Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 26, Issue 7, September 18, 2018

From the Principal

Dear Thornhill Families,

Thank you to all the families that have already contributed to the Back to School Donation Drive! With your support, Thornhill is able to provide a well-rounded education to our Thunderbirds. We appreciate your generosity! I’m also happy to report that we have a date for the Thornhill Auction: Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 2 (more info below).


We have a first grader, Sutton, whose three-year-old sister Neva has undergone a second bone marrow transplant due to her diagnosis of Neuroblastoma earlier this year. Neva has been through many medical procedures and we need your help. Her immune system will be vulnerable for the next 3-6 months and exposure to any illness could have detrimental effects. So please keep children that are sick at home! Last year, kindergarten parents supported us with this and it was incredibly helpful. Please read these guidelines for keeping students home from school, and contact our attendance clerk Zettie if you have any questions. Please support and follow Neva's Journey at Caring Bridge.

Sending love to Neva and the entire Nariani family from the Thornhill staff!


Mr. Daubenspeck


Keep On Drivin’

Thank you so much to those families who have already contributed to the Back to School Donation Drive! We are at the halfway point of our campaign, and we have raised about 49% of our goal with 25% of families participating. We need your help! A donation at any level helps us raise the $1,000 per student that the PFC spends each year. Please consider supporting Thornhill at whatever level you are able. All families who donate will receive a fabulous Thornhill trucker hat and, of course, your donation is tax deductible. Remember, you can donate by check (send it in via the bright yellow envelope in your child’s homework folder or download a form from the website) or online. We also happily accept installments in amounts and frequency that works for you. More details are available on the website.

Thank you,

Adrienne Selke and Rianna Stoll, BSDD Co-Chairs


Don’t Sleep on the Fall Sweep

Bring your favorite tools and people and come participate in Thornhill's Fall Sweep on Saturday, October 20 from 9am-12pm! People of all ages are welcome to join in the fall fun to help spiffy up our school grounds and come together as a community. Whether you can come for one or three hours, please choose your own adventure on this signup link. We look forward to seeing you all!

Many thanks,
Elyse Bart, Bonnie Forbes and the Green Team!


And Don’t Snooze on Reusin’

While we have your attention, here are a few more ideas on sustainability and ways to teach our kids green habits and awareness. Halloween and Thanksgiving season is starting soon and there will be classroom parties! We are asking that each classroom purchase reusable plates, cups and utensils, like the ones pictured. Some of us did this already and we love the idea of not having to use 400 paper plates for each school party.

We’d also like to raise everyone's awareness of trying to eliminate things out of our kids lunchboxes that add up to landfill.

Please share your ideas and lets go green!


Going once...going twice...!

We’re excited to share that the can’t-miss event of the year, the Thornhill Auction, will be Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Colombo Club. Want to help make it great? We’re having our first Auction Committee Meeting on Wednesday, September 19 at 7:00pm. (Co-chair Kim Olofsen is hosting at her home.) Come on over, have a glass of wine/beer/juice box and find out more about volunteering for this wickedly fun event. Do you specialize in marketing? Ad sales? Graphic Design? Party planning? Decorations? Donation solicitation? The Kiki Challenge? We need it all! Please RSVP via Konstella! (Adults only please).

Thank you,

Kay Chinn & Kim Olofsen, 2019 Auction Co-Chairs


Equity Allies at OUSD

Equity Allies for OUSD is a group of parents and community members who want equity in opportunities, access, and outcomes for all children in OUSD schools. They invite you to a forum for “Advancing Equity in OUSD” on Saturday, September 29 from 1-4:30pm at Edna Brewer Middle School. Learn about the problems facing OUSD and how leading community organizations are working to solve them. Speakers include student, parent, and school leaders and policy and community organizations.

Learn more and RSVP at Translation and childcare provided.



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

  • Wednesday, September 19: Auction committee meeting (7pm, RSVP via Konstella)
  • Friday, September 28: Staff Development Day (no school)
  • Monday, October 8: PFC Meeting (6-7pm)

  • Tuesday, October 16: Dine Out at Pattys & Buns (11:30am-7:30pm)

  • Friday, October 19: Lincoln Day, observed (no school)

  • Saturday, October 20: Fall Sweep
  • Saturday, November 3: Annual Walk-A-Thon

Be sure also to download the OUSD District calendar here and subscribe to our Google 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 3 p.m. Thursday 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, VP of Communications Erin Proudfoot, PFC President Rex Crum, and Principal Steve Daubenspeck. Member of Oakland Unified School District (OUSD).