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Principal Thornley’s Weekly Message, Week 10 of National Emergency
Posted 5/17/20

Principal Thornley’s Letter to the Community

Principal Thornley’s Video Message


Good Morning Cabrillo Families,


I woke up to a gentle Spring Shower this morning. A change in the weather echoes the changes in our lives. Many of you may be wondering about picking up your student’s things from school as well as the Spring Dorian photos, medical supplies you provided to Cabrillo for your student, and the yearbook.  The district office has developed a plan which will be shared with the principals soon. I hope to have more information for you in the coming weeks.


This also begs the question of next school year. Here we have a much more challenging question, one the district is working on in consultation with county health officials as well as the Alameda County Office of Education. One thing we do know is Maze Day will be an online procedure. This is good news for Cabrillo families because we have been conducting an online Maze Day for the past two years and were planning to conduct one this year as well. Families have been going to the Parent Portal to enter their emergency card information as well as other important information during our previous Maze Days. The district will be using the Parent Portal for student report card grades for trimester 3.  I ask that you go to the Parent Portal today and attempt to log on. We are in the early stages and this gives us time to provide support to our families. Please expect information to be coming from the district this week about the Parent Portal. Remember, you should already have log-in information for the Parent Portal. To access the Parent Portal, go to https://fremont.illuminatehc.com/login 


Please join 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 terms 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. https://bit.ly/CabrilloSSC


The yearbook has been completed and sent to the publishers. Mrs. Diaz-Centeno and the Cabrillo staff outdid themselves this year! It is an amazing chronology of all that has happened in the very interesting 2019-2020 school year. The purchasing window closed May 15. If we have extra copies, I will be selling them at the beginning of the school year in August 2020.


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 mpotosme@fusdk12.net.


Our wonderful Student Council Leaders have Friday Spirit Days planned for the remainder of the year. Many thanks to the families who shared pictures of their students celebrating last week’s theme of Culture Day! Get ready for this week’s theme which sounds like a lot of fun. It’s DIY Day! or Do it Yourself Day. Help your student with an arts and crafts project, possibly a woodworking project then take a picture on Friday. Please take a picture of your student then send it to dthornley@fusdk12.net.

  • 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 be needed to help heat the food at home.


Again, please continue to email photos, drawings, poems, etc about your student’s distance learning experiences. Email your student’s distance learning experiences to me at dthornley@fusdk12.net 


Stay Safe Cabrillo and Stay Strong!




David Thornley

Principal, Cabrillo Elementary