Tonight! Dining for Dollars at Pok Pok!

Thanks @PokPokPDX for donating a portion of tonight’s Northwest location sales to Chapman Elementary! Our community appreciates your support of public education!

For those unfamiliar with Pok Pok:

Here’s the menu: https://www.pokpoknw.com/menus

**Note that the Northwest Location is offering a special for Portland Dining Month – 3 courses for $33!

Location: 1639 NW Marshall St. See you there!

Calling all freelancers, side-giggers, contractors and otherwise self-employed business owners!

Do you own your own business, freelance, or have a little something going on the side? Do you ever wish you had a community-based directory of businesses and services to call on or refer others to?

Parent Lissa Manion has stepped up to help us create a community business directory. If you provide a service or own a business that may be of interest to the Chapman community, we encourage you to fill out this form! All listings are free through an introductory period that will run through end of the school year. This fall, we may offer free listings to Chapman PTA members and charge a small fee for community members at large. Access to the listings themselves will be always be public.

For now, we are keeping things simple, by including this directory in spreadsheet format on our parent resources page. Depending on the level of interest, we may make some snazzier improvements this summer.

Lissa also hosts a regular networking event for women business owners and would be open to hosting one for the Chapman community if there is interest. Please contact Lissa at lissa.manion@gmail.com if you are interested in either of these opportunities or have questions, feedback or ideas on the directory.

Rescheduled: PTA Digital Family Night. PTA meeting is back on, March 12 featuring an internet safety talk from Gwen Sullivan

We need to re-schedule the PTA digital families night originally set for next Tuesday, March 12. Keep an eye out for more information about a new date (and possible location!) for this event!

Next Tuesday, March 12 we’ll have a regular PTA meeting featuring an internet safety talk by our media specialist Gwen Sullivan. An email from Friends of Chapman is on the way with more information about the talk and agenda for the meeting.

New to Chapman? Know someone who is?

We have had an incredibly hard time getting contact emails into our parent directory for families who are new to Chapman this year.

The password-protected parent directory is a service of the PTA that allows parents to access email, phone and classroom assignments children at Chapman. It is also the only way that the PTA/Foundation can easily send direct emails to families or for classrooms/grades to self-organize.

We feel it’s important for new families to be connected to our parent community, so if you are new to Chapman, please know that we are trying our best to add all new families who wish to be included. If you have not received any emails from Friends of Chapman this year, please make sure you are in our parent directory by sending whatever you’d like included (child(ren)’s name/teacher/parent email(s)/phone) to  chapmanptamembership@gmail.com.

If you know of a family who is new, please share this message.

Reminder: Share your thoughts on Chapman by responding to the PPS district survey

Take the survey today! You can complete the survey from a computer, tablet, or smartphone. It should only take 15-20 minutes of your time.

Select the school your child attends and answer the questions for that school. If you have children at more than one PPS school, please complete one survey for each school your children attend. If you need help taking the survey please contact your school secretary.

https://surveys.panoramaed.com/portlandor/ppsfamily/surveys…

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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!