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K-4 TRACK MEET POSTPONED!!!!

Today's K-4 Track & Field Day has been POSTPONED due to inclement weather.  We are rescheduling it for Thursday, May 24th, at 1:00 PM.  K-2 students will have NORMAL DISMISSAL time today at 2:15.  Thank you for your understanding.

8th Grade Promotion

Dear Parents/Guardians:

It is so hard to believe that spring is here already, and 8th grade promotion is just around the corner.  There are some changes that have been made to the promotion ceremony so please take note.

When: Thursday, May 31th at 1:45 p.m.

  • This is during the school day and the day will be run like a regular school day.
  • Students will need to come dressed for the ceremony when they come to school.

    We would like to go with a semi-formal look: girls in nice skirts, dresses, or pants, and guys in khakis and either ties or sweaters with a button down shirt.  We would like to avoid jeans and T-shirts. We have discussed appropriate attire with the eighth graders, and the Elder Grove dress code needs to be followed. Spaghetti straps or strapless tops/dresses will need to be covered with some type of cover up sweater, etc.   

8th Grade Students in Washington D.C. Showing Their Appreciation to Their Teachers Teacher Appreciation

We had over 30 student raise funds to go on a trip to Washington D.C. They are pictured here sending their love and appreciation to their teachers back in MT. What great students we have here at Elder Grove School! Whether that be in Washington D.C. or in Montana, Elder Grove is blessed with the best students and teachers.

Elder Grove Student Wins Kids Run T-shirt Design Contest Elder Grove Student T-shirt Design

We have so many students that have many different talents at Elder Grove . It is great to showcase some of these talents.

Aubree Meiers, a second grader, won the t-shirt design for the Kids Run. The Kids Run is associated with the Women's Run and is completely free for kids 10 years and younger. The t-shirt design will be worn by many little kids who are participating in the Kids Run. Aubree's moto is "Run Cause it's Fun". I couldn't agree with her more. If your child is 10 years or younger, this is a fun run that is free. Click on the link to learn more about the Kids Run and download the waiver. Support your child's physical activity and sport one of these t-shirts that one of our own talented students designed.

The Kids Run is being held tomorrow, Tuesday, May 8th at 6:00 pm at the Rocky Mountain College outdoor track. 

Teacher Appreciation Week Thank a Teacher

I want to thank all of the teachers here at Elder Grove School. The teachers at Elder Grove are what make our school great. They always want what is best for the students. I have the pleasure of working with a bunch of great professionals that do such an amazing job in the classroom.

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week. Make sure you thank a teacher that plays such an important role in shaping your child's life.

Justin Klebe

Superintendent

Principal Newsletter

Greetings,

Elder Grove has been a busy place with plenty of activity in the last month.  On April 13th, the EGPTO brought in a BMX dirt bike assembly for all grade levels.  The riders had a great message for the students and put on a show that was enjoyed by everyone.  On April 18th, some Rocky Mountain College students put on a play for our students in grades K-3.  The play was called How I Became A Pirate and was very entertaining to the students.  On April 20th, the EGPTO held our annual Elder Grove Carnival.  EGPTO and our community did a wonderful job of making the carnival a successful and fun event.  Thank you to all of the community volunteers. We would also like to say thank you to Mrs. Phillips and the EGPTO, as well as Rocky Mountain College for making these events possible.

On April 19th, I had the honor of attending the 29th annual YMCA Principals’ Leadership Luncheon and present the leadership award to our 2017-18 Elder Grove recipient, Aiden Lantis.  Our middle school staff selected Aiden as the student who most exemplifies leadership and excels in academics, service, and community involvement. Aiden was honored with other area 5th and 8th graders from their respective schools.  Congratulations, Aiden.

We would also like to recognize the 2018 Elder Grove volleyball team for their undefeated championship season.  On April 24th, our girls won the championship at Elysian school and completed an exceptional year of athletics here at Elder Grove.  Congrats to the girls, Coach James, and Coach Jore on a job well done.

 

 

Next Year's School Calendar is Here

Next year's school calendar is here! 

School Calendar 2018-2019 UPDATED

Students Participating in Planning the New Middle School Students Planning Middle School

Today students in 5th through 8th grade particpated in planning the new middle school. A&E worked with the individual grade levels to see what the students wanted in their new school. There were many good ideas ranging from commons area, outdoor classrooms, air conditioning, to a 2nd floor swimming pool. We might not be able to deliver on the 2nd floor swimming pool, but we can definitely look at all the other suggestions. The students were excited about giving their feedback for the new building. They got to share their ideas wtih the rest of the grade levels as well. 

Parent Portal to Participate in Surveys

The board would like to get your feedback in the next few weeks. We will be using surveys to get feedback on a couple of items. Decisions were based off of your feedback from the last survey. In the future, our goal is to get the most accurate information from our community. So the decision the board has to make will reflect the majority of the community. 

The tool that we are using is based off of having a parent portal to Infinite Campus (I.C.). We will be sending out surveys through I.C. If you do not have a parent portal you will be unable to participate in these surveys. There are many reasons to have a parent portal to I.C. You can check on your student's progress, look at your student's grades, participate in surveys, put money on lunch account, and much more. I.C. also has a free app that makes this even more convenient.

If you do not have a parent portal to I.C. or you forgot your parent portal password. Please call the school at 406-656-2893 ext 200 or 501 or stop by at one of the offices. Setting up the portal only takes a minute and can benefit you and your child. In the near future there will be surveys sent out. We would love to get your feedback.

Kindergarten Registration Time

Kindergarten Registration

The school year is coming to a close and it is time for Kindergarten Roundup!

Please review the Kindergarten Roundup Flyer for more details about the upcoming event on Thursday, April 26th from 5-7PM in the Little Gym. The evening will be an opportunity for you to turn in the Kindergarten Registration paperwork and set an appointment for your child the last week of school to complete a kindergarten readiness assessment. Please note that you will have to come to the registration night to register your child. We will NOT be performing registrations over the phone or on the day of testing.

You will also need to bring the following items to school the night of April 26th:

  • Copy of a Certified Birth Certificate
  • Current Immunization Records
  • Photo ID and/or Proof of Guardianship
  • Proof of Physical Address (i.e. current utiltiy bill, etc)
  • Kindergarten Registration Packet

If your child will need to ride the bus please fill out the Bus Sign-Up Form. Computers will be available the night of registration if you want to fill out the bus form then.

 

 

Kindergarten Roundup Information

Kindergarten Registration

The school year is coming to a close and it is time for Kindergarten Roundup!

Please review the Kindergarten Roundup Flyer for more details about the upcoming event on Thursday, April 26th from 5-7PM in the Little Gym. The evening will be an opportunity for you to turn in the Kindergarten Registration paperwork and set an appointment for your child the last week of school to complete a kindergarten readiness assessment. Please note that you will have to come to the registration night to register your child. We will NOT be performing registrations over the phone or on the day of testing.

You will also need to bring the following items to school the night of April 26th:

  • Copy of a Certified Birth Certificate
  • Current Immunization Records
  • Photo ID and/or Proof of Guardianship
  • Proof of Physical Address (i.e. current utiltiy bill, etc)
  • Kindergarten Registration Packet

If your child will need to ride the bus please fill out the Bus Sign-Up Form. Computers will be available the night of registration if you want to fill out the bus form then.

 

 

 

Carnival Time is Almost Here

April is flying by and we just wanted to take a minute to remind you that the PTO is having their Carnival next Friday.The PTO has been working hard to prepare for this big event. They have sceduled for 3 food trucks to be onsite: Taste of Asia, Dimich Bros Gourmet Hot Dogs, and Espresso Break.  They could still use help purchasing items for the grade level themed baskets that will be in the basket raffle. In case you haven't had a chance to read your emails here is the info:

Basket
PTO School Carnival
Fri, April 20th 4-8PM

 

We still need items for the baskets so that we can have a basket raffle the night of the event. Each grade level has a theme and we would REALLY APPRECIATE any item, no matter what size, to put in the baskets.  The basket themes are:

 

  • Kindergarten- Summer Fun/ Picnic Theme Basket

  • 1st Grade -  Gift Card Basket Theme Basket

  • 2nd Grade- Movie Night Theme Basket

  • 3rd Grade- Arts and Craft Theme Basket

  • 4th Grade-  Gardening Theme Basket 

  • 5th Grade- BBQ Theme Basket

  • 6th Grade- Outdoor Fun Basket

  • 7th & 8th Grade-  Elder Grove School Spirit Basket

 

Please turn your basket items into your child's teacher by Monday, April 16th.

PTO School Carnival

 

We have some exciting news! The PTO has planned a wonderful School Carnival for this month!

Carnival TentPTO School Carnival 
Friday, April 20th
4-8PM

This is a great opportunity to have some good family fun, visit with friends, and support Elder Grove. This is one of the PTO’s biggest fundraisers of the year. There will be:

  • Games
  • Food Trucks
  • Basket Raffle
  • Cotton Candy
  • Photo Booth (you provide the camera)
  • LOTS of opportunities for fun!!!!

Volunteers are a critical element to putting on an event like this! We would REALLY APPRECIATE it if you could volunteer for a two hour shift!!! This will help the PTO, and Elder Grove, and you will still have two hours to enjoy the fun!  Plus volunteering with the PTO is FUN! To sign-up for a shift please fill out the form below.

Carnival Volunteer Sign-Up Form

Be ready for some fun!

EG PTO Hosts Night at The Reef

The PTO is hosting a fun night at The Reef Indoor Waterpark.  Flyer for reef night

Thursday, April 5th 4-9PM

$10/swimmer

This is not a fundraiser. It is simply a discounted rate to get into the park. 

Ukulele Fun Night

The Adult Education program at Elder Grove is hosting another Ukulele Fun Night. 

'Ukulele Fun Nightukulele
Wed, March 28th at 6PM
Music Room

Park in the south parking lot (one near white building) in the area closest to Hesper Road. Then go to southwest door near Hesper. This is set of double doors closest to the grass at the end of the parking lot.

The Ukulele Fun Night is for everyone who would like to jam with fellow ukulele players.  All levels are welcome, and music will be provided. We will have music for beginners, intermediate, advanced levels.
Music stands will be provided. Parents MUST accompany children.

After the first few meetings the group will decide what the best time would be for future fun nights, and what format, if any, we would like to follow. If you are unable to make this night but are interested, or if you need more information, please email Carol Phillips

Calendar Survey

The Board, Administration and Union Representatives would like your feedback in regard to the Elder Grove School calendar.  Though we cannot guarantee any changes, this is your opportunity to have a possible voice in the outcome. We will always put the student’s education first when making any decisions.  Some items on the survey may require changes to working conditions, which would then need to be a negotiated item with staff. Our desire is to create a calendar that works best for most parents and staff, while providing the best possible education for our students.  Therefore, we will take a look at the results of the survey, but need to hear from at least 80% of parents before making any changes that will accurately reflect the desires of the majority. The survey will run from Thursday, March 8th to Sunday, March 18th at midnight.

 

Please log into your parent portal account to take the survey. The active survey is the one with the red exclamation point in front of it. 

 

If you do not have an active parent portal account please call the school at 656-2893 ext 200 or 501 to get one set up.

Making Up Snow Days

The month of February proved to be a challenging month due to large snow accumulation and extreme temperatures. We had two snow days last month, one on February 9th and the other February 20th. The state does not go by the number of days students are in school but the number of instructional hours.

Under MT law 20-9-806(2); “The board of trustees may close school for “1” day each school year because of an unforeseen emergency and may not be required to reschedule the pupil-instruction time lost because of the unforeseen emergency.” The February 9th snow day was an unforeseen emergency and the board approved February 9th as an emergency day under MT law 20-9-806(2). Therefore no instruction time will need to be made up.

The February 20th snow day, due to the extreme temperatures, brings Elder Grove’s total number of instructional hours lower than the state’s limit by 6 hours. Elder Grove needs to make up those 6 hours of instruction before the end of the year. The board approved making up this time by making 3 Early Out days, full length days. After careful consideration to other possibilities, it was determined to be the least disruptive to parents, students, and staff. The three Early Outs that will be regular dismissal times are March 21st, April 4th and May 9th. Please make arrangements to have your student in school on these days for their regular school day hours. K-2 will be a 2:15 dismissal and 3rd-8th will be a 3:00 dismissal.

Once again I am sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Justin Klebe

Superintendent

Principal Newsletter

Greetings,

As we are all patiently waiting for spring, March is upon us.  With the change in weather (hopefully), we ask that you still have your student dress accordingly for the weather.  As our big melt is coming, the playground and recess area will surely be very wet and muddy for some time.  With the up and down temperatures, please make sure students are wearing the proper attire.  With that, every day students are leaving their coats, jackets, sweatshirts, hats, gloves, and lunch boxes on the school grounds.  Those items without student names are brought to the lost and found.  Our lost and found areas are by the main office and by the middle school office.  Please check these areas for any missing items.

Elder Grove Volleyball is off to a great start.  We have about 70 girls playing volleyball in grades 5-8.  On Thursday, March 1, we will be hosting an “Elder Grove Outlaw Volleyball Night.”  On this night, we will have the following matches:

  • 5th grade Black vs. 5th grade Red @ 4:00

  • 6th grade Black vs. 6th grade Red @ 5:00

  • 7th/8th grade Black vs. 7th/8th grade White @ 6:00

Please come support our student athletes as they play each other and demonstrate their development on the court.

Miss Montana visited Elder Grove on Friday, February 23, and spoke to all grades...

 

Bus Stops

It is First Student's policy to only slow down at bus stops if there are no students.  It is important to make sure your student(s) are at the stop before the scheduled time. The buses are on strict schedules and cannot wait for students. If students are late getting to stops, this will make future stops late as well as arrival to school. Please make sure your student is at their assigned stop 5 minutes before the scheduled time, to make sure they meet its arrival and catch the bus.

SCHOOL CLOSED TUES, Feb 20th

School closed signSchool will be closed Tues, Feb 20th due to expected extreme temperatures. Please watch our Facebook page and website for updates.

This includes extracurricular activities.

Sorry for any inconvenience but we want everyone to be safe!

 

Science Fair Expo at MSU-B

I wanted to tell you about the free Science Expo held on Friday and Saturday, March 23rd and 24th in MSU Billings Physical Education Buidling, Alterowitz Gym.  The Expo starts at 1:00 on Friday and goes until 5:00 P.M. on Saturday with many Science activities. You can also view the Science Fair Projects that students in our area have done.   If your child is in 1st – 12th grade, they have the option of participating by entering their own Science Fair project. At the Science Expo there will also be guest speakers and a Chemistry Magic Show.  Click on Science Expo for more information.

Student Safety

Parents,

With the recent shooting in Florida, I wanted to reach out to the parents at Elder Grove and let you know that Elder Grove has policies and plans in place for emergencies like this. We hope it never happens, but it would be naive to not plan for emergencies such as these in today’s scary world.

Elder Grove has your students’ safety as their number one priority. We understand the immense responsibility you as parents have put on us as you release your child to our school each day. We have different lock down procedures for different levels of emergencies and run regular drills to make sure teachers and students understand what to do during these lock downs. We have a Vision Team, whose sole responsibility is to constantly review the safety and security procedures and measures we have in place. The team meets after every drill and examines ways we can do better. 

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Inclement Weather and Alternative Bus Stops

We have been having a stretch of inclement weather lately. The alternative routes will continue to be in effect. The alternate routes can be found on the website under "Parents", "Forms and Links", then "Bus Stops". Alternate stops will be listed below a regular stop on the bus schedule. Those of you that are driving during these storms please leave early and give yourself extra time to make it to school on time.

Please be aware that over the weekend we are supposed to get more snow, so please drive safely. Currently Tuesday's high is 6 degrees with a low of -3. If your child rides the bus, if possible drive them to the bus stop so they are not out in the elements any longer then needed. Also, please make sure your child leaves the house properly dressed for the weather.

Barnes & Noble Bookfair

Girl reading bookIt's that time again! Elder Grove is having a Book Fair at Barnes & Noble. All you need to do is give our number #12320792 at the store or enter it online and we will get credit.

Our code works:
In any B&N store - 2/18 - 2/25
Online at barnesandnoble.com 2/18 - 3/2

Tell everyone you know. Remember anyone can order online or shop at B&N in their town, and support our library. The code also works in the cafe!

Our Book Fair will be:

Ukulele Fun Night

Our Adult Education program is hosting an Ukulele Fun Night.  ukulele with music staff and notes

Ukulele Fun Night
Wed, Feb 21st
6PM in the Music Room

All levels welcome! Just bring your uke and be ready for some fun. We will have music for all levels (beginning, intermediate, and advanced).

The best way to get to the music room is through the door closest to Hesper Road, near the exit of the small parking lot. 

Parents MUST accompany children for the entire event.
 

School Cancelled Due to Dangerous Snow

School is closed today due to dangerous road conditions. I'm sorry for the inconvenience this may cause.

Paraprofessional Job Opened

Part time position available at Elder Grove Schools.  This position is five to six (5-6) hours per day, each day that school is in session. The beginning wage is $10.00 per hour for none certified teachers and $10.50 for certified teachers. Successful applicant may be working with students in small groups or a one to one.  Applicant must be able to supervise students in the school building (as well as during the lunch hour and outside), work well with adults and students, be in good physical health, able to follow instructions, and be able to supervise and control students in a firm and consistent manner.  

If this is something that may interest you please fill out the classified job application and attach your resume.

PTO Meeting Cancelled

The PTO Meeting has been cancelled for tonight.Meeting Cancelled
It has been rescheduled for Mon, Feb 12th at 6PM in the library.
Stay warm & drive safe!

Alternate Bus Routes

Due to the bad weather that we have been experiencing all Bus Routes will be following the alternate Bus stops. To see if your stop has an alternate Bus stop please go to elder grove.k12.mt.us and then under “Parents” then “Forms and Links”.  Scroll down to Bus Routes and click on your bus Route. If your stop has an alternate Bus stop it will say under your regular bus stop. Please drive safe tomorrow morning and leave early to give you more time to get to your destination.

Principal Newsletter

Greetings,

As February is quickly approaching, we find ourselves flying through the winter months here at Elder Grove.  We are hosting the annual Yellowstone County Rural Schools Athletic Association boys basketball tournament on January 25-27.  Both our 7th/8th grade teams are in the tournament and we hope that you come support our student athletes and the activities department by attending some games.  Our 7th/8th grade Red team enters the tourney as the #1 seed and hopes to repeat as champions this year.  Please come support Outlaw Nation!

Girls volleyball practice will start on Tuesday, January 30th after school.  The 5th and 6th graders will practice from after school until 5:00.  The 7th and 8th graders will practice from 5:00 until 6:30.  Participants will need a completed physical, signed concussion form, and $35 activity fee turned in before they can practice.  We are very excited for the season and are ready to get things started.

Friday, February 2nd is an exciting here at our school...

Recent Incident "Stranger Danger"

As many of you know the school got a report that an individual was trying to lure a child into his car. I want to assure all parents that your students are safe at the school. Teachers know who to release students to and where to take them as well as having a locked down campus at all times. 

This particular incident did not happen at school, it happened in a neighborhood one to two miles away. When we heard about it we wanted to make sure all parents and community members talked to their child about the importance of never getting in a vehicle with a stranger no matter what they say, as well as the description of the man and the vehicle he was driving.

Please talk to your children about the importance of never getting in a strangers vehicle. If you see a man suspiciously driving a light blue, older compact car that is Hispanic between 20-30 years old with a buzz cut and an earring in his right ear in your neighborhood please call authorities.

Thank you,

Justin Klebe

Next Steps for the Bond

Parents and Community Members,

Many of you may be wondering what the next steps is now that the bond has passed. There are many steps that the board has to consider throughout this process. The first step is to interview an owner’s representative that will work for the school to help in contract negotiations, quality control with contractors and architects and much more. This person will be the first hired and the last one that will be done. They will be with us for the entire project to make sure we are getting the most for the money.

Next we will hire an architect and soon after will be the Construction Manager at Risk. The Construction Manager at Risk is the construction manager for the job, but they also guarantee the job will be done on budget. They will work together to create a school that is within the budget and have a bid package ready by next winter. The subs will bid on the jobs at a determined date around January 2019. Construction will start soon after that with completion being the summer of 2020.

There is a lot of work and planning a head for Elder Grove. It is exciting knowing that we are making plans and building for the future of the school that will be here for many generations.

Thank you,

Justin Klebe

Bond Passing

Parents and Community Members,

I am very excited about the bond passing for the community and the students at Elder Grove School. We are currently at 620 students and our schools maximum capacity is 700. If you drive down 64th street just north of the school you can see a new subdivision cutting roads. It is nice knowing we have a plan for these 200+ homes coming into our district in the next couple of years.

I wanted to personally thank the community for voting in this bond election. I will assure you that the board as well as myself takes this bond very seriously and will do everything we can to be the best stewards of the money you have entrusted us with.

Thank you,

Justin Klebe

Last Day to Vote

Today, Tuesday December 12th, is the last day to vote. The ballots will have to be at the elections office by 8:00 P.M. tonight in order for your ballot to count. You will either have to drop off your ballot at the Yellowstone Elections Office or you can drop off your ballot in the main office at the school by 4:00 P.M. If you can not make it to the school by 4:00 P.M. please call the school and we will make arrangements. The Yellowstone County Elections Office will be open until 8:00 P.M.​ and is located in the court house. 

 

You will be able to find out the outcome of the election around 8:15 P.M. tonight by clicking on the link and then click on Elder Grove Bond Election.

Ballots counted

If you have not mailed your ballot in by Friday last week it is too late to do it now.​ You can get your ballots counted still by either dropping them off directly to the elections office or bring your sealed ballot to the school and an authorized person will bring them to the elections office. The Elections office is located in the Yellowstone County Courthouse at 217 N. 27th St. They will be open until 5:00 today and 8:00 P.M. tomorrow. There is an after hours drop box for tonight if you can not make it before 5:00 but the ballots must be in the office by 8:00 P.M. tomorrow, Tuesday, December 12th, for them to count.

 

If you plan on dropping them off at the school, please make sure they are at the school by 4:00 P.M. on Tuesday, December 12th. We will have an authorized person bring all sealed ballots to the elections office.

DON'T FORGET TO VOTE!

DON'T FORGET TO VOTE!

If you have not gotten a ballot and you voted in the presidential election please call the election office at 256-2740. If you did not vote in the last presidential election and would like to vote in this election you can still register to vote by going to the Yellowstone County Elections Office that is located in the County Courthouse at 217 N. 27th Street, Room 101. You can register and vote right there. It only takes a moment to register and vote.

If you have any questions about the election please do not hesitate to call me at 406-656-2893 ext 200. I will be more than happy to discuss and answer any questions you may have.

Thank you,

 

Justin Klebe

Superintendent

Tax Breakdown for Schools

For property owners in Elder Grove District currently:

  • 39% goes to the local Districts (Elder Grove Elementary and Billings High School),
  • 10% goes to the County for School Retirement and Transportation,
  • 20% goes to the State for University, Vo-Tech Schools and School Equalization,
  • 30% goes to Yellowstone County, and
  • 1% goes to Big Sky Economic Development.

Looking at your 39% allocation for Elder Grove School and Billings High School about 67 % goes to Elder Grove and 33 % Billings HS (this is based on mill allocation, which mills total 199.73 – broken down 133.1 Elder Grove and 66.63 Billings HS. So really only 26.13% is going to Elder Grove School. Elder Grove School is operating at 80% of its maximum budget whereas Billings Elementary School district is operating at 97% of its maximum budget. What this means is...

Community Forum

As you know we are running  a bond to accommodate the growing enrollment at Elder Grove. We are going to have one final Community Forum on November 14th at 6:30 in the Big Gym.​ We will have a short presentation and then have an opportunity for everyone to ask questions you may have about the bond. If you have questions about the bond or why we have come to the solution we have please come to the Community Forum. We set up the Community Forum as a symposium where people can ask the questions they have anonymously.

 

Please come and be informed before you vote. Community Forum, Tuesday, November 14th at 6:30 in the middle school big gym.

 

 

Staffing a New Middle School

Voters: I have been asked about staffing a new middle school if the voters approve bonding for that school.  I have been asked: “Will we be able to staff the new middle school without having to ask for more money?”  This information is provided for the benefit of all the voters.

  • Under Montana law, Elder Grove School receives from the State 80 % of $5,348 per kindergarten through sixth grader and $6,847 for seventh and eighth graders.  The more students enrolled the more budget authority the district has.
  • 80% of the maximum amount is $4,278 per k-6 and $5,477 for 7th & 8th grade.
  • Staffing will be paid for in large part by funding for increased enrollment.
  • A voted levy will allow the district to get more money per student that is enrolled.
  • A voted levy will allow more budget authority to the General Fund which pays for salaries or additional resources.
  • We will be able to staff the middle school without a levy. However the board may decide for a levy for additional resources for our kindergarten through 8th grade.

This information is provided by the District to inform voters about the pending school bond election.  For more information contact Justin Klebe, Superintendent, at 656-2893 ext 200

Bond Election Date

Voters: I have been asked about the timing of the current bond election.  Ballots will be mailed to voters in the District on November 22nd and the ballots must be returned on or before December 12th.  

There are a few reasons why Elder Grove’s Board of Trustees chose to run a mail ballot election rather than an on-site election. Below are the main reasons the Board decided to run a mail ballot election.      

  • The November 22nd date gave the Board more time for community involvement in this important issue.  The Facility Planning Committee felt that the community forum would be better attended if it was after school started, instead of during the summer.  The Board did not want to consider the resolution calling for the election until after this Committee got feedback from the community.

 

Country Heat Classes at Elder Grove

Country Heat LogoThe Adult Ed program has teamed up with Dee Harmel, a certified Country Heat coach, to start teaching Country Heat classes at Elder Grove. 

Weds, Nov 1 - Weds, Dec 6th
5-5:45PM
Little Gym

The class is $40 for the entire 6 weeks or $8 per class if you just want to give it a try. No sign-up is necessary. Just show up ready to dance and have some fun!

 

For more information on Dee Harmel, please read her bio.

When Is the Election for the Bond

This is a mail ballot election, there will be no voting poll at the school. You must be registered to vote no later than November 13th. Ballots will be mailed out on Wednesday, November 22nd and your ballot will need to be in Yellowstone County Election Office by December 12th.

What is Elder Grove running for in the mail ballot election?

Parents,

The Elder Grove School Board is asking voters to approve  a $14.95 million bond to build a new middle school close to our current campus.  The Board’s reasons for asking the voters for this bonding authority was discussed at great length in public meetings and records of those meetings are available in the District’s main office.


The following is provided by the District to voters in an effort to inform and not advocate:


• The Board engaged a Facility Planning Committee to study the community’s goals (through community surveys and the spring and fall community forum) and Elder Grove School enrollment projections for the next 10 years.  That committee found that building a new middle school at Elder Grove was the most cost effective option available to the District.  The 10 year enrollment projection is 1,000 kids. Our current enrollment is 604 students.  The projected enrollment would overfill our current facilities.  The Billings and Laurel Districts are unable to accept all of our 7th and 8th grade kids.


• A new middle school would allow K-5 to have 4 classes each.  Our current enrollment requires 4 classes for kindergarten and 1st grade.


• A new middle school would permit fewer students to be in each class.


• A new middle school would permit the District sufficient room to start a preschool.


• A new middle school on our campus would be a student safety measure and would permit more students to be educated at Elder Grove School.


• A new middle school would give our middle school students more academic and extracurricular opportunities.  


• A new middle school would give the District more flexibility in schedule planning including fewer lunch periods.

Can we send our 7th & 8th graders to Ben Steele or another independent district like Canyon Creek?
  • No! Billings School district #2 informed us that Ben Steele is over capacity and the west end is experiencing the same growth we are. They said chances are that they would break up our 7th & 8th graders and transport them to either Will James or Riverside. The parents would not have any say as to where their students will attend.
  • No! Canyon Creek does not have the capacity to house an additional 140 kids. This is half of their current enrollment.  The same is true for Elysian. Elysian does not have the room and they are also experience a lot of growth.
Instructional Paraprofessional needed

Part time position available at Elder Grove Schools.  This position is five to six (5-6) hours per day, each day that school is in session. The beginning wage is $10.00 per hour for none certified teachers and $10.50 for certified teachers. Successful applicant may be working with students in small groups.  Applicant must be able to supervise students in the school building (as well as during the lunch hour and outside), work well with adults and students, be in good physical health, able to follow instructions, and be able to supervise and control students in a firm and consistent manner.  

If this is something that may interest you please fill out the classified job aplication and attach your resume.

Elder Grove was on KULR8

The word NEWS

Elder Grove did a follow-up story with KULR8 news regarding our community forum.

Here is a link to the video:

KULR8 Story about Elder Grove

 

Community Forum Video is Online

For those of you who were unable to attend the Community Forum you can now have front row seats.  We have posted the ENTIRE video online at YouTube.  See the link below to be able to watch at your leisure. The video includes all of the slides that were shown during the presentation. It also includes the link on how to figure out your estimated tax impact.Box of Popcorn

Community Forum

Invite your friends, family, neighbors, etc for a showing. This video goes great with popcorn!!! For those of you who were able to attend that night we really appreciate your time and input!

Please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, and/or suggestions. We value your input. You can reach Justin Klebe at 406-656-2893 x201.

Elder Grove Made the News - Again!

Elder Grove made the news once again!

Link to Q2 news article on overcrowding

 

The Community Forum is this Thursday, September 14th at 6:30PM. We hope you can join us. We are looking forward to input from our community.

 

PTO Needs Volunteers

The PTO neeSatruday Live Bannerds volunteers to help with the Saturday Live Carnival, Saturday, September 23rd at Pioneer Park 10AM - 4PM. This is one of the biggest fundraisers of the year. It has always been a huge success because of our amazing volunteers! 

There are a variety of volunteer times available starting on Fri, Sept. 22nd and for some two hour shifts on Sat, Sept 23rd. To sign-up please visit:

Saturday Live Volunteer Sign-Up

If you have any questions please contact the Saturday Live Chairperson, Carol Phillips at 406-690-9588.

PTO Meeting Information

Due to the Labor Day holiday the PTO switched their meeting to Monday, September 11th at 6PM. The meeting this time will be in the library. Here are the flyers if you would like some additional information.

September 2017 Agenda

PTO Informational Flyer

 

Morning Muffins

The Student Council has Morning Muffins the first Friday of every month, with a few exceptions. The proceeds from the morning muffins allows the Student Council to complete a service project every year. For the past two years they saved up their monies and purchased, with some help from the PTO, the reader board that is at the front of our school.

Here is the upcoming schedule:

Morning Muffin ScheduleBlueberry Muffin

Community Forum September 14th @ 6:30

The Facility Planning Committee has been working really hard getting ready for the Community Forum on September 14th at 6:30 in the big gym. During this forum the committee will present the process that we have gone through for the past six months as well as solutions that have the goals that the community told us during the Spring Community Forum.  The frist 30 minutes will be informational and the rest will be interactive. Please mark September 14th at 6:30 on your calendar and attend the Community Forum. Be part of the Solution of Elder Grove's growing pains.

Billings Gazette Article about upcoming Sept. 14th Community Forum

Please click on the link Community Forum to read the Gazette's article about next weeks Comminty Forum. Matt Hoffman, from the Gazette, did a great job explaining what Elder Grove is up against and what will be discussed during the Forum. Please take a moment to read this great article.

We Love our New Sign

 

Thanks to the Student Council and the EGPTO we are excited to announce the new Reader Board Signelectronic sign in front of the school!

The sign was purchased through fundraising efforts of Student Council & the EGPTO. The Student Council sold suckers, morning muffins, pizza lunches, and many more items to fund this project. The PTO had carnivals, Saturday Live, etc and was very supportive. This was a 2 year, in-the-making project, and it has been amazing to see it finally come to fruition!

We look forward to utilizing the sign, putting up announcements and events throughout the year to communicate with our wonderful Elder Grove community.

Outfitting Outlaws Program

Outfitting Outlaws Program

Hello parents/guardians of Elder Grove students,School Supplies

As the school year quickly approaches, it is time to start thinking about school supply shopping and filling your student's backpack for the year. For some this can be an exciting time, for others it may be a time of stress.

Elder Grove School has a select number of donated school supplies and backpacks for students in need. If you find that your family is in a financial struggle and needs help supplying your child with the tools to be successful in the classroom this year, please contact the K-5 School Counselor, Miss McCauley, about a backpack. The backpacks will be filled with basic school supplies, and will be available while supplies last during Open House.

Elder Grove After School Open House

PLEASE JOIN US!

Elder Grove Afterschool open house at our new Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch location on the corner of Hesper and Water Tower Rd. 

Aug. 22nd from 5:30pm-6:30pm

Please see picture below for directions!

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Kindergarten Starts On Thursday

1st Day of Kindergarten SunJust a little reminder that the first day of Kindergarten is Thursday, August 24th at 8:00AM. The other grades, 1st-8th, will start on Wednesday, August 23rd at 8:00AM.

Our Open House is Monday, August 21st 5:30-7:00PM.  

It is going to be a wonderful year! 

Open House

This is just a reminder about Open House on Monday, August 21st from 5:30-7:00. The PTO will be having an ice cream social this year, not a bbq. Please plan on dinner before or after the Open House.

Open House

Parents,

In exactly one week, we will start the new school year. It is quickly approaching. I’m sure most kids are excited to come back to school, some are a bit nervous and perhaps a few are dreading it. As a parent, it is important to always be positive about school when interacting with your child, or within earshot of your child. Kids will pick up on the negative talk and it increases the chance of them having a negative experience at school. We want all children to feel safe, accepted and successful. Each of us plays an important role in making this happen.

I’m looking forward to our Open House on Monday, August 21st from 5:30-7:00. The teachers have 

Saturday Live Fun Run

Billiings Clinic will be awarding $250.00 to the PE department of the school that has the most participants this year.  This award is sponsored by Billings Clinic marketing department and will not come out of the funds which will be donated back to the school system. 

The registration fee has also been reduced to make it more affordable.  There will be one flat fee of $10.00 per participant which will include competitive timing and a t-shirt.

So make sure you sign up and participate. Let's get that $250!

Class Lists are Posted

WHOIs your student wanting to know who their teacher will be? Well today is your lucky day!!!

We have posted the class lists at school.  

Kindergarten - 5th Grade - Glass wall at the bus drop off area

6th-8th Grade - Middle School Doors. 

Please be aware that these lists are not a gaurantee! We have new students signing up everyday and sometimes adjustments need to be made. 

School Registration Packet

We have posted the Registration Packet for anyone who needs to register a new student.

Class Lists Posted

It is that time of year when we post class lists. Come to the school and see who your student has for a teacher. K-5 is posted on the breezeway windows and 6-8 is posted on the front door of the middle school.

Please remember that the teachers worked hard with the splits and kept in mind the students interests, behaviors, friends, and much more coming up with the best placement. We do not make any movements except in extreme cases due to one movement will create more movements throughout that grade level.

Thank You,

Justin Klebe

Superintendent 

Great Deal on Physicals for your Athlete

I just got word that Billings Clinic Orthopedic and Sports Medicine at 2702 8th Avenue North (right behind Billings Clinic out patient cancer center) is doing physicals today and tomorrow from 3:30-4:30 for $20. They only take cash or check so make sure you are prepared.

This is a great deal on a physical and another benifit is the money will come back to the school, so make sure you tell them you are from Elder Grove School. 

New Bus Routes

The new bus routes for 2017/2018 school year are now posted under Parent Resources->Forms and Links->Bus Routes. Please look at the bus routes and times due to adding an additional bus to accomidate our growing enrollment. Times, stops, and driver may have changed. Please look at the stops and have your student get on the bus at the closest stop to your house. For the first week or two please give 5-10 minutes before and after the estimated pickup and dropoff times. Remember that it is Elder Grove's policy as well as First Student's policy that we will not drop off kindergarteners without a parent or older sibling with them. 

Below are links to the pickup and dropoffs of the 6 routes. 

Route #1, Route #2, Route #3, Route #4, Route #5, Route #6

Thank you,

Justin Klebe

Superintendent

Summer Kindergarten Registration

If you have not registered your kindergartener and scheduled a time for you child to take the kindergarten test you will need to come to our Summer Kindergarten Registration Night on Tuesday, August 8th from 5:30-6:30. Please click on the link to see more information.

Thank you,

Justin Klebe

Superintendent

First PTO Meeting of the Year

We hope you are enjoying summer. It is hard to imagine that in one month school will start. With the beginning of the school so close at hand we wanted to let you know that the first PTO meeting of the year has been scheduled for:

Monday, August 14thPTO Meeting
Rio Sabina's
6:00PM

This group is the Parent Teacher Organization and everyone is welcome to attend. They provide a variety of help and funds for various projects around the school. 

Here is the August Meeting Agenda

 

UPDATED Middle School Supply List

The Middle School Supply list that was loaded yesterday ended up being last year's! Sorry about that! For the updated version please visit

Middle School Supply List 2017--2018 UPDATED

Supply Lists Are Here!

Supply ListWe hope you are enjoying your summer! With the new school year fast approaching we have posted all of the Supply Lists.

Visit our Forms Page to find the list you need. Once you go to the link then scroll down to the section listed as Supply Lists.

 

YMCA After School Program

As you already know we are running out of space at Elder Gove School. Our projected enrollment is about 600 students. We ended last year at 565. With the growing enrollment we need to free up space. With the added numbers, we need the gym space in the elementary. I have been working with the YMCA Afterschool Program to come up with a solution that will ensure the best afterschool program for our kids. The Y did a great job of finding a place ¼ mile west of our campus at YBGR. They will have a little kitchen, play area and a designated room for activities. The site is by the water tower on the east side of 72nd off YBGR's main campus.  The students will now have a designated space to meet every day and will be in a safe environment. You will no longer have to guess if they are in the gym, classroom or outside. I truly believe this will enable the Y Afterschool Program to be the best it can be. The one downfall is there will be an increase in tuition for the program due to the Y having to lease space at YBGR. There will be more information on this later, coming directly from the Y.

Summer News

Parents,

I hope everyone had a safe and fun 4th of July. Hopefully you were able to spend quality time with friends and family as well as to light some fireworks. My family attended Laurel’s firework show and WOW!  The LVFD knows how to put on a show!

The administration has been busy getting everything ready for next year. We are expecting to have around 600 students enrolled by August. Last year our middle school had 170 students, this year we are expecting 200+ students. This means we are running out of room fast. 

The growing enrollment requires that all classrooms and spaces must be utilized throughout the campus. Choir will be in the concession area. We hired an additional special education teacher who will be doing 4th and 5th grade special education in the two breakout rooms in the elementary wing. We added another middle school teacher who will be in the middle school computer lab. The middle school has laptop carts in each classroom so the students will be able to use technology to access the internet. These adjustments mean that every classroom and space will be utilized.

I hope everyone stays cool and continues to enjoy the summer. Remember, just because school is out doesn’t mean learning stops. In order not to lose ground, students need to continue reading. I encourage you to use the school library, which will be open on July 10th and 24th, and August 7th. Bring your student, check out a book, and READ! Your child can also come into the main office to take A.R. Tests every Tuesday and Wednesday.

Justin Klebe

Superintendent

School Summer Hours

Many of you have asked when the school is open during the summer. Here are the latest hours of operation:Clock Face

Main Office Hours
Tuesday's & Wednesday's
7:45AM - 3:45PM

Thursday's
7:45AM - 11:45AM

Library Hours
July 10th, 24th & August 7th
Noon - 2PM

 

The Main Office will be CLOSED on the following dates:

July 4th
July 10th-July14th
July 20th

 

AR tests can be taken every Tuesd & Weds in the Main Office between 2-3PM and in the Library when it is open.