Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 28, Issue 9, October 6, 2020

In This Issue

  • Note from our Principal

  • Annual Fund
  • Final Auction 2020 Pickup Event
  • Report Cards Next Month in Aeries Portal
  • Farm Fresh to You

  • Thornhill Take-Out Events

  • Enrichment Classes

  • Individual Class Packets

  • EBT SNAP and Amazon Partnership

  • Calendar of Important Dates


From our Principal

Dear Thunderbird Families,

I hope you all are hanging in there with distance learning and with everything else that is going on in California and the U.S., in general. I am happy to report that our teachers and staff are in a rhythm with this new way of teaching and learning. Having been to all of our classrooms, it is so great to see students and teachers building relationships virtually and students participating in discussions, showing their thinking, etc. I miss the kids! I know it is not easy for all students to feel comfortable on Zoom and our staff is working hard to engage students in meaningful instruction. Thank you for supporting your kids in attending, being present, and participating!

A big THANK YOU to all of you that signed up to be Room Parents this year!! Our teachers are very grateful for your support!

Monday, October 12th: NO SCHOOL (in lieu of Lincoln's Birthday AKA Indigenous Peoples' Day)

Wednesday, November 11th: NO SCHOOL (Veterans Day)

Take care,

Mr. Daubenspeck


Thornhill Annual Fund

Hello Thunderbirds,

By now you should have received last week’s email and a yellow envelope in the mail. We have officially kicked off the Thornhill Annual Fund (previously known as the Back to School Donation Drive)! We recognize that this is a tough time to get a donation request, as parents, teachers and kids are stretched in ways we couldn’t have imagined a year ago. The Thornhill Annual Fund is a tangible way that you can help provide an exceptional experience for all our students. Your donation funds our Librarian, Music Teacher, African Dance Instructor, PE Coach, Gardening Teacher, Social Worker, Three Teachers' Aides, and online learning platforms.

In a typical year, the Thornhill PFC fundraises and spends $1000 per student to make these resources a reality for our children. We are thankful for your donation of ANY AMOUNT. Our goal for the Annual Fund is for every family to participate at the level they are able.

Please use the form/envelope you received in the mail to donate by check. You can also donate online.

Families that donate (or set up their installment plan) in the month of October will receive a Thornhill baseball tee for each of their students.

Questions? Please check the website or email us at

Thank you for supporting the Thornhill school community!

Adrienne Selke & Rianna Stoll
Co-Chairs, Thornhill Annual Fund


Final Auction 2020 Pickup Event

We will be holding one last auction pickup event outside Thornhill School on Saturday, October 10, 9-10 am. If you can't make it during that time, please email to arrange a pickup at my house. (She's by the zoo if that is easier.)


Access to Aeries required for Report Cards next month

Report cards will be coming next month and they will be accessible in Aeries only. Please make sure you are able to log in! We have a small handful of families who have not logged in to the Aeries Parent Portal, so please do so ASAP. Please contact our secretary Sherry Kaetzel with any questions (


Get Organic Produce Delivered & Earn Money For Thornhill

Our new partner, Farm Fresh To You, delivers fresh, organic produce conveniently (and safely!) right to your home or office while earning 10% for Thornhill on every order when you use promo code TBIRD5880.

Farm Fresh To You, a family farm growing organically since 1976, is proud to support our fundraising efforts. Share our code and unique link with friends and family living in the state of California and they can earn money for Thornhill too. This isn’t just a one-time deal, it applies to all of your future orders.

Christina Gibbons, Merchant Partnerships Chair


Thornhill Take-Out Events

THANK YOU Thornhill community for turning out for a wonderful first “take-out” event at Taps and Takeout! We were proud to support our neighborhood eatery, enjoy drinks with familiar (masked) faces, and earn over $400 for Thornhill. Way to go Thunderbirds!

Next up: Take-Out at The Star on Grand for deep dish deliciousness!

When: Wednesday, October 14 from 12pm - 9pm

What: Take-out and delivery orders

How do I order? Order take-out or delivery.

The Star is extremely generous and donates 10% of the full day’s orders to Thornhill, so please share this event with your friends and family!


Christina Gibbons, Merchant Partnerships Chair


Enrichment Classes

There’s still time to sign up for great enrichment classes!

Offerings: Live Online Drama Club, Origami Mami, Martial Arts and Self-Defense, Berkeley Chess School, ANTS Sports, 3 O’Clock Rock, Jazz Education Ensemble, Nusku Arts, Doug’s Drama, and Spanish.

Read about these new programs on Konstella.


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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EBT SNAP and Amazon Partnership

Great news! Your EBT SNAP card can now be linked to Amazon Fresh and Pantry with delivery! It's a super easy process and makes fresh, healthy food available and accessible during these uncertain times.

And don't forget that anytime you purchase something from Amazon, make sure you're logging in through and you've selected Thornhill Elementary as your charity! Additionally, pick up your phone right now and activate AmazonSmile so you’ll never have to think about it again. We'll receive a percentage of every purchase, which will go a long way towards helping to fulfill our students’ and teachers’ needs simply by doing something you may be doing anyway!



  • Monday, October 12: No School: in lieu of Lincoln’s birthday

  • Wednesday, October 14: Take-Out for Thornhill: The Star on Grand (12-9pm)

  • Wednesday, November 4: Take-Out for Thornhill: Chipotle (details TBA)

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

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

  • Thursday, December 10: Take-Out for Thornhill: Zachary’s (details TBA)

Be sure also to subscribe to the Thornhill Google Calendar here, and download the OUSD District 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, 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).