Dear Families,

Our October PTO Meeting was well-attended last Tuesday evening. If you weren’t able to join us, please check out the meeting minutes.

One interesting topic brought up was the plastic rewards children receive for chapeaux, etc. In keeping with our Green School status, it would be good to work on developing another method of rewarding our students. Please email Amy Chinitz with scenarios under which children receive rewards at school and also with any ideas of “greener” alternatives.

Next Monday is Halloween! Class parties and costume parade begin at 1:45pm. Continue the fun after school and join us for a costume parade at the Fox Hollow Residential Care for Seniors sponsored by Esprit de Corps. See below for more information.

Last week for Poinsettia & Holiday Wreath Sale!
Charlemagne is offering for sale beautiful holiday poinsettias and evergreen wreaths from Johnson Brothers’ Greenhouses in Coburg. Four varieties of poinsettias in three sizes are available. One size of wreath is available made of noble fir with incense cedar and juniper with berries. This is a great opportunity to raise money for our school. The poinsettias and wreaths are beautiful, and as many people buy these items over the holidays anyway, please take advantage of this sale.

Orders will be taken until this Thursday, October 27th. Deliveries will be made to the school on Friday, December 2nd. Flyers with all the information and order forms have been sent home. If you didn’t receive one, please check in the office. Order forms can be turned into the office until October 27th.

Poinsettias range from $6-$25, Wreaths are $25. They make a great holiday gift for yourself or others! Call Linda Fossum at (541) 505-7747 for more information.

Activities to look forward to this week are:

Monday, Oregon’s Achievement Gap forum, 7:00pm River Road Elementary, with new 4J Superintendent Sheldon Berman

Monday and Tuesday, Conference scheduling for families with siblings

Wednesday, Online conference scheduling open to all families

Thursday, Last day to turn in Poinsettia & Wreath orders

Friday, Green School assembly 1:15

Have a great week!

Your PTO Co-chairs,

Becky Smith and Larisa Lilles


Green School/Garden Club Update
Come join us for a Green School assembly, Friday, October 28th, 1:15-1:30pm. A representative from Oregon Green Schools and the City of Eugene will be presenting us with a certificate and a $500 check.

Woodworkers and artists are still needed for a few garden projects. The gates need repair and we need a sign!

Contact Tabatha ( or Erika ( for more info.

While Supplies Last! Get Your French Songs CD!
Pick up a French Songs CD in the front office ($0-10) to prepare for our after-school Costume Parade & Sing-Along

#10 Ma Citrouille

#11 C’est L’Halloween

#20 L’araignée Gypsy

#23 Tête, Epaules, Genoux et Pieds

#25 Si tu aimes le soleil

CDs are $0-10. The CD contains 29 French songs. Thank you Mr. Chappelle for providing the CDs. Now kids and parents can learn and practice songs before Halloween (Money will go toward non-florescent lights in Mr. Chappelle’s classroom).

A Community Outreach Event: Sharing our Charlemagne spirit with our neighborhood seniors
What: A Halloween Costume Parade for our neighborhood seniors. We’ll sing songs, deliver bright miniature pumpkins and, of course, show off our costumes. Pick up a CD in the front office to learn a couple songs before our parade.

Who’s Invited: All Charlemagne students & their families (siblings welcome!)

When: 3pm, Mon. Oct. 31st (right after school)

Where: Need a ride to the parade? Fun Club kids or anyone else can get a ride with the Esprit de Corps Committee. If you need a ride we can meet after school in the Charlemagne parking lot. Please contact Melissa Sikes 541-683-8384 to arrange your ride. If you already have transportation, meet in the parking lot of Fox Hollow Residential Care, 5320 Fox Hollow Road. It’s on your right as you drive south on Fox Hollow Road, right after Saratoga St. and before Donald St.

Why: To brighten someone’s day

Book Fair Volunteers Needed
The countdown has begun to launch our school to the Book Fair and Beyond! We need volunteers to transform our Fair into an out-of-this-world reading experience, but we need your help to accomplish this mission.

Join our volunteer team to:

• Organize and put things in place

• Bring a creative flair to signs and decorations

• Offer a helping hand, setting up or packing up

• Help shoppers of all ages find the perfect book

The Book Fair runs from November 3 to 10. There are daytime and evening shifts available. We have work to do before and after the fair as well. As a thank you to our volunteers, we are offering a $10 raffle for 10 of our volunteers. For every 2-hour shift you work, you will get a chance to win $10 to spend on Scholastic books at the Fair.

If you want to help or have questions about working the Fair, please contact Christine Sampley at Thank you!

Online Holiday Shopping pays big dividends for Escrip participants!
Did you know that you can earn money for Fox Hollow while doing your online shopping? Online vendors typically donate 2 – 10% of shopping purchases to Fox Hollow when eScrip participants go through the EScrip website for their online shopping. Since it can be hard to remember to go through eScrip’s website, they’ve developed a widget calledAutoEarn, that you can download to your PC or MAC (yep, you heard that right, it’s now available for MACs too!) Once installed, the widget notifies you when you’re shopping at an online vendor who gives money back to Fox Hollow. If you haven’t yet registered as an eScrip participant, go to and sign up. Once you’ve done that, you can download the AutoEarn widget here.

Remember your family must renew by November 1 in order to continue uninterrupted contributions. While you can renew after November 1—contributions will stop until renewed- and with all the potential holiday shopping and winter travel the school could be earning money while you are away!

Electronic Scrip Incorporated (ESI) has made a firm commitment to protect all customer information provided. ESI will not license, sell, exchange or distribute any personally identifying information about eScrip participants to any third parties not directly involved in the eScrip program.

Online Parent Volunteer Checklist sign-up still needs you!
We only have 15 parents who have signed up so far and would love 100% participation! We will be sending a hard copy of the checklist home this week with a reminder to use the online sign-up. If you haven’t already, please sign-up now. Nothing shows your kids how important school really is more than you helping out! To sign-up, click HERE.


11/7 Restaurant of the Month fundraiser at Mazzi’s

11/9 & 10 Parent Teacher Conferences

11/11 No School- Veterans Day

Community News:

The Rose Children’s Theater is putting on Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
The cast includes 2nd – 8th graders from the Eugene/Springfield area including several Charlemagne students past and present! Come support your fellow Charlemagne students and enjoy a great show.

Friday, October 28th @ 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 29th @ 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 29th @ 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 30th @ 2:00 p.m.

The location is the Wildish Theater, 630 Main Street, Springfield, OR. Tickets can be purchased through or call 541-431-0444.

Community Forums on Education

Oregon’s Achievement Gap October 24, 2011; 7-8 p.m.  River Road Elementary School, 120 W. Hilliard Lane, Eugene

Oregon has a student achievement gap that is among our nation’s largest and growing. What does that mean? What’s happening in schools that are closing the gap? What can we do?

Supporting Principals and Teachers November 14, 2011; 7-8 p.m.

Adams Elementary School, 950 W. 22nd Avenue (22nd and Jackson St.) Vibrant schools are full of supported and effective educators and strong leaders.

Community forums are co-sponsored by Stand for Children, Eugene School District 4J, and the Chalkboard Project.

 Stand for Children Scholarship Fundraiser
Beat the Odds Breakfast November 2, 2011; 7:30 a.m. Eugene Hilton, 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene

Scholarship awards and fundraising breakfast for Stand for Children. Come celebrate two outstanding local students who have won a $10,000 college scholarship each. Keynote speaker Krista Parent, South Lane School District Superintendent. Click Here to register.

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