Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 25, Issue 10, November 3, 2017

From The PFC Co-Presidents

Hi Thunderbird Families,

It looks like Fall has finally arrived here in Oakland bringing those crisp mornings and beautiful sunny afternoons. We hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween!

It was great to see so many students and their families participating in the Trek-a-Thon on Saturday. Many many thanks to chairs, Vinay and Kelsey Nariani, along with Christine Pereira, VP of Fundraising, for all their hard work to make a fun and athletic day for our community. Many thanks also go out to the parents and teachers that volunteered their time that day...And to all who donated money for our school. We’re close to our fundraising goal of $25,000, so please keep those donations coming!

Please join us for our next PFC Board meeting on Tuesday, November 14 at 6pm in the school library. All parents/guardians are welcome to attend. Please RSVP if you need childcare (on Konstella calendar).

Don’t forget that daylight saving time ends this weekend. Lucky us, we get an extra hour of sleep Sunday morning!

Shanyn and Shauna

PFC Co-Presidents


TK and Kindergarten Tours

The first of four upcoming TK and Kindergarten tours will be next Wednesday, Nov. 8.

We need six parents to help each day from 8:45-10:30 a.m. However, if you can't stay for the tour but can help with coffee/goodies set-up, that would be helpful as it is just 20 to 30 minutes right around morning drop-off. Sign up here!


Thornhill Clean Sweep--Nov. 18

Is "recycling" your middle name? Would you sweep up your driveway than watch football on the weekends? Do you have and extra pair of clippers or a Weed Eater?

Well, whether you said yes, or no to any of the above...Thornhill’s Fall Sweep is for you!

The Sweep will take place on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9am-12pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to help get our campus cleaned up and will also be a hands-on chance to learn more about the best waste sorting practices. If you haven’t yet signed up to participate in the Fall Sweep for any amount of time, please do!


Library News....


We had a slightly scary (and mostly fun) few weeks celebrating Halloween in the library. Along with old favorite stories like The Hallo-wiener, The Tailypo, and The Widow’s Broom, we’ve added a few new stories that all came from your generous donations! The Fun Book of Scary Stuff and Herbert’s First Halloween were new stories that the students loved!


Thank you to James Yokomizo and family for donating I’m Here.

If you want to donate a book to the library, have a look at the Thornhill Library Amazon Wish List. If you donate directly from the Amazon Wish List, make sure to add a gift note with your student’s name included. Thank you again to all of our donors.

Happy Reading,
Maura Hennessy

Thornhill Library

Thornhill Library Blog


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Support Thornhill with eScrip and Amazon Smile

Did you know there are ways to raise money for Thornhill through things you do every day? Grocery shopping, dining out at restaurants, shopping online and locally...You shop and Thornhill wins! Check it out:

Amazon Smile

What: AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to Thornhill PFC

How: Shop via and set your supported charity to Thornhill Parent-Faculty Club


What: Earn 3-5% back for Thornhill on grocery and dining purchases on the credit and debit cards you register with eScrip.

How: Register online at and choose Thornhill Parent-Faculty Club as a beneficiary, then store the credit/debit cards you use at restaurants and grocery stores. This works locally and nationally – check out the full list.

Thank you for supporting our Thornhill Elementary community!

Questions? Email


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.

  • Friday, November 3: Minimum Day to support Science Literacy

  • Wednesday, November 8: First TK/K Classroom Tour

  • Friday, November 10: NO SCHOOL (Veterans Day)

  • Tuesday, November 14: PFC Meeting (6-7:30 p.m.)

  • Saturday, November 18: Fall Sweep (9am-12pm)

  • November 20-24: NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Week)
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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).