Principal’s Corner

principals cornerAmity Interns 2016 – 2017 

We are excited for the opportunity to welcome four Amity Interns from French speaking countries to support our 1st through 5th grade classrooms. The interns bring an authentic immersion language and cultural experience to our students, staff and families. Our interns are an invaluable resource to the immersion program.

Having four Amity interns means we need eight host families who would like to open their homes for about 18 weeks. Host families provide a private room, three meals a day (including a sack lunch on school days), and transportation to and from school.

This is a terrific opportunity for the whole family to learn and grow, as you support the strong educational experience of Charlemagne kids. If you are interested in hosting a 2016-17 Amity Intern please email me (

Watch for more information from your new Amity Coordinator Team: Ellen Currier, Laura Fuhriman and Cynthia Stenger Riplinger

Eric Anderson

Principal Charlemagne French Immersion Elementary School

From your PTO Co-Chairs

Bonjour Families,

Welcome back! We hope that everyone enjoyed a fun and restful spring break.

It’s time to hit the ground running as we head into a very busy spring season at Charlemagne, with our Silent Auction, Science Fair, and much, much more. Please keep reading for essential details about the many fun and important events that are coming up in the next few weeks!

Shannon Tom and Gina Thompson,

Upcoming Events

April 13: Site Council meeting, 3:15 p.m.

April 15: Charlemagne Silent Auction fundraiser, 6-10 p.m.

April 19: PTO meeting, 6:30-8 p.m. in Room1

April 21: Science Fair, 3-6 p.m.

May 2-6: Teacher Appreciation Week

May 6: No School, Professional Development

Auction set for April 15 at Venue252

Get ready for a fun night out at this year’sCharlemagne Auction on April 15 from 6-10 p.m. at a brand new location – Venue252 downtown.

Soiree-01Childcare will be available across the street at Bounce, so plan to drop your kids off for their own fun night while you enjoy an evening out socializing.

Our auction is the school’s largest fundraiser, and your support is essential. All money raised is used to help get more teachers and instructional aides into the classroom. As important as the event is, it’s also a fun time for our community of parents to get together.

There will be tons of silent and live auction items (ranging from gift cards to goods and services to vacation packages), food catered by Market of Choice and a full no host bar.

Please know – you don’t have to bid on anything, just buying a ticket and coming to the event raises money that is critically needed to support our students. There are plenty of smaller items that are inexpensive and great deals. And with childcare available at Bounce, our kids will have a great time as well.

Many thanks to this year’s corporate sponsors: Hershner Hunter Law Firm, Summit Bank and Palo Alto Software.

Do you own a business and are you willing to donate a gift certificate or basket to be auctioned off? We are still very much in need of donations and would love your support!

Please call or email Koa Roberts with any and all donations at or 541-501-8319.

More information coming soon, and tickets available for purchase here! We’d love to break a record for attendance this year, so please plan to join.

Science Fair, April 21

science fair project 3Thursday, April 21, from 3-6 p.m. – La foire aux sciences

Registration deadline is Monday, April 18 to receive a personalized certificate. Students can enter a project the day of the fair and will receive a name write-in certificate.

Important information for entrants:

Thursday, April 21 – Project set-up starts as early as 2:45 pm. Fair time: 3:00 pm to 6 pm. Food is for sale on site.

Friday April 22

8:15-10:30 am: Projects on display for classes to visit.

11 am to noon: Parents/Caregivers collect projects from gym for take home.

  • If parents able to take down tables at 11 am, Friday, your help would be greatly appreciated
  • Projects left behind are stacked along wall of gym or lunch room Friday.

Monday, April 25, unclaimed projects subject to discard/recycle.

Got Questions? 

Contact: More information available at

Have you thought about becoming more involved in Site Council or PTO?

volunteerThe Charlemagne Site Council is a decision-making group composed of Principal Anderson and representatives for the teachers, parents, and classified staff. This is an elected position with a 2-year commitment. If you are interested in running for parent representative to site council, please fill out the attached application and return to the school office by April 8. Printed copies are also available in the office.

In addition, we also have several committee positions available in PTOnext year. Charlemagne is an amazing learning community, and a large part of that is thanks to the many wonderful volunteers who donate their time and energy.

If you are looking for more ways to get involved in school activities, please contact Shannon Tom ( or Gina Thompson (

Solving Oregon’s K-12 Funding Crisis

money-bagsWHEN: Tuesday, March 29, 7 p.m.

WHAT: Panel discussion on Oregon’s public school funding crisis — where we’ve been and solutions for the future

WHERE: Knight Law Center (UO’s law school) room 175, 1515 Agate St, Eugene


  • Sen. Sara Gelser, former Chair of Oregon House Education Committee, current member Oregon Senate Education Committee
  • Adam Davis, founder of DHM Research;
  • Colt Gill, Superintendent of Bethel School District;
  • John Tapogna, president of ECONorthwest.

Free and open to the public. Hosted by UO’s Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics.

For more information visit

Register now for this summer’s Camp Rigolo, July 11-15

camp-rigoloCamp Rigolo’s French immersion summer camp is happening July 11-15 and is open to all students in grades pre-K through 5th.

Theme: The Olympics with a French Twist. Come join us for a French camp filled with fun, laughter, sports, crafts, songs, water day, face painting, tie-dye session, scavenger hunt, skits by the counselors, and much more…

Field Trip: Ruby and Amber Oasis Farm in Dorena, Oregon (learn about animals, scarecrow contest, etc.)

When: July 11-15

Where: Charlemagne Elementary School

Camp hours: 9:00am-3:00pm optional

Extended care: M-Th until 5:30pm

Campers: Pre-K until 5th grade. Kids, who enter 6th grade in September 2016 are also welcome 🙂

Counselors: French Immersion Sophomores and Juniors from South Eugene High School

Fee: $190, sibling discount $155 Early bird special: $10 discount per family if enrolled by March 31

If you have questions, please email Barbara Walraet, Camp Director, at

For more information and for an application, visit

LCC Spark Academy

sparkacademy_logo_fullcolor_forwebLane Community College is excited to announce Spark Academy summer youth programming, starting in June 2016.

LCC Spark Academy brings technology and arts focused summer youth programming to Lane’s Downtown Campus. Lane recognizes that to grow the sharpest minds of the next generation our youth need quality exposure to STEM and creative arts learning.

LCC Spark Academy offers full and half day summer camps on computers and coding, 3D game design and digital music. Appropriate for youth entering 4th-8th grades, these day camps will teach computer-based skills through fun activities that kids love like video game making and digital world and character development.

In addition to computer skills, summer day camps are designed to encourage skill development in collaboration, communication, and problem-solving, all while having fun.

For dates, times, and other details visit

Have something you want included in the PTO eNews?

Please send your contribution via email to Shannon Tom or Gina Thompson ( or by Thursday evening for inclusion in the following Monday’s eNews.

Repeated from prior weeks:

After School LEGO Club at Charlemagne

Bricks4Kidz is offering a hands-on LEGO class using bricks and motors.

Explore sports ranging from gymnastics to biking to mini-golf. Some lessons focus on the importance of physical fitness and different aspects of fitness, while others describe the mechanics of the sport. The best part for students is the way the models move and the fun they have while playing with them after they’re built — hitting a plastic golf ball with the mini-golf model or watching the gymnast spin around the bar.

Dates: Wednesdays, March 30-April 27

Time: 2:50-3:50 p.m.

Grades: K-5

Cost: $60

To register, go to

For more info, contact 541-600-6614 or

Spring After School Golf and Tennis

Kids of all levels in grades K-6 are welcome. TGA brings the golf course and tennis court to you, making it convenient and affordable to learn golf or tennis right at your school campus in a fun and safe environment.

Financial aid is available.

Sign up at

Tennis: Wednesdays, 2:55-3:55 p.m.

Golf: Fridays, 12:15-1:15 p.m.

Location: Charlemagne playground, field and gym.

Spring Art Classes at Maude Kerns Art Center

Spend your spring at Maude Kerns Art Center.

From Drawing & Painting to Comics to Clayin’ and Playin’, they offer classes for youth ages 6-12.

Maude Kerns also offers Drawing, Life Drawing, and Cartooning Classes for young adults ages 10-16. Visit for complete class descriptions.

Private Lessons are also available. Susi Larsen & Cameron Serbu Memorial Scholarships and Madeleine Christenson. Scholarships are available for students.

To register call the Art Center at 541-345-1571 or e-mail

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease in 4J schools

We have not yet had any confirmed cases at Charlemagne, but Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease has been going around the district. Here is the information from the 4j school nurse:

Your child may have been exposed to Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease at school. The following symptoms may appear 3-7 days following exposure:

  • Small blisters/sores on the face, in the mouth, on the hands/fingers, feet/toes, buttocks
  • Mild fever
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Coughing
  • General fatigue/malaise

Hand, Foot and Mouth disease is a common, contagious infected caused by the Coxsackie virus. It is easily transmitted through contact with the feces, nasal/oral secretions or blisters/sores of an infected individual. There is no specific treatment for this infection and symptoms generally resolve within a week with no serious complications.

Please contact your child’s health care provider if you think your child may have Hand, Foot and Mouth disease to be sure it is nothing more serious. As a general rule, we ask that you keep your child home until he is comfortable and the blisters/sores have healed, or until he has been cleared by his health care provider.

As always, the best defense against the spread of this viral infection is proper hand and respiratory hygiene and the sanitization of common utensils, linens, towels, etc.

Thank you for helping keep our school community healthy!


Oak Hill Summer Camps

Summer on the Hill 

  • Who: Incoming Kinders through Seniors from any school
  • What: Diverse classes are offered weekly, providing an enriching, personal, and fun environment for students.
  • When: Weekly classes run from June 20-August 26, with morning sessions from 9:00-12:00 and afternoon sessions from 1:00-4:00.
  • Where: Oak Hill School
  • More: No application necessary, this program is open to ALL students. Typical registrations are for 1 week, but a few classes are 2 week camps. Extended care is offered.

SUPER Summer on the Hill 

  • Who: High achieving Kinders through 7th graders from any school
  • What: Formerly run by the University of Oregon, this program offers exciting and educational classes to high achieving and TAG students.
  • When: The 3 week camp runs from June 27-July 15, with a morning session from 9:00-12:00, and two afternoon sessions from 1:00-2:30 and 2:30-4:00.
  • Where: Oak Hill School
  • More: All students must apply to the program before registering for classes. Students may register for individual sessions OR all three. Certain classes may have additional material fees. Extended care is offered.

Summer Enrichment Program (SEP)

  • Who: High achieving 6th through 12th graders from any school
  • What: Formerly run by the University of Oregon, this residential program offers high achieving and TAG students a college preview by providing high-level academics, social activities, and new friendships.
  • When: The 2 week residential camp runs from July 17-July 30.
  • Where: University of Oregon campus
  • More: All students must apply to the program before registering for classes. Letters of recommendation and additional forms are required.

All summer camp class registrations can be found online at

Trilingual Musical Theater Needs You

Calling young actors and artists

Hardiment Buzzard Fly ~ La Mouche Tsokotouche ~ МУХА ЦОКОТУХА

This trilingual musical theater production needs your children’s enthusiasm for song, dance and languages.

THE PLAY: A microcosmos of the insect world comes to life in Russian, French, and English, with the story of a fly (la mouche), a spider (l’araignée), a sword-brandishing mosquito (le moustique), and a festoon of insect friends…

Please click here to view the sign-up sheet for different ways to participate, or contact the Little Owl School of Arts for more information at

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

Little French School open enrollment

Does your child have a younger sibling ready to prepare for Charlemagne with French immersion and early childhood learning?

Does your Charlemagne student need a small-group, French supported after-school program and/or bus transportation between Parker and West Eugene?

The Little French School can help! LFS is a small non-profit program accepting toilet-trained children between the ages of 2.5 and 6 for French immersion early education programs, as well as Charlemagne students seeking small-group extended care and/or shuttle service before or after school.

LFS offers small class sizes with experienced teachers, flexible scheduling, and diverse, engaging curricula. Getting started with French, pre-academic and social skills at an early age in a supportive environment can really give your child a leg up as they continue to grow, learn and prepare for Charlemagne!

Call 541-345-3818 or visit today, to learn more about programs or set up a tour.

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.

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

The Shedd Free Jazz Tickets For Students program include:

  • 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