Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 24, Issue 14, December 2, 2016

From the PFC Co-Presidents...

Happy Friday Thunderbird Families!

We hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving filled with quality time with family and friends.

We want to thank the parent community again for all your fundraising efforts in these first months of the school year. We know there’s been A LOT of focus on fundraising so far this year, and we're happy and grateful that we’ve met our Fall fundraising goal of $190,000!! Your donations make it possible for the PFC to fund salaries for our PFC employees (12 of them!) and other important enrichment subjects like art, music, literacy, physical education, and technology.

As a way of saying THANK YOU (and because we promised your kids a “treat”), the PFC is sponsoring a school-wide Family Game Night on Tuesday, December 13 from 6:00 – 7:30pm in the MPR. Hot cocoa and holiday treats will be served.

Feel free to bring your favorite game to share, and there will also be games on hand to enjoy. We know this is a busy time of year for many families, but we hope you can join us for this fun school community event! This is the first of several events this year where we can all come together as a school community just for the fun of it!

Have a great weekend!

Shauna & Shanyn

Thornhill PFC Co-Presidents

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Thornhill Mural Update

We are 67% toward our mural goal, but we but still NEED YOUR HELP!

before the campaign ends:

December 9th!!

If every family donates just $10, we will make our goal!

As a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School, it's now time for Thornhill to look as grand as it is to our kids!

Please help us fund an exciting, inspirational facelift for the front of our school with a fantastic, four-panel mural planned for the four mobile classrooms facing Thornhill Drive.

Many parents are donating their talents, time and the necessary equipment to help us make this happen.

It will take several weeks to complete the project and we need your support! Our goal is $5,000 and the design team (Thornhill parents) has launched a GoFundMe campaign to make it easy for you to contribute and tell others.

There are three easy ways you can help:

1. Make a donation today!


2. Spread the word!

- Your friends and family want to help…Just ask!!

- Corporate matching - See if your company will match!!

3. Lend the mural team your digital projector!

- Contact us:

Visit: and please give whatever you can today!

We recognize Thornhill families already go the extra mile to make Thornhill the special place that it is. If every family and supporters of the school chip in, we can reach our goal to transform the face of Thornhill and create a rich environment that kids can enjoy everyday for years to come. Thank you for your support!

Please donate then, share the link!!

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One Warm Coat Donation Drive

Thornhill Dads Club is sponsoring a donation drive this holiday season, working with national charity One Warm Coat. Please look for the collection bin in the school lobby and bring in clean, gently used coats of all types and sizes to donate.

Did you know that a warm winter coat is a budget “extra” for 1 in 5 children living in poverty in the U.S.? All coats collected by the Thornhill community will directly benefit local needs when we deliver them to Alameda County Social Services and East Oakland Youth Development Center. Make sure your kids know, and have them help clean out your closets while giving to the less fortunate this season.

Enrichment Classes

Reminder...There will be NO Enrichment Classes the week of December 5 due to parent/teacher conferences.

Spring Session Dates:

Class schedule will be posted on January 9th on the school's website.

Registration will be 1/9-1/20.

Classes will begin February 6th.

Lola Hanacek

Enrichment Chairperson

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Library News

Library News


Thank you to Samantha and Brady Hall and their family for donating Do NOT Bring Your Dragon to the Library, by Julie Gassman. I've already had students asking when I will read it aloud!

Check out the Amazon Wishlist to see which books the library would love to add to the collection. Feel free to support our local bookstores by making your purchases there. As always, thank you for supporting the library!

Amazon Wishlist:

Thornhill Library:

Thornhill Library Blog:

Happy Reading,

Maura Hennessy

Kindergarten Tours for Prospective Families

The four scheduled tours of Thornhilll, for parents who are considering enrolling their children for the 2017-18 school year, are full. Individuals can still add their name to the waitlists for the remaining tours in case of cancellations.

Not to worry, attending a tour or not has no bearing on your assignment to Thornhill or any other Oakland public school.

All parents are encouraged to attend Thornhill's Information Night on Thursday, Jan. 5, from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m. hosted by our Kindergarten teachers, Mr. Thompson and Ms. Watson, and Transitional Kindergarten teacher Ms. Kordestani.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to contact Kacey or Elyse at

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Little League Signups Underway

"People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring." -- Rogers Hornsby.

Registration is open for Spring 2017 Little League Baseball until December 19!

North Oakland Little League / South Oakland Little League (Noll/Soll) registration is now open for Spring 2017 baseball. Thornhill had more than 50 players participate last year.

Noll Soll has three noncompetitive divisions for players in TK – 2nd grade and competitive divisions for players in the 3rd grade and beyond. The noncompetitive teams are formed on a school basis.

If the school has enough players (around 10-12) at each level, it can have its own team. Last year, Thornhill had 20 Tballers across 2 teams, the highest number of Tballers from any one school in the entire league.

Can this year’s TK and K classes beat that?

Here is a general overview of the divisions:


Tball: Grades TK-K / Ages 5-6

No score kept / No outs / everyone plays the field / two-thirds of players bat each inning.

Farm A: Mainly 1st graders / Ages 6-8

No score kept / coach pitch / outs are recorded

Farm B: Mainly 2nd graders / Ages 7-9

No score kept / kid pitch / outs are recorded

Competitive Divisions – kids must tryout and are drafted to teams

AA – Mainly 3rd and 4th graders / Ages 8-10

AAA - Mainly 4th and 5th graders / Ages 9-11

Majors – Mainly 5th and 6th graders / Ages 10-12

Click on the link below to register

You can visit the Noll Soll website for more information.


Questions? Contact Anthony D. Wilson.

Lost and Found Items

Hi Parents!

Are you missing a jacket, sweater or something your child may have left behind?

Please come check out our lost and found, located in the lobby of the cafeteria. It is filled with items that have been left behind at school. We will be donating all items to charity on December 16. Your precious items may be gone for good if you don't claim them soon!


Mona and Christina- PFC Hospitality chairs

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).