Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 26, Issue 25, February 19, 2019

From the Principal

Dear Thornhill Community,

I was very much looking forward to our MLK Jr. Oratorical Assembly and Black History Celebration. Our kids have been working so hard to prepare for this assembly. As you know, it was scheduled for this Friday February 22, but due to the potential strike this week, we will be rescheduling. We will notify you of our new date once we land on one. In the meantime, below is a picture of the program we will have.

The Auction is March 2nd! I hope to see as many of you as possible there. This Friday is the last day to buy tickets.

Oakland principals support teachers but call for more state and local funds

Here is an article in EdSource about principals supporting our teachers.


Mr. Daubenspeck

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Time's Almost Up, Buy Your Auction Tickets Now! [Auction is on Saturday, March 2]

This is the LAST and FINAL week to buy your Auction tickets! Final headcount is due to the venue on Friday, February 22! Remember this is Thornhill’s BIGGEST FUN-draiser!

There will be NO TICKET SALES at the door.

If you purchased tickets, please CHECK-IN and VAULT your credit card (look for an email from “Auction Administrator”). By doing this early you will be AVOIDING THE LINES and helping our AMAZING VOLUNTEERS at the end of auction night.

Current standings for Auction ticket sales are:

Thompson 25%

Forbes 52%

Steimle 65% - IN THE LEAD

Watson 38%

Holland 16%

Holman 29%

Townsend 26%

Carter 42%

Formoso 43%

Contreras 44%

Kloess 43%

Van Ostrand 32%

Gustafson 11%

Novak 15%

Bernard 27%

Wilkins 26%

The class with the most parents in attendance will win a free pizza/lunch party, complete with fruit and a drink! (If your child has dietary restrictions, we will work with you to provide appropriate food.)


Also, keep a watch on our auction catalog and get excited to bid on these items at the auction! New items are continually being added.

We hope to see you there!

Kay Chinn & Kim Olofsen

Auction Co-Chairs


If you're on Instagram, be sure to follow thornhillauction to find out what exclusive items are on offer at the Thornhill Auction on March 2. Or follow our hashtag #2019thornhillauction!


Order Your Class Photo

You can now order a photo of your child(ren)’s class at MugsyClicks! Go to and sign in with the information you used to order your student’s pictures. You’ll then need an Access Code to view the class pictures, which is ThornGRPS18. Free shipping until February 22 with promo code MUGSY19!


Author Visit Success!

Thank you to everyone who came out to welcome author Sally Bolger last Tuesday! She shared her beautiful book, Fun in the Mud, with many students in the morning before school, and had class visits with the first and fifth graders. They learned about the restoration of the Giacomini wetlands in Point Reyes, and about the amazing wildlife that has returned as a result. It was a wonderful opportunity for our Thornhill students to connect with an author and a local conservationist!

We were able to raise $309.80 dollars for Thornhill—supporting both the 5th grade Marin Headlands trip and new books for the library! Many thanks to all for your support.

Marie Fox, Librarian and Angela Engel, Parent of 5th and 1st grader


Speaking of Thank Yous and Books

The library is so grateful for book donations for our students! Special thanks this week to:

Yokomizo Family

Soderbergh Family

Phelps Family

Doeppner Family

Marie Fox, Librarian



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

*The MLK Oratorical Festival originally scheduled for Friday, February 22 will be rescheduled, please stay tuned*

  • Thursday, February 21: Possible strike
  • Friday, February 22: LAST DAY to buy Auction tickets
  • Saturday, March 2: Thornhill Auction (6-11pm)
  • Monday, March 11: PFC Meeting (6-7pm)
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, March 19-21: Dine Out for Thornhill at Red Boy Pizza
  • Saturday, April 27: Thornhill Spring Carnival (10am-3pm)

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).