Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 27, Issue 16, December 3, 2019

From the PFC President

Welcome back! I hope all of you had a fulfilling Thanksgiving holiday last week. And maybe you’re like me and thankful that school is back in session... With three weeks to go until the winter break, things are about to get very hectic for everyone. I hope that through it all, we can all find something to be thankful for now and into the next year.

Our final PFC meeting of 2019 will be next Monday, December 9, from 6-7pm in the school library (we still need a Secretary - let us know if you are interested). This is one of the best opportunities to meet fellow parents and play a role in Thornhill’s development. And afterwards, there is the opportunity to socialize at Taps and Takeout. I hope to see you there.


Rex Crum


Auction stuffing party TONIGHT!

It's not the kind of stuffing you eat, but it is just as satisfying. Lend a hand for an hour TONIGHT, Tuesday, December 3 from 6:30-8pm at Beverly Hackford’s house to get our Auction Solicitation Letters stuffed and in the mail. Many hands make light work and light refreshments will be available too.

More info and RSVP here.



We have a date! Put it in your calendar! Saturday, March 14, 2020 at the Fratellanza Club. Stay tuned for many more details. Want to help with the planning? We have a team of 20 (yes, 20!) so are super excited that everyone’s part will be small and we’d love even more hands! (Join the fun committee here.)


TK/K Coffee & Pastries with the Principal & PFC

TK/K Families,

Please join us for coffee and pastries on the morning of Thursday, December 19 in the TK yard. Principal Daubenspeck, members of the PFC, and the TK & Kindergarten teachers will be there with words of wisdom. We'll also have flyers with ways to become involved, ideas for kid crafts to get through those long vacation days and most importantly, other parents feeling very much like you - connect with each other in this easy way!

Whether this is your first or fourth child in TK/K, please join us to get and give support - one of the reasons you joined Thornhill Elementary. We're all in this together!


Thornhill Hospitality


Ordering holiday cards and gifts?

Shop holiday cards and gifts on using our program code FUNDRAISETHORNHILL to give 15% back to our school—and you get 20% OFF your Minted order! Make sure to enter code FUNDRAISETHORNHILL at check out for the discount.

Prefer Shutterfly? Shop through our unique Thornhill link to Shutterfly and we earn 8% back for the school. Bookmark the Thornhill link and shop all year round.


Hey wait, are there other ways to shop & earn?

From Amazon to Sports Basement to Mabel's Labels, there are a whole bunch of ways you can earn extra funds for Thornhill through the online and in-store shopping you already do. Check out the Shop & Earn page for details.


Dine Out: Zachary’s Pizza

Deep Dish Deliciousness!

Dine in or take out from Zachary's Pizza on College Ave on Tuesday, December 10 and 15% comes back to Thornhill! Show this flyer (PDF on your phone is fine, or bring a printout) at the register.

Here's the dish...

Who: You! Tired and don't feel like making dinner? Coordinate with a few familiar faces or make new friends over amazingly delicious pizza.

What: Have a great meal, hang with fellow families, and help support Thornhill at the same time.

When: Tuesday, December 10 between 11am and 10pm

Where: Zachary's Pizza, 5801 College Ave., Oakland, CA.

How: When you arrive (to dine in or take out - order ahead works too!), please tell your server you are there for Thornhill. Zachary’s will donate 15% of your bill back to Thornhill PFC.

Eat. Drink. And Raise Money.



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

  • Tuesday, December 3: Auction stuffing party (6:30-8pm, Beverly Hackford’s house)

  • Monday, December 9: PFC Meeting (6-7pm library) + Taps and Takeout mixer (7-9pm)

  • ​Tuesday, December 10: Dine Out: Zachary's Pizza (11am-10pm, 5801 College Avenue, Oakland)

  • Tuesday, December 17: Winter Music Performance, Grades 3-5 (9:15am, MPR)

  • Wednesday, December 18: Winter Music Performance, Grades TK-2 (9:15am, MPR)

  • Thursday, December 19: TK/K Coffee with the Principal & PFC (8:20am, TK Yard)

  • Friday, December 20: Last Day of Fall PFC Enrichment Classes

  • Monday, December 23 - Friday, January 3: NO SCHOOL (Winter 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).