Dear Families,

download (12)Welcome back and Happy New Year! We hope you have all had a great winter break and optimal start to 2019. As a friendly reminder, there is no school Monday 1/7, classes officially resume Tuesday 1/8.

The 4j district begins its School Choice process is conducted over the month of January. If you are the parent of a student who has an incoming sibling planning on attending Charlemagne in Fall, please make sure to complete the school choice application ( at your earliest convenience. All incoming students MUST complete this process to be eligible for sibling preference. the lottery closes 1/31. Please see below for more details.

Last, please find the notes from our PTO meeting 12/20 linked here.
Have a great week!

Upcoming Events:

Jan 7th: No School/Professional Development

Jan 8th: Classes resume

Jan 14th: Math Madness Kickoff

Jan 17th: PTO Meeting 6:30 pm

Jan 21: No School/MLK day

Jan 27-Feb 1: CNO at Emerald Lanes

Jan 31: 4J School Choice Lottery deadline

Looking Ahead: 2019 School Choice begins in January!

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.

Come see our schools: If you or any of your friends are interested in exploring your school choice options, the district will hold an Elementary School Showcase on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 10 a.m. to noon. All 4J schools will hold tours and other opportunities to visit during the month of January.

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 17 @ 5:30 pm
Thursday, January 24 @ 9:00 am
Thursday, January 31 @ 12:00 pm

More information:

Math Madness is Coming!

As a heads up, Math Madness (a similar fundraiser to Read-a-thon but based on math) starts 1/14/19.

1/14 – Math packets will be sent home with students.  They will have a week to do the work & collect pledges & donations.

1/22 – Collection week with 1 Daily Winner drawn per class every day that week.  

The sooner your student turns in a completed envelope, the more chances they have to win a daily prize ($1 gold coin).

Read-a-Thon raised over $13,000 this year.  Help us do it again! Questions? Please reach out to Marcia Yu (

Community Night Out @ Emerald Lanes!

Get your teams ready! We are having our January Community Night Out at Emerald Lanes.

What: Charlemagne CNO


Where: Emerald Lanes, 140 Oakway Rd

Bring your FLYER between 1/27 and 2/1 and Charlemagne PTO will receive a 50% donation from your purchase.  Game on!

OBOB Volunteers Needed:

Parent volunteers are needed during Friday lunch beginning @11:45 to help the OBOB teams practice.

If you miss anything regarding OBOB, it can all be found on the OBOB page on the school website:

A lot of questions about battle rules and format can also be answered on Email for more information.

Appointments During School Hours:

A quick reminder about appointments during school time. We know families are busy and often, we have to take appointments and meetings when we can get them.  However, taking your child out of school during the day is disruptive both to the classroom and for student learning.

Please remember to schedule times at the beginning of the school day or well enough after school your student can leave at the regular time.

Thanks for your help!

TreeTop Academics: Winter/Mondays 3-4:15pm

At Charlemagne, we offer an after-school class in Science on Mondays.  This term we are focusing on Alternative Energy:Solar!

Classes are open to all 1st-5th-grade students. We are dedicated to providing meaningful, hands-on, project-based, and student-centered educational opportunities through best teaching practices and age-appropriate curriculum to your elementary school students.

Treetop Academics provides academically enriching opportunities that put students at the center of learning.

and we encourage all learners to join our classes, whether a program is beginning subject matter for your student, or continuing. Please find us online read the for program descriptions for more info! 

The 2019 South Eugene Babe Ruth Baseball is almost here!

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!

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.

Mardi Gras Committee:

Our Mardi Gras celebration is right around the corner Friday 2/22. This is a fun community focused carnival that includes many games, face painting cakewalk and photo booth!

We need some enthusiastic volunteers to help us coordinate this event!

Please contact for more info.

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.

We are currently seeking families for the second half ofthis 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 Co-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:

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.

  • 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