Dear Families,

The final few days of school — yes, we are down to single digits!– provide a chance to reflect, even with the hurried pace of wrapping up projects and activities, preparing for 5th-grade Promotion, participating in final field trips, and readying ourselves to say goodbye for summer.

As educators, we sometimes joke that the next school year begins the day after the last one ends.  And, in some ways, this is true… we are constantly reflecting on our practices, our purpose, and our planning so that our students’ experiences at school are rich and rigorous, and so students remain immersed in robust academics and intentional social-emotional learning over the course of a year.  Summertime provides a respite for everyone to gain perspective and contemplate future possibilities while considering the past year.

In my own reflections, I have immense gratitude, not only for our incredibly professional and thoughtful teaching staff and classified personnel but also for the strongest community of families I’ve ever had the privilege to serve.  Through our core values, we profess that “as a community, we are more successful together,” and countless times in countless ways, I see this in action in classrooms and after-school clubs and at school events and special activities. If we aspire to raise bilingual children who embrace learning with curiosity and passion, then our collaboration with and connection to each other matters tremendously.

Thank you for an outstanding first year… I can’t wait to see what more we will be able to accomplish together next year!  On behalf of the staff at Charlemagne, I wish you a wonderful summer break… we’ll see you in September, rested and ready to dive back into language and learning.

Je vous remercie pour tout … passez un bel été!
Mme. Courtney

Important Dates:                                                      

June 13th: 5th Grade Promotion 5:30 p.m.
June 18th: Last day of School/Field Day – Release at 11:45,
Community Picnic Following

Change in Report Cards – Mailed Home

This year, final report cards will be mailed home after June 19.  This is a district decision for all elementary schools, so please look for your student’s report card in the mail the week of June 24.  


Field Day is coming June 18! This event is our special end of year outdoor celebration with games and fun for all! It is a popular event so if you’re interested in helping please sign up here and come enjoy the fun! This year we will be having a community picnic after school release from 11:45-12:45. School supervision ends at noon at which point you need to have your child(ren) in your care. Bring a blanket and lunch and come and join our Frenchie community as we close out the school year. The schedule of events for the last day is as follows:

8:30 – School Begins, students should go to class as normal

8:45 – 9:15 – Assembly (students and staff only)

9:15 – 11:15 – Field Day (volunteers welcome) please sign up here

11:15 – 11:45 – Transition back to classrooms for popsicles and final goodbyes

11:45 – 12:00 – Dismissal and pick-up

Please note: Your student may not leave with a parent from Field Day without checking out via the front office. In addition, students will have some final time in their classrooms together before being dismissed for the day. Please help us keep track of our students by following our regular procedures. Thank you!

Tour Du Monde 2019
Jogathon2019Please continue to turn in Tour du Monde packets to the box located in the hallway across from Bernadette’s office. If each student received just $50 in pledges, we would reach our final fundraising goal for the year, thus securing funding for additional instructional assistants and our Amity scholars.

You can donate NOW online or send this link to friends and family to donate:

Tying Up Loose Ends at School

As the year ends, we try to tie up a lot of loose ends. Many of you have responded to our requests for returning library books and paying fines and now it is time to clear up lunch accounts.

Did you know that your student’s lunch account follows them all the way to high school?  That means a small negative balance now will continue to accumulate over the years.  Reminder phone calls come from Nutrition Services on Tuesday evenings every week– perhaps you have gotten a call?

If you have a negative balance, please see Ms V in the cafeteria or follow this link to pay online:  You will need your student’s number which is on their report card… and you can also ask your student since it is the number they use to get lunch! If you need assistance with your balance, please see Bernadette in the office.
Additional “Loose Ends” Tasks:

lost and found

  • The lost and found in the cafeteria is full! Please stop by to collect any of your student’s forgotten belongings. Anything left on 6/18 at noon will be donated.
  • If you are moving and NOT coming back to Charlemagne please let us know.  Any address changes can be made in the front office.
  • Medication cannot be sent home with students on the last day so please stop in the office to pick it up.
  • The office will be open until Tuesday, June 25 with reduced hours.  Please call before coming. The office will reopen on Tuesday, August 20

Many thanks for your attention to these year-end details!

Charlemagne Elementary Welcomes Life Skills Program in 2019-20
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We are excited to announce that Charlemagne has been chosen to host a Life Skills program, the first one at elementary in the South region.

Life Skills programs provide specialized placement for students with developmental

disabilities who need opportunities to gain functional academic skills along with skills they will need in everyday life. These might include self-care, self-advocacy, and independence.

Students are placed into a Life Skills program as a part of our district special education process.  Some common features of Life Skills programs include:

  • Higher level of staff support and a very low adult-to-student ratio

  • Opportunities for students to engage in functional academics and adaptive PE and music

  • Opportunities for students to learn functional daily routines

  • Participation in general education class settings with direct support from Life Skills staff

Our Charlemagne community is diverse and committed to our core values of inclusion, respect, and appreciation– we believe every student is an important member of our learning community, no matter their experience or background.  By welcoming a Life Skills program to our school, we have a unique opportunity to embrace our vision of educating empathetic and compassionate global citizens.

We look forward to a successful transition for our new program as we partner together– district staff, Charlemagne staff and students, Life Skills staff and students, and all our families.  Life Skills at Charlemagne will be in place by the time school starts back up in September and we will be integrating the new program into our existing school schedule.

We eagerly await the chance for students and families to make connections, forge new friendships, and welcome our new program!

YMCA Before and After Care Spots Filling Quickly for Fall

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If your child(ren) need before school or after school care, our fabulous in-house YMCA program has a few spots still available for fall. Spots fill quickly so please register if you know you will need these services.
How to register:
  1. Click here to log in or create your online account. Once that is created, click on the basketball icon labeled “programs”, search for your school’s program, and follow the prompts to complete your registration.
  2. Or, click here to access a paper registration form to print out and bring in to the YMCA.

Host Families Still Needed for 2018-19 School Year

  • Interested in learning about another culture?
  • Looking for an opportunity to share your own culture and community?
  • Able to provide 3 meals a day and a bed?
  • Ready for a new and exciting year?
We are recruiting host families to host interns for both fall and spring semesters next school year. Hosting can be for a full or half term. If you are considering hosting and would like more information, we would be happy to answer any questions or connect you with a former host family. Thank you to the families who have already offered to host!!
 Contact: for more information.

Additional Volunteer Opportunities

  • Library Assistant (next year)
  • Readathon Co-Chair (fall 2019)
  • Auction Co-Chair (next year)
  • Host family recruitment assistant
  • Yearbook Committee (next year)
  • SWAG Coordinator (next year)
Please email Debra McIntosh for more info.

Direct Drive Continues:

Thank you to everyone who has made a contribution to our direct drive! To keep our work going 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. 


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

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!

Summer Camp Opportunities Below:

Tutoring in French and Sports

Get Coach Mo this summer to catch up or keep up with your math, French, tennis, soccer, or music skills, and come back after summer like an expert. Mo has 2 kids in French immersion. He’s currently a licensed tennis coach at YMCA and a licensed soccer coach at Eugene Timbers. Mo taught all ages for 20+ years, including at UO. Fluent in 5 languages, some of his tennis clients do their tennis lessons in French! Check out for personalized tutoring to reach your goals. For more information please contact Mo! Mo Jemmali 541-246-4317

Super Summer at Oak Hill

Oak Hill School has amazing summer programs for Talented and Gifted (TAG) students. Summer isn’t too far off and it’s time for families to start planning their summer camps.

They offer 3 unique summer programs:

Super Summer has challenging classes and activities for TAG/gifted student who have completed K-7th grades (2018-2019 school year).

Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) is a residential academic experience, for TAG/gifted students who have completed grades 6-11, located at the University of Oregon.

Summer on the Hill is a learning and recreational opportunities for all youth who have completed grades

Learn more at

Rose Children’s Theatre: Summer Camps

Rose Children’s Theatre is offering a variety of exciting and unique summer camps from June 24th through August 23rd. Is your child interested in acting, singing, and dancing? Whether they are returning to the stage or looking for an introduction to the world of theatre, RCT has something for all aspiring actors. We have a number of camps geared specifically towards elementary-aged actors.
Detailed camp and registration information is available online at
Scholarships and sibling discounts are available for every camp. Please contact with any questions.

Summer At Upstart Crow Children’s Theatre

Join Upstart Crow Children’s Theatre for a wide variety of camps and

musical theatre fun all summer! Join us for our week long Outdoor Theatre

Camps throughout the summer for ages 5-8 or 9-13 with fun themes such as

Elephant and Piggie, Where the Wild Things Are, Robin Hood and more. If

you’re looking for musical theatre fun come be a part of one of our Summer

Stock Productions—join us for High School Musical 2 Jr. (Ages 12-18) July

15-26th and Music Man KIDS (Ages 8-12) August 12th-23rd. Whether your child

is an experienced thespian, or looking to try out the stage for the first

time, Upstart Crow Children’s Theatre provides an inclusive environment for

a diverse community of students.

For more information and to register for a camp or production visit our

website. Tuition assistance available to qualified families.

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SEHS Soccer Camp 2019:

At SEHS Soccer Camp, your child will enjoy all the high school soccer team players as counselors, learn from their years of experience, and have a lot of fun improving his or her skills and confidence! Games are played that are age appropriate for their grade.Kids are grouped by grade so they will see a lot of old and new friends. Each soccer player receives a new soccer ball.


  • June 24-27, 2019 — 9am-2pm 
  • South Eugene High School Turf Field/Open to all students entering Grades 1-9 in the Fall
  • Cost: $140 for 1st child* $120 for 2nd child *Free and Reduce Lunch $70

Register at:

Please with any questions!

South Eugene Varsity Volleyball:
The South Eugene High School Varsity Volleyball Team invites both boys and girls grades 3, 4, and 5 to attend their upcoming volleyball camp June 24, 25, 26, and 27.

For more information please see the brochure or contact Head Coach Alicia Chamness at and GO SOUTH!