Spring is Coming!

Dear Families,

It might be a little early to say this, but looking at all the fun activities coming our way, it really feels like Spring will soon be upon us. From Math Madness to OBOB to the Science Fair to the Mardi Gras celebration, there are lots of great activities coming soon. Of course all of these are run by volunteers, so please help out any way you can. Look for details in the articles below.

Also, minutes from the PTO meeting on 1/17 are available online and on the Charlemagne website.


Shannon Tom and Chris Miller

greenietom@gmail.com, info@cmiller.com

PTO Co-Chairs


Upcoming Events

January 23-27: 4j School Visitation Week

January 31 – Hot Cocoa Social

February 3 – Grading Day, No School

February 6: Math Madness Collection Week


Math Madness is On!

Students received Math packets last week.  This week, students should be finding pledges & completing the work.

Many thanks go out to:

– The Teachers
– For redesigning math madness to have more entertaining & logic based challenges.
– Elisha Hibbard, Thea Chroman, Leslie Cusati, and Brooke Murray – For assembling over 350 envelopes quickly so we met our kick off deadline.
– Elisha Hibbard for creating collection boxes for each classroom.  We’re hoping to keep using these boxes for future PTO collection needs, so care is appreciated.

Envelopes with completed work & donations will be collected the week of Feb. 6th.

Just doing the work & turning it in counts for participation. Donations are not required to participate, but are greatly appreciated!

All money raised goes directly towards Charlemagne staffing needs & are tax deductible.

For donations above $200, please note the full name & address of donor on the envelope. The PTO would like to mail them a personal tax receipt.

Please use Charlemagne’s PTO EIN# 46-1825220 for tax purposes.
Questions?  Please reach out to Jessica Keiper (jessicamosley@hotmail.com) and/or Marcia Yu (marciayu@yahoo.com).

eScrip Update

More than 30 people either signed up for eScrip or updated their account info in October and November 2016. As a result, we received the highest amount of contribution from eScrip in November since June 2016. The December report is not yet available. But we are hoping for another good month. In addition, we received the contribution from Fred Meyer for the first time.

Since we met the target, 2 Market of Choice gift cards ($25 each) will be given away. The winners will be announced in the next issue of PTO news.

You still have a chance to win one of the 2 gift certificates – we will be giving away another 2 Market of Choice gift certificates in February if we beat the target again. 3 ways to contribute and win:

1. eScrip
2. Amazon Smile
3. FredMeyer Community Rewards Program

Join today and make a contribution to Charlemagne at no additional cost to you!

2017 Charlemagne Science Fair –  La Foire aux Sciences

Start Now and Join the Fun this March 16th!

The Charlemagne Science Fair will be held March 16th and open to all grades!  This is a fun opportunity for kids to explore areas of interest in the sciences, learn the scientific method, and prepare and organize a project.

Now is a perfect time to start working with your child on a Science Fair topic! 
Here are some of the topics from years past:

Growing Crystals, Maps and Cartography, How do Flowers Smell? Earthworms, Rainbows, Oil Spills, Why Do Some Liquids Not Mix? Venus Fly Trap, Gummi Science, How are Icicles Formed? Pyramids, Acids, How does Helium Make a Balloon Float? Are Dogs Really Color Blind? What is a Shooting Star? Are Birds Dinosaurs? Why Do People Sneeze? How Does a Thermos Work? How Saltwater Influences Buoyancy, Lemon Batteries, Taste Buds, Growing Bacteria, How Are Clouds Formed? Tectonic Plates, Slugs, Digestive System, Rocks and Fossils, Why Does Gravity Exist?

Each entrant will receive a Certificate and Comments Card for their efforts. These are great school souvenirs and give our students a sense of accomplishment.

Student registration forms will be sent home soon or you can register online starting February.  ***Please check back in February for the online registration site address***

Parents interested in volunteering to make this fun and educational event the best possible experience of our kids? Please, email charlemagnescience@gmail.com or sign up online:


These websites can help to provide ideas, direction and structure for your child’s science project:

http://www.sciencebuddies.org/  |  http://pbskids.org/designsquad/

https://www.brainpop.com/science/  |  http://kids.usa.gov/science/

http://kids.usa.gov/science/  |   http://watchknowlearn.org


Mardis Gras, February 24

Mardi Gras is February 24th and we need volunteers! There are many options to choose from:

• Set up, which will be directly after pickup on the 24th

  • Clean up, beginning at 8pm
  • Cake walk: just bake or buy any item, please label if there are nuts involved, and drop off with Bernadette the morning of the event


Volunteers willing to man the game stations, store, sell tickets at the door or just be available where there is need are also very welcome!


Sign up directly at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4bacaf23a1fb6-mardi/41707827


or contact enoteboom@hotmail.com or 541-913-3237.


Au Revoir, Ophélie!

Our 3rd grade French Teaching Intern, Ophélie, will be returning to France after her 6-month internship with us. Her last day at school will be February 6th. Please remember to say thank you and goodbye.



Coordinator needed!

Do you enjoy video production or marketing? The Host Family Coordinators are looking for another team member to join us, specifically for creating media such as a webpage, social media advertising, and making short videos to promote our host family program. If you are interested in being part of our team, please contact Cynthia or Alice at charlemagneinternprogram@gmail.com.

Chat with our host families

Interested in being a host family? Hot chocolate? One of host parents, Chris Miller, will be at the Hot Cocoa Social to chat with anyone who is interested in hosting. Please look for him at the social next Tuesday afters chool at the Gym.

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run empowers girls! This after school program is dedicated to helping 3rd  through 5th grade girls build self-esteem, gain confidence, and discover their true selves. Each week consists of two 90-minute practices including a new lesson each day, learning activities, stretching techniques, 5k training exercises, and healthy snacks.

This spring program starts the week of March 13th and goes through the week of June 5th. The registration deadline has been extended to February 15th. Scholarships and payment plans are available. For more information and to register online, go to www.gotrwillamette.org.

The Girls on the Run 5k is June 3rd, 2017 at Reser Stadium in Corvallis.  The 5K event is open to kids and adults of all ages.  Join us for any inspirational run/walk around the beautiful OSU campus.  5K registration for the whole family can be done at www.gotrwillamette.org/race/202-spring-5k-celebration.

Join us at the school nearest you!

Oak Hill School – practice days/times are: Tuesday and Thursdays 3:30-5:00

Please see the attached flyer.

To view the original newsletter with images: Click here.