Membership Matters

Thank you to everyone who has joined the PTO.  We appreciate the support of our Dogwood families. Together it will be another great year at Dogwood! 


There is still time to join!    My School Anywhere - Dogwood Elementary PTO


What is the Fun Run?
The Fun Run is this semester's biggest fundraiser for Dogwood Elementary School.  It is a 9-day program ending with a fun run taking place on Friday, September 7th. Families will be getting pledes for the laps their student runs at the Fun Run. Funds raised from this event go toward building a New Playground with Shade Structures !  A portion of the proceeds will also benefit the new Forest Hill Elementary!

How can parents register their student(s)?
First, parents log in or sign up on Then, parents can register their student as a participant on by searching for the school by name. Students get a free prize just by being registered. Once registered your child will have a dashboard where you can add your child's photo and customize.

How can students get pledges?
Parents can help connect students to sponsors by sharing on social media. From your child's dashboard you can also share a link with family and friends. Family and friends can either pledge a specific dollar amount per lap or a flat donation, which will be due after the fun run event on September 7th.
Will my student really run 30 laps? How big is the track?
Yes, even kindergartners! The Fun Run track is about 1/16th of a mile, 1/4 the size of a normal high school track. The average student will run 30-35 laps and will have a goal to run at least 30 laps to help their school. The most any student will be counted for is 35 laps.

Can students receive a prize for flat donations?
Yes! All flat donations count toward pledges and are rounded by 30 (the average student will run over 30 laps). So, a $30 donation is the same as $1 per lap. A $60 donation is the same as $2 per lap, etc.

Can sponsors pay for pledges online?
YES! Sponsors will have the option to pay online. Make sure sponsors know they should enter a valid email address when making their pledge. The day after the Fun Run event, sponsors will receive an email with the online payment option.

When is the pledge money due?
Pledge money is due no later than September 14th. Families have one week to ensure all payments for pledges are collected after the Fun Run.

K & 1st           9:00 am
3rd & 4th       10:00 am
2nd & 5th      11:00 am

Volunteers Needed! The fun run will be held on Friday, September 7th. To make this event run smoothly, e ach class will need one parent volunteer to count the laps and mark participants' t-shirts, plus an additional 4 parent volunteers per grade to help with water and organization.  If weather permits, the fun run will take place outside on the Dogwood playground.  

 Please use this link to sign up to volunteer! 

A Note from our Administrators

Late arrivals and early checkouts for practice, therapy, or other non-medically related appointments should be scheduled outside of school hours and will be unexcused due to the state's crack down on truancy and the need for students to be in attendance at school in order to master all of the grade level standards.  Thank you for you understanding in this matter!

Starting Monday 8/27 we will hold the car line at the corner of the Howell Circle and Dogwood Rd. until 8:25.  This will free up the in and out for our students who are safety patrols and have other morning commitments to access the driveway without causing traffic confusion!

Welcome to Dogwood, Mrs. Hamrick!

We are excited to welcome our new Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Maureen Hamrick, to the Dogwood family!!

Hello, my name is Maureen Hamrick and I am excited to be joining the Dogwood Elementary School community as a kindergarten teacher.

My family and I have recently relocated to the area. My husband John and I have two sons; Johnny (6th grade) and Aidan (5th grade). We also have a Cavachon dog named Russell who just celebrated his 2nd birthday.

I have a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Temple University and a Master's Degree in Education with a concentration in Reading from Holy Family University (Pennsylvania).

I have 26 years of teaching experience in Pennsylvania, California, Northern Virginia, and Paris, France as an early childhood/elementary teacher, a literacy spe cialist and a district home-school advisor.

I look forward to getting to know each of the kindergarten children in my class and creating fun learning experiences throughout the school year.
Volunteer to help in our Health Room

We need daily help from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. staffing the health room (located in the bookstore). You can sign up for one or multiple days. You can also volunteer for a shorter time frame.

You will be dealing with minor issues like band-aids and ice packs. No medical experience necessary! 

Library News

We are looking for 5 volunteers to help with the summer reading READO party on Thursday, Aug 30th, from 2:30 to 3:30. 

Volunteers will help gather children from classrooms and assist younger children selecting their dessert.  

If you would like to volunteer, please sign up using the link below.

Dogwood Cross Country Team Wins First Cross Country Meet

The Dogwood Cross Country team had an amazing start to their race season. For the first time both boys' and girls' teams placed first in the National HOKA Flagship Meet on Friday, August 24th out of 10 other elementary teams. There were 47 members from the team who raced the mile around the track at Christian Brothers High School. The girls team had six runners who placed in the top 20 out of 130 runners. (1st place - Rachel Tankersley, 7th place - Addison Davis, 10th place - Evelyn McKenna, 17th place - Renee Wang, 18th place - Mary Hancock, and 20th place - Caroline Curry) The boys team had seven runners place in the top 20 out of 150 runners. (5th place - Drew DeGroot, 11th place - Miles Sullivan, 14th place - Thackston Stewart, 15th place - Myles Martin, 16th place - Zachary Randall, 17th place - Miles Pleasants, and 19th place - Will Turman) Coach Fredrick, Coach Fernandez and Coach Schwarzmann are so proud of how far this team has come over the last three years as we have seen amazing improvement and results from these incredible young runners.

There's Still Time to GO GOLD!

The deadline to order your GMSD Goes Gold for St. Jude T-shirt has been extended to  Tuesday, August 28th.

With your shirt you can get in free to the HHS Football game on September 7th, race Daisy the Dolphin on Friday, September 14th, and wear it to the St. Jude Walk/Run on September 22nd.
Show your support and GO GOLD for St. Jude!

Calling All Grandparents!

We are excited to celebrate Grandparents' Day at Dogwood again this year! We would love to have students and grandparents join us for a night of pizza and bingo on
Friday, September 7th at 6:30 pm!

300 spots are available for anyone to join in the BINGO fun. Please RSVP through the attached link.  RSVP for Grandparents' BINGO Night

Optional pizza buffet dinner tickets are pre-purchase only and available on My School Bucks through beginning on Monday, August 27th through Tuesday, September 4th. The $10 ticket purchase includes an all-you-can-eat pizza dinner from Marco's, a soft drink, and dessert.

We are looking for golf carts that we can borrow for the evening! As our Dogwood family knows, parking on campus is very limited. We would like to have volunteers driving golf carts around the neighborhood to give rides to grandparents and their grandchildren coming to the event. If you have a golf cart that we can borrow, please contact


All 4th and 5th graders that are interested in being on the new Yearbook Executive Board should fill out an application and turn it in by Monday, August 27th to Mrs. Honan (C21).

Click here to download the Yearbook Club Executive Board Application
PTO Directory

The PTO Online Directory is available online through and on the MySchoolAnywhere App. Only PTO Members may access the online directory.

Please update your student(s) teacher assignment in MySchoolAnywhere.  Class rosters in the online and printed directory are updated using this information.  

You may order a printed directory on MySchoolAnywhere when you join the PTO. Printed PTO directories will be delivered early fall. You must order your printed directory by August 31st!  

Contact Karen LaGasse or Leslie Mitchell with any questions.

Instructional Fee

Parents may still pay the $30 Instructional Fee.  Simply send a check payable to Dogwood Elementary School in an envelope labeled with Instructional Fee and your student's name.  

Last year, Instructional Fees were able to provide wonderful resources for every student at Dogwood, such as:
  • Tennessee History for Kids
  • Reading A-Z
  • Student Island
  • Wit and Wisdom
  • Brain Pop, Brain Pop Jr. Brain Pop ESL
  • Accelerated Reader
  • Starfall
  • Bloomz
  • Instructional books
  • Curriculum Associates Test Ready
  • Moose Productions Daily Star Math

Send in your Boxtops! The class with the most completed sheets turned in from August 20th - September 28th will receive a pizza party.  Please send completed sheets to the gym daily. We will keep an on-going count to determine the winner.
Community Involvement
Come learn more about Scouting!

Cub Scout Pack 271 invites all interested 1st - 5th graders to a Welcome Back Social on Sunday, August 26th from 4:00 - 6:00 pm at Houston Levee Park (behind Houston High School).  There will be games and MEMPOPS for the kids! Pack 271 meets most Monday nights from 7:00 - 8:00 pm during the school year at St. George's High School. 
Germantown Girl Scouts

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:

Thursday, August 30th from 6:30-7:30pm
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!

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.
Join the Dogwood Team for the St. Jude Walk/Run! 

GMSD is excited to be a flagship sponsor of the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer this year! Each school has a team participating in the event and we want you to join our Dogwood team! The race will be Saturday, September 22 at 9am. The 5K will start on A.W. Willis and will end on the St. Jude campus in a festival. Come join the fun!

Did you know?
  • The average donation to St.Jude is $10
  • St. Jude does not have a patient billing department.
  • Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent when the hospital opened in 1962 to more than 80 percent today.
  • St. Jude treats about 8,500 children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases each year. The treatments for pediatric cancer can last up to three years or more and cost on average $425,000 including housing, travel and food. YET NO FAMILY RECEIVES A BILL!
  • The hospital's global outreach efforts transfer the progress achieved in the treatment of childhood cancer in developed countries to those with limited resources. St. Jude has 24 official partner sites in 17 countries in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, South America, the Eastern Mediterranean region and Asia with whom St. Jude freely share research and protocols.
Click here to Join the Dogwood Team   - Be sure you select the Dogwood Team from the list of schools.

Help GMSD and Dogwood make an impact for the families at St. Jude!

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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, August 28
Boosterthon Kick-Off

Friday, August 31
PTO Membership Drive Ends

Monday, September 3
Labor Day - No School
All Day
Friday, September 7
Boosterthon Fun Run

Friday, September 7 Grandparents' BINGO Night 6:30 PM
Tuesday, September 11 PTO Meeting - State of the School 6:15 PM
Thursday, September 13 Parent Conferences 4:00 - 7:00 PM
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