From the Principal

Dear Charlemagne families,

Members of the Eugene 4J school board will be touring the Fox Hollow and Parker sites this week to view the facilities first hand. A decision will be made at the next board meeting, Jan. 21, regarding our location for next year.principals corner

I will be sharing my thoughts about the tours as well as the potential options this Thursday at the PTO meeting. In addition, I will cover the state and district attendance guidelines. Irregular attendance, this includes chronic tardiness, has not been reported for truancy to the district in recent years at Charlemagne. We are moving toward compliance with implementation beginning this month. Details will be sent out after the meeting to all parents.

Enjoy a wonderful week and I hope to see you at the PTO meeting this Thursday.
Eric Anderson
Charlemagne at Fox Hollow Elementary School

PTO Meeting Thursday

Dear Families,
pto-meetingOur first PTO Meeting of 2015 is this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the library!  Eric will share the latest facilities update. And we can all start thinking more about Mardi Gras, OBOB, School Choose Tours, and Spring Auction. Here is the agenda.

Speaking of OBOB, please read Jennifer Frei’s letter below for more great information about supporting our students while they read, read, read!

We hope everyone has a fabulous week and look forward to seeing many of you Thursday!

Gina Thompson & Melissa Gomsrud
PTO Co-Chairs

Upcoming Events

Jan. 14 – Site Council Meeting 3:15 p.m.

Jan. 15 – PTO Meeting – Library at 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 19 – No School – MLK Day

Jan. 27 – Fundraiser at  McMenamins East 19th Café

Jan. 26–29 – School Choice Tours

Jan. 30 – No School – Grading Day

Eugene 4J Accepting School Choice Requests

School Showcase, other events offered for families to explore school choice options

It’s school choice time in Eugene School District 4J.

Every school in the Eugene School District offers an excellent education. Parents may choose their child’s school, provided there is space available. Families can enroll in their neighborhood school at any time. For those interested in enrolling in a different 4J school for 2015–16, now is the time to learn more and submit a school choice request. Requests are accepted in an order determined by lottery.

The district’s online school choice lottery system allows families to apply online, log in to check or revise applications after they have been submitted, and find results after the lottery has been conducted. Before this new online lottery system was put in place last year, families had to wait to be contacted by their requested schools to find out whether there was a space for their child.

To learn more about the school choice process and what 4J schools offer, families are invited to come to the Elementary School Showcase, attend a school choice information meeting, and/or visit the schools they’re interested in

WHAT:            Elementary School Showcase — A one-stop school choice                                          information fair for the elementary level

WHEN:            Saturday, Jan. 24, 9:00 a.m.–12 p.m.

WHERE:          4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St., Eugene

INFO:              Attend an information presentation about the school choice                                               process (multiple sessions offered)

Talk with representatives from every 4J elementary school

Sign up for school visits

Spanish interpretation will be provided


WHAT:              Charlemagne School Visitation/Presentation Opportunities

WHEN:             January 28th at 6:30 pm

January 29th at 9:00 am

February 26th at 9:00 am

February 26th at 6:30 pm

WHERE:            Charlemagne @ Fox Hollow – 5055 Mahalo Drive


WHAT:               School Choice Information Meetings — Learn about the school                              choice process

WHEN:               • Thursday, Jan. 22, 7–8 p.m.
• Saturday, Jan. 24 – multiple sessions 9 a.m.–12 p.m., during the School Showcase
• Monday, Feb. 23, 7–8 p.m.

WHERE:           4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St., Eugene

INFO:                Spanish interpretation will be provided


WHAT:            Application period for in-district residents (“school choice”)

WHEN:            Mon., Jan. 5–Fri., Feb. 27, 5:00 p.m.


WHAT:            Application period for out-of-district residents (“open enrollment”)

WHEN:            Mon., Mar. 2–Wed., Apr. 1, 5:00 p.m.



Eric Anderson
Charlemagne at Fox Hollow Elementary School


Time to Get Ready For Oregon Battle of the Books

Charlemagne Parents and Families,

OBOB_graphic_Hav_no_background_It’s OBOB time! The season of the Oregon Battle of the Books is upon us. I’m excited that so many 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students have joined OBOB teams. It’s time to be reading! Please encourage and support your student(s) to read and enjoy the books and actively discuss the stories with their team. It’s so fun to hear groups of students enthusiastically discussing the characters and storylines from their books!

The OBOB section of the Charlemagne school website has been updated (click on “Resources” and then on “OBOB”). The annotated book list for this year, and documents and study aids for teams/students to use are available, as well as links to sample questions, and OBOB rules and guidelines.

Charlemagne OBOB Battles will be held Wednesday, 2/18 – Friday, 2/20. Once I have developed a specific battle schedule, it will be published on the school website.

One Charlemagne team will be eligible to participate in Regional OBOB battles on Saturday, March 14 at Thurston High School. The OBOB State Tournament will be Saturday, April 11 at Chemeketa Community College in Salem.

If you are interested in volunteering to support OBOB, please let me know. There is need now for parents to support teams as they read, process, and discuss the books. Also, moderators, timekeepers, scorekeepers, and team escorts will be needed during the battles.

Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions.

Germ Season Health Tips

Hello Families!

octopus nurseHere’s hoping you all had a restful winter break. It’s “Germ Season,” so here are a few tips for helping keep our school healthy…


It is not too late to get a flu shot. Flu season can run well into April. And while this year’s vaccines are not a perfect match, there’s evidence that the flu shot may protect you from serious symptoms and help you get better, faster if the flu hits you.


Good news! Most providers offer the flu vaccine in a nasal mist form to healthy kids ages 2-8. Call your provider to ask if your child can have the nasal vaccine.

CHICKEN POX…or worse?

We have students and staff who are especially vulnerable to communicable disease, and many others who are not fully immunized. PLEASE NOTIFY THE OFFICE if your child is diagnosed with CHICKEN POX, WHOOPING COUGH, STREP THROAT, the FLU or any other major illness. This helps us with our prevention efforts at school.


Before returning to school, your child should be free of fever, vomiting, and diarrhea for at least 24 hours – without the aid of medication. For other illnesses, please consider your child’s level of comfort, and his/her ability to participate fully and to contain his/her germs. When in doubt, follow the advice of your health care provider to help protect our school community.


The air quality in Eugene is …acck… not great. If your child has a respiratory condition or sensitivity, please notify school staff of any special precautions for field trips, outdoor activities, etc. If your child needs an inhaler or other medication, please be sure to check in with office staff and sign a medication form.

Stay Healthy!



Saturday Classes with UO Youth Enrichment TAG

uoyetagSaturday Enrichment courses provide classes in technology, science, math, languages and arts, offering students the opportunity to go in-depth over 4-8 weeks.

All the classes below are held at the UO College of Education HEDCO Building in the Learning Commons, 17th and Alder. For more information and to register, visit

Hands-On Science

Grades: K-1
Dates: Jan. 31 – Feb. 28 (no class on Feb. 14)
Time: 9:30 – 10:50
Instructor: Aimee Valencia
Cost: $86.00 (includes materials)

This is a class for kids who love to ask questions about the world around them. Be prepared for hands-on experimenting to discover scientific truths by asking why and what if.

Stop Motion Video Animation

Grades: K-2
Dates: Jan. 31 – Feb. 28 (no class on Feb. 14)
Time: 9:30 – 10:50
Instructor: Mary Hochberg
Cost: $88.00 (includes materials)

Bring your ideas, imagination and favorite actors (Potato Head, Lego people, action figures, treasured stuffed animals and others) to life!

Around the World in 4 Saturdays

Grades: 2-4
Dates: Jan. 31 – Feb. 28 (no class on Feb. 14)
Time: 9:30 – 10:50
Instructor: Mindy Brady
Cost: $78.00 (includes materials)

Come meet international students from all over the world! How do they learn math in other countries? We will hear fascinating stories from our guest students, investigate different number systems, play math games, solve puzzles and more in four jam-packed Saturdays.

Storytelling with Technology

Grades: 3-5
Dates: Jan. 31 – Feb. 28 (no class on Feb. 14)
Time: 9:30 – 10:50

Session B: 11:00 – 12:20
Instructor: Celine Keane and Cory Massei
Cost: $85.00 (includes materials)

Do you have a story in your mind that you are itching to bring to life? Do you like to write, draw, film and edit? Come join us as we learn how to animate your stories using stop motion, voice overs and iPads into a mini-movie.

Build and Design with K’nex

Grades: K-2
Dates: Jan. 31 – Feb. 28 (no class on Feb. 14)
Time: 11:00 – 12:20
Instructor: Celine Keane and Cory Massei
Cost: $78.00  (includes materials)

Calling all engineers and designers! Have fun exploring the different ways K’nex can be used to create designs, structures, shapes and objects. Experiment with force, weight and motion.

Hands-On Science
Grades: 2-4
Dates: Jan. 31 – Feb. 28 (no class on Feb. 14)

Time: 11:00 – 12:20
Instructor: Aimee Valencia
Cost: $86.00 (includes materials)

This class is all about hands-on science experiments with lessons that center on inquiry-based learning and the scientific method. Chemists and optical scientists, prepare to get messy!

Computer Programming Using Scratch
Grades: 3-5
Dates: Jan. 31 – Feb. 28 (no class on Feb. 14)
Time: 11:00 – 12:20
Instructor: Mary Hochberg
Cost: $88.00 (includes materials)

Learn to code! Have you ever wanted to make your own video game or create a cartoon or animated story? This is your chance! You will program with Scratch and create a game or story about a topic of your choice.

Star Wars: Myth, Science and Jedi Training

Grades: 3-5
Dates: Jan. 31 – Feb. 28 (no class on Feb. 14)
Time: 11:00 – 12:20
Instructor: Mindy Brady
Cost: $88.00 (includes materials)

Are you Jedi material? Do other worlds intrigue you? Bring your love of Star Wars to explore the Hero’s Journey, Star Ship design, midi-chlorians, space planets, ecosystems and the material and physical training of a Jedi.

Advanced Concepts in Mathematics through Combinatorics

Grades: 6-8
Dates: Jan. 31 – Feb. 28 (no class on Feb. 14)
Time: 11:00 – 12:20

Session C: 1:00 – 2:20

Instructor: Steve Nastasiuk
Cost: $78.00 (includes materials)

Do you think you have what it takes to solve one of the most famous “Graph Theory” (a branch of Combinatorics) problems of all time–the Seven Bridges of Königsberg? Investigate solutions to Combinatorial problems using pentominoes and hexiamonds and even K’nex.

Lego Mindstorm Robotics 

Grades: 4-8 (Grade 3 with instructor approval)
Dates: January 17, 24, 31 – Feb. 7, 21, 28 – March 7, 14 (8 Saturdays – no class on Feb. 14)
Time: 1:00PM – 4:00PM
Instructor:  Steve Nastasiuk
Cost: $288.00

Welcome new students and greetings returning Robot Makers! Join this club as a beginning enthusiast robot maker or return as an experienced robot developer seeking to master additional challenges.

Contraption Maker

Grades: 3-5
Dates: Jan. 31 – Feb. 28 (no class on Feb. 14)
Time: 1:00 – 2:20
Instructor: Mary Hochberg
Cost: $88.00 (includes materials)

What sort of strange machine or apparatus will you build? Using Contraption Maker software, you and your other Inventor/Physicist classmates will study cause and effect, explore gravity, solve challenges, create incredible machines and share your digital results.

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