Family Welcome Letter

Welcome to the 2021-2022  School Year 


Dear Grizzly Families,

Welcome Back to another wonderful year at Dodson Elementary!  I hope everyone enjoyed the summer break.  I wanted to take a moment to share some information to begin the school year.    

Beginning of School Information:

  • You will be able to see your child’s teacher by logging on to Infinite Campus
  • Grades 1st – 5th start school on Monday, August 9th
  • PreK and Kindergarten Students start school on Monday, August 16th
  • Students will be provided with basic school supplies
  • Please send your child to school with a
    • Mask – Everyone is required to wear a mask indoors
    • Backpack
    • Water bottle
  • First bell for the start of school rings at 9:10 (tardy bell rings at 9:15)
  • School ends at 3:15 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays
  • School ends at 2:30 on Wednesdays
  • Students are provided FREE breakfast and lunch

Arrival Procedures:

To ensure the safety of our students, the parking lot is closed to through traffic.  Students can be dropped off in front of the school or on the side streets.  The gates to the playground will be unlocked at 8:55 am each day.  Duty teachers will be monitoring students and assisting them on finding their classrooms.  To ensure safety of all students, parents will not be permitted on the playground.  Students will be served breakfast in their classrooms.  The bell rings at 9:10.  The tardy bell rings at 9:15.


Teachers will walk their students to the gates.  Students should determine a meeting spot for younger siblings. 

*Students that are walking will head directly home. 

*Students being picked up will wait in front and on the side streets of Dodson.

Safety Drills:

As part of the WCSD requirement, students and staff participate in monthly drills.  Each month, we will conduct a fire drill.  We will also conduct an Earthquake Drill in October, as well as several Code Yellow and Code Red Drills. 

Please be sure to read through the Dodson Grizzly Calendar when it comes home.  It contains a lot of important school and WCSD information. 

Dodson Website:

The Dodson website will be updated throughout the year.  There is a great deal of information about the school, the staff directory, and school and district information.  Please visit it regularly for up-to-date information. 

Approved Snacks and Celebratory Treats:

Dodson is allocated one day a month where celebration treats are allowed.  It will be on the third Friday of each month.  Families must communicate with the teacher about the treat beforehand.  During this time, treats brought to school for special occasions must be packaged items from the store.  Please keep in mind, in addition to Covid safety measures, we also have students with allergies to a variety of foods.  Thank you for your attention to this matter.


Parents and guardians are welcome to fill out an updated Parent Volunteer form, however due to the continued need for contact tracing and students/staff exclusions, we are going to hold off from having parent volunteers in the building.  Scheduled parent/teacher meetings will continue in either in person or virtual.  I will continue to inform all families of any changes. 

Face Coverings:

All students, staff, and visitors are required to wear a face covering inside all WCSD buildings and on all school buses, regardless of vaccination status.  Face coverings are not required outside of the building.  I will continue to inform all families of any changes. 

I am looking forward to seeing all our little grizzlies and families soon!  Remember, if you need to reach the office, our number is 775-689-2530.

Together in Education,

Shannon Ramacciotti

Proud Principal of Dodson Elementary