Principal’s Corner

principals cornerWelcome back Charlemagne families. Our staff has spent the past few days engaged in professional development specific to Science instruction and preparing diligently for the start of the school year. We are energized and eager for students to arrive.

If you did not receive an email with the welcome back to school newsletter, please email me for a copy.

With the intensive professional learning that occurred last year, and will continue this year, it is more important than ever that I am in classrooms providing consistent and timely feedback to staff about their practice. This means I will be less available by email so please contact Bernadette for most school questions excluding safety, instruction and student support issues. As in years past, I hold 8:00 – 9:00 am and 2:00 – 3:00 pm open for appointments (or drop ins) to coincide with drop off and pick up times. I enjoy the opportunity to meet with parents so please see me and let me know what is going well for your students or if you have a concern to be addressed.

I continue to feel privileged to be part of this great community and am looking forward to a great year.

See you soon,

Eric Anderson
Charlemagne at Fox Hollow Elementary School

Welcome Back!

Dear Families,

Welcome back to school! We are looking forward to a wonderful and exciting 2016-2017 school year.

Shannon and I are excited to be leading your parent group this year and please feel free to email us with any questions you may have: Chris Miller ( or Shannon Tom (

We hope everyone can join us for our first PTO meeting on Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m.Come and learn what is happening at our school and how you can get involved with all kinds of activities.

Don’t forget that Open House is on Tuesday, Sept. 6 starting at 2 p.m.  Come and meet your teachers and explore our new building.

Also, please be sure and join us on Sept. 20 for Curriculum night. This will start at 6 p.m. for K-2 parents and then join us for an all parents meeting at 7 p.m. where we will introduce staff and PTO chairs and give you an opportunity to sign up for committees that you may be interested in. At 7:30 p.m., the grade 3-5 parents will meet with their teachers. This is a great time to learn what your child will be learning in the coming year.

Thank you everyone and have a great week!

Shannon Tom and Chris Miller

PTO Co-Chairs


Upcoming Events

Sept. 6: Open House 2-3 p.m., Watermelon Social on the playground 3-4 p.m.
Sept. 7: First day of school 8:15 a.m.
Sept. 12-16: 5th graders to Canoe Island
Sept. 19-20: Safety Days
Sept. 20: Curriculum Night
Sept. 27: PTO meeting 6:30 p.m.

Parent Interest Surveys Due Sept. 12

Charlemagne has an amazing and vibrant community of parent volunteers and we need YOU to be a part of it! Whether you have time for just a quick one-hour task, or can commit to an ongoing position, we need everyone’s help to make things run smoothly. Not free during the day? There are also ways to help out from home in the evenings. Even if this is your first time with a Kindergarten student, volunteering will introduce you to other parents and staff, along with the satisfaction of contributing to the outstanding education your students receive at Charlemagne. 

Please fill out the Parent Interest Survey, or pick up a paper copy in the office, and let us know your interests and abilities. 
Your time and energy will be greatly appreciated!

Back to School Notes

1) If your 1st or 2nd grade student has recently outgrown pants, rain jackets or gently used shoes please bring them to the office.

2) Speaking of clothes, please label all coats, sweatshirts, sweaters, rain jackets, (basically anything that might be taken off at school) lunch boxes, water bottles, backpacks, etc.  Anything with a label will be a lot easier to get back to you when it is lost than if there is no name on it.

3) Bernadette is looking for some creative folks to help with bulletin boards and display cases. If you’d like to help with this please check in with her in the office

4) Volunteers, we are trying a new process: the computer and name tags will be in the hallway.  Please be sure to check in and wear a name tag every time even if you go straight into the classroom during drop off.  If you do not have a name tag it may be time to renew your volunteer information.  In addition to a background check you are now asked to watch a video or two. Once you show up on the system Bernadette can get you a name tag.

5) When paying fees please be sure to note your student(s) name and grade on the memo line.  No visa accepted.  If you need a reduced amount or time to pay please see Bernadette.  If you’d like to know all the things that your fee covers she (or your student’s teacher) would be happy to let you see the list of supplies purchased for your student’s class and the field trips anticipated for each grade level.

6) Soon after school begins, profile updates will be sent home so that you can update address, phone numbers, and emergency contacts.  If you moved recently, you will need to bring in original documents.  Please follow the following link to see what is required by the school district:

Bienvenue, French Interns!

Please join us in welcoming our first two French teaching interns from France for this year (***2 more coming soon!***):

Ophélie Mercier (21) from Val-de-Marne, France (3rd Grade)

Alix Ilinca (21) from Anceni, France (5th Grade)

We also would like to extend our appreciation to Chris Miller & April Herlache, and Camille & Artie Leider for welcoming and hosting the new interns. We could not have this program running without host families!

We are still looking for host families for 12 weeks to a semester, starting in mid November and mid January. As our internship program is expanding to 4 interns this year, we need more host families for hosting them. If you are able to or if you have questions about hosting, please do not hesitate to contact the coordinators. Additionally, we are looking for carpooling support for a host family who lives in UO/Fairmont area. Please contact the coordinators if you are able to help.

Alice Cho

Ellen Currier

Cynthia Stenger Riplinger

Shop at Market of Choice? Make Money for Charlemagne!

It’s an easy way to fund-raise for our school, at no expense to you.

  1. Sign up with eScrip and select Charlemagne (ID#XXXXXXX).
  2. Register your payment cards: VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and debit cards.
  3. Shop at Market of Choice and pay with your registered cards to earn up to 4% for your favorite school or nonprofit.

Introducing the AAC STEM Shuttle

Our shuttle will pick your child up from school and bring them back to the

AAC for a healthy snack, homework help and STEM enrichment, including: LEGO Robotics, Computer Programming, Engineering Challenges, Circuits, and more! Click the link for more info and to request service to your school!!aac-shuttle/oid20

Fall After School Golf & Tennis Session Starts Soon!!

All levels K-6th are welcome whether you are brand new, or you are trying to earn your next TGA color level. TGA brings the golf course and tennis court to you, making it convenient and affordable to learn and play golf or tennis right on your school campus in a fun and safe environment. All equipment is provided!  Financial aid is available!  Sign up today at!

Tennis – Wednesdays 2:55-3:55pm, Golf – Fridays 12:15-1:15pm.  Location:  Charlemagne playground/field/gym

Back to School with Active Transportation

It’s back to school time and as we wrap up summer vacation it’s time to start preparing for the new school year. From back to school supplies to new school clothes families are getting ready for school. So how about also getting ready for HOW you’re going to get to school?! To kick things off you can check out your school’s suggested walking maps, use the Eugene-Springfield bike map, use Google Maps to help you figure out a good route, or sign up forSchoolPool to share a ride or start a walking/biking group. Once you have a route figured out it’s a good idea to walk or bike it a couple times with the kiddos to make sure you both feel comfortable and safe on it. Another great way to get more comfortable with biking to school is to take our Confident Cycling for Families class which we hold each Fall and Spring. This year’s class will be on Sunday, September 18th from 9am-Noon at Camas Ridge Community School (1150 E. 29th). You can register and find more information for the class here or request that a class be held at your school.

Remember,  if you start the year out with active transportation it will be easier to keep up the healthy habit and you’ll have a lot of fun too!!

Walk+Bike to School Day Registration is Open!

National Walk+Bike to School Day is Wednesday, October 5th this year. This free international event is held on the first Wednesday of October each year. Register your school to receive information on how to participate in this fun event. Once you register your school for Walk+Bike to School Day, be sure to order your free incentives! Incentives include: stickers, temporary tattoos, and prize ribbons. Once you’re registered your district’s Safe Routes to School Coordinator will contact you with information for more incentives and ideas on how to make the most of your Walk+Bike event. Register now for Walk+Bike to School Day!

Kidical Massive; A Big Family Friendly Bike Ride

It’s the second year of the Kidical Massive Ride and we’d love for you to join us on this ride that celebrates family biking around the world. On this day people all over the country (and the world) hold a family friendly “Kidical Mass” ride to celebrate families on bikes in their communities. As the birthplace of Kidical Mass we plan to hold one of the largest rides.  We’ll meet at Monroe Park at 11am on Saturday September 17th and then ride off to one of our favorite stops; the Prince Pucklers park! We’ll provide some treats, you bring your family and friends!

Eugene Symphony Youth Concerts

On Tuesday, November 15, 2016, the Eugene Symphony will present an elementary youth concert exploring what it means to compose and create music, while also showcasing the achievements of young musicians and young composers throughout history and today. Learn more!