Welcome New and Returning Families!

Summer is almost over and in only 1 week we’ll start another year at the best school in Portland! We welcome you to come in the school, to check out the new playground, to drive on field trips, and to become involved in a variety of ways.

welcome_blackboardOne way to become involved and to stay abreast of what’s happening in our school is to become involved in Friends of Southwest Charter School (FOSWCS).  Friends (our parent/ teacher organization) works to build community and support families, aids and supports staff, engages in community service, fund raises to create field work scholarships for those in need, and supplies funds for teacher grants.

Our website can give you information on volunteer opportunities (direct link:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080e49a9ad29a46-friends), events happening around the school, budget info, calendar, meeting minutes and much more.

There are several easy ways to keep in touch with Friends’ news:

  • On the right side of the website’s main page you can sign up to receive emails updating you whenever there is a new blog post.
  • Add our Google calendar to your personal calendar and never miss any important dates.
  • Like us on Facebook.

FOSWCS has a monthly meeting 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm, upstairs at Elephants Deli on SW Corbett. All are welcome and encouraged to come- have a glass of wine and maybe some dinner while spending time with a fantastic group of parents.

Due to Back to School Night on September 13th, our September meeting is scheduled for THURSDAY 9/8 at 6:30 pm at Elephants. Mark your calendars!

Questions?  Contact Elise Christman at elise@christmans.net.

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Back to School Clean-Up ~ Saturday, August 27th

cleanup2.jpgThe end of August means it’s nearly time to head back to school.  It also means that we have tons of painting, cleaning and re-organizing to do before the first day of school on Tuesday, September 6th.  Please join us on Saturday, August 27th from 9:00am – 4:00pm to help us shine.

Snacks and beverages will be provided for volunteers but we will need a headcount of attendees.  Please R.S.V.P. by going to this Signup Genius link: BackToSchoolShineUP

(Please be sure to list everyone that is coming so we have enough goodies for all!)

Please note there there is no on-site parking in the SW Charter parking lot!


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Nature Playspace Volunteers Needed!

playscape_masterplanWe need volunteers to participate in creating our new SW Charter nature play space areas on the following work days:

Saturday, August 6th 9:00am-4:00pm
Sunday August 7th 2:30pm-5:30pm

Snacks and beverages will be provided for volunteers but we will need a headcount of attendees.  Please R.S.V.P. by going to this Signup Genius link: Playscape Volunteer.

Please be sure to list everyone that is coming so we have enough goodies for all.

If you have any questions or if have any special skills you can donate to the project please email Fara Heath at: farabeth3@yahoo.com

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Volunteer Opportunity: Staff Appreciation Apprentice

appreciationA message from Melissa Allen…

Hope summer is treating everyone well. This coming school year will be the 4th year that Christine Bravo and I have headed the Staff Appreciation Committee at school and while we have greatly enjoyed it, we are ready to pass the torch. We are looking for someone to shadow us this year and fully take it on the next year.

This is a very rewarding volunteer position at school as you get to spoil our amazing teachers and staff all year long! Ideally, this would be two people, Christine and I really found that working as a team made this job very manageable and fun!

The main responsibilities of this role are purchasing and handing out birthday gift cards to staff, planning conference meals, staff holiday party and appreciation week. Contact me at melissaallen7@yahoo.com for more details. Thanks!


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Would Anyone Be Able to Store the Face Paint Table?

Is anyone in the SW Charter community able to store the face paint table we use for Field Day? The Smiths are no longer able to store it at their house. Brian would be able to deliver it! Thanks so much for your help!

Please contact Board Member Brian Smith at simplify@yahoo.com.


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Volunteer for Rox in Sox Children’s Music & Book Festival


Our amazing music teacher Aaron Nigel Smith/One World Chorus is looking for volunteers to help out with this great fundraising event at King School Park (4906 NE 6th) on Saturday, July 30th.

Rox in Sox is an exciting festival that celebrates children’s music and literature. During this free charity event Rox in Sox’s collects socks, shoes, and books for kids who need them in the USA, Kenya & Jamaica.

Since 2013 Rox in Sox has donated 3205 pairs of socks, 1519 books and 204 pairs of shoes to kids around the world.

This unique interactive family festival features  performances by some of the country’s leading children’s musicians and authors. There are plenty of fun activities for kids and families to enjoy together, great food and a chance to exciting prizes!

Last year Friends of SW Charter and Melissa Allen helped to find parent volunteers to lend a hand. This year they have some GREAT bands and our SW Charter community has been posting about it on Facebook without knowing our connection.

If you’re interested, contact Aaron at the phone number or email address included above.

Thank you!

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