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Principal’s Corner


 Students and Families of Shirakawa School,


First and foremost, I am excited and honored to become your new Principal. The past three years as an Assistant Principal has prepared me to take on my new role. I have always appreciated the love and support of the Shirakawa Family, inclusive of staff, students, and parents, and I hope to continue to receive it in my new role. I am confident that with the support of all, we can continue our successes and push to greater achievements.


As we end this school year and prepare for the next, I would like to highlight some changes. This information will be available and distributed to families at the start of the next school year in its entirety.


  • Campus will open at 7:15 AM for students to arrive for the school day. For the safety of our students in the after school program, our campus will become a Closed Campus 30 minutes after dismissal time. Students should be picked up no later than 30 minutes after the school day. If students need to contact parents during the school day, they will be able to do so from the classroom or the front office with permission. Likewise, parents may contact the front office if you need to reach your child.


  • Use of cell phones prior to the start of the school day will no longer be allowed. Students are allowed to have phones with them, but upon arriving at school, phones must be turned off and placed away.


The entire Student Handbook will be available to all students and parents in Grades 3-8 in Student Planners. Students in Grades K-2 will receive the Student Handbook separately.


I would also like to take this opportunity to introduce to all our new Assistant Principal. Please join me in welcoming Mr. Christian J. Rubalcaba. Mr. Rubalcaba was born and raised in Chicago. From 2010-2015, Mr. Rubalcaba taught 5th grade and a 4th/5th combo at Selma Olinder Elementary as a bilingual educator, at San José Unified School District. These past two years, he was Olinder's Instructional Coach. Mr. Rubalcaba values student academic optimism, family engagement, and compassion as the keys to ensuring all students receive a transformational education that inspires students to become the global thinkers and doers of tomorrow.


I would like to wish all the students, families, and staff a restful summer, and I look forward to seeing everybody on Monday, August 21st.






Mrs. Sugimura