Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 25, Issue 19, January 19, 2018

From The PFC Co-Presidents...

Happy Friday, Thunderbird families!

We know it’s almost February, but we’ll wish you a very Happy New Year since this is our first post of 2018! As you might know, it takes time, talent and money to provide the extras that our school needs to be the thriving place that it is. We appreciate all the ways that you parents give back.

We are especially appreciative of two new board members that have recently volunteered. Hans Christensen is our upper grade Member-at-Large and Rebecca Andersen just joined us as Secretary. Please join us in giving thanks to Hans and Rebecca for stepping up to fill these positions on the PFC Board!

We’re getting excited for the annual Thornhill Auction on Saturday, February 24! Have you purchased your tickets? Made a donation? Volunteered to help with the party, decorations, etc? Most especially, have you chosen your costume? We can’t wait to see all those Heroes and Villians!

Have a great weekend,

Shauna & Shanyn


Enrichment Class Signup Deadline--EXTENDED to Wednesday, January 24!

If you have been planning on signing up your Thunderbird for one of the Spring Enrichment Classes, Registration has been extended to Wednesday (with no fee penalty)!

Classes start on February 5 and end on May 24.

Check out on dropbox the list of classes, the class flyers, and the registration form.

These classes need more signups:

  • Wednesday: 3 O'Clock Rock (3rd-5th, 1:30-2:30pm & 2:35-3:35pm)
  • Thursday: Martial Arts (K-5th, 3:05-4pm)
  • Friday: Origami (1st-5th, 3:05-4pm)
  • Friday: Toyology - Sarah's Science (TK-5th, 3:05-4pm)

These classes are FULL:

  • Monday: Basketball (TK/K, 2:20-3pm)
  • Wednesday: Legos (TK/K, 1:15-2:30pm & 1st-5th, 2:35-4pm)
  • Wednesday: Mixed Media Art (3rd-5th, 1:30-2:30pm)
  • Friday: Soccer (TK/K, 2:20-3pm)
  • Friday: Cooking (1st-5th, 3:05-4pm)

Questions? Email Sally Bonini at


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Auction Update...

Get your tickets here and get ready to have more fun than you probably have any right to at Thornhill's Heroes and Villains auction!

Remember, the date is Saturday, February 24 from 6-11 p.m. at the Greek Cathedral in Oakland.

And...Here is what you have really been waiting for...The auction dinner menu:

Greek Salad

Assorted lettuces, red onion, Kalamata olives, tomato and feta cheese

Oven Roasted Yukon Gold Potatoes

Perfectly roasted with garlic, oregano and extra-virgin olive oil

Medley of Seasonal Vegetables

Fresh seasonal vegetables lightly sautéed in extra-virgin olive oil

Slow Roasted Beef

Oven roasted and served with au jus

Baked Salmon Filet

Served with white wine and lemon butter sauce

Eggplant Parmigiana

Topped with marinara and a trio of cheeses

There are also vegan choices!

Make a Donation!

The auction would not be possible without the generous donations from Thornhill families, friends and the community! This year, we're asking each family again to focus on getting at least one thing to donate to the auction.

If you have a donation or just an idea, check out the donation form and send Solvig an email:

Volunteers With Special Powers! Be a Hero!

Did you know that the biggest parent party of the year is not only fun to attend, but is also fun to launch? Volunteering for Thornhill's auction is a great way to get to know other families and make new friends. There's a role for every type of personality, style, and time of day. Join us in getting ready for blast-off!

Please visit this link to sign up and volunteer with whatever special powers you may have.

Who will win your class basket?

Is your child's class doing a LEGO theme class basket? Napa Wine Basket? Star Wars Basket? A Cooking/Recipe Basket? Do you know yet? Check with your room parent to get the details - You may have a great addition for your child's class basket and not even know it!

Class Baskets are a huge, exciting, and even slightly competitive part of the auction. They'll be on display in the week before - let's see which classes raise the most with these goodie filled cornucopias.

Preparation is ongoing, so please contact your room parent or the Class Basket Coordinator, Lindsey Beallo, for more information. Thank you!


Operation Dignity

Thank you to everyone who has donated to the sock drive the third-grade girls in Girl Scouts Troop 31187 are doing to help homeless veterans! The donation box in the lobby is filling up, and the girls really appreciate it!

The troop is working with a nonprofit called Operation Dignity to collect these new socks, which will be distributed to veterans in need of help. Each year, the girls work with a local charity or organization to give back. This season, their efforts will help Operation Dignity, the Emeryville-based nonprofit with a mission to house and support veterans. New socks are among the top items on Operation Dignity's wish list; clean, dry and warm socks can help prevent frostbite and foot infections.

The collection box will be in the lobby until we wrap up the drive in the coming weeks. We hope Thornhill families can help out the troop by donating one or more pairs. Thanks for your kindness and support!!

Sincerely, Troop 31187

Zoe, Maria, Lucia, Sam, Dakota, Stella J., Stella D., Julia, Ava, and Jillian


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.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 24: Final day for regstration for spring after-school enrichment programs.

  • Thursday, Jan. 25: Fall PFC Enrichment Classes End

  • Friday, Jan. 26: Staff Development Day (No school)

  • Friday, Feb. 2: Science Collaboration (minimum day)

  • Monday, Feb. 5: Spring PFC Enrichment Classes Start

  • Wednesday, Feb. 7: Family Science Night (6-7:30pm)

  • Friday, Feb. 9: Lunar New Year Parade (1:00 pm) ***DATE CHANGE***
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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).