Principal’s Corner

principals cornerI would like to welcome to Charlemagne our two new specialists – Dene Eller (Physical Education) and Donna Wynn (Music). Students this term will receive music two times per week and physical education once per week.

Starting the second half of the year, I would like to remind parents to follow appropriate drop off and pick up etiquette. If you have a friend or grandparent help, please be sure to pass on these guidelines.

  • Do not stop at your specific grade level to pick up your child.  Continue to slowly move forward until there are no gaps in the pick up/drop off loading zone. Your student will walk along the sidewalk to meet you. Stopping disrupts the flow and creates a car jam at our entrance.
  • Do not get out of your car unless you are parked in a parking spot.This action impedes the entire pick up/drop off process and is frustrating to all parents and staff. If for any reason your child(ren) cannot enter or exit your car without assistance, please find a parking space and walk your child(ren) to and from.
  • Please enter and exit our driveway with extreme caution and drive slowly. Children can unexpectedly dart into the parking lot at any moment.
  • At drop off, please do not stop in front of our main doors in the front lot. Continue to pull forward to increase car flow into the drop off zone.

Thank you for following these simple guidelines to ensure a safe and efficient carpool process.

Eric Anderson
Charlemagne French Immersion Elementary School

From your PTO Co-Chairs: Mardi Gras is on Friday!

Bonjour families,

It’s Mardi Gras time! Our school carnival will be this Friday starting at 5:30 p.m., we look forward to seeing you there. This is an all school event and we want everyone to enjoy, so if you need any assistance in order to attend Mardi Gras, please see Madame Veronica in the cafeteria, Madame Bernadette in the office, or just let student’s teacher know. The Mardi Gras store will be open every day this week after school. Come by and get all your beads, masks, hats and all that glitters.

Don’t forget that we will be holding our annual Food Can Drive for Food for Lane County, February 2-9. Look for the collection bins outside your classroom. The grade that collects the most canned foods will win a pizza party. This is a great way to help our community that we live in. .

OBOB is just around the corner. Students in grades 3-5 have been busy reading their books and the battles will begin starting Feb. 16, so that we can determine which team will represent our school at the regional battles to be held on March 12. Keep those pages turning and keep practicing your questions.

Our Math Madness fundraiser will begin Feb. 8. Look for the packets to come home next week with your students.

Lastly, if you were not able to attend our last PTO meeting on Jan. 19, please check out the minutes from the meeting (click here).

We hope you have a fantastic week and we will see you Friday at the Mardi Gras celebration!
Shannon Tom and Gina Thompson,

Upcoming Events

Feb. 2-9: Canned food drive

Feb. 5: Mardi Gras, 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 8: Math Madness fundraiser begins
Feb. 10: Site Council, 3:15 p.m.
Feb 12: Professional Development Day – No School
Feb 15: Presidents’ Day – No School
Feb. 16-19: OBOB
Feb. 23: PTO meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Mardi Gras store

You can pick up goodies at the Mardi Gras Store before the event.

The Mardi Gras Store will be open on the following days and times:
Feb. 1 -4: 2:45 to 3 p.m.
Feb. 5: noon to 12:15 p.m.

Tickets, toys, and other fun gear will all be there!

Food for Lane County Food Drive

Our annual canned food drive for Food for Lane County starts Tuesday, Feb. 2 and ends on Tuesday, Feb. 9.

We’ll provide collection bins for each grade and reward the grade with the most amount of donated goods with a pizza party with Principal Eric. Collections bins will be clearly marked for each grade and placed between the two classes of each grade. Bins will be weighed by Food for Lane Country and the winning grade will be announced on Wednesday, Feb. 10.

Remember, this is an opportunity for our Charlemagne community to share with families in the Eugene/Springfield area who would otherwise go hungry. So bring in your canned and dry food donations (or better yet, send them in your child’s backpack).

There will also be a collection bin at the entrance of our Mardi Gras celebration on Friday, Feb. 5 for anyone who would like to use that opportunity to bring donations. The donations that night will be given to Food for Lane County but not count toward a particular grade.

Let’s see how much we can collect!

Sponsored by Charlemagne’s Esprit de Corps Committee.

4J Future Chefs Culinary Competition 2016

The 4J Future Chefs Culinary Competition is back this year. Entries from 4th and 5th grade future chefs for their favorite breakfast recipes are being accepted. Entry deadline is Feb. 19. Finalists will be selected for the April 16 competition at Sheldon High School.

For more information, click here.

Canoe Island Fundraiser at Mardi Gras this Friday

4th grade is responsible for the food portion of Mardi Gras. All profits go directly to our Canoe Island Scholarship fund. This is our biggest trip fundraiser!

There are many ways you can help.

  • Setup is from noon-2pm.
  • Food service 5-8pm.
  • Cleanup 8-9pm.
  • You can also bring treats to sell at the bake sale.
  • Donations of Papa Murphy’s gift cards would help offset our pizza costs.

Please get in touch and let me know how you would like to help out! Tabatha (

Nearby Nature upcoming events

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Please note that we have scholarship funds to help families afford to give their kid an opportunity to spend a day learning and playing in nature!

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 15: 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