Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 27, Issue 19, January 7, 2020

From the PFC president

Welcome back, and welcome to 2020. (Don’t forget, this Friday, January 10 is a minimum day to support science literacy!)

One of the biggest events during the second half of the school year will be our annual Thornhill Auction, set for Saturday, March 14. Flappers and Fedoras is the theme—here's your chance to relive the era of Warren G. Harding, Babe Ruth, Prohibition, Charles Lindbergh, a crazy, unhinged stock market, and the birth of a new-fangled technology called radio. The sooner you buy your tickets, they less they will cost, too - but only through this Friday, January 10.

This Monday, January 13 will be our first PFC meeting of the new decade. Join us from 6-7pm in the school library. It would be great to see even more parents at this month's meeting. Leave time afterwards to get to know each other better at Taps and Takeout starting at 7pm.

Also...I know 2020 has just started, but it’s important that we set up the PFC board for the 2020-2021 school year. Some board members will be stepping down from their positions (including your PFC president) at the end of our current terms. If you have been interested in having a more active role with Thornhill, now is the time to inquire about board positions for the next school year.

Let's set Thornhill up now for even greater success in the months ahead.


Rex Crum


Thornhill's annual Benefit Auction: Flappers and Fedoras!

Just in case you missed it above, Auction tickets are for sale! Early Bird Auction ticket pricing is only through this Friday, January 10$65 per person/bidder number; $130 per couple/shared bidder number. Prices go up to $75 per person/$150 per couple on Saturday, January 11 so act fast! While you are there, save your credit card for easy online bidding and simplified event check in.

And mark your calendars for March 14 at the Fratellanza Club. Break out the 1920s fringe. Find a fedora and some wide lapels. Add a feather or two to the ensemble.


Spring Enrichment Classes

The spring enrichment class schedule is now available on our Homeroom platform! Information about enrichment classes is always updated on our website.

Registration: Wednesday, January 8 at 8am (tomorrow!) through Wednesday, January 15 at 5pm

First day of enrichment classes: Tuesday, January 21


Warm Hearts Coat Drive

Through Friday January 24, the Thornhill Dads Club will be holding a Warm Hearts Coat Drive. There will be a collection bin in the main lobby. Please deliver your clean gently worn coats (kids or adults!) and help us keep Hearts Warm this winter. We’ll be working with One Warm Coat for the donations. Thank you!


Who’s ready to eat more pizza for Thornhill?

Thornhill families really delivered at last month’s Dine Out at Zachary’s, so let’s keep the party going at Round Table (2854 Mountain Blvd.) this Thursday, January 9, any time from 11:30am-9pm.

This is a great opportunity to enjoy a family night out and hang out with other Thornhill families. Or, take a night off from cooking and have a pizza delivered (or pick it up on your way home). Whatever your style, this is an easy way to give your family dinner and earn a few extra funds for our school.

When you order, please tell the cashier you are there for Thornhill. At the end of the night, the purchases will get logged and 15% will go to Thornhill PFC.


Fifth grade restorative justice circle

On January 21, our 5th graders will be participating in a Restorative Justice (RJ) circle facilitated by a former Student Council president, Zoe Psomas. She is now in 6th grade at Edna Brewer and is very excited to bring some of her new school’s culture back to Thornhill. Restorative Justice is a way of building relationships, repairing harm, and rebuilding friendships. There are three tiers of RJ, Tier 1 is Community Building circles, Tier 2 is Conflict and Harm circles, and Tier 3 is Welcome circles. The circle that they will be a part of is a Tier 1 circle.


It’s Time to Enroll in OUSD if you are starting at a new school!

Enrollment Season opened on November 4, 2019 and closes on February 7, 2020 for those attending a NEW school.

If you have a kid returning to Thornhill, there is nothing for you to do now. Sherry will send an "are you returning?" form in late Spring.

If you have a new child entering TK or Kindergarten, please go to: and enroll your student. Please let any of your neighbors know before it is too late.

We have one last informational meeting on Monday, January 13 from 6-7pm in the MPR for new parents interested in Thornhill. Spread the word! No RSVP is required. Adults only.



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

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, Evie Nagy, 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, VP of Communications Erin Proudfoot, PFC President Rex Crum, and Principal Steve Daubenspeck. Member of Oakland Unified School District (OUSD).