Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 26, Issue 17, December 4, 2018

From the Principal

Dear Thunderbird Families,

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and great Thanksgiving break. The last time I wrote you was before the Thanksgiving Recess—the smoke from the Camp Fire was enveloping the Bay Area and air quality was not great. Luckily, since then, a more-than-welcome rain has come to clear up the smoke. The fires in California have come at a huge cost to Californians who have lost a lot. This week students in the Paradise area will be returning to school but at makeshift locations with a great deal of uncertainty. I often think of how grateful we are here at Thornhill. I have posted a few ways to help with the fires, if you are interested.

There are many way to help the victims of the fire. Here are some nonprofits that are seeking donations.

American Red Cross: This nonprofit has opened shelters across the state to help evacuees. They also have an online tool that people can use to register themselves as safe so loved ones can find them.

California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund: For 15 years, the foundation has offered aid to those affected by wildfires. Grants have gone to rebuilding homes, providing financial and mental health assistance and helping those affected to get medical treatment.

Moving forward, here is picture of our fifth graders walking to donation bins to donate to the Alameda County Community Food Bank. I am always moved by our students empathy and compassion.

Way to go Thunderbirds!

Mr. Daubenspeck


Join Our Food Drive!

Hello Thunderbirds!

It is time to start our annual food drive to support the Alameda County Food Bank. Every year we see the big collection bins in the lobby filled with food that we distribute to the Alameda County Food Bank to help make a hunger free community.

Here are a few facts about the Alameda County Food Bank:

  • It has been in business since 1985 with a mission to have a hunger-free community

  • It’s an organization that provides food for 240 non profit agencies in Alameda County

  • The ACFB distributes enough food for about 380,000 meals weekly

Here are some ideas of what to donate:

  • non-perishable items

  • canned fruits and vegetables, or canned fish/meat/chicken

  • bags or boxes of rice or grains

  • dried pasta

  • boxes of cereal

  • Soy or nut butters

  • No glass jars, please

The food bins are here now and the food drive will continue through the second week of January. So let’s all start donating now!

Yours truly,

Alice Stone, 5th grade and Madeleine Crum, 4th grade Community Service Officers

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Shop, Eat, & Earn for Thornhill

Earn funds through your holiday shopping. This time of year, everyone is offering a "deal" and that includes almost all of our merchant partners. If you're shopping anyway, be sure to include our school codes so you get an extra discount and benefit the school at the same time. It's a win-win!

Ordering Holiday Cards?

Get 15 percent off (plus 15% back to Thornhill) on when you use promo code FUNDRAISETHORNHILL through Dec 9. Ordering through Shutterfly or Tiny Prints? Start here: (and 13% comes back to Thornhill). Be sure to check their "Offers" section for extra coupon codes and freebies.

Shopping for clothes, sports equipment, or everything from A to Z?

Primary Kids Clothing offers "jingle deals" throughout the holiday season. Start your shopping here and keep an eye out for the discounts.

Sports Basement: December 16-19, get 20 percent off in-store or online (enter code 2050009477820 at checkout) and make sure your Basementeer account is set to support Thornhill.

Amazon: If you shop Amazon, please start at! Make sure you have Thornhill set up as your charitable donation—here's how! If you shop in the app, make sure to do your final purchase from a desktop or web browser in order to start from

Eat & Earn

Thank you to everyone who ordered from Good Eggs and/or came to The Star, Pattys & Buns, and Round Table so far this year. We raise hundreds and hundreds of dollars for the school through these and they are fun nights out for our school community! Next Dine Out is at Zachary's Pizza on College Ave on Wednesday, December 12.



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

    • 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 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.

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).