Chapman Play & Learning Pods – Fill Out the Survey

Chapman Play and Learning Pods is inviting all parents to complete this survey to begin forming small groups for play and enrichment at Chapman. If you are NOT interested in this effort, we still ask that you simply answer the first two questions, so we can take you out of future classroom-level communications about this project. Fill out the survey HERE >> or start below.

Learn more about the Chapman Play and Learning Pods.

Teacher Wishlists

In this new environment, teachers are adapting their regular classrooms to support virtual learning. If you want to contribute items to the classroom, here 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!

Teacher Wishlists on Amazon

Support Chapman through Amazon Smile 

Also, as you purchase on Amazon, you can use Amazon Smile to raise money for Chapman at no additional cost to you! Simply sign on through, designate Chapman Elementary PTA as your chosen charity, and do all your regular shopping through Every little bit helps! More detailed instructions here.

Friendly House Distance Learning Support

***UPDATED 9/16*** There are still many spots available and scholarship funds. Friendly House is working hard to make this accessible to all. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Friendly House if you are interested.***

Chapman Families, Friendly House is pleased to let you know that the registration for our Distance Learning Support Program 2020 is open. We are planning on starting in-person distance learning support on Monday, September 14th, 2020. Due to COVID-19, we are opening at reduced hours. We will be open from 7:45am–3pm Monday–Thursday and 7:45am–noon on Fridays. These reduced hours will allow time for additional cleaning and planning time for the teachers as well as staff meetings. For information on COVID-19 rules for childcare and Early Childhood Education providers click here. 

Full and partial scholarships are available for families who qualify. Even if you fall into a higher bracket on the sliding fee scale, we encourage you to apply for a scholarship if your designated rate seems unaffordable for your family. We are asking all families who request scholarship assistance to also apply for Employment Related Daycare (ERDC) through the Department of Human Services (DHS) to help offset the impact on our scholarship budget. You can find information on ERDC and apply by following this link.  If you are planning to apply for a scholarship please email

Scholarships can not be processed without a completed application and supporting documentation.

We currently have staff for 40 kids to participate and will be adding more space as we hire additional staff.

We are also working on a remote distance learning support model for families who do not need childcare but would like help with their student’s online lessons and assignments. We will send out more information once that program is ready to launch.

Friendly House is looking forward to supporting your family in these unprecedented times.

Please let Dan Hupala know if you have any questions, or 503-935-5282.

Chapman Learning Pods

We want to give you an update on Chapman Learning Pods, an initiative that Anna Truxes and Helen Shum have started as a parent and community-led organizing effort to support families and students through distance learning. 

You may have heard about microschools or learning pods in the media or even considered joining one yourself. It is important to know that this project is NOT an effort to simply match parents with one another to form private pods, hire teachers, or start homeschools. Our vision is to organize support in a more inclusive and equitable way. We are working with staff at Friendly House, parents of gap year graduates from Lincoln High School, school administration and staff, the PTA, and community volunteers to pool our financial and volunteer resources for the benefit of all kids at Chapman.

To help and keep up with the latest:

1) Make sure that you are in the Chapman Family Directory and subscribe to the Chapman Parent Mailing List. The school cannot share parent email addresses with us due to privacy laws and we want to reduce the communication burden on teachers. 

2) If you are on social media, there is a Facebook group called “Chapman Learning Pods”. We will also post regular updates via the Chimney Flyer. 

3) We need parent volunteers to help organize classrooms into groups of 10 (maximum). The more volunteers in each classroom, the smaller our “pods” can be. 

We have begun a list of those we think can serve in this role. See our spreadsheet here. If you see your name listed and DO NOT want to be in this role, please take your name off. If you are able to serve, please add your name! We have some classrooms with many parents identified and others which have no parents yet. 

Right now, the only requirement for parent leads is to be responsive to email, willing to work with fellow parents in your class, and able to help communicate to classroom families. We will also be asking you to add or suggest questions for an upcoming all-family survey. 

We hope that with a robust volunteer base, we can begin organizing outdoor recess and enrichment opportunities soon. We are open to hearing from others about the needs they have and the resources they are interested in contributing.

Thanks everyone!

Anna & Helen

Friendly House Back-to-School-ish Supply Drive

“Back-to-School” will definitely look different this year, but we still want to support and celebrate a return to learning! Friendly House, our neighborhood non-profit community school, is holding a Back-to-School-ish Supply Drive to help parents, students and teachers feel prepared and able to focus on other important areas of need. Your donations of supplies, money or time will support local students facing economic hardship by providing school supplies directly to them at home for Oregon’s distance learning 2020 school start. If all students are well equipped, a more equal learning environment is created and self esteem is boosted.

Supplies will be distributed by volunteers to highest need students at Chapman Elementary, Metropolitan Learning Center and West Sylvan Schools. Your support will help secure books, paper, notebooks, rulers, pencils, scissors, calculators, glue, art supplies, face masks, sanitizer, wipes and other supplies to make at home distance learning more equitable and accessible to all children.

Please consider donating some of these supplies or contributing to their purchase.

– white board
– dry erase markers
– eraser or cloth to erase whiteboard
– scissors
– crayons/markers
– glue sticks
– pencils
– manipulatives (depends on the grade)
– folder (to keep all their papers in)
– a pouch or a supplies box to keep everything in one place and organized
– headphones
– Pencil sharpener

Click on this link below to make a donation.

Dining for Restaurants

The stay-at-home order has gravely impacted businesses. Help support our local restaurants who generously supported Chapman either through Dining for Dollar$ or donating food at events and PTA meetings. Many are struggling to stay open, and any bit of the community support could help them stay afloat. Here are the list of restaurants still open for take-out or delivery, lunch and dinner. Please check their website or call as their status could change any day. Thank you for supporting our community.