Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 27, Issue 25, February 18, 2020

From the PFC President


I hope everyone had a great Presidents Day, which means we are already more than halfway through February. Things are about to kick into high gear for a lot of Thornhill activities.

I encourage everyone who can to attend the school's Family Engineering Night on Wednesday, February 26 from 5:30-7pm. It will be a fun evening of building, testing, and designing in the multi-purpose room. Everyone is invited. However, please keep in mind that this is not a drop-off-your-kids event.

The auction is getting closer, and more items will be coming up for bidding soon. If you haven't gotten your tickets yet, please visit the auction site to order and get more auction information. The date again is Saturday, March 14!

Looking a little further out...spring will be here before we know it. And along with that, we are going to hold a Spring Fling celebration in lieu of the traditional school carnival. More details will be forthcoming, but you can mark your calendars for Saturday, May 16 for the event at the school.


Rex Crum


The First Day of the 20-21 School Year Is Monday, August 10!

That’s it, that’s the post. Mark your calendars and plan your camps and vacations accordingly!


Family Engineering Night!

All family and community members are welcome to join your friendly Thornhill staff to participate in a fun evening of building, testing, designing, and engineering on Wednesday, February 26 from 5:30-7pm in the Multi-Purpose Room. (This is not a drop-off event!)


Get Ready, the Online Auction Opens February 28

Get ready Thunderbird Community, the 2020 Online Auction Starts Friday, February 28 and will go through March 6.

We’ll kick off bidding on awesome experiences like a get-away stay in the Russian River Valley and seats to watch the Warriors play the Hawks on March 25 at the Chase Center!

Look for details as we get closer to the opening day of bidding! Keep an eye on our website for details.

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Special Deal Alert: Camp Galileo

The online auction for summer camps was a great way to earn some funds for the school while booking a great summer experience for your child. Looking for another week or more where you can do the same thing? From March 2 through April 12, Galileo will donate $25 to the Thornhill PFC for every family that enrolls at Galileo Camps. Their Oakland location is based at Chabot Elementary and is open to kids from pre-K through 10th grade. Campers unlock their inner innovator, learning to creatively solve problems, fearlessly try new things and persist in the face of challenges. New families will also get $50 off camp with code 2020SCHOOLREWARDS. Be sure to enter Thornhill Elementary as the school during checkout (in the camper info section). Scholarships are available as well. Learn more at or 800-854-3684.

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Thank you — Dine Out Results from The Star

Thanks so much for coming out to The Star on Grand last week! This local restaurant generously donated 10 percent of their total from the night back to our school! A big thank you to The Star for their incredibly generous $975 donation to Thornhill PFC. This is always one of our biggest dine out nights of the year and it was great to see our school community out that night. Thanks everyone! Check the calendar for our next Dine Out nights at Red Boy Pizza and Fentons.



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

  • Wednesday, February 26: Engineering Night (5:30-7pm, MPR)

  • Monday, March 9: PFC Meeting (6-7pm Library + 7-9pm Taps & Takeout)

  • Tuesday, March 10 - Thursday, March 12: Dine Out at Red Boy Pizza

  • Saturday, March 14: Thornhill Auction (Fratellanza Club)

  • March 23-26: Spring Conference Week (minimum days!)

  • Friday, March 27: NO SCHOOL (In lieu of Cesar Chavez Day)

  • Monday, March 30 - Friday, April 3: NO SCHOOL - Spring Recess

  • Sunday, April 19: Movie Fundraiser at Parkway Theater (12:30-2:30pm, Parkway)

  • Wednesday, April 22: Dine Out at Fentons

  • Friday, May 8: Thornhill Night at the A’s

  • Saturday, May 16: Thornhill Spring Fling (details to come)

Be sure also to subscribe to the Thornhill Google Calendar here, and download the OUSD District 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 8 p.m. Thursday for approval—nothing sent after this will be included in the following week’s newsletter unless there are extremely compelling extenuating circumstances. It’s 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, as we need to keep the newsletter focused on need-to-know info for the community.

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).