From your PTO Co-Chairs

Bonjour Families,

Get ready to celebrate our wonderful support staff! This week is Classified Appreciate Week. See information below about who we are honoring this week. Esprit de Corp has a wonderful week planned, but be sure if you see our classified staff, to give them a big thanks for all they do.

The students and teachers are getting prepared for the student-lead conferences on March 16 and 17. Be on the lookout for signup links from your student’s teachers. Also, while you are at conferences, be sure to stop by the lost and found in the cafeteria. Any items left after March 17 will be donated.

The Charlemagne Auction is right around the corner! Friday, April 15 at Venue 252, with childcare available nearby at Bounce. This is a fun adult event that makes a huge difference for our school. Please read the full article below to learn more details and hear how you can get involved.

The science fair is coming up on Thursday, April 21. Starting planning your projects now. See information below for some great ideas. If you would like to help with this amazing event, email Christy Sheerin or Carey Norgaard at or

We hope everyone has a terrific week!

Shannon Tom and Gina Thompson,

Upcoming Events

March 9: Site Council Meeting 3:15 p.m.

March 7-11: Classified Staff Appreciation

March 15: PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m. Room 1

March 16-17: NO SCHOOL – Spring Conferences 

March 18: NO SCHOOL – Professional Development

March 21-25: NO SCHOOL – Spring Break

April 15: Charlemagne Silent Auction fundraiser

April 21: Science Fair

Movie NightMovie Night

Movie Night this past Friday was a blast! Kudos to the kids for watching Kung Fu Panda entirely in French and enjoying it.

Special thanks to Julie Kim for planning this event, to Troy Garcia and Christy Williams for keeping everyone well supplied with delicious popcorn and to Principal Eric for being there to make sure everything ran smoothly.

Classified Staff Appreciation Week – March 7-11

thankyou word cloudClassified Staff Appreciation Week is this week, March 7-11. Please take this time to express your gratitude to the classified staff for all they do.

Our classified staff includes the following people:

  • Bernadette Conover (secretary)
  • Kurt Lovinger and Rob Potter (custodians)
  • Veronica Tift (food service/YMCA)
  • Helana Kadyszewski (nurse)
  • Kathy Reed (technology)
  • Deborah Sinnott (records clerk)
  • Jessica Erben (student helper)
  • Laura Naraguma Muco, Chelsea Arsenault, Jeanne Walrath, Suzy Garver, Quena Keis, and Erica Goulding (educational assistants)

We are so fortunate to have such dedicated and caring staff and plan to show them our appreciation with a gift each day:

  • Monday(coffee/juice/breakfast items)
  • Tuesday (small flowering plant)
  • Wednesday (chocolate)
  • Thursday (cards signed by the students)
  • Friday (gift card to a local business)

Thank you also to the parents who helped us treat the classified staff on Monday by donating breakfast items.

Maker Expo at Eugene Public Library, March 12

Eugene_Public_Library_logoDo-it-yourselfers, innovators, artists, and crafters of all ages: you’re invited to the Eugene Public Library’s Maker Expo.

Drop in from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, March 12 for demonstrations and hands-on fun featuring Eugene Public Library’s newest maker tech tools. This free event will highlight a 3D printer, green screen photo booth, synthesizer, embroidery machine, littleBits customizable electronics, and more.

Get a taste of the variety of equipment and opportunitiesthe Library will offer in 2016 – which will expand when the new Maker Hub rooms open at the Downtown Library this spring.

The Downtown Eugene Public Library is located at 100 W. 10th Ave, Eugene.

Click here for more information.

ACEAwardsNominate “A Champion in Education” by March 14

Who always makes a difference in your child’s school day? An inspiring teacher? An encouraging school secretary? A dedicated volunteer? A principal who leads by example? A bus driver who always takes the time to listen? Now is the time to recognize their contributions through the annual ACE (A Champion in Education) Awards.

To nominate a 4J employee or volunteer who demonstrates excellence in education, go Every nominee will be honored at an awards ceremony in April, and one person in each category will win a $1,000 cash prize toward a project or program in their school. Nominations must be submitted by March 14.

The ACE Awards are a collaborative effort of the Eugene and Springfield chambers of commerce and the Eugene, Bethel and Springfield school districts. The program is presented by Oregon Community Credit Union and supported by others from the local business community.

GB_STB_Logo_Color-230x300Learn How to Build a Bee Box, March 19

Thinking about getting into beekeeping? Be prepared for the 2016 season and learn how to build your complete bee box with Glorybee.

Learn to build frames with a foundation, assemble a hive box and build a moisture box; all to protect your hive from our damp Willamette Valley weather.

This is a hands on, interactive class that will allow you to walk away prepared to house your new hive. Each participant takes home one medium super and one medium frame.

$30 fee for this class- maximum of 25 participants. To register, call Glorybee Foods at 800-456-7923.

duckFree Run, Jump, Throw Clinic at UO, March 16

ACTIVITY: Free Run, Jump, Throw Clinic with Oregon Coaches & Track Team Members

AGES: 5-12 years

WHEN: March 26 at Hayward Field

For more information, click here for a flyer.

Auction set for April 15 at Venue252

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

Get ready for a fun night out at this year’sCharlemagne Auction on April 15 from 6-10 p.m. at a brand new location – Venue252 downtown.

Childcare will be available across the street at Bounce, so plan to drop your kids off for their own fun night while you enjoy an evening out socializing.

Our auction is the school’s largest fundraiser, and your support is essential. All money raised is used to help get more teachers and instructional aides into the classroom. As important as the event is, it’s also a fun time for our community of parents to get together.

There will be tons of silent and live auction items (ranging from gift cards to goods and services to vacation packages), food catered by Market of Choice and a full no host bar.

Please know – you don’t have to bid on anything, just buying a ticket and coming to the event raises money that is critically needed to support our students. There are plenty of smaller items that are inexpensive and great deals. And with childcare available at Bounce, our kids will have a great time as well.

Many thanks to this year’s corporate sponsors: Hershner Hunter Law Firm, Summit Bank and Palo Alto Software.

Do you own a business and are you willing to donate a gift certificate or basket to be auctioned off? We are still very much in need of donations and would love your support!

Please call or email Koa Roberts with any and all donations at or 541-501-8319.

More information coming soon, and tickets available after spring break. We’d love to break a record for attendance this year, so please plan to join.

Science Fair, April 21

science fair (1)Thursday, April 21, from 3-6 p.m. – La foire aux sciences

This is a fun opportunity for kids to learn about science, the scientific method, and how to prepare and organize a project.

Topics from previous years include:

  • Why do people sneeze?
  • What are raptors?
  • How does density work?
  • How does helium make balloons float?
  • How do Venus Fly Traps eat bugs?
  • How are clouds formed?
  • What are acids?
  • How do oysters make pearls?
  • What is a shooting star?

Interested in helping with this fun event? Email Christy Sheerin or Carey Norgaard at or

maude kernsSpring Art Classes at Maude Kerns Art Center

Spend your spring at Maude Kerns Art Center.

From Drawing & Painting to Comics to Clayin’ and Playin’, they offer classes for youth ages 6-12.

Maude Kerns also offers Drawing, Life Drawing, and Cartooning Classes for young adults ages 10-16.

Visit for complete class descriptions.

Private Lessons are also available. Susi Larsen & Cameron Serbu Memorial Scholarships and Madeleine Christenson Scholarships are available for students.

To register call the Art Center at 541-345-1571 or e-mail

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease in 4J schools

school-nurse-dayWe have not yet had any confirmed cases at Charlemagne, but Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease has been going around the district. Here is the information from the 4j school nurse:

Your child may have been exposed to Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease at school. The following symptoms may appear 3-7 days following exposure:

  • Small blisters/sores on the face, in the mouth, on the hands/fingers, feet/toes, buttocks
  • Mild fever
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Coughing
  • General fatigue/malaise

Hand, Foot and Mouth disease is a common, contagious infected caused by the Coxsackie virus. It is easily transmitted through contact with the feces, nasal/oral secretions or blisters/sores of an infected individual. There is no specific treatment for this infection and symptoms generally resolve within a week with no serious complications.

Please contact your child’s health care provider if you think your child may have Hand, Foot and Mouth disease to be sure it is nothing more serious. As a general rule, we ask that you keep your child home until he is comfortable and the blisters/sores have healed, or until he has been cleared by his health care provider.

As always, the best defense against the spread of this viral infection is proper hand and respiratory hygiene and the sanitization of common utensils, linens, towels, etc.

Thank you for helping keep our school community healthy!


Oak Hill Summer Camps

Summer on the Hill 

  • Who: Incoming Kinders through Seniors from any school
  • What: Diverse classes are offered weekly, providing an enriching, personal, and fun environment for students.
  • When: Weekly classes run from June 20-August 26, with morning sessions from 9:00-12:00 and afternoon sessions from 1:00-4:00.
  • Where: Oak Hill School
  • More: No application necessary, this program is open to ALL students. Typical registrations are for 1 week, but a few classes are 2 week camps. Extended care is offered.

SUPER Summer on the Hill 

  • Who: High achieving Kinders through 7th graders from any school
  • What: Formerly run by the University of Oregon, this program offers exciting and educational classes to high achieving and TAG students.
  • When: The 3 week camp runs from June 27-July 15, with a morning session from 9:00-12:00, and two afternoon sessions from 1:00-2:30 and 2:30-4:00.
  • Where: Oak Hill School
  • More: All students must apply to the program before registering for classes. Students may register for individual sessions OR all three. Certain classes may have additional material fees. Extended care is offered.

Summer Enrichment Program (SEP)

  • Who: High achieving 6th through 12th graders from any school
  • What: Formerly run by the University of Oregon, this residential program offers high achieving and TAG students a college preview by providing high-level academics, social activities, and new friendships.
  • When: The 2 week residential camp runs from July 17-July 30.
  • Where: University of Oregon campus
  • More: All students must apply to the program before registering for classes. Letters of recommendation and additional forms are required.

All summer camp class registrations can be found online at

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