Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 26, Issue 16, November 27, 2018

From the PFC President

Ah's that time of the year. The air (at last) is clear. The holiday season has officially begun, and football season is really kicking into gear. Maybe your college team has a bowl game on the horizon? Maybe your pro team looks headed for the playoffs? Maybe you happen to be a fan of the Canadian Football League and spent last Sunday reveling in the glory of the Grey Cup?

Whatever has your attention, there is a lot of stuff coming up to keep you active over the next three-and-a-half weeks until the Winter Break. This newsletter, and the calendar at the bottom of it, remain a great source for what's going on at Thornhill, and our VP of Communications, Erin Proudfoot, loves nothing more that updating information via Konstella (right, Erin?) so check that out if you have any questions about what's on the calendar ahead.

And speaking of sources of information...The next PFC Board Meeting will be Monday, December 10, from 6-7 p.m. Any and all parents are welcome, and a splendid time is guaranteed for all.


Rex Crum


Fall/Winter Host-a-Parties Available Now!

These fun parties are a great way to mix and mingle with other Thunderbirds while raising money for our unique Thornhill programs. Enjoy meeting other families in a social setting while supporting our music curriculum (African Drumming and string instruments), classroom aides, PE classes and much, much more!

Saturday, Dec. 1: TK/K Cookie Swap and Playdate (10am-12pm)

Join us for the first Annual TK and Kindergarten cookie swap and playdate on December 1. We’ll provide coffee, tea, kid drinks and some super fun activities for the family. Click here to purchase tickets.

Saturday, Dec. 8: Benefit Beauty Bash (6-8pm)

Need to get your brows done before that company/friends holiday party or do you need some new make-up tips? Come attended the Benefit Beauty Bash hosted by one of our great Thornhill parents, Kristin Anderson. Buy tickets for yourself and a friend and head out afterwards to make a night of it. Click here to purchase tickets.


Walkathon Pledge Reminder!

Just a quick reminder that your final Walkathon donations are due by Wednesday Nov 28 (TOMORROW!). Drop those last few checks in the box in the office—there are still outstanding pledges and we’d love to bring in that money to support our blue ribbon kids! Also, we’ll distribute the fundraising prizes once we have everything documented.

You can login to your child’s fundraising webpage to see the status of all their pledges, or we can check for you to let you know what’s outstanding.

So far, the 2018 Turkey Trot Walkathon has brought in $21,500 (86% of our $25,000 goal)—please help us finish in this last stretch for PE, art, and other critical activities!

Thanks for your continued support!

Your 2018 ‘Turkey Trot’ Walkathon committee


Auction Tickets Available Now!

Please join us in celebrating Thornhill’s 60th Anniversary at our annual Benefit Auction, Saturday March 2, 2019 at the Colombo Club. And we’re having an Early “Thunder” Bird Sale through Friday, November 30!

With district budget cuts threatening us every year, the auction allows us to keep our school one of the best in Oakland Unified. Please help us keep our performing/visual art programs available; our top-notch aides in the classrooms, and our library doors open.

If you buy now, you can also pre-purchase bundles of drink tickets at a discounted price. Avoid the lines and start the party right away! Prices go up December 1 so buy your tickets here now!


Thank You For Your Library Donations!

The library is very excited to welcome some new titles to our collection, with much appreciation and many thanks to the following families/people: Urbano, Yokomizo, Kordosky, the P15 classroom, families who contributed titles to the book swap, and the unknown purchaser of The Beautiful Game (Amazon did not pass on the buyer's info—whoever that was: THANK YOU!).

If you want to see more of the Thornhill library wishlist, you can check it out here. Thanks so much for your continued support of the library!


Shop, Eat, & Earn for Thornhill

Ordering Holiday Cards?

  • Get 15 percent off (plus 15 percent back to Thornhill) on when you use promo code FUNDRAISETHORNHILL.

  • Ordering through Shutterfly or Tiny Prints? Start here and enter code SAVENOW for an additional discount (and 13 percent comes back to Thornhill).

Last Call for Good Eggs!
It’s the last week of the Thornhill Elementary School fundraiser (ends on Nov. 30)! If you shop on Good Eggs this week, you’ll not only help our school raise some dough, but you’ll be entered to win a date night to Chez Panisse. If you’re new to Good Eggs, it’s not too late to join the fundraiser. Just visit, enter the code TBIRD18, and place an order. You can get produce, meat and fish, baked goods, easy dinner kits, and more delivered same-day. No subscription required and delivery is free any time you spend $60.

Mark your calendar:

  • Wednesday Dec. 12: Dine Out at Zachary's Pizza on College Ave

  • Dec. 16-19: Become a "Basementeer" and get 20 percent off at Sports Basement during Thornhill Holiday Shopping Days

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

    • Monday, November 26: Friday, November 30: Winter Conference Week (minimum days all week, no enrichment classes)

    • Monday, December 10: PFC meeting (6-7pm) (RSVP here)

    • Wednesday, December 12: Dine Out at Zachary’s Pizza on College Ave. (11am-10pm)

    • Tuesday, December 18: Winter Music Performance (9am, grades 3-5)

    • Wednesday, December 19: Winter Music Performance (9am, grades TK-2)

    • Friday, December 21: Last Day of Fall PFC Enrichment Classes

    • Monday, December 24 - Friday, January 4: Winter Break (no school)

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 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).