Swift Family Run: Lace up (or velcro) your shoes for tomorrow!

Weather is looking promising for the Swift Family Run tomorrow, Saturday September 14!

If you haven’t signed up, you still can! Come by at 9:00 AM to the Wallace Park picnic shelter. Races start at 9:30 AM.

Join us at the expo. Enjoy lots of FREE food. Enter the raffles. Take a picture in this amazing photoboard painted by Chapman parent Matt Condron.

The race ends at 11:00 AM, just in time for the Slabtown Community Festival. Stroll down to NW 23rd and Thurman to enjoy some more weekend fun: https://www.slabtownfestival.org/.


Dining for Dollar$ – Vaux, Raffle prizes!

Don’t forget: For ALL of September, Vaux is supporting Chapman!

Try out their grilled cheese and/or Oregon wine flight, and 20% of proceeds will go to Chapman. In addition, you will be entered into a RAFFLE for one of three prizes:

All you have to do to enter is order a grilled cheese and/or Oregon wine flight. Enjoy!


Swift Pizza Nights starts this Friday

The Swifts are back! If you haven’t watched this amazing phenomenon, it’s quite the show and brings quite the crowd (read more at KGW).

If you’re coming to enjoy the swifts on the weekend, no need to pack a picnic. Chapman will be selling pizza on Fridays and Saturdays for the next three weeks (starting 9/6 and ending on 9/21).

  • Pizza Slice – $4
  • Whole Pizza – $32
  • Bottled water – $1

Pizza will be for sale starting at 6:15 PM while supplies last.

If you want to pre-order a whole pizza, place your order that day by 1:30 PM. We’ll hold onto it until 6:45 PM.

If you’re interested in helping sell the pizza, we need volunteers! Sign up to help below.

Questions? Contact Sara Hoeber.

Swift Family Run: Only One More Day to order T-Shirts


Pictured: Youth Size M

T-Shirt sales for the Swift Family Run close tomorrow, Friday, 9/6 at noon. Place your order by then to guarantee a shirt, in your size!

SIGN UP: It’s FREE, full of FREE things!

If you haven’t signed up for this FREE event, there’s still time. Online registration closes on Monday 9/9. Check out at all these amazing businesses that have sponsored this event. FREE food, FREE raffles, FREE activities! Even if you don’t want to participate in the run, come cheer or volunteer! More info here.

Dining for Dollar$ – September

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!

Participating Restaurants in September  

425 NW 9th | vauxpdx.com


The newly launched restaurant Vaux (pronounced vawks) at the Canopy Portland Pearl District will celebrate the return of its namesake Vaux’s Swifts to Chapman Elementary. To celebrate this special Portland phenomenon, Vaux will offer a flight of chef Sara Woods famous grilled cheese sandwiches, a perfect after school snack for back to school. For adult counterparts, Vaux will offer a wine flight. 20% of proceeds from each flight will go toward Chapman Elementary. Visit anytime during the month of September to try the grilled cheese flight and wine flight, and be entered into a raffle with big prizes.

539 NW 21st Ave | 11:30 – 10 PM

Monday 9/16 – San Sai Japanese Grill

A long standing local sushi and Japanese grill hot spot that doesn’t break the bank. Rice bowls, noodle dishes, sushi, salads, meat and seafood plates, and more. Great kid friendly options (my picky kids love it), happy hour, and speedy service. It’s San Sai’s first time participating; let’s give them an extra special Chapman welcome and represent.  Back 2 School night is the following day so order take out a day early to make life run more smoothly. 

1650 NW 23rd | 12 – 11 PM

Tuesday 9/24 – Ruby Jewel Ice Cream Shop

Fun and whimsical space serving ice cream sandwiches, ice cream scoops, and sundaes. Easy quick walk from Chapman. Gift cards from here are a great birthday present or surprise staff with some ice cream sandwiches in the staff freezer. 

Subscribe to the Friends of Chapman calendar to get the most up to date schedule for all of this school year’s Dining Nights

See other options to help Chapman without donating $$ directly.  

Questions? Contact Nicole Mather.

Project Community Care Day – August 24

Saturday, August 24, 2019 | 9 AM – 12 PM | Chapman

We hope you and your family can join us for our annual Community Care Day! We will be sprucing up the school grounds in preparation for students’ return. Please come help pull weeds and spread some bark dust. Learn more about PPS Project Community Care.

Ice Cream Social + Swift Family Picnic

Monday, August 26, 2019 | Chapman

4:30 – 6:00 PM | Ice Cream Social

6:00 – Dusk | Swift Family Picnic

The annual Ice Cream Social is your opportunity to meet your child(ren)’s classroom teacher before the first day of school. Note: Class assignments for grades 1 – 5 will be sent in the mail beforehand. Kinders will receive class assignments after but will have the opportunity to meet the kindergarten teachers.

In addition, you will also be able to:

All parents, students, staff and friends are invited to stay after the social for the Swift Family Picnic. Meet on the viewing hill for an early-season Swift Watch (or just socialize if the Swifts are late in arriving!). Bring your own picnic or purchase pizza and water.


PARKING: Our friends at Montgomery Park (2701 NW Vaughn St) are making their lot available for parking. Biking/walking/public transport is highly encouraged!

FOOD: Bring your own picnic or pizza will be available for purchase after the social. Pizza slices $4, pizza + water $5, whole pizza for $32, while quantities last. If you want to pre-order a whole pizza, email Sara Hoeber by 1:30 PM that day.

BRING: Picnic blanket, dinner, and, if you’re so inclined, payment for PTA dues, pizza and Chapman gear. Cash, credit and checks accepted.

VOLUNTEER: If you want to get involved with the Ice Cream Social, either as a volunteer or representative for your organization/program, contact Molly Porter and Helen Shum.

Can’t make the social? No worries! Packets will be ready for you when school starts.