Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 26, Issue 9, October 2, 2018

From the Principal

Dear Thunderbird Families,

I hope you are all well. Today we had our first rain of the school year! It's always nice to see the seasons change at school. Nestled among the trees, Thornhill always seems to be surrounded by green.

This past week our 3rd through 5th graders were treated to a ukulele performance and workshop. You can see that in the photo below, along with Mrs. Townsend joining her class in African drumming class. It is such a joy to see our students taking on new instruments.

Every now and then students ask to have lunch with the principal...and yes I take them up on the offer. I always take the opportunity to get to know our students better and give them a chance to get to know me. We often have fun just conversing and sharing our identities and languages in our families together. Or looking through the Thornhill year book, especially in the ‘50s. Recently, 4th graders had lunch with me (see pic below). I had so much fun in these 20 minutes.

A few reminders:

No School: Friday, October 19

Fall Sweep: Saturday, October 20

Walkathon: Saturday, November 3

Have a wonderful week,

Mr. Daubenspeck


Census Day on Wednesday - Tomorrow!

Wednesday October 3 is Census Day for OUSD—the district will count every student attending school and collect information that will help determine the amount of money our district receives through the Local Control Funding Formula. So like every day, unless your student is ill, please make sure they attend school tomorrow.


Reducing Waste at the Walkathon

The Sustainability Team is on a mission to reduce waste at Thornhill events, and we’re starting with some specific requests ahead of the Walkathon on Saturday, November 3.

Prizes: Is your closet the land of forgotten goody bag toys? The sustainability team can relate and wants to help you to help us repurpose these toys to reduce plastic waste. To this end, instead of purchasing new dollar store toys for the walkathon give-aways, we would like to collect from your toy graveyard and re-distribute to our superstar walkers at the event. We welcome all donations, please bring them to the bin that will be in the school lobby October 2-30.

Utensils: (To the tune of Silver Bells) Silverware....silverware...soon it will be Walkathon. The sustainability team is aiming to avoid the use of plastic utensils at this year's Walkathon BBQ. We want Thornhill to have it's very own cutlery collection that it can reuse for these types of events...this year, next year, and in ten years. We are collecting old cutlery that will find its forever home servicing the hungry mouths at Thornhill events. Please bring your second-string cutlery to the bin labeled "silverware donations" that will be in the school lobby October 2-30.

Thank you from the Sustainability Team!


Back to School Donation Drive

We are extending the Back to School Donation Drive by one week. Together, our community has raised $154,000, which is tremendous! Thank you so much to the families who have participated already. However, we are still $36,000 from our goal, and 50% of families haven't participated. If you haven't given, please consider doing so. A gift of any amount ($50? we’ll take it!) helps us get closer to our goal and supports our amazing school.

We want to continue the tradition of excellent education that has been a hallmark of Thornhill Elementary for the past 60 years. From our amazing teachers and staff to the programs like P.E., music, art and computers, it is the support of our community that makes this possible.

More information and ways to give at Don't forget, our thank you gift this year is a cool Thornhill hat and your donation is tax-deductible.


Donate to Thornhill Just by Shopping/Eating!

October Dine Out: Pattys & Buns

When: Tuesday, October 16th, 11:30am-7:30pm

Where: Pattys & Buns Burgers, 2852 Mountain Blvd

Pattys & Buns is under new ownership! Come check out their new kids menu and new items like chicken sandwiches (in addition to burgers, salads, and fries). Support a local restaurant and they'll support our school — tell the cashier you are there for Thornhill and they'll donate 15 percent back.

Shop and Earn: Tea Collection

From October 8-15, shop Tea Collection's school days event and get 15 percent off all orders and FREE SHIPPING. In turn, 15 percent of your pre-tax total goes back to Thornhill.

Here's how:

1. Start at and shop for globally inspired, adorable kids clothes.

2. When you're ready to check out, enter our unique code, SDF18THORNHILL, in the promo code box, and be sure to click “Apply Code" before finalizing your order.

Shop, Eat, and Earn: Good Eggs

It is Good Eggs fundraising time again! From October 1 to November 30, order groceries and “absurdly fresh” meal kits delivered to your door, and Good Eggs will donate 5 percent back to Thornhill on every order Thunderbird families place during the fundraising period.

Here are the details:

1. Visit

2. Enter the code TBIRD18 and click “Shop Now"

3. Add your groceries to your Good Eggs basket, and place your order (note: you must complete your order to be counted, and this code cannot be combined with any other codes).

You will see confirmation text on the checkout page that says “You’re supporting Thornhill Elementary School!”

Bonus: New Good Eggs customers get $15 off their first order with our school code, TBIRD18.



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

  • Monday, October 8: PFC Meeting (6-7pm) (RSVP here)

  • Tuesday, October 16: Dine Out at Pattys & Buns (11:30am-7:30pm)

  • Friday, October 19: Lincoln Day, observed (no school)

  • Saturday, October 20: Fall Sweep
  • Tuesday, October 30: Shoo the Flu!
  • Wednesday, October 31: Halloween Parade (1pm)
  • Friday, November 2: Minimum Day to support science literacy
  • Saturday, November 3: Annual Walkathon

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, 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, VP of Communications Erin Proudfoot, PFC President Rex Crum, and Principal Steve Daubenspeck. Member of Oakland Unified School District (OUSD).