Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 25, Issue 22, February 9, 2018

Principal's Note...

Dear Thornhill Community,

I hope everyone is enjoying this warm weather. As nice as the weather has been, I must say I wonder how we are doing in regards to having enough water in Northern California. I personally am hoping for a lot more snow this winter.

Don't forget our auction coming up in just over 2 weeks! I hope to see everyone there.

Highlight of the Week

Without a doubt, my favorite thing about Thornhill is the kids! This week, I had the honor of being interviewed for the student newspaper by fourth grader Zoe. I must admit that some of the questions were very hard to answer. Questions like, "What is you favorite food?" "What is your favorite color?" and "What were you like in school?" made me have to think...At some point during the interview, the young journalist who was writing notes let me know that she was summarizing my answers. I am so glad to know our students are becoming great writers. Thank you, Zoe, for taking time during your lunch to interview me. I look forward to reading the student newspaper.

Have a great weekend!

Mr. Daubenspeck

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Zoe did a great job interviewing me for the school paper this week!


Auction Update...

We are getting closer every day to the annual Thornhill Auction! It's just two weeks from this Saturday, now. Have you gotten your tickets, yet?

You haven't? Well here's an offer too good to refuse...

In celebration of the Lunar New Year we are having a flash sale today, Friday, February 9. Tickets will be on sale for only $65 per person, or $129 per couple for 24 hours. Look for our big & little heroes on the playground to get a flyer. Don’t wait too long.


Please consider to sign up to help on the day of the event. We need many hands to make this event happen.

Online Auction!

We are working on our catalog. Our annual online auction will start on Friday, February 16 at 6 a.m. and will end on Friday, February 23 at 8 p.m. We have a lots of fun camps and classes. New stuff is being added every day to the event listings. Check it out.

New this year are some signups for $10. These will help the teachers to buy papers, pencils or art material for the classrooms. You can even consider to sponsor a book for our library. Thank you for you support.

Look into our Auction Parties!

And, like always, we have lots of pay-to-play events for sport fans, foodies, art lovers, wine specialists and just something for everybody to just call some of them. They are some for kids and adults. You will find all of them soon in our catalog. But here are some examples:

- Lock-in at Thornhill

- Pancakes with Ms. G.

- Night Out to Sweat at the Dailey Method

- Essential Oils Class

- Craft your Own Wine

- Helping Hand

- Teddy Bear Picnic with kids….

Have fun checking it out and see you soon at the auction.


PFC Board Meeting - all invited to attend!

The next board meeting of the Thornhill Parent Faculty Club (PFC) will be Monday, February 12 at 6 p.m. in the library. Please let us know by Thursday evening if you have items for the agenda. Additionally, please RSVP for childcare if needed as well by either commenting on the Konstella calendar item or emailing us. Thanks and see you Monday evening!

Shauna Fithian & Shanyn Lloyd

PFC Presidents


Dads Club Movie Night, Brewing Contest and Meeting


The Thornhill Dads Club will be showing Sing for the next Movie Night. And here is what you need to know...

When: Friday, Feb. 16, 7-9 p.m.
Where: Thornhill Elementary, Multi-Purpose Room (MPR)

All Thornhill students and families are invited.

You may arrive/drop off your kid(s) starting at 6:30 p.m. The movie will start at 7 p.m. Pick up is at 9 p.m. You can drop off your children at the MPR door if you like - Make it a date night!

Non-Thornhill siblings are allowed, as long as all younger siblings are supervised by a parent/guardian for the entire movie. Feel free to bring a sleeping bag, pillow, blankets, stuffies, etc. to make the movie watching experience more comfortable. Endless popcorn and water will be provided and kids may bring in other food/dinner as well. No nuts, of course!

Tickets can be purchased ahead of time or at the door via: The suggested donation is $15 for the first child and $10 for each additional child. If you are staying, each child is only $5.

Do you brew?

Thornhill Dads Club has teamed up with other Dads clubs here in the OUSD to bring you the 1st Annual Homebrew Competition and Fundraiser. All funds will be going to the "A to Z Fund." Join us Saturday, March 10 from 1-5 p.m. at the Old Kan Brewery.

Come to our next meeting!

We meet every third Thursday at Monaghan's on the Hill. Come by at 7 p.m. We may be having a poker night our next meeting. Everyone is invited. Next meeting is next week on Thursday, Feb. 15!

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Girl Scout Cookies!

Calling All Girl Scout Cookie Lovers!

The Thornhill girls of Girl Scout Troop 31187 will be at the playground after school and selling cookies on Friday, Feb. 9 and 16 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. Cookies are 5 dollars a box!

Thin Mints, Samosas, Do-si-dos, and many more flavors How can you resist?!


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Doug's Drama Camp

Yes, it may only be early February, but that doesn't mean it's too early to start thinking of summer camps and other activities for your kids, right?

Well...Thornhill drama teacher Doug Cole will once again 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


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, Feb. 9: Lunar New Year Parade (1 p.m.)

Monday, Feb. 12: PFC Meeting (6-7:30pm)

  • Thursday, Feb. 15: Dads Club Meeting at Monaghan's (7-8:30pm)

  • Friday, Feb. 16: Dads Club Movie Night (7-9pm)

  • Monday, Feb. 19: Presidents Day (no school)

  • Saturday, Feb. 24: Thornhill Benefit Auction

  • Wednesday, Feb. 28: Thornhill Oratorical (9am)

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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).