Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 26, Issue 15, November 6, 2018

From the Principal

We hope everyone is safe and staying indoors as much as possible. As you know, the air quality has be less than desirable, at best, and we will continue to conduct all activities indoors until the air is clear.

Unfortunately, this makes for restless kids. We are hoping the air quality will improve so we can get outdoors again. By the same token, we are incredibly saddened by the effects of the fires throughout California and our hearts go out to the people affected.

On another note, our student council elections have come and gone. I never knew how many kids could fit in the principal’s office until Mrs. Gustafson brought in all the students who ran for student council positions to announce the winners via the intercom.

Have a wonderful week and if I don't see you, have a happy Thanksgiving!


Mr. Daubenspeck


Auction Tickets Available Now!

Please join us in celebrating Thornhill’s 60th Anniversary at our annual Benefit Auction, Saturday March 2, 2019 at the Colombo Club. And we’re having an Early “Thunder” Bird Sale through Friday, November 30!

With district budget cuts threatening us every year, the auction allows us to keep our school one of the best in Oakland Unified. Please help us keep our performing/visual art programs available; our top-notch aides in the classrooms, and our library doors open.

If you buy now, you can also pre-purchase bundles of drink tickets at a discounted price. Avoid the lines and start the party right away! Prices go up December 1 so buy your tickets here now!

(And a HUGE thank you to Thornhill Dad, Nisan Perera, for designing our beautiful auction logo/artwork. Please give him a high five on the playground!)


Movie Night Success!

Over 80 kids came to watch the movie, though if we measured by popcorn consumption, we could have easily guessed twice that number! We appreciate everyone’s help implementing the new wristband process and for picking up on time. Thanks to our stellar volunteers, Sally Bonini and all staff who support our Movie Nights. We raised money that will help the school and assist the Dads Club with implementing some sustainability measures (plant-based cups and water coolers are coming)! If you have feedback for this event or you want to join our club, email us at and join our committee on Konstella. **ALL Thornhill parents and guardians are welcome to participate in Club activities.**


Celebrating Sustainability Successes!

This year's Walkathon was a landmark Thornhill event — not only did we raise much needed funds and have a blast on the day of, but this was the most sustainably conscious school-wide event to date! Thanks to Pam Schwartz, our plastic footprint was significantly reduced by re-purposing prizes. Thanks to Rudy Gonzalez, the Green Team, and the Dads Club volunteers, we used only compostable and reusable ware, and properly sorted all waste materials! Thanks to Bonnie Forbes and her awesome kindergarteners, we had colorful and clearly marked signs to help guide folks to the right sorting bins, including the Otter Pop landfill buckets. And, thanks to all of you who brought your water bottles and limited our single-use waste habit! At the end of the event, we had LESS THAN a waste bin of landfill! Congratulations Thornhill! We are on the right road!


Shop, Eat, & Earn for Thornhill

Holiday Season is approaching — as you shop for groceries and gifts, please consider how you could help fundraise for Thornhill with purchases you are already making. Register your credit cards with eScrip (groceries and restaurants), shop through AmazonSmile, order your holiday cards through Minted or Shutterfly, etc and the school can earn a percentage. The list goes on!

Also: Mark your calendar for discounted shopping days December 16-19 at Sports Basement.

THIS WEEK — Shop and Earn: Primary Kids clothing

Shop the Primary Kids "School Spirit" sale this week. You get 25 percent off your entire purchase at Primary while earning 10 percent back for our school. Use our unique URL: with promo code THORNWEEK and shop by November 19th. Feel free to share -- anyone who shops through the link with the promo code receives the discount and helps us earn funds for our school.

Eat and Earn: Round Table Dine Out on November 14

On Wednesday, November 14 from 11am to 9pm, order from Round Table on Mountain Blvd (510-336-3333) and 15 percent comes right back to Thornhill. Valid on dine in, delivery, and takeout!

Ordering Holiday Cards?

We have partnerships with Minted and Shutterfly/Tiny Prints — you get a discount and the school earns a giveback. Here are the details:

Order through Minted: You save 15 percent, Minted dontes 15 percent. Use code FUNDRAISETHORNHILL to support Thornhill PFC at checkout. November 1-30 only

Order through Shutterfly and Tiny Prints: Thornhill PFC earns 13 percent (Note: Shutterfly is changing this program Dec 31)

Eat and Earn: Good Eggs

The Good Eggs school fundraiser is still rolling! Preorder whatever you need for Thanksgiving — from the organic bird to the cranberry chutney -- delivered fresh to your door, and the school gets a five percent giveback. To join our school fundraiser, just visit, enter the code TBIRD18, and place an order. Never tried Good Eggs? Give it a go this week and you could win a Good Eggs Thanksgiving meal for you, and one to gift to a friend!



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

  • Wednesday, November 14: Dine Out at Round Table (11am-9pm)
  • Monday, November 19 - Friday, November 23: Thanksgiving Break (no school)
  • Monday, November 26 - Friday, November 30: Winter Conference Week (minimum days all week, no enrichment classes)
  • Monday, December 10: PFC meeting (6-7pm)

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 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).