Pennies for Patients Drive Continues!

pfpcollectionboxPennies for Patients

Keep gathering those donations!

Our school is thrilled to again be participating in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society‘s Pennies for Patients program.

From now through April 18th, Southwest Charter will help people who are sick with blood cancers like leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. All you have to do is collect coins and other donations and put them in your classroom’s collection box.

We can donate more than pennies too. Checks can be made out to “The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society” and we can accept online donations as well.

To make an online donation to LLS, you can contribute to our combined school team here or find individual classroom donation pages here.

We also encourage you to get out the word to your friends and family through email and social media. Click here for a sample letter you can send or share with those who might like to contribute to our drive.

All money we collect will go directly to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  If we can raise more than $500 as a school, the classroom that raises the most money will win a party!

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Field Day Mural Project!

Guess what this mural is made from?
Mural 1

Plastic Bottle Caps!
Mural 2





Start saving your bottle caps! Soon we’ll have a place in the school lobby for you to drop them off. Stay tuned for more details.

Mural 3

We will make one for our school on Field Day!

Please start collecting bottle caps!

  • Collect at home
  • Ask neighbors, friends, family and maybe even a restaurant in your neighborhood

Who wants to design the mural?

If you are a student artist, give us your ideas for what the mural should look like:

  • Draw your idea on paper
  • The theme is water
  • Your idea should be in color
  • Simple drawings are better
  • Give your drawing to Kathy no later than May 5
  • On May 6 a group of parents will select one or more
  • You can enter more than one drawing
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Thank You for Your Book Donations & Spreading the Joy of Reading!

bundlesThank you to everyone who donated new and gently used books to our spring community service event to benefit the Children’s Book Bank!

We kicked off our drive on Monday, March 31st at our community movie day at the Clinton Street Theater. Since then, we have collected over 100 books for the Children’s Book Bank.

cbb3CBB gathers thousands of new and gently-used books from the community and organizes volunteers to spruce up and sort donated books. They then create individual bags filled with books and stories which are delivered to children who might not otherwise have books of their own at home.

Thank you for combing your children’s bookshelves and donating any outgrown, forgotten, or unloved books that can be upcycled to another child. Your donations will be very much appreciated!






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It’s Time to Reserve Your Space for Camp Wilkerson 2014!

Camp Wilkerson

Camp Wilkerson

It’s time to reserve your cabin or adirondack at Camp Wilkerson 2014!

Come and join in the fun at this memory-making, community-building event! We have reserved the entire park at Camp Wilkerson (Rainer, OR) again this year for September 5th & 6th. Hang out with old friends and make new ones, while the kids play and run or you relax at the huge community fire pit. We have 3 cabins and 25 adirondacks (3-sides open structures with bunks) to reserve.

To reserve an adirondack or cabin, please fill out the following forms and turn in to Karen in the office along with your payment.

Registration Form

Hold Harmless Agreement


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This Year’s Bracke Volunteer Award Goes to…

This Year’s Bracke Volunteer Award goes to Sarah Mutal!

Last year, we began a new tradition in our community: to recognize a volunteer that always gives compassionately and generously to our school. The Laura Bracke Volunteer Award was inspired by former SW Charter parent Laura Bracke because of the inspiration, time and love that she gave to our school and community.

treeThis year, the Laura Bracke Volunteer Award goes to Sarah Mutal! Sarah spends countless hours in the classroom each week helping with math, teaching art and providing lunch breaks for several teachers. She also puts an immense amount of skill, time, energy, and love into our auctions year after year. She has developed our auction into an organized, profitable and fun event! She has been a mentor to the auction co-chairs and auction volunteers, providing tireless enthusiasm and positivity. Needless to say, we could not do it without you!

Thank you Sarah, for all that you do for our staff, our teachers, and our children. SW Charter is a better place because of you!

Over the next year, let us know who your nominee is for The Bracke Award. Award given out at 2015 Auction. Email Christina Cartwright

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Online Auction Coming Soon!

online_auctionSouthwest Charter School hosts it’s
Spring Online Auction April 28 to May 5

Score great deals during Southwest Charter School’s (SWCS)
upcoming Spring Online Auction

With over 75 gift certificates to restaurants, Mother’s Day gifts and Portland happenings, you can start bidding online on Monday, April 28 and finish on Monday, May 5, 9:00pm.  Gift certificates will be mailed to winning bidders at no cost.  Funds raised will support our vibrant learning environment.   
For more information go to
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Run for the Arts Brainstorming Meeting this Wednesday, April 16th

freshideasWhat should Run for the Arts look like next year? Should we consider planning our own run or sticking with Young Audiences?

It’s time start planning! This Wednesday, April 16th after school at 3:15 pm there’s a meeting in teacher Amanda’s classroom to see what ideas and feedback we have for next year’s arts fundraiser. Please come if you have ideas, feedback, questions, or just want to see what it’s all about.

Hope to see you there!

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