DES Dragon Buddy Family Program - 2021-2022 school year
We are excited to relaunch our Dragon Buddy Program this year in a new and fun way! The Dragon Buddy Family Program serves to connect new and existing families with other DES families to offer support, help in navigating school and community resources, and create social connections.
This year, we are evolving this program to offer grade-level Dragon Buddy Parents to act as point-of-contacts for families who have questions or need guidance. Below is a list of the current Dragon Buddy Parents per grade.
Dragon Buddy Parents per Grade for ‘21-’22 school year:
Kindergarten: Tara Donnelly
1st grade: Angela Sipe
2nd grade: Lisa Perry
3rd grade: Dola Goswami
4th grade: Cory Townend
Another great resource & place to ask general school questions are the grade pages on Facebook:
Playground Meetups per Grade:
We are also launching grade-level family playground meetups this school year, as an easy, informal way for families and kids in each grade to meet and connect! Please join us for our November playground meetups to be held after-school at our DES playground (dates per grade listed below)!. If you can’t join us then, no problem, we plan to hold them periodically through the school year, so keep an eye out!
NOTE: All meetups this month will be held on the Devon Elementary School playground. Parents must escort their children to the playground to attend. If it rains, we will explore another date for the meetup:
- Kindergarten: Monday, 11/8 @ 4:15pm
- 1st grade: Thursday, 11/4 @ 4:15pm
- 2nd grade: Thursday, 11/11 @ 4:15pm
- 3rd grade: Friday, 11/12 @ 4:15pm
- 4th grade: Wednesday, 11/10 @ 4:15pm
Background on the Dragon Buddy Family Program
The Dragon Buddy Family Program launched during the 2019-2020 school year, as a way for new and existing families to connect, and have resources for families who needed help in navigating the school and community, had questions or needed guidance, or were just seeking social connection. We started the program matching families based on criteria families provided, related to kids’ ages and grades, common interests, and family background and language. We even had a chance to hold a Dragon Buddy Family event (a Winter potluck with international food, in Dec’19) for over 40 of our Dragon Buddy Families to meet! It was a lot of fun and we had looked forward to having more. When the pandemic hit during the 2020-2021 school year, we attempted to connect families with ‘Dragon Buddy Family Hosts’ virtually, however it was not actively utilized.
Based on parent feedback through our PTO Engagement Survey last school year, parents are looking for easy ways to meet other families. Therefore, we hope our Playground Meetups per grade will be a start in having families do so. We are always looking for feedback to enhance this program, so please email our Diversity volunteers if you have suggestions or ideas!