Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 26, Issue 8, September 25, 2018

From the PFC President

With all that everyone has going on every day, it's quite possible that you missed something of note last week. And no, I'm not talking about my Beloved Hometown Seattle Mariners not making it to baseball's post-season for the 17th straight year. (It's a good thing I keep an A's hat and shirt around for just such a situation.)

No, I'm talking about the Autumnal Equinox. Summer is officially past us, and now things are really going to kick into gear both at home (have your kids mentioned Halloween yet?) and here at Thornhill as one of our seasonal events is on the way.

The annual Fall Sweep is coming up on Saturday, October 20, and this is a great chance to come out for a few hours, maybe a have a few donuts with some friends, and help give the school a solid once over. Mark your calendars, bring your gloves, and plan on putting in a little time to help make the school look better. Sign up here to help out.

Also remember… there is no school this Friday, September 28 (OUSD Staff Development Day).

And...I want to give another round of thanks to the PFC Board and Executive Committee for passing the PFC's annual budget last week. It's not an easy job, but your PFC leadership, and treasurer Derek McDonald, in particular, got the job done in an efficient and timely fashion.


Rex Crum


The Home Stretch

Planning on making a donation to support Thornhill? Now is the time! We are in our final week of the Back to School Donation Drive, and we need your help. We are $81,000 from our fundraising goal. Don’t assume that someone else will get us there; it takes all of us working together to provide amazing teachers’ aides, a PE coach, librarian, music instruction, computers and so much more. Visit the website for details on the easy ways to give. A donation of any amount will help us reach our goal!

Thank you so much to the families who have already contributed. Your support has been tremendous!


Ride for a Cause: Treat Yourself and Help Our Amazing School and Kids!

The Dailey Method Cycle class is the fastest way to a strong, lean and sculpted body. Take a couple hours away from your busy life and enjoy a great workout, from Kerry Corcoran, owner and amazing Dailey Method instructor, then afterward sip on delicious wine from Napa Valley and fantastic food prepared by ladies who love to cook and eat well. We will have a variety of options that are sure to fill you up from arugula and quinoa salads to amazing chocolate dipped macaroons. There is nothing better than a great workout, food, drink and company.

This event is open to any and all adults, and we have 12 slots left! $40 per slot and 100% goes to Thornhill. Sign up here!


Date: Sunday, October 14th

Time: 5:15-7:30pm

Instructor: Kerry Corcoran

Location: Dailey Method Cycle, 2631 Ashby Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

Questions? email:

Angela Engel & Jodi Cruz


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Learn About Middle School Options

Fifth grade families! Local middle schools are hosting upcoming events to help you learn more about their programs and communities before the enrollment period begins later this fall.

Montera Middle School will host a Prospective Parent Mixer on Wednesday, October 10, from 7-9pm at the home of one of their board members. Chat one-on-one with current Montera parents, ask questions in a small group, and get the scoop on the school! This event is for adults only. RSVP and get location info for this event here and email with questions.

Montera will also hold an information night on Thursday, October 25 from 6:30-8pm in the Montera Multi-Use Room (MUR), where prospective families are invited to learn about the school from administrators, staff and students. Kids are welcome to attend but not required; all students must be accompanied by an adult. RSVP for this event here and visit this website for more detailed information.

East Bay Innovation Academy is hosting tours and information nights every month from October through February. Find dates and more information here, and email with any questions.



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

  • Friday, September 28: Staff Development Day (no school)
  • Monday, October 8: PFC Meeting (6-7pm) (RSVP here)

  • Tuesday, October 16: Dine Out at Pattys & Buns (11:30am-7:30pm)

  • Friday, October 19: Lincoln Day, observed (no school)

  • Saturday, October 20: Fall Sweep
  • Tuesday, October 30: Shoo the Flu!
  • Wednesday, October 31: Halloween Parade (1pm)
  • Friday, November 2: Minimum Day to support science literacy
  • Saturday, November 3: Annual Walk-A-Thon

Be sure also to download the OUSD District calendar here and subscribe to our Google 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 3 p.m. Thursday 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 President Rex Crum, and Principal Steve Daubenspeck. Member of Oakland Unified School District (OUSD).