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Dear Cabrillo Families

“It’s the circle of life
And it moves us all
Through despair and hope
Through faith and love
Till we find our place
On the path unwinding
In the circle
The circle of Life”

The above words come from the lyrics of the song in the Disney film, “The Lion King” speak to
the universal theme of birth, life and death, and how we all encounter the joy and challenges of
the stages of life.

Spring time is Mother Nature’s reminder we all have an opportunity for a fresh start and new
beginnings. The winter has been extremely difficult for many in California due to fires and
floods. But let us take heart that as a greater community we weathered those challenges
together. Now as we see the hillsides growing green, sun brightly shining, another season of
baseball and the blooming blossoms, take time to reflect and renew.

Let us reflect and open ourselves to those things that make us better people such as the
Bucket-filling Character Keys: Respect, Kindness, Gratitude, Responsibility, Compassion,
Perseverance, Honesty-the list goes on-so together we can make this next circle of life even

It is Back-to- School time once more for the 2017-2018 school year! Hard to believe but we are
on the home stretch. From now until June 8, 2018 students will be in school daily with the
exception being the Memorial Day holiday. During these last 9 weeks, there is still a wealth of
learning happening that will impact your child’s overall progress and achievement. Thanks in
advance for ensuring they make every minute count! Being at school daily and on-time makes a
huge difference in student achievement.


  1. ALL Visitors MUST sign-in and Wear a Visitor’s Badge when on campus and enter through our main office.

  2. MHS students and staff using Cabrillo campus will be monitored by the security guard between the two schools. That is NOT an entrance for Cabrillo parents.

  3. To be on campus during school hours means: a) you have an appt., b) you have a teacher agreed upon volunteer assignment, c) you have an arranged with teacher and principal observation, d) you are attending a school group meeting (example PTA, SSC, ELAC, Principal Coffee, etc.), e) you are attending an assembly that includes parents, and/or f) you are dropping off or picking up a child from Preschool/CC/BGC

  4. Parking stickers and signs are available via PTA -please let them know if you need one.

  5. There is supervision at 7:50 am on large playground for morning drop-off and until 3:05 for afternoon pick-up. Please note times so students are safe.  If there is an emergency, contact the office.

  6. As we work to improve security measures, please be our SCHOOL WATCH support-just like Neighborhood Watch by helping others follow the rules and letting us know if you see something.

  7. PLEASE NOTE that MHS has a NEW DROP-OFF and PICK-UP due to construction.  PLAN to leave early MONDAY due to everyone trying to adjust. IF YOU HAVE A SIBLING AT MHS AND WANT TO PICK-UP BOTH KIDS AFTER SCHOOL-REMIND YOUR CHILD TO BE AT CABRILLO IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE BELL. If no sibling at Cabrillo, MHS students should NOT be waiting at Cabrillo after school.


Before the break I had an opportunity to attend a workshop on Social Emotional Learning.  During this workshop one of the programs that was shared was the book, “The Leader in Me” which focus on Covey’s 7 Habits.  During my tenure in Conejo Valley Unified School District we did implement this program. Having had experience first on a personal level makes the program even more meaningful when it is introduced to the students you work with.

Therefore I wanted to share the habits as they are presented in Covey’s “The 7Habits of Happy Kids” book by Sean Covey if it is something you might want to share with your children.  

Habit 1 — Be Proactive

You're in Charge

I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.


Habit 2 — Begin With the End in Mind

Have a Plan

I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school’s mission and vision. I look for ways to be a good citizen.


Habit 3 — Put First Things First

Work First, Then Play

I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say no to things I know I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am disciplined and organized.


Habit 4 — Think Win-Win

Everyone Can Win

I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want. I make deposits in others’ Emotional Bank Accounts. When conflicts arise, I look for Third Alternatives.


Habit 5 — Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

Listen Before You Talk

I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoints. I listen to others without interrupting. I am confident in voicing my ideas. I look people in the eyes when talking.


Habit 6 — Synergize

Together Is Better

I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are different from me. I work well in groups. I seek out other people’s ideas to solve problems because I know that by teaming with others, we can create better solutions than anyone of us can alone. I am humble.


Habit 7 — Sharpen the Saw

Balance Feels Best

I take care of my body by eating right and exercising.


Filling Buckets and Developing the Future Together!

Pamela A. Herkner, Ed. D.


Juan Cabrillo School