Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 25, Issue 31, April 20, 2018

Thornhill Carnival--Cinco de Mayo!

The annual Thornhill Spring Carnival is coming up on Saturday, May 5th, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. This year we’re heading “South of the Border" in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. We’ll have carnival games and traditional carnival food like cotton candy, shaved ice, hot dogs and burgers. There will also be a clown, a 6-in-1 jumpy house, a dunk tank, the cake walk, a photo booth, and more! This is a day filled with family fun, games, prizes, and delicious food.

Be sure you don’t miss:...

* Ballet Folklorico Mexicano Show at 1 p.m. You don’t want to miss this show!

* Live Bluegrass Band - Fiddles and strings galore will entertain in the garden so bring your dancing shoes!

* Freshly made churros - Rico’s Churros will make these tasty treats fresh and hot!

* Spin Art - Have fun making crazy art!

* Classic carnival games including: Lucky Ducks, Sombrero Toss, Pig Race, Lollipop Tree, Basketball Toss, Ring-a-Bottle, Megawire, and more! Kids can play and win prize tickets to redeem at the Prize Booth!

We will also have DJ Noah spinning great tunes and overseeing the dance floor. The Carnival will be one big party that's too fun to miss!

Volunteers are needed! Sign up with your class coordinator for booth shifts & Cake Walk contributions. Help Dads' Club feed the hungry masses. Sponsor a booth and promote your business!

Contact Becky Urbano - for more info!


Dine Out For Thornhill

Dine Out nights are a fun way to go out with friends from school or just your family and earn some extra funds for our school while treating your family!

Thank you to everyone who came to Pattys & Buns last Thursday! It was a fun night for our school and Montclair community. The kids enjoyed seeing their teachers (shout out to Ms. Forbes & Mr. Thompson, who kept us smiling in line) and their friends on a tasty weeknight out. Pattys & Buns gave us 15% back from our purchases that night, so we raised $136.88. Thank you!

Thursday, April 26 at Mr. Green Bubble: Stop in for a bubble tea after school or treat after dinner. Mention Thornhill when you make a purchase between 3-9 p.m. and tell the cashier you are there for Thornhill - 15 percent comes back to our school

Mr. Green Bubble: 4299 Piedmont Ave, Suite D, Oakland.

Monday, May 7 at Fentons: Start the week with a decadent dessert to keep your young reader going. To be credited for this fundraiser, you must bring a paper flyer (check your inbox and your child's backpack the week before) - eligible from 6-9 p.m., dine in only -- and 15% comes back to our school. This Dine Out is the most popular one of the year!

Fenton's Creamery: 4226 Piedmont Ave, Oakland.

Wednesday, May 16 at Round Table: Dine in or take out for lunch or dinner between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. and tell the cashier you are there for Thornhill - 15% comes back to our school.

Round Table Pizza: 2854 Mountain Blvd, Oakland.

Questions, Feedback, Ideas? Email Erin Fredrick at


Afterschool Care For 2018-19

With the school year soon to wrap up, it's time to get things in line for afterschool care for the 2018-2019 school term. And with that in mind, here is some information about options for the upcoming the next school year, which starts on August 13.

Adventure Time

Enrollment applications will be mailed to all currently enrolled Adventure Time students and incoming TK and Kindergarten families on Friday, May 4. If you are not currently enrolled in Adventure Time and would like to be mailed an application, please call 510-658-7412, ext. 100. Due to licensing regulations, space is limited. Registration is based on first come, first served. Rather than mailing your application, please bring your completed application with the $85 registration fee to the Adventure Time portable. Please call 510-658-7412 x100 if you have questions any questions.

Montclair Recreation Center Aftercare

Registration is online only and will fill quickly. You will need an account, so we suggest to create that ahead of time so you are ready to register on Monday, June 11 at 6 a.m. Counselors pick up on the Thornhill playground at 3 p.m. (1:25 p.m. on Wednesdays) and walk the kids to the Montclair Rec Center. They do not pick up at the TK/K dismissal times. It is one flat fee for Monday-Friday with pick up at 6:30 p.m. Returning kids are able to pre-register before June 11.

JCC Oakland Aftercare

JCC will also provide aftercare for Thornhill kids in 2018-2019. They pick up the kids in their van and drive to the Oakland location at 5811 Racine Road. More information to come! Call them at 510-595-9222 for more information.


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Pennies For Patients Fundraiser...

Our annual Pennies for Patients penny drive to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is still in full swing!

Each classroom will have a box for collecting donations. Please bring in pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, half-dollars, dollar coins, and bills of all sizes…Last year, we donated over $900. Let’s get to $1,000 this year!! We’ll run the donation drive through April and into mid-May.

A few Pennies for Patients facts:

  • Thornhill is one of hundreds of schools across the nation participating in this donation program.

  • Leukemia is a blood disease. It affects the body's production of healthy blood cells.

  • Money raised will go towards cancer research, especially for children with leukemia and blood cancer.

  • Approximately 17,692 children of all ages in the SF Bay Area are affected by different forms of blood cancer, including leukemia.

  • We can help! Every cent counts! Only 7 cents a day can help a patient with his or her doctor visits.

Thank You!

Thornhill Student Council


Warehouse Party Fundraiser with DJ Noah

Saturday April 28, from 7:30 -11 p.m. Get your babysitters lined up and put on your dancing shoes! Join Ms. Novak, Ms. Gustafson and other surprise guests for a night of dancing and good company at the beautiful FICA Oakland warehouse space for a party with Thornhill's resident platter spinner, DJ Noah.

Heavy bites, sangria, good wine, rum and Coke and all around good vibes cost $40 a person and up to 80 people can attend. Bring a friend!

Buy Your Ticket! 100 percent of the proceeds go back to Thornhill.

https://thornhill. catalog?show_id=362

​* Please note, this is an adults only party​.


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Auction Karma at the Claremont Hotel...Can you help?

How about a glass of wine at the Claremont this Saturday night? Crocker Highlands parents came out in full force for our auction as five Crocker parents gave us 15 hours of help! Let’s repay the favor this Saturday, April 21, at Crocker's annual auction fundraiser. They’ll offer food and drink.

Grab a friend and wear something colorful. Your support for a neighboring school is a great way to support Thornhill.

When you sign up, please add “Thornhill” to the notes section. If you have any questions, please contact Anne Mawdsley via Konstella. Thank you!

2018 Crocker Auction - Color Factory


The Traffic Safety Team is looking for volunteers!

We all know that morning traffic along Thornhill can get a little crazy. The traffic safety team is looking for volunteers to help with the quick-drop lane in front of the school in the mornings from 8:15 - 8:45.

Can you commit to one morning a week? Two mornings a month? On an as-needed basis? We'll take all the help we can get to keep our Thunderbirds safe! (This is a great job for TK and K parents since you're already at school early.)

Drop us an email at or just come by in the morning to see how it works.

Thanks from the traffic safety team!


Dads Club--Thornhill Night at the A's, May 4

Join us for our annual baseball night at out at the Oakland Coliseum to support the A's as they take on the Baltimore Orioles. We will be tailgating and have reserved group seating. This is always a great time for the kids, as well as the adults.

Purchase your GAME TICKETS here:

Purchase your TAILGATE TICKETS here:

Carnival BBQ Saturday May 5--Volunteers needed!

Calling all parents to grill some food for the day of the Carnival. Please help us out for at least two hours while your children enjoy the Carnival games. We really need all the help we can get with setup, cooking, and cleanup.

Please sign up here:


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Last Call for Good Eggs Orders

We did it! Thank you, Thornhill families! Just in the nick of time, we met the minimum of ten new customers and now 10 percent of every order we’ve placed in March and April will come right on back to Thornhill. To date, we’ve had 35 orders placed in March and April and generated $389 for our school. This fundraiser runs for one more week so any orders you place in April will continue to count. Thank you!

To join, visit, enter the code tbird, and click "Join Fundraiser." You get $15 off your first order AND new customers this week will be entered to win 3 free dinners when you order by the end of the day, Friday, April 20.


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.

Dine Out - Mr. Green Bubble: Thursday, April 26 (3 - 9 p.m.)

Spring Clean at Thornhill: Saturday, April 28 (9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

Minimum Day for Science: Friday, May 4

Thornhill Night at the A's: Friday, May 4

Spring Carnival: Saturday, May 5

Dine Out at Fentons: Monday, May 7 (6 - 9 p.m.)

PFC Meeting: Monday, May 14 (6 - 7:30 p.m.) **budget vote**

Dine Out at Round Table Pizza: Wednesday, May 16 (11 a.m. - 8 p.m.)


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).