Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 28, Issue 8, September 29, 2020

In This Issue

  • Note from our PFC Co-Presidents

  • Taps and Takeout - Tomorrow night!

  • Auction 2020

  • News from the Garden

  • Enrichment Classes

  • EBT SNAP and Amazon Partnership

  • Individual Class Packets

  • Calendar of Important Dates


From our PFC Co-Presidents


Welcome to Fall! While the seasons have officially changed, some things remain the same, and one of those is the continued generosity of Thornhill parents.

In this school year of distance learning, many of us have had to face technological challenges that never entered the conversation until a few weeks ago. None of us signed up for this, and running classes via Zoom certainly wasn’t what any of our teachers listed as why they got into their chosen career field. And this is why on behalf of the PFC, we would like to thank Thornhill parents Catrina Vrankovich and Sylvia Sudat, who, respectively, donated computer monitors to Mr. Thompson and Coach Johnson, to help them provide better lessons to their students. We also want to thank all of our room parents who are putting in their time to connect parents with their children's teachers and keep communication lines open.

Our next PFC meeting will be this coming Monday, October 5, at 5:30, via Zoom. All families are welcome to join. This is a great way to get involved at Thornhill, and we appreciate everyone’s involvement.


Rex Crum and Alicia Streight


Taps and Takeout - Tomorrow night!

Taps and Takeout, our neighborhood eatery, is partnering with us for our first Take-Out Event of the year. Think Dine Out... except now it's Take Out! Come one, come all to support our neighbors and earn money for Thornhill PFC!

Taps and Takeout will donate 20% of ALL orders placed on Wednesday, September 30th to Thornhill!

Where: Taps and Takeout, 5736 Thornhill Drive

When: Wednesday, September 30 from 4 - 8 pm

Place orders online in advance here or come on over and enjoy a drink while you wait for your order to be prepared.

Make sure to share this event with your friends & family to increase our earnings! Please see Konstella for more info.


Christina Gibbons, Merchant Partnerships Chair


Auction 2020 Still Lives!

We will be holding one last collection/distribution event in the next few weeks. Details to come soon. In the meantime, if you have outstanding items that still need collecting, please email so I can make sure to gather all the appropriate items. Some are here, some are there, so your help (and specificity) is appreciated. Hopefully this one last time will get all the things to their proper and forever homes.


News from the Garden!

It was wonderful to see all the kids on Zoom a couple weeks ago for the restart of the garden program this year! I was happy to hear about all of the gardening happening at your homes, and the kids were excited to reconnect with the school garden and see how it's growing.

This week will be the final apple harvest. Whew, that was a lot of apples! There will also be more tomatoes, zucchinis, cucumbers, and figs this week. Please remember to come by on Friday mornings to pick up fruits and veggies from the garden for your family. I will be putting them out around 8 am by the TK gate on Alhambra where the packet pick up has been.

If you are wondering what to plant for the Fall/Winter, here are some of our school garden favorites: kale, lettuce, bok choy, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, mustard, sugar snap peas, fava beans, carrots, beets, and potatoes.

Stay tuned for school garden pumpkins and rainbow corn to celebrate fall!

Wishing you all the best!

Ms. Alexis


Enrichment Classes

There’s still time to sign up for great enrichment classes!

Offerings: Live Online Drama Club, Origami Mami, Martial Arts and Self-Defense, Berkeley Chess School, ANTS Sports, 3 O’Clock Rock, Jazz Education Ensemble, Nusku Arts, Doug’s Drama, and Spanish.

Read about these new programs on Konstella.

EBT SNAP and Amazon Partnership

Great news! Your EBT SNAP card can now be linked to Amazon Fresh and Pantry with delivery! It's a super easy process and makes fresh, healthy food available and accessible during these uncertain times.

And don't forget that anytime you purchase something from Amazon, make sure you're logging in through and you've selected Thornhill Elementary as your charity! Additionally, pick up your phone right now and activate AmazonSmile so you’ll never have to think about it again. We'll receive a percentage of every purchase, which will go a long way towards helping to fulfill our students’ and teachers’ needs simply by doing something you may be doing anyway!


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, September 30: Take-Out for Thornhill: Taps & Takeout (details on Konstella)

  • Monday, October 5: PFC meeting (5:30-7pm, Zoom link in Konstella)

  • Monday, October 12: No School: in lieu of Lincoln’s birthday

  • Wednesday, October 14: Take-Out for Thornhill: The Star on Grand (details TBA)

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

  • Monday, November 9: PFC meeting (5:30-7pm, Zoom link in Konstella)

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

  • Thursday, December 10: Zachary’s (details TBA)

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, 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).