Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 25, Issue 33, May 4, 2018

From The PFC Co-Presidents...

Happy Friday Thunderbird Families!

As we wind down the school year, please remember to check the school calendar for events. This weekend is a busy one with Thornhill Night at the A’s this evening and our annual Spring Carnival, “South of the Border” tomorrow. These are both great community events for our school.

Also, the PFC is working hard on our budget for next year. Please join us for the final board meeting of the school year on Monday, May 14, where you’ll hear more about our financial goals for 2018-19 along with a chance to give your input on the ways the PFC spends your generous donations.

We are also recruiting for many board positions. Please take a look at the possible positions and consider volunteering your time for our great school - it’s for the kids! We will vote on the slate (to the best of our ability) on May 14. Please email us with your questions/interests at

Please remember that today is a minimum day - Pick-up for TK/K at 1:10 p.m. and 1st through 5th grades at 1:25 p.m.

We look forward to seeing many of you at the ballpark tonight and/or the Spring Carnival tomorrow!

Shanyn and Shauna


Thornhill Night at the A's -- TONIGHT!

In case you haven't heard...Thornhill’s annual Night at the A’s is this evening, Friday, May 4! Ticket information:

In addition, pregame tailgate tickets (B lot, near the B gate) can be purchased through:

Come on out and watch Matt Chapman, Jed Lowrie, Khris Davis and the A’s take on Manny Machado and the Orioles. Best of all, your ticket contribution goes toward supporting Thornhill and making the annual A’s outing possible!

If you have questions, feel free to call/text Nicole Bailey at the A's offices at 510-563-2326.


Spring Carnival -- TOMORROW!

The annual Spring Carnival is almost here! Join us for this community event tomorrow, Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m - 3 p.m. at the school for a fun SOUTH OF THE BORDER themed event!

We will have many of your favorite games such as the dunk tank and cake walk, and a few new ones to challenge your skills. Dads Club will be grilling away and the tunes will be pumping.

Come for 15 minutes. Come for an hour. Come for the whole day. We will have GAMES! FOOD! LIVE ENTERTAINMENT! What's not to love about all of that.

Be sure to sign up to help out. We especially need help selling tickets and manning the Spin Art booth in the afternoon.

Tickets can be purchased FRIDAY AFTERNOON from 2-3:30 with extra bonuses. Cash is good, but we also accept credit cards so we got you covered.

We hope to see you there for a day full of fun for the whole family - 10 am- 3 pm.

Please note there will be a special event at the church so be mindful of where you park.


Fentons Dine Out--Monday, May 7

Come one, come all. And don't hold back on the ice cream!

This is it! The most popular “Dine Out” of the year! Come to Fentons Creamery on Monday, May 7 between 6 and 9 p.m. Have dinner or just ice cream, but remember...

--This Dine Out is Dine In ONLY!

--You must give your server this printed copy of the flyer in order for Thornhill to receive 15 percent of each order. (This amount does not include tax, gratuity, Myrtle's Creation purchases and gift card sales).

Again...In order for Thornhill to get its donation, you must bring the printed flyer and give it to your server. Yes, we are mentioning this a lot, but we want to make sure our school receives as big a donation from Fentons as possible! Check your child’s backpack for a flyer or print from this link.


The Read-A-Thon is Coming!

Get ready for the second-annual Thornhill Read-A-Thon that starts on Monday, May 7!

Our kick-off assembly for students will take place on May 8. This year, we have super exciting programs for adults, families, and students.

How it Works...Students will have their own webpage on the Thornhill Read-A-Thon site. Sponsors can donate directly through the students’ webpage. Cash and checks will also be able to be collected and 100 percent will come back to the school. The more sponsors, the more prizes for your student.

Our Read-A-Thon reading sessions in classrooms and the library at school will continue to build our Thunderbird culture of readers. More great news: 90 percent of the funds raised by the Read-A-Thon will be donated to the school, with new and improved great prizes - we will have prizes for kids who read the most and raise the most funds. The class that raises the most donations will get an ice cream party!

Watch for information to coming home with your student on Monday!

And, along with the Read-A-Thon, mark your calendars for these Read-A-Thon related events...

Adult-only Healthy Living event with wine and nibbles at a Great Place for Books on Thursday, May 10 from 7-9 p.m. Enjoy delicious vegan bites and a glass of wine as uthors share their insights on living your best life. All of the $15 ticket prices goes to support Thornhill, and A Great Good Place for Books is donating 15 percent of sales from the featured speakers' books. Limited space is available, so secure your ticket now!

Pajama Night Read-In: Thursday, May 17, from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the MPR.

Meet the Author Parent Coffee Hour and Student Book Reading: Tuesday, May 22, from 8:25 - 9 a.m. in the library.


Second Annual Helping Hands Party

Do good while having fun at our second annual Helping Hands Party - Sunday, May 20, 3-5 p.m.

Join your fellow Thornhill families for an afternoon of social awareness and snacks as we assemble care packages for homeless individuals in our community. This is a family friendly event for all ages and tickets are $25 each and available through our auction website.

Can't attend but want to help out? Drop off unopened hotel-sized toiletries and/or new socks at the PFC booth at Saturday's carnival.

Questions? Contact Becky Urbano -


Sally Bonini Retirement Party

In honor of the wonderful Sally Bonini, the Thornhill Staff will be having a retirement party for her at the end of the school year. Sally has served the Thornhill Community for over 30 years, both as a parent and a staff member. Currently, we are looking for volunteers to help bring food and drink to the party and for a few to stick around until the end to clean up. Your support is much appreciated!

Date: Friday, June 1, 6 - 9 p.m.

Location: Thornhill Multi-Purpose Room

Food: We are looking for mini-bites appetizers (i.e. fruit on a stick, veggies on tooth picks, small bite meatballs, mini cupcakes, etc...). Sally is extremely allergic to olive oil, so we are asking that all food be prepared without. Thank you for being mindful of this!

You can drop-off food the day of between the hours of 3:00-5:30 p.m. Please follow this link to sign up for contributions. go/30e094ca5a82ca4ff2-sally

Thank you,

Ms. Holman, 1st grade teacher


Tiny Habits for Parents

Hey parents! Join us for a fun, intriguing workshop focused on you!

In this 90-minute workshop, you will learn the process for building new habits, the Tiny Habits way. This concept was developed by Stanford Behavioral Scientist, BJ Fogg (check out his Ted Talks), and is applicable to exercise, productivity, stress management, eating habits or even just watering your plantsregularly! You’ll have fun and find new-found control over various aspects of your life.

Your trainer is Anne Mawdsley, a Tiny Habits Certifed Coach.

Saturday, May 12, 3:30 -- 5 p.m.

Cost: $50 and it includes materials and daily support the week following the workshop

Sign up here: https://thornhill. catalog?show_id=357


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Pennies For Patients Fundraiser

Our annual Pennies for Patients penny drive to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is still in full swing!

Each classroom will have a box for collecting donations. Please bring in pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, half-dollars, dollar coins, and bills of all sizes…Last year, we donated over $900. Let’s get to $1,000 this year!! We’ll run the donation drive into mid-May.

A few Pennies for Patients facts:

  • Thornhill is one of hundreds of schools across the nation participating in this donation program.
  • Leukemia is a blood disease. It affects the body's production of healthy blood cells.
  • Money raised will go towards cancer research, especially for children with leukemia and blood cancer.
  • 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! Only 7 cents a day can help a patient with his or her doctor visits.

Thank You!

Thornhill Student Council


Library News

We have a few donations to note this week!

The Explorers: The Reckless Rescue by Adrienne Kress was donated by the Bar-Zeev family

The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, donated by Johanna Lin's family

Thank you for your support,

Marie-Christine Fox



Good Eggs Results...

THANK YOU for your support of the Good Eggs fundraiser for Thornhill. In March and April, 15 Thornhill families joined Good Eggs, unlocking a 10 percent giveback. Our school community placed 55 orders throughout the fundraising period and we earned $679 from Good Eggs for our school. Thank you! The next Good Eggs fundraiser will take place during the fall (yum … Thanksgiving).

Next shopping bonus: Primary kids clothing will offer a 20 percent discount on all orders and give 10 percent back to our school - Get ready to stock up for summer!


Spring Clean Thank You

We would like to give a big THANK YOU to everyone who came out last Saturday to help with the Spring Clean. Take a look at the front of the school and you'll see how all the hard work paid off.


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.

  • Friday, May 4: Science Collaboration (minimum day)
  • Friday, May 4: Thornhill Night at the A's (7:05pm game vs. Orioles) (tickets & tailgate info)
  • Saturday, May 5: Spring Carnival! (10am-3pm)
  • Monday, May 7: Dine Out at Fentons (6-9pm) (BRING THIS FLYER)
  • Thursday, May 10: Adult-only Healthy Living Event (7-9pm) (register)
  • Monday, May 14: PFC Meeting (6-7:30pm)
  • Wednesday, May 16: Teacher Appreciation Luncheon (volunteer)
  • Wednesday, May 16: Dine Out at Round Table (11am-8pm)
  • Thursday, May 17: Read-A-Thon Pajama Night Read-In (6:30-7:30pm in MPR)
  • Thursday, May 17: Dads Club Meeting (7pm in library)
  • Tuesday, May 22: Read-A-Thon Meet the Author (8:25-9am in library)
  • Tuesday, May 22: Spring Performance (grades 3-5) (9am in MPR)
  • Wednesday, May 23: Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast (8-8:30am in lobby)
  • Wednesday, May 23: Spring Performance (TK-2) (9am in MPR)
  • Thursday, May 24: Spring PFC Enrichment Classes End
  • Friday, May 25: Lincoln Day observed (no school)
  • Monday, May 28: Memorial Day (no school)
  • Wednesday, May 30: Open House!
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    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, VP of Communications Erin Proudfoot, PFC Co-Presidents Shauna Fithian and Shanyn Lloyd-Gibson and Principal Steve Daubenspeck. Member of Oakland Unified School District (OUSD).