From your PTO Co-Chairs

Bonjour Families,

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Annual Auction Soiree on Friday night. It was a great evening and a fun way to raise funds for next year’s staffing. We don’t have final totals yet, but will share them as soon as we know.

We want to send a great big shout out to the committee, Koa Roberts, Jessica Keiper, Sabrina Parsons, Kathy Gregory, Marcia Yu, Jessica Barnhart, Alison Walker, Julie Park, Ashley Talbott-Kautzman, Troy Garcia, Nathasha Pangburn and Carol Warren. Thanks to our former Principal Morley for being our MC and auctioneer!

We also want to thank all the class reps who helped organize class packages,Jessica Barnhart, Movie Night, Debra McIntosh and Sabrina Parsons,Sunriver Home, Shannon Foor, Kid’s picnic table & Outdoor toys, Spring Adamo, River Rafting Adventure, Lisa Joye and Christi White, Soccer Training, Troy Garcia, UO Men’s Basketball & MKA Tour, Claire Matese, Library Sleepover, Ashley Talbott, Prohibition Picnic, Jess Mosley, Urban Olympics,Shannon Tom, Bend House and Char Heitman, Birding Adventure.

One final thank you goes out to Bernadette our wonderful school secretary who took care of all the details and responses and collecting of donations. We appreciate all that you do.

The deadline for ordering a year book is fast approaching this Sunday, April 24. Yearbooks are $13.50 each and, because we’re ordering them to LifeTouch this year, you must order one to get one. We don’t plan to have extras to sell. Go to and enter code 12832616. Order forms are also available in the office.

Don’t forget that science fair is coming this Thursday, April 21. Science Fair co-chairs Christy Sheerin and Carey Norgaard are seeking volunteers to shadow them and become the 2017 science fair co-chairs. If you’re interested, see below for more information.

Please join us Tuesday, April 19 in room 1 for our monthly PTO meeting(Click here for the agenda). We’ll be holding voting for Executive PTO Board and Site Council for the 2016-2017 school year. We only had two applicants for Site Council so we will not be putting out ballots. Please join us in congratulating Kathy Gregory and Larisa Lilles in their new Site Council roles.

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

April 19: PTO meeting, 6:30-8 p.m. in Room 1 – elections for PTO officers and Site Council Reps

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

April 22: Movie Night: Food Beware/The French Organic Revolution

April 24: Deadline to order yearbooks

April 27: Administrative Professionals’ Day

May 2-6: Teacher Appreciation Week

May 6: No School, Professional Development

Order your 2016 Charlemagne Yearbook “Le Renard” now

Deadline for pre-orders is April 24!

For the first time “Le Renard” (Charlemagne Yearbook) will be pre-ordered directly through Lifetouch, the same company who takes the individual student photos. This will make the creation and ordering process easier, but you must order in advance to make sure your child get one. 

Order forms can be found in the school office or you can order online:

Yearbooks are $13.50 each. Please consider a donation of an additional yearbook for students in need. 

The yearbook features 40 pages of friends and classmates, teachers and staff members, clubs and school activities and lots of beautiful artwork. There are two full pages this year to collect friend’s autographs and summer goodbyes.

Be sure to get yours now to make the final days of school more fun for everyone, and have a colorful keepsake of Charlemagne’s first year in our beautiful new school building.

Questions or photos to share? Contact Constance Van Flandern at if you have questions or photos to share from class trips, shoe filling,canoe island, mardi gras, OBOB or any fun candid shots from the 2015-16 school year.

Science Fair, this Thursday, April 21 3-6 p.m.

La foire aux sciences

Registration Forms are available across from the office and also available online by clicking here.

Tri Fold Boards for sale, $3

We need parent volunteers! 

Got Questions? 

Contact: More information available at

Seeking 2017 Science Fair Co-chairs

Science Fair co-chairs Christy Sheerin and Carey Norgaard are seeking volunteers to shadow them and become the 2017 science fair co-chairs.

These roles involve science fair planning, coordination, promotion and lots of fun on science fair day! Event support is available from current co-chair throughout the 2017 process.

If interested, email, sign up as Co-chair Shadow in Signup Genius , and find Christy and Carey at the science fair Thursday, April 21.

Secretary’s Day, April 27

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 27…which is Secretary’s Day (or Administrative Professionals’ Day for those who prefer that moniker). It is our chance to honor Bernadette and all the millions of ways she keeps the school running smoothly and answers all the zillions of questions we come up with.

We will be providing a poster on the wall outside her office from April 25-29 as a place to write your personal messages of appreciation. The Esprit de Corps committee will also be treating her to a few of her favorites (coffee and flowers). We hope everyone will also use this opportunity to make her feel extra special on April 27 with personal cards, gifts, singing telegrams…whatever creative ways we can think of to let her know how awesome we think she is. Please join us in recognizing her dedication, patience, humor, and incredible contribution to the school.

Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2-6

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2-6. This is our chance to show the staff our appreciation and support for all that they do.

Here is what we have planned for them each day:

  • Monday – breakfast on us
  • Tuesday – merci flower bouquets (from flowers from your own backyard)
  • Wednesday – chocolates and/or massages (if we have any parents who are massage therapists willing to donate their time and talents)
  • Thursday – all staff luncheon and distribution of gift cards (normally done on Friday but there will be no school on May 6th this year).

We will be recognizing the hard work by the classroom teachers as well as the Amity interns, music and PE teachers, and speech specialists.

We need your help with making this week feel like it is from all of us, so please sign up to help make this a ringing success and deluge our teachers with our heartfelt appreciation.


-Esprit de Corps

Charlemagne Talent Show, May 26

Hear ye, hear ye…back by popular request, the annual Charlemagne Talent Show (aka Spectacle de Jeunes Talents) will be held on Thursday, May 26 from 6-7:45 pm at the school gym.

We are welcoming all singers, dancers, jugglers, actors, gymnasts, comedians, magicians, musicians, martial artists, and performers of all types to pick a talent to showcase and share it with the rest of the Charlemagne community!

All solo acts should strive to be under two minutes and group acts must be under three minutes. Signup sheets will be available in the office by May 1 and due by Friday, May 13, with dress rehearsals on May 18 and 19 during recess/lunch and after school on May 19. Performers must attend one of the rehearsals to be guaranteed a place in the show.

We are also in need of parent volunteers in the form of greeters, stagehands, performer coordinators, rehearsal assistants, program editor, sound engineer, decorations, and set up/clean up crew.

For any questions connected to the talent show or to offer to help, contact Julie Kim at

Enews volunteer editor needed

Do you like reading the enews every week to get useful info about what’s going on at Charlemagne?

We need a new enews editor to send out this missive out every week. (Ours has a graduating fifth grader and suspects she’ll be busy helping him transition to middle school next year.)

You’ll be the first to know everything that’s happening at school.

Interested? Contact Joanna Bartlett at

Amity Intern host families needed for 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.


  • A private room
  • Three meals a day, including a sack lunch on school days
  • Transportation to & 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 your new Amity Coordinator Team: Ellen Currier (, Laura Fuhriman ( and Cynthia Stenger Riplinger (

Recycle your electronics at NextStep

In April, 4J schools are participating in an electronics recycling competition. The school that recycles the most pounds of “e-waste” wins!

NextStep will recycle anything that has a plug, or takes batteries (including any working or broken: cell phones, monitors, computers, toys, etc.).

To donate your e-waste, take it directly to NextStep during the month of April. When you drop off your electronics, tell them the name of our school and NextStep will add it to our total collected pounds. (Drop off location: 2101 W. 10th Avenue, Eugene.)

“I Never Thought About It That Way!” public forum

Supporting Critical Thinking Through Philosophical Inquiry

A Public Forum for Teachers, Students, Parents and Administrators, K-12

May 20 and 21 District 4J Education Center 200 N. Monroe, Eugene

Free to the public. Catered lunch and refreshments included.


  • Peter Worley, Co-founder of The Philosophy Foundation, London, England
  • Sara Goering from the Center for Philosophy for Children, Univ. of Washington
  • Children and Teachers Who Have Participated in Classroom Philosophical Inquiry

Click here to register for free

Click here for the full event schedule

This public event is co-sponsored by the University of Oregon Philosophy Department and District 4J Public Schools. With additional funding support from the University of Oregon College of Arts & Sciences, the Oregon Humanities Center and the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics.

NAACP education resource center

The NAACP hosts an Education resource center every Saturday this spring term at the Downtown LCC building 101 west 10th Eugene, Oregon

  • Saturday April 16 10 am-12 pm – open computer lab, UO/High school tutors, Visit from Skipping stones multicultural magazine president Paulette Ansari
  • Saturday April 23 10 am-12 pm – Open computer lab, homework help, youth council meeting
  • Saturday April 30 10 am- 12 pm -Open Computer lab, Homework help, Parent meeting
  • Saturday May 7 10 am-12 pm – Open computer lab, Homework help- Listening session
  • Saturday May 14 10 am-12 pm – Open Computer lab, Homework help- Cultural presentation
  • Saturday May 21 10 am-12 pm – Open computer lab, Homework help- Youth council
  • Saturday May 28 10 am-12-pm Memorial Day prep, Home work help- parent meeting

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.