Dear Families,

On Saturday, February 11th, District 4J sponsored a School Showcase at César Chávez Elementary.  Representatives from every 4J school were on hand to talk to prospective families about their schools. This was a great opportunity to promote our immersion program. Tom, Becky and Larisa answered questions about Charlemagne and reminded folks about the second set of school tours which will continue February 28th-March 1st at our school.

See below for more information if you or someone you know has an incoming Kinder for next year.

School Directories: Deadline for changes is this Friday 2/17.  Final call to check your information and contact Heather in the office with any updates or edits. An update page will then be sent out in hard copy form. 541-790-3177 or
Bring in your canned food to benefit Food for Lane County until our Mardi Gras celebration on 2/24. See our Events page for more info.

Mardi Gras is less than twelve days away! There is lots of information below on ways to get involved in Mardi Gras and the Silent Auction. We need your help!  Please sign up in the office! Read more about it online.

Activities to look forward to this week are:

Monday, 2/13:

  • Canned Food Drive continues all week


  •  Valentine’s class parties – 1:45-2:45pm
  •  Art Club –  3-4pm, Rm 9
  •  Library Time – 2:45-3:30pm


  •  Young Rembrandt’s art class –  3-4pm, Rm 9


  •   Math Club – 3-4pm, Rm 9
  •   Coyote Club


  •   Directory updates/edits due to Heather
  •   Math Madness winners: Dickie Joe’s Lunch w/Tom 11am-12:20pm
  •   Chess Club

Monday, 2/20:

  •    No School – Presidents’ Day; OEA Rally in Salem, noon

Tuesday, 2/21:

  •    PTO Meeting – 6:30-8pm (Childcare provided)

Have a great week!

Your PTO Co-chairs,
Becky Smith and Larisa Lilles

Mardi Gras!

Mark your calendars! Charlemagne’s annual Mardi Gras celebration is Friday February 24th, 5:30-8pm.

The gym and cafeteria will be filled with lots of fun carnival games, food, raffle baskets, and a silent auction. More information and details are available on the Mardi Gras webpage.

Just a few important reminders! 

 – Volunteers are needed, please signup in the office asap! Lots of opportunities here – bake for the cake walk, help with setup/cleanup, take a shift at the Mardi Gras store…

– Class raffle baskets themes have been assigned and baskets are in each classroom awaiting your donations. Please get them in as soon as you can! Need ideas? Click here for the lists.

– The Silent Auction needs donations. Anything goes – vacation homes, art, music lessons, etc. Donate a bottle to the new “Wall of Wine” this year.  Contact Jessica Keiper ( for more info.

– Teacher/staff appreciation baskets are in the office. Consider donating something for our wonderful teachers and staff.

– Quebec 2013 (4th Grade) could use help with food prep/serving. Contact Linda ( or Christine (

Questions? Want to volunteer?  Contact Tabatha Andrews (

Friday, February 24th

Please donate something to help our school! We want to showcase the talents, businesses, and families that are part of our school community! Be creative! Everything helps and shows the breadth of our school families.

Last year the silent auction was the second most successful fundraiser for Charlemagne! We raised $

Parents donated everything from homemade cookies, honey from their honeybees, bikes, and French lessons to theater tickets, vacation houses, and pool parties! It was great!

There is a box in the office for donations. Please fill out a donation form from Heather and THANK YOU!!

Questions?   Cindy Matherly (541-341-1600),
Keith Crudgington (541-338-7939) or,
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!

Office needs extra clothing

We have had some muddy, wet kids this winter and are very low in the pants and underwear department. We are in need of pants mostly sizes 6-9. All pants are good, it’s great when they find something they like. Stretchy pants, like sweats work best for most. We need them for both boys and girls, but especially boys.

Thank you to those parents who return the clothes clean and ready for the next student!

Garden Club/Green School News

There may be many weeks of winter left, but don’t tell that to the daffodils! Yes, the daffodils that every student planted back in November are peeking out of the ground! Should be a beautiful display in March. Preparations are underway for the spring planting of the garden beds. Each class will be out there in early spring planting and tending their beds.

GROW. EAT. LEARN. Wondering how to get your kids to be excited about vegetables? Have them join the Charlemagne Garden Club! This after-school program is now accepting students for spring sessions. Food kids grow themselves is food that they love. Working in the garden gives kids a sense of accomplishment and an appreciation of the outdoors. Experienced instructors from the School Garden Project will lead students in garden adventures through games, experiments, garden work, cooking and art.

Garden Club happens Wednesdays, 2:45-3:50pm and costs $30 a student for one six week session. Space is limited to 10 students per session. For more information or to sign up contact Jenny Laxton (from the School Garden Project) at

Session 1: March 14-April 25
Session 2: May 2-June 6

For more information, contact Erika McFarlane

It’s School Choice Time!

If you have an incoming Kinder for next year you will need to fill out a school choice request form, even if you have another student already enrolled at Charlemagne. School choice request forms are being accepted now and must be turned in to the district office at 200 North Monroe St. by March 23 at 5 p.m. to be considered in the school choice lottery.
New this year: You may have heard that a new state law is changing how transfers between school districts work. 4J will accept out-of-district students into some of our schools for the 2012–13 school year. The district will receive state school funds for each student. These students will be placed in schools after the regular school choice process. Transfer applications from out-of-district students are due April 1.

If you have any friends or family members who are considering school choice, please invite them to come learn more about our wonderful school!

Charlemagne Tours are:
Tues. Feb. 28   8:30 – 9:45 a.m.
Wed. Feb. 29   6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Thurs. Mar. 1   8:30 – 9:45 a.m.

Parents of 5th graders may want to go to the school choice activities for Roosevelt.
No appointment needed- Just show up!

Roosevelt School Choice dates:
Mar. 1   6:00-7:00 pm School choice presentation in the Theater
Mar. 2   9:00-10:15 am School choice presentation in the Theater.

At 10:15 am, a parent-led tour will begin near the front office.

4J School Visitation Week:
Monday, Feb. 27–Friday, Mar. 2
Schools offer tours, open houses, and more.

School Choice Information Meeting 4J Education Center, 200 North Monroe St.
Thursday, Feb. 23, 7–8 p.m.

Out-of-district transfers: April 1

Click here for information from District 4J


There are many ways to support our school. Learn about them here.

Volunteer Sign-up

Help us in creating the most vibrant school possible by signing up to get involved!  We have a total of 53 parents who have clicked in so far (37 of those 53 are Kinder parents-way to go Kinders!!!)  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

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.

Community Events

The Science Factory Children’s Museum & Exploration Dome is proud announce its continued co-sponsorship of the 2012 Block Kids Competition in conjunction with Chapter 77 of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) in Eugene.  Block Kids is a nationally-recognized, award-winning building competition for children in elementary school, grades 1 through 6. The competition will take place on Saturday, February 18 at Gateway Mall in Springfield from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Check-in begins at 1 p.m. and the contest will begin at 1:30 p.m.  The competition is free to all participants.  Advance registration through the Science Factory is required due to limited space.  To register, visit the Science Factory or call the Museum at 541-682-7888.  Click here for more information.

Princess for a Day

In Lane County alone we have over 1000 children who are currently in the foster care system. This can be a very difficult time for many of these children. A Family for Every Child will be hosting their 4th annual Princess for a Day event on March 4, 2012. This special day is an opportunity for Oregon girls aged 2-18 to be treated like a princess for a day. The day of pampering includes a tea party lunch, hair and makeup, a photo shoot and a princess outfit to keep. This event is designed to be a gift for foster children as well as to raise awareness of foster children in Oregon. The Jr. League of Eugene is again partnering with A Family for Every Child to help create a fantastic experience for these young girls. One of the ways Jr. League is helping with this event is to procure dresses and accessories for our young princesses to wear and take home. As a parent and Jr. League member, I am asking my fellow parents to please look in your children’s closets and if you have new or gently used frilly, princessy, prom, party type dresses that you are no longer able to use, please consider donating them to this very worthy cause. You will feel so rewarded by the smiles that you will help put on these young girls’ faces. I will place a bin in the front office marked “Princess for a Day” and any items that you would like to donate can be placed there for pickup. If you would like to find out more about this special event here is the link Thank you so much for donating to this wonderful event and making it a success.
5th Annual Girls Rule Fair
The 5th Annual Girls Rule! happens March 17th from 9:00 – 3:00 at the Lane Community College Center for Meeting and Learning. Girls Rule is a great opportunity for girls ages 9-14 and a parent or caring adult to laugh, play and learn together. This year’s theme is No Matter the Shape, Leave Your Mark. The event features fun and interactive sessions, including Crafts, Self-Defense, Science and Nature, Dance and Movement and more! Free lunch, entertainment and prizes!
For more information and to register, go to or call 541-284-4335. Deadline for registration is March 9th. Click Here for Flyer


2/20  No School – Presidents’ Day; OEA Rally in Salem, noon

2/21  PTO Meeting, 6:30-8pm

2/23  School Choice District Information Meeting, 4J offices 7–8pm

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

2/27  Health Screening – Grades 1, 3, 5

2/28-3/1 Charlemagne School Choice Tours

3/2  Superintendent Berman visits

3/20  PTO Meeting

3/23  Direct Donation Drive begins; School Choice Lottery Deadline
3/26  Spring Break!

4/1  Out of District Transfer Deadline

Please email us if you have any other after school activity ideas, eNews articles, or want to let us know about something your kids do that you think others would be interested in!

Please submit articles by Friday at 5:00pm for inclusion in the following week’s eNews.

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