Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 25, Issue 25, March 2, 2018

From the PFC Co-Presidents

Hi Thunderbird Families,

It was great to see many of you at the auction last weekend. What a great evening to channel your inner hero or villain for a great cause!

Many thanks to our auction committee and volunteers for all the hours they spent soliciting, planning, decorating and hosting a fun night! An extra special thank you goes out to Solvig Raethke-Doeppner for her tireless work as Auction Chair.

It's not too late to support the Fund-A-Need or buy a slot at a pay-to-play party. Check out the Auction site for ideas.

Have a good weekend,

Shauna and Shanyn


Auction Update...

Our 32nd anniversary auction was a smashing good time! We want to thank you – Every single person who donated their money and their time and helped out with all the big and little things that made the auction a success.

I'd like to give some props to a few folks for their help above and beyond the call of duty...

Erin – For being a superhero and helping wherever needed

Mona – She made the super fun hero design and had to stay home sick!

Lindsey and Becky – They collected and organized all the class baskets

Serena – For making all the wonderful teacher offers happen

Angela – For being really into parties

Anne – For getting all the volunteers together

Marya – For taking care of the volunteers at the event so everything could run smoothly

Kay – For helping with planning of the event

Andrew – For driving all over to pick up donations

Ei-Lun and Ema – For getting all these donations

Vinay – for looking and finding sponsors

Christine – for finding our auctioneer & being our VP of Fundraising

Thomas and Keith – For the great sound

Noah – For the dance music

Kacey and Raquel – For getting the pastries!

THANK YOU to all the sponsors and donors. It would not be possible without you.

To the volunteers – I wish I had the space to say every single name, but I appreciate everything you did.

And a special thanks to all of you who attended the auction and participated in supporting our wonderful school.

You still have a chance to participate in our auction! We have amazing offers such as private tours, classes, camps and restaurants. The online auction will close next Friday, March 9, at 8 p.m. Check it out here:

And don't miss out on our great pay-to-play parties. You can still sign up for party spots for kids and adults.

– Solvig


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Dads Club Events...

Things are about to get busy for the Thornhill Dads Club, so mark your calendars for the following events...

OUSD Dads Club Homebrew - Saturday, March 10

Join us for an afternoon of beer tasting, food, and family fun! Your ticket to this unique new event includes a signature tasting glass while supplies last, complimentary pours of over 15 different homebrews, and tickets to cast your vote. You must be 21 years or older to drink or vote.

Tickets can be purchased here:

Event proceeds will benefit the A-Z Fund, which gives Oakland public schools mini-grants they can use for extraordinary (but too often unfunded) learning opportunities. Learn more about the A to Z Fund here!

Save the Date! Friday May 4--Thornhill Night At The A's!

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. More details coming soon!

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:


Sustainability Team Notes...

The Kindergarten students of Room 4 participated in an assembly by Alameda County's Stop Waste, a local public agency helping businesses, residents and schools waste less, recycle more and use water, energy and other resources efficiently.

During the presentation, students conducted an analysis of a garbage bag from our school's lunch room before it made its way to the landfill. What the students discovered is that over half of the contents could have been composted or recycled instead of sent to the landfill!

The students realized just how far we have to go with our waste-reduction efforts at Thornhill. They are planning a school-wide assembly in April to share more information with the rest of the students, including the four "R's" chant to help us remember to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot (compost)!

Our Room 4 Kindergartners Learn About Recycling

Our Room 4 Kindergartners Learn About Recycling


A Delicious and Easy Way to Earn $$ for Thornhill

Starting this week, we're running a fundraiser through Good Eggs, the online grocery market in the Bay Area bringing absurdly fresh groceries to your door. Some of the parents at our school already use Good Eggs and swear by it.

In March and April, anytime our school community shops on Good Eggs, they will donate 10 percent back to Thornhill PFC! All you need to do to enroll is:

1. Visit
2. Enter the code tbird and click “Join fundraiser”
3. Shop and 10 percent goes back to the school! After that first order, you do not need to enter the code again and our school will continue to receive 10 percent back on your orders placed in March and April.

Enroll in the fundraiser by March 15th and you will be entered to win a week of free Good Eggs dinners!


Doug's Drama Camp...And More...

It's that time of the season...Time to think about signing your kids up for summer camps and other activities.

And, once again, Thornhill drama teacher Doug Cole will be offering four two-week sessions of drama camp at Montclair School this summer. The sessions are for students entering grades K-8. Full day camps, with extended care, are available from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Details can be found at

Also Doug’s son, Andre Cole, a professional dancer, will be offering three, one-week dance camps (hip-hop and Brazilian) at Redwood Heights School. Arts and crafts projects will be part of the daily schedule. Details at


First Day Of School--Mark Your Calendar

What? Are we talking about the first day of school before we even get to the last day of school?

You bet, we are. OUSD has set the first day of the 2018-2019 school year for August 13. Yes, that's more than five months away, but that doesn't mean it's not too early to start preparing for that day when summer breaks end and school begins...

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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.

  • Friday, March 2: Science Collaboration (minimum day)

  • March 12-16: Spring Conference Week (minimum days)

  • Tuesday, March 13: PFC Meeting (6-7:30pm)

  • Thursday, March 15: Dads Club Meeting (7pm at Monaghan's on the Hill)

  • Friday, March 30: Cesar Chavez Day (no school)
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    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).