Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 28, Issue 13, November 3, 2020

In This Issue

  • Note from our Principal

  • Chipotle Take Out Night is This Wednesday

  • Thornhill Annual Fund Update

  • Thornhill Spirit Wear

  • Conferences and Report Cards

  • Individual Class Packets

  • Calendar of Important Dates


From our Principal

Dear Thunderbird families,

We hope you are all having a good week. I want to thank you all for supporting your kids with doing the iReady diagnostics!!! WOW! Our students are doing such a great job!! As you know, this is a new assessment system that also differentiates instruction for each student. This means each student has PERSONALIZED INSTRUCTION / lessons at their level in English Language Arts and Mathematics. Your child's teacher can let you know more.

Reminder: Wednesday, November 11 - Veterans Day - NO SCHOOL.

Have a great day!


Mr. Daubenspeck


Chipotle Take Out Night is TOMORROW, Nov. 4 - 33% comes back to Thornhill!

Calling all burrito lovers!

Foil your dinner plans and stop by the Chipotle at 3017 Broadway in Oakland for our fundraiser on Wednesday (TOMORROW!), November 4th from 5:00pm - 9:00pm and 33% (!!!) comes back to our school!

Participating Location: 3017 Broadway, Oakland. (Plenty of parking! Next to Sprouts Market)

Time: 5pm - 9pm

Two Ways to Order:

Order Online for Pick-up through or the Chipotle App. Enter our unique code: JDWBZBY in the promo code field upon check-out for your order to count.


Visit the restaurant and mention Thornhill when you order. You can also show the flyer below (also attached to the Konstella calendar event) on your phone!

For more details visit Konstella and don’t forget to share with your friends and family!

Christina Gibbons, Merchant Partnerships Chair

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Thornhill Annual Fund

Hello Thunderbirds,

Thank you to every family that has donated to the Thornhill Annual Fund! As of today, 30% of our Thornhill families have participated, to raise a total of $115,762. For context, this is only half of what we raised last year, in the same amount of time (in 2019, we raised $230k and had 60% participation). This year has presented us with new challenges and many unknowns. We expect that we will need additional fundraising to maintain the staff and services that our Thornhill PFC funds for our students. If you’re interested in learning more, please join the Thornhill PFC meeting on Monday, November 9, as this will be a topic of discussion.

It's never too late to make your donation! We need you this year more than ever.

  • By Check: Please fill out our online form, make your check payable to “Thornhill PFC” and mail to: Thornhill Annual Fund, 6265 Virgo Road, Oakland, CA 94611.

  • Online: Click here to fill out the donation form and donate via PayPal.

Questions? Please email us at

Thank you for supporting Thornhill,

Adrienne Selke & Rianna Stoll

Co-Chairs, Thornhill Annual Fund


Thornhill Spirit Wear is Here!

Hoodies! Crewnecks! Baseball Tees! Regular Tees! All of it is available for pre-order now in the school store!

We've partnered with Oaklandish to put together some nicely-printed higher-quality clothes that you and your kids will be into wearing around town. The hoodies, crewnecks and tees are available in Navy and Heather Gray and everything is available in Youth XS - XL and Adult XS - 2XL.

All products are only available through pre-order, so this is your chance to order exactly what you'd like. If a minimum order is not placed for each item, there is a chance that it may not be produced. In this case you will be refunded.

Please visit our Spirit Wear Store to place your order by Monday, November 30th. After items are received we will communicate a time to drive by and pick up your goods.

Questions? Email us at

Happy shopping!

Nisan Perera and Kay Chinn, Spirit Wear Co-chairs


Conferences and Report Cards

Parent-teacher conferences are the week of November 30 to December 4. All days are minimum days. Report cards will be available to parents via Aeries beginning November 16. Please make sure that you have an Aeries Parent Portal! I still have a handful of parents who have not set up an account and registered their students. NO REPORT CARDS WILL BE MAILED OR AVAILABLE FOR PICKUP!

If you have any questions, please email me directly (


Sherry Kaetzel, Thornhill Secretary


Individual Class Printed Packets

If your teacher tells you that printed materials need to be picked up, they will continue to be in the same spot — on the fence near the TK trailer and the Alhambra entrance.

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  • Monday, November 9: PFC meeting (5:30-6:30pm, Zoom link in Konstella)

  • Wednesday, November 11: No School: in lieu of Veterans Day

  • Monday, November 23 - Friday, November 27: Thanksgiving Break
  • Monday, November 30 - Friday, December 4: Parent-Teacher Conferences (minimum days)
  • Thursday, December 10: Take Our for Thornhill: Zachary’s (details TBA)


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, Jill Evans, 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, VPs of Communications Erin Proudfoot & Evie Nagy, PFC Presidents Rex Crum & Alicia Streight, and Principal Steve Daubenspeck. Member of Oakland Unified School District (OUSD).