Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 27, Issue 6, September 17, 2019

From the PFC President

We had our first PFC meeting on September 9, and the turnout was great. We had a good amount of new parents at the meeting, and that is always encouraging. In particular, I want to thank our new Hospitality Chair, Alicia Streight, for volunteering to take on this important position. In addition to organizing the night’s childcare, Alicia also set us up with a post-meeting social time at Taps and Takeout, which appears will be regular happening after PFC meetings (next meeting - Monday, October 7).

It’s this kind of parental involvement that makes Thornhill unique: when parents bring their skills to roles that benefit all of Thornhill. And we have some roles on the PFC that could still benefit from your involvement and your strengths. Check out the open positions listed below - we most direly need help with our auction which brings in $100K to Thornhill. And let me know if there are any questions I can help you with.


Rex Crum


What's going to work? Teamwork!

Yes, it is true—when we all pitch in, we can do great things! That is true in so many aspects of our school community, and the Back to School Donation Drive is no different. If we are able to achieve the goal of 100% participation at whatever amount works for each family, we would easily meet and possibly even exceed our fundraising goal! A little more than a third of families have contributed so far, so if your family hasn't yet, please consider contributing as well. Choose an amount that works for your family as well as a method—check, online or installments—and help us in supporting the amazing programs here at Thornhill!

Go team!

BSDD Committee

Adrienne Selke, Erin Fredrick, Rianna Stoll, Christine Pereira


Get to know Montera Middle School

Calling all fifth grade parents! It’s only September, but middle school enrollment period is around the corner. Montera has two upcoming events that you may want to attend as you start the process.

Montera 2019 Prospective Parent Mixer

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 **tomorrow!**


Located at a Montera parent’s home in Oakland

Come enjoy drinks and appetizers/desserts while spending the evening talking with current parents and get the scoop about your neighborhood public middle school. This is an adults-only gathering, but not to worry: your student will have other chances to get questions answered. Please RSVP via Eventbrite.


Montera Prospective Family Information Night

Thursday, October 10, 2019


Montera Middle School

Principal Darren Avent, teachers, students, parents & caregivers invite you and your family to learn more about Montera Middle School. Learn about core academics, meet representatives from various electives, hear a student panel, and listen to the Montera Jazz Band. Adults and children welcome! Please RSVP via Eventbrite.


Teacher Wish Lists on Amazon

Want to order supplies for your child's class and help earn money for the school at the same time? We've created a central page for teachers' Amazon wish lists — when you shop through the links on this page a percentage of each purchase will go back to Thornhill. Help supply our classrooms, and earn money for the school at the same time!


Open Positions on our Parent Faculty Club (PFC) Board

Yes, we’d love to stop posting this in the newsletter and we swear we will - as soon as we find volunteers for these direly needed positions. We are limping a little bit without people in these spots. Can you step up and help Thornhill?

  • Like to manage organizations? Consider joining Rex as co-President.

  • Like thinking strategically about money? Consider being the VP of Fundraising.

  • Like managing people? Consider being the VP of Personnel.

  • Like running events? Have an eye for detail? Like having fun? Consider being a co-chair of our Auction in the spring. Don’t want to lead it but want to be on the planning team? Let us know that as well.

  • Know something about non-profit bylaws? Consider being our Parliamentarian.

Here’s more about what the PFC does. Email for more information or to express your interest.



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

  • Friday, September 27: NO SCHOOL (Professional development day)
  • Friday, October 4: Minimum Day for Science (no enrichment classes)
  • Monday, October 7: PFC Meeting (6-7pm) + Taps and Takeout (7-9pm)
  • Monday, October 14: NO SCHOOL (In lieu of Lincoln’s Birthday)
  • Thursday, October 31: Halloween (12:50pm parade + minimum day)
  • Saturday, November 2: Thornhill Walkathon

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 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).