Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 28, Issue 16, December 1, 2020

In This Issue

  • Note from our PFC Co-Presidents

  • OUSD Reopening Plan

  • Thornhill Family Trivia Night - this Saturday!

  • Spirit Wear Order Deadline - Monday

  • Thornhill Auction First Meeting - next week!

  • Holiday Cards with Minted or Shutterfly

  • Take Out Night at Zachary’s Pizza

  • Virtual Thornhill Tours

  • Oakland Virtual Schools Tours

  • Conferences and Report Cards

  • Individual Class Packets

  • Calendar of Important Dates


From our PFC Co-Presidents


If you looked at the calendar today, you know that we are in December, the last month of what has been a different year in so many respects. One thing remains the same: Thornhill continues to be a thriving and connected community.

As part of that, we encourage you to join us this Saturday, December 5 at 4pm, for our first ever Thornhill Trivia Night. We have teamed up with Fun Team Events to host a little friendly trivia competition that will let you show off your knowledge of all kinds of topics. If you’d like, you can also think of it as an informal tribute to the late, great Alex Trebek. Please RSVP in Konstella so we know how many to expect.

Also...Monday, December 14 will be the final PFC meeting for 2020. As always, it will be held via Zoom and go from 5:30-7pm. All Thornhill parents are welcome to attend and get involved - info & RSVP on Konstella. We hope to see you there.


Rex Crum & Alicia Streight


OUSD Reopening Plan and Program

On Dec. 1, OUSD released the COVID-19 Health and Safety Reopening Plan and Program for reopening our schools to in-person learning and instruction. Learn all about it in the full message from Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell. Additionally, please read our secretary’s (Sherry Kaetzel) Konstella message sent today for further clarification.


Thornhill Family Trivia Night - this Saturday!

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 this Saturday, December 5 beginning at 4 pm sharp! Fun prize baskets will be delivered immediately following the event (really!) to the first place team members, courtesy of the Thornhill Dads Club! RSVP on Konstella and the Zoom link will be shared with you before the event. We can't wait to see you there! Questions? Contact


Thornhill Spirit Wear Deadline Extended to Monday!

We've extended the pre-sale deadline on the spirit wear until Monday, December 7th! But after December 7th, it's the end of the line. No sweet baseball tees for you.

We've partnered with Oaklandish to help with the printing and have been able to keep the costs for all the gear fairly low (while still getting some great quality stuff). There's hoodies, crewnecks, t-shirts and baseball tees and you can get everything but the baseball tees in navy or heather gray. We've got Youth XS - XL and Adult XS - 2XL of everything.

BUT, you can only order until Monday, December 7th... Order here!


Thornhill Auction - First Meeting

Hello everyone!

It's that time of year to start thinking about and planning the 2021 Annual (Virtual) Auction.

The 2021 Auction Committee needs your creative ideas! We are asking for your help to brainstorm fundraising ideas of things that could work in our COVID environment. That is right - we only need you for an hour to help generate creative fundraising ideas. All are very welcome and invited! New families too!

The meeting will be one hour on Wednesday, December 9 from 7-8 pm. Information and RSVP on Konstella.

Questions? Email or call 415.971.3559.

Maya Hiersoux

Auction Chair

Parent of 2nd Grader Chance Hiersoux, Room 10 Mrs. Whalen


‘Tis The Season: Send Holiday Cards with Minted or Shutterfly

As you prepare to find that perfect family photo (editor’s note: less than perfect seems more appropriate for 2020) to showcase in your holiday cards this year, Minted has you covered with a 20% discount on your entire order AND 15% of your purchase goes back to fund Thornhill PFC initiatives. It’s a win-win!

Visit & enter promo code: FUNDRAISETHORNHILL

Shutterfly & Tinyprints offer 8% back on any purchases made through our Thornhill PFC Storefront. This deal is year-round — start your order for holiday gifts and keep it in mind for your future photo needs.

Visit our Shutterfly Thornhill PFC Storefront to start shopping now.

Learn more about all the ways to shop for the holidays and earn money for Thornhill - visit our Shop & Earn page.


Take Out for Thornhill at Zachary's Pizza

Mark your calendar for Thursday, December 10, aka pizza night!

We are hosting our next fundraising event at Zachary's Pizza on College Ave on Thursday, December 10 - 15% comes back to Thornhill!

When: Thursday, December 10 between 11am and 8:30pm

Where: Zachary's Pizza, 5801 College Ave., Oakland, CA (Rockridge)

Info and flyer on Konstella.


Thornhill Virtual Tours!

Do you have friends or neighbors interested in Thornhill for TK, kindergarten, or even a later grade? We’re offering virtual tours! During this tour, they’ll meet our principal, Steve Daubenspeck, the TK and Kinder teachers, and a few current Thornhill families.

We have 2 tour dates:

  • Wednesday, December 9 from 6-7pm

  • Thursday, January 14, 2021 from 6-7pm

Please share this registration link, and about 24-48 hours before the tour, we will email all registrants the Zoom link. Full information on our website!


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.


Conferences and Report Cards

Parent-teacher conferences are this week and 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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  • Saturday, December 5: Trivia Night over Zoom! (4-6pm)
  • Wednesday, December 9: Auction Brainstorming Meeting (7-8pm on Zoom)
  • Thursday, December 10: Take Out for Thornhill: Zachary’s (11am-8:30pm, pick-up only)
  • Monday, December 14: PFC Meeting (5:30-7:00pm on Zoom)
  • Monday, December 21 - Friday, January 1: NO SCHOOL - Winter Break

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).