From your PTO Co-Chairs

Merci beaucoup to everyone for an amazing Mardi Gras!

Special thanks go out to: Mardi Gras Chairperson Ashley Talbott-Kautzman, Games Chair Koa Roberts, Store Chair Erika Noteboom, and 4th grade Canoe Island Chair Tabatha Andrews, as well as all the many other volunteers who helped it all come together. Huge thanks as well to all of the teachers and staff who donated their time and talents to our Staffle Raffle, and congratulations to the winners!

This Monday and Tuesday are the last two days for our annual Canned Food Drive benefiting Food for Lane County. Bring in those cans; the winning grade gets a pizza party with Principal Eric!

The Charlemagne parent TAG group now has a new name – APEG, the Academic Parent Enrichment Group. Read the article below for more information about all the great ideas this group is working on. The next meeting will be on Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m. 

Math Madness begins today. This is a wonderful activity that helps raise funds for our school while practicing math. See the full article below for all of the details and keep an eye out for the packet to be coming home with your child.

Hooray for our Holiday Tree Fundraiser! We received a check for $278 from Spring Creek Holly Farm. Charlemagne families purchased 25 trees this year. Thank you to everyone who participated.

Have a wonderful week!

Shannon Tom and Gina Thompson,


Upcoming Events

Feb. 8: Math Madness fundraiser begins

Feb. 9: Last day for canned food drive

Feb. 10: Site Council, 3:15 p.m.

Feb 12: Professional Development Day – No School 

Feb 15: Presidents’ Day – No School

Feb 16: PTO meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Feb. 16-19: OBOB

Feb. 23: Charlemagne Academic Parent Enrichment Group (APEG) Meeting, 6:30-8pm

March 1: 4j Building our Future Gala Event

OBOB Needs Your Volunteer Help

OBOB_smallHere’s what we still need to make our battles happen:

  • 5 volunteers for Tuesday, Feb. 16 (8:20-11:10)
  • 2 volunteers for Wednesday, Feb. 17 (8:20-11:10)
  • 5 volunteers for Thursday, Feb. 18 (8:20-10:20)
  • 1-2 volunteers for Friday, Feb. 19. (10:45-11:20)

Please contact Natalie Reeves,, if you are interested in volunteering.

About OBOB (Oregon Battle of the Books):

Teams in grades 3-5 will compete in head-to-head battles by answering questions about 16 books. We need volunteers to help run the battles. There are four volunteer positions: escort, timekeeper, scorekeeper, and moderator. It’s a bit like Jeopardy! and quite fun.

The schedule is as follows: Feb. 16-18, 8:40-11:20 daily. The Final Battle is on Friday, Feb. 19, time TBD. The winning team will represent Charlemagne at a Regional Competition on March 12.

Thanks for your Mardi Gras help

Thanks to all 4th grade families who provided the wonderful food during Mardi Gras, and an even bigger thank you to the Charlemagne community for purchasing all of it. All profits go directly into the 4th Grade Canoe Island Scholarship Fund. Merci beaucoup!

Charlemagne APEG Academic Parent Enrichment Group

The TAG parent group has been renamed APEG (Academic Parent Enrichment Group). The name change was voted on at the Jan. 29 meeting.

Our goal is to bring parents together to create community, connection and collaboration surrounding academic enrichments for all Charlemagne students.

We hope you join us for our next meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 23 from 6:30-8 p.m. in Room 1.

Meetings are in a work party format. Life is busy and parents should feel free to come and go as they have time and energy. Come when you have an idea, are interested in volunteering, or would like to get a project in motion. Example Ideas: pop-up maker spaces, conversational French activities, French movie night, bring in outside resources from the U of O and HS French Immersion program…etc.

If you would like to join our email list please contact Lisa @

math-just-do-itMath Madness 2016 begins Feb. 8

It’s Math Madness time again. Here’s how this fundraiser works:

2/8: Students are sent home with Math Madness packets. 

Packets include:

  • Math Problems (each grade has their own age appropriate problems)
  • Parents: The last page of the math packet is the answer key.
  • A directions page on the Math Madness process
  • A receipt page.
    Notes: Any donations made to Charlemagne can be written off for tax purposes. The receipt provides Charlemagne PTO’s tax ID. For donations above $200, please note the full name & address of donor on the envelope. The PTO would like to mail them a personal tax receipt.

Week of 2/8: Students do math problems & seek pledges 

  • Pledges can be either payment for each correct answer or a flat donation. For example, Grandpa pledges $1 for each correct answer. Sally finishes all 50 problems and got 44 correct. Sally just made $44 for Charlemagne!

Week of 2/15: Parents correct math problems. 

  • Students collect donations.

Week of 2/22: Students turn in collection envelopes. 

  • Collection envelopes can be turned in at the entry breezeway or the classroom.

Math Madness Prizes: 

Daily Winners:

  • Mr. Anderson randomly picks 1 name per class (2 per grade) from those that turned in collection envelopes that day.
  • Daily Winners pick a special prize in the office.

Grand Prize Winners:

  • Every participant gets a chance to win.
  • Mr. Anderson picks 1 grand prize winner from each class.
  • The Grand Prize is to have a Mucho Gusto catered lunch with Mr. Anderson.

In addition, every class that achieves 100% participation earns a pizza party!

Note: Participation in Math Madness simply means doing the math and returning the corrected math packet with the collection envelope by the due date. Donations are not required to participate.

Food for Lane County Food Drive ends Feb. 9

food for lane countyOur annual canned food drive for Food for Lane County ends on Tuesday, Feb. 9.

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 Wednesday, Feb. 10.

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).

Let’s see how much we can collect!

Sponsored by Charlemagne’s Esprit de Corps Committee.

Call for Art for the 2016 Yearbook, due Feb. 19

foxCharlemagne celebrates our french immersion program and commitment to education and culture with our ROYAL FOX MASCOT. We would love to include the creative works (drawings, paintings, etc) of the Royal Fox mascot in the 2016 edition of the Charlemagne Yearbook.

Submit your art work now through Feb. 19 in the Fox Art Box located in the office. 

Here are the details:

  • Art Submission is open to all students K-5th grade
  • Art may be submitted in color or Black and white
  • Artists may use any medium (paint, crayon, ink, photo of clay work, collage, anything!)
  • The central theme is the Royal Fox. Art may (but does not have to) include french details, Mardi Gras details, school details
  • Please submit all art on 8.5” x 11” paper
  • Full color art using the full paper surface area is preferred for cover art, but other art may be used on inside pages where possible
  • All art should be submitted to the art collection ‘Fox Art Box’ in the main office by Friday, Feb. 19

fishermansmarketCharlemagne February Restaurant Fundraiser, Feb. 22

Fisherman’s Market Social and Fundraiser – Monday, February 22

It’s time to get your seafood on! Make plans to dine with Charlemagne friends at the cozy fish market diner, or stop by and pick up the day’s catch for a great meal at home. Frozen entrees and seafood also available.

Sales and dining valid for fundraiser all day (10 a.m. – 8 p.m.) with the fundraising flyer here. Charlemagne PTO will receive 20% of the value of your purchase.

School Lunch Parent Education Night, Feb. 16

A parent from Camas Ridge Elementary is organizing a parent education night at Roosevelt about school lunch, the wellness policy, and childhood nutrition. It will be held Tuesday, Feb. 16 at Roosevelt Middle School from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

More information:

Garden Work Party, Feb. 28

Join us on Sunday, Feb. 28 from noon – 3 pm at Charlemagne to clean up our garden space. Brent Ross, 1st and 3rd grade parent, will lead the work party and we are seeking 10 adult volunteers. You are welcome to bring your children to the party, but they must be supervised. If you are volunteering to help with the garden clean up, then your kids need someone else to supervise them while you help with garden. We will have an activity for kids.

If you have any questions, contact Brent Ross at Please, sign up to volunteer here:

EEF-save-the-date-postcardEugene Education Foundation 2016 Gala, March 1

Join the Eugene Education Foundation at the 2016 Gala on March 1 for an evening of celebration. The gala, Building Our Future, will highlight some of the exciting physical developments across 4J and how they support enhanced teaching and learning.

Your gifts will fund EEF’s grants programs, which benefit every school in the district.

When: 5:30 p.m. on March 1

Where: University of Oregon Ford Alumni Center

To buy tickets or sponsor a table as a Community Partner, visit for more information. Call 741-790-7744 or email with any questions.