Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 26, Issue 22, January 29, 2019

From the PFC President

Did you see that? January has (pretty much) passed by and February is knocking on our doors.

As many of you know, Oakland teachers have been considering a strike, which naturally is a matter of concern for all of us. In order to answer some of your questions, Ms. Formoso will moderate two meetings at St. John's Episcopal Church tonight (Tuesday, Jan. 29)—the first from 3:15-4pm and the second from 5:30-6:15pm. Regardless of one's feelings about the possibility of a strike, I expect everyone attending these meetings will show respect for our teachers and your fellow Thornhill parents, and support each other in any outcome.

Looking ahead...The PFC Board Meeting for next month is being moved by one day to Tuesday, February 12, from 6-7 pm (RSVP here). All Thornhill parents are welcome and I hope to see as many of you there as possible.


Rex Crum


Auction Auction Auction!

Thornhill’s 60th Anniversary celebration is happening on Saturday, March 2 at the Colombo Club in Oakland! If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, please do so ASAP! Ticket sales will end on Friday, February 22. There will be no ticket sales at the door.

Volunteer the day before and/or the day of the auction! Sign up now before all the spots are gone!

Got a donation? The online donation form is here — send it to anyone who might have something to donate!


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Host a Party!

Our combined efforts through volunteering, donating, or community-building contribute to what makes Thornhill unique. “Do” a little or a lot but consider helping us continue the programs that enrich our students’ learning experiences by getting involved with the 2019 Auction Benefit. We need your participation Thornhill community!

Host a Party needs hosts and/or co-hosts! We have upcoming parties that need attendees! We are here to help you with party ideas, connect you with other hosts, and assist any way we can. Become a participant, have some fun, build community and support our school Thunderbirds. Join us, it’s easy. Contact your friendly host a party co-chairs, Karen Shotts or Keely Spina, at


Eat and Shop for Thornhill

Eat and Earn: Round Table Dine Out on Feb 4

On Monday, Feb 4 from 11am to 9pm, dine in or order from Round Table at 2854 Mountain Blvd (510-336-3333) and 15 percent comes right back to Thornhill. More info here.

Shop and Earn: Mabels Labels

Make sure that new jacket, water bottle, umbrella, etc. doesn't wind up in the Lost & Found or gone forever — label everything! When you order Mabel's Labels, our school gets 20 percent. Visit and find Thornhill PFC in the long list under "Select Your School/Organization" - then order the labels you need. It's a win-win!


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MLK Oratorical Festival and Black History Celebration

Families and community members are invited to the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Festival and Black History Celebration on Friday, February 22 beginning at 8:45am in the Multipurpose Room. Students will be reciting poetry and speeches about, or written by, influential African American leaders, poets, and heroes. Original student orations are encouraged too.

Any students feeling inspired to perform an original piece should please sign up with Ms. Forbes, Room 4. Please join us for this inspiring event!



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

  • Tuesday, January 29: Oakland strike information meetings (3:15-4pm or 5:30-6:15pm)
  • Friday, February 1: Minimum Day to support Science (no enrichment classes)
  • Monday, February 4: Round Table Dine Out (11am-9pm)
  • Tuesday, February 12 (NOTE CHANGED DATE): PFC Meeting (6-7pm)
  • Monday, February 18: Presidents Day (no school)
  • Friday, February 22: MLK Oratorical Festival (8:45am)
  • Saturday, March 2: Thornhill Auction (6-11pm)
  • Saturday, April 27: Thornhill Spring Carnival (10am-3pm)

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).