Dear Charlemagne Families,

Superintendent Berman visits Charlemagne
Last Friday, Shelley Berman got a great view of Charlemagne school. He was able to visit classes almost every classroom, experience carpool and he had an engaging and prodcutive conversation with the Charlemagne staff. We were impressed with his thoughtful approach to instruction, his commitment to lower class sizes and his support for dual language and immersion programs. We were also impressed with the fact that he has already visited every school in the Eugene  4J District.

Classified Staff Appreciation
This week is Classified Staff Appreciation Week. Esprit de Corp is planning several activities to acknowledge and thank our awesome classified staff for all they do to support the students and staff. If you get a chance let Kurt, Heather, Quena, Jeanne, Virginia, Ms. V, Sara, and Devin know how much you appreciate them and all they do each and every day.

Staffing 2012 – 2013
This week the Charlemagne staff and Site Council will develop a preliminary staffing plan for the 2012 – 2013 school year. We are anticipating a .71 FTE reduction in certified staff and a modest 1/2 hr per day reduction in our classified staffing allotment. At this time we are anticipating 10 classroom teaching positions, which is the same as this year and we hope to continue having  instructional assistants in our K- 3 English and French classes. To do this will require unprecedented fundraising levels for the 2012 – 2013 school year. Parents who are interested in staffing and fundraising are invited to discuss the 2012 – 2013 preliminary staffing plan at the March 20th PTO meeting.

Relay for Life “Hat Drive” March 5 – March 23
Students form South Eugene High School are organizing a “Hat Drive” to collect hats and scarves for cancer patients who are receiving treatment in Eugene.

Artist in Residence – Rachel Carnes  March 19 – 23rd
I am pleased to announce that Rachel Carnes will provide dance and movement workshops for studetns in grades K-5 during the last week before spring break. Each class will have two dance/movement workshops to enjoy. More info to come.

Apple Trees, Daffodils and a Beautiful Garden
Thanks to the dynamic duo of Tabatha and Erika with support from Robin and the Northwest Youth Corp we now have 12 new apple trees on the east side of the lower field. Daffodils are blooming around the garden and we are about to plant spring crops in our brand new raised beds. It is all very exciting and I can’t wait to eat what we grow in the cafeteria this spring.

Here’s to a great week:)

Tom