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Weekly Letter to the Community, Week 1 of Distance Learning
Posted 8/16/20

Principal Thornley’s Weekly Message, Week 1, Distance Learning

Principal Thornley’s Video Message


Laptop Distribution and Schedule of Notices


Good Morning Cabrillo Families,

Last week I sent out our monthly newsletter to your email address as well as a text message with links to the newsletter. The newsletter is filled with critical information that will help you as you prepare your student for distance learning. If you have not read the August Parent Newsletter, please go to the Cabrillo website or click the linked text August Parent Newsletter found in the email you received


Laptops and WiFi Hotspots

Included in that newsletter were a pair of surveys. These surveys are also located at the head of the Cabrillo website. It is critical that families complete these surveys. We need families to complete two surveys regarding the need for chromebooks and wifi hotspots.

We will begin the school year with distance learning. I foresee this taking us through the first trimester and quite possibly through the first two trimesters of school. The Fremont Unified School District is being guided both by Governor Newsome’s requirements as well the orders from the Alameda County Public Health Department

We are following a bell schedule this year with school beginning at 8:30 am. Just as your student would have their own classroom at Cabrillo, they will also need their own laptop in order to participate in live instruction which begins at 8:30 am starting with attendance being taken.

We will distribute the laptops over two days to families who have completed the surveys from the horseshoe parking lot. On Tuesday, August 18 from 9:00 - 11:00 am, we will be issuing laptops to families by family last name A - L. On Wednesday, August 19 from 9:00 - 11:00 am, we will issue laptops to families by family last name M - Z. Please come only at the time set aside for your family name so that we can distribute the laptops as efficiently as possible.


Maze Day and Teacher Name

On Monday, August 17, you will be able to access the name of your student’s teacher by logging into the parent portal and completing the online Maze Day. To begin the process, go to and enter the email address you used to register your student as the username and then enter your password. If you cannot remember your password, you can click the gray Forgot Password link then go through the process of recovering your password. Please make sure you complete all of the required Maze Day forms.


Notification from Your Teacher

You will need more than the name of your student’s teacher in order to start the school year successfully on Wednesday, August 26. You will also need to know the platform they are using for distance learning (Google Classroom or SeeSaw) and the tool they are using for live instruction (Google Meet or Zoom). Below are some dates for you to keep in mind:


Class lists published to Illuminate and available to teachers and families


All teachers will send out a detailed communication (i.e. email or online platform) to students/families sharing their expectations for all of their students by Friday, August 21st at 3:00pm.


All teachers will have an “online access” verification meeting with their students and families between 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm on Monday, August 24. In addition, teachers will outline expectations for the 1st day of school (Wednesday). Teachers will provide the site administrator a list of non-attendees.


We can make this work but we will need your support in doing so. The teachers are doing their part by developing lessons, preparing weekly schedules, selecting support materials available online, and ensuring student learning loss is halted. From our families we need support making sure the students are ready for class at 8:30 every morning. This means waking up by 7:30, getting dressed for school, and eating a healthy breakfast. You will not hear an 8:30 bell go off in your household but know that one is ringing and your teachers will be ready for the kids - make sure the kids are ready for their teachers.

Stay Safe


David Thornley

Principal, Cabrillo Elementary