PTO Membership Drive

Everything is online and super easy! Our membership goal is 100% parent participation.  Any amount is appreciated and every dollar counts.  Also, remember that only PTO members will receive access to and be listed in the PTO member directory.  

All money donated to the Family Donation Drive will go directly to our school.  In addition to supporting classroom activities and teacher development, money raised this year could go towards installing an outdoor classroom - something similar to this.  It's up to you!

Don't forget to download the Membership Toolkit app after you join the PTO for easy access to the online PTO directory.  

Contact us at with any questions. 

PTO Donation Drive

Don't forget, any family that joins the PTO and donates $50 or more will receive a Dogwood yard sign to show their school spirit.  Yard signs will be available for pick up on Thursday, August 29th in the morning from 8:30 - 9:30 am and again that same afternoon from 3:30 - 5:00 pm.  We will have two locations for pick up - in the lawn at front door with the Front Door Walkers and at the back near the portables.  

The class in each grade with the highest amo unt of donations through Tuesday, August 27th will get to pick a day to wear CRAZY SOCKS and their teachers can wear JEANS!!  Join in the fun and donate before Tuesday!  If you have already donated then your donation will be counted for yo ur child's class. And family donations will count toward each child's classroom.  Make sure you have added your child's teacher to your family profile so that their class gets credit for your donation.
My School Bucks

The following items will remain available on My School Bucks for purchase until Saturday, August 31, 2019:
  • Instructional Fee $30
  • Class T shirts $10
  • Spirit Shirts $20
  • School Calendar $5
This is your last opportunity to purchase your child's class t-shirt, which is required.  This shirt will be worn for events such as class trips and field day.
Morning drop-off

Now that our Dolphins have had 2 weeks to acclimate to their routine and become familiar with their new classrooms, we ask that parents please not walk their children to their classrooms. Your child can be walked up to the entrance of the school.  This is for the safety and security of our students.  Thank you for your cooperation.  
Cameron Smith Drive

Dogwood Drive is now Cameron Smith Drive thanks to The Strain Family, who won the privilege of naming the driveway during this year's DolphinFest! Mrs. Cameron Smith, who taught at Dogwood Elementary School 1978-2004, taught both Sarah and Ryan Strain their Kindergarten years. Pictured: Robert and Cameron Smith with Sarah and Ryan Strain.

Box Tops for Education

The class who has earned the highest amount from August 12th- September 27th will earn a pizza party!

Log in to  Box Tops for Education, go to "School Earnings", then "Your Activity".  Just print this sheet out and turn it into your child's teacher.

If you have more than one student, this sheet will count for all of their homerooms; just send in the sheet with each child.
Kindergarten Lunch Helpers

Our cafeteria staff could use some extra hands during lunchtime to assist our newest Dolphins with opening lunch items, distributing utensils, etc. We would love to have some volunteers during the kindergarten lunches during the first few weeks to help them out! 

Please  sign up here if you can volunteer your time. 

As Fridays are the busiest day in the cafeteria (pizza day!), we can use even more helpers to assist o ur kindergarteners. Please sign up here if you can help on Pizza Day!

Thank you for supporting Dogwood!
Yearbook Executive Board

All 4th  and 5th  graders that are interested in being on the 2019-2020 Yearbook Executive Board should fill out an application and turn it in to Mrs. Mink (C31) or Ms. Sweda (C30) by Thursday, August 29 th .  
A Message from your School Counselors

New Dogwood Parents:

We are so excited to have your child as a part of our Dogwood family. Hopefully, the first week has been a pleasure. Additional opportunities are available for your child to become more familiar with the school environment and offer support during this transition. This is also a great way for your child to connect with other new students in a smaller setting. New student groups will be starting within the next two weeks meeting once a week for 30 minutes. These sessions will last approximately four weeks.

Please contact Brandi Fitchpatric or Natalie Adkinson, school counselors, at 752-7946 for additional information. 
Health Room Volunteers Needed!

The Nurse's Clinic is a busy place!! We can help ease the traffic by volunteering in the Health Room to provide assistance with simple needs such as band-aids, temperature checks, and/or a phone call to a parent. This helps Nurse Maddie to be more available to students that require a skilled nurse.  Medical experience is not required to volunteer. 

Shifts run from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm, but we are happy to have your help even if for a shorter time frame (just leave a comment when you sign up). Please consider signing up for a shift and let's try to get the Health Room staffed through the end of the year! Thank you for supporting Dogwood!
Exclusive CycleBar Offer for Dogwood Families!

CycleBar is offering all Dogwood PTO Families $100 off their regularly-priced 10 pack of classes. This is over 50% off!!! You can sign up online or on the Ride CycleBar app. Just click "10 pack" under "Packages" and use promo code DOGWOODPTO at checkout to receive this great offer! You can also email CycleBar with any questions.

PTO Announcements
Stay connected with the PTO!

Please visit the Dogwood PTO website to learn more about the PTO, our events, and ways you can get involved! 

If you are a parent of a Dogwood student, you can also request to join the  Dogwood PTO Facebook Page to keep up to date with PTO and school events.  ** Be sure to answer the membership question to gain access, as it is a closed group for parents only**

If you have questions about the school, the  PTO Guidebook is a great resource to find answers to all of your questions.  If you have a question that is not answered in the guidebook, please feel free to  email the PTO, and we will do our best to help you!

Wondering how you can help?  Check out the Volunteer Page on our website throughout the year for opportunities to help out our school.
Shout Outs!

Thank you to everyone who has joined the PTO and donated to the Family Donation Drive!  Your support of our students and teachers is amazing.  Our school community is strong because of you!

Shout out to Katie Laird and the PTO Teacher Treats committee for providing our teachers with delicious Nothing Bundt Cakes to welcome them back for the second week of school.  

Thank you to Paula Bailey, the PTO Beautification chair, who takes care of our flower pots at the school entrances.  You may have noticed that Paula painted the flower pots at the main entrance to match the new blue doors to the school.   It takes a lot of watering to keep those flowers so beautiful in this heat. 

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
Dogwood Dads

Calling all DADs!  Fathers and father-figures looking for ways to get involved at Dogwood are invited to meet this Thursday, August 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Mellow Mushroom in Germantown to get to know one another and discuss volunteer opportunities for the school year.  Contact Ryan Strain  with any questions.
Grandparents' BINGO Night

Grandparents' BINGO Night will be held Monday, September 9th in the Dogwood cafeteria. There will be 2 sessions, from 5-6pm or 6:30-7:30pm.

Your $10 ticket includes a pizza buffet, soft drink, and dessert.  Tickets for the event must be purchased on My School Bucks by Wednesday, September 4th.  A ticket is required for each person attending (ages 3 and over).  There are limited tickets available for each session.  

Friday Night Lights

Come dance with HHS Pom Team! This event includes a t-shirt, dinner and performance at the football game! Contact the HHS Pom Boosters with additional questions.

Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month and St. Jude hosts is annual Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer on September 28th. 

This is a great community event and one of the only public events hosted on St. Jude's Campus.  

Registration is only $10 to walk and $20 for a timed bib.  The Walk/Run is a 5K.  There are volunteer opportunities as well. 

Register for the event online, or text "MEMPHIS" to 785833 to receive the registration link. 
Girl Scout Information Night

Are you interested in having your daughter join Girl Scouts in the Germantown area?  All parents of kindergarten through 12th grade girls who are looking for troops in Germantown are invited to attend the  Germantown Girl Scouts Parent Information Night

Thursday, September 5th from 7 pm - 8 pm
Faith Presbyterian Church
8816 Poplar Pike in Germantown 

Come hear from local Girl Scouts and Troop Leaders about the exciting opportunities and adventures with Girl Scouts in Germantown! Girls interested in joining Girl Scouts are welcome to come to the meeting too, and talk with other girls that are currently in Girl Scouts.

Do you already know your daughter wants to join a troop, but you can't attend the meeting?  Click here to fill out our interest form, and someone will contact you in early September about placing your girl with an appropriate troop.

You Don't Want to Miss...
Upcoming Events
Thursday, August 29 Dogwood Dads Meeting 7:30 PM, Mellow Mushroom
Thursday, August 29 Applications for Yearbook Executive Board (for interested 4th and 5th grade students) due
Saturday, August 31 My School Bucks purchases close
Monday, September 2 Labor Day- NO SCHOOL
Wednesday, September 4 Last day to purchase tickets for Grandparents' Bingo on My School Bucks
Friday, September 6 Last day of PTO Membership and Donation Drive!
Monday, September 9 Grandparents' Bingo Night 5-6 PM, 6:30-7:30 PM
Thursday, September 12 Room Parent Meeting  9:00 AM, Cafeteria
Monday, September 16 GMSD Board of Education Meeting Work session @ 5:30 pm Business meeting @ 6:30 pm
Germantown City Hall
Tuesday, September 17 PTO Meeting 9:00 AM, Cafeteria
Tuesday, September 17 Constitution Day
Wednesday, September 18 Quarter 1 Interims sent home
Friday, September 20 School Pictures
Monday, September 20-Friday September 24 CASE Benchmark testing
Friday, September 27 Family Movie Night 6:30 PM, Dogwood campus
Saturday, September 28 St. Jude Walk/Run
Dogwood Calendars

There are several ways to keep up to date with all Dogwood events.  You can subscribe to the  Google Calendar or the  iPhone Calendar, and have all events downloaded directly to your phone and updated throughout the year.  Prefer everything on paper?  You can purchase a print 12 month calendar featuring artwork by Dogwood students for only $5.00 on  My School Bucks.
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