Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 26, Issue 23, February 5, 2019

From the Principal

Dear Thunderbird Families,

This morning 3rd-5th graders from Thornhill and Cleveland Elementary got to listen to Emanuel Ax on piano. In a rare treat, breaking away from his concert schedule, Mr. Ax played Beethoven and other classical composers to a packed house! Both schools had all violinists present and students played for Mr. Ax with the support of conductor, Michael Morgan from the Oakland Symphony. We are so fortunate to have great musical opportunities at Thornhill. A huge shout out to Mr. Ax and the Oakland Symphony.


Mr. Daubenspeck

An Evening with Emanuel Ax

Oakland Symphony announces the Emanuel Ax Residency to take place to take place in Oakland from Tuesday, February 5 to Friday, February 8, 2019. The celebrated classical pianist and seven-time GRAMMY winner Emanuel Ax will participate in five education events that culminate with An Evening with Emanuel Ax, an all-Beethoven program, on Friday, February 8 at 8:00pm at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland featuring Oakland Symphony Chorus, members of Oakland Gay Men’s Chorus, and OUSD MUSE VIVO Orchestra. The program includes Overture to Egmont, Op. 84, Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op.15, Coriolanus Overture, Op. 62, Prisoner’s Chorus from Act I of Fidelio, and Choral Fantasy in C major, Op. 80.

Students and Parents in the Oakland Unified School District may request free tickets to this event.

Location: Paramount Theatre
Date: Friday, February 8, 2019
Time: 8 pm

More information:


Order Your Class Photo

You can now order a photo of your child(ren)’s class at Mugsy Clicks! Go to and sign in with the information you used to order your student’s pictures. You’ll then need an Access Code to view the class pictures, which is ThornGRPS18. Free shipping until February 22 with promo code MUGSY19!


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Summer Camp Deals That Benefit You AND Thornhill

We know many of you are planning your kiddos summer care options already in February. The Auction committee has received some great deals on summer camps in the area. Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 6, head on over to the Auction Catalog and start bidding on these amazing adventures. (Use the menu on the left of the catalog to sort by the category “camps.”)

You can also check out all of our auction offerings as we start displaying them this month. The other items will only be available at the Auction on March 2!

Send your child(ren) to a great day camp AND raise money for Thornhill! The camps will be available on February 6 here:


Auction Prices Go Up February 10!

Ticket prices for our 60th Anniversary Auction will be going up on Sunday, February 10th! Tickets will NOT be available at the door and we have to stop selling them soon. (Please note this is an adults-only celebration.)

Remember...the class with the most ticket sales gets a pizza party AND $500 for their teacher! Let’s do this Thunderbirds!

Volunteer the day before and/or the day of the auction! Sign up now before all the spots are gone! Got a donation? The online donation form is here — send it to anyone who might have something to donate.

If you're on Instagram, be sure to follow thornhillauction to find out what exclusive items are on offer at the Thornhill Auction on March 2. Or follow our hashtag #2019thornhillauction!


Meet Children’s Book Author Sally Bolger

Author Visit and Coffee Talk - For Students, Parents, and Teachers - All Are Welcome!

Tuesday, February 12, 8 - 8:45 am at Thornhill Elementary (outside the back of the school near the blue picnic tables)

Sally Bolger is a writer, explorer, and conservationist. As a project manager for the Point Reyes National Seashore Association, she helped restore the Giacomini Wetlands in West Marin. This is her first children's book, Fun in the Mud. Bring your imagination and questions for a fun morning!

Raise money for our library and to offset the Marin Headlands 5th grade trip by joining us for coffee and treats! Thanks to Sally and her publisher Roundtree Press, 40% of the book sales will go back to help offset the Marin Headlands 5th grade field trip as well as help purchase books for our library!

Cost: $18 per book (includes tax). Cash or checks are welcome (see flyer on Konstella or in your kid's backpack for details). Questions? Email Here is Marie Fox's Amazon Wishlist for the Thornhill library.

Want to help volunteer the day of? We just need a few people!


Shop & Earn For Thornhill

Dine Out—Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who dined out (or ordered delivery/take out) at Round Table last night. Every little bit helps!

Box Tops

Thank you for saving your Box Tops! These are collected throughout the year. Please save the "box tops" coupons from your participating grocery products and deposit them in the blue shoe box in the office near the teacher mailboxes. Each one is worth 10 cents for the school and they add up! Check your Annie's Mac & Cheese, cereal boxes, cans of soup, etc. for the icon below and gather up your Box Tops!

Shop, Eat & Earn: Good Eggs Is Back

This March and April, Good Eggs will donate 5% back to Thornhill Elementary every time you shop. Enroll in the fundraiser by visiting, entering the code TBIRD19, and placing an order. Five percent will go back to the school on orders beginning on February 25, but you can place an order with the code ahead of time to enroll early. Haven’t tried Good Eggs? You’ll get $15 off your first order when you enroll!

Shop & Earn: Amazon Smile

Shop at and AmazonSmile donates to Thornhill Parent-Faculty Club.



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

  • Tuesday, February 12: Meet Author Sally Bolger (8-8:45am, info here)
  • Tuesday, February 12 (NOTE CHANGED DATE): PFC Meeting (6-7pm)
  • Monday, February 18: Presidents Day (no school)
  • Friday, February 22: MLK Oratorical Festival (8:45am)
  • Saturday, March 2: Thornhill Auction (6-11pm)
  • Saturday, April 27: Thornhill Spring Carnival (10am-3pm)

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 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.

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).