Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 26, Issue 30, April 2, 2019

From the PFC President

Did you miss not getting your kids up for school last week? How did you deal with the spring “break”? Because if you had your young 'uns at home, like some of us, the only break you might have gotten was by letting them have the run of Netflix for the week.

But now we're back at school, with a lot of activities coming up. The Read-a-Thon kicks off this Wednesday, and we should all say thanks to Adimika Arthur, Angela Engel and our all-star librarian Marie Fox for getting the event together. On Thursday, we have a Dine Out at Round Table Pizza. And this Friday, the Dads Club will take over the multi-purpose room for a movie night featuring "Mary Poppins Returns," which could give everyone a couple of free hours for dinner, a drink or two, or maybe a nap.

The next PFC Board Meeting will be on Monday, April 8, from 6-7pm in the library. The budget for next year will be the main topic of discussion. We will also soon be seeking volunteers for PFC Board positions for the next school year, and some board members' terms will be concluding.


Rex Crum


Rev up for the Read-a-Thon!

We hope you all had an amazing, restful and glamorous Spring Break holiday. Now that we’re officially back, we are working hard to prepare for our last fundraiser. The Thornhill community prides itself on a Read-a-Thon that is filled with joy, community engagement, and of course money for our school. In the past two years, this fundraiser has raised almost $30,000 to help support programs and fill major gaps in our PFC budget, but has had very little parent participation. We need to change that! We need some committed and thoughtful parents to join our crew to make the Read-a-thon a success. Here’s how you can help:

1. Volunteer for tomorrow’s event—see the SignUpGenius

2. Encourage people in our community who don’t attend Thornhill to donate or come to our events. They can donate time, prizes, cash/checks and/or connections to people/things that would enhance our Read-a-Thon.

3. Show up TOMORROW (Wednesday, April 3 - see info below) with friends, neighbors and family members to make our community event a success. Post flyers in the local Starbucks, announce it at church or invite people who would love a fun night out.

4. Sign your child up for their Read-a-Thon page!

We appreciate your help and need your support to make 2019 Read-a-thon successful!


Marie, Angela and Adimika


Join Us for Pictures & Pajamas and Support the Read-a-Thon!

On Wednesday, April 3 from 5:30 to 7pm in Thornhill’s multi-purpose room, meet local children’s book author Matt Heroux and illustrator Wednesday Kirwan for a fun-filled night of reading, illustrating and treats!

Matthew Heroux and Wednesday Kirwan wrote Owl Love You together while walking their dog, Nemo. Owl Love You is a bedtime book that features lulling, lyrical text and luminous illustrations of the night time world. Wednesday is a children’s book author and the illustrator of Henry’s Bright Idea and Magnolia’s Magnificent Map, in the Walnut Animal Society series, written by Lauren Bradshaw. She is also the illustrator of the entertaining children’s bedtime book Yeti, Turn Out the Light! By Greg Long and Chris Edmundson. This is Matt’s first book and their first book together as a married couple.

Thanks to Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 20% of the book sales go back to Thornhill’s Read-a-Thon! This is a FREE event for the entire family, but children must be accompanied by an adult—this is not a drop off event.


Thornhill Movie Night!

The second Movie Night of the year is here, hosted by our Dads Club. We'll be watching Mary Poppins Returns, rated PG at a running time of 2 hours and 10 minutes.

Buy your tickets here on Eventbrite!

Volunteer Here!

Bring a pillow and stuffie, enjoy popcorn and light snacks, and snuggle in for a good time. You may drop off (AFTER walking your child to the sign-in table and checking them in), although we suggest that TK and K kids have a parent stick around.


5:30pm - Drop-off / Check-in
6pm - Announcements / Raffle
6:10pm - Movie Starts
8:20pm - Movie Ends (This is a good time to arrive for pick-up)
8:30pm - All kids need to be gone!

We'll see you at Thornhill on Friday night!


Spring News from the Garden

Happy Spring Everyone! Our Gardening Program is blossoming this year, as I have been teaching gardening to all of the Kindergarten through 2nd Grade classes on a biweekly basis since October, and Bianca Darville is teaching gardening to the TK class. The Gardening Program is part of the Sustainability Program to help teach our children to nurture and respect the earth, to grow healthy food, and to promote environmental responsibility and healthy living within the school community. Check out our new Gardening and Sustainability websites!

Over the last couple months, we have been enjoying a bountiful harvest of Winter vegetables that the kids planted (kale, broccoli, lettuce, cabbage, cauliflower, peas, mustard, and much more). The kids can't wait for the carrots, beets, and potatoes to be ready! We have all enjoyed working the soil, planting, weeding, watering, composting, and tasting the wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and herbs that grow in our school garden. We have also been enjoying the Miner's Lettuce that planted itself in several of the planters in the back snack area. Miner's Lettuce is a native plant that grows in the Pacific Northwest in the Winter and Spring. It is delicious and loaded with nutrition.

The Spring Clean is coming up on Saturday, April 13, and we would love your help in the garden areas. We will be weeding, pruning, and clearing out a space for a new sitting area in the shady part of the garden for teaching during the hotter months. Please sign up to help if you are interested.

When you have a few extra minutes at drop off or pick up, I invite you to explore the garden area between the main building and the portables or enjoy the garden area by the snack tables behind the school. If you have a Kindergartner, 1st grader, or 2nd grader, you can invite them to show you what we're growing in the garden. Food is harvested weekly with the gardening classes, so please do not pick vegetables from the garden.

- Alexis Lavine-Moore


Are You Game? Carnival Volunteers Needed!

This year’s Spring Carnival is on April 27 from 10am-3pm. This is one of our biggest Thornhill community events all year so you don’t want to miss it, especially new TK and kindergarten families!

We do end up earning some money for the PFC, but fundraising is not the main goal or focus. This day is all about our school community coming together to celebrate spring and have a super fun day together! Also, we welcome the wider Montclair community, so please let your neighbors and friends know.

Your Class Booth Coordinators will be contacting you soon to ask you to volunteer to help staff your class booth/game. Please sign up for a general shift (it’s always really fun) or help take apart your booth & clean up at the end of the day. We also need lots of donations for the Cake Walk (sweets can be homemade or store-bought).

Other Ways to Participate

Sign up sheets will be posted in the lobby next week for several more volunteer opportunities:

Booth Set-Up — Friday afternoon, April 26, any time between 2-6pm. We’ll teach you what to do. We just need bodies so the work goes quickly! Your kids can help too!

Dads Club BBQ — Contact

Face Painting — Great for Thornhill alums to do

Photo Booth — We need amateur shutterbugs (basically any parent who enjoys taking pictures) to volunteer for a one-hour shift. With your own digital camera, you’ll take 4 pictures of each person/group doing different poses in front of the backdrop, and then you'll upload them to a website after the Carnival. Easy and fun!

Thanks in advance!! It takes a village… :-)

Marya Edgar, 2019 Carnival Chair,


Thank You Thank You!

Many thanks to the following families for their recent donations to the library!

Mateo Gonzalez

Jack Magness

James Yokomizo

It is so exciting for the kids to see new titles in their weekly visits, and I know they will be happy to have them for the upcoming Read-a-Thon! If you want to see other titles students have been asking for, you can check out our wishlist here. Thank you for all of your support.

- Marie Fox


Love Summer Again AND Support the Thornhill Parent Faculty Club!

Camp Galileo is hosting camp at nearby Chabot Elementary in Oakland this summer! Throughout the month of April, Galileo will donate $25 to the Thornhill PFC for every family that enrolls at Camp Galileo (K-5 grades) or Galileo Summer Quest (5-8 grades). Plus, you’ll get $50 off camp with code 2019SCHOOLREWARDS. Be sure to enter Thornhill as the school during checkout (in the camper info section). Financial assistance available as well. Learn more at or 800-854-3684.


Shop, Eat & Earn with Good Eggs

Just back from spring break and the fridge is empty? Need kid lunches? Order Good Eggs for same-day delivery! Place an order—using our school code TBIRD19—for delivery this Wednesday, to help us win fresh fruit for our school’s teachers! If 10 families order for 4/3 delivery, we’ll win this prize. Get produce, meat and fish, baked goods, easy dinner kits, and more delivered same-day at


Dine Out for the Read-a-Thon this THURSDAY at Round Table Pizza

This Thursday, dine in, carry out, or order delivery from Round Table on Mountain, and a percentage of your bill will go to support the Read-a-Thon. Bring a book for everyone in the family and read while you wait for your piping hot pizza!

Here’s the dish…

Date: Thursday, April 4

Time: 11am - 9pm

Store: Round Table Pizza, 2854 Mountain Blvd, Oakland

Proceeds: 15 percent comes right back to Thornhill for the Read-a-Thon


Thornhill Night at the A’s: Friday, April 19th!

Wind Up for Thornhill Night at the A’s on Friday, April 19th! Bring the family and watch our Oakland Athletics take on the Toronto Blue Jays - first pitch is at 7:07 pm.

Buy your game tickets here! The deadline is this Friday, April 5. We are all in the same section this year (Section 226). We won't be doing an official tailgate this year, but stay tuned for a casual get together before the game.



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

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).