Dear Families:

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Terrible news from New Zealand this week has me thinking about our practicing Muslim families and staff members.

As more details emerge, it is clear what happened in New Zealand is an act of hate that targeted immigrants and Muslims. Even if our students are protected from the details, certainly there is an impact even if it’s not immediately seen.

We know events like this impact people in different ways. If you know any students who may be specifically affected by this tragic event, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me, your student’s teacher or our school counselor for support. Our school is a safe, inclusive and supportive place and in our current world, this message cannot be sounded enough.

As a school, we are better and stronger because of the diversity and experiences of our students and staff. To our Muslim staff and families, ours is a message of care and concern and shared sorrow.

Thanks for taking care of each other in our community.


It’s the last week before Spring Break, and it’s a busy one! Here’s what you need to know for the week ahead:

Its School Spirit Week! Please see the schedule for the week below.

We continue our Love your Neighbor Food Drive this week to support Food for Lane County. Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far. 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.

Thursday 3/21 is a special PTO Community Spotlight on Internet Saftey and Digital Citizenship. The presentation and discussion will be led by Kyra Kelly from the local youth advocacy group Ophelia’s Place. Childcare provided by Mme. V in the cafeteria. More details below.

Spring is here and its almost Soiree time! Happening Friday, April 12th at the Downtown Athletic Club, Charlemagne’s premier fundraising event. Tickets are on sale, limited space is available so reserve your spot today! Lots more info below.

Have a great week!

Brooke Parrill and ErinMarie Langsdorf

PTO Co-Chairs

Upcoming Events:                                                      

March 11-22nd: Food Drive
March 18-22nd: School Spirit Week!
March 21st: PTO Meeting: Community Spotlight on Internet Saftey 
March 25th-31st: Spring Break
April 4th: *NEW DATE* Science Fair: 3 pm in the gymnasium
April12th: Soiree Night @ the DAC 

SPIRIT WEEK IS HERE: March 18th- 22nd:

Monday 18th: Class Color Day and All School 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/purple and speak French ALL day!  
Thursday 21st: Mis-match/Inside Out and Backwards Day
Friday 22nd: Pajama Day

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
help us focus the discussion on the specific concerns of our

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Charlemagne’s biggest party and fundraiser is approaching!  
Purchase your tickets now at


This year’s Soiree will raise money for assistants and interns in our classrooms.  As parents, you know assistants provide an integral service by assisting in classrooms, reducing our student to teacher ratio, providing supervision on the playground, and sharing French culture. They also help to reduce distractions, workload, and stress for teachers and students.

Interested in Sponsorship?

Interested in donating to auction?

We love to promote Charlemagne family businesses!

Please contact:
Mara Gregory ( or
Elisha Hibbard ( for more details.

Love your Neighbor Food Drive: On NOW!

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! 
Thank you for supporting our community!

A Note from our School Nurse:

Dear Parents,

With stomach bugs and winter illnesses going around, here is a

reminder of school district rules to keep in mind before sending your kids to school. You can help prevent the spread of illness bugs or help your

child get better if he/she does get sick by following a few simple steps.

Keep your child home in the following instances:

If your child has vomited or has had diarrhea (watery or loose stools) with or without fever. Keep home for 24 hours past the last incident,

sometimes 48 hours is best just to make sure it’s clear. Call your child’s practitioner if you have concerns or if the illness is lasting more than 24 hours.

If your child is sick and has a fever >100. Your child should be naturally fever free for 24 hours—temperature below 100 degrees without Tylenol, Motrin, or fever-reducing medication.

If your student has a very bad cold or cough with or without a fever and they cannot contain their mucous. Brown/green drainage from nose.

If your student has symptoms or complaints that prevent them from participating in his/her usual school activities, such as persistent cough, or unusual behavior changes, such as irritability or lethargy

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Stiff neck or headache with fever

Colored drainage from eyes

Any rash with or without fever. Skin lesions that are “weepy” (fluid or pus-filled)

General reminders:

The best prevention for the spread of infection is frequent hand washing with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.

Keep immunizations up to date and get a flu shot as recommended by your MD.

Please inform the office of the nature of your student’s illness if they become ill.


Thanks so much and best of health to all!

Lourie Morgan RN, BSN

4J Regional Nurse 

Charlemagne, Edgewood, Edison, Family, Chinese Immersion

Cell: 541-513-8774

Science Fair is coming 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!
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

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


After School Activities: Spring 2019

NFL Spring Flag Football:

NFL Youth Flag Spring registration is now underway for Boys and girls ages 5-14.  Season Starts April 14th and the end of season playoffs is June 9th. We are limited to 24 teams for Spring.  If you would like to coach contact me via text or call (541)255-8763. Join the largest youth flag football league in the Northwest.  


Registration link:


Winter Session Of Afterschool Golf & Tennis Starts Soon!!

All levels K-6th are welcome whether you are brand new, or you are trying to earn your next TGA color level. TGA brings the golf course and tennis court to you, making it convenient and affordable to learn and play golf or tennis right on your school campus in a fun and safe environment. All equipment is provided!  Financial aid is available!

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Tennis – Wednesdays 3:15-4:15pm,

Golf -Fridays 2:00-3:00pm

Location: Charlemagne playground/field/gym

Sign up today at!

Treetop Academics After School Science Enrichment:
Mondays 3-4:15pm

For the 2018/2019 school year, Treetop Academics will offer after-school classes to1st-5th grade Charlemagne students in Science. We provide academically enriching project-based opportunities that put students at the center of learning. Our on-site after-school Charlemagne Science class is designed to inspire kids to explore & create, use their faculties to the best of their individual ability, and test their theories about their own learning through practice, exploration, and support. In all our programs, your child will be engaged in daily project-based curriculum and activities with a focus on learning and having fun while doing it!

Each term Treetop Academics will offer a different themed Science class for students, on-site at your school. Please see our website with updated information about this term’s Science subject, online registration, and cost. Our no-school day events (‘Hackathons’) are also open to Charlemagne students, as well as any ‘extended-year’ summer camps.

We are dedicated to providing meaningful, hands-on, project-based, and student-centered educational opportunities through best teaching practices and age-appropriate curriculum to your elementary school students.

Please visit us at

Jason Aulicino

Administrative Director

Treetop Academics LLC

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.

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!

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