Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 25, Issue 20, January 26, 2018

Principal's Note...

Dear Thornhill Families,

I hope everyone is doing well. Believe it or not we are just past the half way mark for this school year!

For Families Needing Support: I know that many communities in Northern California are concerned about recent developments from ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). As you may know, OUSD is a sanctuary district and we are a sanctuary school. Our staff are trained in supporting families that may be affected. We are here for any family that should need our support. OUSD has resources for parents and families.

Drop in hours: If you would like to meet with me regarding family support with ICE, please see me on Monday or Tuesday at 9:15am. You can also schedule an appointment to meet with me via Sherry or Zettie in the front office.

Other assistance: Local organizations providing support: Centro Legal de la Raza offers multiple immigration clinics and ”Know Your Rights” training to the public. Call (510) 437-1554 to check on the date of the next session.

I hope you have a restful weekend,

Mr. Daubenspeck


Presidents' Note...

Hello Thunderbirds,

On behalf of the Parent Faculty Club (PFC) it is with deep regret that we announce the departure of one of our community members and staff. Our wonderful librarian of 8 years, Maura Hennessy, will be leaving Thornhill for a new opportunity. We are thankful for her time and passion of reading she has invested in our children.

As many of you know your contributions allow the PFC to fund this position; however, it does not come with the option of benefits. We are so grateful for her time at Thornhill and understand her need to move on.

On behalf of the PFC and the entire Thornhill community, we will miss you Maura and wish you the very best in your new position and all your future endeavors! More information will come next week regarding the transition as we process this news. Please read the note below from Mrs. Hennessy.

Best Regards,

Shanyn and Shauna


Dear Thornhill Community,

I am writing to say goodbye and thank you. I have been offered an amazing library position with benefits, and I’ve accepted. My last day at Thornhill will be Friday, February 2.

I’ve had some great times at the school—first as a parent and then as your librarian. Thornhill will always be a special place for me and my family. I will miss the students, staff, and the wonderful Thornhill community very much. Thank you for your support throughout the years and please continue to support the fabulous Thornhill Library! It’s a real gem.

All my best,

Maura Hennessy


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Auction Volunteers Needed!

Volunteers With Special Powers! Be a Hero!

Did you know that the biggest parent party of the year is not only fun to attend, but is also fun to launch? Volunteering for Thornhill's auction is a great way to get to know other families and make new friends. There's a role for every type of personality, style, and time of day. Join us in getting ready for blast-off!

Please visit this link to sign up and volunteer with whatever special powers you may have.


More Auction News...

The auction is now officially less than one month away. Have you gotten your tickets, yet?

NO? Well...What are you waiting for?

Get your tickets here (discounted through January 31!) and get ready to have more fun than you probably have any right to at Thornhill's Heroes and Villains auction on Saturday, February 24, from 6-11 p.m. at the Ascension Cathedral Community Center, 4700 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland.

Meet with your friends and make new ones. Enjoy a night with other school parents and with your child's teacher. This is a great opportunity to meet them outside the classroom.

Get you tickets here! We look forward to seeing you.

We need donations!

We need help soliciting additional auction items. Please consider spending some time making phone calls and ask for donations. Contact us at and ask for a list of potential donors.

Making a donation is really simple. Download the donor form or grab it from the office. Fill it out and put it in the blue folder in the office. We really appreciate it.

We need your wine!

We're starting to collect donated bottles of wine for the auction. If you have a great bottle you'd like to donate, or you're visiting a winery soon, or you just want to go to BevMo and get a bottle for yourself and one for the school for 5 cents, we'd love to have it! Please feel free to email to arrange dropoff or pickup. Thanks!

How can we help you?

You have a little business? Let the Thornhill Community know and buy an ad in our auction catalog! Just sent me an email at if you are interested or need more information.

Who will win your class basket?

Do you know what the theme of your child's classroom auction basket is, yet?

Well...Check with your room parent to get the details - you may have a great addition for your child's class basket and not even know it!

Class Baskets are a huge, exciting, and even slightly competitive part of the auction. They'll be on display the week before the auction. Let's see which classes raise the most with these goodie filled baskets of goodness.

Preparation is ongoing, so please contact your room parent or the Class Basket Coordinator, Lindsey Beallo, for more information. Thank you!


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Library News

More donations! We always appreciate any and all donations to our library's shelves. And this week...

Thank you to Paloma Salazar and family for donating Still a Family; The Crane Girl; Can I Touch Your Hair?; Real Friends; and How Could We Harness a Hurricane? Also, thank you to Connor Chung and family for donating Hidden Figures; I See a Cat; and Dooby Dooby Moo. Check out the Thornhill Library Amazon Wish List if you would like to donate to the library.

Happy Reading,
Maura Hennessy

Thornhill Library

Thornhill Library Blog


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, Feb. 2: Science Collaboration (minimum day)

  • Monday, Feb. 5: Spring PFC Enrichment Classes Start

  • Wednesday, Feb. 7: Family Science Night (6-7:30 p.m.)

  • Friday, Feb. 9: Lunar New Year Parade (1 p.m.)

  • Friday, Feb. 16: Dads Club Movie Night (7-9pm)

  • Monday, Feb. 19: Presidents Day (no school)

  • Saturday, Feb. 24: Thornhill Benefit Auction

  • Wednesday, Feb. 28: Thornhill Oratorical (9am)

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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).