Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 24, Issue 16, December 16, 2016

From The PFC Co-Presidents

Happy Friday-

Can you believe it? The first half of the year is behind us and we have made it to Winter Recess!

Our hope is that you enjoy this time with family and friends. Thank you to everyone who came and joined us for our family game night. It was a great success and the kids had so much fun! We look forward to more fun Thornhill community events next year. We wish you all a safe winter break and look forward to seeing everyone in January!

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year,

Shanyn and Shauna

Thornhill Annual Food Drive

Hello Thunderbirds!

We are about to take a short break from school for the next two weeks, but the annual food drive to support the Alameda County Food Bank will continue through the first week of January.

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 over the holidays. The food bins are here now and the drive will go on through the first week of January.

Yours truly,

Lola Harris, 4th grade

Community Service Officer

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Academic Talent Development Program--Berkeley

It's never too early to start thinking about how to keep your kids busy and active during the summer. Yes, it's only December, but registration for summertime programs will be here before we know it.

UC Berkeley's Academic Talent Development Program (ATDP) is one such offering. The program offers a variety of summer classes from elementary school age students, and some Thornhill students took courses with ATDP this past summer.

Information about ATDP is available now, and can be found at

Transcript Requests

For 5th grade parents...

All transcript requests for private school admissions received in the office by December 14 have been sent out to the respective schools. Please contact Christina in the office after the break if there are any questions.

Safety Matters

As you may or may not know, Thornhill does not have staff supervision on the playground before or after school. Therefore we are asking parents to plan accordingly with drop-offs and pick-ups.

Students should not be dropped off before 8:20 in the morning and should be picked up promptly at dismissal. Students are only allowed to remain on the yard if they are being supervised (within eyesight) by a parent/guardian or childcare provider that is currently listed on a student's Emergency Card in the office.

For families unable to be here at those times, please network with your neighbors and other Thornhill families to make the necessary arrangements.

We appreciate everyone's understanding and cooperation.


The Traffic Safety team would like parents to remember the following things when it comes to picking up and dropping off students at school:

-Please don't park in front of the apartment building on the west side of Thornhill. It blocks tenants as well as the sidewalk (The white painted striped zone counts as a sidewalk. Yes, it needs repainting)

-Please don't U-turn in front of the school. Much safer to go up to Merriewood if you need to turn South, or loop through Grisborne if you need to turn North.

Many Thanks!
The Thornhill Traffic Safety Team

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Shop and Support Thornhill

There are many ways to help support Thornhill just by doing your regular shopping around the area, including when you visit the following merchants and restaurants.
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Editor's Note

It's been a busy first half of the school year. And as your faithful newsletter editor, I've tried my best to keep up with it. I'd like to thank you for all the timely contributions that are sent in every week, and I hope that everyone who reads the newsletter finds it interesting, informative and entertaining.

As a reminder...this will be the last newsletter of 2016, as we are taking a break along with all the kids and school staff. The newsletter will return in January.

Merry Christmas. Happy Hanukkah. Happy Holidays. And here's to a great 2017.


Rex Crum

Newsletter Editor

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).