Dear Chapman Families,
It is truly a critical time in Oregon’s public schools, as the state faces major funding shortfalls. Portland Public Schools (PPS) anticipates over $17 million shortfall which means a reduction in services and staff. Portland schools will see bigger class sizes, fewer support staff (counselors, ELL teachers, learning resource teachers, Assistant Principals, and more). At Chapman next year, we may have many as 31 students in first grade classrooms and 36 in fifth grade. The funding crisis starts at the state level, and unless something changes while the Oregon legislature is in session now, our schools will continue to be chronically underfunded.
The lack of state funding is not an issue that will go away if we fundraise more for our school this year or next year, or the year after. If our leaders do not make policy changes, our schools will continue to be underfunded and the shortfall will get greater and greater, making it impossible for parents to fundraise their way out of it.
NOW is the time to let our state leaders know education matters to us and force them to make bold changes to Oregon’s education funding.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Start with a quick push-button letter to our legislators:
Invest in students. Invest in success. Email your legislator today.
Attend the budget hearing in Portland this Thursday March 21st:
STATE BUDGET COMMUNITY HEARING – PUBLIC TESTIMONY
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Date: March 21st, 2019
Where: Portland Community College – Cascade
MAHB 104 Auditorium
5514 N. Albina Ave.
PORTLAND, OR 97217
ATTEND PTA COFFEE:
This Friday March 22nd after Round Up!
Ready to write a letter?
2019 Talking Points
WHO CAN YOU WRITE TO?
Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward
Party: Democratic Party
Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-213, Salem, OR 97301
Representative Mitch Greenlick
Party: Democratic Party
Address: 900 Court St NE, H-493, Salem, OR, 97301
If you live adjacent to Chapman, check here to confirm who represents your district.
If you do write a letter, please share it with our community – share it on Friends of Chapman Facebook page, share it with other parents or send it to me.
Got other ideas, questions or comments? Please email them to me and let’s support public education in Oregon together.
Chapman PTA President
Pizza sales in gym @ 5 p.m.
Reptile Man shows @ 5:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.
STEM experiments galore starting at 5:30 p.m.
Thanks @PokPokPDX for donating a portion of tonight’s Northwest location sales to Chapman Elementary! Our community appreciates your support of public education!
For those unfamiliar with Pok Pok:
Here’s the menu: https://www.pokpoknw.com/menus
**Note that the Northwest Location is offering a special for Portland Dining Month – 3 courses for $33!
Location: 1639 NW Marshall St. See you there!
Help! Clear the lost and found before it swallows up our children!
Also, if you have won items in the auction, please remember to pick up your bounty before or after school tomorrow (Friday).
Thanks to Natalie Maciukenas for organizing the jackets, sweatshirt, and miscellaneous items left behind and to Emily Price and Sarah Groom for organizing such a great event!
Do you own your own business, freelance, or have a little something going on the side? Do you ever wish you had a community-based directory of businesses and services to call on or refer others to?
Parent Lissa Manion has stepped up to help us create a community business directory. If you provide a service or own a business that may be of interest to the Chapman community, we encourage you to fill out this form! All listings are free through an introductory period that will run through end of the school year. This fall, we may offer free listings to Chapman PTA members and charge a small fee for community members at large. Access to the listings themselves will be always be public.
For now, we are keeping things simple, by including this directory in spreadsheet format on our parent resources page. Depending on the level of interest, we may make some snazzier improvements this summer.
Lissa also hosts a regular networking event for women business owners and would be open to hosting one for the Chapman community if there is interest. Please contact Lissa at email@example.com if you are interested in either of these opportunities or have questions, feedback or ideas on the directory.
We need to re-schedule the PTA digital families night originally set for next Tuesday, March 12. Keep an eye out for more information about a new date (and possible location!) for this event!
Next Tuesday, March 12 we’ll have a regular PTA meeting featuring an internet safety talk by our media specialist Gwen Sullivan. An email from Friends of Chapman is on the way with more information about the talk and agenda for the meeting.