Friends Meeting Minutes ~ June 2014

Friends of SW Charter

Summer Meeting #1

June 24, 2014

Upcoming Events:

  • August 5th – FOSWCS Meeting, 6:30 pm at Lucky Lab (Hawthorne)
  • August 16th – Multnomah Days Parade & Street Fair
  • September 5-7th –  Camp Wilkerson Family Camping Weekend


New teachers are being interviewed and hired for the 2014-2015 school year. Many of the candidates have experience in place-based education! Look for information via email from Anne later in the summer.

Open Board Position

We are seeking a Vice President for Friends for 2014-2015. This person will work with Christina and the Board to lead Friends. If you or someone you know might be interested, email Christina. No experience necessary.

New Family Liaison

Rachael Steadman will head up a new Friends position “New Family Liaison”. In this position, Rachael will be a contact person for families that are new to the school at the beginning of the school year or who join during the year in progress. She will help to ease the transition for new families by checking in with them, being available for questions, etc. Rachael will be in contact with Marlene throughout the year as new families enroll.

New families will be getting information from Marlene in early July. Rachael will look into including something from Friends in this packet.

Some present tonight stressed the importance of the school administration taking a role in welcoming new families and answering their questions, etc. as well. Rachael will remind Anne to check in with new families throughout the year.

Also, as parents, we often don’t know a new child has joined a class unless our children tell us. If this is not a on a teacher’s radar, perhaps Room Reps could alert parents to new students.

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Friends of SW Charter Summer Meeting Tuesday, 6/24

lucky lab logoPlease join Friends of SW Charter for our summer meeting on Tuesday, June 24th at the Lucky Labrador Hawthorne Brew Pub located at 915 SE Hawthorne. We’ll be meeting at 6:30 pm for food, drinks, and planning for the upcoming school year!

Hope to see you there!

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Another Wonderful Field Day!


Another wonderful SW Charter Field Day for the books!

Many thanks to the amazing Hanne Rousing for coordinating another successful field day! Thank you to all of the families that helped make it come together, and thank you to all the kids for just being you! Happy summer all!

Special thanks to Brittany, Caroline, Carri, Carrie, Christina, Christine, Elise, Erin, Harmony, Jeff, Jen, Jessica, JoLea, Jonathan, Juli, Kathy, Kelly, Ken, Lorien, Marc, Marlene, Melissa, Mindy, Nicki, Sarah G., and Sarah M. for helping to set up, bringing in needed items, helping with art projects, leading games and keeping the kids safe.

Thank you also to the Steadman family for taking home the bottle cap mural which they will complete over the summer. Get those power tools ready!

Have a wonderful summer everyone!



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Volunteers & Items Still Needed for Field Day!

field dayField Day is this Friday, June 13th and we need your help!

We are still seeking volunteers and items for various activities:  Take a look at Signup Genius even if you are already volunteering and consider taking on another small task, it will make a big difference

We are also still collecting:

  • Loose Screws: Most sizes up to 3″ long will work, bring what you have by pickup on Thursday 6/12
  • Bottle Caps: Bring what you have by pickup on Thursday 6/12

Items that we really need include (for the complete list go to Signup Genius):

  • Electric drills/screw drivers
  • Face paint if you have any around that you don’t expect to use
  • 2 volley ball nets
  • Blow up beach balls
  • Jump ropes
  • And more…

If you have questions about how you can help with field day, contact Hanne Rousing ( or 503.442.8006)

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Link Your Amazon Account & Help SWCS Earn Funds With Amazon Smile!

amazon_smileRemember how easy it was to link your Rewards Card to Fred Meyer’s Community Rewards Program benefiting SW Charter? School has received almost $480 during the short time that we have been involved with this program.

Now Friends has another painless way for you to help earn money for SW Charter…

Did you know that you can help our school earn money while doing your regular online shopping at Amazon? It’s called Amazon Smile. Just link your Amazon account and every purchase through will earn our school 0.5%.

Click on the Get Started button below to link your Amazon account to benefit SW Charter:

Southwest Charter School

Questions About Amazon Smile: Learn More About Amazon Smile

Plus, now through Father’s Day, June 15th, 2014, Amazon will donate an extra $5 to SWCS for shopping through! Please see this link for more info:


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A Message from Friends President Christina Cartwright…

great_summerOur 2013/2014 School Year Comes to a Close…

As cliche as it sounds, I really can’t believe how fast this school year has gone by and that we’re down to the last week of school! Our community has continued to grow, and our community spirit is ever strong. We have been able to offer free community events during the year, monthly coffees, have fund raised to lower our overnight camp costs for families, and also had one heck of an amazing annual auction fund raiser this year!

Our volunteers (that’s you!) have spent thousands of hours helping out. In the classrooms; reading to kids, helping with math, projects, lessons, creating art lessons & working with our kids, and cleaning those classrooms. Because of volunteers working outside the classroom also, we have gotten our kids to countless locations for field work, community service work, service internships, and chaperoned at overnight camp. You have brought in items, fulfilled our staff’s wish lists, cooked/baked/bought meals for staff during conferences, and the holidays. Not to mention bringing in snacks to the office every week for the staff to have during breaks.

It takes a village, and our “village” is pretty darn amazing and special. You all deserve a huge THANK YOU for everything you do. There is so much care, compassion, and plain old hard work from each and every one of you. Thank you families for supporting our teachers and staff in all the ways that you can and do. In doing so, you are also supporting our kids, and our entire community. And to our teachers, we are so thankful for all of the hours, and love and care that you put into your work. It shines through in the smiling faces of our kids, the projects and units they work on, seeing the “lightbulb moments” they have, and all those nuggets of information they share with us when we pick them up from school. Thank you to our office staff for all of your support, answers to questions, and helping out the kiddos when they need, well, anything!

Thank you doesn’t even cover it, but we are all so grateful to everyone in our community, families, teachers, and staff alike. Goodbye 2013/2014, and hello Summer! See you at field day this Friday!!

We also have some specific volunteer positions coming available for the 2014/2015 school year. You can email me if you want to find out more now, and more info will be coming soon!

Christina Cartwright
FOSWCS President

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