Last Chance to Purchase a Chinook Book

chinookChinook Book Final Sales Information!

Our Chinook Book sales have wrapped up for the year and we more than doubled our sales from last year.  Thanks so much to all of the families that participated!  You purchased over 120 books, apps, and combo pack which raised almost $1,200 for SWCS.  We have a handful of books left for purchase, so if you missed the deadline please see Karen in the school office ASAP to grab one before they are gone.

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Chicken in Need of a New Home

chickenUPDATE: The Cartwright family has adopted Peggy!

Adopt a Chicken

Peggy, the chicken with the injured foot, is in need of immediate adoption.  She has been pecking the little white bantam, so we feel both would be happier if they could have separate homes.  She’s a sweet girl that deserves a loving home.  Please consider adding her to your flock, or perhaps it’s time to start a flock at your home.  Contact Elise Christman at if you are interested.


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Auction Volunteers Needed!

gogreengalaVOLUNTEER to make our 2015 Go Green Gala a success!

We need YOU, our parent volunteers, to make our annual auction, SWCS’s largest fundraiser, a success!

Contact to fill one of our most urgent needs outlined below:

  • Procurement Team MembersWe only raise $ if we have items to sell
    • time commitment – beginning now, as much time weekly as you can spare, until we have the coolest items for the coolest auction in town
    • can be done from home
    • 90% of communication/donation requests are via email or online forms
    • procurement packets/donation forms are ready now for you to use
    • work with the procurement chairs to choose one of our most successful item categories (restaurants, hotels, etc) and start sending out procurement emails or letters. Many businesses have a form to fill out online — then simply hit ‘send.’
  • Item Input Team Member:  Be the first to see what’s come in!
    • time commitment – one day per week/now thru February
    • work with Item Input Coordinator (Christina Cartwright) to choose one day per week to pick up item donation bin from school, input item descriptions in auction software, deliver completed items back to school for storage purposes.
    • all item input work done from home
  • Donation Pick Up Team Member:
    • time commitment – as needed during procurement season
    • join our auction Facebook group and watch for posts regarding donations that need to be picked up at local businesses, communicate your availability, pick up the item and drop it off in the donation bin in the front entryway at school.  Easy breezy.
  • Classroom Art Projects – parent project leader (needed for all classes except Mike & Susan)+
    • time commitment – dependent upon scope of project chosen/most of the work done in the classroom.
    • determine a creative class art project to be sold in either the silent or live auction on auction night; garner ideas on Pinterest or ask to see our Idea Book
    • work with teachers to schedule classroom time to execute project from start to finish (may need to be done over a number of different days)
    • communicate with classroom parents via Shutterfly to collect monetary donations for the cost of project supplies; usually $5 per family
    • communicate with Classroom Art Project Coordinator (Mandy O’Donnell) who oversees the parent project leaders and offers help (supplies, ideas, volunteers) and projected completion dates

Thanks for all your help to make this a great night!


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Run for the Arts Pledges Due Friday, October 24th!

roventeRun for the Arts pledges are due this Friday, October 24! It’s the last day to turn in your pledge sheets and donations to SWCS.

Fundraising prizes and random drawings will be awarded at the Run for the Arts Awards Assembly on Friday, November 21.

To win a prize, you must meet the October 24th deadline.

The class that raises the most funds will have a pizza party donated by Rovente Pizzeria on Macadam.

Yummy alternatives will be pre-arranged for students with dietary restrictions.

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Contribute to Our Parent Business & Resource Directory!

survey3Friends has put together a Parent Resource Directory for our teachers and Parent Business Directory for the use of the entire SW Charter Community.

We have so many talented parents at our school! For the Parent Resource Directory, our teachers would love to know about your skills and interests in order to compliment the curriculum and enhance our children’s learning experience.

Please let us know the everyday things that you do which become huge things when it comes to our teachers planning their curriculum.

Do you (or a family member/friend) attend craft fairs, have access to raw wool/sheep/animals, play in a band/teach music, knit, sew, make your own cheese, create sugar-free sweets, love to bake/cook, juggle, sword smith, crafting/jewelry/metal/furniture making, whittle, camping and/or nature enthusiast, and/or anything else under the sun?

Also included in this survey is the opportunity for your business to be included in our 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. Do you have a business that you would like to list in the directory?

Please take a few moments and fill out our survey:

Your information will be included in the next updates of our directories! Thank You!

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Be the Hero in a Child’s Story with Umpqua Bank

Umpqua StorytimeEvery child deserves the chance to succeed in school and in life, and one of the first and most important milestones is their ability to read at grade level by the third grade. Building early literacy isn’t as hard as we think; it comes from things we can do every day, everywhere, like reading, talking, telling stories, singing and playing with children. And it can be done in any language.

Oregon’s stORytime builds awareness and shared responsibility for ensuring that every child in Oregon is a good reader by the third grade. stORytime shares easy ways that every parent and caregiver can get children ready to read through books, stories, songs and play – every day, everywhere.

You can help! One of the greatest ways to make sure children are reading by third grade is make sure they have books. It’s simple, for just $2.50 a book or four books for $10 you can send a book to a child at SW Charter School OR decide to send a book(s) to a child that needs it most. 100% of donations will be used to purchase books for students at the elementary school that you select through a partnership with the Oregon PTA and the stORytime initiative.

And, the best part? Between now and December 31st Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation will be match the first 20,000 books donated, for a total of $50,000. So go ahead, help twice as many kids. It’s fast, it’s easy, it’s secure. Donated books will be delivered to schools in early 2015.

logo_umpquaJoin Umpqua by donating at Select Multnomah: Southwest Charter School from the online form to make your donation.

Thank you!


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