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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.



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


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
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?


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


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!




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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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

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.



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.  


Thank you!


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.


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


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


Barnes & Noble Bookfair This Week


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!


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


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


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


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.


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?


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​


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