Dear Families,

Happy Fat Tuesday! Our school Mardi Gras is this Friday, February 24, 5:30-8pm!  Our Mardi Gras celebration combined with the Silent Auction promises to be an amazing event that benefits Charlemagne School and brings the entire Charlemagne Community together for a fun-filled evening. There are lots of ways to get involved in helping make Mardi Gras and the Silent Auction a success. Look for the Mardi Gras Store in the breezeway all this week before and after school.  Pick up something wacky and fun to wear on Friday!  See below or sign-up in the office – we can still use your help!

Bring in your canned food to benefit Food for Lane County until our Mardi Gras celebration on 2/24. See below for more information.

The second set of Charlemagne school tours are set for next Tuesday through Thursday, February 28th-March 1st.  See below for more information if you or someone you know has an incoming Kinder for next year.

Activities to look forward to this week are:


  •  Mardi Gras Store – before & after school thru Friday am, breezeway
  •  Canned Food Drive continues all week
  •  Art Club –  3-4pm, Rm 9
  •   Library Time – 2:45-3:30pm
  •   PTO Meeting – 6:30-8pm in library (Childcare provided in cafeteria)          Click here for tonight’s agenda.


  •  Young Rembrandt’s art class –  3-4pm, Rm 9

  •   Math Club – 3-4pm, Rm 9
  •   Coyote Club
  •    School Choice District Information Meeting, 4J offices 7–8pm


  • Mardi Gras!  5:30-8pm in the cafeteria and gym.  Party down!

Have a great week and see you at PTO and Mardi Gras!
Your PTO Co-chairs,
Becky Smith and Larisa Lilles

Mardi Gras!

Mark your calendars! Charlemagne’s annual Mardi Gras celebration is Friday February 24th, 5:30-8pm.

The gym and cafeteria will be filled with lots of fun carnival games, food, raffle baskets, and a silent auction. More information and details are available on the Mardi Gras Website.

Just a few important reminders!

 – Volunteers are needed, please signup in the office asap! Lots of opportunities here – bake for the cake walk, help with setup/cleanup, take a shift at the Mardi Gras store…

– Class raffle baskets themes have been assigned and baskets are in each classroom awaiting your donations. Please get them in as soon as you can or by Thursday at the latest! Need ideas? Click here for the lists.

– The Silent Auction needs donations. Anything goes – vacation homes, art, music lessons, etc. Donate a bottle to the new “Wall of Wine” this year.  Contact Jessica Keiper ( for more info.

– Teacher/staff appreciation baskets are in the office. Consider donating something for our wonderful teachers and staff.

– Quebec 2013 (4th Grade) could use help with food prep/serving. We are selling $5 and $10 Café tickets.  New this year, we have Souvenir Cups straight from Mardi Gras in New Orleans – $2.00 each!  Contact Linda ( or Christine (

If you are new to Charlemagne, Mardi-Gras is really fun and the kids just LOVE it. And there are lots of fun things for Mom and Dad too! The kids can play carnival games all night and win cool prizes. They can try their luck at winning an entire cake at the cake walk!  There are raffle baskets (50 cents/ticket!), door prizes, teacher appreciation baskets, and some amazing stuff up for grabs at the silent auction, including a wall of wine! Keep in mind that all proceeds from Mardi Gras are used to fund school programs!!

Questions? Want to volunteer?  Contact Tabatha Andrews (

Friday, February 24th

Please donate something to help our school! We want to showcase the talents, businesses, and families that are part of our school community! Be creative! Everything helps and shows the breadth of our school families.

Last year the silent auction was the second most successful fundraiser for Charlemagne! We raised $12,600 combined with Mardi Gras!

Parents donated everything from homemade cookies, honey from their honeybees, bikes, and French lessons to theater tickets, vacation houses, and pool parties! It was great!

There is a box in the office for donations. Please fill out a donation form from Heather and THANK YOU!!

Questions?   Cindy Matherly (541-341-1600),
Keith Crudgington (541-338-7939) or,
Jess Keiper (541-485-1591),  or Jen West (541-914-1470).

We are also looking for bottles of wine to be donated to our new feature this year:  The Wall of Wine.  Woo hoo! Cheers!

 Mardi Gras Canned Food Drive
Share your Riches(of Fat Tuesday) Give to Charlemagne’s Mardi Gras F O O D  D R I V E

Mardi Gras [mahr-dee grah] is French for Fat Tuesday. Celebrated in some cities like New Orleans and Paris, it is a day of carnival, merrymaking, and gluttony. Feasting is an important element of the celebration because it is considered the last chance to fatten up and eat rich, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of Lent (which begins the following day on Ash Wednesday).

Give now: February 6 – 24

This February, let’s share our abundance of good food with others that are less fortunate in our community. Bring canned and dry food to school February 6 – 24th. Look for collection bins in the breezeway and front office. All food goes to Food for Lane County (checks also accepted).

Add your name to our donor sign!

When you bring in food items, you can add your name to the list of donors. Write your name on a post it note in the office and stick it on the Mardi Gras Food Drive sign in the breezeway. Thanks for helping. Sponsored by Charlemagne’s Esprit de Corps Committee.

Office needs extra clothing

We have had some muddy, wet kids this winter and are very low in the pants and underwear department. We are in need of pants mostly sizes 6-9. All pants are good, it’s great when they find something they like. Stretchy pants, like sweats work best for most. We need them for both boys and girls, but especially boys.

Thank you to those parents who return the clothes clean and ready for the next student!

Garden Club/Green School News

There may be many weeks of winter left, but don’t tell that to the daffodils! Yes, the daffodils that every student planted back in November are peeking out of the ground! Should be a beautiful display in March. Preparations are underway for the spring planting of the garden beds. Each class will be out there in early spring planting and tending their beds.

GROW. EAT. LEARN. Wondering how to get your kids to be excited about vegetables? Have them join the Charlemagne Garden Club! This after-school program is now accepting students for spring sessions. Food kids grow themselves is food that they love. Working in the garden gives kids a sense of accomplishment and an appreciation of the outdoors. Experienced instructors from the School Garden Project will lead students in garden adventures through games, experiments, garden work, cooking and art.

Garden Club happens Wednesdays, 2:45-3:50pm and costs $30 a student for one six week session. Space is limited to 10 students per session. For more information or to sign up contact Jenny Laxton (from the School Garden Project) at

Session 1: March 14-April 25
Session 2: May 2-June 6

For more information, contact Erika McFarlane at

It’s School Choice Time!

If you have an incoming Kinder for next year you will need to fill out a school choice request form, even if you have another student already enrolled at Charlemagne. School choice request forms are being accepted now and must be turned in to the district office at 200 North Monroe St. by March 23 at 5 p.m. to be considered in the school choice lottery.
New this year: You may have heard that a new state law is changing how transfers between school districts work. 4J will accept out-of-district students into some of our schools for the 2012–13 school year. The district will receive state school funds for each student. These students will be placed in schools after the regular school choice process. Transfer applications from out-of-district students are due April 1.

If you have any friends or family members who are considering school choice, please invite them to come learn more about our wonderful school!

Charlemagne Tours are:
Tues. Feb. 28   8:30 – 9:45 a.m.
Wed. Feb. 29   6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Thurs. Mar. 1   8:30 – 9:45 a.m.

Parents of 5th graders may want to go to the school choice activities for Roosevelt.
No appointment needed- Just show up!

Roosevelt School Choice dates:
Mar. 1   6:00-7:00 pm School choice presentation in the Theater
Mar. 2   9:00-10:15 am School choice presentation in the Theater.

At 10:15 am, a parent-led tour will begin near the front office.
4J School Visitation Week:
Monday, Feb. 27–Friday, Mar. 2
Schools offer tours, open houses, and more.

School Choice Information Meeting 4J Education Center, 200 North Monroe St.
Thursday, Feb. 23, 7–8 p.m.

Out-of-district transfers: April 1

Click here for information from District 4J


Mark your calendars:  Sunday, March 11th, 5:30-9pm

Have a romantic date night at Sfizio’s while the kids (ages 4-12) have a romp at Bounce!  More info to come.

Support Charlemagne and feel great in the process –

Body of Light Family Chiropractic has generously donated 20 massage gift certificates to our school!  We only have 4 gift certificates left, get them while you can! All proceeds will go directly to Charlemagne.

This is a great way to support our school and also receive an amazing massage from Body of Light’s highly skilled and talented massage therapists (win-win!)

The gift certificates can be great gifts for friends and loved ones. One hour therapeutic massage for $65. Body of Light Family Chiropractic, “We make giving feel even better.”

To purchase:
Contact Heather at Charlemagne’s office (541-790-3177) or call Body of Light’s office (541-687-7775) and mention Charlemagne.  Click for Flyer.
Many thanks to David Spear, DC (Body of Light) and Charlemagne parent for his generous contribution to our school!

Volunteer Sign-up

Help us in creating the most vibrant school possible by signing up to get involved!  We have a total of 53 parents who have clicked in so far (37 of those 53 are Kinder parents-way to go Kinders!!!)  It will take less than 5 minutes of your time.  It’s easy!  Please click HERE.
We’d love to have 100% parent participation!

Stand for Children

Grassroots advocacy for excellence in public education, pre-K through 12.
Stand for Children Website

Community Events

Princess for a Day
submitted by Janine Bryant, Charlemagne parent:
In Lane County alone we have over 1000 children who are currently in the foster care system. This can be a very difficult time for many of these children. A Family for Every Child will be hosting their 4th annual Princess for a Day event on March 4, 2012. This special day is an opportunity for Oregon girls aged 2-18 to be treated like a princess for a day. The day of pampering includes a tea party lunch, hair and makeup, a photo shoot and a princess outfit to keep. This event is designed to be a gift for foster children as well as to raise awareness of foster children in Oregon. The Jr. League of Eugene is again partnering with A Family for Every Child to help create a fantastic experience for these young girls. One of the ways Jr. League is helping with this event is to procure dresses and accessories for our young princesses to wear and take home. As a parent and Jr. League member, I am asking my fellow parents to please look in your children’s closets and if you have new or gently used frilly, princessy, prom, party type dresses that you are no longer able to use, please consider donating them to this very worthy cause. You will feel so rewarded by the smiles that you will help put on these young girls’ faces. I will place a bin in the front office marked “Princess for a Day” and any items that you would like to donate can be placed there for pickup. If you would like to find out more about this special event here is the link Thank you so much for donating to this wonderful event and making it a success.
5th Annual Girls Rule Fair
The 5th Annual Girls Rule! happens March 17th from 9:00 – 3:00 at the Lane Community College Center for Meeting and Learning. Girls Rule is a great opportunity for girls ages 9-14 and a parent or caring adult to laugh, play and learn together. This year’s theme is No Matter the Shape, Leave Your Mark. The event features fun and interactive sessions, including Crafts, Self-Defense, Science and Nature, Dance and Movement and more! Free lunch, entertainment and prizes!
For more information and to register, go to or call 541-284-4335. Deadline for registration is March 9th. Click Here for Flyer
Run, Jump & Throw
March 18th Clinic at Hayward Field
4J is an official partner in the Youth Track Network.  “Run, Jump & Throw” offers free track activities for 4J kids ages 5-12. Join professional Track and Field athletes and coaches from the Oregon Track Club Elite and the U of O.
Together, we help kids grow healthy and strong!
See flyer for registration info.
Kim McManus
Senior Program Supervisor
Youth & Family Services
City of Eugene-541-682-6343
Lane County Waste Management is pleased to announce, in partnership with KRVM, Eugene Weekly and CTV community television the:   “LISTEN TO OUR CHILDREN”  EARTHDAY MESSAGE CONTEST
Visit  for official entry forms and instructions.   We are seeking messages from area youth (K-12) that  inspire community action and personal commitments in recycling, waste prevention, energy conservation, and/or other habits for our sustainable future.  SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS MONDAY, APRIL 2ND  5PM.  A grand prize winner, in each of three categories, will receive $500!    Audio message CD quality MP3 – 30 or 60 sec. PSA or 1 – 3 min. song      Video message 1 – 4 min. video performance, poem, slideshow, etc. (DVD-NTSC widescreen 29.96 fps)  Print message 8.5 x 11” drawing/slogan/mixed media, etc.    Winning entries will be announced, aired and published beginning on on Earth Day.All runner ups and winners should expect to attend the Earth Day Celebration at the EWEB fountain Plaza on  April 21st to receive recognition.  Notification will occur one week before the event.  The goal and intent of this contest is for school-age children to be involved in the creative process and learn that their voices are valuable! See for some ideas and inspiration.

Work with your kids to develop a clear concise and compelling message. Involve them all, or have a mini contest in your class or group and submit the best of the best.
Remember, avoid profanity, aim for high quality effective messaging, check your calendar and arrange to be available in April, and follow submission guidelines carefully! Submission of contest entry authorizes Lane County, and its agency partners in pollution prevention, to use submitted entry product in any future written, electronic or airwave outreach efforts. Visit  for official entry forms and instructions.   Be sure to include all required consent and release forms. Sarah Grimm, Waste Reduction Specialist, Lane County Public Works, Waste Management Division
3100 East 17th   Eugene, OR 97403   ph: 541-682-4339     fx: 541-682-2353


 2/27  Health Screening – Grades 1, 3, 5
2/28-3/1 Charlemagne School Choice Tours
3/2  Superintendent Berman visits
3/20  PTO Meeting
3/23  Direct Donation Drive begins; School Choice Lottery Deadline
3/26  Spring Break!
4/3  Students Return

4/1  Out of District Transfer Deadline

Please email us if you have any other after school activity ideas, eNews articles, or want to let us know about something your kids do that you think others would be interested in!


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