Dear Families,


Great news, Charlemagne will be going to the state OBOB competition on April 6th at Chemeketa Community College in Salem! Regionals just finished up Saturday afternoon and the competition was stiff.  The fifth grade Book Scavengers (Nara, Nina, Sabine, Ellie and Ishika) finished in second after a close battle against Buena Vista Spanish Immersion in the finals, 75 to 70.

Next, the top three teams from regionals advance to State with the third place team being Bertha Holt. Go Book Scavengers! Good luck in State next month!

IMG_4340The Charlemagne chess team came in second in the state team competition on Friday, March 8th. It was comprised of Yufei Su, Brandon Young, Sam Farley, Jeremy Wang, Nina Vivek, and Hauke Kiley. They had a strong showing and was seeded second out of forty teams. Way to go, chess team!
We have a busy few weeks for our community before spring break. All day tomorrow March 11th is our monthly Community Night Out at all Falling Sky locations. Please see more info and flyer below.
This week we also launch our Love your Neighbor Food Drive to support Food for Lane County. We are participating with 11 other 4j schools to collect a combined goal of 10,000lbs of food for our community. Please join our efforts by dropping some nonperishable food items in the bins around campus. Together, our efforts can have a great impact on addressing a crucial community need. Additional info below.

Have a great week!

Brooke Parrill and ErinMarie Langsdorf

PTO Co-Chairs

Upcoming Events:                                                      

March 11th: Community Night Out at Falling Sky
March 11-22nd: Food Drive 
March 15-22nd: School Spirit Week!
March 15th: **School in session/Snow day make up
March 25th-31st: Spring Break
April 4th: *NEW DATE* Science Fair:3pm in the gymnasium

Falling Sky hosts our March Community Night Out – Monday, March 11th

What will you be in the mood for…Wood-fired pizza? Mouth-watering deli sandwiches? Pub food? You can find these satisfying options at Falling

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Sky Brewing’s three unique locations.

Make plans to meet Charlemagne friends and family at our next PTO Community Night Out fundraiser on Monday, March 11th!

Present our flyer, and Falling Sky will donate 25% of your bill to Charlemagne PTO. See you at the UO EMU (= pizza), 1334 Oak Alley (= brewpub) or 790 Blair Blvd (= delicatessen).

Hope to see you all there!

Science Fair is now April 4th 2019!

IMPORTANT UPDATE: We have moved science fair until after spring break to give students extra time to work on those science projects!
The very fun Science Fair is now Thursday, April 4th from 3-6pm in the school gymnasium.

Tri-fold boards (to display your project) are available for sale. Put $3 in the box near the office and get your board from Room 1. Sign up forms will go home this week. Please return the registration forms to the folder near the office. The third grade will be selling food and drinks to raise money for their class trip to Canoe Island.

The Science Fair is a great time to view cool projects and be amazed by the creative kids in our school.

· BRING IN YOUR PROJECTS (Wednesday 3:00 pm-4:15 pm and Thursday 7:55 am-10:00 am)

· JUDGING (Thursday 10:00 am- 3:00 pm)

·COME VISIT THE SCIENCE FAIR (Thursday 3:00 pm-6:00 pm)

· TAKE YOUR PROJECTS HOME (Friday 1:45 pm- 3:00 pm)

Want to help volunteer? We can use your help. Please follow this link.

2019 Science Fair Volunteers

Questions? Please contact: Karen Stapleton & Charis Allenbaugh at

Love your Neighbor Food Drive March 11th-22nd:

In proud partnership with Food for Lane County and 11 other 4j Schools, we begin our 2019 Food Drive!

Approaching Spring, FFLC traditionally experiences a drop in donations, however, the need to fight hunger in our community continues to rise. Please consider cleaning out your pantry over the next two weeks and donating what you can to this effort. Our goal as a district is to collect 10,000lbs of non-perishable food. 

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Please look for the marked bins outside of your student’s homeroom. There will be prizes awarded for the school that collects the most pounds of food at the end of March! Thanks for your support!

ACE Awards: Nominate “A Champion in Education” Today!

Who is your champion in education? An

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inspiring teacher? An encouraging school secretary? A caring school counselor or nurse? A dedicated volunteer? A principal who leads by example? A bus driver who always takes the time to listen? A custodian who helped in a time of need?


Now is the time to recognize their contributions at the 13th annual ACE (A Champion in Education) Awards!


To learn more and nominate a 4J employee or volunteer, visit The nomination deadline is March 31.


Come see your nominee be honored at an awards ceremony on May 7, 5:30–7 p.m., at North Eugene High School. One nominee in each of the five categories will be named an ACE Award champion.


If you have questions or need assistance, please contact 4J Communications at 541-790-7734 or


Support Spring Soiree:
Our Annual Soiree is coming Friday, April 12, 2019
We need our community support to make this event a success!
We are currently seeking:

*Business sponsorships

*Goods or Service donations from your business
*Dessert Contributions

If you or a close friend or a family member have a connection to a business that wants to support our school, please consider asking them to sponsor our event.

All donations are tax deductible. Our fundraising dollars support classroom assistants and interns. These assistants reduce the student to teacher ratio, provide additional support for students, and share French culture.

Please contact our event lead coordinator Mara Gregory to help support this event.

SPIRIT WEEK IS COMING March 18th- 22nd:

Monday 18th: Class Color Day and Booster Assembly


  • Kinder=Red
  • 1st=Orange
  • 2nd=Yellow
  • 3rd=Green
  • 4th=Blue
  • 5th=Violet/purple
Tuesday 19th: Crazy Hair Day
Wednesday 20th: French Day-wear Charlemagne gear/foxes/purple and speak French ALL day!  
Thursday 21st: Mismatch/Inside Out and Backwards Day
Friday 22nd: Pajama Day

Rose Childrens Theatre Presents: Annie Jr.!

Join us at the Wildish Theatre as Annie Jr. takes center stage in one of the world’s best-loved musicals! Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Annie Jr. features everyone’s favorite little redhead in her very first adventure. Filled with equal measures of pluck and positivity, this fun-filled stage production is presented by 58 elementary through high school-aged actors, including 2 Charlemagne students!

Performances for Annie Jr. are March 8th, 9th, 15th, and 16th at 7:00 p.m. and March 10th, 16th, and 17th at 2:00 p.m. at the Richard E. Wildish Theatre in Springfield, Oregon. Tickets are available online at and may be available on the day of the show at the box office.

STEAM Eugene: A New 4j Event!

Eugene School District 4J is hosting the first-ever event. STEAM Eugene — a free community event celebrating Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics will be held on Wednesday, March 20th from 4:30-8:00pm at Churchill High School.


Throughout the evening, we will offer family STEAM activities, an exhibition of student learning, a community partner showcase.

At 5:30 there will be a panel discussion regarding local interventions to climate and water issues and at 6:15 a showing of the film “Inventing Tomorrow,” followed by a Q & A with community stakeholders. This event is free and open to the public.  Donations will be accepted to support 4J science education.

The UO Science and Invention Fair 2019:
This event is open to all K-8 students and is just around the corner on April 13th, 2019 from 11am-3pm. Please share information about this event with any of your colleagues or families that you think may be interested in. 
The UO Science Fair features not only great original science projects by area students, but also many hands-on outreach activities. The event is free and open to the public. 
Students who wish to enter a project in the fair should sign up on our website by April 8th. Scholarships are available for any student with financial hardship who wants to register a project.

Community Spotlight: Internet Safety Presentation @ March PTO meeting 3/21 
Please join us for a special presentation on Internet Safety from
Ophelia’s Place March 21st from 6:30-8pm in the Charlemagne

This presentation is geared at supporting parents in creating a healthy structure for their children around safe internet use and healthy social media interaction. Presentations include information and discussion to address the following:

Ø  Learn digital citizenship tips; discuss the importance of a positive digital footprint.

Ø  Examine the prevalence of online predators, exploitation and blackmail risks.

Ø  Consider photo sharing, safety and location features.

Ø  Discuss social media image construction and pressure it can create for youth.

Ø  Define cyberbullying and examine its impact.

Ø  Clarify appropriate reporting steps.

Ø  Learn about youth advocacy tools and strategies to educate and support youth.

If you are interested in attending, please take a minute to answer

this brief survey at your earliest convenience. Your feedback will
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Opportunities for Supporting Charlemagne:

Additional Volunteer Opportunities

  • PTO Class Representatives:(Mme Sion, Mme Kim, Mme Anou, Mme King, Mme Jana, Mme Grabowski)
  • Soiree Procurement Team
  • Esprit De Corps Team: Help coordinating upcoming teacher appreciation week
Please email Debra McIntosh for more info.

Bring the Immersion Experience into your Home:
Host an Intern!
Hosting is an amazing experience that enrichesIsabel 2018 (1) your family as well as our school! Thank you to Gromsruds for hosting Isabel last year. We are still looking for one more host family for the end of this year as well as host families for next year.  If you have any questions and would like to host please contact us!

Host Family Coordinators for the Charlemagne Intern Program

Olivia Hardin, Helen Jetter

& Cynthia Stenger Riplinger:

Direct Drive Continues:

Thank you to everyone who has made a contribution to our direct drive this past month. To keep our work going, in this season of giving, we hope you will consider a generous donation to the Charlemagne PTO, our non-profit organization. Your contribution ensures an outstanding experience for every French Immersion student from kindergarten to 5th grade.

All of the funds we raise from the Charlemagne PTO goes to directly subsidize staffing needs. 


Our campaign will run throughout the year. 
Consider donating once or monthly to support our efforts to maintain our current student to staff ratios. Your tax-deductible donation can be made in two ways:

Go online to

• Send a check to Charlemagne PTO at the school: 3875 Kincaid Street, Eugene, OR., 97405.

For your records, our tax ID number is 46-1825220.

We recognize not every family can contribute equally to a direct drive request. We also know our families give in other equally important ways and are grateful for the time spent in classrooms and at community events. We recognize all types of support are necessary and valuable to the success of our school!

Participating eScrip Retailers:

While shopping this holiday season please consider supporting these businesses as they will donate a percentage of your purchases to the school. This is free money for our school of the purchases you already are making. All you need to do is to sign up and keep your information up to date.

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  • Market of Choice: 1) go to escrip at;  2) Type in ‘Charlemagne French Immersion Elementary’; 3) Register your payment cards;  4) Shop with your registered cards. Register your rewards card HERE:

  • Amazon Smile: 1) go to;  2) type in ‘Charlemagne at Fox Hollow PTO Company’ & then select.  AmazonSmile uses the same log in as your regular Amazon account. But you must shop at to contribute.

  • Fred Meyer’s Community Rewards Program: Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card at You can search by name (Charlemagne PTO) or by the non-profit number (QJ541)
Please contact our coordinator WenLan Hu for more information about this program at
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