Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 24, Issue 18, January 13, 2017

From The PFC Co-Presidents

Happy New Year Thunderbird Families,

We hope everyone had a great winter break and good start to 2017!

Remember to check our school website ( for up-to-date information on school happenings. Our awesome webmaster, Erin Proudfoot (mom to Carson, a first-grader in Mrs. Holman’s class) does a great job of keeping everything up to date.

We know there have been some questions about traffic over the last few days. Our website is a great resource for that as well ( Additionally, we’re always open to hearing about additional resources you’d like to see to make our website even better.

We apologize for having to postpone our January 10 PFC meeting, but the weather was very much in the inclement category that day. We hope you can join us next Tuesday, January 17 at 6 p.m. in the school library. For questions and/or to RSVP for childcare (for current Thornhill students only) please email us at

Monday, Jan. 16 is a school holiday in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Have a great weekend!

Shauna & Shanyn

Traffic Concerns

Anyone who has driven on Thornhill Dr. knows that traffic is an issue, especially at morning drop-off...not to mention the state of the road, which is in need of some major repairs.

Please use common sense when it comes to driving along Thornhill. Here are a few things to keep in mind when driving near the school:

--Don't park in the middle of the quick-drop lane in the morning or immediately after school. The area is especially crowded at 3 p.m. when everyone but the TK and Kindergarten kids are let out of school. The situation is different after 4 p.m., when there aren't as many cars around and parking there is allowed.

--Remember that Alhambra Lane is a two-way street up until the cul-de-sac area. It is legal to make a left turn out of Alhambra Lane, but during the morning rush it is easier and more efficient to make a right turn onto Thornhill and then turn around at Merriewood.

--It would be nice if people didn't use Grisborne (the street that goes from what used to be the Viva Voce restaurant and comes back around by Montclair Presbyterian Church) as a shortcut to get around Thornhill traffic. But, since many people do this, please remember that Grisborne is a narrow street with many homes. We have gotten some notices about people driving too fast on Grisborne and being a danger to those who are walking to and from school. Just have some common courtesy for our neighbors on Grisborne.

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Design The Oakland Public Library Card

The Oakland Public Library has announced its first ever Library Card Design Contest, and all ages are eligible to enter. If your child likes to create art for you, this would be a great opportunity for he or she to help the Oakland Library.

The deadline for entries is Feb. 17 and entries can be turned in at any Oakland Public Library branch.

More information can be found here: Library Card Design Contest. And the entry form is here: Entry Form.


Sally Engelfried

Children's Librarian

Montclair Branch

Oakland Public Library

(510) 482-7810

Enrichment Class Information

The fall after-school enrichment classes are about to put on their final performances. Mark you calendar for the following shows...

Keyboarding will be on Friday, Jan. 20.

PPAS Drama will be on Monday, Jan. 23.

African Dance, Mini Movers, Jazz and Pokoelan will be on Wednesday, Jan. 25.

Spring class enrollment will start on Monday, Jan. 9. The schedule and detailed information about classes and enrollment process is available now on the school website under the Parent Resources tab.



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Dads Club

New year… New semester… new chance to join Thornhill Dads Club!

Our monthly member meeting and social will be held on Thursday, Jan. 19 at Monaghan's from 8:00-9:30 p.m.. If you haven’t attended in a while, consider returning this month. We’ll be reviewing our upcoming event/program calendar, introducing our current committee chairmen, and talking about leadership succession planning for 2017-18. You will hear about some of the easy ways to contribute to the club’s success. You’re (always) invited to come a bit early at 7:00 p.m. to have dinner with our steering committee.

Dads Club wishes to thank the entire Thornhill community for contributing to our successful One Warm Coat donation drive over the holidays. Our lobby collection bin filled to overflowing many times over! We collected more than 160 warm coats for folks in need this very wet winter, and delivered them to the Street Level Health Project in East Oakland and Alameda County Social Services. All you can imagine, most of them were kids’ jackets, but also a lot in women’s and men’s sizes. Big thanks to Eric Lee, our Dads Club service chair, for running this fantastic program and to our awesome faculty for the in-classroom support.

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Shop With AmazonSmile and Support Thornhill

Please spread the word about AmazonSmile to all your relatives (especially grandparents!) and friends without school aged kids and ask them to help support your child’s school! Just copy and paste the info below and send it in a quick email or post it on your Facebook page! Thanks!

Dear _______,

You shop online on right? I wanted to let you know that you can easily support ________’s elementary school by starting your shopping at AmazonSmile! It’s so easy!

What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers.

Thornhill’s Unique Charity Link

This link will take you directly to in support of Thornhill Parent-Faculty Club so you won’t have to search for us among almost a million other organizations. Click on this and bookmark it, and don’t forget to use it every time you need to order something from Amazon!

Thornhill Annual Food Drive

Hello Thunderbirds!

The annual food drive to support the Alameda County Food Bank is continuing and will run until Jan. 24.

Every year we see the big collection bins in the lobby filled with food that we distribute to the Alameda County Food Bank to help make a hunger free community.

Here are a few facts about the Alameda County Food Bank:

  • It has been in business since 1985 with a mission to have a hunger free community
  • It’s an organization that provides food for 240 non profit agencies in Alameda County
  • The ACFB distributes enough food for about 380,000 meals weekly.

Here are some ideas of what to donate:

  • non-perishable items
  • canned fruits and vegetables
  • bags or boxes of rice
  • dried pasta
  • boxes of cereal

So, again, please keep the food drive in mind. The food bins are here and, again, the drive will go on until Jan. 24.

About the 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 is not accepted.

THANK YOU to everyone who submits articles and to PFC Board Members, Teachers, VP of Communications Mavis Scanlon, PFC Co-Presidents Shauna Fithian and Shanyn Lloyd-Gibson and Principal Steve Daubenspeck. Member of Oakland Unified School District (OUSD).