This video gives a tour of our school to new students.
As winter weather approaches it is important for all Dorothy Fox families to know how the school schedule can change when inclement weather occurs. In the event of a school closure or delay, the district will launch an emergency telephone alert which will send a recorded message to the primary phone number of every student in the district to inform you of the school schedule change. You will receive this call at approximately 6:00 AM. The information is also available through local news media and the district website. If you do not think you are receiving these messages, please notify the school office as soon as possible so that we are sure to have your correct primary telephone number on record.
Your child must have an emergency plan in place should school get out earlier than expected (and the office notified of the plan) if he/she is to do anything other than his/her regular dismissal routine. Many parents gave us this information at the beginning of the year on the emergency form. Please notify the office immediately should this information change.
Note: Snow routes are not the same as 2-hour late starts. If you live on a snow route, you have already been notified by the Transportation Department.
In the event of a 2-hour late start on any Wednesday, all elementary schools will dismiss at 3:30 instead of 1:10.
How does the district decide if there is a late start?
- The CSD doesn’t make these decisions lightly because we know it can be an inconvenience for parents and distrupt programs.
- Starting at 4:00 AM our Transportation Director, as well as other transportation personnel, drive the roads to check on conditions. Based on what they find, as well as up-to-the-minute forecasts, a recommendation is made to either have school, late start, or no school.
- The CSD is large and has a wide range of elevation within our boundaries. It ranges from 50 feet at the lowest elevation up to 2,300 feet on Livingston Mountain. We transport many students from the Fern Prairie/Livingston Mountain area and many high school students drive from that area as well. While it may look like a snow/ice-free day in town, it can be treacherous in the upper regions of our district, especially for the early run when it is still dark.
- If we make an error in calling a late start or snow day we will always err on the side of student safety.
Unlike schools in Oregon, all public schools in Washington are required to have 180 days of attendance. We have to make-up any full days that are missed. Should we have a whole day missed, the first Snow Make-Up day will be February 14, 2014. After that, any made up days will be added to the end of the year in June. We do not have to make up late starts.
The Save Organic Scraps Program (SOS) composts food and food-soiled paper scraps from school cafeterias in Clark County, WA. The program began in 2005 with three schools in the Vancouver School District and has since expanded to include all of their schools and schools from Battle Ground, Camas, Evergreen, La Center, Ridgefield, and Washougal School Districts. Over 62,000 students in Clark County participate in this program daily and their efforts have sent more than 5 million pounds of organic matter to compost facilities, rather than the landfill.
Dorothy Fox Elementary reduced our landfill garbage by 50% when we started composting. FOX ROCKS BECAUSE WE ROT!
The SOS Program is a winning partnership and unique educational opportunity for schools in Clark County. The SOS program is managed by Clark County’s Department of Environmental Services. Clark County works closely with each school district and with Waste Connections, the organics hauler, to provide this program to the schools. Thank you to Clark County for bringing this fun assembly to our school.
Dorothy Fox students were thrilled to host many adult vistors at our Take an Adult to Lunch Day.
Take Your Grown Up to Lunch at Dorothy Fox is a wonderful tradition at our school.
Students may invite a parent or guardian, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or another special adult in their life to join them for lunch and recess time.
Adults are asked to bring a lunch, though students can continue to order hot lunch from the school menu.
Tuesday, October 8 – Last Name A – L
Thursday, October 10 – Last Name M – Z
Dorothy Fox Lunch Schedule:
11:35am - Third Grade Starts Lunch and then goes to recess until 12:15pm
(This will include the 2/3 blended class)
11:50AM - Fifth Grade Starts Lunch and then goes to recess until 12:30pm
(This will include the 4/5 blended class)
12:05pm - Second Grade Starts Lunch and then goes to recess until 12:45pm
12:20pm - Fourth Grade Starts Lunch and then goes to recess until 1:00pm
12:35pm - First Grade Starts Lunch and then goes to recess until 1:15pm
(We will be flexible if you need to switch days. Parents are invited other days of the year if you can’t make these exact dates. We welcome you to visit!)
Hope to see you there!
Sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary of the State of Washington, Dorothy Fox students in grades 3-5 are encouraged to submit an essay around the theme “My American Hero is…?”
Applications are available in the office or (Click here for Veterans Day Essay Form 2014) and should be turned back to the Fox office by October 30th. Essays can be no more than 250 words. The application gives other specifics about the contest.
Students from Dorothy Fox have been honored in the past as regional winners and have gone on to have their essays judged at the state level. We are thrilled to have our local Camas/Washougal VFW be involved in judging and honoring local student winners.
We encourage all students grades 3-5 to participate this year.
Thank you to the many students, parents, teachers, and caregivers who gave their personal time on Saturday, August 25 for this day of service. We had 31 people from the ages of 5 to 55 help make the school look great! Weeding, trimming, and pruning took place in all of the front flower beds, garbage was picked up, and soccer goal posts were painted. Some families were brand new to the school. It was great to meet new friends and connect with new families. In the end, the district helped with new bark dust. The end result…Dorothy Fox Looks GREAT! What a source of pride for our whole community.
Thank you Camden, Wes, David, Julie, Maria, Sreeti, Nancie, Lee, Rahul, Achal, Stephanie, Shalu, Kerry, John, Sheri, Liam, Deven. Jennifer, Lauren, Carter, Carson, Sarah, Abby, Judah, Sean, Vani, Dipesh, Sagun, Topher, Sage, Bright, & Cathy!