Principal’s Corner

Dear parents and guardians,

principals cornerYou likely have heard that there was a shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg on Thursday. We are deeply saddened by this terrible event so close to home. Our thoughts are with the Roseburg community and the families of those who lost their lives or were injured.

As always, we ask parents to be our partners in safety: Talk with your son or daughter about how to be safe at home, in your neighborhood, and on the way to and from school. Be alert to potential dangers. Always notify the school if you know of an unsafe situation, and call 911 first if it is emergent. Always check in at the front office and get a visitor badge if you will be at the school, and if you see anyone unauthorized on campus tell school staff right away. Provide the school office with your complete current contact information—if there is ever an emergency we will use email, home phones, cell phones, websites or other communication to notify you with accurate information as quickly as we can.

Families and schools are also partners in caring for our students. I have attached suggestions from the National Association of School Psychologists fortalking with children about violence and for managing strong emotional reactions to traumatic events. I hope you may find these resources of help.

I know you join us in sending our deepest sympathy to the Roseburg community. Please call or email me if you have questions or if there is anything I can do to support you and your child.

Eric Anderson
Principal, Charlemagne French Immersion Elementary School

From Your PTO Co-Chairs

Dear Families,

We hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and got to enjoy some of our beautiful fall weather.

reminder2Last week we kicked off our first ever Read-a-Thon. Pledges should have come home with your students last week or you may receive them the beginning of this week. Get ready to read and earn those minutes so that you can get your piece of tape to help get Mr. Eric stuck on reading. This should be a fun event for kids and an easy way to earn money for your school.

Things seem to be settling down and classes are well underway. We do have a few reminders for you:

If you have not yet paid your student fees, please send a $50 check to Bernadette made out to Charlemagne. These fees are important to help cover field trips, pens, binders, pencils and papers, etc. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Bernadette in the office.

Please do not leave your child at school before 7:50 a.m. unsupervised. We do have Fun Club available starting at 7 a.m., please speak to Ms. V if you are interested in this option.

Also if you have a friend of family member picking up your child at school, remind them not to get out of the car at pickup. Please have them park and walk if there are any concerns about the transition.

We would like to open the gate to the 4th and 5th grade wing in the morning so students can park their bikes. If you are willing to volunteer to supervise the gate from 7:50 until 8:15 a.m., please email Eric (

We are in need of some playground equipment. If you have extra soccer balls, wall balls, footballs, hula hoops etc, and would like to donate them to school, please drop off in the main office to Bernadette. Thank you for your consideration.

Lastly if you were not able to make it to the September PTO meeting, here are the minutes. Please be sure to join us our next meeting on Oct. 20. Thank you and have a great week!


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

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, Oct. 7: Bike and walk to school day

Oct. 8-9: No School for students, Professional Development
Oct. 14: Site Council meeting, 3:15 p.m.
Oct. 16: Book exchange

Oct. 7-20: Poinsettia and wreath sale

Oct. 16-25: Read-a-thon – Read and keep a record of your reading minutes
Oct. 20: PTO meeting, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 23: Picture Day
Oct. 30: Costume parade, 8:15 a.m.

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Books Books Books!

On Oct. 16, each student will have an opportunity to trade their previously enjoyed books with one that will feel “new” to them at our BOOK EXCHANGE!

To make the book exchange successful, we really need a stock of books for them to trade with. So, please donate any gently used books in advance outside of the library.

October Read-a-thon

readthonThe Read-a-thon has officially started. Pledge packets should have come home with Friday or Monday folders.

Students are encouraged to ask family, friends, and neighbors to support their love of reading by obtaining pledges from now until Oct. 16. Pledges will be based on how many minutes students read between Oct. 16-25. Remember, time students read alone or aloud to their parents as well as parents reading to students will all count.

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

$10 donation

$20 donation

$30 donation

$50 donation

Prizes will be awarded for participation.

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

Get ready to go on the most amazing adventure!

YMCA Halloween Party, Oct. 23

YMCA logoThe 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.

Poinsettia and Wreath Fundraiser

poinsettia-1We are kicking off the Poinsettia and Wreath fundraiser this Wednesday, Oct. 7 through Monday, Oct. 20.

The order forms — which will be sent home this week in homework folders —  are a little different than in previous years. Please only return you Final Order Form along with payment on or before Oct. 20. Keep your original forms for your delivery.

We are partnering with Johnson brothers again for another festive holiday. It’s a great way to decorate your home or even for the office. If you have a local business that decorates for the holidays, please consider buying from us. Johnson Brothers always supplies us with the best quality plants and wreaths. They are gorgeous and Poinsettias are offered in 4 varieties and 3 different sizes. The 12” wreaths are mixed greens with juniper berries.

Delivery will be on Dec. 3 after school pick up.

Any and all volunteers to help with delivery and sorting of orders will be greatly appreciated. Please contact me for further details at or (541) 729-3015.

Make A Difference For Children, Become a Foster Family

day_care_clipartThere is a critical need for stable, nurturing foster homes in our community. The greatest needs are for families that can take sibling groups (3-5 children) so they can remain together, homes for toddlers/preschoolers, and homes for teens.

Without safe, loving foster homes in each community, children are forced to change schools and leave friends and familiar surroundings just when they need those things most.

Not everyone can be a foster family, but some can. If you are interested in getting more information about becoming a family that makes a difference for children, call 541-726-6644, ext. 2248 or email

To learn other ways your family can support foster families in our community, contact

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