Fifth Grade Crazy Chemist

5th Graders: Do not forget your two liter of Diet Coke on Monday, October 29th!

PARENTS: There will be a table set up at the front desk with sign-in sheets and visitor stickers. Names of volunteers will be pre-printed on the volunteer list.

If you choose to check your 5th grade children out after Crazy Chemist, there will be sign-out sheets in the cafeteria. If you wish to check out a sibling, please remember that 3:15 is the cut off for checking out early. Siblings will need to be checked out prior.

Volunteers Still Needed! You can volunteer to send in supplies or to assist with the experiments. You don't want to miss this!

Click here to find out how you can help! 

Book Fair and Literacy Night

We hope you enjoyed the Book Fair and Literacy Night!

If you didn't make it to the Book Fair or didn't find the book you were after, you can shop online! 

The online book fair is open through November 4th. 

Shop here:  Online Book Fair

Early Dismissal and Transportation Change Policy

Students may not be checked out after 3:15 pm. This includes siblings of students who are being checked out early after a grade level event or performance. If you plan to check out a sibling after a child's performance, you must check them out prior to 3:15 pm. 

We understand that things happen and you may have to change the way your child is getting home in the afternoon. However, the safety of all students is a priority. Therefore, transportation changes must be made prior to 2:30 pm by contacting the school. 

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 access Skyward at:
Veterans Day Program - November 12

On Mon day, November 12 , Dogwood will honor and celebrate our veterans with special Veterans Day programs by grade in the gym. The programs will consist of musical performances, student readers and recognition of veterans in attendance. Please have your child dress in patriotic colors.

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 that came home in your child's folder or contact Mr. Simons. 

3rd - 5th Grade:
8:15 - 9:15 a.m.. - Check-in and light breakfast reception for veterans
9:15 a.m. - Veterans Parade
9:30 a.m. - Program begins in the gym

Pre-Kindergarten - 2nd Grade:
12:30 p.m. - Veteran check-in begins  
1:00 p.m. - Veterans Parade
1:15 p.m. - Program begins in the gym
2:15 - 3:15 p.m. - Reception for veterans 

If you have additional questions, please contact Mr. Simons at
Mulan, Jr.

Tickets are on sale for the Falcon Footlights production of Mulan, Jr. The show runs from November 14th - 17th on the Farmington Elementary Stage. Tickets are $10.  Support our Dolphins in the cast and crew. Don't miss it!

Dolphins Choose To Be Nice

Alex Smith, Jared Redmond, Henry Griffith, Steven Thornton, Alyson McGonagill, Makayla Golden, Wedad Alsherbini (back row), Grant Roberts, Alexa Leon, Henry Kirk, Addison Atwood, Paisley Fruitt, Cash Martin, Hamza Hamed, and Layla Melhem (front row) received a Dolphin Dollar this week and signed the Choose to be Nice board on Friday.  Way to go!
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.  
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. Social and peer pressure are some of the hardest obstacles for students to overcome.

The system allows for 1-way or 2-way anonymous encrypted communications between submitters (students, parents or community members) and district administration and/or school staff. Users of the system have the option to remain anonymous or to reveal their identity when submitting a report.

How does it work?

To use this revolutionary new app, students, parents or other school personnel can simply visit the Germantown Municipal School District website and click on the "Anonymous Alerts" button or text link to submit a report expressing their concern.

Anonymous AlertsĀ® mobile applications can be downloaded directly from the Apple, Google Play or the Chrome stores.

For more information go to

Don't delay! Please purchase your yearbook today!
The 5th grade yearbook ads are available for purchase at MySchoolBucks.  Once you purchase your ad, you will be contacted about the ad design and content.  The 1/4 page ad is $25 and due by December 22nd.
Business ads can also be purchased on MySchoolBucks. These ads can contain a business card-size picture. They are $25 each and due by December 22nd.
Questions about ads? Contact:

Hot Jobs! 

In addition to our special events, we have volunteer opportunities available weekly. Here are two of our hot jobs! You can sign up for a one-time shift or for multiple days. 

Health Room  volunteers are needed daily from 11:00-2:00 to help with minor issues like band-aids and ice packs. No experience required!

Your service allows our school nurse to attend to more urgent issues. You can sign up for one or multiple days or for a shorter time frame if you can't cover an entire shift.

Library volunteers are needed on Mondays and Wednesdays in the library.

If you have an hour to give, please use this link to sign up! 

You may choose as many days as you would like. Thanks so much for participating!

Shout Outs
Shout Outs

Thank you to Leanne Howell, Nabiha Huda, and Hilary McIntrye for planning an absolutely amazing Book Fair. We so appreciate the countless hours of time and energy they put into planning the event and making it all so wonderful - from the beautiful Enchanted Forest decorations to the delicious teacher breakfast. And, thank you to all the parents who volunteered to set up the Book Fair, help decorate, work the Book Fair, and provide food for the teacher breakfast. Everyone working together makes our Dogwood events so special!

Alexa Guynes and Kara Lowe did an excellent job coordinating Literacy Night!  Thank you to the ELA teachers who stayed late and helped with Literacy Night.  

Thank you to all the Dogwood students who participated in the Inaugural Reading Fair!  And, thank you to all the families who came out to support our Dogwood Library and promote reading!

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

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!

Shop and Support the Dogwood PTO
Dogwood Spirit Shop

Back by popular demand, our Dogwood Spirit Store will open October 21st through November 14th. Orders will be delivered in early December in plenty of time for gift giving! Perfect gifts for teachers, kids and grandparents. Feel free to share the link with others who may want to order or purchase gifts. Orders placed by November 14th will be delivered around the first week of December.

If you placed an order before October 19th, Your order will be delivered the week of November 5th.

You Don't Want to Miss...
Calendar Reminders

There are some important upcoming dates on the Dogwood calendar.  These are a bit different than previous years.  Please read carefully as we want everyone to be informed.

NO SCHOOL on Tuesday, November 6th for a Professional Development Day.

NO SCHOOL from Monday, November 19th through Friday, November 23rd for Thanksgiving break.  Students will be out the entire week of Thanksgiving.  

HALF DAYS with 12:15 pm dismissal on Tuesday, December 18th AND Wednesday, December 19th.  There will be two consecutive half days at the end of the 2nd quarter.  

Springfest will be renamed Dolphinfest!  Mark your calendar for Saturday, March 2nd.  

HALF DAYS with 12:15 pm dismissal on Wednesday, May 22nd AND Thursday, May 23rd.  There will be two consecutive half days at the end of the 4th quarter.  

Upcoming Events

Monday, October 29 GMSD Board of Education Meeting
Wednesday, October 31
5th Grade - Crazy Chemist
2:00 - 3:45 PM
Wednesday, October 31
Kindergarten - Field Trip and Pumpkin Carving
All Day
Tuesday, November 6 Professional Development Day - NO SCHOOL
All Day
Thursday, November 8 Room Parent Meeting 9:00 AM
Monday, November 12 Veterans' Day Program 9:30 AM Grade 3-5; 1:15 PM Grade PK-2
Tuesday, November 13 General PTO Meeting 9:00 AM
Friday, November 16 Kindergarten Farm Day/Breakfast All Day
Friday, November 16 Grade 4 - Newcomb Ball; Grade 5 - Volleyball
Newcomb Ball - 1 PM;
Volleyball - 9 AM
Dogwood Elementary PTO | (901) 756-2310 |   Email | Website

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