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From the Administration... Our clinic is manned primarily by parent volunteers who do a tremendous service to our children by serving in this capacity. If there is an emergency, the office staff is notified.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Winterfest News


Winterfest 2 Vendors and Vols Teacher Kudos


H1N1 Vaccine


Potential School Rezoning


School Funding & Consolidation


AR Readers on a Roll


Reflections Winners


Science Action


PTA Board Roster


It is essential that you keep your contact information current with Dogwood so that we can reach you if your child is sick or there is an emergency. Please make sure you put a local number on the clinic card. Our phones are land lines—which means no free long distance. Each long distance call costs the school and must be made in the principal’s office. Here are a couple of health rules to remember: Health department guidelines require students to be excluded from school if they

have a temperature of 100º F or higher. Students must be fever free for 24 hours without medicine before returning to school. Bouts of vomiting or diarrhea occurring twice or more also require school exclusion for a period of 24 hours following the last episode. Children with a skin rash should be excluded and are required to see a doctor before returning. Exceptions include allergic reactions (poison ivy) and noncontagious conditions. Unknown rashes must be examined by a doctor before returning to school. Children with conjunctivitis (pink eye) must be seen by a

From the President... It is hard to believe that the first (If you want to be one, visit semester of the school year is gone! We had a wonderful turnI hope you have a wonderful and out at the November PTA meetblessed holiday season! Enjoy ing and the students did a fabuyour time with your families. lous job performing. Special Elaine West, President thanks to Mrs. Shifflette and Mrs. Assad for their extra time and energy! December Events All of Dogwood’s committees are hard Donuts with Dads—Dec. 3 (A-L) & 4 (M-Z) at work and doing a 5th Grade Volleyball Tourney—Dec. 10 & 11 wonderful job. We Spelling Bee—Dec. 15 have such a good 1st Grade PJ Polar Express—Dec. 17 school and so many dedicated volunteers. Winter Parties—Dec. 18

doctor and receive treatment for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to school. Thank you for encouraging your child to practice safe and effective hand-washing techniques. Encourage 10 to 15 seconds of vigorous rubbing including between fingers, around nails, and back of hands. Young children can be taught that this is the amount of time it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice. Mrs. Andrea Simpson Ms. Joli Williams Mrs. Gina Bennett

Nominate a PTA Member The Tennessee PTA Lifetime Achievement Award is given in recognition of faithful and unselfish service in the interest of children and youth. The recipient may be a parent, teacher, school administrator or civic leader who has served PTA in an outstanding way. Help us recognize these leaders in our school/ community by nominating a worthy candidate. Nominations are due Dec. 11. Contact Carol Kenley at with your nomination and supporting statements.



Winterfest is on the Horizon

Teacher Kudos

On Jan. 23, 2010, the halls of Dogwood Elementary School will overflow with hundreds of Germantown families for a day filled with fellowship, fundraising and fun. This year’s event will feature both a silent and live auction to help raise funds to purchase state-of-the-art technology and provide supplemental funds for a variety of school programs.

Lou Carmichael, 3rd grade teacher, has won the Germantown Teacher of the Month Award. Please join us at the Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting on Dec. 14 at 6pm at the Municipal Center (1930 S. Germantown Road) as we celebrate Mr. Carmichael’s well deserved award.

The festival is a great time for the whole family. Prizes will be awarded to children after they earn their winning tickets. Three large inflatables in the gym are guaranteed to burn up some extra energy. Food and drinks will be on sale in the cafeteria. Support your Dogwood parents by shopping the vendor booths that will be set up in the halls. In the past they have featured items like jewelry, cards, décor, spa products, embroidery items and gourmet food. Ticket sales will begin on January 18. Order forms will be sent home. Buy early at the special pre-sale price. Tickets will also be available on the day of the event. If you would like to be a part of this fantastic event please contact Malissa Henager at Thanks to all of our hardworking committees, volunteers,

parents and staff that make this such a great event. Hope to see you at Winterfest! Malissa Henager, Winterfest Co-Chair

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Ticket Sales: Contact Laura Jaggar at if you can help process ticket orders Jan. 18–22 from 9:15– 10:15am. You can help one day or all four. Decorating, Setup and Take Down: Volunteers are needed to help set up games, tables, etc. on January 22 from 4–6pm. Volunteers are also needed to help take down and put away on January 23 from 3–4pm. If you can help in any of these areas please contact Stephanie Russell at Pretty Committee: If you have an eye for detail and would like to volunteer to help make the auction baskets beautiful, contact Kathleen Kizer at or Paula Brown at Cakes: The children LOVE to win the cake walk. Please bring baked goods during the afternoon of Jan. 22 or anytime on Jan. 23.

BE A VENDOR Mark your calendars! Winterfest will be held on Saturday, Jan. 23 from 10am to 3pm. Each year two halls of the school are reserved as vendor areas. We are offering vendor booth spaces to parents and grandparents of Dogwood students first. This is a great way to support the school and gain exposure for your business! We will be encouraging your fellow-Dogwood parents to shop your booths at Winterfest to make this a winwin for everyone involved. The cost for an 8' x 8' booth is $40. To reserve your space, please contact Lynn Proulx at 624-8244 or lynnproulx Spots available on a first-come, first-served basis. Outside vendors will be invited to participate after the new year.

H1N1 Vaccine Coming to SCS Shelby County School Superintendent John Aitken has been trying to get the vaccine offered to children at the schools. He believes we are close to reaching an agreement with Methodist Healthcare to administer the shots.





Shelby County Schools has enough schools and space for 52,000 students with approximately 48,000 students enrolled. Under the current zoning plan, some schools are severely overcrowded while others are under capacity. For this reason the Shelby County Schools will be reviewing its school zones and making a case for making changes. These changes will be a more permanent solution designed to take into consideration long-term annexation plans and enrollment adjustments. Watch for more information on these issues on the Dogwood PTA website, Constant Contact, and the Dogwood Echo.

Elementary School Districts

Potential School Rezoning

School Funding and Consolidation My role as Legislative Chair for Dogwood PTA has been a very enlightening role and one that I truly am enjoying. I see my role as a liaison to report back to you all the issues at hand without imposing my views, while sharing the views of the board. Our elected Shelby County School Board is busy currently trying to ensure that Shelby County Schools remains a separate entity from Memphis City Schools. Shelby County Schools is currently celebrating its fourth straight year with a straight A report card. Shelby County Schools is one of only 12 school systems in the state of Tennessee to have received such high marks. This is an especially high honor for Shelby County because we have achieved this distinction with a larger student population while also spending about $320 less per student than the other schools. SCS is one of the largest systems in the state

with approximately 48,000 students. With the current budgeting issues surrounding the City of Memphis and a special committee in place to explore new ways to fund the Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools systems, our board thinks now is the time to secure the Shelby County Schools System. Our board has hired a lobbyist to go to Nashville and bring this issue before the legislature in January. You may be called on to take action in this matter, and we hope you will think the issue important enough to take a stand where you see fit. There are several instances where annexation and consolidation of school systems have been detrimental. The most recent measure of this reality was when the City of Memphis annexed the Hickory Hill and Cordova areas. People voted with their feet. They moved from the area into other areas of Shelby

County in order to keep their children in Shelby County Schools, a system they trusted to take care of their children’s education. As a result of the annexation, Hickory Hill and Cordova have suffered plummeting property values and loss of local businesses. In 1970 Nashville City Schools merged with Davidson County Schools. Since then the system has had a failing report card and is struggling. Most people either live outside of Nashville in Franklin County or pay to send their children to private schools. The enrollment numbers dropped. Many of you received the handout regarding Shelby County Schools at our last PTA Meeting. Please review the presentation and e-mail me with questions, comments, or concerns. I will either answer you or get the answer for you from someone who knows best. Michelle Johns, Legislative Chair




AR Readers On a Roll What a wonderful new system we have in place, worth the wait I am sure. By now you all have received your user name and password for Renaissance Home Connect. I hope you all have taken the opportunity to check out the new system and all the new titles. You can see that many students have started AR with a bang; with only five weeks of AR behind us we have many students reaching goals. Here are our student achievers in AR for the month of November. Congratulations to all who are reading. Keep up the great work!

Dogwood Elementary students are super achievers!


Students at 25% of goal Lindsay Carney – B. Berry Kaitlyn Farmer – B. Berry William Irby – B. Berry Blakely Harrison– B. Berry Dylan Miller– B. Berry Jack Riggins– B. Berry Jenna Crist – B. Berry Allison House – B. Berry Samuel Lewis – S. Berry Addie Mac Schild – S. Berry Ryan Clausen – Carmichael Alyssa Doyle – Carmichael Case Ostrom – Carmichael Kate Rives – Carmichael Shea Taylor – Carmichael Hannah Wirth – Carmichael Jonathan Branning – Cooper Luke Fleming – Cooper Taryn Mouhot – Cooper Madison Wilhelmy – Cooper John Welch – Downey Tyler Scaramastro – Downey Eric Bradley – Downey Parker Allen – Hale Kohen Thompson – Hale Jonathan Wang – Hale Maddie Beaty – Harris Luke Bononno – Harris Blake Boswell – Harris Grace Bosworth – Harris Sally Gairhan – Harris Claire Hall – Harris Brett Newman – Harris Nikolas Preza – Harris Ingrid Radic – Harris Robyn Salzer – Harris Lexi Van Riper – Harris Malena Long – Henderson Galvin Li- Henderson Tyler Anderson – Lefler Morgan Bobo – Lefler Ollie Ciabattini – Lefler Matthew Macias Vasquez – Lefler Bethany Pleas – Lefler Billy Schneider – Lefler Anna Rives – Lefler Iris Brashear – MacFeggan Jill Grant – MacFeggan Cole Dunham – MacFeggan Alexander Buckley – Marcom Elias Haguewood – Marcom Conner Kilpatrick – Marcom



Daniel Kim – Marcom Camryn Michael – Marcom Claire Murphy – Marcom Allyson Salierno – Marcom Jessica Seaton – Marcom Melissa Smolin – Marcom Erin Solomon – Marcom John Stires – Marcom Taylor Thorp – Marcom Lowry West – Marcom Alexander Evans – Miller Elissa Adams – Miller Maggie Funck – Miller Sean Hopkins – Miller Madison Dismuke – Norman William Robertson – Norman Allison Rudisill – Norman Benjamin Seeger – Norman Emily Whelan – Norman Crystal Odor – Penn Asavari Shanker – Penn Nolan Cychowski – Ryan Cameron Linville – Ryan Allyson Russell – Ryan Stewart Ryberg – Ryan Anna Murphy – Ryan Jack Wilson – E. Scott Will McCoy – E. Scott Jesse Keck – E. Scott Katrina Ostrom – E. Scott Avani Gardé – J. Scott Nathalie Benshmuel – Smith Katie Young – Smith Shelby Seifer – Smith Aidan Burns – Sparrow Robert Carver – Sparrow Emily Slaba – Sparrow Matthew Emfinger – Thomas Cameron Henager – Thomas Mary Margaret Williams – Thomas Matthew Smolin – Thomas Jack Beckham – Waldrip Mauricio Grandberry – Waldrip Will Johns – Waldrip Jenna Teachy – Waldrip Archie Whitaker – Waldrip Students at 50% of goal Kiersten Sudlow – B. Berry Nathan Helms – S. Berry Rainey Zaugg – Carmichael Ian Walker – Cooper Annelise Rayburn – Harris

Caleb Lindow – Henderson Abby Wingfield – Henderson Emily Zhao – Lefler Eve Arick – Marcom John Ross Swaim – Marcom Kendall Estep – Miller Aidan Fleming – Norman Peter Bahouth – Ryan Kristofer Preza – E. Scott Suumayyah Haider – Waldrip Students at 75% of goal Jenna Crist – B. Berry Allison House – B. Berry Emma Cole – Cooper Luis Del Mar – Cooper Elise Garner – Cooper Eric Bradley – Downey Christopher Schneider – Harris Lilly He – Marcom Logan Gately – Penn Madeleine Duley – Ryan Students at 100% of goal Joseph Charno – Cooper Aiden Walker – Downey Merryn Ruthling – Downey Marko Jankov – E. Scott Congratulations to these extraordinary readers!! 100+ points club Jenna Crist – B. Berry Allison House – B. Berry Joseph Charno – Cooper Merryn Ruthling – Downey Eve Arick – Marcom Claire Murphy – Marcom Lilly He – Marcom Lowry West – Marcom Sean Hopkins – Miller Logan Gately – Penn Marko Jankov – E. Scott Kristofer Preza – E. Scott Atharva Sinha – E. Scott 200+ points club Sean Hopkins – Miller Lilly He – Marcom Marko Jankov – E. Scott Kristofer Preza – E. Scott



Congratulations Dogwood Reflections Winners 3rd grade 1st

Dance Choreography 2009-2010 Emma Pierce 2nd grade 1st Lilly He 4th grade 1st Kelsi Miller 5th grade 1st

Beauty is Inside Falling Colorful Leaves Beauty is Giving to Others

Best of Show (K-2) Best of Show (3-5)

Beauty is Inside Beauty is Giving to Others

Emma Pierce Kelsi Miller

Film Production 2009-2010 Virginia Folse 2nd grade 1st John Ross Swaim 4th grade 1st Lilly He 2nd

Hummingbirds Drinking Underwater View Petting Zoo

Best of Show (K-2) Best of Show (3-5)

Hummingbirds Drinking Underwater View

Virginia Folse John Ross Swaim

Literature Winners 2009-2010 McKenzie Cotten 1st grade 1st Carolyn Zhang 2nd grade 1st Allison House 3rd grade 1st Kate Rives 2nd Sumayyah A. Haider 3rd Bo Cotten 4th grade 1st Madeleine Duley 2nd Holli Brown 3rd Honorable Mention Merryn Ruthling 5th grade 1st Mallory Carty Hannah Liang 2nd Morgan Wirth 3rd Honorable Mention Sally Gairhan

Beauty Wonder Beauty is a Hummingbird Beauty is the Ocean Beautiful Things Beauty Within What Beauty Is Waterfalls Beauty is to Me Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder Beauty is‌ The Beauty of Friendship Seasons Beauty is Many Different Things

Best of Show (K-2) Best of Show (3-5)

McKenzie Cotten Mallory Carty

Beauty Wonder Beauty is...

Musical Composition 2009-2010 McKenzie Cotten 1st grade 1st Caleb Lindow 2nd grade 1st Kate Rives 3rd grade 1st Lilly He 4th grade 1st Bo Cotten 2nd

Beauty Wonder Beautiful Bells Blue Butterfly Four Seasons What Beauty is

Best of Show (K-2) Best of Show (3-5)

Beauty Wonder Four Seasons

McKenzie Cotten Lilly He

Photography Winners 2009-2010 McKenzie Cotten 1st grade 1st McKenzie Cotten 2nd Heath Arick 3rd Honorable Mention Nabeeha Haider Sophia Skordeles Heath Arick 2nd grade 1st 2nd 3rd Honorable Mention

Caroline Swaim Caroline Swaim Abigail Wingfield Addie Mac Schild Will Robertson Addie Mac Schild

Judges Merit

Will Robertson

Cloudy Sunny Flower Sun Peaking Fall Colors One in a Million Branch and Clouds Beautiful Butterflies The Flower of Beauty Mimi and Granny Beauty is Love Condo Looking at the World in a Different Way Beach

2nd 3rd Honorable Mention Judges Merit 4th grade 1st 2nd 3rd Honorable Mention Judges Merit 5th grade 1st 2nd 3rd Honorable Mention Judges Merit Best of Show (K-2) Best of Show (3-5)

Sumayyah A. Haider Man Made Patterns and Designs Kaitlyn E. Farmer Sleeping Beauty Sumayyah A Haider Mama’s Roses Reed T. Mullins Freedom Sumayyah A Haider The Fuzzy Ball On Top Sumayyah A Haider Untitled Sumayyah A Haider Fall Leaf On Road Grace Kenley Butterfly John Ross Blue Macaws John Ross Underground Waterfall Nathalie Benshuel Beautiful Wings Bo Cotten View From A Caboose Nathalie Benshuel Flowers of Beauty Lilly He Historic Temple Will McCoy Water Fountain of Wonder Cara Brown Fleeting Passion Cara Brown Thoughts of Spring Rachel Robertson Sunsets Over a Sunset Ian Walker Beauty is Within Your Reach Claire Hall Cloudy Day Rachel Robertson Pinto Pony Caroline Swaim Beautiful Butterflies Sumayyah A. Haider Man Made Patterns and Designs

Visual Arts Winners 2009-2010 Alex Zhuoyuan Kgdn. 1st Lauren Wieinski 2nd Kathryn Kerr 3rd Nabeeha Haider 1st grade 1st Pranau Desurkar 2nd 3rd Sophia Skordels Honorable Mention McKenzie Cotten Carolyn Zhang 2nd grade 1st Gregory Kedrov 2nd Mallory Bouldien 3rd Honorable Mention Malena Long Ellye Sanders Emmaline Schild 3rd grade 1st 2nd Kate Rives Sumayyah Haider 3rd Honorable Mention Koren Deitz Margaret Powe 4th grade 1st 2nd 3rd Honorable Mention 5th grade 1st 2nd 3rd Honorable Mention Best of Show (K-2) Best of Show (3-5)

Beauty is Love Beautiful Rainbow Playing on the Playground Rainbow Colors Beauty is in Unity Sunshine Field Ocean Life Beauty is Friendship The Spring Flowers The Beautiful Ocean Coral Reef Roar Your Heart Out Celebrating Differences Garden of Dreams Falling Waters Beautiful Beauty Through the Eyes of a Butterfly Will Carter Beauty Nathalie Benshmuel Single Tree Lilly He Anna Rives Love is in the Air Emily Zhad Escape From Sorrow Hannah Liang Springtime Nikolas Preza Meadow of Butterflies Anna Rives Mommy and Tag-a-long Robyn Salzer Friends Are Angels Carolyn Zhang Beauty is Friendship Anna Rives Love is in the Air

Winners listed in BLUE were submitted to the county-wide competition. Good luck to all our Dogwood entrants.

PTA BOARD President ...................................Elaine West Vice President .........................Carol Kenley Secretary ..................................... Lisa Farlow Treasurer ...............................Trish Vaughan

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Asst. Treas.................................Laura Jaggar Book Fair..................................... Joyce Folse

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Environmental ..........................Polly Cotten Field Day ................................... Ann Lowery

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Fine Arts................................. Diana Stumph Health & Welfare .............. Therese Martin Hospitality............................... Ginger Lyons .................................................Jennifer Young

Science Action: Don’t Miss the Fun Dogwood students have enjoyed the science labs completed in October and November. For their first lab, 5th graders explored the similarities and differences of animal and plant cells by making three dimensional models. For their second lab, 5th graders will be performing experiments to show how the sun, air and land interact to form our weather. Fourth graders dove into the concept of electricity and worked in pairs to create different kinds of circuits. Third graders had an awesome time during their mixtures lab. They were able to make up their own dry mixtures and then separate out the different components using tools that highlighted the various properties of the mixtures- filters, magnets and balloons were included! Students also made their own chromatograph for their wet mixture section.

Second graders had fun creating models of the different types of fossils found in nature. Their lab leaders sent home a trace fossil kit for each student to do with their parents. Volunteers continue to be needed for our labs, especially after 2:00 pm. For some of the grades we are scrambling right up until the last minute to fill our volunteer slots. This enrichment can only continue if we have adequate numbers of parent volunteers. We know that 2-3 hours at a time is a lot to ask but our kids are the better for it! Thank you for supporting Dogwood PTA’s science program. Monique McKinstry Chair, Science Action

Legislative.............................. Michelle Johns Membership/Directory ............ Amy Burns ................................................ Louise Stewart Newsletter/Website............Tona Simpson Parliamentarian ..................Kelly McGowan Publicity ...................................... Julie Mullins Reading Enrichment......... Catherine Arick Room Parents ........................... Kim Jenkins Science Action ............Monique McKinstry Teacher Appreciation ..... Jennifer Murphy ....................................................Brandy Blank Ways & Means ......................Laura Clausen Winterfest ......................... Malissa Henager ................................................... Tara Teutsch Yearbook ........................ Jennifer Campbell

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