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Parent Association

Welcome to the OHDS Parent Association

Oakland Hebrew Day School has a dynamic Parent Association whose purpose is to create a positive school community. In addition to our parent chairs, we have many volunteers – parents, grandparents and friends – who enrich our children’s school experience and support our faculty and staff in meaningful ways.

Each year, parents contribute a nominal amount to our Parent Association, which allows them to offer a variety of programs.

  • Spaghetti Lunches: Four times during the school year, parents come together to cook and serve a delicious spaghetti lunch for all our students, faculty and staff, who enjoy a “trattoria-style” atmosphere while schmoozing with parents and friends. This event is always a big success and anticipated with much excitement by the students. It is an important way in which we role model the value of community and chesed.
  • Teacher Appreciation: Gratitude is an important character trait (middah) at OHDS! Our dedicated teachers work hard during the year to bring our students the most engaging and meaningful educational experiences, from the moment they walk into school in the mornings. Our Parent Association provides ongoing gestures and small gifts of thanks to faculty during the year, culminating in Teacher Appreciation Week in May.
  • Parent Education: We have a special Parent Education Committee who works with our Educational Leadership Team to present relevant topics of interest for our parents to enjoy. Our topics range from managing stress in children to positive parenting techniques and helping children to assert themselves. Our speakers include our own faculty, parents and community members with specialized areas of knowledge, and outside speakers and organizations such as KidPower and The Mosaic Project. Parent Education workshops are presented in the mornings and/or evenings to fit different parents’ schedules.
  • Social events: OHDS values family connection, so that both you and your child feel part of our welcoming and diverse community. Our Parent Association coordinates many different social opportunities during the year, from fun parent socials without the kids to relaxed family hikes and picnics.
  • Volunteering: OHDS thrives on our parents’ desire and commitment to provide the most enriching experience for our children. Parents, grandparents and friends come together in multiple ways to offer their time, skills and talents to our school community. Our many volunteers enjoy interacting with the children, faculty and other parents through school events, classroom engagement, field experiences, student fundraisers, and much more. Our Parent Association chairs help coordinate our wide range of volunteer opportunities.

If you would like to find out more, please contact Philippa Lichterman, Admissions Director at