foxy-tales-december-2012 - Camas School District

foxy-tales-december-2012 - Camas School District

2623 NW Sierra St

Camas, WA 98607

(360) 833-5700

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I n s i d e t h i s i s s u e :

Top Fox News 1

Top Fox-Cont

Bridges 2

Fox Pack Ukes 2

Note from PTA 3

Stuff the Bus 3

Health news 4

Upcoming 4


“See a Difference, Be the Difference, Join the PTA”

VOLUME 2011-2012

News from Our “Top Fox”

Dear Fox Parents and Guardians –


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

Holiday Performance

Friday, December 7th

6:00 PM

Downtown Camas

Main Tent & right before

the mayor comes out to

light the TREE!


NIGHT 2012-2013

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

this program

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


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.)



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

Chair parents.

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.

Stephanie Kullberg

Co-Vice President

Dorothy Fox PTA




P a g e 3

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.






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*



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