Project Community Care Day – August 24

Saturday, August 24, 2019 | 9 AM – 12 PM | Chapman

We hope you and your family can join us for our annual Community Care Day! We will be sprucing up the school grounds in preparation for students’ return. Please come help pull weeds and spread some bark dust. Learn more about PPS Project Community Care.

Ice Cream Social + Swift Family Picnic

Monday, August 26, 2019 | Chapman

4:30 – 6:00 PM | Ice Cream Social

6:00 – Dusk | Swift Family Picnic

The annual Ice Cream Social is your opportunity to meet your child(ren)’s classroom teacher before the first day of school. Note: Class assignments for grades 1 – 5 will be sent in the mail beforehand. Kinders will receive class assignments after but will have the opportunity to meet the kindergarten teachers.

In addition, you will also be able to:

All parents, students, staff and friends are invited to stay after the social for the Swift Family Picnic. Meet on the viewing hill for an early-season Swift Watch (or just socialize if the Swifts are late in arriving!). Bring your own picnic or purchase pizza and water.


PARKING: Our friends at Montgomery Park (2701 NW Vaughn St) are making their lot available for parking. Biking/walking/public transport is highly encouraged!

FOOD: Bring your own picnic or pizza will be available for purchase after the social. Pizza slices $4, pizza + water $5, whole pizza for $32, while quantities last. If you want to pre-order a whole pizza, email Sara Hoeber by 1:30 PM that day.

BRING: Picnic blanket, dinner, and, if you’re so inclined, payment for PTA dues, pizza and Chapman gear. Cash, credit and checks accepted.

VOLUNTEER: If you want to get involved with the Ice Cream Social, either as a volunteer or representative for your organization/program, contact Molly Porter and Helen Shum.

Can’t make the social? No worries! Packets will be ready for you when school starts.

Now Recruiting: PTA and Foundation Board Positions for 2019-20 school year

It’s time to fill PTA and Foundation board positions for the 2018-19 school year! Elections will be held at the May PTA meeting, so that we can plan for a smooth transition. If you have any background or interest in the following positions (or would like to suggest someone you think would be great!), please contact the current board member indicated.

More on the PTA and Foundation is here.

Anticipated open positions are as follows:


Treasurer-Elect – 2 year commitment. (One year as treasurer-elect and the next as treasurer.) Supports the treasurer in tracking and keeping PTA financial records, preparing monthly reports to the board, depositing funds, and working with foundation board. Accounting or bookkeeping background is helpful, but not a requirement for this position if you are detail-oriented and willing to learn.

Contact Cari Shwerd, for more information.

Communications Chair – 2 year commitment.  Supports board/event chairs with communications needs. Maintains website, including online calendar. Shares relevant news and information through the year via blog post, social media, e-newsletter and emails. Works with Membership Chair to post Parent Directory and After School/Enrichment listings. Experience with WordPress, Mailchimp, Google office suite (or similar platforms/programs) is helpful, but not required if you are willing to learn.

Contact Helen Shum, for more information.


Chair – Works with Foundation Board, PTA and Principal to set fundraising goals – how much to raise and what the funding will be spent on.  Reaches out to parents and local businesses for fundraising and sponsorships. Works with Foundation grant writer to find and submit school grants. Leads Foundation meetings – bi-yearly or quarterly as needed.  Ideally is able to attend PTA meetings.

Contact Nici Griffith, 503-351-1882 or for more information.

Treasurer – The foundation treasurer works with the foundation board to identify fundraising needs and with the PTA treasurer to create a budget. Specific duties are minimal and include:

  • Track income and expense in journal
  • Invoice and issue receipts for Turf Banners
  • Coordinate tax filing
  • Issue check to PPS Equity Fund (Once a year)

This is a great way to get involved in the Chapman community. Please contact Anna Dvortcsak: for details

Have an interest in improving our school culture? Still seeking two parent members to serve on Chapman’s site council

Here’s a brief description of what the site council is all about from Principal Van Der Wolf Please contact her if you are interested and can meet once a month with staff at 2:30 p.m.

What is Site Council?

Site Council is a team made of an equal number of parents and teachers, a classified representative (these are our EAs and secretaries), and the principal.

We look specifically at our school improvement plan and come up with ideas to help implement it.

Last year, the main component of our school improvement plan was creating a positive school climate for students and stronger communication with families. The Site Council pushed for the Chimney Flyer, our school newsletter, to come out once a month in a paper format as a way to improve communication. It also reviewed the social-emotional learning curriculum, Caring School Communities, and made a presentation to staff in support of Chapman adopting it for the year.

We meet right after school at 2:30 once a month.  

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! 



Who’s Ready to Rumble? It’s OBOB Battle Time!

Best of luck to all our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade readers who have been working hard and reading voraciously these past few months in preparation for the annual Oregon Battle of the Books competition.

Special thanks to our volunteer coordinators, Molly Porter and Ashley Walker, our amazing library aide, Cynthia Stevens, and all the parent coaches who help make this so much fun for our students!

Specific battles dates, times and locations are on the Friends of Chapman calendar. Coordinators will let parent coaches know if scheduling changes will need to be made due to weather.