Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 27, Issue 18, December 17, 2019

From the PFC president

And so, here we are. The last few days of school before the end of the year. With the holidays upon us, I want to take a moment to thank each and every one of you who has devoted some of your time at Thornhill since the school year began. Whether it's been in your child's classroom, chaperoning a field trip, volunteering at the Walkathon, participating in the PFC, or organizing the clothes in the lost and found area, your involvement has been critical in keeping Thornhill running smoothly this year. And I hope this will continue in the rest of the school year ahead.

Happy Holidays and Mahalo,

Rex Crum


TK/K Coffee & Pastries with the Principal & PFC

TK/K Families,

Please join us for coffee and pastries on the morning of Thursday, December 19 in the TK yard. Principal Daubenspeck, members of the PFC, and the TK & Kindergarten teachers will be there with words of wisdom. We'll also have flyers with ways to become involved, ideas for kid crafts to get through those long vacation days and most importantly, other parents feeling very much like you - connect with each other in this easy way!

Whether this is your first or fourth child in TK/K, please join us to get and give support - one of the reasons you joined Thornhill Elementary. We're all in this together!


Thornhill Hospitality


This Saturday! Holiday Fundraiser and Parents’ Time Off - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Have last minute things to do before the holidays that would go 10x faster with kids out of the house? Drop your kids off for an afternoon of a movie and snacks to raise money for Thornhill!!

Here are the details (sign up here!):

Date/Time: Saturday, December 21st from 1-5pm (**this Saturday!**)

Movie: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Where: Home of Mali (2nd grade) & Liam (Kinder) in Oakland!

Cost: $40 per kid (pay via PayPal or by check made out to "Thornhill PFC" dropped off in the office) (Visit our Hosted Parties page if the PayPal link doesn’t work for you)

Snacks: Popcorn and juice will be served!

Bring: If wanted, a comfy blanket and a stuffy

Who: All kids in all grades welcome!

Please sign up in Konstella if you want to participate and pay via PayPal! All monies paid go directly to Thornhill. Happy Holidays!


Warm Hearts Coat Drive

Thornhill families,

From Wednesday, December 18 2019 through Friday January 24 2020, the Thornhill Dads Club will be holding a Warm Hearts Coat Drive. There will be a collection bin in the main lobby. Please deliver your clean gently worn coats (kids or adults!) and help us keep Hearts Warm this winter. We’ll be working with One Warm Coat for the donations. Thank you!


Heads up: Auction donation forms!

The Thornhill Auction is coming up on Saturday, March 14, and its success relies on prize donations from businesses. The committee is working hard to secure lots of great items, but some of the best prizes come from Thornhill community members and their networks.

Donation forms will be going home this week, so please check your kids’ backpacks! Think about who you know, where you like to go, what connections you might have. Every little bit helps and the forms are easy to hand out to relatives after a few glasses of holiday beverages. Return them to the office, to your teacher, or email them directly to

Tickets are going on sale soon... we will announce via Konstella!


Congratulations Walkathon winners!

Thornhill students sure got their steps in at this year’s Walkathon. Congrats to the top walkers from each grade--you sure earned those Otter Pops!

Kindergarten: Harrison Tuck and Alexandra Peterson, 25 laps each

1st grade: Eleanor Chinn, 50 laps

2nd grade: James Yokomizo, 57 laps

3rd grade: Elias Bart, 56 laps

4th grade: Julian Topel, 91 laps (!!!)

5th grade: Maggie Lecker, 41 laps


Pizza Pizza

Thank you, Thornhill school community, for the awesome turnout at Zachary's pizza last week! The restaurant staff were blown away by our crowd and we raised $243.46 — that is a lot of pizza and the gift from Zachary's goes right back to our school. Thank you! Who is ready for a pizza showdown? Next up is Round Table on January 9 — please mark your calendars.


Doing any shopping this holiday season?

Whether you are grocery shopping (see eScrip), making photo gifts, or ordering just about anything on Amazon, you can earn funds for Thornhill through purchases you are already making! Check out the Shop & Earn page for a full list of partners and links to make your shopping count. Plus, a bunch of our partners offer you an extra discount — it is a win-win.


Making holiday cards?

Shop holiday cards and gifts on using our program code FUNDRAISETHORNHILL to give 15% back to our school — and you get 20% OFF your Minted order! Make sure to enter code FUNDRAISETHORNHILL at check out for the discount.

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Spring Enrichment Classes

Classes will be available for viewing on Thursday, January 2 on our Homeroom platform. Information will always be posted on our website. If you are applying for a scholarship, please email Sally Bonini at Here are the key dates!

Classes Available for Viewing: Thursday, January 2

Scholarship Requests: Thursday, January 2 - Friday, January 10

Registration: Wednesday, January 8 at 8am - Wednesday, January 15 at 5pm

First day of Enrichment Classes: Tuesday, January 21


Grade-Specific Facebook Groups

Looking to connect over the break and beyond? Each grade (except TK) has its own Facebook group. Find the specific links in the Files section of Konstella here.



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

  • Wednesday, December 18: Winter Music Performance, Grades TK-2 (9:15am, MPR)
  • Wednesday, December 18: Enrichment Performances - Jazz Band (3:30-3:45pm), Martial Arts (3:50-4:05pm), African Dance and Drumming (4:10-4:55pm) (all in MPR)
  • Thursday, December 19: TK/K Coffee with the Principal & PFC (8:20am, TK Yard)
  • Friday, December 20: Last Day of School & Fall PFC Enrichment Classes
  • Monday, December 23 - Friday, January 3: NO SCHOOL (Winter Break)
  • Thursday, January 2: Spring Enrichment Classes available for viewing
  • Wednesday, January 8 - Wednesday, January 15: Spring Enrichment Classes Registration online
  • Thursday, January 9: Dine Out at Round Table Pizza (11:30am-9:30pm)
  • Friday, January 10: Minimum Day to Support Science (TK/K 1:10pm | Grades 1-5 1:25pm)
  • Monday, January 13: PFC meeting (6-7pm library) + Taps and Takeout mixer (7-9pm)
  • Monday, January 13: Prospective Families Information Night (6-7pm, MPR)
  • Monday, January 20: NO SCHOOL (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
  • Tuesday, January 21: First day of Spring Enrichment Classes
  • Tuesday, January 28: Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Festival and Black History Celebration (8:45am, MPR)
  • Friday, January 31: NO SCHOOL (Professional Development Day)
  • Wednesday, February 26: Engineering Night (5:30-7pm, MPR)
  • Saturday, March 14: Thornhill Auction (Fratellanza Club)

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).