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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Share this post to spread the word to families with young children.
Pamela Van Der Wolf will be at tomorrow’s PTA coffee in Room 6 at Main campus to answer questions on staffing and district budget process. Below is a list of answers she has prepared for the most common questions she has received. The district has also prepared a Powerpoint presentation on its new staffing model, which you can review here.
Q: Why are we losing the AP at our main campus?
A: The current enrollment numbers needed to receive an AP is 550. With both campuses combined, we are currently less than that, and we are projected to be at 522 next year, still quite below.
Q: Would we be able to increase our staffing if kindergartners moved to the main campus?
A: Actually, our staffing would decrease. We would lose both AP positions, as well as all of our kindergarten EAs. While this is not a reason to keep our kindergarten program at the Ramona, this is a rumor that has been circulating that I want to make sure is cleared up.
Q: Then why are we keeping our kinders at the Ramona? Don’t we have enough space at the main campus?
A: I don’t know all of the factors that were considered when the powers that be made this decision, but I do know that one of them is that the district has projections that show our enrollment going up again within a couple of years. I will continue to communicate the needs of Chapman with my senior director and assistant superintendent and they will then communicate that to the district’s space utilization committee.
Q: The student numbers for classrooms seem unusually large at Chapman. Is this happening elsewhere?
A: The caps are the same for every elementary school in PPS, and many other schools are experiencing large classroom sizes similar to ours. Caps on class sizes, however, are not static, and often change from year to year.
For those of you who are new to the district or not sure how PPS board meetings operate, here’s some news you may be able to use for tonight’s meeting:
If you are planning to attend the meeting and have questions, please contact parents Molly Porter or Veery Harper. The meeting is at PPS headquarters at 501 N. Dixon. Public comment should start at 7 p.m. but keep in mind that seating and parking will likely be tough to find by then. Public comment spots are secured in advance – it is not an ‘open mike’ situation. Molly will be speaking tonight on behalf of Chapman and she will appreciate your presence and support. The back of the room is open, so you may leave without being too disruptive at any time.
If you are not able to attend the meeting (or at home on kid duty!) but want to follow online, the agenda, meeting materials and a link to the PPS livestream feed are all here.
There is a private, parent-administered group on Facebook called “N/NE PPS enrollment balancing discussion group” that often provides a live blog of PPS board meetings by a parent. You’ll need to request an add just like our Friends of Chapman group page. There is a high level of passionate parent engagement on this page, so if you feel inclined to comment, please know that you are representing not just yourself, but our school community in the context of a broader, district-wide discussion space.
Finally, remember that tonight is Dining night at the NW Pok Pok! Given our issues with budget cuts, every dollar counts, right?