Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 24, Issue 33, May 5, 2017

Carnival Time!

This is it...The annual Thornhill Elementary School Carnival is TOMORROW!

Few things are more fun, or more American, than the neighborhood school carnival. Come on out and show your school, community and national spirit at Thornhill's yearly carnival of fun.

Think of it...Where else can you participate in such wholesome entertainment as:







Now, if all of that doesn't get you FIRED UP, well, there will also be a Magic Show at 12 p.m. performed by the "Magical Nathaniel" by way of generous donation on behalf of Michael Maggio and Coldwell Banker in Montclair.

For the first time this year we will have a photo booth to capture the memories! Come and experience DAS-BUS and "Make history in a piece of history" Check them out here!

Please keep in mind that the carnival doesn't just come together via fairies that magically appear in the night and put everything together. By now, you should have heard from your class coordinators asking you to volunteer.

If you haven't signed up for a shift to help out, well, what are you waiting for? Please sign up for a shift or help take apart your booth & clean up at the end of the day. You can see what's still available at the SignUpGenius link right here...

Other Ways to Participate and Help

  • Booth Set-Up — Today, from 2 p.m. -4 p.m. We’ll teach you what to do. We just need bodies so the work goes quickly! Drop by between 2 & 4 to help when you can — your kids can help too!
  • Dads’ Club BBQ — Sign up at
  • Face Painting — Great for Thornhill alums to do

Remember...School carnivals helped build this country. Well, at least the school carnival part of it. Come one come all on Saturday and keep this awesome tradition alive. A splendid time is guaranteed for all.

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Cakewalk Sweets Needed!

We need LOTS of baked goods for the 5th Graders’ Cake Walk! Please bring a homemade or store-bought sweet (brownies, cupcakes, pie, cake, cookies, etc.) and label it if it is gluten-free or has nuts.

You can drop off your treat in the Main Office on today, or bring it to P-17 (Ms. Contreras’ portable) when you arrive at the Carnival.


Kate S. & Amy T., 5th Grade Carnival Coordinators for Mr. Wilkins & Ms. Bernard

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Thornhill Talent Show--May 12

Every TV personality. Every movie star. Every Taylor Swift, Beyonce and Bruno Mars had to start somewhere.

Maybe it was at the school talent show? Maybe the next great entertainer is right in our midst here at Thornhill?

The Student Council is happy to announce the Spring Talent Show! It will take place on May 12 from 3:15-5:15 p.m.

All grades are welcome to participate, but we need an application form filled out and parent permission first. Please go to the Office or Room 3 to get an application form (there is specific talent show information on the form) and turn it in to the Talent Show Box in the office. The deadline has been extended to Tuesday, May 9.

Thank you!


Charlotte Fithian

Student Council President

Read-A-Thon Update

All of the great Thornhill readers really came through. Thanks to our wonderful kids, and parents, we have reached our goal of $25,000! Way to go!

Here's a rundown of all the contributions:

Read-A-Thon Website Donations: $24,221.30

Dine Out at Star Pizza: $560

Dine Out at Fentons Creamery: amount coming soon!

When we get confirmation of the Fentons amount, that should put the Read-A-Thon total over the $25,000 mark and...We can all look forward to Mr. Daubenspeck dyeing his hair blue.

This is such a great example of how much Thornhill means to all of us. Thank you for all your help.

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Library News

Keeping with the Read-A-Thon theme...

Remember the Read-a-Thon is in the final days. Timed reading sessions have ended, but you can still collect sponsors during this countdown. Be sure to have your readers go to the online prize center and purchase the prizes that they earned before it closes Thursday, May 11.

It will be something else to see Mr. Daubenspeck dye his hair blue for us making out $25,000 goal!

And remember...The class that wins the ice cream party for raising the most funds, and the class that collected the most reading minutes will be announced in the next newsletter.

Thanks for supporting the Read-A-Thon! Great job Thunderbirds!

Adimika Arthur and Maura Hennessy

Happy Reading,
Maura Hennessy

Thornhill Library

Thornhill Library Blog

Asian/Pacific American Read-In: Volunteers Needed!

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month! To celebrate, schools and libraries across the nation are participating in a National Read-In by holding a variety of literacy-focused activities designed to celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander culture and the work of Asian and Pacific Islander American authors.

The National Read-In is an event that started in 1990 and for the past 3 years, Oakland has hosted a citywide read-in that spans an entire week. This year’s citywide read-in will take place the week of May 8 –12 and we will be hosting our Read-In Event at Thornhill on May 12 (The last one we did to celebrate African American History Month was so much fun we want to do it again!)

Below is a link to the sign up sheet (but please read the instructions below the link before you sign up): spreadsheets/d/ 1RUiHO8pIFvRCReuFWPicFKVaRazVd k5qF59USHBtPx8/edit#gid=0

I need just one volunteer reader per teacher. Teachers who will be participating have listed their desired reading times in the sign-up sheet so please volunteer a reading time that fits within the time frames listed. This happens to be a very busy week for our librarian so you are welcome (and encouraged) to bring your own book—it just has to be age-appropriate and be written by an author of Asian/Pacific Islander heritage or that focuses on Asian/Pacific Islander culture. If you don’t have one, don’t worry! Ms. Hennessey pulled together a bibliography and we can help you select one!

Once you have signed up, I’ll email you with more details to prepare you for the day. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at

Thanks so much!

Rachel Estrella

Diversity Chair

Spring Concerts -- May 17 and May 18

It's concert time!

The TK- 2 music students and 3rd grade violin students have been doing a wonderful job preparing for the TK-3 Spring Music Performance. It is going to be a wonderful celebration of music. They have learned many songs including songs by Beethoven, Rogers and Hammerstein, Suzuki, and a few others. The Performance will be Wednesday, May 17 at 9 a.m. in the auditorium.

We look forward to seeing all of you there. If there are a few parents that can help set up chairs before and after the performance, that would be greatly appreciated.

And please don't forget the 4th and 5th -grade spring concert program, which will take place May 18 at 9 a.m. See you there!


Mr. Andai- K-3 Music Teacher

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Dads Club

Call for Volunteers to Help at Carnival BBQ!

Dads Club is running the Spring Carnival BBQ once again on Saturday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. This is our last event of the year, the last chance to raise a cold one with your fellow Thornhill dads.

Are you a grill master? Know how to give correct change? Excel at putting buns on plates? Know the difference between Doritos and Fritos?

Well, if you can do any of that, then we need your special talents! Please give us one hour and Volunteer for BBQ


There will be no Dads Club “3rd Thursday” meeting in May (calendar is too packed with end of school activities). So see you at the Carnival! If you work for an hour, the suds are on us!

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).