PTO Meeting

The April PTO meeting will be held this Tuesday, April 2nd, at 9:00am in the cafeteria. 

DolphinFest was a huge success and raised $42,850!!  Thank you to all of our Dogwood families for supporting this great event that provides funds for our PTO to serve our students, teachers and families. 

As was previously publicized, a portion of the proceeds from DolphinFest will be donated to the soon to be formed PTO at Forest Hill Elementary to help kick off their inaugural year.

Approximately 28% of our current Dogwood students will be attending Forest Hill Elementary in the fall, and we want to support them and acknowledge all they have contributed to the Dogwood community.  At the Dogwood PTO meeting on Tuesday, April 2nd at 9:00 am, a motion will be presented to donate $12,000 of the DolphinFest proceeds to the Forest Hill Elementary School PTO.  PTO members present at the meeting will be asked to vote on the proposed gift to help send our friends to their new school with funds to get them started as they build a new branch of our GMSD family tree. Please join us!
Fine Arts Night - Thank You!

Thank you to the MANY volunteers who helped coordinate, decorate, set up the art show and clean up after the event. We could not have done it without our amazing parents and teachers who came out and supported us. Thank you to Mr. Simons who put together such an amazing program that had everyone entertained until the very end! Our art teachers, Mrs. Drury and Mrs. Luyendyk, did such a spectacular job of getting each and every student's artwork completed for this special night! We hope everyone had as much fun as we did! Thank you for supporting our Arts Department!

A special thank you to Rosie Naldoza for coordinating all the sales through MySchoolBucks! If you are still interested in purchasing your child's framed artwork you can still buy your artwork on MySchoolBucks until April 5th. Frames will be sent home with the student approximately 2 weeks later. If you have any questions, please contact Rosie Naldoza:

Teacher Appreciation Week - April 1 to April 5

April 1st through 5th is Teacher Appreciation Week! Students will show appreciation to their homeroom and MAPS teachers with a "Happy" on Thursday, April 4. Please refer to the communication from your room parent for more details.  

Autism Awareness Day
Wear BLUE on Tuesday, April 2nd, for Autism Awareness Day! 

Counselor Corner

Attention 5th Grade Parents:      
Are you feeling worried or having anxiety about your child going to middle school next year?

You are invited to attend a Parent Information Session for parents who have a student transitioning into 6 th  grade next year.  This is a casual session to discuss the social and emotional aspect of middle school, and other tips to help you and your child transition into middle school, successfully. This is designed to discuss any unanswered questions or concerns with a panel of middle school "experts", including a School Counselor from HMS, a teacher from HMS, a parent who has a middle schooler at HMS, and the School Counselors from DES. Please be prepared to ask questions and have an open discussion.

WHO :  5 th  Grade parents only
WHAT : Parent Info Session for Upcoming 6 th  Graders
WHEN : Tuesday, April 9 , 2019, 6:00-7:00
WHERE : DES Library
WHY : to ensure a smooth and informed transition to middle school for 5 th  graders

Please RSVP by Friday, April 5th. Thank you! 

Brandi Fitchpatric @752-7946 or Nikole Hamlett 

Reminders from our Administrators

Visits to the School

We have lots of visitors for various reasons everyday, and we love that parents are able to come spend time with their children. Please help us with the safety and security of all staff and students by signing in at the main entrance every time you enter the school building. Parents are not permitted to walk students to their classrooms in the morning. Name badges must be worn while visiting the school. 


Please do not use your cell phone while in the carline. It is against the law! Please move up to the car in front of you so that we can load as many cars at one time as possible. This will help make carline move faster for everyone. Please be patient while waiting in carline. Do not pull out and pass other cars unless you have been directed to do so. Please do not make a u-turn out of the carline.


Please remind your students that no food is to be eaten in classrooms or on school buses. Students should not take food or drinks out of the cafeteria and they should not open their lunch boxes in the classroom or on the bus. This helps to keep all students safe and classrooms clean.

Thank you for your help! We love our DES family:)
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.

Back Row:  Noah Gempler, Lucy Turner, Harrison Gstohl, Suttons Habans, Anne Frances Buffington, Eli Turner, Dalia Jaber, Mateus de Freitas
Front Row: Jackson Remmers, Landon Jenson, Ella Blocker, Addie Penn, 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.  

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. 

Washington, DC Trip

To all current 4th grade students and parents: It it time to sign up for the Washington, D.C. Trip (May  2020). This opportunity is available to all current Dogwood 4th graders, including those that will attend Forest Hill Elementary for 5th grade! 

To sign up for the trip, visit the WorldStrides website and use code: 173911

To get text updates about the trip, text DCTrip to 99000

Contact Mrs. Linda Fredrick for more information.

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.

Save the Date! 

Mark your calendars for two events for our newest Dolphins and Dolphin parents.

Discover Dogwood  will be held Tuesday, April 30th, at 6:30 pm. Discover Dogwood is an event for parents with children who will be new to Dogwood for the 2019-20 school year. More information to follow.

Kindergarten Camp will be held June 3rd - 7th at  Dogwood.  Kindergarten camp is for incoming Kindergartners for the 2019-20 school year. Details about registration coming soon. 

Shout Outs
Shout Outs

Thank you to Nabiha Huda for helping to plan a fantastic Fine Arts Night showcasing Dogwood's excellent Fine Arts programs.  We are so thankful for our amazing music teachers, Mr. Peter Simons and Mr. Joseph Smith, and art teachers, Mrs. Marci Drury and Mrs. Ashley Luyendyk.  Each day they work to instill a love and appreciation of the fine arts in our students. It was so fun to celebrate their accomplishments at Fine Arts Night!

Thank you to all the Dogwood families who came out to support Fine Arts Night! We really appreciate each and every one of our volunteers:  Stacy High, Aimee Puryear, Lucia de Freitas, Kari Armstrong, Christine Williams, Michelle Midha, Carie Alley, Jennifer Bronson, Rachel Twiford, Jamie McGill, Holly Kulp, Ellie Shi, Karen VanSteenberg, Susan Solomon, Kathryn Hickey, Garrison Hickey, Andrew Beach, Brian Curry, Matt Toom, and Ryan Strain. A big shout out to our teachers who stayed late and helped with the event:  Carla Schurtz, Paige Boyce, Krista Matheny, Estelle Curtis, Robin Snipes, Paige Browning, Camille Honan, Brady Boyd, Laura Coleman, Beth Bittner, Kim Sappington, and Lisa Navarro.

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. 

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, April 1 - Friday, April 5 Teacher Appreciation Week All Day
Tuesday, April 2 General PTO Meeting 9:00 am
Tuesday, April 2 Autism Awareness Day - Wear Blue All Day
Thursday, April 4 FHES Pep Rally TBD
Thursday, April 4 Faculty/Student Volleyball Game
2:00 pm
Friday, April 5 Kindergarten Cap and Gown Pictures 9:00 am
Friday, April 19 Good Friday (NO SCHOOL) All Day

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