Dear Families,

Hope you all have been enjoying this amazing spring weather. We are entering the final stretch of the school year, in fact, we only have 35 academic days remaining on the calendar. But who’s counting?
We have an exciting month of events happening in the month of May. Beginning onWednesday, May 1st we kick off our Walk and Ride to School Month. Students who ride or walk to school that day can stop by the table in front of the school for raffle tickets and cool prizes. See below for more details. 
Also on May 1st, we also celebrate the magnifique’ Mme. Courtney on National Principal’s Day. On Wednesday, to honor Mme. Courtney we are going to wear her favorite color combo: black, white, and something IMG_0455 3bright (like yellow, orange, or hot pink). Or perhaps you could have your student write a poem on a card and share it with Mme. Courtney. Poetry is one of her passions and she would be delighted to read poems written by Charlemagne students or for them to share their favorite poems written by other poets. Let’s use this day as an opportunity to show gratitude for all of the hard work and tireless dedication she gives to our school and extended community. Bravo Mme. Courtney!
Looking ahead, there will be many amazing volunteer opportunities for you to get involved and make a difference at Charlemagne. We have teacher appreciation week, talent show, jog-a-thon and the field day on the horizon. Plus we are looking to fill many leadership positions for next year. If you are interested or have any questions, please email or chat with us soon!
Have a great week, 
PTO Co-chairs

Important Dates:                                                      

May 1st: Principal Appreciation Day
May 3rd: NO SCHOOL
May 6th-10th: Teacher Appreciation Week
May 8th: NO SCHOOL- Teacher Walk Out
May 15-16th: Bill and Tims BBQ Community Night Out
May 23rd: Talent Show 6pm


Teacher Appreciation Week is coming May 6-10th. This is our chance to show the staff our genuine appreciation and support for all that they do for our children throughout the year. Here is what we have planned for them each day:

Monday 5/6: Coffee & Oatmeal Bar

Tuesday 5/7: Merci Flower Bouquets (made from flowers from your own backyard)

Wednesday 5/8 : NO SCHOOL (wear RED/support statewide teacher walkout)

Thursday 5/9– All Staff Lunch (Soup and Salad bar)

Friday 5/10—Cards from Students

We will be recognizing the hard work by the classroom teachers as well as the music and PE teachers, and speech specialists.

We especially need parent volunteers to help put together the merci flower bouquets and bring food donations for the all staff luncheon.

Sign up HERE!

Thank you for your help! We are looking forward to showing the teachers our heartfelt appreciation. Merci!

Teacher Walkout May 8th:

FAQ for Parents/Guardians of our Students

Why are Oregon educators planning a statewide action for May 8th?

Oregon’s classrooms are overflowing, graduation rates are far too low, and schools don’t have the resources they need for enough nurses, mental health specialists, and librarians, etc. Educators are standing up for students to send a loud and clear message to the Legislature that the time is now to raise revenue for schools.

What will this action look like in 4J?

Thousands of educators across Oregon will walk out, rally, and call on lawmakers to invest in students. Schools in 4J and Bethel will be closed and educators, parents, and other community allies will rally together at specific locations in each region from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.:

4J North: Beltline intersection at River Road & Silver Lane

4J Sheldon: Coburg Road & Willakenzie

4J Churchill: 18th & Chambers

4J South: 29th & Willamette

Afterward, all are encouraged to gather in downtown Eugene for a rally at the Saturday Market Park Blocks from 11:00 – 12:00. Then all who want to join will head to the Salem and march to the Capitol.

How will my child be impacted?

School will not be in session on May 8th while educators and the community advocate for full funding. We know this will cause inconvenience for many families, but we believe that this drastic action is necessary to impact decision-makers and call attention to the crisis happening in Oregon schools. We are making this sacrifice for the long-term benefits that will come with increased revenues for schools. We know that this tactic has been effective in states from West Virginia, to Arizona, California and Washington, to name just a few.

What can I do to help?

·      Attend all or part of the actions on May 8th  – bring your child(ren)!

·      Wear RED to show your support!!

·      Talk to other parents and community members about our schools

·      Email your legislator NOW:

How can I learn more?

May is Walk and Roll to School Month!

Get your wheels ready! All month long our school will be celebrating and there many opportunities for your family to participate. Each week in May we will have fun activities to encourage you to get moving.

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May 1: Stop by to get a raffle ticket and your choice of sticker, tattoo or pencil in the morning. Bring your bike, helmet, scooter in the afternoon to add some fun decorations. Meet on the north side of the gym.

May 7:  Stop by to get a raffle ticket and your choice of sticker, tattoo or pencil in the morning.

May 15: Join us on the playground after school for a bike rodeo.

May 22:  Park your car at St. Vincent de Paul church site on West Amazon and Fox Hollow. Madame Courtney will be leading the walk to school from the parking lot.  Please plan on accompanying your student on the walk.

May 29: Bike party with fruit and prize drawings. You could win a scooter, a Get Air gift card, or a bike ride with Madame Courtney!


We hope to see you walking and rolling!


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Get those routines ready! The annual Spectacle de Jeunes Talents will be held on Thursday, May 23rd from 6-8 pm at the school gym.

The deadline to sign up for the talent show is Friday, May 10th. The deadline to submit music is Friday, May 17.

3 ways to sign up this year:

  1. Preferred: Submit online using this Google Forms.

  2. At your convenience: Print and fill out at home.

  3. Fill out in school. Forms are on the bulletin board across from the office.

Forms must be signed by a parent. One parent signature per form is required.

  • Charlemagne students are encouraged to present any form of talent—musical, theatrical, comical, literary, athletic, intellectual, or magical.

  • Solo acts should be under one minute and 30 secs; group acts under two minutes.

  • Students may only perform one solo act and one group act or two group acts.

  • Rehearsals will be held in the Charlemagne gymnasium on May 15 (Wed.) & May 16 (Thur.) during lunch recess, and May 17 (Fri.) after School.

  • Performers must attend one of the rehearsals to be guaranteed a place in the show and the act should be performance ready.

  • Practices are optional and available at open gym time during the recesses on May 10 (Fri.), 13 (Mon.) and 14 (Tue.)

  • Music submission deadline: Friday, May 17. It’s really a lot of work to compile music!

We are looking for volunteers! Thank you for your willingness to help make this event as successful as possible. Click HERE to sign up.

For any questions or to offer to help please contact Wenlan Hu at or Kathryn Kathryn Snell-Ryan at

Library Volunteers Needed:
Happy Spring Everyone. Thank you all so much for your help in keeping the library going this year. Since there is no longer staff funding for school libraries, without our volunteers the library would not be available for students. The library will be closing to students on Friday, May 17th.  If you are signed up as a library classroom volunteer, it would be great if you could still come the following week during classroom times and help us get the library ready for closure. If you are a volunteer for special projects we need you also. If you just want to volunteer in the library – we will gladly take your help too!

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In order to close the library, we must shelf all the books and then read the shelves to make sure all the books are in proper order and marked with blue/purple/red tape if appropriate.  We will be tackling this project Tuesday, May 21st – Friday, May 24th. 
If you know you can come help, please email me and let me know when. We also have lots of new books that need spine labels, and in a few instances protective covers, before they can be circulated to students. This project can be done at any point before the end of May and can be done on your own schedule.

Contact me if you are available/interested.

Camilla Johnston,

Soiree Items Still Available:

We still have 2 amazing pay to play opportunities as well as our colorful cohort photos available for purchase. View the class photos HERE! 

Lots more details below!
Soccer Party
Pay to play Soccer Party with Andy $20, $15 for additional siblings
All items available through: 

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Pay to play Movie Night 5/10: $20, $15 for additional siblings
All items available through: 

SEHS Soccer Camp 2019:

At SEHS Soccer Camp, your child will enjoy all the high school soccer team players as counselors, learn from their years of experience, and have a lot of fun improving his or her skills and confidence! Games are played that are age appropriate for their grade.Kids are grouped by grade so they will see a lot of old and new friends. Each soccer player receives a new soccer ball.


  • June 24-27, 2019 — 9am-2pm 
  • South Eugene High School Turf Field/Open to all students entering Grades 1-9 in the Fall
  • Cost: $140 for 1st child* $120 for 2nd child *Free and Reduce Lunch $70

Register at:

Please with any questions!

South Eugene Varsity Volleyball:
The South Eugene High School Varsity Volleyball Team invites both boys and girls,  grades 3, 4, and 5

to attend their upcoming volleyball camp June 24, 25, 26, and 27.

For more information please see the brochure or contact Head Coach Alicia Chamness at and GO SOUTH!

Little French School Enrolling Now:

The Little French School is currently enrolling children 2.5-6 years old. Read on to find more about our French immersion school and check out our website at:


We have an ideal teacher/student ratio: 

Preschool class “Petite Section” – maximum 10 children/2 teachers

Pre-K “Moyenne Section” – maximum 13 students/2 teachers

Pre-K+ / Kindergarten “Moyenne/Grande Section” – maximum 10 students/1 teacher.

We do have spots currently in our “Pre-K+ / Kindergarten “Moyenne Section/Grande Section,” in our ” Petite Section,” and in our after-school program. Contact the school at 541-345-3818 or email to enroll.

Opportunities for Supporting Charlemagne:

Site Council Representative:

Charlemagne is seeking a parent volunteer to be a part of Site Council, the school’s governing board that provides input about budget, staffing, calendar and other important school business

The parent Site Council rep is voted in at the May PTO meeting– there is a short application process also required.
If interested, please call, email or stop by the front office and chat with Mme Courtney.  Merci!

Additional Volunteer Opportunities

  • Teacher Appreciation Week Volunteers 
  • Talent show volunteers
  • PTO Co-Chair** (next year)
  • PTO Asst. Treasurer (next year)
  • PTO Secretary **(next year)
  • Volunteer Coordinator (next year)
  • Host family recruitment assistant
  • Yearbook Committee (next year)
Please email Debra McIntosh for more info.
**see attached descriptions of PTO Exec Board Positions HERE 
Elections held at May 16th PTO meeting

Soiree Committee 2020:
Do you enjoy event planning and want to make a significant contribution to our school next year? Then we want your help on the 2020 Soiree committee.
It’s a rewarding experience to be apart of the team that ends up funding a great deal of our parent-raised budget for the entire school! Interested? Email us at for more information.

Bring the Immersion Experience into your Home:
Becoming a host family enrichesAdama with Host Family (1) your family as well as our school. Though we love our current interns and it’s hard to think about them leaving, it’s already time to make sure that our interns for the 2019-2020 school year have welcoming host families when they arrive in the fall! Interviews are already underway.


Hosting an intern not only helps the interns feel more integrated into our community, but also provides an invaluable opportunity for cultural exchange for your children and the whole family. If you think you might be interested in hosting in the fall or spring next school year, please email us with any questions, or to get a host family information form.


Finally, a huge thank you to those currently hosting, and all those who have hosted in the past. Without your openess and hospitality, we would not be able to have this wonderful intern program!

Please contact our host family Coordinators:

Olivia Hardin, Helen Jetter & Cynthia Stenger Riplinger at

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