Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 28, Issue 15, November 17, 2020

In This Issue

  • Note from our Principal

  • Thornhill Family Trivia Night

  • Oakland Virtual Schools Tours

  • Fundraising Update

  • Thornhill Spirit Wear

  • Conferences and Report Cards

  • Individual Class Packets

  • Calendar of Important Dates


From our Principal

Dear Thornhill Community,

Hopefully you all enjoyed those sunny days with some outdoor activity. It's hard to believe that we are completing our first trimester in Distance Learning. I am well aware that our students are working hard to adapt to this way of learning. Our Thunderbirds are resilient, dedicated students so I know we will get through this. Keep up the good work Thunderbirds!

It's also hard to believe that we will be on Thanksgiving Recess next week! Clearly it will be different for most families this year. I know that we all count on friends and family, and seeing our favorite people around the dinner table is especially important. Whatever you’re able to make work this year, my thoughts are with you all and I am wishing you all a rejuvenating Thanksgiving Break.


Mr. Daubenspeck


Thornhill Family Trivia Night

Please join your Thornhill community for a fun and competitive night of Family Trivia! All ages are welcome and you can compete from the comfort of your own couch. This event will be on Saturday, December 5 beginning at 4 p.m. sharp! Fun prize baskets will be delivered immediately following the event to the first and second place winners, courtesy of the Thornhill Dads Club! R.S.V.P. on Konstella and the Zoom link will be shared with you before the event.

We can't wait to see you there! Questions? Contact


Oakland Virtual Schools Tours

Looking to take a virtual tour of an Oakland middle or high school? Oakland Enrolls is tracking virtual tours here. If you are a parent of a 5th grader, we have posted Oakland middle school virtual tours in the 5th Grade Families Konstella group.

Additionally, explore OUSD schools through their SchoolFinder. The application window for the 2021-22 school year opened on November 16, 2020 and will close on February 5, 2021. Note this window is only if you are applying to a new school at any grade. Info will come in late spring about staying at Thornhill.


Fundraising Update

Fundraising at Thornhill is a year-round sport! So far this school year, 35% of our 305 families have contributed to the Thornhill Annual Fund, to raise $133,962. Your donations are essential, as they go directly to funding PE, Librarian, four teachers’ aides, our social worker, African dance, and gardening for our student community. (Click on each of these links to read more about the wonderful staff in these positions.)

Forgot to donate? We still need you! Find all the info here.

Thank you Thunderbirds!

Adrienne Selke & Rianna Stoll

Co-Chairs, Thornhill Annual Fund


Thornhill Spirit Wear is Here!

Hoodies! Crewnecks! Baseball Tees! Regular Tees! All of it is available for pre-order now in the school store!

We've partnered with Oaklandish to put together some nicely-printed higher-quality clothes that you and your kids will be into wearing around town. The hoodies, crewnecks and tees are available in Navy and Heather Gray and everything is available in Youth XS - XL and Adult XS - 2XL.

All products are only available through pre-order, so this is your chance to order exactly what you'd like. If a minimum order is not placed for each item, there is a chance that it may not be produced. In this case you will be refunded.

Please visit our Spirit Wear Store to place your order by Monday, November 30, the Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday. After items are received we will communicate a time to drive by and pick up your goods.

Questions? Email us at

Happy shopping!

Nisan Perera and Kay Chinn, Spirit Wear Co-chairs


Conferences and Report Cards

Parent-teacher conferences are the week of November 30 to December 4. All days are minimum days. Report cards are now available to parents via Aeries. NO REPORT CARDS WILL BE MAILED OR AVAILABLE FOR PICKUP!

If you have any questions, please email me directly (


Sherry Kaetzel, Thornhill Secretary


Individual Class Printed Packets

If your teacher tells you that printed materials need to be picked up, they will continue to be in the same spot — on the fence near the TK trailer and the Alhambra entrance.

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  • Monday, November 23 - Friday, November 27: NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

  • Monday, November 30 - Friday, December 4: Parent-Teacher Conferences (minimum days)

  • Saturday, December 5: Trivia Night over Zoom! (4-6pm)

  • Thursday, December 10: Take Out for Thornhill: Zachary’s (details TBA)

  • Monday, December 14: PFC Meeting (5:30-6:30pm on Zoom)

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, Jill Evans, 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, VPs of Communications Erin Proudfoot & Evie Nagy, PFC Presidents Rex Crum & Alicia Streight, and Principal Steve Daubenspeck. Member of Oakland Unified School District (OUSD).