The Week Ahead
Monday, October 21-Friday, October 25 Red Ribbon Week
Monday, October 21 First Day of Second Quarter
Friday, October 25 Sock Hop (3rd Grade) 2:40 pm in the gym
Red Ribbon Week- October 21-25, 2019

Dogwood Elementary School's annual Red Ribbon Week encourages students to take a stand through a personal commitment to drug prevention with the ultimate goal being the creation of a drug-free America.

In addition, students will be encouraged to sign our drug free banner.  

Parents, let's continue to encourage children to make healthy choices. Please help your child participate according to the following schedule:
  • MONDAY: "Dogwood is proud to take a stand against drugs"- wear red clothing
  • TUESDAY: "Dolphins team up against drugs" - wear your dolphins shirt or favorite team clothing
  • WEDNESDAY: "We're too smart to start" - wear nerd type clothing
  • THURSDAY: "Let's sock it to drugs" - wear crazy socks
  • FRIDAY: "Be your own hero and live a drug free life" - dress as a superhero
Book Fair

Our Book Fair will be held on Tuesday, October 29th.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone at this fun event!

Volunteers are needed to help make this event a success.  If you are able to help, sign up here

Haunted Houston

Save the date!   Haunted Houston will be held  OCTOBER 25 AND 26 FROM 6-9 PM at Houston Middle School.

Purchase tickets online before October 24 to receive a $5 discount.  
Tickets purchased online can be picked up at the Will Call Table at the door.

*Bouncy Houses, face painting, and fun zone games ($1-3 each)
*Food includes Marco's pizza, Huey's, Commissary, donuts, chips,  Buntinis, candy, and drinks ($1-5 each)
*Tour through the Haunted Hallway of HMS ($5)

Entrance is free.  Tickets will be good for all purchases a t this event and are valid both nights.

Crazy Chemist Day

Veterans Day

On Monday, November 11, Dogwood will honor and celebrate our veterans with a special Veterans Day program in the gym. The program will consist of musical performances, student readers, and recognition of veterans in attendance. Parents are welcome to attend, although please remember that the children are honoring the veterans, not performing for parents.
If you have a family member who is a veteran who would like to attend, please complete the Veterans Day form by November 7th. 

8:15- 9:15 a.m. Check-in and light breakfast reception for veterans in the cafeteria
9:15 a.m. - Veterans Parade
9:30 a.m. - Program Begins

Dogwood Cross Country

Congratulations to the Dogwood Cross Country Team on a fantastic season!  The boys team is the Memphis Youth Athletics Elementary School Champions and the girls team came in 2nd place in the Championship meet at Shelby Farms on October 7th.  In the Regional Meet on October 12th, the Boys team placed 1st and the Girls team placed 4th.  
Math Team

Pictured below are the 2018-2019 Rookie Perennial Math Team members.  Both of Dogwood's Rookie and Intermediate teams were in the top 10% of the nation during the spring online competition.  

The 2019-2020 Perennial Math team will be competing in two online seasons this year and will also attend the in-town competition at Arlington High School in February. These students work hard on math logic and multiple ways of solving difficult math concepts and problems. Teams alternate Friday morning before-school practices.  

Members of the 2019-2020 Dogwood Math Team:
Rookie Team: Samhita Abhyankar, Darshan Bhanderi, Preston Gee, Bradley Green, Warner Hodges, Eli Hubbell, Teddy Karol, Landon Klepko, Jacob Li, Bailey Lim, Devika Mehr, William Rogers, Amelia Tran, Abby Wang, Jacob White, Louis Yannizzi
Intermediate Team: Amelia Boer, Audrey Castro, Mateus DeFreitas, Aubree Jiang, Ryo Kimura, Nora O'Connell, Myles Martin, Aryaman Pagoria, Leo Saxton, Alex Shi, Evan Shi, Audrick Tran, Mathew Wu, Angela Shuang

Teacher of the Month Nominations

The Germantown Education Commission honors a teacher each month during the school year. Winners are selected from those nominated by parents, students, teachers or school administrators. Awards are presented monthly during meetings of the Germantown Board of Mayor and Aldermen. 

The purpose of this award is to recognize teachers who make a significant difference in the lives of his/her students, the school in which he/she teaches, and the Germantown community.

Nomination Criteria:
1. The nominee must demonstrate excellence in teaching and community service. 
2. The nominee must teach in a Germantown school, public or private.
3. The nominee does not need to reside in Germantown.
4. Each application must include two letters of recommendation.

To nominate a teacher, fill out a nomination form.
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 this week:

Lydia Borgman, Baron Graves, Natalie Arnold, Juliana Rini, and Hope Bailey

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.  
PTO Announcements
Yearbook Sales

Contact Annabella Brandon with questions about the yearbook. 
Beautification Committee
Volunteer with the PTO!

Do you have a few hours to spare? Be sure to check out our " Volunteer" tab on the PTO website throughout the year for opportunities to volunteer at DES.  Currently we are seeking help in the Health Room, with the Book Fair, and Friday lunch volunteers.  Check back often for new opportunities!
Shout Outs!

Shout out to Cross Country coaches Mrs. Cassidy Fernandez and Ms. Linda Fredrick for making this season so fun for the runners. Thank you to Robin Pleasants for keeping everything so well organized.  We appreciate all of the help of our parent volunteers, and we are especially grateful to Laura Vidal, Kate McKenna, Cory Miller, and Aaron Martens for their support.  

Thank you to Marley Slutz for volunteering in the Health Room.

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 Elizabeth Gates.
The Month Ahead
Tuesday, October 29 4th and 5th Grade Clubs
Tuesday, October 29 Book Fair 4:30 - 7:30 PM
Wednesday, October 30 Quarter 1 report cards sent home
Thursday, October 31 Kindergarten Pumpkin Carving 1:00 PM
Thursday, October 31 Crazy Chemist (5th grade) 2:15 - 3:15 PM
Friday, November 1 Deborah Wiles, author visit
Monday, November 4 Parent Conferences 4-7 PM
Tuesday, November 5 Professional Development- NO SCHOOL
Thursday, November 7 Room Parent Meeting 9:00 AM, Dogwood Cafeteria
Friday, November 8 Second Grade Field Trip to Shelby Farms
Monday, November 11 Veteran's Day Program 8:15-9:15 AM Check in and light breakfast, Cafeteria
9:15 AM Veteran's Parade
9:30 AM, Dogwood Gym
Tuesday, November 12 PTO Meeting 9:00 AM, Dogwood Cafeteria
Tuesday, November 12 GMSD Board of Education Meeting 5:30 PM Work Session
6:30 PM Business Meeting
Wednesday, November 13 Marco's Pizza Spirit Night
Tuesday, November 19 4th and 5th Grade Clubs 9:30 AM
Wednesday, November 20 Quarter 2 Interims sent home
Thursday, November 21 Terrific Kids Ceremony 2:30 PM
Friday, November 22 Kindergarten Farm Day
Friday, November 22
5th Grade Volleyball 9:00 AM
Friday, November 22
4th Grade Newcomb Nall 1:00 PM
Friday, November 22
Walk Across America Contest ends
Give Back to Dogwood!
Each of these businesses gives back a portion of your purchase to Dogwood or the Dogwood PTO.  Click on the links below to enroll!

View this video to see just how easy the new BTFE program is to use!
Stay Connected
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