2019-2020 PTO Board Nominations 

Attention Dogwood Parents:  The Dogwood PTO is currently accepting nominations for the 2019-20 school year.  We need creative, committed, energetic volunteers to serve our students, teachers and families.  Please consider nominating yourself or someone you know!  Nominations forms are due by Tuesday, February 5th.  

Contact  Hayley  White at with any questions.   

February PTO Meeting

Join us for the February PTO meeting this Tuesday, February 5th, at 9:00am in the cafeteria.

Professional Development Day - NO SCHOOL

Friday, February 8th, will be a professional development day for our teachers. No school for students on this day.

Shelby County Spelling Bee

52 spellers have qualified for participation in the Shelby County Spelling Bee on February 9, 2019, at The University of Memphis, Rose Theatre. 

Dogwood 5th grader Jack Beach will be one of the 52 competing. 

The winner will advance to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. Good Luck, Jack!

Support Our Art Program

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:

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:

Any help is appreciated!

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.

Back row - Steven Anderson, Isabella Drotan-Chester, Lou Frankel, Henry Griffith, Genevieve Remsen, Sadie Prather, Aivley Barnett

Front row - Heyam Darawad, Wyatt Carr, Laney Rogers, Hannah Garten, Kate Tutor, Ruby Kulp, Ellis Tognetti, Mary Durhan

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.  
Dolphin CREW 2.0

Dolphin CREW 2.0 is comin' atcha!  Save the date for this event and be on the lookout for the volunteer sign-up that will be coming from your child's room parent. 

Dolphin CREW is a volunteer opportunity for parents who would like to be involved in the classroom. Parent volunteers will be interacting with students to help them create individual works of art to be used in a school-wide art installation.

3rd, 4th, and 5th grades -
Monday, February 11
K, 1st, and 2nd grades - 
Tuesday, February 12

Read Across America Day

Kids Heart Challenge

Be sure your child is signed up to participate in the Kids Heart Challenge! The jumping event will take place on Friday, February 15th. 


DolphinFest is scheduled for Saturday, March 2nd from 10:00 - 3:00. This annual tradition includes a silent auction, games, bounce houses, and face painting. 

Tiffany Smith and Maura Parks are planning an amazing event for everyone!  We have a fantastic group of committee chairs who are already working incredibly hard.  
Auction Co-chairs - Amy Carter & Katie Graffam
Auction Support - Nabiha Huda, Chelsea Slabaugh & Carie Alley
Concessions - Jennifer Bronson
Dine & Dash - Alison Fondaw
Games - Jennifer Brown
Prizes - Michele Megson
Publicity - Rachel Twiford
Sponsorship - Denise Stumph
Teacher Features - Tina Thorne
Tickets - Christy Christopher
Volunteers - Karen Viotti

Be on the look out for ways to get involved and volunteer. We need your support to make this event a huge success.

DolphinFest is looking for sponsors and auction items!  If you or your business would be interested in sponsoring DolphinFest or donating items or services to our silent auction, let us know!
Contact Tiffany Smith or Maura Parks at  if you can help.

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

Claire van Drimmelen planned the best Mother/Son event of all time!  Neon Night was amazing! From laser tag and candy, to neon glow and dancing the night away, it was a fantastic night full of wonderful memories.  Everyone had a blast!  Shout out to Nabiha Huda, our VP of Events, who works tirelessly behind the scenes of all our events to support our event chairs and make sure it all goes off without a hitch.  

None of it could have happened without our amazing volunteers!  Thanks to everyone who donated items and candy, who decorated, and who helped with the event.  And t hanks to Mrs. Joye Phipps and the teachers who helped so very much, too!  

A big thank you to our DJ, Mr. Peter Simons.  Mr. Simons is so beloved by all of us and we always appreciate his willingness to help with PTO events.  Of course, he has some awesome DJ skills, too!   

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year will begin January 28th at 10am and end on February 8th at 11:59pm. The application will be available at

Due to current student numbers and available space, transfer approvals will be limited. 

Students within the Exceptional Students program that currently have an intra-district transfer will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis with their individual needs being considered. 

Open Enrollment applications will be AVAILABLE to all perspective NEW transfers and current GMSD students on an intra-district or inter-district transfer. Transfers will be processed based on policy  #6.206 &  #6.2061

All applications will be processed and approvals/denials will be mailed by March 15, 2019. 
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:

Houston High School Choirs to Present Concert

The Houston  High  Choirs  present their annual concert and silent auction fundraiser, "and Nature sings" on Tuesday, February 12 at Germantown Presbyterian Church.  $5 tickets - auction begins at 6:00 pm and concert begins at 7:00 pm.  Please make plans to come out and support the award-winning  Houston  High  Choir  program.

HHS Choir Concert

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
Germantown Education Commission Battle of the Brains

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

Tuesday, February 5 PTO Meeting 9:00 am
Tuesday, February 5 Last Day to Submit PTO Board Nominations All Day
Thursday, February 7 Parent Conferences 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Friday, February 8 Professional Development Day - NO SCHOOL All Day
Monday, February 18 Presidents Day - NO SCHOOL All Day

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