Welcome Back Letter from the Principal
Posted on 08/11/2023
Text reading Welcome Back to School with school supplies

Hello Willett Families,  

Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year! We are so excited to greet your children on Tuesday,  August 22nd. We are looking forward to starting the new year with our community and working  together to support our students. Below you will find important information regarding upcoming school activities. Please take a look and keep an eye out for further updates as we approach  our first day.  

Bell Schedule  

Mon. Tues. Thurs. Fri.                                          Wednesdays  

Grades 1 – 3         8:30–2:35                               Grades 1 – 6            8:30-1:35 

Grades 4 – 6         8:30–3:05                               TK/Kinder a.m.         8:30-11:50 

TK/Kinder a.m.      8:30–11:50                              Kinder p.m.              10:10-1:35 

Kinder p.m.            12:00-3:20 

New For This Year - No Paperless Parade!  

This year, all elementary parents will have access to their child’s classroom assignment by 4:00  p.m. on Friday, August 18 via their parent portal (parentportal.djusd.net). As a district we are  moving away from “Paperless Parades,” however Willett and the PTA are working together to  provide welcome events for families should they choose to do so. In the absence of “Paperless  Parades,” we ask that all families ensure that any medication their child needs to have at school  along with the accompanying paperwork, is brought to the school office by August 18. Also, all  families must complete annual registration (formerly online re-enrollment) before school begins. If  you need assistance with this, please see this website or contact our front office for support.  

Sneak Peek/Campus Tours With The Principal & PTA Chalk The Walk Event – Monday,  August 21st!  

Transitional Kindergarten and 1st grade will be offering a sneak peak from 2:30-3:15 p.m. while  Kindergarten will offer a sneak peak from 3:00-4:00 p.m. 2nd and 3rd grades will have their sneak  peak from 5:00-6:00 p.m. I will be offering campus tours from 5:00-6:00 p.m. for students and  families who are interested and who knows, you might even run into your classroom teacher.  Hootie could even be flying around! Come check out the classrooms, meet the teachers, and gear  up for the start of the new year.  

Monday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. the PTA will be welcoming back students and all are invited to come  and chalk messages on our campus to create an inviting space and build excitement for the first  day of school. Monday evening from 5-6 p.m. is also a great time to get in-person help if you are  having trouble accessing your student's teacher assignment on Canvas. Volunteers will be  available to assist in the quad during that time.

Have Missing Registration Documentation?  

Anyone who has been notified of missing paperwork when registration was completed can bring  documentation to the school office by August 18th. This includes immunizations, medical forms,  proof of residency, court orders, etc. If you haven’t been notified, then you don’t need to take any  additional actions.


Combination Classrooms  

As enrollment fluctuates by grade level and at school sites in DJUSD, we are planning to host a  mixed-age 2nd/3rd grade “combination” class at Willett this year. We hosted several combination  classes in DJUSD this past year. This is a common practice and many of our teachers and staff  have experience teaching in this model. Site principals, Elementary Support TOSAs (Teachers on  Special Assignment), and classroom teachers will work collaboratively to ensure that these  classrooms run smoothly, providing each child with an enriching learning experience at their grade  level. Students in combination classes receive instruction in their grade level with differentiated  instruction provided as needed and appropriate.  

Back to School Night Scheduled August 23rd  

Back to School Night is an informative event scheduled for parents only on Wednesday, August  23rd. TK, AM Kinder, 1st, 2nd, 3rd grades will attend from 5:30-6:15 p.m. Intermission in the quad  from 6:15-6:30 p.m. will include a welcome back message from the Principal and PTA. PM Kinder,  4th, 5th, and 6th grades will attend from 6:30-7:15 p.m.  

Health And Safety Information  

Willett will continue to implement our school’s health and wellness measures in alignment with our  District and county public health guidance as it pertains to COVID-19. To maintain student safety  on campus, we ask that caregivers and families remain at the perimeter of the campus or  in front of the school during the school operation hours of 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. with the exception  of 1st and 2nd grade students who can be picked up at the end of day in the quad. All visitors who  will be on campus during the school day must check into our school office Raptor system between  8:10 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. There is no staff supervision before 8:00 a.m. or after 3:30 p.m.  

We are so excited to be seeing students return to the Willett campus and cannot wait to get  started. Please keep an eye out for updated information as we get closer to opening day.  


John Campbell  

Principal, Willett Elementary