Forest Grove Gazette

January 2020

Message From the Principal

With the New Year, we are always reminded of our goals, and one of the most important goals at Forest Grove this year is maintaining a high level of parent engagement.

The month of January brings with it several opportunities for parent engagement at our school.

First, we would like all of our parents to take our Forest Grove Site Goals Survey. Here are links to an English and Spanish version of the survey.

Forest Grove Goals Survey 19-20

Encuesta De Metas De Forest Grove 19-20

We have designed this survey to take 10 minutes or less, so please take a few moments to share your thoughts. Your input on this survey is vital to our efforts to judge our effectiveness in serving our families and identifying where we need to improve.

Finally, for the first time, Forest Grove will host a Coffee with the Principal on Wednesday, January 22nd at 8:45 a.m. Forest Grove Counselor Zoe Roach and I will provide families with strategies and tools to identify and successfully deal with the effects of bullying at the elementary school level.

We will speak about programs our school has in place to prevent bullying, how to recognize bullying, and how our school responds when a bullying situation occurs.

We will also leave time field any questions parents may have.

Our families are important to us, and we hope that these parent education opportunities are useful as you continue on the wondrous journey of raising a family.

Thank you,

Buck Roggeman, Principal

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Next Parent Education Class - Building Loving Sibling Relationships

Forest Grove in partnership with the Pacific Grove Adult School is proud to host our second Parent Education Class on Thursday, January 16, 9:00-10 a.m. in the Forest Grove Multipurpose Room.

Child development expert Gail Root will talk about Building Loving 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 .

Drive Safely Around School Zones

School days bring congestion: School buses are picking up their passengers, kids on bikes are hurrying to get to school before the bell rings, harried parents are trying to drop their kids off before work. It's never more important for drivers to slow down and pay attention than when kids are present – especially before and after school.

A few precautions go a long way toward keeping children safe:

  • Don't block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you; this could put them in the path of moving traffic
  • In a school zone when flashers are blinking, stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection
  • Always stop for a school patrol officer or crossing guard holding up a stop sign
  • Take extra care to look out for children in school zones, near playgrounds and parks, and in all residential areas
  • Don't honk or rev your engine to scare a pedestrian, even if you have the right of way
  • Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians
  • Always use extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians wherever they may be, no matter who has the right of way

Crayola ColorCycle Program

Forest Grove is kicking off 2020 by participating in a marker recycling program called Crayola ColorCycle. Crayola and K-12 students across North America are banding together to help kids understand the importance of their role in protecting the environment. Since 2013 the ColorCycle program has repurposed more than 70 tons of expended markers, using the most advanced plastic conversion technologies to make wax compounds for asphalt, roofing shingles and composite lumber, and to generate electricity through waste to energy recovery. These repurposing efforts help us care for the environment by reusing products, preserving resources, and reducing the volume of used markers going to landfills.

We encourage each of our classrooms to create a collection box for used markers. When it gets full, a student can bring the markers to the central collection box located in the waiting area of the front office. When the central box is full, one of our parents will collect the markers and send them off to Crayola. Great news…Crayola will accept ALL brands of plastic markers, including dry erase markers, highlighters and sharpies!

Thank you for your participation!

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Join Us!

The next PTA meeting is on Tuesday, February 11 at 6 pm in the Forest Grove Library! Come find out what's happening at Forest Grove! Find out how to get involved! On the agenda: Primary Night, Intermediate Night, Dine Outs and more.

Bubba Gump's Shrimp Co.

Thursday, Jan. 16th, 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!

Family Game Night & Ice Cream Social

Forest Groves first family event of the 2020 year is Family Game Night & Ice Cream Social on Friday, January 24! Bring your family and play games for free. Food will be available for purchase.

Are You Taking a Trip?

Forest Grove's President's Break will be from

12:10 pm on Monday, February 17- Monday, February 24th.

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!

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

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! OR Download the Box Tops App and start scanning receipts!

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.

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:

Tuesday, January 7th: Students return to school

Monday, January 20th: MLK - no school

Tuesday, February 11th: PTA meeting in the Library 6:00 pm

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

February 24th: No School - Professional Development Day