Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 26, Issue 6, September 11, 2018

From the PFC President

Hello Everyone,

We are mid-way through September, which is a month of many changes. Football season has started. Fall is almost officially here. And even though this is the fourth year I, and my family, have done the school thing here at Thornhill, I still can't get over how strange it is to already be a month into the school year.

But, as we are in September, that means things are really kicking into gear here at Thornhill. The PFC will be meeting on the 17th to approve the budget for the year, and a good part of that funding comes from the donations all of you contribute now, and throughout the school year.

I'm sure you have seen the Back To School Donation Drive bright yellow envelopes your kids have brought home (that is, if you have dared to dig around in your kid's backpack.). Thornhill needs your help, in any way you can provide, to fund many of the staff positions, and programs, that make this school run the way it should. Know that all of your support matters.

And speaking of support...I want to thank Rudy Gonzalez, who has stepped up to be the new Dads Club president. I'm sure the next Movie Night will be a good one.


Rex Crum


Tree Removal at St. John’s Church This Week

A reminder from our neighbor St. John’s Church, which kindly lets Thornhill families use their parking lot for drop off and pick up:

Some tree removal is scheduled to begin this Thursday and Friday, September 13 and 14. The equipment will be staged in the church parking lot and the work will occur during the normal business hours between 8am and 4pm. We will do our best to keep the noise to a minimum and regret any inconvenience this may cause any of you and the school. Some of the parking lot will be blocked off to accommodate the equipment which, we hope, will have a minimal effect on the school traffic as the parents drop off their children. Any comments or questions, please direct them to Jerry Moran, 510-531-0980 (home) 510-502-9695 (cell).


All That Jazz!

Jazz is a wonderful musical art that helps kids learn rhythm, theory, and improvisation. The Tuesday morning jazz enrichment class currently has two students, and needs a minimum of five students or it will be canceled for the fall. It’s open to 4th and 5th graders and requires some experience with an instrument. Sign up today!


Back to School Donation Drive Update!

Thank you so much to those families who have already contributed to the Back to School Donation Drive! Your support helps provide teachers’ aides, a PE coach, a librarian and books, music and art instruction, computers, classroom supplies and so much more. This year, the PFC (the Parent Faculty Club) spends about $1,000 per student, and the Back to School Donation Drive is one of the biggest ways that we do that.

Participation has been great, and we’ve received over $40,000 of our $190,00 goal already! Our goal is 100% participation, with each family contributing what they can. By working together, we can achieve our fundraising goals, and give our kids the best Thornhill experience possible.

Remember, you can donate by check (send it in via the bright yellow envelope in your child’s homework folder or download a form from the website) or online. (Checks preferred so we don’t have to lose money on PayPal fees!) We also happily accept installments in amounts and frequency that works for you. More details are available on the website.

Thank you,

Adrienne Selke & Rianna Stoll

BSDD Co-Chairs


Easy Ways to Earn Extra $$$ for Thornhill

OK, so you’ve sent in your contribution for the Back to School Donation Drive and you’ll be at the Walkathon in November … what else can you do to help raise money for our school?

  • Shop Amazon Smile and designate Thornhill Parent-Faculty Club as your charitable organization

  • Register your credit cards with eScrip and set Thornhill Parent Faculty Club as a beneficiary

  • Attend one of our monthly “Dine Out” nights

  • There are a bunch more ways you can shop or eat to earn money for Thornhill

Watch the newsletter for opportunities in October and November to earn when you shop Tea Collection and Good Eggs.

If you have questions, ideas, or just want to learn a little more about our various merchant partnerships, please email Erin Fredrick (TK and Second Grade parent) at


Dine Out Night at The Star on Grand

Wednesday, September 12, 5-9pm

3425 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610

Speaking of those Dine Out nights: Dine In or Take Out at The Star on Grand tomorrow between 5-9pm and 10 percent comes back to our school. When you arrive, please tell your server you are there for Thornhill. At the end of the night, the purchases will get logged and a 10 percent giveback will be directed to Thornhill PFC.

Eat. Drink. And Raise Money for Thornhill!


Going once...going twice...!

We’re having our first Auction Committee Meeting on Wednesday, September 19 at 7:00pm. (Co-chair Kim Olofsen is hosting at her home.) Come on over, have a glass of wine/beer/juice box and find out more about volunteering for this wickedly fun event. Do you specialize in marketing? Ad sales? Graphic Design? Party planning? Decorations? Donation solicitation? We need it all! Please RSVP via Konstella! (Adults only please)


Kay Chinn & Kim Olofsen, 2019 Auction Co-Chairs



The website always has the latest calendar information, and here's what's coming up!

  • Wednesday, September 12: Dine Out at The Star on Grand, 5-9pm (3425 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610)

  • Monday, September 17: PFC Meeting (6-7pm) RSVP here!
  • Wednesday, September 19: Auction committee meeting (7pm, RSVP via Konstella)
  • Friday, September 28: Staff Development Day (no school)
  • Saturday, October 20: Fall Sweep
  • Saturday, November 3: Annual Walk-A-Thon

Be sure also to download the OUSD District calendar here and subscribe to our Google calendar here.


About the Thornhill Newsletter

The Thornhill Parent Faculty Club (PFC) eNews team publishes this weekly newsletter each Tuesday in the school year to communicate school, PFC and OUSD news, events and information.

Email submissions to our Newsletter Chair, Evie Nagy, at by 3 p.m. Thursday 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, VP of Communications Erin Proudfoot, PFC President Rex Crum, and Principal Steve Daubenspeck. Member of Oakland Unified School District (OUSD).