WATCH DOGS - Virtual Sign-Up

Cottonwood Elementary- 2022-2023

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What is the WATCH D.O.G.S Program?

WATCH D.O.G.S. is one of the nation’s largest and most respected school-based, family, and community engagement, organizations in the country. In 1998, the very first WATCH D.O.G.S. program launched at Gene George Elementary in Springdale, AR. Today, more than 6,800 schools across the country have launched a WATCH D.O.G.S. program of their own. Each school year hundreds of thousands of fathers and father figures make a positive impact on millions of children by volunteering countless hours in their local schools through this amazing one-of-a-kind program.

What are the goals of a WATCH D.O.G.S. program?

1) To provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important.

2) To provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying.

Who can be a WATCH DOG?

Anyone that represents a father figure in your child's life: This includes fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other father-like figures can volunteer 1 day each year. If you need any clarification, please email Mr. Troast @

What do Watch DOGs do and What are my Expectations?

First and foremost, you are a role model for our students. The goal is to assist teachers to the best of their ability without being disruptive to classes and the day-to-day operations of the school! Although it's awesome that you can be in the same building as your student, you will be visiting multiple classrooms throughout the day. You will also be assigned additional duties such as lunch duty and morning car duty. We ask that you stay on your assigned schedule, there will be plenty of opportunities throughout the day to be with your student.

The success of the Watch dog program is dependent on you! Our most successful watchdogs are the ones that dive into the experience and are willing to help out in as many classrooms as possible. The continued success of the program is dependent on following the guidelines outlined above, but also on what we discussed in the below video.

Please watch the video below for information about the Do's and Don'ts of being a Watch DOG

Cottonwood Elementary-Updates for the 2022-2023 School Year

We are so excited to get the WATCH DOGS program started for the 22-23 school year. I wanted to provide some brief updates for this school year.

  • You will notice that we do not have any open dates available in December and May this year. December and May are often very busy months for us at Cottonwood. We often have schedule changes due to special events and end-of-semester testing. To best utilize our WATCH Dog, will have blocked off those dates.
  • You will notice that a lot of SPECIAL EVENT days such as Halloween Parties, Holiday Celebrations, Field Day, and Discovery Day are blocked off. They are blocked off because there are other opportunities to volunteer on those dates.
  • By signing up, you agree to follow all safety protocols outlined in our safe return to school plan for the 22-23 school year. I would advise you to look at the safe return to schools plan on our district website.
  • We understand that circumstances may change and you may no longer be available for the date you signed up for. If the event, you need to cancel please call the office and we will determine if there are any open dates.
  • You can only sign up for 1 date to allow as many opportunities as possible.

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What If I can't sign up?

To make sure we allow as many Watch Dogs to participate as possible, we asking Dads to only sign up for one date and we are only having one dad each day. We do have an option to sign-up to be put on our backup list. In the event, we have a Watch cancel we will call to see if you're available for that particulate date! Use the link below to sign up.