Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 26, Issue 20, January 15, 2019

From the PFC President

Welcome back, everyone. How was it getting back into the morning routine after two weeks of holiday-filled activities, and all the cleaning up that came with it?

Now that we are back, it's time to focus on a few things coming up that help define Thornhill through the spring.

As you probably know by now, the annual Thornhill Auction is set for Saturday, March 2. It's not too late to get your tickets, but sooner is better. We're already less than two months away from the big event.

And then, on Saturday, April 27, we have the annual Thornhill Carnival. Before you know it, you'll be hearing about how you can help out with your child's classroom's booth. Marya Edgar is our carnival chair this year and she is already getting into the swing of things. If you see Marya, please give her your thanks for taking on her new role.

In the meantime...Mahalo to every one of you,

Rex Crum


Tickets are still available for our biggest celebration of the year!

The Auction is an amazing way to connect with our Thornhill community. Just buying a ticket helps our fundraising efforts! AND you get to mix and mingle with parents, teachers, and staff. Bidding on items during the silent and live auctions is optional...come join the fun! Let’s raise our glasses and toast Thornhill on our 60th Anniversary!

We hope you’ll join us! Tickets available here. Please must be purchased in advance.


The auction would not be possible without the generous donations from Thornhill families, friends and the community! The online donation form is here — send it to anyone who might have something to donate!

Kim Olofsen & Kay Chinn

Auction Co-Chairs


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Auction Volunteer Coordinator Needed!

The auction committee is in full swing and we need your help! We need a volunteer coordinator to sign up and coordinate the volunteers for the big day. Rough job description: “Before the Thornhill Auction, this person recruits volunteers via Sign-Up Genius or Konstella to fill jobs at the event. During the auction, the volunteer coordinator will be the main point of contact for all volunteers.”

Please let us know if you’re available and interested. We really need your help!

Many thanks,

The 2019 Auction Committee


Some Enrichment Classes Still Open for Registration

The following classes are still open for registration as enrollment is low. Register TODAY by 5pm (even though it says "enrollment closed" at the top of the page)!

Tuesday: Keiki Ukulele (TK-K), Aloha Ukulele (1-5), Dance (1-5)
Wednesday: Homework Club (3-5), CodeFu (3-5)
Friday: Kids Rock Guitar (1-5), Soccer (1-5)


It’s Time to Enroll in OUSD if you are starting at a new school!

Enrollment Season opened on Nov. 5, 2018 and closes on February 8, 2019.

If you have a child entering TK or Kindergarten, please go to: and enroll your student. Please let any of your neighbors know before it is too late.

If you have a kid NOT in TK or Kindergarten returning to Thornhill, there is nothing for you to do now. Sherry will send an "are you returning?" form in late Spring.

We have one last informational meeting on Thursday, January 17 from 6:30-7:30pm for new parents interested in Thornhill. No RSVP is required. Adults only.



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

  • Thursday, January 17: Thornhill enrollment info night (6:30-7:30pm)
  • Monday, January 21: MLK Holiday (no school)
  • Tuesday, January 22: Spring Enrichment Classes Begin
  • Friday, January 25: Staff Development Day (no school)
  • Monday, February 11: PFC Meeting (6-7pm)
  • Saturday, March 2: Thornhill Auction
  • Saturday, April 27: Thornhill Spring Carnival

Be sure also to download the OUSD District calendar here and subscribe to our Google 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 3 p.m. Thursday for approval—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.

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).