Chapman Musical Info: costumes due, painters needed and performer instructions!

Chapman SetHere are the highlights for those involved in the musical from our Coordinator, Elizabeth Fagan:

Please note the following COSTUME, NEXT STEPS AND FINALIZED TIME  for the performances:


  • Send your student to school on Wednesday, May 23 with all of their costume pieces.
  • If you have extra items that your student won’t wear, but that could be borrowed by another student, please send that as well. Label if you need those items returned.
  • Put a name in everything your student brings in its own bag for storage. Costumes should remain at the school from then on, to be used in rehearsals the following week, May 28 – the final performance on June 1st. If you need to continue working on the costume, it can be taken home over the weekend to be brought back by May 28.


The following is a “to-do” list for the set. If you can claim one of these jobs, please email Elizabeth at

  1. Red White and Blue striping on the front of the stage: finish painting the blue stripe and touch up as needed (1-2hours)
  2. Brick lines: add grey striping to the red wall on stage to make it look like bricks (1-2hours)
  3. Ears of corn: painting tall corn in the foreground of the hills on the back wall (2 hours)
  4. Detailed store front painting on the movable flat: this requires some detailed work and a level of detail-orientedness/creativity. We can talk more about what the final flat should look like if you are interested in taking this on! (4 hours/2 sessions)
  5. Scraping Paint: yep, you are correct. This is literally about scraping paint from the floor of the stage. One of the downsides of having so many amazing hands to help is that things got messy….would be lovely if someone could scrape some paint to help preserve the auditorium (1 hour)

If you already took on a project (painting the suitcases, making curtains for the train flat…), please complete by Monday, May 28 for the final week of rehearsals.


For Thursday, May 31

8 a.m.  Performers go to homeroom classrooms for attendance before being released to gather in the auditorium.

9 a.m. Show time (in-school performance).

2:30-3:30 p.m.  Rehearsal after school

For Friday, June 1:

8 a.m. Performers go to homeroom classrooms for attendance before being released to gather in the auditorium.

9 a.m. Show time (in-school performance).

5 p.m.  Call time! Performers report to cafeteria for the evening,

6:30 p.m.  Show time! Plan to stay for short clean-up/pack-up after the show, lasting around 30 minutes.

If you can volunteer on day-of performance and/or provide snacks, please contact Elizabeth. AUDITORIUM DOORS WILL OPEN 15 MINUTES PRIOR TO SHOWTIME. 




Volunteers needed for ‘Buy one get one free’ Scholastic book fair May 21-25!

Screen Shot 2018-05-04 at 8.00.07 PM.pngIt’s Book Fair Time again!  Stock up your kiddos book shelves for the summer at our ‘Buy One, Get One Free’ scholastic book fair running the week of May 21-25 before school (7:40 – 8) and after school (2:15 – 3) in Room 6.

This book fair cannot run without volunteers, so if getting books into the hands of children is important to you, please sign up for a shift to run the register and/or help kids pick out a book. Sign up here. 

Introducing your 2018-19 PTA and Foundation Board

Elections for the PTA board were held at the last general membership meeting of the school year on May 1.  Please welcome:

Morgan Nystrom, President 

Ursula Lalovic, Secretary 

Devin Lorain, Treasurer 

Cari Schwerd, Ramona Representative

Board members continuing next year are:

Natalie Maciukenas, Membership Chair 

Molly Porter and Brenda Olbeter, Family Engagement Coordinators

Helen Shum, Communications Chair

2018-19 Foundation Officers remain as follows:

Nici Griffith, Chair

Monica Geller, Vice chair

Anna Dvortcsak, Treasurer

Veery Harper, Auction Chair

Kelly Farrell, Dining for Dollar$ Coordinator

Trish Murley, Grant Writing Coordinator

Hats off to our outgoing officers: Secretary, Alison Church; Treasurer, Dania Cook; Ramona Representatives, Nicole Mather and Lorien Steele, President, Christy Marten and auction co-chair Sarah Groom! These six women have given many, many collective hours of service to our students and families and our school community is better for it! In addition, we must extend a special thank you to Anne Williams for serving as the PTA teacher representative for the past two years!

Vacant PTA board positions for 2018-19 are:




Please contact Morgan Nystrom if you are interested in (or have someone to suggest!) for any of the above vacant positions or have questions, comments or ideas for improving the work of Friends of Chapman.  More information is here.








Garden Work Party is on June 2!

Screen Shot 2018-05-08 at 2.24.33 PMThe school gardens are looking really good but they could use a little adult help before the summer growing season hits. Please join us on June 2, 10am – 1pm. We’ll be weeding, pruning, hauling gravel, and just generally getting the gardens and the school grounds ready for summer. Kids are welcome and encouraged to participate. Questions: contact Molly Porter

Please help celebrate our 5th graders!

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The Class of 2025 is moving onto Middle School!

To celebrate their achievements, parents will be hosting an End-of-the- Year Promotion party on Friday, June 8 at 5:00 pm for all Chapman Fifth Grade Students.

This will be an exclusive party for students only, but we need your help to make it a success



Slide show photographs

Mythandra Fenner is putting together the slide show and wants to include every single child. Send at least two school-related pictures (K-5, any school) of your child:

via email: to

Or upload pictures to:

Make sure to include your child’s full name.

Promotion Party

Click here to contribute funds (Suggested donation of $25, but any amount helps.)

Click here to contribute in kind (material) donations 

Click here to volunteer

Funds will go towards:

• Dinner, light snacks and beverages

• Fun activities and crafts 

• Decorations

• Dance Party

Photo Booth

• A special, commemorative Chapman Class of 2025 T-shirt for each child in the fifth grade

• And much more…


More information on the promotion events is here. 



Head Start openings are available for 2018-19 school year.

FREE PRESCHOOL for low-income families! Neighborhood House Head Start has a classroom for ages 3-5 years at Friendly House on NW 26thAve. We provide high-quality preschool and family support. We have open slots for the 2018-2019 school year! We also have a Home Visiting program for children 0-3 years old. Please call 503-246-1663, extension 7307 or email Share this post to spread the word to families with young children.

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Urgent! Staff Appreciation Week starts Monday and runs through May 11

staff appreciation weekDear Chapman Families,

Staff Appreciation Week (May 7-11) is quickly approaching and we are in need of volunteers to help provide a week of special treats for Chapman’s amazing teachers and staff. Here’s the schedule:

Saturday and Sunday Thank you Sidewalk Art: If you have a chance over the weekend, grab some chalk and write a message to the staff on the sidewalks around the Chapman and Ramona campuses.

MondayBrunch: Groundwork Coffee and Breken Kitchen are donating coffee; Kenny and Zuke’s Bagelworks and Coco Donuts are donating bagels and donuts! Volunteers are needed to bring in breakfast treats and juice. Food items should be delivered by 7:45 to Room 18. We’ll also need some help with clean up at the end of the day.

Tuesday: Salt and Straw is treating the staff to ice cream! We need someone to pick up the ice cream from 1:00-1:30 from their Central Kitchen located at 110 SE 2nd Avenue.

Wednesday– Lunch: We are looking for drinks and dessert to accompany a burrito bar from Pepino’s. We’d also love some help with setting up and cleaning up.

ThursdaySnack Buffet: Whole Foods is donating a Snack Buffet! One volunteer is needed to assist with setting it up. We’ll also need some help with clean up at the end of the day.

Friday: Mrs. VanDerWolf, Ms. Kuether and Ms. Vawter will provide treats for the staff.


  • Thank You Cards and Flowers: Please have your child make thank you cards for Chapman staff: teachers, support staff, cafeteria, custodians, librarians, counselors, secretaries, and administrators!
  • Kindergarten Families– Please drop off items where it is easiest for you: the Ramona or Chapman in Room 18.

You can find the SignUpGenius here!

Thank you and let me know where you would like to help out! If you have questions, please contact me at


Christy Marten
PTA President