Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 26, Issue 14, November 6, 2018

From the PFC President

How are your kid's feet doing? Or should I ask how are your feet doing?

The Walkathon is one of our biggest and most sociable fundraising activities of the year, and with all that turkey trotting done, I think all of you should be proud of what you accomplished. And be sure to say a word of thanks to Carmen Childs and the other volunteers who valiantly stepped up to organize and oversee the Walkathon this year. It's this kind of dedication that builds the Thornhill community, and you should all be recognized for all the steps you took on Saturday.

Reward yourself by taking this Friday night off! Drop your kids off at Thornhill for the Dads Club Movie Night where they will watch Early Man. Details and ticket info here!

Now, if you haven't already, give yourself an old-school epsom salt foot bath. You certainly deserve it.


Rex Crum


Dads Club Movie Night - Friday, November 9th

Now that Halloween and the Walkathon are behind us, it’s time to take a night off! Drop the kids off at the Multi-Purpose room this Friday, November 9th and while they enjoy Early Man and you can have a parents night out.

Drop off at 5:30pm, movie at 6pm, pick-up between 8-8:30pm. All the info you need is here!

We are collecting donations ($15 for the first child, $10 for additional children and $5 if you accompany your child) at the door and on Eventbrite.

Rudy, Dads Club President


Walkathon Recap!

It was great to see so many of you at the Walkathon on Saturday! One of the best things about the Walkathon is that it highlights the strong community that we are lucky to have at Thornhill. Please extend a giant Thunderbird Thank You to everyone who made the day a success—parent volunteers, alumni walkers, teacher participants and of course all of the students with their exceptional fundraising efforts. Special thanks to the Green Team, Dads Club, DJ Noah, Host a Party Team, Spirit Wear Team, Book Swap, Lost & Found, 4th grade Bake Sale Team (they raised $1160!), and whatever else we missed!

So far we've raised over $19K!

A few housekeeping items:

  • Fundraising deadline: The Walkathon is over but you still have time to raise more money—you have until November 28 to make those donations count toward the fundraising prizes!

  • Lap cards: If you find your walker’s lap card in the laundry pile or under the bed, please put it into the Walkathon box in the office—we want to count all the laps to see which class walked the farthest.

Thanks again to everyone for a great day!

Your 2018 ‘Turkey Trot’ Walkathon committee


Keep Shopping and Eating and Earning for Thornhill

Eat and Earn: Good Eggs

Out of healthy ideas for school lunch or weeknight dinners? Phone it in. To join our school fundraiser, just visit, enter the code TBIRD18, and place an order. You can get fresh, (note: lots of local and organic options) groceries delivered same-day. No subscription required, and delivery is free when you spend $60.

THIS WEEK: Place an order between November 5-11 and you could win a Good Eggs tour of the Ferry Building.

Eat and Earn: Round Table Dine Out on November 14

Wednesday, Nov 14 from 11am to 9pm, order from Round Table on Mountain Blvd and 15 percent comes right back to Thornhill. Valid on dine in, delivery, and takeout!

Shop and Earn: Mabel's Labels

Label Your Kids Stuff & Support Thornhill at the same time! Want to help our campus lost and found situation? Label your kids stuff! When you order from Mabel's Labels and select Thornhill PFC, we get 20 percent back to put towards the school.


Make Your Voice Heard About the OUSD Budget

OUSD wants to hear from YOU about the budget. Please take a few moments to take the community survey and share your thoughts about budget prioritization. The survey is available here in multiple languages.

Additionally, they have updated the fiscal vitality website and encourage you to check out to learn more about the current state of the OUSD budget and where we go from here. Please contact with any questions.


Prospective Family Info Nights!

Tell your friends and neighbors! We will be holding two information nights for all new and incoming families. Meet our principal, learn more about Thornhill, see the TK and K classrooms, and get all of your questions answered. Please note these are adult-only events (no kids, sorry!). No reservation is needed.

  • Thursday, November 8 from 6:30-7:30pm

  • Thursday, January 17 from 6:30-7:30pm

Questions? Please contact our Kindergarten Co-Chairs, Keely Spina and Carmen Childs, at


Montera Middle School Info Night

And if your kid is on the other end of their Thornhill journey, Montera is hosting another information night:

Wednesday, November 7


Montclair Elementary School in the Bloom Room

Families & students can hear from Montera Principal Mr. Avent and 6th grade Principal Dr. Williams, as well as Montera teachers and students, about the top-notch academic, musical, sports, leadership, and other fantastic offerings of our local public middle school.

There will also be morning tours at Montera for interested parents and students every Friday until Jan 11. See for sign ups and more details on the tours.

Thank you!

Kat Verani

Montera PTO Outreach



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

  • Thursday, November 8: Prospective family info night (6:30-7:30pm)
  • Friday, November 9: Dads Club Movie Night (5:30-8:30pm)
  • Monday, November 12: Veterans Day (no school)
  • Wednesday, November 14: Dine Out at Round Table (11am-9pm)
  • Monday, November 19 - Friday, November 23: Thanksgiving Break (no school)
  • Monday, November 26 - Friday, November 30: Winter Conference Week (minimum days all week, no enrichment classes)
  • Monday, December 10: PFC meeting (6-7pm)

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 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).