Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 27, Issue 5, September 10, 2019

From the Principal

Dear Thornhill community,

Thank you all for everything you have done to honor Pam Kordosky! The vigil for Pam was a wonderful example of our great community, and it was so great to see so many people here on a Friday evening. Thanks again for all that you do to make Thornhill such a caring and special place.


Mr. Daubenspeck


Adventure Time Announcement

Dear Thornhill Adventure Time Families,

Adventure Time would like to announce longtime Adventure Time employee, Denyse Ibarra, has been named Site Director. Denyse has worked for Thornhill Adventure Time since 1998 and was a valued and trusted co-worker of Pam Kordosky for the past 21 years.

Denyse is a hard worker, has excellent judgment skills, and regards the Thornhill Adventure Time children as family. We are still struggling with the loss of Pam and will always miss her presence at AT. Our priority is to provide a safe, supportive, and enriching environment for your children and we are confident Denyse’s guidance will ensure a stable transition.

Denyse and the AT staff are here for you and your children and will continue to provide the best care possible. Thank you for your continued support.

-Adventure Time


Back to School Donation Drive Update!

We hope everyone has settled in well these first few weeks of school!

Has your child come home excited to tell you about her art class? Have you been regaled with a detailed description of all the parts of a violin? Has your kindergartner told you all about practicing letter sounds with his favorite teacher’s aide? Have you heard all about learning new skills with Coach? If you can say yes to any of these questions, you’ve had a little reminder of the special parts of the Thornhill experience that are funded by the PFC!

The Back to School Drive is underway. Hopefully by now, you’ve received the form and bright yellow envelope that came home in your child’s homework folder. So far, we’ve received just over $99,000 of our total $200,000 with 25% participation. That’s an amazing start, but we still have a ways to go in the next month. Our goal is for 100% participation. It takes all of us working together, giving whatever amount we are able, to be able to raise $1,000 per student across all the fundraising efforts. All of our kids benefit from this, and Thornhill is an even better school because of it!

You can read more details about the easy ways to give and also about exactly how the PFC budget is spent on the website.

Thank you in advance for your support and partnership!

Erin Fredrick, Christine Pereira, Adrienne Selke, Rianna Stoll

BSDD Committee

P.S. Donate by this Sunday, September 15 in order to get the amazing insulated Thornhill tumbler!


Picture Days

Smile! We are using MugsyClicks again this year (woo hoo!) who will be coming to capture your child(ren)’s unique personality and charm on Wednesday, September 11 and Thursday, September 12. MugsyClicks recommends that kids wear a simple shirt without large patterns, words, or graphics.


8:40am: Novak

8:50am: Kloess

9am: Van Ostrand

9:10am: Gustafson

9:25am: Contreras

9:40am: Bernard

9:55am: Wilkins


8:30am: Thompson

8:55am: Forbes

9:20am: Calkins

9:45am: Nobusada

10:25am: Steimle

10:50am: Formoso

11am: Whalen

11:10am: Townsend

11:25am: Holland

Can't make it? We will have a make-up day on a day to be announced.

The "Class Photo" this year will be the same as last year - a composite of the individual pictures of the kids and teacher and will be available for purchase after the make-up day.

Ordering information will be emailed to parents from the photographer. There are no pre-orders. Everything will be done online after the picture is taken. You should have a few shots to choose from!


Rescheduled Auction Party: Stella & Dot

Shop for Thornhill! The Stella & Dot women’s accessories host-a-party from last year’s auction is rescheduled to Sunday, September 15, 2019 from 3-5pm. $25 to Thornhill and includes wine and hors d’oeuvres while you shop for versatile jewelry, scarves, and bags. Your hosts are Kristin Anderson and Anne Mawdsley. Versatile, affordable and fun are part of the package! Sign up here.


Teacher Wish Lists on Amazon

Want to order supplies for your child's class and help earn money for the school at the same time? We've created a central page for teachers' Amazon wish lists — when you shop through the links on this page a percentage of each purchase will go back to Thornhill. Help supply our classrooms, and earn money for the school at the same time!


Green Team Tips of the Week

1. Bring clean soft plastics (ziploc bags, produce bags, bread bags) to our local grocery stores like Safeway, Lucky, and Whole Foods for plastic bag return.

2. Bring old/dead batteries to our local library for safe battery disposal.

3. Start sorting/collecting your EWaste (old computers/screens, dead electronics, etc.) for our upcoming EWaste function (Date TBD).

4. Keep showing up for our school and planet by picking up trash that you see on our grounds and sort your waste please!!

5. Join the Thornhill Green Team and jump into sustainable action with us! Low commitment, high positive impact!

Thank you!


Open Positions on our Parent Faculty Club (PFC) Board

We hope you enjoyed hearing about what the PFC does at Back to School Night and are excited to volunteer this year. We still have a few positions where we could really use you. Please seriously consider filling one of these needed positions - email for more information.

  • Co-President: Train with Rex this year and take the helm next year!

  • VP Fundraising: Lead the strategy of our fundraising efforts!

  • VP Personnel: Train with Andy Espinoza to work with our personnel!

  • Auction Chairs: We can't raise the needed $100,000 for our kids without Auction Chairs!

  • Parliamentarian: Take a close look at our bylaws and lead the charge to get them updated!



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

  • Wednesday, September 11-Thursday, September 12: Picture days with MugsyClicks

  • Sunday, September 15: Stella & Dot Host-a-Party (3-5pm)

  • Friday, September 27: Professional development day (no school)

  • Friday, October 4: Minimum Day for Science (no enrichment classes)

  • Monday, October 7: PFC Meeting (6-7pm) + Taps and Takeout (7-9pm)

  • Saturday, November 2: Thornhill Walkathon

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 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).