separated from the construction site.

School construction always brings along with it noise and a mess, but the long term advantage of having more instructional space will far outweigh this temporary inconvenience.

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It’s getting scary in a very good way at Forest Grove!

We have some fun activities planned to help our students and families break out their costumes to celebrate Halloween.

On Tuesday, Oct. 31, we will have a school wide Halloween parade at Breaker Stadium beginning at 9 a.m. This will provide a wonderful opportunity for parents to see all of the costumes students wear to school on Halloween.

Please follow these guidelines when dressing your child up for Halloween: All weapons, swords, knives, etc. need to be left at home. Students cannot wear masks or excessive face paint that prevent us from recognizing the student. Costume props can be carried in the parade but after they will need to be left in the classroom.

We hope you will be able to join us for these delightful celebrations of Halloween.

Trunk or Treat

A Halloween celebration for the whole family

Sponsored by the Forest Grove PTA

When: Friday, October 27
Time: 5:30-6:30 Trunk or Treat

6:30-7:00 Dinner

7:00-8:00 Movie (Charlie Brown & more)

Where: Forest Grove staff parking lot & Playground

What is Trunk or Treat?
Volunteers decorate the trunk of their car for FG students to safely trick or treat through the staff parking lot. Students are invited to wear costumes and trick or treat (bring a bag) while viewing decorated cars.

Spirit wear, pizza photo booth photos and snacks will be available for purchase.

Keeping Traffic Moving Safely

Here are a few reminders to keep traffic moving safely when dropping off or picking up your students from school.

  1. Pull as far forward as you can in the green drop off zone.

  2. Never leave your car while dropping off or picking up your student.

  3. If you want to walk on campus to drop off or pick up your student, please park in one of the parking spaces in front of school or in the parking lot that you can enter off of Forest Lodge Road in back of school.

  4. Do not allow your student to leave or enter the car until you are curbside. The most dangerous situation is a child dashing past cars that are double parked.

With your cooperation, we will keep our students safe and have the most efficient drop

off, pick up zone possible.

Thank you!

Drop Off, Pick Up Help Needed

The mere presence of an adult at the front of our school improves traffic flow before and after school.

Although Mr. Roggeman and Mrs. Marchese have been helping to direct traffic at these times, they are not able to be out front every day.

To help traffic flow smoothly during these busy times of the day, we are looking for parent volunteers who are willing to assist with this process.

We will train you, give you a yellow jacket, and shower you with appreciation if you step forward to help keep our families safe in this important way.

If you are willing to volunteer, please contact Principal Buck Roggeman at or 646-6560 ext. 200.

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Food Bank Donations

We will be collecting food donations for the Food Bank for Monterey County from November 6 - December 22nd. Barrels will be located in the front office for your convenience.

Taking a Vacation?

Just a reminder if you will be missing school due to vacations during the upcoming months....Family Leave requests must be turned in to the Principal at least 2 weeks prior to the dates of travel.
Here is the link to print off the form:
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A Reminder about Library Books!

Please help your children to keep food and drinks away from the library books. Also this year a student came up with the idea,
"When you take the books with you they are on vacation from the library and need to sleep in the 'HOTEL'. The hotel is their backpacks! This way they do not get lost on a shelf or under the bed."
Please remind you child to have their library books "sleep in the hotel" when they have books at home. Thank you for your support.
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PTA Events

Next Dine Out

Support the Forest Grove PTA by dining at Nacho Bizness on November 9, 5:30-8pm! See you all there!!!

Simple ways to make EASY $$$ for the Forest Grove PTA

Lucky/Save Mart Shares is now powered by eScrip! Getting started in the Shares program is easy! Once you sign up and register your phone number, you earn up to 3% of your purchase amount for our school. It’s simple!!! Visit During the registration process, be sure to support “Forest Grove Elementary School.” All you have to do is provide your registered phone number or Save Smart Rewards card number at checkout.

Box Tops for Education – Every square saved is $.10 for the school. Please cut them out, glue or tape them on to the contest sheets, drop them in the collection box in the office and be entered to win prizes.

AmazonSmile-is a simple and automatic way for you to support the Friends of Forest Grove PTA. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the Forest Grove PTA. On your first visit to AmazonSmile (, select “Friends of Forest Grove PTA” to receive donations. Support Friends of Forest Grove PTA every time you shop at AmazonSmile.

Save the Date

October 30 - November 3: Parent teacher conferences. Early dismissal at 12:10 pm
October 27: Trunk or Treat/ Movie Night 5:30 pm
October 31: Costume Parade at Breaker Stadium 9:00 a.m.
November 9: Support the PTA by dining at Nacho Bizness 5:30-8:00 pm
November 10
: Veterans Day Holiday - No School
November 22-25: Thanksgiving Holiday - No School
December 21: Minimum Day 12:10 dismissal
December 22-January 8: Winter Break - No School