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October Lunch Orders Due by Noon Sept. 25

Click here to download the October 2014 school lunch menu/order form or pick up a copy at school. Check boxes on the days your student wants school lunch, then turn in order to the school office no later than noon Sept. 25. Please Note: Payment is due at the time you place your order. Pay with cash or check in the office or with debit/credit online with MealTime (user fee & minimum deposit apply). Questions? Contact Karen Torry at or 503-359-4600. FGCS is an equal opportunity provider and employer. 


Picture Day is September 16

Craig Huston Photography will be at FGCS on September 16 for Student Picture Day. We will start taking student photos first thing in the morning. Ordering photos is optional, but all students will be photographed. Click here to download an order form or order online using event code FGCS 2014.  Teachers will also send forms home with students on Sept. 12. Send orders and payment with students on Picture Day. Please Note: FGCS does not handle photo payments. Keep a copy of your order form for your records and check your order as soon as it arrives. Class composite photos arrive later than individual photos. Contact Craig Huston Photography at 503-378-1807 with questions. 



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.

September Lunch Menu Available - Orders Due Aug. 29

FGCS is pleased to be offering a hot lunch program this year! Click here to download the September menu and here to read descriptions of the entrees. Lunch costs $3/day but students may qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Applications for meal benefits are included in student registration packets and are archived on the Documents page under School Lunch Program Information. You may pay with credit/debit online for lunch with MealTime (user fee & minimum deposit apply) or with cash/check in the school office.

School Lunch Program Info

FGCS is a National School Lunch Program sponsor and offers a cold 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.

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.


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. More ... 




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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


Background Checks Now Required for All FGCS Volunteers

Under a new school district policy, criminal background checks will be required for all volunteers starting with the 2014-15 school year. This includes, but is not limited to, classroom volunteers and Out & About chaperones.

We encourage all current and prospective volunteers to go to the link below as soon as possible to fill out the criminal background verification form online. There is no cost to the volunteer, and all information provided will remain confidential. Starting Oct. 1, 2014, individuals will not be allowed to volunteer until their background check has been approved. The conviction of a crime will not automatically disqualify a person from volunteering in a school. Each situation will be considered individually.


We appreciate all of our dedicated volunteers in the Forest Grove School District. If you have any questions about this new requirement, please contact director of school operations Karen Torry at or 503-359-4600.  Please click here to sign up to be a volunteer and submit a background check:

Note: Be sure to choose Forest Grove Community School from the list of schools provided in the online form. You may choose to register as a volunteer at multiple schools in the District.



Last Summer Potluck in the Back Yard Garden Sept. 19

Join us in the FGCS Back Yard Garden for the last garden potluck of the summer season 5-7 p.m., Fri., Sept 19, hosted by garden coordinator Erin Morgan. We'll share great food, then work together to help care for this special place. FGCS families and friends are invited!  Interested in helping? Contact Erin at The Back Yard Garden is located on Main Street just south of 19th Ave., behind the Friends of Historic Forest Grove office, one block from FGCS.

Global Youth Services Day at 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  

FGCS Parent Group Meeting Sept. 18

The first FGCS Parent Group meeting of the school year will be 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 18 in the Art Room. All FGCS parents are encouraged to attend and find ways to get involved.  Free child care for ages 3 and older (must be toilet trained) is available if you contact Megan at by Mon., Sept. 15.  The Parent Group supports FGCS through teacher/staff appreciation, volunteer recruitment and fundraising. 


2014-15 School Calendar Now Available

Click here to download a copy of the FGCS 2014-15 school calendar. The first day of school for all FGCS students is Thursday, September 4. Important Note: The FGCS school calendar is similar to the District's but there are some differences, including student conference dates. Please refer to this calendar for information about FGCS. 

Family & Student Handbook

Click here to download the 2014-15 Family & Student Handbook. The handbook contains important information about FGCS practices, including our disciplinary approach. We urge all FGCS families to carefully review the handbook with their students.


Board Meeting Sept. 9

The FGCS Board of Directors will meet 7 p.m. Tues., Sept. 9 in the Art Room. Click here to view the agenda. Board meetings are open to the public and all are welcome.