Dogwood Days of Praise

This week, we continue 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.
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. 

Paint-a-Piece and Spirit Shop Pick Up

Pick up for Paint-a-Piece ornaments and Spirit Shop apparel will be next Monday, 12/10 from 4-6 pm and Tuesday, 12/11 from 7:45-8:45 am in the cafeteria. 

All remaining items will be sent to the children's classrooms unless parents reach out to Jamie Bialowitz directly to schedule a pick up.


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.
Dogwood K-Kids Club LeBonheur Toy Drive

Dolphins Choose to be NICE

Austin Pittman, Eli Daher, Miller Rehkopf, Amira Grace Moubasher, David Miranda, Nia Chopra, Addison Huffman (back row), Hudson Brown, Jean Paris, Anniston Parker, and Audrey Gillum (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.  

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 or through your Amazon Smile account. They would make a great gift for any student!

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

Audra Bass planned an absolutely amazing Dolphin Tale Ball for our girls!  Thank you to Audra and all of the parents who volunteered by sending in items, decorating for the Ball, and cleaning up after.   It was a fun-filled evening of dancing, crafts, yummy treats and quality time with loved ones! Thank you to Mr. Simons, the best DJ in Gtown!  Additionally, thanks to Mrs. Price, Mrs. Nelson, Ms. Curtis, Ms. Boyd, Ms. Vergho, Mrs. O'Brien, Mrs. Boyce, and Mrs. Martens for helping with the Ball!

Thank you to Mr. Jason Manuel for speaking to our parents at the Dogwood PTO meeting.
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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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, 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

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
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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