Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 24, Issue 17, January 6, 2017

Principal's Letter...

Dear Thunderbird Families,

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful winter break. It’s been a smooth re-entry into 2017 and it's been great seeing how refreshed our students are and getting back in the groove of schooling. Martin Luther King Day is January 16. There will be no school that day as we honor the great work and contributions of Dr. King. His willingness to fight for others with such great dignity and passion is truly inspiring.

Let’s have a great 2017.


Mr. Daubenspeck

Thornhill Annual Food Drive

Hello Thunderbirds!

The annual food drive to support the Alameda County Food Bank is continuing and will run until Jan. 24.

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
  • bags or boxes of rice
  • dried pasta
  • boxes of cereal

So, again, please keep the food drive in mind. The food bins are here and, again, the drive will go on until Jan. 24.

Yours truly,

Lola Harris, 4th grade

Community Service Officer

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Dads Club

New year…New semester…And a new chance to join Thornhill Dads Club!

Mark your calendar for Thursday, January 19, 8-9:30 p.m. for our first Thornhill Dads Club meeting and social gathering of 2017. The location is still being determined. This meeting will be a bit different than we’ve hosted in the past. We will be reviewing our upcoming event/program calendar, introducing our committee chairmen, and talking about 2017-18 leadership succession planning.

If your fall was crazy-busy, now’s the time to keep that New Year’s resolution to get more involved at school! Please attend this first meeting to hear some of the easy ways that you can contribute to our success. In the meantime, check out the Dads Club FAQ, get on our mailing list to never miss an event or activity, and watch this space!

Enrichment Class Information

The fall after-school enrichment classes are about to put on their final performances. Mark you calendar for the following shows...

Keyboarding will be on Friday, January 20.

PPAS Drama will be on Monday, January 23.

African Dance, Mini Movers, Jazz and Pokoelan will be on Wednesday, January 25.

Spring class enrollment will start on Monday, January 9. The schedule and detailed information about classes and enrollment process will be available on Monday, January 9 on the school website under the Parent Resources tab.



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Little League Signups

Are your kids interested in playing baseball this spring?

The NOLL/SOLL baseball leagues still have signups for the T-Ball and Farm divisions. Registration is open until January 17. Registration for competitive divisions has already closed.

You can find more information and register now at We are open to boys and girls age 5 through 16 in Oakland, Piedmont, Emeryville and Berkeley (south of Virginia St). If you are interested in coaching, please sign up as a coach by following the 'Register a Coach' link.


Please spread the word to friends, family, neighbors and school friends so they do not miss our deadlines. If you have a school newsletter please submit a notice that our registration ends in two weeks for the older age groups.


If you know families with kids age 7-18 with disabilities, let them know that we have an active Challenger Division and would love to have them join our program. Find out more at


NOLL/SOLL offers scholarships to families in need. If someone you know or families at your school have a financial need which prevents them from signing up, please encourage them to use our scholarship form at

You can reach out registration page directly at Sportability by going to

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Help Thornhill By Using eScrip

You Shop…Thornhill Wins!

What is eScrip? The eScrip program is a nationwide fundraising program that allows participating merchants to contribute a percentage of your credit card and debit card purchases to the school or nonprofit of your choice.

It only takes a few minutes to sign up for eScrip! Here’s how:

  • Click HERE to create your account
  • Choose Thornhill Parent Faculty Club as a beneficiary. (You can designate up to 3 beneficiary schools and nonprofits.)
  • Register the credit and debit cards you use to shop and the phone numbers you use at checkout at Lucky or FoodMaxx grocery stores

Ask grandparents, relatives, neighbors and friends to sign up for eScrip too! ANYONE can earn easy money for Thornhill – they do not need to have a registered student at Thornhill and it does not matter where they live. All they need is our group name: Thornhill Parent Faculty Club

Already signed up as an eScrip Supporter? Be sure to take a moment to renew your membership each year by signing in HERE and updating your credit and debit cards.

If you have any questions or need help registering, email

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About the 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 is not accepted.

THANK YOU to everyone who submits articles and to PFC Board Members, Teachers, VP of Communications Mavis Scanlon, PFC Co-Presidents Shauna Fithian and Shanyn Lloyd-Gibson and Principal Steve Daubenspeck. Member of Oakland Unified School District (OUSD).