Gearing Up for Mardi Gras and OBOB

Dear Families,

Mardi Gras is happening in less than 2 weeks and it’s time to get excited! Volunteers are needed for set up, clean up, during the event and also to help with the Mardi Gras store. We will also need lots of baked goods for the cake walk (homemade or store bought). Please refer to the article below for more specifics, and please follow this link to sign up and volunteer. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Our annual Mardi Gras canned food drive for Food for Lane County will begin Monday, February 13th and end Monday, February 27th. There will be a bin located between each classrooms for each grade for convenience. Sponsored by Charlemagne’s Esprit de Corps Committee.

Oregon Battle of the Books is coming soon as well. Battles will take place on: February 21st, 22nd and 23rd.  The final battle will be on March 6th. There will be a parent briefing for all volunteers on Thursday, February 16th in Room 1 at 3:00pm.

The next PTO meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 21, 6:30-8 in Room 1. Childcare is available free of charge for all children who are potty trained.

Have a wonderful week!

Shannon Tom and Chris Miller,

PTO Co-Chairs


Upcoming Events

February 13-27: Mardi Gras Canned Food Drive

February 16: Parent Volunteer Briefing for OBOB, 3 pm

February 20: President’s Day – No School

February 21: Restaurant Fundraiser – Laughing Planet, 11 am – 9 pm

February 21: PTO Meeting, 6:30-8 pm

February 21-23: OBOB Battles

February 24: Mardi Gras


Mardi Gras Canned Food Drive

Our annual canned food drive for food for lane county will begin Monday, February 13th and end Monday, February 27th. There will be a bin located between each classrooms for each grade for convenience. It seems only right that our celebration of a day renown for feasting and plenty would be tied with an opportunity for the Charlemagne community to share with families in Eugene/Springfield area who would otherwise go to bed hungry. Last year we collected 669 lbs of canned goods for families, which means this year we have a hefty goal ​of 700lbs of food to collect!

Sponsored by Charlemagne’s Esprit de Corps Committee

French Learning Group for Parents

If you are still holding out hope that you can learn French too, then voila! Here’s the perfect opportunity. Starting next Wednesday, February 15, there will be a weekly gathering of parents on Wednesdays, from 8:30-9:30 am in the PTO room (room7).  Laura Fuhriman, a mom of a fourth grader and native speaker, is volunteering her time to teach parents who are interested in learning French, with the focus on practical communication.  If you plan to go to the room after the school bell has rung, please enter through the door that faces the back parking lot since there will be teaching going on in the adjacent room.

For any questions, feel free to email Laura at or Julie Kim at

Au Revoir from Ophélie

“This experience at Charlemagne has been a great adventure in my life. Besides discovering Oregon and American culture with a great host family, I have learned a great deal at school by working with incredible teachers. I have met kids full of love, and I brought them my culture and language. I am thankful for this internship made possible by your generosity; I enjoyed being part of this community. I will always remember this experience. Thank you!”

 Merci Beaucoup, Chris and April!

Thanks to all our host families this year, we can keep four French teaching interns in our classrooms this school year. We want to thank Ruby Miller’s parents, Chris Miller and April Herlache, for hosting Ophélie for her entire stay of 6 months.

Host families needed for Fall 2017

Do you always want to volunteer at school but cannot due to schedule conflicts? Do you want your children to improve their French in your own home? Being a host family can be an enriching experience that also helps our school.

Please email Cynthia or Alice at if you are interested.

P.E. Reminder

Please remember to send your kids to school in appropriate footwear for P.E. days or include tennis shoes in their backpack on rainy days. The bouldering wall is coming up soon, and appropriate shoes are needed. Cowboy, rubber, & dress up boots are unsafe for running and climbing. If wearing dresses, leggings are needed. Please, no sandals.

If you are unsure what your P.E. day is, please check in with your grade level teacher(s). Thank you – safety first!

Repeated from Previous Weeks

The articles below were in a previous week, but are included again for your reference.

This Week is Math Madness Collection Week!

This week (2/6 – 2/10), students should submit envelopes with completed work & donations to their teachers.

Every day this week, Principal Eric will randomly pull a daily prize winner from the completed envelopes.

The earlier you turn your envelope you, the more chances you have to win.

Envelopes turned in on Mon. 2/6, get more chances to win a daily prize.  Bernadette will announce daily winners.  Each class will have its own daily winner (that’s 12 winners/day – 1 from each class for 5 days).

If your class gets 100% participation, your class wins a special recess with Principal Eric!
Just doing the work & turning it in counts for participation. Donations are not required to participate, but are greatly appreciated. Let’s try to close the $92K gap to reach our $112K fundraising goal this year (details in Direct Drive e-mail from Principal Eric sent 1/31).

All money raised goes directly towards Charlemagne staffing needs & are tax deductible.

For donations above $200, please note the full name & address of donor on the envelope. The PTO would like to mail them a personal tax receipt.

Please use Charlemagne’s PTO EIN# 46-1825220 for tax purposes.

Questions?  Please reach out to Jessica Keiper ( and/or Marcia Yu (

eScrip Giveaway Winners

Congratulations Sharon Cahn and Tabatha Andrews, the winners of the eScrip giveaway!


We will be giving away another two Market of Choice gift certificates in February if 25 more people signed up. 3 ways to contribute and win:

  1. eScrip
  2. Amazon Smile
  3. FredMeyer Community Rewards program


Thank you for supporting our school!

Eugene Math Festival

Ages 5-14
February 18TH, 10AM – 1PM
Crater Lake Rooms, EMU 145-146, University of Oregon

We invite all young students, who like math and share a passion for games, problem solving, and hands-on math activities, to come to our first math festival. This year we are able to offer free admission without prior registration. Please feel free to come and explore. Please note, parents are required to accompany our youngest participants (grades 1 – 3). All other parents are encouraged to stay. All parents should be ready to pick up their children when they are done with their activities. We are unable to watch the children outside of the math stations. For more information, visit:

Mardis Gras, February 24

Mardi Gras is February 24th and we need volunteers for set up, which will be directly after pickup on that date, and help with clean up beginning at 8pm on the 24th. Would also love volunteers for the cake walk. Just bake or buy any item, please label if there are nuts involved, and drop off with Bernadette the morning of.  Volunteers willing to man the game stations, store, sell tickets at the door or just be available where there is need are also very welcome!

Please contact or 541-913-3237 or sign up directly at

2017 Charlemagne Science Fair –  La Foire aux Sciences

Start Now and Join the Fun this March 16th!

The Charlemagne Science Fair will be held March 16th and open to all grades!  This is a fun opportunity for kids to explore areas of interest in the sciences, learn the scientific method, and prepare and organize a project.

Now is a perfect time to start working with your child on a Science Fair topic! 
Here are some of the topics from years past:

Growing Crystals, Maps and Cartography, How do Flowers Smell? Earthworms, Rainbows, Oil Spills, Why Do Some Liquids Not Mix? Venus Fly Trap, Gummi Science, How are Icicles Formed? Pyramids, Acids, How does Helium Make a Balloon Float? Are Dogs Really Color Blind? What is a Shooting Star? Are Birds Dinosaurs? Why Do People Sneeze? How Does a Thermos Work? How Saltwater Influences Buoyancy, Lemon Batteries, Taste Buds, Growing Bacteria, How Are Clouds Formed? Tectonic Plates, Slugs, Digestive System, Rocks and Fossils, Why Does Gravity Exist?

Each entrant will receive a Certificate and Comments Card for their efforts. These are great school souvenirs and give our students a sense of accomplishment.

Student registration forms will be sent home soon or you can register online starting February.  ***Please check back in February for the online registration site address***

Parents interested in volunteering to make this fun and educational event the best possible experience of our kids? Please, email or sign up online:

These websites can help to provide ideas, direction and structure for your child’s science project:  |  |  |

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run empowers girls! This after school program is dedicated to helping 3rd  through 5th grade girls build self-esteem, gain confidence, and discover their true selves. Each week consists of two 90-minute practices including a new lesson each day, learning activities, stretching techniques, 5k training exercises, and healthy snacks.

This spring program starts the week of March 13th and goes through the week of June 5th. The registration deadline has been extended to February 15th. Scholarships and payment plans are available. For more information and to register online, go to

The Girls on the Run 5k is June 3rd, 2017 at Reser Stadium in Corvallis.  The 5K event is open to kids and adults of all ages.  Join us for any inspirational run/walk around the beautiful OSU campus.  5K registration for the whole family can be done at

Join us at the school nearest you!

Oak Hill School – practice days/times are: Tuesday and Thursdays 3:30-5:00

Please see the attached flyer.

Time for the Battle of the Books!

If you are interested in volunteering with our OBOB battles at Charlemagne, please follow the link below to sign up to volunteer. No experience with OBOB needed!

Battles will take place on: February 21st, 22nd and 23rd.  The final battle will be on March 6th.

We will be having a parent briefing for all volunteers on Thursday, February 16th in Room 1 at 3:00pm.

Thank you in advance!

Sign up link:

Save the Date – Camp Rigolo, July 10-14

Campers: Kids entering Kindergarten through kids who have
graduated 5th grade.

Fee: $190, $155 siblings
$10 discount per family if payed in full by March 31

Theme: “America’s got Talent” –
“L’ Amérique a du talent.”

Field trip: Elijah Bristow State Park In Dexter.

We will have our traditional tie-dye, sports, crafts, and face-painting.
The campers will also put together a show to present their talents 🙂
It is going to be a week filled with laughter, fun, and French.

This Year’s Auction Soiree will be at the DAC

(Downtown Athletic Club) April 21, 20176-10 pm

On-site childcare available & will provide: pizza, basketball, bouncy gym, swimming & movie time.

More details to come & will be posted to:

The Auction is the PTO’s largest fundraiser.  All money raised goes directly to providing instructional aides in our classrooms.

Interested in supporting/participating in our Auction Soiree?

  • Do you own a business?  Would you like to donate a gift certificate / basket?

Please contact Julie Park:

  • Is your business interested in sponsoring / advertising at our fundraiser?

Please contact Sabrina Parsons:

  • Questions about class packages?

Please contact Koa Roberts:

  • Are you interested in volunteering/helping out?  Any other questions?

Please contact Marcia Yu: