Forest Grove Gazette

May 2019

Message From the Principal

Survey Responses Drive Goals for 2019-20

Forest Grove Elementary thanks the 166 families who took the time to fill out our survey regarding our progress on our school goals. We received excellent, useful feedback that informed us on how we are doing and where can improve next year. Here are some highlights from this year’s survey.


We had 98% of our respondents either agree or strongly agree that their children feel safe at Forest Grove. We feel like this is an excellent reflection of our staff’s efforts to build a physically, emotionally, and intellectually safe learning environment for our students.

Another 93% of our respondents agreed that our facilities are safe and well maintained. Some concerns were listed mostly including landscaping, needed repairs, safety practices during recess, and pick up/drop off areas, and we will continue working to improve in these areas.

Reading and Writing Curriculum

Our families judged our reading and writing programs to be effective with 92% agreement that the reading program was meeting students’ needs and 91% in agreement that the writing program was effective.

While some respondents expressed individual concerns, we received many positive messages regarding the SuperKids reading curriculum in grades TK-2.


There were 89% of our families that agreed that Forest Grove’s math program was meeting their children’s needs.

A number of parents commented that their children needed a more challenging math curriculum. To address this need, the district is adopting Swun Math, a program more closely aligned to the rigor demanded of the California Content Standards in Mathematics.

Social Emotional Learning

With regard to social emotional learning, 91% of our parents agreed that Forest Grove helps their student cope with anxiety and build positive peer relationships.

Parent comments indicated a desire for more education to occur in area of social emotional learning. In response to this feedback and input from our staff, Forest Grove will be implementing a schoolwide social emotional learning curriculum next year called The Toolbox by Dovetail Learning. More information regarding this program will be available in the future.

Our School Site Council who developed this survey truly valued the information we received from this survey. We used this input to help craft next year’s goals which will be similar, although not the same, as this year’s. Most importantly, this feedback helps drive decision making at our school, and we appreciate you taking the time to respond.


Buck Roggeman, Principal.

A Super Big Thank You!

Thank you to all the parent volunteers who helped donate food or drinks, make yummy food, set-up or clean-up this week for staff appreciation. We have been overwhelmed with all of the delicious food and kindness. A big thank you from all of us at Forest Grove!

Are You Handy With a Weed eater?

We are looking for a handy volunteer that would help with cutting down some weeds in the Kindergarten garden. A quick easy job that wouldn't need to be done very often. Please email Mr. Roggeman at if you are interested in helping. Thank you!


Dine Out Fundraiser

MYO dine out is on May 16th all day (Monterey Location). Must mention Forest Grove to get a % back.

Kindergarten Meet and Greet

If you child is starting Kindergarten in August 2019, then you and your child can come to a Meet and Greet on Wednesday, May 22nd from 1:00-1:30 pm. Please see the flier for more information!
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Order your school supplies for next year! Get exactly what your child needs without making multiple shopping trips to the stores. Supplies will be available for pick up on Tuesday, August 6. Deadline to order is June 15.

Click this link to order here now:


On May 24, students will celebrate academic success with a fun filled day of activities supported by the Forest Grove PTA. We are working on making it another fabulous bash. We are seeking sponsorships to help bring fun, age appropriate activities to our school. Many of these activities are expensive, and this is why we are reaching out to local businesses and families who would be interested in a tax deductible sponsorship. Our Tax ID number is 94-6171945. Please consider being a sponsor and help us make this the best event ever! Visit to download your form.

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Falcon Fest Volunteers!

Falcon Fest is on Friday, May 24th.We are in our final stages of planning Falcon Fest and have some great, fun and new activities planned, but we can’t do it without YOUR HELP! Please take a moment to sign up to volunteer and/or donate cupcakes with Signup Genius and help us make this the best Falcon Fest ever!


Although it is not mandatory to be fingerprinted through the district to volunteer for Falcon Fest, it is highly encouraged. Contact Angela Lippert 646-6593 or Kimberly Ortiz 646-6553 at the District Office to make an appointment.

Have questions??? Email Hetal Patel,, Summer Wright,, Layla Manor,, or Marta Dalhamer,

Good Job Runners!

Congratulations to Forest Grove and all of our Big Sur Fun Run participants. We placed 4th in the number of our students that signed up to run.

How to Stay Connected to the PTA

-- Sign up for the Remind text messages

Text this number: 81010

Text this message: @fgpta

-- Like "Forest Grove PTA" on Facebook

-- Visit

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:

May 24th: Falcon Fest

May 24th: 5th Grade student orientation 9-11:00 am

May 27th: No School - Memorial Day

May 31st: Last day of School 12:10 pm dismissal

August 7th: First day of school