Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 27, Issue 11, October 22, 2019

From the principal

Dear Thunderbird Families,

By the time you read this it will be the eleventh week of school. I am looking forward to seeing you all at the Walkathon on Saturday November 2nd. The Walkathon is a community event that is a great opportunity for families to connect with each other. Please encourage prospective Thornhill families to come to the Walkathon! I also want to appreciate all of you that are involved in making the Walkathon happen; we could not do it without you!

Shoo the Flu - Tuesday, October 29th

Halloween Parade - Thursday, October 31st at 12:50pm and it's a MINIMUM DAY (release at 1:10pm for TK-K and 1:25pm for grades 1-5)

Walkathon - Saturday, November 2nd

PFC Meeting - Monday, November 4th from 6-7pm


Mr. Daubenspeck


Don’t ghost the Halloween Parade

Thornhill's Annual Halloween Parade will take place on—you guessed it—Halloween, Thursday, October 31 at approximately 12:50pm. All Thornhill families are welcome at the parade, where your ghouls and goblins will circle the track outside one class at a time.

Thursday October 31 is a minimum day, so students will be dismissed after the parade between 1:10-1:25 pm. Many classrooms are hosting class parties, so check your Konstella classrooms for details. Don't forget to leave ample time to park, as there will be many parents arriving at the same time. All parking rules are in effect—be nice to fellow parents and our neighbors!

Students should not wear their costume to school. They should bring it in a bag and change at the teacher's instruction. No masks, no blood, no fake weapons!

Happy Halloween!

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Support Thornhill at the Walkathon!

Saturday, November 2 is our annual Walkathon, so don't forget to set up your child's pledge site at so they can gather pledges (it is super quick and easy - we promise!). It is a fun day for everyone. You can expect prizes, music, a bake sale booth, a book swap, spirit wear, a hosted parties booth, Otter Pops, a Round Table pizza truck and, of course, kids walking and walking and walking and walking! All in support of our amazing programs at Thornhill! Siblings and prospective Thornhill students are welcome to join us.

All of our Lost & Found items will be donated after the Walkathon on Saturday, November 2.

It takes a village for this event to run smoothly, so please consider helping out! Sign up on Konstella.


Lost & Found - All Items Donated on Saturday, November 2 at 4pm

All of our Lost & Found items will be donated after the Walkathon on Saturday, November 2.

They will be displayed at the Walkathon, so please spend just five minutes looking over the pile -- there’s a really good chance that something is yours! At the end of the day, we’ll sweep them all away and start with empty racks on Monday.


Shoo The Flu - Tuesday, October 29

Thornhill will be participating in Shoo The Flu which will provide free flu vaccinations to students on Tuesday, October 29. Consent forms will be coming home in backpacks or you can download and sign the consent form and send it with your child(ren) if you want to participate.


Walk up to the Book Swap

The 2nd annual Thornhill Fall Book Swap is fast approaching. Look for our booth at Walkathon on November 2! We will be collecting a starter set of swap/donated books October 28 - November 1—look for the bins in the lobby. Please donate only books in good condition—no torn or marked up pages. No activity or coloring books. No battery operated or puzzle books. Other than that, we would love books for the TK - 5 crowd. Young Adult books for the older kids are especially in demand.

At the Walkathon, bring a book (or a bag of books) to swap, or just bring yourself to the booth. No donation is necessary but all are appreciated. You could walk for Thornhill and walk out with a new read to enjoy when you rest your tired feet at home that night. All unclaimed books will be donated to East Bay Children's Book Project.

Questions? Contact Becky Urbano -


Get cozy at the hygge party

Hygge Party! Sign up for an evening of mulled wine, yummy snacks and yarn craft making hosted by Becky Urbano and Dee Dee Mendoza. This event is open to adults and kids (3rd grade and up). Drop off is okay. 100% of the proceeds from this fundraiser event will benefit Thornhill. This is a great way to meet new people in the Thornhill community or hang out with old friends all while having fun and giving back to the school.

Where: Urbano Home

When: Saturday, November 2, 2019 evening (an evite will be sent out with more details)

How: Purchase tickets via the Auction Site


Join us for a 5th grade fundraising party

Fifth grade parents! On Sunday, November 3, from 5-8pm, enjoy drinks, bites, and good company while helping the fifth grade class raise money for field trips, yearbooks and promotion activities!

This is an adults-only, fifth-grade parents-only party. RSVP by October 25 and get more details, including suggested donation amounts—go to the Evite invitation here or email to RSVP. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Bertoldo, Jurado, DiGirolamo and Pennacchio families


Your kid photos with MugsyClicks

You should have received an email from MugsyClicks (most likely yesterday) with a link to see your kid(s)’s photos. Promo codes offered for our kids’ pictures from MugsyClicks expire on Wednesday, October 30. Online, enter MUG5OFF at checkout for $5 OFF YOUR ORDER (with minimum purchase of $50) and enter 2U4FREE at checkout for FREE SHIPPING (with minimum purchase of $25).


Shop & Earn: Good Eggs Grocery Delivery

Place a delivery order this week to help us win fall treats for our hardworking teachers! If 10 orders are placed by October 27, we'll unlock this prize. Shop for groceries, dinner kits, and more at with our code tbird2019 and we earn 5% back. And remember, your family and friends can join our fundraiser and shop too!


Konstella Tip: Desktop vs. Mobile

If you are still reading this newsletter, we give you major props and you get a special Konstella tip! :)

The functionality of Konstella on a computer vs. on your mobile device is very different.

Creating a sign-up, calendar entry, or announcement? You'll have a MUCH smoother and richer experience, with more options, on your computer.

Viewing things, signing up for a job, or trying to find someone in the directory? The app is fantastic for this.



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

  • Monday, October 28: Photo Make-Up Day with MugsyClicks
  • Tuesday, October 29: Shoo the Flu! (free flu shots for kids at Thornhill)
  • Thursday, October 31: Halloween (12:50pm parade + minimum day)
  • Saturday, November 2: Thornhill Walkathon
  • Monday, November 4: PFC Meeting (6-7pm) + Taps and Takeout (7-9pm)
  • Monday, November 4: Information night for new and incoming families--adults only, please (6-7pm, multipurpose room)
  • Monday, November 11: NO SCHOOL - Veterans Day
  • Tuesday, November 12: Dine Out at Round Table Pizza on Mountain Blvd. (map)
  • Monday, November 18 - Friday, November 22: Winter Conference Week (minimum days, no enrichment classes)
  • Monday, November 25 - Friday, November 29: NO SCHOOL: Thanksgiving Break

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).