Urgent: Scholastic Books Needs A Coordinator or Spring Fair Will Be Cancelled

Chapman has held the Scholastic Book Fair in the fall and spring for many years, coordinated by parent Missy Lieser. (Thank you, Missy!)

Revenue from the fair benefits Friends of Chapman and our library. Friends of Chapman also provides outreach funds so that students in need are able to purchase books to take home.

We have struggled to identify a parent volunteer to coordinate this spring’s fair so we will need to cancel the fair if no one steps up by Feb. 6. 

Coordinating the fair is a week-long commitment, along with some administrative duties pre-and post-fair. Molly Porter, volunteer coordinator, will help you recruit parents to set up and run the registers in the mornings and afternoons before and after school.  Contact Missy for more information about what this project entails. It is a great option for a parent (or two) who wants a limited-term/project-based commitment, believes in the power of reading  – and who has some flexibility in their daytime schedule.

Wanted: MLK Day of Service Project Organizer

From Molly Porter, PTA Volunteer Coordinator:

Looking for a MLK/National Day of Service project? For years I have organized a garden clean up/prep for spring work party at Chapman. I won’t be here this year to organize, but I’m happy to help you with the details if you’d like to make this event happen.

Connect with Molly at mollyehporter@yahoo.com

Help Needed with Lost and Found

Screen Shot 2018-11-26 at 7.08.49 PMLost and Found Help | Monday, December 3 to Wednesday, December 5. Volunteers sort the clothing, return items with names on them to the right classes, and bag the unidentified items. Once clothes have been bagged people can sign up to take a bag home to wash and return to school. All clean, unclaimed items get sent to the PTA Clothing Center. More information and sign up here. 

Help feed teachers and staff during conferences, Nov. 19-20!

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Please support our school tradition of providing dinner to our wonderful teachers on November 19 and 20 during Parent-Teacher conferences.

Sign up to drop off a dinner item such as an appetizer, entree, side dish, dessert, drink and more. Can’t bring an item? No problem, sign up to help set up or clean up. Please use sign up form to indicate how you can help.

We will be serving about 25 people in Room 18 at the main Chapman building. (Prepare a dish to serve 6-8) Dinner is scheduled from 5 to 6 pm on both nights. Please bring your item with a serving utensil by 4:30. All containers will be washed and left in the room for pick up.

Sign up for Monday conferences here. 

Sign up for Tuesday conferences here. 

Questions? Direct to Conference Dinner Coordinator, Jill Kemper. jill@kempernorth.com




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

Project and event vacancies 2018-19


Chapman’s robust and lively school culture is due, in large part, to the many parent-led enrichment, community building, and fundraising events held throughout the year.  We serve kids at our school and in the broader community, express appreciation to our fine staff, and raise funds to fill the gap in staffing and services.

In order to ensure a smooth transition to the next school year, we would like to have 2018-19 project and event leads in place before the start of next school year. Events/projects with no identified leads for two years in a row may be retired. Partnerships are encouraged and help lighten the organizing load. All of these positions are for specific events and are a great fit for parents who enjoy project-focused work and/or are available for a finite amount of time.  If you want a particular event or opportunity to continue, it’s important that you step up.

Event and Project Lead Openings for 2018-19 

Contact the previous lead parent or Molly Porter with interest or questions.

Swift Watch Pizza/Gear Sales ( *This event will be held only two weekends in September, a change from previous years.)

PTA Coffees (Fridays, about twice a month)

Community Dinner (Fall)

Children’s Book Harvest (November)

Conference Meals for Teachers (November)

Battle of the Books (December-March) Molly Porter needs a partner to co-lead this

Scholastic Book Fair (Fall and Spring)

PTA Clothing Closet (Fall and Spring)

Staff Appreciation Week (May)

Talent Show (Spring) This person works in tandem with Art Ball organizer(s))