Chapman wins national PTA grant, will host digital education night for families March 12.

Chapman Elementary is one of five schools in Oregon and 200 across the nation to receive a national digital communities PTA grant. The award is for $1000 and will fund our online parent education night on the evening of March 12. Mark your calendars! 

The grant is one part of PTA Connected, an initiative to educate and engage families in digital wellness, security, access, equity and literacy. The initiative was formed partly due response to the growing needs and interest of parents nationwide.

Childcare for children younger than 7, and dinner for all attendees will be provided. More information TBA.

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

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Oregon Battle of the Books is Coming to Chapman!

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What is Oregon Battle of the Books? Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) is a statewide voluntary reading motivation and comprehension program sponsored by the Oregon Association of School Libraries. 16 books are chosen by committee.
Students are assigned to a team of 4-5 students from their class, they read 4-16 of the books, meet with their parent coach 1x per week, and participate in game show style competitions in late February/early March.
Who is eligible to participate? Any 3rd – 5th grade student.
How does my child participate? Return the permission slip that will be sent home Friday, 10/19. (Didn’t see that permission slip? No problem! Ask your teacher or contact Molly Porter or print from here: OBOB Parent Letter Permission Slip
Who assigns teams? Teachers.
How do I sign up to coach? Fill out and return the bottom of the sign up sheet that was sent home with your student. Attend the informational meeting Thursday, November 1stat 2:20in the Chapman school library. (Can’t attend. No problem! Fill out the bottom of the sign up sheet anyway and contact Molly Porter.)


Need more information?: Talk to your classroom teacher and/or contact the parent coordinators Molly Porter  at and Ashley Walker at You can also check out the official OBOB website

Parking guidance and drop-off lane etiquette

As we prepare to welcome Kindergartners back to our main campus, please take a moment to review these guidelines for parking and the car drop-off lane at Chapman. Your planning and patience are appreciated as we re-adjust back to a one-campus school.  Questions? Contact the office!

PARKING GUIDANCE | Chapman does not have a dedicated parking lot for families arriving by car.  Close street parking is fairly easy to find if you arrive before 7:45 a.m./2:00 p.m. and gets increasingly difficult every minute after that. The bus lane takes up all parking spaces on NW Raleigh along the north side of school. Parking availability may be subject to outside factors like the number of visitors at Wallace Park on a beautiful day. A few times a year, street cleaning, leaf removal or TV /film crews will affect parking availability. You will usually receive advance notice of those events from the office.

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DROP-OFF LANE ETIQUETTE | The car drop-off/pick up lane is located on NW Pettygrove and extends down about half a block to the fire hydrant. When using the drop-off lane, please observe the following guidelines in order to keep traffic flowing and everyone safe:

  • There is no staff escort from the drop off lane. (If you are a Kindergarten parent, please park and walk your student into the building.)
  • Drive slowly and keep an eye out for pedestrians. Children may not move predictably around cars and are often out of your line of sight.
  • Drivers must stay at the wheel. If you need to help your child get out, or need extra time to unload large school projects, etc, please park away from the lane.
  • After you have dropped your child off, please promptly exit the lane. This is a courtesy to parents who are waiting behind you and helps prevent safety issues caused a back up of cars.
  • If you are picking a child up and cannot stay at the wheel, please park away from the lane and pick your child up from their designated dismissal area.

Please do your best to ensure that students are at school on time and ready to learn by 8:00 a.m.! 



Adding/Syncing School Calendars


UPDATE: Web feed now syncs to district/school calendar only as of 10/30/2018

The red calendar you will receive in your back-to-school packet was printed before many Chapman school event dates were established. Friends of Chapman maintains its own calendar with other important school-specific dates like holidays. It does not have grading period information or district-wide board meeting info.

If you’d like add/sync the Friends of Chapman calendar, here is the link:

If you’d like the add the district calendar or aren’t sure how to sync a calendar, here is the district link and instructions.


Head Start openings are available for 2018-19 school year.

FREE PRESCHOOL for low-income families! Neighborhood House Head Start has a classroom for ages 3-5 years at Friendly House on NW 26thAve. We provide high-quality preschool and family support. We have open slots for the 2018-2019 school year! We also have a Home Visiting program for children 0-3 years old. Please call 503-246-1663, extension 7307 or email Share this post to spread the word to families with young children.

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