Announcements 
Are You in the Loop?



The PTO wants to make sure you are not missing out on any important information, happenings, or volunteer opportunities at Dogwood!
 
PTO meetings  are held monthly in the Dogwood cafeteria. The meeting schedule for this year is:

Tuesday, January 8th at 9:00 am
Tuesday, February 5th at 9:00 am
Tuesday, March 5th at 6:15 pm
Tuesday, April 2nd at 9:00 am
 
Can't make the meetings? No worries, there are many opportunities to be very active in the PTO during the day, during the evenings, and on weekends. Visit our website to find out how you can get involved: http://www.dogwoodpto.com/get-involved.html
 
The Dolphin Digest  is our weekly newsletter. It goes out each Sunday and is full of information for the coming week. To register, visit http://www.dogwoodpto.com/contact.html and click Join Our Email List.
 
The Facebook PTO group  is also used for announcements. This is a closed group for Dogwood families and employees. You can request to join this group by logging in to Facebook and searching: dogwood elementary pto (germantown, tn)
 
The Bloomz PTO group  is great if you don't have Facebook. You will receive the same information that is posted in the FB group along with flyers sent home in Wednesday folders. 

To Join:
1. Log into your Bloomz account
2. Click "+Add Class/Group" on the left navigation
3. In the text box, enter KX9Q66
4. Click Next
 
Have a question or suggestion about how we can better communicate with you? Want to help with PTO Communications at Dogwood? Please contact Carmen Weaver at carmenweaver@gmail.com
PTO Meeting


Please join us for the January PTO Meeting on Tuesday, January 8, at 9:00 am in the cafeteria. 

Yearbooks

Yearbooks and ads are again available for purchase on the My School Books website.

5th Grade ad sales will close on Friday, January 11th. All 5th grade ads must be purchased by January 11th. There will be no more extensions. Someone will contact you about the design of your ad after it has been purchased.

Yearbook sales will close on Thursday, January 31st.


Please remember that you must use the website and not the app to purchase yearbooks and ads.
Cell Tower Information Meeting

GMSD will hold a neighborhood meeting at Dogwood Elementary School, in the Cafeteria on Jan. 8 at 6 pm, to share plans for the new cell tower, that will be placed on Dogwood's property. 

Counselor Corner

As we start this new year, it's a great time to help your child reflect on their current school success while establishing new goals.
  • Here are a few ways to help students reinforce academic success
  • Identify and prioritize top goals
  • Breakdown goals into steps
  • There is more than one way to reach a goal
  • Tell stories of success
  • Keep it positive

Brandi Fitchpatric & Nikole Hamlett

In guidance class, all students learned the importance of appreciating each other and showing
respect. Students in 2nd - 5th grade learned specifically about the concept of empathy.
5th grade students were given the task of nominating a fellow classmate who consistently demonstrates empathy.

All students completed the survey during classroom guidance.

Congratulations to the following students: 


1st place J ack Armstrong

According to his classmates, he's caring and a kind friend to everyone. "He's cheers people up
and goes out of his way to help others."

2nd place Addison Abney (pictured)

According to her classmates, she's nice, says kind words to others, and helpful to everyone.
"She shows everyone what empathy really is."

3rd place Taylor Baker

According to her classmates, she's funny, nice, and loves everyone. She's also a "great friend
who loves to share and a great group member."

Civics Essay Contest Winner


Fourth grader, Kate Wingfield, won 2
nd place in the 3rd - 5th grade category of the civics essay contest! Kate has won $250 in scholarship money through TNStars 529 College Savings Program and a trip to the State Capitol.  Congratulations to Kate!




Dolphins Choose to be NICE



Pictured: Weston Boggan, Ella Cantrell, Mattie Frierson, Piper McCain

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.  
Mother-Son Dance

Mark your calendars and get those neon outfits ready for the Annual Mother-Son Dance on Feb 1! More details to come! 



Volunteers Needed

Help us staff the Health Room for 2019!

Be a Health Room Hero by volunteering to provide assistance with simple needs such as band-aids, temperature check, and/or a phone call to a parent. This helps Nurse Maddie to be more available to students that require a skilled nurse.

Shifts run from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm, but we are happy to have your help even if for a shorter time frame (just leave a comment when you sign up). Please consider signing up for a shift and let's try to get the Health Room staffed! Thank you for supporting Dogwood!

Shout Outs
Shout Outs

Thank you to all our parents who contributed supplies for the teacher workroom!  They are fully stocked and ready for 2019!


Thank you to Holly Kulp, grade captains - Cris Williams (K), Jennifer Brown (1st), Michele Megson (2nd), Sarah McMaster (3rd), Anna Stegall (4th), and Elizabeth Turman (5th), and all of our amazing Room Parents for planning the classroom winter parties. Thank you to all of the families who contributed items and volunteered to make the parties such a fun and memorable event for all our students.


We are so grateful for all the charitable donations that were given on behalf of our Dogwood students.  The Winter Party charitable acts supported the Forrest Spence Fund, Project Night Night, Youth Villages, Orange Mound Outreach, Make a Wish, and AngelStreet Memphis.
You Don't Want to Miss...
Upcoming Events

Tuesday, January 8 General PTO Meeting 9:00 AM
Tuesday, January 15 GMSD Board of Education Meeting 6:30 PM
Thursday, January 17 Homeroom Class Pictures TBD
Thursday, January 17 Room Parent Meeting 9:00 AM
Monday, January 21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL All Day
Wednesday, January 23 100th Day of School All Day

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