Announcements 
Spring Break


Dogwood will be closed on Monday, March 11 through Friday, March 15th.

Enjoy your break!  

Dogwood Fine Arts Night

We can't wait for Fine Arts Night! Can we count on you to help make this event a success? We have volunteer opportunities before, during, and after the event!


Counselor Corner

The school counseling departing is planning to start the next series of small groups the week of  March 25th. These groups will focus on the following topics: friendship/conflict resolution,
coping strategies, and organization/study and test taking skills. 

If you believe your child could  benefit from additional support, please contact Brandi Fitchpatric @752-7946  Brandi.Fitchpatric@gmsdk12.org or Nikole Hamlett Nikole.Hamlett@gsmdk12.org for more  information.

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!

Review Drop Off and Pick Up 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.

The latest a student can be checked out from school is 3:15 pm and the deadline for a transportation change is 2:30 pm.

REACH is available for before and after school care.
Click here to learn more about before and after school programming through REACH. 
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.

Hal Slade, Zak Knox, Mattie Frierson, Kate Howell, Lavanya Pirsharath, Mia Miller, Bryce Vandergrift, Reese Kelley 

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.  
Health Room Volunteers Needed


The Nurse's Office is staying busy! We can help ease the traffic by  volunteering in the  Health  Room to provide assistance with simple needs such as band-aids, temperature checks, 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 through the end of the year! Thank you for supporting Dogwood!

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

Shout out to Mrs. Hilary McIntyre and Karen VanSteenburg for planning such a fun Read Across America Day for all the students! We love seeing everyone's costumes, especially our teachers!  Thank you to Karen VanSteenburg for organizing our special guest readers in the classroom and putting together a slide show of our community's favorite books.

Our P.E. Teachers, Mrs. Dana Guntharp and Ms. Angela Martin, are just the BEST!  The Dogwood Kindergartners put on an excellent square dancing program for Western Day. Thank you to Mrs. Guntharp, Ms. Martin, and the wonderful Kindergarten Teachers for preparing our little dolphins for the big hoe down. The MAPS teachers and teacher assistants were so sweet to join in the fun, too.

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
Art and Photography Contest

GMSD 5K Stampede and Color Run
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. 






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


Join the Forest Hill Elementary Facebook Page


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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!


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

Monday, March 11 - Friday, March 15 Spring Break - NO SCHOOL All Day
Monday, March 18 School Resumes All Day
Tuesday, March 19 Deadline for GMC Art & Photography Contest Submissions All Day
Wednesday, March 20 Spring Pictures (PreK, K, 1st, 2nd)
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Thursday, March 21 Spring Pictures (3rd, 4th, 5th) 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Thursday, March 21 Room Parent Meeting 9:00 am
Thursday, March 28 Fine Arts Night 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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