PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION GUIDE
Welcome Families come to Dwight-Englewood School for a myriad of reasons, yet we all share the same goal: providing our children with a dynamic and rewarding education. As an intentional community, we challenge ourselves through the D-E Parents’ Association (PA) to prepare our children to successfully identify and follow their passions, consistent with D-E’s mission.
Dwight-Englewood Parents’ Association Parents are an integral part of the Dwight-Englewood ‘community of learners’. Its five officers include a president, secretary, a treasurer, a vice president for each of the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools. The PA is governed by laws adopted by the D-E Board of Trustees. The mission of the PA: The Parents’ Association is a single organization whose purpose is to connect families, foster social interaction, build community, and make all D-E families feel a sense of belonging.
Dwight-Englewood School M I S S I O N S TAT E M E N T As a community of learners, Dwight-Englewood School strives to foster in each student a passion for life-long learning. We seek excellence, honor integrity, and embrace diversity in order to develop the skills, values and courage to meet the challenges of a changing world and make it better.
PA Volunteer Opportunities Lower School
Middle & Upper School
COOP Student Cafe
This multi-day event includes book sales and raffles. Help with set-up, breakdown, students’ book selections, and raffle gift donations.
Halloween Party Plan, organize, and staff all aspects of this annual event for Lower School families.
Skate Day Help with event logistics, refreshments and publicity.
Yearbook Help photograph, format and deliver the Lower School yearbook. Oversee and coordinate/edit 5th Grade advertisements.
Sell food and beverages to students and be a part of the social center of the Middle and Upper Schools. Regular and substitute positions are available.
Foodraiser Plan, organize and staff specialty lunch and snack food sale to benefit D-E student activities.
All School Opportunities Admissions Welcome new members to the D-E community with Campus Tours, Open Houses, New Family Buddy Program, and Admitted Students Receptions.
Affinity Groups Parent-led, culturally-based affinity groups at D-E to help foster parent engagement across D-E community. Please see the following pages for more informations.
Annual Fund Join your class team to educate and encourage fellow parents, via note writing, emails and phone calls, to support the Annual Fund, which helps bridge the gap between tuition and the actual cost of a D-E education.
Class Representative Represent the Parents’ Association on behalf of your grade as a Class Coordinator (CC) or Program and Outreach Rep (POR). Assist the PA in providing class-specific information throughout the academic year. Communicate with deans (Middle and Upper Schools) and teachers (Lower School) to provide support.
D-E Garden Project Help keep our beautiful teaching gardens in shape by participating in various activities such as work parties and caring for the gardens during school holidays. Members also serve as “critical friends” to students who are planning, planting and building.
D-E Special Events Plan and promote D-E special events such as Bulldog Bash and other community activities to benefit the Financial Aid and the D-E Faculty and Staff Fund. Continues on the next page
All School Opportunities Continues Friends of the Arts (FOTA) Help to plan post-performance receptions for D-E students’ music, art, and theatre events and organize tech rehearsal meals.
Library Middle/Upper School Library: Range of tasks including, book covering, inventory, and other projects.
Parent Education Work with other parents to develop educational programming for parents, such as bringing dynamic speakers to Dwight-Englewood, investigating and sharing material in small group settings around topics of concern to parents. Visit pa.d-e.org for the full description of the Parent Education Committee.
Faculty Appreciation Luncheon Help plan and organize an annual luncheon to thank our Faculty & Staff. Luncheon is held in the Spring.
Spring Carnival/STEM Fair Help with this all-school, all-day event, coorganized with Student Government.
Affinity Groups Parent affinity groups affirm the school’s mission to embrace diversity by raising cultural awareness, offering cultural celebrations, and hosting educational programs. These groups collaborate with each other frequently and host yearly multicultural events for the entire Dwight-Englewood School community. The parent-led, culturally-based affinity groups at D-E operate under the umbrella of the Parent Association and help foster parent engagement across the school community in support of the School’s values and vision. These parent groups offer support spaces for parents who want to be connected culturally and to share their heritage and experiences in the D-E community. There are currently six active affinity groups as follows: • • • • • •
Asian-American Affinity Group Black Affinity Group Chinese Affinity Group Korean Affinity Group Latino Affinity Group South Asian Affinity Group
Affinity Groups Description Asian-American Affinity Group A group for parents of children of Asian descent (of all ethnicities) who identify as American. This group hosts social and educational events to provide support and foster discussion among the Asian American parent community. Asian-American Affinity Group Contact: AAPAG@d-e.org
Black Affinity Group A group for parents of children of African descent from across the diaspora that supports Black families and hosts educational and community events that engage the varied cultural perspectives of Black people in America. Black Affinity Group Contact: BPAG@d-e.org
Chinese Affinity Group A group for parents of children of Chinese heritage. We offer support to Chinese families in the D-E community, organize Chinese cultural celebrations, and host educational events for the school community in order to promote greater cultural understanding and awareness. Chinese Affinity Group Contact: CPAG@d-e.org
Korean Affinity Group A group of parents with children of Korean descent, as well as any parent who seeks support and wishes to foster cultural education for the entire D-E community. Korean Affinity Group Contact: KPAG@d-e.org
Latino Affinity Group A group for parents of children of Latin American/Hispanic heritage that supports Latino families and hosts cultural celebrations and community events that represent the varied cultural perspectives and contributions of Latinos in America. Latino Affinity Group Contact: LPAG@d-e.org
South Asian Affinity Group A group for parents of children of Indian, Sri Lankan, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Nepali, Bhutanese, Indo-Caribbean descent and all who form the South Asian Diaspora. This multireligious, multicultural group supports South Asian families and hosts cultural celebrations. South Asian Affinity Group Contact: SAPAG@d-e.org
Looking for the latest on D-E Parents’ Association?
List of PA Executive Board
Committees and Descriptions
Visit PA website, pa.d-e.org, for more information!