Principal Message. October 13, 2020
Posted on 10/14/2020

Hello Korematsu Families,

Although we have all been stretched and at times struggled as we have navigated the start of the school year in a virtual format, I have noticed some positive changes where our students are concerned. Students (at every grade level) have started to advocate for themselves. So many have started feeling comfortable reaching out to their teacher to ask for help, let them know when something doesn’t seem right on the Canvas page, clarify assignments, and much more. I have enjoyed seeing and being a part of this growth, and my young self admires those who have started self-advocating. Our staff will continue to support our students who still need assistance in how to navigate learning in this virtual format. Here are a few updates for this week:

School Site Council Elections

I want to first thank the six parents who showed interest in wanting to be a part of our School Site Council (SSC) and put themselves in the running. Thank you! It feels good to know we have so many willing participants to support our school. Thank you to everyone who took a few minutes out of your busy schedules to vote in the SSC election. Our parent SSC Members for the 2020-2021 school year are:

  • Sam Shelton (returning for 2nd year of term)
  • Linda Hurley (returning for 2nd year of term)
  • Ruby Germain
  • Nick Schroeder
  • Carolyn Walker

Lunch Bunch with Ms. Mears

Lunch Bunches started this week. Ms. Mears had a great turnout on Monday and Tuesday! As a reminder, Lunch Bunch will be an opportunity for students to get together (virtually) during lunch time to play games, interact with other students and have fun! Lunch Bunches are open to any and all students who would like to participate. We are excited to give our students a chance to connect with their peers in a fun way. Links are posted on all teachers' Canvas pages, but here are the links again:

DJUSD 20-21 Emergency Communication Drill

Next Wednesday, October 21st, we will be having our annual Emergency Communication Drill. Here is the important information regarding the drill and how to opt into the text message feature:
• Emergency Communication Test Next Week
o Each year, DJUSD performs a test of the Emergency Communication System. The school district will be sending out a TEST of our Emergency Communication System to the phone numbers, emails and mobile text numbers for parent/guardian contacts for each of our students. The purpose of that “Test Message” is to ensure our parent community understands how, and in what form, they will be messaged in the event of a real emergency and to identify gaps in emergency data that can then be addressed in advance of an urgent event.
Opt in to Text Messages for Text Messaging from DJUSD
o If you are new to our school or the school district or haven’t already opted in to receive District text alerts, please consider doing so by texting Y or Yes 67587 from a mobile phone number on record with your student information (on record with our office/included in your online re-enrollment.) Learn more about District Emergency Text Alerts and Text Messaging at
Save the DJUSD Auto-Call System Number to Your Favorites
o As a reminder, all important automated school communications and emergency alerts sent through our SchoolMessenger system will be sent from the number 1-877-539-7855. If you call back this number, you are able to access any recent messages sent to you. We encourage you to save this number in your Contacts or Caller ID as DJUSD Info/Alert. In this way, you will recognize when a DJUSD emergency alert or important message is being sent to your phone from our school or school district.
• If you have any questions, please contact our office or reach out directly to the DJUSD Public Information Office at

As always, thank you for your continued support.

Principal Curtaz