Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 27, Issue 28, March 10, 2020

From the Principal

Dear Thornhill Thunderbird Families,

I am looking forward to seeing you all at the Auction this weekend. Every year the Auction is a key event to fundraise for our amazing school. This year more than ever we are counting on your participation as we are facing some cuts from OUSD. We know everyone can't be there on Saturday night. If the auction isn't on your calendar, please consider donating here to support our school.

OUSD is discussing $21 million in budget cuts, leaving Thornhill with an additional $115,000 to fundraise for next year. These cuts will impact our front office, classroom aides and STIP SUBs. All of these people play a key role in the day-to-day functioning of the school, providing intervention support for students and covering classes when there are no substitute teachers available. These are critical resources that allow us to meet individual student needs and maintain safe, healthy, and productive classrooms.

I have been very grateful for the abundance we have had and would like to continue to staff Thornhill like we are staffed today. Together, we can continue to make Thornhill a great place for our kids! I am looking forward to seeing you Saturday and enjoying this spectacular fundraiser. Thanking you all in advance for your generosity and your care for Thornhill Elementary School. It truly is a special place!

Thunderbirds Rule!

Mr. Daubenspeck


It’s Auction Week!!!

Calling all Flappers and Fedoras fans! The Thornhill Auction is still on THIS SATURDAY at the Fratellanza Club, so get ready to eat, drink, mingle and bid. Here are a few key things to do and plan for this week before the auction:

  • Check in online: If you bought Auction tickets, you should have an email (or two) with a personal link to check in online before the Auction. This is important because it avoids delays at the door, and allows you to vault your credit card in advance. The auction is cashless so you need to do this if you want to buy anything on Auction night, including drink tickets.

  • Check out the catalog online: There are A TON of fantastic items, parent-hosted parties, teacher-hosted parties, and more available to bid on during the silent auction--the catalog is in progress and updated regularly, so check it often this week to make sure you have time to bid on everything you want.

  • Doors open at 6. Please note that the 1920s theme is encouraged but optional. The most important thing is that we have fun together and raise money for the school, so don’t let any lack of costumery deter you!

  • Volunteers needed!!!! A great auction takes a village and every village needs some muscle and people-power. We need a little bit of your time to keep the auction event moving, fun, and wildly successful. Sign up for a shift and we'll buy you a beverage. And if you have friends or family who want to volunteer, they can sign up here. We especially need many Data Entry folks for one-hour shifts from 7-8pm, 8-9pm, and 9-10pm.

  • After party details: Make your sitter earn those dollars and join us at Prizefighter for the after party. Yummy drinks and chill vibe to relive the epic auction moments.


March Dine Out THIS WEEK: Red Boy Pizza

Pickup a pizza or venture out with the family this week to Red Boy Pizza on Leimert and 15% will be donated back to Thornhill PFC. Please bring THE FLYER LINKED FROM THIS KONSTELLA POST to Red Boy Pizza March 10, 11, or 12 and your order will be counted.

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Class Gallery Photos Available for Purchase!

You can now order a photo of your child(ren)’s class at MugsyClicks! Go to and sign in with the information you used to order your student’s pictures. You’ll then need an Access Code to view the class pictures, which is THORNGRP20. Free shipping ($20 minimum purchase) until this Friday, March 13 with promo code MUGGRP! This is your “Class Photo” - same as last year, a gallery of our teacher and kiddo’s favorite class pose all on one sheet.


Save the date for this NEW Thornhill event - Sunday, April 19

The New Parkway has generously donated their theater to show The Lego Movie to Thornhill parents and kids on Sunday, April 19 from 12:30-2:30pm. All the money raised via ticket sales (minus the film licensing fee) comes right to Thornhill!!! Registration is coming soon via Konstella. Let's fill the place!



The website always has the latest calendar information, and here's what's coming up:

  • Tuesday, March 10 - Thursday, March 12: Dine Out at Red Boy Pizza
  • Saturday, March 14: Thornhill Auction (Fratellanza Club)

  • March 23-26: Spring Conference Week (minimum days!)

  • Friday, March 27: NO SCHOOL (In lieu of Cesar Chavez Day)

  • Monday, March 30 - Friday, April 3: NO SCHOOL - Spring Recess

  • Monday April 6 - Friday April 17: Thornhill Read-a-thon

  • Sunday, April 19: Movie Fundraiser at Parkway Theater (12:30-2:30pm, Parkway)

  • Wednesday, April 22: Dine Out at Fentons

  • Friday, May 8: Thornhill Night at the A’s

  • Saturday, May 16: Thornhill Spring Fling (details to come)

Be sure also to subscribe to the Thornhill Google Calendar here, and download the OUSD District calendar here.


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, Evie Nagy, 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, VP of Communications Erin Proudfoot, PFC President Rex Crum, and Principal Steve Daubenspeck. Member of Oakland Unified School District (OUSD).