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

This includes extracurricular activities.

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


Science Fair Expo at MSU-B

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

Student Safety


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

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

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Inclement Weather and Alternative Bus Stops

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

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

Barnes & Noble Bookfair

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

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

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

Our Book Fair will be:

Ukulele Fun Night

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

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

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

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

Parents MUST accompany children for the entire event.

School Cancelled Due to Dangerous Snow

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

Paraprofessional Job Opened

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

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

PTO Meeting Cancelled

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

Alternate Bus Routes

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

Principal Newsletter


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

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

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

Recent Incident "Stranger Danger"

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

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

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

Thank you,

Justin Klebe

Next Steps for the Bond

Parents and Community Members,

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

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

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

Thank you,

Justin Klebe

Bond Passing

Parents and Community Members,

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

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

Thank you,

Justin Klebe

Last Day to Vote

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


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

Ballots counted

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


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



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