Principal’s Corner

principals cornerOn behalf of the staff, thank you to all the students and parents who graciously gave thank you cards, treats, and gifts before winter break. The thoughtfulness was truly heart warming. We all feel very thankful to be a part of the Charlemagne community.

The staff is excited to return to classrooms and get back to teaching and learning. Happy New Year!

Eric Anderson 


Charlemagne French Immersion Elementary School

Happy New Year From your PTO Co-Chairs

Bonjour Families,

pto meetingHappy New Year! We hope everyone had a wonderful break and is looking forward to getting back to school. Just a reminder that school is not back in session until Wednesday, Jan. 6. 

Our next Charlemagne restaurant fundraiser with be BOTH Monday, Jan. 11 and Tuesday, Jan. 12 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Mucho Gusto (67 Oakway Center) and Dickie Yo’s, next to Johnny Ocean’s in Oakway Center. A digital copy of the voucher will be included in the Jan. 11 PTO Newsletter and on our FB site. The voucher is good for both dine in and take out orders. Get take out or make plans with a fellow Charlemagne parent/family to meet up and have lunch or dinner together!

Trees for Charlemagne: Many thanks to the generous families who contributed to our efforts to plant trees for Charlemagne. We raised $625, which should allow us to plant 10-15 trees and provide for the long-term watering and care of the trees. We are working with Friends of Trees, the City of Eugene, Eugene Park Stewards and the 4J school district to coordinate the project. We’ll plant trees native to this region, including species such as Oregon White Oak, California Black Oak and Valley Ponderosa. We will announce the date for the tree planting in early January. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Lynn at

Below you will find some information about a parenting group that will be meeting in for 8 weeks starting in mid January and also information about some after school clubs. 

Be sure to join us on Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria for our monthly PTO meeting, Free childcare will be provided in the library. We look forward to seeing you. We will have a special guest, Shane, from district who will give us information about Safe Routes to School.

We hope everyone has a fantastic week!

Shannon Tom and Gina Thompson,

Upcoming Events

Jan. 4: Furlough Day – No School

Jan. 5: Professional Development Day – No School

Jan. 13: Site Council, 3:15 p.m.

Jan. 18: Martin Luther King Day – No School

Jan. 19: PTO meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 29: Grading Day – No School

Feb. 5: Mardi Gras

Restaurant Fundraisers Jan. 11 and 12mucho gusto

Our next restaurant fundraiser is at both Mucho Gusto and Dickie Yo’s on  Monday and Tuesday, Jan 11. and 12.

Mucho Gusto: 67 Oakway Center

Dickie Yo’s: next to Johnny Ocean’s in Oakway Center

A digital copy of the voucher will be included in the Jan. 11 PTO enews and on our Facebook site. The voucher is good for both dine in and take out orders.

Math Minds After School Class

math-club-where-its-hip-2-be-squareMath Minds (M²) is an after-school math program to inspire students to develop a life-long love of math by offering them challenging, fun math problems in a supportive environment.

The 8-week sessions are taught by Beth Casper and Michelle Bremer, with help from female guest speakers from math academia or math-related business careers. Curriculum development is headed by Micah Warren, PhD in mathematics.

When: Fridays, Noon – 1:45 p.m.

Session 1 (a repeat of the Spring 2015 class): 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 2/5, 2/19, 2/26, 3/4, 3/11

No classes: Jan. 29 or Feb. 12

Session 2: 4/1, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/13, 5/20, 5/27.

Session 2 is open to any student who has already taken Session 1.

Who: All students in grades 1-2 are welcome, however, the club will be focused on fostering in girls a long-term interest in math. Max 20 students.

How: Through games, questions, exercises and hands-on demonstrations, participants will learn new math concepts, and develop interest and confidence in math.

Cost: $160 (includes a $10 material fee)

Registration: Due by Jan. 6. Contact Beth Casper or Michelle Bremer at for a registration form.

Salmon House Writers Workshop

salmon house writingDo you have a student who loves to tell stories? The Salmon House Writers Workshop is offering an after-school program for elementary school students: Wild Imagination Group. This group is all about fun and discovery of the wonder of words.

Sessions include action packed word-play, oral and written storytelling, exploration of poetry, engaging crafts, and games.

Thursdays, Jan. 21-March 10, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Salmon House Writers Workshop, 527 W. 12th Ave.

For more information on this group and other programming, or call (541) 326-6112.

Treetop Academics After School Classes

The next session of classes starts on Jan. 11. The subject is Fun with Physics.tree-top-academics
Mondays, 2:45-4:15 p.m.
Jan. 11 to March 14
Cost: $125

By exploring the foundations of classical mechanics, students will perform hands-on weekly experiments and explore concepts such as conservation of energy, laws of motion, speed/velocity, heat, waves, electricity, magnetism, gravity, while working with roller coasters, electromagnets, simple machines, siege engines, and more. All classes and experiments will be explored with a study of the scientific method, inquiry-based research, and student-centered participation. Students will work individually and in groups each week with hands on projects/experiments.

To register, go to or click here for the flyer,

Winter Chess Club

The Winter session of Chess Club meets on Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Winter session runs Jan. 8 – Mar. 18

For more information,

Bricks4Kidz After School Classes

B4Kidz_logoemailDelve into the history and mechanics of favorite amusement park rides in this imaginative unit. Students will construct a Carousel Swing, Tilt a Whirl, Loop de Loop ride, Swing boat ride, and Merry Go Round.

Lessons incorporate principles of physics, described in a way children can understand, such as “G-force” inertia and momentum, as well as math concepts such as “there are 360 degrees in a circle”. These engaging lessons will give students an understanding of the physical forces they experience every day.

Grades K-5.

Wednesdays, from 2:50-3:30 p.m., starting Jan.13

Cost: $72

Click here for the flyer or register online

Asian Celebration, Feb. 20-21

Vector of Traditional Chinese Paper-cut for dragon

Vector of Traditional Chinese Paper-cut for dragon

Take your family and friends to Asia without leaving the country! Experience the sights and sounds of Asia at the 31st annual Oregon Asian Celebration Feb. 20 and 21 at the Lane Events Center.

Enjoy Asian culture through main stage performances of dance and music; exotic cuisine, martial arts, cooking, and crafts demonstrations; activities for youth, and a bustling marketplace featuring more than 75 vendors.

This year’s theme “Share the Fun, we’re 31!” highlights a special weekend of activities to commemorate the events 31st anniversary. Participate in activities such as the “Canoodle-Noodle Eating Contest” and a photo session with backdrops of Asia. Take the kids to the Japanese Carnival or stroll through the marketplace for cultural trinkets, and don’t forget to treat the family to delicious Asian cuisine in the Asian Food Court.

Doors open both days at 10 a.m. with the Chinese Lion Dance followed by nonstop activities throughout the events center and continuing throughout the day until closing at 7 p.m. on Saturday and 6 p.m. on Sunday.

A complete schedule of activities will be available at or stay informed by joining the event on Facebook.

Mindful Parenting Group

mindful parentWant to improve your relationship with your child(ren)?
Feeling stuck in unhelpful patterns?
Feel like your emotions get the best of you?
You’re not alone.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a research-based approach to parenting. In this group you will deepen your understanding of your own values, thoughts, and feelings. We’ll work through practical, skill-based exercises to handle behavioral challenges and refocus on big-picture values when you feel overwhelmed.

What: This group is for parents/caregivers of children ages 2-8 years old interested in trying new approaches to parenting

Where: The Child and Family Center, 1600 Millrace (Free childcare will be available on site and a light meal will be provided)

When: Thursday evenings 5:30-7:00pm for 8 weeks beginning in mid-January

How much: $2-10 sliding scale/per session

To join: Call Katelyn at 651-334-2531 or Elisa at 575-993-3790

Click here for a flyer

Repeated from prior weeks:

Spring Auction

The Spring Auction is planned for April 15, 2016. If you want to help with the spring auction, please contact Koa at 541-501-8319 or

We need lots of volunteers in all areas and planning is underway.

Yearbook 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

Winter Weather: How to know when schools are closed

Sign 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

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.