Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 24, Issue 30, April 14, 2017

Thornhill Night at the A's

It's just one week away...The annual Thornhill Night at the A's sponsored by the Thornhill Dads Club!

That's right, on Friday, April 21, this annual event will take place when the Oakland A's face the Seattle Mariners (the hometown and favorite team of your humble newsletter editor, Rex Crum). Thornhill Elementary School students, parents and their friends and families can purchase discounted tickets in two different seating sections.

Tickets cost $32 for Field Level seats and $20 for the Plaza Outfield section. A portion of each ticket sold will go directly back to the school. Tickets have to be purchased through the above link in order for Thornhill to get its donation credit from the A's.

Dads Club is also pleased to host the Tailgate Party BBQ from 5-7 p.m. before the game in Parking Lot B, Area 1. Dinner will be fully catered by Maverick's BBQ of Concord! They’ll serve big burgers (1/3 lb), hot dogs, veggie burgers, and a selection of gourmet sides. Dads Club will provide beer and wine. Advance tickets can be purchased online or cash at the door. get the kids fired up for the game, the A’s mascot, Stomper, stopped by Thornhill on Wednesday, April 12. Stomper posed for photos with many students before school started and got everyone excited for next Friday night's game.

If all of that isn't enough to get you parents in the mood for the ballgame, remember this...The A's have cut the price of beer at games this year, too. All the more reason to attend.

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Stomper brought out the smiles at Thornhill on Wednesday

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Here Comes the Read-A-Thon!

The Thornhill Read-a-Thon officially starts on Monday, April 17 with our kickoff assembly at 8:50 a.m.. Parents are welcome to stay and learn more about the Read-a-Thon!

Don’t miss all the fun events we have planned during the Read-a-Thon: Dine Out Nights at The Star, Tuesday April 18, and Fenton’s on Tuesday, May 2. The proceeds from the Dine Out Nights will go towards the Read-a-Thon! Don’t miss the Pajama Night Read-In, Thursday, April 20, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.!

Watch for the flyer coming home with your student, which contains instructions on how to set up each reader’s unique Read-a-Thon page. The sooner the page is set up, the sooner we can start raising money for the Read-a-Thon! You simply need to reach out to friends and family to sponsor your reader. Sponsors donate directly through a student's webpage, and leave fun and motivating messages for the students while they’re at it.

The more sponsors, the more prizes for your student, and the more funding for all the great programs at Thornhill! Remember, 90 percent of the funds raised by the Read-a-Thon are donated to the school, with 15 percent going to the readers as prizes. And the class that raises the most donations will get an ice cream party!

Thanks for supporting the Read-a-thon!

Adimika Arthur and Maura Hennessy


Be sure to look at the list of books on the Thornhill Library Amazon Wishlist. There are so many wonderful titles to choose from, and the library would love to have them on our shelves. Feel free to support our local bookstores by making your purchases there. As always, thank you for supporting the library!

Happy Reading,
Maura Hennessy

Thornhill Library

Thornhill Library Blog

Spring Carnival--May 6

Save the Date!

Spring Carnival is Saturday, May 6!

The Spring Carnival is right around the corner. Mark your calendars for this day of fun!

Thornhill's annual carnival will be on Saturday, May from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thornhill families and friends as well as future students and parents and Montclair neighbors are all welcome to attend this wonderful event.

This year will feature carnival games, awesome prizes, a 6-in-1 jumpy house, cake walk, dunk tank, BBQ lunch by our awesome Dads Club and snacks including cotton candy, popcorn, snow cones and so much more!!!

We will also have entertainment! You don't want to miss out, so save the date!

Mural Update

The time has come to put a little sunshine on our campus. The paint has been ordered, the logistics worked out, now we need the Thornhill Crew to come out and execute the art work sure to inspire generations of Thornhill students!

The following is a link to the SignUpGenius site for volunteers needed to prep, prime, paint, and make the mural come to life..

Mural Volunteer

Attention Contractors and Handymen/women:

In addition to volunteering time we are also looking to borrow the following items:

  • Scaffolding that is capable of reaching 6-feet high, and with a maximum depth of 30 inches that can be used the weekends from April 21 to May 28. Some these weekends will also include Friday evenings.

  • Power washer needed for one day, April 21.

Please email me directly if you are able to lend the above items or have any questions at

There are limited spots for volunteers, so please make sure you are able to commit to the date and time you choose since

Help your student leave their mark on Thornhill,

The Mural Team

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Pennies For Patients Fundraiser

Our annual Pennies for Patients penny drive to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is underway!

Each classroom will have a donation box. Please bring in pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, half-dollars, dollar coins, and bills of all sizes...Last year, we donated over $1,000 – Let’s do it again!! We’ll run the donation drive through mid-May.

A few Pennies for Patients facts:

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

Thank You!

Yours truly,

Lola Harris, 4th Grade

Community Service Officer

Doug's Drama Camp at Montclair Elementary

Do your children act dramatic at home?

Do you ever think, "This kid should win an Oscar for this performance" as he or she pleads with you to have waffles for breakfast for the 18th-straight morning?

Well, then get your aspiring Daniel Day-Lewis or Meryl Streep on stage.

Thornhill drama teacher Doug Cole will be offering four 2-week sessions of drama camp this summer at Montclair Elementary School. Sessions for students entering grades K-8.

These are full day camps with extended care from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Details at

Auction Karma

Just one more school to go! We need you.

Crocker Highlands Elementary volunteers supported Thornhill's auction. Now it's our turn to support theirs. Take a look! It's fun and easy.

Please visit the SignUpGenius site to volunteer and help.

Earth Day Activities

Help Thornhill Dads Club celebrate Earth Day! We’re hosting a week long e-waste collection event right at the school.

Bring your old computers, TVs, microwaves, phones, printers, and cables/cords to the school starting this coming Monday, April 17. During the week of April 17-21, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, you can drop your donations into one of our e-waste bins, located on Alhambra Lane alongside the school building (next to the large dumpster area). TDR Electronic Recycling will pick up the bins on Friday.

Please Note: we can’t accept alkaline batteries, light bulbs, or major appliances.

Thornhill Dads Club is also searching for a few dads willing to take on a bigger role in running the Club next school year.

Did you know that half of our Steering Committee chairs will need to be succeeded in Fall 2017? We’re looking for a few good men.Our last meeting of the year is coming up next Thursday, April 20, 8-9:30 p.m. at Monaghan’s. As always the meeting is no host, adults-only, open to all, free to attend. Give us an hour: you’ll hear about some of the easy ways to contribute to the Club’s success …and drink BEER doing it!

Support Thornhill and Save on Groceries

Participation is easy...

1. Go to Good Eggs and fill your basket with all the best food (fresher than fresh produce, sustainable meats and seafood, meal kits, kid-friendly staples and more) for same day delivery.

2. At checkout, enter the code THORNHILL to get $15 off and automatically enroll.

3. Enjoy! You just discovered the easiest and most delicious way to support your school.

All your orders for the next two months will automatically

count toward the fundraiser that gives 10% back.

**Sign up by April 20 and we'll add an additional $15 of credit to your account on the 21st**



Good Eggs Dinner Kits!

Seasonal, local ingredients and recipes easy enough to fit your weekday routine.

Thornhill Dine Out Events Coming Up

Here are the next three Thornhill Dine Out events where you can have a great meal and help support Thornhill at the same time...

Tuesday, April 18The Star on Grand (20% Giveback)

3425 Grand Ave. 5 p.m.--11 p.m.

Oakland Magazine 2017 Best Pizza Nominee! 20% Giveback Goes Toward Our Read-a-Thon Fundraising Goal!

Tuesday, May 2Fenton’s Creamery (15% Giveback)

4226 Piedmont Ave.

An Oakland tradition! Giveback for ice cream and dinner

Wednesday, May 24Seawolf Public House (15% Giveback)

402 Webster Street

A neighborhood gastropub in Jack London Square co-owned by Thornhill parent!

Take a minute to register your email with BigPie before you go (no credit cards or fees):

When you arrive, tell your server you are a Thornhill parent. They will bring you a card on which to write your email and receipt total and that’s it! At the end of the night, the purchases will get logged and a 15% or 20% giveback will be given to Thornhill.

If your business would like to participate in any of our upcoming Dine Out events, let me know. BigPie’s app allows them to create "Matching Donations" so businesses (like Realtors) can match the giveback earned from the Dine Out. All funds raised by matches are given directly to our school and the sponsors will be added to all the marketing materials for the event (showing your dedication to the community).

Please email me if you’re interested or want to learn more:

-Amy Teeling, eScrip & Merchant Giveback Programs Coordinator

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).