Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 27, Issue 10, October 15, 2019

From the PFC President


One of the things that makes Thornhill work is the involvement of our parents, and our students. And a great example of that was this past weekend at the Fall Sweep. We should all say a word of thanks to everyone who dedicated part of their Saturday to cleaning and freshening up the school.

Another big thank you goes to Rebecca Andersen, who for more than a year, has served nobly as our PFC secretary, taking the minutes of PFC meetings and ensuring that information is available to everyone. However, Rebecca is starting a new doctoral program and needs to step down from her secretarial duties. As such, we are in need of a new secretary, and this is a great opportunity to get involved with the PFC. If you are interested, please contact me, or any other PFC board member you know.

I'd also like to stress us being good neighbors. To St. John's Church, which graciously lets us use their parking areas during the school day. To the people who live across the street from Thornhill (please, as easy and tempting as it may look, please don't do U-turns in their parking area during pickup and drop-off times). To all the retailers near Thornhill, and especially to the staff and owners of 7-Eleven, where a robbery occurred on a Friday night a couple of weeks ago. Just keep in mind who you at many times are representing when you are out and about in the school's area.

And, when it comes to being a good neighbor...Our neighbors at Joaquin Miller Elementary could use some of our help. Joaquin Miller is holding its school auction on Saturday, November 2, at 5:30pm at the Sequoia Country Club, and they could use some Thornhill volunteers to help out with the event. And they will give us a hand in return when we hold our annual auction early next year. If you can spare a couple of hours on the evening of Nov. 2, you can sign up at this link.

As always...Mahalo...

Rex Crum


Support Thornhill at the Walkathon!

Saturday, November 2 is our annual Walkathon, so don't forget to set up your child's pledge site at so they can gather pledges (it is super quick and easy - we promise!). It is a fun day for everyone. You can expect prizes, music, a bake sale booth, a book swap, spirit wear, a hosted parties booth, Otter Pops, a Round Table pizza truck and, of course, kids walking and walking and walking and walking! All in support of our amazing programs at Thornhill! Siblings and prospective Thornhill students are welcome to join us.

It takes a village for this event to run smoothly, so please consider helping out! Sign up on Konstella.


If your kid’s room looks like this...

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What do clutter and the Walkathon have in common? Not much! But if you hate clutter and love the Walkathon, we have a tip you might like.

Just like last year, the Green Team is collecting your gently used (or new) goody bag toys; just drop them in the collection bin the school lobby, they will come back in their second life as a Walkathon prize!

Guidelines: good condition, small toys only please. NO STUFFIES! The bin will be in the lobby through Friday, October 25.

Many thanks,

Your Thornhill Green Team and Planet Earth


Fuel up for our fourth graders

Thornhill’s fourth grade class is holding a big bake sale/fundraiser at the school Walkathon on Saturday, November 2. All of the money we raise will help offset costs of the class’ annual field trip to the Coloma Outdoor Discovery School. This overnight field trip in California's Gold Country is an incredible and fun learning experience, but costs have gone up this year, and we want to keep it as affordable as possible for everyone.

We will have a ton of baked goodies for sale, so please make sure to stop by (cash only please) to fuel up before the Walkathon, buy snacks in between laps, and take some home for Sunday morning treats. We’ll be selling cookies, muffins, cakes and bread by the slice and in small batches, and we may also have for sale a few whole cakes and/or pies.


EWaste collection success!

Congratulations to all of the Thunderbirds who helped promote, contribute their time, and their household EWaste to this event! The majority of the folks who came by our EWaste fundraiser and sustainability event were from our larger community! How lovely to have a community with mindfulness regarding disposing junk - and a community who provided contributions to our school's sustainability needs!


Get cozy at the Hygge party

Hygge Party! Sign up for an evening of mulled wine, yummy snacks and yarn craft making hosted by Becky Urbano and Dee Dee Mendoza. This event is open to adults and kids (3rd grade and up). Drop off is okay. 100% of the proceeds from this fundraiser event will benefit Thornhill. This is a great way to meet new people in the Thornhill community or hang out with old friends all while having fun and giving back to the school.

Where: Urbano Home

When: Saturday, November 2, 2019 evening (an evite will be sent out with more details)

How: Purchase tickets via the Auction Site

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Family fun at Montera Middle School

Fifth grade families considering Montera, or anyone in the Thornhill community, you’re invited to Montera's 2019 Fall Fest on Saturday October 26 that will highlight the art, music, academics, clubs, sports, and more from the Montera community.


Shop and eat for Thornhill

THIS WEEK: Paulista Brazilian Kitchen and Taproom

By popular demand! Our next Dine Out night is at Paulista Brazilian Kitchen and Taproom, Oakland’s all-day Brazilian cafe, restaurant and craft beer taproom.

Wednesday, October 16

7:00am - 10:00pm [yes! 7am!]

ALL day long — breakfast, lunch, dinner -- Paulista will generous donate 10% of their profits to Thornhill. They'll also set out a donation jar that will come right on over to our school. Check out the menu and plan your fun night out:

Shop & Earn: Good Eggs Grocery Delivery

Do you ever wish the stuff you get at the Sunday farmers market could appear fresh on your doorstep in the middle of the week? It can. Check out Good Eggs -- absurdly fresh groceries and meal kits, delivered. New Good Eggs customers get $20 off their first order when you use our school code tbird2019.

Help Thornhill earn extra fundraising dollars!! If 3 new customers join our fundraiser this week (10/14-10/20), we'll earn a $75 bonus. To join, visit, enter our code tbird2019 and place your order. We'll also earn 5% back on every order you place this fall!


Shoo The Flu - Tuesday, October 29

Thornhill will be participating in Shoo The Flu which will provide free flu vaccinations to students on Tuesday, October 29. Consent forms will be coming home in backpacks or you can download and sign the consent form and send it with your child(ren) if you want to participate.


Your kid photos with MugsyClicks

You should have received an email from MugsyClicks (most likely yesterday) with a link to see your kid(s)’s photos. Promo codes offered for our kids’ pictures from MugsyClicks expire on Wednesday, October 30. Online, enter MUG5OFF at checkout for $5 OFF YOUR ORDER (with minimum purchase of $50) and enter 2U4FREE at checkout for FREE SHIPPING (with minimum purchase of $25).

Photo Make-Up day is Monday, October 28. More details to come on how to sign up.



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

  • Wednesday, October 16: Dine Out at Paulista (7am-10pm)
  • Thursday, October 17: Great ShakeOut (10:17am)
  • Monday, October 28: Photo Make-Up Day with MugsyClicks
  • Tuesday, October 29: Shoo the Flu! (free flu shots for kids at Thornhill)
  • Thursday, October 31: Halloween (12:50pm parade + minimum day)
  • Saturday, November 2: Thornhill Walkathon
  • Monday, November 4: PFC Meeting (6-7pm) + Taps and Takeout (7-9pm)

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, Evie Nagy, 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, VP of Communications Erin Proudfoot, PFC President Rex Crum, and Principal Steve Daubenspeck. Member of Oakland Unified School District (OUSD).