Dear Families,

About 90 people came to our Charlemagne Stone Soup Community Event held last Friday night in the cafeteria and gym.  Many thanks to the volunteers from our Esprit de Corps Committee who created our soup dinner from  the veggies that families brought; Yvonne Young, our  storyteller extraordinaire; seven South Eugene High School French Immersion students who helped the kids create the French theater experience; numerous parents who stepped in at the last minute to help and of course our children, who had a blast acting out the show!  This could be the start of a new annual event!

Please read the minutes of our January 17, 2012 PTO Meeting to keep on top of more of the happenings at Charlemagne.  Also, our condolences go out to Tom who has experienced a death in his family.
Ways to help support our school financially this week:

  • Restaurant-of-the-Month Fundraiser- Patronize Yo My My on Monday and Tuesday and Mucho Gusto on Wednesday and Thursday!  See below.
  • Math Madness packets are due back to school between January  23rd, Monday through 26th, Thursday! Please return only complete packets:  completed (and corrected by parents) math problems as well as collected pledges.  Daily raffle winners picked (one from each class) and Grand prize lunch at Dickie Joe’s on 2/17 (one child from each class).  Please help your child with this uniquely educational fundraiser.  Last year we raised $10,865!
  • Entertainment Books- We have seven 2012 Oregon Entertainment Books left to sell in the office! The books have a lot of great local deals, $20.00 Market of Choice coupons etc. The coupons are good until the beginning of November so there is plenty of time to use them up! The books cost $25.00 with $15.00 of that coming directly to Charlemagne School. PTO decided to extend the sale until all of the 60 books are sold, earning the school $900.  Thanks to all who have helped by purchasing one!
  • Body of Light Massage Gift Certificates – We only have 3 left for sale in the office or see below for a great way to treat yourself or someone you care about! Valentine’s Day is three weeks away (hint! hint!)

Activities to look forward to this week are:



  • Math Madness Collected Pledges due
  • Yo My My Restaurant-of-the-Month Fundraiser


  •  Math Madness Collected Pledges due
  •  Art Club- 3-4pm, Rm 9
  •  Library Time- 2:45-3:30pm
  •  Yo My My Restaurant-of-the-Month Fundraiser


  •  Math Madness Collected Pledges due
  •  Young Rembrandt’s art class 3-4pm, Rm 9 There are still a few spots    left! See below.
  •  Mucho Gusto Restaurant-of-the-Month Fundraiser  (see below)


  •   Math Madness Collected Pledges due
  •   Math Club- 3-4pm, Rm 9
  •   Mucho Gusto Restaurant-of-the-Month Fundraiser


  •   No School – Grading Day

Have a great week!

Your PTO Co-chairs,
Becky Smith and Larisa Lilles



Silent Auction

Hey, folks!  Please don’t forget to drop off any fabulous items that you have that we can add to the Silent Auction at Mardi Gras, February 24th!!!  Just grab an auction item form from Heather at the front desk .  Label and drop off items in the PTO room near the office.  

If you have any questions, you can contact Cindy Matherly (541-341-1600), Keith Crudington (541-338-7939), Jess Keiper (541-485-1591)  or Jen West (541-914-1470). We are also looking for bottles of wine to be donated to our new feature this year:  The Wall of Wine.  Woo hoo! Cheers!


Family in Need of Assistance

Kelly Powell-Smith, Charlemagne 2nd and 5th grade parent and Girl Scout leader of Troop 20063 (Fox Hollow 5th Grade) requested this be sent out:

“I am going to be asking our Fox Hollow 5th grade Girl Scout Troop to take on a service project to assist a family who lost their home, all their possessions and their 3 pets, in a tragic accidental house fire early last Monday morning.  The family is related to a colleague of mine and that is how I know of their situation.

It would be wonderful if parents would please check around your home for things you might donate, such as clothes your children have outgrown, etc.  Please label bags of donated items -Petscher Donation- and drop them off in the PTO room near the front office. I will send them collectively.”

Here is some additional information…

The Petscher’s Home – (Nana the Hero)
Menash and Nichole Petscher tragically lost their home early Monday morning to a house fire. Menash, Nichole, and their beautiful daugthers, Madelyn, Lucy, and Nora all made it out of the home safely thanks to some quick action by Menash and Nichole, and just as importantly because of their heroic dog named Nana. Nana woke Menash up when she noticed the fire and that bought them just enough time to get out of the house safely. Sadly, Nana did not survive the fire along with the rest of the Petscher’s family possions. Also lost in the fire were their 2 cats.

Here is a news article about the incident:

Cards, notes, clothing, toys, diapers (girls size 3), wipes, toys or anything that you may like to donate can also be sent to:

Nichole Petscher
c/o Ethel Marsh
3320 Bernard Road
Cassadaga, NY 14718

The clothes that are most needed:There are 3 little girls (ages 5 months, 3 years and 5 1/2 years) size 6-9 months, 3T and 5T. Mom wears size 2 pants and small shirts, shoe size 8. Dad wears large shirts and pant size 34 x 30 and shoe size 10.5.

The family is from Pennsylvania and now is staying with a family in NY so I expect cold weather clothing is an immediate need, but they have lost everything so I am sure anything would be appreciated.

A note of encouragement would be lovely as well.

The Girl Scouts may use monetary donations to purchase items to send, but as per Girl Scout guidelines cannot send money. However, if anyone would like to make a direct monetary donation to the family they are welcome to do so. A pay pal account has been set up by their family for this purpose. Here is the link to the blog about the family that includes a button to donate via pay pal.

Thank you for supporting this effort.
Kelly Powell-Smith
Leader, Girl Scout Troop 20063 (Fox Hollow 5th Grade)

We’re so very fortunate that everyone is safe, but please keep the family in your prayers as there will be many hard days ahead of them.

Young Rembrandts Art Class has spots left!
Young Rembrandts is an award winning art enrichment program that has given the power of drawing to thousands of young artists across the US. There are still a few spots available for our Wednesday Charlemagne class. Class is held each Wednesday after school from 2:50-3:50pm in Room 9. New 5 week session starts February 23rd.  If you want your child to start classes sooner, please call and your child can be enrolled on a pro-rated basis.
Call or email us to sign up!

Joel and Melissa Skinner Directors (541) 357-7578
1029 Olympic St. Springfield, OR 97477



School directories
Please check your information and contact Heather in the office by the end of January with any updates, edits or if you did not receive a directory. All updates will be sent out in hard copy form in February with subsequent updates hopefully coming electronically. 541-790-3177 or




We have two restaurant fundraisers this week – Come to one or both!

  • Yo My My near Valley River Center is on Monday, January 23rd and Tuesday, January 24th.
  •  Mucho Gusto at the Oakway Mall is on Wednesday, January 25th and Thursday, January 26th.  Come to one or both!

Look for the vouchers in your child’s backpack on Monday or print the vouchers here. Be sure to bring the Yo My My and Mucho Gusto vouchers with you to the restaurants. Our school will then receive 25% donation from each meal!

All Fox Hollow families and friends are invited.



Support Charlemagne and feel great in the process –

Body of Light Family Chiropractic has generously donated 20 massage gift certificates to our school!

We only have 3 gift certificates left, get them while you can! Valentine’s Day is coming up. 🙂

All proceeds will do directly to Charlemagne.

This is a great way to support our school and also receive an amazing massage from Body of Light’s highly skilled and talented massage therapists (win-win!)

The gift certificate can be a great gifts for friends and loved ones.

One hour therapeutic massage for $65.00.

Body of Light Family Chiropractic, “We make giving feel even better.”

To purchase: Contact Heather at Charlemagne’s office (541-790-3177) or call Body of Light’s office (541-687-7775) and mention Charlemagne.  Click for Flyer.

Many thanks to David Spear, DC (Body of Light) and Charlemagne parent for his generous contribution to our school!



Online 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 and sign up. Once you’ve done that, you can download the AutoEarn widget here.

Did you Renew?
Remember your family needed to renew by November 1 in order to continue uninterrupted contributions. Contributions will stop until renewed-  with all the potential shopping and winter travel the school could be earning money while you are away! For Safeway card renewal instructions Click Here

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.



Help us in creating the most vibrant school possible by signing up to get involved!  We have a total of 52 parents who have clicked in so far. It will take less than 5 minutes of your time.  It’s easy!  Please click HERE.
We’d love to have 100% parent participation!



Stand for Children

Wed, February 1,  7pm- 8pm 4J School Board meeting at the 4J offices 200 N. Monroe. Parents are encouraged to attend to show community support for better principal and teacher evaluations that provide guidance, support, and are used in personnel decisions.

Thurs, February 2  Stand for Children Lobby Day in Salem at the State Capitol. Carpool meets at 9am. Meet your legislators in person – very important way to help kids concerns be heard.  Email to register for lobby day or carpool.

Monday, February 20  OEA Rally in Salem on the State Capitol steps on Presidents’ Day (no school day). Stand for Children is supporting it. Email to save a seat on the OEA bus. More details to come.


1/30, 2/1 & 2/2  School Choice Tours

2/1 Eugene 4J School Board meeting at 4J offices, 7-8pm

2/11  4J School Showcase, 10am-2pm, Cesar Chavez Elementary

2/20  No School – Presidents’ Day

2/21  PTO Meeting, 6:30-8pm

2/24  Mardi Gras and Silent Auction, 5:30-8pm

2/28-3/1   School Choice Tours


3/23  School Choice Lottery Deadline

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