Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 25, Issue 30, April 13, 2018

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Spring Carnival--Mark Your Calendar

The annual Spring Carnival is just around the corner! Save the date for May 5, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the school for a fun SOUTH OF THE BORDER themed event!

We will have many of your favorite games such as the dunk tank and cake walk, and a few new ones to challenge your skills. Dads Club will be grilling away and the tunes will be pumping.

Look for ways to help out with the event in your inbox and the kids' backpacks in the coming weeks. Volunteering is easy, fun, and a great way to contribute to our biggest community event of the year.

And if you have a small business, consider sponsoring one of our booths! Bounce House, Photo Booth, Sno-Cone. So many possibilities!

Questions or to volunteer, contact Becky Urbano at


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Pennies For Patients Fundraiser...

Our annual Pennies for Patients penny drive to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is still in full swing!

Each classroom will have a box for collecting donations. Please bring in pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, half-dollars, dollar coins, and bills of all sizes…Last year, we donated over $900. Let’s get to $1,000 this year!! We’ll run the donation drive through April and into mid-May.

A few Pennies for Patients facts:

  • Thornhill is one of hundreds of schools across the nation participating in this donation program.

  • Leukemia is a blood disease. It affects the body's production of healthy blood cells.

  • Money raised will go towards cancer research, especially for children with leukemia and blood cancer.

  • Approximately 17,692 children of all ages in the SF Bay Area are affected by different forms of blood cancer, including leukemia.

  • We can help! Every cent counts! Only 7 cents a day can help a patient with his or her doctor visits.

Thank You!

Thornhill Student Council


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Shop With Good Eggs and Support Thornhill

Have you ever tried shopping with Good Eggs? No? Well, what's your excuse?

Here are the Top Five Reasons to Try Good Eggs:

5. You went to pack your kid's lunch and realized you are out of blueberries. And milk. And you don't want to order pizza for dinner.

4. You are reading this at work and don't have time to stop at the store and pick your child up on time and make dinner. Order by 1pm, it can be at your door before you get home.

3. Farmer's market conflicts with Little League/birthday party/that chance at laying in bed and watching Netflix.

2. New customers get $15 off their first order.

And the #1 reason to try Good Eggs...10 percent goes back to Thornhill

We need FIVE more families to join and place orders to receive the funds!! Please try it today -- this fundraiser ends April 30.

Join the fundraiser at with code tbird.


Come "Dine Out" For Thornhill

Dine Out nights are a fun way to go out with friends from school or just your family and earn some extra funds for our school while treating your family. Please mark your calendar and watch for details:

Thursday, April 26 at Mr. Green Bubble: Stop in for an after school snack or treat after dinner. Mention Thornhill when you make a purchase between 3-9 p.m. and tell the cashier you are there for Thornhill - 15 percent comes back to our school.

Mr. Green Bubble: 4299 Piedmont Ave, Suite D, Oakland.

Monday, May 7 at Fentons: Come for dinner and/or a decadent dessert and offer your young readers a treat in the middle of the week. Mention Thornhill to your server and 15 percent comes back to our school. Dine-in only from 6-9 p.m. This Dine Out is the most popular one of the year!

Fentons Creamery: 4226 Piedmont Ave, Oakland.

Wednesday, May 16 at Round Table: Dine in or take out for lunch or dinner between 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. and tell the cashier you are there for Thornhill - 15 percent comes back to our school.

Round Table Pizza: 2854 Mountain Blvd, Oakland.

THANK YOU to everyone who came out to Pattys & Buns for the Dine Out this week!

Questions, Feedback, Ideas? Email Erin Fredrick at


Dads Club--Thornhill Night at the A's, May 4

Join us for our annual baseball night at out at the Oakland Coliseum to support the A's as they take on the Baltimore Orioles. We will be tailgating and have reserved group seating. This is always a great time for the kids, as well as the adults.

Purchase your GAME TICKETS here:

Purchase your TAILGATE TICKETS here:

Carnival BBQ Saturday May 5--Volunteers needed!

Calling all parents to grill some food for the day of the Carnival. Please help us out for at least two hours while your children enjoy the Carnival games. We really need all the help we can get with setup, cooking, and cleanup.

Please sign up here:


Auction Karma...Can You Help?

Crocker Highlands parents came out in full force for our auction a few weeks ago! Their auction is up next: Saturday, April 21. Can you help out for a few hours?

They’ll offer snacks and drink tickets. Grab a friend and make a fun evening of it. Just ask Sonia Ramirez, Thomas Vaquerano, Angela Engel, Erin Proudfoot, Adimika Arthur, Becky Urbano, or Anne Mawdsley about Auction Karma. They recently represented Thornhill at neighboring auctions.

When you sign up, please add “Thornhill” to the notes section. Your support for a neighboring school is also support for Thornhill. If you have any questions, please contact Anne Mawdsley via Konstella. Thank you!

2018 Crocker Auction - Color Factory


Spring Clean at Thornhill!

Come support Thornhill’s Clean & Green effort in bringing your kids, friends and community members, putting on work gloves and spiffing up our grounds! Sustainable snacks and prizes will be available and a whole bunch of community cooperation.

Sign Up for a shift:


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Warehouse Party Fundraiser-- Studio 54 with DJ Noah

After the Spring Clean, join us on Saturday April 28 from 7:30 -11 p.m. Get your babysitters lined up and put on your dancing shoes! Join Ms. Novak, Ms. Gustafson, Ms. Clark, Ms. Anderson and other surprise guests for a night of dancing and good company at the beautiful FICA Oakland warehouse space for a party with Thornhill's resident platter spinner, DJ Noah (2nd grader Isaiah's dad).

Heavy bites, sangria, good wine, rum and Coke and all around good vibes cost $40 a person and up to 80 people can attend.

Buy Your Ticket! 100 percent of the proceeds go back to Thornhill.

https://thornhill. catalog?show_id=362


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.

Dads Club Meeting: Thursday, April 19 (7 p.m. at Monaghan's)

Dine Out - Mr. Green Bubble: Thursday, April 26 (6-9pm)

Spring Clean at Thornhill: Saturday, April 28 (9:30am-12:30pm) Sign Up Here!

Minimum Day for Science: Friday, May 4

Thornhill Night at the A's: Friday, May 4

Spring Carnival: Saturday, May 5

Dine Out at Fentons: Monday, May 7, 6-9 p.m.

Dine Out at Round Table Pizza: Wednesday, May 16, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.


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).