Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 25, Issue 34, May 11, 2018

Principal's Note...

Dear Thunderbird Families,

I hope you are all enjoying this warm weather. With just 17 days left to go in the school year, we can certainly say that we are on the home stretch. Where did the year go? I guess the saying is true that time flies when you are having fun.

Teacher Appreciation Week

Everybody knows how amazing our Thornhill teachers are. We know teachers do so many things and much of it goes unnoticed. I have been lucky to see this amazing dedication to your children here for the past five years and all I can say is that Thornhill Teachers Rock! And we appreciate you every day of the year. Without you, our school would not be the great place that it is. Parents, there are a few more weeks left to show your appreciation to our dedicated staff. Let them know how great they are as we are so fortunate to have them.

Sally Bonini's Retirement Party!

Talk about commitment to Thornhill. I cannot begin to list what Mrs. Bonini has done for Thornhill during the past 30 years! Also, did you know she was a student at Thornhill? She loved it so much that she stayed around to work here. Please join us on Friday, June 1 in the Thornhill Auditorium from 6 - 9 p.m. for a celebration of Sally.

Have great weekend.


Mr. Daubenspeck


PFC Board Slate Vote On May 14

And you thought there was a lot going on with the upcoming primary and general election...

Per our bylaws, below is the slate of PFC Board members which will be voted on at our next (and last) PFC Meeting on Monday, May 14 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. in the Thornhill Library. All Thornhill families are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Take a look at that list. Yes, you are not seeing things. There are a lot of vacancies. So, if you have been thinking of a way you and your talents could help Thornhill, well, now is the time.

If you are able to fill one of the vacancies, please email For any positions that are vacant after the vote, we will continue to work to fill those positions. A full description of every position is on our website.

Thank you for all you do for our community!

Presidents: vacant

Secretary: Rebecca Andersen

Treasurer: Derek McDonald

Member-at-Large (K-2): vacant

Member-at-Large (3-5): vacant

VP Communications: Erin Proudfoot

VP Personnel: Shauna Fithian & Andy Espinoza

VP Fundraising: Christine Pereira

VP Education Support: Adimika Arthur

VP Community Support: Becky Urbano

5th Grade: vacant

Auction: vacant

Auditor: Dave Anderson

BSDD Chairs: Adrienne Selke & Rianna Stoll

Dads Club: Thomas Vaquerano

Konstella: Kim & Ken Olofsen

Diversity: Angela Engel

Enrichment: Carmen Childs

Merchant Partnerships: Erin Fredrick

Grants & Solicitations: vacant

Hospitality: vacant

Newsletter: Evie Nagy

Parliamentarian: vacant

Popcorn Fundraiser: vacant

Read-A-Thon: Adimika Arthur & Angela Engel

Recruitment/Membership: vacant

Room Parents: Rianna Stoll

Site/Safety: vacant

Spirit Wear: Kay Chinn

Spring Carnival: vacant

Sustainability: Elyse Bart

Technology: Ken Olofsen

TK/Kindergarten: vacant

Traffic: Martin Spizman

Visual Arts: vacant

Walk-A-Thon: vacant

Webmaster: Ei-Lun Yokomizo


The Read-A-Thon Is Here

The second-annual Thornhill Read-A-Thon is in full swing! Our kick-off assembly for students took place this past Tuesday, and this year, we have super-exciting programs for adults, families, and students.

How it Works... Students have their own webpage on the Thornhill Read-A-Thon site. Sponsors can donate directly through the students’ webpage. Cash and checks will also be able to be collected and 100 percent will come back to the school. The more sponsors, the more prizes for your student.

Our Read-A-Thon reading sessions in classrooms and the library at school will continue to build our Thunderbird culture of readers. More great news: 90 percent of the funds raised by the Read-A-Thon will be donated to the school, with new and improved great prizes - we will have prizes for kids who read the most and raise the most funds. The class that raises the most donations will get an ice cream party!

And, along with the Read-A-Thon, mark your calendars for these Read-A-Thon related events...

Pajama Night Read-In: Thursday, May 17, from 6 - 7 p.m. in the MPR. **time change!

Meet the Author Parent Coffee Hour and Student Book Reading: Tuesday, May 22, from 8:25 - 9 a.m. in the library.

Have questions? Read our FAQ! If that doesn’t answer your questions, email


Thornhill Staff Appreciation Week

Please help us to honor and spoil our amazing Thornhill teachers and staff during Staff Appreciation Week, May 14 -18.

We have special surprises planned every day for our teachers. We will be hosting our traditional luncheon on Wednesday May 16, giving the staff some time to enjoy a special meal together while feeling appreciated.

Please join in the fun and help out in any way you can. go/10c044facaf29a5fe3-2018

Thanks and we will see you at Teacher Appreciation Week,

Mona and Christina (Hospitality Chairs)


Dads Club

Just a quick update to let everyone know that the Thornhill Dads Club has raised over $3,000 for the school this year!

The final Dads Club meeting of the year will be Thursday, May 17 at 7 p.m. in the library, the same day as the Pajama Night Read-A-Thon event.


Spring Enrichment Wrap Up Performances

With the school year wrapping up soon, it's also time for the spring afterschool enrichment performances. Here's what's slated for the next two weeks:

Monday, May 14: PPAS Evening Drama Performance 6 – 7 p.m.

Tuesday, May 15: PPAS Assembly for Students 9 a.m.

Monday, May 21: 3 O’Clock Rock: 3:45 - 4:10 p.m.; Keyboarding: 4:15 - 4:45 p.m.

Tuesday, May 22: Ukulele & Guitar Wrap Up Performance 3:30 – 4 p.m.

Wednesday, May 23: Martial Arts: 3:45 – 4:00 p.m.; Jazz Class: 4:05 – 4:20 p.m.; TK-Kinder African Dance: 4:25 – 4:40 p.m.; 1st thru 5th Grade African Dance: 4:40 – 5:00 p.m.; Doug’s Drama 1st & 2nd Grade Performance 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Each class is allotted a 15 minute time slot, with 5 minutes between performances.

Please note that these are just approximate times, some will be quicker than others.


Fentons Dine Out Report

We are still waiting for the final tallies, but based on how many Thornhill families showed up at the Dine Out event at Fentons on May 7, we should be receiving a sizable contribution from what is one of the most-famous ice cream parlors in the country. Fentons, as you know, pledged to give 15 percent of each check back to Thornhill and we appreciate their generosity.

And if you want to get in on another great Dine Out opportunity, come to Round Table Pizza at 2854 Mountain Blvd. from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16.


Helping Hands Party on Sunday, May 20

We still have spots for the Helping Hands party on Sunday, May 20 from 3-5 pm.

Join your fellow Thornhill families for an afternoon of social awareness and snacks as we assemble care packages for homeless individuals in our community. This is a family friendly event for all ages and tickets are $25 pp and available through our auction website.

Can't attend but want to help out? Drop off unopened hotel-sized toiletries and/or new socks at the PFC booth at Saturday's carnival.

Questions? Contact Becky Urbano at


Spring Carnival THANK YOU!

We wanted to give a HUGE thank you to all the many volunteers who set up and took down, manned and managed, cleaned and cleared the many booths and offerings at this years Carnival. A special thanks to Shanyn Lloyd-Gibson for all the spectacular additions of new games, the churro man, that amazing dance troop, and for her help on so many things large and small.

It was a great way to wind down the 2017-2018 school year.


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.

  • Monday, May 14: PFC Meeting (6 - 7:30 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, May 16: Teacher Appreciation Luncheon (volunteer)
  • Wednesday, May 16: Dine Out at Round Table (11 a.m. - 8 p.m.)
  • Thursday, May 17: Read-A-Thon Pajama Night Read-In (6 - 7 p.m. in the MPR)
  • Thursday, May 17: Dads Club Meeting (7 p.m. in the library)
  • Tuesday, May 22: Read-A-Thon Meet the Author (8:25 - 9 a.m. in library)
  • Tuesday, May 22: Spring Performance (Grades 3-5) (9 a.m. in MPR)
  • Wednesday, May 23: Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast (8 - 8:30 a.m. in lobby)
  • Wednesday, May 23: Spring Performance (TK-2) (9 a.m. in MPR)
  • Thursday, May 24: Spring PFC Enrichment Classes End
  • Friday, May 25: Lincoln Day observed (no school)
  • Monday, May 28: Memorial Day (no school)
  • Wednesday, May 30: Open House! (6 -7 p.m. in MPR then classrooms)

  • Friday, June 1: Science Collaboration (minimum day)
    Friday, June 1: Sally Bonini Retirement Party (6-9pm in MPR)
    June 4-7: Last Week of School (minimum days)
    Thursday, June 7: Last Day of 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, VP of Communications Erin Proudfoot, PFC Co-Presidents Shauna Fithian and Shanyn Lloyd-Gibson and Principal Steve Daubenspeck. Member of Oakland Unified School District (OUSD).