Come make lasting memories with the whole family at this year's DolphinFest on March 2nd, from 10AM-3PM. Our PTO's largest fundraiser, proceeds from DolphinFest allow us to support our amazing school and teachers, while also providing free, fun family events like Family Movie Night, the Dolphin Tale Ball and the Mother/Son Dance, and so much more!  Unique to this year's event, we will also have the privilege of sharing a percentage of the DolphinFest proceeds with Forest Hill Elementary's PTO, aiding them in getting their parent group up and running. You do not want to miss!! 

Don't like waiting in line?! Save time by purchasing your DolphinFest tickets online by February 26th. You can also purchase tickets for your child to be entered to win a FastPass, allowing them to skip all the game and activity lines! For more info and to purchase tickets and/or FastPass entries, click on the link below:


We are in awe of the support from all of our sponsors! Below is an updated list of current sponsors. If you or your company would like to sponsor, it is not too late! 

Email or for more info. 


My Town Roofing
Tower Ventures
Dave & Busters

Donut Hutt
Battlefront Lasertag & Paintball
Rock N Roll Sushi
Dermatology Realm
First Tennessee

Painting With a Twist
Rhea Lana's of Germantown- Collierville
The Springer Solution
The Smith Clinic for Physical Therapy
Norfork Resort & Trout Dock
The Main Event
Collierville Soccer Association - Lobos Rush


Earn Your Teacher a Free Lunch with Your Volunteer Hours! 

In order to make DolphinFest a success, we need Y-O-U!  By now, room parents have reached out for volunteers for Dolphinfest.  When you register to volunteer you will be asked to select your child's homeroom teacher. The teacher from each grade that recruits the most volunteers for Dolphinfest will receive lunch...on us! Each volunteer shift counts as a point for your teacher, so sign up as many times as you like! For any questions about volunteering, email Karen Viotti at   

Dine and Dash

A popular stop at DolphinFest is the Dine and Dash board. Dogwood families can purchase gift cards that have been donated by area restaurants for 10% off! 

We are looking for lots of gift cards to stock our Dine and Dash board. If you have any restaurant contacts that might be willing to donate a gift card, or if you would like to donate a restaurant gift card to help support our Dogwood PTO, please contact Alison Fondaw at Thank you!

Don't forget your ID!

Everyone has been doing such a great job checking in and out with Mrs. Toll at the main entrance. You must be prepared to show your ID every single time you come to school to visit or to check out a student.  Additionally, all visitors should wear their printed ID badge at all times when in the school building. Thank you for cooperating with these procedures to ensure the safety of our children!

Presidents' Day

Dogwood will be closed on 
Monday, February 18th.


Dogwood Track Team

The Dogwood Track Team  is recruiting beginner to advanced runners in 3rd - 5th grade for the 2019 spring track season. If you would like to sign up for this year's track team, you will need to do so on your MySchoolBucks account. The sign-up period will close on March 4th.

GMSD 5K Stampede and Color Run

Support Our Art Program

Our Art Teachers have an Amazon Wishlist for books that will be used to support art instruction during art classes. Though they are not checked out of the art rooms for students to take home, Ms. Luyendyk and Ms. Drury both have reading areas in their rooms available to early finishers. They also utilize the books as an option on Freedraw Days, which are a reward for great classes and students at the end of the quarter. 

Please visit this link and select an item for the art rooms:

Our wonderful Art Teachers need help preparing for our annual Fine Arts Night! They need help filling out forms for each student and preparing the artwork for display. It is just an hour and ANY help is appreciated!! Thank you!

If you can help fill out forms, but cannot come to the school, you may take some home. Reach out to Ms. Drury:

Any help is appreciated!

Box Tops

Send in those Box Tops! The class that turns in the most completed sheets by February 27 will win a Pizza Party! Hooray! 

Can't find your collection sheet? 

Dolphins Choose to be NICE

The following students received a Dolphin Dollar and were invited to sign the Choose to be NICE wall in the cafeteria on Friday.

Dylan Williams, Owen Gilcrest, Henry Webb, Brett Sipniewski, and Henry Griffith

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.  
Check Your Child's Grades

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:
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. 

For more information go to:

Shout Outs
Shout Outs

Shout out to all of the volunteers who helped in the classrooms with Dolphin CREW this week.  Thank you to Mrs. McIntyre and the teachers of the LEAP committee who planned the lesson and had the vision for the art installation.   Holly Kulp did a fantastic job organizing the volunteers and making the whole project happen seamlessly.  Please check out the students' art work outside the cafeteria the next time you visit for lunch.  

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

Houston Middle School PTO Nominations

Attention 5th grade parents: We are looking forward to welcoming your students as HMS Mustangs in the Fall!

Are you interested in getting involved? The HMS PTO is looking for enthusiastic Board members. Our nominations committee has formed. If you would like to self-nominate, please email the Nominations Chair, Kelly Flaherty ( ) with the completed form.

The deadline is this Friday, February 22. For more information, please check our website  or contact us anytime.  

HMS Cheer Clinic

Download the form here:  HMS Cheer Clinic

GMSD Open Houses and Tour Dates

Please visit the following page for dates and times for upcoming open houses and school tours for GMSD schools:

Forest Hill Elementary Updates
Forest Hill Elementary

As many of our families will be zoned for Forest Hill Elementary next year, we will use this space to communicate information concerning the new school as we receive it. 

Please follow this link for information and  upcoming events for Forest Hill Elementary School:

Join the Forest Hill Elementary Facebook Page

Be sure to Like and Follow Forest Hill Elementary's official Facebook page: 

Community Involvement
Ag Day Student Art Competition

Theme: Agriculture: Food for Life

Submission deadline:  March 1, 2019

Who: Grades 3-12 in Shelby or DeSoto Counties

For more information, please visit:

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!

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

Monday, February 18
Presidents Day - NO SCHOOL
All Day
Tuesday, February 19 - 
Friday, February 22
KidsKan Food Drive All Day
Monday, February 25 -
Friday, March 1
CASE Benchmark Testing
9:00 - 11:00 am
Saturday, March 2 DolphinFest 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday, March 4 Read Across America Day All Day
Tuesday, March 5 PTO Meeting/Program 6:15 PM
Friday, March 8 Quarter 3 Ends All Day
Monday, March 11 - Friday, March 15 Spring Break - NO SCHOOL All Day

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