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

Calling all freelancers, side-giggers, contractors and otherwise self-employed business owners!

Do you own your own business, freelance, or have a little something going on the side? Do you ever wish you had a community-based directory of businesses and services to call on or refer others to?

Parent Lissa Manion has stepped up to help us create a community business directory. If you provide a service or own a business that may be of interest to the Chapman community, we encourage you to fill out this form! All listings are free through an introductory period that will run through end of the school year. This fall, we may offer free listings to Chapman PTA members and charge a small fee for community members at large. Access to the listings themselves will be always be public.

For now, we are keeping things simple, by including this directory in spreadsheet format on our parent resources page. Depending on the level of interest, we may make some snazzier improvements this summer.

Lissa also hosts a regular networking event for women business owners and would be open to hosting one for the Chapman community if there is interest. Please contact Lissa at lissa.manion@gmail.com if you are interested in either of these opportunities or have questions, feedback or ideas on the directory.

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

Reminder: Check lost and found and pick up your auction items tomorrow!

Help! Clear the lost and found before it swallows up our children!

Also, if you have won items in the auction, please remember to pick up your bounty before or after school tomorrow (Friday).

Thanks to Natalie Maciukenas for organizing the jackets, sweatshirt, and miscellaneous items left behind and to Emily Price and Sarah Groom for organizing such a great event!

New to Chapman? Know someone who is?

We have had an incredibly hard time getting contact emails into our parent directory for families who are new to Chapman this year.

The password-protected parent directory is a service of the PTA that allows parents to access email, phone and classroom assignments children at Chapman. It is also the only way that the PTA/Foundation can easily send direct emails to families or for classrooms/grades to self-organize.

We feel it’s important for new families to be connected to our parent community, so if you are new to Chapman, please know that we are trying our best to add all new families who wish to be included. If you have not received any emails from Friends of Chapman this year, please make sure you are in our parent directory by sending whatever you’d like included (child(ren)’s name/teacher/parent email(s)/phone) to  chapmanptamembership@gmail.com.

If you know of a family who is new, please share this message.

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?

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.

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 mollyehporter@yahoo.com and Ashley Walker at ashleygrace80000@gmail.com. You can also check out the official OBOB website www.oregonbattleofthebooks.org

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.!