1/21 Portland Council PTA General Meeting: Focus on Diversity and Inclusion

Please join us for an informative meeting including Q&A session with Scott School PTA about implementing successful strategies for increasing family engagement in a diverse community. This is a great opportunity to hear first-hand from a PTA who is doing great work! Read more here (page 36) about Scott PTA, who was featured in PDX Parent Magazine in October.
Portland Council PTA General Meeting with Scott PTA
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
6:30 – 8:00 pm
Scott School
6700 NE Prescott
Portland OR 97218

Appetizers and beverages will be provided. Childcare will be available free of charge for children ages 4-12. Children under 4 are welcome to attend and sit with you.

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting! 

Scott Overton  
Interim Portland Council PTA President

2020 Auction: More Info, Help Needed

Saturday, March 7
Vacasa at 850 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
Doors open at 6 PM

Theme: Olympics! Winter or summer, your choice. This year the costumes are a real choose-your-own-adventure: windbreakers, leggings, figure skater dresses, team blazers, Nancy/Tanya duo, speedskater, gymnastics team, so many ideas!

Tickets: This year ticket prices will include entry, dinner and a Chapman glass for drinks. Tickets will be available in the coming weeks, stay tuned! 

Food: Dinner will be an “All Around the World” sampler from SporkBytes catering; vegetarian and meat options available. Dessert will be cakes and bonus international-themed treats in the “Dessert Dash”.

Fun: Take some pics in the photo booth, pay to play rounds of ping-pong and other fun games, and dance to some truly epic jock jams (“Eye of the Tiger” anyone?).

Silent Auction: Once again the silent auction catalog will be available online. Stay tuned for more details.


  • Do you have a vacation home to donate?
  • Would your business want to sponsor the auction? Sponsorships are available at the $1500, $500 and $250 levels. 
  • Volunteer to work during the event. We love volunteers!
  • Email Emily at ecarter85@gmail.com if you can help with any of the above!
  • Visit www.chapmanschoolauction.com to buy sponsorships or donate a good/service.

Dining for Dollar$ – January

January 22 | NW 23rd & Savier

New Year. New restaurants. We are kicking off 2020’s Dining for Dollar$ with Mexican cuisine. XICA CANTINA will be hosting January’s Dining for Dollar$ on Wednesday, January 22.

Portland Mexican favorite, the upscale XICO (chee-ko) on SE Division, featured in the Oregonian’s top 40 restaurants every year since its opening in 2012, opened XICA (chee-ka) Cantina, a more casual second location, at the corner of NW 23rd and Savier in July 2019, serving local, organic and handmade Mexican cuisine, fine wine, and artisanal Mezcal as well as a small kids menu! Reservations are accepted and recommended. You can make reservations online directly from their website. They also accept take out orders by calling 971-339-9041. Their capacity is 74 to give you an idea of the size of space. They are open for lunch and dinner from 11 AM to 9 PM.

Check out this great write up from the Oregonian – XICA CANTINA.

A personal and incredibly timely testimonial from XICO’s owner Liz:

With a daughter turning 5 in January, who is about to enter kindergarten at Buckman Elementary, I’m concerned about kindergarten class sizes. I believe that kids thrive in environments where the highest standards are set and maintained. I’m happy to support Chapman and hope together we can make sure our students are nurtured. Xico/Xica co-owner and Hammer & Hand founder Daniel Thomas is a supporter of Chapman Elementary, recently making a $500 donation to the 80’s Prom Fundraiser. At Hammer & Hand, every donation made to a relatively well supported public school is matched for one of the neediest schools, spreading the resources around the city. Both our businesses, Hammer & Hand and Xico/Xica, are invested in the community, employing and providing health insurance to more than 100 Portlanders, and supporting and promoting local producers like our dear farmers and wine makers. We’re so excited to be in your neighborhood and look forward to meeting you all at Cantina Xica on January 22nd!

Talent Show – Sign up by Wednesday 1/8

Chapman’s annual Talent Show is coming up quick on Thursday, January 16th at 6 PM! This event is open to all Chapman students but we have a limited number of performance slots that will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please be sure to get your forms turned in no later than this week’s deadline, Wednesday, January 8th. Forms can be emailed to chapmantalentshow@gmail.com or turned into the PTA box in the Chapman main office. Forms came home in children’s backpacks or you can download a form here.

Lorien Steele (a 2nd grade parent) is coordinating the show for the students but she needs your help! We are looking for:

  • 1 parent volunteer to help usher our performers on and off stage
  • 2 parents to help with setting up the children’s equipment backstage

Please contact Lorien at chapmantalentshow@gmail.com if you are able to help.

Everyone is invited to attend and cheer on our students as they hit the stage. We hope to see you there!

Overcrowded Kindergarten Classes: We Need Your Help

[UPDATE 1/6/20] – We’ve outlined call to action items you can take to help the kinders and their classrooms. First step is to come to the board meeting on January 7th at 6 PM at 501 N Dixon Street, Portland. Next is to write emails. Together we can do this. Read more…

[UPDATE 12/19/19] – Within just a few days, we have reached our goal of $15,000! We can now move forward to begin the process of hiring an EA. More updates to come. A sincere THANK YOU to our Chapman community for supporting our kindergarten classrooms!

Hello Chapman Families and Guardians,

The request (see the letter here) from Chapman’s kindergarten teachers asking for immediate relief to address the large classroom sizes has been denied by the School Board.  We’re fundraising right now to have a dedicated part-time Educational Assistant in each of the kindergarten classrooms. We wouldn’t be asking you to give, especially during the holiday season, if the need weren’t urgent. The situation impacting the kindergarten classes impacts the whole Chapman community.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Classroom sizes are between 26-28 children, and there’s very good reason to believe that classrooms are going to grow before the end of the school year. (Last year nine children were added to kindergarten classes during the second half of the school year.)  Best practices dictate 14-17 students per classroom.
  • Kindergarten classrooms aren’t safe: the student-to-teacher ratio is currently unmanageable. Every week a child “elopes,” which means runs out of the classroom and needs to be found.
  • The demographics of Chapman students has changed and we are now serving a higher need population than in previous years without the district funding to support the needs of the children. Population fluctuations and urban growth contribute to increasing class sizes.

Here’s what you can do:

The most immediate action we can take to help all students be safe and give them an opportunity to learn is to fundraise for an additional part-time educational Assistant (EA) dedicated to share among the three kindergarten classes. We need to raise $15,000 to hire an EA for the remainder of the 2019/2020 school year. We will also ask community/business members to support this effort.

Make Your Tax-Deductible Donation Online:

Make Your Tax-Deductible Donation by Check:

  • Step 1 Make checks payable to Friends of Chapman.
  • Step 2 Put ‘kindergarten’ in the notes section.
  • Step 3 Mail to 1445 NW 26th, Portland, OR 97210.

If you’ve already donated funds, they can be earmarked for this cause; email Cari and let her know. And please, ask your employer* if they’ll match your donation—let anyone invested in the well-being of Chapman’s students know how they can help.

*For Intel employees: Intel has maxed out its contributions to Chapman for the year. Please wait until January 6th to donate so Intel can match your donation. Thank you!

Lincoln Youth Baseball: Spring sign-up is now open

Hello Lincoln Youth Baseball Families!

We are excited to announce that registration for Spring Baseball is officially OPEN! Coaches can register now too. 

Please register your player at: www.LincolnYouthBaseball.com

  • T-ball – Pre-k and Kindergarten
  • A-ball – 1st grade
  • AA-ball – 2nd grade
  • AAA/Minor’s – 3/4th grade
  • Major’s – 5/6th grade
  • Seniors – 7/8th grade

Please email us with questions: lincolnyouthbaseballsoftball@gmail.com


Holiday Food Baskets Shopping List

‘Tis the season! We are collecting items for the holiday food baskets. You can drop off your purchased items in the main lobby of the school. Thank you for your generosity!

Donation Food List

  • Jars of Peanut Butter – Natural Jif
  • Jars of Jelly/Jam – Kroger strawberry preserves
  • Cans of Chili – Hormel chili with beans 15 oz.
  • Boxes mix of Corn Bread – Krusteaz Honey Cornbread 15 oz.
  • Box of Cereal – Cheerios 12 oz
  • Instant Oatmeal – Kroger Variety Pack 12.5 oz
  • Box of Macaroni & Cheese – Kraft Mac and Cheese 5.5 oz box
  • Package of Spaghetti Noodles – Barilla Spaghetti
  • Jar/can of Marinara Sauce – Prego Traditional Spaghetti Sauce
  • Can of Tuna Fish – Bumble Bee Tuna 5 oz can
  • Loaves of Bread – Home Pride 20 oz.
  • Jars of Mayo – Best Foods Mayonnaise 30 oz
  • Hot Cocoa Mix Packets – Swiss Miss Marshmallow 7.3 oz
  • Cans of soup – Campbell’s Chicken Noodle or Tomato Soup
  • Canned Tomatoes and Other Vegetables (Peas, Carrots, Spinach, Beans)

Winter After School Activities – Sign up now

Winter after school activities at Chapman begin as early as January 6th. Below is the list of confirmed classes. Sign up now!

Note: classes may be canceled due to low enrollment so spread the word.

  • NW Children’s Theater: Theater Games! (GR K-4)
  • After School Hoops 1-on-1 Basketball (GR 1-5)
  • Play-Well TEKnologies (GR K-4)
  • Tiny Techs Club: Adventure Bots (GR K-5)
  • Kids Like Languages: American Sign Language (GR K-5)
  • Kids Like Languages: Spanish (GR K-5)
  • Science Matters: Pop Bang Fizz Chemistry (GR 1-5)
  • Coding With Kids: Little Coders (GR K-2)
  • Coding With Kids: Game Development (GR 3-5)

More info and sign-up links at After Care and Enrichment.