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Principal Thornley's March Update
Posted 3/13/22

Updated Safety Protocols - Masks

Good Morning and Happy Sunday Cabrillo Families,

Health and Safety Protocols - Masks Strongly Recommended
In the parent newsletter sent home on Wednesday last week, I was in a wistful mood writing about pre March-2020 times when the pandemic was not part and parcel of our daily lives. However, we are taking steps closer to the pre-March 2020 days we all remember and cherish following the Wednesday Board of Education action: 
"As of March 12, FUSD will shift from requiring masks to strongly recommending masks inside FUSD facilities. Outdoor masking is optional. Masks will be strongly recommended for the 10 days after a known exposure to COVID-19 and for 10 days after infection if completing a shortened isolation."
So what does this mean for Cabrillo? Have a conversation with your student about their individual preference and choice. These decisions will be respected and welcomed. Our yard duties will continue to provide masks to children should they choose to wear one. Likewise, masks will be available in the office and classrooms. I will continue wearing a mask indoors because that is my personal choice. And this is an important point. Many students may choose to continue wearing masks while others may choose to no longer wear one. Talk to your students about the importance of respecting the choices made by their peers. We are no longer in the dark days early in the pandemic when we were absent information about or a means to combat the virus. Likewise, the surge that reached an apex in late January is behind us. Some next steps to which I look forward is the welcoming of parents back on campus. For now, we follow the district guidelines which like the March mask update will be reviewed by the Board of Education at their April meeting

Implications of the Pandemic
There was an excellent piece on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday reflecting on how schools have changed after two years of the pandemic. Early predictions about learning loss due to distance learning have born out. As the pandemic enters its third year, a cluster of new studies now show that about a third of children in the youngest grades are missing reading benchmarks, up significantly from pre-pandemic times. In Virginia, one study found that early reading skills were at a 20-year low this fall, which the researchers described as “alarming.”  Nationwide, large numbers of families chose to keep their TK and Kindergarten students out of school. The question following these studies is can these kids catch up? The answer at Cabrillo is a resounding YES where your teachers have pivoted from pre pandemic methodologies to carefully tailored instruction meeting students at their point of need. Cabrillo teachers are focussing on phonological awareness with built in review and repetition to accelerate student mastery. By using systematic and explicit instruction, Cabrillo teachers are ensuring students make the necessary letter-sound connections developing skills they can apply in reading and writing. They are moving the line!

The Return of Soccer 
Coaches Izzy and Mr. C. held a parent meeting for students on the soccer team last week. They greeted Cabrillo families back to the Cove for a sit down presentation about the upcoming season. I must admit I could not stop smiling seeing so many families together. The season starts Monday, March 29 at 3:30. This has been a great community event in an outdoor space in the past and will continue to be one going forward. Please join us for some fun in the sun with the community.

  • Monday, March 28, 2022
    • Brier vs Cabrillo at Brier
  • Thursday, March 31, 2022
    • Cabrillo vs Weibel at Cabrillo
  • Monday, April 4, 2022
    • Cabrillo vs Glenmoor at Cabrillo
  • Monday, April 14, 2022
    • Cabrillo vs Forest Park at Cabrillo
  • Monday, May 23, 2022
    • Parkmont vs Cabrillo at Parkmont
  • Wednesday, May 25, 2022
    • Warwick vs Cabrillo at Warwick

Vaccination Events 

BACH and Cabrillo are partnering for monthly vaccination events through June. The upcoming dates are listed below:

  • Wednesday,  March 30th (2:00 - 6:00)
  • Wednesday, April 27th (2:00 - 6:00)
  • Wednesday, May 18th (2:00 - 6:00)
  • Wednesday, June 8 (2:00 - 6:00)

David Thornley

Principal, Cabrillo Elementary