This Week: OBOB, PTO meeting

Dear Families,

pto meetingReport cards were sent home with students on Friday, Feb. 13. Please review, sign and return the envelope back to your student’s teachers.

Mardi Gras is coming, please see information below about some volunteering opportunities and don’t forget about donations to your classroom baskets. This is a fun community that the kiddos always remember about their time at Charlemagne.

The Oregon Battle of Books is finally here. Battles will take place Feb. 18 -20.  See information below and a big thank you to all of our volunteers and a special thanks to Jennifer Frei for all her hard work in making this important event happen.

Finally, please join us Thursday, Feb. 19 at 6:30 in the library for our monthly PTO meeting where Eric Anderson will give us updated information on the Parker move and clarification on Prearranged Absences. Please click here for the PTO Agenda.

Hope everyone has a fabulous week.

Gina Thompson & Melissa Gomsrud

PTO Co-Chairs

Upcoming Events

Feb. 16 – No School – President’s Day

Feb. 18-20 – OBOB Battles

Feb. 19 – PTO Meeting – 6:30 p.m. Library

Feb. 27 – Mardi Gras – 5:30 p.m. – Cafeteria/Gymnasium

OBOB is This Week!

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It’s time for the Oregon Battles of the Books! Battles will be held Feb. 18–20. It’s exciting that Charlemagne has 21 teams participating in OBOB.

During Preliminary Battles on Wednesday (2/18) and Thursday (2/19), all teams will participate in two battles, one on each morning (between 8:40 and 11:15am). Teams earn a score in each battle based on their responses to questions about the books.

The eight teams with the highest total score from their two Preliminary Battles will progress to the Great Eight Battles in the morning on Friday (2/20; 10:50am – 12:30pm). Again, these eight teams will each engage in two battles.

The two (2) teams with the highest total scores from the Great Eight Battles will advance to the Charlemagne Final Battle, which will be held during an assembly on Friday, 2/20, 12:50 – 1:20pm in the Charlemagne Gym. The team with the highest total score from the Final Battle will be the Charlemagne Battle of the Books Champion!

The Charlemagne Champion team will represent the school at the OBOB Regional Battles on Saturday, 3/14, at Thurston High School. Regional Champions advance to compete at the OBOB State Battles on Saturday, 4/11, at Chemeketa Community College is Salem.

The full Charlemagne battle schedule is posted on the OBOB section of the school website (click on “Resources” and then on “OBOB”). The team list and battle rules are also posted on the website, along with documents, links, and study aids.

Feel free to contact me with any questions.


Jennifer Frei

The Yearbook Needs You

Could you be the photo editor for your child’s class?

yearbook_camera_4_on_whiteAs the yearbook committee revs up to assemble the 2015 book, we realize that we can be much more efficient if we had a parent from each classroom who enjoys photography, can help collect photos from room parents, and has a basic understanding of dropbox, to help us identify kids from their classroom and sort them into that students dropbox folder.

This “Classroom Photo Editor” could be you. We especially need photo editors for the 2nd, 4th and 5th grades.

It’s a fairly easy position and will help you get to know the kids in your child’s classroom, plus you will have fun with the awesome yearbook team!

Please contact me or Chris Miller if you need more info or would like to represent a classroom.

Thank you for your help.
Constance Van Flandern
917 721-4401

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  • Art Submission is open to all students K-5th grade.
  • Art may be submitted in color or black and white.
  • Artists may use any medium (paint, crayon, ink, photo of clay work, collage, anything!).
  • The central theme is the Royal Fox. Art may (but does not have to) include French details, Mardi Gras details, school details.
  • Please submit art on 8.5” x 11” paper.
  • Full color art using the full paper surface area is preferred for cover art, but other art may be used on inside pages where possible.
  • All art should be submitted to the art collection ‘Fox Box’ in the main office by Friday, Feb. 27.

For more information, click here for the flyer.

Mardi Gras Canned Food Drive


can-food-drivefoodOur annual canned food drive kicks off on Feb. 17 and culminates on Feb. 27 with our Mardi Gras celebration. It seems only right that our celebration of a day renowned for feasting and plenty would be tied in with an opportunity for the Charlemagne community to share with families in the Eugene/Springfield area who would otherwise go to bed hungry.

So start collecting canned and dry food items to donate starting Feb. 16. Collection bins will be available in the breezeway and front office.  Last year, we collected around 300 cans; let’s see if we can double that this year.  🙂

Sponsored by Charlemagne’s Esprit de Corps Committee.

Mardi Gras Bakers Needed


Hot_Water_Chocolate_Cake-1Calling all bakers! We need cakes for prizes for the cakewalk. You can also bring other baked good items, such as a pie, or cupcakes, but they need to be labeled for Cakewalk and in groups of at least 6.

Please try to avoid products containing nuts. Sign up is in the office with Bernadette.

Also, volunteers still needed for set up Friday after drop off, again at 1:30 p.m., and for clean up. Please sign up in the office or email Erika Noteboom at

Parent Info Nights: Smarter Balanced Assessments

smarter-balanced-logoThings are changing in your student’s classroom, in homework, and in assessments of his or her learning.


Oregon 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.

or call 541-790-7877

Nominate a Champion in Education


acelogo_jpgWho always makes a difference in your child’s school day? An inspiring teacher? An encouraging school secretary? A dedicated volunteer? A principal who leads by example? A bus driver who always takes the time to listen? Now is the time to recognize their contributions through the annual ACE (A Champion in Education) Awards!

To nominate a 4J employee or volunteer who demonstrates excellence in education, go to Every nominee will be honored at an awards ceremony in April, and one person in each category will win a $1,000 cash prize toward a project or program in their school.

Nominations must be submitted by March 8.

The ACE Awards are a collaborative effort of the Eugene and Springfield chambers of commerce and the Eugene, Bethel and Springfield school districts. The program is presented by Oregon Community Credit Union and supported by others from the local business community.

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