Keep Our Staff’s Tummies Happy ~ Help Keep the Snack Box Stocked!

snacksWe try to keep our staff and teachers well-fed! Each month, one of the classes takes a turn stocking the snack box, located on top of the fridge in the school office. Any perishable items can be left in the fridge with a note “staff”.

An email reminder will be sent to each parent from their Classroom Rep.  Nut-free snacks can be dropped off in the office during school hours unless other drop-off arrangements are made with your Class Rep.

Here’s this year’s snack box schedule:

  • October: Susan
  • November: Lisa
  • December: Chris
  • January: Courtney
  • February: Mike
  • March: Amanda
  • April: Nesa
  • May: Karinsa
  • June: Sarah

Some snack ideas to consider:Crackers, pita chips & hummus, chips & salsa, jerky, dried fruit, granola bars, single serve soups, oatmeal, fresh fruit, muffins, breads and of course, chocolate.

Beyond that, it’s all up to you as long as you remember; we’re a nut-free school!

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Help Make Our 1st Block Party a Success!

blockparty2Southwest Charter School is hosting a Block Party on Friday, September 26th from 5-8 pm at Caruthers Park in the South Waterfront!

This event is for our entire South Waterfront/ Southwest Portland community! Bring a picnic dinner from home, or explore one of the great local restaurants within blocks of the park.

Then, join in the fun at the park! We’ll have some outdoor activities and games, a raffle, and you won’t want to miss the toe-tapping fun music of the Stumptown Jug Thumpers featuring our very own 5/6 teacher Lisa Colombo!

We are seeking volunteers to make this event happen! We need assistance with set-up, manning our booth, photography, and games. Please see what’s available, and how you can help by signing up at

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Show Your SW Charter Pride ~ Order T-Shirts Today!

t-shirtStart the new school year in Griffin-style! New SW Charter T-Shirts are available to pre-order!

Here’s the details:

  • Hunter Green Gildan Shirts with White Logo pictured to the left
  • Available in Youth and Adult sizes
  • Make checks payable to SWCS or cash preferred
  • Drop orders in the office with Karen
  • Order will be submitted when we reach a 72 shirt minimum order

Questions contact Sarah Gilmore,

Here’s a link to the order form:

T-Shirt Order Form


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Run for the Arts Volunteer Sign-Ups

r4ta2This year’s Run for the Arts is right around corner on Wednesday, October 1st!

Students will be running and walking to raise funds for art and music enrichment and supplies.  Last year we raised over $20,000!

Please help us exceed our goal of $18,000 again this year by helping your child get sponsors, and by volunteering the day of the event.

We need many parent volunteers at the event, plus it’s fun to come to the park and cheer for the runners. Sign up at

Please contact Adrienne Smith at 503-980-8482 or with questions.

Sponsorship forms came home with students on September 8th.

Run Schedule:

8:45-9:15 a.m.                   Amanda, Mike

9:30-10:00 a.m.                 Nesa, Susan

10:15-10:45 a.m.               Courtney, Lisa

11:00- 11:30 a.m.              Karinsa, Chris, Sarah

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Volunteer & Visitor Sign In

please_sign_inSouthwest Charter School is proud of all of the volunteer hours that families put into our school every year.  Volunteer involvement is part of what makes SWCS so great and makes our school stand out among all others.

We have a very open school that helps to create a strong sense of community, but maintaining this openness come with some responsibility.

Every time you volunteer at the school, or you are just visiting please sign in (and out) on the lap tops which are located at the front desk and upstairs in the office.  It’s super easy and self-explanatory.

If your name isn’t already in the register you will need to enter your name with a “1” before your last name.  This is for reporting purposes.  Don’t forget to grab a visitor badge after you sign in.

Logging volunteer hours is critically important for our grants, for school liability, and is required information for the Oregon Department of Education.

Also, don’t forget to keep track of volunteer hours that you spend OUTSIDE of school, including in the summer!!  These hours can also be logged on to the laptops.

Questions?  Contact Elise Christman at  Thank you!

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Room Parents Needed!

room_parentVolunteers are needed as Room Parents to help assist teachers with communicating information, gathering volunteers, finding a coordinator for the class art project that will be in the school auction, and generally helping as needed.

This job does not take a great deal of time.  It allows you to get to know your child’s teacher, and is mostly sending emails, or whatever the teacher may need.

The Room Parent Coordinator (Elise Christman ) will be there to help guide you throughout the year.  If you are interested, please contact Elise directly, or speak with your child’s teacher on Parent’s Night this week.

Teachers that still need Room Parents:

  • Amanda/ Amy- Kindergarten
  • Courtney- 3/4
  • Lisa- 5/6
  • Karinsa- 5/6
  • Chris- 7/8
  • Sarah- 7/8
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Friends of SW Charter Meeting Minutes ~ September 2014

Friends of Southwest Charter School

September 9, 2014

Meeting Minutes

In Attendance: Melissa Allen, Christina Cartwright, Sarah Mutal, Hanne Rousing, Nicki Stewart, Liz Ward

FOSWCS Meeting Location/Time

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, October 7th at Elephants on Corbett located in close-in Johns Landing.

We are hoping a change of venue will draw more people who have expressed interest in coming to Friends meetings, but would rather not come back to school in the evening.

Meeting time will be at 7 pm, instead of 6:30. Elephants closes at 8:30 pm, so meetings will not go longer than 1 ½ hours.

We will meet in the large room upstairs.

Purchase of food or drink is not required. Eat or drink if you would like, but don’t feel obligated to purchase anything.

Melissa will check to see if we need to reserve the upstairs area.

Fall Fundraising: Chinook Books

As of today, we’ve sold 7 paper and 5 mobile Chinook Books.

Elise Christman is coordinating the Chinook Book fundraiser this year.

Chinook Book order envelopes went home with students.

At the Block Party on September 26th, we’ll be selling Chinook Books and have the Square available for taking credit card payments.

Our goal is for every family to sell 1 book.

There will be an email coming out from school about Chinook Books soon.

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