Salutations aux familles!

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With January rapidly drawing to a close, we are heading into the busy months before spring break.  We’re looking forward to the end of the first half of the year with the new 4J report cards arriving home on February 8.  February also brings us Mardi Gras and two weeks of our artist-in-residence program that will focus on art related to the Francophone world and global citizenship… in short, we have an exciting month ahead.

To wrap up January, please don’t forget about Math Madness! Last week was packet turn-in and more than forty students were the lucky winners of a $1 gold coin– very fun.  Next week, we’ll announce the class with the highest percentage of Math Madness participation and that class will have a dance party with snacks with me… I’m pretty excited and am already taking requests for the playlists!

We also close January out this week with a grading day on Friday and we’re pleased to share with you information about the new 4J report card format.  Happily, the document is shorter, more concise, and more directly linked to state standards. We believe there is increased clarity with the new report card; the document itself is one page, front and back.

  • Students are now being assessed on a 1-4 scale.  We want all students to be able to achieve 3’s which indicates a student is proficient in the standard.  Receiving 4’s is rare, except when students are excelling in a particular area. A 2 would note a student is not yet proficient with the standard.
  • All French teachers except for Kindergarten will also assess students’ French language using the ACTFL scale for reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • On the new report card, in grades 3-5, French teachers will provide feedback on Learner Characteristics, Integrated Studies and Speaking and Listening.  English teachers will assess Math, Reading and Writing.
  • In grades K-1, all teachers assess in every area; in grade 2, the French teacher will also assess Math.

It’s also important to note the comments box is smaller so specific feedback is limited to only crucial information.  Your student’s teachers will be sending out additional information via their regular communication and with the report cards, too.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions!

Have a wonderful end to January… et merci pour tout ce que vous faites pour soutenir la communauté Charlemagne!

Upcoming Events:                                                      

Jan 27-Feb 1: CNO at Emerald Lanes
Jan 31: 4J School Choice Lottery deadline
Feb 1: No School/Grading day
Feb 4-15th: Artist In Residence/Cafeteria Mural Project
Feb 21: PTO General Meeting 6:30pm
Feb 22: Mardi Gras School Carnival 5:30-8: 30pm

CNO @ Emerald Lanes starts TODAY!
Get those teams ready to roll! We are having our January Community Night Out all week long at Emerald Lanes.610Wwjj85IL._SL500_AC_SS350_ 2

What: Charlemagne CNO
Where: Emerald Lanes, 140 Oakway Rd
Don’t forget your FLYER between 1/27 and 2/1 and Charlemagne PTO will receive a 50% donation from your purchase. Game on!

Math Madness Update! Get those last packets IN!

Thank you to those who have brought in their Math Madness packets!

We are very close to reaching our goal of $13,000!  Please help us get there! We have raised $11,000 so far.  We are so PROUD of our students who have worked hard to complete their math packets.  We are so GRATEFUL to those who have sponsored them.image1 (2) 2

We have already given away 48 gold coins to our lucky daily winners!  These were drawn randomly from each child who completed and returned a Math Madness packet.

Come by the school to check out our amazing “Charlemagne Math-letes” wall. Every child who participates in Math Madness gets their name posted on the Math-letes well.

Every class that achieves 90% participation wins a Dance Party with Principal Courtney!

TWO CLASSES have already won the Dance Party – and several are VERY CLOSE to EARNING it as well!

Please complete your math packets and bring them in to help your class win the Dance Party.

Lost your packet?  You can print one out here:

Questions? Reach out to Marcia Yu (

Donations are not required to participate but greatly appreciated.

100% of donations go towards funding interns/educational assistants & are tax deductible.

Please use this link for online donations:

Time to turn in those BOX TOPS! 
Please remember to clip Box Top coupons from the packaging of various products and help us raise funds for our school! 

Heres how it works:

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Check the products you buy for Box Tops coupons – they’re on many foods, office, cleaning, and paper products.

Cut them out and drop them off in the collection bin outside the library. We will do the rest. Remember, each Box Top coupon is worth 10 cents for Charlemagne. It may not sound like much, but they add up. Last year, we raised $244 for our school. This year we have raised $96.00 and still counting!

Keep clipping and turn them in so we can submit them to Box Tops for Education by the March 1st deadline.

Thanks for your support!

2019 4J School Choice: Sibling Preference Application Deadline 1/31!

In Eugene School District 4J, our school choice policy is that students may request to enroll in any 4J school. School choice requests are accepted in an order determined by lottery.

School choice in January: School choice tours and meetings will be scheduled in the month of January. To be included in the annual school choice lottery, 4J residents must apply between January 1 and January 31. This deadline changed last year to be earlier than in previous years. Non-district residents must apply for an interdistrict transfer between March 1 and March 31 to be included in the school placement lottery.

Who needs to apply:

All students who wish to enroll in a school other than their neighborhood school must submit an application. This includes incoming siblings of current students, students who have moved out of our school neighborhood or the district and want to remain enrolled next year.  Their enrollment is not automatic.

Who does not need to apply: If your student is already enrolled in our school on an in-district school choice transfer and has not moved out of the district, or is already enrolled on a multi-year “open enrollment” transfer, you do not need to reapply to continue attending our school next year.

If you have any friends or family members who are considering school choice, please invite them to come to learn more about our fantastic Charlemagne French immersion program at our school choice events in January: Thursday, January 31 @ 12:00 pm

More information:

Ophelia’s Place Presents: The Stronger Than You Know Conference 
Theme: “Relationships: With Self, Peers & Community”

Friday, February 15, 2019 | 8 am – 4 pm

Hotel Eugene (formerly Eugene Hilton)

Join us for the third annual Stronger Than You Know conference! The goal of this conference is to provide counselors, educators, social workers, and other youth-service providers with the tools and resources to empower diverse groups of youth.

This year’s conference welcomes keynote speaker Rosalind Wiseman, Educator, Parent Expert and Social Activist. This one-day event will foster discussions about youth relationships to self, peers and their communities.

Non-clinical Continuing Education Units are available.

Register Today!

Registration includes parking at Hotel Eugene, continental breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack.

Early bird, individual, and student registration is available below. Those who would like to attend as a group of three or more, please contact Laura Sanchez at (541) 284-4333 or email Group rates are $169 (per person, attending in groups of three or more).

Coming Soon: Artist In Residence Jessilyn Brinkerhoff!

Artist-profile-image-block_Jessilyn-BrinkerhoffJessilyn will be with us from February 4 through February 15 and is in the process of designing a paneled mural celebrating our global citizenship and the Francophone world.  The mural will hang in our cafeteria above the exit doors in the back so it will be visible to all students. Each student will have the opportunity to paint with a small group four times over the course of Jesslyn’s two-week visit.  

This wonderful opportunity is provided to us by the Lane Arts Council via Eugene ArtSpark, a collaboration between Rotary International, the Lane Arts Council and the Eugene Education Foundation:

Little French School Presents: French Night Out 2019

Please join us on February 24 from 5pm-8pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Eugene to support the Little French School’s cause of providing bilingual French education to Oregon children. Our ability to offer small classroom sizes and excellent curriculum depends on the support of parents, friends and community members.

Please click on this link to purchase your ticket online

More information HERE!

Winter Session Of Afterschool Golf & Tennis 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! Location:Charlemagne playground/field/gym-Financial aid is available!

  • Tennis – Wednesdays 3:15-4:15pm,
  • Golf -Fridays 2:00-3:00pm.
Sign up today at!

The 2019 South Eugene Babe Ruth Baseball is almost here!images (7)

Get ready to play ball! Registration opens January 15th.
South Eugene Babe Ruth Baseball is open to players ages 5-15 who live in or attend school in the South Eugene High School region.

Opportunities for Supporting Charlemagne:

Spring Soiree:

Parents and Friends of Charlemagne, our annual Soiree will be Friday, April 12, 2019, and we need your help!
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We need your help to make this event a success. We are seeking:

*Volunteers to help lead sub-committees

*Business sponsorships

*Goods or service donations from your business

All donations are tax deductible. Our fundraising dollars support classroom assistants and interns. These assistants reduce the student to teacher ratio, provide additional support for students, and share French culture.

Please contact our event lead coordinator Mara Gregory to support this event.

Support our School: Host a French Intern!

Please consider supporting our amazing French intern program by hosting! Hosting is a unique and fun opportunity that allows you to experience a new culture from your living room while making lifelong friends. multi-colored-ppl-round-an-earth 4

We are currently seeking families for the spring of this year as well as the 2019-2020 school year.
Please email if you are interested or have any questions. Merci!

Additional Volunteer Opportunities

  • Esprit de Corps leader (helps coordinate school movie nights, teacher appreciation and community support drives)
  • PTO Class representatives:(Mme Sion, Mme Kim, Mme Anou, Mme King, Mme Jana, Mme Grabowski)
Please email Debra McIntosh for more info. 

Direct Drive Continues:

Thank you to everyone who has made a contribution to our direct drive this past month. To keep our work going, in this season of giving, we hope you will consider a generous donation to the Charlemagne PTO, our non-profit organization. Your contribution ensures an outstanding experience for every French Immersion student from kindergarten to 5th grade.

All of the funds we raise from the Charlemagne PTO goes to directly subsidize staffing needs. 


Our campaign will run throughout the year. 
Consider donating once or monthly to support our efforts to maintain our current student to staff ratios. Your tax-deductible donation can be made in two ways:

Go online to

• Send a check to Charlemagne PTO at the school: 3875 Kincaid Street, Eugene, OR., 97405.

For your records, our tax ID number is 46-1825220.

We recognize not every family can contribute equally to a direct drive request. We also know our families give in other equally important ways and are grateful for the time spent in classrooms and at community events. We recognize all types of support are necessary and valuable to the success of our school!

Participating eScrip Retailers:

While shopping this holiday season please consider supporting these businesses as they will donate a percentage of your purchases to the school. This is free money for our school of the purchases you already are making. All you need to do is to sign up and keep your information up to date.

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  • Market of Choice: 1) go to escrip at;  2) Type in ‘Charlemagne French Immersion Elementary’; 3) Register your payment cards;  4) Shop with your registered cards. Register your rewards card HERE:

  • Amazon Smile: 1) go to;  2) type in ‘Charlemagne at Fox Hollow PTO Company’ & then select.  AmazonSmile uses the same log in as your regular Amazon account. But you must shop at to contribute.

  • Fred Meyer’s Community Rewards Program: Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card at You can search by name (Charlemagne PTO) or by the non-profit number (QJ541)
Please contact our coordinator WenLan Hu for more information about this program at