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Principal Thornley’s Weekly Message, Week 9 of National Emergency
Posted 5/10/20

Principal Thornley’s Letter to the Community

Principal Thornley’s Video Message

Good Morning Cabrillo Families,

I want to start the day off first with a Happy Mother’s Day to all our Wildcat moms and moms to be out there. This is a very different kind of Mother's Day for my family. Traditionally we would gather at my parent’s house for a meal made by all members of my family to celebrate mom. There would be presents, flowers, cards, good wine, and delicious food. There would also be the typical Thornley Family Dinner Table where each one of us seems to be talking at the same time yet somehow we hear one another and laugh. I started my Mother’s Day off yesterday when my son and I drove over to my parents house to drop off flowers for my mom on the doorstep. I then hustled back to my truck to have a distant conversation with mom at the door. My parents are on the other side of 80 so we are keeping very distant from them to make sure they stay healthy. My family will get together for yet another Zoom later this afternoon.

Many thanks to the many families who have been sending in pictures of their students working in their  classroom at home as we discover distance learning together. This past week I also received pictures of Cabrillo Kids dressed up for school on Spirit Day Friday with the theme: Formal Day! More on Friday Spirit days below. Continue sending your pictures to me at

I am seeking members of our community to add to our school site council (SSC). Representation on the committee is 50% community members and 50% FUSD staff members. Namita Sashte and Angie Sosa have completed their two-year term on SSC and will need to be replaced for 2020-2021. If you are interested in joining our SSC, please complete the form linked in your email.

The staff has been working on the yearbook which should be completed by the end of the week. Mrs. Diaz-Centeno was able to extend the deadline for purchasing yearbooks to May 15 given the closure of . Books can only be purchased online at this time for a price of $20. We will distribute the books at the end of the school year from Cabrillo. You can order the yearbook by going to

We are all currently experiencing many big changes due to COVID-19. If you, your child, or your family are in need of any support please fill out the Cabrillo Self-Referral Support Form. Cabrillo is here to provide support.  After you complete the form, our school counselor, Ms. Potosme, will get in touch with you. You can also email her directly at

Our wonderful Student Council Leaders are still working from afar and have developed Spirit Day Plans for our Wildcats. Arya (President), Hansika (Vice President), Jason, (Secretary), and Joshua (Historian) developed a video presentation on Zoom that explains the themes for each Friday Spirit Day. Help your student participate each Friday. Please take a picture of your student then send it to or ask your student to share the image from his or her Google Drive with their teacher and Mr. Thornley.

  • Friday, May 8 - Formal Day! On this day we ask that you wear something formal,  

  • Friday, May 15 -  Culture Day! We ask that you express your culture on this day, and show us the uniqueness of your culture. 

  • Friday, May 22 - D.I.Y Day! You can make arts and crafts or wear a t-shirt that is tie-dye.

  • Friday, May 29 - Disney and Star Wars Day! Show us your favorite characters by wearing them on your t-shirt!

  • Friday, June 5 - Class Color Day! Each grade wears a different color of the rainbow to represent their grade. 

    • Kinders wear white

    • First grade wears red, 

    • Second grade wears purple,

    • Third grade wears orange,

    • Fourth grade wears green, 

    • Fifth grade wears blue 

    • Sixth grade wears yellow

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 will be 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