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November Lunch Orders Due Oct. 23

Click here to download the November 2015 school lunch menu/order form. Orders are due by 12 p.m. Fri., Oct. 23 (no school but office will be open for conferences). Pay in the school office with cash or check, or pay with debit/credit online with MealTime

October Calendar Notes

School will be closed three Fridays and one Thursday in October: Oct. 9, 16, 22 and 23. Oct. 9 is a statewide inservice day, Oct. 16 is a grading/staff development day and Oct. 22-23 are goal-setting conference days (no classes but all students attend a 30-minute conference with parents).


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. More ... 


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.

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.






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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


Harvest Festival 10 a.m.-2 p.m. October 10

Come out to the FGCS Back Yard Garden on Sat., Oct. 10 for our Harvest Festival! We'll have delicious snacks, including apple cider, and activities for the whole family, including corn husk doll making, popcorn popping, wheat threshing, face painting and mini-pumpkin decorating. Click here to volunteer for this event or contact garden coordinator Erin Morgan at Children ages 10 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. 



Have Your Read the Family-Student Handbook?

Click here to download a copy of the 2015-16 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. 

2015-16 Calendar - Updated

Click here to download an updated copy of the 2015-16 FGCS school calendar. This version corrects an error in the calendar in March 2016. 








Farewell, Graduating 8th Graders! 

One of our favorite moments in this year's Bridging Ceremony was this video tribute to our graduating 8th grade students produced by Level 4 teacher Chris Stanton. 








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     

October Board Meeting Canceled, Board Retreat Scheduled 

The regular monthly meeting of the FGCS Board of Directors is canceled for October. The Board is holding a training retreat 5:30-8 p.m. Tues., Oct. 13 at FGCS. Click here to view minutes of past Board meetings or to read about Board service at FGCS.