PTO enews, Jan. 26, 2015 – McMenamins’ fundraiser Tuesday

From the Principal

Dear Charlemagne families,

principals cornerThank you for the tremendous amount of support regarding the move to the Parker facility. I was overwhelmed with the amount of offers to help our staff move, work on the garden, personalize the interior building with artwork and facilitate play opportunities at the new facility for the students. Your enthusiasm as parents is very important to help our students adjust to the move. Thank you again for your support.

Teachers wanted me to report a big THANK YOU for the minimal amount of tardies this past week. They felt like there was a tangible instructional gain from the difference. Please remember you can now drop off at 8:00 am and have your students supervised in the gymnasium.  We do not have supervision in the breezeway (and it is much warmer in the gym.)

Attached is a document regarding pre-arranged absences. To help with communication between families and the office starting second term, please use this form. We request that you fill this out at least five days in advance to be sure our teachers have time to work out homework specifics, and so we can accurately enter information into our computer system.  This will hopefully eliminate the unnecessary system generated email and phone call absence notifications.

Thank you for a supportive and successful first half of the school year.

Eric Anderson

Principal

Charlemagne at Fox Hollow Elementary School


McMenamins Fundraiser Tuesday

Dear Families,

This Tuesday is a FABULOUS ALL SCHOOL FUNDRAISER at  McMenamins East 19th Café! This will be a fun evening of connecting with friends and supporting our school. A big Charlemagne bravo to Bob Chandler for setting up this opportunity for our community! We look forward to visiting with you all there! Click here for the flyer.

Please see the District information on Smarter Balanced Testing below.

Also, keep on reading! – Oregon Battle of Books is Feb. 18-20Jennifer Frei is looking for a couple of volunteers to help with the battles. If you are able to help, please contact her at jrfrei@pacbell.net.

Hope everyone has a fabulous week.

Gina Thompson & Melissa Gomsrud 

PTO Co-Chairs


Upcoming Events

Jan. 27 – Fundraiser at McMenamins East 19th Café

Jan. 26-29 – School Choice Tours

Jan. 29 – Math Madness Kickoff

Jan. 30 – No School – Grading Day

Feb. 16 – No School – President’s Day

Feb. 18-20 – OBOB Battles

Feb. 27 – Mardi Gras


Parent Information Nights: Smarter Balanced Assessments

Things are changing in your student’s classroom, in homework, and in assessments of his or her learning.

smarter-balanced-logoOregon 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


Little French School Open Enrollment is Here

Open Enrollment at The Little French School for 2015-2016 begins Feb. 2.little french school logo

The Little French School is a non-profit program operating in Eugene for almost 30 years. LFS accepts toilet-trained children between the ages of 3 and 6 (by September) for early childhood French immersion programs. We offer small class sizes with experienced teachers, flexible scheduling, and diverse engaging curricula for your little ones. We also provide shuttle transportation and an after-school program, offering care (and homework help!) as late as 5:30 for early childhood and elementary-aged students.

Getting started with French, pre-academic and social skills at an early age in a supportive environment can really give your child a leg up as they continue to grow, learn and prepare for Charlemagne! Call 541-345-3818 or visit www.littlefrenchschool.org today, to learn more about programs or set up a tour.


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PTO enews, Jan. 19, 2015 – PTO meeting minutes, Register Guard article, OBOB

PTO minutes, Register Guard article

Dear Families,

We had a great turn out at the PTO meeting last Thursday (click here for the minutes) where Eric gave us an update on his tour of Parker and Fox Hollow that he had  with 4  board members and a couple of parents. The board is very supportive in working with us for the best solution for our students.

In case you missed it, there was an article in Friday’s Register Guard about our potential move. If anyone has any concerns about this article please feel free to contact Eric, PTO chairs Melissa and Gina, or Site Council Reps. We all want to do what is in the best interest for Charlemagne’s future and we are excited to be able to offer full time kindergarten next year. If you are interested, you can read our full email exchanges with the reporter from the Register Guard.

The Young Rembrandts drawing classes are starting Thursday. Jan. 22. If your student(s) are interested, please see information below.

Oregon Battle of Books is Feb. 18-20, so have your children keep on reading those books. Jennifer Frei is looking for a couple of volunteers to help with the battles. If you are able to help, please contact her at jrfrei@pacbell.net.

Hope everyone has a fabulous week.
Gina Thompson & Melissa Gomsrud
PTO Co-Chairs


Upcoming Events

Jan. 22 – Young Rembrandts Classes Starting
Jan. 27 – Fundraiser at McMenamins East 19th Café
Jan. 26-29 – School Choice Tours
Jan. 29 – Math Madness Kickoff
Jan. 30 – No School – Grading Day
Feb. 16 – No School – President’s Day
Feb. 18-20 – OBOB Battles
Feb. 27 – Mardi Gras


Young Rembrandts Thursday Drawing Classes

Students will advance techniques when using color pencil, marker and Sharpie. A Lego-inspired mini-fig face drawing and a composition featuring a detailed bluebird will provide plenty of fun, artistic challenges. Young Rembrandts students will emulate master artist Pablo Picasso and spend plenty of time being silly with a funny cartoon character drawing. Make this a memorable winter for learning and fun.

Thursdays, 2:45-3:45 pm from Jan. 22 to Feb. 12
Cost: $36
Enroll online


Eugene 4J Accepting School Choice Requests

School Showcase, other events offered for families to explore school choice options

It’s school choice time in Eugene School District 4J.
Every school in the Eugene School District offers an excellent education. Parents may choose their child’s school, provided there is space available. Families can enroll in their neighborhood school at any time. For those interested in enrolling in a different 4J school for 2015–16, now is the time to learn more and submit a school choice request. Requests are accepted in an order determined by lottery.

The district’s online school choice lottery system allows families to apply online, log in to check or revise applications after they have been submitted, and find results after the lottery has been conducted. Before this new online lottery system was put in place last year, families had to wait to be contacted by their requested schools to find out whether there was a space for their child.

To learn more about the school choice process and what 4J schools offer, families are invited to come to the Elementary School Showcase, attend a school choice information meeting, and/or visit the schools they’re interested in

WHAT:            Elementary School Showcase — A one-stop school choice                                          information fair for the elementary level
WHEN:            Saturday, Jan. 24, 9:00 a.m.–12 p.m.
WHERE:          4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St., Eugene
INFO:              Attend an information presentation about the school choice                                               process (multiple sessions offered)
Talk with representatives from every 4J elementary school
Sign up for school visits
Spanish interpretation will be provided

WHAT:              Charlemagne School Visitation/Presentation Opportunities
WHEN:             January 28th at 6:30 pm
January 29th at 9:00 am
February 26th at 9:00 am
February 26th at 6:30 pm
WHERE:            Charlemagne @ Fox Hollow – 5055 Mahalo Drive

WHAT:               School Choice Information Meetings — Learn about the school                              choice process
WHEN:               • Thursday, Jan. 22, 7–8 p.m.
• Saturday, Jan. 24 – multiple sessions 9 a.m.–12 p.m., during the School Showcase
• Monday, Feb. 23, 7–8 p.m.
WHERE:           4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St., Eugene
INFO:                Spanish interpretation will be provided

WHAT:            Application period for in-district residents (“school choice”)
WHEN:            Mon., Jan. 5–Fri., Feb. 27, 5:00 p.m.

WHAT:            Application period for out-of-district residents (“open enrollment”)
WHEN:            Mon., Mar. 2–Wed., Apr. 1, 5:00 p.m.

LEARN MORE & APPLY ONLINE: www.4j.lane.edu/choice
Eric Anderson
Principal
Charlemagne at Fox Hollow Elementary School


Time to Get Ready For Oregon Battle of the Books

Charlemagne Parents and Families,

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It’s OBOB time! The season of the Oregon Battle of the Books is upon us. I’m excited that so many 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students have joined OBOB teams. It’s time to be reading! Please encourage and support your student(s) to read and enjoy the books and actively discuss the stories with their team. It’s so fun to hear groups of students enthusiastically discussing the characters and storylines from their books!

The OBOB section of the Charlemagne school website has been updated (click on “Resources” and then on “OBOB”). The annotated book list for this year, and documents and study aids for teams/students to use are available, as well as links to sample questions, and OBOB rules and guidelines.

Charlemagne OBOB Battles will be held Wednesday, 2/18 – Friday, 2/20. Once I have developed a specific battle schedule, it will be published on the school website.

One Charlemagne team will be eligible to participate in Regional OBOB battles on Saturday, March 14 at Thurston High School. The OBOB State Tournament will be Saturday, April 11 at Chemeketa Community College in Salem.

If you are interested in volunteering to support OBOB, please let me know. There is need now for parents to support teams as they read, process, and discuss the books. Also, moderators, timekeepers, scorekeepers, and team escorts will be needed during the battles.

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

Sincerely,

Jennifer Frei
jrfrei@pacbell.net
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PTO enews, Jan. 12, 2015 – PTO meeting, School Choice, Facilities update, OBOB

From the Principal

Dear Charlemagne families,

Members of the Eugene 4J school board will be touring the Fox Hollow and Parker sites this week to view the facilities first hand. A decision will be made at the next board meeting, Jan. 21, regarding our location for next year.principals corner

I will be sharing my thoughts about the tours as well as the potential options this Thursday at the PTO meeting. In addition, I will cover the state and district attendance guidelines. Irregular attendance, this includes chronic tardiness, has not been reported for truancy to the district in recent years at Charlemagne. We are moving toward compliance with implementation beginning this month. Details will be sent out after the meeting to all parents.

Enjoy a wonderful week and I hope to see you at the PTO meeting this Thursday.
Eric Anderson
Principal
Charlemagne at Fox Hollow Elementary School


PTO Meeting Thursday

Dear Families,
pto-meetingOur first PTO Meeting of 2015 is this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the library!  Eric will share the latest facilities update. And we can all start thinking more about Mardi Gras, OBOB, School Choose Tours, and Spring Auction. Here is the agenda.

Speaking of OBOB, please read Jennifer Frei’s letter below for more great information about supporting our students while they read, read, read!

We hope everyone has a fabulous week and look forward to seeing many of you Thursday!

Gina Thompson & Melissa Gomsrud
PTO Co-Chairs


Upcoming Events

Jan. 14 – Site Council Meeting 3:15 p.m.

Jan. 15 – PTO Meeting – Library at 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 19 – No School – MLK Day

Jan. 27 – Fundraiser at  McMenamins East 19th Café

Jan. 26–29 – School Choice Tours

Jan. 30 – No School – Grading Day


Eugene 4J Accepting School Choice Requests

School Showcase, other events offered for families to explore school choice options

It’s school choice time in Eugene School District 4J.

Every school in the Eugene School District offers an excellent education. Parents may choose their child’s school, provided there is space available. Families can enroll in their neighborhood school at any time. For those interested in enrolling in a different 4J school for 2015–16, now is the time to learn more and submit a school choice request. Requests are accepted in an order determined by lottery.

The district’s online school choice lottery system allows families to apply online, log in to check or revise applications after they have been submitted, and find results after the lottery has been conducted. Before this new online lottery system was put in place last year, families had to wait to be contacted by their requested schools to find out whether there was a space for their child.

To learn more about the school choice process and what 4J schools offer, families are invited to come to the Elementary School Showcase, attend a school choice information meeting, and/or visit the schools they’re interested in

WHAT:            Elementary School Showcase — A one-stop school choice                                          information fair for the elementary level

WHEN:            Saturday, Jan. 24, 9:00 a.m.–12 p.m.

WHERE:          4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St., Eugene

INFO:              Attend an information presentation about the school choice                                               process (multiple sessions offered)

Talk with representatives from every 4J elementary school

Sign up for school visits

Spanish interpretation will be provided

 

WHAT:              Charlemagne School Visitation/Presentation Opportunities

WHEN:             January 28th at 6:30 pm

January 29th at 9:00 am

February 26th at 9:00 am

February 26th at 6:30 pm

WHERE:            Charlemagne @ Fox Hollow – 5055 Mahalo Drive

 

WHAT:               School Choice Information Meetings — Learn about the school                              choice process

WHEN:               • Thursday, Jan. 22, 7–8 p.m.
• Saturday, Jan. 24 – multiple sessions 9 a.m.–12 p.m., during the School Showcase
• Monday, Feb. 23, 7–8 p.m.

WHERE:           4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St., Eugene

INFO:                Spanish interpretation will be provided

 

WHAT:            Application period for in-district residents (“school choice”)

WHEN:            Mon., Jan. 5–Fri., Feb. 27, 5:00 p.m.

 

WHAT:            Application period for out-of-district residents (“open enrollment”)

WHEN:            Mon., Mar. 2–Wed., Apr. 1, 5:00 p.m.

 

LEARN MORE & APPLY ONLINE: www.4j.lane.edu/choice

Eric Anderson
Principal
Charlemagne at Fox Hollow Elementary School


 

Time to Get Ready For Oregon Battle of the Books

Charlemagne Parents and Families,

OBOB_graphic_Hav_no_background_It’s OBOB time! The season of the Oregon Battle of the Books is upon us. I’m excited that so many 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students have joined OBOB teams. It’s time to be reading! Please encourage and support your student(s) to read and enjoy the books and actively discuss the stories with their team. It’s so fun to hear groups of students enthusiastically discussing the characters and storylines from their books!

The OBOB section of the Charlemagne school website has been updated (click on “Resources” and then on “OBOB”). The annotated book list for this year, and documents and study aids for teams/students to use are available, as well as links to sample questions, and OBOB rules and guidelines.

Charlemagne OBOB Battles will be held Wednesday, 2/18 – Friday, 2/20. Once I have developed a specific battle schedule, it will be published on the school website.

One Charlemagne team will be eligible to participate in Regional OBOB battles on Saturday, March 14 at Thurston High School. The OBOB State Tournament will be Saturday, April 11 at Chemeketa Community College in Salem.

If you are interested in volunteering to support OBOB, please let me know. There is need now for parents to support teams as they read, process, and discuss the books. Also, moderators, timekeepers, scorekeepers, and team escorts will be needed during the battles.

Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions.
Jennifer Freijrfrei@pacbell.net


Germ Season Health Tips

Hello Families!

octopus nurseHere’s hoping you all had a restful winter break. It’s “Germ Season,” so here are a few tips for helping keep our school healthy…

GOT YOUR SHOT?

It is not too late to get a flu shot. Flu season can run well into April. And while this year’s vaccines are not a perfect match, there’s evidence that the flu shot may protect you from serious symptoms and help you get better, faster if the flu hits you.

HATE SHOTS?

Good news! Most providers offer the flu vaccine in a nasal mist form to healthy kids ages 2-8. Call your provider to ask if your child can have the nasal vaccine.

CHICKEN POX…or worse?

We have students and staff who are especially vulnerable to communicable disease, and many others who are not fully immunized. PLEASE NOTIFY THE OFFICE if your child is diagnosed with CHICKEN POX, WHOOPING COUGH, STREP THROAT, the FLU or any other major illness. This helps us with our prevention efforts at school.

COMING BACK AFTER ILLNESS

Before returning to school, your child should be free of fever, vomiting, and diarrhea for at least 24 hours – without the aid of medication. For other illnesses, please consider your child’s level of comfort, and his/her ability to participate fully and to contain his/her germs. When in doubt, follow the advice of your health care provider to help protect our school community.

BREATHING EASY…

The air quality in Eugene is …acck… not great. If your child has a respiratory condition or sensitivity, please notify school staff of any special precautions for field trips, outdoor activities, etc. If your child needs an inhaler or other medication, please be sure to check in with office staff and sign a medication form.

Stay Healthy!

Helena

541-790-5746


Saturday Classes with UO Youth Enrichment TAG

uoyetagSaturday Enrichment courses provide classes in technology, science, math, languages and arts, offering students the opportunity to go in-depth over 4-8 weeks.

All the classes below are held at the UO College of Education HEDCO Building in the Learning Commons, 17th and Alder. For more information and to register, visit http://uoyetag.uoregon.edu/

Hands-On Science

Grades: K-1
Dates: Jan. 31 – Feb. 28 (no class on Feb. 14)
Time: 9:30 – 10:50
Instructor: Aimee Valencia
Cost: $86.00 (includes materials)

This is a class for kids who love to ask questions about the world around them. Be prepared for hands-on experimenting to discover scientific truths by asking why and what if.

Stop Motion Video Animation

Grades: K-2
Dates: Jan. 31 – Feb. 28 (no class on Feb. 14)
Time: 9:30 – 10:50
Instructor: Mary Hochberg
Cost: $88.00 (includes materials)

Bring your ideas, imagination and favorite actors (Potato Head, Lego people, action figures, treasured stuffed animals and others) to life!

Around the World in 4 Saturdays

Grades: 2-4
Dates: Jan. 31 – Feb. 28 (no class on Feb. 14)
Time: 9:30 – 10:50
Instructor: Mindy Brady
Cost: $78.00 (includes materials)

Come meet international students from all over the world! How do they learn math in other countries? We will hear fascinating stories from our guest students, investigate different number systems, play math games, solve puzzles and more in four jam-packed Saturdays.

Storytelling with Technology

Grades: 3-5
Dates: Jan. 31 – Feb. 28 (no class on Feb. 14)
Time: 9:30 – 10:50

Session B: 11:00 – 12:20
Instructor: Celine Keane and Cory Massei
Cost: $85.00 (includes materials)

Do you have a story in your mind that you are itching to bring to life? Do you like to write, draw, film and edit? Come join us as we learn how to animate your stories using stop motion, voice overs and iPads into a mini-movie.

Build and Design with K’nex

Grades: K-2
Dates: Jan. 31 – Feb. 28 (no class on Feb. 14)
Time: 11:00 – 12:20
Instructor: Celine Keane and Cory Massei
Cost: $78.00  (includes materials)

Calling all engineers and designers! Have fun exploring the different ways K’nex can be used to create designs, structures, shapes and objects. Experiment with force, weight and motion.

Hands-On Science
Grades: 2-4
Dates: Jan. 31 – Feb. 28 (no class on Feb. 14)

Time: 11:00 – 12:20
Instructor: Aimee Valencia
Cost: $86.00 (includes materials)

This class is all about hands-on science experiments with lessons that center on inquiry-based learning and the scientific method. Chemists and optical scientists, prepare to get messy!

Computer Programming Using Scratch
Grades: 3-5
Dates: Jan. 31 – Feb. 28 (no class on Feb. 14)
Time: 11:00 – 12:20
Instructor: Mary Hochberg
Cost: $88.00 (includes materials)

Learn to code! Have you ever wanted to make your own video game or create a cartoon or animated story? This is your chance! You will program with Scratch and create a game or story about a topic of your choice.

Star Wars: Myth, Science and Jedi Training

Grades: 3-5
Dates: Jan. 31 – Feb. 28 (no class on Feb. 14)
Time: 11:00 – 12:20
Instructor: Mindy Brady
Cost: $88.00 (includes materials)

Are you Jedi material? Do other worlds intrigue you? Bring your love of Star Wars to explore the Hero’s Journey, Star Ship design, midi-chlorians, space planets, ecosystems and the material and physical training of a Jedi.

Advanced Concepts in Mathematics through Combinatorics

Grades: 6-8
Dates: Jan. 31 – Feb. 28 (no class on Feb. 14)
Time: 11:00 – 12:20

Session C: 1:00 – 2:20

Instructor: Steve Nastasiuk
Cost: $78.00 (includes materials)

Do you think you have what it takes to solve one of the most famous “Graph Theory” (a branch of Combinatorics) problems of all time–the Seven Bridges of Königsberg? Investigate solutions to Combinatorial problems using pentominoes and hexiamonds and even K’nex.

Lego Mindstorm Robotics 

Grades: 4-8 (Grade 3 with instructor approval)
Dates: January 17, 24, 31 – Feb. 7, 21, 28 – March 7, 14 (8 Saturdays – no class on Feb. 14)
Time: 1:00PM – 4:00PM
Instructor:  Steve Nastasiuk
Cost: $288.00

Welcome new students and greetings returning Robot Makers! Join this club as a beginning enthusiast robot maker or return as an experienced robot developer seeking to master additional challenges.

Contraption Maker

Grades: 3-5
Dates: Jan. 31 – Feb. 28 (no class on Feb. 14)
Time: 1:00 – 2:20
Instructor: Mary Hochberg
Cost: $88.00 (includes materials)

What sort of strange machine or apparatus will you build? Using Contraption Maker software, you and your other Inventor/Physicist classmates will study cause and effect, explore gravity, solve challenges, create incredible machines and share your digital results.


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