The Week Ahead
Monday, January 13 GMSD Board of Education Meeting 5:30 PM Work Session
6:30 PM Business Meeting
GMSD District Offices
Tuesday, January 14 PTO General Meeting 9:00 AM, Dogwood Cafeteria
Wednesday, January 15 Quarter 2 report cards sent home
Events
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!
DolphinFest

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!


Fine Arts Night - Date Change

Dogwood's Annual Fine Arts Night will be held on Tuesday, March 24th from 6:00 - 8:00 PM.  Please note this date has been changed due a conflict.  
Announcements
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:



Ellis Tognetti, Lilly Sayle, and Finn Brandon

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.
PTO Announcements
GMC PTO Excellence Awards

It is time to nominate your favorite Dogwood teacher, employee, administrator or parent volunteer for the annual STAR of Excellence and Legacy of Excellence awards. 

S.T.A.R. OF EXCELLENCE
S ervice to Schools 
T ime and Talents Invested
A ctive Involvement 
R esults Oriented 

Nominees for this award should demonstrate exceptional dedication and service to their schools. Whether this person chairs an amazing event each year or is a key volunteer who makes it all come together, the S.T.A.R. nominee is kind and caring, brings out the best in others, and exemplifies the four criteria of the S.T.A.R. Award. Nominees may be a parent, a teacher, an administrator, adult volunteer, school crossing guard, or police officer.

LEGACY OF EXCELLENCE 
The Legacy of Excellence Award was created in memory of Kristen Ames Melton, who tragically passed away in October, 2016. Kristen's legacy is one of kindness, selflessness and tremendous work ethic. She never hesitated to go above and beyond for anyone and everyone, even those she had just met. Nominees for the Legacy of Excellence Award should be a parent volunteer that embodies the same qualities that made Kristen so very special. This award is given to one (volunteer) recipient each year. 

Send nominations (name, the award for which you are nominating, and a brief description of why this person should receive the award) to Holly Kulp by January 15th.  Feel free to nominate more than one person.
GMSD Announcements
Vaping Workshop


GMSD Board of Education Meeting

The GMSD Board of Education announced there will be a discussion regarding the placement of a cell tower near Dogwood during the Monday, January 13, 2020, school board meeting.  

  The agenda for the BOE meeting is posted  here
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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2020-2021 GMSD School Calendar

The 2020 Calendar Committee presented three 2020-21 calendar options for the GMSD Board of Education to consider.  Click  here  to view the options and provide your feedback.
The Month 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 25 Geography Bee- 5th Grade
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
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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