Kayaking around Canoe Island

About the 5th grade trip

For years, Charlemagne students culminated their elementary years with a trip to Quebec City.  While this was an amazing experience for all who attended, the cost became prohibitive for many.  Parents began to look for less expensive options closer to home that still provided an authentic French experience.  Canoe Island French camp quickly became the obvious choice.

For the past four years, the 5th grade class has begun the school year by attending a special five day session at Canoe Island French Immersion Camp in the San Juan Islands.  Think Outdoor School, but in FRENCH!  It really is an amazing experience for our kids.  They get to spend the first days of the school year together immersed in French while bonding through shared outdoor experiences.

Dates for the 2019 5th grade trip are 9/9/19 – 9/13/19

Funding/Cost per Child

We are excited to inform you that we have received funding for Outdoor School.

We are expecting to receive approximately $350 per student. However, the grand total is based on the Sept 2018 cohort’s attendance. After adjusting the budget for these monies, prior to additional fundraising efforts, and considering our current class roster and potential scholarship need, we’ve set the trip price– the cost to families– at $100 per child, and the chaperone fee at $400 per chaperone.

All fees are due in full by April 26, 2019. Scholarships for the student fee are available. Please contact Bernadette directly for this request.

Any remaining funds will be reserved for the 5th grade party at the end of the school year. This party is planned in conjunction with the fifth grade teachers.

You can pay student and chaperone fees online for a small additional fee or you can bring checks to the office.


Canoe Island tepees

Please click here or on the image above for a slideshow of the 2016 trip to Canoe Island.

Trip Administration

Charlemagne staff will be organizing more of the trip than in the past.  This will include the medical and scholarship portions as well as the creation of tipi/activity groups.  Even most of the transportation coordination will be handled by co-chairs in conjunction with school administration.  

Chaperone drawing

The chaperone drawing will be on Thursday, April 18 at 6:00 pm. This will allow families time to consider the travel dates.

If you are interested in being a chaperone, please complete the form linked below and return to the front office no later than Monday, April 8, 2019. The Canoe Island co-chairs and principal will use an electronic randomizer for the selection process. 

Thanks to our volunteers!

We especially want to thank our parent volunteers: Koa Roberts and Teresa McFerran, co-chairs, and Roxy Satterfield, Mina Roth, Kelly Darnell, Kathryn Snell-Ryan, Louise Hutson, Karen Stapleton, and Rachel Anderson.  We couldn’t plan this trip without all of you!




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