PTO enews, Sept. 29

Principal’s Corner

Dear parents,

Fall weather is now here. Please be sure to dress your child accordingly for varied weather. This past week we saw sun and rain in the same day, and we will continue to have outside recess unless it is pouring.

We still need volunteers for recess. Call 541-790-3177 and speak to Kathy or Rose to sign up!

Car Pool Reminder: We still have parents exiting their cars in the car pool lane during drop off and pick up. If you need to exit your car for any reason, you must park down at the street or in the parking lot. Thank you for no longer parking in front of the mailboxes or the fire hydrant yellow zone – our neighbors have been appreciative.

I would like feedback on how the Curriculum night was structured, and the quality of information you received. Please email me your thoughts, concerns and ideas.

Eric Anderson
Charlemagne at Fox Hollow Elementary School

Thanks for attending Curriculum Night


Dear Families,

It was great to see everyone at Curriculum Night and hope you found it to be informational as we did and looking forward to an exciting school year at Charlemagne!

If you did not get a chance to sign up to volunteer for one of our many activities at school this year, there will be a Volunteer’s Board posted in the office that you can stop by and check out and see if there is an event or activity that you can sign up to help out with. We really appreciate everyone’s time no matter how big or small that you are able to give.

Below is information about the first event – our annual Book Fair – you can get involved in if you have the time.

Don’t forget that National Walk/Bike/Carpool/Bus to School Day is coming on October 8, 2014. Please contact Char Heitman at, or 541-514-5111 if you have any questions.

Starting this week is Meet the Masters Paul Cezanne. This is a wonderful program that was purchased by the PTO that will teach our students about French Artist Paul Cezanne and his background and then make their own still-files out of tissue paper.

Also below, check out a great after-school program for Art and Science through Tree Top Academics.

We hope everyone has a wonderful week!

Melissa Gomsrud and Gina Thompson
PTO Co-Chairs

Book Fair, Oct. 24-31

This year’s Book Fair is coming soon. The theme is Sir Readalot’s Castle-Enter the Kingdom of Books! Come help us transform the gym into a magical place.

Book Fair kicks off Fri. 10/24 with our Grand Lunch. Students can sign up in coming weeks & bring a grandparent, special friend or neighbor to have lunch with them & shop the fair.

On Sat. 10/25 we will have the special Saturday Sale with Clifford. Kids can have Clifford stamp his paw print on a book or paper while parents enjoy refreshments from 10am-1pm.

We will have a great selection of both English and French books. All of the money we earn goes towards putting new books in our library.

*If you are interested in helping plan the fair and possibly helping Natalie take over next year (when Macy is off to RMS) please contact JoAnn Hoffman. It is really fun to see the kids get so excited over all the new books!

The fair will be open after school, during the weekend and during parent-teacher conferences.

Open After School:

  • Friday, Oct. 24th from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. — Grand Lunch
  • Monday, Oct. 27th from 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 28th from 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 29th from 2-4 p.m.

Open During the Weekend:

  • Saturday, Oct. 25th from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.Saturday Sale w/ Clifford!

Open During Conferences:

  • Thursday, Oct. 30th from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 31st from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

It takes 71 volunteers spots to make Book Fair the fun & successful event it is. Please sign up for as many as you are able on the office board, by emailing me, or preferably on the easy link below. Thanks so much.

Sign up to volunteer for Book Fair:

JoAnn Hoffman & Natalie Reeves

Ever wonder what Sile Council is about?

Site council is one of three stake holder groups that govern Charlemagne’s operation.

The Charlemagne Site Council is the stake holder group that governs many aspects of what drives decision-making as it impacts fundraising, staffing, and instruction. Meetings are held monthly and are open to all members of the Charlemagne community.

Parent representatives:

Shannon Tom

Bob Chandler

Lisa Ghandour

After School Clubs – Art and Science

Treetop Academics after-school program is offering Art starting Friday Oct. 3 and Science starting Monday Oct. 6.

Science: Astronomy!
Mondays 2:45-4pm
October 6 – December 15

This is our second year providing an after-school Science program to Charlemagne students. This coming term, we will offer a 10-week program studying the world of Astronomy and Astrophysics!

In class students will learn about the Solar System, Galaxies, Universes, the History of the Telescope, the difference between Asteroids, Comets, and Meteors, NASA rocket missions/ISS, plus explore the world of Gravity, Optics, Space-Time, Black holes, White holes, Dark Matter and Dark Energy. We will learn about Stars and constellations, our Cosmic Address and how all of these events fit within the Cosmic Calendar.

Our Science classes are project-based, hands on, and student-centered with opportunities for students to explore, theorize, and apply the principles using the scientific method.

We believe in offering science classes for elementary students that are academically challenging, entirely thought provoking, unique, and fun!

Fridays 1:30-2:45pm
October 3 – December 19

This is the first year Treetop Academics has offered an Art class at Charlemagne after years of having Art at Edison Elementary. We have an excellent, well-rounded year planned for Charlemagne 1st-5th grade students. This is not going to be your typical Art class.

In the Treetop Academics Art class, students will create their own art projects, study the artwork of others, and be encouraged to share their ideas about Art. Weekly Art projects involve a wide array of mediums and subject matter. Projects will be both ‘outside the box,’ and ‘conventional’ in their approach and result, with a focus primarily on creativity more than ability.

Students will learn about Art and artists from other time-periods/cultures, including modern and contemporary, with some weekly lessons drawn from their work. No experience is necessary as this is a class to develop a love for art and expand the student experience while having fun, creating Art and exploration!

More information about these programs can be found at the Treetop Academics website. You can register online, download the complete flier, and further review their organization and
opportunities. These classes start soon!

For more information about all the after school classes and clubs at Charlemagne, check out the schedule and details on our website!

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PTO enews, Sept. 22, 2014

Curriculum Night Tuesday, Safety Week


Dear Families,
It is hard to believe that Curriculum Night is this Tuesday!  Please join us as we hear from our amazing staff!  If you would like childcare during Curriculum Night please RSVP to the main office.  The updated times are:
6:00 – 6:45 
Parent’s of Grades K – 2 in the Classrooms
6:45 – 7:15 
All Parents in Gym for PTO news and Staff Introductions
7:15 – 8:00 
Parent’s of Grades 3 -5 in the Classrooms
Interested in volunteering?  We will have many opportunities available for you to sign up for at Curriculum Night!
****Plus one opportunity that you can get a head start on signing up for is that we need parents to volunteer for our morning recess from 9:40 – 10:20 and lunch recess from 11:20 – 12:00. If you would like to help, please contact Rose in the front office – (541) 790-3177.
Our first PTO meeting will be 6:30pm to 8pm Thursday, October 16th in the Charlemagne Library.  Childcare will be provided.  Mark Your calendars! We would love to see you there!
This week is Safety Week at school.  Please see all the details in the attachment below.
Have you connected with Charlemagne PTO on Facebook? It’s another great way to stay updated. Like us!
PTO eNews is a great way to stay connected!  If you have a submission, please send it to by Friday at 5pm to be included in the following Monday’s eNews.
See you at Curriculum Night!
Gina Thompson and Melissa Gomsrud 
PTO Co-Chairs

September 22 – September 26

In our continuing effort to maintain a secure and safe school environment we will be practicing a series of emergency drills throughout the week.  Practicing these drills raises our level of preparation and helps insure student safety at school.
Monday: An explanation of safety week will be provided by teachers in class.
TuesdayEarthquake/Directed Evacuation Drill – 2:00 PM
The earthquake drill is designed to keep students safe in the building until the earthquake stops. At that time the alarm will sound and students proceed with a Directed Evacuation.
WednesdaySecure Room Drill – 2:00 PM
Lock down protects staff and student from a threat inside or outside the building when it may be more dangerous to leave the building than to stay in a secured room.  Teachers are notified to lock their classroom doors and close window blinds.  All students are accounted for and everyone stays secure until notified otherwise.
Thursday: Room Clear Drill – All Day
Room clear, issued by the teacher, is used to send students away from a potential threat in the classroom.  The teacher directs students to leave the classroom and go immediately to a prearranged area (another classroom).  The teacher of the room they clear to should notify the office of the Room Clear. This procedure would be used if a classroom incident threatened the emotional or physical safety of students, e.g. someone becomes very ill or unconscious; an intruder enters the room; a serious conflict erupts between students.
Friday: Allergy Drill – ALL DAY
The food allergy drill is designed to practice attending to a student in need and keep students safe in the classroom during an allergy emergency.  E.g. Bee sting, food allergy

After School Club Schedule

clubsFor more information check out the schedule and details on our website!!!


  • Astronomy
  • U of O Tag Math – Ariel’s Room
  • Fiber Art And Needlework – Robin’s Room
  • Garden Club (outside mainly)- Robin’s Room
  • U of O Tag Writing- Michele’s Room
  • Coyote Club- Meet Outside
  • Yoga – Shelli’s Room
  • Violin- Adrienne’s Room


Information About Measure 20-222: 4J Local Option Levy Renewal
Measure 20-222 on the November 4 election ballot asks voters in our school district whether to renew local funding for schools at the same property tax rate. The 4J local option levy funds school operations, such as teachers, programs and school days. It provides about $8 million per year, paying for the equivalent of about 16 school days or 80 teaching positions. It is not a new tax or a tax increase, but a five-year renewal of the local option levy that has been providing additional local funding for 4J schools since 2000. To vote on the local option levy, 4J residents must be registered to vote by October 14. To learn more, go to

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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.

cezanne 2

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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