Dear Families, 
What a wild week! We hope you have all had a chance to thaw out a bit and get back to your normal routines. Classified Staff Appreciation Week is March 4-8th. This week provides us the opportunity to specifically focus on the work of our classified staff and all they do to support our schools’ incredible learning environment.
Our classified staff includes the following people:

Bernadette Conover
Mme. V
Brad Elliot
Rob Potter
Bruno Komps
Lolo Ziphi
Jeanne Walrath
Eric Stanley
Cynthia Young

Please join us in thanking them by donating a lunch item on Tuesday 3/5 and/or a dessert for a dessert bar on Friday 3/8.

Please sign up here to contribute!

Monday – Flowers in office
Tuesday -Luncheon provided by PTO
Wednesday – Coffee/pastries provided by Courtney
Thursday – Cards from students
Friday – Dessert bar

Due to the storm, we have decided to push back the Science Fair until after Spring Break. Please mark your calendars, the new date will be Thursday, April 4th.

Lastly, this coming Wednesday 3/6 is our monthly Walk and Roll to School day. This months theme is “Move more for March”. Please see more info below.

Have a great week!

Brooke Parrill and ErinMarie Langsdorf

PTO Co-Chairs


Upcoming Events:                                                      

March 4-8th: Classified Staff Appreciation Week
March 6th: Walk and Roll to School Day
March 11th: Community Night Out at Falling Sky
March 15th: No School: Professional Development
March 25th-31st: Spring Break
April 4th: *NEW DATE* Science Fair:3pm in the gymnasium

Walk and Roll to School 3/6:  “Move More in March!”

Wednesday, March 6th is our monthly Walk & Roll to School Day and we’re asking everyone to move more in March! Did you know that when kids get physical activity before class, they are more on task and fidget less? This is true for both girls and boys, and is especially helpful for children who have the most trouble paying attention.

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So for this Walk & Roll to School Day, we encourage everyone to move their bodies before school so everyone arrives awake, alert and ready to focus! Try to walk, bike, carpool or use the bus to get to school. Students riding the bus and those carpooling can challenge themselves to 10 minutes of physical activity before school. If driving is your only option, help your child(ren) move by parking a ten-minute walk from school and walking the rest of the way. It’ll wake up their brains and start them towards their 60 minutes of exercise for the day, and you’ll avoid parking lot traffic!

Science Fair is now April 4th 2019!


IMPORTANT UPDATE: We have moved science fair until after spring break to give students extra time to work on those science projects!
The very fun Science Fair is now Thursday, April 4th from 3-6pm in the school gymnasium.

Tri-fold boards (to display your project) are available for sale. Put $3 in the box near the office and get your board from Room 1. Sign up forms will go home this week. Please return the registration forms to the folder near the office. The third grade will be selling food and drinks to raise money for their class trip to Canoe Island.

The Science Fair is a great time to view cool projects and be amazed by the creative kids in our school.

· BRING IN YOUR PROJECTS (Wednesday 3:00 pm-4:15 pm and Thursday 7:55 am-10:00 am)

· JUDGING (Thursday 10:00 am- 3:00 pm)

·COME VISIT THE SCIENCE FAIR (Thursday 3:00 pm-6:00 pm)

· TAKE YOUR PROJECTS HOME (Friday 1:45 pm- 3:00 pm)

Want to help volunteer? We can use your help. Please follow this link.

2019 Science Fair Volunteers

Questions? Please contact: Karen Stapleton & Charis Allenbaugh at

Falling Sky hosts our March Community Night Out – Monday, March 11th

What will you be in the mood for…Wood-fired pizza? Mouth-watering deli sandwiches? Pub food? You can find these satisfying options at Falling

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Sky Brewing’s three unique locations.

Make plans to meet Charlemagne friends and family at our next PTO Community Night Out fundraiser on Monday, March 11th! Present our flyer, and Falling Sky will donate 25% of your bill to Charlemagne PTO. See you at the UO EMU (= pizza), 1334 Oak Alley (= brewpub) or 790 Blair Blvd (= delicatessen).

Hope to see you all there!

Support Spring Soiree:
Our Annual Soiree is coming Friday, April 12, 2019
We need our community support to make this event a success!
We are currently seeking:

*Business sponsorships

*Goods or service donations from your business

If you or a close friend or a family member have a connection to a business that wants to support our school, please consider asking them to sponsor our event.

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.

Help our interns make the most of their time in Oregon!

Our interns would love the opportunity to explore Oregon with you. Please consider asking them to join you for some fun family activities or adventures. multi-colored-ppl-round-an-earth

This week we are highlighting Fannie’s bucket list for her time at Charlemagne. Fannie works with our 2nd grade students and would like to go to a hockey game, a basketball game, the theater, the movies, and out to restaurants. She would also like to visit the Coast, Lane County History Museum, Portland, Florence, and Crater Lake. Please consider inviting her to join you on your next family outing!

The UO Science and Invention Fair 2019:
This event is open to all K-8 students and is just around the corner on April 13th, 2019 from 11am-3pm. Please share information about this event with any of your colleagues or families that you think may be interested in. 
The UO Science Fair features not only great original science projects by area students, but also many hands-on outreach activities. The event is free and open to the public. 
Students who wish to enter a project in the fair should sign up on our website by April 8th. Scholarships are available for any student with financial hardship who wants to register a project.

4J Bond Update: Learn What’s Next & Help Shape Future School Design

Thanks to voters’ overwhelming approval of the school bond measure in November, our school district has new school buildings and other improvements in our future! The bond measure will fund improvements at every 4J school and new buildings for three aging schools: North Eugene High School, Camas Ridge Elementary School and Edison Elementary School.

Come hear about the school design and construction process, get answers to your questions about what to expect, and learn how to stay informed and engaged as each of the upcoming school replacement projects is underway.

  • North Eugene High School: Monday, March 4, 6:00 p.m., 200 Silver Lane

  • Camas Ridge Elementary School: Wednesday, March 13, 6:30 p.m., 1150 E. 29th Ave.

  • Edison Elementary School: Tuesday, March 19, 6:30 p.m., 1328 E. 22nd Ave.

Join In: School Design Vision & Values Workshops

In March and April, families, staff, neighbors and other community members are invited to engage in community workshops to help shape the design of 4J’s new schools. Food, childcare and Spanish interpretation will be provided.

Four workshops with the same format will be held around the district in early March. Join us at the one that is most convenient for you, and participate in one of the five design areas: Safety & Security, Sustainability & Resilience, Equity & Accessibility, Health & Wellness, and Teaching & Learning. Participants are invited to continue the process at two additional workshops in April.

First Stage

  • Thursday, March 7, 5:30–8:30 p.m., North Eugene High School, 200 Silver Lane

  • Monday, March 11, 5:30–8:30 p.m., Roosevelt Middle School, 500 E. 24th Ave.

  • Tuesday, March 12, 5:30–8:30 p.m., Arts & Technology Academy, 1650 W. 22nd Ave.

  • Thursday, March 14, 5:30–8:30 p.m., Cal Young Middle School, 2555 Gilham Rd.

Second Stage

  • Thursday, April 4, 5:30–8:30 p.m., Roosevelt Middle School, 500 E. 24th

Third Stage

  • Tuesday, April 16, 5:30–8:30 p.m., North Eugene High School, 200 Silver Lane

Please join us! Your insight and input will help make 4J’s new schools the best facilities they can be for our community.

For more information visit

Message from the Library:

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During the week of March 4th your child may receive a library notice regarding overdue books.  If your child has overdue books please return them to the library or pay the assessed fines to Bernadette in the office.

Need financial assistance with fines? See Bernadette in the front office.

If there is an error in the notice, please let us know in one of the following ways:

If there is an error in the notice, please let us know in one of the following ways:


Library Dropbox:

This will be located outside the library.  Let us know your child’s first and last name, teacher and the error.  For Example “John Johns/3rd Grade; Paid fines – $20 to the office. Please remove fines”


Email the Library:

Email the library at  Let us know your child’s first and last name, teacher and the error.  For Example “John Johns/3rd Grade; Paid fines – $20 to the office. Please remove fines”


Questions:  email the library at


We are working very hard to update the current records.  Thank you for your assistance and patience while we work through our records.  We really appreciate it. Merci!


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
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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 classified staff and teacher appreciation weeks 
Please email Debra McIntosh for more info.

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 as 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:

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!