Interested in becoming a part of the Friends of Southwest Charter’s Board? Friends is your PTO and serves to guide community building and fundraising efforts throughout the year. Our goal is to support our families, teachers and staff.
If you’d like to help guide and shape where Friends is heading for the 2013-14 school year and are interested in possibly taking a leadership role, please come to Porcelli’s Ristorante for an informational meeting on Monday, May 20th at 7 pm. We will be discussing open positions and their roles and duties. We are hoping to fill several open positions including Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Volunteer Coordinator, and more.
Porcelli’s Ristorante is conveniently located in John’s Landing at:
6500 SW Virginia Ave Portland, OR 97239
Hope to see you there!
Friends of Southwest Charter School
May 7, 2013
Online Auction Wrap Up (Liz)
Approximately $3400 was raised during the Spring Online Auction (April 29 – May 6). We also collected $195 in donations for Staff Appreciation Week.
Field Day Planning (Hanne)
Hanne will coordinate this year’s field day scheduled for the last day of school, Friday June 14.
Hanne is assembling a list of field day duties. She will begin recruiting helpers to carry out smaller tasks. Jen Litwin has also offered to assist with field day.
We began discussing the games and stations that have been successful in years past. Hanne would like to continue these traditions and maybe add a few new things.
Kathy was suggested as a resource for game and activity ideas. Hanne also hopes to meet with Carolyn Whelan to get her ideas from last’s year very successful field day.
SW Charter School moms Krista Rodriguez and Meigan Madden discovered a great new coffee shop on SW Corbett called Isla’s Garden Cafe. It’s organic, local, GF/Paleo/Vegan friendly and the best part, the owner’s cute little baby girl toddles around smiling at people. Open for breakfast, lunch and Sunday brunch.
According to Krista it’s “a-freaking-dorable”!
Isla’s Garden Café
4237 SW Corbett Ave.
(The nearest cross-street is SW Bancroft)
Hello SWCS families!
Some of you may already know that we the 7th graders are hosting Walk + Bike to School Challenge Month. This means your child can walk, bike, or other (skateboarding, public transportation, carpooling, roller skating, etc.) to school and then report to their teachers how they got to school that morning. Just as long as you don’t drive them to school by themselves (and no, driving with your siblings in the car does not count as carpooling ). We ask that you please help your child get to school (other than driving to school) to the best of your abilities! Not only does it help our community go greener and get your kids exercising, it helps us 7th graders solve our Project Citizen problem, having too much traffic in the SW Waterfront or having too many students driving to school (we will be bringing this problem to state).
In addition to helping your child get to school in a way other then driving, we ask for one or two parents to bring in cupcakes for the class with the most kids coming to school in alternative ways (a cupcake party is our incentive to get the kids motivated). It would be best if the cupcakes were nut and gluten free! We will not know who the winning class is until June, but if you have a connection that could get us these cupcakes then, it would be much appreciated!
If you have questions or are available to bring in cupcakes, please e-mail Miss Marlene in the school office at email@example.com. Marlene will get back to you as soon as possible!
Grace Heizer, 7th grader at SWCS
Join Friends of SW Charter School (FOSWCS), your parent-teacher organization, for our monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 7th in the Great Hall. Social time starts at 6:30 pm and the meeting begins at 7 pm.
During the meeting, we will elect new leadership for Friends for the 2013/2014 school year. We encourage you to consider taking on a role on the Friends Board. No experience is needed; the only job requirements are dedication and enthusiasm for our school! If you have any questions, please contact Krista Rodriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or,
just come to the meeting on Tuesday night.
Hope to see you there!
The Spring Online Auction will conclude today, Monday, May 6th. There are still a lot of great deals available! Auction ending times are staggered with items closing every 5 minutes between 8:30 – 9:00 pm. So, if you have your eye on a particular item, be aware of its closing time.
Good luck and happy bidding!
Winners can pick up their auction items outside school in the play area on Thursday, April 9 from 3 -5 pm.
Thank you to everyone who bid on items during our Spring Online Auction!
Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week is this week May 6 – 10! Let’s show our out-of-this-world SW Charter School teachers and staff some love!
Here’s what we have planned for of May 6 - 10:
- Monday 5/6: Deli Lunch – delicious made-to-order sandwiches from Zupans instead of leftovers for lunch today!
- Tuesday 5/7: Coffee and Treat Trolley – older students bring the Treat Trolley around before school starts
- Wednesday 5/8: Flowers and Love Notes – vases with flowers and love-notes will be distributed
- Thursday 5/9: Chocolate Love for all – everyone gets a sweet treat
- Friday 5/10: Potluck – parents feed teachers and staff
If you have time to help out, visit Sign-Up Genius to see how you can make this week special for our teachers and staff – there are several tasks that will take 30 minutes or less of your time.
Absolutely zero time to help out? Here are three easy, but meaningful, ways for you to contribute as part of your everyday routine:
- Make a donation to the Monday Deli Lunch – drop in the donation box on Kathy’s desk. Donate now through 5/10.
- Make a donation to the Monday Deli Lunch through the Spring Online Auction site — click on the Staff Appreciation button. Donate online until 9 pm on Monday 5/6.
- Pick up some chocolate for Chocolate Love day next time you’re at the store – drop in the chocolate box on Kathy’s desk. Now through drop off on 5/8.
- Bring in flowers at drop off on 5/8, cut from your garden or pick up at the grocery store. Volunteers will assemble into beautiful bouquets for teachers and staff members. Accepted at drop off on 5/8 only.
Thank you for helping out!