Dear Families,

The first week of school choice tours went well! We had quite a lot of prospective families looking into Charlemagne for their children. A big thank you to Shelli Hopper-Moore and Kim Robles for leading the tours and showing off our wonderful school! The second set of tours will be the week of February 27-March 2nd. See below for more information if you or someone you know has an incoming Kinder for next year.

Thank you to all the parents (at least 50 from around the community) who turned out at the school board meeting to support more effective evaluations for teachers and principals.

Esprit de Corps is hosting a canned food drive to benefit Food for Lane County, beginning today and continuing until our Mardi Gras celebration. See below for more information.

Mardi Gras is just around the corner! There is lots of information below on ways to get involved in Mardi Gras and the Silent Auction. We need your help!

Ways to help support our school financially this week — see our Fundraisers page.

Activities to look forward to this week are:


  • Report cards go home
  • Canned food drive begins


  •  Art Club- 3-4pm, Rm 9
  •  Library Time- 2:45-3:30pm


  •  Site Council meeting 3:15-5:00pm
  •  Young Rembrandt’s art class 3-4pm, Rm 9


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


  •  Mme. Katherine’s 2nd grade class field trip 9:30-12:15pm

Have a great week!

Your PTO Co-chairs,
Larisa Lilles and Becky Smith

Extra Clothing Needed for the Office

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!

Warm Regards, Madame Heather

Mardi Gras!

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

For those of you new to Charlemagne, Mardi Gras is our annual school carnival. The gym and cafeteria will be filled with lots of fun carnival games, food, raffle baskets, and a silent auction. More information and details will follow later this week and are also available on the Mardi Gras Website.

As always, volunteers are needed to help pull this off.
Contact Tabatha Andrews if you can help out.

Friday, February 24th

Please consider donating 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 we were the second most successful fundraiser for Charlemagne!

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!

Mardi Gras Canned Food Drive

(In honor of Fat Tuesday)
Let’s Share our Riches!

 Give to Charlemagne’s Mardi Gras
F O O D  D R I V E

Mardi Gras [mahr-dee grah] is French for Fat Tuesday. Celebrated in some cities like New Orleans and Paris, it is a day of carnival, merrymaking, and gluttony. Feasting is an important element of the celebration because it is considered the last chance to fatten up and eat rich, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of Lent (which begins the following day on Ash Wednesday).

Give now: February 6 – 24

This February, let’s share our abundance of good food with others that are less fortunate in our community. Bring canned and dry food to school February 6 – 24th. Look for collection bins in the breezeway and front office. All food goes to Food for Lane County (checks also accepted).

Add your name to our donor sign!

When you bring in food items, you can add your name to the list of donors in the front office. Write your name on a post it note and stick it on the Mardi Gras Food Drive sign. Thanks for helping.
Sponsored by Charlemagne’s Esprit de Corps Committee.

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, a parent-led tour will begin near the front office.

School Showcase – NEW EVENT! Chávez Elementary, 1510 West 14th Ave. Saturday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Get answers about school choice. Talk to representatives from every 4J school.

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

 School directories

Please check your information and contact Heather in the office as soon as possible 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


 Thanks to all the families who patronized Yo My My and Mucho Gusto in January, we made $325 for Charlemagne! Look for another opportunity coming soon to enjoy a meal out and help raise money for Charlemagne.



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. 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 Rose Children’s Theater presents the musical Oliver!
Several Charlemagne alumni are in the show including Evan H-M as Oliver. Also in the cast are Charlemagne students 3rd grader Amanda H-M, 4th grader Olivia M and 5th grader Olivia M.

Shows are held at the Sheldon High School Auditorium on:
February 10th at 7:00
February 11th at 7:00
February 12th at 2:00
Information and tickets

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


2/11  4J School Showcase, 10am-2pm, César Chávez Elementary

2/20  No School – Presidents’ Day

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

2/28-3/1  Charlemagne School Choice Tours


3/23  School Choice Lottery Deadline

4/1  Out of District Transfer Deadline

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