Ready to Engage at O’Dowd on a Whole New Level?

The Dragon Parents Board is a committed group and we enjoy a special camaraderie — plus the satisfaction of working together to support O’Dowd. We are presently looking for motivated parents to assume executive and support roles for the upcoming 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years. Learn more about getting involved

Update on Dragon Parents Board Candidates

The nominations are in and we are thankful for the enthusiasm shown by those who held their hands up to join us on the Board next year. Watch this space for more about our incoming board members. Also, be sure to visit the Dragon Parents webpage to find out about upcoming Dragon Parents events and volunteer opportunities that suit your interests and availability.  It’s a great way to get engaged at O’Dowd.


Spring Garden Festival Needs Volunteers 

The Dragon Parents are looking to our trusty volunteer bakers, and other parents willing to pitch in, to sign up to supply goodies for O’Dowd’s Spring Garden Festival. This year the school has invited families from the surrounding neighborhood in addition to incoming students and families who will be on campus for an orientation event (Navigating O’Dowd), so the need is great. Mark your calendars and check the iVolunteer website for more details.

Saturday, April 29 11am—1:30pm


Join Us for a Sophomore Parent Happy Hour!

Our kids are almost half way done with high school!  Let’s get to know each other better and support our students as they enter their junior year.  Please join O’Dowd sophomore-class parents for a casual gathering at Monaghan’s — a popular sports bar and restaurant in Oakland.

It’s a great way to build our class community and network on topics we’ll face together, such as AP classes, test prep, proms and so forth.  All O’Dowd Class of 2019 parents/guardians are welcome, but please leave the kids at home.

This social event was organized by parent volunteers. It is not school-sponsored. No host bar.  No RSVP required, but please come!  Questions may be directed to Monica Marcone at monica@marcone.us.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
5:30 PM — 8 PM

2820 Mountain Boulevard
Oakland, CA  94602


TeacherTalks@O’Dowd Reveals Our Faculty’s Passions

Organized by the Dragon Parents, the second annual TeacherTalks@O’Dowd drew a good crowd to the Theater on the evening of February 15.  In the tradition of TED Talks, some of O’Dowd’s esteemed faculty demonstrated their passion for teaching — giving current and prospective parents a better appreciation about what’s really happening in the classrooms and performance spaces at school. 
Following a welcome reception, the program included a rousing performance of a scene from the hit Broadway show Hamilton.  There were also interactive art exercises, a discussion about the nature of matter, mathematical tips on making the most of our busy schedules, and a discussion about race and society.

Thien Pham led parents through a hands-on art exercise.

Dr. David Hodel explained that matter is all about waves.

Dragon Parents Board Meetings

Our meetings are open to all interested parents and are normally conducted on the second Wednesday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Join us in the Tutoring Center adjacent to the Library, using the entrance facing the Quad. Here’s the full schedule for 2016-17 including links to minutes and agendas.
September 21 (Kickoff Meeting & Social)
October 12 (Meeting Minutes)
November 9 (Meeting Minutes)
No meeting in December
January 11 (Meeting Minutes)
March 22 (Meeting Agenda)
April (Meeting Cancelled)
May 11

If you have a specific topic you’d like to discuss with the Board, please send an email to dragonparents@bishopodowd.org.

Ready to Engage at O’Dowd on a Whole New Level?

The Dragon Parents Board is a committed group and we enjoy a special camaraderie — plus the satisfaction of working together to support Bishop O’Dowd High School in its mission to educate and inspire our students.

We are presently looking for motivated parents to assume executive and chair-level roles for the upcoming 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years. As current office-holders complete their terms this year, we seek nominees to fill these vacant positions with two-year terms:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Development Chair
  • Parent Education Chair

We are also recruiting for a number of important roles that do not require a school-wide election process with no term requirements:

  • Grade-level Representatives (Sophomore, Junior, Senior)
  • Kairos Reception Coordinator
  • Retail Coordinator

The Board meets once a month during the school year. The time commitment to fulfill these roles will vary with the level of the position and the passion of the incumbent!

If you are interested in joining us, please review the Job Descriptions and forward a nomination to dragonparents@bishopodowd.org before March 20. Nominees will be contacted and interest confirmed. In March, personal statements of interest will be posted, and elections will be held in April. New board members will be seated at the Dragon Parents board meeting in May.

Questions can be directed to current Dragon Parents President Lora Johnson at johnson.lora@yahoo.com or Susan Andres, Director of Marketing and liaison to the Board, at sandres@bishopodowd.org.

Programs Sponsored by Dragon Parents

Freshman Parent Mentor Program
All freshman parents at O’Dowd are assigned to a volunteer parent “mentor” who knows the ropes at our school. They provide monthly email updates about what’s going on for your kids at school, and everything you need to know to make sure they’re prepared. Download the latest letter for December 2016 »

O’Dowd is excited about its new partnership with Carpool-to-School, the online carpool service that’s fast, easy, secure, and exclusive to the O’ Dowd community. This partnership comes after a school-wide transportation survey, co-sponsored by the Dragon Parents Group, uncovered an opportunity to increase the number of daily carpoolers (from 32% to at least 50%). Let’s make it happen! Make a positive impact on the environment by registering today at www.bishopodowd.org/carpool.

O’Dowd receives a generous percentage of your purchase amounts when you access the Amazon marketplace through this Dragon Parents webpage. Please bookmark this page, share it with friends and family, and remember to start your Amazon shopping here on the school website. It turns shopping into an act of giving!

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When you shop, online or locally, merchants give back to O’Dowd.
To register:

  • Go to www.escrip.com »
  • Search “Bishop O’Dowd High School” or ID #139840033
  • Click “Sign Up”
  • Register

Meet the Dragon Parents Board


Pictured left to right (Click here for individual bios): Susan Andres (O’Dowd Marketing Director & DP liaison), Tere Hanson, Molly Natsues, Jacqui Diaz, Mary Schirmer, Nicole Paez, Lora Johnson, Ben Sparks, Andrew Danish, Ron Brown, Kelly Parker, Skip Fogarty. Not pictured: Sophia Bucheli, Kasia Ekstrand, Chris Bunn, Sunny Lal

What Do the Dragon Parents Do?

Our children’s academic, spiritual, emotional and social growth during their time at O’Dowd is supported by a dedicated team of people: faculty, administrators, coaches, and of course — us, the parents!  The Dragon Parents believe this special combination of people, talent, and commitment is what makes our school community so strong and vibrant.

Our primary focus is engaging the parent community to support and increase O’Dowd’s capacity to deliver the exceptional programs and events which are so valuable to our students. Many important school initiatives are boosted by “volunteer power.”

Specific programs initiated by Dragon Parents include: freshman mentor parent newsletters, teacher appreciation events, parent mixers, TeacherTalks@O’Dowd and much more.

We’ve seen that every parent has something unique to contribute and that your participation enhances the educational experience of every student.  Of course, we always welcome your ideas about our programs and goals. Please send these to dragonparents@bishopodowd.org.

Get Involved
There are many ways to help our students, faculty and school by volunteering your time and talents.  When you registered your student(s), you indicated your volunteer interests.  The Dragon Parents volunteer coordinator will notify you when appropriate opportunities arise. If you’re eager to get started, email volunteer@bishopodowd.org.

  • Help to plan or volunteer at the Crab & Pasta Feed
  • Bake brownies for prospective families
  • Chaperone a college trip with the Career Partnership Program
  • Spend a day at a homeless shelter with the sophomores
  • Be a team parent for a sports team
  • Serve as a freshman mentor parent
  • Cook a pot of soup for the teachers
  • Help with visual art, drama and music happenings
  • Share career advice at an Evening with the Professionals
  • Help with tutoring, counseling, mailings, or administrative tasks
  • Take photos at events

Contact Us

The best way to reach the Dragon Parents is at dragonparents@bishopodowd.org. Our Communications Chair will route your idea or question to the appropriate board member.