Principal’s Corner

principals cornerThis has been a fun filled 2015-2016 school year and it is hard to imagine that we only have a handful of weeks left to go! As the staff gears up for a strong finish, below are a few friendly reminders:

– Tardies have been on the rise lately. Please be sure to get your child(ren) to school on time. The cafeteria is open for breakfast, and has adult supervision, starting at 7:50 am.

– If you are keeping your child at home for the day please call the attendance line. Emailing teachers is a nice courtesy but does not help with tracking attendance.

– If you have a current K – 4th grade student not returning to Charlemagne next year please contact the office so we can begin to support that transition now.

– Please try to get to school early enough that you do not need to speed in the neighborhood or on East Amazon. We are receiving a growing number of neighborhood complaints regarding speeding parent drivers.

Thank you for your support.

Eric Anderson

Charlemagne French Immersion Elementary School

From your PTO Co-Chairs

Bonjour Families,

We are celebrating our amazing Principal Eric this week! We have several fun ideas to show him our appreciation. Read the full article below for all the details.

Thanks so much to everyone who participated in Walk and Bike to School Day! Kudos to our amazing chairpersons: Char Heitman and Kathy Lynn.

Thanks go out as well to our Esprit de Corps committee and committee chair Julie Kim for organizing a wonderful teacher appreciation week. Hooray to all of the Charlemagne students and families for helping to let our teachers know how much we appreciate them.

Congratulations to our Southside Chess team, for their fantastic performance at the state championships in Seaside, OR. Our new State Champion in the Primary division is Sam Farley, a first grader at Charlemagne. Max Murphy won 1st place in his section and Jeremy Wang tied for first in his. Elliott Mille tied for second and Marston Scher tied for 4th in their sections. Many other players from Charlemagne played well and deserve congratulations as well. Way to go Southside Chess.

Merci beaucoup and muchas gracias to Ramiro Aragon, father of 5th grader, Juliette, who lead the bird walk that was auctioned off as part of spring auction.  The trip was a huge success and very well received by those children and chaperoning adults who attended. Thank you, Ramiro, for providing this unique and educational opportunity for the Charlemagne community.

Finally, please consider becoming more involved with Charlemagne’s PTO.Charlemagne is an amazing place, and volunteers are essential to what makes our school so special. There are many open positions both big and small, projects to be done during school hours, and things you can do from home. Two of the essential committee positions that need to be filled are Volunteer Coordinator, and Esprit de Corps co-chairs, but many smaller jobs are also available. Please contact Shannon or Gina (, to see how you can participate. Thanks!

Have a wonderful week,

Shannon Tom and Gina Thompson,

Upcoming Events

May 11: Site Council meeting, 3:15 p.m.

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 25: Charlemagne Talent Show, 5 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

Principal Eric Week – May 9-13

worlds most awesome principalThank you parents for helping us make our staff feel so warmly appreciated with the appreciation events in the last two weeks. There is one person we have yet to honor that we do not want to overlook.

Principal Eric has provided such incredible leadership and dedication that it wouldn’t be right to let the school year end without specifically honoring him.

We have decided to surprise him with an entire week dedicated to him…this week! 

Please use this opportunity to say a few words of thanks, either in person or in a card. If you would like to also gift him with one of his favorites, a theme has been picked for each day. Please remember that no gift, even group gifts, can be over $50 (as per 4J district policy) and your heartfelt words would be just as valued as any gift:

– Monday: Jerky day (bring Eric jerky and let’s see how much he gets; alternatively, he likes breath mints)

– Tuesday: a nod to his inner grillmaster (grilling supplies, gift cards to Longs or Capella’s, etc)

– Wednesday: red wine, IPA’s, gift cards to Beer Stein, Sarver or Abbelone vineyards

– Thursday: Ducks and Seahawks gear or videos (like of the playoff or superbowl games)

– Friday: “Dress like Principal Eric” day

Please join us in honoring him and letting him know how greatly we appreciate all that he does. Until this week, it was under wraps so we could surprise him but starting Monday, it is perfectly OK to let him know that he is being celebrated this week.

Host Family Info Session for Amity Intern Program 2016-17

AMITY-logo (1)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!

Light snacks provided.

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

papas pizzaSave the date! Our next and 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.

field dayField Day planning

The end of the school year is fast approaching, and with it comes the last day of school celebration, Field Day. We are hoping to infuse this fun event with some new ideas and fresh enthusiasm.

We will meet this month to brainstorm and plan, and then delegate duties for the day itself on 6/16. If you are interested in being involved (volunteers needed!) please email Leslie Pelinka at

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.

Sign up for our Talent Show

show-us-your-talent 2 (1)Sign up sheets for the Spring 2016 Talent Show (aka Spectacle de Jeunes Talents) are now available in the office and are due by Friday, May 13. The talent show will be held in the school gym on Wednesday, May 25 from 6-7:45 pm.

Singers, dancers, jugglers, actors, gymnasts, comedians, magicians, musicians, martial artists, and performers of all types are invited to showcase their talents in a solo or ensemble act.

All solo acts should be under two minutes and group acts must be under three minutes.

To allow as many students to be included while keeping the length of the show reasonable, students will be limited to one solo act but they are allowed to be in several ensemble acts.

Dress rehearsals are 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.

Parent volunteers are needed for every aspect of the show including: co-producer, rehearsal assistants, ushers, stagehands, sound engineers, set up and clean up crew and program creation. Please sign up here to lend a hand. 

For any questions or suggestions, contact Julie Kim at

Reimagine Education in Oregon: A Lane County Community Forum on Tuesday, May 10

The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2016 (ESSA) opens new options for education in each U.S. state. State and local leaders will hold an education forum in our community on Tuesday, May 10. They want to hear from you!

You are invited to join with the Oregon Department of Education and other members of our community to reimagine education in our state. Come learn more about Oregon’s education initiatives, contribute to a discussion on the factors supporting student success, and get your questions answered by local and state education leaders.

The community forum will be held at South Eugene High School from 6–7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10. You can find more information, including other community forums around the state, on the Oregon Department of Education website at

Improving education in Oregon takes a community. Come add your voice to the conversation and help us reimagine education in Oregon! We look forward to seeing you there.

Direction Service summer resources

Each year Direction Service publishes a resource of recreation, respite, support and service opportunities that families of children with disabilities can access during the summer months.

You can access the 2016 Summer Directory via the Direction Service webpage  at

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