Everyone had THE BEST TIME at the Boosterthon Fun Run. The students did an awesome job running laps. Thank you to the volunteers who helped mark shirts and hand out water and the parents who came out to cheer! Our Dogwood family is amazing!

After final calculations of the laps run, our students raised $46,679.88!!!! Way to go, Dogwood Dolphins!

Students can still collect donations through the end of next week at

PTO Meeting - State of the School

Mrs. Price will present The State of the School on Tuesday, September 11 at 6:15pm in the gym. Don't miss it!
Parent/Teacher Conference Night

Parent/teacher conferences are scheduled  for Thursday, September 13th, from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. 

Your teacher will let you know if a conference is needed for your student.
Join the Dogwood Team for the St. Jude Walk/Run! 

GMSD is excited to be a flagship sponsor of the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer this year! Each school has a team participating in the event and we want you to join our Dogwood team! The race will be Saturday, September 22 at 9am. The 5K will start on A.W. Willis and will end on the St. Jude campus in a festival. Come join the fun!

Click here to Join the Dogwood Team   - Be sure you select the Dogwood Team from the list of schools.

Help GMSD and Dogwood make an impact for the families at St. Jude!

Family Movie Night

Dogwood Cross Country

The Dogwood Cross Country Boys' and Girls' teams won first place in the Memphis Youth Athletics meet at Shelby Farms on Tuesday, September 4th. Go Dolphins!

The team also participated in the Classic/Nike 3k on Saturday, September 8th, at the National Civil Rights Museum. 

The following runners placed in their age group:

9 and 10 boys: 2nd - Drew De Groot & 3rd - Miles Sullivan

9 and 10 girls - 1st - Rachel Tankersley, 2nd - Savannah Chandler, & 3rd - Evelyn McKenna

7 & 8 girls - 1st - Aivley Barnette, 2nd - Chloe Tankersley & 3rd - Nora Grace Hickey

Van's Plan

A new car line procedure has been implemented thanks to a super smart Dogwood 4th grader, Van Arthur, and his mom! 

The car line will be held at the corner of Howell Circle and Dogwood Rd. until 8:25 am

This will free up the in and out for our students who are safety patrols and have other morning commitments to access the driveway without causing traffic confusion!
The Dolphin C.R.E.W

We are excited to announce a new program at DES - The Dolphin C.R.E.W.

What is it?
The Dolphin Crew is a volunteer opportunity for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. who would like to be involved and engaged in their child's classroom. Volunteers (2-4 per class) will spend 45 minutes in the classroom (without the teacher) interacting with students and leading a STEAM activity. The "lesson plans" will be provided for you and the "fun extras" (heads up 7-up, charades, story-time, etc.) will be your choice.
Being a part of your child's classroom is an excellent way to spend time in an environment that your child is a part of every day. It gives you the opportunity to walk a little in their shoes, to interact with their peers, and to give the students a fresh face from the community who is interested and involved. 


The first Dolphin Crew opportunity will be:
Kindergarten - 9/24/18 - 1:45-2:30
1st Grade - 9/24/18 - 2:35-3:05
2nd Grade - 9/24/18 - 1:00-1:45
3rd Grade - 10/1/18 - 1:40-2:25
4th Grade - 10/1/18 - 9:45-10:30
5th Grade - 10/1/18 - 10:35-11:25

Your students' room parent will provide details for signing up to help.

Attention DADs!

Any Dogwood father or father-figure interested in joining the Dogwood DADs group and volunteering at the school, please contact Ryan Strain.

Volunteer to help in our Health Room

We need daily help from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. staffing the health room (located in the bookstore). You can sign up for one or multiple days. You can also volunteer for a shorter time frame.

You will be dealing with minor issues like band-aids and ice packs. No medical experience necessary! 

This is a huge service to our school and allows more time for our school nurse to attend to more urgent issues.

Library News

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!


2018-19 Dogwood Yearbooks and 5th Grade Ads are now for sale on  MySchoolBucks.  Yearbooks are $35 and 5th Grade 1/4 page Ads are $25.  


Send in your Boxtops! The class with the most completed sheets turned in from August 20th - September 28th will receive a pizza party.  Please send completed sheets to the gym daily. We will keep an on-going count to determine the winner.
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!

Germantown Girl Scouts

Are you interested in having your daughter join Girl Scouts in the Germantown area but missed Parent Information Night?

It's not too late!

Click here for more information and to fill out our online interest form.

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 -

Shout Outs
Shout Outs

Thank you to everyone who pledged and donated to the Boosterthon Fun Run!  

Thank you to all of our wonderful Room Parents and Grade Captains!  We appreciate you all volunteering to serve our students and teachers.  Holly Kulp, PTO Room Parent Chair, does an amazing job organizing all our Room Parents and Grade Captains. Thank you, Holly!

Thank you to Ms. Diane Perry and the teachers and administration who put together a special night for our grandparents.  We really appreciate our volunteers - Chelsea Slabaugh, Katie Laird, Gayle Higley, and Kate Crowder - who helped make the evening a big success.  We LOVED having our Dogwood DADS at Grandparents' Bingo Night.  Thank you to Jared Klepko, Michael Shipman, and Gerald Miller for helping our grandparents come and go with ease.  
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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, September 11 PTO Meeting - State of the School 6:15 PM
Thursday, September 13 Parent Conferences 4:00 - 7:00 PM
Monday, Sept 17 - Friday, Sept 21
CASE Benchmark Testing 9:00 - 11:00 AM
Wednesday, September 19 Marco's Spirit Night all day
Saturday, September 22 St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer
9:00 AM
Wednesday, September 26 Fall Pictures (PK, K, 1, 3)
9:00 - 11:00 AM
Thursday, September 27 Fall Pictures (2, 4, 5)
9:00 - 11:00 AM
Friday, September 28 Family Movie Night 6:00 PM
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