Dining for Dollar$ – September

Raise money for Chapman by eating food from pre-set neighborhood restaurants.  Dine with friends and family, order take out, and spread the word. Restaurants will donate a portion of their day’s proceeds back to Chapman. Let’s eat!

Participating Restaurants in September  

425 NW 9th | vauxpdx.com


The newly launched restaurant Vaux (pronounced vawks) at the Canopy Portland Pearl District will celebrate the return of its namesake Vaux’s Swifts to Chapman Elementary. To celebrate this special Portland phenomenon, Vaux will offer a flight of chef Sara Woods famous grilled cheese sandwiches, a perfect after school snack for back to school. For adult counterparts, Vaux will offer a wine flight. 20% of proceeds from each flight will go toward Chapman Elementary. Visit anytime during the month of September to try the grilled cheese flight and wine flight, and be entered into a raffle with big prizes.

539 NW 21st Ave | 11:30 – 10 PM

Monday 9/16 – San Sai Japanese Grill

A long standing local sushi and Japanese grill hot spot that doesn’t break the bank. Rice bowls, noodle dishes, sushi, salads, meat and seafood plates, and more. Great kid friendly options (my picky kids love it), happy hour, and speedy service. It’s San Sai’s first time participating; let’s give them an extra special Chapman welcome and represent.  Back 2 School night is the following day so order take out a day early to make life run more smoothly. 

1650 NW 23rd | 12 – 11 PM

Tuesday 9/24 – Ruby Jewel Ice Cream Shop

Fun and whimsical space serving ice cream sandwiches, ice cream scoops, and sundaes. Easy quick walk from Chapman. Gift cards from here are a great birthday present or surprise staff with some ice cream sandwiches in the staff freezer. 

Subscribe to the Friends of Chapman calendar to get the most up to date schedule for all of this school year’s Dining Nights

See other options to help Chapman without donating $$ directly.  

Questions? Contact Nicole Mather.

After School / Enrichment Programs – Sign up now!

With school back in session, are you looking for after care or enrichment ideas? Look no further! Did you know that you can see a list of after school class/enrichment programs offered at Chapman this fall in one place on the After Care and Enrichment page of this site? See what activities might fit your family’s interest and schedule! Classes are open for registration now, and some begin in just a few weeks, so be sure to check out the page for all the details. (Some classes can unfortunately get cancelled or delayed due to low enrollment, so don’t forget to spread the word about classes to ensure enough participation!)

Kids Like Languages – $10 off Chapman After School Classes

Kids Like Languages is provides foreign language and culture classes to preschool, elementary, and middle school students in the Portland area.

They are starting a NEW fall program at Chapman with ASL and Spanish classes, and currently are offering a $10 off with early registration.

  • ASL classes are on Mondays, 2:20 – 3:15 PM, from 9/23 through 12/9 (10 sessions).
  • Spanish classes are on Wednesdays, 2:20 – 3:15 PM, from 9/13 through 12/4 (11 sessions).

Enroll in Kids Like Languages (Spanish or ASL) class before 9/8 and get $10 off using promo code EARLY2019.

Click here for the direct enrollment link or download the flyer.

Visit the After Care and Enrichment page for more programs offered this fall 2019.

BottleDrop Give

Fill a Blue Bag & Raise Money for Chapman!

Love your school? Love the environment? Now you can help both at the same time! We’re excited to announce that Chapman Elementary is participating in the BottleDrop Give program to help raise money for our school. Collect your Oregon refundable cans, plastic & glass bottles (water, kombucha, Gatorade, beer, soda, La Croix…) and put them in a blue bag with a special Chapman barcode, return to your local Freddies or Safeway BottleDrop, and $.10 per can/bottle will go to our PTA/Foundation. Be on the lookout for Blue Bag handouts at the Ice Cream Social on 8/26, round ups, and in the school office, or contact Monica Geller directly.

Click here to learn more about how to participate in the BottleDrop Give program. It’s easy as 1-2-3!

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.