GMSD is delaying the start of school for students to August 17, 2020
At this time, the delayed start is the only change in our school calendar.  For the most up-to-date information, visit GMSD's Road to Reopen website
A Message from the PTO President
Flexibility is a Superpower!

Well Dolphins - here we go! It's the start of the 2020 school year, and I bet none of us EVER thought it would look like this. 2020 has been a roller coaster to say the least, and I don't know about you, but I'm about ready to get off the ride. The twists and turns we've all experienced throughout this pandemic have been some of the scariest and stressful times I can remember. As we enter this new school year of social distancing, mask-wearing, and virtual (or not?) learning, I want you to know that your PTO is committed. While our events may shift and look different this year, our support for our teachers, staff, and students will not. We are committed to being positive representatives of our school, volunteering where needed, and loving on our Dogwood family as much as possible. We hope you will support our efforts by joining the PTO and volunteering along with us when needed. If you have any questions about the PTO or our events/programs/activities, please email me. I look forward to serving as your PTO Pandemic President!   

Karen Viotti
Dogwood Announcements
School Supplies

If you did not purchase a pre packaged Supply Box from Kidz School Box, you can purchase items on your own using these grade-level supply lists.  

The My School Bucks store is open!  You can g et 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 Note from Nurse Madhi

Dear Dogwood Families,

It is with great sadness that I inform you that I will not be returning to Dogwood as I have taken a new job. As difficult as the decision was to make, I have decided to make the move. I became a part of the Dogwood family in December 2016 and I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for welcoming me with open arms and making me feel at home immediately. I am incredibly grateful for all the wonderful memories I have made with the kiddos and the parents. Though I am leaving the school with a heavy heart, I am still part of the GMSD family as a parent, this is not a good-bye, but a see you soon!

With much love, 
Nurse Madhi
A Message for New Families

As you know, Dogwood has been under a significant amount of construction this summer, adding a secure entrance, upgraded lighting, and many ADA accessibility upgrades (including family bathrooms!)

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions and new safety measures, prospective/new Dogwood families will not be able to tour the building once school begins on August 17. Therefore, the school will be offering both virtual tours and limited in-person tours (with masks) prior to the start of school. 

Please watch the Dogwood Elementary Facebook page for updates, and pass along to any new families! You may also direct any new family questions to  Katie Laird , PTO New Parent Liaison. 

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!
GMSD Announcements
2020-2021 Registration

It is not too late to register for the 2020-2021 school year! Returning students can register HERE, and new students can register HERE.
Road to Reopen

Heading into the 2020-2021 school year, GMSD believes that continuing education in our community is imperative. Our staff has spent many hours developing the safest ways to provide a rigorous educational experience which includes face-to-face instruction, hybrid schedules, virtual options, and programs that meet the social-emotional needs of our students. GMSD is ready to implement any of those methods as the situation changes.

Dogwood will be continuing to add important updates that are specific to our school.  Communication will be sent out every time the plan is updated. Please use the Let's Talk: A COVID Response Center to send DES your questions, comments, and concerns.  The system will quickly put you in touch with the right staff member.

Virtual Learning Program 

Germantown Municipal School District has released its opt-in application for a full-time virtual learning option.  

Applications for the virtual learning program are due on  J uly 29, 2020 .

For many working parents, our partnership with the City of Germantown Parks and Rec Department R.E.A.C.H. Program is essential.  

R.E.A.C.H. will be permitted to provide this service on our campus and will follow all school procedures and safety measures. Registration for REACH before and after care is now open for the 2020-2021 school year! Email  Veda Sargent at Germantown Parks and Recreation , or call  (901) 757-7389 with any questions. 
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.  

We are reaching out to community partners, such as you, to sponsor a GMSD teacher.

For your $100 sponsorship:

* Your individual or business name will be on your sponsored teachers' Treasure For Teachers gift card 
* Your name or your business name will be on large print media displayed at each school for the entire year
* You or your business are invited to a public recognition of sponsors and announcement of the additional funds during a district-wide kickoff at our GMSD teacher in-service in the fall
* Media coverage at the in-service with City Alderman/Staff present; including social media recognition, website recognition, and public promotion
* In-kind donation letter for tax purposes

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.
Books that Represent

Two GMSD alumni, Rachel Lazure and Stephanie Barton, are raising money to donate four books that feature people of color as protagonists and/or celebrate black culture to every kindergarten and 1st-grade classroom within GMSD. GMSD has not only supported their idea but agreed to match any donations raised! Their goal is to help promote multicultural literature that not only properly honors and reflects the lives of minorities but also fosters self-empowerment, cultural pluralism, and fresh perspectives for students and teachers alike. Click here to support their efforts!

PTO Announcements

Click on the links below to enroll!
City of Germantown Announcements
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 g irls & boys in 3 rd -8 th  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 to guarantee your child's spot in one of our soccer programs, and avoid the late fee (which begins on August 1, 2020).
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