Welcome to the Oakland Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students).
The purpose of the Watch Dogs Program is to bring more male volunteers into our school. Watch Dogs are fathers, step-fathers, grandfathers, uncles, adult brothers, or other father figures who volunteer to serve at least one day a year in our school.
A day as a WatchDog feels like being a Hero! The kids love having us around. Teachers enjoy the extra help in the classroom. Your student will be super proud to have you at the school for the day! You will feel proud for helping and appreciate experiencing a day in the life of our children.
Frequently asked questions
What is a typical WatchDog Day?
WatchDogs arrive at school at 8:00 am and receive a brief orientation and a schedule of their day. Your day begins greeting students as they arrive to school. During the school day you will visit classrooms and help the students and teachers. It might be in small groups doing flash cards, playing games, reading books. It might be helping the entire class with a special project, or many other things. You will eat lunch with your children and go to recess with them. The day ends around 3:45 after saying good bye to the students.
You are encouraged to interact with all students. The students are excited to have us there. Your children you are excited to share you with their school!
How do I join the WatchDogs?
Why do I need a WatchDogs T-Shirt?
The WatchDogs T-Shirt is our uniform. It helps the School Staff and Students recognize us. If you want to volunteer as a WatchDog and the T-Shirt cost is a concern, please contact us. We want you to join us and volunteer! We will try to figure something out, we want you to help our school. For more info on T-Shirts click Here
Do I need to register every year?
Yes, the school's policy is a background check must be completed annually for every volunteer (Room Parent, Field Trip Chaperone, WatchDog, etc...). You're covered for any of these with one background check each year. Click Here for more info.
The WatchDogs registration should also be completed annually so we can keep our records up to date. Click Here for the Form
What if I can't attend Pizza Night?
Pizza Night is a great way for new Watch Dogs to learn the basics, we recommend attending if you are new. Sometimes schedules just don't work out, and that's not a problem. If you are new to Watch Dogs and can't attend Pizza Night you can view the FAQ's and be sure to read the code of conduct here. Contact us for any other questions by email.
If you are an 'Old Dog' and just need to re-register you can do that with the links at bottom of the page. The calendar to sign up for specific days will go live during Pizza Night.
If it's days or weeks before just send us an email. We will update the calendar and let the school staff know you won't be there that day.
If it's the day before or the day of (sick or emergency). Send us an email, but also be sure to call/contact the school and let them know. To make sure they know not to expect you.
What if I need to cancel a scheduled Watch Dog Day?
All signed up and ready to schedule your Watch Dog days, here is the Calendar!