Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 27, Issue 8, October 1, 2019

From the PFC President

As I write this, I have just exited the cockpit of the fastest ship in the galaxy, having made the Kessel Run in—believe it or not—11 parsecs as opposed to the 12 parsecs that Han Solo did back in...

Whoops. Sorry, but “flying” the Millennium Falcon here at Disneyland is so realistic that I thought for a moment I really was delivering supplies for the rebel resistance against the First Order.

Back here at Thornhill, and back to reality, I think we all owe a debt of gratitude to Rianna Stoll, Adrienne Selke, Erin Fredrick, and Christine Pereira for their tireless work in making the Back To School Donation Drive a success. It is this kind of dedication and involvement that shows how much we all care about Thornhill and making it a school we can be proud of.

If you are interested in being involved more at Thornhill, or just learning more about the PFC, the next PFC meeting will be held this coming Monday, Oct. 7, from 6-7 p.m. in the school library. After the meeting, we will retire to Taps and Takeout for a round of socializing.

Additionally, come chat with Mr. Daubenspeck this Friday, Oct. 4 starting at 8:30am on the back patio for our first “Coffee with the Principal.”


Rex Crum



This Friday, October 4, is a minimum day for our school-wide focus on science collaboration.

*** There are no enrichment classes on Friday. ***


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That's a wrap!

The Back to School Donation Drive has reached its goal!

Thank you to all the families who contributed and helped us raise $212,000 for our school! That is nearly 2/3 of the total budget of the PFC and ensures that we can continue to provide PE, library, art, computers, teachers' aides and so much more. We reached our goal in record time, exceeded our $200,000 goal and with 59% participation. Amazing!

Now, about the thank you gifts... We have been distributing Thornhill buttons as we go, so if you donated and didn't receive one, let us know. Also, for first time donors, we've have Thornhill car magnets, so if you didn't receive one, we can help. Finally, the insulated beverage tumblers were distributed to the early donors this week (sent home with kids). Questions? Email us at

Also, if anyone missed out donating, you can donate any time of the year, and you can also show your support at the Walkathon on November 2 and the Auction in the Spring!

Thank you!

Adrienne Selke, Erin Fredrick, Rianna Stoll & Christine Pereira

BSDD Committee


Coffee with the Principal - Friday, October 4 at 8:30am

With the Back to School Donation Drive wrapped up, we are so grateful to our community for all their support. But do you ever wonder HOW and WHO puts that money into action? Our school NEEDS parents to provide feedback and direction on what is working and not working in our community to make things happen. While we have many wonderful parents who donate their time on the PFC, we are in dire need of more participation so that more voices are heard!

This Friday morning, Principal Daubenspeck and several members of the PFC will host a meet and greet. This is your opportunity to provide us with your feedback, your ideas, your complaints and to get to know other parents and staff at Thornhill. We would love to see you for even a few minutes while you grab some free coffee and treat!


Auction 2020!

We are starting to plan our 2020 Auction! If you have any interest whatsoever in helping big or small, we'd absolutely love to have you. Join the committee on Konstella.

  • On desktop, click on the orange "Sign Up" button under "Auction Committee Member."
  • In the app, start on "Directory" (lower bar), "Browse Committees," and scroll to the Fundraising section to find the 2020 Auction Committee.

Questions? Email


Amazon Smile now available on Android

If you are an AmazonSmile customer, you can now support the Thornhill Parent Faculty Club in the Amazon shopping app on your Android device! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations with every purchase you make.

  1. Make sure you have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping App, then open the App on your Android device.

  2. View Settings and select AmazonSmile.

  3. Follow the in-App instructions to complete the process.

AmazonSmile is not currently available for iOS users. Amazon will notify us when it becomes available.


Big library thank yous!

Huge and enthusiastic thanks go out to the following families and staff members for their support of the library through their generous book donations:

James Yokomizo

Phoebe Shank

Gemma and Audrey Oh

Rosemarie Montano

Ms. Holland

Ms. Novak

These amazing members of our community have together contributed 30 brand new books to our collection! Sharing these exciting titles with our students will bring them so much joy; your contribution is so appreciated.

For anyone interested in supporting the library, please check out our wishlist here!

With gratitude,

Ms. Fox


And speaking of Thornhill’s Librarian Marie Fox...

Let’s meet her!

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I joined the Thornhill community in the Spring of 2018, and am thrilled to begin my second year as the librarian here at Thornhill! I have lived in Oakland for the last 15 years, and my husband and I have three daughters—​all of whom are now Thunderbirds—​Lucy (5th grade), Kaya (2nd grade), and Grace (TK). I have a BA in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and I am currently studying to get my Masters in Library and Information Sciences at SJSU.

Read more about Ms. Fox and the Thornhill library on the school website!


Shop and eat for Thornhill

October Dine Out: Paulista Brazilian Kitchen and Taproom: Wednesday, October 16

By popular demand! Our next Dine Out night is at Paulista Brazilian Kitchen and Taproom, Oakland’s all-day Brazilian cafe, restaurant and craft beer taproom.

PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE -- apologies for the earlier conflict and any confusion. The new date for this event is Wednesday, October 16 7:00am - 10:00pm.

ALL day long -- breakfast, lunch, dinner -- Paulista will generous donate 10% of their profits to Thornhill. They'll also set out a donation jar that will come right on over to our school. Check out the menu and plan your fun night out:

Good Eggs

This October and November, when you order grocery delivery through Good Eggs, our school will earn 5% of your purchase. Good Eggs is an online grocery marketplace that delivers fresh local produce, school lunch and dinner essentials, and more to Bay Area families. We’ll earn 5% back on every order this October and November, plus bonuses for new families who sign up. All you have to do is visit, enter our school’s code tbird2019, shop, and share with your friends and family!


Calling all 5th grade families!

Not to freak you out, but middle school enrollment is right around the corner. Our local middle schools are having events to help you learn more about their programs, so check them out.

Montera Middle School Information Night

Thursday, October 10, 6:30–8pm

Principal Darren Avent, teachers, students, parents & caregivers invite you and your family to learn more about Montera Middle School. Learn about core academics, meet representatives from various electives, hear a student panel, and listen to the Montera Jazz Band. Adults and children welcome! Please RSVP via Eventbrite.

Edna Brewer Middle School Information Night

Wednesday, November 13, 6-8pm

Prospective parents, guardians and students are welcome to join us for an Evening Informational Event at Edna Brewer Middle School. You will learn about the academic and extracurricular programs that make our middle school a top choice for Oakland families. This is a very popular event, so register early! Please be sure to RSVP for the total number in your group.

Claremont Middle School Tours

Wednesday, October 2, 8:45-10am

Wednesday, October 30, 8:45-10am

Wednesday, November 13, 8:45-10am

Wednesday, January 15, 8:45-10am

Fifth graders and their parents/guardians are invited to tour Claremont! Sign up here.



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

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).