We hope everyone had a blast at DolphinFest!  Thanks to you all for making DolphinFest a huge success!

Our DolphinFest co-chairs, Tiffany Smith and Maura Parks, put in hours and hours of work to create an incredible day for our families and make every detail perfect.  Between the teachers, administrators, parents, and community volunteers, it was truly a team effort.  

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 supporting our school:

My Town Roofing
Tower Ventures
Dave & Busters
The Skin Clinics

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

Painting With a Twist
Rhea Lana's of Germantown - Collierville
The Springer Solution
The Smith Clinic for Physical Therapy
Norfork Resort & Trout Dock
Main Event
Collierville Soccer Association - Lobos Rush
Laura Clark, Realtor - Coldwell Banker Collins-Maury
Heavenly Rugs
Firestone Complete Auto Care
Victra Verizon
Mellow Mushroom
Launch Chiropractic
Flawless Reflections Detailing Specialist


Dogwood Experience, Teacher Experience, and Teacher Feature

If you won a Dogwood Experience, Teacher Experience, or Teacher Feature in the auction, be on the look out for an email with details.  If you do not receive an email by Wednesday, March 6th, please email  Tina Thorne

Book Character Dress-Up Day

Dogwood Track Team

Registration Deadline is Tomorrow, March 4!

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.

Mark Your Calendar for the March PTO Meeting

The March PTO meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 5th, at 6:15pm.

Mrs. Price will present "How to set screen time boundaries -- It is OK to say "No"". 

We will also enjoy a performance by the Dolphin Tones.

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. 
Behavior Management Workshop - All GMSD Parents Invited

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!

Dogwood Fine Arts Night

Perennial Math Competition Winners!

The Dogwood Math Team competed in the Perennial Math Spring Tournament at Arlington High School last weekend against nearly 70 teams of Mathletes.  Congratulations to all the participants and winners!

(1) 3rd grade 3rd place individual winner - Jacob Li
(2) 5th Grade 2nd Place Team - Leo Johnson,Luke Meng, Mathew Wu, Lucas Zhang, Ronin Badoud. 
(3) 3rd Grade 1st Place Team: Deborah Zhaung, Jacob Li, William Rogers. Not pictured Abby Wang and Bradley Green
(4) 4th grade 3rd Place Individual winner - Mathew Wu 
(5) 5th grade 2nd Place Individual Winner - Lucas Zhang 
3rd grade 1st place individual winners - William Rogers
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.

Sara-Cole Sanders, Mary Campbell Dickson, Nathan Arnold, Connor Degan

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.  
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:

Shout Outs
Shout Outs

Thank you to our entire Dogwood community for coming out and supporting DolphinFest!

We cannot put into word how much we appreciate all of the work put into DolphinFest by all our volunteers.  Shout out to  Tiffany Smith, Maura Parks, Nabiha Huda, Carie Alley, Chelsea Slabaugh, Carmen Henson, Alison Fondaw, Amy Carter, Katie Graffam, Tina Thorne, Karen Viotti, Carmen Weaver, Rachel Twiford, Jennifer Brown, Michele Megson, Christy Christopher, Jennifer Bronson,  Denise Stumph, Kari Armstrong Leanne Howell, Natalie Stickles, Lisa Garten, Hayley White,  Holly Kulp, Susan Miller, Jamie Bialowitz, Shahnila Raza, Paula Bailey, Cory Carter, Adam Parks, and everyone who volunteered at DolphinFest.

Our volunteers spent hours organizing the online auction, planning every detail of the event, creating the games, organizing the concessions, counting tickets, buying prizes, soliciting donations, posting on social media, creating communications, setting up for DolphinFest, working the games, and cleaning up for the event.  It takes the entire Dogwood village to make DolphinFest happen!  

Our Dogwood staff is truly amazing.  They come out and support the PTO at every event.  We could not do anything without the support of Mrs. Price, Mrs. Phipps, and Dr. Fisher.  Mr. Paul Phillips is the first to arrive and the last to leave, and he is always happy to unlock doors and find exactly what is needed.  Thank you to the teachers who volunteered at DolphinFest selling tickets and working the games.  We absolutely loved seeing our teachers sing Karaoke on the Dogwood stage.  

Marlena Light and Ashley Smith are IT rockstars!  These ladies made Karaoke, the Dance Party, and the Auction happen. We could not have had such a successful auction without their help! 

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

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:

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
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 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
Wednesday, March 20 Spring Pictures (3, 4, 5) 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Thursday, March 21 Spring Pictures 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Thursday, March 28 Fine Arts Night 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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