Dear Families,

The Charlemagne chess team did a great job Saturday finishing tied for 4th place out of 38 elementary school teams in the state championships. Way to go Leo, Eli, Victor, Ciaran, and Alejandro, we are proud of you!!
We would like to send a huge Thank You to our fearless leader Tom, Emcee Extraordinaire for the evening at Mardi Gras!! You kept everything moving along beautifully.

Many thanks to the fabulous fourth grade parents who worked and/or donated food for the Mardi Gras cafe. The food was great! We especially appreciate our business sponsors whose donations made this possible.
Thanks to the following businesses for their generosity:

  • Albertson’s
  • Bi-Mart
  • Caramel Patisserie
  • Cost-Co
  • Dutch Bros. Coffee
  • Papa John’s Pizza
  • Quick Fix Coffee
  • Sweet Life Patisserie
  • The West Families: Mucho Gusto, DickieJo’s Burgers, and Yo My My Yogurt
  • Laughing Planet Cafe
  • Emerald Fruit & Produce Co.

It’s Classified Staff Appreciation Week! Please see below for a list of our wonderful classified staff and be sure to thank them for everything they do!

Our fantastic Restaurant of the Month team has organized a parents’ night out this Sunday, March 11th at Sfizio! Childcare is available at Bounce Gymnastics. See below for more information.

We are really low on extra pants in the office for kids who need a change of clothes during the school day. Please see below for more information from Madame Heather on donating pants pants pants!

The South Eugene Relay for Life team is holding a Hat Drive throughout the month of March. See below on how to donate hats for local cancer patients.

Activities to look forward to this week are:


  • Classified Staff Appreciation Week – Monday-Friday
  • 1st Grade Anansi Plays – Monday-Friday


  •  Art Club –  3-4pm, Rm 9
  •  Library Time – 2:45-3:30pm


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


  •  Coyote Club                            


  • Daylight Savings Time Begins – set your clocks 1 hour ahead
  • Restaurant of the Month at Sfizio – 5:00-9:00pm, Bounce Childcare 5:30-9:00pm

Have a great week!                         

Your PTO Co-chairs,
Larisa Lilles and Becky Smith



Classified Staff Appreciation Week

This week is Classified Staff Appreciation!

Take time to recognize these eleven staff members and thank them for all their dedication and hard work. They help make Charlemagne a great place for our kids.

Thanks — we are so lucky to have you all!

Heather Perry – Secretary
Maya Shamsuddin- Work Study/Office
Devin Brown – Bilingual Instructional Assistant
Virginia Cohen – Bilingual Instructional Assistant/KG
Quena Keis – Bilingual Instructional Assistant
Jeanne Walrath – Bilingual Instructional Assistant
Peggy Young – Technology
Veronica Tift – Lunch Lady
Sara Anderson – Assistant Lunch Lady
Kurt Lovinger – Custodian
Rob Potter- Evening Custodian



Restaurant of the Month &  Night Out at Sfizio
March 11th from 5:00-9pm, 25% of anything spent will be donated to Charlemagne. Reservations encouraged. Please call Sfizio at: 541-302-3000 and let them know you are with Charlemagne.

Bounce Gym will be providing “Parents Night Out” Childcare from 5:30-9:00 pm for $10.00 per child. Ages 4-12 welcome. Please sign up and pay in the Charlemagne office ahead of time. Checks made out to: Charlemagne PTO.This is your chance for an adult night out. Bring other adults you are dying to talk to in whole sentences without children!!



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!

Warm Regards, Madame Heather



South Eugene High School Relay for Life Hat Drive

We, the South Eugene High School Relay for Life Team, have been working hard this school year to raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society and we need your help! We are going to be holding a “Hat Drive” throughout March at elementary and middle schools in the South Eugene area. During the entire month of March, please bring any hats or scarves to the Charlemagne front office and the South Eugene Relay for Life Team will collect the hats at the end of the month and donate them to the American Cancer Society here in Eugene. The hats may be used, but they should be clean and only lightly worn since they will be given to patients undergoing cancer treatment. You are invited to bring hats and scarves in during the entire month of March. We are proud to be making a difference in the fight against cancer, and hope you will help us help others!

Contact Emma Lang from South Eugene HS with questions.



Charlemagne Science Fair 2012

Thursday, April 19th — Please Mark Your Calendars!
The Charlemagne Science Fair is open to all grades. This is a fun opportunity for kids to explore areas of interest in the sciences, learn scientific methods, and prepare and organize a project.
For more information, Click Here.



Camp Rigolo 2012!

July 16 – 20
French camp for grades K-5 in the summer at Charlemagne. Come join the “Enchanted World of Merlin”! Click here for flyer. Applications will be available in the office after Spring Break, starting April 3rd. Camp fills up quickly!Do not wait…



Target Red Card Donates to Charlemagne!

If you have a Target Red Card, you can link it to our school and Target will donate 1% of all your red card purchases to Charlemagne! It’s easy and quick to link your card. You can go to their website, search for “Fox Hollow French Immersion”, select our school, enter your name and card number, and you’re done! You can also register your card easily at any Target store kiosk near the customer service area. After registering, you don’t have to do anything else other than use your red card when shopping at Target.

Target Red Card Website



Garden Club/Green School News

Garden News
Big news this week – we won a $500 grant from Home Depot. Of the 2500 applicants, Charlemagne was one of three Oregon schools selected! We are excited to put the money to use toward an irrigation system for our new beds. For the curious, a complete list of winners can be found here.

Also this past week, a crew from Northwest Youth Corps planted twelve apple trees along the northern edge of the soccer field. Preparations continue for the spring planting of the garden beds. Each class will be out there before and after the break getting their spring crops in!

There are many ways you can help our school garden. Volunteers are needed to help with the spring planting, to plan and install the irrigation system, and move finished compost from the bins to the garden. We could also use donations of good quality children’s sized garden gloves. As always, contact Tabatha ( or Erika (

Don’t forget to sign up for Garden Club! They meet on Wednesdays, 2:45-3:50pm. $30 per student per six week session. Space is limited to 10 students per session. Session 1: March 14-April 25. Session 2: May 2-June 6. For more information or to sign up contact Jenny Laxton (from the School Garden Project) at

Green School News
Charlemagne is an official Oregon Green School! Currently our Green School Committee consists of two members! If you have been thinking of joining, now is the time to do it! There are so many things we could do to make our school greener, but help is desperately needed. Contact Tabatha or Erika for more information.



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.



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.



Community Events

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

 The Science Factory Spring Science Adventures, ALL WEEK: March 26 – 30

March brings the return of spring which means… Spring Break!! Just because your children are on vacation… doesn’t mean their brains have to be!  These half-day camps offered during Spring Break allow your 6 to 8 year old to explore a variety of fun science topics while participating in hands-on activities.  They can choose to learn about their brains while having fun with optical illusions, experiment with bubbles, take a virtual trip under the ocean, or do all of them!

Ages 6 – 8 only.  Advance registration required.  Full descriptions can be found on the Science Factory website. Sign up for morning sessions, afternoon sessions, or both.

Individual half day camp: $18/ session; $15/ session for SF members.  Register your child for ALL 10 camps: $162/ week; $135/ week for SF members.  Lunch care is available each day from noon until 1:00 p.m. at $3 per day. To find out how to register or for information contact Visitor Services by phone at 541-682-7888.

 Lane County Waste Management is pleased to announce, in partnership with KRVM, Eugene Weekly and CTV community television the:

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


University of Oregon 2012 Science & Invention Fair

This is a great opportunity for entrants to display their projects in the community.

Who: for K-12 residents of Lane County

When: Saturday, April 21st at 11 am to 3 pm

Where: Willamette Hall on the University Campus

Contact: , e-mail:




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

4/5  School Choice lottery results available

4/12  Direct Drive contributions due; Pasta Dinner at Charlemagne

4/13  No School-Professional Development

4/16-20  Volunteer Appreciation Week

4/17  PTO Meeting

4/19 Charlemagne Science and Art Club Fair