Principal’s Corner

principals cornerThank you to all the families who have participated in Math Madness. Although participation is optional, our staff strongly encourages you to have your child complete the packet. Math Madness is done every year for students to know that their parents support academic extracurricular activities and value math education. In addition, this activity reinforces our school culture that it is “cool” to learn.

Secondary to the goals stated above, we are hoping to raise money to support staffing for next year. Without your financial support last year, we would only have four educational assistants in the building to support our 12 classes. Due to your generous support, we have a total of six educational assistants and three Amity interns. This has made a tremendous difference in our ability to provide a safe and rigorous academic environment for all our students.

We have extended the window to turn in Math Madness packets to Wednesday of this week. We are hoping for 100% participation by students to make a statement that our community values academics at Charlemagne. Help support our students! If you need a new packet, please ask your teacher or Bernadette in the main office.

Eric Anderson


Charlemagne French Immersion Elementary School

From your PTO Co-Chairs

Bonjour Families,

Spring student lead conferences are coming up on March 16 and 17. The conferences will include the students who will show you the progress they have made this year. Be on the lookout for signup links from your student’s teachers.

Please join us on Friday, March 4 at 6:15 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Esprit de Corps is hosting a movie night for all families. The movie being presented is Kung Fu Panda in French with English subtitles. Please see information below for more details. Hope to see you there!

On Wednesday, March 2 there will be free samples of lentil soup at lunchtime in the cafeteria. This is an opportunity to try maybe something new. See more information below.

The science fair is coming up in April. Students can start thinking about what projects they may want to research and present. More information coming soon, but if you would like to volunteer to help with this event, please see information below.

Our next PTO meeting is coming up March 15, but if you missed the last meeting, click here for the minutes from that meeting.

We hope everyone has a great week and if you have anything you would like to share in the eNews, please let us know.

Shannon Tom and Gina Thompson,

Upcoming Events

Feb. 29: School Choice lottery deadline

March 1: 4j Building our Future Gala Event

March 4: Movie Night at Charlemagne, 6:15 p.m.

March 9: Site Council Meeting 3:15 p.m.

March 7-11: Classified Staff Appreciation

March 15: PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m. Room 1

March 16-17: NO SCHOOL – Spring Conferences 

March 18: NO SCHOOL – Professional Development

March 21-25: NO SCHOOL – Spring Break

Spotlight on School Nutrition

lunchEach Wednesday in March, the school cafeteria will offer “hot lunch Wednesdays” for students to try new fresh, healthy and nutrient-dense foods.

This Wednesday, March 2, all students, school staff, and parents are invited to try free lentil soup samples at lunchtime. If lentils are new to your child, consider encouraging them to try this superfood with a friend.

For students interested in buying a school lunch, the March 2 menu will include homemade lentil soup or chicken noodle soup served with local Camas Mill biscuits. Soups are made from scratch in the Charlemagne kitchen by Ms. V.

Free Family Movie Night at Charlemagne, March 4

popcorn-movieThe Esprit de Corps is hosting a family movie night in the school cafeteria on Friday, March 4 at 6:15 pm.

The movie is Kung Fu Panda (the first one) and it will be shown in French with English subtitles. Arrive by 6:15 p.m. to pick your spot and get your free popcorn. The movie starts at 6:30 p.m.

Admission and popcorn are free. However, childcare will not be provided.

Falling Sky Fundraiser for the School Garden, March 6

Help raise moneFallingSkylogoy for our school garden and lunch revitalization. Come out to Falling Sky Brewery and bring this flyer and 25% of your purchase will be donated to the school garden.

It’s good for all food, beverages, merchandise and gift certificates at either Falling Sky location.

Sunday, March 6

11 a.m. to midnight

Falling Sky Brewing House

1134 Oak Alley

Falling Sky Pour House and Delicatessen

790 Blair Blvd

Classified Staff Appreciation Week, March 7-11

many-thanksClassified Staff Appreciation Week will be March 7-11 and is a chance for us to specifically focus on our classified staff and all they do to make the school better for our kids.

Our classified staff includes the following people: Bernadette Conover (secretary), Kurt Lovinger and Rob Potter (custodians), Veronica Tift (food service/YMCA), Helana Kadyszewski (nurse), Kathy Reed (technology), Deborah Sinnott (records clerk), and our educational assistants Laura Naraguma Muco, Chelsea Arsenault, Jeanne Walrath, Suzy Garver, Quena Keis, Erica Goulding, and Jessica (student helper).

Please join us in thanking them by donating a breakfast item on Monday, March 7 to start off the week. You can sign up by clicking here.

Staffle Raffle winners

Here are the winners of the Mardi Gras Staffle Raffle:raffle

  • Principal Eric – BBQ lunch with you and 5 friends – Meredith Williams
  • Principal Eric – Meet at Matt Knight Arena to watch the Harlem Globetrotters with you and 2 friends – Jack Ross
  • Mme Shelli – Treasure Hunt + Desert with you and 3 friends – Alina Peters
  • Mme Grabowski – Play tennis and enjoy Prince Pucklers with you and 2 friends – Siena Staunau-Reicher
  • Mme Kim – Pizza party and play board games at lunch with you and 3 friends – Aria Lynn-Skov
  • Mme Wolf – Ice cream and lunch with you and 2 friends – Jed Fodor
  • Mme King – A homemade cake with you and 3 friends – Molly Webb
  • Mme Michele – Meet at Get Air for a jump party with you and 3 friends – Zara Karpinski
  • Mme Elise – Lunch and cookies with you and 3 friends – Maddy McIntosh
  • Mme Aurelie/Mme Roadman – Lunch with you and 3 friends – Julianna Radz-Frei
  • Mme Anou – Lunch with you and 3 friends – Meadow Bottalico
  • Mme Bernadette – Movie, popcorn and root beer floats with you and 3 friends – Lexi Gregory
  • Mme Jana – Pizza party and cookies at lunch with you and 3 friends – Juliette Aragon
  • Mme Suzy – “Unbirthday” party of pizza and cake with you and 3 friends. – Adelie Nuckols
  • Mme Carlson – Walk the Amazon trail loop and enjoy ice cream with you and 3 friends – Mauro Green

Science Fair in April 2016

Coming in April… Science Fair 2016 – La foire aux sciences

This is a fun opportunity for kids to learn about science, the scientific method, and how to prepare and organize a project.

science fair (1)Topics from previous years include:

  • Why do people sneeze?
  • What are raptors?
  • How does density work?
  • How does helium make balloons float?
  • How do Venus Fly Traps eat bugs?
  • How are clouds formed?
  • What are acids?
  • How do oysters make pearls?
  • What is a shooting star?

Interested in helping with this fun event? Email Christy Sheerin or Carey Norgaard at or

Spring Sports Registration Time with Kidsports

Registration is open for soccer and lacrosse with Kidsports.

Spring Soccer:

(Tot) 3 & 4 yrs: Reg. Deadline April 1

(Rec) Kind-4th: Reg. Deadline March 11

(Klassic) 5th-12th: Reg. Deadline March 4


3rd-8th Boys/Girls: Reg. Deadline February 24

2nd Boys: Reg. Deadline February 24

1st-2nd Coed Clinic: Reg. Deadline February 24

Register online at or in person at 2190 Polk St. Call (541) 683-2374 for more information.

Spring Sports Flyer for Schools (1)Scholarships are available. Click here for the flyer.

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

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