PTO enews, Oct. 27, 2014 – No school days, PTO minutes, OBOB

Principal’s Corner

There will be no school on Nov. 10.

As you know, our teachers spend a great deal of time outside of the school day to improve the experience for students and families. The teacher contract allows schools in the district that have mandatory night conferences, information nights etc., to compensate teachers for their time allowing for a no-school day in the year. Many elementary schools in the district carefully chose Nov. 10 for the following instructional reasons:

•  The day next to a holiday has a dramatic increase in student absenteeism. This situation, due to Veterans day landing midweek, will be exacerbated.

•  Instruction will be compromised on this day due to low attendance and lack of consistency with a mid-week day off.

We understand that two weeks is not the amount of time we would typically like to give parents. However, we were unable to choose a day last spring due to the lack of a 4J district calendar and possible furlough days. Thus, Charlemagne and the other schools chose a day after the school year started. The YMCA will be offering daycare at Charlemagne on Monday, Nov. 10 and we will be notifying the other daycare agencies who have been willing to support days off in the past.

Since we now have a secure teacher contract in place, the staff will choose their next compensation day for next year in the spring. The teachers appreciate your support.


Eric Anderson
Charlemagne at Fox Hollow Elementary School

Conferences/No School This Thursday and Friday

Dear Families,

Don’t forget that this a short week. There will be no school on Thursday, Oct. 30 and Friday Oct. 31 so we can all meet for conferences with our fabulous teachers and set goals for your children for the year. If you have not signed up yet for your conference time, please go the SignUpGenius link that was sent to you by your child(ren)’s teacher(s) before Thursday. The links are also on our school website.

If you were not able to make it to the PTO meeting on Oct. 16click on this link to read the minutes from the meeting. Our next PTO is scheduled for Nov. 20.

Are you looking for some indoor Trick or Treating for your younger children?Some students at the University of Oregon our hosting a K-3 event in one of the residence halls. Click here to see the flyer.

Hope everyone has a great week!

Melissa Gomsrud and Gina Thompson
PTO Co-Chairs

Get Ready for OBOB

Charlemagne Families,

We are getting ready for the Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) season at Charlemagne and we are hoping that all of our third, fourth, and fifth grade students are excited about this year’s books! There is so much energy and enthusiasm for reading generated by this contest every year.

We want this to be a great year for reading! Now is a great time to get started on the OBOB book list.

We hope that students will enjoy the books, and focus on their experiences with the books and with each other. The school battles will follow OBOB structure and guidelines, and use official questions from the state. We will hold our big final battle in the gym. Our teams will be eligible to participate in the final regional competition held at North Eugene High School.

Parents can support students and teams as they read, process, and discuss the books. Teachers will support students by facilitating the formation of OBOB teams. More information will be provided regarding specific plans as we move forward with OBOB throughout the year.

If you are interested in volunteering to support OBOB, please contact me at As we get closer to the battles, there will be need to host practice sessions with the teams and there will be many roles for parents during the battles later in the year.

Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions.


Jennifer Frei


Book Fair Still Going All This Week

The Scholastic and French Book Fair is off to an amazing start. We had a great weekend with our Grand Lunch on Friday and a visit from Clifford on Saturday. It was great to see all the kids, families and grandparents so excited about all the wonderful French and English books.

We’re just a little below last year’s sales, but there are still plenty of days to shop. The in-school Book Fair is open until Friday, Oct. 31 and the Online Book Fair is open until Nov. 17 at

Open After School:

Mon, Oct. 27 from 2 – 4 pm
Tues, Oct. 28 from 2- 4 pm
Wed, Oct. 29 from 2 – 4 pm

Open During Conferences:

Thurs, Oct. 30 from 12 – 8 pm
Fri, Oct. 31 from 8 am – 4 pm

The new Diary of a Wimpy Kid 9 can be preorded at the fair until 10/30. It will be shipped to the school the next week.

We could still really use a few volunteers during conferences Thursdayand Friday. Email JoAnn if you’re able to help at

We hope to see you there!

Local Option Levy Renewal on November Ballot

Measure 20-222 would continue local school funding without changing tax rate

This fall, voters in our school district will be asked whether to renew local funding for schools at the same tax rate. Measure 20-222 on the November 4 election ballot would renew the local option levy for 4J school operations, such as teachers, programs and school days. The levy provides about $8 million per year, equivalent to about 16 school days or 80 teaching positions.

The local option levy is not a new tax or a tax increase. Renewing it would continue the current property tax rate for the 4J local option levy. The levy has been providing local funding for schools since 2000 and must be renewed by voters every 5 years.

Most funding for Oregon schools is determined by the state. A local option levy is the one way voters in a school district can choose to provide additional funding for the day-to-day operations of their local schools. Without this levy, the school district would have about $8 million less per year to pay for school operations.

To vote on Measure 20-222, you must live in the Eugene School District and be registered to vote by October 14. Ballots will be mailed to voters beginning October 17 and must be returned by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 4. To learn more, go to

School Website Help Needed

Do you have web skills? We need a volunteer to update the Charlemagne school website each week.

I’ve been the parent webmaster for the past 4 years and am have taken on the task of sending out the weekly PTO enews (the one you’re reading right now) this year. So I need help keeping the website updated.

Training (and coffee) provided. Our website is a WordPress installation and easy to use.

Interested? Contact me at or 541-525-5144.

Have some news to share?

Do you have news to share with the Charlemange community in our enews, Facebook page or website? Please email us with articles by Thursday at 5 be included in the following week’s news.


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Sign up for 2014 Conferences, Oct. 30 and 31

Please sign up with your child’s/children’s teachers by clicking on the appropriate link on the following page.

2014 Conferences Sign Up

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PTO enews, Oct. 20, 2014

Principal’s Corner

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” – Emilie Buchwald

The Book Fair is here! We look forward to seeing all of you at school to invest in the future of your student’s appreciation toward reading. At Charlemagne we work diligently to empower our students to have a love for learning and academic exploration. We thank you for your partnership and participation in the 2014 Book Fair.

Eric Anderson
Charlemagne at Fox Hollow Elementary School

Thanks for a Great PTO Meeting

Dear Families,

A great big PTO thank you to everyone who joined us at last Thursday for our first PTO meeting of the school year! And thank you Eric for your presentation. There was a fabulous turnout and great information, ideas and discussion. Please stay tuned for the meeting minutes and information about November’s meeting.

Our Book Fair is starting next week and it is so great to see the kids excited about books. Please see below.

Activities this week are:
Friday: Grand Person Lunch and Book Fair

Have a great week. And thanks again to everyone who came to our first PTO meeting last week.

Melissa Gomsrud and Gina Thompson
PTO Co-Chairs

A Guide to Enjoing the Book Fair – Oct. 24-31

Student Preview, Thursday, Oct. 23

Encourage your student to make a list of the books they see at the preview that they would like to show you when the fair officially opens.

Invite a Grand Person to lunch at school, Friday, Oct. 24 at 11:30 a.m. RSVP forms for lunch due in the office the morning of Tues. 10/21

“Grands” can come early to do some shopping and then enjoy lunch with your child. The Fair is open on this day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Come visit on the weekend, Saturday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Check out the fair in a more relaxed setting on the weekend WITH CLIFFORD!

Come to the Book Fair during the week

The Fair will be open after school on:

  • Monday, Oct. 27:  2 to 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 28:  2 to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 29:  2 to 4 p.m.

Open also during Parent/Teacher conferences:

  • Thursday, Oct. 30:  12 to 8 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 31:  8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

While at the Fair, check out the Class Wish Lists

Teachers choose books — in French and English — that they would like for their classroom. Consider buying a book off of the list for your child’s classroom. They get to put a cute sticker w/ their name in the book.

Shop online, Oct. 17 to Nov. 6

The Book Fair is available online for 3 weeks. Find over 4,000 options for older and younger children and adults too. Friends and family who couldn’t make it to the Fair can still buy books and support Charlemagne. Orders are shipped free to the school. Holiday shopping? Orders will get here in time for the holiday season and can be held for you at the office.

See you at the Book Fair!

JoAnn Hoffman
Book Fair Co-Chair

Poinsettia and Wreath Fundraiser

It’s time to kick off our Poinsettia and Wreath fundraiser. A flyer should have been sent home last week and additional forms are in the front office.

To ensure Johnson Brothers will have adequate inventory for our order, please return your completed forms and payment by Monday, Oct. 27 to the office. It’s a great opportunity to support the school and decorate your home for the holidays.

Volunteers are still needed for the morning of delivery on Dec. 5. Any and all help is welcomed. Please contact me at 541-729-3015 for more information. Thank you for supporting our children.


Alice Webb

Common Core Information Sessions

There are 2 information sessions about Common Core State Standards this week. How are these new expectations for student learning different from the standards Oregon had in place before? Most of all, what do these changes mean for your student, and for you?

These 4J parent information nights will start by sharing information for parents of all ages, then break out to different groups for parents of elementary students and middle to high school students.

Monday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m.
South Eugene High School, 400 E. 19th Ave.

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m.
Sheldon High School, 2455 Willakenzie Road


Free French Language Resources

For parents who want to learn a bit of French, or who are looking for additional resources to support their children’s French language acquisition, there are two excellent programs available through the Eugene Public library:

  • Mango language instruction programs – geared towards language learners from student to adult
  • Muzzy language program – geared specifically towards kids

Both programs are free and are available online to anyone with a Eugene Public Library card. See the attached PDF for instructions on how to access these programs.

Nearby Nature Events

Nearby Nature’s 18th Annual Haunted Hike, Oct .25

Celebrate night creatures! Enjoy a pumpkin-lit hike in Alton Baker Park and meet an entertaining costumed owl, bat, frog, spider, and more. Enjoy crafts, snacks, games, and a raffle as well. Meet Eugene’s Slug Queen and our local Bat Woman! Rain or moonshine, Saturday, Oct. 25, 5:30-9 p.m., Alton Baker Park. Members free, non-members $5/person. Pre-registration required: 541-687-9699.

Play in the Rain Day, Nov. 8
Saturday, November 8, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at Mount Pisgah Arboretum

Spend the day outdoors with your family, rain or shine. Enjoy hikes, scavenger hunts, hay rides, nature art, campfire cookery, archery, tree-climbing, and more. Free parking courtesy of Lane County Parks and all activities, including campfire food, are free! Event sponsored by the Youth in Nature Partnership. For more info see

Openings at the Little French School

The Little French School is a private, non-profit program that offers French immersion education for students in preschool, pre-k and kindergarten, as well as after-school care.

One opening remains in pre-k (for students ~4 in September) and we also have an opening in part-time kindergarten, for students enrolled at Charlemagne on Mondays and Wednesdays (interested in kindergarten extension/wrap-around care at LFS T/Th/F).

LFS offers small class sizes with personalized attention, flexible scheduling, diverse, engaging curricula, and bus transportation to/from Charlemagne. Enrolling in LFS programs gives your child a chance to build their French, academic and social skills in preparation for kindergarten, 1st grade or grades beyond at Charlemagne. To learn more, visit or call 541-345-3818. An enrollment special is in effect for these last-minute enrollments (we’ll waive the $50 application fee), and some scholarships may be available as well!

Have some news to share?

Do you have news to share with the Charlemange community in our enews, Facebook page or website? Please email us with articles by Thursday at 5 be included in the following week’s news.

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