Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 26, Issue 13, October 30, 2018

From the Principal

Dear Thornhill Families,

Walkathon is this Saturday November 3rd!

Science Friday—Minimum Day Friday November 2nd

NOVEMBER is Native American History Month

A fun part of being principal is getting to hang out with our students during recess. Sometimes I get to play basketball or referee a game. And this week, I got to observe these wonderful boys hanging out together. What a pleasure it is to see such joy and togetherness. Thornhill is truly a wonderful place!

Have a great week!


Mr. Daubenspeck



Gobble gobble, just four days to go until the Turkey Trot Walkathon! Saturday, November 3rd from 10am-4pm.

Collect pledges! Customize your child’s online page or print out the paper pledge form.
  • Click on "Login"
  • Username = 9 characters long (all lowercase and numbers): The first 3 letters of the student’s first name, the first 3 letters of the student’s last name, 1 digit for the numeric grade (TK and K use 0) and “th” for Thornhill school.
  • Password = Same as your username; you can edit this after logging in for the first time.
  • Example: Miami Xing (kindergarten) = miaxin0th

Volunteer! We still need quite a few volunteers (this is a great way to pass the time on Walkathon Day); please sign up for an hour or two (or more).

Be out on the lookout for other activities at the Walkathon!

Get ready for Registration!
  • We will need to see your current donation total on your phone or you can bring a printout from
  • You can turn in any cash or checks you have on the registration days.
  • The first 200 kids to register (with a minimum of $30 in donations) will get a t-shirt. We hope/plan to have them at pre-registration as well as on Saturday.
  • Pre-register on Wed 10/31 in the lobby: 1-2pm.
  • Pre-register on Thur 11/1 in the lobby: 8-9am, 3-4pm and 5-6pm.
  • Pre-register on Fri 11/2 in the lobby: 8-9am and 1-2pm (minimum day).
  • Register on Saturday: We'll be at the school front entrance starting at 10am!

Your 2018 ‘Turkey Trot’ Walkathon committee - Carmen Childs and team



Donation and pledge site:

Volunteer site:

BBQ Volunteer:


Planning To Hydrate at the Walkathon?

We strongly encourage all attendees to bring your own reusable water bottles this year as we work towards reducing our waste footprint at Thornhill events. This includes kids walking the course as well as beverage options at the Dads Club BBQ. Instead of single serve drinks, Dads Club will be dispensing drinks from big thermoses. The Sustainability Committee (and Mother Earth) greatly appreciate your participation and efforts!


Book Swap and Donation Drive

Reading is one of life's great joys but managing stacks of outgrown volumes is no fun. Has your student outgrown Eric Carle? Long to take a dip into Harry Potter territory? Want to clean off the shelves and maybe stock a few new favorites? Bring your GENTLY used volumes to the Walkathon. We will be collecting donations and trading books.

In addition, we will be accepting new and used donations to the Thornhill Library. Please check out the latest wish list for ideas. Any books not picked up by Thornhill students will be donated to the East Bay Book Project.

Questions? Contact Becky Urbano at


Fuel Up for Our Fourth Graders

Thornhill’s fourth grade class is holding a big bake sale/fundraiser at the school Walkathon on Saturday, November 3. All of the money we raise will help offset costs of the class’ annual field trip to the Coloma Outdoor Discovery School. This overnight field trip in California's Gold Country is an incredible and fun learning experience, but costs have gone up this year, and we want to keep it as affordable as possible for everyone.

We will have a ton of baked goodies for sale, so please make sure to stop by (cash only please) to fuel up before the Walkathon, buy snacks in between laps, and take some home for Sunday morning treats. We’ll be selling cookies, muffins, cakes and bread by the slice and in small batches, and we may also have for sale a few whole cakes and/or pies.


Do You Know A Great Teacher’s Aide?

The PFC currently has one employee vacancy for a teacher’s aide. We’re reaching out to our great parent community with the hope that you’ll know someone who is interested in the position. This is a part-time position (approx. 25 hours per week) working with our amazing students and faculty! The ideal candidate is someone with experience working with elementary school aged students.

More details about the position can be found here. Questions can be sent to


Shauna Fithian & Andy Espinoza

Co-VPs Personnel


ColorCycle Update and Reminder

We have collected 20 LBS of used markers from our ColorCycle collection bins—AMAZING! Thank you so much for your help in reducing waste in our landfills! Remember, don’t throw out that used marker—ColorCycle it.

We are collecting dried markers, dry-erase markers and highlighters to be recycled. As a parent, you can also help support our sustainability efforts by sending your kids to school with any used markers you may have around the house. ALL MARKER BRANDS WILL BE ACCEPTED! Please deposit any dried markers into one of the three ColorCycle collection boxes located in the teacher workroom, outside of Adventure Time and outside the multipurpose room.

These markers will be shipped to a facility to where they will be converted into clean fuel. This fuel can be used to power vehicles, heat homes, cook meals all while keeping tons of plastic out of landfills each year.


Don’t Forget to Eat and Shop (and Earn for Thornhill)

Eat and Earn: Good Eggs

Uh-oh, are you supposed to bring a healthy snack for the Halloween party and totally ran out of time? Try same-day delivery on Good Eggs.

Families that join the Thornhill Elementary School Good Eggs fundraiser and place their first order ever this week (Oct 29-Nov 4), are eligible to win a kid-friendly, lunchbox-ready, snack pack! To join, just visit, enter the code TBIRD18, and place an order. You can get groceries and easy dinner kits, delivered same-day. No subscription required, and delivery is free anytime you spend $60.

Shop and Earn: Amazon Smile

Impulse buy or something just sitting there in your cart? This is the week to get it! From Oct 29 - Nov 2, AmazonSmile will increase the donation rate on all eligible purchases. If you aren't currently setup to support Thornhill PFC through Amazon Smile, get started today!

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.

Upcoming Shop and Earn: Primary Clothing will offer a 25 percent "Spirit Sale" plus an extra giveback to Thornhill PFC in November.

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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



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

  • Wednesday, October 31: Halloween Parade (12:50pm)
  • Friday, November 2: Minimum Day to support science literacy
  • Saturday, November 3: Walkathon (10am-4pm)
  • Monday, November 5: PFC Meeting (6-7pm), RSVP here.
  • Thursday, November 8: Prospective Family Info Night (6:30-7:30pm)
  • Monday, November 12: Veterans Day (no school)
  • Wednesday, November 14: Dine Out at Round Table Pizza
  • Monday-Friday, November 19-23: Thanksgiving Break (no school)
  • Monday-Friday, November 26-30: Winter Conference Week (minimum days & no enrichment classes)

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).