Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 24, Issue 35, May 19, 2017

Blueprint for Quality Schools

Did you know that OUSD is launching a long term master plan that will affect our school programs and facilities investments for the next five years?

It's the Blueprint for Quality Schools! OUSD will be collaborating with families, community members, and an experienced team of professionals to develop the plan – please make sure your voice is heard! There will be four kickoff meetings on May 25, so choose the time and location that's most convenient for you)!

To RSVP and learn more, visit: blueprintforquality. Thank you for your interest and engagement!

Ericka Doolittle

Communications & Public Affairs Division

Oakland Unified School District

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Pennies For Patients Update

The Pennies For Patients drive this year was a big success. The results are in. Here is a breakdown of all the Thunderbird donations:

7,136 Pennies

1,043 Nickels

1,456 Dimes

1,810 Quarters

132 Dollar Bills

2 Two Dollar Bills

5 Five Dollar Bills

1 Ten Dollar Bill

3 Twenty Dollar Bills

Total: $946.36

Thank you everyone! (and thank you to Lola’s dad for dropping off the coins).

The Student Council appreciates your generous donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Patients 2017 campaign. See you next year!


Lola Harris, 4th Grade, Community Service Officer

Devin Wilson, 4th Grade, Treasurer

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Thank You Read-In Volunteers

A big, hearty thank you to all of the volunteers who read to our children during the Asian Pacific American Literature Read-In last Friday: Jody Levos, Erin Yeager, Portia Soderberg, Serena Chen, Kim Olofsen, Ivy Kam, Diana Fung, Jalyn Crum, and Becky Urbano.

And as always a big thank you to Maura Hennessy for pulling books for us, and to Mona Marbach from our wonderful hospitality team for providing coffee.

It was a nutty day! At least three field trips, testing in the upper grades, kinders in pajamas for their Books, Bagels, and Bears, talent show…Yep, despite the usual end-of-year craziness, we managed to figure out how to make time for this important event.

When I read Ghost Train by Paul Yee to the 5th graders, I was incredibly moved by the story and beautiful artwork. But I was even more moved by the student discussions afterwards--about what it means to be an immigrant in this country, about how the conversations around that right now are really hard, and about what they learned about the important sacrifices and contributions made by people from different cultures in the building of our nation.

As an Asian immigrant mama whose son just told me yesterday that he feels like Asians are invisible whenever discussions about diversity and cultural sensitivity come up at his school, I can’t tell you how much it means to have parents and students at this school who show up and engage. Thank all of you for your efforts to help make visible the full range of diversity we have here at our school, and to help us all embrace that.

Thank you. So very much.

Rachel Estrella

Diversity Chair

Dads Club

Announcing the Thornhill Dads Club 2017-18 Steering Committee

We are pleased to report that our leadership recruitment drive has been a big success! Let’s introduce the 5 new chairmen on our Steering Committee who will run Dads Club next school year. (Drumroll please!)

· Bill Peterson

· Mike Maggio

· Noah Kahn

· Rudy Gonzalez

· Thomas Vaquerano

…and our 3 continuing Chairmen…

· Benoit Bruneau

· Brice Gamble

· David Antila

As of yet, no one has stepped up to replace Mike Teeling to become the new “Grand Poobah” of the Club. If you have a pick from the list, please submit your vote!

New Dads Club Facebook Group!

We are excited to announce the new Dads Club Facebook Group. Yes! Dads finally have their own place to meet each other, share photos and keep track of all Dads Club-powered events. Not only dads can join, of course. Spouses and partners can also keep up to date with all the great volunteer work being done by Dads Club. Many thanks to Thomas Vaquerano for setting this up.

To join, please check out

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Shop at AmazonSmile and support Thornhill

Thornhill Parent-Faculty Club has earned $492 from AmazonSmile this school year so far! (July 1, 2016-March 31, 2017)

Thank you to all of you who are already in the great habit of starting your Amazon shopping from

(Remember Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases back to Thornhill PFC.)

If you’re not doing this yet, why not??? It’s so simple, and it adds up!

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Last Two Dine Outs on May 24 and June 5!

We are pleased to report that our successful Dine Out program, in partnership with BigPie, has raised a total of $1,363 for Thornhill so far this year!

THANK YOU to all the parents who have made an evening out of these events at: Camber, Park Burger, The Star on Grand, and Fenton’s. The momentum appears to be growing and we’re excited to announce:

We are having two additional Dine Outs for this school year:

** Wednesday, May 24 (5-9 p.m.) - Seawolf Public House (402 Webster Street)

A new, great, low-key restaurant, Seawolf prides itself on good food, good drinks, and its connection to both the history of Oakland and its current community. To top it off, one of its owners is a Thornhill Parent! Seawolf Public House will generously donate 10% of your bill back to Thornhill! Please come support this event!

** Monday, June 5 (5-9 p.m.) - Monaghan's on the Hill (2820 Mountain Blvd.)

Come celebrate the end of the school year at a wonderful, classic local restaurant owned by another dedicated Thornhill family. Monaghan’s will generously donate 15% of your bill back to Thornhill! Start your summer with us at Monaghan’s on the Hill!


If you are not yet registered for the BigPie service, you will need to complete your free and secure registration before the event:

When you arrive at the restaurant, tell your server you are a Thornhill parent. They will bring you a card on which to write your email and receipt total and that’s it! At the end of the night, the purchases will be logged and our school will get the giveback donation from each restaurant! It’s a tasty, fun and community-building way to support our school!

See you at Seawolf and Monaghan’s before summer begins!

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Only Two Weeks Left in our Good Eggs Fundraiser!

Participation is easy:

1. Go to Good Eggs and fill your basket with all the best food (fresher than fresh produce, sustainable meats and seafood, meal kits, kid-friendly staples and more) for free same day delivery if you check out by 1 p.m.

2. At checkout, enter the code THORNHILL to get $15 off and automatically enroll

3. Enjoy! You just discovered the easiest and most delicious way to support your school. All your orders through the end of May will automatically count toward the fundraiser that gives 10 percent back.

Why not try the Weeknight Dinner Kit or Weeknight Dinner Bundles?

Absurdly fresh ingredients, prepped and portioned for a hassle-free weeknight win!


In our May 12 newsletter we spelled Tom Torlakson's and Karen Monroe's names incorrectly. We regret the error

About The 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 is not accepted.

THANK YOU to everyone who submits articles and to PFC Board Members, Teachers, VP of Communications Mavis Scanlon, PFC Co-Presidents Shauna Fithian and Shanyn Lloyd-Gibson and Principal Steve Daubenspeck. Member of Oakland Unified School District (OUSD).