Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 24, Issue 27, March 17, 2017

Auction Update

We would like to offer a huge THANK YOU to everyone who attended the auction, donated items and put in their free time to make this year's auction one to remember. The night was a HUGE success — We have thus far raised over $98,000. We can easily reach our $109,000 goal with your help.

There are online auction items that can still be bid upon until 11:45 p.m. on Friday, March 24. Check out the online auction catalog.

Donations to this year's fund-a-need program can be made here.

Thanks again,

Solvig and the auction team

Principal's Letter

Dear Thunderbird Families,

I hope you are enjoying this unusually warm weather this week.​ We have been having a great week here with recess outside due to no rain. I hope you and your family will get out this weekend and enjoy our beautiful Bay Area.

Auction was wonderful. A big thanks to Solvig and all you amazing volunteers! Thank you all for coming and supporting our school. We so appreciate your generosity. It was so great to see you all having fun.

For those of you that could not make it or have not had a chance to contribute, we will be giving you more opportunities to do so in the near future. Remember due to OUSD budget cuts we are more than ever relying on support anywhere we can find it.

THANKING YOU in advance.

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Mr. Daubenspeck

Fifth Graders show they know how to Hula Hoop!​

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Auction Karma

Thornhill had a fabulous auction this past Saturday thanks in part to 10 volunteers from neighboring schools who staffed the event! Now their auctions are up next. Could you help out for an evening at a friend's school? Your support for a neighboring school is also support for Thornhill. Thank you!

Please follow the Auction Karma link at SignUpGenius to find events at other local schools where you can help out.

Meet The Superintendent

Devin Dillon, Oakland Unified School District's interim superintendent, will be visiting Thornhill the morning of Monday, March 20. Ms. Dillon will be at the school to meet and greet parents from 8:15 to 8:35 a.m. Please come out and meet Ms. Dillion and let her see how great our parent involvement is at Thornhill,

Thornhill Night At The A's

The Thornhill Dads Club is preparing for one of the school's most-popular events, the annual Thornhill Night at the A's.

This year's night will take place on Friday, April 21, when the A's face the Seattle Mariners (the hometown and favorite team of your humble newsletter editor, Rex Crum). Thornhill Elementary School students, parents, and their friends and families can purchase discounted tickets in two different seating sections.

Tickets cost $32 for Field Level seats and $20 for the Plaza Outfield section. A portion of each ticket sold will go directly back to the school. Tickets have to be purchased through the above link in order for Thornhill to get its donation credit from the A's.

Dads Club is planning on holding a Thornhill tailgate, with a food truck, at the Coliseum prior to the game. Last year, more than 300 Thornhill parents and students attended the game, so we could we could use some help with tables and chairs for the pre-game tailgate. If you have something you can volunteer, please contact Robert Jacobs at Robert has generously taken the reins with organizing this year's event and deserves a beer or two bought for him at the game.

And...The A's have cut the price of beer at games this year, too. All the more reason to attend.

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Pennies For Patients Fundraiser

It’s time for our annual Pennies for Patients penny drive to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Each classroom will have a donation box. Please bring in pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, half-dollars, dollar coins, and bills of all sizes… Last year, we donated over $1,000 – Let’s do it again!! We’ll run the donation drive through mid-May.

A few Pennies for Patients facts:

  • Thornhill is one of hundreds of schools across the nation participating in this donation program
  • Money raised will go towards cancer research, especially for children with leukemia and blood cancer

  • Leukemia is a blood disease. It affects our body’s production of healthy blood cells.

  • 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!

Yours truly,

Lola Harris, 4th Grade

Community Service Officer

Doug's Drama Camp at Montclair Elementary

Do your children act dramatic at home?

Do you ever think, "This kid should win an Oscar for this performance" as he or she pleads with you for a snack just before dinner?

Well, then get your aspiring Daniel Day-Lewis or Meryl Streep on stage.

Thornhill drama teacher Doug Cole will be offering four 2-week sessions of drama camp this summer at Montclair Elementary School. Sessions for students entering grades K-8.

These are full day camps with extended care from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Details at

Spirit Wear Information

Greetings Thunderbirds! It's been wonderful seeing the sweatshirts and tee's at school!

I do have a few more orders I would like to deliver. If you are still interested, or have forgotten details about what you have ordered, please contact me at to make arrangements for payment and pick-up of your Thunderbird Gear!

Many Thanks!

Silvana, Spirit Wear

Returning To Thornhill? Turn In Your Intent Forms

Hello Everyone...

This is the first year that OUSD is requiring us in the Thornhill office to report your students intent to return to our school during the next school year.

The school needs to report this information from all TK - 4th grade parents. Follow this link and the form will automatically download.

Once you have filled out the form, either return it to Ms. Sherry in the office or via e-mail by Wednesday, March 22. This information is crucial for planning for next year. If your student is NOT returning it would be helpful to know what school they will be attending.

Thank you in advance for your assistance with this matter.


Christina Burden

Attendance Specialist

What Is BigPie, Anyway?

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Please take a minute to register on BigPie and join the 54 supporting patrons we have so far for Thornhill Elementary! Our lifetime giveback raised so far is $396. I know we can raise a lot more!

Register here: It’s free, no credit cards required, and they won’t spam you or sell your email.

Every time you shop in Montclair Village, don’t forget to mention that you’re a BigPie patron to earn giveback for Thornhill!

We have 3 more Dine Out Events coming up this Spring, so sign up now! If your business would like to participate in any of these upcoming Dine Outs, please email me: Big Pie’s app allows “matching donations” so other types of businesses (such as specialty shops or services like realtors and architects) can piggyback onto the giveback event at whatever percentage is comfortable, support our community, and get some great, low-cost publicity for your products or services.

-Amy Teeling, eScrip & Merchant Giveback Programs Coordinator

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).