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!

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!

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)

Dining for Dollar$ – Tap & Table and Ruby Jewel – TODAY

Next door neighbors Tap & Table and Ruby Jewel (NW 23rd and Raleigh) will both be donating a portion of today’s sales back to Chapman. Come out and enjoy family friendly and tasty pub fare as well as ice cream sandwiches scooped by some of our very own Chapman teachers. We will have teachers from 3rd grade, 5th grade, and our music teacher Mr. Clark scooping. Ruby Jewel is even debuting freshly scooped small size ice cream sandwiches at a special rate of only $3! Open for lunch and dinner. Gift cards count too.

Portland Child Art Studio – December Fundraiser

Special After-School Open Studio Holiday Arts & Crafts Chapman Fundraiser

December 9-13 and December 16-20 | 4:00 – 6:00 pm
portland CHILD Art Studio | 1819 NW Everett Street (Parking lot off Flanders) | Located inside the NW Children’s Theater.

Make gifts and art for loved ones in a fun art space ready for you to tap into your creativity.  

Admission is $20 per kid.  $10/kid with Oregon Trail Card. Kids must be accompanied by an adult but all adults get in free and can make gifts too. No sign-up needed; just drop-in.

Let us know you’re connected to Chapman and 25% of your admission will be donated to Chapman Elementary. 

All are welcome.  

Dining for Dollar$ – December

Raise money for Chapman by eating food from preset neighborhood restaurants. Dine with friends and family, order take out, and buy gift cards. It all helps! Restaurants will donate a portion of their day’s proceeds back to Chapman. We have raised over $3,200 after 7 events and so many moments of Chapman families enjoying themselves and their community.

We have several opportunities in December to help keep cooking off your long list of to-do’s. 

Tuesday 12/3 – Great Notions Brewing (behind Montgomery Park off of Nicolai St). It’s open from 11 AM to 9 PM. Calling all Chapman Dad’s to Chapman Dad’s Night starting at 7 PM.

Thursday 12/5 – Next door neighbors Tap & Table and Ruby Jewel (NW 23rd between Raleigh and Savier) are hosting together. There will be Chapman teachers scooping ice cream from 3rd grade, 5th grade, music teacher Mr. Clark and possible other surprise staff appearances. Entertainment will be playing on the projector at Ruby Jewel. Ruby Jewel will also be debuting the freshly scooped “small” sized ice cream sandwich priced at a special low Chapman rate of $3. While waiting for food at Tap & Table, send the kids over to enjoy what Ruby Jewel has to offer. Tap & Table continues to be incredibly generous by offering 40% of total sales for the day back to Chapman. Their delicious pub fare and vegetarian options make it a family friendly hit. Gift cards count –  possible holiday gift idea?

Wednesday 12/11 – Chipotle on NW Burnside Dining for Dollar$ opportunity. It’s the first time Chapman is trying out Chipotle. They have a big parking lot and quick service. Great place for a quick meal on the run. Spread the word please.

  1. You must say “Chapman” to the cashier. Anyone can go but they must know to say “Chapman”.
  2. Only counts if you go between 5 – 9 PM.
  3. Buying Gift Cards does not count at this one.

Let’s make it the most successful month yet!