Charlemagne eNews

December 1, 2019

Dear Charlemagne Families:


Hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend! We are so grateful for our Charlemagne community and everything that our principal, teachers, parents, students and community contribute to the school!


Food Drive and Winter Warmth Drive


Monday, Dec. 2 through Friday, Dec. 13


On Monday, December 2, we will be kicking off a canned food drive in collaboration with Food for Lane County. This will be a school wide competition to raise 1,000 pounds of food. Teachers will be raising an increased awareness about hunger, giving, and compassion in our community.


The canned food drive ends December 13 with a culminating event during Charlemagne’s Winter Market. We would love volunteers to join us at the Winter Market to help us sort and pack the food items for pickup by Food for Lane County. We will also have opportunities for students to make cards to give to Meals on Wheels recipients, and you can help collect and sort items for the Winter Warmth Drive for First Place Family Shelter.


Here is a list of items that Food for Lane County would like to receive:


· Canned meat (tuna, chicken, salmon, corned beef)

· Low-sugar fruit, dried fruit, jams and jellies, unsweetened apple sauce

· Canned and dried beans (pinto, navy, kidney, refried)

· Canned stew, chili, hearty soups, and broth

· Boxed macaroni and cheese

· Pasta, rice, cereal, corn meal, tortillas

· Cooking oil, olive oil, cumin, chilies

· Canned tomato products (whole, paste, spaghetti sauce)

· Mole and enchilada sauce

· Peanut Butter


Students have two weeks to bring in cans of food, your children can drop them in the boxes located in their teacher’s classroom. We hope that everyone who can will participate!


If you also have any hats, gloves, socks and coats to donate to the Winter Warmth Drive for First Place Family Shelter, that would be great! Please bring them to the Winter Market after school on December 13th for our 1 day drive.


School Directory


It took some time to input updates from parents and clean up duplicate records but attached to this newsletter is Charlemagne’s 2019-20 School Directory. A HUGE THANKS to Bernadette for all her work putting this together!


Oregon Battle of the Books


For any students interested in participating in Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB), the registration form is attached to this newsletter. Please fill it out and turn it in by Monday, December 2. We’d love to have your students join!


Students can form teams of 3-5 students, and students without a team can still fill out the form and our OBOB coordinator will match students to a team. There are 16 books on the OBOB list, but students are not required to read all 16 books - usually, the books are divided amongst the team members. The battles will take place at the end of February with practice sessions beginning in January. The winning team at the school will go on to represent Charlemagne in the regional OBOB battle.


Any questions can be directed to Kim Reeder, our wonderful OBOB coordinator, at kimcooleyreeder@gmail.com or 541-525-4633.


Charlemagne’s Winter Market


The Winter Market (formerly Holiday Market) will be Friday, December 13 from 1:45-3:00 pm in the gym. All students are invited to participate. Kiddos can show off their handiwork by selling items like handmade crafts, homemade baked goods and comic books. Participants have also enjoyed selling collectibles like Pokemon cards and stuffed toys in the past. Families are welcome to stop in and shop as well. Many children choose to trade with each other. Any money raised is for each individual to choose what they would like to do with.


Participants need to sign up for a table at the Winter Market on the signup list in the office. To volunteer to help set up or tear down or if you have any questions, email Kristin Bartus—kristinbartus@yahoo.com


Charlemagne’s Direct Drive


December 3 kicks off our Direct Drive, which coincides with GivingTuesday, a global generosity movement designed to encourage people to invest in their local communities. It's a day that encourages people to do good works, collaborate together, and celebrate generosity and kindness. We hope you will consider making a donation to Charlemagne in the spirit of thinking globally and acting locally.


Community Night Out Fundraiser


Please come hang out with Charlemagne friends and support our school! Visit Mucho Gusto (either location!) on either Mon, 12/9 or Tues, 12/10 and they will donate 25% of our purchases to Charlemagne PTO to support programs at our school when you present the flyer attached to this newsletter!


Class Reps


We are looking for parents willing to volunteer as representatives for your child’s class to liaison with the PTO once a month at our monthly meetings. This will ensure the families in each classroom are connected with the PTO. Please email frenchiepto@gmail.com if you’re willing to volunteer. We currently need reps for:


First Grade - Mme. Roadman

Second Grade - Mme. Sion & Mme. Kim

Third Grade - Mme. Ariel

Fourth Grade - Mme. Shelli & Mme. Jana

Fifth Grade - Mme. Grabowski


Love Food Not Waste


Prior to winter break, Charlemagne will start composting food in classrooms and in the cafeteria. This is part of a larger District effort to practice sustainability and responsibility. We will have a special presentation in the lunchroom on December 6 and composting will start directly after that. We know many of your students have already developed an excellent awareness around composting and we hope their expertise will ease our transition into this endeavor.


Next Campus Clean-up Planned


Please join us after school on Monday, December 16 for our next campus clean-up! If the weather cooperates, we will find some more outside projects. Most likely, we will be inside working on some room moves and materials organization.


Upcoming Charlemagne School Dates


December 2 Last Day to turn in OBOB forms


December 2 Canned Food Drive Kick-Off


December 3 GivingTuesday and kick-off to Direct Drive


December 13 Winter Market (after school) 1:45-3:00 p.m.


December 13 Winter Warmth Drive 1 day donation event


December 16 Campus Clean-up (after school) and Parent Equity Group meeting (6:30 pm)


December 23-Jan 6 Winter break


We look forward to celebrating the season of giving and generosity with you over the coming weeks!


ErinMarie Langsdorf and Jenny Jonak

PTO Co-Chairs

Charlemagne's Season of Giving

Monday, Dec. 2nd, 8am to Friday, Dec. 13th, 5pm

3875 Kincaid Street

Eugene, OR

Charlemagne’s Season of Giving

Join us in our efforts to champion compassion and empathy!

Three events…

1. Food Drive, December 2 – 13

Community partner: Food for Lane County.

2. Winter Warmth Drive, December 13

Community partner: First Place Family Shelter.

3. Greeting cards, December 13.

Community partner: Meals on Wheels.

Simple ideas…

Charlemagne gives back to its community! Over the course of the next two weeks, teachers will discuss with students the “why’s” of donating our time, energy and resources to support area organizations. Student voice and action can have a powerful impact on our local community and our work is to support students on their journey to becoming empathetic and empowered global citizens who embrace change and take action.

You and your student can…

· Bring in cans of food to fill classroom boxes. See the suggested list of foods on reverse.

· Pick out a few winter warmth items. Socks, hats, and gloves are great in any size!

· Come to Winter Market on December 13. Sort and pack food, bring your clothing items, make a greeting card, and celebrate with our Charlemagne community.

Let’s make a difference together!

Suggested donations for Food for Lane County:

· Canned meats (tuna, chicken, salmon, corned beef)

· Low-sugar fruit, dried fruit, jams and jellies, unsweetened apple sauce

· Canned and dried beans (pinto, navy, kidney, refried)

· Canned stew, chili, hearty soups, and broth

· Boxed macaroni and cheese

· Pasta, rice, cereal, corn meal, tortillas

· Cooking oil, olive oil, cumin, chilies

· Canned tomato products (whole, paste, spaghetti sauce)

· Mole and enchilada sauce

· Peanut Butter

Suggested donations for First Place Family Shelter:

· Coats and rain jackets

· Hats

· Gloves

· Scarves

· Blankets

· Long underwear

· Socks

Suggested sentiments for Meals on Wheels cards:

· “Bonjour from Charlemagne!”

· “Thinking of you”

· “Wishing you happiness & health”

· “Wishing you peace & happiness”

· “Salut!”

· “Meilleurs voeux”

· “Passez une bonne journee”

· “A votre sante”

“Je vous souhaite tous mes meilleurs voeux

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4j District Student Services Department Hosting Parent Event

The Student Services Department is hosting some Parent Symposium Events this year and our kick-off event is January 13 from 6-7 p.m. in the Auditorium at the Education Center located at 200 North Monroe St. The topic for this event will surround Student Services visioning process and Student Success Act priorities. We hope to see you there. If you are in need of a translator please contact Kathy Anthony at 541-790-7868 and we will arrange for that.

Know Families Interested in Charlemagne?

As a choice school, Charlemagne follows the policies of our district lottery process. Please help spread the word for the upcoming School Choice season!


School Choice Application Period:


• 4J residents: Transfer applications from 4J residents to be included in lottery: January 1–31, 2020. The application window closes at 11:59pm.


• Non-residents: Students who live outside of 4J will have an opportunity to apply for transfers, after the school choice process for residents, tentatively scheduled for March 1-31, 2020.


Elementary School Showcase:


• Saturday, January 11, 10 a.m.–12 p.m., 4J Education Center.

This is a one-stop information fair for parents considering their elementary school options.

School Visitation Period:


• January 2020

Parents are invited to visit schools during the designated school choice period. Schools hold parent tours and events and/or schedule visits upon request.

School Choice Information Meetings:


Informational meetings about school choice, held at the 4J Education Center. Spanish interpretation will be available.


• Saturday, January 11, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. (sessions offered during the Elementary School Showcase)


• Tuesday, January 14, 7 p.m.

RULES FOR SCHOOLS: Our longstanding agreed-upon practices in 4J include:

School Visits:

All schools offer parents the opportunity to visit their schools during the designated school choice season.

Schools hold visitation events for groups of prospective parents only during the designated school choice month which is January.

Advertising and Promotion:

The district office will promote school choice information for all schools, including through news media, newspaper advertisements, online advertisements, counter cards, district website, social media, 2020 Schools Guide publication, and parent communications.

If you have any questions about school choice activities or the school choice process, please contact the district at 541-790-7553.