Principal’s Corner

Dear Charlemagne families,

Please join 4J Superintendent Gustavo Balderas to talk about the future of 4J schools.

Eugene School District 4J is engaged in 4J Vision 20/20, a strategic visioning and planning process. 4J Vision 20/20 will lead to a 3- to 5-year guiding plan that reflects what our community wants our school system to look like and where the district’s limited resources should be targeted to best support student success.

The draft plan has been developed, reflecting community input and the work of a stakeholder committee. 4J parents, students, staff and community members are invited to get an update and provide feedback on the draft plan at a community meeting.


Meetings in English:
Thursday, Nov. 3, 6 p.m., North Eugene High School, 200 Silver Lane
Monday, Nov. 14, 6 p.m., Chávez Elementary School, 1510 W. 14th Ave.

Meeting in Spanish:
Monday, Nov. 7, 6 p.m., 4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St.

For more information, please visit

Eric Anderson
Charlemagne French Immersion Elementary School

Bookfair and Conference Week

Dear Families,

The teachers are looking forward to seeing everyone at conferences this week! If you haven’t yet signed up for a time, check your email for a message from your child’s teacher, or contact them directly. Teachers’ email addresses can be found on the school website. Also, remember that there is No School for students on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday of this week.

Calling all parents- your help is needed! The Scholastic Book Fair is going on all this week in the gym, but more volunteers are needed to make this happen. The Book Fair isn’t just a fun opportunity to buy great books in French or English, it is also the only fundraiser that provides books for our school library. Please sign up for a shift at

Another important volunteer opportunity is for Picture Retakes on Nov. 17, 8:15am – 11:00am.  Contact Debra at debralmcintosh@hotmail for more information.

Finally, huge thanks go out to Julie Park for an amazing Read-a-thon, and a big thank you to all the volunteers who make this school such a wonderful place for our kids.

Shannon Tom and Chris Miller,

PTO Co-Chairs


Upcoming Events

November 4-10: Scholastic Book Fair
November 8
: Grand Lunch (expanded salad bar provided)

November 9: Parent Teacher Conferences – NO SCHOOL

November 10: Parent Teacher Conference – NO SCHOOL

November 11: Veteran’s Day – no school

Urgent – Host Families Needed for French Teaching Interns

Charlemagne Elementary is fortunate to have 4 French teaching interns this year. This does mean that the need for nearby host families is great. So far, we still need host families starting in November and January, for periods from 2 to 6 months.

We welcome, and urgently need families to consider this hosting opportunity.

What we need from host families:
1) a private room
2) 3 meals a day – mixture of family meals and self-service anticipated
3) transportation to and from Charlemagne: This can be by car, bike, bus or on foot, of course.

Our interns are all young women ages between 21 to 25 who graduated from college, and are preparing to further study to be teachers in France or in Switzerland. They love children and they enjoy learning about American culture. They have been integrated into our current host families: all are assisting with regular household chores and chip in as needed by their host families.

Do you have room for another seat at your holiday meal or extra room in your car for a holiday outing? Please let us know if you’d be interested in inviting one or more interns to join you during the November/December holidays. You can help make this time of year even more special for our French visitors.

If you are interested in becoming a host family or have questions, please do not hesitate to email us at

Scholastic Book Fair is Open this Week!

The Book Fair is located in the gym and open the following days/times:

Monday, after school, 2:30-4:30.
Tuesday, GRAND LUNCH, 11-12:30, and after school, 2:30-4:30.
Wednesday, during Parent-Teacher Conferences, noon-7:30 pm.
Thursday, during Parent-Teacher Conferences, 8 am – 3:30 pm.

The Grand Lunch is very busy. Some improvements for this year: We are in the gym, so we have a lot more space than last year. We will have 3 registers running for faster checkout, and we have the option of holding books for purchase at a later time (like after school or during conferences). Parents, please make those Grand people in your child’s life aware of your child’s lunch and recess schedule.

We are still in need of volunteers to help with Book Fair. Can you help during Grand Lunch, or for 2 hours during Parent-Teacher Conferences? Please follow the link to our Sign-Up Genius page to volunteer. Every volunteer time slot is entered into a drawing for a $10 gift certificate to use at the fair. 10 names will be pulled for gift certificates.


See you at the Fair!

The Swag is in the House!

The FOX Shop is running this week during the Book Fair in the Gym.Come check out all the new gear including items not available on the original order form, like the fabulous NEW Charlemagne Book Tote. All pre-orders are there, too, ready for pick up.

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.

Halloween Costume Collection

Hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween.

So now what are you going to do with your children’s costumes?

You can donate them to Charlemagne!

We will be collecting gently used and cleaned costumes for next year’s Charlemagne Costume Closet!

We will stock it with the donated costumes; and the closet will be open next year to those who need them!
So please drop off your children’s old costumes at the bins in front of the office!

Readathon Wrap-up

THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the 2nd Annual Read-a-thon!

Students read a total of 40,522 minutes!!!!

Over 170 students got to help Principal Eric get “STUCK” on reading!

A lucky 4th grader won the Kindle.

Congratulations to Mme. Wolf’s  Class for winning the class party for most participation!

Hope everyone went on a great reading adventure!

Thank you again for making the Read-a-thon such a success!

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

Place for People

Imagine downtown Eugene as a place where all community members feel safe, comfortable and welcome. The City of Eugene wants your ideas and experiences about our downtown public spaces! It takes about 5 minutes. Don’t forget to send it to others who share an interest in downtown!

Repeated from Previous Weeks

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

November is eScrip Drive Month

Help us double the money and win prizes!

Signing up for eScrip is a simple way to contribute to the school at no additional cost to you. The businesses will donate a percentage of your purchases to the school. This is free money for our school off the purchases you already are making.

We have had 25 new registrants and 6 credit card updates so far this year. As of today, the school has received over $2,700 this year. Big thank you to everyone who signed up and participated!

We want to double the contribution in 6 months! So help us get there! You can also win a prize:

If we have 25 new registrants/updates in November, two Market of Choice gift cards ($25 each) will be given;

If we another 25 new registrants/updates in December, another two Market of Choice gift cards ($50 each) will be given.

If you have signed up, encourage your family and friends to sign up. If you haven’t, here is how:

Sign up directly from the eScrip and Amazon website.

eScrip: You must register for a valid debit or credit card.

Amazon Smile: You must log into Amazon Smile to shop.

Stop by the eScript registration station at the Book Fair (Nov. 3 -10).

You can make a big difference with eScrip without writing a check to the school!

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