Dear Families,


We hope you have heard from your students this week about our fabulous Artist In Residence 

Jessilyn Brinkerhoff. The classes have been working in rotation on a francophone mural project that will be displayed in the cafeteria. Here are some pictures of our first-grade classes hard at work. 

It’s about time to ‘Let the good times Roll’. The Charlemagne Mardi Gras Carnival is coming Friday 2/22 at 5:30-8:30pm. Its a memorable fun-filled family event with games, prizes, cake walk a photo booth and more!


We could still use some parent volunteers and baked good donations for the night of the event as well as some short shifts next week after school to staff the Mardi Gras Store  If you are interested in supporting event please sign up HERE

Have a great week!
PTO Co-Chairs

Upcoming Events:                                                      

Through Feb 15th: Artist In Residence/Cafeteria Mural Project
Feb 18th: NO SCHOOL: Presidents Day
Feb 21: PTO General Meeting 6:30 pm
Feb 22: Mardi Gras School Carnival 5:30-8:30pm
March 7th: Science Fair! 3pm in gymnasium
March 25th-31st: Spring Break

OBOB Battles: First Round begins Feb 19th

The Charlemagne OBOB battles for grades 3-5 are coming up!

They are from Feb. 19-22. We need parent volunteers to help run the battles. Please sign HERE!

Thanks for your support!
Charlemagne OBOB Coordinators:
Natalie Reeves and Julie Kim

Bring the Immersion Experience into your Home:
Host an Intern!

Hosting is an amazing experience that enrichesIsabel 2018 (1) your family as well as our school! Thank you to Gromsruds for hosting Isabel last year. We are still looking for one more host family for the end of this year as well host families for next year.  If you have any questions and would like to host please contact us!

Host Family Coordinators for the Charlemagne Intern Program

Olivia Hardin, Helen Jetter

& Cynthia Stenger Riplinger:

Science Fair is Around the Corner!
Coming to the Charlemagne Gymnasium, Thursday, March 7th at 3pm
Get those ideas flowing and experiments rolling. The Science Fair is a fun opportunity for kids to explore areas of interest in the sciences, to learn the scientific method, and prepare and organize a project. Students may work as individuals or in groups and all grades are encouraged to participate. 
This year we are adding the opportunity to have science projects judged by real scientists. The categories will be based on the school science curriculum. If you are wondering what project to do, think about these categories!
The categories are:

*Physical Science 
*Earth and Space Sciences
*Life Science 
*Engineering, Technology and Applications of Science 
Questions? Please contact:
Karen Stapleton & Charis Allenbaugh at
**Tri-Fold boards to display your project will be ready to purchase in the coming weeks.

Winter Weather: Snow Day Information 


When winter weather arrives, schools may be closed or delayed or buses may use snow routes. These decisions are made by the district early in the morning and are the same for every 4J school.

Snow day notifications: Our school district communicates any decision to change school or bus schedules as quickly as possible in several ways, all well before 6:30 a.m.

No news = No change. If schools and buses are on their regular schedule, there will NOT be an announcement.

School Closure = No school for students. The decision about afternoon/evening activities will be made by noon.

Two-Hour Delay: School starts two hours late and ends at the usual school dismissal time. If a delay occurs on an early release Friday, school will still be dismissed at the early release time.

Snow Routes: Some school bus routes have alternate “snow routes” that avoid higher and steeper elevations. If you need information about your student’s bus route, please

Parent Choice: Please consider the road conditions in your own area in making your decision about school attendance, and notify the school if your student will be staying home. Parents’ decisions about absences for weather-related safety reasons will be honored.

For more information, please see


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Our state legislature decides our school budget once every two years.

Parents, students, and community members:


Stand for Children ( )  

at the State Capitol

February 18 (President’s Day; and no-school day)

Ask the legislature to fund schools

& fully fund Ballot Measure 98

to raise graduation rates and expand Career and Technical Education.

7:30am – bus leaves SEHS  (corner of 19th & Patterson)

9am St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 790 Marion St NE, Salem

training and info walk a few blocks to the Capitol – meet with state legislators (no experience required;  each group has a leader. Children may join you)

4:30pm – bus back at SEHS

Bus, child care, breakfast, lunch provided free

Join us February 18!

Joy Marshall |Lane County Director | Stand for Children Oregon|    

Adventure with an Intern!

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Help our interns make the most of their time in

Oregon! Consider asking them to join you for some fun family activities. Feel free to invite interns directly or contact the intern coordination team and we will get you in touch.


Victor who helps in the 4th-grade classrooms enjoys musicals and sporting events and would love to see a hockey game. He also likes hiking, ice skating, and sledding. Some of the places on his Oregon bucket list are Spencer’s Butte, the Painted Hills, Crater Lake, Haystack Rock, Multnomah Falls, Silver Falls, Smith Sock, Sea Lion Caves, and Thor’s Well.

If you have any questions about the intern program or are interested in hosting please contact:

Host Coordinators for Charlemagne and Roosevelt Middle School

Olivia Hardin, Helen Jetter & Cynthia Stenger Riplinger at:

Community Spotlight: Internet Safety Presentation @ March PTO meeting 3/21 
Please join us for a special presentation on Internet Safety from
Ophelia’s Place March 21st from 6:30-8pm in the Charlemagne

This presentation is geared at supporting parents in creating a healthy structure for their children around safe internet use and healthy social media interaction. Presentations include information and discussion to address the following:

Ø  Learn digital citizenship tips; discuss the importance of a positive digital footprint.

Ø  Examine the prevalence of online predators, exploitation and blackmail risks.

Ø  Consider photo sharing, safety and location features.

Ø  Discuss social media image construction and pressure it can create for youth.

Ø  Define cyberbullying and examine its impact.

Ø  Clarify appropriate reporting steps.

Ø  Learn about youth advocacy tools and strategies to educate and support youth.

If you are interested in attending, please take a minute to answer

this brief survey at your earliest convenience. Your feedback will
help us focus the discussion on the specific concerns of our

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Opportunities for Supporting Charlemagne:

Spring Soiree:
Save the date our annual Soiree will be Friday, April 12, 2019
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We need our community support to make this event a success.

We are currently 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 help support this event.

Additional Volunteer Opportunities

  • PTO Class Representatives:(Mme Sion, Mme Kim, Mme Anou, Mme King, Mme Jana, Mme Grabowski)
  • Soiree Procurement Team
  • Esprit De Corps Team: Help coordinating upcoming staff and teacher appreciation weeks 
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

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!