The Week Ahead
Monday, January 20 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day- NO SCHOOL
Wednesday, January 22 Homeroom class photos
Thursday, January 23 Room Parent Meeting 9:00 AM, Dogwood Cafeteria
Friday, January 24 Geography Bee- Fifth Grade
Mother/Son Dance

Please consider purchasing an item from the Donation List for the Mother/Son Dance.  Donations are an easy way to support the PTO and this fun, FREE event. 

We need volunteers to help make this event a success!  Check out our volunteer opportunities and sign up to help!

The Auction committee is collecting ideas and items for our silent auction! If you know of a business that would be willing to donate or if you make/sell/provide items, services, or experiences that you would like to donate, please follow the link and  complete this form. You'll need to include the business name and a contact person. Thanks for your help!

We would like to thank My Town Roofing for sponsoring DolphinFest 2020. If you or your business is interested in becoming a DolphinFest sponsor, please contact Jennifer Brown.


Kids Heart Challenge

Germantown Education Foundation

Dogwood Elementary School was the recipient of $30,000 in grants from the Germantown Education Foundation!  

Mrs. Phipps received a grant for $20,000 to fund an outdoor learning space at Dogwood Elementary School, which will be paired with the money raised during the Donation Drive to create a wonderful space for our children to learn. 

Mrs. Guynes & Mrs. Frederick received a $10,000 grant for the  SEL Book-A-Day program, which
purchases materials for a picture book library to enhance students' whole character development and open their hearts and minds.

Congratulations!  Thank you, Germantown Education Foundation for supporting our students and teachers.

The purchase deadline for the 2019-2020 yearbook is FEBRUARY 28, 2020. The cost is $35 and it can be purchased on My School Bucks.  

Dogwood Track Team

It is time to sign up for the DES Track Team!  Optional Conditioning begins in February and will be Thursday afternoons after school from 3:45-5:00 (weather-dependent).

The last day to register for the track team is January 31st.   Click here to register.

Contact  Coach Laura  or Coach Robin with any questions.  

For more details, please review the track team flyer.
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:

Jude Vidal, Brooke White, Lucy Linn, Chase Laird, Ian Kalin, Cecil Tashie

Please help the counseling department reinforce the importance of being KIND and how it shapes character and promotes becoming a world changer.  
Visitors to Dogwood

Prior to entering the building through the outdoor intercom, all visitors will be asked the purpose of their visit and reminded to have their ID.  All students are instructed to never open a door to allow someone in the building.  Thanks for your assistance and support in keeping our school safe.  If you have any questions, contact Mrs. Woody, Dr. Fisher, or Mrs. Phipps.
GMSD Announcements
2020-2021 School Calendar

The 2020-2021 Instructional Calendar was approved by the Board of Education at their meeting on Monday, January 13.  

The proposed calendar will be submitted to the state for approval in April, 2020. 

You can view the calendar  here.
Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year will begin January 27th and will close on February 7th, 2019. Applications will be available here, opening on January 27th. 

Due to current student numbers and available space, transfer approvals will be limited. 

All applications will be processed and approvals/denials will be mailed or emailed by March 13, 2020. 
Parent Engagement Opportunities

Seeking parents to participate in strategic planning focus groups

The GMSD administrative team is assembling focus groups to help guide the new 2025 Strategic Plan for the District. 
A small number of parents will be selected through an application process.  A public survey, published at a later date, will allow ALL citizens to participate in the process. 
*The four tentative meetings have been scheduled for:
  • January 30th, 4 pm--Community Partnerships
  • February 3rd, 4 pm--Whole Child (Physical Health, Social-Emotional, Environment/Safety, Student Engagement/Activities)
  • February 4th, 4 pm--Innovative and Challenging Academics (Curriculum/Standards, Teaching/Learning)
  • February 6th, 4 pm--Recruit, Develop, Retain Exemplary Employees
Applicants must be able to attend the meeting date.  Applicants may apply for multiple focus groups, but will only be allowed to serve on one.
Apply by clicking here.
Other Opportunities
Public viewings of English Language Arts (ELA) instructional materials up for adoption will be held on January 16th & February 6th from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm in the boardroom of the GMSD district office at 3350 Forest Hill Irene Rd.
Public viewings of the Family Life Curriculum and instructional materials will be held on January 21st from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm in the boardroom of the GMSD district office at 3350 Forest Hill Irene Rd.

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The Month Ahead
Tuesday, January 28 4th and 5th Grade Clubs and Club Pictures
Wednesday, January 29 100th Day of School
Friday, January 31 Mother/Son Event 6:30 PM
Tuesday, February 4 PTO General Meeting 9:00 AM, Dogwood cafeteria 
Wednesday, February 5 Quarter 3 Interims sent home
Monday, February 10 GMSD Board of Education Meeting 5:30 PM Work Session
6:30 PM Business Meeting
GMSD District Offices
Thursday, February 13 Parent Conferences 4-7 PM
Friday, February 14 Kids Heart Challenge
Monday, February 17 Presidents' Day- NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, February 18-Friday, February 21 Kids Kan
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
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Germantown Municipal School District provides equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, handicap/disability, sex, genetics or age.