The Week Ahead
Monday, March 9-Friday, March 13 K-Kids Hope Lodge Donation Drive
Tuesday, March 10 PTO Meeting 9 AM, Dogwood cafeteria
Tuesday, March 10 DES Night at the Grizzlies 7 PM, Fed Ex Forum
Wednesday, March 11 Kindergarten Western Day
Thursday, March 12 Spring Picture Day
Friday, March 13 4th Grade Field Trip
Friday, March 13 End of 3rd Quarter
DES Night at the Grizzlies

Tickets are still available for purchase!  Use this link to purchase tickets for this exciting event!

Fine Arts Night

Volunteers are needed for this event!  Please sign up here if you are able to help.

GMSD Color Run

It's that time of year again!  Early Bird Registration has been extended until TODAY,  March 8th! Students that are signed up by March 8th will be invited to a MemPops Reward Party at school! The homeroom with the most students registered will win a prize, and the school with the highest percentage of entries will receive the new Stampede Trophy!

Register here for this fun event!

Hope Lodge

The Dogwood K-Kids will be holding a donation drive for the Hope Lodge from March 9-13.
The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge program provides a free home away from home for cancer patients and their caregivers.

The following items will be collected this week:
  • Monday - paper products (plates, napkins, utensils, cups)
  • Tuesday - non-perishable food items (K-Cups, coffee (decaf/ regular), sugar and individual sweeteners, dry coffee creamer)
  • Wednesday - office supplies ( copy paper, postage stamps)
  • Thursday - household cleaning supplies (wipes, paper towels, soap, Febreeze spray, lysol spray, pine-sol, kleenex, scrubbing bubbles, toilet paper)
  • Friday - Gift cards (Kroger, Sam's, Wal-mart, Costco, Target)
Thank you for your support!

Picture Day

Spring Picture Day is this Thursday, March 12.  

Volunteers are needed to assist on picture day. Please sign up here if you are able to help.
Dogwood's Got Talent

This event will showcase the talents of our school!  It is open to all DES students (kindergarten through 5th grade).
Applications are due to Ms. Boyd or Ms. Teel's by March 13, 2020.  Turn in an application to get an email with sign-ups for audition slots.  
Audition dates are March 31, April 1, and April 2.  There will be a workshop on April 23rd and a dress rehearsal on April 29th.  The show will be on April 30th.

HMS Open House

Attention Future Mustangs! 

HMS will be hosting an open house on March 26th at 6 PM for rising 6th graders. Meet in the gym for entertainment, followed by information on course offerings, previewing clubs, and touring the school.

Information on Morning Arrivals

REACH students are now entering the building at the main entrance in the mornings. In order to make this process a bit smoother, please pay attention to the following:
  • No Dogwood student should arrive or enter the building before 7:45 am, unless they are attending REACH.  
  • REACH parents, please consider parking in a designated parking spot and walking your student into the building, especially after 7:45 am when traffic flow increases for drop-offs. When multiple cars are left in the circle drive, it makes it difficult for other traffic to flow smoothly.
  • Please remember that the car line forms in the morning on Dogwood Road at the corner of the Dogwood Driveway. Car line should not enter campus until 8:25.
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:

(back) Abigail Phalin, Lyla Noel, Barrett Waddell, Steven Anderson, Paxton Word, Deliliah Perlman, Luke Laird
(front) Nora Tolbert, Sadie Pardue, Omar Alrammal, John Ueleke, Molly Huffman, Ellis Brown, Cade Sipniewski

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

THANK YOU to everyone who came out to support DolphinFest yesterday!  The day was full of fun and we loved seeing you all there!

THANK YOU, Jennifer Brown! Jennifer worked tirelessly to put together this amazing event for our community. She did an amazing job!  We cannot put into words how much we appreciate all of her hard work!

THANK YOU, Elizabeth Gates!  We are grateful for Elizabeth's assistance with ALL aspects of DolphinFest, which was instrumental to hosting a successful event. 

We also want to thank our Committee Chairs:
Aimee Puryear - Auction
Tina Thorn - Auction
Amy Carter - Teacher Features and Experiences
Michelle Midha - Dine & Dash
Christina Tempel - Prize Room
Ann Gee - Volunteers
Leigh Daigle - Website
These ladies devoted so much time and energy to make DolphinFest a huge success!

We appreciate the help of Leanne Howell, Holly Joyner, Robin Pleasants, Alison Fondaw, Lauren Wildrick, Tiffany Smith, Casey Carrillo, Nabiha Huda, Laura Clark, Kathryn Nelson, Valeria Vasquez, Kristen Boccher, Marlena Light, and Mindy Toll.  

Thank you to everyone who volunteered at DolphinFest!  Our room parents contributed so much. Thanks to the teachers, staff, and Administrators at Dogwood for all of their help.  

We are so grateful for the support of our auction donors and sponsors, as well!!


Houston Middle School PT O  is looking for a few creative and dedicated individuals willing to serve as Co-Chairs and Committee Members for the 20 20 -20 21  School Year. Please email Colleen Stewart  if you are interested in hearing more about the positions available. Here are the areas  that need to be filled for our upcoming school year:
Haunted Houston Co-chair (1) 
* Haunted Houston Volunteer Coordinator (1) 
GMSD Announcements
GMC Art Contest

Calling all artists! The Germantown Municipal Council is sponsoring an Art Contest. This year's theme is "I Love Germantown".  Please see the attached flyer for contest rules and details.  Submissions will also be accepted on April 2nd at 8:30 in the cafeteria.

Please contact Debbie Brown with any questions.

The nominating committee has been working diligently to prepare a slate for the 2020-2021 GMC PTO Board and we will need your assistance. If you are interested or know someone who is seeking to serve our GMSD community, please have them complete the nomination form. Our main goal as a committee this year, is to ensure that we have a representative from each school on the GMC PTO Board.
Please send all completed forms via email or a screenshot to Chii Onyeagocha or 404-798-9056.
The deadline for the form submission is March 23, 2020. This will give us ample time to communicate with all candidates, confirm our slate and present at our next scheduled GMC PTO meeting on April 14, 2020.
Thank you for your continued service and commitment to GMSD.
Parent Engagement Opportunities

Strategic Plan Town Hall For Public Feedback on March 31st
District staff and school board members will present the first draft of the GMSD 2025 Strategic Plan on March 31st from 6 pm - 8 pm at a townhall meeting.  Staff will be available to collect public feedback.  Following the town hall meeting, the draft plan will be published at  The community is also invited to provide feedback via our online platform at that time. 
The Month Ahead
Monday, March 16- Friday, March 20 SPRING BREAK- NO SCHOOL
Monday, March 23 First Day of 4th Quarter
Monday, March 23 Down Syndrome Awareness Day (wear blue and yellow)
Tuesday, March 24 Fine Arts Night 6-8 PM
Thursday, March 26 HMS Open House for 5th Grade Parents 6 PM
Monday, March 30- Friday, April 3 Teacher Appreciation Week
Tuesday, March 31 4th and 5th Grade Clubs 9:30-10:30 AM
Wednesday, April 1 Quarter 3 Report Cards sent home
Thursday, April 2 Autism Awareness Day
Friday, April 3 Volleyball Games
Tuesday, April 7 PTO Meeting 9 AM, Dogwood cafeteria
Wednesday, April 8 Kindergarten Cap and Gown Pictures
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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