Friends Morning Coffee This Thursday October 2nd

cat_coffeeAfter you get the kids settled in their classrooms, join Friends of SW Charter our monthly community coffee!

Meet in the Great Room on Thursday, October 2nd immediately after drop-off for coffee, tea and treats (including gluten-free)!

 

Plus…Chinook Book Coupon Swap!
Bring your old Chinook Book and swap some coupons with others! The 2013/2014 book coupons are expiring 10/31/14 so bring your unused ones to share, and find some you can use!

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Thank You for Making Our First Block Party a Success!

thank youThank you to all the parent volunteers who helped to make our 1st Block Party at Caruthers Park a wild success! The weather was beautiful and fun was had by all!

 

 

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heather_christinadogpilejug_thumpersMany thanks go out to:

  • Melissa & Dennis Allen
  • Aaron Britton
  • Christina Cartwright
  • Elise & Ken Christman
  • Anna Garnica & Verde Cocina
  • Carrie Hartley
  • Juli Kirby
  • Sarah Mutal
  • Jessica Nichols
  • Mandy O’Donnell
  • Olive & Dingo
  • Heather Petzold
  • Lorien Sekora
  • Brian Smith
  • Rachael Stedman
  • Nicki Stewart
  • Teacher Lisa and the Stumptown Jug Thumpers
  • JoLea Ulschmid

 

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Just a few days left to place your SW Charter T-Shirt Order

t-shirtWe have reached our 72 shirt minimum and we’re ready to submit our order!

There’s still time to order your new SW Charter T-Shirts!  Orders are due Friday, October 3rd.

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

Questions contact Sarah Gilmore, fourgilmoresinpdx@gmail.com

Here’s a link to the order form:

T-Shirt Order Form

 

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Chinook Book Orders Due Wednesday, October 1st

chinook2015 Chinook Book orders are due to the school accounting office this Wednesday, October 1st. The books are here now and your order will be filled as soon as it is submitted.  We have quite a way to go to make our one book per family goal.

Chinook Book Facts:

  • If you buy a book you receive a FREE one month mobile app subscription.
  • If you buy a mobile app the activation code will last a year after activation date, even if you activate it six month or more from now.
  • Chinook Books make great thank you gifts!  Do you know a realtor, or someone else that likes to send small thank you gifts to clients?  Chinook Books are just the ticket.

Questions?  Contact Elise Christman at theotherken@comcats.net

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Run for the Arts Sponsor Forms with Pledges Forms Due Tuesday, 9/30

runningRun for the Arts is this Wednesday, October 1st!

Sponsor forms with pledges are due Tuesday, September 3oth!

Let’s all support our students’ fundraising efforts by assisting them in gathering sponsors!

  • Bring your kids around your place of work so they can ask co-workers.
  • Help your kids make telephone calls and in-person visits to family, friends and neighbors.
  • Or, assist with sending an email to friends and family. Below is a sample email for you to edit. One SW Charter family sends this out each year and it has been very effective in paving the way for support.

Sample email:

Dear:

_Student first name_____ is just finishing his/her first few weeks of ______ grade at Southwest Charter School in Portland.    Because we’re in a public charter school, it receives about 40% less funding per student than a Portland Public school.   While that leaves the kids with less money for things such as libraries, gyms, computer labs, and art programs, the school more than makes up for what they miss out on with incredible teachers, plus an amazing curriculum and community.Sadly, we just found out that in addition to our usually low art funding, we lost another $10,000 this year from the Oregon State arts tax that we were to receive as well. The state is withholding these funds from state-funded charter schools like ours. This will really have an impact on the kids.

On October 1, our school is hosting its annual “Run for the Arts,” a jog-a-thon fundraiser that allows children to seek sponsors and complete laps during a 30-minute run to earn money for the arts programs this year, to provide funds for supplies, resident artists, teaching musicians and performances.  This year, these funds are more important than ever.

If you think this is something that you might like to help with, we encourage you to pledge so that  student name  can raise money by the number of laps he/she completes on October 1. She/he estimates that she will be able to complete about  laps in 1/2 hour.

Right now we hope to be able to add you to our sponsor list.   You can sponsor by lap or by a single tax-deductible contribution. After the run is complete the totals will be added and you will hear from me as to how we did!   If the students reach the goal of raising $18,000, the teachers have agreed to students throwing pies at their faces at the Awards Ceremony in November!  This is not your average school!

This email can be shaped to your style of communication; its main function is to explain why the students and many of the staff members are running and seeking support.

 

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S. Waterfront Parking Permit Option from City of Portland

S. Waterfront parking permit

S. Waterfront parking permit

A paid drop-off parking permit is available from the City of Portland Parking Bureau for SWCS families!

Parents may purchase a drop-off parking permit that will allow you 15 MINUTES to park in any metered space along the following streets:

  • SW Bond Street – entire length
  • SW Moody Street – entire length
  • North side of SW Bancroft Street
  • South side of SW Lowell Street
  • South side of SW Abernethy Street

What does this mean for you?  No more paying for meters! You can purchase a drop-off permit subject to the following fees:

PERMITS PURCHASED BETWEEN WILL COST
July 1 through September 30 $160.00
October 1 through December 31 $120.00
January 1 through March 31 $  80.00
April 1 through June 30 $  40.00

Permits are good until June 30th.  Permits can be used interchangeably with more than one family vehicle.  You must park on one of the streets listed above, as these are in our parking permit program.

Please fill out the attached permit information and return to the Parking Bureau — not to SWCS.  You will deal directly with the City of Portland.

Questions — feel free to contact Stacey Goldstein at jsmgold@gmail.com

Download the Parking Permit Application here!

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1 More Week for Chinook Book Orders!

chinook2015Only about a week remains to submit your Chinook Book orders!  Orders are due to the accounting office by October 1st, but the books are here now and your order will be filled as soon as it is submitted.  We have quite a way to go to make our one book per family goal.

Chinook Book Facts:

  • If you buy a book you receive a FREE one month mobile app subscription.
  • If you buy a mobile app the activation code will last a year after activation date, even if you activate it six month or more from now.
  • Chinook Books make great thank you gifts!  Do you know a realtor, or someone else that likes to send small thank you gifts to clients?  Chinook Books are just the ticket.

Questions?  Contact Elise Christman at theotherken@comcats.net

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