Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 28, Issue 25, February 16, 2021

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

  • Note from our Principal

  • Possible Playdates and Equity-Based Learning Hubs

  • OUSD Family Resources

  • News from the Library

  • Take Out For Thornhill - NEXT WEEK!

  • Auction Meeting - This Wednesday!

  • OUSD Announcements

  • Individual Class Packets

  • Calendar of Important Dates


A Note from our Principal

Dear Thunderbird Families,

I hope you all are doing well amidst the uncertainty we have been facing these past ten months. I realize these times have been difficult for students and families. We know it has been challenging to do school in a completely new way. If your home is anything like mine, there are virtual meetings happening all the time and you're competing for zoom air space without interference or looking for peace and quiet for your calls.

As you know, we all need to continue to care for ourselves. I hope you all have opportunities to get outside and enjoy nature. We are so lucky to live in the Bay Area where there is easy access to trails for hiking/walking. I find getting near the ocean or taking a walk in the woods really helps my outlook and I'm inspired by the scenic landscapes that surround us.

Our staff - I continue to be awed by our exceptional staff, who work hard to make sure our students are learning. In particular, our teachers have been going above and beyond to support our students in these unusual times. Your encouragement and appreciation of teachers does not go unnoticed! As I go into classrooms, I am happy to see our students making the best of it and our teachers connecting with them and their families. Go Thunderbirds!!!

Librarian Marie Fox

No school is complete without a good librarian and library! I want to highlight our amazing librarian, Mrs. Fox, who has single handedly updated our library with books that are current and reflective of all of our students. Mrs. Fox does an incredible job of getting our students excited about books! Check out the Thornhill Library, as well as the Oakland Public Library!

Remaining Reopening Family Info Sessions

If you have not yet attended an info session, click here to learn more about upcoming sessions or watch video recordings of past events. More than 4,000 staff and community members have attended a session so far.

Have a wonderful week!
Mr. Daubenspeck


Possible Playdates and Equity-Based Learning Hubs

Several principals have shared the following information with their communities. Please read the letter below and know that things are still very fluid and are changing almost hourly.

Again, thank you for your patience as we all navigate this pandemic together.


OUSD Family Resources

Do you have questions or concerns about food service, mental health support, tutoring or other issues? Please check out these resources for information on how to handle some of the challenges we are faced with during this pandemic. Many thanks to Kim Olofsen for her time in putting together this document!


News from the Library

The rollout of Sora, our new e-book and audiobook app, has been so exciting! The collection is expanding every day as OUSD librarians purchase more titles we know the students will be excited about. Students can now connect to the Oakland Public Library for an even larger collection, all through Clever! Please reach out to with any questions.

The Annual Spring Read-a-thon will be happening again soon! For three weeks (March 15 -April 2), Thornhill will focus on reading as a community, and raise some funds to support the PFC in the process. More details to come soon - stay tuned!


Take Out for Thornhill - NEXT WEEK!

Don't miss an extra special Take Out event supporting a Thornhill family-owned restaurant! Montesacro Pinseria in Oakland is partnering with us to give back 15% of all orders for the day to support the Thornhill PFC!

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 10:30am – 10pm


Please place your order online at Montesacro for pick-up or delivery.

For more info, visit our Dine Outs page.

Bon Appetit!

Christina Gibbons, Merchant Partnerships Chair


Auction Meeting - this Wednesday!

Please join us every Wednesday at 7pm for an Auction planning meeting. See the event on Konstella for more details and the Zoom info.

Hope to see you there!

Maya Hiersoux, Benefit Auction Chair


OUSD Announcements

Please find OUSD announcements and events here, including several upcoming Info and Listening sessions about reopening and insight from the medical community.


Individual Class Printed Packets

If your teacher tells you that printed materials need to be picked up, they will continue to be in the same spot — on the fence near the TK trailer and the Alhambra entrance.

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  • Wednesday, February 17: Benefit Auction Planning Meeting (5:30-7pm, see Konstella for info)

  • Friday, February 19: NO SCHOOL for Professional Development for Teachers

  • Monday, March 8: PFC Meeting (5:30-7pm, see Konstella for info)

  • Monday, March 29: NO SCHOOL for Cesar Chavez Day

  • Monday, April 5 - Friday, April 9 - SPRING 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, 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).