Forest Grove Gazette

March 2020

Message From the Principal

PGUSD Coronavirus Information Page


Pacific Grove Unified School now has a link on its webpage where information about the Coronavirus.

https://pgusd.org/corona-virus-covid-19/ .

Families can find useful links from the Centers for Disease Control, California Department of Public Health, and Monterey County Department of Health on this page.

There are also links to frequently asked questions and a description of the measures are district is taking to disinfect high use areas around Forest Grove.

The district will continue to update this page as more information becomes available.

In the meantime, keep taking precautions such as regularly washing hands, trying not to touch your face, and staying at least six feet away from people who show signs of being sick.

Prevention Efforts at Forest Grove

Forest Grove, along with all of the other school sites in the Pacific Grove Unified School District, is taking steps to limit the spread of the Coronavirus.

In addition to regularly washing our hands, trying not to touch our face, and avoiding shaking hands, Forest Grove is putting the following actions in place:

  1. All student desks are being disinfected nightly.

  2. In classes where we have 1-to-1 Chromebook use, students are assigned a specific Chromebook that only they will use.

  3. Our site will receive microfiber cloths and a hydrogen peroxide solution that will be used by staff and students to clean keyboards.

  4. Our computer lab technician will regularly clean the keyboards and mice used in the computer lab.

  5. Touchless hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed throughout the school in common use areas.

  6. The day custodian will be wiping down high touch surfaces during the day


For more details regarding our district wide efforts to minimize the spread of the Coronavirus visit the district’s information page https://pgusd.org/school-classroom-disinfection-procedures/ .


Talking to Your Child About Coronavirus

With all of the news coverage and conversation centered around the Coronavirus these days, students need our support to understand the proper safety precautions and manage any anxiety they may feel about this virus and it’s accompanying disease - COVID-19.

To assist families in having a well-informed, accurate conversation with your student about the Coronavirus, please click on the link below.

Here you will find an excellent explanation of CoronaVirus, COVID-19, and best practices to limit the spread of this contagion.

Coronavirus Information for Students


Thank you,

Buck Roggeman, Principal

Coronavirus Explained for Students


Hopefully you will find this comic helpful, which gives excellent information about the Corona virus for children. Click here


Feel free to use this comic to teach your children about the virus and help dispel any misinformation that they may have heard.

Intermediate Night for grades 3-5





Aloha! Tonight from 6:00 to 7:30 pm, the FG PTA is hosting a Luau exclusively for our 3rd, 4th, and 5th students to have a special night with their adult chaperone(s). We will have face painting, games, dancing and food. This is a free event! All attending children must be accompanied by an adult.

Volunteers NEEDED! Whether it's by volunteering your time or donating food, your contributions will help make this event a success. Please take a moment to visit the Sign Up Genius by following this link http://bit.ly/fgluau2020

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Information for incoming 6th Graders to PGMS

Pacific Grove Middle School would like to share this newsletter for our 5th grade families who will be promoting to PGMS next school year. Please use this link 5th Grade Edition, Pacific Grove Middle School March Newsletter 2020

Yearbook Love Lines

Forest Grove families are invited to purchase space in the Forest Grove yearbook to send messages to their children or teachers. Tell your child that you are a proud parent, or tell a special teacher or staff member how much you appreciate them! Download your form at forestgrovepta.com and send in $10 per message. You can pay with cash or check (payable to FG PTA). Love Lines can be returned to your teacher or dropped in the PTA box in the office. Lovelines are due by March 20.

Hot Lunch Charge Policy

Hot Lunch Charge PolicyPlease read the important notice from our Nutrition Director regarding lunches and payments.
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Art at Forest Grove

We have 10 Forest Grove children that have entered the Youth Art competition with the help of our art volunteer/parent Katrina McFarland. She has been working hard with many of our Forest Grove classrooms to make some wonderful art projects.


The students who have art work entered in the competition are:


Henry Uppman- Second Grade

Addy Cox - Second Grade

Sierra Chaney - Fourth Grade

Maezy Browning - Fourth Grade

Ian Brien - Fifth Grade

Ellie Parigi - Fifth Grade

Melissa Wang - Fifth Grade

Simone Misawa-Salzmann - Fifth Grade

Daren Light - Fifth Grade

Lily Potter - Fifth Grade

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Falcon Fest

On Friday, May 22, 2020 students will celebrate academic success with a fun filled day of activities supported by the Forest Grove PTA. We are already hard at work making plans for another fabulous bash.

This year, the district is requiring that all Falcon Fest volunteers have fingerprint clearance through PGUSD. Contact Kimberly Ortiz at kortiz@pgusd.org 646- 6553 and/or Angela Lippert at alippert@pgusd.org 646-6593 to schedule your appointment. You can access the volunteer packet here.

Don't miss out in being a part of this fun filled day. Thank you!

The March Dine Out

The March Dine Out is ALL month long at both Sur Burger and Sur Restaurant. Take this flier with you each time you visit any of the Sur restaurants and a percentage of the proceeds will benefit the FG PTA. This flier can also be downloaded at forestgrovepta.com
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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!

Are You Taking a Trip?

Forest Grove's Spring Break will be from

12:10 pm on Friday, April 3 - Friday, April 10th.


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 ForestGroveYB@gmail.com

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 forestgrovepta.com 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 https://smile.amazon.com/ch/94-6171945, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, 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 (smile.amazon.com), 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 kortiz@pgusd.org 831-646-6553

Angela Lippert alippert@pgusd.org 831-646-6593

Upcoming Dates:

Wednesday, March 18th: Kindergarten Orientation Night 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Friday, April 3: Minimum Day - dismissal at 12:10 pm

Monday, April 6 - Friday, April 10th: Spring Break - no school

Wednesday, April 22nd: Open House 5:45 - 7:00 pm

Friday, May 22nd: Falcon Fest & 5th Grade Orientation at PGMS

Monday, May 25th: Memorial Day - no school

Friday, May 29th: Last day of school - dismissal at 12:10 pm