From your PTO Co-Chairs

Bonjour Families,

Huge thanks go out to Christy Sheerin and Carey Norgaard for coordinating this year’s science fair, and to every one who volunteered to make it a great event. Congratulations to all the participants. There were an amazing array of scientific marvels!

Congratulations also go out to Roisin Kruse, the 2016 4J Future Chef Champion. Roisin’s Pineapple Strawberry Crunch was the winning breakfast prepared among 33 finalists competing at Sheldon High School on April 16. Congratulations to all the finalists, great job everybody!

Many thanks to those of you who were able to join us at the PTO meeting last Tuesday. Welcome to our newly elected PTO co-chair, Chris Miller, and to our incoming Site Council members, Larisa Lilles and Kathy Gregory.

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 25: Final deadline to order yearbooks

April 27: Administrative Professionals’ Day

May 2: Canoe Island Chaperone Training

May 2-6: Teacher Appreciation Week

May 4: Walk/Bike to School Day

May 6: No School, Professional Development

yearbookLast Call for Yearbook Orders

Forgot to order your yearbook? You have until 9 p.m. tonight to order online

The deadline for ordering a 2016 Charlemagne year book has passed, but we have extended the deadline through today (Monday, April 25) only.

Please understand that there will not be a surplus of yearbooks this year and there are no reprints.

Yearbooks are $13.50 each and, because we’re ordering them from LifeTouch this year, you must order one to get one.

Go to and enter code 12832616. Order forms are also available in the office.

The order will be finalized with the printer at 9 p.m. tonight, Monday, April 25. Be sure to get yours, order now!

Call Constance Van Flandern at 917 721-4401 if you have any questions or need help.

walk bike to schoolSave-The-Date! May 4 is National Walk-Bike to School Day

Wednesday, May 4 is National Walk/Bike to School Day.

Over the next week, we will be posting information on how to coordinate with other Charlemagne families who will be walking, biking, taking the bus and carpooling to school on May 4.

Check out the Facebook Event page here to join families walking or biking to school that day, find bus routes and look for carpool opportunities.

FullSizeRender(1)Science Fair Success!

Thank you parents, kids, teachers and staff for your part in making the science fair happen.

More than 100 students submitted projects and the gym was packed with parents and friends who came to enjoy the fair and learn from our young Charlemagne scientists.

Parent volunteers, we especially appreciate the time you gave to set up tables, help students set up projects, sweep the floor and pack everything up.

We are looking for a couple of people to coordinate the science fair next year — if you would like to help make this fun event happen, please email

Lane County Family Mediation Family Check-Up Service

Are you the parent or guardian of a child aged 2 to 17?

Are you interested in earning $150?

Would you enjoy:

  • Enhancing your parenting skills?
  • Encouraging positive behaviors and effective limit-setting?
  • Increasing your ability to work with your child’s emotions?
  • Setting parenting goals?

Families can earn $150 (provided in gift cards) by attending three appointments, which take place over a three- to four-week period.

The appointments involve the following:

  • Meet with our staff to share information about your family.
  • Work on tasks with your child in a video-recorded session.
  • Discuss parenting strengths in a feedback session.

This service is available for members of the Trillium Community Health Plan only.

For more information:

Lane County Family Mediation 151 W. 7th Avenue, Suite 360 Eugene, OR 97401

Call (541) 682-3962 (press #2) to schedule an

Bricks4Kidz After School LEGO Club starts May 4

bricks4kidz logo5 Wednesdays, May 4 to June 1

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

Grades K-5

Cost: $60

This is a hands-on class that uses LEGO bricks and motors.

Delve into the history and mechanics of a favorite amusement park. Students will construct a Carousel Swing, Tilt a Whirl, Loop de Loop, Swing Boat ride and a 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 give students an understanding of the physical forces they experience every day.

To register: visit

For more info: call 541-600-6614 or email

Secretary’s Day, April 27

super secretaryMark 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_apprecTeacher 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 especially need parent volunteers to help put together the merci flower bouquets and food donations for the all staff luncheon.

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 25 (New Date)

show-us-your-talent 2Hear ye, hear ye…back by popular request, the annual Charlemagne Talent Show (aka Spectacle de Jeunes Talents) will be held on Wednesday, May 25 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

next stepRecycle 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.)

Dream Big For Our Schools. Make Your Voice Heard

What do we want Oregon schools to be for our children and grandchildren? Join us for a local Oregon Rising community meeting, an important statewide public outreach effort to answer this fundamental question.

Oregon Rising is a statewide public outreach effort hosted by Oregon educators, teachers, leaders, superintendents, and school boards.

All the information gathered will be presented to state legislators to tell the story of what we want our state’s education system to look like.

Join us for Oregon Rising:

Wed., April 27, 7–8 p.m.

Sheldon High School, 2455 Willakenzie Road

Those who cannot take part in the community conversations are encouraged to respond online at

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