Dear Families,


THANK YOU to everyone for your amazing support of our Math Madness drive.

We had an outstanding school-wide participation rate of 86%! Have you seen the beautiful Math-lete bulletin board inside the school?! Every child who participated in Math Madness got their name put on a bookmark on the Math-lete wall. Bookmarks will be passed back to the children this week.

We are so grateful for your generous support, which raised over $12,000 for Charlemagne. Merci beaucoup!

Congratulations to the following classes who won the prize for 90% participation: Madame Elise, Madame Michele, Madame Diedrich, Madame Shelli, & Madame Jana.

They earned a dance party with Madame Courtney! Get your dance shoes ready; dance parties will be scheduled soon.

Many Thanks to this year’s Math Madness team:

  • Rachel Anderson: Mom of Calvin (kinder), Felicity (2nd), & Ramsey (4th) Anderson

  • Paulomi Bhattacharyya: Mom of Ayush (1st)  & Ishika (5th) Chakraborty

  • Sudha Rajendran: Mom of Maitri (kinder), Adarsh, & Akshaya (3rd) Makina

  • Marcia Yu: Mom of Sophie (1st) & Dylan (5th) Myrick

This week our students start a campus collaborative mural project with our ArtSpark Artist In Residence Jessilyn Brinkerhoff, which will be ongoing through 2/15. Please see below for more info. On Wednesday 2/6 we have our monthly Walk and Roll to School Day. 

Next up, get those costumes ready! Our beloved Mardi Gras Carnival is coming up the evening of 2/22 at 5:30pm at Charlemagne. Its a memorable fun-filled family event with games, prizes, cake walk a photo booth and more! We could use some parent volunteers and baked good donations for the event. If you are interested in supporting event please sign up HERE.

Have a great week!
PTO Co-Chairs

Upcoming Events:                                                      

Feb 4-15th: Artist In Residence/Cafeteria Mural Project
Feb 6th: Walk and Roll to School Day 
Feb 18th: NO SCHOOL: Presidents Day
Feb 21: PTO General Meeting 6:30pm
Feb 22: Mardi Gras School Carnival 5:30-8:30pm
March 7th: Science Fair

Winter weather may be on its way!

If you are wondering about winter weather updates for schools, please see below for some important reminders and for information on how to sign up for text message alerts. If we’re on a two-hour delay at any point next week, school will begin at 10:30 am and end at our regular times, Friday early release included.  Thanks for staying informed!

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

February is “Be Safe. Be Seen.” Month
Wednesday, February 6th is our monthly Walk & Roll to School Day! This month’s theme is “Be Safe, Be Seen.” Walking or biking together to school or elsewhere is a chance to practice road safety skills like looking both ways before crossing the street; paying attention to traffic, and acting in a predictable manner. Best of all, it’s a time to be playful, connect, and have fun together!

We encourage everyone to walk, bike, carpool or ride the bus to school. When you do so, it is great to wear bright or reflective items of clothing and lights in addition to practicing safely getting to and from school. If you live a long way from school, try parking a ten-minute walk from school and walking the rest of the way. It will wake up your child’s brain for learning and you’ll avoid the parking lot traffic!

Science Fair is Around the Corner!

Get those ideas flowing and experiments rolling. The Science Fair is coming Thursday, March 7th, 2019 in the Charlemagne gym. This 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.


The categories are:

*Physical Science

*Life Science

*Earth and Space Sciences

*Engineering, Technology and Applications of Science

Questions? Please contact: Karen Stapleton & Charis Allenbaugh at  

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:

National School Counseling Week 2/4-2/8:

Sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), and its purpose is to highlight the unique contribution of school counselors within our school systems, and the tremendous impact they can have in helping students achieve school success, plan for a career, and lead healthy lives.

The work of school counselors in Oregon is guided by both our ASCA National Model as well as by The Oregon Framework for Comprehensive School Counseling.   

The ultimate goal of the program is that all students will graduate:

  • Feeling valued and respected in a caring learning community

  • With the skills, knowledge and attitudes for success in the academic, career, social/emotional and community involvement domains

  • Prepared and ready for their next steps after high school

  • With the ability to be lifelong learners and problem solvers

  • Participating & advocating for social justice and equity for all.

We want to appreciate the work our own Charlemagne School Counselor Mme. Laura Dale. We encourage you to take advantage of this week in February to let her know how much we value her on campus and her contribution to serve the needs of our students, staff and families. Merci Mme. Dale!     

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 Jessilyn’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:

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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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!

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!

Opportunities for Supporting Charlemagne:

Spring Soiree:

Save the date our annual Soiree will be Friday, April 12, 2019
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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 help support this event. Merci!

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.