Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 27, Issue 20, January 14, 2020

From the Principal

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a restful and fun winter recess. I am happy to say I had a wonderful time and got to see friends and family. It's been great to hear the kids' stories of what they did over the break.

Last night we had our second Prospective Families Information Night with around 200 prospective parents. I want to appreciate our TK/K teachers: Mrs. Forbes, Mrs. Steimle, Ms. Calkins and Mr. Thompson who planned our evening and presented these informative nights. We also had a super parent volunteer, Catrina Vrankovich from Ms. Calkins' class, who volunteered her time to support the event and answer questions. Thank you all!

I also want to highlight all of the parents that volunteer at Thornhill - in your child's class or with the PFC or both. Thank you to those who came to the PFC meeting last night! The gift of your time has been very important in making Thornhill a great school. There are volunteer opportunities in every class and in the PFC so if you have not had a chance, there's plenty of time to get involved. Please reach out to anyone on the Board for information.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is next Monday (no school) and I hope you have the opportunity to talk to your kids about his legacy and how his work is still relevant in America today. Our celebration of Black History is Thursday, January 30 at 8:45am. We hope you all can make it!

Have a wonderful week!


Mr. Daubenspeck


Everyone wins when you donate to the auction

Dig deep into your social network. Ask yourself, Who do you know? Where are your connections? What is something fun/interesting/unique you have to offer? It can be big or small and it all counts when it is donated the 2020 Annual Benefit Auction. It may be a great online auction item. It might be the star of the live auction event. It might be perfect paired up with that other awesome thing that another family offered up.

Donating is so easy! Just email or donate online. It's a charitable donation too so you get the tax benefits and we get the honor of your generosity.

P.S. The auction is on Saturday, March 14 starting at 6pm! Join us for our Auction Meeting this Thursday, January 16 from 6:30-8:30pm by emailing Anyone can attend - make it your first meeting!


Spring Enrichment Classes

The spring enrichment class schedule is available on our Homeroom platform. Information about enrichment classes is always updated on our website.

These classes have low enrollment:

  • Beginning Jazz (Mondays, grades 4-5)

  • Keiki Ukulele (Tuesdays, grades TK-K)

  • Aloha Ukulele (Tuesdays, grades 1-5)

  • Toyology grades (Wednesdays, grades 3-5, 1:30-2:30pm)

  • Movie Music Magic (Thursdays, grades 1-5)

  • African Drumming (Fridays, grade 1-5)

Registration ends TOMORROW, Wednesday, January 15 at 5pm

First day of enrichment classes: Tuesday, January 21


Spring Carnival Chair Needed!

Everyone loves a Carnival and our Thornhill Carnival is no different! This is our signature community event of the year - no fundraising! (Yippee!)

We need a parent volunteer to take the lead and bring along whoever they want to join their team. Co-chairs are fine as well! We have not yet set a date as we want to make sure the chair can attend. In years past it's been a Saturday at the end of April or beginning of May.

We have a guide that will lead you through the process. This is a fantastic way to support our school community! Email if you are interested.


Chipotle Dine Out: Wednesday, January 22

Get ready to do some good with burritos! Chipotle will give Thornhill PFC a generous 33% of the total revenue we bring in on Wednesday, January 22 at their Lakeshore Ave location. But here is the catch: we need to bring in a minimum total for the night, equal to roughly 30-40 burritos ... so we need a big turnout!! Please mark your calendar and plan a family night out.

When: Wednesday, January 22, 5-9pm

Where: Chipotle, 3271 Lakeshore Ave, Oakland, CA 94610

Ground rules:

1. In-store purchases only (online orders do not count)

2. Tell the cashier you are there for Thornhill or show the flyer (on your phone works fine)

3. WE NEED A BIG TURNOUT—if we don't bring in a minimum of $300 total sales for the night, we get $0 so please come one, come all!

4. Handing out flyers in the restaurant or on the sidewalk is considered "cheating"

5. Gift card purchases do not count


Box Tops

If you have a drawer full of those little BoxTops, please bring them to the blue box near the teacher mailboxes in the main office. The BoxTops folks are phasing out the clips and they have launched an app! Download the free app and scan your grocery receipt—whether you shop at Safeway, Berkeley Bowl, Lucky, Costco, Instacart, etc. In seconds, the app scans your store receipt and automatically finds participating products and instantly adds Box Tops to your school's earnings online. No clipping required! Thornhill earns 10 cents for each of those little BoxTops and it adds up.


Warm Hearts Coat Drive

Through Friday January 24, the Thornhill Dads Club will be holding a Warm Hearts Coat Drive. There will be a collection bin in the main lobby. Please deliver your clean gently worn coats (kids or adults!) and help us keep Hearts Warm this winter. We’ll be working with One Warm Coat for the donations. Thank you!


It’s Time to Enroll in OUSD if you are starting at a new school!

Enrollment Season opened on November 4, 2019 and closes on February 7, 2020 for those attending a NEW school.

If you have a kid returning to Thornhill, there is nothing for you to do now. Sherry will send an "are you returning?" form in late Spring.

If you have a new child entering TK or Kindergarten, please go to: and enroll your student. Please let any of your neighbors know before it is too late.


Fifth grade restorative justice circle

On Tuesday, January 21, our 5th graders will be participating in a Restorative Justice (RJ) circle facilitated by a former Student Council president, Zoe Psomas. She is now in 6th grade at Edna Brewer and is very excited to bring some of her new school’s culture back to Thornhill. Restorative Justice is a way of building relationships, repairing harm, and rebuilding friendships. There are three tiers of RJ, Tier 1 is Community Building circles, Tier 2 is Conflict and Harm circles, and Tier 3 is Welcome circles. The circle that they will be a part of is a Tier 1 circle.


Your PFC still needs you!

Yes, we still have a few critical positions where we would very truly love your help. Would you please consider jumping in? We would be so appreciative!

  • Secretary: Attend all PFC meetings and take minutes - only 4 more meetings

  • Vice President, Fundraising: Lead the strategy of our fundraising efforts

  • Parliamentarian: Take a close look at our bylaws and lead the charge to get them updated

  • Co-President: Yes, someone will have to take over from Rex next year, and we hope they could start now and learn the ropes from Rex

Interested? Questions? Have a parent in mind who would be awesome? Email



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).