Forest Grove Gazette

March 2018

Welcome to Spring

Spring is a great time in education. All of our school routines are in place, and there is strong sense of purpose in the classroom as teachers work to maximize student learning.

In English Language Arts, teachers have their classes steeped in grade level content, working on teaching students to support their ideas with evidence from text whether they are speaking or writing.

In Math, students are reaching beyond simple computation to understand the concepts that build the foundation for a solid understanding of the math standards.

On the playground, we continue to support students to play games cooperatively and build on the Character Counts characteristics that support our message of friendship and service to each other.

The month of March brings with it a focus on the arts in support of the academic program at Forest Grove. Our teachers will be developing assignments that use visual and performing arts to help students learn.

We believe that this focus on the whole child leads to more well-rounded students who can see the beauty of the world as they seek to understand its knowledge.

Spring is a time of growth, and at Forest Grove we are working to make the most of our time with our students.

Mr. Roggeman

Morning Arrival Time

We have seen an increasing number of students arriving to school before 8:30 a.m. This is a reminder that students are not allowed on campus until 8:30 a.m. as that is when supervision is present on our playground.

If you need to drop off your student earlier, we have our Before and After School Recreation Program available to serve this need.

We appreciate you working with us to ensure that we have a safe playground before the beginning of the school day.

Conference Week and Early Dismissal

This week, March 5-9, we are holding our Spring parent conferences.

Our TK and Kindergarten classes will be released at 12:10 p.m. all week.

Beginning Wednesday, grades 1-5 will be released at 12:10 p.m., so please adjust your schedules to accommodate this minimum day schedule.

Also, when visiting our campus, please remember to sign in at the office. This procedure helps us keep track of who is on campus which keeps our students safe.

We look forward to spending some time with you to discuss your student’s progress.

Taking a Vacation?

Spring Break is just around the corner! 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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PGUSD School Text Messenger

Stay informed of school events and messages by getting a text message from Messenger! In an emergency, we will notify everyone using our “School Messenger” system to send an message to every email address on file. The text message will be sent first. If you don’t sign up for text messages, you will still be notified, but there will be some necessary delay before an email can be written and sent.
School Messenger texts is an OPT-IN system.
To join, text “Y” or the word “YES” to 68453

To join, you can reply to the one-time text message or you can text “Y” or the word “YES” to 68453 (from an eligible mobile phone number that is stored in PowerSchool.) The service is free to join; your standard phone company data rates to receive messages apply.


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.

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Save the Date

March 5-9: Minimum day for Tk-K only (12:10 pm)
March 7-9: Minimum day for 1-5th grade (12:10pm)
March 21: Spring Photos
March 23: Boy's Glow Dance 6:00 pm
April 4: 5th grade Parent Orientation PGMS auditorium 6:00 pm
April 9-13: Spring Break
April 22: Taste of PG
April 25: Open House 6:00-7:00 pm