Friends Summer Update

newsFriends of SW Charter Summer Update

As your PTO, the Friends of Southwest Charter School (FOSWCS), works hard (and I gotta say we have a lot of fun doing it!) to create an engaging, active, and inclusive atmosphere for our diverse community. Everyone is always welcome to our monthly meetings and community events. You can stop me in the halls, or email me at any time if you ever have concerns, or questions.

Christina Cartwright
FOSWCS President

Upcoming Events:
August weekly – Kindergarten Get-Togethers at Johnson Creek Park (exact dates to come)
August 5th – FOSWCS Meeting at Lucky Lab (SE Hawthorne location), 6:30pm
August 16th – Multnomah Days Parade & Street Fair (stop by the SWCS booth and say hi! Volunteer sign-up emailed soon)
September 5th/6th – Camp Wilkerson SWCS Camping Weekend

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Monthly Meetings
FOSWCS meets the first Tuesday of every month, at the school at 7pm. If you want time for chatting before the meeting start, social time is at 6:30pm.
*Summer meetings are held at a local pub. August 5th’s meeting will be at The Lucky Lab on 915 SE Hawthorne, at 6:30pm. Look for us in the room on your right when you enter.

Community Coffees
We host a half hour coffee & pastries in the Great Room, right after drop-off (8:30am) on the first Thursday of every month. In the past we’ve had Tazo Tea, Stumptown Coffee, & Grand Central pastries. Gluten-free options will be available. It’s fun and casual, and we welcome everyone to stop by and grab a cup before heading out for your day.

New Family Liaison
Do you have some questions about what to expect with conferences, our community events, carpooling options, or how that whole drop-off/pick-up thing works?
Rachael Steadman is our parent volunteer that acts as a liaison to our new families. She will help you get acquainted with the ins and outs of your SWCS community, and answer questions, to make your transition to SWCS as easy as possible.
Rachael Steadman –

Camp Wilkerson
For the past few years, families from our community, new and returning, have met up at Camp Wilkerson (outside Vernonia) in early September for a weekend of fun, community, and hanging out. There is plenty of open space for the kids to run and play, a creek to wade through, and a huge community fire pit for evening cooking, and relaxing. When you’re done visiting, retire to your own campsite to relax. We reserve the cabins and adirondacks and have the place to ourselves! Everyone is welcome and it’s an unforgettably fun weekend you won’t want to miss! Registration forms & info on the blog or you can also email Christina –

Parent Resource Directory & Parent Business Directory
Our Parent Resource Directory is something our teachers use to help enrich our children’s education by giving them the information about the hobbies, skills, talents, and passions of our families, to utilize in the classroom, for lesson planning or research. You’d be surprised how what you might view as your “hobby” could make a difference in our children’s education.

The Parent Business Directory offers a chance for the community to support the businesses run by SWCS families. This will go out to staff and families, so they can find your business and support our local SWCS community!
Click here to fill out our Resource & Business Directory Survey to add your info! 

Open PTO Board Position, Plus Open Volunteering & Committee Positions
Interested in being on the FOSWCS board? Never been on a board before? No worries, as this is a great opportunity to learn while giving back to your child’s education. I have made the best friendships jumping into volunteering here at SWCS. Our community really is a unique, supportive, and amazing place. We’re glad you’re here, and would love to get to know you! For more information on specific open opportunities, please email me to find out more – Christina,

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