Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 25, Issue 18, January 12, 2018

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Thornhill Auction--February 24

Have you picked out your costume for the “Heroes and Villains”-themed fundraiser auction?

Whether you have or are still pondering whether your identity lies more on the hero vs villain end of the spectrum, get your tickets and join us for this evening of fun.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Ascension Cathedral Community Center, 4700 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland

6-11 pm Tickets are on sale now for only $129 a couple, or $65 per person, until the end of this month.

And even villains need sustenance; you won't have to wait too much longer to find out what's on the menu. The big reveal will be next week.


Create a Pay-To-Play Party to Support the Auction

Do you love a good theme party for families, adults or kids? Poker Night? 80's Dance Party? Halloween? Super Bowl? Family Camp Out? The list can go on and on.

Have a special skill to teach others? Knitting/Crochet? Yoga/Dance? Arts and Crafts? Cooking or Baking?

These Pay-To-Play options at our annual auction raise one-third of our total revenues and are a huge part of how we raise funds to help benefit our school.

Want to help but don't know where to start? Reach out to Angela Engel, she has lots of ideas Contact her by Monday January 29 to get this party started right!

Also...If you love parties but don't have time to plan or host one, consider being an party sponsor.


Angela Engel & Solvig Raethke-Doeppner


Enrichment Class Registration

Enrichment class registration for the upcoming session is underway...Signups began on Monday and run through Jan 19. If you are interested in signing your child up, flyers are available in the school lobby or on the Thornhill school website. The spring session begins February 5.


The PFC Needs a Secretary

Yes, we are about halfway through the year and we still don't have a Secretary - and we really need one. The only requirement is attendance at the PFC meetings! We have 5 meetings left. Please email our presidents Shauna and Shanyn at if you can fill this valuable position.


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Family Science Night--February 7

It's Family Science Night At Thornhill!

Wednesday, Feb. 7

6:00-7:30 pm

Multipurpose Room

11 engineering activities and challenges
for families to enjoy together!

· Building Skyscrapers

· Rolling Cars down Ramps

· Spinning Tops

· Constructing Boxes

· Designing Recycling Processes

· Withstanding Earthquakes

· Designing Cities

· Launching with Catapults

· Designing Marble Runs

· Building Electrical Circuits

· Designing Parachutes

All Grade Levels Welcome!

Children must be accompanied by an adult


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Library News

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Winter Break! In the library, coming back to school in January means the students and I discuss the best books of 2017. Winners of the Youth Media Awards—Caldecott, Newbery, and Coretta Scott King book awards, to name a few—are announced in mid-February this year. Along with exploring the best books from 2017, we look at winners from past years and discuss what made them award-worthy. It’s a great activity where students have a chance to give their opinions and back it up with evidence!


Thank you to Leo and Jessa Pereira and family for donating Norse Myths, Tales of Odin, Thor, and Loki; Hazardous Tales, Raid of No Return; Brave Red, Smart Frog-A New Book of Old Tales; and The Uncommoners, The Crooked Sixpence. James Yokomizo and family donated Love. Check out the Thornhill Library Amazon Wish List if you would like to donate to the library.

Happy Reading,
Maura Hennessy

Thornhill Library

Thornhill Library Blog


Dates To Remember...

If you've gotten this far but still need a reminder of what's coming up on the Thornhill calendar, well...Here are some dates to keep in mind. Remember, you can always get information by visiting the calendar page of the school website.

  • Now-Jan. 19: Registration for spring after-school enrichment programs. Classes start on February 5.

  • Monday, Jan. 15: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (No school)

  • Tuesday, Jan. 16: PFC Meeting (6-7:30pm)

  • Thursday, Jan. 25: Fall PFC Enrichment Classes End

  • Friday, Jan. 26: Staff Development Day (No school)

  • Thursday, February 1: Lunar New Year Parade (1:10pm)

  • Friday, February 2: Science Collaboration (minimum day)

  • Monday, Feb. 5: Spring PFC Enrichment Classes Start
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    About The Thornhill PFC Newsletter

    The Thornhill Parent-Faculty Club (PFC) eNews team publishes this weekly newsletter each Friday in the school year to communicate school, PFC and OUSD news, events and information.

    Email submissions to our Newsletter Chair, Rex Crum, at by 3 p.m. Wednesday 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, VPs of Communications Erin Proudfoot and Pamela Schwartz, PFC Co-Presidents Shauna Fithian and Shanyn Lloyd-Gibson and Principal Steve Daubenspeck. Member of Oakland Unified School District (OUSD).