Want to sign up to be a Watch D.O.G.S dad? 
Just 4 easy steps.

  1. Check the official calendar below and select a day that works for you.  We ask that you for half of the school day.
  2. Contact Mr. Navarro at nnavarro@elmhurst205.orgor (630)617-2313 to secure your date.
  3. Fill out the Registration Form located in the Watch DOGS locker below and send it to school with your student or email it to
  4. Review the "On the day you volunteer" section below to prepare for your fun day.


Some things to remember:

  1. Arrive at 7:50am
  2. Bring a drivers license to scan in the front office
  3. You and your student/s will be provided a Watch D.O.G.S T-shirt
  4. Bring a lunch or money to buy a school lunch
  5. Watch D.O.G.S have a reserved parking space near the old gym, just look for the white cone


ACTION POINTS for Committed Dads

  • Are you your child’s companion? Do you often just hang out? Are you investing quantity time, knowing that quality time will often grow out of it?
  • Are you a playmate? That one comes naturally for many dads, so just go with it.
  • What about a teacher? In some families, mom is the main homework general, and in others it’s dad. But getting involved in our children’s education goes a long way toward setting them up for success at school, which can be a huge advantage going forward.
  • Here’s a hard one: pastor. Are you purposeful about nurturing your children in spiritual things? This may be a role that easily gets shoved aside when life gets busy, but I hope you’ll recommit to it as a priority.
  • There’s dad as chef and butler—doing your role in daily childcare and household duties.
  • As a judge and jury dad, you need to have a plan for discipline and work with Mom to train your kids to be responsible.
  • How about dart-gun target? There’s another nod to the fun-loving, playful dad.
  • And you might coach your kids in sports or other pursuits, but your coaching can apply to all of life as you gain insights about what your children need and then help them reach their full potential.
  • You get the point, dad? Keep fulfilling your many roles with creativity and courage. Be that forever father.

Action Points for a Few of the Many Roles You Play:

  • Be intentional about playing with your child this weekend. Let him or her choose the activity, and go with the flow. Just have fun!
  • Teach your child a skill that you’re uniquely equipped to teach—related to an interest or ability that you have.
  • Share part of your spiritual pilgrimage with your children; tell them a few high and low points you’ve experienced along the way.
  • Relish your roles as “chef” and “butler” for your kids. Make it a regular habit to cook something together—and clean up afterward. Also, find ways to serve them in some way, not because they deserve it, but just because they’re special to you.
  • As I mentioned, moms wear many hats, too! Take over all the parenting and household duties for an afternoon or evening so she can get away and do something she enjoys.

(Used with permission from the National Center for Fathering


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