Dogwood Days of Praise

On Monday, December 3rd we will kick off our annual Dogwood Days of Praise , which recognizes our amazing Dogwood teachers, admin and staff. This is a great way to encourage your favorite Dogwood teachers. We would love to recognize everyone in the building!

This year we will open each day with a Facebook and Bloomz post for a different group of teachers and staff and cover everyone over 12 days.

If you would like to share something praiseworthy about a Dogwood teacher, admin or staff member, simply post your praise as a comment on the appropriate day. Thanks for helping us recognize our fabulous teachers and staff this holiday season!

As a part of the Days of Praise, please also volunteer to donate workroom supplies for our fabulous teachers and teacher assistants.  To view needs and sign up, click here.
PTO Meeting

Please join us for the December PTO Meeting on Tuesday, December 4th, at 9:00 am in the cafeteria. Mr. Jason Manuel, GMSD Superintendent, will be our guest speaker.
Dolphin Tale Ball

Help us make this special event spectacular!  We need volunteers before, during, and after the ball.  Click here to volunteer.

We are also in need of a few artificial Christmas trees to use for decorating. Click here if you have a tree we can borrow the day of the event. 
All State Treble Honor Choir

The following Dogwood students have been selected for the All State Treble Choir this year. These students sent in an audition recording along with other 5th and 6th grade students across the state and were selected from hundreds of other students. They will learn a challenging repertoire of music and perform at the All Tennessee State Music Festival at the Opryland Hotel in April.Congratulations to these talented singers!

Peter Simons
Dogwood Music

Savannah Chandler
Kate Gunnell
Elizabeth Luter
Ellie Midha
Riley Plunk
Genevieve Remsen
Will Turman
Manya Tyagi

Dogwood K-Kids Club LeBonheur Toy Drive

Hot Jobs

The Art teachers are in need of some parents to take pictures of student artwork so they can upload onto Artsonia. Ipads will be provided, any and all help is much appreciated!

Please consider signing up for an hour or two (you can just comment if you are not able to stay the entire time) to take pictures. 


There are only a few weeks left to buy yearbooks and ads.  Remember, there will be NO waitlist this year.

Go ahead and check that off your to do list and buy yours today at*

Don't delay! Please purchase your yearbook today!

The 5th grade yearbook ads are available for purchase at MySchoolBucks.  Once you purchase your ad, you will be contacted about the ad design and content.  The 1/4 page ad is $25 and due by 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:

*You must use the My School Bucks website, not the app.
Dolphins Choose to be NICE

Ethan Richmond, Benton Entriken, Oliver Aronson, Jackson Christopher, Genevieve Remsen, Martin Aguilar (back row),Eli Harrison, Harper Brown, Skylar Rose, and Mary Durhan (front row) 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:
Please help the counseling department reinforce the importance of being NICE and how it shapes character and promotes becoming a world changer.  

School Policy Reminders

Parents we need your help with the safety and security of all students. Here's how you can help:

GMSD policy is to have your ID prepared at all times when checking out your children.  It is for the safety of the students and efficiency at the front desk.

In addition, the new GMSD procedure is to have all Visitors present ID and check in and out with the main desk. This procedure is in effect immediately.

Thank you,
Teresa Price

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

Thank you to Katie Laird,  Carrie MayrhoferYemi EmereuwaounaChelsea Slabaugh. and the Teacher Treats Committee for serving our teachers and staff a fantastic baked potato bar.  Katie tracked down every extra baked potato in Germantown to make sure everyone in the building had a delicious lunch. 

Thank you to Mrs. Mindy Toll who greets everyone at the Dogwood with a smile.  She makes us all feel so welcome.  Mrs. Toll has patiently and graciously explained the new security procedures to our parents and guests over the past few weeks.  More importantly, she loves our children and wants to help provide a safe and secure learning environment for each of them.
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!

Shop and Support Dogwood and the PTO
GMSD Orchestra Marco's Spirit Night

When placing your order on Tuesday, December 4th, be sure to mention that your order is to benefit the GMSD Orchestra and Marco's will donate 20% of your order amount to the GMSD Orchestra.
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Calendar Reminders

There are some important upcoming dates on the Dogwood calendar.  These are a bit different than previous years.  Please read carefully as we want everyone to be informed.

HALF DAYS with 12:15 pm dismissal on Tuesday, December 18th AND Wednesday, December 19th.  There will be two consecutive half days at the end of the 2nd quarter.  

Springfest has been renamed DolphinFest!  Mark your calendar for Saturday, March 2nd.  

HALF DAYS with 12:15 pm dismissal on Wednesday, May 22nd AND Thursday, May 23rd.  There will be two consecutive half days at the end of the 4th quarter.  

Upcoming Events

Monday, Dec 3 - Friday, Dec 7

CASE Benchmark Testing 9:00 - 11:00 AM
Tuesday, December 4

PTO Meeting 9:00 AM
Thursday, December 6

Kindergarten Gingerbread Houses TBD
Friday, December 7

Dolphin Tale Ball 6:30 PM
Saturday, December 8

Germantown Holiday Parade 2:00 PM
Monday, December 10 Kindergarten - Polar Express Day All Day

Tuesday, December 11 Grade 5 - Spelling Bee 9:30 AM

Tuesday, Dec 11 - Friday, Dec 14 Kindergarten - Holidays Around the World All Day

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