Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 27, Issue 26, February 25, 2020

From the Principal

Dear Thunderbird families,

If today's weather is any indication of what is in store for spring you can count me in! I know it's wishful thinking but these clear, sunny and warm days have just been too good to ignore. Our kids are having fun in the sun and you should too. With five weeks away from spring break I hope you have given thought and made plans to restore and replenish. There are so many great outdoor opportunities in the Bay Area that all I can say is we are lucky! Last weekend I walked across the Golden Gate Bridge for sunrise. I can’t recommend it enough.

At Thornhill we have amazing people working for the kids. And it’s evident that teachers go above and beyond to support their students. This year the Amazing Teachers awards go to the Thornhill Kindergarten Team! Their can-do spirit is awe inspiring! If you don’t know them, they are: Allia Calkins, Bonnie Forbes, and Nancy Steimle. Let them know just how awesome they are, because they rock! Thank you Nancy, Bonnie and Allia for your superstar dedication to our kids.

Have a great week and take care. I leave you with a picture and quote from Dr. Martin Luther King.

Mr. Daubenspeck

P.S. We have a PFC meeting in two weeks on Monday, March 9 from 6-7pm. We'll start to talk about important budget items, so I hope to see many of you there.

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Family Engineering Night is TOMORROW!

All family and community members are welcome to join your friendly Thornhill staff to participate in a fun evening of building, testing, designing, and engineering on Wednesday, February 26 from 5:30-7pm in the Multi-Purpose Room. (This is not a drop-off event!)


The Online Auction Opens Friday, February 28!

We still have a few weeks until the Auction, but start training those bidding muscles now with the 2020 Online Auction, which starts this Friday, February 28 and will go through March 6 at 8pm. We have over *50* items to bid on which you can view here. Get that deal or put in money towards a good cause - our kids!

We’ll kick off bidding on awesome items like an American Girl doll, museum excursions, and seats to watch the Warriors play the Hawks on March 25 at the Chase Center!

At the auction itself be sure to test your luck at our fabulous games of chance:

  • Get a Golden Ticket and try for your choice of a live auction item. $100 each. Only 50 available.
  • Buy a key to our Wine Slammer. If your key opens the lock you take home 2 cases of premium wine. Keys are $50. Only 50 available.
  • Guess your way to a night at the Claremont Hotel in this year’s Heads or Tails. $30 secures your entry.

P.S. Saturday March 7 is your absolute last day to buy tickets to the Auction. You have just over 2 weeks to find that babysitter and join us for a night of Flappers and Fedoras!


Thornhill Welcomes Author Judd Winick on Tuesday, March 3!

We are very excited to share that our 2nd through 5th graders have the opportunity for an author visit with Judd Winick of the popular HiLo series! He both writes and illustrates these extremely popular and entertaining books. He has just released book 6 in the series called All the Pieces Fit, and will give a presentation and answer questions with our students on Tuesday March 3.

Books ordered ahead of time through local independent bookstore Mrs. Dalloways will be signed and 17% of all pre-tax sales will be donated to the Thornhill PFC. Order forms were sent home by teachers, but you can also find it attached to this Konstella announcement. Forms can be returned to our librarian Marie Fox or your student's teacher by Friday, February 28!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ms. Fox at


March Dine Out: Red Boy Pizza

Mark your calendars for March 10-12 -- that's right, THREE DATES. Order from Red Boy Pizza on Leimert on any of those three dates and Red Boy Pizza will donate 15 percent back to Thornhill PFC. Please bring in this flyer--a PDF version is also attached to the calendar entry on Konstella.


Thornhill + Tea Collection

Do your kids wear Tea? From February 23-March 8 when you shop and enter code SDSP20THORNHILL, you receive free shipping ($75 minimum) and Thornhill PFC receives 10% of sales.


Good Eggs

Support our school when you shop! We’ve partnered with Good Eggs, a Bay Area grocery delivery service, to fundraise for our school. When you try Good Eggs as a new customer, the school earns $25 and you get $25 off your first order. Shop and use our school’s promo code “tbird5880" when you check out, and share it with friends and family who’d also love to support our school!


Register for Camp Galileo and raise money for Thorhnill

The online auction for summer camps was a great way to earn some funds for the school while booking a great summer experience for your child. Looking for another week or more where you can do the same thing? From March 2 through April 12, Galileo will donate $25 to the Thornhill PFC for every family that enrolls at Galileo Camps. Their Oakland location is based at Chabot Elementary and is open to kids from pre-K through 10th grade. New families will also get $50 off camp with code 2020SCHOOLREWARDS. Be sure to enter Thornhill Elementary as the school during checkout (in the camper info section). Scholarships are available as well. Learn more at or 800-854-3684.

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Save the date for this NEW Thornhill event - Sunday, April 19

The New Parkway has generously donated their theater to show The Lego Movie to Thornhill parents and kids on Sunday, April 19 from 12:30-2:30pm. All the money raised via ticket sales (minus the film licensing fee) comes right to Thornhill!!! Registration is coming soon via Konstella. Let's fill the place!



The website always has the latest calendar information, and here's what's coming up:

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, Evie Nagy, 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, VP of Communications Erin Proudfoot, PFC President Rex Crum, and Principal Steve Daubenspeck. Member of Oakland Unified School District (OUSD).