Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 24, Issue 26, March 10, 2017

Thornhill Benefit Auction--TOMORROW!

Thornhill's Benefit Auction is this Saturday! Are you one of the 240 people who have bought their tickets, along with most of the teachers? Hooray!

If not, it's not too late. You can buy tickets all the way up to 3 p.m. the day of the event. Tickets are $65 each and can be purchased online at

The ticket price includes dinner and two drink tickets!

This is a fantastic opportunity to benefit Thornhill and meet other parents, teachers and staff in a festive and fun setting.

Dress in Festive attire! Whatever you choose, feel fabulous in it.

Parking is complimentary. There is a garage with 220 spaces, or a lot with 80 spaces. Consider carpooling with a designated driver, or taking an Uber or Lyft. Have fun and be safe!

You can still sign up to volunteer at

Do you know what to bid on? Look online. Plus, have you seen the LIVE AUCTION Items?

Here are some of the highlights:

- A home-cooked Italian Dinner and Wine Experience for 8 (Bevilacqua and Floyd Families)

- Two Luxury Box Tickets for the Warriors against the Milwaukee Bucks on March 18 (Mayor Libby Schaaf)

- A Night of Rarities - Fresh-Caught Abalone and Wine Dinner for 8 - (Bridgman and Floyd Families)

- Principal for a Day (Principal Daubenspeck)

- Pixar Tour (Margarita Parkin)

- A Day over California (Molly Wood)

- VIP Chef’s Dinner at Italian Colors Restaurant for 8!

- The Claremont Experience

- A luxury Stay in San Francisco

- Be a Character in a Book

We are all looking forward to seeing you there!

-- Solvig and the auction team

From The PFC Co-Presidents

Hi Thornhill Families,

I hope you are enjoying this beautiful springlike weather. I’m stuck at home with a new puppy, so enjoy it for me!

I'm looking forward to seeing many of you at the Thornhill auction tomorrow evening. Solvig Raethke-Doeppner, our auction chair, and her team have been hard at work to make this a fun evening for Thornhill parents, teachers, staff and friends.

Have you had a chance to check out the online auction catalog? There’s something for everyone! Please remember to bid generously – the auction is one of our main school fundraisers and Thornhill needs your support more than ever with OUSD budget cuts coming.

Our next PFC Board Meeting is Tuesday, March 14 at 6 p.m. in the school library. Please RSVP if you plan to attend or need childcare (for current Thornhill students only) to

Don’t forget that daylight saving time begins on Sunday, so plan on springing forward this weekend. See you at the auction!


Returning To Thornhill? Turn In Your Intent Forms

Hello Everyone...

This is the first year that OUSD is requiring us in the Thornhill office to report your students intent to return to our school during the next school year.

The school needs to report this information from all TK - 4th grade parents. Follow this link and the form will automatically download.

Once you have filled out the form, either return it to Ms. Sherry in the office or via e-mail by Wednesday, March 22. This information is crucial for planning for next year. If your student is NOT returning it would be helpful to know what school they will be attending.

Thank you in advance for your assistance with this matter.


Christina Burden

Attendance Specialist

Thornhill Parent CHKS Survey

This survey is an opportunity for you to help Thornhill by sharing your opinions about it. Please click here for the survey.

OUSD wants to learn about Thornhill’s efforts to promote academic success and well-being for every student. The district also wants to know how well the school is supporting you to be a true partner in your child’s education.

If you have more than one child at Thornhill, you may fill out a separate survey for each child – or just focus on the experience of one of your children at school. Each caregiver may fill out survey according to their experience with Oakland Unified.

No one can tell who filled out this survey. Your answers are completely private.

Enrichment Class Reminder

For those of you with children enrolled in enrichment classes, remember, there will be NO CLASSES next week, March 13-17, due to parent-teacher conferences. Also, every day next week will be a minimum day.
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Dads Club Meeting Coming Up

Next Dads Club Meeting

March’s Third Thursday mixer and planning meeting is coming up on Thursday, March 16th, 8-9:30 p.m. at Monaghan’s. As always the meeting is no host, adults-only, open to all and free to attend. Give us an hour, and you’ll hear about upcoming events like Night at the A’s.

This year's night will take place on Friday, April 21, when the A's face the Seattle Mariners (the hometown and favorite team of your humble newsletter editor, Rex Crum). Thornhill Elementary School students, parents, and their friends and families can purchase discounted tickets in two different seating sections.

Tickets cost $32 for Field Level seats and $20 for the Plaza Outfield section. A portion of each ticket sold will go directly back to the school.

But, before the game, come to the Dads Club meeting! Get more involved, and drink BEER doing it!

SOCIALIZE with Dads Club! Ever wonder why we don’t host a GOLF outing, BOWLING night or POKER game? Why not plan one! Dads Club will happily sponsor and promote any outing to our 190+ member list – all you have to do is ask! We’ll continue to host our monthly planning meetings every 3rd Thursday at Monaghan’s, but you know what they say about “all work and no play…”

Doug's Drama Camp at Montclair Elementary

Do your children act dramatic at home?

Do you ever think, "This kid should win an Oscar for this performance" as he or she pleads with you for a snack just before dinner?

Well, then get your aspiring Daniel Day-Lewis or Meryl Streep on stage.

Thornhill drama teacher Doug Cole will be offering four 2-week sessions of drama camp this summer at Montclair Elementary School. Sessions for students entering grades K-8.

These are full day camps with extended care from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Details at

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Box Tops Contest No. 2 -- Now Through May 26!

Your child will be bringing home a new Collection Sheet and instructions (on light green paper) this week. We collected 2,141 Box Tops during Contest #1. Let’s beat that number and aim for 4,000 this time!


1) Cut Box Tops out and glue them onto the Box Tops Collection Sheet (hang this on your fridge!) or place them in a Ziplock bag

2) Be sure your child’s name and your child’s teacher’s name are clearly marked on the sheet or bag

3) Bring Collection Sheet or bag to your teacher or the Office by May 26. It’s OK if there are less than 25 on the sheet!

Get additional Collection Sheets in the office or download them from Ask grandparents & relatives to collect Box Tops for you too!


· Classroom that collects the most Box Tops wins a Cupcake Party on June 5!

· Classroom with highest % participation will win a Popsicle Party on June 5!

· 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place Prizes for the students who collect the most Box Tops!

· Everyone who brings in Box Tops will be entered into a drawing & 1 lucky winner will get a Yogofina $10 Gift Card!

Winners will be announced on June 1!

Any questions? Contact Amy Teeling

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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).