WELCOME TO THE DAWSON PARENT ASSOCIATION!

We’re thrilled to have you as part of the Dawson Parent Association (DPA). Being a parent or guardian of a current Dawson School student means you’re a member of the active DPA community and a welcome participant in all we do to make Dawson extraordinary.
Our Goals are:
To build a strong sense of community and school spirit by facilitating dynamic events geared towards bringing families together and creating rich new relationships.
To support the students, faculty, and staff through curriculum enrichment and creative displays of gratitude.
To create a strong avenue of communication between the Dawson School Administration and the Dawson Parent Community.
DPA Community Building Initiatives: These are various events designed to bring families together and have a great time in the act. Think Dawson Fest, Holiday Coffee & Market, and Faculty/Staff Appreciation Breakfast. 
DPA-Supported Fundraisers: We work directly with the Dawson School Development Office to assist them with their efforts, raising funds for operating expenses and educational opportunities for our beloved students and faculty. Think, The Dawson Fund and the Spring Auction & Gala.
DPA OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE CHAIRS

DPA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 2022-2023
President - Shannon Knobel
Vice President - Jessie Nagel
Secretary - Angie Flachman
Treasurer - Mina Amin
Assistant Treasurer - Jill Slater
Marketing & Communications - Leslie Peng
Upper School Coordinators - Keough Duckett & Randi Scherr
Middle School Coordinators - Hillary Cardinal & Nicole Gittens Ashby
Lower School Coordinators - Julie Collins & Heather Zapletal

DPA COMMITTEE CHAIRS 2022-2023
Dawson Cares - Heather Schaknowski & Heidi Schoen
Dawson Fest - Nicole Gittens Ashby & Elizabeth Racca-Johnson
Faculty & Staff Appreciation - Jennifer Opie & Elizabeth Racca-Johnson
Fundraising - Open
Greenery Sales - Karen Donohue
Holiday Coffee - Tama Heinrichs & Sandy Despard
Spirit Wear - Kristin Eldridge, Kirsten Hunter, Jill Slater & Melissa Hatfield
The Stang - Michelle Lieber & Peggy Thorstad
 
CLASSROOM PARENT REPRESENTATIVES 2022-2023
Kindergarten - Alexandra Schneider & Maggie Foote
1st Grade - Bhargavi Gorukanti & Heather Zapletal
2nd Grade - Megan Dunleavy & Carolyn Parker
3rd Grade - Bhargavi Gorukanti & Kristin Jackson
4th Grade - Katie Comtois & Jennifer Shook
5th Grade - Elizabeth Racca-Johnson & Betina Brumm
6th Grade - Randi Scherr, Kristen Eldridge & Erin Henry
7th Grade - Angie Flachman, Tracy Twist & Kay Tolchin
8th Grade - Sandy Despard
9th Grade - Lindsey Gutman & Randi Scherr
10th Grade - Kathy Noonan & Bernadette Stewart
11th Grade - Alicen Halquist & Lisa Kistner
12th Grade - Ashton Burridge & Beth Marbach
 

PAST PARENT ASSOCIATION PRESIDENTS

PAST PARENT ASSOCIATION PRESIDENTS
Ms. Sandy Wachtel 1989-90
Ms. Paula Fitzgerald 1990-91
Ms. Susan Fey 1991-92
Ms. Lynn Wing 1992-93
Ms. Mari Fink and Ms. Mary Jo Reitsema 1993-94
Mr. Joe Gury 1994-95
Ms. Jan Domlesky 1995-96
Ms. Kerry Chubb 1996-97
Ms. Phyllis Wibby 1998-99
Ms. Uriah Bueller 1999-00
Ms. Cheryl Orr 2000-01
Ms. Terri Hecht 2001-02
Ms. Susan Borst 2002-04
Ms. Christina Hinton 2004-06
Ms. Kristy Anderson 2005-07
Ms. Marie Stears 2008-10
Ms. Sally Dulin 2010-11
Ms. Lori Winsor 2011-12
Ms. Sarah Amirani 2012-13
Ms. Tala Bynum 2013-14
Ms. Winston Berry 2014-15
Ms. Lisa Albright 2015-17
Ms. Maria Salinas 2017-18
Ms. Julie Gionet 2018-20
Ms. Michelle Yano 2020-21
Ms. Shannon Knobel 2021-

Comments / Suggestions?

COMMENTS OR SUGGESTIONS?
If you have questions, comments, or suggestions – or if you would like to become more involved in the Dawson Parent Association – we would love to hear from you.

DPA KEY CALENDAR DATES 2020-21

DPA KEY CALENDAR DATES 2022-2023

DPA All-Parent Meetings:
This is one of the best ways to connect with parents and stay informed about the school. Meetings typically include brief updates from DPA leadership, committees, and Dawson administrators and may consist of a presentation of topics of interest. Please join us!

  - Coffee, social time, committee info & signups
  - DPA & Dawson administration updates
  - Staff presentations on topics parents have requested
  - Division breakout sessions, as needed

DPA All-Parent Meeting Schedule 2022-2023
Held in Dining Commons unless otherwise noted
  Friday, November 11, 8:00 a.m.
  Friday, January 20, 8:00 a.m.
  Friday, February 24, 8:00 a.m.
  Friday, March 10, 8:00 a.m.
  Friday, April 21, 8:00 a.m. Elections
  Friday, May 12, 8:00 a.m. All Volunteer Appreciation & Training

Additional Important Dates
Dawson Fest - Friday, September 23, 2022
Holiday Coffee & Market - Friday, December 2, 2022
Dawson Gala & Auction - Saturday, April 29, 2023