New! Introducing Our Grade-Level Reps
The Dragon Parents have recruited four wonderful volunteers to help us build a sense of community and spirit at each grade level. They will plan social events for parents and provide ongoing communications specific to each class. They are Peggy Desler (Freshman), Abby Franklin (Sophomores), Tere Hanson (Juniors), and Lisa Thompson (Seniors). Watch for an email later this month including contact information and news about upcoming events at school.
Year in Review: Dragon Parents Board Built a New Foundation
Working together throughout the past school year, the Dragon Parents Board literally reinvented itself to strengthen the connection between O’Dowd program needs and the talents of the parent community, and to create a meaningful sense of community and commitment.
Besides sponsoring a lineup of wonderful hospitality and educational events throughout the school year and launching the Amazon fundraising program, the Dragon Parents Board undertook a strategic realignment of its mission and structure to ensure sustainable outcomes.
Following the success of popular events like TeacherTalks and the Distracted Driving seminar, the Board saw the opportunity to improve its coordination with the school’s Parent Education program. This led to the creation of a dedicated Parent Education Chair who will work closely with O’Dowd parent education program director, Mark Lederer.
Likewise, the Board identified other needs and created additional new Board roles. For example, now individual class-year representatives will focus on the unique needs of freshman, sophomore, junior and senior families. The Board also added a coordinator to promote its merchandising partnership with the school related to sales of parent O’Dowd spirit-gear and making those and other logo gear available at events.
“I am appreciative of the attention to alignment with our school in terms of volunteer actions and advocacy,” said O’Dowd Principal James (J.D.) Childs. “This is such important work on behalf of our school.”
Outgoing Board President Lora Johnson, who served two years during which the Dragon Parents evolved into a well-coordinated and efficient auxiliary in support of the school’s mission, also expressed gratitude and appreciation to fellow board members.
“The service ethic and commitment of the Dragon Parents Board has been truly inspiring to me,” Lora says. “We are now better aligned with the school’s programs and goals, and we’ve identified new talent in the parent body to help us move forward in the coming years.”