From the Principal 

Dear Charlemagne Families,

Parker Facility Update:

principals cornerFacility upgrades have already begun and our staff is determining room placements for next year. In addition, we are in conversation to increase our primary class numbers. The opportunity to create a sustainable program was a significant factor in supporting the move to the new facility.

As we progress through the school year, the staff and PTO will collaborate to provide opportunities to celebrate and reminisce on our history at the Fox Hollow site.

Pre-Arranged Absences:

The Pre-Arranged Absence form only needs to be filled out for absences of greater than 2 days AND you want it to be excused. Travel in general is great enrichment to a child’s life, but family trips are not a reason to excuse an absence per state guidelines. Unexcused absences from a family vacation are not a problem if your child has regular attendance throughout the year.

Report Cards:

Report cards will be sent home with students this Friday. Any student that has two households will leave Friday with two individually packaged report cards. If the non-custodial parent lives out of the Eugene/Springfield area we will be mailing the report.

Eric Anderson
Charlemagne at Fox Hollow Elementary School

OBOB, Yearbook art contest, Mardi Gras and more

Dear Families,

Oregon Battles of the Book battles will be held at Charlemagne Feb. 18–20. Bravo to all the readers on our 21 teams participating in OBOB! And a HUGE thank you to Jennifer Frei for coordinating OBOB again this year! Please see her letter below.


Art Call for the 2015 Yearbook

Our school celebrates our french immersion program and commitment to education and culture with our ROYAL FOX MASCOT. We would love to include the creative works (drawings, paintings etc) of the Royal Fox mascot in the 2015 edition of the Charlemagne Yearbook. Please submit your art!

Here are the details:

  • 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 will kick off on Feb. 16 and culminate 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 is coming! 

Feb. 27, 5:30-8 pm

Mardi-Gras-fancyMark your calendars! Come spend time at this fun community event There will be carnival games, a photo booth, raffle baskets, great food and more! Tickets will go on sale for games and food the week of Mardi Gras. The store will be open to get Mardi Gras flair as well. If you would like assistance with tickets, please see MMe.V in the cafeteria. We want all our families to attend this great party!

Look in your email from your teachers for class raffle basket themes and in your children’s backpacks for all info regarding Mardi Gras. A link for all info will be posted soon on the website. Volunteer and cake bakers for the cake walk sign up sheets will be in the office.

Any questions, contact or 541-510-9595.

Our annual Math Madness Fundraiser continues this week

math_symbol_clipartPlease return completed packets now! For every student who turns in a packet, they will have a chance to win a prize in the office. There will be two winners per grade (one from each class) each day from 2/9-2/13. For all students who turn in a packet, they will have a chance to win the grand prize of lunch with Mr. Anderson at Dickie Jo’s. Each class that has 100% participation will have a pizza party, so get working on those packets.

Hope everyone has a fabulous week.

Gina Thompson & Melissa Gomsrud

PTO Co-Chairs

Upcoming Events

Feb. 11 – Site Council Meeting – 3:15 p.m. Library

Feb. 13 – Report Cards come home

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

Oregon Battle of the Books information

Charlemagne Parents and Families,

OBOB_smallIt’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.

Continue reading and enjoying the various stories! Please encourage and support your student(s) to read the books and actively discuss them with their team. Teachers have been hosting practice sessions with teams at school. Parents are welcome to host team discussions or practice sessions outside of school.

Volunteers are needed to run the battles. Specifically, the following dates/times and # of volunteers are needed:

Thur, 2/19, 1 person 8:30 – 11:10am, and 3 people 8:30 – 10:45am.

Fri, 2/20, 6 people 10:40am – 12:30pm, and 1 person 10:40 – 11:40am

Feel free to contact me with any questions.


Jennifer Frei

Girl Scout Cookie Alert Traffic Signs

Looking for a yummy after school treat?  A local Charlemagne Girl Scout Troop will be selling cookies after school Tuesday Feb. 17 through Friday, Feb. 20.

Parent Info 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.

or call 541-790-7877

Safe Routes to School Community Meeting for the Southeast Neighborhood

safe routes to schoolThe Eugene Safe Routes to School program is working on Action Plans that look at different ways to improve the walking and biking environment for students throughout the Southeast region. We are engaging Spencer Butte Middle School, Edgewood Elementary, Charlemagne Elementary, and Ridgeline Montessori parents, staff, and students to create their Action Plans while Camas Ridge will be updating their existing plan. We would also like to talk to the broader community about ways to improve the active transportation options for families in the Southeast region.

A community meeting to discuss Safe Routes to School and active transportation issues will be held February 25th at 5:30 pm at Spencer Butte Middle School.

There will be a brief presentation on the SRTS program and existing conditions followed by a community input session that will help us address the top active transportation priorities for community members in the region. This meeting is hosted by the Eugene School District Transporation Department’s Safe Routes to School Program in partnership with the City of Eugene Public Works.

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 today, to learn more about programs or set up a tour.

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