Dear Families,

Merci to all the families who dined at Mazzi’s last Monday, November 7th for our Restaurant-of-the-month fundraiser.  Tom said it was “Crazy, busy, and really fun!”  And thanks to Mazzi’s for supporting our school!
Great appreciation to Christine Sampley and Rebecca Stafford, our Book Fair Coordinators-extraordinaire and all the volunteers who helped set-up, staff and take-down the book fair.  Many books were sold which in turn raises money to purchase new books for our Charlemagne library.  If you missed out on the book fair in the gym last week, you can still participate in our virtual book fair!
You can order books from our online fair  through November 21st. Your order is shipped free to the school after that day. You can find a wider variety of titles online as well as ones that were sold out at our fair.  Access the online fair at http://www.scholastic.com/schoolbookfairs/2911495.
Please consider giving to our annual Thanksgiving Donation Drive to help  Charlemagne families in need of holiday food assistance.  See below.
Activities to look forward to this week are:
    Monday-  Community Forum on Education, 7 p.m., Adams Elem.
    Tuesday-  School-wide Hult Center symphony field trip in a.m.
                   Open Library 2:45-3:30 p.m. for parents and students
                   PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Library, childcare provided
Wednesday- MW Kindergarten class Hult Center field trip
     All week-  Turkey Donation Drive and Candy Drive for Troops continue.
Have a great week and we hope to see you at the Education Forum tonight and the PTO meeting on Tuesday!

Your PTO Co-chairs,
Becky Smith and Larisa Lilles

Community Forum on Public Education

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.  What’s happening in great schools and districts to help all students learn at high levels? What are outstanding teachers and principals doing to help kids learn?

All 4J parents, teachers and community members are welcome to join this conversation on the most current and critical education issues affecting students.

Share your experiences. Get your questions answered.  Childcare provided.

• Your feedback will be shared with the Governor’s education staff.
• 4J Superintendent Sheldon Berman will speak.

Please contact Stand for Children to learn more or get involved:  Joy Marshall jmarshall@stand.org 541-912-2921 www.stand.org/or

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

We Want Your Candy! 

But don’t worry, it’s for a good cause! Donate Your Halloween Candy to Troops

Instead of indulging in all of that Halloween  candy, help make the lives of troops a little sweeter by donating it to them. Now through November 18th, our school will be collecting candy in the Charlemagne office for Operation Gratitude (www.operationgratitude.com). The candy will be mailed as care packages for American troops overseas. In addition to donating your candy, please consider writing a letter or drawing a picture to be included in care packages to let our service members know you care.Contact Becca Sanghvi for more information: rsbodzick@yahoo.com

Esprit de Corp News
In honor of Thanksgiving, let’s remember those in our own school community. Please give to: Charlemagne’s Turkey Donation Drive, November 7 – 22.

Let’s make sure everyone has a feast on Thanksgiving Day!  Please donate cash or checks to benefit Charlemagne families in need of food assistance during the holidays. Look for the orange pumpkin to deposit your donations in the main office 11/7-22. Make checks out to “Fox Hollow PTO.” Note: Any surplus money will be donated to Food for Lane County. Sponsored by Esprit de Corps. For more information, contact Melissa Sikes 683-8384 or Gina Thompson 687-7046.

Confidential: If you are struggling financially, and could use some food assistance this Thanksgiving, please speak up. Don’t be shy (no questions asked), just call us. Please give your name to Heather in the main office (790-3177) or to the Esprit de Corps Committee Chairs: Gina Thompson (687-7046) and Melissa Sikes (683-8384). We will keep your name confidential.

Holiday Craft Fair at Charlemagne-Friday Dec 2nd 1:30-5pm
New this year – display and sell your handmade wares or the company products/services you represent on Friday, December 2nd. T-shirts, jewelry, canned and baked goods, holiday treats, knit items, candles, Pampered Chef, Bandals, etc. It’s all good! We encourage adult vendor tables to pay a suggested donation of $10 to benefit Charlemagne. Kids’ tables are free. A percentage of sales donation is welcome too, but optional. Sign up for a table in the office with Heather! And get crafting! Any questions? Contact Stephanie Hand 541.510.9595 or stephaniehand@comcast.net

Spring Creek Holly Farm Holiday Tree Fundraiser ~
50% Give-Back-to-Schools program

Buy a holiday tree from Spring Creek Holly Farm between November 25 and December 23 and Spring Creek Holly Farm will donate 50% of the retail price to Charlemagne.  There are no limits, the purchaser does not need to attend or have an affiliation with the school but they need to tell the Farm to which school to donate the money.  That means that friends, relatives and companies etc. can buy trees to support our school.  For example an 8′ tree would cost (8 x $4) $32 so $16 would be donated to Charlemagne!

All trees are $4/ft.  They have “You Choose” trees as well as pre-cut trees, mostly Noble Firs.  The sizes range from table top to 9-10′.

They also sell hand-made garlands, wreaths, table decorations and greens to decorate your home.

Encourage your family and friends to head out to the farm for some cider and create a new holiday tradition!

Please visit www.facebook.com/SpringCreekHollyFarm.  They are hoping to add a few pictures of Charlemagne families to their Facebook page as trees are purchased.  For flyer Click Here. Spring Creek Holly Farm www.schf.com

“You can choose any tree and they will cut it for you. We went last year and they also shook the tree out, tied it up, and put it on our car for us for no extra charge. Honestly, it was the best tree buying trip we’ve ever had.” :)   ~Larisa Lilles, Charlemagne parent and PTO Co-chair

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 called AutoEarn, 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 www.escrip.com 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! 
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.

UPCOMING EVENTS
11/14  7 p.m.  Community Forum on Education, Adams Elem.
11/15  6:30 p.m. PTO Meeting, Library
11/7-18  Candy Collection for Troops (Operation Gratitude)
11/7-22  Charlemagne’s Turkey Donation Drive
11/24 & 25  No School- Thanksgiving Holiday
11/25  Spring Creek Holly Farm Holiday Tree Fundraiser begins
11/28  Winter Warmth Drive
12/2  Picture Retakes
12/2  Charlemagne’s Holiday Craft Fair
12/2  Johnson Bros. Poinsettia/Wreath Distribution
12/13  PTO Meeting

A Very Special Event . . . “A Christmas Carol for Kids!”
WHEN:  Saturday morning, Dec. 3rd, 10:30AM (~1 hr)
WHAT: Dramatic Reading Benefit Performance!
WHERE: Lane County Historical Society & Museum in Eugene
WHO: Children Ages 5-12, accompanied by an adult
HOW MUCH: $2/child & $3/adult

From Scrooge to Tiny Tim, from Marley’s Ghost to Mrs. Cratchit, there’s HOWLS & Growls, BANGS & Bongs, A Dance with a Song, Lively Laughter & Heartfelt Tears! Actor creates all characters, accents and all, plus sound effects — performing as Dickens himself did — simply by using his voice, face and movement, and appears in the character and costume of a Victorian Era Englishman when Dickens himself lived! Encourages younger children to join in by imitating his hand gestures, and challenges older children to try and make sense out of some of the more unusual words used in the story. Special version tells the whole story but focuses on the very concrete, versus the abstract, on smells, tastes, sights and sounds, and the highly dramatic scenes to successfully keep kids engaged.

Actor Al LePage, star of Oregon Public Broadcasting’s new “Christmas Carol” radio program, gives his first and only show in Oregon, and debuts on the west coast his specially created version of A Christmas Carol for young children based on Dickens’ own historic script! And, as always, he’s donating his time and talents for this performance.

HOW: Call 541-682-4242 to Reserve Seats, then simply pay upon arrival IF available, tickets may be purchased at the door, but Reservations Recommended!

WHY: Every penny goes to support museum programs!

~Heather Kliever, collections@lanecountyhistoricalsociety.org

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