Principal’s Corner

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” – Emilie Buchwald

The Book Fair is here! We look forward to seeing all of you at school to invest in the future of your student’s appreciation toward reading. At Charlemagne we work diligently to empower our students to have a love for learning and academic exploration. We thank you for your partnership and participation in the 2014 Book Fair.

Eric Anderson
Charlemagne at Fox Hollow Elementary School

Thanks for a Great PTO Meeting

Dear Families,

A great big PTO thank you to everyone who joined us at last Thursday for our first PTO meeting of the school year! And thank you Eric for your presentation. There was a fabulous turnout and great information, ideas and discussion. Please stay tuned for the meeting minutes and information about November’s meeting.

Our Book Fair is starting next week and it is so great to see the kids excited about books. Please see below.

Activities this week are:
Friday: Grand Person Lunch and Book Fair

Have a great week. And thanks again to everyone who came to our first PTO meeting last week.

Melissa Gomsrud and Gina Thompson
PTO Co-Chairs

A Guide to Enjoing the Book Fair – Oct. 24-31

Student Preview, Thursday, Oct. 23

Encourage your student to make a list of the books they see at the preview that they would like to show you when the fair officially opens.

Invite a Grand Person to lunch at school, Friday, Oct. 24 at 11:30 a.m. RSVP forms for lunch due in the office the morning of Tues. 10/21

“Grands” can come early to do some shopping and then enjoy lunch with your child. The Fair is open on this day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Come visit on the weekend, Saturday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Check out the fair in a more relaxed setting on the weekend WITH CLIFFORD!

Come to the Book Fair during the week

The Fair will be open after school on:

  • Monday, Oct. 27:  2 to 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 28:  2 to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 29:  2 to 4 p.m.

Open also during Parent/Teacher conferences:

  • Thursday, Oct. 30:  12 to 8 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 31:  8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

While at the Fair, check out the Class Wish Lists

Teachers choose books — in French and English — that they would like for their classroom. Consider buying a book off of the list for your child’s classroom. They get to put a cute sticker w/ their name in the book.

Shop online, Oct. 17 to Nov. 6

The Book Fair is available online for 3 weeks. Find over 4,000 options for older and younger children and adults too. Friends and family who couldn’t make it to the Fair can still buy books and support Charlemagne. Orders are shipped free to the school. Holiday shopping? Orders will get here in time for the holiday season and can be held for you at the office.

See you at the Book Fair!

JoAnn Hoffman
Book Fair Co-Chair

Poinsettia and Wreath Fundraiser

It’s time to kick off our Poinsettia and Wreath fundraiser. A flyer should have been sent home last week and additional forms are in the front office.

To ensure Johnson Brothers will have adequate inventory for our order, please return your completed forms and payment by Monday, Oct. 27 to the office. It’s a great opportunity to support the school and decorate your home for the holidays.

Volunteers are still needed for the morning of delivery on Dec. 5. Any and all help is welcomed. Please contact me at 541-729-3015 for more information. Thank you for supporting our children.


Alice Webb

Common Core Information Sessions

There are 2 information sessions about Common Core State Standards this week. How are these new expectations for student learning different from the standards Oregon had in place before? Most of all, what do these changes mean for your student, and for you?

These 4J parent information nights will start by sharing information for parents of all ages, then break out to different groups for parents of elementary students and middle to high school students.

Monday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m.
South Eugene High School, 400 E. 19th Ave.

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m.
Sheldon High School, 2455 Willakenzie Road


Free French Language Resources

For parents who want to learn a bit of French, or who are looking for additional resources to support their children’s French language acquisition, there are two excellent programs available through the Eugene Public library:

  • Mango language instruction programs – geared towards language learners from student to adult
  • Muzzy language program – geared specifically towards kids

Both programs are free and are available online to anyone with a Eugene Public Library card. See the attached PDF for instructions on how to access these programs.

Nearby Nature Events

Nearby Nature’s 18th Annual Haunted Hike, Oct .25

Celebrate night creatures! Enjoy a pumpkin-lit hike in Alton Baker Park and meet an entertaining costumed owl, bat, frog, spider, and more. Enjoy crafts, snacks, games, and a raffle as well. Meet Eugene’s Slug Queen and our local Bat Woman! Rain or moonshine, Saturday, Oct. 25, 5:30-9 p.m., Alton Baker Park. Members free, non-members $5/person. Pre-registration required: 541-687-9699.

Play in the Rain Day, Nov. 8
Saturday, November 8, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at Mount Pisgah Arboretum

Spend the day outdoors with your family, rain or shine. Enjoy hikes, scavenger hunts, hay rides, nature art, campfire cookery, archery, tree-climbing, and more. Free parking courtesy of Lane County Parks and all activities, including campfire food, are free! Event sponsored by the Youth in Nature Partnership. For more info see

Openings at the Little French School

The Little French School is a private, non-profit program that offers French immersion education for students in preschool, pre-k and kindergarten, as well as after-school care.

One opening remains in pre-k (for students ~4 in September) and we also have an opening in part-time kindergarten, for students enrolled at Charlemagne on Mondays and Wednesdays (interested in kindergarten extension/wrap-around care at LFS T/Th/F).

LFS offers small class sizes with personalized attention, flexible scheduling, diverse, engaging curricula, and bus transportation to/from Charlemagne. Enrolling in LFS programs gives your child a chance to build their French, academic and social skills in preparation for kindergarten, 1st grade or grades beyond at Charlemagne. To learn more, visit or call 541-345-3818. An enrollment special is in effect for these last-minute enrollments (we’ll waive the $50 application fee), and some scholarships may be available as well!

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