Congrats to Anneka Winters and Dave Gardner, winners of a $25 Eb & Bean Giftcard!

Of the 131 end-of-the-year survey respondents, 49 entered the drawing for the Eb and Bean gift card.

Those names were entered into a spreadsheet and a random number generator chose #3 (Anneka Winters) and #21 which indicated, “If I’m drawn, please provide the gift card to a staff member who is rarely recognized for their efforts. 

The PTA board has chosen to award the second card to Dave Gardner, our school custodian. Thank you, Dave, for all your hard work! Thanks again to all who took the time to share their thoughts on our school community and congrats to the winners! A full report on the survey results will be emailed in the next week or so.

Last Chance: Survey Closes Tonight!

Thanks to the 122 parents and caregivers who have taken the time to share their feedback on the end-of-the-year survey. Here’s a preview of the response to the first question:

Right now, we have comparatively low representation from K-2 parents and, judging from emails for the gift card drawing… fathers. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by. If you have an observation, issue or idea about how to improve the parent community, this is your chance to share it.

I’ll draw the winners of the $25 Eb and Bean gift cards at 5 p.m today and plan to issue the full report within a week!

Thanks all!

Helen Shum

2018-19 PTA Communications Chair

Oregon Education Funding Issues Demand Action

Dear Chapman Families,

It is truly a critical time in Oregon’s public schools, as the state faces major funding shortfalls. Portland Public Schools (PPS) anticipates over $17 million shortfall which means a reduction in services and staff. Portland schools will see bigger class sizes, fewer support staff (counselors, ELL teachers, learning resource teachers, Assistant Principals, and more). At Chapman next year, we may have many as 31 students in first grade classrooms and 36 in fifth grade. The funding crisis starts at the state level, and unless something changes while the Oregon legislature is in session now, our schools will continue to be chronically underfunded. 

The lack of state funding is not an issue that will go away if we fundraise more for our school this year or next year, or the year after. If our leaders do not make policy changes, our schools will continue to be underfunded and the shortfall will get greater and greater, making it impossible for parents to fundraise their way out of it. 

NOW is the time to let our state leaders know education matters to us and force them to make bold changes to Oregon’s education funding.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Start with a quick push-button letter to our legislators:
Invest in students. Invest in success. Email your legislator today.

Attend the budget hearing in Portland this Thursday March 21st: 
STATE BUDGET COMMUNITY HEARING – PUBLIC TESTIMONY
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Date: March 21st, 2019
Where: Portland Community College – Cascade
MAHB 104 Auditorium
5514 N. Albina Ave.
PORTLAND, OR 97217

ATTEND PTA COFFEE:
This Friday March 22nd after Round Up!

LEARN MORE:
OSBA News
Oregon Legislator Recommendations
Money for schools, or for PERS?
Oregon Business Plan Revenue Report
Oregon Revenue Roundtable Proposal

Ready to write a letter?
2019 Talking Points

WHO CAN YOU WRITE TO?
Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward
Party: Democratic Party
District: 17
Phone: 503-986-1717
Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-213, Salem, OR 97301
Sen.ElizabethSteinerHayward@oregonlegislature.gov
http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/steinerhayward

Representative Mitch Greenlick
Party: Democratic Party
District: 33
Phone: 503-986-1433
Address: 900 Court St NE, H-493, Salem, OR, 97301
Rep.MitchGreenlick@oregonlegislature.gov
http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/greenlick

Suzanne Bonamici
Party: Democratic Party
District: Congressional District 1
Phone: 503-469-6010
Address: 12725 SW Millikan Way, Suite 220 Beaverton, OR 97005
Click to email
http://bonamici.house.gov

If you live adjacent to Chapman, check here to confirm who represents your district.

If you do write a letter, please share it with our community – share it on Friends of Chapman Facebook page, share it with other parents or send it to me.

Got other ideas, questions or comments?  Please email them to me and let’s support public education in Oregon together. 

Morgan Nystrom
Chapman PTA President
moko_77@yahoo.com

Happy 122nd Birthday PTA and Thank You!

Today is the 122nd anniversary of the founding of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), originally formed as The National Congress of Mothers. In 1897, (before women had the right to vote!) Alice McLellan Birney and Phoebe Apperson Hearst organized what was essentially the first “PTA meeting” by bringing together more than 2,000 supporters to advocate for children’s interests in Washington D.C.

As the largest and oldest volunteer child advocacy organization in nation, the PTA has pushed for programs and reforms that still benefit our children today, including the creation of kindergarten classes, child labor laws, special education and school hot lunch programs. Amazing, right?

At the school level, the Chapman PTA works to build and support family engagement in partnership with teachers and staff. This year, we hope you have noticed:

  • an increased emphasis on events that build family engagement like the Swift Family Run, Community Dinner, and upcoming parent education night, in addition to “old” favorites like the Ice Cream Social, STEM night, Art Ball and Talent Show.
  • easier and more equitable access to after school enrichment classes, school-wide events and auction parties (funded, in large part, by a record-setting outreach  paddle raise at last year’s auction.)
  • sustained and improved efforts to share information of interest to parents via our in-school bulletin board, PTA Coffees, new grade-level representatives, website and social media channels.
  • intentional efforts to grow and expand our volunteer and member base. Our PTA waives membership fees on request because financial barriers should not prevent parents from active engagement in their school community.

We could not and can not do this without YOU! A HUGE shout out to the legions of volunteers who make Chapman a great place to be. 

A strong PTA member base helps us to:

  • more effectively advocate for staffing and other resource needs.
  • more broadly and accurately represent parent voices.
  • more efficiently organize and hear from teachers about we can best support them and their classrooms.

We hope you will help us celebrate this important milestone in child advocacy by joining the PTA, signing up to volunteer and/or attending tomorrow’s March for Students in Salem!  On Friday, Feb. 22, please join us for a special treat along with coffee after round up! 

THANK YOU for believing that public education matters! 

 

 

Have something you’d like to share with the Chapman community?

Welcome to the Friends of Chapman website – a parent-run portal for our neighborhood school community. We are NOT an official PPS school page and the information offered here is often not duplicated or available through the school communication channels. Please sign up for email updates (look in the sidebar to your right!)  if you’d like to keep up to date on events and offerings – especially if you are not on social media.

If you have news to share, questions or feedback about the site, please email the Chapman PTA Communications chair at chapmanptacomm@gmail.com.

If you represent an after school, enrichment or sports program and want to share information about it to our community, please email your information and flyers (image file  preferred – jpg or png) to the above email.

Picture Day Retakes are now rescheduled for Tues. Nov. 13. All grades.

From the office: If you’d like to have your child’s picture retaken, please bring back the original pictures.

If you are new or missed the original date, you can pick up an order form in the office. Pre-orders for picture packages may be placed online now at

https://ios.mydorian.com using your school’s access key provided here: 3NEBLD9W.

Online orders using your school’s access key are available up to 4 days after retake day. If you order online, please print the receipt and send it with your child’s order form.

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Introducing your 2018-19 PTA and Foundation Board

Elections for the PTA board were held at the last general membership meeting of the school year on May 1.  Please welcome:

Morgan Nystrom, President 

Ursula Lalovic, Secretary 

Devin Lorain, Treasurer 

Cari Schwerd, Ramona Representative

Board members continuing next year are:

Natalie Maciukenas, Membership Chair 

Molly Porter and Brenda Olbeter, Family Engagement Coordinators

Helen Shum, Communications Chair

2018-19 Foundation Officers remain as follows:

Nici Griffith, Chair

Monica Geller, Vice chair

Anna Dvortcsak, Treasurer

Veery Harper, Auction Chair

Kelly Farrell, Dining for Dollar$ Coordinator

Trish Murley, Grant Writing Coordinator

Hats off to our outgoing officers: Secretary, Alison Church; Treasurer, Dania Cook; Ramona Representatives, Nicole Mather and Lorien Steele, President, Christy Marten and auction co-chair Sarah Groom! These six women have given many, many collective hours of service to our students and families and our school community is better for it! In addition, we must extend a special thank you to Anne Williams for serving as the PTA teacher representative for the past two years!

Vacant PTA board positions for 2018-19 are:

Vice-President

Treasurer-elect

Outreach

Please contact Morgan Nystrom if you are interested in (or have someone to suggest!) for any of the above vacant positions or have questions, comments or ideas for improving the work of Friends of Chapman.  More information is here.