From your PTO Co-Chairs

Dear Charlemagne Families,

We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. We are so very thankful for all of our Charlemagne staff, teachers, parents and families for generously sharing their time and talents. Our Charlemagne community is a huge part of what makes our school so special!

This evening (Monday, Nov. 30) is our fundraising night at Mazzis. Eitherprint out the attached flier, or pick one up in the front office. Bring the flier to Mazzis anytime between 5-9 pm, and they will contribute 30% of each meal (including food and alcohol) to Charlemagne. Both dine-in and take-out meals will qualify.

This Thursday, Dec. 3 is our annual Holiday Market, beginning after school in the PTO room, Room 7, where the Book Fair was held. This is a fun event where children and families can buy and sell handmade treats and crafts. If you are interested in reserving a table, please contact Troy Garcia or Kathy Gregory at We hope that many of you will stop by to browse the items for sale and support our young entrepreneurs. Also if you ordered a poinsettia or wreath, please stop by and pick them up from 2:45 to 4:45 p.m.

Thursday is also the day for picture retakes. If your child was absent for the first picture day, or if you are not satisfied with the first set of portraits, they can have their pictures taken on that day. If you ordered photos the first time, but would like them retaken, please return all of the prints on Thursday and they will be redone at no extra charge. Volunteers are needed to help facilitate the process. If you can help, please contact Kathy Gregory.

Special thanks to Julie Kim, Esprit de Corps chair, and to everyone who contributed to our Charlemagne Turkey Drive. We raised $245 to help several of our Charlemagne families to have a happy Thanksgiving.

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


Upcoming Events

Nov. 27-Dec. 23: Spring Creek Holly Farm tree fundraiser

Nov. 30: Restaurant Fundraiser at Mazzi’s, 5:30-9 p.m.

Dec. 3: Holiday Fair and Poinsettia pick-up

Dec. 3: Picture Retake Day

Dec. 9: Site Council, 3:15 p.m.

Dec. 21-Jan. 5: No School – Winter Break


Get Your Christmas Tree and Raise Funds for Charlemagne

christmas-treesFor the 6th year, Spring Creek Holly Farm will donate 50% of retail sales of Christmas Trees to local Eugene/Springfield Schools.

The Give Back To Schools Program is an easy way to raise money for our school.

  1. Go to Spring Creek Holly Farm
  2.  Buy a Christmas Tree
  3. Tell them our school’s name
  4. They mail the proceeds to the school in January

Yes, it is that easy.

They also have hand made all holly wreaths, noble fir and holly wreaths and holiday greens! Start your family tradition at Spring Creek Holly Farm


  • Who can participate? Everyone, they do not have to have an affiliation with the school. (Tell friends neighbors and co-workers to use our school’s name when buying a tree).
  • Limits? None
  • How much are the trees? $5/foot
  • What type of trees? Noble Fir
  • Can I cut my own tree? Yes, but you must bring your own hand saw (no chain saws)
  • Where is Spring Creek Holly Farm located? 43111 McKenzie Hwy (Hwy 126), Leaburg

Open 7 days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning the day after Thanksgiving through December 23. For more information call 541-896-3483 or visit

Read-a-thon Update

stuck-on-reading-for-enwesWe all got STUCK on reading!

Congratulations to everyone and thank you to Principal Eric for getting STUCK on reading.

All the students who qualified had a great time taping Principal Eric to the wall.

We read 54,397 minutes and raised more than $7500.

Thank you again for participating and keep on reading.




coatWinter Warmth Drive

Our Winter Warmth Drive starts this week and runs until December 17.

Please consider donating new and gently used coats, sweatshirts, sweats, jackets, gloves, hats and blankets to help others in need. Personal items are also welcome, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, diapers, and wipes.

The clothing will be donated to families who receive services at the First Place Family Center. Collection bags are available in the outside the library.

Winter Weather: How to know when schools are closed

snowflakeSign up now for snow day alert texts
When winter weather arrives, schools may be closed or delayed or buses may use snow routes. School districts decide early in the morning whether there is a need to change the school schedule or bus routes. These decisions are made districtwide and are the same for every 4J school.

There are several ways to find out if there is a change on snowy or icy days:

  • Text-message alerts via Twitter — to sign up, just text FOLLOW 4JWEATHER to 40404
  • 4J website,
  • KRVM 91.9 FM
  • Other radio and television news stations

If there is a school closure or other change, the school district will announce it before 6:30 a.m. If schools and buses are on their regular schedule, there will NOT be an announcement. Parents of students who ride school buses that have alternate snow routes have been informed of what to do. Snow route information can be found on the district website at

If school is in session, families are encouraged to consider road conditions in their areas and make their own decisions based on safety. Parents’ individual decisions about school attendance will be honored. For more information, visit


charlemagne sweatshirtRemaining Charlemagne Tee-shirts and Sweatshirts

Out Charlemagne tee-shirts and sweatshirts were very popular this year. Thank you to Kim O’Brien and her company, TNT Specialty Advertising, for the beautiful printing. We did order extra so that everyone could have an opportunity to get some Charlemagne swag.

While all adult sizes are sold, there are still many kid-sized tees ($15) and a few sweatshirts ($30) left. Please see Bernadette in the office to check out the gear. Make checks out to Charlemagne PTO.


Amity Intern Coordinator Team wanted

Fun opportunity to get in on the ground floor of working with Principal Eric and a teacher representative to select next years Amity interns, place them with host families,and create a strong support network for them, our teachers and host families for the 2016-17 school year. Looking to build a small 2-3 person team to divide responsibilities and have fun with it as a team. Perfect position for parents who want to be involved and understand the Amity program better, but can not host an intern themselves or previous host parent. A truly rewarding volunteer opportunity. Contact Constance Van Flandern if you are interested.

yearbook_camera_4_on_whiteYearbook Classroom Photo editors needed

Another fun volunteer opportunity! This is the perfect easy and fun task for parents who like to take photos and/or know the kids in their child’s grade by name. It’s important that each grade have two parents familiar with that grade to sort photos in our dropbox and make sure every child is fairly represented in their grade pages. Understanding of Dropbox is a plus, but not mandatory. we need: two editors for Kinders, one for 1st grade, two for 2nd grade and two for 5th grade. It’s an easy job–I promise! If you are interested in joining the yearbook committee and helping with the cover art contest, taking club photos, and even helping with pages layouts– we need you! Please contact Constance Van Flandern at

liceLice Prevention and Treatment Information

Lice are always around. They are most often spread between siblings, family members, play-date or sleepover buddies, but a bad case can be shared at school if we don’t all do our part. So…

Please talk to your child about lice and be sure they let an adult know right away if they have an itchy head. The sooner you discover a case of lice, the easier it is to treat it!

Remind kids not to share hats, helmets, hair accessories, etc.

Check your child routinely after a bath or shower, especially if you notice scratching. Look for live critters that move fast, their bite marks (small red spots near the nape of the neck,) or look for their eggs (tiny white/tan sesame-seed shaped) which cling tightly to the hair shaft close to the scalp.

Let your child’s closest contacts know to be on the lookout.

Treat your child and any affected family members with a product designed to kill lice and their eggs and be sure to use a lice comb to comb the hair section by section from root to tip. Wiping the comb on a hot white towel or dipping it in a bowl of hot water in between combings ensures that bugs and eggs are removed and helps you tell if things are getting better or worse!

An affected child should be combed thoroughly every morning before school and wear his/her hair back until the coast is clear. The nurse or school staff may check your child. *LiceFreee Spray is an affordable, non-toxic product widely available at local area grocers and pharmacies. It works great when applied correctly! For more information, see

Hot washing/drying pillow cases, shared towels, hats, combs and brushes, and bed linens is advised when you have a good case on your hands, but keep in mind, lice do not live long without a human head to feed on, and their eggs stay firmly attached to the hair shaft where they were laid. Consider that before you turn your house upside down with laundry and vacuuming.

If you have questions, need advice or assistance, call the school and ask to be put in touch with the nurse.

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:

Mazzi’s Restaurant Fundraiser on Monday, Nov. 30

Please put Monday, Nov. 30 on your calendars to save the date for our first restaurant fundraiser of the academic year.

Mazzi’s is open for dinner from 5-9:30 p.m., and they serve a variety of Italian foods, including wood-fired pizza, handmade pasta, lasagne, eggplant parmesan and other Italian classic menu items as well as a variety of seasonal seafood and meat specials, fresh salads with homemade dressings and a wide selection of wines, mixed drinks and desserts. They also have gluten-free options.

Bring the family, make it a date night or order take out.

Please be sure to print out the voucher — click here to get it — as Mazzi’s will only donate a portion of the proceeds of the meals purchased WITH the voucher.

Buon apetito!

5th annual Charlemagne Holiday Market, Dec. 3

Thursday, Dec. 3, 2:45-4:45 p.m. Come pick up your poinsettias and join the holiday market for some holiday cheer while shopping for seasonal items.

Sign ups for a table will be in the office. No fee to attend or have a table, but you must sign up to have a spot. Kids are encouraged to participate, and please, adults, sign up as well!

Items featured for sale in the past: fancy cookies, soap, candles, hair ties, pottery, books, knitwear, and more.

To volunteer to help set up or tear down, or to get general questions answered about this fun event, contact Troy Garcia,, or Kathy Gregory,

We look forward to seeing you there!

Free After School Reading Tutoring

1st-5th grade students can receive free after school reading intervention services at University of Oregon. Students who are performing below benchmark are encouraged to apply. Services focus on alphabetic principle/phonics and fluency instruction, so the program is most beneficial for students performing below benchmark (strategic or intensive) in grades 1-2 and students needing more intensive support in grades 3-5.

Students receive 50 minutes of direct instruction in reading using research-based intervention programs 2 times per week. Instruction is provided in small groups or one-on-one, depending on student need, and is delivered by undergraduate and graduate University of Oregon students.

Tutoring takes place at the HEDCO Clinic on the UO campus. Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Any student in grades 1-5 who is performing below benchmark in reading is eligible to apply, though priority will be given to students with deficits in phonics and fluency. If more students apply than we have the capacity to serve, those students will be placed on a waiting list.

Click here for the application packet to apply for these tutoring services.

For more information or to submit your application, contact Shaheen Munir-McHill, coordinator of the CTL Reading Clinic at UO, at or Anna Ingram at

Lunchtime Serenades

Wouldn’t it be great if we could gift the kids with live music every day to delight, soothe, and inspire them? We can make that dream a reality if we have parents willing to share their musical talent. The working plan is to provide live music daily during lunch, 11:20a.m. to noon, for the last school week in December, which is Dec. 14-18.

Musicians of all sorts as well as singers who are willing to give this a go are to contact Julie Kim at or 248-515-9466. Let’s make it happen!

-an event of the Esprit de Corps committee

Keep Those Box Tops Coming

We submitted almost 2,000 Box Tops for Education before the Nov. 1 deadline, earning our school $199.80. Thank you to everyone who’s collected and turned in your Box Tops in the barrel outside the library.
We’ll keep collecting them on an ongoing basis, so keep clipping them out on the products you already buy that have them. We need just the Box Tops coupon with the expiration date visible. Our goal for this year is $400.