Forest Grove Gazette

February & March 2017

Homework Feedback Night

On behalf of Forest Grove and Pacific Grove Unified School District, we would like to express our gratitude to all of the families who responded to our homework survey last month.

To follow up on the survey, we will hold a Homework Feedback Night on Thursday, February 23, from 6-7 p.m in the multi-purpose room.

Our evening will begin with a review of the homework survey. The participation was outstanding as we received 318 responses and numerous helpful comments.

The homework discussion will provide input into the TK-5 homework plan.

Topics will include:

  • The amount of time that should be spent on homework in each grade level

  • The extent to which homework will require participation by parents/guardians

  • Communication regarding homework between school and parents about topics such as homework expectations and how best to help your children

  • Helping plan time for homework

  • The extent to which homework will emphasize working on special projects

Principal Buck Roggeman and six teachers will be on hand to facilitate group discussions. We hope you will be able to join us for this important opportunity to provide input into our homework plan.
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Celebrating Diversity at Forest Grove

As February is Black History Month, we feel it is an opportune time to celebrate the diversity at Forest Grove.

Teachers will be incorporating messages appreciating all of the cultures that make up the fabric of our community. Principal Buck Roggeman will also be visiting classes and speaking with our students regarding the importance of appreciating the ethnicity that comprises our student population.

Our hope is that our students will understand that unity begins with learning about others and understanding that diversity makes our school a better place to learn.
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Parent Teacher Conferences

Monday, February 27-Friday, March 3: TK/K students will have Minimum days (12:10 dismissal)
Wednesday, March 1 - 3 only: Grades 1-5 will have minimum days (12:10 dismissal)

Conferences are just around the corner! PLEASE be sure to sign in at the office when you come for a conference. If you come before 7:30 am or after 4:00 pm, signing in at the office is not needed.
Please also remember that there is no supervision on the playground before 8:30 am and after 2:00 pm on Thursdays and after 3:10 pm every other day. You may of course take your child to BASRP as a drop in. Thank you
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Drop off/Pick up Zone

We are grateful to our parents for showing such caution out front when dropping off your children before school and picking them up at the end of the day. Here are few guidelines to ensure that our children remain safe during these busy times.

  1. Stay in your vehicle. If you would like to walk your child to class, park in a designated parking spot. Do not leave your car unattended in the green drop off zone.

  2. If there are no spaces available for drop off, drive through and try again.

  3. Always pause at the crosswalks to check for pedestrians.

  4. Pull foward to allow more drivers access to the drop off zone.

We also would like to thank Henry Nigos, Alfredo Soto, and Sam Hain for helping direct traffic in the mornings!

Me & My Guy

Please join us for an annual PTA sponsored event, Me & My Guy! This is a fun event with music, dancing and treats. All Forest Grove girls and their special guy (father, family friend, uncle, brother etc. 18 years or older) are invited to attend.

  • When : Friday, February 10th from 6pm-8pm
  • Where: Forest Grove Multi Purpose Room
  • Cost: $5 per person

Volunteers are needed:

  • Set up
  • Help during the event
  • Clean Up
  • Donate 1 dozen donuts (to be dropped off the day of the event)

Please contact for any additional questions.

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Dr. Seuss's Family Celebration

PTA will celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday on the evening of Friday, March 3rd. We will be celebrating with a Book Share, Dr. Seuss Movie and Ice Cream! More details to follow in the coming weeks. If you would like to help please contact Sarah Chavez at

Crystal Apple Award Winner - Jeanie DeTomaso

By now, most of you have heard that our very own second grade teacher Jeanie DeTomaso won the KSBW Crystal Apple Award presented by the Pebble Beach Company for excellence in education.

KSBW anchor Dan Green surprised Ms. D on Janruary 31 by bringing a camera crew and the award.

Ms. D has been a teacher for nearly 30 years, spending most of that time at Forest Grove.

As all of her students can attest, she builds a loving atmosphere of learning in class. Our Forest Grove staff and administration could not be more proud of her.

If you missed the presentation of the Crystal Apple on the news, here is a link, so you can watch it.

Ms. D's Crystal Apple
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Share your Falcon Photos!

Do you have pictures of Forest Grove events such as field trips, school events, classroom fun or holiday celebrations for the yearbook? The Forest Grove yearbook relies on photo submissions from our parent and teacher community. Please share your pictures with us! Email photos to

Upcoming Events....

Teacher Appreciation

  • 1st Grade Teacher Appreciation Week : 2/17-3/3
  • TK-Kindergarten Teacher Appreciation Week: 3/27-3/31

PTA Meeting

PTA will meet February 7 and March 7 in the Forest Grove Library. Meetings are from 7:00p.m. - 8:00p.m. Open PTA Board Positions are as follows:

  • President
  • Secretary
  • VP of Events

Save the Date

February 16-21: Presidents' Holiday NO SCHOOL
February 27 -March 3: Tk/K early dismissal 12:10 pm
March 1-3: Grades 1-5 early dismissal 12:10 pm
March 22: Kindergarten Enrollment Night
April 2: Taste of PG
April 5: 5th grade Parent Orientation PGMS 6:00 pm
April 10-14: Spring Break NO SCHOOL
April 17-21: Book Fair
April 20: Open House 5:30 - 7:00 pm