Dogwood Spirit Shop

We are excited to announce our Dogwood  Spirit  Shop! Please check it out and show your school  spirit ! Each purchase made will give back to our Dogwood PTO! Visit the Dogwood Spirit Shop.

October PTO Meeting

Please join us for the October PTO meeting. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 2nd, at 9am in the cafeteria.

All State Treble Honor Choir
Fifth Grade Students who are interested in auditioning for the All State Treble Honor Choir at the Opryland Hotel, April 12-13, please come to an informative meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 8 a.m. in Mr.  Simons' Music Room (don't be late). 
Students will have to set up a time to record their audition with Mr.  Simons.  Student recordings are judged at the State Level with results coming out the week of Thanksgiving. Please check out this site for what the expectations of the audition will be.  
Parental approval of the following requirements will be needed if student is chosen:
  • Transportation to and from Nashville
  • Lodging in Nashville (discounted rate at the Opryland Hotel)
  • Food
  • $60 fee
  • Schedule adherence (Rehearsal at 2:30 pm on Friday, April 12, culminating in concert at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 13)
Dolphin C.R.E.W

*Please arrive with enough time to park, sign-in and be in your classroom at the designated start time.

*Please read the project plans on Bloomz before you arrive so that you are familiar with the project (hard copies will be in the classroom for you).  Project plans are on the PTO Bloomz site in the Media Section in the Documents section.

*Please contact Holly Kulp with any questions you have.

Walk/Bike to School Day

Wednesday, October 3rd, is Walk/Bike to School Day!  

Get some exercise and help the Earth at the same time by walking or biking to school with your family and friends!

Dogwood Math Night

Parents and students, please join us for Math Night at Dogwood this Thursday night at 6:15 p.m. All attendees will begin in the cafeteria before heading to their individual grade levels for parent resource information and fun math activities.

Dolphin Tones 4th and 5th Grade Choir

Here is the 2018-2019 Dolphin Tones 4th-5th Grade Choir Application and Parent Info! Students are to fill out the top and get parent consent. Applications should be returned to their homeroom teacher who will complete the recommendation and turn in to Ms. Teel's box NO LATER THAN Friday, October 5th, 2018. Please fill out completely and turn in by the due date to be considered for a spot in the Dolphin Tones.  

*Please email any questions to Ms. Teel (

A Note from Our Counselors

The counseling department is ready to start the next round of small groups. We are offering small groups on the following topics:
  • Social skills
  • Coping/stress management
  • Time management/organization/study skills 

If you have a student(s) who could benefit from additional small group support, please let us

know.  We will send home group information and permission forms.

If you have any questions, you can email us at or The counseling office number is 752-7946.

Counseling Services Survey

The Dogwood Counseling Department is seeking parent feedback regarding counseling services. 

You may also find the survey by visiting the counseling department website .

Dolphins Choose To Be Nice

Our school motto "Choose to be NICE", reinforces our GMSD Above the Line program.  All Dogwood teachers and staff members are encouraged to promote positive behavior by recognizing students who are demonstrating positive social and emotional learning.  
The criteria for selecting students is based on having demonstrated the following characteristics:
Teachers or staff members may recognize a student for choosing to be NICE by giving them a dolphin dollar.  On Friday mornings, students who have received a dolphin dollar will be called to the cafeteria to sign the Choose to be NICE board.  These students will be recognized during Friday afternoon announcements and in the Dolphin Digest. Additionally, Choose to be NICE recipients will receive a reward at the end of every nine weeks.
Please help the counseling department reinforce the importance of being NICE and how it shapes character and promotes becoming a world changer.  
Book Fair and Literacy Night

Mark your calendars! Our Book Fair is scheduled for Thursday, October 25th. This year, Book Fair and Literacy Night will be on the same night! Look for details and schedule information to come soon! 

Dogwood Cross Country

The Dogwood Cross Country boys' and girls' teams earned first place at GMSD 2-Miler on Monday, September 24th. They also earned first place in the 30th Frank Horton Invitational 2K on Friday, September 28th. Coaches: Ms. Stacy Schwarzmann, Ms. Cassidy Fernandez, and Ms. Linda Fredrick


The Yearbook Cover Contest has begun! This year's Yearbook theme is " World Changers." Any student can hand-draw a picture for the cover of the yearbook - the deadline is October 5th! Submit pictures to Mrs. Honan's room (4th grade hall).
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 Katie Laird and the Teacher Treats Committee for providing our teachers with smoothies and frozen cappuccinos along with other delicious snacks.  

Thank you to all of the Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade Dolphin C.R.E.W. volunteers.  Holly Kulp planned such a fun learning activity for our kids! We appreciate the support of our room parents who helped organize the volunteers.

Thank you to Paula Bailey and all her volunteers for an amazing Family Movie Night!  It was an incredibly fun night for our Dogwood community!
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!

3rd Annual  TN Secretary of State  Civics Essay Contest

2018 Theme: Leadership
Deadline: October 1, 2018

State winners will receive a TN Stars 529 Program College Savings scholarship of  $100, $250, or $500, in addition to a trip to the TN State Capitol.

Grades K-2 : What does it mean to be a great leader? Draw a picture to illustrate.
Word Count Limit: 100 words accompanied by a drawing. Drawings may not exceed 11" x 17" in size. Words can be incorporated into the drawing or attached separately.
Grades 3-5 : There have been many great leaders throughout our nation and our state's history. Select one person from Tennessee's history and describe what makes them a great leader.  Word Count Limit : 350 words
Entries must be submitted to the DES PTO Cultural Arts Chairperson, Shahnila Raza, by October 1, 2018. Two winners per grade category will be entered into the state contest. 

Students must be a TN resident. The essay must be the original work of the student and within the word count limit. For more information visit the Secretary of State website -

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Upcoming Events

Monday, October 1 3rd-5th Grade Dolphin C.R.E.W
3rd - 1:40 PM
4th - 9:45 AM
5th - 10:35 AM
Tuesday, October 2 General PTO Meeting 9:00 AM
Wednesday, October 3 Walk/Bike to School Day All Day
Thursday, October 4 Dogwood Math Night 6:15 - 7:30 PM
Friday, October 5 Quarter #1 Ends All Day
Monday, October 8 - Friday, October 12 Fall Break - NO SCHOOL All Day
Thursday, October 18 Fall Picture Make-Ups 9:00 - 11:00 AM
Monday, October 22 3rd Grade Sock Hop TBA
Monday, October 22 - Friday, October 26 Red Ribbon Week
All Day
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