PTO enews, March 2, 2015 – Classified Staff Appreciation Week, Garden Cleanup, PTO minutes

Principal’s Corner

principals cornerPlease join me at the Fox Hollow garden this Saturday, March 7, to clean up and prepare for our spring and summer seasons. Our students will be accessing the garden for the remainder of the year and we could really use your help preparing the area to enhance their experience.

A reminder that there is the Superintendent Candidate Community Forum on Thursday, March 5, 6–8:30 p.m. at the 4J Education Center Auditorium 200 N. Monroe St. At the forum, the finalist candidates will share information about themselves, then respond to questions. Community members in attendance will be asked to provide their input on the candidates.

What has happened so far: The school board is seeking to name a new superintendent this spring. Community input on the strengths and qualities desired in the district’s next leader was gathered and used in developing the position description. A citizen screening committee reviewed applications, interviewed top candidates and recommended semifinalists to the school board. The board has selected a slate of semifinalists to interview and will announce the finalists on March 2.

More information: www.4j.lane.edu/supersearch

Eric Anderson
Principal
Charlemagne at Fox Hollow Elementary School


Classified Appreciation Week This Week

Dear Families,

merci_red-1500x1100We hope everyone had a wonderful time at Mardi Gras on Friday night. Lots of fun games, fabulous food and who does not love a cake walk. A huge thank you to Stephanie Hand, Tabitha Andrews, JoAnn Hoffman and all the other wonderful volunteers who make this happen.

We had a very successful Food For Lane County Drive. Thank you to Carlie Straub and Julie Kim with Esprit de Corps for arranging this wonderful community event.

Get ready to celebrate our wonderful support staff. This week is Classified Appreciate Week. See information below about who we are honoring this week. Esprit de Corp has a wonderful week planned, but be sure if you see our classified staff, to give them a big thanks for all they do.

Mark your calendars for March 9 for our Mazzi’s Restaurant Fundraiser.Have diner at Mazzi’s and they will donate a portion back to Charlemagne, what a great and easy way to help out our school.

Science Fair is coming in April 23. Starting planning your projects now. See information below for some great ideas.

Also below is some information about a new opportunity for after school club for Tennis and Golf.

Lastly if you were not able to make it to the last PTO meeting, click here for the minutes. Discussions included the attendance policy, updates on Parker, French Report Cards and Yearbook.

Hope everyone has a fabulous week.

Gina Thompson & Melissa Gomsrud

PTO Co-Chairs


Upcoming Events

March 2–6 – Classified Appreciation Week

March 7 – Garden Work Party – Charlemagne

March 9 – Mazzi’s – Restaurant Fundraiser

March 11 – Site Council – 3:15 Library

March 13 – No School – Professional Development

March 19 – PTO Meeting – 6:30 p.m. Library

March 23–27 – No School – Spring Break

April 17 – Silent Auction

April 23 – Science Fair


Give Thanks to our Classified Staff

merci_red-1500x1100March 2-6 is Classified Staff Appreciation Week at Charlemagne. Please take a moment to recognize and say thank you to our amazing staff for all that they do to make our school run so smoothly.

This includes Madame Bernadette Conover, our secretary, Madame Veronica Tift, our food service and fun club coordinator, Mr. Kurt Lovinger, our head custodian, Mr. Rob Potter, our night custodian and all of our wonderful classroom assistants: Quena Keis, Jeanne Walrath, Travis VanHorn and Erica Goulding. It also includes technology assistant Kathy Reed, Nurse Helana Kadyszeweski, and our student helperSean O’Neil.

Extend a heartfelt “merci” to them this week!


Canned Food Drive Results

can-food-drivefoodWe had a very successful food drive this year.

Our school collected a total of 689 pounds of canned and dry goods for Food for Lane County; a new school record! FFLC expressed their sincere thanks to us for our generosity.

The winning class was 2nd grade, whose bin had a whopping 186 pounds of donated food items.

Way to go, everyone!


After School Golf and Tennis Starts in April

tennis ballAll levels K-6 are welcome whether you are brand new, or you are trying to earn your next TGA color level. TGA brings the golf course and tennis court to you, making it convenient and affordable to learn and play golf or tennis right on your school campus in a fun and safe environment.

All equipment is provided. Financial aid is available. Sign up today atwww.playtga.com/soregon

Tennis – Wednesdays 2:55-3:55pm

Golf -Fridays 1:40-2:40pm

Location:  Charlemagne playground/field


Charlemagne Science Fair is Coming

Thursday, April 23 — Mark Your Calendars

science fairThe Charlemagne Science Fair is a fun opportunity for students to explore topics in science, learn basic scientific methods and present their own project. The Science Fair is open to ALL grades. Projects are not judged – this is meant to be a fun event to display every student’s project for all to enjoy! Each entrant will receive a certificate and they can be interviewed about their project if they wish.

Now is a great time to get your student thinking about a topic or question for the Science Fair. What are they curious about? Here are some topics from Science Fair projects in past years:

  • Growing Crystals
  • Maps and Cartography
  • How do Flowers Smell?
  • Earthworms
  • Rainbows
  • Oil Spills
  • Why Do Some Liquids Not Mix?
  • Venus Fly Trap
  • Gummi Science
  • How are Icicles Formed?
  • Pyramids
  • Acids
  • How does Helium Make a Balloon Float?
  • Are Dogs Really Color Blind?
  • What is a Shooting Star?
  • Lemon Batteries
  • Are Birds Dinosaurs?
  • Why Do People Sneeze?
  • How Does a Thermos Work?
  • How Saltwater Influences Buoyancy
  • Taste Buds
  • Growing Bacteria
  • How Are Clouds Formed?
  • Tectonic Plates
  • Slugs
  • Digestive System
  • Rocks and Fossils
  • Why Does Gravity Exist?

For more ideas: http://www.sciencebuddies.org/ or http://www.sciencenewsforkids.org

Registration forms and more information about presenting at the Science Fair are coming soon!

If you have questions or would like to help with the Science Fair, please email Carey Norgaard and Christy Sheerin at charlemagnescience@gmail.com.


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PTO enews, Feb. 23, 2015 – Mardi Gras is this week

Mardi Gras is this Friday!

Dear Families,

maskMardi Gras is this Friday from 5:30 – 8 pm! Tickets go on sale Tuesday after school, but can be bought at the door. Scholarship tickets are available- please contact Mme.V in the cafeteria.

Four donation opportunities this week:

  • Teacher appreciation raffle items to be dropped in the office by Wednesday
  • Class raffle donations to be dropped in the classroom by Wednesday, Thursday pm at the latest
  • Canned food competition drive: donations due by Wednesday – Please see below for further information!
  • Calling all bakers: please donate cakes for the cake walk on Friday- labeled for cake walk, and please, no nut items.

The Oregon Battle of Books battles were so much fun this past week! A big thank you to all of our volunteers and a special thanks to Jennifer Frei for all her amazing organization!

Excited to see you all at Mardi Gras!

Gina Thompson & Melissa Gomsrud

PTO Co-Chairs


Upcoming Events

Feb. 27 – Mardi Gras – 5:30 p.m. – Cafeteria/Gymnasium

March 13 – No school (Professional Development Day)

March 19 – PTO meeting – 6:30 p.m. – Library

March 22-27 – Spring Break

 


The Yearbook Needs You

Could you be the photo editor for your child’s class?

yearbook_camera_4_on_whiteAs the yearbook committee revs up to assemble the 2015 book, we realize that we can be much more efficient if we had a parent from each classroom who enjoys photography, can help collect photos from room parents, and has a basic understanding of dropbox, to help us identify kids from their classroom and sort them into that students dropbox folder.

This “Classroom Photo Editor” could be you. We especially need photo editors for the 2nd, 4th and 5th grades.

It’s a fairly easy position and will help you get to know the kids in your child’s classroom, plus you will have fun with the awesome yearbook team!

Please contact me or Chris Miller if you need more info or would like to represent a classroom.

Thank you for your help.
Constance Van Flandern
917 721-4401


Art Needed for Charlemagne YearbookY_is_for_Yearbook_LOGO_op_800x578

  • Art Submission is open to all students K-5th grade.
  • Art may be submitted in color or black and white.
  • Artists may use any medium (paint, crayon, ink, photo of clay work, collage, anything!).
  • The central theme is the Royal Fox. Art may (but does not have to) include French details, Mardi Gras details, school details.
  • Please submit art on 8.5” x 11” paper.
  • Full color art using the full paper surface area is preferred for cover art, but other art may be used on inside pages where possible.
  • All art should be submitted to the art collection ‘Fox Box’ in the main office by Friday, Feb. 27.

For more information, click here for the flyer.


Mardi Gras Canned Food Drive

 

can-food-drivefoodOur annual canned food drive kicks off on Feb. 17 and culminates on Feb. 27 with our Mardi Gras celebration. It seems only right that our celebration of a day renowned for feasting and plenty would be tied in with an opportunity for the Charlemagne community to share with families in the Eugene/Springfield area who would otherwise go to bed hungry.

So start collecting canned and dry food items to donate starting Feb. 16. Collection bins will be available in the breezeway and front office.  Last year, we collected around 300 cans; let’s see if we can double that this year.  :)

Sponsored by Charlemagne’s Esprit de Corps Committee.


Mardi Gras Bakers Needed

 

Hot_Water_Chocolate_Cake-1Calling all bakers! We need cakes for prizes for the cakewalk. You can also bring other baked good items, such as a pie, or cupcakes, but they need to be labeled for Cakewalk and in groups of at least 6.

Please try to avoid products containing nuts. Sign up is in the office with Bernadette.

Also, volunteers still needed for set up Friday after drop off, again at 1:30 p.m., and for clean up. Please sign up in the office or email Erika Noteboom at enoteboom@hotmail.com.


Girl Scout Cookie Alert Traffic Signs

Looking for a yummy after school treat?  A local Charlemagne Girl Scout Troop will be selling cookies after school Tuesday Feb. 17 through Friday, Feb. 20.


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PTO enews, Feb. 16, 2015 – Mardi Gras, OBOB, Yearbook

This Week: OBOB, PTO meeting

Dear Families,

pto meetingReport cards were sent home with students on Friday, Feb. 13. Please review, sign and return the envelope back to your student’s teachers.

Mardi Gras is coming, please see information below about some volunteering opportunities and don’t forget about donations to your classroom baskets. This is a fun community that the kiddos always remember about their time at Charlemagne.

The Oregon Battle of Books is finally here. Battles will take place Feb. 18 -20.  See information below and a big thank you to all of our volunteers and a special thanks to Jennifer Frei for all her hard work in making this important event happen.

Finally, please join us Thursday, Feb. 19 at 6:30 in the library for our monthly PTO meeting where Eric Anderson will give us updated information on the Parker move and clarification on Prearranged Absences. Please click here for the PTO Agenda.

Hope everyone has a fabulous week.

Gina Thompson & Melissa Gomsrud

PTO Co-Chairs


Upcoming Events

Feb. 16 – No School – President’s Day

Feb. 18-20 – OBOB Battles

Feb. 19 – PTO Meeting – 6:30 p.m. Library

Feb. 27 – Mardi Gras – 5:30 p.m. – Cafeteria/Gymnasium


OBOB is This Week!

Charlemagne Parents and Families,OBOB_small

It’s time for the Oregon Battles of the Books! Battles will be held Feb. 18–20. It’s exciting that Charlemagne has 21 teams participating in OBOB.

During Preliminary Battles on Wednesday (2/18) and Thursday (2/19), all teams will participate in two battles, one on each morning (between 8:40 and 11:15am). Teams earn a score in each battle based on their responses to questions about the books.

The eight teams with the highest total score from their two Preliminary Battles will progress to the Great Eight Battles in the morning on Friday (2/20; 10:50am – 12:30pm). Again, these eight teams will each engage in two battles.

The two (2) teams with the highest total scores from the Great Eight Battles will advance to the Charlemagne Final Battle, which will be held during an assembly on Friday, 2/20, 12:50 – 1:20pm in the Charlemagne Gym. The team with the highest total score from the Final Battle will be the Charlemagne Battle of the Books Champion!

The Charlemagne Champion team will represent the school at the OBOB Regional Battles on Saturday, 3/14, at Thurston High School. Regional Champions advance to compete at the OBOB State Battles on Saturday, 4/11, at Chemeketa Community College is Salem.

The full Charlemagne battle schedule is posted on the OBOB section of the school website (click on “Resources” and then on “OBOB”). The team list and battle rules are also posted on the website, along with documents, links, and study aids.

Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Frei
jrfrei@pacbell.net
541-232-8040


The Yearbook Needs You

Could you be the photo editor for your child’s class?

yearbook_camera_4_on_whiteAs the yearbook committee revs up to assemble the 2015 book, we realize that we can be much more efficient if we had a parent from each classroom who enjoys photography, can help collect photos from room parents, and has a basic understanding of dropbox, to help us identify kids from their classroom and sort them into that students dropbox folder.

This “Classroom Photo Editor” could be you. We especially need photo editors for the 2nd, 4th and 5th grades.

It’s a fairly easy position and will help you get to know the kids in your child’s classroom, plus you will have fun with the awesome yearbook team!

Please contact me or Chris Miller if you need more info or would like to represent a classroom.

Thank you for your help.
Constance Van Flandern
917 721-4401


Art Needed for Charlemagne YearbookY_is_for_Yearbook_LOGO_op_800x578

  • Art Submission is open to all students K-5th grade.
  • Art may be submitted in color or black and white.
  • Artists may use any medium (paint, crayon, ink, photo of clay work, collage, anything!).
  • The central theme is the Royal Fox. Art may (but does not have to) include French details, Mardi Gras details, school details.
  • Please submit art on 8.5” x 11” paper.
  • Full color art using the full paper surface area is preferred for cover art, but other art may be used on inside pages where possible.
  • All art should be submitted to the art collection ‘Fox Box’ in the main office by Friday, Feb. 27.

For more information, click here for the flyer.


Mardi Gras Canned Food Drive

 

can-food-drivefoodOur annual canned food drive kicks off on Feb. 17 and culminates on Feb. 27 with our Mardi Gras celebration. It seems only right that our celebration of a day renowned for feasting and plenty would be tied in with an opportunity for the Charlemagne community to share with families in the Eugene/Springfield area who would otherwise go to bed hungry.

So start collecting canned and dry food items to donate starting Feb. 16. Collection bins will be available in the breezeway and front office.  Last year, we collected around 300 cans; let’s see if we can double that this year.  :)

Sponsored by Charlemagne’s Esprit de Corps Committee.


Mardi Gras Bakers Needed

 

Hot_Water_Chocolate_Cake-1Calling all bakers! We need cakes for prizes for the cakewalk. You can also bring other baked good items, such as a pie, or cupcakes, but they need to be labeled for Cakewalk and in groups of at least 6.

Please try to avoid products containing nuts. Sign up is in the office with Bernadette.

Also, volunteers still needed for set up Friday after drop off, again at 1:30 p.m., and for clean up. Please sign up in the office or email Erika Noteboom at enoteboom@hotmail.com.


Parent Info Nights: Smarter Balanced Assessments

smarter-balanced-logoThings are changing in your student’s classroom, in homework, and in assessments of his or her learning.

 

Oregon and more than 40 other states have developed and adopted shared academic expectations, called the Common Core State Standards. They are clear, consistent guidelines for what students should know and be able to do at each grade level in math and English language arts in order to be ready to graduate with an Oregon diploma, ready for college, careers and life.

With new standards, we need new tools to measure student learning of the standards. This spring the new Smarter Balanced assessments will replace the old OAKS tests for reading, writing and math.

The Oregon Department of Education will hold a Smarter Balanced information forum, in partnership with the Oregon PTA and Eugene School District 4J, on January 27. This forum will feature Rob Saxton, Oregon’s Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Derek Brown, ODE’s Director of Assessment.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 27, 7 p.m., North Eugene High School, 200 Silver Lane

Eugene School District 4J also will hold several Smarter Balanced parent information nights. Please join us to learn more about Oregon’s new state tests in math and language arts. The presentation will cover why the state tests have changed, how they will be implemented, and concrete examples of how to help your student. The format will engage attendees in hands-on experience.

  • Monday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m., North Eugene High School, 200 Silver Lane
  • Thursday, Feb. 12, 7:00 p.m., Sheldon High School, 2455 Willakenzie Road
  • Tuesday, Feb. 17, 7:00 p.m., Churchill High School, 1850 Bailey Hill Road
  • Thursday, Feb. 19, 7:00 p.m., South Eugene High School, 400 E. 19th Ave.
  • Spanish-language information night Monday, March 2, 6:30–8:00 p.m., 4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St.

Spanish interpretation will be provided at all of the information nights.

Questions?
www.4j.lane.edu/instruction/commoncorestatestandards
www.corestandards.org
or call 541-790-7877


Nominate a Champion in Education

 

acelogo_jpgWho always makes a difference in your child’s school day? An inspiring teacher? An encouraging school secretary? A dedicated volunteer? A principal who leads by example? A bus driver who always takes the time to listen? Now is the time to recognize their contributions through the annual ACE (A Champion in Education) Awards!

To nominate a 4J employee or volunteer who demonstrates excellence in education, go to www.theaceawards.org. Every nominee will be honored at an awards ceremony in April, and one person in each category will win a $1,000 cash prize toward a project or program in their school.

Nominations must be submitted by March 8.

The ACE Awards are a collaborative effort of the Eugene and Springfield chambers of commerce and the Eugene, Bethel and Springfield school districts. The program is presented by Oregon Community Credit Union and supported by others from the local business community.


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