Dear Charlemagne Families:

As we leap into March, we only have three weeks of school until Spring Break, and after that, only eleven weeks until the last days of school– wow!

Oregon Battle of the Books

Thank you to Kim Reeder for heading up such a smoothly-run OBOB! Completing all the preliminary rounds on Thursday with the final battle Friday worked out spectacularly and was much appreciated by staff and students.

The winning team, The Team that Will Lose, included 5th graders Mason Allenbaugh, Romin Lichvarcik, Andrew Roadman, Kepri Sroka and Marie Stapleton.

Congratulations to runners-up 400 IQ Book Readers made up of 5th graders Ella Lee, Hauke Kiley, Ellie Park, and Kobe Sim.

Community Night Out

Come enjoy each other’s company at any Falling Sky Location on Tuesday March 10. Twenty five percent of your dinner ticket will be donated to Charlemagne PTO! Make sure to bring a copy of the flier with you.

Classified Staff Appreciation Week

Classified Staff Appreciation Week is here! March 2-6 provides us a chance to specifically recognize our classified staff members and all they do to enrich the lives of our children. We will have an all staff celebratory week later in the year however if you have a classified staff member in mind you would like to recognize please do so during this special week!

Our classified staff includes: Bernadette Conover (secretary); Rob Potter and Brad Elliot (custodians); Veronica Tift and Lorella Pini (food service); Trish Colaizzi (health records clerk);Laura Naraguma Muco, Leslie Cusati, Lolo Zikpi, Jeanne Walrath, Eric Stanley, and Alec Madrigal (Educational Assistants), Alisha Charles, Devin Davis, Elora Franklin, Andrew Greenblatt, John Fraser Gregory, Julia Rice, Chris Stephens (life skills), Rachel Parac (SPED), Erica Bowman (Technology); and Susie Labounty, Ron Harris (bus drivers).

It’s Time to Start Thinking About Soiree!

The Annual Charlemagne Soiree is coming up Friday, April 17. We are in need of more activities and packages to bid on. There will be a live and silent auction!

If you have any hobbies, gifts of experience, want to host a special dinner, offer a vacation home, have a spare set of tickets, teach a trade, share a crafty activity to teach a group of kids, guide an outdoor activity or have something special you like to do with your family that you can donate to this year’s fundraiser please send an email to

The money we raise for this event will help continue to provide native French-speaking interns and other educator assistance for our wonderful teachers.

Keep your eyes open for ticket sales beginning soon through the Charlemagne website. It is sure to be an evening event not to miss!

Charlemagne Spirit Week– March 16 – 20

Every year prior to spring break, Charlemagne holds a spirit week– a fun, low-pressure, week-long event that celebrates a positive school culture. Dressing up is *not* required… though it is very fun!

Monday, March 16: All School Picture and Class Color Day

Red = Kinder

Orange = 1st grade

Yellow = 2nd grade

Green = 3rd grade

Blue = 4th grade

Violet/purple=5th grade

Tuesday, March 17: Silly Hair Day

Wednesday, March 18: Charlemagne Day! Try to speak French all day, work to make a new friend, wear school shirts or the color purple!

Thursday, March 19: Fancy Day

Friday, March 20: PJ Day

A Note about Coronavirus and the Flu

We’ve started to see an uptick in the number of sick kiddos passing through our classrooms and office… which means a timely reminder about health precautions. And, given international news, our district has also asked us to remind you about taking care when you and your family are ill.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that usually cause mild respiratory illnesses such as the common cold. COVID-19 is a new coronavirus that had not been seen in humans before.

The Eugene School District 4j is closely monitoring the developing health situation and is in frequent contact with public health authorities. At this time no special actions are recommended for schools. If anything changes, it will be communicated to staff, students and family.

The risk is low for the general American public at this time, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says. Although the new coronavirus illness is a concern to public health officials, the virus is *not* currently known to be spreading in the the United States. At this time there are a few dozen identified cases in the U.S. and one in Oregon.

Please remember that frequent hand-washing or using hand sanitizer, wiping down surfaces and cleaning toys are all helpful ways to avoid spreading germs. Staying home when you or your children are sick is also very important– students must be fever-free for 24-hours before they return to school. Fact sheets on coronavirus and preventing the spread of illness are attached. More information and ongoing updates from public health officials are available online below:

Oregon Health Authority (OHA)

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Oregon Department of Education

Science Fair is Coming

Spring must be coming because it’s getting time for the Science Fair! This year the fair will take place the week AFTER Spring Break, on Thursday, April 2. The fair takes place after school from 3-6, and kids can bring in projects the day before or morning of. No need to sign up early or register. In order to be judged or have comments, the projects are due by noon the day of the fair.

The Science Fair is a fun opportunity for kids to explore areas of interest in the sciences, to learn the scientific method, and prepare and organize a project. Students may work as individuals or in groups and all grades are encouraged to participate.

We will have categories and will bring back judges to give the kids feedback from real scientists (judging is optional). Third grade will provide food and drinks to purchase as they raise money for their class trip to Canoe Island. It’s always a fun afternoon!

The categories will be based on the school science curriculum. If your child is wondering what project to do, think about these categories!

*Physical Science

*Life Science

*Earth and Space Sciences

*Engineering, Technology and Applications of Science

A limited number of trifold boards to display your project will be ready to purchase in the coming weeks at school. Office Depot also sells trifold boards.

Help your child use and learn the scientific method when organizing the project: https://www.scienceb ts/science-fair/steps-of-the- scientific-method

  • Ask a question.
  • Research
  • Create a Hypothesis
  • Test your Hypothesis
  • Write about the results of your test
  • Conclusion

If anyone wants to help judge please email us for details.

Questions? Karen Stapleton & Charis Allenbaugh.

eScrip, Box Tops, SeQuential Fuel, etc.

If you are not yet signed up for free money for your school at places you already shop, please consider visiting these websites to learn more and get signed up!

OnPoint Excellence In Education Teacher of the Year Nominations

Help us award up to $100,000!

OnPoint has always believed that investing in education is one of the best ways to build thriving communities. That’s why we created the OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education. This year, the program will award up to $100,000 to local teachers and schools, including increased Community Builder prizes!

We have an incredible teaching staff at Charlemagne! Please consider nominating a teacher here.

Upcoming Charlemagne School Dates

March 2-6: Classified Staff Appreciation Week

March 10: Community Night Out @ Falling Sky

March 13: No School– Professional Development for staff

March 16-20: Spirit Week

March 17: PTO General Meeting

March 19: Kindergarten Open House

March 23-37: No School–Spring Break

April 2: Science Fair

April 17: Charlemagne Soiree

Have a great rest of your weekend!

ErinMarie Langsdorf and Jenny Jonak

PTO Co-Chairs

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