Dear Families,

It was so great to see all of you at Mardi Gras on Friday night! The celebration was an amazing event that brought the entire Charlemagne Community together for a fun-filled evening. Enjoy all the great photos in this eNews courtesy of Amy Samson! The Silent Auction was full of many incredible items to bid on and was a huge success, surpassing last year’s total. There are still several items that you can bid on if you missed out Friday, see below.

We have many people to thank for all of their hard work!Thanks to Tabatha Andrews our Mardi Gras Chair, and co-chairs Shannon Tom with Games; Amy Samson with the Mardi Gras Store; Stephanie Hand with Raffle and Teacher Appreciation Baskets; Keith Crudgington, Jen West, Jess Keiper, Hildy Tritch, and Cindy Matherly with the Silent Auction; Linda Fossum and Christine Sampley with 4th Grade Quebec Food and all the fabulous committee volunteers!

The second set of Charlemagne school tours are set for this Tuesday through Thursday, February 28th-March 1st.  See below for more information if you or someone you know has an incoming Kinder for next year.

We had a very productive and informative PTO meeting last Tuesday, thanks to all the parents who attended. Click Here for the minutes, and please join us for our meeting next month on March 20th at 6:30pm.

Good Luck to Charlemagne Chess Team members who are competing in the Chess For Success state tournament at the Portland Convention Center! Friday, March 2, Eli (5th grade), Victor (2nd grade), Alejandro (2nd grade), Ciaran (2nd grade), and Leo (1st grade) will all compete in the team tournament. Saturday, March 3, Victor will compete in the individual competition.
Go Charlemagne Chess Team!!

Our fantastic Restaurant of the Month team has organized a parents’ night out on March 11th at Sfizio! See below for more information.

We are really low on extra pants in the office for kids who need a change of clothes during the school day. Please see below for more information from Madame Heather on donating pants pants pants!

Activities to look forward to this week are:

  • Health Screening- 1st, 3rd, 5th grades


  •  School Choice Tour – 8:30-9:45am, Charlemagne library
  •  Art Club –  3-4pm, Rm 9
  •   Library Time – 2:45-3:30pm


  •  Young Rembrandt’s art class –  3-4pm, Rm 9
  •  School Choice Tour – 6:30-7:30pm, Charlemagne library


  •    School Choice Tour – 8:30-9:45am, Charlemagne library
  •    Math Club – 3-4pm, Rm 9
  •   Coyote Club                           


  • Superintendent Shelley Berman visits Charlemagne

Have a great week!                         

Your PTO Co-chairs,
Larisa Lilles and Becky Smith

Silent Auction Continues!

Huge thank you to all the volunteers, families who donated, and families who  bought! There are a few items remaining to bid on if you missed the auction on Friday. Bid by email ( or on bid sheets in PTO room near Heather’s desk in the office. Items will be there all this week.

#25 Certificate for one person to year-long YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program: value $250.00, minimum bid $40.00 Designed to help reduce risk of getting diabetes. Prevention based. Classes meet same time and day of week once group set. Evening and morning times.

#30 Jerry’s Rogue Jet VIP Pass: Jet Boating on the Rogue from Gold Beach, pass towards round-trip boat tour.  value $50.00, minimum bid $15

#39 Wine Lovers package: Cuisinart Private Reserve Wine Cellar (stores and chills 6 bottles of wine, compact design for counter-top storage), 4 Murano glass wine-stoppers, 2 boxes wine charms, value $250, minimum bid $30.00

#40 Chocolate Lovers Package: 3 fair-trade chocolate bars, cookbook “Chocolate Yearnings,” and rainforest bracelet, value $50, minimum bid $10.00 (chocolate bars retail $5 each!)

#72 Pair of Hult Center Tickets to “Blast!” Tony Award winning musical drum corp based event April 3rd, and $25 gift card to La Perla: value $135, minimum bid $60.00

#76 Guitar Players’s Package: McKenzie River Music: snark clip, instrument tuner, elixir acoustic guitar strings, guitar detailing kit, value $50.00, minimum bid $15.00

#83 Body of Light Chiropractic Exam and Adjustment: value $150.00, minimum bid $50.00

#84 Votre Vu Basket: French hand cream, body cream, tote, and two Beauty Beverages pomegranate flavored, value $100, minimum bid $15.00

Thanks again to everyone who contributed to making Mardi Gras and the Silent Auction a success!

Classified Staff Appreciation Week

Coming up is Classified Staff Appreciation (March 5 – 9)
Take time to recognize these eleven staff members and thank them for all their dedication and hard work. They help make Charlemagne a great place for our kids.
Thanks — we are so lucky to have you all!Heather Perry – Secretary
Maya Shamsuddin- Work Study/Office
Devin Brown – Bilingual Instructional Assistant
Virginia Cohen – Bilingual Instructional Assistant/KG
Quena Keis – Bilingual Instructional Assistant
Jeanne Walrath – Bilingual Instructional Assistant
Peggy Young – Technology
Veronica Tift – Lunch Lady
Sara Anderson – Assistant Lunch Lady
Kurt Lovinger – Custodian
Rob Potter- Evening Custodian

South Eugene High School Relay for Life Hat Drive

We, the South Eugene High School Relay for Life Team, have been working hard this school year to raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society and we need your help! We are going to be holding a “Hat Drive” throughout March at elementary and middle schools in the South Eugene area. During the entire month of March, please bring any hats or scarves to the Charlemagne front office and the South Eugene Relay for Life Team will collect the hats at the end of the month and donate them to the American Cancer Society here in Eugene. The hats may be used, but they should be clean and only lightly worn since they will be given to patients undergoing cancer treatment. You are invited to bring hats and scarves in during the entire month of March. We are proud to be making a difference in the fight against cancer, and hope you will help us help others!

Contact Emma Lang from South Eugene HS with questions.

Charlemagne Science Fair 2012

Thursday, April 19th — Please Mark Your Calendars!
The Charlemagne Science Fair is open to all grades. This is a fun opportunity for kids to explore areas of interest in the sciences, learn scientific methods, and prepare and organize a project.
More information coming soon!

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!

Warm Regards, Madame Heather


Restaurant of the Month

  Night Out at SfizioMarch 11th from 5:00-9pm, 25% of anything spent will be donated to Charlemagne.Bounce Gym will be providing “Parents Night Out” Childcare from 5:30-9:00 pm for $10.00 per child. Ages 4-12 welcome. Reservations encouraged. Please call: 541-302-3000and let them know you are with Charlemagne.This is your chance for an adult night out. Bring other adults you are dying to talk to in whole sentences without children!!

Camp Rigolo 2012!

July 16 – 20French camp for grades K-5 in the summer at Charlemagne.
Come join the “Enchanted World of Merlin”!
Click here for flyer.
Applications will be available in the office after Spring Break, starting April 3rd.
Camp fills up quickly!
Do not wait…

Target Red Card Donates to Charlemagne!
If you have a Target Red Card, you can link it to our school and Target will donate 1% of all your red card purchases to Charlemagne! It’s easy and quick to link your card. You can go to their website, search for “Fox Hollow French Immersion”, select our school, enter your name and card number, and you’re done! You can also register your card easily at any Target store kiosk near the customer service area. After registering, you don’t have to do anything else other than use your red card when shopping at Target.

Target Red Card Website

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.

Out-of-district transfers: April 1

Click here for information from District 4J

 The original and largest “electronic scrip” fundraising program.

What is eScrip?
eScrip has created a system that rewards customer loyalty by contributing a percentage of purchases made by participating families to school or youth based groups. Parents, teachers, friends and families are encouraged to register their grocery club cards, and existing credit/debit cards as supporters. A percentage of all purchases made at eScrip merchants will be given back to the designated school or group.

How Does eScrip Work?
Participating merchants contribute each time your families make a purchase using their registered cards. There are no receipts to collect, no vouchers or certificates to buy, no hassles for you and every purchase counts.

To enroll, visit and put in group ID 7748978, Charlemagne at Fox Hollow

Did you renew your Safeway card?
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.

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

Grassroots advocacy for excellence in public education, pre-K through 12.
Stand for Children Website

Community Events

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
Run, Jump & Throw
March 18th Clinic at Hayward Field
4J is an official partner in the Youth Track Network.  “Run, Jump & Throw” offers free track activities for 4J kids ages 5-12. Join professional Track and Field athletes and coaches from the Oregon Track Club Elite and the U of O.
Together, we help kids grow healthy and strong!
See flyer for registration info.Kim McManus
Senior Program Supervisor
Youth & Family Services
City of Eugene-541-682-6343Lane County Waste Management is pleased to announce, in partnership with KRVM, Eugene Weekly and CTV community television the:

Visit  for official entry forms and instructions.

We are seeking messages from area youth (K-12) that  inspire community action and personal commitments in recycling, waste prevention, energy conservation, and/or other habits for our sustainable future.  SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS MONDAY, APRIL 2ND  5PM.

A grand prize winner, in each of three categories, will receive $500!

Audio message –  CD quality MP3 – 30 or 60 sec. PSA or 1 – 3 min. song

Video message –  1 – 4 min. video performance, poem, slideshow, etc. (DVD-NTSC widescreen 29.96 fps)

Print message –  8.5 x 11” drawing/slogan/mixed media, etc.

Winning entries will be announced, aired and published beginning on on Earth Day.

All runner ups and winners should expect to attend the Earth Day Celebration at the EWEB fountain Plaza on  April 21st to receive recognition.  Notification will occur one week before the event.  The goal and intent of this contest is for school-age children to be involved in the creative process and learn that their voices are valuable!

See for some ideas and inspiration.

Work with your kids to develop a clear concise and compelling message. Involve them all, or have a mini contest in your class or group and submit the best of the best.
Remember, avoid profanity, aim for high quality effective messaging, check your calendar and arrange to be available in April, and follow submission guidelines carefully! Submission of contest entry authorizes Lane County, and its agency partners in pollution prevention, to use submitted entry product in any future written, electronic or airwave outreach efforts.

Visit  for official entry forms and instructions.   Be sure to include all required consent and release forms.

Sarah Grimm, Waste Reduction Specialist, Lane County Public Works, Waste Management Division
3100 East 17th   Eugene, OR 97403   ph: 541-682-4339     fx: 541-682-2353


University of Oregon 2012 Science & Invention Fair

This is a great opportunity for entrants to display their projects in the community.

Who: for K-12 residents of Lane County

When: Saturday, April 21st at 11 am to 3 pm

Where: Willamette Hall on the University Campus

Contact: , e-mail:


3/5-3/9  Classified Staff Appreciation Week

3/20  PTO Meeting

3/23  Direct Donation Drive begins; School Choice Lottery Deadline
3/26  Spring Break!
4/3  Students Return4/1  Out of District Transfer Deadline4/19 Charlemagne Science and Art Club Fair

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.