Dining for Dollar$ – Tap & Table and Ruby Jewel – TODAY

Next door neighbors Tap & Table and Ruby Jewel (NW 23rd and Raleigh) will both be donating a portion of today’s sales back to Chapman. Come out and enjoy family friendly and tasty pub fare as well as ice cream sandwiches scooped by some of our very own Chapman teachers. We will have teachers from 3rd grade, 5th grade, and our music teacher Mr. Clark scooping. Ruby Jewel is even debuting freshly scooped small size ice cream sandwiches at a special rate of only $3! Open for lunch and dinner. Gift cards count too.

Portland Child Art Studio – December Fundraiser

Special After-School Open Studio Holiday Arts & Crafts Chapman Fundraiser


December 9-13 and December 16-20 | 4:00 – 6:00 pm
portland CHILD Art Studio | 1819 NW Everett Street (Parking lot off Flanders) | Located inside the NW Children’s Theater.

Make gifts and art for loved ones in a fun art space ready for you to tap into your creativity.  

Admission is $20 per kid.  $10/kid with Oregon Trail Card. Kids must be accompanied by an adult but all adults get in free and can make gifts too. No sign-up needed; just drop-in.

Let us know you’re connected to Chapman and 25% of your admission will be donated to Chapman Elementary. 

All are welcome.  

Inclusive Schools Week Celebration: Dec. 2 – 6

Chapman Elementary’s Inclusive Schools Week Celebration is this week week. Inclusive Schools Week is a nationwide celebration each year highlighting the importance of providing “quality education to an increasingly diverse student population, including students who are marginalized due to disability, gender, socio-economic status, cultural heritage, language preference, and other factors.” The celebration will include activities for all grade levels. There will be read-alouds with guest readers in each classroom selecting from a diverse range of books, a community wide art project celebrating inclusion, inclusive books on display at the school library, and a special Friday assembly (see details below). Learn more at www.inclusiveschools.org.


How can you help? 

  • Volunteers are needed for classrooms readings, please ask your teacher if there are opportunities to volunteer in your child’s classroom.
  • If you know of any great diverse books that you love or would like to see at the Chapman library, feel free to check in with our library to share your ideas. You can share these by emailing our library assistant, Cynthia Stevens (csteven1@pps.net), or by stopping by and visiting Cynthia after school. Cynthia is at Chapman on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
  • Join us for our Friday Assembly at 9 AM or 10 AM with our guest Montrell Goss. Please remember to save the front rows for the students.
  • Consider finding ways to continue the conversation about the importance of inclusion at home with your family.

The Friday Assembly: “Chillin’ the Courageous Coyote Meets the Young Kids”

On Friday, December 6th, Chapman will welcome local Portland children’s author, poet and mentor, Montrell Goss (aka. Chillin’ the Poet), to read his book, “Chillin’ the Courageous Coyote Meets the Young Kids”, followed by a short Q&A. Two identical assemblies – one at 9am, one at 10am – will accommodate all grades. Montrell’s mission is to encourage, support, and teach life skills to young people that will allow them to realize and maximize their fullest potential. Through his work, he strives to disprove stereotypes, break down barriers, promote self-esteem, and personal growth.  

Each Chapman classroom will also receive a copy of the book (a few will also be available in Spanish), so that teachers may further explore the messages in the story within their own individual classes. We look forward to hosting Chillin’ the Poet! 


Thank you for helping us strengthen our community. If you have comments or questions about Inclusive School’s Week, please email Ashley Koch at ashleybkoch@gmail.com.

Dining for Dollar$ – December

Raise money for Chapman by eating food from preset neighborhood restaurants. Dine with friends and family, order take out, and buy gift cards. It all helps! Restaurants will donate a portion of their day’s proceeds back to Chapman. We have raised over $3,200 after 7 events and so many moments of Chapman families enjoying themselves and their community.

We have several opportunities in December to help keep cooking off your long list of to-do’s. 


Tuesday 12/3 – Great Notions Brewing (behind Montgomery Park off of Nicolai St). It’s open from 11 AM to 9 PM. Calling all Chapman Dad’s to Chapman Dad’s Night starting at 7 PM.


Thursday 12/5 – Next door neighbors Tap & Table and Ruby Jewel (NW 23rd between Raleigh and Savier) are hosting together. There will be Chapman teachers scooping ice cream from 3rd grade, 5th grade, music teacher Mr. Clark and possible other surprise staff appearances. Entertainment will be playing on the projector at Ruby Jewel. Ruby Jewel will also be debuting the freshly scooped “small” sized ice cream sandwich priced at a special low Chapman rate of $3. While waiting for food at Tap & Table, send the kids over to enjoy what Ruby Jewel has to offer. Tap & Table continues to be incredibly generous by offering 40% of total sales for the day back to Chapman. Their delicious pub fare and vegetarian options make it a family friendly hit. Gift cards count –  possible holiday gift idea?


Wednesday 12/11 – Chipotle on NW Burnside Dining for Dollar$ opportunity. It’s the first time Chapman is trying out Chipotle. They have a big parking lot and quick service. Great place for a quick meal on the run. Spread the word please.

  1. You must say “Chapman” to the cashier. Anyone can go but they must know to say “Chapman”.
  2. Only counts if you go between 5 – 9 PM.
  3. Buying Gift Cards does not count at this one.

Let’s make it the most successful month yet!

Inclusive Schools Week: Library Book Wishlist

Hello Chapman Elementary,

We are excited to be participating in Inclusive Schools Week this year from December 2nd to December 6th. Inclusive Schools Week is a chance to highlight our commitment to having an inclusive school that serves a “diverse student population, including students who are marginalized due to ability, gender, socio-economic status, cultural heritage, language preferences, and other factors.” We will be sharing more details about how this will come to life at Chapman very soon.

One way we will be celebrating Inclusive School’s Week is by reading books that highlight a range of experiences in each of the classrooms. As Principal Van Der Wolf reminded me today, it is important for children to have windows and mirrors. A window can help children see others experiences and a mirror helps them see reflections of their own culture to build their identity. Books are a wonderful resource to do just that. Our library will have books on display throughout the week that represent a vast range of experiences for the students and classes to engage with. 

How can you help? 

  • We are also hoping that our parent community will help expand our availability of diverse books in the library, by purchasing a book for the Chapman library. If you have the capacity to give, please consider purchasing a book on our wishlist
  • If you know of any great diverse books that you love or would like to see at the Chapman library, feel free to check in with our library to share your ideas. You can share these by emailing our library assistant Cynthia Stevens or by stopping by and visiting Cynthia after school. Cynthia is at Chapman on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, but during conferences she will be at the school on Monday and Tuesday.

Have comments or questions, please email me, Ashley B Koch.

Meals for Parent Teacher Conferences – Nov. 25 & 26

It’s time again to show our love and appreciation for our teachers on the days they spend all day talking to us parents. We would like to be able to provide dinner for both days of the Parent Teacher Conferences. Emails have been sent to room parents asking for specific grades to contribute to each meal: 
 
Monday November 25:

  • Kindergarten – Salads/Apps
  • 1st Grade – Main Courses
  • 2nd Grade – Drinks/desserts

Tuesday the 26th

  • 3rd Grade – Salads/Apps
  • 4th Grade – Main Courses
  • 5th Grade – Drinks/Desserts

This is a only a guideline in order to get all the slots filled, so feel free to jump in anywhere. Also, if you are going out of town and need a place to leave food or plan to order for delivery, just let me know and we will make it happen! And if you can’t bring any items, we need help with clean up.

We will be serving about 25 people in Room 18 at the main Chapman building. Please bring your item with a serving utensil by 4:30 PM. All containers will be washed and left in the room for pick up.

Thank you for participating in this valuable tradition!

Any questions, please contact Jill Kemper.