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.

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