Dear Charlemagne Families:


Charlemagne’s annual Read-a-Thon started Friday, November 1, and next week’s no-school days will be a perfect time to get extra reading hours logged. All students who participate will receive a small prize and be featured on our Reading Stars wall. We will also recognize students who are reading books in French— not just English!– for the Read-a-Thon.

In addition, one lucky winner, drawn at random from all participants will win an e-reader. As usual, the class with the most participation will get a party… and new this year, that same class will also choose the color Mme Courtney dyes her hair in celebration of reading!

Envelopes will be collected November 12-18.

School Conferences

School conferences are coming up on Wednesday evening, November 6 and all day Thursday, November 7. If you don’t have a scheduled time yet, please look for the Sign-Up Genius link in your teachers’ blog or newsletter or email them directly.

Charlemagne teachers, particularly in grades 2-5 have larger numbers of students than most other elementary school teachers in 4j. Thanks in advance for your understanding– our teachers do their best to meet with every family within the conference time the district allots. We respectfully ask that in order for the majority of families to schedule a conference, please choose one time per student when most family members can attend. We cannot easily accommodate multiple conference requests for the same student and we can rarely accommodate requests for conferences outside the designated times.

Campus Clean-Up Continues

If you’re looking for a fun volunteer project, on Monday, November 11, please join in to clean-up the courtyard outside our 1st and 2nd grade classrooms. We’ll meet at 10:30 am and wrap up by 12:30 pm. Bring gloves and weeding implements! Our next clean-up will be Monday, December 16 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm and we’ll work on some inside projects.

Counseling and Therapy Groups

Our counselor and behavior assistant are hard at work creating social skills, friendship and sporting behavior groups for students to practice kindness, empathy, problem-solving and perspective-sharing. If you are interested in your student being a part of a group, please email counselor Mme Dale ( or assistant Mme Laura (

Charlemagne is also starting a GSA– a Gender and Sexuality Alliance. This is an inclusive group to discuss gender identity and expression, stereotypes and social attitudes. We will also talk about the various ways families can be and live together. If this is a group you or your student would be interested in attending, please contact Mme Laura Dale.

Trivia Night

Back by popular demand, Charlemagne’s Trivia Night will be on November 15. This is a great opportunity to enjoy a night out with other Charlemagne parents while also supporting the school. Come impress us all with your command of trivia!

Doors open at 6:00. Trivia starts at 6:30 sharp and should wrap up by about 8:30… but we hear our hosts this year, The Duck Bar and Grill– thank you, Beaird Family!– run a fun karaoke night so feel free to stay and hang out! Start planning your team and please sign up below.

The link for Trivia Night registration and payment is:

Class Reps

We are looking for parents willing to volunteer as representatives for your child’s class to liaison with the PTO once a month at our monthly meetings. We only need one parent per class though if you’d like to share the responsibility among several parents who rotate, that’s fine, too. This will insure the families in each classroom are connected with the PTO. Please email if you’re willing to volunteer. We already have a volunteer for one of the kindergarten classes!

After School Activities

Just a reminder that if you want to know more information about clubs and after school activities, please visit the Charlemagne website for details.


We had a wonderful past Halloween week, topped off by our Halloween parade. We’re proud to say that the children did a great job of dressing up while remaining safe and respectful of their peers. We hope that your kids enjoyed trick or treating that night!

Upcoming Dates:

November 1 Read-a-Thon started

November 7-8 No School/Parent-Teacher Conferences

November 11 No School Veteran’s Day

10:30 – 12:30: Campus clean-up

November 12 Read-a-Thon envelopes collected

November 14 Picture Retakes

November 15 Trivia Night

November 18 Read-a-Thon envelopes last day of collection

November 19 PTO Meeting


Thank you for helping support our intern program and Educational Assistants by participating in our first fundraiser of the year, Read-a-thon! Looking forward to hearing about all the wonderful reading students accomplish!


Have a great week!

ErinMarie Langsdorf and Jenny Jonak

PTO Co-Chairs