Dogwood Announcements
Meet the Teacher

Our Meet the Teacher event will be virtual this year.
Homeroom teachers will send an email to parents the evening of Thursday, August 13th that will include times and a link to the Virtual Meet the Teacher event for your class that will take place the following day- Friday, August 14th.

Please note that this is for families to have a quick introduction to their teacher. Grade-Level Curriculum Nights will be announced at a later date.

Additional Kindergarten Information:
Kindergarten teachers will contact parents regarding a staggered schedule and drop off information for the week of August 17th. Kindergarten teachers will participate in the virtual Meet the Teacher event on Friday, August 14th as well as host a Kindergarten parent meeting virtually on Friday, August 21st.
First Day of School

During your Virtual Meet the Teacher, teachers will review with students where their new classroom is and how to get there on Monday morning, August 17. The school will have all available staff, assistants and teachers throughout the halls helping our students to their rooms. If you ordered a pre-packaged school supply box, it will be in the classroom upon arrival. If you purchased your own school supplies, students are encouraged to bring what they can safely carry on their own over the course of the first few days. 
 
Also, our PTO will have a welcome committee set up outside of the school for "first day" fun. We know this is an unusual start to the school year, but we want our children to feel excited and welcome as they start the new year! Whether you are starting school in the building or at home, we are all ONE community. Please share your first day of school pictures by tagging Dogwood Elementary (@dogwoodes) on Instagram and using our new gifs, created by Nabiha Huda, on Instagram, Facebook Messenger and Twitter. Just search for dolphinlife
 
As always, as more information is finalized we will send it out via our Facebook page and email. With a little flexibility and grace, we'll get through this!
School Supplies

School supply boxes have been delivered to the school for those that ordered. If your child is attending school in person, their supply box will be in their classroom the first day of classes. If you have chosen the virtual option, we will announce a pick up date in the near future!

You can use the grade-level supply lists to purchase all needed items for the school year.  .  

The My School Bucks store is open!  You can get your class t-shirt, spirit t-shirt (not required), agenda book (4/5), chair bag (K-3), and communication folder (2-5). Dogwood customized masks and gaiters are also available on MySchoolBucks!
A Message for New Families

We are very excited to be offering in-person school tours of Dogwood Elementary on August 13th and 14th. This will be offered for our New Families only. We are so excited to have you as a part of the Dogwood family and proud to let you see inside the school walls since completion of many upgrades.

The tours will be held in groups of 10-15 and everyone will need to wear masks. They will last approximately 30 minutes and be led by one of our fantastic PTO volunteers. Please park and meet at the front entrance located next to the circular parking lot.

You may also direct any new family questions to Katie Laird, PTO New Parent Liaison.  Welcome to Dogwood!

READO

There is still time to complete your READO forms to earn your summer reading reward! Instructions for completion are included on the K-2 READO and the 3-5 READO forms.  Happy reading!
PTO Announcements
PTO Membership


Everything is online and super easy to do!  The goal is 100% participation!

Frequently Asked Questions about PTO Membership:

I joined last year, do I need to join again?
Yes, we ask our families to join the PTO each year.  You annual dues support the PTO events and activities all year long.  

I get the Dolphin Digest each week, so does that mean I am a PTO member?
No, anyone can subscribe to the Dolphin Digest.  The PTO wants everyone to have access to information.  Your annual PTO dues do help cover the cost of our Constant Contact email service. To be a PTO member, please follow the link above and join the PTO.  

What benefit do I get for joining the PTO?
In addition to supporting our fantastic Dogwood students, teachers, and community, PTO members receive access to the online PTO Member Directory through Membership Toolkit. Members can access the directory on the Membership Toolkit webpage or through the Membership Toolkit app.  After you join, download the Membership Toolkit app and log in.  In the app, you can search for names, filter by class, touch to call or text, pull up maps, and add contacts to your phone.  You will love it!!  

Don't forget to download the Membership Toolkit App on Apple or Google to your smart phone!

Please contact our Membership Chairperson, Jamie Bialowitz, with any questions. 
Room Parents

Room parents are such an important part of Dogwood! Now, more than ever, our wonderful teachers need our support as we head back to school. We don't quite know what the year will look like but we still need you! 

We recognize that you don't know your child's teacher yet, but please fill out the Google form if you are interested in serving as a room parent for the 2020-2021 school year. 

Room parent responsibilities will include communication to parents about PTO and class activities, showering your teacher with love and appreciation on behalf of the class, and organizing any sign up requests or volunteer needs for the teacher. Each teacher (virtual and in person) will have a room parent!


Contact Ann Gee, PTO Room Parent Coordinator, with any questions. 
HMS PTO

NEW 6th GRADE HOUSTON MIDDLE PARENTS! Keep connected by joining HMS PTO! Your $15 membership fee will also give you access to the online PTO directory, which provides member/student contact information so you can stay in touch during this challenging time. When you purchase a PTO membership you will also receive an HMS car magnet to show your school spirit. While you are joining the PTO, you can also make a donation to this year's Family Donation Drive. Donors will receive a mask lanyard while supplies last.

To join and make your donation, simply click here and log in with your Membership Toolkit Account

If you have any questions, please email the HMS PTOThank you for your commitment to supporting our students and teachers! 


Click on the links below to enroll!
Contact the PTO Ways and Means Chairperson, Tiffany Smith, with any questions. 
GMSD Announcements


For the most up-to-date information, please visit GMSD's Road To Reopen website.
Device Pickup

Please note that this message only applies to those who are registered for the FULL-TIME VIRTUAL OPTIONAL PROGRAM.  Students enrolled in the traditional, in-person model will receive their devices once school begins.

GMSD is pleased to offer device pickup for elementary grade levels who are enrolled in the full-time virtual learning program. During the hours of 2pm to 6pm, on Monday August 10th and Tuesday August 11th you may pick up your child's device on the campus of Forest Hill Elementary School without leaving your vehicle. Please enter campus on the south side, and follow the signs for device pickup. Reminder, this is ONLY for students who registered for full-time virtual school. A make up day has also been scheduled for Wednesday August 12th, from 2pm to 6pm.

Please stay tuned for more information about our Full-time Virtual Learning Program and other important Back-to-School messages soon.
2020-2021 Registration

We need your help!  If you have not yet registered for school (which would include ALL students new, returning, whether in-person or fully virtual) please complete the process as soon as possible.  Our staff needs accurate numbers of students enrolled in all of our programs to plan individual student schedules and staffing.  These numbers are crucial for planning and communicating our Road to Reopen Plans at the individual school levels. 

Treasures for Teachers

The Germantown Education Foundation (GEF) is proudly partnering with Knowledge Tree for our fourth annual Treasures for Teachers campaign. 

Our goal is to provide each GMSD teacher with $100 for classroom supplies. Knowledge Tree is graciously adding $20 to each $100 gift, making your donation go even farther.  

Please click here to fill out the sponsorship form, and then click here to pay for your donation.  

Questions? Please email the Germantown Education Foundation.  Thank you for helping our teachers get the supplies they need! We thank you, and our teachers thank you.
City of Germantown Announcements
R.E.A.C.H.
 Registration for REACH before and after care is open for the 2020-2021 school year! Email Veda Sargent at Germantown Parks and Recreation, or call (901) 757-7389 with any questions. 
Houston Lacrosse Club

Join one of the most exciting youth sports in town! Houston Lacrosse Club's Fall Program is an excellent time for beginners to learn more about the sport and develop the necessary skills to enjoy the sport, while allowing more experienced players to maximize their potential as a player and teammate. 

Registration is open for girls & boys in 3rd-8th grade.

We look forward to a great Fall! For additional information on the girls & boys youth lacrosse program, please contact Wally Gardner. For general club information, you can visit the HLC website.
Germantown Legends Soccer

Registration continues for the Germantown Legends Fall Recreational Soccer season.  

All registrations received after July 31st will be assigned to teams based on available spots (with no guarantee of acceptance). Register today!
The Month Ahead
Monday, August 10-Tuesday August 11 (makeup day August 12)Device pickup for Full Time Virtual Optional students 2-6 PM
Forest Hill Elementary School
Friday, August 14Virtual Meet the Teacher
Monday, August 17First Day of School8:45-3:45
Monday, August 17-Wednesday, August 19Kindergarten Phase in Days8:45-3:45
Friday, August 21Virtual Kindergarten Parent Meeting
Tuesday, August 25
this is a change
Virtual PTO General Meeting9:00 AM
Monday, September 7Labor Day- NO SCHOOL
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