Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 27, Issue 12, October 29, 2019

From the PFC President

This is a big, busy week here at Thornhill, which we’ll do our Thunderbird best to make successful even with the school closure on Monday. The Halloween Parade is Thursday, October 31 starting around 12:50pm, which will serve as a prelude to going trick-or-treating Thursday night. Then, we have the annual Thornhill walkathon set for this Saturday, November 2 from 10am-4pm (we could use more volunteers!), weather and air quality permitting. By the time all that walking is done, you will probably be ready for a night of heavy duty sleep.

Once you’ve recuperated, I encourage everyone to come November’s PFC meeting on Monday, November 4, from 6-7pm in the school library. This is always a good opportunity to get involved in what it takes to make Thornhill the special place we all care about. Childcare for Thornhill students will be provided, and overseen by the inimitable Sally Bonini. Please RSVP here.

And, as always, anyone who wants is welcome to head over to Taps & Takeout after the PFC meeting for drinks, food and socializing until 9pm. I hope to see you Monday night.


Rex Crum


Walkathon this weekend!

Hey Thunderbird Parents,

Just four days to go until our annual Walkathon on Saturday, November 2 from 10am-4pm! We are at 40% of our fundraising goal, and every pledge helps! We will monitor the Air Quality Index (AQI) for Saturday and will update the school via Konstella if the Walkathon unfortunately has to be rescheduled.

Before Halloween, put these items on your list:

  • Collect pledges! Customize your child’s online page or use the paper pledge form that was sent home.

  • Volunteer! It also takes a village to make this event a success, so please sign up for an hour or two (or more); Show your kids firsthand how important teamwork and community spirit are to our school.

  • Be on the lookout for other friends and activities at the Walkathon!

    • 4th Grade Bake Sale

    • Round Table pizza truck

    • Book Swap (bring your extra books, take home new ones!)

    • Fingerprinting with Rëdtomatoës from 10am-1pm (bring $37 and I.D.)

    • Hosted Parties Booth

    • Lost and Found Rack

    • Prizes, music, and Otter Pops!

Thanks from your 2019 “Walk the Tightrope” Walkathon committee!

Walkathon Chairs Kelsey Nariani and Rianna Stoll

Info page

Donation and pledge site

Volunteer site


Lost & Found - All Items Donated on Saturday, November 2 at 4pm

All of our Lost & Found items will be donated after the Walkathon on Saturday, November 2.

They will be displayed at the Walkathon, so please spend just five minutes looking over the pile -- there’s a really good chance that something is yours! At the end of the day, we’ll sweep them all away and start with empty racks on Monday.


Walk up to the Book Swap

The 2nd annual Thornhill Fall Book Swap is this Saturday. Look for our booth at Walkathon on November 2! Due to the unpredictability of school power this week, we will not be collecting books prior to the Walkathon--just bring your stash to the event. Please donate only books in good condition—no torn or marked up pages. No activity or coloring books. No battery operated or puzzle books. Other than that, we would love books for the TK - 5 crowd. “Young Adult” books are especially in demand.

At the Walkathon, bring a book (or a bag of books) to swap, or just bring yourself to the booth. No donation is necessary but all are appreciated. You could walk for Thornhill and walk out with a new read to enjoy when you rest your tired feet at home that night. All unclaimed books will be donated to East Bay Children's Book Project.

Questions? Contact Becky Urbano -


Don’t ghost the Halloween Parade

Thornhill's Annual Halloween Parade will take place on—you guessed it—Halloween, Thursday, October 31 at approximately 12:50pm. All Thornhill families are welcome at the parade, where your ghouls and goblins will circle the track outside one class at a time.

Thursday October 31 is a minimum day, so students will be dismissed after the parade between 1:10-1:25 pm. Many classrooms are hosting class parties, so check your Konstella classrooms for details. Don't forget to leave ample time to park, as there will be many parents arriving at the same time. All parking rules are in effect—be nice to fellow parents and our neighbors!

Students should not wear their costume to school. They should bring it in a bag and change at the teacher's instruction. No masks, no blood, no fake weapons!

Happy Halloween!


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Get cozy at the Hygge Party

Hygge Party! Sign up for an evening of mulled wine, yummy snacks and yarn craft making hosted by Becky Urbano and Dee Dee Mendoza. This event is open to adults and kids (3rd grade and up). Drop off is okay. 100% of the proceeds from this fundraiser event will benefit Thornhill. This is a great way to meet new people in the Thornhill community or hang out with old friends all while having fun and giving back to the school.

Where: Urbano Home

When: Saturday, November 2, 2019 evening (an evite will be sent out with more details)

How: Purchase tickets via the Auction Site


Shop, Eat & Earn: Good Eggs

Shop on Good Eggs this week to support our school. If you're one of the first 50 families across all schools to get an order delivered this week, you'll win a KidsLuv Zero Sugar Vitamin-packed 4-pack in your next order! And if you're new to our fundraiser, don't forget to add our code tbird2019 at checkout before you place your order.


Konstella Tip: Desktop vs. Mobile

If you are still reading this newsletter, we give you major props and you get a special Konstella tip! :)

The functionality of Konstella on a computer vs. on your mobile device is very different.

Creating a sign-up, calendar entry, or announcement? You'll have a MUCH smoother and richer experience, with more options, on your computer.

Viewing things, signing up for a job, or trying to find someone in the directory? The app is fantastic for this.



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

  • Thursday, October 31: Halloween (12:50pm parade + minimum day)
  • Saturday, November 2: Thornhill Walkathon (10am-4pm)
  • Monday, November 4: PFC Meeting (6-7pm library) + Taps and Takeout (7-9pm)
  • Monday, November 4: Information night for new and incoming families--adults only, please (6-7pm, multipurpose room)
  • Monday, November 11: NO SCHOOL - Veterans Day
  • Tuesday, November 12: Dine Out at Round Table Pizza on Mountain Blvd. (map)
  • Monday, November 18 - Friday, November 22: Winter Conference Week (minimum days, no enrichment classes)
  • Monday, November 25 - Friday, November 29: NO SCHOOL: Thanksgiving 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, Evie Nagy, 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, VP of Communications Erin Proudfoot, PFC President Rex Crum, and Principal Steve Daubenspeck. Member of Oakland Unified School District (OUSD).