Oakwood Parents Association

Oakwood Friends School Parents Association
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The mission of the Parent Association is to create and sustain an informative and collaborative network in order to enhance communication among parents and the school, and to enrich the OFS community. As the parent or guardian of an Oakwood student you are automatically a member of the Parent Association. And while so many of us do not live near the school, or even on the same continent, please know there are countless ways to get involved. We hope you will join us in whatever way your availability, location and interests allow. Please feel free to reach out to us for more information and to get involved!

Contact co-clerks Laurie Craft ’20 and Martina Deignan ’19 at opa@oakwoodfriends.org

View Fall Newsletter

Download OPA Who’s Who Flyer- 2.5 mb pdf

Download OPA Family Volunteer Opportunity Form - 156 kb pdf

OPA Committees

Ambassador Committee

The Ambassador Committee is responsible for helping new and returning families to feel welcome and connected to the Oakwood community. Committee members serve as friendly faces at school events such as Orientation, Breakfast with the Head, Parent Dinners, Parents’ Day, et al. We ask that you serve at a minimum of two of these events per year.

Contact: Opa@Oakwoodfriends.org

Annual Fund Committee

The members of this committee help Oakwood Friends School seek gifts from other parents in support of the Annual Fund. Each committee member is asked to solicit and encourage participation in the Annual Fund, contacting parents throughout the year and helping them understand the financial needs of the school.

Contact: Elaine Miles - Emiles@oakwoodfriends.org

Auction/Dinner Committee

The annual Parent Dinner & Auction will be held on Saturday, January 27 at Locust Grove – Samuel

Morse Historic Site. Proceeds from the event support Oakwood’s Annual Fund. Committee responsibilities include obtaining items for the auction, helping to market and publicize the event, and encouraging attendance through outreach to parents and the wider community. Committee meetings are held 1-2 times per month from October through January. The clerk of this committee will be selected at the first meeting.

Contact: Wendy Giangrasso - wgiangrasso@oakwoodfriends.org

Grade Level Representative

Volunteers work with the school to maximize communication both by reaching out to families and by engaging in different activities. We would love to have two volunteers per grade. Grade level clerks will be in contact with the OPA Steering Committee.

Contact: Opa@Oakwoodfriends.org


Host Family Program

Oakwood has boarding students from around the country and across the globe. Families who host a boarder for a weekend, a holiday break or even an overnight offer a nice change of scenery to the student. Families always report back what a rewarding and enriching experience this is for their families.

Contact: Julie Zhang - jzhang@oakwoodfriends.org


Newsletter and Social Media Committee

Share your writing, graphic design and/or web design skills in the creation of the OPA newsletters and/or the website. We are looking to build out the newsletter and to expand our presence on the Oakwood website and need your help and expertise. Any skills and/or time you can lend are greatly appreciated!

Contact: Opa@Oakwoodfriends.org


Staff Appreciation Week

Work with the school to plan and carry out events for teacher appreciation week in the spring (a faculty breakfast, cards from students/parents, etc.). Volunteers will meet once or twice in April and are needed to help in a more limited capacity (e.g. baking for the breakfast, etc.). The Teacher Appreciation Week clerk serves as a member of the OPA Steering Committee and attends that committee’s meetings (4 times a year, following the regular OPA meetings).

Contact: Opa@Oakwoodfriends.org