Principal’s Corner

principals cornerDear Charlemagne Families,

Our school district’s new superintendent, Dr. Gustavo Balderas, is inviting parents and the public to stop in to get to know him and to share your thoughts and questions about Eugene’s schools.

“Meet the Superintendent” drop-in sessions are offered this fall at different locations around the district.

Thursday, Nov. 12:
5:30–6:30 p.m. English-language
6:30–7:30 p.m. Spanish-language
Kelly Middle School, 850 Howard Avenue, in the library

Wednesday, Dec. 9:
5:30–6:30 p.m.
Cal Young Middle School, 2555 Gilham Road, in the library

Take care,

Eric Anderson


Charlemagne French Immersion Elementary School

From your PTO Co-Chairs

Hello Charlemagne Families,

This week will be a short one, with no school for students on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. Monday and Tuesday are reserved for Parent-Teacher conferences. Wednesday will be a no school day in observance of Veteran’s Day.

While you are at school this week for conferences, stop by the Book Fair in Room 7 (past the 3rd grade rooms in the 3rd grade and Kindergarten wing). There is also access from the parking lot in the back of the school off Potter Street. The Book Fair has many fun options for gift-giving along with books in French and several of this year’s OBOB books. Also, our teachers have each made a wish list in case you’d like to donate a book to your child’s classroom.Volunteers are still needed – sign up here if you can help out.

Volunteers are also needed for the dental and vision screenings on Nov. 13. If you are available to help, please follow this link or contact our volunteer coordinator Kathy Gregory,

Have you signed up for eScrip? It’s by far the easiest way to support Charlemagne. Simply go to to register, then do your normal shopping as usual. See the article below for more details. By the way, if you’ve signed up in previous years, please take 5 minutes to log in and make sure your registered credit cards are up-to-date.

Finally, as we enter the Thanksgiving season, let’s take time to remember all of the families in our Charlemagne community. If you can, please donate to the Charlemagne Turkey Donation Drive. Donations will be collected in the main office.

We hope you have a good week and enjoy your conferences,

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

Upcoming Events

Nov. 9-10: Book Fair

Nov. 9-10: No School, Conferences

Nov. 11: No School, Veteran’s Day

Nov. 13: Dental/vision screening

Nov. 17: TAG parent group meeting, 5:30 p.m.

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

Nov. 25: Conference makeups – No School

Nov 26-27: Thanksgiving Break – No School

Dec. 3: Holiday Fair and Poinsettia pick-up

Help Needed with Dental and Vision Screening

Next Friday, 11/13 from 8:45-11:15 a.m., we need 4-5 additional people to assist our nurse Helana with dental and vision screenings.

They will learn to use some instruments for assessment, help keep kids in order during screening and complete some paperwork as well.

If you can help, please sign up at: or contact Kathy Gregory at


Strep Throat Information

There have been several cases of Strep Throat in our school lately. According to our 4j school nurse, here’s what to watch for.

The following symptoms may appear 2-5 days following exposure:

  • Throat painstrep
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Red and swollen tonsils, sometimes with white patches or streaks of pus
  • Tiny red spots on the soft or hard palate — the area at the back of the roof of the mouth
  • Swollen, tender lymph glands (nodes) in your neck
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Rash
  • Stomachache and sometimes vomiting, especially in younger children

See your health care provider if you have concern that your child may have Strep Throat. Diagnosis involves a throat culture and, if positive, a full course of antibiotic treatment is advised. Generally, students may return to school 24-48 hours after treatment has begun, but please consult your health care provider for advice.

Strep is contagious bacterial infection, easily transmitted by contact with the nasal/oral secretions of an affected individual. Be sure to sanitize eating utensils, toothbrushes, towels, etc. once treatment has begun to protect family members from infection.

Thank you for helping keep our school community healthy.

Thanksgiving Turkey Donation Drive

turkey driveIn honor of Thanksgiving, let’s remember those in our own school community. Please donate to Charlemagne’s Turkey Donation Drive Nov. 12–23.

Let’s make sure everyone has a feast on Thanksgiving Day! Please donate cash or checks to benefit Charlemagne families in need of food assistance during the holidays. Look for the orange pumpkin to deposit your donations in the main office. Make checks out to “Charlemagne PTO.”

Sponsored by Esprit de Corps. For more information, contact Julie Kim at

Confidential: If you are struggling financially, and could use some food assistance this Thanksgiving, please speak up. Don’t be shy (no questions asked), just call us. Please give your name to Julie Kim or to Bernadette in the main office. We will keep your name confidential.

Book Fair Continues Monday and Tuesday

The Scholastic Book Fair is still going strong.

Book-FairCome and see us during parent teacher conferences. 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:

  • Monday, during parent-teacher conferences, noon – 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, during parent teacher conferences, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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 Successes

WHAT A GRAND ADVENTURE. Our inaugural Read-a-thon was a great success.

Total minutes read: 53,171
Student participation: 52%
Pizza party winner: Kindergarten class, Mme. Anou Hampshire, with with 74% participation
Total amount raised: More than $7,500

GREAT JOB everyone!

school-lunches-clip-art-60337Your Thoughts Wanted: Cafeteria Food

Please let us know your thoughts about the cafeteria food at Charlemagne.

This survey is available for your input.

Give To Charlemagne By Shopping

Give to Charlemagne just by doing your normal shopping. Did you know that grocery stores, restaurants, and even and Macy’s will give to Charlemagne? All you have to do is register with eScrip and then shop just like you always do. It’s the easiest way to earn money for Charlemagne.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Signup for eScrip: It’s free, 100% secure, and easy.
  2. Register your credit and debit cards with eScrip: They won’t charge you anything, guaranteed. It’s also completely secure.
  3. Select Charlemagne as your school. We’re Group ID: 7748978
  4. Go shopping! It really is that easy.

If you’ve signed up in previous years, please take 5 minutes to log in and make sure your registered credit cards are up-to-date.

Here’s a partial list of some of the local merchants that participate:

  • Market of Choice
  • Sizzle Pie
  • Ambrosia
  • Izumi Sushi
  • Lucky Noodle
  • Rye
  • and many more

To shop online, just go to the eScrip “mall” and click to your favorite merchant. You’ll automatically earn donations just by shopping. Here’s a partial list of places you can shop online:

  • Amazon
  • The Home Depot
  • Macy’s
  • Nordstroms
  • Bloomingdale’s
  • Walmart
  • West Elm
  • eBay

If you have questions, there’s a great FAQ online here: You can also contact with any questions.

TAG (1)Charlemagne Talented and Gifted Parent Group meeting, Nov. 17

My child has been TAG identified, now what? Are you curious what the next step is after your child has been identified? Are you eager to learn more about what a TAG Plan looks like? Are you interested in learning what should take place at TAG Plan meeting? Would you like to learn more about what resources are available to help your TAG identified child both in school and at home?

Join the Charlemagne Talented and Gifted Parent Group for a presentation by our very own Charlemagne TAG coordinator, Jana Kincaid. She will present the answers to these questions and show us some fantastic resources to use with our children. The last 15 minutes will be an open Q and A with both Mme. Jana and our principal Mr. Eric.

We’ll meet on Nov. 17 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. (before the PTO meeting) in the Charlemagne cafeteria. Our goal is to offer positive support to our children, their teachers, and to our educational community.

If you’d like to become involved or join our email list please contact Lisa Joye,, or Natalie Reeves,

Auvi-Q 2Auvi-Q Epinephrine Auto-Injectors Recall

There is a nationwide recall in effect for Auvi-Q Epinephrine Auto-Injectors due to a dose-delivery concern. (Lot numbers 2299596 through 3037230.) Anyone who carries Auvi-Q for protection against severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) is encouraged to contact his/her provider immediately for a new auto-injector prescription. For more information about the recall, including the process for reimbursement, please see:

Autumn Fair at The Little French School

little french school logoOn Sunday, Nov. 15, The Little French School is hosting its annual Autumn Fair from 2-5 pm. The event is open to the public is a great chance to come together with the French immersion community to enjoy good food, friends, and fun in the fall!

LFS will transform its classrooms into a cafe featuring treats, beverages, live ambiance music and fresh crepes from Caramel French Patisserie, a gift bazaar with cute crafts from our students, parents and local artists, as well as a children’s room with fun activities like face painting and arts and crafts.

All proceeds from this event go to support LFS, a 501(c)(3) non-profit. LFS would love to see alumni and meet new friends at the fair. If you are interested in selling crafts or homemade items in the bazaar or volunteering at the event, please contact LFS at

For more details, follow this link: Little French School Autumn Fair

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.

Read-a-thon Online Donations

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

Lost 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.

Coming 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.

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

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.