Principal’s Corner

Dear Charlemagne families,

If you were not able to attend the math curriculum open house last week, but would like to weigh in on your thoughts, please click/go to to provide the Math Adoption team feedback. The district will be choosing the new curriculum in December. Attached is a brochure to provide up-to-date information on the process and choices. Our very own Mme Michele Jensen was a key leader on the adoption team! Michele and I will be providing an overview of the choice at our PTO meeting in January.

Eric Anderson
Charlemagne French Immersion Elementary School

Successful Book Fair

Dear Families,

Thank you for your support at the Book Fair last week! Many thanks to Natalie Reeves, Karol Herbert, and all the volunteers for running a fantastic book fair this year.

Thanks also to Brett Adamo and Beppe and Gianni’s Restaurant for donating a delicious tray of lasagna for the teachers during conferences!

Don’t forget to join us for the November PTO meeting at 6:30pm Tuesday night. You can find the agenda here. Principal Eric will be presenting information about French Immersion K-12 Program Articulation. This should be a really interesting topic whether your student is just starting out in French Immersion, or soon moving on to Roosevelt. As always, free childcare will be provided.

Finally, the Turkey Drive is going on through Nov. 17. If you are able to, please donate cash or check to benefit Charlemagne families in need of food assistance during the Holidays. Also, if you are struggling financially and could use some help with food please talk to Bernadette in the office (no questions asked). All names will be kept strictly confidential.

Shannon Tom and Chris Miller,

PTO Co-Chairs


Upcoming Events

November 15: PTO Meeting, 6:30pm

November 13-17: Turkey Drive to benefit Charlemagne families in need
November 17: Picture retakes (1 volunteer still needed)

November 21-25: No school

November 30: Health and vision screening (volunteers needed)

December 1: Holiday Market and Poinsettia pick up

Health Screening Volunteers Needed

Wed. Nov. 30, 8:00am -12:00pm

Our school nurse needs 8 volunteers to help during the vision and dental screening.

Volunteers will help with the following:

  • Using the SPOT (machine for checking vision)
  • 3-4 at the vision desk to fill in paperwork
  • moving kids from line to SPOT station
  • moving kids from vision desk to dental station
  • runner getting classes to the location and back
  • collects/organizes forms
  • help with dental if needed

If you’re interested in helping out you can sign up at

If you have any questions contact Debra McIntosh at

Winter Wreath Making Class

Join us for a fun evening of making a winter wreath for your home or to give as a gift! Cost is $20 each and we provide all your materials. Use ribbon, branches, pinecones, silk flowers and more to create a pretty art piece. If you have something special at home that you want to include in your wreath, bring it with you.
Ages 8 and up are welcome to register for this class. Children under 13 must have a parent or guardian helping them in class. We will be using hot glue guns.

Class will be held at New School Art Studio on 5th street in Eugene, across the street from the 5th Street Public Market.

Address: 207 E 5th St, Ste 120, Eugene, Oregon

Thursday, December 1st,  6pm – 7pm

Cost: $20 each wreath you make.


Scholastic Book Fair a Success

The Scholastic Book Fair sold over $8,600 in Scholastic books, and over $1,200 in French books. Final numbers will be reported at the next PTO meeting. Our profits from the book fair are used to buy books for our school library.

Thanks to all of our volunteers. We couldn’t have done it without you! And thanks to everyone who stopped by to shop. Enjoy those new books. Happy Reading!

Repeated from Previous Weeks

The articles below were in a previous week, but are included again for your reference.

Thanksgiving Turkey Donation Drive

In honor of Thanksgiving, let’s remember those in our own school community.
Please donate to Charlemagne’s Turkey Donation Drive between Nov. 7th- 17th.

Let’s make sure everyone has a feast on Thanksgiving Day! Please donate cash or check to benefit Charlemagne families in need of food assistance during the holidays. Look for the turkey to deposit your donations in the main office. Make checks out to “Charlemagne PTO.”

Sponsored by Esprit de Corps. For more information, contact Mara Gregory at

Confidential: If you are struggling financially, and could use some food assistance this Thanksgiving, please speak up. Don’t be shy (no questions asked), just call us. Please give your name to Bernadette in
the main office. We will keep your name confidential.

School Directory

The school directory is almost complete. If you do not want your information in the directory (address, email and phone number) please let Bernadette know ASAP. Or if you would like to have an alternate number in place of your primary number we have in our computer system, also contact Bernadette.

Picture Retake Volunteers Needed

Nov. 17, 8:15am – 11:00am

Contact Debra at debralmcintosh@hotmail for more information.

UO Romance Language Fair

I attended the UO Romance Language Fair last week and represented Charlemagne Elementary. This is my third year attending as a representative for Charlemagne. The Romance Language Fair has a number of booths with opportunities for romance language majors – internships, study abroad options etc. Every year I walk away from the fair with names of interested volunteers for our school. Two students from this year’s fair have already come to visit the school and are going to start volunteering this week. Aurelie and I have hosted over 12 UO student volunteers in our room since 2013. Ten of those volunteers were French majors.Many of those students did an internship with us and earned credits while volunteering. Some students just came for the fun of it.


I am hoping to make connections between our school and UO. Many of the UO students grew up outside of Eugene so they do not know about the elementary schools in the area. The students are always surprised and excited when I tell them about our French immersion school here in Eugene. They are interested to see what learning French is like at the elementary level.

My hope is to let French majors know about our school in case they want to come volunteer. Often times students with a major in French go into teaching. My hope is that some of these students become teachers or educational assistants at our school one day. Sure enough one of our former volunteers Katherine Schwartz from 2013 is in a teaching program now in Portland. Three of our former volunteers are applying to go teach English in France.


Sara Roadman

Teacher, grade 1

Little French School Autumn Fair

Come one, come all Little French School’s Annual Autumn Fair!

We’ll open our doors from 2-5 pm on Sunday, November 20 for this awesome community event. Bring friends and family for lots of fall fun — we’ll have a holiday gift bazaar (cute handmade gifts made by our students, staff, parents and community members, as well as LFS swag), a kid activity room with facepainting and crafts, live music and entertainment, and a café room with made-to-order crêpes, french press coffee with coffee from Sisters Coffee Company and lots of treats! On espère vous voir à la foire!

Kidz Rock No School Music and Dance Day!

When: November 11th from 12:30-3:30pm.

12:30-2:00 the Rock Orchestra will be playing

2:30-3:30pm will be an African Dance Class with WACAI

Where: Petersen Barn 870 Berntzen

Who: Kids ages 10-18

Enjoy a fun day of music and dance with Music Education & Performing Artists Association in collaboration with West African Cultural Arts Institute. Start off with a group rock camp like you’ve never seen and learn to play two songs on two instruments in one afternoon, then jump into an exciting dance class with LIVE drumming experience that will get your feet and spirit moving with WACAI!

Pegasus Pizza will be provided for our lunch break!

$10 Suggested Donation

Register at: 541-682-5521

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