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Save the Date for Battle of I-90 in August

The end of the school year is almost here and that means we start preparing for football next year. The Battle of I-90 will soon be upon us. Please save the date of Saturday, August 26th! There will be a pregame potluck 4:00-6:30PM in Pioneer Park. Game will start at 7:00PM. 

Please register for the Community Pregame Potluck. See the Battle of I-90 Flyer for more details!

Battle of I90 Flyer

Super Science Animal Research Reports

Mrs. Schumacher's 1st Grade ClassroomMonkey

...sharing one of my favorite projects of the year...1st grader's read and researched an animal of their choice.  We covered numerous 1st Grade standards with this report.  We learned how to research, how to write a rough draft, how to compose a written report, how to present to an audience and how to listen to others speak in front of a group of peers all while having fun and cheering on our classmates.  

 

 

8th Grade Graduation Ceremony Information

It is hard to believe another school year has gone by so fast! The 8th grade promortion ceremony will be held Wednesday, May 25th. There have been some changes made to the ceremony so please read the 8th Grade Promotion Information Flyer and let us know if you have any questions.

Graduation Ceremony Letter

Elder Grove's Demographic Study

Demographic Study (The Statistical Study of Populations)Demographic Study

I have been at Elder Grove for 15 years. During this time I have seen Elder Grove grow from just over 300 students to its present population of 565 students. We project our student population to be 585 students next year. Fifteen years ago most of our students came from farms or houses spread throughout our rural community. Today, most of our students come from suburban communities with only a few coming from farms. Through statistical analysis, demographic studies can project changes in population. With our rapidly growing student population, the board followed my recommendation to do such a study to determine what the growth of our school district will probably be in 5 years, 10 years and 15 years.

The Elder Grove Demographic Study information guides us in the planning for our future. To review the results of our study click on Elder Grove Demographic Study

More 8th Grade Trip Photos Added

Mr. Klebe has sent us some more photos from the 8th Grade Trip to Washington D.C. Take a moment to view the

8th Grade Trip Gallery to view the latest photos!

Washington D.C.

8th Grade Trip to Washington D.C.

8th Grade Trip

The 8th grade class is on a trip to Washington D.C. They will visit many historical sites, landmarks, and experience some hands-on learning about this great country of ours! We hope you enjoy the photos of their experiences. If they were to send us a postcard, it would most likely read, 'Wish you were here!'

Feel free to share these photos with the younger Outlaws to see if they recognize the older Outlaws and the places they are visiting! Take a mini-virtual vacation by viewing the 8th Grade Trip Photo Gallery

PTO Meeting & Upcoming Father-Daughter Dance

The next EG PTO MEETING will be MAY 9th in the Middle School Computer Lab at 6PM.  We will be  pproving the 2017-2018 Elder Grove PTO Budget and electing the PTO officer's for the 2017-2018 school year. 

PTO Election Flyer

Here is the Agenda for the evening.

We also would like to announce the Father Daughter Dance, May 12 Elder Grove Big Gym from 6-8 PM

Father Daughter Dance

Career Fair Day Success

Thank you to our incredible Career Day presenters! Our students learned about a variety of very interesting professions.  We greatly appreciate that our parents and community members support our Elder Grove Outlaws in their career exploration. Girls in Truck

To view some photographs of our special event please visit the Career Fair Gallery!

Elks Lodge Essay Contest Winners

We are proud to announce that two of our students are essay award winners!

Every year the Elks Lodge sponsors a writing contest for 5th-8th grade students. They send out a prompt that usually has to do with patriotism or some government type topic.  With this being a presidential election year, the prompt was “Why is it Important to Vote?” Our 7th and 8th graders entered the contest, and I am pleased to say that two of our 7th grade ladies placed in the top three.

Haylee Adams took 3rd place and Chloe Baumann took 2nd place!  This can be a difficult essay for middle school students to write on as they don’t really take much ownership in voting at this age. These young ladies did a phenomenal job and are gifted writers. They have been invited to a dinner by the Elks Lodge to be presented their awards.  

ChloeHaylee

Thank you!

Thanks!

The Elder Grove Parent Teacher Organization (EGPTO) would like to sincerely thank the fantastic students, teachers, staff, and parents that so graciously volunteered to assist with the Elder Grove Carnival on April 28 as the night would not be possible without you. We understand how valuable your personal time is and the EGPTO will take the up most care of the night's proceeds to keep providing our students, teachers, staff, and parents with an amazing experience at Elder Grove. We had volunteers raising money, obtaining donated objects, asking family members to assist, setting up the event, attending booths, making cotton candy, and tearing everything down on top of the amazing turn out that we had at the Carnival.  WOW and thank you. 

Winner of Scope Magazine Essay Contest

Another essay winner takes the stage!

In January, the entire seventh grade reading class was entered into a Scope magazine writing competition. The class regularly uses this magazine as a source to find interesting stories and articles to complete our standards. The story that the class read together was called Disaster in Space by Lauren Tarshis. This story was about the Apollo 13 mission to space. Students were asked to write an essay explaining why the Apollo 13 mission was considered a “successful failure.” The entries were judged on the usage of significant text evidence pulled from the article, a clearly stated central idea, good transitions and organization, and proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Keegan Halton fully embodied the “mission” and wrote an excellent essay. He was one of five winners out of hundreds of entries from across the nation. He received a certificate and the book One Small Step by P.B. Kerr for his effort.

Keegan

PTO Carnival

PTO School CarnivalCarnival Tent

Friday, April 28
4-8 pm
Games, Prizes, Food, and FUN!
Everyone is welcome.
Bring the whole family for a night of fun.


The Elder Grove School Carnival, organized by the Elder Grove Parent Teacher Organization (EGPTO), is one of the amazing ways that our community comes together to raise money for our student and teacher’s needs. Because of the amazing momentum and fundraising efforts last year, the EGPTO has been able to fund enrichment activities, new playground equipment, technology, teaching aids, Donuts for Dads, monthly Smiles to each student, and much more. This fundraiser supports 60% of our student, teacher, and parent activities throughout the year. 
 
How can you help?

  • Volunteer for a carnival shift between 3-9pm

Carnival Volunteer Sign-Up Form

  • Donate an auction item
  • Donate junk food for junk walk

Most importantly, please bring your entire family Friday, April 28 and have a night of FUN!

EG Barnes & Noble Bookfair Success

Book MonsterWe are so excited to share with you the results of our February Barnes and Noble Book Fair!  Due to your generosity, we have a $2730.64 gift card to purchase books for the library.

The bookfair was in February and included performances by students, a raffle of two Nooks, and lots of fun.   The students are incredibly thankful and are eagerly awaiting the new books. 

Kindergarten Roundup Information

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

Please review the Kindergarten Roundup Flyer for more details about the upcoming event on Thursday, April 27th 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, May 24th or May 25th, to meet with a kindergarten readiness assessment. Please note that you will have to come to the registration night to register your child. There will not be 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 27th:

  • 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.

 

 

 

School Calendar for 2017-2018

Next year's school calendar is here! You can view it on the website or download a copy for yourself.

2017-2018 School Calendar - UPDATED

School Calendar

Community Forum Update

Parents, Community Forum Image

I wanted to personally thank those of you who took time out of your busy schedule to come and learn about the growing pains we are experiencing, as well as your vision for Elder Grove. We had a great turn out with around 120 people attending our forum. Through this process we learned what the community's vision is for Elder Grove School. We will now take the vision and start working on solutions to achieve this vision. There will be another community forum in the future to discuss some solutions to achieve the vision the community came up with. Please click on the link , Community Forum Slide Show, to view the slide show that was presented during the community forum.

Thank you,

Justin Klebe, Superintendent

PTO Meeting Monday, April 3rd at 6PM

The next Elder Grove Parent Teacher Organization (EG PTO) meeting is Monday, April 3rd 2017 at 6PM in the PTO bannerMiddle School Computer Lab. Everyone is welcome! We are in the midst of preparing for the upcoming Carnival, the largest fundraiser of the year, and we would love to have your help and input.

We have posted the Agenda & the Treasurer's Report for the meeting. Please note the Agenda has been revised so make sure to review the latest link.

Community Forum

I hope to see all of you at our community forum meeting on Tuesday, April 4th at 6:30 in the big gym. It does not matter if you have, had or never will have a student attend Elder Grove. In the end, your tax dollars support your local school, Elder Grove. A healthy school and community equates to higher property values. This forum will be informational as well as interactive. We need to hear from our community  and understand  what they feel is important for the school. At Elder Grove we take a couple things very seriously. One, giving the best education we can with the money you as taxpayer allow us. Two, being fiscally responsible with these tax dollars. With this in mind, we want to make sure we are representing the district needs the way the tax payers would like us to. This meeting will be organized and set up to gain information from its tax base on the vision of the school. 

 

Please open the attachment to learn more about the Community Forum on April 4th at 6:30pm in the Big Gym.

Preparation for Testing

Here is the latest Assistant Principal Newsletter.

Information about Board of Trustees Elections

We have some Board of Trustee positions opening up this May. If you are interested here is the information on the Close of Registration & the Notice of Annual School Elections.Board

Please feel free to contact Justin Klebe, Superintendent, if you have any questions.

 

Donuts For Dads

Calling All Dads!

The EGPTO is putting on Donuts for Dads this Thursday, March 16th from 7:15-8:00.  Dads, please come and have a donut and a beverage with your kids on the EGPTO.

There will be breakfast for moms later in the year.  So dads, use this time to bond with your kids and have breakfast on the EGPTO. 

Hope to see you all  you dads!

Subs Needed!!!

Elder Grove School is in need of subs. Our sub pool is really low and many of the times we do not have enough subs to cover classes. We then pull paraprofessionals which affects other students and classes. If you are interested in subbing please call the school at 656-2893 ext. 200 for more information. It is a great job and you are able to see your kids throughout the day.

April 4th, 2017 @ 6:30 Community Forum Newsletter

Parents,                                                                                                                       

As some of you may know we had a demographic study done to address the growth of Elder Grove’s district. This study confirmed what we thought: Elder Grove School district will continue to experience significant growth. Currently there are 565 students K-8, next year we anticipate having 585 students. We are already growing out of the expansion that was completed the summer of 2014. With our numbers continuously increasing, the board and I feel it is important to be proactive in planning for the future.

The Gazette wrote an important article about the process we are going through. We have a Facility Planning Committee that is made up of parents, community members, teachers, trustees and administration. We meet once a month to discuss Elder Grove and the direction we feel the school should take.

On April 4th at 6:30 we will be hosting a Community Forum in the big gym to share with the community what we have discussed and to get feedback from the community. This will be an interactive forum where we want to hear community members’ visions for our school. The committee will then take the information obtained from the Community Forum and use it to shape and support decisions.t

Save The Date!!!

Community Forum

Where: Elder Grove School's Big Gym

When: April 4th @ 6:30

Facility Planning Committee: This committee has been working to determine school needs and some solutions. They are now at a point needing your comments, thoughts and ideas on their work to date.

  • Idea Sharing
  • Discussion of Goals, Needs, and Solutions:
    • Building, Classroom and Space Needs
    • Community Centered
    • Safety
    • More Class Offerings- elective and honors
    • Cafeteria Needs

Your input is greatly needed and valued. Please make it a point to come to the Community Forum.

 

 

PTO Needs Volunteers for the School Carnival

Please click on the link to see how you can help with the school carnival.

Family Fun Night at the Reef

Every year the Reef is gracious enough to give our Elder Grove students and their friends and family a great deal at the Reef. Tonight is Elder Grove's family and friends night at the Reef from 4:00-9:00 for only $6/person.  All you need to do is tell staff at the register that you are from Elder Grove. Please come and enjoy the park on this cold and snowy day.

Justin Klebe

Superintendent

Barnes & Noble Bookfair This Week

Bookfari

Do you think you might need a coffee this week?  Or perhaps want to go out for lunch?  Out of a good book or magazine to read?  Need a fun birthday present?  This week is Elder Grove's Book Fair at Barnes and Noble! Just remember to use our bookfair number 12074704 at the cashier at EITHER the cafe or the store.  Elder Grove Library will receive 20% of your purchase to buy books for the library.

Box Tops Due February 27th

Box Tops will be due Monday February 27th for the final collection of the school year! Prize to-be-announced.

Box TopsWe are currently 11th in our area.  If you are unfamiliar with the Boxtops program or need to know what products are part of the program, please check out this link.

We have earned $534 so far but we would love to be closer  to our '13-'14 earnings of $2,254 and '14-'15 earnings of $1,985. It sure would be nice to exceed both of those!

Thanks for supporting the school with this simple, year-long fundraiser!

The EGPTO

Superintendent Message

Dear Parents,

Many of you might have seen the KULR 8 news story about Elder Grove’s ever increasing population of students. In the past few years, we have seen an increase of subdivisions from farmland. When I reflect on the 15 years I have been at Elder Grove, I am amazed at how the landscape has changed. 15 years ago Linley Lakes, Lake Side, Green Sleeves, and King Ave Estates did not exist or were just breaking ground. Now most of our kids come from these subdivisions. There are currently 3 to 5 subdivisions being created; some are currently in construction and some are planning on breaking ground this spring. The 5-10 year projection of students is 670 to as many as 1000 students.

Elder Grove's Facility Planning Committee made the news!

Two stories that were done about Elder Grove's ever growing student population and how we are trying to be proactive. Please click on the links below to access the stories.

KULR 8: Elder Grove School looks to expand as student population continues growing

Billings Gazette: Elder Grove eyes expansion options as levy season approaches

Congratulations to our Boys Basketball program! Back2Back Champions

Over the past two seasons our Boys Basketball program have been dominating opponents. The team has put together a 24-1 record. On Saturday, January 28th the Elder Grove Outlaws went up against the Canyon Creek Cougars for the championship.  The Cougars were a worthy opponent but the Outlaws delivered "Back to Back" Yellowstone County Athletic Championships. Our coaches and players have put in a tremendous amount of time, effort, and hard work.

Thanks to the Cougars for playing hard and showing incredible sportsmanship!

Boys Basketball Team

 

Ski Day Rescheduled

7th & 8th Grade Parents,

As you know we had to cancel the ski trip today due to road conditions. We have worked with Red Lodge Mountain and have rescheduled the ski day for Friday, February 24th. We will keep the money and use it for Friday, February 24th. Please have your student at the school at 7:00 A.M. to load buses. Buses will be leaving between 7:15-7:30. 

I am sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused, but want you to know that your student safety is our top priority.

Thank you,

Justin Klebe

Superintendent

I Love to Read Month

Love to Read Picture

February 1st kicks off our “I Love to Read” month and our second biggest fundraiser of the year. The Elder Grove PTO is excited to begin our fourth annual Read-a-thon!  February iParent Letters a month to encourage your child to explore the rainforest, learn about Historic figures and fly back in time in a Continuum Time Machine, all from the comfort of your own home or car. We have set up some fun Friday events to keep “I Love to Read” a fun and inspirational month and we hope everyone will participate!

For more information I Love To Read Parent Letter

To sign-up to participate please fill out the Read-A-Thon Form

 

Grandparents Luncheon

Please click on the link about the Grandparents Luncheon this Friday, February 3rd. There you will find the schedule and procedure for grandparents that would like to have lunch with the grandchildren.

Thank you,

Justin Klebe

 

 

Solar System at Elder Grove

In an ongoing effort to be good stewards of the funds provided to us by our taxpayers in May 2016 Elder Grove applied for a grant from the Northwestern Energy Universal System Benefits (USB) program.  The grant, for a 25kW solar photovoltaic system, was awarded to Elder Grove in October 2016.  You can see the system on the roof of our middle school building #5. The total cost of the system was $65,100, and the grant covered $58,590 of that total. Elder Grove paid the remainder of $6,510.  

solar panel installer

The system went online October 24th, 2016 and, as of January 25th, 2017, has already saved our taxpayers $424 in energy costs despite the harsh winter we have had.

Yu can watch the solar energy savings by visiting our EG Solar System website at any time.  You can find this link at the very top of our website, as well as, in the About EG navigation.

 

Principal's January 2017 Newsletter
Learning Can be Hands-On

In 4th Grade Life Science, students had fun modeling how different animals receive information through their senses, process the information in their brain, and respond to the information in different ways.

Animal Senses

Elder Grove opens Outlaw Store

Many of you have asked us where to get Outlaw spirit wear for sports, events, or just to show some Outlaw pride.

We have some great news! Elder Grove has opened the...drum roll please...

Outlaw Store

Simply click on the Outlaw Store logo wherever you see it on our website and you will be able to order your favorite gear! The best part is that the Elder Grove Activities will receive a portion of the proceeds!

Elder Grove Made the News

​Parents,

I wanted to share the great work the teachers have been doing for the past couple of years. Elder Grove has started working with three other county schools about two and half years ago. Last year we started Professional Learning Communities between the schools. Professional Learning Communities are commonly called PLC's. Each PLC group had to come up with S.M.A.R.T. Goals that would directly impact student learning. a S.M.A.R.T. goal is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. They then met throughout the year to achieve their S.M.A.R.T. Goals. While your student was out of school on Monday, the teachers were hard at work learning how to better your students educational experience through working with their PLC group.


The Billings Gazette heard about our PLC's and came to cover the training. Please read the article from the Gazette by clicking on the link.

Activities Newsletter
PTO Agenda and Treasurer's Report

Tonight is the Elder Grove PTO meeting at 6PM in the Middle School Lab. PTO

Here is the January Agenda & January Treasurer's Report

Everyone is welcome! Being a part of this group is a great way to get involved with the school.

 

Outlaw Shootout Basketball Tournament

Welcome to the 2017 Outlaw Shootout Basketball Tournament at Elder Grove Schools
(Double Elimination - February 24-26, 2017)
Divisions: 5th/6th/7th/8th grade - Boys and Girls

Outlaw Shootout

The tournament brackets are filling up fast. Please have your Registration Form and tournament fee submitted by January 20th. Cancellations made before January 20th will receive 100% refund. Cancellations after cut off date will not be refunded. 

Concessions will be offered and admission will be charged at the door. Admission will be $10 for a tournament pass or $5 per day.

 

Superintendent Message

Parents,

I hope everyone had a fun and relaxing holiday break. Over the break we continued to get snow and wind, resulting in the closing of 64th street between Hesper and King. The state and county have been busy trying to keep up with the demand of clearing main arteries. It looks like we will be getting a break from snow in the near future. However, we always have drifting to look forward to. It is imperative that you drive cautiously and allow for extra traveling time since the roads are slick and conditions are constantly changing. It will also take more time for our buses to complete their routes.

Alternate routes will continue to be in effect until road conditions improve. The buses will do the best they can to drop off students at their regular stops. However, due to drifting or changing road conditions they may have to drop off the students at an alternative stop, which will be as close to their regular stop as possible. The alternative routes that are currently in effect are as follows:

  • All stops up Homewood Park RD will be on Homewood Park Rd and Grand at 7:30 sharp
  • Stops on Hennessy Rd will continue to be on Hennessy and 56th.

 

Standing Desks

Mrs. Jore's class is excited to finally get to use their standing desks! Due to many generous donations from the families at Elder Grove and the EGPTO for helping raise the final sums, Mrs. Jore's class has four new standing desks. These desks contribute to the overall health and mobility of the future generations and provide an alternative work space to the movers and shakers of Elder Grove Kindergarten.

Wiggling at a standing desk

School Store & Morning Muffins

This week is a great one to support the Student Council.  Tomorrow, Thursday, December 5th is School Store. Then on Friday, December 6th is Morning Muffins! The proceeds benefit Student Council.

muffin

Thanks for your support!

 

Internet Safety Class for Parents

Internet Safety Class for Parents
White Ribbon Week
Thursday, January 19th 6:30-8:30PM
Middle School Computer Lab

Student safety is a top concern at Elder Grove whether the students are online, in the classroom, or on the playground. With that in mind we have set up a class through our Adult Education program called Internet Safety for Parents which will be taught by an officer of the Billings Police Department., Earl Campbell, who is part of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Taskforce.  

Internet Safety

  • Do your children play on your smartphone?
  • Do they look up things on the internet?
  • Do they have their own tablets/phones/computers?
  • Do they visit friends that have technology?
Busing

Parents,

It looks like the winter storm is over and has dropped more snow now then the winter storm in 1978. Even though the storm is over, in Montana fashion, we now have the wind.​ With the wind comes drifting and icy roads.

Keeping this in mind, please take extra time driving. Our bus drivers will always make sure the students are safe and will not attempt to drive through unsafe roads. We have implemented alternative routes which are listed below. The bus drivers will do everything they can to drop off the students at their regular bus stops. However, if the driver feels that the road is unsafe they will let the students off as close to their regular stops as possible. The buses may be running late, please allow extra time for pickup and drop offs.

Alternative Routes:

  • ​Bus #4 All Homewood Park stops will be on Homewood and Grand.
  • Bus #3 All Hennessy St. stops will be on Hennessy and 56th.
  • All alternative routes will be in effect until notified.

Thank you,

Justin Klebe​

SCHOOL CLOSED DUE TO WEATHER

EMERGENCY NOTICE: Due to severe weather school will be closed Friday, December 16th. School will resume on Monday, December 19th. School Closed

Assistant Principal Newsletter

Here is the Assistant Principal Newsletter.

Mr. Vergara's Newsletter

 

6th Grade Learns about Mesopotamia

Sixth grade social studies was in the middle of their Mesopotamia Unit. They presented skits based on the six different groups of peoples that lived and flourished in Ancient Mesopotamia: the Lydians, the Hebrews, the Phoenicians, the Syrians, the Sumerians, and the Babylonians. Using key terms and inventions from the ancient times, they educated the class with their original work.

For more photos please visit our Mesopotamia Skit Gallery!

Skit

Superintendent Message for the week of December 12th

Please click on the link Superintendent Letter to read this weeks message.

 

Superintendent Message for the week of December 5th

Parents,

I hope everyone stayed warm the last few days. It looks like winter has arrived! Throughout the rest of the week it is supposed to remain cold so please have your children dress accordingly. The kids will be going outside if the temperature is above zero including wind chill. During these cold days it is important that you have a plan for your child who is riding the bus.

  • Before your child leaves the house make sure they are dressed appropriately.
  • Cold weather and icy streets may make the busses run late. Please allow extra time for the buses to arrive.
  • If possible wait with your child, at the bus stop, in a warm car.
  • Make sure your child will always be able to get inside their house after school. Have several backup plans to ensure your child will be safe and warm.
    • Children have their own key to get into the house.
    • Extra keys are kept at a neighbor’s house.
    • You have designated a prearranged alternative house to go to in case of an emergency.
  • Be sure to have an emergency blanket and supplies in your car in case of car trouble in route to or from school.
First Grade Makes Slime

This year has gone by so fast! To slow it down a bit we are taking a look back to Halloween when Mrs. James's first graders made slime. 
Making Slime for Science

PTO Meeting Agenda

PTO

The PTO has posted the agenda for next Monday's meeting. PTO Agenda

The meeting is:
Monday, Dec. 5th @ 6PM
Middle School Computer Lab

 

Superintendent Message

December is here, which means the holiday season is upon us. This is the time of year to think about all of the things to be thankful for.  It is also the time of year for our band and choir Christmas Concerts, along with all of the craziness of the holiday shopping season. This year we are keeping the Christmas concerts here at the school and having them during the day. We have spread out the concerts in hopes of making it a much more enjoyable experience for everyone involved.

Future Engineers!

The 4th grade created earthquake resistant structures in earth science. Almost everyone's structure was able to withstand the "earthquake"!

Building Bridges

EG PTO Christmas Basket Raffle

How does Elder Grove Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) provide BEST IN CLASS support for our children, teachers, and staff?  YOU! Please help us now.

Needs: Donated items (by Dec 5), Gift Wrapper Volunteers (Dec 5), and Ticket Sellers volunteers (Dec 6/ 15) at the concerts. 

Thank you to the entire Elder Grove community for supporting the Parent Teacher Organization. Because of your involvement, we have provided $1,000 grants to each grade, purchased acoustical shells (so excited to hear our kiddos better), purchased band equipment, allocated money for field trips, and so much more. Can you believe that this is only for the 2016-2017 School Year?


basket

Support the EG PTO

Do you have some shopping to do for the holidays? Now you can support the students of Elder Grove by shopping. Simply start at Amazon Smile and choose the Elder Grove Parent and Teacher Organization as your charity! A portion of your purchase will then be donated the EG PTO. It is really that simple!!!

Superintendent Newsletter

Please click on the link to read this weeks Superintendent Newsletter.

Weekly Superintendent Newsletter

Please click on the link below to see the Superintendent Newsletter for the week on November 15th.

Superintendent Newsletter

5th Grade Field Trip to Audubon Audubon Visit

Here is 5th grade exploring nature with the Audubon center at Sundance Lodge. The students were becoming scientists by testing the river water to decide if it is healthy for us and the animals. Which our results were that it is healthy!! 

Lunch Menu Update

Please update your lunch menus at home to reflect the following changes:

November 22nd - Crispitos

November 23rd - Burritos

Have a great week!

Need your Help

Here is the link to the PARENT SURVEY

You need only fill out the survey questions once per family. The survey is 100% anonymous.

Thank you for helping us towards our goal of 'Striving for Excellence'!

Superintendent Weekly Newsletter

Please click on the link below to access the Superintendent Newsletter for the week of November 7th..

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Freezin' For a Reason Freezing For a Reason 2015

Dear Elder Grove Community, 

Elder Grove School has created a team for the Billings Polar Plunge and we are excited to be "Freezin' for a Reason" on December 3rd. We would like for our community members to join us for this exciting event. We hope you, your spouse, your friend, or anyone else will join us! The Billings Polar Plunge is an event to help raise money for the Special Olympics. The event involves us jumping into Lake Elmo on December 3rd.

Morning Muffins Muffin

Morning Muffins is tomorrow! 
Friday, November 4th 7:45AM
$2 for muffin & juice

All proceeds benefit the EG Student Council. We have Morning Muffins the first Friday of every month so if you miss this one try to come Friday, December 2nd! 

Flu Shot Clinic Flu Shot Clinic

Elder Grove will be hosting a Flu Shot Clinic in partnership with Riverstone Health on Monday, November 14th 3-4PM. Cost is $30 per vaccine. Please let the main office know by Monday, November 7th if you plan to attend. We want to make sure we have enough vaccine on site.

For more information please review Flu Immunization Clinic Flyer

You will need to fill in the Influenza Consent Form and drop it off at the main office before the clinic date.You only need to fill in the top part of the form.

Best in Class Teacher Award

Nominate your favorite teacher to win $1000 for classroom supplies! Facebook voting begins November 15th and the winner will be announced December 1st. Click here for more details.

Upcoming Bookfair Dates Scholastic Bookfair

It is time for the fall Scholastic Book Fair!  It will be in the Elder Grove Library 

 

  • Wed., Nov. 9 (7:30-8:00am & 1:00-7:00pm)
  • Thurs., Nov. 10 (7:30-8:00am & 3:00-7:00pm)
  • Fri., Nov. 11 (7:30-8:00am)

Stop by after your conference or before or after school. To save paper we have this Bookfair Flyer for you.

Socktober Update Socktober

We have greatly surpassed our goal of 250 pairs of socks!!  Our final sock count was 1,248 pairs!! Wow, thank you for your generous giving.  On November 1st, we will deliver them to Montana Rescue Mission, Women and Family Shelter, and Tumbleweed.  

Thank you!!

4th Grade Halloween Fun Halloween Fun

We had a fun day celebrating Halloween in the 4th grade!

Superintendent Newsletter

Click here for this weeks newsletter.

October 24th Box Top Pickup Box Tops

One Great way to earn money for the school is by saving box tops. You can get box tops from multiple sources such as cereal, frozen foods, paper products and much more. The EGPTO does a great job of collecting the box tops redeeming them for money. The EGPTO's first box top pickup will be Monday, October 24th. So over the four day weekend gather all of those box tops and make sure you bring them back on Monday the 24th.

Thank you,

Outlaws are turning PINK!

Outlaws are going PINK for the next three days in order to support the local chapter of Pack the Place in Pink! Show your spirit by wearing pink Thursday and Friday at school. Attend the upcoming Girl's Basketball and the Football games wearing as much pink as you can find. We want Outlaws to PACK THE PLACE IN PINK! The upcoming games are sure to be the highlight of the year!

 

 

Activities Joliet Cross Country Meet

With our ever-growing population of students, the board and community wanted more extracurricular opportunities. This has been a goal expressed by the board for the last couple of years. Starting last year the board, teachers, community members and administration worked on a Strategic Plan (5-20 year goals) and then Action Plan (1-2 year goals). In our Action Plan (Strategic Plan and Action Plan can be found on the schools website under "About EG" the Strategic Plan) the board and community had on there more extra curricular activities. This year it became a reality.

Solar Energy

Solar Panels At Elder Grove

Parents,
I wanted to share some exciting news about what is new at Elder Grove School. Our technology director, Carol Phillips, worked really hard on a renewable energy grant this summer. In the middle of September the grant was awarded.

Socktober is Here!

Please help us help others by participating in Socktober! Socktober is a sock drive to help the homeless in our community.

  • Please donate  NEW socks ( all sizes) throughout the month of October
  • Our goal is 250 pairs of socks! This is not a competition, but rather a goal as a school.
  • We will also have Crazy Sock day each Friday of October
  • We will give the socks to the Montana Rescue Mission, Women and Family Shelter, and Tumbleweed.

 

Johnny Appleseed Day

On September 26th, the first grade celebrated Johnny Appleseed Day. We made applesauce in our classroom and we learned that "Johhny Appleseed" was a very kind person who traveled in his bare feet while he planted apple seeds for all to enjoy.  

 

PTO Needs Help with Saturday Live

Hey Elder Grove Families! Saturday Live is being held in Pioneer Park on Saturday September 24th! This is a fabulous city-wide school fundraiser that is a very fun event - everything from cotton candy, to face painting, to inflatables, and carnival games can be found and it is certainly something you don't want to miss!  Check out this link for more details at Saturday Live website.

8th Grade Trip Garage Sale

On Saturday October 1st from 8AM-6PM the 8th graders will be holding a garage sale in the Little Gym to earn money for their 8th grade trip to Washington DC.

PTO Has It's Own Page

Did you know??  The PTO has it's own page!  Check this page often for information on upcoming events, meetings, and volunteer opportunities!

PTO Page

Spirit Wear Orders

You can order your Outlaw Spirit Wear today. We have lots of great styles and options. Just think you can be stylin' and supporting your favorite activity at the same time! All orders and monies are due by September 23rd. 

 

Morning Muffins Starts Tomorrow

Morning Muffins start tomorrow, September 2, at 7:45. 

Muffin and juice - $2.00
Muffin only - $1.50
Juice only - $1.00

Thanks, Student Council

PTO is off to a Great Start

The PTO is getting ready for a great year.

 

Battle of I-90 Champions!

The Battle of I-90 was an incredible duel between two great teams. The Outlaws prevailed and brought the trophy home to Elder Grove. Way to Go Outlaws! We are incredibly proud of each and every one of you!

Final score: County West Wranglers 24 Outlaws 34

We would like to thank the County West Wranglers for playing such a great game. It was history in the making and we couldn't have wished for a better opponent!

Outlaws on the Front Page

Our Outlaws made the front page of the Billings Gazette today! We are so proud of them!

Billings Gazette Front Page

Don't forget - First game is this coming Saturday, August 27th
Battle of I-90 at Daylis
Pre-game BBQ is at 5PM
Game starts at 7PM

We hope you can come cheer our Outlaws to victory!

3rd-8th Grade New ICU Program

Parents,


I am pleased to announce that Elder Grove School will be starting ICU (Intensive Care Unit) this year.  This program increases the communication from teachers to parents​ on the students completing quality work on all assignments. Assignments are extra practice on the standard that needs to be learned. We want to make sure all the students complete the extra practice in order for them to do well on the final test of the standard. Parents and even students will get text messages when an assignment is not turned in completed to the expectation of the teacher. We have set up multiple different opportunities for the student to come in and get extra help on completing the extra practice. There will be one hour before and after school, lunchtime, and early outs from 1:00-3:00 to get extra support to complete all extra practice work.

Open House and EGPTO BBQ

Parents,

 

I hope the end of the summer is treating you well and your kids are anxious to get back to school. The teachers have been very busy working on their classroom and lesson plans making sure your students have a successful year.

I wanted to take this time to remind you that Elder Grove will be having an Open House on Tuesday, August 23rd from 5:30-7:00. This will be a great opportunity for you to meet your child's teacher and see their classrooms. I would encourage all parents and students to come.

Along with our Open House the EGTPO will be having their BBQ. They will be handing out hamburgers and hotdogs as well as refreshments and treats. The BBQ is free, but donations are welcomed, but not required.

During the Open House, 8th grade students will be selling snow cones and kettle corn to help raise money for their 8th grade trip. This would be a great way to show your support for our 8th graders and get  a great treat as well. All proceeds from the kettle corn and snow cones go to paying for the 8th grade trip.

Thank you and I look forward to seeing everyone during Open House.

Justin Klebe

Superintendent

Background Screening FREE!

Safety and security are paramount at Elder Grove. To that end we require that every substitute teacher and volunteer complete a background check.

We have great news - the school board has voted to pay for the background checks up until October 31, 2016.  If you are interested in volunteering and/or substitute teaching at Elder Grove now is the time to apply!

 

Instructional Paraprofessional Needed

One part time paraprofessional 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.

Outfitting Outlaws School Supply Program

Elder Grove has received some donations of school supplies and would like to distribute them to families in need. We call the program Outfitting Outlaws. Please see that FLYER for more details.

 

 

Battle of I-90 Outlaw BBQ - Community Welcome

The Battle of I-90 will be the first football game for our newly formed Elder Grove Outlaw Football Team!

PREGAME BBQ @ 5PM at Pioneer Park
COMMUNITY WELCOME

Elder Grove vs. West County Wranglers (Elysian and Canyon Creek)
Daylis Statdium
Saturday, August 27th 7PM

 

Superintendent Newsletter

Getting your students ready for the start of the school year.

Parents,

I hope everyone has had a great summer and got to enjoy the many wonders of Montana through hiking, camping, fishing, travels and BBQ’s. I know the kids have been having fun participating in camps, hanging out with friends, having sleepovers and enjoying late nights. As school approaches it is important to start transitioning your children back into a school schedule. Here are some simple steps to help with that transition.

School Supply Lists are Now Available

For those of you who would like to take advantage of those back to school sales we have posted the Supply Lists for every grade on the website.  

Outlaw Summer Football Camp (7th/8th Grade)

1st Football Game - Saturday, August 27th at 7 pm (Daylis Stadium) against our rival Canyon Creek/Elysian. Go Outlaws!