The Week Ahead
Monday, December 9 GMSD Board of Education Meeting 5:30 PM Work Session
6:30 PM Business Meeting
GMSD District Offices
Monday, December 9- Friday, December 13 CASE Benchmark Testing
Friday, December 13 Yearbook Ad Sales End (5th Grade and Business Ads)
Events
Germantown Holiday Parade

Lining the City streets, residents watch as decorated floats, horses, school groups, clubs and booming marching bands slowly make their way along the parade route. Be sure to stay until the end to get a glimpse of Santa aboard a Germantown Fire Truck.

In support of the U.S. Marine Reserves Toys for Tots organization, uniformed Marines and volunteers will travel along the parade route to collect new, unwrapped toys for children.

The parade begins at the corner of Kimbrough Road and Farmington Blvd, proceeds west on Farmington to Exeter Road, turns north on Exeter and ends at the Germantown Athletic Club.
For more information or to participate, contact Michelle Forbert at 757-7638.
Rain date is December 15.

Ms. Martens (Room C 32) and Ms. Brown (Room SE 5) are collecting large bags of candy to distribute along the parade route from atop the Dogwood Elementary float.  Please send in candy donations by December 13th.  Thank you!


Announcements
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

SPRING 2016 REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

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.
Skyward

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:

Haneen Khrewish, Cross Gaither, and Ella Rivard
  
Please help the counseling department reinforce the importance of being KIND and how it shapes character and promotes becoming a world changer.  
PTO Announcements
Days of Praise
We will continue our annual Dogwood Days of Praise this week on the PTO Facebook and Bloomz groups.  Days of Praise is a way to recognize our amazing Dogwood teachers, administration, and staff. 

If you would like to share something praiseworthy about a Dogwood teacher, administrator, or staff member, simply post your praise as a comment on the appropriate day. Thanks for helping us recognize our fabulous teachers and staff this holiday season!

Days of Praise Spotlight-  Mrs. Becky Borgman

Mrs. Becky Borgman, Dogwood's Occupational T herapist, created a one-of-a-kind sensory path for the hallways at Dogwood.  While there are various configurations of sensory paths available for purchase, Mrs. Borgman created and put together her unique sensory path to meet the needs of her students.  It is fantastic and all of the kids love it!  We are so thankful for Mrs. Borgman's ingenuity and dedication to our Dolphins!  It is the amazing teachers and staff, like her, who always go above and beyond that make Dogwood such a special school!

"Mrs. Borgman does such an amazing job each and every day!"  
- Dr. Fisher
Yearbook Sales

Reminder... Fifth Grade and Business Ads must be purchased by December 13th, 2019! Yearbook sales will end on February 28, 2020.

Shout Outs!

Thank you to Stacy High for planning an absolutely perfect night for our girls! The Dolphin Tale Ball was so much fun. We appreciate all of our volunteers.  Thank you to everyone who helped out.  A big shout out to Nabiha Huda, our PTO VP of Events, who always works so hard to make each and every event a success.

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
Tuesday, December 17 Spelling Bee- 5th Grade
Friday, December 20 Winter Parties
Friday, December 20 Early Dismissal 12:15 PM
Monday, December 23-Friday, January 3
WINTER BREAK- NO SCHOOL

Monday, January 6th First Day of 3rd Quarter
Wednesday, January 8 Marco's Spirit Night
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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