TAG Sponsored Family Night at OMSI – Dec. 9

December 9 | 6:00 – 8:00 PM | 1945 SE Water Ave

The PPS TAG Department is excited to once again offer the opportunity to visit OMSI for a special exhibit. On December the 9th, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. TAG families are invited to explore Christopher Marley’s Exquisite Creature exhibit. There will be no charge for entrance into the museum and no charge for the exhibit.

Dining for Dollar$ – November

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! We have already raised $2200 so far this school year.  Let’s keep it going!


PASTA, PASTA, PASTA! This month is all about Italian food. I did not know that it is believed that pasta originated from China. I do know that I particularly love the Italian cuisine at our Dining for Dollar$ restaurants this month – Grassa and Justa Pasta.

NW 23rd & Quimby

Monday, November 11 (NO SCHOOL DAY) – Grassa will be donating 15% of all day’s sales to Chapman. There is no school that day so keep that in mind as you enjoy Grassa cuisine anytime between 11 AM and 10 PM. No question it is reasonably priced and beloved by many. Grassa is located at the corner of NW 23rd and Quimby. 

1326 NW 19th

Tuesday, November 19 – Justa Pasta will be donating 10% of all day’s sales to Chapman. Like Grassa, it is affordably priced for our neighborhood and well loved. How it differs is that it feels like a hideaway, a neighborhood gem few tourists know about. Last time Justa Pasta participated in a Chapman dining night was 2015 so let’s show them how much we love having Justa Pasta back. It is open for lunch from 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM and again from 4:30 – 8:30 PM for dinner. The space is smaller than Grassa, FYI, so take out might make most sense especially if your group is large. Take out orders can be called in at 503-243-2249. Justa Pasta is located at 1326 NW 19th (between Overton and Pettygrove).

Questions? Contact Nicole Mather.

Scholastic Book Fair: Oct. 25 – 31

Friday Oct. 25 – Thursday Oct. 31
7:40 – 8:00 AM and 2:15 – 2:45 PM
ART ROOM (in the basement)


A Spooky Book Fair is coming to Chapman!

The Fall Scholastic Book Fair will be open in the art room (in the basement) Friday, October 25 through Thursday, October 31

You can shop daily before and after school. The fair will also be open after the Costume Parade on Halloween morning for parents and grandparents to visit and stock up on Christmas gifts and winter reading.

Don’t forget: Scholastic is offering eWallet, an account you can set up for your child and fund using a credit card- no cash required, and you set the book budget. Visit our homepage on the Scholastic site and scroll down to click on the “Get Started” button, and then on “Go to eWallet.” Click on the word Register to set up a Scholastic account and then set up eWallet accounts for each of your children.

Would you like to help out? Click here to volunteer for setting up the room, or for short morning or afternoon shifts at the register. Thanks!

Questions? Contact Lais Marques.

See you at the fair!

Save This Date: School Auction on March 7th

On your mark, get set, bid! Chapman’s auction is scheduled for Saturday, March 7, 2020. The theme this year is Olympics!

Help with the Auction
The auction is Chapman’s largest fundraiser and we need your help to make it run smoothly. If you’d like to help with the business end (procurement, data entry, sponsors, working the event) or the party end (decorations, catering, games) please email Emily.

Sponsor the Auction
We are looking for sponsors to help cover the cost of the auction so more funds can go towards staffing and other school needs. Sponsorships are currently available for purchase on the auction website: www.ChapmanSchoolAuction.com at the Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal levels. 

Stay tuned to Friends of Chapman for event updates and info.

Your auction co-chairs,
Emily Price and Sarah Groom

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.

  • 5:45 PM – 1st & 2nd grade
  • 6:15 PM – 3rd grade & Chapman Choir

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

We need volunteers to ensure the event goes smoothly.

Donations for the Holiday Outreach Baskets will be collected at the Swift Community Dinner. See the list of donation items and read more here.

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. Only a $5 raffle ticket. 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 Olivia will not only provide accompaniment but will also perform with some Chapman students. 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.
Chapman parent Olivia Horgen will provide accompaniment to performances at the Hostel Cafe on October 23rd at 6 PM.

Questions about Dining for Dollar$? Contact Nicole Mather.

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.