The Week Ahead
Tuesday, December 17 Spelling Bee- Fifth Grade
Friday, December 20 Winter Parties 10:45 - 11:45 AM
Friday, December 20 Early Dismissal 12:15 PM
Monday, December 23-Friday, January 3 WINTER BREAK- NO SCHOOL
Winter Parties
Winter Parties are this Friday, December 20th from 10:45 - 11:45 am.  Thank you to our Room Parents for organizing the fun! Please sign up to help out in your child's classroom and send in items for the party.  
As a part of their Winter Parties, each grade is supporting a local charity.  
  • Pre-K- Forrest Spence Fund Toy Drive- Students are collecting toys to make sure the children of Memphis (plus their siblings and caregivers) who are hospitalized over Christmas receive gifts.
  • Kindergarten - Each Kindergarten classroom adopted a Kindergarten student from an inner-city Memphis school and provided holiday cheer.  
  • 1st Grade - Project Night NightStudents are collecting stuffed animals and blankets for Project Night Night.  Project Night Night organizes care packages for homeless children to provide a concrete and predictable source of security during a time of upheaval.  
  • 2nd Grade - Youth VillagesStudents are donating hats and gloves for the children served by Youth Villages.  Youth Villages provides help for children and young people who face a wide range of emotional, mental, and behavioral problems.
  • 3rd Grade - Forrest Spence Foundation - Students are collecting new books for the Forrest Spence Foundation.  The Forrest Spence Foundation supports families that are coping with critically or chronically ill children.  They support them by providing care baskets and supplies while in the hospital. 
  • 4th Grade - Orange Mound Outreach MinistriesFourth Grade students are collecting new and gently used books for the Orange Mound Outreach Ministries after school program.
  • 5th Grade - Project Night NightStudents putting together tote bags for Project Night Night.  Project Night Night organizes care packages for homeless children to provide a concrete and predictable source of security during a time of upheaval.  
We hope that our Dogwood families will join in our Winter Party Charitable Acts and use this opportunity to promote the importance of giving.  Please see your room parent's Bloomz or email communications for specific information about the donations.
Classic Book Challenge

The library is running a Classic Book Challenge for the month of December.  Any student who reads a classic children's story (think fairy tales, myths, treasured/timeless stories) and takes a passing Accelerated Reader (AR) test, will be entered into a drawing for a Barnes and Noble gift card.  Students must read books on their AR level and if a student reads a novel (chapter book), they will receive two entries. You can use this link for inspiration to help your child find a book to read.
World Peace Celebration

Houston Lacrosse Club


Boys in 5 th -8 th  grade can register for the spring lacrosse season here

Registration deadline for 2018 boys' spring lacrosse is December 20 th ! We look forward to a great spring season!

For additional information on the boys youth lacrosse program please contact Wally Gardner  (or call 218-9479). For general club information you can visit the HLC website.

Did you know that Skyward offers an app for smartphones that enables parents to check their children's grades on the go? Click here to watch the one minute tutorial about how to install the app and view grades with ease.

You can also access Skyward HERE .
Anonymous Alerts

What is the Anonymous Alerts app?
The Anonymous Alerts anti-bullying and safety app reporting system helps combat bullying and other negative activity in schools by empowering students to speak up. Social and peer pressure are some of the hardest obstacles for students to overcome.

The system allows for 1-way or 2-way anonymous encrypted communications between submitters (students, parents or community members) and district administration and/or school staff. Users of the system have the option to remain anonymous or to reveal their identity when submitting a report.

How does it work?
To use this revolutionary new app, students, parents or other school personnel can simply visit the Germantown Municipal School District website and click on the "Anonymous Alerts" button or text link to submit a report expressing their concern.

Anonymous AlertsĀ® mobile applications can be downloaded directly from the Apple, Google Play or the Chrome stores.

For more information, click here
Choose to Be KIND

The following students received a Dolphin Dollar and were invited to sign the Choose to Be KIND wall in the cafeteria this week:

(back row) Steven Thornton, Hunter Scott, Tucker Thompson, Bailey Robertson
(front row) Ella Bronson, Chloe Moore, Nick Soucia, Anniston Medling
(not pictured) Aria Zakhireh
Please help the counseling department reinforce the importance of being KIND and how it shapes character and promotes becoming a world changer.  
PTO Announcements
Family Paint Night
The ornaments from the Paint a Piece Family Paint Night are in!  Parents may pick up the ornaments on Monday, December 16th and Tuesday, December 17th from 8:30 until 9:00 am in the cafeteria.  If you do not pick up your ornaments, they will be sent home with your students on Tuesday.  Contact Tiffany Smith with any questions. 
Days of Praise

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Dogwood Days of Praise.  It is not too late to leave comments on our Facebook or Bloomz pages with praises for our wonderful teachers and staff!  If you'd prefer, please send our teachers and staff an email to let them know how much they are appreciated!
Shout Outs!

Thank you to Kristen Waddell for orchestrating the Days of Praise!

We are so grateful for the amazing help we received with Dolphin Tale Ball!  Thanks to the numerous volunteers and those who contributed to our Amazon wish list!  We have the best support from our Dogwood families!  You are all appreciated!

Jennifer Bell, Laura and Jay Dawson, Laura Buncher, Rachel Scoggins, Cheryl Leon, Ann Buisseret, Jennifer Zakhireh, Marley Fields, Laura Clark, Toni Gaither, Kathryn Hickey, Nichole Armstrong, Margo Boler, Dana Simpson, Leigh Daigle, Michelle Reuer, Clarissa Garcia, Heather Hunt, Kandice, Ashley Arnold, Casey Carrillo, Jessica Bolden, Paula Bailey, Shelby Montague, Kelly Athow, Alicia Harrison, Susan Solomon, Michelle Midha, Beth Ueleke, Sarah Rasmussen, Annabella Brandon, Marley Slutz, Ann Parker, Megan Wisniewski, Tricia Tubbs, Sherrill French, Holly Kulp, Aisha Elnour, Sara Duren, Cathleen Henry, Christina Tempel, Roxanne Weis, Jaime Corman, Estelle Curtis, Katie Nelson, Mary Hamm, and Amy Carter

Special thanks to Tara Parker (Smallcakes) for working so hard on the most beautiful and delicious cupcakes for the ball!  And special thanks to Mr. Smith for setting up and playing such fun music in the gym!

The Dogwood community is the best!! There are so many people who serve our students, teachers, and families so well that we would like to recognize them more publicly throughout the year. If you have a shout out for a student, teacher, parent, or administrator any time throughout the year, please email it to 
Elizabeth Gates .
The Month Ahead
Monday, January 6th First Day of 3rd Quarter
Wednesday, January 8 Marco's Spirit Night
Monday, January 13 GMSD Board of Education Meeting Work session @ 5:30 PM Business meeting @ 6:30 PM
GMSD District Offices
Tuesday, January 14 PTO General Meeting 9:00 AM, Dogwood Cafeteria
Wednesday, January 15 Quarter 2 Report Cards sent home
Give Back to Dogwood!
Each of these businesses gives back a portion of your purchase to Dogwood or the Dogwood PTO.  Click on the links below to enroll!

View this video to see just how easy the new BTFE program is to use!
Stay Connected
Dogwood Elementary PTO | (901) 756-2310 |   Email | Website

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