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PTO ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Class T Shirts

The deadline for purchasing class t-shirts is September 18th. The shirts can be purchased on My School Bucks. The school is asking that all students, including virtual students, purchase a class t-shirt.

Contact Leigh Daigle with any questions.

Family Game Night

Thinking outside the box is the name of the game and the Dogwood PTO is striving for a winning event! We think that with this year's FAMILY GAME NIGHT replacement for our usual Family Movie Night, a championship is in the bag!! More details coming soon. Contact Tina Thorn with any questions.

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Join the PTO!

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Please Join and Volunteer for the PTO!


Everything is online and super easy to do! The goal is 100% participation!


Frequently Asked Questions about PTO Membership:


I joined last year, do I need to join again?

Yes, we ask our families to join the PTO each year. Your annual dues support the PTO events and activities all year long.  


I get the Dolphin Digest each week, so does that mean I am a PTO member?

No, anyone can subscribe to the Dolphin Digest. The PTO wants everyone to have access to information. Your annual PTO dues do help cover the cost of our Constant Contact email service. To be a PTO member, please follow the link above and join the PTO.  


What benefit do I get for joining the PTO?

In addition to supporting our fantastic Dogwood students, teachers, and community, PTO members receive access to the online PTO Member Directory through Membership Toolkit. Members can access the directory on the Membership Toolkit webpage or through the Membership Toolkit app. After you join, download the Membership Toolkit app and log in. In the app, you can search for names, filter by class, touch to call or text, pull up maps, and add contacts to your phone. You will love it!!  


Don't forget to download the Membership Toolkit App on Apple or Google to your smart phone!


Please contact our Membership Chairperson, Jamie Bialowitz, with any questions. 

DOGWOOD ANNOUNCEMENTS

Dogwood Fun Run

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Our Dogwood Fun Run Program kicked off this week, and we are thrilled about this year’s program! We’ve asked the fundraising experts at Booster to power our Fun Run program, making our fundraising simpler, more profitable, and more FUN. Our Dogwood Fun Run Program includes EVERY student in a fun, fitness event that focuses on character while helping our school raise some much-needed funds. As you can imagine, our fundraiser will look a little different this year due to the current health situation. The kick off will be virtual, as will our daily updates for students. The Fun Run will have a course per homeroom to allow for social distancing and safety.  

 

This year, our entire school is raising funds for Outdoor Updates. We are hoping to include additional funding for the outdoor classroom design, a covering for our car rider line, and playground additions. Our goal is to raise $30,000 and we are inviting YOU to help!

 

Here’s how you can support Dogwood:


  • Register your student on FUNRUN.COM by searching “Dogwood Fun Run” Then, use FUNRUN.COM to log donations for your student(s).
  • Reach out to family and friends by SHARING your Student’s Pledge Link. With FUNRUN.COM's smart sharing tools, reaching out to sponsors is easier than ever. The easiest way to get donations is to simply click the Facebook share button on your student’s pledge page. Plus, with a few clicks you can create a custom Student Star Video to share on social media. You can also use the Easy Emailer to connect with friends and family. As you gather donations, be sure to record each sponsor’s e-mail address so they have the opportunity to easily pay for your student’s pledge online via credit card.
  • Ask your child about the Sports City Now Character Lesson of the Day! It’s a fitness theme all about inspiring students to be active and activate their character. Students will travel the country learning how to live and play with more character from REAL kid-athletes. Our dynamic, documentary-style videos will teach your students about Teamwork, Care, Courage, Grit, and Celebration. Join along by watching the fun character videos with your student(s) on FUNRUN.COM.

Thank you for supporting our school! We can’t wait for our Fun Run happening Thursday, September 17! More details to come!!

Speed Stack Cups

Order your own cups for the upcoming Speed Stacks unit in PE!


The school is only accepting credit card payments. Please go to the Speed Stacks website and select your state and school.


Choose the gear you want and complete your payment. Keep in mind your instructor has limited quantities of each color and it's on a first come first served basis. Please have a second and third color choice.


Print and bring your receipt to pick up your Speed Stacks at the school.


Contact Mrs. Martin with any questions.

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Orchestra

Attention fifth grade students! The DES Orchestra is looking for interested students for a beginning strings course that will meet during the school hours. There is a growing body of research that shows that studying music in school is of tremendous benefit to every child, and we are eager for your child to begin to experience those benefits as well.You can learn more by watching this recruitment video.


If you are interested in joining, please fill out the registration form, or you can contact Mr. Smith with any questions.

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GMSD ANNOUNCEMENTS

Beginning Monday, September 14, student meals in GMSD will be served at no cost to all students through December 2020! Free meals include both breakfast and lunch.


What does this mean for your GMSD student(s)?

  • Students in GMSD have access to free meals.
  • This program only applies to students 18 and younger.
  • Remote learning students are eligible as well.
  • Students will continue to provide their Meal ID#’s.
  • Only reimbursable breakfast and lunch meals are at no cost to the student.
  • This USDA waiver does not apply to either a la carte items (i.e., bottled water, chips, etc.) or second meals. Feel free to add funds to your child’s meal account if they wish to purchase a la carte items via My School Bucks

Why?

Considering economically challenging times, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing funding to GMSD to support the school nutrition program for ALL students. This funding was designated by the USDA to help families during the COVID-19 pandemic.


For additional information about our cafeteria services, see this link.

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COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Girl Scouts

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Contact Paula Bailey with any questions.

Boy Scouts

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Contact Ken Allen with any questions.

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SCOUTING PROGRAM IN YOUR COMMUNITY; Something for every age group.


COVID came and everything shut down. Schools, restaurants, sports and summer camps all closed. It is BORING. Well not everything shut down. Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA changed, but did not stop. Yes, everyone went virtual for a while, but now units are meeting in small groups with temperature checks, social distancing, masks and fun. Some groups have even gone hiking, camping, canoeing etc.  Boys Life magazine is free for the rest of the year for all. Boys Life has also put on the Trek@2 program all summer on its Facebook page. You can see the videos any time. This weekend the Scout Saturday Live program is back. Join the fun today. To find out more about scouting locally and nationally check the Chickasaw Council, Eastern District Facebook Page. 


Check the BeAScout link to find out about a unit near you, or to just get more information. 


Mark P. Clemons, MD 

Markpclem@aol.com 

901-483-6408

Membership Chairman Eastern District

Chickasaw Council, Boy Scouts of America

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Contact Don Eye with any questions.

Houston Lacrosse

FALL 2020 REGISTRATION EXTENDED UNTIL 9/18/20


Join one of the most exciting youth sports in town! Houston Lacrosse Club's Fall Program is an excellent time for beginners to learn more about the sport and develop the necessary skills to enjoy the sport, while allowing more experienced players to maximize their potential as a player and teammate. The program is open to boys and girls and 3rd through 8th grades.


Click here to register


For additional information on the girls & boys youth lacrosse program please contact Wally Gardner. For general club information, you can visit the HLC website.


We look forward to a great fall!

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THE MONTH AHEAD

Wednesday, September 8- Thursday, September 17 Boosterthon Fundraiser

Monday September 14- Tuesday September 15 Vision Screenings (K, 2, 4)

Tuesday, September 15 Virtual PTO General Meeting 9:00 AM

Wednesday, September 16 Quarter 1 Interims

Thursday, September 17 Boosterthon Fun Run and Dance Off

Thursday, September 24 Parent-Teacher Conferences 4-7 pm

Friday, October 2 Family Game Night (previously Family Movie Night)

Tuesday, October 6 PTO Virtual Meeting 6:15 PM

Wednesday, October 7 Walk/Bike to School Day

Monday, October 12- Friday, October 16 FALL BREAK- NO SCHOOL

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