Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 25, Issue 12, November 17, 2017

Thornhill Fall Sweep--This Saturday

Thank you in advance to all who will be able to dedicate one or more hours this Saturday for Thornhill's annual Fall Sweep. It should be a great morning - and we may even get a day of great weather! This is a good chance to spend some time making Thornhill look the best it can, and you can get to know some of your fellow Thornhill parents and their kids, too.

If you haven't signed up yet, and you feel you can drop by even for a brief period of time, we have some gaps in work areas and eatables.


Elyse & Bonnie


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Enrollment Is Open For The 2018-19 School Year For *New* Parents

(If you want your student(s) to continue at Thornhill, there's nothing to do at this time!)

Hey! Did you hear? It's not even Thanksgiving, yet, and it's already time to enroll your new child for the 2018-19 school year. I mean, what with planning for Turkey Day, scheduling time for your child's parent-teacher conference and getting ready for Christmas and the Holiday Season, you probably don't have anything else going on now, right?

Well...Add more thing to your calendar. The OUSD Enrollment Season opened on November 13 and will close January 26, 2018 for new students.

Whether your student will be transitioning to a new school next year or will remain at his/her current school, you'll find all the enrollment information you need at


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Vote for the Auction Theme!

The annual Thornhill Auction is just three months way, on Feb. 24. Have you got your auction attire ready? Do you have your own bidding paddle?

Well, every year, the auction has a theme to it, and now is your time to vote on what you think this year's theme should be. We are using Konstella to collect responses and you can rank up to 5 choices in order. Pick from these amazing submissions:

007 James Bond
Cruise Ship / Love Boat
Green (tying into sustainability)
Heroes and Villains
Las Vegas
Old Hollywood
Roaring 20s
Rock Around the Clock (50s)
Wild West

Who knows? Maybe we'll get as much auction action as Christie's did for Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi" this week? An auctioneer can dream, right?

We are very much looking forward to seeing you at the auction on Saturday, February 24!


OUSD: Upcoming Meetings About The District Budget

On Monday, Nov. 20, Board of Education Directors Aimee Eng, Shanthi Gonzales and Jody London will host a Town Hall meeting about mid-year budget cuts. Please attend for an opportunity to ask questions and share your input. On the following Monday, Nov. 27, the Board will vote on reductions to the 2017-18 budget.

Town Hall Meeting
Monday, Nov. 20, 6:00 p.m.
Met West High School, 314 E. Tenth Street

Board of Education Meeting
Monday, Nov. 27, 5:30 p.m.
Met West High School, Committee Room, 314 E. Tenth St.

For more information about the OUSD budget, please


Karaoke Machine, Anyone?

The PFC is looking for a karaoke machine we could borrow. We don't want to spoil the surprise, but everyone will be invited. Can you help us? Email


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Annual Popcorn Sale

Think for a minute...Does anyone you know not like popcorn? Is it even possible to not like popcorn?

No. No, it is not. So, with that in mind...If you need a gift for the person who has everything, you can't go wrong with popcorn!

The 2nd annual Thornhill Popcorn Sale is here. Not only do you get a tasty treat, but 50 percent of all sales goes to the Thornhill PFC to support everything that makes our school great like gym, the library, music and art, our fabulous teacher aides, and so much more.

Look for flyers in your child's backpack. Prizes will be awarded to the top three sellers, and the top two classes in terms of money raised. Payment is due with the order form.

Important dates to remember:

Wednesday, December 6 - All order forms and payments are due back to your child's teacher or to the box in the school office.

December 18-22 - Distribution of orders before and after school.

Questions? Email or


Library News

Happy Thanksgiving!

This week the students and I are exploring the meaning of Thanksgiving and learning about some of the important people, including Squanto, that were at the first Thanksgiving. We are having fun reading stories about turkeys that avoid being Thanksgiving dinner. We are also watching videos about the true story of Plymouth Rock, and we are discovering the reasons why people still come to America just like the pilgrims did.


Thank you to James Yokomizo and family for donating yet another wonderful title from the Wish List, Going Places. We also have a beautiful new bench in the library! Many thanks to Samantha and Brady Hall and family for donating this wonderful place for our students to read!

I’m hoping to get one more bench so that we can make a cozy corner reading nook. You can find the bench and all kinds of books and supplies that we need on the Thornhill Library Amazon Wish List. If you donate directly from the Amazon Wish List, make sure to add a gift note with your student’s name included. Thank you again to all of our donors.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Maura Hennessy

Thornhill Library

Thornhill Library Blog


Shop Shutterfly and Amazon Smile and Support Thornhill

Shutterfly Coupon Codes for Thornhill Families

Ordering Christmas or holiday cards or photo gifts? Shop our Thornhill PFC Shutterfly Storefront and 13 percent of your purchase will be donated back to the school!

Start here:

We have 50 promo codes available for $10 off a $50 purchase AND free shipping, valid through December 31. First come, first serve – email and I’ll send you a promo code. Free shipping + a discount + giveback to the school … It’s like extreme couponing!

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Holiday shopping on Amazon? Be sure to start at and set your charity to Thornhill Parent-Faculty Club – we get 0.5 percent back for Thornhill


Parent-Teacher Conferences

It's that time of year to meet with child(ren)'s teacher. Parent-teacher conferences will be held from Nov. 27-Dec. 1. Please check with your child's teacher about their scheduling plans.


TK and Kindergarten Tours

The next TK and Kindergarten tours are on the horizon. We need six parents to help out on Dec. 5 & 6 from 8:45-10:30 a.m. However, if you can't stay for the tour but can help with coffee/goodies set-up, that would be helpful as it is just 20 to 30 minutes right around morning drop-off. Sign up here!


Thanksgiving Break

There will be no school the week of Nov. 20-24 for the Thanksgiving Holiday break. While we associate Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims who arrived at Plymouth Rock, Thanksgiving as a national holiday actually dates back to 1863.

At that time, President Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November to be a day of thanks in an effort to foster national unity during the Civil War. Eventually, the holiday was changed to the fourth Thursday in November. Whether your family is staying at home, or heading out of town for the holiday, may you use this time to give thanks for all that brings you together. And may we all remember that unity will always win out over division.


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.

  • November 20-24: NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Week)

  • November 27-Dec 1: Parent-Teacher conferences. Check with you child's teacher for their schedule.

  • Dec. 5 & 6: TK/K Tour dates.
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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).