Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 24, Issue 12, November 11, 2016

From The PFC Co-Presidents

Happy Friday!

I hope everyone is taking advantage of today to honor our veterans who sacrificed for our country. Their dignity and courage help us push through as a nation. I (Shanyn) had the honor, along with Principal Daubenspeck and Mr. Wilkins, to attend the National Blue Ribbon Ceremony in Washington D.C. this week. It was an amazing experience to rub shoulders with the great innovators of education throughout the country. We represented for you Thornhill!

Having the honor of a National Blue Ribbon is in great part because of our staff and, of course, our wonderful Thornhill parent community. Please help us continue to be great and soar to new heights by joining us at our monthly PFC board meeting this coming Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 6 p.m. Child care is provided to our Thornhill student body only. Please RSVP to

As we get close to Thanksgiving (Shauna’s favorite holiday!) we wanted to express our gratitude for some of the people and things we’re thankful for:

· All the amazing teachers at Thornhill for their dedication to our students.

· Martin Spizman, for directing traffic every morning for the last 2+ years with his small group of volunteers – we are so thankful for your dedication to this essential job!

· Love and support from our families.

Have a great weekend,

Shanyn Lloyd-Gibson and Shauna Fithian

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Principal Steve Daubenspeck, PFC Co-President Shanyn Lloyd-Gibson and 5th-grade teacher Mr. Rob Wilkins at the Blue Ribbon ceremony with OUSD Deputy Superintendent Dr. Devin Dillon

Fifth Grade Popcorn Fundraiser

Hello Thunderbirds,

Holidays are approaching fast and what a great way to start the upcoming festivities -- with delicious popcorn. Popcorn is no doubt a crowd pleaser, be it for parties, game night, or movie night with the family.

The 5th Grade Fundraiser is partnering with Popcorn Palace this year. They offer 13 varieties of deliciously popped and decorated popcorn to satisfy even the pickiest eaters. The 5th graders at Thornhill Elementary have a unique opportunity to take a trip to the Marin Headlands where they study environmental science, learn teamwork, and strengthen their connection with nature. One of the greatest things about the trip is that our students are called to action as they see up close the impact their actions have on the world around them, which inspires students toward lifelong stewardship.

On Monday Nov. 14, please check your child’s backpack for your order form and complete no later than Monday Nov. 28th. Please keep all order forms in the collection envelope provided and make all checks out to Thornhill Parent Faculty Club. We need these forms turned in so that we have Popcorn goodies to gift our family and friends this Holiday season. The goal is $75 of Popcorn sales per family for a profit goal of $7,000. A portion of these funds are earmarked for the 5th grade promotion into middle school, the yearbook and scholarships to the Marin Headlands.

Never allow young children to solicit orders alone. They should always be accompanied by a responsible adult. Please no door to door selling.

Thank you for your continued support!! Let’s go Thunderbirds!! Let's get popping!!

For more information, email and

Linda Lam & Angela Engel

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Back To School Donation Drive Update

Congratulations Thornhill Families, we did it!

The Back to School Donation Drive met its goal and we raised $165,908! We could not have done this without the participation of Thornhill families, teachers and the Thornhill community who all made donations.

Many of you have asked about the Thornhill gear you can receive as a "Thank You" for your donations and we are in the process of ordering that now. Here is a breakdown of what you will receive based on your donation amount:

$450--A Thornhill mug and car magnet

$900--Thornhill mug, car magnet and thermal tote bag

$1350--All of the above plus a sweatshirt and fleece blanket

$1800--All of the above plus two sweatshirts and a duffle bag

If you qualify for a sweatshirt, you need to let us know your size so expect an email in the next few days. You will also be receiving receipts via email for your donation. Any questions, please email to

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Buy your Holiday Cards and Photo Gifts and Support Thornhill

Do you use Shutterfly and/or Tinyprints? Perhaps you make annual photo calendars as Christmas or holiday gifts for the grandparents or you send out photo holiday cards every December?

Now, you can shop on our Thornhill PFC Shutterfly Storefront and 13% of your purchase will be donated back to us!

Please bookmark and use it for your holiday cards and every time you make and order photo gifts!

Exclusive offer from tinyprints for Thornhill Parents: 30% off site wide, no minimum order, Plus free shipping.

Use this code at checkout to receive this exclusive offer: TPSC492XAX Expires December 31, 2016.

Visit our page Click through and shop, 13% of your order will be donated to Thornhill PFC!

This is not an advertised offer and is only available to you as a Thornhill PFC supporter when you shop through our fundraising page. This discount is only valid for a limited time, so shop now before it is too late!

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Library News


Thank you to Ryan and Mason Pennacchio and their family for donating I’m Brave!, by Kate & Jim McMullan, and The Fun Book of Scary Stuff, by Emily Jenkins!

Check out the Amazon Wishlist to see which books the library would love to add to the collection. Feel free to support our local bookstores by making your purchases there. As always, thank you for supporting the library!

Happy Reading,
Maura Hennessy

Thornhill Library

Thornhill Library Blog

Class Photo Update

I heard many comments that all families received free class photos in previous years. Unfortunately that is no longer the case.

Only the families that ordered individual student photos will receive a class photo with their package. We are aware that some families did not get their group picture yet and we are awaiting the new shipment to come in. If a family would like to order just the class photo, they can do so next week, November 14-18. Stop by the office and complete an order form and submit a $12 payment (Check or cash only). Contact Christina with any questions.

Christina Burden

Attendance Specialist

Thornhill Elementary

Dads Club

Our One Warm Coat Donation Drive is on! Look for the big collection bin in the school lobby during the month of November. Dads Club is working with this national charity collecting clean, gently used coats of all types and sizes.

All coats collected by the Thornhill community will directly benefit local needs when we deliver them to Alameda County Social Services and East Oakland Youth Development Center. Make sure your kids know: they can help clean out your closets while giving to the less fortunate this holiday season. A warm coat can spread warmth to some of the 3.5 million people who experience homelessness each year. Thunderbirds, please help us make a difference…one coat at a time!

Dads Club’s next monthly social will be held at Montclair Golf Course. This Third Thursday outing is November 17, 8-9:30 p.m. at the driving range, so be sure to join us and don’t forget your clubs. If you would like to get more involved, plan to attend our planning committee meeting directly before, from 7-8 p.m. in the restaurant.

About the PFC Newsletter

The Thornhill Parent-Faculty Club (PFC) eNews team publishes this weekly newsletter each Friday in the school year to communicate school, PFC and OUSD news, events and information.

Email submissions to our Newsletter Chair, Rex Crum, at by 3 P.M. Wednesday for approval, including Word or Text files with links and no formatting and 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 is not accepted.

THANK YOU to everyone who submits articles and to PFC Board Members, Teachers, VP of Communications Mavis Scanlon, PFC Co-Presidents Shauna Fithian and Shanyn Lloyd-Gibson and Principal Steve Daubenspeck. Member of Oakland Unified School District (OUSD).