Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 26, Issue 32, April 16, 2019

From the PFC President

One thing I have tried to do all year in this space is to recognize the efforts of Thornhill parents and staff for all they do for our kids and our school.

So as often as possible, I have mentioned people by name. However, this week, there are so many people to thank that I really can’t name them all. (And Evie is going to say I’m going too long with this already, so I need to get to the meat of the matter now.) [Editor’s note: I’ve already trimmed it down a little, you’re all good.]

For everyone who either made something for the bake sale, or helped out with organizing and selling all those treats...All of your efforts resulted in raising more than $1,100 for Prescott Elementary. You certainly deserve to have saved a cookie or a brownie for yourself.

And for everyone who came out to the Spring Clean this past weekend...Your work sets a standard for pride in our school that we should maintain all year long. We all might not be able to do some traditional yard work at school, but we can always pick up and throw away that piece of trash that we see around the school grounds.


Rex Crum


The Spring Carnival is just 2 weeks away!! (Saturday, April 27th from 10am-3pm)

I’m excited to announce a few NEW things at this year’s old-fashioned Carnival…

  • A Professional Magic Show - Starts at 11am

  • A performance by 3 O’Clock Rock – our very own Thornhill Rock band at 1pm!

  • In addition to sno-cones, we’ll also have a cotton candy machine and spin art!

Don’t forget to sign up with your child’s Class Booth Coordinator to work a shift. We have other volunteer opportunities too: Go to the Carnival Volunteer SignUpGenius or write your name on the Sign Up Sheets on the bulletin board in the lobby.

Also, we still need more Consolation Prizes -- small, gently used toys for the Fishing Game (like happy meal or goodie bag type toys). This is a great chance to get rid of stuff your kids have outgrown or don’t want anymore. You can put them in the big bin in the lobby.


Marya Edgar, 2019 Carnival Chair,


Read-A-Thon Countdown

The Read-a-thon is in the final days! Timed reading sessions will end this Friday, but you can still collect sponsors until Monday. Over 64% of Thornhill students have signed up for the Read-a-thon and each of those students gets a treasure chest coupon. Be sure to have your student go redeem treasure chest coupon prize center and purchase the prizes that they earned before it closes on Monday, April 22.

We are very close to our net fundraising goal of $15,000. Keep the amazing momentum going by signing up for your page.

Read-a-Thon Incentives

  • PARTICIPATION CHALLENGE: Who has two thumbs and l-o-v-e-s macaroni and cheese? The classroom that has the MOST participation of readers will have a lunch party catered by Homeroom.

  • FUNDRAISING CHALLENGE: What’s for lunch? The class who raises the most through the Read-a-Thon will win a pizza party!

  • ALL-STAR CHALLENGE: Fifty students who really stand out from across the school – from the number of minutes they read to the funds they raised to really giving it their all and putting in an incredible effort – will get a special treat party with our very own librarian, Mrs. Fox! Thanks to Flavor Brigade for donating delicious Italian ice for this very special treat!

  • NEW - MOST MINUTES READ CHALLENGE: A Donuts & Milk Classroom Party!

Our current standings are:

  • Class with most participation: Ms. Van Ostrand at 96%. In 2nd is Ms. Carter's class at 80% participation.

  • Class with most funds raised: Ms. Holman at $2200. In 2nd we have Ms Formoso at $1600.

  • Class with most minutes read: Ms. Gustafson at over 16,000 and Ms Novak's at over 13,000 minutes - GO 4th Graders!!

Teachers are ready to perform their promised challenges! Ms. Novak walked on her hands, and this Thursday Ms. Gustafson will have a pie thrown in her face. Ms. Fox will will have an ice bucket dumped on her head on Friday, April 19—and if we can make our $20,000 gross stretch goal, Mr. Daubenspeck will dye his hair!!!

Thornhill, let's do this! The Read-a-thon ends on Friday, April 19. If you have any questions, please contact Marie Fox, school librarian, at

Marie Fox, Angela Engel & Adimika Arthur


The Read-a-Thon Momentum Continues with a Visit from Writer and Artist Judd Winick


Thornhill Night at the A’s: this Friday, April 19th!

It’s here - Thornhill Night at the A’s this Friday, April 19th! Bring the family and watch our Oakland Athletics take on the Toronto Blue Jays - first pitch is at 7:07 pm.

The deadline to buy tickets has been graciously extended by the A’s until just 2 hours before game time, so buy your game tickets here! We are all in the same section this year (Section 226) so we’ll see you there!


Adventure Time Fall Registration

Adventure Time is now preparing for Fall 2019 registration. Applications will be mailed to all

currently enrolled Adventure Time students and incoming kindergartners on Thursday, May 9.

Applications will be accepted beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 15. We will be

unable to accept applications before this date. Rather than mailing, please bring your

completed application with the $85 application fee to the Adventure Time portable. Due to

licensing regulations, space is limited. Registration is based on first come, first served. If you

are not currently enrolled in Adventure Time and would like to receive an application, please call 510-658-7412 x 100. Thank you.


2019-20 OUSD District Calendar Now Available in Multiple Languages

The 2019-20 School Year Calendar is now available in multiple languages on the OUSD website at

The first day of school is August 12, 2019 and the last day of school is May 28, 2020.

The District shifted to an earlier start date for 2018-19 and subsequent school years. For more information about this decision, please visit


Good Eggs Fundraiser: Ends April 30

Need anything from the store? Freshen up your weeknight menu? If you've been waiting to try Good Eggs, this is the week to do it.

Join the Thornhill Elementary School fundraiser this week (April 15-21) to win a free dinner kit in your next delivery. If 20 new customers join the fundraiser, our school also gets a $500 fundraising bonus!

To enroll, just visit, enter our code TBIRD19, and place your first order. The fundraiser ends April 30—help our school hit our fundraising goals by shopping today!



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

  • Friday, May 3: Science Collaboration (minimum day, no enrichment)

  • Monday, May 13: PFC Meeting (6-7pm)

  • Wednesday, May 15: Science Fair / Open House

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—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.

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).