Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 24, Issue 28, March 24, 2017

Thornhill Night at the A's

The Thornhill Dads Club is preparing for one of the school's most-popular events, the annual Thornhill Night at the A's.

This year's night will take place on Friday, April 21, when the A's face the Seattle Mariners (the hometown and favorite team of your humble newsletter editor, Rex Crum). Thornhill Elementary School students, parents and their friends and families can purchase discounted tickets in two different seating sections.

And...To get the kids fired up for the game, the A’s mascot, Stomper, will stop by Thornhill for a visit on the morning of Wednesday, April 12. Stomper will sign autographs and pose for photos with students, teachers and parents for about an hour before school starts. Be sure to wear your A’s gear and bring your camera!

Stomper’s visit is always a fun school event as we prepare for Thornhill Night At The A’s. Tickets cost $32 for Field Level seats and $20 for the Plaza Outfield section. A portion of each ticket sold will go directly back to the school. Tickets have to be purchased through the above link in order for Thornhill to get its donation credit from the A's.

Dads Club is also planning on holding a Thornhill tailgate, with a food truck, at the Coliseum prior to the game. Last year, more than 300 Thornhill parents and students attended the game, so we could we could use some help with tables and chairs for the pre-game tailgate. If you have something you can volunteer, please contact Robert Jacobs at Robert has generously taken the reins with organizing this year's event and deserves a beer or two bought for him at the game.

And...The A's have cut the price of beer at games this year, too. All the more reason to attend.

Library News

Author Visit!

Author and comic artist Tania Del Rio will visit the 3rd - 5th grade students on Monday, March 27! Tania’s most recent title, Warren the 13th and the Whispering Woods, is getting great reviews. The Warren the 13th books will appeal to fans of Lemony Snicket.

Warren the 13th and The Whispering Woods and Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye are available for $18 each, including tax, at A Great Good Place for Books and at Monday’s event. A limited supply of signed copies will be available at A Great Good Place for Books after the event as well.

If you wish to purchase a book for Tania to sign, please follow this link, or download the form below.

Also, you can donate to the school libraray. Be sure to look at the list of books on the Thornhill Library Amazon Wishlist. There are so many wonderful titles to choose from, and the library would love to have them on our shelves. Feel free to support our local bookstores by making your purchases there. As always, thank you for supporting the library!

Happy Reading,
Maura Hennessy

Thornhill Library

Thornhill Library Blog

Thornhill Library Amazon Wishlist

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Pennies For Patients Fundraiser

Our annual Pennies for Patients penny drive to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is underway!

Each classroom will have a donation box. Please bring in pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, half-dollars, dollar coins, and bills of all sizes...Last year, we donated over $1,000 – Let’s do it again!! We’ll run the donation drive through mid-May.

A few Pennies for Patients facts:

  • Thornhill is one of hundreds of schools across the nation participating in this donation program.
  • Money raised will go towards cancer research, especially for children with leukemia and blood cancer.
  • Leukemia is a blood disease. It affects our body’s production of healthy blood cells.
  • Approximately 17,692 children of all ages in the SF Bay Area are affected by different forms of blood cancer, including leukemia.
  • We can help! Every cent counts! Just 7 cents a day can help a patient with his or her doctor visits.

Thank You!

Yours truly,

Lola Harris, 4th Grade

Community Service Officer

Doug's Drama Camp at Montclair Elementary

Do your children act dramatic at home?

Do you ever think, "This kid should win an Oscar for this performance" as he or she pleads with you to have waffles for breakfast for the 18th-straight morning?

Well, then get your aspiring Daniel Day-Lewis or Meryl Streep on stage.

Thornhill drama teacher Doug Cole will be offering four 2-week sessions of drama camp this summer at Montclair Elementary School. Sessions for students entering grades K-8.

These are full day camps with extended care from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Details at

Lost and Found Items

Hi Parents!

Are you missing a jacket, sweater or something your child may have left behind? Please come check out our lost and found located in the lobby of the cafeteria. It is filled with items that have been left behind at school. All items will eventually be donated to charity, so your things may be gone for good if you don't claim them soon.


Mona and Christina- PFC Hospitality chairs

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About The 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 is not accepted.

THANK YOU to everyone who submits articles and to PFC Board Members, Teachers, VP of Communications Mavis Scanlon, PFC Co-Presidents Shauna Fithian and Shanyn Lloyd-Gibson and Principal Steve Daubenspeck. Member of Oakland Unified School District (OUSD).