From your PTO Co-Chairs

Dear Charlemagne families,

We hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend. It is hard to believe that January is half over and we have lots of activities coming up.

Our monthly PTO meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 19. We have a full agenda (click here) that includes Shane MacRhodes from the district who will give us an overview of Safe Routes to school. We will also have Kaylynn Olney and Harlan Coats from the district who will be at the meeting to discuss Garden and Food Services. Please join us at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 19 in the cafeteria.Free childcare will be provided in the library.

Mardi Gras is quickly approaching. We are holding this event on Feb. 5 and could use some volunteers to help make this a successful community event. Please see information below on how you help with this.

A reminder that if your child is going to be out sick or has a doctor/dentist appointment, please call the ATTENDANCE Line at 541-790-7092. You can just leave a message with your child’s name, grade and reason for the absence. Please do not call the main number, as there are lots of things happening in the office in the morning and this will help things run smoother. If, however, your child is going to be out more than a day or so, please contact Bernadette for the forms and any questions for pre-approved absences. Thank you for your assistance with this.

OBOB is coming up on Feb. 16-19. If your 3rd through 5th grader is participating, please see information below about ways to help with this event. Also, keep those pages turning.

Below is information about a TAG parent group meeting that is coming up. This meeting is open to all parents, not just those who have been identified as TAG students. The group is looking for ways to enhance every child’s learning experiences.

If you have a chance, please check out a recording of a meeting held at the City Club of Eugene on Jan. 8. The topic was The Power of the Second Language (click here).

We hope everyone has a fantastic week! We look forward to seeing you at the PTO meeting on Tuesday.

Shannon Tom and Gina Thompson,

Upcoming Events

Jan. 18: Martin Luther King Day – No School

Jan. 19: PTO meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 26: TAG parent group meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 29: Grading Day – No School

Feb. 5: Mardi Gras

Feb 12: Professional Development Day – No School 

Feb 15: Presidents’ Day – No School

Feb. 16-19: OBOB

Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) call for Volunteers

OBOB_smallThe Charlemagne School battles are coming up. The battles run Feb. 16-19.

Teams in grades 3-5 will compete in head-to-head battles by answering questions about 16 books. We need volunteers to help run the battles. There are four volunteer positions: escort, timekeeper, scorekeeper, and moderator. It’s a bit like Jeopardy! and quite fun.

The schedule is as follows: Feb. 16-18, 8:40-11:20 daily. The Final Battle is on Friday, Feb. 19, time TBD. The winning team will represent Charlemagne at a Regional Competition on March 12.

Please contact Natalie Reeves,, if you are interested in volunteering to help with OBOB this year.

Charlemagne Talented and Gifted Parent Group

TAG (1)Please join us for a meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26 in the Charlemagne Library. This meeting is open to all Charlemagne parents, not just those with TAG identified students. We will be brainstorming possible enrichment activities to bring to our school community.

The discussion will center around creating Charlemagne community activities that will bring together ALL students, parents and staff in creative ways. Example ideas: Pop-up Maker Spaces focusing on inventing, math, science, art – brainstorming ways to bring in outside resources from UO, and from the HS French Immersion program, as well as outside speakers, authors, artists, musicians, etc. from our Eugene community to enhance our children’s learning experiences.

The possibility of creating math break-out sessions that are designed by parents and taught by parents. These math breakouts would help ALL Charlemagne students, not just TAG. Grant possibilities for additional classroom resources.

If you are interested in helping out with any of these areas of focus please join us for the upcoming meeting or email Lisa at

Mardi Gras needs you!

Mardi GrasThis year’s Mardi Gras celebration is only a few weeks away. While the planning committee is busily working on all the finer details that will make this event spectacular for everyone, we could still use a little assistance from our families and community.

This is a great opportunity for any of you who want to do something quick and easy to help out the school.

Ways to pitch in:

A. Bake cakes and other goodies:
Class Reps are being asked to coordinate bakers who would be willing to donate some treats for the 4th Grade Canoe Island tables and for about five cakes from each class for the Cake Walk Event.

So to clarify:
-For 4th Grade Canoe Island: Baked goods such as cupcakes, cookies, brownies, eclairs, etc.
-For the Cake Walk: About 5 Cakes or Pies per classroom

B. Volunteer at Mardi Gras
If anyone would like to offer up some time to help out the night of the event to help run the store, the crazy hair station, clean up, etc., your time would be most welcome.

Alternatively, if you have anyone in the community that you think may be interested in helping out during the evening in exchange for dinner, community service time, etc., you or they can most certainly reach out.

There will be a sign up in the front office, or you can get in contact with the planning committee directly via the contact information below.

*Not everyone has the time or ability to help with every event during the year, so even if you want to help out now and cannot, please keep other events in mind for when you can.

For questions/comments, reach out to Ashley Talbott-Kautzman 2016 Mardi Gras Chairperson at or 541-285-3150.

Winter Afterschool Golf & Tennis Session Starts In February

All levels K-6th are welcome whether you are brand new, or you are trying to earn your next TGA color level. TGA brings the golf course and tennis court to you, making it convenient and affordable to learn and play golf or tennis right on your school campus in a fun and safe environment. All equipment is provided. Financial aid is available. Sign up today at!

Tennis – Wednesdays 2:55-3:55pm

Golf -Fridays 12:15-1:15pm.

Location: Charlemagne playground/field

STAND for Children speaks at Corridor/Yujin Gakuen this Tuesday

stand for childrenThis Tuesday, Jan. 19, Joy Marshall from STAND for Children will speak about the state of education in our state, and how we can be involved in creating the environment we want for our kiddos. This meeting is open to all families with kids of all ages with information presented that’s relevant to all ages in the school system from K to 12. Joy has a ton of knowledge about the state of education in 4J, Lane County and at the statewide level. She will let us know what’s going on at all of these levels with our schools, and some easy ways to get involved as parents to help make sure our kiddos get the schooling that will help them thrive.

RSVP if you need childcare–text to 541-729-1698.

Corridor Cafeteria, 250 Silver Lane, 7:35-8:35 (right after Corridor’s PTO meeting from 6:30-7:30.)

Nearby Nature upcoming events

Master Circle  modified #2 without date.aiJanuary 31: Fantasical Forest Nature Quest (Alton Baker Park, Jan 31, 2016 1 – 3 PM)
Wander park trails in search of secret spots where gnomes and fairies might hide, hear a forest fable, and make a magical friend of your own to take home. Meet in our Learnscape behind the Park Host Residence in Alton Baker Park. FREE for members! $2 person or just $5 a family for non-members. Pre-registration is requested at 541-687-9699 or online

February 5: Green Start Play Day – Furry Friends (Alton Baker Park, February 5, 2016 10 – 11:30 AM) Enjoy outside nature play in our Learnscape plus pre-school crafts and stories. Rain or shine! Indoor area available for wet weather. Kids 5 and under only, with an adult. Members free, non-members $5/family (adult and pre-schoolers). Meet by the Yurt in our Learnscape at Alton Baker Park. Pre-register: 541-687-9699 or online at

February 16: No School Day – Forts in the Forest (Alton Baker Park, Feb 16, 2016 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM) How do animals build their homes? Try your hand at making a deer bed, a bird nest, and your own fort from the forest. Discover how to navigate in the woods with a compass and clues on this forest adventure. $40 members/$45 non-members, need based scholarships available. Ages 6-9, max 12 kids. Outdoors in Alton Baker Park and at our Yurt. Pre-registration required, call 541-687-9699, or online at

March 5: Treefrog Tunes Nature Quest (Amazon Park, Mar 05, 2016 6:30 to 8:00 PM) Enjoy a treefrog tunes walk in Amazon Park! Learn about — and listen for — Pacific treefrogs with ecologists Peg Boulay and Bruce Newhouse. Meet at the Amazon Playground. Members FREE, non-members $2/person, $5/family. Pre-register: 541-687-9699 or

RoboBear Workshop on Jan. 29 and 30

robobearEugene Sudbury School is hosting a guest engineer on Jan. 29 and 30. He will teach students how to build and program a great robotic bear and participants will get to take their creations home.

Friday, Jan. 29: grades 4-8

Saturday, Jan. 30: grades 1-3 9 a.m‐3:30 p.m.

Cost: $130 per student (includes all materials)

Eugene Sudbury School Click here for the flyer.  Registrations are due by Jan. 22.