Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 28, Issue 11, October 20, 2020

In This Issue

  • Note from our Principal

  • Conferences and Report Cards

  • Thornhill Annual Fund

  • Keep Earning for Thornhill

  • Enrichment Classes

  • Individual Class Packets

  • Calendar of Important Dates


From our Principal

Dear Thunderbird families,

I hope everyone is doing well. It’s hard to believe that it has been almost 8 months since I have seen everyone! While I know these are challenging times for many, I hope you know that the Thornhill Staff misses seeing all of you!

A BIG THANKS to those who have already contributed donations to our Annual Fund! We know this is a hard time to be solicited. As you know, Thornhill’s funding is augmented by parent support in order to provide students with an enriched and well-rounded education. Having PE, classroom aides, African dance/drumming and a librarian are some ways that your donations contribute to our kids having the Thornhill experience. Thank you for your support!





Thank you everyone for your hard work, patience and understanding during these times. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you need support.


Mr. Daubenspeck


Conferences and Report Cards

Parent-teacher conferences are the week of November 30 to December 4. All days are minimum days. Report cards will be available to parents via Aeries beginning November 16. Please make sure that you have an Aeries Parent Portal! I still have a handful of parents who have not set up an account and registered their students. NO REPORT CARDS WILL BE MAILED OR AVAILABLE FOR PICKUP!

If you have any questions, please email me directly (


Sherry Kaetzel, Thornhill Secretary


Thornhill Annual Fund

A big thank you to each of the Thornhill families who tore open those yellow envelopes and have already participated in the Annual Fund! We’re two weeks in, and so far, 17% of our families have participated. Together, we have raised $58,457 in donations and $9,780 in corporate matches, for a total of $68,037.

Let's hear it for Ms. Forbes’ Kindergarten class, who has taken the lead with 29% participation! If you contribute or set up an installment plan by the end of October (2 weeks to go!), your little Thunderbird will get a Thornhill baseball tee.

All the information you need including full information about exactly we are fundraising for, the donation form, and payment choices is on Konstella here.

Thank you Thunderbirds!!!

Adrienne Selke and Rianna Stoll, Annual Fund Co-Chairs


Keep Earning for Thornhill

The Take Out Event at The Star on Grand was a MEGA success! Thanks to our wonderful Thornhill community and the generosity of The Star, we were able to raise $1,116.80 in just one day to help support our amazing school. Keep up the good work and continue to share these events with your social circle, neighbors and friends! (Save the date... Chipotle is on November 4th!)

Shopping on Amazon can earn $$ for Thornhill (including Fresh)! There are two ways to earn:

  1. Shop through our unique link to earn up to 10% back.

  2. Set it and Forget it with Amazon Smile by selecting Thornhill Parent-Faculty Club as your charity - both on desktop and the app!

Learn more on our Shop & Earn Page.

Christina Gibbons, Merchant Partnerships Chair


Enrichment Classes

ANTS Tennis is kicking off a second Fall tennis class (for K-2nd and 3rd-5th) on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Montclair Park! Class will run for 7 weeks from Oct 27 - Dec 17. Spots are limited - Thursdays 3-4:30pm K-2nd has space, with the rest waitlist only. Information on dates & safety protocols for in-person programs are available at

Read about ANTS Tennis and other programs on Konstella.


Individual Class Printed Packets

If your teacher tells you that printed materials need to be picked up, they will continue to be in the same spot — on the fence near the TK trailer and the Alhambra entrance.

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  • Wednesday, November 4: Take Out for Thornhill: Chipotle (details TBA)

  • Monday, November 9: PFC meeting (5:30-6:30pm, Zoom link in Konstella)

  • Wednesday, November 11: No School: in lieu of Veterans Day

  • Monday, November 23 - Friday, November 27: Thanksgiving Break
  • Thursday, December 10: Take Out for Thornhill: Zachary’s (details TBA)
  • Monday, December 14: PFC meeting (5:30-6:30pm, Zoom link in Konstella)


About the Thornhill Newsletter

The Thornhill Parent-Faculty Club (PFC) eNews team publishes this weekly newsletter each Tuesday in the school year to communicate school, PFC and OUSD news, events and information.

Email submissions to our Newsletter Chair, Jill Evans, at by 8 p.m. Thursday for approval—nothing sent after this will be included in the following week’s newsletter unless there are extremely compelling extenuating circumstances. It’s fine to include text in the body of the email with links and no formatting, and attach photos preferably as 150 x 150, 72 dpi JPG or GIFs only (not embedded in email or Word file). Submissions may be edited for spelling, grammar, brevity and clarity. Advertising and items not related to Thornhill are not accepted, as we need to keep the newsletter focused on need-to-know info for the community.

THANK YOU to everyone who submits articles and to PFC Board Members, Teachers, VPs of Communications Erin Proudfoot & Evie Nagy, PFC Presidents Rex Crum & Alicia Streight, and Principal Steve Daubenspeck. Member of Oakland Unified School District (OUSD).