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April Monthly Message
Posted 4/2/23

Good Morning and Happy Sunday Cabrillo Families,

Soccer Season

Soccer Season is underway! The boys and girls teams will provide a wonderful afternoon of sporting excitement at their opening match Monday, April 3 starting with Girls at 3:30 and Boys at 4:30. Come join your fellow community members on the soccer pitch at Cabrillo. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the excitement. Follow the progress of both teams on the Cabrillo website. Upcoming games:

  • 4/3 Glenmoor @ Cabrillo

  • 4/14 Cabrillo @ Forest Park (AHS Girls Field)

  • 4/27 Niles @ Cabrillo

  • 5/1 Patterson @ Cabrillo

  • 5/11 Cabrillo @ Glenmoor

Coffee with the Principal

PTA is hosting a Coffee with the Principal on Wednesday, April 4 featuring Cabrillo’s Dr. Jackie Nefdt. Dr. Nefdt is our interim Community School Coordinator while we await approval of the position by the Board of Education. She will share Cabrillo’s progress with the Community School Grant. Parents can review past Coffee with the Principal presentations by going to Presentations at Cabrillo on the Cabrillo website.

Community Schools at Cabrillo 

Cabrillo has a lot of strength in the Four Pillars that make up a Community Schools. We have:

  • Expanded and Enriched Learning Time and Opportunities

    • After school programs

    • MTSS with an Intervention specialist and ELD with an ELD specialist next year

    • Inclusion SDC program with embedded supports for all students

  • Active Family and Community Engagement

    • Active stakeholder groups

    • Parent education nights

    • Community engagement activities

    • Vibrant after school sports programs

  • Integrated Student Supports

    • Robust COST and SST prereferral process

    • EBAC counseling/therapy on site

  • Collaborative Leadership and Practices

    • Active stakeholder groups

    • Empowered educators and teacher leaders

    • Collaborative and distributive leadership practices

What else is working well here at Cabrillo? What makes us special? Please share your thoughts with Dr. Jackie Nefdt so we can build on all the good that is already happening here while we start developing next steps. She will address the Cabrillo Community Wednesday at 8:30 during the Coffee With the Principal. You can meet her on Wednesday or email her at

Smarter Balanced Parent Information Night

I will be holding a Smarter Balanced Parent Information Night on Wednesday, April 19th at 6:00 in the Cove. Families with students in grades 3-6 are encouraged to attend. The Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) is an annual measure of student growth in English language arts and mathematics typically administered in Spring. Please come on Wednesday, April 19th and learn how you can help your student at home prepare for this high stakes test.

Spring Break Test Kits

Fremont USD schools will be on Spring Break starting Friday, April 7th through Sunday, April 16th with school resuming on Monday, April 17th. We will be sending home two COVID-19 test kits to every child and staff member at Cabrillo before Spring Break.

Volunteering at Cabrillo

We invite parents to volunteer in the classroom. Before we can accept you as a volunteer, you will need to complete a CiviCore Application. When you volunteer on campus, you must:

  • Sign in and out using our digital system for processing volunteers

  • Wear a visitor badge at all times

  • Remain under the supervision of a site employee (teacher) for the duration of your visit

FUSD CiviCore Volunteer Application

Well Cabrillo, We are finally (fingers crossed) exiting the rain, snow, and wind that have bedeviled us for the past three months. Good news for Spring Break: A forecast of warm sunny days nearing 80 degrees. Finally!

David Thornley

Principal, Cabrillo Elementary