Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 26, Issue 24, February 12, 2019

From The PFC President

This next week, and the coming weeks, are likely to be even more stressful than usual for many of us. As I am sure you know, the Oakland teachers have voted to authorize a strike. And within a matter of days, we may know when a strike could start. However, as of now, no date has been set, and I ask that you do your best to remain patient as we await more information.

Many of you are concerned about the status of the school and where your children can go during the day in the event of a strike. Mr. Daubenspeck says Thornhill will be kept open and children can come to the school. However, I understand many of you do not want to cross a picket line. Plans are in the works for St. John's Episcopal Church to be open as an option for children to go during the day. However, this will require parental volunteers on their own to watch after children and please note this is not officially organized by the school or the PFC. If this is something you might be interested in, you may fill out this survey.

The PFC is doing its best to get and provide as much information as possible about a strike as soon as we learn anything of substance. We want all Thornhill parents to be able to prepare for any eventuality. If at all possible, please join us for tonight’s PFC meeting at 6pm.

Thank you,

Rex Crum


Auction Sale!

Did you miss your chance to buy your discounted tickets to the Auction before Sunday? You’re in luck! Today (2/12/19) through Thursday (2/14/19) we’re running an “I <3 THORNHILL” Sale.

Enter in coupon code HEART and get your tickets at $20 off a single ticket and $40 off for a couple.

Dance and Dine with your Valentine! (At the auction on March 2nd!) (Please note that this is an adults only event. The last day to purchase tickets is 2/22/19. We really truly can’t accept walk-ups.)

AND DON’T FORGET: The class with the most parents in attendance will win a free pizza/lunch party, complete with fruit and a drink! (If your child has dietary restrictions, we will work with you to provide appropriate food). PLUS: $500 FOR YOUR TEACHER TO USE FOR HIS/HER CLASSROOM! That’s a win-win!

Current Standings for Auction Ticket sales are:

Thompson 25%

Forbes 34%

Steimle 57% - IN THE LEAD

Watson 31%

Holland 16%

Holman 24%

Townsend 22%

Carter 38%

Formoso 39%

Contreras 39%

Kloess 43%

Van Ostrand 28%

Gustafson 7%

Novak 12%

Bernard 24%

Wilkins 26%

We hope to see you there on March 2nd!

Kay Chinn & Kim Olofsen

Auction Co-Chairs


Summer Camp Deals That Benefit You AND Thornhill

The Auction committee has received some great deals on summer camps in the area. Galileo, Steve & Kate’s, Monkey Business, and Sarah’s Science… Head on over to the Auction Catalog and start bidding on these amazing adventures. (Use the menu on the left of the catalog to sort by the category “camps.”)

The online auction closes on Monday, February 18 at 9pm PT.

You can also check out all of our auction offerings as we start displaying them this month. The other items will only be available at the Auction on March 2!


If you're on Instagram, be sure to follow thornhillauction to find out what exclusive items are on offer at the Thornhill Auction on March 2. Or follow our hashtag #2019thornhillauction!


Order Your Class Photo

You can now order a photo of your child(ren)’s class at MugsyClicks! Go to and sign in with the information you used to order your student’s pictures. You’ll then need an Access Code to view the class pictures, which is ThornGRPS18. Free shipping until February 22 with promo code MUGSY19!



The website always has the latest calendar information, and here's what's coming up!

  • Tuesday, February 12 (NOTE CHANGED DATE): PFC Meeting (6-7pm)
  • Monday, February 18: Presidents Day (no school)
  • Monday, February 18: Online Auction closes at 9pm
  • Friday, February 22: MLK Oratorical Festival (8:45am)
  • Saturday, March 2: Thornhill Auction (6-11pm)
  • Saturday, April 27: Thornhill Spring Carnival (10am-3pm)

Be sure also to download the OUSD District calendar here and subscribe to our Google 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, Evie Nagy, at by 3 p.m. Thursday for approval—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.

THANK YOU to everyone who submits articles and to PFC Board Members, Teachers, VP of Communications Erin Proudfoot, PFC President Rex Crum, and Principal Steve Daubenspeck. Member of Oakland Unified School District (OUSD).