New Friends of the Cottonwood School Blog Coming Soon!

coming_soonWe are excited to announce that Friends of the Cottonwood School is working on a new blog! Stay tuned!

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Friends Annual Report 2016 – 2017 ~ Thank You for a Great Year!

Annual Report 2016-2017

Friends of SW Charter School, your parent-teacher organization, would like to thank everyone who has volunteered their time in any way this school year! Your participation, from driving on field trips to coordinating major fundraising events, helps to support our staff, enhance the curriculum for our children, and foster the wonderful SWCS community!

Here’s a sampling of some of what we accomplished this year:

annualreport1LARGE FUNDRAISERS

  • SWCS Arts Parkrun (October 10)
  • Annual Community Fundraiser (March 19)
  • Spring Online Auction (April 21-30)

annualreport2DINE OUT DAYS

Many thanks to parent Lisa Hayes for scheduling and coordinating all of our restaurant fundraisers!

  • Old Spaghetti Factory 9/28
  • Mike’s Drive-in 10/19
  • Pizzicato Dough for Dollars 11/15
  • Bambuza 1/18
  • Veggie Grill 2/9
  • Burgerville 3/14
  • Pietro’s 5/15

annualreport3SMALL FUNDRAISERS

  • Chinook Books $1400
  • Emergency Comfort Kits $570
  • SWCS T-Shirts $290
  • Spring Plant Sale
  • Fred Meyer Community Rewards
  • Amazon Smile
  • Freeman Motors

annualreport4COMMUNITY BUILDING

  • Back to School Dance 9/16
  • Monthly Community Coffees
  • Black Friday Roller Skating 11/25
  • Spring Dance 5/19
  • Yearbook
  • Camp Wilkerson June 2-4
  • Field Day 6/9

annualreport5STAFF APPRECIATION

  • Conference Potlucks
  • Teacher Mini Grants ~ $500 grants to Lisa Colombo and Melissa Allen/Nate Orton
  • Staff Holiday Party February 10
  • Staff Appreciation Week May 8-12
  • Gifts for Teachers & Staff

OTHER

  • Friends approved a $500 gift to the Playground Committee (Summer 2016) for picnic tables, potted plants, and other decorations.
  • Purchased thank you plaques for Andersen Construction for providing 30 skilled volunteers to help with our play area update in summer 2016.
  • Friends purchased t-shirts for our 2 battle of the books teams February 2017
  • Friends approved $200 for the purchase of earthquake straps for water barrels.

MANY THANKS TO…

All the parents who volunteered as Field Work Drivers, Room Parents, or who signed up for anything via SignUpGenius! Without you, SW Charter couldn’t achieve our place-based mission or provide support to our teachers and staff!

Thank you to the following who have worked on this year’s Friends Board and/or who have coordinated committees, fundraisers and events. Also, thank you to those who have provided their talents or items to make some of our events extra special — Melissa Allen, Chris & Kat Beckley, Christine Bravo, Christina & Jim Cartwright, Elise Christman, Caroline Falcone, Anna & Noe Garnica, Sarah Gilmore, Corrie Godbey, Lisa Hayes, Fara Heath, Toshya Kauffman, JoLea Malcolmson, Ginny & Trevin Miller, Sarah Mutal, Nicole Rosen, Brittany Roska, Hanne Rousing, Emilie Schulhoff, Rachael Stedman, Nicki Stewart, Coral Thomas, and Liz Ward.

Have a great summer and we’ll see you in September!

 

 

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Two Days Till Field Day ~ Volunteers Still Needed!

fieldday2017Field Day is this Friday, June 9th and we are still in need of many volunteers! We have many slots still open including:

  • activity facilitators
  • playground managers
  • relay race/flag football
  • art helpers
  • tug of war
  • safety patrol
  • face painting
  • water balloons
  • kickball
  • and more…

Let’s make this a special day for our kids! If you have not volunteered yet, and you can take some time, this is definitely the day to do it! If you have volunteered in the past, we could always use your help one last time.

The volunteer slots are approximately 45 min each, so if you plan on coming out for the day, it would not take up much of your time. If you are interested, please sign up! Here are the details: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080e49a9ad29a46-field3

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Help Make Field Day a Success! ~ Volunteer Today

fieldday2017Field Day is this Friday, June 9th and we need your help! We have many volunteer slots still open including:

  • activity facilitators
  • safety patrol
  • face painting
  • water balloons
  • kickball
  • and more…

Let’s make this a special day for our kids! If you have not volunteered yet, and you can take some time, this is definitely the day to do it! If you have volunteered in the past, we could always use your help one last time. 😉

The volunteer slots are approximately 45 min each, so if you plan on coming out for the day, it would not take up much of your time. If you are interested, please sign up! Here are the details: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080e49a9ad29a46-field3

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Volunteers Needed for Field Day ~ Friday, June 9th

fieldday2017Field Day is coming up and we are looking forward to some fun and games in the sun!

On the last day of school, the students take a walk to Willamette Park to celebrate the ending of the school year. This is a time for games, activities, and hanging out with friends. If you have not volunteered yet, and you can take some time, this is definitely the day to do it! If you have volunteered, we could always use your help one last time. 😉

The volunteer slots are approximately 45min each, so if you plan on coming out for the day, it would not take up much of your time. If you are interested, please sign up! Here are the details: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080e49a9ad29a46-field3

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Volunteers Needed for Field Day! ~ Friday, June 9th

fieldday2017Field Day is fast approaching and is scheduled for Friday, June 9th, from 10-1:30. This is the last day of school for students!

We have many volunteer positions to fill, so please take a look at the SignUp Genius Link found here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080e49a9ad29a46-field3.

Also, if there are parents or caregivers out there who feel they have some good ideas for activities to include in field day, or if there is someone you know who has a passion for doing a particular game or activity with the students, please let Kathy Beckley know!! (kharmakat@gmail.com).

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Sign Up for the Family Camp Out ~ June 2-4

FAMILY CAMP OUT ~ CAMP WILKERSON 2017

camp-wilkerson-forest-apiary-oregonDo you love camping? Nature trails? Hanging out with friends, or making new ones while your kids get to play with their schoolmates?

Camp Wilkerson has been a destination for family gathering camping trips at our school since before our family started attending in 2012-2013 school year. Make great new friends, hang out with old friends, watch your kids play and enjoy the outdoors. It’s a great way to kick off your summer by having one last gathering for the year in a relaxing atmosphere!

We have gone every year since our first with the school, and we hope you will join us in making great memories for your family too. It’s coming up June 2-4 Sign up and find more info at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdkomsY9eC7-4Ve61XfYuC0-sbojGwT6ZYCpcNUrF46-v2H9w/viewform?c=0&w=1&usp=send_form

Thanks and see you there!

Jim Cartwright
Morgana(7th), Gabe(5th), Pip(2nd)