Run for the Arts Pledges Due Friday, October 24th!

roventeRun for the Arts pledges are due this Friday, October 24! It’s the last day to turn in your pledge sheets and donations to SWCS.

Fundraising prizes and random drawings will be awarded at the Run for the Arts Awards Assembly on Friday, November 21.

To win a prize, you must meet the October 24th deadline.

The class that raises the most funds will have a pizza party donated by Rovente Pizzeria on Macadam.

Yummy alternatives will be pre-arranged for students with dietary restrictions.

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Contribute to Our Parent Business & Resource Directory!

survey3Friends has put together a Parent Resource Directory for our teachers and Parent Business Directory for the use of the entire SW Charter Community.

We have so many talented parents at our school! For the Parent Resource Directory, our teachers would love to know about your skills and interests in order to compliment the curriculum and enhance our children’s learning experience.

Please let us know the everyday things that you do which become huge things when it comes to our teachers planning their curriculum.

Do you (or a family member/friend) attend craft fairs, have access to raw wool/sheep/animals, play in a band/teach music, knit, sew, make your own cheese, create sugar-free sweets, love to bake/cook, juggle, sword smith, crafting/jewelry/metal/furniture making, whittle, camping and/or nature enthusiast, and/or anything else under the sun?

Also included in this survey is the opportunity for your business to be included in our Parent Business Directory. We would like our SW Charter community to have the opportunity to support local businesses owned, or operated, by other SW Charter parents. Do you have a business that you would like to list in the directory?

Please take a few moments and fill out our survey:

Your information will be included in the next updates of our directories! Thank You!

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Be the Hero in a Child’s Story with Umpqua Bank

Umpqua StorytimeEvery child deserves the chance to succeed in school and in life, and one of the first and most important milestones is their ability to read at grade level by the third grade. Building early literacy isn’t as hard as we think; it comes from things we can do every day, everywhere, like reading, talking, telling stories, singing and playing with children. And it can be done in any language.

Oregon’s stORytime builds awareness and shared responsibility for ensuring that every child in Oregon is a good reader by the third grade. stORytime shares easy ways that every parent and caregiver can get children ready to read through books, stories, songs and play – every day, everywhere.

You can help! One of the greatest ways to make sure children are reading by third grade is make sure they have books. It’s simple, for just $2.50 a book or four books for $10 you can send a book to a child at SW Charter School OR decide to send a book(s) to a child that needs it most. 100% of donations will be used to purchase books for students at the elementary school that you select through a partnership with the Oregon PTA and the stORytime initiative.

And, the best part? Between now and December 31st Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation will be match the first 20,000 books donated, for a total of $50,000. So go ahead, help twice as many kids. It’s fast, it’s easy, it’s secure. Donated books will be delivered to schools in early 2015.

logo_umpquaJoin Umpqua by donating at Select Multnomah: Southwest Charter School from the online form to make your donation.

Thank you!


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SW Charter School’s Great Halloween Candy Exchange ~ Monday, November 3rd


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After School River Clean-Up ~ Thursday, October 16th

cleanupJoin SW Charter families after school for an impromptu Willamette River Clean-Up this Thursday, October 16th.

With the water levels low, now is the time for picking up garbage along the river. But rain is on the way, so it will not last long.


Here’s the details:

  • Meet at the beginning of the path by the trolley shed after school on Thursday
  • Hanne Rousing will bring bags to collect trash and arrange for its disposal
  • Participants should bring gloves, water and snacks
  • Also, consider bringing rubber boots – lots of mud where the water has receded
  • Parents are responsible for supervising their own kids
  • We’ll focus on the area from Cottonwood Bay (north) to Pendleton St. (south)
  • Bikers can start at the south end, walkers can start north end
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Go Green Gala Artwork Revealed!

Here it is! Designed by SWCS parent, Chris Beckley, the beautiful artwork for our Annual Dinner & Auction — The Go Green Gala!


Look for lots more news to come about volunteering to help, procuring auction items, and event night details. Save the date and book your babysitter now!

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