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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.

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

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

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

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

Teacher Appreciation Week Thank a Teacher

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

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

Justin Klebe


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. 

Parent Portal to Participate in Surveys

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

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

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

Kindergarten Registration Time

Kindergarten Registration

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

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

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

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

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



Kindergarten Roundup Information

Kindergarten Registration

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

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

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

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

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




Carnival Time is Almost Here

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

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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Inclement Weather and Alternative Bus Stops

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

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

Barnes & Noble Bookfair

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

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

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

Our Book Fair will be:

Ukulele Fun Night

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

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

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

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

Parents MUST accompany children for the entire event.

School Cancelled Due to Dangerous Snow

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

Paraprofessional Job Opened

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

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

PTO Meeting Cancelled

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

Alternate Bus Routes

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

Principal Newsletter


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

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

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

Recent Incident "Stranger Danger"

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

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

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

Thank you,

Justin Klebe

Next Steps for the Bond

Parents and Community Members,

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

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

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

Thank you,

Justin Klebe

Bond Passing

Parents and Community Members,

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

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

Thank you,

Justin Klebe

Last Day to Vote

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


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

Ballots counted

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


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



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

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

Thank you,


Justin Klebe


Tax Breakdown for Schools

For property owners in Elder Grove District currently:

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

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