Announcements 
DolphinFest


 
The countdown to DolphinFest is ON!!  With less than a week to go, excitement is rapidly growing, and we can't wait for you to experience all that is in store at this year's event!

Haven't bought your tickets yet?!  It's not too late!  Save yourself time in line, by purchasing your tickets online through mid-night on Tuesday, February 26th. Also, Fast Pass drawings will take place Thursday, February 28th.  Your kiddos may bring money to the cafeteria Thursday morning before school or you may purchase online. Tickets, lanyards, and sweatbands purchased online will be sent home on Thursday, Feb. 28th, and Friday, Feb. 29th.  *Please note, that tickets, lanyards, and sweatbands will also be available for sale in person on the day of the event.  

To purchase tickets or chances to win Fast Passes, please visit the DolphinFest webpage at: www.dogwoodpto.com/dolphinfest

AUCTION!

The suspense is now over!! DolphinFest's Silent Auction is now LIVE and will be all online this year!!!  Visit www.auctria.com/auction/dolphinfest2019 to register and receive a bidder number.  If you registered last year, you should have received an email or text this morning with instructions for downloading the Auctria app.  It is so easy!!  Install the app, enter your code for online bidding and start bidding on the amazing items in this year's auction.  Be sure to check out the Teacher Features and Dogwood Exclusive items that are all online this year!

All  available  items are featured online and will also be displayed for viewing in person from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm at DolphinFest.  Online bidding will close at 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 2nd and you may pick up the items you won at DolphinFest.  For more information, please visit: www.auctria.com/auction/dolphinfest2019  

SPONSOR UPDATE!!!

DolphinFest would not be possible without the generosity and support of our many AMAZING sponsors!  Thank you to the following businesses for sponsoring our DolphinFest and our school:


PLATINUM LEVEL  
My Town Roofing
Tower Ventures
Dave & Busters

BLACK LEVEL 
Donut Hutt
Battlefront Lasertag & Paintball
Rock N Roll Sushi
Dermatology Realm
First Tennessee
Pigtails & Crewcuts
Hotworx
Stash


BLUE LEVEL 
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
Laura Clark, Realtor - Coldwell Banker Collins-Maury
Heavenly Rugs
Firestone Complete Auto Care
Victra Verizon
Mellow Mushroom


THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT!!

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  karencbu@gmail.com   

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 aliejohns@yahoo.com. Thank you!


Kids Kan

We raised 5,235 cans for the Mid-South Food Bank! We are so happy to have met our goal! 

Thank you to everyone who sent in items and monetary donations to benefit our community. A special thank you our KidsKan Coordinator, Nabiha Huda, and to all the people that helped count and box everything this week: KidsKan  Our Dogwood Student Ambassadors, Carmen Henson, Elizabeth Gates, Kari Armstrong, Michelle Midha, Alison Fondaw, Holly Kulp, Kathryn Hickey, Chelsea Slabaugh, Jennifer Brown, and Karen Viotti.


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.


Review Morning Drop Off Times

Breakfast 8:15 a.m. - if your student is eating breakfast, they may be dropped off at the front circle drive entrance at 8:15 am.

Students who are not eating breakfast or involved in a morning club or activity may not be dropped off earlier than 8:30 a.m. Doors will open at 8:30.

Classes start at 8:45 a.m.

REACH is available for $10.50 per day or a discounted monthly rate if needed.
Click here to learn more about before and after school programming through REACH. 
Behavior Management Workshop - All GMSD Parents Invited

K-Kids Diaper Drive



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: http://a.co/h0bPn3I

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:  marci.drury@gmsdk12.org

Any help is appreciated!


Book Character Dress-Up Day



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.

Olivia Sulcer, Faidah Jaber, William Temple, Zachary Randall, Mia Chambers, Lily Brownd, and Aariv Shah

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.  
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:  http://www.gmsdk12.org/AnonymousAlerts.aspx


Shout Outs
Shout Outs

We had some amazing help getting ready for the DolphinFest auction. These ladies helped wrap and prepare over 100 items for the auction!  Thank you to Nabiha Huda,  Chelsea Slabaugh, Carie Alley, Michelle Seaton, Jennifer Davis, Holly Kulp, Kathryn Hickey, and Carmen Henson. Check out their handy work!


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  elizgates@gmail.com.

GMSD News
HMS Pom Clinic

The deadline for registration for this event was Friday, February 22nd. If you registered, please note that the date for this event is Wednesday, February 27th. An earlier version of the flyer was circulated with an incorrect date. 


GMSD 5K Stampede and Color Run


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:  http://www.gmsdk12.org/protected/ArticleView.aspx?iid=6GPBBUB&dasi=3G0I


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. 



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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:  http://www.agricenter.org/art

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 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
Monday, March 18 School Resumes All Day

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