Principal’s Corner

principals cornerDear Charlemagne Families,

Please utilize our new breakfast program in the cafeteria! Due to the low numbers of participants, we may lose the service for all students. If a student receives a free or reduced lunch, breakfast is also included. Breakfast is only $1.40 each day for all other students.

The lower gates by the 4th and 5th grade classrooms will be coming off this Friday morning and re-installed on the following Wednesday. We chose this date to minimize time when students would be in session without the gates. When the work begins Friday morning, teachers will lock the outside doors and students will use the back of the classrooms to utilize bathrooms for those couple hours.

Remember to dress your child appropriately for the possibility of cold and wet recesses this week. Unless it is storming, recess will be outside.

Have a wonderful week.

Eric Anderson


Charlemagne French Immersion Elementary School

From your PTO Co-Chairs

Bonjour Families,

We hope everyone had a spooktacular weekend! It was fun to see all the kids and staff parading on Friday in their Halloween best.

The Book Fair is starting this week. Thank you to Natalie Reeves and to all the parents who have volunteered, but we have a couple more shifts that need to be filled. If you are able to help, please see information below for the link to sign up.

Book Fair kicks off on Wednesday after school, followed by our Grand Lunch on Thursday. Be sure to visit the Book Fair in the PTO room that is down past the kinder and 3rd grade wing. There is also access from the parking lot on the back of the school off of Potter Street. Don’t forget that CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG will be at the Book Fair on Saturday, Nov. 7.

We wrapped up the Read-a-thon and we send out a big thank you to Julie Park and all volunteers for all their hard work on this Inaugural Fundraiser. If you have not turned in your reading logs with the hours that you read, please do so. Remember that you do not have to have pledges to participate. We will however keep the online donation links open until the middle of November for anyone who still would like to donate. See the links below.

Some school library books may have accidentally gone home during the book exchange on Friday, Oct. 16. If your child came home with a book that had a barcode that wasn’t marked with a black sharpie please send it back to the school library. There will be more books to choose from in the library so your child will not be bookless. Thank you.

Don’t forget the conferences are coming up next week on Nov. 9 and 10.If you have not scheduled a conference with your student’s teacher, please use the links that the home room teacher sent out for you sign up. If you did not receive the links, please contact the student’s teacher to schedule a time. There will be a make-up conferences held on Nov. 25.

Click here to view this month’s lunch menu. Also see below information about Sunbutter being offered in the lunch room.

Thank you and have a great week!

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

Upcoming Events

Nov. 4-10: Book Fair

Nov. 5: Book Fair Grand Lunch

Nov. 9-10: No School, Conferences

Nov. 11: No School, Veteran’s Day

Nov. 13: Dental/vision screening

Nov. 17: PTO meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 25: Conference makeups – No School

Nov 26-27: Thanksgiving Break – No School

Book Fair Starts This Week

The Scholastic Book Fair starts this Wednesday after school.

Don’t forget about the GRAND LUNCH on Thursday. Kids can have lunch with someone grand in their lives and shop the book fair during their recess time. Grades K-2 go to lunch first, then shop the book fair during their recess time. Grades 3-5 shop the book fair during their 11:20 recess, then eat lunch at 11:40.

We also sell French books, so look for the French Books table while at the fair.

All profits support our school library!

Operating hours are as follows:

  • Wednesday, after school until 4:15
  • Thursday, GRAND LUNCH, 11:15-12:30, and after school sales until 4:15
  • Friday, after school sales until 2:00
  • Saturday, MEET CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG, 10 am – 1 pm
  • Monday, during parent-teacher conferences, noon – 7:30 pm
  • Tuesday, during parent teacher conferences, 8 am – 3:30 pm

We still need volunteers. For every shift you volunteer, your name is entered into a drawing for Scholastic dollars to be used towards purchases at the fair. A big thank you to all of the volunteers already signed up.

The link to volunteer is:

See you at the book fair this week!

Natalie Reeves, Co-Chair

Read-a-thon Online Donations

You can still make online donations for Read-a-thon:

sunbutterComing to a Lunch Menu Near You – Sunbutter

SUNBUTTER (made from sunflower seeds) is coming to our school lunch menus. While this is great news for some, it may be scary for others. Please reassure your peanut or nut-allergic child that our school lunches are still peanut and nut-free, check your menus, and let us know if your child is allergic to sunflower seeds.

lostnfoundLost and Found

Here are some recent items that turned up in our lost and found. Do these belong to your child? Come and claim them — along with the racks of jackets, sweatshirts and other odd items.

Our lost and found lives in the cafeteria. Please check it regularly to reclaim your child’s clothes.

news-eventsHave some news to share?

Do 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:

Getting to School On Time

Are you experiencing challenges getting your child to school on time?

Please contact Eric so he can help problem solve. An example challenge could be the LTD bus schedule.

TAG information and meeting Nov. 3

The Talented And Gifted (TAG) identification process goes on most of the school year. However, we have two windows of testing that we try to fit most candidates into. The first will be the week of Nov. 16. This date corresponds conveniently with the conclusion of parent/teacher conferences and its resulting information.

We will have a second window in the spring, probably after spring break. There is a clearly defined TAG identification process for the K-2 grades and a slightly different, but equally well-defined one for grades 3-12 (click here for the PDF).

The first step of the process is to fill out a referral form and turn it in to the office or directly to me. We have two forms, referral for Academically Gifted in either Reading or Math (our only two identification areas) or as Intellectually Gifted. TAG referral forms are available in the office, or you can email Charlemagne’s TAG Coordinator, Jana Kincaid, at for the appropriate form.

It’s a good idea to include your child’s teacher in the process from the beginning since the teacher will be asked to provide input as a natural part of the process. Please keep in mind that all individual TAG information is completely confidential.

TAG informational meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 3

WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 3, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

WHERE: Cesar Chavez Elementary School, 1510 W 14th Ave, Eugene, Oregon 97402

INVITATION: Join members of the parent leaders network to learn ways to support the needs of Talented and Gifted (TAG) children at our elementary schools. Review resources and explore opportunities for district-wide collaboration.

FEATURED GUESTS: Kerri Sage, 4J TAG Coordinator and Marjorie DeBuse, Ph.D. Adj Professor, Former Director, Youth Enrichment and Gifted Programs, College of Education University of Oregon

6:30 to 7:15pm: Talented and Gifted Education (TAG)
7:15 to 8:15pm: Break Out Groups
8:15 to 8:30pm: Next Steps

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: This is a parent-led meeting open to anyone with an interest in supporting the needs of Talented and Gifted (TAG) elementary level students and their families. It is open to the public.

“Common Core: Tell Me More”

Straight information for parents and an open, accepting opportunity to ask questions, share ideas and voice concerns about your children’s education.

Thursday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m.
University of Oregon, Law School, Room 110, 1515 Agate, Eugene

What is the Common Core? Get accurate information on Common Core State Standards
• The Oregon State Board of Education adopted CCSS in English Language Arts and Mathematics in 2010. Forty‐three states have also adopted the CCSS.
• The motivation to adopt Common Core included: Oregon’s previous standards proved too low. Locally, 75% of our students who enter LCC need remedial course work in English or Math before they can begin college level classes. Education experts’ opinion that a modern approach to math and Language Arts teaching that focuses on thinking and problem solving above memorization is needed.

What do the test scores mean for my child? Honestly, how can I help my child?
Local experts will share useful ways that parents can help their children in school, beyond “read to your child.”

Speakers include:
Charis McGaughy, formerly of Educational Policy Improvement Center, now 4J Chief of staff Classroom teachers, to talk about their experience with Common Core
Carol Metzler, Science Director, Oregon Research Institute, specialist in parenting & child development

RSVP or questions: 541-912-2921

Sponsored by the local chapter of Lane County Stand for With support from the U of O Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics.

Play in the Rain on Nov. 14

Annual Play in the Rain Day: Saturday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at Mount Pisgah Arboretum

Spend the day outdoors with your family, rain or shine. Enjoy hikes, scavenger hunts, hay rides, nature art, campfire cookery, archery, tree-climbing, and more. Free parking courtesy of Lane County Parks and all activities, including campfire food, are free.

The event happens at Mount Pisgah Arboretum, sponsored by the Youth in Nature Partnership. For more info see

Fall After School Golf and Tennis Session #2 Starts Nov. 4

All levels K-6 are welcome whether you are brand new, or you are trying to earn your next TGA color level. TGA brings the golf course and tennis court to you, making it convenient and affordable to learn and play golf or tennis right on your school campus in a fun and safe environment.

All equipment is provided and financial aid is available. Sign at

Tennis – Wednesdays 2:55-3:55 p.m.

Golf – Fridays 12:15-1:15 p.m.

Location: Charlemagne playground/field

International Math Competition

The UO Math Department is hosting an international Math competition for school children in grades 1-12 on March 17, 2016, at 5 pm on the UO campus.

The problems will be very interesting and challenging. Last year 55 students participated, and 5 of them scored on the state and/or national level.

For more information, visit Registration deadline is Dec. 15.