From the Principal

Dear Charlemagne families,

principals cornerThank you for the tremendous amount of support regarding the move to the Parker facility. I was overwhelmed with the amount of offers to help our staff move, work on the garden, personalize the interior building with artwork and facilitate play opportunities at the new facility for the students. Your enthusiasm as parents is very important to help our students adjust to the move. Thank you again for your support.

Teachers wanted me to report a big THANK YOU for the minimal amount of tardies this past week. They felt like there was a tangible instructional gain from the difference. Please remember you can now drop off at 8:00 am and have your students supervised in the gymnasium.  We do not have supervision in the breezeway (and it is much warmer in the gym.)

Attached is a document regarding pre-arranged absences. To help with communication between families and the office starting second term, please use this form. We request that you fill this out at least five days in advance to be sure our teachers have time to work out homework specifics, and so we can accurately enter information into our computer system.  This will hopefully eliminate the unnecessary system generated email and phone call absence notifications.

Thank you for a supportive and successful first half of the school year.

Eric Anderson

Principal

Charlemagne at Fox Hollow Elementary School


McMenamins Fundraiser Tuesday

Dear Families,

This Tuesday is a FABULOUS ALL SCHOOL FUNDRAISER at  McMenamins East 19th Café! This will be a fun evening of connecting with friends and supporting our school. A big Charlemagne bravo to Bob Chandler for setting up this opportunity for our community! We look forward to visiting with you all there! Click here for the flyer.

Please see the District information on Smarter Balanced Testing below.

Also, keep on reading! – Oregon Battle of Books is Feb. 18-20Jennifer Frei is looking for a couple of volunteers to help with the battles. If you are able to help, please contact her at jrfrei@pacbell.net.

Hope everyone has a fabulous week.

Gina Thompson & Melissa Gomsrud 

PTO Co-Chairs


Upcoming Events

Jan. 27 – Fundraiser at McMenamins East 19th Café

Jan. 26-29 – School Choice Tours

Jan. 29 – Math Madness Kickoff

Jan. 30 – No School – Grading Day

Feb. 16 – No School – President’s Day

Feb. 18-20 – OBOB Battles

Feb. 27 – Mardi Gras


Parent Information Nights: Smarter Balanced Assessments

Things are changing in your student’s classroom, in homework, and in assessments of his or her learning.

smarter-balanced-logoOregon and more than 40 other states have developed and adopted shared academic expectations, called the Common Core State Standards. They are clear, consistent guidelines for what students should know and be able to do at each grade level in math and English language arts in order to be ready to graduate with an Oregon diploma, ready for college, careers and life.

With new standards, we need new tools to measure student learning of the standards. This spring the new Smarter Balanced assessments will replace the old OAKS tests for reading, writing and math.

The Oregon Department of Education will hold a Smarter Balanced information forum, in partnership with the Oregon PTA and Eugene School District 4J, on January 27. This forum will feature Rob Saxton, Oregon’s Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Derek Brown, ODE’s Director of Assessment.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 27, 7 p.m., North Eugene High School, 200 Silver Lane

Eugene School District 4J also will hold several Smarter Balanced parent information nights. Please join us to learn more about Oregon’s new state tests in math and language arts. The presentation will cover why the state tests have changed, how they will be implemented, and concrete examples of how to help your student. The format will engage attendees in hands-on experience.

  • Monday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m., North Eugene High School, 200 Silver Lane
  • Thursday, Feb. 12, 7:00 p.m., Sheldon High School, 2455 Willakenzie Road
  • Tuesday, Feb. 17, 7:00 p.m., Churchill High School, 1850 Bailey Hill Road
  • Thursday, Feb. 19, 7:00 p.m., South Eugene High School, 400 E. 19th Ave.
  • Spanish-language information night Monday, March 2, 6:30–8:00 p.m., 4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St.

Spanish interpretation will be provided at all of the information nights.

Questions?

www.4j.lane.edu/instruction/commoncorestatestandards

www.corestandards.org

or call 541-790-7877


Little French School Open Enrollment is Here

Open Enrollment at The Little French School for 2015-2016 begins Feb. 2.little french school logo

The Little French School is a non-profit program operating in Eugene for almost 30 years. LFS accepts toilet-trained children between the ages of 3 and 6 (by September) for early childhood French immersion programs. We offer small class sizes with experienced teachers, flexible scheduling, and diverse engaging curricula for your little ones. We also provide shuttle transportation and an after-school program, offering care (and homework help!) as late as 5:30 for early childhood and elementary-aged students.

Getting started with French, pre-academic and social skills at an early age in a supportive environment can really give your child a leg up as they continue to grow, learn and prepare for Charlemagne! Call 541-345-3818 or visit www.littlefrenchschool.org today, to learn more about programs or set up a tour.


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