Girls on the Run: Looking for a Site Lead for Chapman

We are trying to bring Girls on the Run (GOTR) back to Chapman but we need YOUR help! We are looking for a Site Liaison for Chapman.

GOTR is a non-profit organization who believes that every girl has limitless potential. GOTR of Portland Metro operates in approximately 100 sites throughout Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, and Clark counties, reaching more than 1200 girls in the 3rd through 8th grades. Two times per week, for ten weeks in the spring, our GOTR coaches inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. GOTR is a physical activity-based positive youth development (PYD) program that is designed to enhance girls’ social, psychological and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences.

The Site Liaison’s responsibilities include working in collaboration with Girls on the Run staff to determine practice days, times, and locations as well as to inspire enthusiasm for the program and recruit Coaches and Girls in 3rd-5th grade to participate. A Site Liaison is typically a caregiver, teacher, or other community member who volunteers their time, effort, and “sparkle” prior to the beginning of the season to coordinate the logistics of hosting a team from early March to mid May 2020.

If you are interested in bringing the program to Chapman, more information here:

Girl Scouts: Trunk or Treat!

October 20 | 2:00 – 3:30 PM | Girl Scout Council Office | 9620 SW Barbur Blvd, Portland, OR 97219

On Sunday October 20th, Girl Scouts will be having a Trunk or Treat for all Girl Scouts, family and friends. If you are interested in learning more about Girl Scouts or want to register your girl for a troop, come down to for some Halloween fun. And to find out more about Girl Scouts, visit Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Questions? Contact Marney Anderson, Girl Scout Leader and Chapman parent.

FREE Swift Community Dinner – Reserve now!

November 6 | 5 PM – 8 PM | Chapman Gym

You can now reserve your tickets for the 3rd annual FREE Swift Community Dinner on Wednesday, November 6th!

Seating times start at 5 PM and are every half hour, with doors closing at 8 PM. Dine in the gymnasium and enjoy live musical performances with Mr. Clark and the students in the auditorium.

Thank you to SELCO Community Credit Union for generously sponsoring this FREE event to all Chapman families!

Fall Fundraising Drive is ON

Now through November 22

The first full week of October marks the kickoff of the fall fundraising drive. The Chapman Educational Foundation is looking to raise $400 per student for the 2019/2020 school year. Get your donation in before the Thanksgiving break (November 22) to be entered into the Early Bird Donor Raffle for great prizes! Donate by year end for the 2019 charitable donation tax deduction. Or, donate half now and half during the spring drive, or on a monthly basis throughout the school year—whatever works for you.

  • DONATE ONLINE 
  • DONATE BY CHECK payable to Friends of Chapman and sent to Chapman Educational Foundation at 1445 NW 26th Avenue, Portland, OR 97210.

However and whatever you donate, donate now! Foundation funds = Staff. So, let’s all pull together and give our children the foundation they need.

For more information: https://friendsofchapman.org/one-time-and-monthly-giving/.

Dining for Dollar$ – October

Raise money for Chapman by eating food from pre-set neighborhood restaurants.  Dine with friends and family, order take out, and spread the word. Restaurants will donate a portion of their day’s proceeds back to Chapman. Let’s eat!    


October brings two Dining for Dollar$ opportunities. Besides the event details, I’d also like to draw attention to the owners who you will get a chance to meet. Tap & Table’s Travis grew up in the Chapman neighborhood and played regularly at Wallace Park. Travis is passionate about giving back to his childhood neighborhood whether it be to Chapman or supporting the efforts of local citizens that volunteer to keep our streets clean. The Hostel Cafe’s Jim and Britta live, work, and raise their 2 young children at the NW International Hostel which has been open to travelers from around the world for the last 20+ years.  Jim and Britta are incredibly generous with their time and money when it comes to helping the community whether it’s being grill master at the Hillside Soccer Club Jamboree or leading the efforts of hosting free concerts at Wallace or Couch parks in the summer. In a way, it’s a good feeling to not only know that local restaurants want to support Chapman but also that we as a community can support them as well.


October 9 | NW 23rd (between Raleigh and Savier)

Wednesday, October 9 – Tap & Table is generously donating 40% of the day’s sales back to Chapman. It’s a great family friendly neighborhood restaurant known for tasty burgers, beer selection, and even cauliflower elotes…definitely curious to try ’em. There’s a kid’s corner, TV’s for sports, and a comfortable vibe to the whole place. Grab a meal to go (grubhub option off their website) or dine in. Owner Travis grew up behind Chapman and attended Chapman, Cathedral, West Sylvan, and Jesuit.  Ask to see his little league picture taken at Wallace Park.


October 23 | NW 18th & Glisan

Wednesday, October 23 – Hostel Cafe will be donating 15% of the day’s sales back to Chapman as well as 100% of all raffle ticket sales towards a free night at their 50 acre ZigZag Mountain Farm getaway. Order at the counter and dine on sandwiches, burgers, and more. I personally enjoy their BLT and Salmon Burger. To top it all off, customers will be treated to old-time fiddle tunes, mountain songs, bluegrass and early country by our very own Kindergarten Teacher Mr. Melling and his wife Karen. Additional special guest Chapman Mom and neighborhood fiddle teacher Olivia Horgen will provide accompaniment. Performances start a bit after 6 PM.

Chapman kindergartner teacher Mr. Melling and his wife Karen will be performing at the Hostel Cafe on October 23rd at 6 PM.

Questions about Dining for Dollar$? Contact Nicole Mather.

Support Chapman through Amazon Smile and Teacher Wishlists

Shop & Raise Money for Chapman!

Do you shop on Amazon? Now you can shop and raise money for Chapman at no additional cost to you! Simply sign on through https://smile.amazon.com, designate Chapman Elementary PTA as your chosen charity, and do all your regular shopping through https://smile.amazon.com. More detailed instructions here.

Learn more ways how you can participate in programs to support Chapman.

Amazon Teacher Wishlists

While you’re on smile.amazon.com, if you would like to contribute to items in the classroom, here are some teacher wishlists on Amazon. We will continue to add more as teachers put together their class needs and lists. Thank you for supporting our teachers and their classrooms!

Oregon Battle of the Books is coming to Chapman!

Calling all 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders!

What is Oregon Battle of the Books?: Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) is a statewide voluntary reading motivation and comprehension program sponsored by the Oregon Association of School Libraries. 16 books are chosen by committee. Students are assigned to teams of 4-5 students from their class, they read 4-16 of the books, meet with their parent coach 1x per week, and participate in game show style competitions January – February.

Who is eligible to participate?: Any 3rd-5th grade student.

How does my child participate?: Permission slips will be sent home by Monday, October 7th and are DUE Thursday, October 10th. (Didn’t see that permission slip? No problem! Ask your teacher or contact Molly Porter.)

Who assigns teams?: Teachers.

How do I sign up to coach?: Fill out and return the bottom of the sign up sheet that was sent home with your student. Attend the informational meeting Wednesday, October 9th, 2:30 – 3:15 PM, in the Chapman school library. (Can’t attend. No problem! Fill out the bottom of the sign up sheet anyway and contact Molly Porter)

Need more information or another permission slip?: Talk to your classroom teacher and/or contact the parent coordinators Molly Porter and Ashley Walker. You can also check out the official OBOB website at www.oregonbattleofthebooks.org.

Date to Remember:

  • Info session: October 9, 2:30 – 3:15 PM, Chapman Library
  • Permission slips due: October 10

Walk & Roll Tomorrow, Wednesday: Join a Walk or Bike Train

Wednesday | October 2 | Before and After School

Reminder: Wednesday is Walk and Roll to School Day! Join these walking and biking trains lead by Chapman parents. Contact these leads so they make sure to meet up with you. Click on the link below to see the detailed routes and time schedules.

Donuts and giveaways at the front of Chapman for all! And stay after school for the fun bike carnival with games and bike-themed activities. Fat Tire Farm will be there to do safety checks and minor maintenance for all bikes. Don’t forget your helmets!

Walk & Roll to School on Oct. 2

Morning Train | 7:25 – 7:45 AM | See routes below
Bike Carnival | 2:30 – 3:15 | Chapman

UPDATED 9/30: Walk/Bike train leads added below. Contact these Chapman parents if you want to join them on Wednesday morning!

Help Chapman celebrate International Bike to School Day by walking, rolling, or biking train on October 2nd. International Bike to School day is an international event that takes place in over 40 countries! PPS is participating in Walk & Roll across the schools — Let’s see how many students we can get to participate at Chapman!

This year we have created some walking and biking trains to help make it easier for everyone to participate! What is a bike/ walk train? It’s a group of students walking or biking to school together. Take a look at the routes attached and meet the trains at a stop or just meet them along the way. If you want to join but don’t live along these routes, feel free to drive a few blocks from school and join one of the trains. Walk + Roll to school will be providing treats and giveaways to all students that participate!

The National Center for Safe Routes to School helps us put on this event. They have a mission to promote active transportation to school as a goal to:

  • enhance children’s health by walking / biking
  • improve health and environment around the school by reducing pollution and congestion around school
  • reduce speed of cars in neighborhood by having a large presence of students walking and biking in school area
  • make the community feel safer by sidewalks feel more safe by having more people walking and rolling throughout the neighborhood

Bike Carnival

Oct. 2 | 2:30 – 3:15 PM | CHAPMAN

Join us after school on October 2nd for the Chapman Bike Carnival. Meet on the front lawn for bike decorating and fun bike games. Fat Tire Farm will be there doing safety and minor maintenance checks for all bikes. This is for all Chapman students. Helmets required!

Questions? Email coordinator Annie Usher.