Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 26, Issue 10, October 9, 2018

From the PFC President

Since becoming a parent, I have learned that kids will find new and amazing ways to boggle your mind every day. For instance, the things kids can remember are astounding. I think I have told our daughters about eleventy bazillion times to pick their clothes up off the bathroom floor and turn the light off in the room when they are done getting ready in the morning. And, if you have kids like ours, you know exactly how often they remember to do this simple chore as they walk out of the bathroom.

Yet what they do remember is equally amazing. Like Halloween. They might not remember the exact date, but they remember everything about Halloween whenever you get them anywhere close to the section with all the candy, costumes and black and orange everything at Target. And they probably remember to remind you about the costume they want (and this may change a minimum of every day over the next few weeks) and that the annual Thornhill Halloween Parade is coming up on October 31. I know, the parade is still three weeks away, but there are a few guidelines for costumes that it is asked we all keep in mind:

--No full facial masks (those always end up being too hot, anyway).

--No weapons (I love nunchucks as much as anyone else, but let's leave those at home).

--No blood (kids end up with enough of scrapes and scratches and the real thing).

Have a good week, and good luck with the costumes.


Rex Crum


It’s Almost Time for the Fall Sweep!

Saturday, October 20, 9am-12pm

Bring your favorite tools and people and come participate in Thornhill's Fall Sweep! People of all ages are welcome to join in the fall fun to help spiffy up our school grounds and come together as a community. Whether you can come for one or three hours, please choose your own adventure on this signup link. We look forward to seeing you all!

Our Fall Sweep also qualifies Thornhill to earn tickets to Disneyland for use at our annual Auction/Gala. If we get 75 or more participants of all ages, we can earn up to 20 Park Hopper tickets to auction off in March!


It’s Also Almost Time for the Walkathon!!

Saturday, November 3, 10am-4pm

The Walkathon is coming! Our theme this year is the Thunderbird Turkey Trot.

Pledge information and volunteer opportunities will be announced soon via Konstella, this newsletter, and on the website. In the meantime, if you have any questions or want to help out, please contact our Walkathon Chair, Carmen Childs, at


Back to School Donation Drive Extended One More Week!

Thornhill families, we need your help! We are still $20,000 shy of our goal. If you haven’t yet donated, now is the time! The PFC budget is crucial to funding our teachers’ aides, PE Coach, librarian, art teacher, music instruction, computers, supplies and more. Without your support, we are not able to provide these for our students. Please contribute at whatever level works for your budget. Donations of any amount help us reach our goal. See the chart for the distribution of donation amounts—as you can see below, Thornhill families have donated at all levels.

Some classes are really setting the pace for participation! Ms. Contreras' class leads with 83%, followed by Ms. Forbes' class with 79% and Ms. Steimle's class with 77%! Amazing!

To the families who have already donated, thank you so much! Your support has been tremendous! Thornhill hats were sent home with your children this week. (If you didn’t get yours, email
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Your Kid Photos with MugsyClicks

Just a reminder that the promo codes offered for our kids’ pictures from MugsyClicks expire on Thursday, October 18. Online, enter UGET5OFF at checkout for $5 OFF YOUR ORDER (with minimum purchase of $50) and enter FREE4U at checkout for FREE SHIPPING (with minimum purchase of $25).

Photo Make-Up day is Thursday, October 25. The photographer will only be around for an hour or so since we only have six students who missed the original picture day. If you are interested in a re-take on October 25, please contact MugsyClicks directly.


Dads Club—First Meeting

Wednesday, October 17, 5:30-6:30pm

Sarah and I are hosting the first meeting of the year at our house on Wednesday, October 17 from 5:30-6:30pm. This is a family-friendly event, so bring the kids and we will have pizza and snacks for everyone. We want to welcome new parents and talk a bit about the upcoming school year.

RSVP on Konstella and let us know you're coming! (Our address is in the Konstella event.)

Rudy Gonzalez, Dads Club President


Reducing Waste at the Walkathon

The Sustainability Team is on a mission to reduce waste at Thornhill events, and we’re starting with some specific requests ahead of the Walkathon on Saturday, November 3.

Prizes: Instead of purchasing new dollar store toys for the walkathon give-aways, we would like to collect from your toy graveyard and re-distribute to our superstar walkers at the event. We welcome all donations, please bring them to the bin that will be in the school lobby October 2-30.

Utensils: We are collecting old cutlery that will find its forever home servicing the hungry mouths at Thornhill events, including the Walkathon. Please bring your second-string cutlery to the bin labeled "silverware donations" that will be in the school lobby October 2-30.

Thank you from the Sustainability Team!


Donate to Thornhill Just by Shopping/Eating!

Shop and Earn: Tea School Days

THIS WEEK: shop Tea Collection October 8-15 and get 15 percent off all orders and FREE SHIPPING. In turn, 15 percent of your pre-tax total goes back to Thornhill.

Here's how:

1. Start at, and shop for globally inspired, adorable kids clothes.

2. When you're ready to check out, enter our unique code, SDF18THORNHILL, in the promo code box, and be sure to click “Apply Code" before finalizing your order.

October Dine Out: Pattys & Buns

When: Tuesday, October 16, 11:30am-7:30pm

Where: Pattys & Buns Burgers, 2852 Mountain Blvd

Pattys and Buns is under new ownership! They are trying out some new menu items for us like grilled cheese or chicken strips with tater tots for kids, rosemary chicken sandwich or cobb salad for adults, etc. (in addition to burgers and fries). Support a local restaurant and they'll support our school—tell the cashier you are there for Thornhill and they'll donate 15 percent back.

Shop, Eat, and Earn: Good Eggs

It is Good Eggs fundraising season! Now through November 30th, order fresh, local groceries or meal kits and Good Eggs will donate 5 percent back to Thornhill on every order Thunderbird families place during the fundraising period. It is like having the Farmers Market delivered to your door.

Here are the details:

1. Visit

2. Enter the code TBIRD18 and click “Shop Now"

3. Add your groceries to your Good Eggs basket, and place your order (note: you must complete your order to be counted, and this code cannot be combined with any other codes).

You will see confirmation text on the checkout page that says “You’re supporting Thornhill Elementary School!”

Bonus: New Good Eggs customers get $15 off their first order with our school code, TBIRD18.


Treat Yourself and Raise Money for Thornhill

There is still space left in the Dailey Method class this Sunday, October 14 from 5:15-7:30pm! Get a great workout with Kerry Corcoran, owner, and amazing Dailey Method instructor, then afterward sip on delicious wine from Napa Valley and fantastic food. This event is open to any and all adults at $40 per slot, and 100% goes to Thornhill. Sign up here!



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

  • Tuesday, October 16: Dine Out at Pattys & Buns (11:30am-7:30pm)

  • Wednesday, October 17: Dads Club Meeting (5:30-6:30pm), RSVP here.

  • Friday, October 19: Lincoln Day, observed (no school)

  • Saturday, October 20: Fall Sweep (9am-12pm)
  • Thursday, October 25: Photo Make-Up Day
  • Tuesday, October 30: Shoo the Flu! (free flu shots for kids)
  • Wednesday, October 31: Halloween Parade (1pm)
  • Friday, November 2: Minimum Day to support science literacy
  • Saturday, November 3: Walkathon (10am-4pm)
  • Monday, November 5: PFC Meeting (6-7pm), RSVP here.

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, 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 President Rex Crum, and Principal Steve Daubenspeck. Member of Oakland Unified School District (OUSD).