Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 25, Issue 27, March 16, 2018

Principal's Note...

Dear Thornhill Community,

This week, on March 14, students across the United States expressed their voices to address safety in schools. This was an incredible moment in time and students should always be taught to use their voices. I sent a letter via Konstella for parents to read regarding how we approached this day. I am proud to say we had a calm day and it was business as usual--aside from the rain that hampered some outdoor play. Thank you for your patience and know that your child's emotional and physical safety is important to us.



My highlight of the week was watching this self-organized game of pick up basketball during recess. If anyone knows Warriors coach Steve Kerr, let him know I have his starting lineup right here. Our Thunderbirds know how to play and show great sportsmanship when things get rough...

Enjoy your weekend, even if it is a rainy one...

Mr. Daubenspeck

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Thornhill Hoopsters On The Court


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Dad's Club

Thornhill's Dads Club presents the school's most-popular events of the year...Thornhill Night At The A's!

Join us on Friday, May 4, for our annual baseball night out at the Oakland Coliseum to support the A's as they take on the Baltimore Orioles. We will be tailgating and have reserved group seating. This is always a great time for the kids, as well as adults.

Purchase your game tickets here:

Tailgate tickets will be available for purchase soon!

Carnival BBQ Saturday May 5--Volunteers needed!

Calling all parents to grill some food for the day of the Carnival. Please help us out for a minimum of two hours while your children enjoy the Carnival games. We really need all the help we can get with setup, cooking, and clean-up.

Please sign up here:


The 2018-2018 School Calendar Is Here...

There are still about three months left in the current school year. Which means you are probably all wired up getting day camps and other activities ready for your your little Thunderbird this summer.

So, with all of that going on...Why not just start planning for the next school year, too?

OUSD has put out the 2018-2019 school year calendar, and the two most-important dates for you to circle are the first day of school, August 13, and the last day of school, which is...

May 30, 2019.

Yes, May 30. The school year starts about a week earlier, and ends almost two weeks earlier than this year. Might as well start researching those 2019 summer camps now.

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California Healthy Kids Survey

Parents and caregivers, did you do the California Healthy Kids Survey? With only a 25 percent participation rate, we can do better.

Please do this survey ASAP. It will only be open for a few more weeks. The link below goes straight to the Thornhill survey.

Thanking you in advance!


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Join The Good Eggs School Fundraiser!

Earn 10 percent back for Thornhill every time you shop on Good Eggs during March and April.

Here's how To Enroll:

Step 1: Visit

Step 2: Enter the code TBIRD. You'll get $15 off if you've never tried Good Eggs!

Step 3: Place an order

We need at least NINE more people to sign up and place orders to receive the funds. Please give it a try!

You Shop & Thornhill Wins

Did you know that when you shop at Amazon, Good Eggs, Shutterfly, Primary, Sports Basement, and other local and online retailersour school can earn money back, all year round? We have a whole bunch of merchant giveback programs — check it out


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.

Cesar Chavez Day: Friday, March 30: No School

Spring Recess: April 2-6: No School

PFC Meeting: Tuesday, April 10 (6-7:30pm)

Dads Club Meeting: Thursday, April 19 (7pm at Monaghan's)

Minimum Day for Science: Friday, May 4

Thornhill Night at the A's: Friday, May 4

Spring Carnival: Saturday, May 5


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).