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November School Lunch Orders Due Oct. 25

Click here to download an November 2016 school lunch order form. The alternative vegetarian/gluten-free/dairy-free cold lunch menu is available here. Order forms are also available in the school office. Pay for school lunch with cash or check in the office, or pay with debit/credit online with MealTime



2016-17 FGCS Calendar

Click here to download the 2016-17 FGCS calendar. Important reminder:  The FGCS calendar is similar but not identical to the Forest Grove School District calendar. Holidays (Presidents Day, MLK Day, etc.) and vacation breaks (Thanksgiving, winter, spring) are the same but conference and teacher work days are different. Please always refer to the FGCS calendar for accurate information.


Volunteering at FGCS


All volunteers at FGCS must undergo an online criminal background check. Click


to fill out the background check form. Choose Forest Grove Community School as a school where you would like to volunteer. You will receive an email welcoming you as a volunteer in the Forest Grove School District when the check is complete. 

2015-16 Immunization Report


Oregon state law requires public schools to make available to parents information about rates of student immunizations. Click here to view a report about immunization rates at FGCS for the 2015-16 school year. 



Early Dismissal on Fridays


A reminder that all FGCS students are dismissed at 1:05 p.m. every Friday. We end the school day early on Fridays to give teachers additional time for collaboration and planning. 




Student Records: Student & Parent Rights

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the private of student educational records by limiting third party access and keeping personally identifiable information confidential and by allowing students and their parents access to education records. Click here to read more about the FERPA rights of parents. Click here

 to read more about students' rights under FERPA. 

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FGCS Daily Schedule


School starts promptly at 8:50 a.m. Monday-Friday. Doors open for students at 8:35 a.m. Please note that FGCS does not follow the District's Wednesday late start.


Level 1 students dismiss at 3:05 p.m. Monday-Thursday; Levels 2, 3 & 4 dismiss at 3:20 p.m. Monday-Thursday. All students dismiss at 1:05 p.m. on Fridays.




School Lunch Program Info

FGCS is a National School Lunch Program sponsor and offers a hot lunch program that meets all federal requirements for a healthy, nutritious lunch. Lunch costs $3/day but families who qualify may receive school lunch free or at a reduced price (currently 40 cents). Look for School Lunch Program Information on the

Documents page for details and application forms. All students who want school lunch must order lunch monthly regardless of payment status so we know how much food to order. Menu/order forms are posted with the date orders are due and sent by email month and can be found on the 

Documents page or in the school office. Questions? Contact Karen Torry at is an equal opportunity provider.




Inclement Weather Reminder

FGCS follows the direction of the Forest Grove School District regarding school closures and delays due to bad weather. When we are notified of closure/delay, we will send out an all-school email message and post a notice here and on our Facebook page. You can get District weather/emergency notices via text message with FlashAlert. Click here

 to register. Questions? Contact Karen Torry at or 503-359-4600.








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Welcome to the Forest Grove Community School

The Forest Grove Community School is a free public charter school that engages students in scholarship, stewardship and citizenship with the goal of educating for sustainability. We provide a caring, smaller school environment that challenges students to reach their highest potential through learning rooted in the local community. FGCS currently enrolls students in 1st through 8th grades.  We operate under a charter contract with the Forest Grove School District and are governed by an independent board of directors. We are an Oregon non-profit corporation and a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. We serve students and families in and around Forest Grove, Oregon. We are located at 1914 Pacific Ave. in downtown Forest Grove, Oregon. You may contact us at 503-359-4600 or

Chinook Books: Save $$ and Support FGCS!

The FGCS Parent Group is excited to launch the sales of the Chinook Book to raise funds for after-school activities, teacher appreciation events and so much more.

Chinook Book offers hundreds of dollars of savings on dining, local groceries, entertainment, fashion, home and garden, travel and recreation, wellness and much more. We are offering both the physical printed Chinook Book for $22, the smartphone app for only $15 or $30 for both. FGCS earns half from each sale and there is no out-of-pocket cost, so the Chinook Book is a win-win fundraiser for our school. You may purchase the Chinook Book (book or app) in the school office with check made out to FGCS or cash (exact change appreciated). Sales will be open through September 30. Questions? Contact FGCS Parent Group facilitator Elise di Sabella at


2016-17 Family & Student Handbook Now Available 

Click here to download a copy of the 2016-17 Family-Student Handbook (or request a hard copy in the school office).  The handbook contains important information about our school operations, policies and practices. We encourage all parents to read the handbook carefully, discuss relevant portions with their students and contact us with any questions. 


Capstone Video: Who is FGCS?

We are honored to share this video by Waylon Jackson, an FGCS student who recently graduated from 8th grade. He explains the film, which he completed for his Capstone Project: "After attending the Forest Grove Community School for 8 years, I wanted to give back to the staff who have been such a positive influence in my life since the 1st grade. My 8th Grade Capstone Project presented a great way to honor and give back to the staff at FGCS, and it gave me a chance to learn to use the Adobe Premiere Pro video editing software. I hope you enjoy my film!"




Earthquakes: How Can You Prepare?

You are probably aware that the Pacific Northwest is earthquake territory, but do you know how to prepare for The Big One? FGCS 8th grade student Josh H. has been researching the topic for his Capstone Project and has prepared this information brochure to help you get ready. Take a look - there's some great information, including a list of essential supplies for an earthquake preparedness kit. Thanks, Josh!



When to Keep Your Child Home from School

If your child isn't feeling well, it can be hard to know whether to send them to school or keep them home. While we want kids to be in school as much as possible, it's important for them to stay home when they are ill - for their own sake as well as to avoid infecting others. Click here to read guidelines for when to keep your child at home because of illness. 














Learn more about FGCS  

Learn more about our school in this short video made for FGCS by students at Pacific University, one of our community partners. To schedule a school tour, call Vickie Jares at 503-359-4600. 





























Non-Discrimination Policy: No student or applicant for enrollment as a student at Forest Grove Community School shall be discriminated against in any educational program or activity on the basis of race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, disability, income level, proficiency in the English language or athletic ability. Enrollment of any student receiving special education services pursuant to an Individual Education Plan must be approved by the student's IEP team. No employee or applicant for employment shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation or disability.


News and Events      

Parent Group Meeting October 28

The FGCS Parent Group will meet 6-7 p.m. Thursday, October 28 in the Art Room. All FGCS parents/guardians are welcome and encouraged to attend. Free child care is available. Email names/ages of children you'd like to bring to 

FGCS Board Meeting November 7

The FGCS Board of Directors will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, November 7 in the Art Room. Please note that the monthly meeting is on Monday, rather than Tuesday, this month. Meetings are open to the public and all are welcome.  A time for public comment is provided at the start of each meeting. The agenda will be posted here when it is available.