PTO minutes, Register Guard article

Dear Families,

We had a great turn out at the PTO meeting last Thursday (click here for the minutes) where Eric gave us an update on his tour of Parker and Fox Hollow that he had  with 4  board members and a couple of parents. The board is very supportive in working with us for the best solution for our students.

In case you missed it, there was an article in Friday’s Register Guard about our potential move. If anyone has any concerns about this article please feel free to contact Eric, PTO chairs Melissa and Gina, or Site Council Reps. We all want to do what is in the best interest for Charlemagne’s future and we are excited to be able to offer full time kindergarten next year. If you are interested, you can read our full email exchanges with the reporter from the Register Guard.

The Young Rembrandts drawing classes are starting Thursday. Jan. 22. If your student(s) are interested, please see information below.

Oregon Battle of Books is Feb. 18-20, so have your children keep on reading those books. Jennifer Frei is looking for a couple of volunteers to help with the battles. If you are able to help, please contact her at

Hope everyone has a fabulous week.
Gina Thompson & Melissa Gomsrud
PTO Co-Chairs

Upcoming Events

Jan. 22 – Young Rembrandts Classes Starting
Jan. 27 – Fundraiser at McMenamins East 19th Café
Jan. 26-29 – School Choice Tours
Jan. 29 – Math Madness Kickoff
Jan. 30 – No School – Grading Day
Feb. 16 – No School – President’s Day
Feb. 18-20 – OBOB Battles
Feb. 27 – Mardi Gras

Young Rembrandts Thursday Drawing Classes

Students will advance techniques when using color pencil, marker and Sharpie. A Lego-inspired mini-fig face drawing and a composition featuring a detailed bluebird will provide plenty of fun, artistic challenges. Young Rembrandts students will emulate master artist Pablo Picasso and spend plenty of time being silly with a funny cartoon character drawing. Make this a memorable winter for learning and fun.

Thursdays, 2:45-3:45 pm from Jan. 22 to Feb. 12
Cost: $36
Enroll online

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,

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.


Jennifer Frei
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