Online Scholastic Book Fair – Today 5/18 thru 5/31

Starting today, our school is hosting a Virtual Scholastic Book Fair from 5/18 – 5/31.

The Virtual Fair is a fantastic way to get books in the hands of our students now to keep them reading at home. And also a way to support our school! Ms. Cynthia has just ordered hundreds of books for our library using the rewards from the last book fair. Kids will be thrilled next year!All purchases benefit our school and earn rewards (25% of sales go back to Chapman)

* Shop Book Fair exclusives, best-sellers, skill-builders and more
* Orders ship direct to home
* Book-only orders over $25* receive FREE shipping
* Over 6,000 items to choose from through the Scholastic Store Online
* Visit our Book Fair Homepage and click “Shop Now” to get started:

If you have any questions, please reach out to Lais Marques, our Chapman parent coordinating the book fair. 

Latest Auction Updates

Saturday, March 7, 2020 • Doors open 6 p.m. • Vacasa in the Pearl District, 850 NW 13th Ave. Parking is limited to street parking. Please take a Lyft or Uber.

Tickets: $85/person, available online now:
Food: International Sampler including XLB buns, spring rolls, Tamale Boy tacos, mediterranean platters and more!
Drinks: Sasquatch Brewing beer and New West cider, local wines, sparkling waters and sodas
Fun: Pay-to-play games, photo booth and Jock Jams Dance party!

Attending the auction is your ONLY CHANCE to bid on priceless classroom art, kid-designed flags and the AMAZING class baskets each grade put together. The fifth grade “great outdoors” basket is valued at more than $600!

In addition to the grade-specific items, the live auction will include a “paddle raise” for staffing for the next school year. This money is restricted and can only be spent on staffing, like EAs.

Opens Wednesday, March 4 at 8am! 

The Silent Auction is open to everyone in our school community, regardless of event ticket. There are some great items being added daily, go to the auction website to peruse before it goes live!

Come as your favorite country, favorite Olympian (summer or winter games) or create a team costume with parents from your class/grade!

If you still have items for your grade’s class basket please leave them in the school office tagged “auction/___ grade class basket” and it will get added. If you cannot make it to school, please email Emily at and an auction team member will get it from you.

2020 Auction: Early Bird Tickets on Sale Today!

Auction tickets are on sale starting Wednesday January 22nd. Take advantage of early bird pricing ($70 / person) before prices go up! One ticket includes entry, dinner, dessert, and drinks.

Volunteer the night of the auction and your ticket is free! Sign up to volunteer.

Email Emily at for questions and more info.

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 if you can help with any of the above!
  • Visit 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 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 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!