Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 28, Issue 34, April 27, 2021

In This Issue (bolded items are new contributions for this week)

  • Note from our PFC Co-Presidents

  • Virtual Auction → This Saturday! Registration required!

  • PFC Open Positions for 2021-2022

  • Teacher & Staff Appreciation

  • Library News

  • ParentSquare and Reopening Communications

  • OUSD Announcements

  • Calendar of Important Dates


A Note from our PFC Co-Presidents

What a year it's been. We have so much to be grateful for while we collectively try and catch our breath as we sail on.

So many thanks to our Auction Committee, headed by Maya Hiersoux! We hope to see you this Saturday, May 1, at 6 p.m., for some distanced entertainment and virtual bidding. You must register (for free) for this event in order to receive your unique link to attend. (This isn’t a Zoom meeting!)

On Thursday, April 29, we'll be having a PFC information night via Zoom at 5:30 p.m. where you can learn about open positions and how you can help the Thornhill community next year! More info & Zoom link is on Konstella. Please note we've changed our final PFC meeting to Monday, May 17 at 5:30pm, where we will be approving the budget for 2021-2022 and approving the PFC Board slate.

We hope you're well and we can't wait to see you (even if it's still on a computer). May your anchor be tight, your cork be loose, your rum be spiced and your compass be true.

Stay safe out there.

Alicia Streight (PFC co-president)

Rex Crum (PFC co-president)

Rianna Stoll (incoming PFC co-president)


Virtual Auction is THIS SATURDAY, May 1 at 6pm!

Please view yesterday’s Konstella announcement for full information!

The virtual auction is this Saturday, May 1st from 6-7pm.

You must register (for free) for this event in order to receive your unique link to attend. Please help us out and do this by this Friday, April 30. (This isn’t a Zoom meeting!)

  • Peloton Bike: Buy a raffle ticket here for only $50 (or 5 for $200) by Friday, April 30 at 11:45pm. We’ll pick the winner live on Saturday and you do NOT have to present to win.

  • Door Prizes: Just by showing up on Saturday, you have a chance to win 1 of 2 door prizes - a $50 gift card to a local Oakland restaurant. You must be present to win.

  • Online Auction Items: There are over 50 items to bid on and it all closes this Saturday, May 1 at 6:30pm. Check out the catalog and bid now (and bid often!).

  • Teacher & Staff Hosted Events: These teachers have fun offerings for your kids: Mr. Thompson (read-a-loud), Ms. Finnell (zoo date), Ms. Forbes (singing telegram), Ms. Steimle (tuck-in), Ms. Calkins (wedding prep), Ms. Holland & Ms. Nobusada (Montclair Park), 2nd Grade Team (garden crafting), Ms. Gustafson (virtual pancakes), Principal Daubenspeck (virtual lunch).

  • Auction Items: Here’s a few of the items up for bidding: skateboard, signed baseball, bicycles, cabin getaway, restaurant gift cards, legos, Lair of the Bear full week, art pieces, fitness certificates, and the Mai Tai Magic Party!

Thank you and we'll "see" you on Saturday!


PFC Open Positions for 2021-2022

We are working hard to fill our 2021-2022 PFC Board slate for next year! We have many open positions (see below) and would love to tell you all about them.

Please join us to learn more and/or to ask questions about a particular position! We'll start by "going around the room" and introducing ourselves. Then we'll go through all the open positions and tell you a bit more about them. Then we'll open it up for questions and discussion!

Date: Thursday, April 29

Time: 5:30pm

Zoom Information is on Konstella!

Here’s what is currently open:

Executive Board

  • VP of Community Support

  • VP of Educational Support

Roles that Connect People and Improve Communication

  • 5th Grade Liaison

  • Diversity Chair

  • Konstella Co-Chair

  • Recruitment & Membership

  • Room Parent Coordinator

  • TK/Kindergarten Chair(s)

Roles that Plan Amazing Events & Raise Money

  • Auction Chair(s)

  • Dads Club Chair(s)

  • Walk-a-thon Chair(s)

  • Spring Carnival/Fall Festival Chair(s)

  • Grants & Solicitations Chair

Roles that Make our School Environment Better

  • Enrichment Chair

  • Technology Chair

  • Parliamentarian

  • Site Safety Chair

  • Sustainability Chair

Hope to see you there!

PFC Board


Teacher and Staff Appreciation Dinner Update

Last month we asked our wonderful Thornhill community to help us show gratitude to our teachers and staff! All the love and long hours they have put towards our students this year (and recently in person!) has not gone unnoticed.

Thanks to your generosity, we were able to gift our teachers and staff a dinner on us in the form of a GrubHub gift card. It's small but heartfelt and we all can use more small and heartfelt gestures these days.

Thank you!

Catrina Vrankovich & Becky Urbano

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Library News

Book checkout has started with in-person cohorts - it has been a pleasure to share some of our new and exciting books with our students!

Please take a look around your home for any straggling library books from last year - your student can return any time they are in school.

Lunches with Ms. Fox for 500+ minutes of reading during the Read-a-thon are happening on the following days:

2nd graders: Wednesday 4/28 at 11:30am

3rd graders: Wednesday 4/28 at 12:30pm

4th graders: Wednesday 5/5 at 11:30am

5th graders: Wednesday 5/5 at 12:30pm

Invitations have gone out through your teachers, reach out to with any questions.

And finally - Thank you to the following families for their generous book contributions to our Thornhill library, it is deeply appreciated!

Evans Family

Yokomizo Family


Marie Fox, Librarian


ParentSquare and Reopening Communications

Please make sure to register for ParentSquare and take a look around the app to get familiar with it. Thornhill is using the platform to pass along important updates and information. It is also the way to complete your daily health screening. Konstella will remain as Thornhill's communication platform for this spring (at least) for PFC communications and committees.


OUSD Announcements

Please find OUSD announcements and events 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, Jill Evans, 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, VPs of Communications Erin Proudfoot & Evie Nagy, PFC Presidents Rex Crum & Alicia Streight, and Principal Steve Daubenspeck. Member of Oakland Unified School District (OUSD).