Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 25, Issue 26, March 9, 2018

Principal's Note...

Dear Thornhill Community,

Finally, some rain and snow have come to Northern California! If our young scientists had their way, I'm sure they would be in the Sierras measuring the snow pack and its relevance to our water table. We do need a few more storms.

Auction -- Thank you to everyone who came to the auction. We had some amazing costumes! Your generosity in supporting our school is wonderful, and your contributions help make Thornhill a great school!

Welcome Ms. Fox, Our New Librarian! -- Marie Fox is thrilled to be joining the Thornhill community as our new librarian! A native of Wisconsin, she has called Oakland home for the last 14 years and loves to get kids--including her three daughters--excited about reading! She has spent this year volunteering through the Oakland Ed Fund at various elementary schools across the district by supporting classrooms and libraries. She is passionate about making the library a fun, accessible resource for all children. Please stop by and say hello!

Parent Conference Week -- March 12-16. These are all minimum days and we need everyone to meet with their child's teacher. Please schedule your parent teacher conference ASAP.

Have a great weekend!

Mr. Daubenspeck


Last Chance For The Online Auction...

If you have been waiting to get in on the online auction, well...Today is your last chance!

The online action will close tonight, Friday, March 9, at 8 p.m. There are still lots of great offers. check it out:

The Fund-A-Need and Pay-To-Play

All Fund-A-Need and Pay-To-Play offers will be open until the day of those events. The Pay-To-Play is a good opportunity to meet new people or have a good time with some old friends. Check it out!

All 4th and 5th graders can join a fun Lock-in at Thornhill.

We have tea parties with or without a bear as a guest.

Take a ride at Oakland Ride or the Dailey Method.

Noah can teach your child Kendama.

And there is more. Look for Pay-To-Play online:


PFC Board Meeting--March 13

The next Thornhill PFC board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 13 at 6 p.m. in the library. Any and all Thornhill parents are welcome to attend. Please RSVP via Konstella if you would like to attend and need childcare, which will be provided during the meeting.


Dads Club...

The Thornhill Dads Club has a lot coming up, so mark your calendars...

OUSD Dads Club Homebrew - This Saturday March 10

Tickets can be purchased here:

Event proceeds will benefit the A-Z Fund, which gives Oakland public schools mini-grants they can use for extraordinary (but too often unfunded) learning opportunities. Learn more about the A to Z Fund here!

Friday May 4--Thornhill Night At The A's!

Join us for our annual baseball night at out at the Oakland Coliseum to support the A's as they take on the Baltimore Orioles. We will be tailgating and have reserved group seating. This is always a great time for the kids, as well as the adults.

Purchase your game tickets here:

Tailgate tickets will be available for purchase soon!

Carnival BBQ Saturday May 5--Volunteers needed!

Calling all parents to grill some food for the day of the Carnival. Please help us out for at least two hours while your children enjoy the Carnival games. We really need all the help we can get with setup, cooking, and cleanup.

Please sign up here:

Next Meeting is Thursday, March 15, at 7 p.m. at Monaghan's on the Hill.


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Earn Funds for Thornhill When You Shop

Whether you order on Amazon, receive meal kits or grocery delivery (Good Eggs), or grocery shop at Lucky or elsewhere (eScrip), you could be earning extra money for Thornhill through purchases you make every day! Check out the Donation Programs page for details.

This month:

- Good Eggs will donate 10 percent back to Thornhill on orders placed in March and April. Visit and enter the code tbird

- Amazon Smile is tripling the donation rate on your first purchase! From March 12-31, shop here: 2529197 and Amazon will donate 1.5 percent to Thornhill Parent-Faculty Club.


Dates To Remember...

If you've gotten this far, but still need a reminder of what's coming up on the Thornhill calendar, well...Here are some dates to keep in mind. Remember, you can always get information by visiting the calendar page of the school website.

Today, March 9: Last day for the online auction.

Parent Conference Week: March 12 - 16: These are all minimum days and we need everyone to meet with their child's teacher. Please schedule your parent teacher conference ASAP.

PFC Meeting: Tuesday, March 13, 6-7:30pm

Dads Club Meeting: Thursday, March 15, 7pm at Monaghan's

Cesar Chavez Day: Friday, March 30: No School

Spring Recess: April 2-6: No School

About The Thornhill PFC Newsletter

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

Email submissions to our Newsletter Chair, Rex Crum, at by 3 p.m. Wednesday for approval, including Word or Text files, with links and no formatting, and 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.

THANK YOU to everyone who submits articles and to PFC Board Members, Teachers, VPs of Communications Erin Proudfoot and Pamela Schwartz, PFC Co-Presidents Shauna Fithian and Shanyn Lloyd-Gibson and Principal Steve Daubenspeck. Member of Oakland Unified School District (OUSD).