From your PTO Co-Chairs: Check the Lost and Found

Bonjour Families,

We hope you had a chance to stop by the Holiday Market on Thursday. The kids had fun and it’s a great to see all the excitement. A big thank you goes to Stephanie Hand, Troy Garcia and Mandy Hardman for organizing this fun event.

Thank you goes out to Char Heitman, who put together our first restaurant fundraiser for this school year. If you had a chance to get dinner at Mazzi’s last Monday, we thank you for your support and we will get numbers out to you when we get them.

Lost and Found 2We 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.

Please be sure to check the lost and found that is located in the cafeteria. If you are missing any coats or lunchboxes, please check here for missing items. Any items not retrieved by Winter Break, will be donated, so please come take a look for your lost items.

Reminder that there will not be a PTO meeting in December, but we look forward to seeing you Jan. 19 for our next meeting.

We hope everyone has a fantastic week!

Shannon Tom and Gina Thompson,


Upcoming Events

Until Dec. 17: Winter Warmth Drive
Until Dec. 23: Spring Creek Holly Farm tree fundraiser
Dec. 9: Site Council, 3:15 p.m.
Dec. 21-Jan. 5: No School – Winter Break

Winter Warmth Drive Runs until Dec. 17

coatOur 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

mindful parentWant 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

bricks4kidz logoDelve 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.

snowmanIn 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


news-eventsHave some news to share?

Do you have news to share with the Charlemange community in our enews, Facebook page or website? Please email us with articles by Thursday at 5 p.m. to be included in the following week’s news.

Repeated from prior weeks:

Lunchtime Serenades

musicWouldn’t it be great if we could gift the kids with live music every day to delight, soothe, and inspire them? We can make that dream a reality if we have parents willing to share their musical talent. The working plan is to provide live music daily during lunch, 11:20 a.m. to noon, for the last school week in December, which is Dec. 14-18.

Musicians of all sorts as well as singers who are willing to give this a go are to contact Julie Kim at or 248-515-9466. Let’s make it happen!

-an event of the Esprit de Corps committee

Get Your Christmas Tree and Raise Funds for Charlemagne

christmas-treesFor 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

picture dayAnother 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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