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PTO ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Donation Drive Ending Soon!

Each year our PTO provides activities and enrichment for our students, teachers, and their families. Those activities (i.e. Teacher Appreciation & Treats, PTO events such as the Family Game/Movie Night, and Daddy/Daughter & Mother/Son events, and Field Day) are funded annually by the PTO through the funds raised at DolphinFest, our annual carnival & silent auction.


This year, due to pandemic restrictions governing gatherings and the challenges procuring external auction items, our typical DolphinFest simply wasn't feasible. While we searched for every fundraising option, it became evident that the best option available was hosting a Family Donation Drive.


We know it’s the end of the year and we are all winding down and getting ready for summer, but this drive will ensure that we are prepared and ready to support our school community full speed ahead in the Fall. We’ve had tremendous success with Family Donation Drives in the past and know we can do it again!


All donations of any amount are welcome!

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Field Day

We are so excited for our students to participate in Field Day this year! It’s always an unforgettable favorite for our Dogwood Dolphins. This year will look a little different from years past, with specialists and assistants as our lane volunteers and our PTO assisting with tent set up and equipment. 

The Field Day schedule is as follows:


Monday, May 10: 5th Grade 9:30AM – 12:00PM; 2nd Grade 1:00 – 3:30PM

Tuesday, May 11: 3rdGrade 9:30AM – 12:00PM; 4th Grade 1:00 – 3:30PM

Wednesday, May 12: 1st Grade 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM; Kindergarten 1:00 – 3:30 PM

Thursday, May 13: Pre-School (In Gym) 9:30 AM-12:00 PM


Rain dates are Thursday, May 13 for Field Days 1:00-3:30 PM and Friday, May 14 for Field Days 9:30 AM-12:00 PM. Decisions to postpone sessions will be made by 9:00 AM for the morning sessions and 12:30 PM for the afternoon sessions.


Room Parents have sent detailed emails out with your class color for Field Day and a sign-up genius of supplies needed. Required items for your class include: 

-rolling cooler of water bottles (2 bottles per student)

-a large pump hand sanitizer


Optional items include:

-a pennant banner with your teacher’s name

-eye black stickers

-ribbons to tie up sleeves of the girls’ shirts

-Pom-poms

-bandanas


Your child should wear his/her class T-shirt on Field Day. 


On Field Day, your child should wear sunscreen to school. Bring a towel to sit on. Bring a large ziploc with sunscreen and a frozen washcloth if it's hot.



We are excited that parents will be able to attend Field Day! We will have a parent cheering section/viewing area on the north side of the field (classes will be set on the south side). Parents are asked to arrive from Dogwood Rd between the fire station and the playground to a check-in area, and then to remain in the parent viewing area for the entire event. All attendees will be required to check-in and wear a mask. No siblings will be allowed to attend (so make your arrangements now!) We look forward to sharing this special and fun day with you!


Please take a moment to view the FIELD DAY MAP to locate the parent check in area and parent viewing areas. We look forward to seeing you this week!

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Tug of War


Congratulations to our grade-level Tug of War champions!



Kindergarten- Mrs. Tubbs

1st Grade- Mrs. Mink

2nd Grade- Mrs. Lowe

3rd Grade- Mrs. Snipes

4th Grade- Ms. Boyd

5th Grade- Mr. Bozeman

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DOGWOOD ANNOUNCEMENTS

Kindergarten Orientation

Do you have a rising kindergartener? Sign up for Kindergarten Orientation HERE! Contact Mrs. Moak with questions.

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Yearbook


We have a limited number of extra yearbooks to sell this year. We will reopen MySchoolBucks on Monday, May 10th and the purchase window will remain open until Friday, May 14th or until all remaining books have sold, whichever comes first. This will be first come first served. Yearbooks are $35. 

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Career Day


On behalf of the school counseling department, we would like to thank all parents and family members who were able to participate in our virtual career showcase.  We were so fortunate to have over 30 career videos to share with students.  This definitely helped introduce the world of work and endless career possibilities.


Sincerely, Brandi Fitchpatric & Kit Stallings


GMSD ANNOUNCEMENTS

HMS Cross Country


Beginner to Advanced Runners (Rising 6th, 7th & 8th Graders)are invited to join the Houston Middle Cross Country team!


Introduction Meeting: Thursday, May 13th at 5:30 p.m. at Johnson Road Park (Pavilion)


Summer conditioning will begin July 6th and races will begin end of August and run through October. Practice will take place 3 to 4 times a week. The cross country meets typically take place on 2-mile non-paved paths. Most races that we participate in are local, and some races are out of town. Over the last ten seasons, our team has qualified and competed in the TN State Championship Meet in Knoxville.


If interested in joining the team, please e-mail Stacey Schwarzmann.


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A Message from the BOE


Though only 7% of GMSD third-graders are reading below grade level, a recently-enacted law could keep nearly 38% of them from advancing to fourth grade based on the results of a single state test. That means more than 1/3 of GMSD third-graders could be retained without input from parents or schools. The Germantown Board of Education asks you to review these GMSD-prepared Infographics and then contact your legislators and the Tennessee Department of Education to insist on changes to the law that will allow school districts and parents more input in the decision to retain or promote Tennessee's third-graders.


If you have any questions regarding this legislation, you can contact any member of the GMSD Board of Education.

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COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sidewalk Poetry Contest

In collaboration with the Germantown Community Library, and Germantown Parks & Recreation, the Germantown Public Art Commission announces Word Travels, an annual sidewalk poetry contest. New, aspiring or professional writers of any age, living or working in Germantown, can submit a poem or song lyric of up to 150 words. Poems should be unique and must not use copyrighted materials. The inaugural contest theme is Nature. 

A selection committee made up of literary professionals, library staff, and community representatives will select five finalists and three semifinalists. Winners will receive a small monetary award and their poems will be installed on sidewalks in city parks and along trail systems starting in the summer of 2021. 

This project creates a unique opportunity for citizens of Germantown to participate in the city’s new public art program through a project that celebrates public spaces and the literary arts.


Click HERE to submit a poem



SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE BY MONDAY, MAY 31, 2021


Should you have questions please contact Cat Peña, the Public Art Manager for the City of Germantown.


This project is funded by the Word Travels - Mitch Major Memorial Fund

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THE MONTH AHEAD

Monday, May 10-Friday, May 14 Field Day

Wednesday, May 19 Fifth Grade Picnic, 11:45 AM

Thursday, May 20 Fifth Grade Promotion Ceremony, 8:30 AM

Friday, May 21 LAST DAY OF SCHOOL, early dismissal at 12:15 PM

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