Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 25, Issue 29, March 29, 2018

From the PFC Co-Presidents

Hi Thunderbird Families,

As we get closer to the end of the school year, the PFC board will be working extra hours to put together our budget for the 2018-19 school year for your approval. We will be soliciting your feedback and ideas.

Please also keep an eye out for more details on recruitment for next year's PFC board. Parent involvement is one of the keys to Thornhill's success. There are many ways for you to get involved in big/small ways.

We wish the entire Thornhill community a wonderful Spring Break. We especially hope our teachers and staff enjoy some much needed rest and relaxation before the final push to the end of the school year.

See you on April 9!

Shauna & Shanyn


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Pennies For Patients Fundraising Drive

It’s time for our annual Pennies for Patients penny drive to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society!

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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Warehouse Party Fundraiser-- Studio 54 with DJ Noah

Mark your calendar for 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 http://www.ficaoakland. org for a party with Thornhill's resident platter spinner, DJ Noah.

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


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Time For Tea...and Helping Thornhill

Does your child like parties, crafts, stuffies, and dressing up? Well..Then they would love our afternoon tea party on April 14!

Come join us and all your K-3 friends at the Urbano household from 1:30-4 on Saturday, April 14. We will have fun activities and crafts, delicious treats, and, of course tea and even hot cocoa. This is a drop off event so your child gets a fun afternoon and you get a few hours of me-time.

Tickets are only $40 and all proceeds go to Thornhill.

https://thornhill.schoolauctio _id=341

So sign up today and tell all your friends!

Sponsored by Becky Urbano, Shanyn Lloyd-Gibson, Shauna Fithian, & Solvig Raethke-Doeppner

Auction Karma...Help Crocker Highlands

Did you know that each year Thornhill swaps volunteers with neighboring schools to help with our auctions? This way, we need fewer of our own parents running the show the night of our event. At last month’s auction, Thornhill had help from 15 parents from neighboring schools! We couldn’t have done it without them.

Now it’s our turn to show the love.

Crocker Highlands auction is up next: Saturday, April 21. Can you help out for a few hours?

It’s easy and fun. They’ll offer snacks and a drink ticket or two. Grab a friend and make a fun evening of it. When you sign up, please add “Thornhill” to the notes section. Your support for a neighboring school is also a sign of support for Thornhill.

If you have any questions, please contact Anne Mawdsley via Konstella. Thank you!


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:


Shop With Good Eggs and Support Thornhill

Do your grocery shopping on Good Eggs this spring and 10 percent of your purchase goes back to Thornhill. Join today and you'll get $15 off your order if you've never tried Good Eggs.

Visit and enter the code TBIRD to join now!

School lunch kits, easy weeknight dinners, and absurdly fresh groceries delivered to your door the same day you order. Parents who've tried it swear by its amazing organic produce and service. One Thornhill parent wrote, “It is hard to find well-priced organic meat and they had mixes for meatballs and also a lot of staples." The thai marinated steak also got a special shout out.

Give it a try! Good Eggs also brought a few cases of mandarins to school for kids to have a free, healthy snack. This is a feel-good way to do something for the school and your family (and gives the grocery shopper/meal planner in your house a break, too!)


Dine Outs Are Back!

Come to one of the upcoming Thornhill Dine Out events!.

It's a fun way to go out with friends from school, or just your family, and earn some extra funds for Thornhill. Please mark your calendar and watch for details:

Thursday, April 12 at Pattys & Buns: Dine in or take out for lunch or dinner between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m., tell the cashier you are there for Thornhill, and 15 percent of your tab goes back to our school. Pattys & Buns: 2852 Mountain Blvd, Oakland.

Thursday, April 26 at Mr. Green Bubble: Stop in from 6 - 9 p.m. for bubble tea or dessert and tell the cashier you are there for Thornhill. Mr. Green Bubble will kick back 15 percent of your total 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 at one of the most-famous ice cream parlors in the country. Between 6 and 9 p.m., if you tell your server you are from Thornhill, Fentons will return a percentage of your bill to the school. This is the most-popular Dine Out of the year, so you might want to show up early. Fenton's Creamery: 4226 Piedmont Ave, Oakland.

Wednesday, May 16 at Round Table: Dine in or take out for lunch or dinner between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Tell the cashier you are there for Thornhill and we get a 15 percent cut from every order. Round Table Pizza: 2854 Mountain Blvd, Oakland.

Questions, Feedback, Ideas? Email Erin Fredrick at


Spring Into Action With Sustainability

As Thornhill as a whole shows greater commitment to becoming a low-waste school, spring is the perfect time to jump into greater sustainability!

Here are some ideas:

1. Set some family-oriented sustainability goals. What are some things your household can be doing differently that will help teach our children how to treat our environment and our bodies better? Maybe you could buy fewer drinks and snacks that come in containers that end up in landfill? (Capri Sun, anyone? How about Z-bars? Maybe doing more outdoor physical activities and eating healthier? Maybe picking up trash when you happen to be walking on a trail or a beach? Choosing just one item a week to focus on may be the trick to making change possible.

2. Celebrate those who are doing amazing work in the world of sustainability! Bonnie Forbes has been leading the teacher-side effort, and most teachers have been upholding the concepts of trash sorting and composting. K-2 will have a trash-sorting/sustainability assembly on April 23! Thank you Ms.Forbes and Mr.Daubenspeck for making this happen!!

3. Secure April 28 on your calendar for our Thornhill Spring Clean! We rocked it in the Fall – and we can do it again this April. A sign-up link will come in the next newsletter.


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.

Cesar Chavez Day: Friday, March 30: No School

Spring Recess: April 2-6: No School

PFC Meeting: Tuesday, April 10 (6-7:30pm)

Dine Out - Pattys & Buns: Thursday, April 12 (11am-8pm)

Dads Club Meeting: Thursday, April 19 (7pm at Monaghan's)

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

Minimum Day for Science: Friday, May 4

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

Spring Carnival: Saturday, May 5


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).