The Spring Book Fair is coming!

Join your Chapman community May 20-24 in the art room (basement) for the Spring BOGO Book Fair.

The fair will be open for shopping 7:40-8 am and 2:15-3 pm each day M-F. And for each book you buy, get second one FREE. It’s a great opportunity to fill up your kiddos’ shelves for summer, or to give a new book for the classroom. 

New this year: Scholastic is offering eWallet, an account you can set up for your child and fund using a credit card- no cash required, and you set the book budget. Details below.

Would you like to help out? Click here to volunteer for setting up the room, or for short morning or afternoon shifts at the register.  Thanks!

Questions? Contact
See you at the fair!

Here is a more detailed list of eWallet steps:

  • Click here for the Scholastic website
  • Enter zipcode 97210 and select Chapman
  • Scroll down and click on the orange “Get Started” button
  • Scroll down and click on “Go to eWallet”Click on Register to set up a Scholastic account
  • Then set up an account for each of your children and enter credit card information.

Registration open: PTA Digital Families Night @ Forest Park Elem. is May 22.

Have you talked with your kids about internet safety? Now’s the time. Join us for hands-on parent and student activities that help you practice together.

Register now for Digital Family night in partnership with Forest Park Elementary and thanks to a grant from National PTA and Facebook.

Dinner available at 6 p.m. Event begins promptly at 6:30 and includes a set of three highly-interactive stations that help students and families learn how to navigate the digital world safely and responsibly.

We’ll also have a drawing for a $100 screen-free family activity of your choice and other fun surprises for participants!

More information and details are on the registration page. Email with questions.

Ruby Jewel Offers a Delicious Way to Celebrate its NW Grand Opening. Family Weekend to benefit Chapman and Friendly House!

Grand Opening Week Events

Ruby Jewel will collaborate with some favorite partners for daily ice cream specials the week of May 13-May 17, including Blue Star Donuts and Nossa Familia Coffee.

Family Weekend will be May 18-May 19 with a coloring contest, stickers and giveaways. 15 % of ice cream sales from the Family Weekend will benefit Chapman Elementary School and Friendly House.

Grand opening hours are noon to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday and noon to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Save the [NEW] Date and Location! Digital Families Night will be held May 22 at Forest Park Elementary!

Mark your calendars! We’ll be partnering with our friends at Forest Park Elementary to hold the National PTA and Facebook Digital Communities Night at a new location on Wednesday, May 22.

If you have ever worried or wondered about your family’s screen time usage, social media health or privacy – this is the night for you! In this highly interactive event, families will learn how to create a safe password, discuss what is safe and appropriate to share online, and talk about their current online habits and usage as a family.

Those who complete all three stations of the event (10-15 minutes each) will be entered in a drawing for our grand prize – $100 to spend on a family time activity of your choice! We’ll also have a number of door prizes, including gift certificates to MudPuddles Toy Store, Powells and More!

WHERE/WHEN: This FREE event will be held at Forest Park Elementary,
 9935 NW Durrett St . Dinner available 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Program starts promptly at 6:30 p.m.

WHO’S INVITED? Any Chapman or Forest Park student and their older siblings (from any school) are welcome to participate. The content we will cover is most appropriate for ages 8-13.


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


You won’t want to miss this fun event with Chapman kids sharing their myriad talents with their fellow students, teachers, parents, and other members of the wider Chapman community. Only happens once a year ! Questions? Contact the organizers, Gary Houser ( or Lorien Steele (

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 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.