Principal’s Corner

Dear Charlemagne Families,

principals cornerI am excited to let you know about a new student led club – Friendly Frenchies – that started in February. This group of 3rd – 5th grade students self-selected to participate weekly in a lunch meeting to create a healthier climate at school. All 3rd – 5th grade students are welcome to join.

The Friendly Frenchies have identified three core values:

(1) Inclusion – making sure everyone is given the same opportunity to participate and the same choices others are given.

(2) Equality – everyone is given the tools they need to succeed (even if they are not the same as someone else.)

(3) Ambassadors – demonstrating respect and kindness to all, setting an EXAMPLE for our school!

You will soon see posters up around the school and new opportunities created by our student group. I look forward to sharing more at our upcoming PTO meeting. I am so proud of our students and their commitment to Charlemagne now and in the future. If you have questions please contact Ariel, Adrienne or me.

Eric Anderson 


Charlemagne French Immersion Elementary School

From your PTO Co-Chairs

Bonjour Families,

We hope you were able to enjoy the beautiful weather we had this weekend!

The Charlemagne 2016 Soiree is just two weeks away. Hopefully you received your email invitation from Principal Eric, but if not, please join us on Friday, April 15 for a wonderful evening of Food, Friends, and Fun.

This is an adult only event at Venue 252 but childcare will be available at Bounce which is just across the street. We will be having an auction to raise money to help with our staffing for next school year, but don’t let that stop you. Just by buying a ticket and coming for dinner helps with this important event. You can go to the Charlemagne website to purchase tickets or, if you decide at the last minute, tickets will be available at the door. We hope to see you there!

A friendly reminder to please, don’t drop your kids off at school before 7:50 am. Supervision is not available until this time and for the safety of our students we need to stick to this time. If you need childcare before this time, please see Veronica in Fun Club about signing up for childcare through the YMCA program.

We are still looking to fill some key positions for PTO next year. Have you thought about wanting to get more involved in school fundraisers or events? If you want more information, please contact Gina or Shannon for details. Thank you for your consideration.

Please see information below about upcoming events and summer camps that are available.

We hope everyone has a wonderful week!

Shannon Tom and Gina Thompson,

Upcoming Events

April 13: Site Council meeting, 3:15 p.m.

April 15: Charlemagne Soiree auction fundraiser, 6-10 p.m.

April 19: PTO meeting, 6:30-8 p.m. in Room1

April 21: Science Fair, 3-6 p.m.

April 22: Movie Night: Food Beware/The French Organic Revolution

May 2-6: Teacher Appreciation Week

May 6: No School, Professional Development

Garden Work Party, April 9

Garden clubWe have another garden work party scheduled for Saturday, April 9 from 9 am to 1 pm. We will have 8-10 volunteers join us from Oregon Community College Student Association (via School Garden Project). Please, join us at Charlemagne to clean up our garden space. If you have any questions, please, contact Brent Ross at

Date: Saturday, April 9

Time: 9 am – 1 pm

Location: Charlemagne Elementary School

Click here to sign up and thank you for your support.

Soiree-01Annual Auction Soiree, April 15

Buy tickets on-line now

This year’s Soiree will be on April 15, from 6-10 pm, at Venue 252 (252 Lawrence Street).

Find links to more details (menu, things to buy, etc.) on our school website.

In case you need childcare (the Soiree is an adult only event), Bounce is across the street from Venue 252. They offer Friday night childcare. Please contact Bounce directly to reserve a spot for your child.

Just buying a ticket supports the school whether you can go or not! But of course if you didn’t go you’d miss out on all the FUNdraising, Check back on the website for more details to come. 

Science Fair, April 21

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

Registration Forms are in your child’s folder and also available online by clicking here.

Registration by Monday, April 18 to receive a personalized certificate.Students can enter a project the day of the fair and will receive a name write-in certificate.

Important information for entrants:

Thursday, April 21 – Project set-up starts as early as 2:45 pm. Fair time: 3:00 pm to 6 pm. Food is for sale on site.

Friday April 22

8:15-10:30 am: Projects on display for classes to visit.

11 am to noon: Parents/Caregivers collect projects from gym for take home.

  • If parents able to take down tables at 11 am, Friday, your help would be greatly appreciated
  • Projects left behind are stacked along wall of gym or lunch room Friday.

Monday, April 25, unclaimed projects subject to discard/recycle.

Got Questions? 

Contact: More information available at

Celebrate Earth Day with a Movie Night, April 22

earth dayWhen: Friday April 22nd @ 6:15pm

Where: Charlemange cafeteria

What: Food Beware: The French Organic Revolution documentary

Run Time: 2 hours

Kids welcome to watch along.

Follow along as the mayor of a small village in France transforms school lunches. Discover the importance of locally grown and organic menus. Leave with hope, knowing that you can change things. We can create a fruitful future for our children.

Find us on Facebook: Charlemagne Garden/Lunch initiative

Explore Creative Writing with Salmon House Workshops

The Spring session of Wild Imagination Group starts on April 7.

This after-school group is all about fun and discovery of the wonder of words. Sessions include action packed word-play, oral and written storytelling, exploration of poetry, engaging crafts, and games.

Thursdays, April 7-May 26,from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Salmon House Writers Workshop, 527 W. 12th Ave. in Eugene

For more information on this group and other programming, or call (541) 326-6112.

Mindfulness Parenting Group starting April 11

A new mindfulness parenting group, for parents of children age 2-8 years old who are experiencing behavior concerns, is starting on April 11, held at the Child and Family Center in Eugene.

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: Monday evenings 6:00-7:30pm for 8 weeks beginning in mid-April

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

For more info and to register, contact Katelyn at 651-334-2531 or Elisa at 575-993-3790.

ART for ALL Celebrates ASPCA Help A Horse Day, April 24

Animal Rescue Teaching for Any Level of Learner will be taking part in the national celebration of ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) Help A Horse Day and competing for a chance to win up to $25,000 in grant prizes to assist with our efforts to protect horses.

To celebrate the day, ART for ALL will be hosting a Field Day Open Houseat our farm located approximately 15 minutes from Eugene, OR at 85671 Chezem Road.

This is a free family event open to the community on Sunday April 24, 2016 from noon to 4 p.m. We invite all to join us for an afternoon of pony rides, arts and crafts, and outdoor fun.

This is a great opportunity to learn about our organization, meet our animals, and participate in the kick-off of our Silent Online Auction.

This nationwide competition is for equine rescues and sanctuaries to raise awareness about the lifesaving work they do year-round to care for at-risk horses in their community who have often been abused or neglected. Horses have been central to the ASPCA’s work since its founding 150 years ago, when Henry Bergh stopped a cart driver from beating his horse, resulting in the first successful arrest for the mistreatment of a horse on April 26, 1866.

The mission of ART for ALL is to rescue and rehabilitate animals using them for education of people young and old. Our organization was created out of our love and respect for animals, children, and art.

For more information about ART for ALL and our Help A Horse Field Day Celebration please visit, email, or call 541-556-2353.

Join Ophelia’s Place at Girls Rule! on April 30

For girls age 9-14 and a caring parent or adult.

Saturday, April 30

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Churchill High School

Girls Rule! is a free one-day event offering hands-on workshops that will explore science, technology, engineering, art and math concepts.

Click here for more information.

Register online

Nearby Nature Quest, April 30

Saturday, April 30, 10 am-noon

Wow Newts! Nearby Nature Quest

Enjoy a newt-themed Nature Quest in Tugman Park. Learn about these cool critters from naturalist Tom Titus as we explore the wild side of this south Eugene park. Event co-sponsored by the Eugene’s Southeast Neighbors. Meet at the Tugman Park picnic shelter (3666 Hilyard Street, Eugene).

Members FREE, non-members $5/family. Pre-register: 541-687-9699 or

Reign Dance Studio opens in West Eugene, May 1

Reign Dance Company, founded by dance coach Angie Bunday, will offer performance groups and lessons for all skill levels in jazz, hip hop, ballet, and contemporary dance.

Reign Dance Company, located at 4355 Commerce St., Suite 109, will consist of seven performance groups for all ages and skill levels. A dynamic group of teachers experienced in different dance styles will lead the groups.

They offer hip hop and jazz classes for kids age 3 to 11.

For more info, visit or call 503-799-1952

SEHS Soccer Camp

Registration is now open for the 32nd annual South Eugene High School soccer camp.

The camp is open for kids entering 1-8th grades. All levels of experience welcome.

The camp runs June 20-24. The cost is $130 and we offer a discount for siblings.

Learn more & register:

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