Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 25, Issue 21, February 2, 2018

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Auction Update...

The Auction Is Just Three Weeks Away!

We are looking forward to seeing all of you at the auction! This is an important event for raising money for our school as part of our efforts maintain our wonderful staff of aides and supplement essential programs like music, art, computers and physical education.

Join us on Saturday, February 24 from 6-11 pm at the Ascension Cathedral Community Center, 4700 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland. Meet with your friends or make some new ones. Enjoy a night with parents from the school and the teacher of your child. This is for our whole Thornhill community to come together and celebrate what we have already accomplished and what we will achieve in the future.

Tickets are on sale at:

Wondering why you should come?

We have wonderful offers from our teachers you can only get there. For instance our TK, K, and First Grade teachers put a lot of effort into coming up with some wonderful experiences with your kids outside the school:

--Take Me Out To The Ballgame with Richard Thompson

--Backyard Romp with Nancy Steimle, Bonnie Forbes, and Brittany Watson

--First Grade Picnic In The Park Park with Sally Holland & Ellyn Holman

And we are having very special offers like going with Ms. Forbes where the magic happens by having an unforgettable day at Pixar.

If you and your kids are tired after all that fun, we have the solution: Ms. Steimle comes to your home and puts your little one to bed!

Don’t miss out!

Online Auction!

Our online auction with some camps and classes will start on February 16. We are working on getting the auction catalog ready.

Volunteers needed!

Please consider helping the day of the auction and sign up for a spot.

Live Auction Items!

We are still looking for some items to complete our live auction. If you have a vacation home or tickets for a sports event or a show, please let us know.

Wine Donations!

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 message me or email to arrange drop off or pickup. Thanks!


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Library News

We have a few donations to shout out about!

Thank you to Audrey Oh and family for donating Be A King, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream and You, and Before She Was Harriet. I also want to thank James Yokomizo and family for donation and Write to Me, Letters from Japanese American Children to the Librarian They Left Behind.

Thank you to everyone! I’ve had a wonderful time at Thornhill and I will miss the students and the library so much. My last day is today.

Happy Reading,

Maura Hennessy


Family Science Night--Wednesday, Feb. 7

This year's Family Science Night will be held the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 7, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Thornhill.

Come to the Mulitpurpose Room for an ENGINEERING EXTRAVAGANZA! There will be 11 engineering activities and challenges for families to enjoy together, including...

· Building skyscrapers

· Rolling Cars down ramps

· Spinning tops

· Constructing boxes

· Designing recycling processes

· Withstanding earthquakes

· Designing cities

· Launching with catapults

· Designing marble runs

· Building electrical circuits

· DesigningpParachutes

All grade levels welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


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Dads Club Movie Night, Brewing Contest, and Meeting


The Thornhill Dads Club will be showing Sing for the next Movie Night. And here is what you need to know...

When: Friday, Feb. 16, 7-9 p.m.
Where: Thornhill Elementary, Multi-Purpose Room (MPR)

All Thornhill students and families are invited.

You may arrive/drop off your kid(s) starting at 6:30 p.m. The movie will start at 7 p.m. Pick up is at 9 p.m. You can drop off your children at the MPR door if you like - Make it a date night!

Non-Thornhill siblings are allowed, as long as all younger siblings are supervised by a parent/guardian for the entire movie. Feel free to bring a sleeping bag, pillow, blankets, stuffies, etc. to make the movie watching experience more comfortable. Endless popcorn and water will be provided and kids may bring in other food/dinner as well. No nuts, of course!

Tickets can be purchased ahead of time or at the door via: The suggested donation is $15 for the first child and $10 for each additional child. If you are staying, each child is only $5.

Do you brew?

Thornhill Dads Club has teamed up with other Dads clubs here in the OUSD to bring you the 1st Annual Homebrew Competition and Fundraiser. All funds will be going to the "A to Z Fund." Join us Saturday, March 10 from 1-5 p.m. at the Old Kan Brewery.

Come to our next meeting!

We meet every third Thursday at Monaghan's on the Hill. Come by at 7 p.m. We may be having a poker night our next meeting. Everyone is invited. Next meeting is Thursday, Feb. 15!

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Thornhill Girl Scouts--It's Cookie Time!

Cookies. Is there anything they can't do?

Well...Now is the time of the year when the Thornhill girls from Girl Scout Troop 31187 will be doing their annual cookie sale, and you don't have to go any farther than the school playground to get a box. The Troop will be on the playground on Friday, Feb. 9 and Feb. 16 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. so you can get a box of Thin mints, Samoas, Do-si-dos, and the greatest Girl Scout cookies of them all, Tagalongs, will all be available. Cookies are $5 a box!


OUSD Meeting--2018-2019 School Year Calendar

Join us for a community meeting about the New First Day of School and the 2018-19 School Year. The First Day of School for the 2018-19 School Year is August 13.

You'll have the opportunity to learn more and ask questions about the following:

  • Introduction of the full 2018-19 school year calendar*
  • New First Day survey results and District decision-making process

*Pending Board of Education approval

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 6, from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Westlake Middle School, 2629 Harrison St., Oakland.


Dates To Remember...

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.)

    Thursday, Feb. 15: Dads Club Meeting at Monaghan's (7-8:30pm)

  • 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).