From your PTO Co-Chairs: Mardi Gras is coming!

Dear Charlemagne families,

It is time to get excited for Mardi Gras! Mardi Gras is our all-school carnival coming up on the evening of Friday, Feb. 5. This event is one of the biggest of the year, and it will take a lot of help to make it a great time for everyone! Please see the article below for volunteer opportunities. For more information you can contact the Mardi Gras chairperson, Ashley Talbott-Kautzman,, or sign up online here.

In other news, our annual canned food drive for Food for Lane County will runs Feb. 1-8 See below for more details.

It’s time to plant some trees! Join us on Friday, Jan. 29 from 10 a.m. to noon to plant 8 trees on school grounds. Friends of Trees will lead the tree planting and we need 8-10 adult volunteers. If you have any questions, contact Kathy Lynn at or 541-206-3281. To volunteer, sign up online here.

4th grade families
: If you missed the Canoe Island information session, please see the article below for important information.

Finally, are you interested in developing a school garden or exploring improved school nutrition? Parents would love to have your involvement in either of two newly forming work groups: School Garden & Nutrition. Contact Kadri Jacobsen: (541) 484-5719

Thanks so much and have a great week!

Shannon Tom and Gina Thompson,

Upcoming Events

Jan. 26: TAG parent group meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 29: Grading Day – No School

Jan. 29: Tree planting at Charlemagne, 10 a.m. to noon
Feb. 1-8: Canned food drive

Feb. 5: Mardi Gras

Feb. 8: Matth Madness fundraiser begins

Feb 12: Professional Development Day – No School 

Feb 15: Presidents’ Day – No School

Feb. 16-19: OBOB

Mardi Gras Information

This year’s Mardi Gras celebration is less than two weeks away. While the planning committee is busily working on all the finer details that will make this event spectacular for everyone, we could still use a little assistance from our families and community. This is a great opportunity for any of you who want to do something quick and easy to help out the school.

Ways to pitch in:

  • Class Reps in grades K-3 and 5 are being asked to coordinate bakers who would be willing to donate about five cakes from each class for the Cake Walk event.
  • The proceeds from the food and bake sale at Mardi Gras go to the 4th grade Canoe Island scholarship fund. 4th grade families have received separate information regarding volunteering and contributions needed. If anyone has questions, or to volunteer, contact the Canoe Island committee chair Tabatha Andrews,
  • Help out the night of the event to help run the store, the crazy hair station, clean up, etc. Alternatively, if you know anyone in the community who may be interested in helping out during the evening in exchange for dinner, community service time, etc., you or they can most certainly reach out. There’s a sign up form in the front office, you can visit the online signup form, or you can get in contact with the planning committee directly: Ashley Talbott-Kautzman, 2016 Mardi Gras Chairperson,

Not everyone has the time or ability to help with every event during the year, so even if you want to help out now and cannot, please keep other events in mind for when you can.

Mardi Gras store

You can pick up goodies at the Mardi Gras Store before the event.

The Mardi Gras Store will be open on the following days and times:
Feb. 1 -4: 2:45 to 3 p.m.
Feb. 5: noon to 12:15 p.m.

Tickets, toys, and other fun gear will all be there!

Canoe Island Information

If you missed the Canoe Island information session, click here to find links to the forms that were passed out.

Important deadlines – Feb. 17: chaperone request forms and student trip deposit of $75 are due. Envelopes for collection and extra forms are available in the office. In lieu of the deposit, you may speak with Melissa ( to discuss scholarship options.

Food for Lane County Food Drive

Our annual canned food drive for Food for Lane County starts Monday, Feb. 1 and ends on Monday, Feb. 8.

We’ll provide collection bins for each grade and reward the grade with the most amount of donated goods with a pizza party with Principal Eric. Collections bins will be clearly marked for each grade and placed between the two classes of each grade. Bins will be weighed by Food for Lane Country and the winning grade will be announced on Tuesday, Feb. 9, the actual Mardi Gras holiday.

Remember, this is an opportunity for our Charlemagne community to share with families in the Eugene/Springfield area who would otherwise go hungry. So bring in your canned and dry food donations (or better yet, send them in your child’s backpack).

There will also be a collection bin at the entrance of our Mardi Gras celebration on Friday, Feb. 5 for anyone who would like to use that opportunity to bring donations. The donations that night will be given to Food for Lane County but not count toward a particular grade.

Let’s see how much we can collect!

Sponsored by Charlemagne’s Esprit de Corps Committee.

Charlemagne Tree Planting on Friday, Jan. 29 (10 am – noon)

It’s time to plant some trees! Join us on Friday, Jan. 29 from 10 a.m to noon to plant 8 trees on school grounds.

Friends of Trees will lead the tree planting and we need8-10 adult volunteers. Two volunteers are needed to meet Erik at his office at 9 a.m.

You are welcome to bring your children to the tree planting with you, but they must be supervised. There will be some jobs for kids to help with.

If you have any questions, contact Kathy Lynn at or 541-206-3281. To volunteer, sign up here.

School Garden & Nutrition Work Groups Invitation

Are you interested in developing a school garden or exploring improved school nutrition?

Parents would love to have your involvement in either of two newly forming work groups: School Garden & Nutrition.

Contact Kadri Jacobsen: (541) 484-5719

Plant for the Planet Academy training, Feb. 14

Plant for the Planet Academy is a one-day leadership training program on Feb. 14 for youth (age 8-17) on the issue of climate change and climate justice. It will be held at Temple Beth Israel, free-of-charge, with lunch provided. We will recruit 60-80 young people from the Eugene/Springfield area, who can go back into their schools and communities to reach other young people.

Plant for the Planet (PFP) is a non-profit group started by a 9-year-old, run by and for young people, with adult support. Through 1-day “academies” they impart basic information and tools that youth can use to take meaningful action on climate change, both by planting trees and by developing skills to work with local officials and organizations to change public policy and lower carbon emissions — with a goal of global economic and climate justice. So far, PFP youth have organized in 50 countries, planted more than 14 billion trees, and have become powerful voices in the broader climate justice movement.

What: Plant for the Planet Academy
When: Feb. 14, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Where: Temple Beth Israel, 1175 E. 29th Ave., Eugene, OR 97403
Cost: Free of charge / lunch
Who: For young people ages 8-17, any interested parents and other adults ages 18 and up who wish to volunteer. Children ages 6-7 welcome with strong parental support.
How: To register, young people (and parents) go (The sooner the better!)
Contacts: Stacey Goldenberg: or Cameron Hubbe:

From our School Nurse

It is high germ season here at school and we sure could use your help keeping our school community healthy. Here are a few reminders:

  • As a general rule, we ask that you do not send your child to school within 24 hours of an episode of vomiting, diarrhea, or fever > 100F; these are signs that your child may be highly contagious.
  • If your child has a suspicious or stubborn rash, blister(s), sore(s) or an itchy eye with discharge, please call your child’s health care provider before sending him/her to school.
  • If your child is uncomfortable, fatigued, not eating or sleeping well, etc., consider keeping him/her home. These are the early signs that your child may be contagious and suffering from illness.
  • When you call the office, please let us know if your child is absent because of illness.
  • Please model and practice good hand and respiratory hygiene at home. Washing hands and covering coughs and sneezes with the crook of your arm really does help stem the spread of germs.
  • If you have received a notice that your child’s immunization record is incomplete, per Oregon state law, you must take action or your child may be excluded from school in February.
  • Lice are always around in the elementary setting. Please check your children once in a while after a bath or shower for bugs or eggs (“nits,”) especially if they are complaining of an itchy head. Early treatment with an effective product, followed by daily combing before school helps protect us all against infestations.
  • If your child does not have health insurance or a health provider, he/she can receive low or no-cost basic health care at the Churchill HS School-Based Health Center (541 790-5227) or at one of Lane County’s Community Health Centers (541 682-3550.) Please call for an appointment!

Be well and thanks for your help
Helana Kadyszewski, RN (541) 790-5746

Young Rembrandts winter classes

This winter is the perfect time to register for Young Rembrandts drawing classes.

Artists will advance techniques in color pencil, marker and Sharpie. A fast food still life and emoticons will provide a lot of fun. Make this an unforgettable winter for learning and fun.

Classes are Tuesdays, 2:45-3:45 p.m.

Enroll online

Collect Box Tops

Looking for a fun way to collect Box Tops?

Click here for a lovely collection sheet, print it out and fill it in with Box Tops throughout the month of February.

Turn them in to the barrel outside the library at the end of the month (even if only partly completed).

Free Jazz at the Shedd for Students

All students from grade school to college are eligible for free tickets to concerts through the Free Shedd Jazz Tickets for Students Program, which has been made possible by a generous grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

The Free Shedd Jazz Tickets for Students program sets aside a substantial block of tickets to most of The Shedd’s plethora of 2015-16 jazz concerts (representing the many aspects of this rich and diverse American art form) for middle, high and college students on a first-come, first-serve basis.

All students, elementary through college are eligible, regardless whether they are music students. All that is required to pick up one’s ticket is to show a current student ID at time of purchase or at Will Call. The Institute will also work with schools or educational programs who wish to organize groups of students wishing to attend.

Contact The Shedd Ticket Office at 541.434.7000 or or The Shedd Institute Community Music Institute at 541.434.7015 or

The Shedd Institute offers significant student discounts to over 95% of its performances in its ongoing mission to make world class musical experiences in many genres available to our region’s young people. The Free Shedd Jazz Tickets For Students program is a special, additional strategy for accomplishing this important educational objective.

Shedd concerts that are eligible for The Shedd Free Jazz Tickets For Students program include:

  • Jan 29-Feb 7 – The Jazz Kings: In The Mood: In the Swing, 1939-42
  • Feb 17 – Dave Douglas Quintet Feb 24 Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band
  • Mar 5 – Tierney Sutton
  • Apr 13 – Chuck Redd: Redd Hot Swing
  • Apr 15-17 – Siri Vik: Do I Move You? The Life & Music of Nina Simone
  • Apr 21-29 – The Jazz Kings: Sentimental Journey: E=mcSwing, 1943-46
  • May 19-22 – Shirley Andress: Fever – Remembering Peggy Lee
  • Jun 8 – Cyrille Aimée

Additional Shedd jazz concerts will be added throughout the season.