Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 28, Issue 26, February 23, 2021

In This Issue (bolded items are new contributions for this week)

  • Note from our PFC Co-Presidents

  • Mandatory OUSD Student Preference Form/Survey

  • Take Out For Thornhill - TODAY!!!

  • California Healthy Kids Parent Survey
  • OUSD Family Resources

  • Auction Meeting - This Wednesday!

  • Annual Read-A-Thon

  • Enrichment Update

  • OUSD Announcements

  • Individual Class Packets

  • Calendar of Important Dates


A Note from our PFC Co-Presidents


This most interesting of school years remains...well...interesting. As the possibility of schools re-opening continues to gain steam, it is also becoming more of a topic of discussion every day. We all want schools to reopen, but we also know that doing so isn’t as simple as just unlocking the classroom doors. For many, patience is wearing thin, and it can be easy to take out one’s frustration at another over the current situation.

Because of that, we ask that everyone be kind and patient with each other, and focus on what you really can impact: your children’s well-being. One way to do that is to talk with and listen to your kids. It may sound obvious, but sometimes the most obvious actions can have the most positive effects.

And something positive that is coming up is the annual Thornhill Read-A-Thon! Ms. Fox, our incredible librarian, is spearheading this effort and it will be a great opportunity for our children to share a school-wide activity, even though they are not physically at school.

As a reminder: This newsletter, the Thornhill website, and Konstella are the official channels of communication for the PFC and school administration and will have the most current news and updates. Anything shared by members of the community on other platforms may be relevant to Thornhill families, but are not official school communications.

We wish you well, and...


Rex Crum and Alicia Streight


Mandatory OUSD Student Preference Form/Survey

From our OUSD Superintendent:

Our ability to bring students back to campus for in-person learning is dependent on several factors, including COVID cases continuing to decline. It also depends on how many of our staff and students would like to return for in-person learning and how many wish to remain in distance learning.

At this time, we are asking all TK-5 families to answer two questions in the Mandatory Student Preference Form for each of their TK-5 students by Tuesday, March 2, 2021. This will let us know if you prefer that your student continues with distance learning for the rest of the school year, OR if you prefer your student return to in-person learning, if it becomes available. Please visit for more information and resources to help inform your decision.

This form is required for current TK-5 students. Families with students in Pre-K and grades 6-12 will be contacted later.

In Community,
Kyla Johnson-Trammell

(Note that if you have more than one child in grades TK-5, that you'll need to submit a separate entry for each child.)


Take Out for Thornhill - TODAY!

Don't miss an extra special Take Out event supporting a Thornhill family-owned restaurant! Montesacro Pinseria in Oakland is partnering with us to give back 15% of all orders for the day to support the Thornhill PFC!

TODAY, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 10:30am – 10pm


For more info, visit the Konstella calendar event.

Bon Appetit!

Christina Gibbons, Merchant Partnerships Chair


California Healthy Kids Parent Survey (CHKS)

Please complete the CHKS 2021 Parent Survey! This survey is an opportunity for you to help Thornhill by sharing your opinions about it. We want to learn about this school’s efforts to promote academic success and well-being for every student. We also want to know how well the school is supporting you to be a true partner in your child’s education. If you have more than one child at this school, you may either fill out a separate survey for each child or just focus on the experience of one of your children at Thornhill.

Thank you,

Sherry Kaetzel, Thornhill Secretary


OUSD Family Resources

Do you have questions or concerns about food service, mental health support, tutoring or other issues? Please check out these resources for information on how to handle some of the challenges we are faced with during this pandemic. Many thanks to Kim Olofsen (parent to a 3rd & 5th grader) for her time in putting together this document!


Auction Meeting - this Wednesday!

Please join us every Wednesday at 7pm for an Auction planning meeting. We would love to see new faces and new ideas! We also need people with a few hours to dedicate to this great cause of raising money for our beloved school.

See the event on Konstella for more details and the Zoom info.

Hope to see you there!

Maya Hiersoux, Benefit Auction Chair


Annual Spring Read-a-thon

The Annual Spring Read-a-thon is coming up from March 15th-April 2nd! For three weeks, the entire Thornhill community will focus on reading, share in some fun activities, and raise funds to support the PFC in the process. More details to come soon - stay tuned!

Happy reading!

Marie Fox, Thornhill Librarian


Enrichment Update

One of Thornhill’s enrichment partners, ANTS Tennis, is kicking off Spring tennis classes (for K-2nd and 3rd-5th) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at Montclair Park. Class will run for 9 weeks between March 16 and May 20. Spots are limited with extra small groups. Information on dates & safety protocols for in-person programs are available at


Teresa Contreras-Chavez, Enrichment Coordinator


OUSD Announcements

Please find OUSD announcements and events here, including several upcoming Info and Listening sessions about reopening and insight from the medical community.

Upcoming OUSD Reopening Info Sessions:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 23, 5:30-7pm: Latino Family Session

  • Thursday, Feb. 25, 5:30-7pm: African American Family Session

  • Wednesday, March 3, 5:30-7pm: Special Education Family Session


Individual Class Printed Packets

If your teacher tells you that printed materials need to be picked up, they will continue to be in the same spot — on the fence near the TK trailer and the Alhambra entrance.

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  • Tuesday, February 23: Take Out for Thornhill: Montesacro Pinseria (10:30am-10:00pm, pick-up and delivery)

  • Wednesday, February 24: Auction Meeting (7-8pm, see Konstella for info)

  • Thursday, February 25: 5th Grade Parents Zoom (7-8pm, see Konstella for info)
  • Monday, March 8: PFC Meeting (5:30-7pm, see Konstella for info)
  • March 15 - April 2: Read-A-Thon - save the dates!
  • Monday, March 29: NO SCHOOL for Cesar Chavez Day
  • Monday, April 5 - Friday, April 9 - SPRING BREAK!

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, Jill Evans, 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, VPs of Communications Erin Proudfoot & Evie Nagy, PFC Presidents Rex Crum & Alicia Streight, and Principal Steve Daubenspeck. Member of Oakland Unified School District (OUSD).