Forest Grove Gazette

August 2019

Message From the Principal

Tools for Life

Welcome back to another wonderful school year!

Forest Grove Elementary School is implementing a new program designed to teach students that they have the power within themselves to solve problems, calm themselves, and control their emotions.

The curriculum is called The Toolbox by Dovetail learning, and its goal is to teach students that they have 12 tools within themselves that can help navigate relationships in school and handle anxiety when it arises in their lives.

The school’s goal is that using the skills taught in the Toolbox, students can experience:

Increased sense of sense of awareness and self-control

Improved relationships with peers and family

Capacity to effectively manage conflicts

Better academic performance, and ultimately, more success in life

The Toolbox came to Forest Grove because staff felt like our school needed to have a program designed to address the social emotional needs of our students.

Our plan is to have the Toolbox inundate our school across all settings.

You can support our efforts by using these tools at home. At Back to School Night, our teachers will explain how the Toolbox is being used in their classes, and they will have a copy of the 12 Tools that you can post on your refrigerator at home.

When you use these tools at home, you will be reinforcing the lessons that your children are learning at school. In turn, when we use the tools at school, we will be supporting your work at home, and ultimately, we will be transforming our community.

It’s a lofty goal, but we think we have the tools to do it.

See the Toolbox Key Principals here as well.

To learn more about the Toolbox, watch this video


Buck Roggeman, Principal.

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Drop Off - Pick Up Zone

We would like to thank all of our parents for driving safely during our drop off and pick up times.

Here are a couple of reminders that will keep traffic flowing as smoothly as possible before and after school

  1. Remember the green zone is only for dropping off and picking up your student.

  2. You should never leave your car to walk a student into school if you are in the green drop off zone.

  3. Always pull as far forward as possible in the drop off/pick up zone.

  4. Always park in the parent parking lots if you want to walk your student to class. There are spots available on Congress Avenue and by Breaker Stadium. Also, there are more than 100 spaces available above campus in the lot you can enter off of Forest Lodge Road.

Most importantly, stay patient, be alert, and drive carefully.

Thank you so much.

Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Arctic Adventure Book Fair will be coming to our Forest Grove library Monday, August 19th- Friday, August 23rd. It will be Snow much fun!

To put on this awesome event we need lots of volunteers. If you are able to help please sign up here: (all volunteers will require fingerprinting at the school district)


Exciting and new for this year - Book Fair eWallet:

✴ Great alternative to cash

✴ Safe and Secure

✴ Free to set up

✴ Funds available immediately

✴ Easy to set a spending limit

✴ Unused Funds are returned to your card


If you would like to order books online or set up an eWallet account for your child, please go to our schools book fair homepage:


Keep a look out this week for a light green flyer that will be coming home with your child. The flyer will have more info, including times that the book fair will be open.

Thank you,

Your PTA Book Fair Chairs

School Attendance

Please make sure you call the attendance line at 831-646-6559 x222 if your child will be absent or arrive late to school.

If we have not heard from the parents to report an absence, an automated system will call and send an e-mail to let you know your child is not in school.
Please make sure we have your current phone number and e-mail address on file.

Important Reminders:

* Parents/Guardians may verify student illnesses up to 14 days throughout the school year before a note from a doctor/clinic is required, including students who arrive at school after 9:15 a.m. for an illness/medical appointment or for an all-day absence for illness or medical appointment – or combination thereof. Each subsequent absence (15 or more) requires a note from a doctor/clinic.

*Any students arriving late to class are considered tardy. Students arriving to school more than 30 minutes late or students leaving school more than 30 minutes early without presenting a valid written excuse from a doctor, dentist, or orthodontist are considered truant, and report as an unexcused absence. All students arriving late to campus must report to the office before going to class. Students leaving school must be signed out at the office by a parent or an adult listed on the student’s emergency card.

*Taking a vacation? or missing school? You can apply for up to 10 days of Family Leave with the school so that your child's absences do not count towards truancy. Forms need to be turned in to the school office at least 2 weeks prior to the missed school days. Fill out the form here

Dine Out Fundraiser

Mountain Mike's dine out is on Thursday, August 15th (Pacific Grove location) from 11:00 am-10:00 pm. Must mention Forest Grove to get a % back. Thank you for your support!

Message from Ms. Natalie our Health Clerk

Please remember that your child should not carry his or her medication in their backpack. All over the counter medications, epi pens and inhalers, must be checked into the nurse's office with the necessary paperwork from the doctor.

If your child needs to have medicine given to them at school, please get the appropriate paperwork from the health office.

All medication must be brought to school in the original labeled container prepared by the pharmacy, doctor, or pharmaceutical company (i.e., no envelopes, foil, or baggies). The label should include the following:

    • Child's name

    • Name of medication

    • Dosage of medication to be given

    • Frequency of administration

    • Route of administration

    • Name of physician ordering medication

    • Date of prescription

    • Expiration date

Thank you Sandy!

A big Forest Grove thank you to Sandy Sanjurjo who has once again graced our school with her beautiful artwork. Make sure to visit her newest creation on the 2nd level handball wall.

Back To School Night

Please join us on Wednesday, August 21st from 6:00-7:00 pm for our Back to School night. Parents only please join us on 1st level for the Principal's welcome and then meet your student's teacher in the classrooms from 6:15-7:00 pm.

BASRP will offer daycare for $10/family that night if you need.

PTA Meeting

Tuesday, Aug. 13th, 6pm

1065 Congress Avenue

Pacific Grove, CA

Join the PTA meeting tonight in the library at 6:00 pm. Childcare available in the cafeteria as well.

Bus Applications and Lunch Forms

Students can ride the bus for free until Friday, August 23rd. After that, students will need to have a bus pass. You can find the application here.

Click here to apply for free and reduced lunch. Forms can be turned into the school office.

Ice Cream Social

Join us in the cafeteria on August 23rd at 6:00 pm for our Ice Cream Social. A great way to celebrate the start of the school year!

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:

August 15th: Mountain Mike's Dine Out

August 19-23rd: Book Fair in library

August 21st: Back to School Night (parents only)

August 23rd: Ice Cream Social 6:00 pm

September 2nd: Labor Day - no school