Similar to the Green Keys assigned to new students, First Link volunteers are assigned to an incoming family by the Admission Office in May. They are first asked to reach out before the end of the current school year to welcome them. Volunteers do not need to be an expert on all things Deerfield, but they should be willing to keep in touch over the summer, and follow up throughout the year to provide advice and assistance as new families adjust to the Deerfield community and independent school life.
Many friendships and supportive relationships have formed as a result of the First Link program. Below is a snapshot of some of our favorite quotes from First Link parents. We hope you will consider volunteering to become a part of this supportive and welcoming initiative!
Volunteers to the First Link program foster connections and build relationships with newly admitted DA families. Involvement in this welcoming initiative helps current parents further integrate into the Deerfield community by outreaching to new families locally, regionally and internationally, forming relationships, sharing knowledge, offering support and enhancing the school experience for all.
As a First Link volunteer you will be given information to guide you, including a brief timeline, sample letters and important links to share with new families.Responsibilities include:
If you would like to volunteer as a First Link, and help us build strong partnerships between Deerfield parents and the school, we would appreciate your help.
The Deerfield Parents Network (DPN) is an organization aimed at building partnerships among Deerfield parents, and between parents and the Academy. Schools like Deerfield no longer serve “in the place of parents,” but rather “along side of parents.” The goal of the Parents Network is to improve the Deerfield experience for all students and their families through several initiatives.
The Deerfield Parents Network does not have a formal office. The network of parents, staff, and volunteers spans the globe.
Sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org is a good first point of contact for general inquiries. We’ll help you get in touch with members to answer your questions or help you to get involved.
There are many ways for a parent to support Deerfield. You can join the First Link program; you can attend student performances or athletic events; or make a contribution in programs that benefit students and the Academy’s efforts to create the best environment for learning.