Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 24. Issue 6 September 30, 2016

Happy Fall Thunderbird Families!

It is a busy and exciting time. Thornhill is a National Blue Ribbon School! Congratulations to Mr. Daubenspeck and our amazing faculty and staff who work so hard on behalf of our children – this award is for you! An extra special thank you also goes out to PFC Board members Shanyn Lloyd-Gibson and Mavis Scanlon-Marble, who spent many hours earlier this spring (with Mr. Daubenspeck) writing the application. The award ceremony takes place in early November in Washington, D.C. Mr. Daubenspeck and 5th grade teacher Mr. Wilkins will represent and accept the award on behalf of the entire Thornhill community. We are so proud to be a part of this wonderful learning community.

The Thornhill community is excited to welcome students from our sister school in Hangzhou, China, this evening! Twenty-four students (along with their Asst. Principal and two faculty members) will be hosted by 12 Thornhill families until Wednesday, Oct. 5. Please consider joining us for a brief welcome at 5:45 p.m. this evening and again Saturday morning from 10 a.m.-noon on the playground. There will be food, drinks and fun for all ages. Let’s give our Chinese friends a warm Thunderbird welcome!

Thanks so much to the nearly 100 parents who showed up to have their Live Scan fingerprinting done by Red Tomatoes, Inc. If you’re still in need of fingerprinting, please visit Red Tomatoes at 610 16th Street, Suite #321, in downtown Oakland. (You can call for an appointment -- 510-879-6991 - but they take walk-ins as well.) Please also consider them for any future notary or fingerprint needs. Owner Sunil Jaswal was wonderful to work with and he even gave a portion of his earnings back to Thornhill in appreciation of our business!


Shanyn and Shauna

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Middle School Options Fair

Wondering about Middle School?

Our Middle School Options Fair, coming up Tuesday, Oct. 25, is an interactive evening presenting several of the many middle school options available to our families. Come find out about these special OUSD and Oakland Charter Schools and get information on the options process. A representative from the OUSD assignment office will also be present to answer questions. So come by, pick up flyers, ask questions, and visit with families and administrators from local middle schools. Families from other local elementary schools will join us as well. See you there!!

Preliminary list of schools attending:

Montera Middle School

Claremont Middle School

Julia Morgan School for Girls

Edna Brewer Middle School

Bret Harte Middle School

Oakland School for the Arts

Urban Promise Academy

Questions or comments? Contact Andy Espinoza @,

OR Dan Bridgman @

Middle School Options Fair

Tuesday, Oct. 25th, 6:30-8pm

Thornhill Elementary, Multi-purpose Room

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Volunteer Reminders

Thank you everyone for your work in going through OUSD's new volunteer process! A few reminders for those who are still working on this.

1. Sign up on line at:

2. Scan and e-mail your TB test to Lilly Smith at:

3. If you will be driving on field trips, you will need to be fingerprinted and TB-tested. If you will only be in the classroom helping the teacher all that is needed is a TB test.

Whichever way you choose to volunteer, please remember that ALL must register online and all documentation (fingerprinting and TB test) must be sent to Lily Smith.

Once again thank you for your understanding, patience and willingness to work with this new process.

TB Screenings for Volunteers

Sean Parkin, a Thornhill parent and member of our Dads Club, is offering $20 TB screening through his urgent care clinic in San Leandro, CityHealth Urgent Care.

TB screening, also known as a "PPD plant”, is required by OUSD to be a Thornhill volunteer. It tests to see if you have ever been exposed to tuberculosis. People with positive test results, who have not received a TB vaccination in the past, will require a chest x-ray to ensure that there is no active disease.

CityHealth Urgent Care is located at 13690 E.14th St. in San Leandro, and is open seven days a week. The clinic accepts cash and credit cards. (Sorry, but insurance will not cover the cost of TB screening.)

Montclair Branch Library News

Oakland's Montclair Branch library has a couple of events coming up - please check them out!

Fall Booksale: Our fall booksale will be on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 10:30 a.m. -3:00 p.m. Lots of children's books!! Low prices, good condition!

This year we also have a Teachers' Special: teachers show ID and select up to 25 items from the 25/50-cent tables for $5.

Halloween Costume Swap: Our annual costume swap -- bring a costume, take a costume! Our after-school swap will be on Wednesday, Oct. 19 from 1:30 p.m. -5:30 p.m.

We'll also have two story time swaps for younger kids on Thursday, Oct. 13 and Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. -noon.

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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 info. 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).