Principal’s Corner

Dear parents,

It is hard to believe but there are only 16 days of school left! As we move forward to close our year with a fantastic academic finish, it is important that you know that we are still $25,000 short of our fundraising goal. This may seem like an insurmountable amount but in reality we are in the same place financially as we were last year right before the Trot de France.

Due to the great support of our community, we were able to meet our goal last year and I believe we will this year too. My hope is that we will come together again to finish the year strong with donations for the Trot de France and with Direct Donations. If you have not donated yet this year, now is a critical time to give to support our goal of adding 6 staff members to improve safety and instruction for the 2016-2017 school year.

Please see the attached excel spreadsheets that were shared at the Spring Auction that highlight the significant academic support that is possible if we reach our goal versus settling for only using district funding.
Thank you to everyone who has volunteered and donated this year to support our children. If you have questions about our goal, or how to give, please contact me.

Eric Anderson

Charlemagne French Immersion Elementary School

From your PTO Co-Chairs

Bonjour Families,

It’s hard to believe that another school year is nearly over. There are just a few more fun events planned, and volunteers are needed to make them happen.

The Trot de France (formerly Jog-a-thon), which will be on June 3, is a really fun event for parents to come to. Wave, clap and cheer on the kids as they run laps in this adorable event. We still need MANY more volunteers to help things run smoothly. 4-7 volunteers are needed from each grade level, but at this point, most grade levels have 2 or fewer. If you can help, please contact committee chair Alyssa Wagner (

As much fun as the Trot de France is, it might be easy to forget that it is alsoour last major fundraising event of the year. At this point, we are 3/4 of the way to meeting our fundraising goal. Only $25,000 is still needed to fully fund our wonderful Instructional Assistants, Amity Interns and other programs that are sponsored by PTO. If you can, please help your child to participate by collecting pledges. Kids can be sponsored either by the lap, or at a flat amount. Envelopes should have come home with your child last week, extras are available in the office. Please note, all kids will be included in the event itself regardless of whether or not they bring back a pledge envelope.

Field Day is also coming soon. This event is held on the last day of school, Thursday June 16, which is an early release day. Parents are needed to help man the stations, guide the groups around, etc. Please come out and support this fun event if you can. Contact Leslie Pelinka ( for more info and to sign up to help.

Thank you so much for all of your support of our school. We hope you have a great week!

Shannon Tom and Gina Thompson,

Upcoming Events

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

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 (

Trot de France (Jog-a-thon), June 3, volunteers needed

We have one last fundraiser for the year, Trot de France (jog a thon), coming up on June 3.

We need to have 2 parent volunteers from each class for punching holes in cards and other minor things. We also need 15 or so people to help with setup and cleanup. If you are able to help with this, please email Alyssa Wagner (

If you have any 5-gallon water containers for the water station that we can borrow, please let Alyssa Wagner know. We are hoping to get about 3 of these to help make the water station run smoother.

Here’s the Trot de France schedule:

9 a.m. – Grades K-2
10:15 a.m. – Grades 3-5

11 a.m. – All school picnic starting

Charlemagne Talent Show, May 25

The Spring 2016 Talent Show (aka Spectacle de Jeunes Talents) which will be held in the school gym this Wednesday, May 25th from 6-7:45 pm.   Doors will be open at 5:45 in order to start the show on time.  The performers have all been working hard on their acts and are looking forward to showing off their various skills.  So please come and enjoy the show!

The third grade class will be selling treats and lemonade in the cafeteria for $1 as 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 that evening.

Thank you to all the parents who have been helping the kids prepare as well as those who have volunteered to help with specific roles. This talent show would not be possible without your involvement.  🙂

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.