Principal’s Corner

There will be an Amity Intern Host Family preview night this Thursday before the PTO meeting from 6–6:30 p.m. If you think you may be interested please attend this informational session to discuss the opportunity to host an amity intern for a portion of the 2016-2017 school year. If you are interested PLEASE attend. I will be ordering pizza from Papa’s too to support our fundraiser and feed you during this dinner time session.

At 6:30 for our regularly programmed PTO meeting, I am excited to announce that our fabulous teacher leaders – Michele, Shelli, Ariel and Adrienne – will be presenting on our newly established K-5 scope and sequence for English, Math and French, and discuss the new Friendly Frenchie lunch club. This presentation will showcase the staff’s investment to improving our instructional program design through collaborating on the Friday early release days. This is crucial and foundational work that will increase educational outcomes for all students.

Thank you to everyone involved who surprised me with the Principal Eric week. And thank you to everyone who dropped off a card, jerky, or homemade bread etc., including the extra “Bonjour!” in the mornings. I feel fortunate to work with such a supportive community.

Eric Anderson

Charlemagne French Immersion Elementary School

From your PTO Co-Chairs

Bonjour Families,

Thank you to our students and families who help celebrate Eric last week. He was very appreciative!

The school year is quickly coming to a close, but there’s still lots to be done.  One thing that we still need some help with, is planning and helping with Field Day on the last day of school. Leslie Pelinka could still use some volunteers for this fun event. Please email her at if you are interested in helping.

Please join us Thursday, May 19 for our final PTO meeting for this school year (click here for the agenda). Our meeting has been moved from Tuesday to Thursday to allow our 5th grade families to attend orientation at Roosevelt.

We’re also trying to wrap up the calendar for next school year.  If you have an event that is not on the calendar already, then please let either Shannon or Gina know so we can make sure it is added and not forgotten.

There will be a garden work party on Sunday, May 22. Please see information below if you would like to join us and help getting the school garden ready.

Lastly we would like to send outcongratulations to some of our 1st graders. About 15 first graders from Roadman/ Sion’s first grade class sang at the Hult Center April 30th. They sang Maria Monitos, a Traditional Venezuelan Children’s song. The event was put on by Eugene Concert Choir. This year’s theme for the show was Latin American Folk music. It was a great cultural experience. The students worked very hard for three months to learn the song. It was a challenging experience in the beginning as the song was in Spanish but it was very rewarding for the kids in the end. Charlemagne was one of three schools to participate in this event.

We hope everyone has a fantastic week!

Shannon Tom and Gina Thompson,

Upcoming Events

May 17: Roosevelt orientation night for incoming 6th graders

May 19: Host family info session for Amity Intern Program 2016-17, Room 1, 6 p.m.

May 19: PTO meeting (moved from Tuesday to Thursday due to 6th grade orientation), 6:30 p.m.
May 19: Papa’s Pizza fundraiser (click here for the flyer)
May 22: Garden work party, 9 a.m. to noon

May 25: Charlemagne Talent Show, 6-7:45 p.m.

May 30: No School, Memorial Day

June 3: Trot de France (Jog-a-thon)

June 10: No School, Grading Day

June 14: 5th Grade Promotion

June 16: Last Day of School and Field Day

Host Family Info Session for Amity Intern Program 2016-17

Thursday, May 19, 6 to 6:30 p.m.

Drop by and chat with current/former host parents about the terrific experience your family could have next year, hosting an Amity Intern!

Host families will welcome a native French speaker into their homes for about 18 weeks (Fall or Spring).

Host families provide:

•   A private room
•   Three meals a day, including a sack lunch on school days
•   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/Roosevelt kids.

If you are interested in hosting a 2016-17 Amity Intern, please email your new Amity Coordinator Team: Alice Cho (, Cynthia Stenger Riplinger (, and Ellen Currier (

Papa’s Pizza fundraiser, May 19

Our last restaurant fundraiser of the school year will be at Papa’s Pizza on Coburg Road on May 19.

Papa’s will donate 50% of the proceeds of all food sales with the the flyer that day. Get take out. Make plans to meet up with a Charlemagne family or just give yourself a break from cooking and know that your dining dollars will benefit the school.

Please bring the attached flyer to the event.

Charlemagne Garden Work Party, May 22

Sunday, May 22, 9 a.m. to noon

We will continue to weed and clean up the perimeter of our school garden. Also, the shed needs some repairs. We will make some smoothies and hope for a nice gardening weather. Please, come and join us for what works: an hour or two, any help is much appreciated. Please, sign up here:

Charlemagne Talent Show, May 25

Our Spring 2016 Talent Show (aka Spectacle de Jeunes Talents) will be held in the school gym next Wednesday, May 25 from 6-7:45 pm.

There’s going to be a wide variety of acts from singers, pianists, martial artists, violinists, cellists, guitarists, drummers, gymnasts, and a pogo stick performer as well as a few special variety acts.  Everyone is invited to come enjoy the show!

Please note that the third grade class will be selling treats and lemonadeas a fundraiser for the Canoe Island scholarship fund, fifteen minutes before the show starts and during intermission. They will be accepting cash only.  Please support their fundraising efforts and enjoy a treat as you take in the show.

For performers, please remember rehearsals for the talent show are this week on Wednesday and Thursday during lunchtime recess and Thursday after school. This is your child’s chance to practice with microphones, gym mats, and music in the gym and for the act to be timed, so don’t miss it. Remember to keep solo acts under two minutes and group acts under three.

Lastly, parent volunteers are still much in need to help the show run smoothly. We need rehearsal assistants, ushers, stagehands, set up and clean up help.

Please sign up here to lend a hand:

For any questions or suggestions, contact Julie Kim at

Late Auction Item Available

Jordan Kent MultiSport Summer Camp Voucher

Jordan Kent has generously donated a week to their fun sports centered camp: value of $160.
If anyone is interested in purchasing this item, please contact Julie Park
All proceeds go to our school and staffing!
Happy bidding!

Website and E-news volunteers needed

Are you tech-savvy? Or enjoy being the first to know what’s going on at Charlemagne?

For the 2016-17 school year, we need a new webmaster and an e-news editor(s).

Our webmaster is looking for someone to shadow her next year until they’re fully comfortable with the job (which actually doesn’t take a ton of time) and are ready to take over sometime during the year. If you’re interested, please contact Natasha Pangburn at

Our e-news editor would like someone to begin sending out the e-news next fall (it gets put together on Sunday and goes out on Monday mornings). Or maybe 2 people, who can trade off weeks. If you can use Microsoft Word, you can send out the e-news. It’s not technically demanding, but does require a weekly commitment of an hour or so (but can be done in your PJs). If you’re interested, contact Joanna Bartlett at

Did you know anyone can join Edgewood Pool?

Come join all the other Charlemagne families that have already discovered Edgewood Pool, a family friendly swimming pool located in the heart of south Eugene. Anyone can sign up for a membership and enjoy unlimited use of the pool, all summer long.  Edgewood Pool is a non-profit organization, managed and operated by volunteers. We are proud to announce we are installing new water monitoring equipment this spring to better manage pool water quality. Go to for more information and to sign up.

Charlemagne Suzuki Strings Program students perform after school, May 17

The Suzuki Strings Program at the University of Oregon’s Community Music Institute provides high-quality string instruction in violin, viola and cello to preschool age students and up.

The staff includes faculty members, professional community music educators, and University of Oregon graduate students who have all have formal, registered Suzuki training. The program offers weekly individual and group lessons as well as quarterly solo recital opportunities, masterclasses and workshops with guest teachers, parent education and enrichment, and free admittance to many UO concerts.

Several Charlemagne students enjoy attending this program and will be playing at school pickup time on Tuesday, May 17. Brochures about the program will be available then and parents of these students will be available to answer questions.

University of Oregon Ducks baseball game, May 20

On Friday, May 20 at 4 p.m., Oregon Baseball will host Don Essig Day,
for all elementary school students. Don Essig is most famously known for
being the voice of the ducks at Autzen Stadium, but he was a teacher, as
well as principal, at many schools within the Eugene area.

During this PAC-12 match-up against the Arizona Wildcats, children 12
years and under will get in free. There’s also a group discount rate for staff and families.

We would love to have Charlemagne French Immersion School join us in
honoring Don Essig during our Elementary School Day game on May 20th!

All-day Golf and Tennis Summer Camps with TGA

All golf and tennis levels are welcome whether you are brand new, or you are trying to earn your next TGA color level.

In the summer we take your game to the actual golf course and the real tennis courts. Great instruction, match and course play, fun games, prizes and more!

With six weeks of golf camp and six weeks of tennis camp to choose from, something is sure to fit your schedule.

Golf Camp Location: Fiddlers Green Golf Course

Tennis Camp Location: Washington Park Courts.

Visit to sign up now and reserve your spot.  Financial aid is available for those that qualify. Questions call Jeremiah at 541-390-5200

South Eugene Cross Country camp, Aug. 22-26

Join the South Eugene Cross Country Team at the South Eugene Track for a week of fun running, games, exercises and even a race! This year camp is August 22 through 26 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Activities will include:
• Tag (and many other tag-related games)
• Capture the flag
• Running drills
• Yoga
• Obstacle courses
• Talks by professional runners
• An end of week race and much more!

Campers will learn how to train effectively and take care of their bodies while having an awesome week of fun and memories made!

The cost is $55 a camper or $45 family rate. Campers get a snack each day and will get a t-shirt at the end of camp.

This is a crucial fundraiser for the South Eugene Cross Country team and helps supply uniforms, pay for buses, pay for entry fees and lots more

Registration is open and can be done at

Family Biking Weekend, May 20-22

Family Biking Social: From Everyday Transport to Full On Adventures

Friday 6:30pm, Barn Light East (545 E 8th Ave)

A special presentation and inspiration from local & national experts to help you take the first steps to getting your family on bikes or to take your riding adventures to the next level. Special guest Madi Carlson, Seattle family biking rock star and author of “Urban Cycling” will be there, along with other local experts talking about family bike adventures near and far. Whether you want to figure out how to get your kids to school, do a basic grocery run, or plan an overnight camping trip we’ll have some good tips and tricks to share!
Social hour mixing, presentation and Q&A.
Free event. Food provided. Cash bar.
Sponsored by LiveMove, Sustainable Cities Initiative, Arriving By Bike™Eugene-Springfield Safe Routes to School

Family Safety Fair
Saturday 10am-2pm, Willamalane Center (250 S. 32nd St., Springfield)
The biggest safety event of the year! Learn about safe homes, safe bicycles, and safe driving.  SRTS will be there with a table and a Traffic Garden! You can also sign up for having smoke detectors installed, get your kids’ car seats and boosters checked, and win some fabulous prizes! No tickets required. Free admission.

Kidical Mass Prince Ride 
Saturday 2pm, Meet at Monroe Park (8th & Monroe)
Bike decorating (thanks to the UO student group, LiveMove) at Monroe Park then we’ll rock out to some Prince tunes as we ride over to Prince Pücklers for some free ice cream! Feel free to dress in whatever themed clothing you think might fit…but definitely something you can dance in. Join us as we welcome Madi Carlson, author of “Urban Cycling” and family biking rock star from Seattle, on this classic Kidical Mass ride. This will be a fun ride for everyone and is part of the May is Bike Month events happening throughout the whole month. Come out and ride with a bunch of great people, play at two playgrounds, dance to some Prince, and have some great local ice cream. Does life get much better?

Confident Cycling for Families Class
Sunday 9am-Noon, Camas Ridge Community School
Class attendees will not only learn about basic traffic skills but also learn how to perform a bicycle safety check, how to properly fit a helmet, how to size a bicycle for a child, and how to properly carry things on a bicycle. Information will also be provided about gear and clothing, proper lighting, use of lights, and locking a bike. Half the course will be conducted indoors and the last portion will be held in the parking lot with skills & drills before a final ride on neighborhood streets.

This class is made for parents AND kids so all participants are asked to bring a bicycle and a helmet with them to class. Some reduced cost helmets will be available. Anyone requiring a loaner bicycle for the class is asked to state that in the comments section of the registration form. This class is geared towards children ages 5 – 13 and is free and open to all families but registration is required.

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.