Skip to main content


Principal Thornley’s Weekly Message, Week 8 of National Emergency
Posted 5/3/20

Sunday, May 3, 2020


Principal Thornley’s Video Message

Principal Thornley’s Weekly Letter to the Community


Good Morning Cabrillo Families,


It seems our lives have been redefined by the rectangular array of liquid crystals that display our attempts at work on the screens that have replaced the traditional workplace. Computers have allowed educators to maintain the connections lost since the beginning of the pandemic we felt as educators with the March 16 closure of schools. Without this technology, we would not be able to continue our work from home that is keeping our frail economy alive. With that said, remember it is only a workplace and we all need to leave our screens at the end of the workday - kids, parents and teachers. That rectangular array awaits all of us the next morning. Close the laptop. Turn off the desktop computer. Stop the furtive glances at your smartphone that help answer just one more email in the evening. 


Last week I wrote of finding my refuge in the hidden trails of the East Bay that are far away from the Mission Peak highway of hikers all too close together. I am doing a lot of reading these days, a refuge I have not afforded myself in traditional times. Currently I am reading Larson’s The Splendid and the Vile which is a retelling of the two years England endured the Blitz in World War II. Winston Churchill’s words resonate as we continue to battle an invisible enemy. Find yourself falling into a book which will allow you to press the pause button on the pandemic for a few chapters before resuming with the Shelter in Place routine.


I want to thank the many families who have been sending in pictures of their students working in the new classroom at home as we discover distance learning together. Please continue sending the images. Also, please send artwork your students have been creating at home. Continue sending your pictures to me at


Alameda County, in concert with the other eight Bay Area Counties has extended the shelter in place order to May 31, 2020. The efforts made in our region have contributed to the slowing of the growth of COVID-19 cases. The best scientific evidence indicates that we must stay the course and continue to shelter in place to continue flattening the curve.


Food distribution at Cabrillo continues on Mondays and Wednesdays until the end of the school year. Food distribution begins at 10:15. There will be no food distribution on Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays. The entrees are frozen so an adult will need to help heat the food.


Again, please continue to email photos, drawings, poems, etc about your student’s distance learning experience. Email your student’s distance learning experience to me at which I will include in our 2019-2020 yearbook.


Stay Safe Cabrillo and Stay Strong!


David Thornley

Principal, Cabrillo Elementary