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Monday, October 6, 2014

Uberthons Video of Sherwood Charter School

PAC Sherwood Charter School
This is a video from our Fun Run last year! What a great group of teachers, staff, students and parents we have!

Scrip- A great way to pay for fees!

PAC Sherwood Charter School
Now that our Kids First Donation Drive has been kicked off, here is some information that could help you earn money to pay those fees!

It's time to begin our scrip program for the year.  If you are not familiar with scripscrip means 'substitute money.'  This money comes in the form of gift cards from retailers who agree to give a % back to non-profit organizations. The great thing about this program is that you are not buying anything you wouldn't normally buy, but you get a % back!  
For example, if you normally shop at Safeway and choose to buy a $100 Safeway gift card, you write a check for $100.  Safeway has an agreement via scrip to give 4% back, so $4 of your $100 stays in your scrip account.

The Sherwood Charter School PAC allows parents to earn money via scrip, which is tracked and can be used to pay your students Program Enrichment Fees.  This year, the PAC has agreed that money earned can also be used to pay your Kids First Campaign fees.

This year, we need all participating families to sign the attached 'scrip program agreement' and return it with your first order.  

Our first order will be next week Monday, October 6th.  We run a national/online (Great Lakes Scrip) and a local/paper form (Tigard Tualatin school district) program.  You will find details about both programs attached on the FAQ page.

Attached, please find helpful information including:

*a scrip order calendar for Oct-Dec.
*a FAQ page with details about scrip, how to pay, where to pay and how to get your cards
*a profits essentials page that gives a detailed example of how easy it is to earn money
*a current order sheet for our Tigard/Tualatin program
*scrip program agreement-this must be filled out and turned in with your first order

If you have any questions about scrip, feel free to contact me.  I'm even happy to meet with you one on one to walk you through the process.

Brenda Carlson

Kids First Donation Drive

PAC Sherwood Charter School
Dear Sherwood Charter School Parent,

It has been 11 years since Sherwood Charter School was established. Many great things have been accomplished in these beginning years that are evident through various outcomes.

Sherwood Charter School Success
Sherwood Charter School proudly touts many accomplishments that include consistently receiving high levels of evaluation from the Oregon Department of Education and continues to maintain high test scores. The Leadership Academy has established and demonstrated high expectations of scholarship; respect and performance resulting in almost zero behavior issues and success rates in the core knowledge areas that are largely unmatched. In addition they have had a wide variety of electives. The result of all these successes is the waiting list of 80 students hoping to enter our school to benefit from these types of programs.

Due to the nature of the financial structure of charter schools fundraising is a pivotal requirement. The following are some facts about our school budget.  

Budget Gap Explanation
*Sherwood Charter School only receives 80% of the state funding received by Sherwood School District. $260,000 was the amount that was not received by Sherwood Charter School for the 2014-2015 school year.
*In addition, the district receives other funding that we also do not receive.
*Unlike the District Schools, part of our 80% must cover our facility expenses, which costs $100,000, taking another 8% out of our budget.

Kids First Donation Drive
We are asking every family to donate at least 25% of the budget gap, which is $275 per child, this upcoming 2015-2016 school year. Instead of bombarding you with countless fundraising events throughout the year we simply ask you to send in a check.  Here is a break down of the per student budget gap:

$275 = 25% $550 = 50% $825 = 75% $1100 = 100%

Financially supporting Sherwood Charter School is an essential part of our responsibility as its parent body. WE NEED MONEY!  We ask that you give as much as you can with confidence that all of it is goes right back to the programs that benefit your child(ren).  If there is absolutely no way for you to participate financially, we do have a volunteer program set up as an alternative way to contribute to the school. Please contact a PAC board member if you need to access that program.  

Thank you for your wonderful generosity and for being an important part of keeping Sherwood Charter School strong.


Sherwood Charter School PAC Board

Your donations are entirely tax deductible.  A letter from the PAC will be sent to you in January for your tax records.

If your company will match your donation and you are planning to enroll in that program please
1. make your check to: Sherwood Charter School and
2. email the PAC so we know to expect that format.

There are various ways to pay the donation…

Check made to: SCS PAC Payment Amount $__________________
Pay Pal – The Pay Pal button is on our PAC Blog at:

Together we can make Sherwood Charter School the absolute best educational opportunity for our children available.  With your generous donation we can make it happen!!



Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Auction Update and Other News

PAC Sherwood Charter School

Hi Sherwood Charter School Community!

Thank you everyone for helping make our school auction a success. It was a fun event and I will post some pictures when we have the final numbers!

Traeger Raffle Winner:  Autumn Bunch
Facebook Winner: Tee Ramos

7th Grade Won the Pizza Party for the most tickets sold.

Other News and Needs

Thank you to our current PAC board for all they have done! We appreciate your time and efforts!
Congratulations to new 2014-2015 PAC Board:
Maria Dowdle - Chair
OPEN             - Co-Chair
Cris Gnehm    - Secretary
Valerie Lapham - Treasurer
Art Show tomorrow May 15th from 6:30-7:30pm. Grades 4-8 will be displaying their art work. If you can donate store bought desserts for refreshments, please contact Catherine Christensen at

Panda Express Night is also May 15th - More Information and the flyer is on the right hand side of the blog under school lunches. 

May 16-17 Garage Sale at 17292 SW Timber Crossing Lane, Sherwood

All proceeds will be donated to the school.Please contact Catherine Christensen at if you have questions or have items to donate. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Family Bingo Night April 5th at 6:30-

PAC Sherwood Charter School
Family Bingo Night
for SCS Families
(Sponsored by SCS PAC)

Saturday, April 5th
6:30 pm
at Sherwood Charter School (in the cafeteria)


Light snacks and drinks will be available at NO COST

Bring the whole family for a fun night out!!
8 games of bingo with prizes for all ages


April 1st Update- No fooling around!

PAC Sherwood Charter School
Hi Everyone! Welcome back from Spring Break! There are some dates to be aware of this week:

Wednesday, April 2nd- Money for the See's Candy Fundraiser is due
Thursday, April 3rd- Box Tops are due
Saturday, April 5th- Family Bingo Night , Saturday, April 5th at 6:30pm  at Sherwood Charter School (will have a post with more information!)

Please let us know what kind of information you would like to see on the blog. Email us at

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Spelling Bee Thurs Feb. 13th

PAC Sherwood Charter School
Spelling Bee is Tomorrow!

Sherwood Charter School Bee - Thursday, February 13th at 3:45pm (grades 1-5) and 5pm (grades 6-8).
Times are approximate, depending on how long each round takes. We will start the 6-8 graders earlier if time permits!

It's not too late to register! Let me know by tonight if you want to participate
Here's the list of participants that have registered for SCS Spelling Bee:
Russell Lapham - 1
Logan Simas - 1
Bryce Marker-1

Jack Vohland - 3
Bradley Werle - 3
Ryan Suzuki - 3
Emily Marker - 3

Kate Bowdoin - 4
Isabella Anderson - 4
James Davis - 4
Rachel Farner - 4

Ian Braden - 5
Emily Shoepe - 5
Annelise Jensen - 5
McKenna Kemper - 5
Kate Vohland - 5
Kyle Stuckey - 5
Samantha Christensen - 5
Collin Bowdoin - 5
Nadine Scholz - 5
Delaney Carlson-5

Dallin Marker - 6
Britney Botez-6

Victoria Levin - 7

Details of the Portland Regional Spelling Bee:
Event date/time: Saturday, March 8 at 10 a.m.
Registration time: Doors open at 9 a.m. All spellers must be registered by 9:45 or risk not participating. Late spellers will not be allowed to participate after the bee has begun.
Cost: Free to the public
Location: Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97212 (Street parking only, so plan ahead)
Attire: The spellers can wear whatever they want.
Guests: We encourage spellers to bring family and friends to support them at the bee. We also encourage you to promote it at your school. It’s free and open to the public. We will be promoting it in our papers and on Comcast.

For a list of study tips, go to: 

Any parents interested in volunteering at a club meeting or at the school Spelling Bee, please contact:

Jessica Levin

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

PAC Meeting rescheduled to Tuesday Feb. 18th

PAC Sherwood Charter School
The HEART kickoff assembly will be today, Tuesday February 11th. The PAC meeting that was scheduled for today is rescheduled for next Tuesday, February 18th at 8am.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Panda Express Fundraiser January 23rd

PAC Sherwood Charter School
Our next Panda Express fundraiser night will be Thursday, January 23rd. 

There will be a prize drawing this month for the supporters who come to the store. The homeroom with the highest turn out gets a prize.  Just write your grade (or house for middle school) on the flyer. If you are showing the flyer on your phone, there will be paper to write down your grade or house and a container near the register to drop it in.
 Please be sure to bring a copy of the flier, either paper of mobile when you order.

FYI Panda Express gift cards are now available to purchase via scrip orders.  They come in $15 denominations and earn an 8% return!

Here is the link for more information. 

Lunch Order Guidelines

PAC Sherwood Charter School
Here are some very helpful guidelines for ordering Baja Fresh and Subway lunches. Thanks to Brenda Carlson for being willing to be in charge of this!

#1-PLEASE always take your order forms and payments directly to the office.  You can either hand them directly to Cindy or leave them on her desk.  The #1 cause of missed lunches is students giving orders to teachers or putting them on teacher desks.   The teachers are so busy when kids come into the classroom and they just don't have the time to keep track of lunch orders and due dates. Orders get lost in the paperwork shuffle for several days or weeks and kids end up with no lunch.

#2-Please do not call the store at the last minute and ask them to send a lunch for your child.  This happened with Panda Express recently and the store was nice enough to send a lunch, but we have no paper trail regarding who ordered and no payment has been received, though we still got billed for the lunch.  

#3-Please pay attention to due dates on order forms.  Baja Fresh is due by 10:00 am the Thursday PRIOR to the lunch week.  Panda Express has a due date on the bottom of the order form. Subway forms need to be turned in by Thursday at carline, the week prior to the lunch week. If you miss a due date but would still like to order, please contact me.

#4-Payments for Subway and Panda Express can be cash or check made out to Sherwood Charter School PAC, Baja Fresh payments are made directly to Baja Fresh.

#5-Each lunch program is a fundraiser for our PAC.  Subway gives us .50 for each sandwich ordered.  This year so far, we have earned over $200 from Subway lunches alone.  Baja Fresh gives us 7% back on what we order and Panda Express gives us .50 for each order, plus an additional 7% by letting us pay with scrip!!

#6-If at any time, you have questions regarding any lunch program please feel free to e-mail, text or call me.  Please do not call the stores directly.  If I can't fix something on my end, I will give you contact information for the person at the store who runs the program for us. 503-267-5168

Thank you,
Brenda Carlson


PAC Sherwood Charter School
After the PAC meeting on Thursday, January 9th, there were some areas where help is needed.

1.  Volunteers needed for the "Calling for Kids Campaign".  This is a great opportunity to support our school district.  Here is the website for more information: 
                  ~  When: February 4-6th from 5:30pm-8:00pm
                  ~  Where: Sherwood School District Office
                  ~  Please email Catherine Christensen at if you are available to help out and at what time. 

2.   Social Media Help;   We are looking for a volunteer to coordinate social media using Facebook to promote the PAC and PAC activities.  Please contact Catherine Christensen at if interested.

3.  April Book Fair:  We are looking for volunteers to head up a book fair sometime in April.  Please contact Kim Young or Cris Gnehm at if interested.

Thank you for all that you do for the school! Many hands make light work!

Auction Update

PAC Sherwood Charter School

The date and venue have been changed for the auction in order to allow more time for the auction committee to prepare.  Please note the new Auction date is:
                  May 10, 2014 at Living Savior in Tualatin
               ~ Auction Planning Meeting will be January 27th @ 4:30pm in Ms. Obrien's room.  Everyone is welcome to come and participate.

               ~ Procurement HELP!  Please contact Autumn Bunch at if you would like to procure or can help collecting donations.

               ~  We still need volunteers to help make this auction a success.  Please see the sign-Up sheet below:

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