Northshore Christian Academy

WATCH DOGS At NCA!

Dads of Great Students (Kindergarten-8th Grade)

Since we launched our Watch DOGS (Dads Of Great Students) program at NCA in 2013, our Watch DOGS have became a very valuable asset to NCA and a blessing to those who chose to volunteer!

The idea is simple...get Dads in school with their kids! 
Dads, Grandfathers, Uncles, etc. volunteer two days during the school year, and provide NCA students with a positive male role model. Watch DOGS interact with NCA students during arrival, in classrooms, on the playground, in the halls and lunchroom.  In addition, security walks are done several times throughout the day around the parameter of our campus to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Our goal is to have at least one or two Dads (or Grandfathers, Uncles, etc...) on campus each school day. 

The Watch DOGS program is sponsored by the National Center for Fathering (www.fathers.com). Currently 6,450 schools in the United States participate in the Watch DOGS program.
Learn more about WATCH D.O.G.S. Go to www.fathers.com/watchdogs

Program Benefits 
  • Students gain a positive male role model.  Some students do not have a father-figure present in their home and the number of male teachers has been steadily declining in recent years.  More positive male role models are needed in the school setting.
  • Schools gain an extra set of eyes and ears.  The presence of Watch DOGS increases a sense of security on campus for students and staff, and it helps create an environment conducive to learning.
  • Fathers and father-figures can spend meaningful time with their students in the school setting and gain a greater awareness of the positive impact they can have on their student’s life, just by being a ‘dad’.
  • When Watch DOGS invest a day at school, they can learn how better to partner with the school to meet educational goals of students.

A Day in the Life of a WatchDOG

Preparing for Your Day on Campus

WatchDOGS begin their day on campus by assisting with the arrival of our students.  Dogs can be seen on weekday mornings helping families in the crosswalk and greeting students with a smile and a high-five. 

Two security walks are preformed each day by our WatchDOGS around the perimeter of our campus.  Come prepared to spend time both inside and outside throughout the day.

WatchDOGS assist Middle School students in the transitions between classes and monitor the hallways of all campus buildings.

DOGS are on hand during lunch and recess times to increase safety and interact with the students.  This includes visiting with students at lunch tables, tossing a football, playing tag or basketball and being available to help staff and students alike.

Schedules may also include interaction in younger grade classrooms working on math or reading skills and time with our Specialists in classes such as Project Lead The Way (STEM), foreign language, art and music. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 
Q: Will I only help in classes with my own student(s)?
A: WatchDOGS are assigned to different areas of the school based on the needs of the teachers and students.  You will spend some time in your child's class, getting to know the teacher and classmates, but you may also be asked to serve in other classrooms or assist other teachers throughout the day. 
 
Q: What do I do when I am in a classroom?
A: The teacher may ask you to do a number of different things in the classroom including, working with small groups of students on math, reading or spelling skills, making copies and collecting classroom resources or helping grade and file student work. 
 
Q: What should I do if I see a discipline issue?
A: WatchDOGS are encouraged to gently remind students of behavior with phrases like, "Remember to use level 1 voices in the hallway", "Let's keep our hands to ourselves please" or "Let's work on making the best choice with our friends, teacher, etc.".  However, WatchDOGS are asked to please refrain from punishing or disciplining the students in any way.  Please report discipline issues to the teacher/staff member who is overseeing the class, or to the office administration if the issue is taking place outside of the classroom.  
 
Q: What do I do at recess and in the lunchroom?
A: The quick answer- ENGAGE! This is a great time to interact with the students and with your child's friends and classmates.  At recess you can feel free to join in on a game of basketball, start a game of tag or learn to play Ga-Ga Ball (an NCA recess favorite).  If you would prefer not to engage in physical activities with the students, this is also a great time to keep an eye out for the safety of our students and act as an overseer while they play.  In the lunchroom you can engage with students by sitting or standing with their tables and asking simple questions to open conversations; "What is your favorite lunch item?", "If you could trade one item in your lunch for one item in another lunch, what would you choose?", "If you could order lunch from your favorite restaurant what would you order?".  If while you are wondering around the room you hear conversations or see behavior that is not God-honoring, you can simply say, "Let's keep things appropriate!".  Please report continued behavior to lunchroom staff.   

Volunteering Adds More

Boeing Employees Read On!

Did you know that Boeing will match your Volunteer Hours with Cash!
The hours a Boeing Company employee spends donating time and skills to NCA can also be matched with dollars.  For every 10 hours of volunteer service you give, Boeing will donate $100 to NCA! 

NCA Watch D.O.G.S. History

In 2013 we had over 200 men show up to learn about NCA's WatchDOGS program. Dads, Granddads, Uncles and Father-figures listened to a presentation by fellow NCA Fathers and then signed up and away we went! Since 2013, we had more than 200 men participate annually!

501(c)(3) Organization

Northshore Christian Church & Academy is a charitable organization under a 501(c)(3) designation. Donations to Northshore are considered tax deductible, as long as no goods or services were provided in exchange.  Tax ID: 91-1515354

1 Corinthians 16:13

"Be on guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong."

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