Dogwood Fine Arts Night

Fine Arts Night is this Thursday and we still need many volunteers to support this event! We have 1-hour volunteer opportunities before, during, and after the event. 

Counselor Corner

The school counseling department 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 or Nikole Hamlett for more  information.

Teacher Appreciation Week - April 1 to April 5

TN Ready Test Proctoring

The Dogwood administration is asking parents to consider serving as test proctors for the upcoming TN Ready Assessment.  If you are interested in serving as a test proctor, please include the grades that you currently have students enrolled at DES.  Gentle reminder that family members may not proctor in the grade levels that family members are enrolled. Dr. Fisher will conduct a training for test proctors at 9:00 am on Tuesday, April 2nd in the cafeteria at the beginning of the PTO meeting.  
Testing Dates:

2nd Grade - April 15th - 18th, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
3rd, 4th, 5th Grades - April 15th, April 22nd - 26th, 9:00 am - 11:00 am

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!

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.

Mary Hancock

Aniston Parker, Lilia Kaimimoku, Molly Durhan, Pablo Beccera
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.  

Dolphins Choose To Be Nice Sidewalk Chalk Party

Dolphins who received a D olphin Dollar and were recognized in the Dolphin Digest during the 3rd nine weeks period (Jan-Mar 8th) were invited to attend a Sidewalk Chalk Party.

HMS Dance Tryouts

Attention 5th graders! It is time for HMS Dance Tryouts. April 1st and 2nd are mandatory and will be held in the HMS cafeteria. The New Parent Meeting on April 2nd will be held in the HMS Library. Dance applications can be picked up in the school office. 

STEAM Stangs Summer Camp

Houston Middle School is excited to announce the fourth annual GMSD STEAM Stangs Summer Camp is happening this summer the week of June 3-7 (8:30-12:30). Over the course of the week, students will participate in interactive STEAM-based activities from robots, 3D printing, constructing towers and bridges, and venturing on a local field trip to conclude the week. The $175 fee covers activities, a T-shirt, and field trips. We encourage students currently in grades 4-8 to submit their applications before the May 17 deadline. At this camp, we hope to inspire and work with Germantown's future engineers! More information and applications can be found at our website.

Shout Outs
Shout Outs

Thank you to Casey Carrillo for helping with school picture day.  She assisted the photographer and helped to capture all those cute smiles!

Thank you to Holly Kulp for helping with the Choose to be Nice Chalk party and thanks to Mrs. Fitchpatric for organizing such a fun reward for the students!

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

GMSD Strategic Plan

Germantown Municipal School District is beginning a 12-month journey to establish a new strategic plan for our schools.  Your feedback is essential. The survey consists of five questions. 

Germantown Municipal School District will be hosting two community listening tours in April.  Information gathered will be used for the Strategic Plan 2025 Process.  Please help us spread the word.  The meetings will be identical to provide an opportunity for individuals who may have a conflict on either date.

April 4th, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Riverdale Elementary School in the Multipurpose Room
April 9th, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Houston High School in the Circulation Library

The meetings are open to all stakeholder groups (parents, students, employees, community members, etc.).

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:

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. 
Forest Hill Elementary PTO Board 

The Forest Hill Elementary PTO is forming now! If you will be zoned for FHE next year and would like to serve, please fill out the attached form and return to Amy Jenkins at or mail to GMC PTO, 6685 Poplar, Ave. Suite 202, Germantown, TN 38138 by Thursday, March 28th.

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
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

Thursday, March 28 Fine Arts Night 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday, April 1 - Friday, April 5 Teacher Appreciation Week All Day
Tuesday, April 2 General PTO Meeting 9:00 am
Thursday, April 4 Faculty/Student Volleyball Game
Friday, April 5 Kindergarten Cap and Gown Pictures TBD

Dogwood Elementary PTO | (901) 756-2310 |   Email | Website

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