Announcements
Family Donation Drive



We have less than one week left.  Family Donation Drive ends this Friday, September 6thAll money donated to the Family Donation Drive will go directly to our school.  Any amount is appreciated and every dollar counts.  We ask for donations rather than asking our kids to sell things or compete in a fun run for prizes.  If the school reaches its $30,000 goal, Mrs. Price will (literally) do cartwheels through the halls. Let's keep pushing!  Donate today at Membership Toolkit.

In addition to supporting classroom activities and teacher development, money raised this year will go towards installing an outdoor classroom

Families that join the PTO and donate $50 or more receive a Dogwood yard sign!  The next yard sign pick up is scheduled for Tuesday, September 10th.  Email dogwoodelempto@gmail.com if you need to make other arrangements to get your sign.

If your child's homeroom class receives 100% participation or $1,000 at the completion of our Family Donation Drive on September 6th, their class will receive ONE EXTRA RECESS!  Encourage grandparents to donate, too!

Here are the current standings!
K - Tubbs, $550 (close behind Vasquez and Bartges tied with $542)
1st - Bittner, $845
2 - Navarro, $567
3 - Snipes, $703   
4 - Yarbro, $950
5 - Fernandez, $727
Hats off to you, supporters! For the class in each grade with the highest percentage of student participation through Tuesday, September 3rd, the teacher will choose a day that all students will be allowed a day to wear hats - a character hat, a silly hat or show off your favorite team...it's up to you!
PTO Membership Drive



Everything is online and super easy! Our membership goal is 100% parent participation.  Also, remember that only PTO members will receive access to and be listed in the PTO member directory.  

Don't forget to download the Membership Toolkit app after you join the PTO for easy access to the online PTO directory.  It is a great way to connect with other Dogwood families!  You can easily search for names and sort by grade or class within the Membership Toolkit app.  

Grandparents and community members are welcome to join the Dogwood PTO!  All memberships support our many PTO events and activities.

Contact us at dogwoodelempto@gmail.com with any questions. 
Baby wipes needed!

Our art teacher, Ms. Eddy, is in need of baby wipes for the art room. If you are able to donate a pack, please send them in marked with Ms. Eddy's name, and your child's homeroom teacher will make sure they are delivered to her. Thank you!
A Message from your School Counselors

The Choose to be NICE program is starting this week.  Any teacher or staff member can reward students who are demonstrating (Noble, Inclusive, Compassion, Excellent) behavior. The school motto, Choose to Be NICE, reinforces the GMSD Above The Line Program. You can learn more about the program here.

The counseling department is utilizing the Second Step program during classroom guidance lessons.  The program is designed to help students learn, practice, and apply skills for self-regulation and social-emotional competence.  Second Step will teach skills in the following areas:
  • Skills for Learning
  • Empathy
  • Emotion Management
  • Problem Solving
  • Bullying Prevention

Additional information on these programs will be sent home. Please contact Brandi Fitchpatric or Natalie Adkinson, school counselors, with any questions about these programs. 

PTO Announcements
    Please join Bloomz!
Volunteer Opportunities

We are continuing to recruit volunteers for staffing the Health Room as well as cafeteria volunteers for kindergarten lunch. Please visit the PTO Volunteer website throughout the year to learn more about these opportunities and to sign up to volunteer!
Shout Outs!

Shout out to Carlos Shammas, Hayley White, Jennifer Brown, Leigh Osborne, and Michelle Midha for volunteering in our health room!

Thank you to the volunteers who have helped out in the lunchroom:  Christina Tempel, Melissa White, Ben Guthrie, Lauren Pardue, Holly Kulp, Nabiha Huda, Emily Ludwig, Beth Ueleke, Sherill French, Sarah Acuff, Jennifer Ventre, and Ellen Hamilton.

Thank you to Tiffany Smith, Kristen Waddell, Nabiha Huda, Amy Carter, Holly Kulp and Katie Laird for helping hand out our Dogwood yard signs to our supporters.

Thank you to everyone who has joined the PTO and donated to the Family Donation Drive!  We love seeing the yard signs around town.  Thank you for showing your support of the school!

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 elizgates@gmail.com.
Stay connected with the PTO!

Please visit the Dogwood PTO website to learn more about the PTO, our events, and ways you can get involved! 

If you are a parent of a Dogwood student, you can also request to join the  Dogwood PTO Facebook Page to keep up to date with PTO and school events.  ** Be sure to answer the membership question to gain access, as it is a closed group for parents only**

See the information above for how to join the PTO Bloomz group!

If you have questions about the school, the  PTO Guidebook is a great resource to find answers to all of your questions.  If you have a question that is not answered in the guidebook, please feel free to  email the PTO, and we will do our best to help you!
Events
Labor Day

School will be closed tomorrow, Monday, September 2, for the Labor Day holiday. We hope you enjoy the long weekend!
Girl Scout Information Night

Are you interested in having your daughter join Girl Scouts in the Germantown area?  All parents of kindergarten through 12th grade girls who are looking for troops in Germantown are invited to attend the  Germantown Girl Scouts Parent Information Night

Thursday, September 5th from 7 pm - 8 pm
Faith Presbyterian Church
8816 Poplar Pike in Germantown 

Come hear from local Girl Scouts and Troop Leaders about the exciting opportunities and adventures with Girl Scouts in Germantown! Girls interested in joining Girl Scouts are welcome to come to the meeting too, and talk with other girls that are currently in Girl Scouts.

Do you already know your daughter wants to join a troop, but you can't attend the meeting?  Click here to fill out our interest form, and someone will contact you in early September about placing your girl with an appropriate troop.

Grandparents' BINGO Night

Grandparents' BINGO Night will be held Monday, September 9th in the Dogwood cafeteria. There will be 2 sessions, from 5-6pm or 6:30-7:30pm.

Your $10 ticket includes a pizza buffet, soft drink, and dessert.  Tickets for the event must be purchased on My School Bucks by Wednesday, September 4th.  A ticket is required for each person attending (ages 3 and over).  There are limited tickets available for each session.  

Friday Night Lights

Come dance with HHS Pom Team! This event includes a t-shirt, dinner and performance at the football game! Contact the HHS Pom Boosters with additional questions.


Angst Movie Screening

Germantown Presbyterian Church will be hosting a screening of the movie Angst on Sunday September 15 at 4:30pm in the Germantown Presbyterian Church sanctuary, at  2363 Germantown Road South,  Germantown, TN 38138.

The goal of the documentary is designed to raise awareness about anxiety, understand the symptoms of anxiety and encourage everyone to reach out for help.  The film is geared for ages 10 and up. 

There is a great panel lined up for discussion after the film. 
  • Dr. Wendy Willingham, 11th Grade Counselor Germantown High School 
  • Andrea Stackpole, Middle School Counselor, Saint Mary's Episcopal School 
  • Rod Spencer, Youth Villages Counselor
Seats for the screening can be reserved
here.

Contact Rev. Amanda MackeyAssociate Pastor for Youth Ministries, with any questions. You can reach her by phone at  901-754-5195 ext. 110.

You can also access the event flyer for more information. 

Houston High College and Career Fair
September 19, 10:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Houston High School is home to over 1,900 students.   We need your help in connecting them to different, local career pathways.   Houston High School is hosting its first ever College and Career Readiness Fair for students.   Traditionally, the school has invited in local colleges but is opening the door to include local businesses as well.   Come be a part of the inaugural year.  We are seeking people in various career paths:

  • Medical
  • Military
  • Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice
  • Manufacturing
  • STEM

  • Cybersecurity
  • Nutrition
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Marketing/Communications
  • Fine Arts/Television Media

  • Graphic Design/Visual Arts
  • AgroSciences
  • Local Entrepreneurs
  • Information Technology
  • Mental Health/Counseling


We are hoping to have multiple representatives from each pathway listed above.   Houston High School will supply your business with a 4 foot section of table top or larger floor space if desired.  


We are also offering affordable sponsorship opportunities ranging from $600 to $2,000 which will include naming rights for the Career Pathway Banners and Student Swag Bags.    Or, if your organization is willing to supply bags, please let us know.

Save the Date for Movie Night!

Save the date for Family Movie Night, featuring the film UP!  The fun starts at 6:15 with food trucks and activities.  More details coming soon on dining selections and opportunities to volunteer!  Contact Tina Thorn with any questions.
Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month and St. Jude hosts is annual Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer on September 28th. 

This is a great community event and one of the only public events hosted on St. Jude's Campus.  

Registration is only $10 to walk and $20 for a timed bib.  The Walk/Run is a 5K.  There are volunteer opportunities as well. 

Register for the event online, or text "MEMPHIS" to 785833 to receive the registration link. 
You Don't Want to Miss...
Upcoming Events
Monday, September 2 Labor Day- NO SCHOOL
Wednesday, September 4 Last day to purchase tickets for Grandparents' Bingo on My School Bucks
Friday, September 6 Last day of PTO Membership and Donation Drive!
Monday, September 9 Grandparents' Bingo Night 5-6 PM, 6:30-7:30 PM
Thursday, September 12 Room Parent Meeting  9:00 AM, Cafeteria
Monday, September 16 GMSD Board of Education Meeting Work session @ 5:30 pm Business meeting @ 6:30 pm
Germantown City Hall
Tuesday, September 17 PTO Meeting 9:00 AM, Cafeteria
Tuesday, September 17 Constitution Day
Wednesday, September 18 Quarter 1 Interims sent home
Friday, September 20 School Pictures
Monday, September 20-Friday September 24 CASE Benchmark testing
Friday, September 27 Family Movie Night 6:15 PM, Dogwood campus
Saturday, September 28 St. Jude Walk/Run
Dogwood Calendars

There are several ways to keep up to date with all Dogwood events.  You can subscribe to the  Google Calendar or the  iPhone Calendar, and have all events downloaded directly to your phone and updated throughout the year.  
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