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Principal's Message

Hello Dewey Families,

Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year!  I hope this letter finds you and your families in good health and high spirits.  As we gear up for another exciting year of learning and growth, I wanted to take a moment to share some important information and updates with you.  

Staffing Updates:

We are excited to welcome a number of new staff members to our Dewey community.  

  • Laurie Johnson - English Language Development Teacher

  • Celina Ramirez - School Social Worker

  • Michelle Hanks - Academic Intervention Specialist

  • Tasha Unninayar - Speech and Language 

We are also excited to announce a few staffing changes:

  • Mrs. Heyde will now be overseeing our school library and assisting in the office.

  • Ms. Burton will be teaching a primary Autism class.

  • Mrs. Janeway will be spearheading our new Maker Lab (40%) and supporting Deaf and Hard of Hearing students across the district (60%).

  • We are currently in the process of hiring two new fifth grade teachers - more information to come!

Key Back to School Dates:

  • August 3rd:  Back to School Family Picnic and Resource Fair 6:00-8:00 p.m

    • An opportunity to to reconnect with the Dewey community and learn more about the resources at Dewey and within SJUSD

  • August 10th:  First Day of School!  

    • Please ensure your child arrives on time to start the year off right!

    • Parents, please join us for coffee and donuts from 8:55-9;30 at the overhang area to connect with other families, learn more about the Parent Faculty Organization (PFO) and ways to get involved at Dewey.

  • Back to School Night:  An evening event where parents can meet teachers, learn about curriculum and understand school and classroom expectations.

    • Kindergarten:  August 7th 5:30 -6:30

    • 1st -6th:  August 17th  

      • 4th-6th Grade Presentations 5:30-6:15

      • Whole School Presentation 6:20-6:40

      • 1st-3rd Grade:  6:45-7:30

Academic Excellence:

We are committed to providing a challenging and enriching academic experience for all students.  Our dedicated teachers and staff have designed a well rounded curriculum that caters to individual learning styles and fosters critical thinking skills.  We will continue to provide extra support and resources to help every child reach their full potential.  


Open and effective communication is vital to the success of our school community.  We encourage you to stay connected through various channels, including:

School Safety:

The safety of our students, staff and visitors is paramount in all that we do.  Specific rules and procedures have been established to keep all those in our community safe.  Please take a few minutes to review the enclosed “Drop off and Dismissal” flier.  Please note that dogs are not allowed on campus when students are present.  SJUSD’s Family Handbook and Dewey’s Student Handbook (which will be handed out at Back to School Night) provide more specific information related to school safety.

Volunteer Opportunities:

We value your involvement in our school community.  If you are interested in volunteering your time or expertise, please take a moment to fill out the volunteer verification form at  If you’ve already completed this form, no need to redo it, you’re ready to go.  Dewey offers ample opportunities to volunteer and your contributions can make a significant difference in the lives of our students.  

In closing, I want to express my excitement for the upcoming academic year.  Together, we will continue to provide a nurturing and stimulating environment that promotes learning, personal growth and academic achievement.  Should you have any questions, our office reopens to the public on Tuesday, August 1st.  

Again, welcome to the 2023-24 school year!  


Sabrina Parsley,  Principal

Principal, Sabrina Parsley

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