Principal’s Corner

principals cornerPlease be sure to provide layers of clothing for your children as the possibility of inclement weather is fast approaching. Students will have outside recess in wet conditions so please dress them appropriately. Last year, we only had inside/covered recess a few times for stormy weather.

Now that we are 6 weeks into the school year, I will be spending most of Tuesday’s and Thursday’s in the classroom performing teacher observations, supporting instruction and providing instructional feedback to staff. Our staff goal is to focus on improving teaching and learning, and our teachers need constructive feedback on a timely and regular basis to do so. This significantly limits my ability to respond to parents via email, so if you have a concern and would like to have a discussion, please contact Bernadette who will manage my calendar for us to meet on Mon/Wed/Fridays. Meetings can be by phone or in person.

Please do not hesitate to contact me for issues of student safety like bullying and harassment. I am always available for those issues as students take priority.

As Halloween approaches and you are considering costumes for the optional school parade on Friday the 30th, please follow the guidelines below.

Halloween Parade Dress Code:

  • NO weapons
  • NO weapon-like props
  • NO excessive bareness (no spaghetti straps, exposed bra straps, bare midriffs)
  • NO dress as another ethnicity or race
  • NO especially scary or gory costumes (Nothing that would scare a kindergarten student)
  • *Masks must be taken off after the parade for the remainder of the day

If you are not sure about the appropriateness of a costume, please ask me. Students will be asked to change clothes for inappropriate attire.
Eric Anderson
Principal, Charlemagne French Immersion Elementary School


Picture Day on Friday

Dear Families,

It’s picture day at school this week. Get your beautiful smiles ready for the camera on Friday, Oct. 23. Be sure to bring your order form and payment with you or if you would like, you can order online ahead of time. Looking forward to those smiles.

Friday, Oct. 16 kicked off our first Read-a-Thon with a book exchange. The kids had so much fun exchanging books and getting something new to read for this week’s challenge. Make sure to log your hours so that you can earn your piece of tape to get Principal Eric “Stuck on Reading.” Keep those pages turning!

We are looking for anyone who has the talent and a little time to make a couple of window coverings for some hallway windows at school. If you would like to help with this, please contact Bernadette in the office and she can give you information of what is needed.

pto meetingThe Book Fair is coming in a couple of weeks. We could use several volunteers to make this happen. We have several shifts available and they are in two hour increments. There also are shifts for setup and tear down and it’s so much fun to see the kids get excited about reading. See information below and links for signing up. Thank you all who can help with this important event that helps us buy new books for our school library.

We hope you can join us for our monthly PTO meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m.Come and hear from Principal Eric about the exciting developments going on at school and how the staff is making the most of their collaboration time. We also will have a guest Shane MacRodes who will give us information about Safe Routes to School. Click here for the agenda for our meeting and remember free childcare is available.

If you have anything you would like us to share in the eNews, please have your submissions to Shannon and Gina by Friday at 5 p.m. to make sure they are included in the next week’s eNews.

Have a wonderful week,

Gina Thompson and Shannon Tom (PTO co-chairs),


Upcoming Events

Oct. 19: Poinsettia and wreath sale order forms due

Oct. 16-25: Read-a-thon
Oct. 20: PTO meeting, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 23: Picture Day
Oct. 30: Costume parade, 8:15 a.m.
Nov. 4-10: Book Fair
Nov. 9-10: No School, Conferences
Nov. 11: No School, Veteran’s Day

Nov. 13: Dental/vision screening


Read-a-thon Read Week

readthonIt’s read week of Read-a-thon. Make sure to log the minutes read on the read-a-thon envelope.

Time that students read alone or aloud to their parents as well as parents reading to students will all count.

Also, you can continue to collect pledges for Read-a-thon during this week.

To make donations easier we’ve set up on-line options:

$10 donation

$20 donation

$30 donation

$50 donation

Prizes will be awarded based on minutes read:

  • Students who read 100 minutes will get a piece of tape to tape Principal Eric to the library wall so he can be “STUCK on reading!”
  • Pizza Party for the class with the best participation.
  • Grand prize: eReader (Kindle/Nook) for one lucky participant!

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. — Dr. Seuss

For questions, contact July Park at


Book Exchange

A big thank you to everyone who donated books and sent books with children on Friday to trade. Because of you, the book exchange was a huge success. Every student got a “new” book on Friday that wanted one. What a way to start off the Read Week of the Read-a-thon.

Book Fair Begins in Two Weeks

Book-FairThe Scholastic Book Fair is two weeks away. We still need to fill 33 volunteers shifts from Nov. 3-12. Please take a minute to sign up:

You will always be with other volunteers and not alone. It’s a fun atmosphere and a great way to support the school!

For more information, contact Natalie Reeves, Book Fair Co-Chair at or 541-953-9662.

halloween-pumpkin-clip-art-9czyABycEUO Residence Halls Halloween Carnival

Kindergartners through 3rd graders are invited to a Halloween Carnival in the UO Bean West residence hall.

Saturday, Oct. 31
4-6 p.m.

Click here for the flyer.

Bricks 4 Kidz After School Classes

B4Kidz_logoemailGrades: K-5
Dates: Six Wednesdays starting Nov. 4, and ending Dec. 16.
No class on Veterans Day.
Time: 2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
Location: Room #6
Instructor: Jason Castanza and Lacie Wilson
Cost $72.00 for six classes, K-5.

Fire up your child’s curiosity and creativity this Fall as your child learns and builds the fun and exciting model plans offered by Bricks 4 Kidz®! We use LEGO© bricks and our own custom LEGO© kits in a project based curriculum to teach really interesting science, technology, engineering, and math concepts. Afterwards the children build motorized LEGO© creations that relate to each lesson plan and put their learning to use. They think it’s fun, you know it’s educational!

Class: Air, Land, and Sea!
This is a hands-on class that uses LEGO® Bricks and Motors! Take to the sky in our Bricks 4 Kidz helicopter, race across the beach in an ingenious land sail, or zoom through the water on a jet ski. Kids will learn what makes each machine unique and how it moves, exploring concepts such as buoyancy, propulsion, lift and g-forces!

Class size: Maximum 20

Register by visiting the Bricks 4 Kids website at and selecting ‘View Classes’ or by clicking here.

If you have questions or need assistance to register for classes, please contact Jason Castanza at 541-600-6614 or by email at

Have some news to share?

news-eventsDo you have news to share with the Charlemange community in our enews, Facebook page or website? Please email us with articles by Thursday at 5 p.m. to be included in the following week’s news.

Repeated from prior weeks:

Picture Day Information

Picture Day is Friday, Oct. 23
Our school Picture Day ID: LO535142Y0

Simplify picture day by ordering online at

  • No need to send cash or flyer back to school when you order online
  • See more options available online
  • Use credit card or PayPal on our secure site

Click here to order online.

To volunteer to help, contact Kathy Gregory,

YMCA Halloween Party, Oct. 23

The Eugene Family YMCA is having a Halloween Party from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23. It’s a free evening of swimming, carnival games, a movie in the pool, yummy snacks and another day to wear your Halloween costume. There’ll be:

  • face painting
  • harvest carnival and bounce house
  • shipshape crafts
  • spooky room
  • galley of snacks
  • movie in the pool
  • dance party

Location: Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

We Need Your (Kid’s) Pants

Bernadette reports that we’re low on both boys and girls pants and underwear in the office (for when kids have accidents or get wet and need a change of pants). Please return any items your own children may have borrowed from school and donate any extras they’ve grown out of. No shirts, please.