Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 25, Issue 35, May 18, 2018

PFC Open Board Positions For 2018-2019 School Year

We are working hard to fill our open PFC board positions for next year and really would love YOUR help. We are looking for a well-rounded mix of parents/guardians to best represent all the parental interests here at Thornhill.

Please look over the open positions below and refer to our website for the full description of each position. Thank you in advance for your volunteer support!

Executive Positions - these positions are voting positions and are very important to be filled. They are required to attend all PFC meetings (some exceptions can be made). We wish the Members-at-Large to be new to the board. These are one-year positions.

  • Member-at-Large (TK-2)
  • Member-at-Large (3-5)

Board Members - these positions are non-voting positions and are absolutely vital to the Thornhill community. They report to one of the executive positions.

  • 5th Grade Representative (must be 5th grade parent)
  • Auction Chair(s)
  • Hospitality Chair(s)
  • Parliamentarian
  • Recruitment/Membership
  • Site/Safety
  • Spring Carnival
  • TK/Kindergarten (We have 1 person and need 1 more, must have incoming TK or K kid next fall)
  • Visual Arts
  • Walk-A-Thon

Thank you Thunderbirds!


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Thornhill Talent Show

Close your eyes, here we go
We're playin' at the talent show
Playin' at the talent show...

Anyone a fan of The Replacements out there? If you are, you certainly recognize those lyrics above from one of the "Mats" last great songs, "Talent Show." And as the school year is coming to a close, it's time for that annual event from which the next great superstar might emerge, the Thornhill Talent Show.

This year's show will take place on Monday, June 4 from 2 - 4 p.m. Students from all grades are welcome to participate, but we need an application form filled out and parent permission slip, first. Please go to the Office or Room 3 to get an application form. Turn it in to the Talent Show Box in the office, or to Room 3. Deadline for applications is Tuesday, May 29.


Edain Baus

Student Council President


Read-A-Thon Update!

As of this writing the Thornhill Read-A-Thon has raised $4,770! And I’m guessing that might double by the time you get this newsletter. That is amazing Thunderbirds! I believe we will reach our fundraising goal of $25,000 by the time the Read-a-thon ends on June 1.

Dare I say we will reach $30,000 in this fundraiser?!

The top three classes are:

1. Forbes (K) - 23 percent class participation and $955 raised!

2. Bridgman (2nd) - 28 percent class participation and $825 raised!

3. Holman (1st) - 21 percent class participation and $650 raised!

The last two weeks of the fundraiser is when we begin to track reading minutes and encouraging incredible reading habits that will help us get through the summer months. Never fear, some great tools to track reading minutes. Go out and get those sponsors! The more sponsors, the more prizes for your student, and the more funding for all the great programs at Thornhill!

Remember, 90 percent of the funds raised by the Read-A-Thon are donated to the school. And all cash or check donations collected provide 100 percent donations to the school. There will be prizes for class participation, class that raises the most donations and the class with the most reading minutes (inside and outside of school) from May 21 through June 1. There are really amazing individual prizes for the kids that will encourage and/or support reading!

Please let us know if you need help setting up your page or have any questions.

Thanks for supporting the Read-A-Thon!
Adimika Arthur and Marie Christine Fox


Ms. Forbes and Ms. Holman--Science Super Stars!

Let's give a big shout out to Ms. Forbes and Ms. Holman for being named Science Super Stars for the 2017-18 school year by the Community Resources for Science (CRS). They were noted for "exemplifying excellence in elementary science teaching." You can read more about CRS and Science Super Stars by following this link.

Congratulation Ms. Forbes and Ms. Holman. Thornhill's future scientists are lucky to have you!


Class of 2020 Book Club

And while we are on the subject of reading...

Is your child always reading, or just getting interested in reading?

Are you running out of ideas for new books to offer?

Come join other third graders as we share our favorite books and explore new age-appropriate releases. Or just come for some snacks and socializing! We will meet in the evenings once a month, and focus on exploring different interests and formats, from chapter books to graphic novels.

For more information, contact Sylvia Sudat at or 510-847-4141. Sylvia is mom to Laurna (3rd grade), Felix (kindergarten) and Eleanor (age 3). She loves books and is excited to have an excuse to read more!


Primary Clothing -- School Spirit Sale

Stocking up on summer clothes? Save 20 percent on a rainbow of spring basics for kids without logos, slogans or sequins at while earning 10 percent back for our school!

Shop until May 25 and use our unique URL and promo code THORNHILLWEEK.

You get a discount. The school gets a donation...And your kids get soft, comfy PJs and clothes that don't rip easily on the playground!


Sally Bonini Retirement Party

In honor of the wonderful Sally Bonini, the Thornhill Staff will be having a retirement party for her at the end of the school year. Sally has served the Thornhill Community for over 30 years, both as a parent and a staff member. Currently, we are looking for volunteers to help bring food and drink to the party and for a few to stick around until the end to clean up. Your support is much appreciated!

Date: Friday, June 1, 6 - 9 p.m.

Location: Thornhill Multi-Purpose Room

Food: We are looking for mini-bites appetizers (i.e. fruit on a stick, veggies on tooth picks, small bite meatballs, mini cupcakes, etc...). Sally is extremely allergic to olive oil, so we are asking that all food be prepared without. Thank you for being mindful of this!

You can drop-off food the day of between the hours of 3:00-5:30 p.m. Please follow this link to sign up for contributions. go/30e094ca5a82ca4ff2-sally

Thank you,

Ms. Holman, 1st grade teacher


Dine Outs are DONE!

Round Table is still tabulating from this week's Dine Out, but the results are in from Fentons Creamery. Fentons served thirty seven Thornhill tables in one evening, and will donate $307.13 back to Thornhill PFC!

Thanks to everyone who came to a Dine Out this year! Whether you stood in line for burgers at Pattys & Buns, gulped a bubble tea at Mr. Green Bubble, tucked into a pizza at The Star on Grand or Round Table, or indulged in a sundae at Fentons, your caloric indulgences were fun for the kids and helped raise hundreds of dollars for our school. If you have requests or ideas for next year, please email


Box Tops...Bring 'Em In!

If you have been collecting Box Tops all year...Drop them off in the blue box in the office. Each Box Top is worth 10 cents for our school. The box is checked periodically and all Box Tops submitted by the end of the school year will be submitted for redemption.


Spring Enrichment Wrap Up Performances

With the school year wrapping up soon, it's also time for the spring afterschool enrichment performances. Here's what's slated for the next two weeks:

Monday, May 21: 3 O’Clock Rock: 3:45 - 4:10 p.m.; Keyboarding: 4:15 - 4:45 p.m.

Tuesday, May 22: Ukulele & Guitar Wrap Up Performance 3:30 – 4 p.m.

Wednesday, May 23: Martial Arts: 3:45 – 4:00 p.m.; Jazz Class: 4:05 – 4:20 p.m.; TK-Kinder African Dance: 4:25 – 4:40 p.m.; 1st thru 5th Grade African Dance: 4:40 – 5:00 p.m.; Doug’s Drama 1st & 2nd Grade Performance 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Each class is allotted a 15 minute time slot, with 5 minutes between performances.

Please note that these are just approximate times, some will be quicker than others.


Dates To Remember...

If you've gotten this far, but still need a reminder of what's coming up on the Thornhill calendar, well...Here are some dates to keep in mind. Remember, you can always get information by visiting the calendar page of the school website.

  • Tuesday, May 22: Read-A-Thon Meet the Author (8:15 - 8:50 a.m. in library)
  • Tuesday, May 22: Spring Performance (Grades 3-5) (9 a.m. in MPR)
  • Wednesday, May 23: Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast (8 - 8:30 a.m. in lobby)
  • Wednesday, May 23: Spring Performance (TK-2) (9 a.m. in MPR)
  • Thursday, May 24: Spring PFC Enrichment Classes End
  • Friday, May 25: Lincoln Day observed (no school)
  • Monday, May 28: Memorial Day (no school)
  • Wednesday, May 30: Open House! (6 -7 p.m. in MPR then classrooms)

  • Friday, June 1: Science Collaboration (minimum day)
    Friday, June 1: Sally Bonini Retirement Party (6-9pm in MPR)

    Monday, June 4: Thornhill Talent Show! (2-4pm in MPR)
    June 4-7: Last Week of School (minimum days)
    Thursday, June 7: Last Day of School!


    About The Thornhill 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 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 Co-Presidents Shauna Fithian and Shanyn Lloyd-Gibson and Principal Steve Daubenspeck. Member of Oakland Unified School District (OUSD).