Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 27, Issue 31, April 7, 2020

In This Issue...

  • President's Welcome
  • Distance Learning Resources
  • PFC Board Meeting (Monday, April 13 at 5:30pm)
  • Weekly Zoom Happy Hours (Fridays at 5pm)
  • Online Auction - Wine!
  • Library Zoom Times per grade
  • Thank you Judd Winick
  • Pictures... from you!


From the PFC President


Some of you may know who Lou Gehrig was. For those who don't, he played for the New York Yankees in the 1920s and 1930s. For 14 years, Gehrig never missed a game, playing eventually in 2,130 straight games. His nickname was "The Iron Horse."

In 1939, Gehrig learned he had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a neurological disease that, over time, affects a person's muscles and breathing ability. Today, it is often called Lou Gehrig's Disease, and it remains incurable.

When he learned about his condition, Gehrig wrote a letter to his wife telling her about his situation. It read in part:

"Seems like our backs are to the wall now. But, there usually comes a way out. Where, and what, I know not. But, who can tell that it might not lead right on to greater things."

Gehrig died in 1941 at age 37. But, he never gave up hope that greater things could lie ahead. I've thought of Gehrig's words a lot over the last month, when there have been times that it has felt like all of our backs are to the wall. And also knowing that it may feel like our backs are to the wall in the weeks and months ahead.

But, even in the darkest days of our history, and there have been some dark ones, we have always emerged wiser, stronger, and I like to think, better than before. It will take time, and it will require more patience and sacrifice than any of us has ever had to give. But, there will be a day not far from now when something like bringing out kids to school, to be together, won't be a chore to get done on time in the morning. It will be a victory over fear.

Until then, while we remain socially distant, physically, let's not remain socially distant completely. Talk to one another. Get on Zoom, or some other platform, and see each other. Join the now weekly Friday night 5pm TGIF zoom gathering that our inimitable communications guru, Erin Proudfoot, put together for us to meet up remotely, share tales of sheltering in place, and have a drink or two in the process. The meetup details are on Konstella and the Thornhill Parents Facebook Group. All parents, teachers, and staff are welcome.

Finally...Let's all give a round of thanks to our Thornhill teachers and the work they have put in, and will continue to put in for our kids for the rest of this school year. We may not see them in person, but there are many ways to connect with, and thank them for everything they do.

In the meantime...Stay home, stay together, and stay safe...


Rex Crum


Thornhill Online Learning Resources

If you haven’t already, please take a minute to read this letter from Mr. Daubenspeck on Konstella, which includes some important thoughts and information about how Thornhill staff are approaching the rest of the school year. Teachers are sending out notes and plans individually, but here you can find links to each grade's plans and resources.


PFC Board Meeting - Monday, April 13 at 5:30pm

We will be holding our monthly PFC Board meeting via Zoom this Monday, April 13 starting at 5:30pm. We highly encourage ALL parents to attend! We will be primarily discussing our budget for next year. Zoom information can be found on Konstella.


Weekly Virtual Happy Hour - Fridays at 5pm

Join us some or all Fridays at 5pm to "chat on the yard" with fellow Thornhill parents, teachers, and staff on Zoom. Keep the Thunderbird connection strong and stay sane during this crazy time. We hope to see you! Here’s the information on Konstella.


Online Auction Update!

This week’s auction update is all about the vino. For those of you who paid for a case of Luli Rosé, it’s on its way! Sara and Jim will be in touch soon with details. Didn’t order a case or just need some reinforcements? We got you covered!

We are selling raffle tickets for 2 chances at a mixed case of wine (12 bottles!) hand selected by our own Master Sommelier Sara Floyd. Each ticket is $75 and gets you into the drawing for a case of delicious wine. (You can buy an unlimited number of raffle tickets, but 1 person/family can't win both cases.)

1 ticket. 2 chances. Average bottle value is $50+ so this is a steal. Raffle tickets are on sale now through April 17. We will do the drawing live, so stay tuned for details.



Library Zoom Time with Ms. Fox

Our wonderful librarian, Marie Fox, is hosting weekly library zoom get-togethers with Thornhill students by grade. Below are the dates/times with links to the Konstella calendar invites with the particular zoom information (all sessions are now password protected). These start this week and go through the last week of school.

TK/K: Tuesdays at 1:30pm. Link to TK/K Konstella zoom info.

1st: Tuesdays at 2:30pm. Link to 1st grade Konstella zoom info.

2nd: Wednesdays at 12:30pm. Link to 2nd grade Konstella zoom info. *NOTE: Time change!

3rd: Wednesdays at 1:30pm. Link to 3rd grade Konstella zoom info. *NOTE! Time change!

4th: Thursdays at 1:30pm. Link to 4th grade Konstella zoom info.

5th: Thursdays at 2:30pm. Link to 5th grade Konstella zoom info.

Happy Reading Thunderbirds! Questions? Email Ms. Fox at


Thank You Judd Winick!

Those of us old enough to remember Real World San Francisco may recognize the comic book writer who visited Thornhill on March 3, Judd Winick! Thanks to our librarian, Marie Fox, the author of the popular HiLo series came to campus for a special assembly for second through fifth graders. He has just released book 6 in the series called All the Pieces Fit, and gave a presentation and answered our students' questions. Thanks to local independent bookstore Mrs. Dalloways for donating 17% of book sales from this event back to Thornhill. If you missed out on ordering books that day, or your kid has already breezed through them and you want the next in the series, Mrs. Dalloways is processing online orders.


So, How's It Going?

We asked Thornhill families to send photos of your quarantine adventures so far, no explanations needed. To submit photos for future issues, email We'll be 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).