Announcements 
Yearbook

December 22 is the LAST Day to purchase yearbooks. There will be NO waitlist this year.

Buy yours today at myschoolbucks.comand check that off your to do list!
 

Fifth grade yearbook ads are also available for purchase at MySchoolBucks.com. The 1/4 page ad is $25 and due by December 22nd. Once you have purchased your ad, please send the desired ad content (pictures, message, ideas for theme or background) to dogwood5thgradeads@hotmail.com with your child's name in the subject line. Limit images to 4 per ad. Images should be high resolution (300 dpi) to make sure they print well. We will contact you about the ad layout after December 22nd.
 
Business ads can also be purchased on MySchoolBucks. These ads can contain a business card-size picture. They are $25 each and due by December 22nd.
 
Questions about ads? Contact: dogwood5thgradeads@hotmail.com

*You must use the My School Bucks website, not the app.  https://www.myschoolbucks.com/


Alya K. in Mrs. Fredricks' class' drawing will be on the front cover of the yearbook!
Ashley G. in Mr. Bozeman's class' drawing will be on the first page of the yearbook!

Early Dismissal and Winter Break Closings

School will dismiss at 12:15 on Tuesday, December 18th, and Wednesday, December 19th. REACH will not be available on these two days. Wednesday is the final day of school for the semester.

School will resume on Thursday, January 3rd
Winter Party Charitable Acts

This year as a part of our Dogwood Winter Parties each grade has chosen a charity to support. We appreciate the generosity of our Dogwood families and are so thankful for a school community that values kindness and service. Please refer to your room parent's communications for the specific items requested.   


Kindergarten - collecting items for Forrest Spence Fund care bags

1st grade - collecting blankets and stuffed animals for Project Night Night

2nd grade - collecting hats and gloves for Youth Villages

3rd grade - collecting books for Orange Mound Outreach

4th grade - collecting funds for Make a Wish in memory of Evie Harrison 

5th grade - collecting items for and assembling Care Kits for AngelStreet Memphis

Hot Jobs

Plan ahead to help us staff the Health Room for 2019!

Be a Health Room Hero by  volunteering to provide assistance with simple needs such as band-aids, temperature check, and/or a phone call to a parent. This helps Nurse Maddie to be more available to students that require a skilled nurse.

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! Thank you for supporting Dogwood!
Fifth Grade Spelling Bee

Congratulations to Jackson Beach (winner) and Lou Frankel (runner-up)!  Thank you to Mrs. Linda Frederick, Mrs. Alexa Guynes, and Mrs. Rachel Brocato for organizing the 5th grade spelling bee.  And, a special thank you to Alderman Rocky Janda for serving as the official pronouncer!

Spelling Bee

Check Your Child's Grades with Skyward

Did you know that Skyward offers an app for smartphones that enables parents to check their children's grades on the go?  Click here to watch the one minute tutorial about how to install the app and view grades with ease.  
 
 
You can also access Skyward at:

Dolphins Choose to be NICE



William Tempel, Hannah Rose, Brecon Hester, Jack Betchick, Miles Sullivan (top), and 
Max Christopher (bottom) received a Dolphin Dollar this week and signed the Choose to be Nice board on Friday. Way to go!

The criteria for selecting students is based on having demonstrated the following characteristics:
Noble
Inclusive
Compassionate
Excellent
 
Please help the counseling department reinforce the importance of being NICE and how it shapes character and promotes becoming a world changer.  

Houston LAX

SPRING 2019 REGISTRATION IS OPEN!


Who - Boys 1st-4th grade


Registration deadline for 2019 boys' spring lacrosse is December 20 th ! We look forward to a great spring season!

For additional information on the boys' youth lacrosse program please contact Wally Gardner at gardner.wally@gmail.com  or 218-9479. For general club information, you can visit the HLC website at www.houstonlax.net .   

Box Tops

Congratulations to Mrs. Guynes' 5th Grade Class!  They are the winner of the Box Tops competition and have a pizza party.  

Who will be the first winner in 2019? Keep sending in those Box Tops.
Speed Stacking in P.E.
All grades are working on a new skill in P.E. called Speed Stacking.  
 
Speed Stacking helps to develop:
  • Motor skills, focus, and concentration
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Bilateral proficiency (using both sides of body and brain)
  • Tracking and crossing the mid-line (Reading)
  • Sequencing and patterning (Science and Math)


You can order Speed Stacking cups at  www.speedstacks.com or through your Amazon Smile account. They would make a great gift for any student!

Anonymous Alerts

What is the Anonymous Alerts app?

The Anonymous Alerts anti-bullying and safety app reporting system helps combat bullying and other negative activity in schools by empowering students to speak up. Social and peer pressure are some of the hardest obstacles for students to overcome.

The system allows for 1-way or 2-way anonymous encrypted communications between submitters (students, parents or community members) and district administration and/or school staff. Users of the system have the option to remain anonymous or to reveal their identity when submitting a report.

How does it work?

To use this revolutionary new app, students, parents or other school personnel can simply visit the Germantown Municipal School District website and click on the "Anonymous Alerts" button or text link to submit a report expressing their concern.

Anonymous AlertsĀ® mobile applications can be downloaded directly from the Apple, Google Play or the Chrome stores.

For more information go to:

Shout Outs
Shout Outs

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 dogwoodelempto@gmail.com.


Congratulations to the Dogwood Parade Committee.  Dogwood came in 2nd place in the float competition!  Thank you to  Neon Canvas, Alex Rasmussen, and Saddle Creek Orthodontics for donating the banner for the float.    

Thank you to Katie Laird and the Teacher Treats Committee for providing our staff with a yummy donut and coffee breakfast!

Community Involvement
Nominate a Teacher of the Month

The Germantown Education Commission recognizes teachers who make a significant difference in the lives of students, schools, and the community. Nominate a deserving Dogwood teacher for the Teacher of the Month!


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You Don't Want to Miss...
Upcoming Events

Tuesday, December 18 Grade 1 - Dr. Seuss Grinch Day All Day
Tuesday, December 18
Grade 2 - Pioneer Day All Day
Tuesday, December 18
Early Dismissal 12:15 PM
Wednesday, December 19
Winter Parties 10:45-11:45
AM
Wednesday, December 19
Quarter #2 Ends All Day
Wednesday, December 19
Early Dismissal 12:15 PM
Thursday, December 20 - Wednesday, January 2 Winter Break - NO SCHOOL All Day

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