2623 NW Sierra St
Camas, WA 98607
I n s i d e t h i s i s s u e :
Top Fox News 1
Fox Pack Ukes 2
Note from PTA 3
Stuff the Bus 3
Health news 4
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News from Our “Top Fox”
Dear Fox Parents and Guardians –
ISSUE 4 • DECEMBER
I would like to take this opportunity to announce a change in the Fox school office. Mrs.
Carla Mumau is leaving her position and we will have a new head secretary starting December
3rd. We are so thankful to Mrs. Mumau for her kind heart and hard work over the years
and we wish her luck in her move to the Community Education Office. While she is sad to
leave the kids, family, and families of Fox, this will be a position that will allow her to spend
more time with her family. We are happy for her and invite her to come back and visit often.
It is with great pleasure that I welcome Mrs. Jennifer Bergmann who will be taking over as
head secretary of Dorothy Fox Elementary. We had many qualified people apply for this position
and Mrs. Bergmann stood out from the pack! She comes to us from the Castle Rock
School District where she served as district secretary to the superintendent and board of directors.
I know that she will be a good fit for Fox and I look forward to showing her all of
the reasons that make Fox Rock! Please help me in making her feel welcome and supporting
her learning curve as she learns our Fox culture and gets to know everyone.
It is hard to believe that Monday, December 3rd marked the end of the first trimester.
Teachers will be providing feedback about student growth and progress through report cards
that come home on December 13 th. Students will bring them home in backpacks on this day
and extra copies will be mailed out to non-custodial family members as appropriate.
Parents will notice some changes in the report card this trimester. While they will look fairly
similar to the format of previous elementary report cards, the content has been altered to
align directly to the state standards for each grade level for all core subjects. The elements
listed on the report card describe the skills and concepts that students need to master in order
to be ready for the following grade. It is important for parents to monitor what students
should know and be able to do in regards to skill development as well as to notice if they are
developing good study habits and responsible learning behaviors.
Our reporting system of 1, 2, 3, & 4 will continue to communicate if students are meeting the
expectations in each area. A ―3‖ indicates a student is doing well and is ―right on track‖ with
mastering grade level benchmarks. A ―2‖ mark indicates that the student is progressing toward
the standard but needs more time and practice to increase consistency.
P a g e 2
Fox Pack Swinging Ukes
Friday, December 7th
Main Tent & right before
the mayor comes out to
light the TREE!
BRIDGES NW PARENTS
CAMAS before school iLS
Program 1st-5th Grade
―Sensational Kids with learning
challenges, sensory processing
disorder, ADD/ADHD or socially
immature and needing
help w/social thinking.
*There are so many children
that can benefit from
Informational Night on Wed
Evening, 12/12/12 6-8pm @
Family Wellness Lobby 1000
SE Tech Center Dr., Suite 120
For more info visit:
F o x y T a l e s — i s s u e
News from Our “Top Fox” - continued
A”1” indicates the student’s performance is far from the grade level
benchmark based on what students are expected to know and be able to do
at that grade level. A”4” mark is reserved for special cases where a student
consistently works above the grade level standard. While we do not
necessarily assess students at levels above grade level, some students stand
out as consistently working above grade level expectations.
This is an important time of the year to reflect on how the year is going and to
celebrate the successes of your student. It is also a time to set goals with your
student for the next trimester. Are they making time for homework and math
practice at home daily? Are they participating in the Foxy Reader monthly
program every month? Are they paying attention in class and giving their best
effort? Are they staying organized and completing assignments? Do they
seek help from the teacher when needed? Do they have good attendance?
On behalf of the entire staff of Dorothy Fox, we thank you for your support
and partnership. We hope to see you at some of the events the PTA has
planned for families this winter and wish you a safe upcoming vacation full of
good times and special memories.
Best to you this winter season!
Proud Fox Principal,
Dr. Cathy Sork
LATE START & SNOW DAY INFORMATION
Inclement weather that can interrupt school schedules is possible at this time
of year. Please make sure that the school has your current phone contact numbers
on file so that you can receive the automated phone calls that will go out to
each and every family should school have a late start or be canceled for the day.
Families are also encouraged to check the district website and listen to local TV
and Radio stations for any changes due to weather. The choice to interrupt the
regular school day is based on safe driving conditions throughout all areas of the
school district. This includes some parts of the district at higher elevations.
This year, the Camas School Board has built in one snow day as make-up on February
15, 2013 should it be needed. Should we need more than one make-up day,
they will be added to the end of the school year on June 20 th and beyond.
(Reminder if we have a 2-hour late start on a Wednesday, we will NOT have
early release, but will keep the students until 3:30pm in order to count the day
by state policy. This could be a last minute change that could be challenging for
families so it is good to have a back-up plan should this occur.)
CLAIM LOST & FOUND
BEFORE WINTER BREAK!
V O L U M E 2 0 1 1 - 2012
A Note From the PTA
I am so proud to part of the Dorothy Fox community. I want to
express my gratitude for all our faithful volunteers and Committee
We kicked off the school year with our Blast Off" to Outer
Space Family Carnival. We had 375 kids enjoy this
event. The Photo Booth was the most popular attraction. The PTA was able
to provide funds for 25 Carnival wrist bands to students in need of financial
assistance. This year, the Carnival was easier to navigate due to the attractions
being centrally located. A big thank you to Family Carnival Chair Angela
Fadlovich, and her assistant Sloan Copa. Angela Leblanc for her
decorating talents, and Leslie King for coordinating the Camas High School
Key Club volunteers. Thank you for your service.
The Fall Book Fair was also a big hit with our families. A big Thank you to
co-chairs Kristin Wilds, Karen Lipkin, Denise Heiser and Britany Speas. The
PTA earned $4,326.77 Scholastic dollars from the Book Fair. $4000 of the
book fair proceeds was donated to the Library. Mrs Culverwell went on a
shopping spree and spent the money to replenish the Library. The remaining
credits fund the purchase of books for the Foxy Reader program and Dr.
Sork's All School Rewards program. At the Spring book fair, every teacher
will receive $100 in scholastic dollars to buy new books for their classrooms.
Our Dinner's Night Out fundraiser continues to be popular with our families.
In October, the PTA raised $78.05 from Papa Murphy's at Riverstone.
In November, the sales from Menchies totaled $100. That same
night, proceeds from 5 Guys Burgers and Fries amounted to $151.88. Way
to go Fox Families!
Our Wishing Tree is back. The Wishing Tree is set up exclusively to help
our Fox Families who are financially struggling have a brighter holiday. Simply
pick a gift tag off the tree. Return the wrapped present with the tag attached.
Our Fox families have always been so generous. Thank you for your
You may have noticed we are not doing the Poinsettia Plant Sale this year.
You can look forward to the Cookie Dough fundraiser in April. Our next
PTA meeting is in January.
Dorothy Fox PTA
STUFF THE BUS
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Dorothy Fox is joining all the
other schools in the district
to help collect canned food
for the 5 th Annual “Stuff the
Bus” competition between
Camas High School and
Washougal High School.
Fox will be accepting nonperishable
items in our main
hallway through the morning
of December 7 th. On this
day, a Camas School Bus
will drive up and be loaded
to the brim with donations
from around our school district.
The competition begins
when the buses are weighed
at the Washougal Lumber
Yard. The school district
that brings in the greatest
amount of pounds per student
will win the competition!
However, the real winners
are the people who will
benefit from these food donations
through our local
food banks. Please consider
sending a can or two in your
student’s backpack. Collection
boxes will be set up by
the office. If everyone at
Dorothy Fox gave a little, we
could help an awful lot. The
Student Leadership Team at
Dorothy Fox is coordinating
this event for the school.
Dec 7…...SPIRIT DAY—WEAR RED Dec 14….SPIRIT DAY—FOXY THEME HAT DAY
Dec 13….BIRTHDAY TABLE Dec 17….NO SCHOOL/WINTER BREAK!!
DEC 13….REPORT CARDS
Dec 14…..ANNUAL STAFF vs. STUDENT
VOLLEY BALL GAME!!
Dorothy Fox Health Room News
We have health rooms staffed primarily by health assistants to be used for emergencies/urgent situations. We do recognize
that children may become ill while at school; in that case, you would be notified to pick up your child. (See “Guidelines for
Keeping Ill Children Home from School”). If changes occur in emergency contact information, please notify your child’s
Wet/cold weather: Please keep the ever changing winter weather in mind when preparing your child for school. Although
we encourage our students to make good choices on the playground, accidents do happen, and unfortunately we are not always
able to provide students with additional dry clothing. Please consider sending extra clothing (socks and pants) with
your child during the wet winter months.
Student Health Inventory: Please make sure that you have completed and returned this year’s Student Health Inventory to
the health room. We use this to make sure we have the most up to date medical and contact information for your child in
case of a medical emergency. If you are unsure if you have completed the form, please contact :
Teresa Gano, Health Assistant at 833-5700 ext 78986.
Head Lice: School is in full session and it is time for parents to start checking their child’s head every day for head lice and/
or nits. If you discover that your child has lice you will need to take steps to ensure proper treatment. You may refer to the
Camas School District’s web page under Parent Corner/Health Services or contact the health room for a complete list of
factual information on head lice and proper treatment, as well as our head lice policy.
We do not routinely check for head lice at school. It may be helpful to discuss some proactive steps for avoiding head lice
with your child at home, they are:
Avoid sharing personal items such as hats, combs, brushes, coats, hair accessories, and pillows.
Consider keeping long hair pulled back in a braid or a pony tail.
Ill Children: Keep sick children at home 24 hours fever free without the use of medications (with a fever of 100° or
above), 48 hours symptom free with vomiting or diarrhea. Please make sure and update the office with any new contact information
or health conditions or concerns.
Medications: Adults must check in all medications to the health room, please do not send medications (even over the
counter medications such as cough drops or Tylenol) to school with your child. All medications, including over the
counter medications such as cough drops or Tylenol, require a medication authorization form completed by your
child’s health care provider to be on file in the health room.
* refer to the medication policy on the CSD website for additional information about this*
HAVE A SAFE & HAPPY