Volunteers Needed for Annual Fundraiser Night!

fundraiser_bannernight_volOur annual fundraiser on Sunday, March 19th is quickly approaching! We’re in need of volunteers to help out the night of the event. It’s always fun to be part of making this event a success!

Here’s what we’re looking for:

  • Set-Up (2 people)
  • Clean-Up (3 people)
  • Raffle (1 person)
  • Check-In (3 people)
  • Checkout (3 people)
  • Greeter to give out catalog and direct people (2 people)
  • Sponsor Host (1 person)
  • Bid Spotters (3 people)
  • Live Auction Stage Manager

If you’d like to volunteer for any of these jobs or learn more about what they entail, please contact Hanne Rousing at hrousing@yahoo.com.

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Share Your Creativity with the Community on Fundraiser Night!


The theme of this year’s SWCS fundraiser is community — and what an awesome one we have!

Our ranks are filled with artists, makers, growers and creators. At previous fundraisers, some of our most popular silent auction items were those sourced directly from the creativity of our community. This year, we are again offering the bounty of our community’s talents in a raffle.

At past events, popular items have included eggs from Chiara and Christina’s chickens, sewn items from Liz Ward, international dinners from Emma Allen, honey from the Callahan family, and jewelry from Christy Hawkins.

We’d love to share more of your talents, hobbies and interests at this year’s fundraiser!

Would you donate something you’re passionate about that’s either homemade, homegrown or handcrafted?

Please email Liz Ward at lizmward24@gmail.com to get started on sharing your talents with our wonderful community and help raise money for our school on fundraiser night!


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Thank You to Our Presenting Sponsor ~ Verde Cocina!

fundraiser_bannerana_noeThank you to this year’s SWCS Fundraiser Presenting Sponsor ~ Verde Cocina!

Noe & Ana Garnica, longtime SWCS parents and owners of Verde Cocina, have generously donated the use of their Sylvan Highlands restaurant for our upcoming annual fundraiser on Sunday, March 19, 2017 from 5-8 pm. In addition to furnishing the venue, Verde Cocina will also provide us with a delicious, farm-to-fork dinner, refreshing drinks and a tasty dessert!

Without Verde Cocina’s donation, a portion of our fundraising would go towards the cost of venue rental and catering. Also, their donation allows us to make ticket prices lower this year!  This means that almost all your ticket cost and donations on fundraiser night will go directly to our kids and school!

Here’s a little more about Verde Cocina and the Garnica family. Thank you to Ana for taking the time out to answer a few questions.

How many years have you been a parent at SWCS?

This is our 9th year at SWCS.  Our eldest son, Braven, started here in the first grade and graduated last year.  We now have Lucas in 5th grade and Gigi in 2nd — so we’ll be here for a while yet!

What do you like best about SWCS?

Engagement — small class sizes, place-based learning and exceptionally caring teachers and staff are turning out thoughtful, engaged citizens who, I know now from experience, are well prepared for high school, and beyond.

You have a long history of helping SWCS starting with providing food for one of our very first auctions in 2011 as well as for student-led conferences and staff appreciation week. Tell us more.

 Well, as a small business owner, it’s sometimes difficult to find the time to contribute to the school in classrooms or other volunteer capacity.  We just see this as our way of giving back to our amazing school and its people, who give our kids so much (in exchange for so little!).

Why are you providing such a generous donation to SWCS?

Because we can!  We’re just thrilled to be able to do so.

Could you give us a description of some of the delicious food that will be served at the fundraiser?

Due to the emphasis on locally-sourced ingredients, Ana can’t provide us with an exact menu at this time. But Ana says…

We are proud of the relationships we’ve developed with local farmers and that we are able to make their ingredients available in our dishes.  Vegans, vegetarians, carnivores, Paleo and gluten free are always happy at Verde Cocina, and the SWCS Auction menu is no exception.   

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Announcing Our Annual Fundraiser MC ~ Teacher Lisa Colombo!

lisa_colomboWe are pleased to announce that our very own fabulous 6th grade teacher, Lisa Colombo, will be this year’s Master of Ceremonies for our annual fundraiser on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at Verde Cocina!

We asked Lisa a few questions about her upcoming gig. Here’s what she had to say…

1. Why did you say “yes” when asked to be MC of the annual fundraiser?

I said yes to being the MC because they promised me free drinks. Ha! But really, it’s because I love the school and it sounded like fun. It reminds me of my OMSI days.

2.      What is special about SWCS that you would like to relay to guests?

 SWCS is an amazing community who love and care about each other and their city and work to make it better for all. It is an honor to be a part of it.

3.      What is your favorite thing about auction night?

My favorite thing about auction night is seeing everyone hanging out and reconnecting with people I haven’t seen in a while.

4.      Do you have anything fun planned for the evening?

I haven’t planned anything special yet… but now you have me thinking.

5.      Do you have a lucky pair of socks you’re going to wear to the fundraiser?

Oh how to choose?! I may have to get a new pair for the occasion.
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Today is Veggie Grill Dine Out Day 4-9 pm!

veggie_grillHave a yummy dinner out and raise money for SW Charter at the same time! Dine out tonight Thursday, February 9th at Veggie Grill‘s downtown location on 508 SW Taylor from 4 – 9 pm. We’ll receive 33% of the profits when you mention SWCS!

Here’s a link to Veggie Grill’s menu.


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