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Doodle for Google

When you do a Google search you may have noticed the Doodle (the drawing) above the search bar. Every year Google runs a contest for one Doodle to be drawn by a K-12 student.

Your student can submit a Doodle until March 18, 2019.

For more info please check out

Doodle for Google


Happy New Year

We wanted to take a moment to with you a Happy New Year! We hope that 2019 is a great year!

Happy New Year 2019

School resumes on Wednesday, January 2nd at 8AM.

We look forward to a year full of learning and great experiences!

8th Grade Trip Fundraising

The 8th Grade Students are running two fundraisers this month to earn money for their 8th grade trip in May to Washington DC.

The first fundraiser is Christmas Candy Grams. You can purchase them for a student or staff member before December 7th by emailing Cipi Tounsley. Review the flyer for more info -


Christmas Candy Grams


The students are also having a fundraiser at Pizza Ranch Thursday, November 15th from 5-9PM. If you stop by for dinner (take out counts too) the students will earn 20% of the proceeds. You just need to say that you are there for the Elder Grove 8th Grade Trip.  Please review the flyer for more details -

Pizza Ranch Flyer

PTO Meeting

PTO Meeting Announcement


We hope you can join us for the PTO Meeting Monday night!

Mon, Nov 5th

During the meeting we will be helping the Music Dept make the costumes for the upcoming holiday productions.

Come see all of the beautiful thank you notes we received from the students for the zoo field trip!!!

Membership is free and everyone is welcome! We would love to have your ideas and insights as to how we can help make Elder Grove even more amazing!

Scholastic Book Fair Next Week

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Scholastic Book Fair in Library this week!

7:30 -8:00am
2:15 - 4:00pm

7:30 -8:00am
2:15 - 7:00pm

7:30 -8:00am
1:00 - 7:00pm.


All proceeds benefit the Elder Grove Library.

Cash, check and credit card accepted

Newsletter for October

Here is the October newsletter.

October Newsletter

October Newsletter


Good Morning,

This is just a reminder that we have 2 Pack the Place in Pink events this week.  There are still shirts available to purchase from the middle school office.  The shirts are $10 and every dollar goes to local breast cancer patients.  The events are:

Thursday, 10/11 - GBB vs. Canyon Creek @ Elder Grove

  • ​ ​5th Grade at 4:00 PM
  • 7th/8th Red at 5:00 PM

Saturday, 10/13 - FB vs. YYF Raiders @ West High

  • ​​10:00 AM




Elder Grove Boys Basketball season is quickly approaching.  Any male student-athlete in 5th-8th grade is eligible to be a member of our boys basketball program.  To participate in basketball, your student-athlete needs to have:

  1. Completed 2018-19 Physical Form (completed by physician)

  2. Concussion Form signed and initialed by player and parent/guardian

  3. $35.00 activity fee (cash or checks made out to Elder Grove School)

These items need to be turned in to the middle school office before your player is able to practice.  Please turn in all 3 items AT THE SAME TIME. You may turn in these items any time at the middle school office or at the informational meeting.  Please get this handled before the first practice.


Pete the Cat says "It's all good" in Kindergarten!

Pete the Cat says "It's all good" in Kindergarten!

Picture of Bulletin Board

Picture of students

PTO Needs Volunteers for Saturday Live

Saturday Live will be happening at Pioneer Park on Sept. 22nd 10AM-4PM.  The PTO has a booth at the park with inflatable games, a large inflatable train, and cotton candy. This is one of the largest fundraisers that the PTO holds every year.  We really need volunteers. There are a variety of time slots, before, after, and during the event. To sign-up for a slot please visit the link below:

Saturday Live PTO Volunteer Sign-up

Saturday Live @ Pioneer Park
Sept 22nd 10-4PM

Please let us know if you have any questions!!

Thanks in advance for supporting the PTO!


Early Out Bus Schedules Posted

The Early Out Bus Drop Off Schedule has been completed.

Student Drop-Off/Pick-Up Procedure


We would like to thank all of you for your patience and flexibility with the student drop-off/pick-up line.  We would like to also take a minute and review the procedure so that this process can be as efficient as possible.  Please remember:

  • All drop-off and pick-up will be done in the large parking lot and corresponding pick-up lane by the main gym.

  • Please pull your car all the way up to the front of the pick-up lane.  Please do not stop or load until you have pulled all the way to the front. Please do not leave your car in this lane unattended.

  • If you choose to park in the lot and come meet your student, please use the crosswalk.

  • Please do not block the handicap spot next to the main gym entrance.  While you are waiting in line, please leave access to this spot.

  • There is no drop-off or pick-up in the front parking lot by the main office.  This is for buses only.


KIndergarten Notice

Kindergarten parents: We had a mix up in the mail and our letters got sent back to us. Here is a copy of the letter that we would like all kindergarten parents to read. We have also sent out an infinite campus message. Thanks for your understanding and see you all at the open house tomorrow night from 5:30-7:30.

Kindergarten Newsletter

Latest Calendar Version 3

We have updated the calendar to fix a typo and update the concert times. The latest calendar is version 3 and has 'Updated 8/6/2018' in the upper right corner.

School Calendar



Welcome back to school!  We are very excited to get our fall sports season going.  Girls Basketball is offered to all 5th-8th grade girls.  Cross Country is offered to all 5th-8th grade boys and girls.  Here are some important dates:

​Girls Basketball

Thursday 8/23 - Parent/participant Meeting at 7:00 in the main gym.

Monday 8/27 - First Practice

5th/6th:  After school-5:00

7th/8th:  5:30-7:00

​Cross Country

​Thursday 8/23 - Parent/participant Meeting at 6:00 in the main gym.

Monday 8/27 - First practice

5th-8th:  After school

Mr. Rice is Middle School Principal


With so many amazing and exciting things happening at Elder Grove we wanted to take a moment to announce the final member of our Administrative Leadership team.  Mike Rice was with us last year as our Assistant Principal, but this year he will be stepping into the role of Middle School Principal and will be overseeing our 6th-8th grades.  We have the utmost confidence in Mr. Rice and his professional abilities.

For anyone who has met Mr. Rice, it is obvious that he has an amazingly calm and professional demeanor.  We have been incredibly impressed by Mr. Rice’s ability to handle any kind of situation that presents itself.  He has demonstrated that he is very capable as an administrator and we are so fortunate to have him here at Elder Grove.  It is with great honor and excitement that we say congratulations to the next member of our leadership team! We are looking forward to a great year!


Donating School Supplies

We have some Outlaws that are unable to afford school supplies. To that end we created Outfitting Outlaws School Supply Donation. Here is some information from Kenna Whelchel, School Counselor, on the program.

School Supply Donation LIst

Great News!


Meet Your New Principal

We are excited to announce that we have hired Jesse Moore as the new K-5 Principal at Elder Grove.  Congratulations and welcome to the team Jesse! Mr. Moore will be a fantastic asset to our leadership team and we are fortunate to have him.  It only takes a few moments with him to know that his passion for students is endless, just like his energy and enthusiasm.

Mr. Moore taught music and band at Elder Grove in 2012-2013 and since then has taught in multiple schools for School District #2.  Mr. Moore obtained his Master’s in Educational Leadership from Rocky Mountain College in 2013. He has had the good fortune of working with many great leaders during his time in education and we have no doubt that he will bring out the best in the students and staff at Elder Grove.  

Elder Grove has a NEW Superintendent


As you may have heard, Justin Klebe, Superintendent, resigned his position at Elder Grove to pursue a position closer to Laurel. Today we have the great pleasure to announce that Nathan Schmitz has stepped into the role of Superintendent as of August 1st, 2018.

Mr. Schmitz has been with Elder Grove for 6 years as a Principal. He has a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Rocky Mountain College. He taught 5 years at Central High and Saint Francis Upper and came to Elder Grove in 2012.

In addition to his daily duties, he has worked on several large projects in his time at Elder Grove such as: interior and exterior security cameras, Chromebook implementation, AED installation, and secured and monitored entry points.  In 2013 he played an integral role in the building of the new addition. We are confident that the upcoming building project is in excellent hands as Mr. Schmitz has been involved since the beginning of the process.

Supply Lists Available

The 2018-2019 school year's Supply Lists are now available.


KindergartenSupply Lists
1st Grade
2nd Grade
3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th Grade
Middle School

Office Closed the Week of July 23rd

The school office will be closed this week, July 23rd-27th. The main office will re-open Tuesday, July 31st and resume the summer office hours. 

Sorry for the inconvenience,

Justin Klebe

Band and General Music

Dear Parents,

I am excited to announce that next year there will be two sections of band and one section of choir offered for 6th grade. Each band and choir section will meet every day and will not be rotated with other elective classes. In the past band and choir was on an every other day rotation with P.E./Health. There will be two specific 6th grade band classes. With this change we will no longer be offering 5th grade band. However, it is important to note that students will be getting the same amount of instruction in one year as they would have gotten in two years with our old model. This will also allow the 5th grade to have a 15 minute morning recess every day to revive themselves through fresh air and activity.

With the new model, all K-5 students in general music will have the same teacher, Mr. Pluhar. In the past, our music teachers were co-teaching causing a struggle in coordinating curriculum and materials. Preparing for concerts, teaching general music K-5, 8th grade choir and 8th grade band was a challenge time-wise and organizationally. The new plan will allow the music department to specialize in elementary or middle school, which will give our students a more solid music base when moving on to high school.

Justin Klebe


Superintendent Klebe Leaving

Parents and Community members,

This message is not easy for me to write as Elder Grove has been a family to me for the last 16 years. However, a career opportunity in Laurel has presented itself that better meets the needs of my family and me. I accepted the position. As of the beginning of August, I will no longer be at Elder Grove. It is my hope and prayer that the community will continue to support the students at Elder Grove School. A healthy school will bring a healthy community. 

New Band Director, Welcome Christopher Patton

My name is Christopher Patton and I am a Billings native. I am excited to be returning to Montana after being in Moorhead, Minnesota attending Concordia College - a small liberal arts college with a highly regarded music program. I graduated from Concordia in 2018 with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. 

From a young age, I was heavily involved in music thanks to my father, Steve Patton, who is currently the band director at Billings West High school. During my student career in Billings, I was constantly involved in both music and sports. Now that I am back in my home state of Montana, during my free time you can expect to find me listening to the amazing live music found in Billings, out hiking or fishing, and up at my family cabin on the East Rosebud.

During my time at Concordia, I performed in the Concordia Band, the Concordia Jazz Band, and the Concordia Orchestra on my main instrument which is the trombone. During my junior year, I was selected by my peers as a co-leader of the college’s student athletic band which played at home football and basketball games. While I am a new teacher, I have spent a great deal of time learning from my father and other near-by music directors. I am excited to take everything that I have learned from these mentors and my college education into the classroom this following school year.

If parents or students have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me at any point this summer at pattonc@eldergrove.k12.mt.us. Thank you all for welcoming me into the wonderful Elder Grove community.

Christopher Patton

Open Board Seat

We are sorry to see Sean McFarlane leave the district. He has been a great asset to the school serving as a board member. With Sean leaving it leaves one open board seat. If you are interested in running for the School Board please call the school at 406-656-2893 ext. 201 or email klebe@eldergrove.k12.mt.us. Once we have 2-3 candidates the board will start interviews. This seat is to run until the May election. The board member chosen by the board will have to run during the May election to keep the seat.

If you are interested once again please call the school at 656-2893 ext. 201 or email me directly at klebe@eldergrove.k12.mt.us.

Thank you,

Greatful Reflection of the Year

Reflecting on the year, I cannot thank you enough for your support in the education of your student. Your support means more than you know to the success of your child’s education. Continuing your support during these upcoming summer months can make a significant difference in the coming school year. It is important to remember that your child’s learning does not end in the summertime, and frequently regresses if time is not put aside to maintain skills.

Reading is probably one of the most important life skills for every child. Reading is like most skills, the more practice the more proficient. Being a good reader will make Science, Social Studies, English and Math that much easier. With this in mind, please schedule time for your child to read throughout 


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

8th Grade Promotion

Dear Parents/Guardians:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Teacher Appreciation Week Thank a Teacher

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

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

Justin Klebe


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

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

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

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

Principal Newsletter


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

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

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



Next Year's School Calendar is Here

Next year's school calendar is here! 

School Calendar 2018-2019 UPDATEDv2

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

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

Kindergarten Registration Time

Kindergarten Registration

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

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

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

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

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



Parent Portal to Participate in Surveys

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

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

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

Kindergarten Roundup Information

Kindergarten Registration

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

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

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

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

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




Carnival Time is Almost Here

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

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


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


  • Kindergarten- Summer Fun/ Picnic Theme Basket

  • 1st Grade -  Gift Card Basket Theme Basket

  • 2nd Grade- Movie Night Theme Basket

  • 3rd Grade- Arts and Craft Theme Basket

  • 4th Grade-  Gardening Theme Basket 

  • 5th Grade- BBQ Theme Basket

  • 6th Grade- Outdoor Fun Basket

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


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

PTO School Carnival


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

Carnival TentPTO School Carnival 
Friday, April 20th

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

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

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

Carnival Volunteer Sign-Up Form

Be ready for some fun!

EG PTO Hosts Night at The Reef

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

Thursday, April 5th 4-9PM


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

Ukulele Fun Night

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

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

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

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

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

Calendar Survey

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


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


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

Making Up Snow Days

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

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

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

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

Justin Klebe


Principal Newsletter


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Bus Stops

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


School closed 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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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:

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.

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.

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 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


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.

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

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


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.

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.

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.

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!




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.

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.

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


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. 

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


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!

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.


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. 

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.  


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. 

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!

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.


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.

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!

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.


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

Principal's January 2017 Newsletter
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.

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.


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.


Activities Newsletter
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!


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

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.


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

6th Grade Learns about Mesopotamia

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

For more photos please visit our Mesopotamia Skit Gallery!


Assistant Principal Newsletter

Here is the Assistant Principal Newsletter.

Mr. Vergara's Newsletter


Superintendent Message for the week of December 12th

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


Superintendent Message for the week of December 5th


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

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

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

PTO Meeting Agenda


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

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


First Grade Makes Slime

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

Future Engineers!

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

Building Bridges

EG PTO Christmas Basket Raffle

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

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

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


Superintendent Newsletter

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

Support the EG PTO

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

Support Us on Black Friday picture with link to Amazon Smile

5th Grade Field Trip to Audubon Audubon Visit

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

Weekly Superintendent Newsletter

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

Superintendent Newsletter

Need your Help

Colorful hands raisedHere is the link to the PARENT SURVEY

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

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

Lunch Menu Update

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

November 22nd - Crispitos

November 23rd - Burritos

Have a great week!

Superintendent Weekly Newsletter

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

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Freezin' For a Reason Freezing For a Reason 2015

Dear Elder Grove Community, 

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

Flu Shot Clinic Flu Shot Clinic

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

For more information please review Flu Immunization Clinic Flyer

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

Morning Muffins Muffin

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

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

Upcoming Bookfair Dates Scholastic Bookfair

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


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

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

Best in Class Teacher Award

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

4th Grade Halloween Fun Halloween Fun

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

Socktober Update Socktober

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

Thank you!!

Superintendent Newsletter

Click here for this weeks newsletter.

October 24th Box Top Pickup Box Tops

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

Thank you,

Outlaws are turning PINK!

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



Activities Joliet Cross Country Meet

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

Solar Energy

Solar Panels At Elder Grove

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

Socktober is Here!

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

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


Johnny Appleseed Day

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


PTO Needs Help with Saturday Live

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

8th Grade Trip Garage Sale

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

PTO Has It's Own Page

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

PTO Page

Spirit Wear Orders

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


Morning Muffins Starts Tomorrow

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

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

Thanks, Student Council

PTO is off to a Great Start

The PTO is getting ready for a great year.


Battle of I-90 Champions!

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

Final score: County West Wranglers 24 Outlaws 34

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

3rd-8th Grade New ICU Program


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

Outlaws on the Front Page

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

Billings Gazette Front Page

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

We hope you can come cheer our Outlaws to victory!

Open House and EGPTO BBQ



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

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

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

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

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

Justin Klebe


Background Screening FREE!

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

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


Instructional Paraprofessional Needed

One part time paraprofessional position available at Elder Grove Schools.  This position is five to six (5-6) hours per day, each day that school is in session. The beginning wage is $10.00 per hour for none certified teachers and $10.50 for certified teachers.

Outfitting Outlaws School Supply Program

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



Battle of I-90 Outlaw BBQ - Community Welcome

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

PREGAME BBQ @ 5PM at Pioneer Park

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


Superintendent Newsletter

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


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

School Supply Lists are Now Available

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

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

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

Office Summer Hours

The main office will remain open throughout the summer. The office hours will be Tuesday and Wednesday 7:45-3:45 and Thursday 7:45-12:00.

Library has Summer Hours

The library is open for summer hours! It is a great way for your students to get a head start on their reading for the school year. They will be able to take AR tests, check out books, and have a little fun at school throughout the summer.

Library Summer Hours

Sage Advice from our 1st Graders Regarding Retirement

Mrs. Frank, a teacher at Elder Grove for the past 33 years, retired in May 2016.  Our 1st grade students put together a wonderful book about what Mrs. Frank could do now that she is retired.  After reviewing the advice and enjoying the pictures we realized that their sage advice should be shared with our community.    It is always nice when our students educate us!

To view all of the advice please visit the gallery - Retirement Advice from the 1st Graders


Fall Sports Informational Night

Upcoming Graduation Ceremonies

It is hard to believe that our school year is coming to a close. The kindergarten class is about to graduate to first grade and our eighth grade students are going to be leaving us to go to high school.  In honor of these momentous occassions we have two graduation ceremonies. 


Community Shares our History

History is something we truly honor at Elder Grove. Our district was formed in 1885 and we have heard that we are the longest continous running school district in the state of Montana. We are very proud of the many generations that have passed under our school bell. Over the next year we will be adding photos to our website to share our history with the world. Today we received our first photo from a community member to add to the website.  

Thanks to Lynnette Feusner for sharing this photo with us. Her mother, Ruth Hein (1926-2007) is the little girl in the second row, with a white ribbon in her hair, standing next to the young boy with a white shirt.  We believe the photo was taken in the late 1930s or early 1940s.  If you have any information to share about this photo please let us know


Next Year's School Calendar is Here

The 2016-2017 School Calendar is hot off the presses! Get a copy here...

School Calendar 2016-2017

Internet Safety Class for Parents

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.  

  • 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?

If you answered yes to any of those questions you will want to participate in our upcoming Internet Safety for Parents class. This FREE class will cover what areas to be concerned about, how to prevent issues, how to protect your child from harm, and how you can educate your children about the dangers of being online. The class is designed for ADULTS ONLY due to the information that will be shared.
Every adult in our community is invited to attend.  The more people who know this information the safer our children will be!

The class will be:

Tuesday, May 10th 6-8PM
Middle School Computer Lab

Kindergarten Roundup


Elder Grove will be conducting our kindergarten registration May 25th-May 26th during the day.  If you would like to participate an appointment is REQUIRED and will take approximately 45 minutes. Your child must be 5 years old on or before September 10, 2016 to be elegible for enrollment in kindergarten. 

To register for this event please contact Ms. Howe at 406-656-2893 x200. Please bring the following items:

  • Child's shot record
  • Copy of child's birth certificate
  • 2 proof of residency forms (i.e. current electric bill)
  • A pen to fill out paperwork

We will let you know during your registration if there is anything else we need you to bring that first day. The parents will fill out paperwork and watch a presentation while the students are meeting with one of our wonderful Kindergarten teachers.

We look forward to meeting you and your child!

What to Make of Testing


Spring is in the air; weather warming, trees sprouting leaves, grass getting green and tulips budding. This also means testing season and only two months of school left. I thought I would take this time to discuss the two different types of tests being used and why the school administers both of them.

There are state tests that the state makes us administer and there are district tests. Currently the state test is the SBAC test. In the past the state test had been the IOWA Test of Basic Skills. In 2002 Montana switched to the Criterion Reference Test (CRT). The CRT test differed from the IOWA by adding an element of open-ended questions, which required hand-written responses, in addition to the more common multiple choice questions. The CRT has now been replaced by the SBAC, which is completely computerized even though it also contains open-ended and extended response questions. The SBAC test is taken on the computer, eliminating all handwritten tasks, and the results are housed in a computer database.

Football & Cross Country at Elder Grove

Elder Grove Activities is proud to announce that the 2016-2017 Football (7th-8th grade) and Cross Country (5th-8th grade) schedules are close to being finalized and we are ready to begin the registration process.

On Tuesday, April 19th a football equipment fitting session (helmets, pants, and shoulder pads) will take place from 3:15 pm - 5:15 pm in the middle school gym for 7th and 8th graders.


Smarter Balanced Test Preparation

Test readiness is very important and requires a team approach. At school we prepare them for the knowledge part of the test.  At home there are several things a family can do to ensure that a student is ready for test days at school. 


Get them fed. 

The more nutritiously your children eat, the better they will do in school. Properly fueled and with stable blood sugar levels, their concentration is enhanced. Always give them a healthy breakfast while cutting back on high-sugar cereals, pastries, and undiluted juices (which can have the same sugar content as sodas.) Most kids are ravenous after school, so before they settle down to study, and provide a healthful, non-junk food snack to carry them through to dinner.

Get them moving. 

Exams cause stress, but, sports, exercise, and dancing can relieve it. Physical activity that gets students completely away from academics for a few hours each day can actually help them perform better on tests.


2016 Outlaw Shootout Tournament

The 2016 Outlaw Shootout Tournament at Elder Grove was a tremendous success. This year we hosted 37 teams. Thank you to all of the volunteers for help raise funds for Elder Grove Activities and the 8th grade trip. Numerous fans complimented on the way we take pride in keeping our facilities clean and all of the hard work we put into running a quality tournament. 

Fly Tying Outlaws

Volunteers from Magic City Flyfishers have spent the last two weeks teaching some of our Outlaws the art of fly tying!  Students in 4th-8th grades had the opportunity to create San Juan Worms, Woolly Worms, and many more. MCFF donated a tackle box to each participant. Please keep reading for more about this fantastic program.  

March is Music In Our Schools Month

Tuesday March 8th

We will be presenting a concert featuring our band programs.  At 1:30 in the Middle School gym 5th grade will perform some exciting selections and the 6th through 8th grade bands are taking a trip through the movies!  4th grade students will be playing recorders on this concert and we will be premiering a composition by Connor Allen. 

Friday March 11th

The Montana Youth Sing takes place In the Laurel High School Auditorium. This...

Grandparent's Day Lunch

Friday, February 26th was a special day for us - Grandparent's Day Lunch and we had a wonderful time! It was a real treat to have our Grandparents, or in some cases other family members, join us for lunch. This is a huge team effort and it was a huge success! 

First Grade Class Gets Creative with Math

Our first grade classes are working on base-ten and making two-digit numbers. Mrs. James' shared with us how creative her class became with the information.  

We had an entire lesson where we 'played' with our snack and used the pretzels and fruit loops as manipulatives to physically create the numbers. It was a great hands on lesson and the kids were learning while having fun!!


Target Donation "Take Charge of Education"

Today we recieved the 2016 "Take Charge of Education" check from Target for $590.82. Thanks to parents, teachers and other supporters in our community, Elder Grove benefited from the "Take Charge of Education." Every time they shop with their REDcard, Target donates 1% of their purchases at Target and Target.com to Elder Grove.

First Aid & CPR with AED Class

The Elder Grove Adult Education Program will be hosting a two part class on First Aid & CPR with AED on Saturday, March 19th in the Little Gym 9AM-4PM. The CPR portion will cover Adult, Child, & Infant along with AED use. The classes are open to anyone 14yrs of age or older.  The cost for both parts is $75/person or $45/person for one class. To register for the class please fill out the

First Aid & CPR Registration form.

To learn more about the program please continue reading.

Read-A-Thon Participation Still OPEN

Your child should have received a letter in their folder or backpack a few days ago asking for your participation in the Read-a-thon.  Since this is I Love to Read Month and many students are trying to reach the reading challenge goal, there is still time to secure donations for all the books your child is reading this month. We hope you will reconsider and join us in this educational fundraiser.  If you are already participating, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Keep reading to download a new pledge sheet.


Barnes & Noble Bookfair

This week, February 14th - February 21st, there is a bookfair at Barnes & Noble. You can buy any item that Barnes & Noble sells in their stores or online throughout this week and Elder Grove will earn part of the proceeds. You simply need to use the bookfair code #11809936. Feel free to share this information with your family and friends because every sale, using the code, counts to our overall total. For instructions on how to order online please continue reading.

Third Grade Audubon Adventure

The 3rd grade has received a grant that supports our students in the Audubon Science Program.  The program involves three different field trips throughout the year to the Audubon Center at Norms Island.  These field trips are a great way for our 3rd grade classes to experience science outside of the classroom. 

They are completing activities such as fishing for micro organisms in the Yellowstone River, identifying furs and skulls from our wildlife environment, and dissecting owl pellets to help map out food chains in our ecosystem.  This has been an amazing experience for all!

Reading Friends Outlaws love to read!

Each month Mrs. McMorris' 3rd grade class spends time reading stories they have created to Mrs. Frank's 1st grade class.  This is a great opportunity for the students to show their creative side and to be a role model in reading to the younger students. 

Read-a-Thon Packet Information

February is I Love to Read month which means that it is time for our PTO Read-a-Thon. Your student should have brought home a manila envelope to fill out to participate in our annual read-a-thon.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact Alycia Fleury our Read-a-Thon PTO Chair.

Thanks for supporting Elder Grove!

Hunter Safety Schedule

The hunter Education Course Schedule is now available. If you would like you can print one off or stop by our Middle School Office for your very own copy in BRIGHT orange!

To print your own click the link below:

Hunter Education Course Schedule


January Newsletter is Here!!!

Hot of the presses! The January Outlaw Express is here!  

Hope you enjoy it!

Vacation to Mars NOVA Theatre Show Stepping into Showbiz!

Show times Friday, Janaury 22nd in the big gym 

9AM School Show 
6PM Community Show

The Elder Grove PTO is sponsoring the NOVA's theatre production of Vacation to Mars.  Over the last two weeks twenty-six students have worked on memorizing lines, learning new songs and dances, reviewing stage terms, etc. It has been a great experience for everyone involved!

Mrs. Vogele is leaving...

Mrs. Vogele, our administrative assistant, is moving on to new adventures. Although it is sad day for our Elder Grove family we wish her the best in all of her future endeavors. She has given us permission to share her LETTER.

Please join us in thanking her for her many years of incredible service! She will always be in our hearts and we know that she will be a real asset to every organization she chooses to be a part of.  

Best of luck Mrs. Vogele!

New Student Contributions Page

We have some very creative students at Elder Grove! We have created a place for them to share their work with their family, friends, and our wonderful community. Please visit our Student Contributions Page to see their incredible work.  

This page is a work in progress so please be patient with us.

December Newsletter is Here!

The December Newsletter is here! Today we sent home a paper copy of the newsletter. In the interest of saving paper we will no longer be sending copies home. If you need the newsletter in a paper form please contact Beth Vogele. The new format includes live links to various websites. The live links are displayed in burgundy lettering.  


Outlaw Winning Streak!

The 7th/8th grade 2015-2016 Elder Grove Boys Basketball team has started the season off with a 6-0 record and winners of the YBGR Mustangs Shootout Tournament. 

Winter Musical

On December 10th our Kindergarten through 4th grade students performed their Winter Musical. They have been working with Mr. Burke and Mrs. Maurer, our wonderful music teachers, for a couple of months and the work really paid off

The show was FANTASTIC!

Click on read more to view some video clips!

Welcome to Outlaw Country! New Outlaw Logo
Please join us in welcoming our new mascot to Elder Grove
Our previous mascot (see his picture below), has decided to retire after 39 years of service to Elder Grove!  He was a big part of our school history & we appreciate how he brought us all together and gave us school spirit!