PTO enews, Sept. 16, 2014

Principal’s Corner!


Thank you for a wonderful first full week of school!  As we are transitioning back into school mode, please remember the guidelines for parking, carpooling and safe travel in the neighborhood. I have unfortunately received numerous complaints and plead with you to reflect on your driving practice.  Please consider the following:
  • The parents, and principal, of Edgewood Elementary School request that you drive slowly in the neighborhood, especially those of you who cross from Fox Hollow Road.  A different option is to utilize Amazon street to decrease the amount of driving through the neighborhood. We would rather have you late than get in an accident.
  • The neighborhood association, and USPS, is requesting that you do not park in front of the mailboxes. Also, people are still parking in front of the fire hydrant, and this is a safety concern for both the residents, and the school.  In addition, people are parking in the hydrant’s yellow zone all the way to the exit of the parking lot, creating issues for people trying to turn out of the lot.  We understand that parking is limited near the school, but safety is of utmost concern, over the convenience for parking in these areas.
  • Fellow Charlemagne parents, and staff, request that you never leave your car unattended in the carpool lane.  This creates a massive log jam with pick up and drop off.
Thank you for your help and commitment to demonstrate that we are a responsive and respectful community.
Eric Anderson
Charlemagne at Fox Hollow Elementary School

Please Note the Curriculum Night Date Change!

Dear Families:
We are excited to see all of you at Curriculum Night next Tuesday September 23, 2014! This is a chance to hear from our amazing teachers! Also, many parent coordinators who dedicate so much time, talent, and energy to making our school such a fantastic community will be in the gym sharing information and signing up volunteers. Free childcare will be available in the cafeteria for families who need it.  It is however preferred that younger siblings be potty trained.
Curriculum Night Schedule:
  1. 6:00-7:00 (K-2 classroom visits)
  2. 7:00-7:30 (all school meeting in gym)
  3. 7:30-8:30 (grades 3-5 classroom visits
We are still looking to fill several important PTO positions, including 


Esprit de Corps Chair and Volunteer Coordinator. If you are interested in learning more about any of these opportunities please contact us at We also invite you to join our first PTO meeting on Thursday, October 16th.  Child care will be available during the meeting.

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Meet the Masters will be starting September 29, 2014 and students will be learning about French artist Paul Cezanne. This wonderful program was purchased by the PTO and the lessons are facilitated by parent volunteers. Students will learn about Cezanne and make their own still-files out of tissue paper. We are still looking for a parent volunteer for the 5th grade.  Please contact Camilla Johnston at if you are interested in this opportunity.
Did you know there are several after school programs and activities offered at Charlemagne, including Fiber Arts, Garden Club, and Coyote Kids? Please see below for information about these enriching opportunities, some of which start this week.
Also be sure and check out the information below about new business, Academic Achievement Center, which is offering Tutoring and Homework help.
Have a great week!
Melissa Gomsrud and Gina Thompson
PTO Co-Chairs



What: Learn fiber arts and needle craft through a variety of handmade projects. In the fall, we’ll felt pincushions and make creatures from felt and fleece. Students will make their own stuffed creature and other projects as ability, desire and imagination allow.
During other terms will explore spinning, felting, knitting and crochet.
When: Tuesdays, 2:45-3:45 p.m. in Mme Kim’s classroom (2nd grade, back room) Fall session dates: Sept. 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 18, 25, Dec. 2, 9, 16. (12 weeks)
Cost: $100, includes materials
Open to students in grades 1-5. Enrollment limited to 8 students
About the instructor, Joanna Bartlett: I have two children at Charlemagne – Berry (2nd grade) and Duncan (4th grade). Throughout my school experiences in England and Barbados, we created art through sewing, weaving and other fiber arts, all of which I loved. I continue to enjoy making things with my hands and want to share these skills with others.
Contact info: Phone – 541-525-5144 Email –



Hi! I’m Tom and I will be the instructor for the fall sessions of Garden Club. I’m happy to be joining the School Garden Project and looking forward to meeting you out in the garden.
I have sent out an invite email to previous students and those on our wait list. If you would like more information or have question please feel free to contact me.
Garden Club Details:
Charlemagne Garden Club:
Wednesdays 2:45 – 3:50pm
September 17th – November 19th
$50 for a 10 week session.

After School Club Schedule

clubsMore information will be sent out about the clubs, but mark your calendars if you kids are interested.


  • Tree Top Science- Sara’s Room
  • Tree Top Art -Kim’s Room
  • U of O Tag Math – Ariel’s Room
  • Fiber Art – Robin’s Room
  • Garden Club (outside mainly)- Robin’s Room
  • U of O Tag Writing- Michele’s Room
  • Art-  Erika’s Room
  • Girl Scouts (4th Wed only) -Elise’s Room
  • Young Rembrandts- Jana’s Room
  • Coyote Club- Meet Outside
  • Yoga – Shelli’s Room
  • Violin- Adrienne’s Room



Be part of Stand for Children:
Continue our history of winning school funding and better education for over 12 years!
9:30- 11am
First Congregational Church, 1050 E. 23rd, Eugene
Special Guests State Majority Leader Val Hoyle;  Oregon Stand Executive Director Toya Fick
Hundreds of Eugene parents have been a part of our local movement.    Our priorities:
  1. Renew 4J local option levy funding to maintain class sizes and  a full school year
  2. Equal achievement for all students, including our low-income and English learners
Come learn what we can do for our schools and our kids TOGETHER
Free child care with RSVP before Sept 17
RSVP/ questions    541-912-2921

Academic Achievement Center (AAC): Tutoring and Homework Help


The Academic Achievement Center (AAC) is a new, locally owned business started by thee  teachers that have taught in the Eugene, Springfield, and Cottage Grove area for over a combined 25 years. The  AAC wants to work in connection with the schools in the area as well as each school’s PTO to provide necessary services to students that need them.  We at the AAC are very happy to provide a substantial scholarship program for applicants as well.
Service offered at the AAC include:
  1. Tutoring
  2. Homework Help
  3. SAT & ACT Test Preparation Courses
  4. TAG & Enrichment
  5. No School Day – Camps and Classes
  6. Scholarships
  7. Home School Assessment and Classes
  8. On Site Group Homework Help After School
  9. Summer Camps & Classes
Thank you for your time in reading this letter and reviewing our services. We at the AAC know that we can be a strong partner with all of the Schools in the Eugene and Springfield area. If you would like further information or would like a presentation at a PTO or staff meeting, we would be happy to present our services in person.
Owners: Michael Floretta, Clint Larson, and Mike Angelastro
Academic Achievement Center
435 Lincoln St
Eugene, OR 97401

Opportunities 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 years old as of this month) for this year, and there are also a couple of openings in part-time kindergarten for students enrolled at Charlemagne on Tuesdays and Thursdays (interested in kindergarten extension/wrap-around care at LFS M/W/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!
The Little French School is also seeking a French-speaking assistant teacher to join our team in the afternoons! If you speak French and have experience working with young children, please visit to learn more.

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End of the school year

Dear Parents,

Here we are.. the close of 2013-14

 Our dearly departing…

We’ll miss you M. Devin, Mme Diedrich, Mme Christelle, Mme Morley

Last Day

Students will be having field day for the last day, we will release all students at 11:30. (Change from original time)

ALL kindergarten students will attend from 8:30-11:30

Lost and Found

Items will be donated to First Place at the end of the day tomorrow 6/17. Please make sure to check it when you pick up students at 11:30.

Summer Hours

Hours 8:00-4:00.

Madame Heather and Madame Morley will be here until June 27 when we lock the doors for summer. If you need to see us for any business, please call in case we are out for meetings etc. 541-790-3177 or email Madame Heather

Back to school! 2014-2015

Back to school mailers including class lists, new staff announcements will come in late August, when I return to the building. First day of school is Sept. 3

Happy Summer!

Thank you for another wonderful school year!!

Madame Heather



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New Charlemagne Principal: Eric Anderson

Charlemagne has a new principal! Eric Anderson will be the new principal beginning in July, for the 2014/15 school year.

Eric has been a committed educator and administrator for the past 16 years serving 7 years as Assistant Principal at South Eugene High School and 3 years as the principal at Roosevelt Middle School. He has worked over the years to support the French Immersion program and is excited to continue this work at Charlemagne. Most recently Eric has been the principal at North Eugene High School. He has a strong passion for serving students and works hard to improve both instruction as well as school structures to provide all students with the opportunity to reach their potential.

Eric is excited about this new assignment and working with the Charlemagne community to continue their excellent work for students and families.

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