Only 4 Adirondacks Left for Camp Wilkerson!

wilkersonCamp Wilkerson 2014 – Join the Fun!

September 5 – 7, 2014

There are only 4 Adirondacks left! Reserve yours today! Don’t miss out on this fun & relaxing weekend!

Come and join in the fun at this memory-making, community-building event! We have reserved the entire park at Camp Wilkerson again this September 5th – 7th. Hang out with old friends and make new ones. Let the kids play while you relax at the huge community fire pit. We still have 4 adirondacks (3-sides open structures with bunks) to reserve.

Even if you can’t spend the night, SW Charter families are welcome to come out for the day on Saturday to join in the fun! Bring a picnic lunch or dinner. The more the merrier!

Please see the attached forms and/or the FOSWCS blog for more info:
Camp Wilkerson Info

Email Christina Cartwright regarding your reservation forms or any other questions.



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Lend a Hand This Week!

cleaningThank you to everyone who helped out during Saturday’s Work Party!

A lot was accomplished, but there are still lots of tasks that need to get done before school starts.

If you have some time to spare this week, the staff would be happy for you to stop during school hours to help get the classrooms and other areas ready for next week!

Thanks so much for all your help! It is much appreciated!

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Attention Aspiring Party Planners!

block_partySW Charter  is planning something new this year for our free Fall Community Event at the end of September : Our 1st Annual SW Charter School Block Party!

We could use one or two people to initially help get this event off the ground. It’s going to be a fun and casual night, and when our community joins together to help, everything turns out better!

Interested in volunteering? Please contact coordinator Jessica Nichols,

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Kindergarten Get-Togethers Planned for 8/24 & 8/28

kindergartenTo all the families of children who will enter Teacher Amanda’s Kindergarten Class at Southwest Charter School this fall — Welcome!

Next week we’ll be gathering at Johnson Creek Park in SE Portland for two get-togethers: Sunday, August 24 from 11 am – 1 pm and Thursday, August 28th from 11 am – 1 pm.

Johnson Creek Park, located at SE 21st Ave & Clatsop St. is an ideal meeting spot with a playground, plenty of shade and a shallow creek to play in. Siblings and pets on a leash are welcome, too!

We’ll plan on being near the play structure at first, but come down to the creek if you don’t see anyone.

These gatherings continue a tradition of offering several opportunities for the kindergarten families to meet before school begins.

Hope to see you there!



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SW Charter Parent Business Directory 2014-2015

buy_localThank you to everyone who has contributed information to the SW Charter 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. The result is the newest version of our Parent Business Directory!  It will always be available on the main page of the Friends’ Blog.

Do you have a business that you would like to list in the Parent Business Directory? It will be updated several times a year. Get your information included today! Please take a few moments and fill out our survey:

Thank You!


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Help Welcome Our Teachers Back to School!

potluck4Teacher & Staff Back to School Breakfast and Lunch

Help us welcome our staff back for another great year with a potluck buffet breakfast and lunch on Monday, August 25, 2014! Teachers will be back in the building getting their classrooms together and planning for the upcoming year.

The Friends of Southwest Charter School provides breakfast and lunch for our 17 teachers and staff that day but we need your help. We are especially looking for help with set up at 8 am, lunch items, and clean up at 1:30 pm.

If you work or have a busy day ahead, it’s easy to just drop off a dish in the office on Monday morning at 8 am!

Please sign up at  to bring a dish or to help with set up and clean up.  Remember, we’re a nut free school and we need to have some vegetarian options available.

Contact Melissa Allen at with questions.

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SW Charter Work Day This Saturday, August 23

workdayCome roll up your sleeves and help get SW Charter spruced up for Fall!

Join SW Charter staff for our annual work day this Saturday, August 23rd from 9 am – 3 pm. We’ll be cleaning, touch-up painting, power-washing the front play space and engaging in other fun and fruitful tasks! Several of our teachers will be here as well, so you can help in classrooms.

There will be a lunch BBQ as well. Hope to see many of you there!

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