From your PTO Co-Chairs

Bonjour Families,

It’s hard to believe that it’s already the last week of school before the winter break. We hope you’ve been staying warm and dry with all this blustery winter weather. Here’s what’s happening this week:

st nicholas dayFriday, Dec. 18 is our shoe filling assembly.In France and other French-speaking areas, there’s a tradition in which children leave their shoes by the fireplace so Père Noël can fill them with small toys and treats. Each year, Charlemagne students have a short event on the last day before winter break. During this event, they leave their shoes behind in their classrooms to be mysteriously filled with little treasures.

All parents who wish to can volunteer to bring in goodies, and a few volunteers are needed from each class to stuff the bags for depositing in the kids’ shoes on Dec. 18 from 8:30-10:30 during the event.

Boxes are in Room 1 for your Shoe Filling donations, organized by classroom. Please remember that the 4J Wellness Policy does not allow candy and, at Charlemagne, we keep our classrooms peanut free as well. Good items to include are: stickers, stampers, pencils, sharpeners, erasers, tiny games, clementines, little notebooks, pens, etc. Please use your imagination to keep it fun for the kids.

st nick shoesYou should have received information about how to volunteer through your child’s teacher or your class room parent. If not, you can contact Kathy Gregory,

We are still collecting warm clothes and hygiene items for families who use services at First Place Families. If you have any gently used coats or hats and gloves to donate, there are collection boxes at the main entrance and by the library. Esprit de Corp thanks you for helping with this wonderful community event.

Finally, the Holiday Tree sale at Spring Creek Holly Farm runs through Dec. 23. Many thanks to Larisa Lilles for organizing this festive fundraiser!

We wish you a happy and relaxing winter break. School resumes on Wednesday, Jan 5.

Shannon Tom and Gina Thompson,

Upcoming Events

Until Dec. 17: Winter Warmth Drive
Dec. 18: Shoe filling assembly
Until Dec. 23: Spring Creek Holly Farm tree fundraiser
Dec. 21-Jan. 5: No School – Winter Break

A gavel comes down on the word Auction to symbolize the final bid being called

A gavel comes down on the word Auction to symbolize the final bid being called

Spring Auction

The Spring Auction is planned for April 15, 2016. If you want to help with the spring auction, please contact Koa at 541-501-8319 or

We need lots of volunteers in all areas and planning is underway.

School Garden & Lunch Revitalization

  • What are the opportunities and dilemmas in re-establishing an edible school garden at Charlemagne?
  • What are the opportunities and challenges in improving school lunch?
  • Are these conversations connected?
  • What would it take to fully engage our community in supporting such initiatives?

Garden clubWhat: You’re invited to share in initial discussions about the possibilities of re-establishing an edible school garden and improving school lunch.

Why: Edible school gardens demonstrate the transformative power of growing, cooking and sharing food. They help kids learn experientially to make lifelong healthy eating choices and see the connections between their own health and the health of the environment. School lunch is another opportunity for healthy choices.

When: 1/19 PTO Meeting

Contact: Kadri Jacobsen at or 541-484-5719

Restaurant Fundraiser Updates

Thanks so much to everyone who participated in the Mazzi’s restaurant fundraiser and to Char Heitman, our restaurant fundraising chair.

The total contribution came to $246 for Charlemagne.

Be sure to save the date for our next fundraising event at Mucho Gusto: Monday and Tuesday, Jan 11. and 12.

tree-top-academicsTreetop Academics After School Classes

The next session of classes starts on Jan. 11. The subject is Fun with Physics.
Mondays, 2:45-4:15 p.m.
Jan. 11 to March 14
Cost: $125

By exploring the foundations of classical mechanics, students will perform hands-on weekly experiments and explore concepts such as conservation of energy, laws of motion, speed/velocity, heat, waves, electricity, magnetism, gravity, while working with roller coasters, electromagnets, simple machines, siege engines, and more. All classes and experiments will be explored with a study of the scientific method, inquiry-based research, and student-centered participation. Students will work individually and in groups each week with hands on projects/experiments.

To register, go to or click here for the flyer,

city of eugene logoCity of Eugene Recreation Guide

The City of Eugene Recreation Department has lots of amazing activities for kids and adults alike. Follow this link to see the online Rec Guide:

Repeated from prior weeks:

Winter Warmth Drive Runs until Dec. 17

Our Winter Warmth Drive continues this week and runs until December 17.

Please consider donating new and gently used coats, sweatshirts, sweats, jackets, gloves, hats and blankets to help others in need. Personal items are also welcome, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, diapers, and wipes.

The clothing will be donated to families who receive services at the First Place Family Center. Collection bags are available in the outside the library.

Mindful Parenting Group

Want to improve your relationship with your child(ren)?
Feeling stuck in unhelpful patterns?
Feel like your emotions get the best of you?
You’re not alone.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a research-based approach to parenting. In this group you will deepen your understanding of your own values, thoughts, and feelings. We’ll work through practical, skill-based exercises to handle behavioral challenges and refocus on big-picture values when you feel overwhelmed.

What: This group is for parents/caregivers of children ages 2-8 years old interested in trying new approaches to parenting

Where: The Child and Family Center, 1600 Millrace (Free childcare will be available on site and a light meal will be provided)

When: Thursday evenings 5:30-7:00pm for 8 weeks beginning in mid-January

How much: $2-10 sliding scale/per session

To join: Call Katelyn at 651-334-2531 or Elisa at 575-993-3790

Click here for a flyer

Bricks4Kidz Winter Classes

Delve into the history and mechanics of favorite amusement park rides in this imaginative unit. Students will construct a Carousel Swing, Tilt a Whirl, Loop de Loop ride, Swing boat ride, and Merry Go Round.

Lessons incorporate principles of physics, described in a way children can understand, such as “G-force” inertia and momentum, as well as math concepts such as “there are 360 degrees in a circle”. These engaging lessons will give students an understanding of the physical forces they experience every day. Grades K-5.

Wednesdays starting Jan.13, 2016 from 2:50 pm to 3:50 pm.

Cost: 72

Click here for the flyer or register online

Bricks4Kidz also offers Winter Break camps. Click here for the flyer.

Holiday Tales and Book Making Workshop at the Salmon House Writers Workshop

Dec. 21 to Dec. 23
1 to 4 p.m.

In this fun three day workshop for 8-12-year-olds, students will enjoy listening to traditional and modern holiday stories, learning story crafting basics, and creating their own holiday tale.

On day three, we’ll make a storybook from the participants stories to share with family and friends!

All materials provided. Please bring a snack.

Tuition is $90 per student.

To register, call (541) 326-6112 or visit

Get Your Christmas Tree and Raise Funds for Charlemagne

For the 6th year, Spring Creek Holly Farm will donate 50% of retail sales of Christmas Trees to local Eugene/Springfield Schools.

The Give Back To Schools Program is an easy way to raise money for our school.

  1. Go to Spring Creek Holly Farm
  2.  Buy a Christmas Tree
  3. Tell them our school’s name
  4. They mail the proceeds to the school in January

Yes, it is that easy.

They also have hand made all holly wreaths, noble fir and holly wreaths and holiday greens! Start your family tradition at Spring Creek Holly Farm


  • Who can participate? Everyone, they do not have to have an affiliation with the school. (Tell friends neighbors and co-workers to use our school’s name when buying a tree).
  • Limits? None
  • How much are the trees? $5/foot
  • What type of trees? Noble Fir
  • Can I cut my own tree? Yes, but you must bring your own hand saw (no chain saws)
  • Where is Spring Creek Holly Farm located? 43111 McKenzie Hwy (Hwy 126), Leaburg

Open 7 days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning the day after Thanksgiving through December 23. For more information call 541-896-3483 or

Yearbook Classroom Photo editors needed

Another fun volunteer opportunity! This is the perfect easy and fun task for parents who like to take photos and/or know the kids in their child’s grade by name. It’s important that each grade have two parents familiar with that grade to sort photos in our dropbox and make sure every child is fairly represented in their grade pages. Understanding of Dropbox is a plus, but not mandatory. we need: two editors for Kinders, one for 1st grade, two for 2nd grade and two for 5th grade. It’s an easy job–I promise! If you are interested in joining the yearbook committee and helping with the cover art contest, taking club photos, and even helping with pages layouts– we need you! Please contact Constance Van Flandern at

Winter Weather: How to know when schools are closed

Sign up now for snow day alert texts
When winter weather arrives, schools may be closed or delayed or buses may use snow routes. School districts decide early in the morning whether there is a need to change the school schedule or bus routes. These decisions are made districtwide and are the same for every 4J school.

There are several ways to find out if there is a change on snowy or icy days:

  • Text-message alerts via Twitter — to sign up, just text FOLLOW 4JWEATHER to 40404
  • 4J website,
  • KRVM 91.9 FM
  • Other radio and television news stations

If there is a school closure or other change, the school district will announce it before 6:30 a.m. If schools and buses are on their regular schedule, there will NOT be an announcement. Parents of students who ride school buses that have alternate snow routes have been informed of what to do. Snow route information can be found on the district website at

If school is in session, families are encouraged to consider road conditions in their areas and make their own decisions based on safety. Parents’ individual decisions about school attendance will be honored. For more information, visit

Amity Intern Coordinator Team wanted

Fun opportunity to get in on the ground floor of working with Principal Eric and a teacher representative to select next years Amity interns, place them with host families,and create a strong support network for them, our teachers and host families for the 2016-17 school year. Looking to build a small 2-3 person team to divide responsibilities and have fun with it as a team. Perfect position for parents who want to be involved and understand the Amity program better, but can not host an intern themselves or previous host parent. A truly rewarding volunteer opportunity. Contact Constance Van Flandern if you are interested.

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