Family Donation Drive

We did it! We raised over $30,000 for Dogwood Elementary during this year's Family Donation Drive and exceeded our goal. We are so thankful for everyone who contributed!  Our Dogwood community is so generous.   Mrs. Price will be doing cartwheels through the halls next week! Stay tuned...
Congratulations to the following classes who had 100% participation or raised $1,000 during our Family Donation Drive! You have earned one EXTRA RECESS! 

K Tubbs $1,005 100%
K Vasquez $1,040 81%
1 Mink $1,290 83%
1 Martens $1,045 89%
1 Bittner $1,195 95%
2 Bonfre $1,026 75%
2 Navarro $872 100%
2 Schurtz $1,236 75%
3 Snipes $1,112 62%
3 Brocato $1,116 85%
3 Boyce $1,027 81%
4 Carmichael $1,370 74%
4 Yarbro $1,123 91%
4 Bozeman $1,010 61%

Special shoutout to Mr. Carmichael's 4th Grade class for the highest donation amount in the school and to Mrs. Tubbs and Mrs.Navarro's class for having 100% participation.  Way to go!

Yard signs will be available for pick up on Tuesday, September 10th at both the front door (under the trees) and the back door (near the portables) from 8:30 - 9:30 am and 3.30 - 5:00 pm.  Please email to make other arrangements or to have your sign left for pick up with your child at REACH.  
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:

Sawyer Webb (1st photo)
James Bandy, Stella Rasmussen, Jackson Potter, Reese Collison, Hannan Wilgenbusch, and Abigail King (2nd Photo)

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
Membership Toolkit App

Parents, if you have joined the PTO, please don't forget to download the Membership Toolkit App to your phone.  This gives you access to the online directory at your fingertips! 
    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!

A HUGE shout out to Tiffany Smith, our PTO Ways & Means chair, for all her hard work leading our Family Donation Drive.  Tiffany did an amazing job raising funds for our school!  

Thank you to Kristen Waddell for so expertly organizing our publicity for Family Donation Drive.  

Thanks to Karen Viotti, Nabiha Huda, Paula Bailey, Ann Gee, Michelle Midha, Jamie Bialowitz, Christina Hester, Carrie Mayrhofer, Holly Kulp, and Jamie McGill for helping out this week in the final push for donations.  We loved having so many fun cheerleaders helping build the excitement for Donation Drive. 

Thank you to our wonderful teachers and administrators who volunteered to play Human Hungry Hippos and helped in so many other ways to make Family Donation Drive a success!  

Another HUGE shout out to Jamie Bialowitz, our PTO Membership/Directory Chair. PTO membership is so easy this year because of Jamie's hard work.  She was working in Membership Toolkit all summer long and helped so much behind the scenes with Donation Drive.  

Thank you to Holly Kulp, Ashley Buescher, and Jana Savage for helping in the Health Room this week!

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
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!
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

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.

Dogwood Movie Night- September 27, 2019!

We can't wait to see you at Family Movie Night, featuring the film UP! The fun starts on Friday, September 27th at 6:15 with food trucks and activities.  Volunteers are needed to make this fun for the whole family event happen!  Please see the Sign Up Genius for opportunities before, during, and after the event.  

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 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
Wednesday, October 2 Bike/Walk to School Day
Tuesday, October 8 PTO General Meeting 6:15 PM, Dogwood cafeteria
Friday, October 11 End of First Quarter
Monday, October 14-Friday, October 18 FALL BREAK- NO SCHOOL
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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