Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 24, Issue 19, January 20, 2017

Principal's Letter...

Dear Thornhill Families,

I hope you all have been enjoying the rain. This week has flown by with our Monday holiday for Martin Luther King. I would like to remind all of you that there is no school on Friday, Jan. 27. Our teachers are at professional development that day.

February is Black History Month. Our students will be learning about famous African-Americans and the wonderful rich history of our nation.

February 3 is our Lunar New Year Parade at 1 p.m. See you there.

In an effort to continue to welcome and connect with our new families, I would like to invite you to Coffee with the Principal & PFC Co-Presidents, on February 3 at 8:25 a.m. in the lunch area behind the school. This is an opportunity for parents to connect with us and other parents. All parents are welcome to attend. This is one way for us to support each other and build community so I hope to see you there.

Have an awesome weekend and stay dry.


Mr. Daubenspeck

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Benefit Auction--Save The Date!

A Spring Evening in a Blue Garden!

Thornhill recently received a “National Blue Ribbon” award as a sign of our school's outstanding performance. This was a great achievement and is something all of us--parents, student and staff can be proud of.

But even great schools like Thornhill need their whole community to remain great. And with budget constraints in the Oakland Unified School District, many programs that were once basic to every child’s education are in danger of losing support.

The Parent Faculty Club is raising money to maintain or supplement essential programs like music, art, computers, and physical education. To guarantee this in the future, we will have our 31st Annual Benefit Auction at Oakland’s Ascension Cathedral Event Center on March 11, 2017 from 6-11 p.m. Parking is available.

Already got your tickets? No?

Hurry before our Early Bird Special ends on January 31st.

Tickets are on Sale now for only $ 99 per couple.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the Auction!

We need you!

We still need hands and skills to help with the party organizing and assembling our auction catalog. If you want to jump on board just contact: Solvig at

We need donations!

If you can make a donation for the auction, please copy the information below and return it to the office. Thank you.


Donor Name(s): _____________________________________________________

Address: ___________________________________________________________

Phone: ____________________________________________________________

Email: _____________________________________________________________

Donation Title: ______________________________________________________

Donation Description Please include a description to be used in the catalog. Please include details of any conditions or restrictions:


Expiration Date (if applicable): _________________________________________

Maximum Number of Participants (if applicable): __________________________

Date of Event (if applicable): ___________________________________________

Cost per Participant (if applicable): ______________________________________

Total Value: ________________________________________________________

Please send this form to: Thornhill Elementary School, Parent Faculty Club, 5880 Thornhill Drive, Oakland, CA 94611 or email to:


Feature your advertisement or a message in the Thunderbird Ball Benefit Catalog. This is your opportunity to send a message to a Thornhill child or the Thornhill Community at large.

Name of the Advertiser: ______________________________________________

Address: ___________________________________________________________

Phone: ____________________________________________________________

Email: _____________________________________________________________

❑ $ 750 - full page vertical (7.5”x10”)

❑ $500 – half page horizontal (7.5” x 4.75”)

❑ $250 – quarter page vertical (3.5”x4.75”)

❑ $100 – business card (3.2”x2”)

The ads are black and white and must be submitted to in PDF format on or before February 14, 2017.

Please send this form to: Thornhill Elementary School, Parent Faculty Club, 5880 Thornhill Drive, Oakland, CA 94611 or email to:

Download our donor form and see what you might have hidden away in your closet/mind/social circle. Anything from a bottle of wine to a week away -- and all in between are welcome.

Host a Party!

Do you love a good theme party?

Are you an animal on the dance floor?

Have a special skill to teach others?

Want to help but don't know where to start?

Then host an auction Pay-to-Play party!!

We are looking for ideas and people for our 2017 slate of great events. They can be big or small; for kids, adults, or families; summer, spring or winter; hosted solo or with a group of your favorite friends. The possibilities are endless.

Don't have an idea but want to help? We can match you up!

Love parties but don't have time to plan or host? Be a sponsor!

Follow us on Facebook and check out the auction link on the school website for more information:

Contact by February 1 to get this party started right!

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Library News

Newberry Film(strip) Festival

January is an exciting month for young booklovers. The American Library Association's 2017 Youth Media Award-winning authors are announced on Monday. The students and I looked at titles from potential winners throughout the month, and we have some clear favorites. We can’t wait to find out who the winning authors will be!

Last week, we started our Newberry Filmstrip Festival. The library holds some classic Newberry and Caldecott filmstrips and I’ve been sharing them with the students. Not only do we enjoy the stories on screen, but the filmstrips also provide some excellent points of discussion; from story elements and historical context, to the craft of writing and what makes a story distinguished. Our Newberry Filmstrip Festival includes, The Family Under the Bridge, by Natalie Savage Carlson; Dear Mr. Henshaw, by Beverly Cleary; and The Hundred Dresses, by Eleanor Estes.


Check out the Amazon Wishlist to see which books the library would love to add to the collection. Feel free to support our local bookstores by making your purchases there. As always, thank you for supporting the library!

Happy Holidays,
Maura Hennessy

Thornhill Library

Thornhill Library Blog

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Mural Update

Thank You Thornhill friends and families!!

Thanks to your help, we hit our goal for the Thornhill mural!!!

What to look for next:

  1. The end of the rainy season - we can’t wait to get started! Once the rainy season ends (targeting April) we will begin the next phase - painting!!
  2. Sign Up Genius - if you would like to help the project further, watch for the Sign Up Genius (coming soon!) for volunteer helpers (kids and parents!).
  • Specific functions will be defined as we get closer to execution time in April. In March, interested volunteers will be able to be able to sign up for specific jobs and tasks.

Many parents have already donated their talents, time and the necessary equipment to help us make this happen so, thank you again for your love and support!!

We are so excited to bring this mural to life and to add to the rich environment for our kids that inspires learning and play!

Finally, since some things cannot be said enough:

THANK YOU to all of the Thornhill families and friends of Thornhill that have helped us get so far with this exciting school project!!

Fall Enrichment Class Wrap-Up Performances

The fall enrichment classes will be putting on their final performances over the next week. Here's the schedule for attendance purposes:

Friday, Jan. 20, 4:15-6 p.m.: Keyboarding recital (TODAY!)

Monday, Jan. 23, 6-7 p.m.: PPAS Evening Drama Performance

Tuesday, Jan. 24, 9 p.m.: PPAS Drama Performance for the school

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 4-6 p.m.: Performances for African Dance Pokeolan Martial Arts, Jazz, Mini Movers Dance

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 6:15-7:30 p.m.: Doug’s Drama

Spring Enrichment Session – There are still a few spots available in many enrichment classes, so hurry up and register now!

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Schoolwide Box Tops Contest Continues Through Feb. 14!

Have you and your kids been collecting Box Tops? Sure hope so!

Please try to fill the Valentine Collection Sheet that was sent home with your child in early December. If you need another one, just email me and I’ll email it to you. You can also pick up one in the school lobby by the Box Tops box.


· Raise $2000 in free money for our kids with Box Tops this year

· 100% participation! (Even 1 Box Top counts)

If each student brings in 25 Box Tops before Feb. 14, we will raise $1000 during this first contest period!


1) The classroom that collects the most Box Tops wins a Cupcake Party in February!

2) All classrooms with 100% participation win a Popsicle Party in February!

3) Everyone who brings in Box Tops will be entered into a drawing. 5 lucky winners will get a Yogofina $5 Gift Card!

4) The student who brings in the most Box Tops gets a $20 gift card to A Great Good Place For Books!

Thank you for your support!

-Amy Teeling

MCPC Open House

Does your Thornhill student have a sibling ready for pre-school?

Come learn about the preschool and bridge-kindergarten programs offered by your neighbor across the street, Montclair Community Play Center, a non-profit, parents cooperative school founded in 1933. Speak with teachers and parents, and learn about the programs and admissions.

Parents Night Info. Open House, Wed., Jan. 25, 7-9 p.m. 5815 Thornhill Rd.

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).