Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 25, Issue 15, December 15, 2017

Principal's Note...

Dear Thunderbird Families,

I hope everyone is gearing up for the winter recess. It's that time of year that we all get an opportunity to recharge before we bring in the new year. Please do what you can to unplug and get in some quality friends and family time.

At Thornhill, we have many great opportunities to expose our students to music and music instruction.

This fall, we introduced African Drumming with Pope for grades TK-2nd. Hailing from Ghana, Pope is a professional musician and composer. He is also a choreographer and music instructor at St. Mary's College. We are so proud of having him here and we are impressed in how fast our students are learning drumming. Please make sure you welcome him when you see him.

Have a wonderful weekend and I will see you next week.


Mr. Daubenspeck


Meeting With OUSD Board Member Nina Senn--December 18

Thornhill's school board representative Nina Senn and our Principal Mr. Daubenspeck, will hold a brief meeting at the school on Monday, December 18 at 8:40 a.m. The purpose of the meeting is to learn more about OUSD budget impacts on Thornhill. Questions can be directed to Ms. Senn on that morning.

Please email if you plan on attending so we can get a sense of the number of parents to expect.


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Winter Concert--December 19

Whether you like the classics such as "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," or something newer like Darlene Love's "Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)" or "Fairytale of New York" by The Pogues, music is as much a part of this time of year as filling out a last-minute shopping list.

And with that in mind...Thornhill's annual Holiday Concert is this coming Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 9 a.m. in the multi-purpose room. And as with most Thornhill community events, please be aware that parking will be tight; please allow ample time. Parking is not allowed in the loading zone and red zones. Hefty parking tickets have been given in the past!


Annual Fundraiser Auction--February 24

Put on your superhero costume and join us for our 32nd Annual Fundraiser on Saturday February 24, 2018 from 6-11 p.m. at the Ascension Cathedral Community Center, 4700 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland.

Tickets are on sale now!

And you can get them for the lowest price right now before December 24. Note that you must purchase tickets in advance of the event! We won't be selling them at the door.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the Auction!

We need you!

We need your help so that this event is successful like every year.

Host a Party!

Do you love a good theme party?

Are you an animal on the dance floor?

Have a special skill to teach others?

Want to help but don't know where to start?

Then host an auction Pay-to-Play party!

We are looking for ideas and people for our 2018 slate of great events. They can be big or small; for kids, adults, or families; summer, spring or winter; hosted solo or with a group of your favorite friends. The possibilities are endless.

Don't have an idea but want to help? We can match you up!

Love parties but don't have time to plan or host? Be a sponsor!

Contact Angela Engel ( by February 1 to get this party started right!


Annual Thornhill Food Drive

Hello Thunderbirds!

It's time for 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 food bank with the goal of creating 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
  • Dried pasta
  • Boxes of cereal
  • Peanut butter and other spreads

No glass jars, please!

The food bins are in the Thornhill lobby now and the food drive will continue through the second week of January.

Yours truly,

Zoe Howard, 4th grade, and Diego Tisnado, 5th grade

Community Service Officers


Support Thornhill While Holiday Shopping

What’s on your holiday shopping list – clothes for kids, groceries, photo gifts, just about anything on Amazon? We have several partnerships setup that give a percentage of your purchases back to Thornhill:

· Shutterfly: Shop through and Thornhill PFC receives 13 percent
NOTE: we have $10 off coupon codes, email to get a code

· Amazon Smile: Start at and set your charity to Thornhill Parent-Faculty Club and 0.5 percent comes back to Thornhill

· Primary: Shop through and 15 percent goes directly back to Thornhill
BONUS: Spend $50 and enter code SCHOOLPJS17 to receive a free set of pajamas

· eScrip: Register your credit cards through and choose Thornhill Parent Faculty Club as a beneficiary and Thornhill PFC gets up to 5 percent back when you shop at Lucky, Piedmont Grocery, and several local restaurants

· Sports Basement: Become a Basementeer (aka member) for FREE through the end of 2017 sign up in store or by clicking HERE -- members get 10 percent off every item everyday, plus Sports Basement will donate 10 percent of their annual profits to various schools and charities, including Thornhill

Questions? Contact Erin Fredrick through

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Library News

One more week of school until Winter Break! Students and staff alike are looking forward to spending days with our family and friends.

Reflecting back on the start of the 2017 school year, I want to thank the Thornhill Community for your kind and generous donations to the library. New books, maker space supplies, and furniture have made a tremendous, positive impact on the library program. Your support gives our students outstanding opportunities to be successful learners in literacy!


Thank you to Devin and Carson Wilson and their grandmother, Dorothy Wilson, for donating I Am Walt Disney; Marie Curie; Alexander Graham Bell; Albert Einstein; Thomas Alva Edison; Sounder; Superstars of History; Self-Driving Cars; Alexander Hamilton; Fact Attack; Our Earth, Clean Energy; Ready Freddy, Don't Sit on My Lunch!; Computers; Mae Jemison; and Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.

Thanks to James Yokomizo and family for donating two more books to the library: It's A Magical World and Food Atlas.

Hannes and Anna Doeppner and family donated The Hammer of Thor from the Magnus Chase series.

And thank you to our very own Ms. Sally Bonini for donating Cat on the Bus; What to Do if an Elephant Stands on Your Foot; Mrs. Chicken and the Hungry Crocodile; and Pizza Mouse.

We also received a mystery donation of The Door in the Alley from The Explorers series. Please let me know if this was your donation and I will make a book plate for your student.

Check out the Thornhill Library Amazon Wish List if you would like to donate to the library before the end of the year!

Happy Reading,
Maura Hennessy

Thornhill Library

Thornhill Library Blog


More Tips For A Sustainable Holiday...

Thornhill's Sustainability Team wants to offer some easy and helpful tips to make your holiday season as waste-free as possible!

  • Send out party invitations or holiday cards through email to reduce paper use
  • Choose decorations that can be reused over and over
  • Hosting a party? Use your own dishes, cloth napkins and utensils instead of disposables.
  • AND Don’t forget to compost and recycle! Make it convenient, have signs and always place compost, recycling and garbage bins together as a set.

More tips to be shared weekly through the holidays. If you have a great holiday recycling tip, please submit to:

Thank you for sharing in the spirit of a Green Holiday!


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.

Monday, Dec. 18: OUSD Board Member Nina Senn will be at Thornhill at 8:40 a.m. for a brief meeting on district budget matters.

  • Tuesday, Dec. 19: Winter Concert: 9 a.m.

  • Dec. 25 - Jan. 5: Winter Break (no school)

  • Jan. 8-19: PFC Enrichment Classes Registration
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    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, VPs of Communications Erin Proudfoot and Pamela Schwartz, PFC Co-Presidents Shauna Fithian and Shanyn Lloyd-Gibson and Principal Steve Daubenspeck. Member of Oakland Unified School District (OUSD).