Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 26, Issue 27, March 5, 2019

From the Principal

Dear Thornhill Families,

Thank you for supporting our teachers through a very challenging time, which I know was challenging for families as well. And thank you all for supporting our kids. It is so clear that we are a strong community that takes care of each other. I can't say enough how grateful we are to have your support, and I know I am speaking for the teachers and staff as well. Moving forward, I cannot express how happy I am to see our kids and I am thoroughly impressed by how focused our students are! I have been to each class and had some rich discussions about the strike. I love how aware of the issues our students are and their compassion for teachers is inspiring. Thank you for teaching them about this important situation.

The Auction was a success! A very special thanks to Kim Olofsen and Kay Chinn and the entire crew for a fun event. And thank you all for your contributions to our amazing school. Without your financial support, our kids would be lacking key experiences.

Also, I want to thank our phenomenal PFC Aides for their hard work (pictured below!). As you know, Thornhill is one of the few schools that have classroom aides and we are fortunate to have them!

I hope you are enjoying the rain, because there is more on the way!


Mr. Daubenspeck

Thornhill classroom aides rock!


Please Join Our Kids and Teachers for the Rescheduled MLK Oratorical Festival!

Families and community members are invited to the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Festival and Black History Celebration on Friday, March 15 beginning at 8:45am in the Multipurpose Room. Students will be reciting poetry and speeches about, or written by, influential African American leaders, poets, and heroes.

Regular parking rules at the school apply, so please park responsively! No parking is allowed in the loading zones or (obviously) in red zones.

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Next Dads Club Meeting

The Dads Club is gathering this Thursday, March 7 at 7:30pm to discuss upcoming events. We have some great events coming up and we welcome interested parents (dads and moms and guardians!) to join us as we plan to build community and have fun doing it! We will meet at Monaghan’s at 2820 Mountain Blvd in Montclair.

Draft Agenda: A’s Night, Joint Community Chili Cook-off with Montclair Dads Club, next Movie Night, School Carnival.

Please RSVP via Konstella.


Thank you, Thunderbirds!

We want to send a HUGE thank you to everyone who joined us for our 33rd Annual Auction. You showed up! You dressed up! You ate up! And you bid up! The numbers are still being tallied, but we are optimistic that we made (and hopefully exceeded) our fundraising expectations this year.

Back at Auction HQ we are hard at work making sure that every bid sheet, drink sales list, games roster, etc is double and triple checked for accuracy. We are asking for a few days to get everything entered in just right. Remaining item/gift certificate distribution will take place before/after school very soon. Please stay tuned! And thank you for your patience!

Highlights of the evening: David Spina and Coach Johnson shooting some killer hands at “Masked Assassin;” Susie Birndorf collapsing post-win of “Heads or Tails” (after 2 more buy-ins!); the Stolls bidding to “Park like a Boss;” some groovy tunes by our favorite teachers; and much, much more.

What a way to celebrate 60 years of Thornhill! Thank you for rallying, Thunderbirds!

Much Love,

Kim Olofsen and Kay Chinn

2019 Auction Co-chairs


Shop And Eat For Thornhill

Good Eggs Promo is Back

The "absurdly fresh" grocery delivery company is once again offering our school a fundraising incentive. Please join the spring fundraiser!

Here's how:

1) Start at

2) Enter the code TBIRD19

3) Place your order and 5 percent comes back to Thornhill

You can get fresh, organic produce, meat and fish, baked goods, easy dinner kits, and more delivered same-day. They'll deliver to your home even if you aren't there or -- just a thought -- you could order some healthy snacks to be delivered to the teachers at school. No subscription required, and delivery is free any time you spend $60. Each week of the fundraiser, they offer a special incentive. This week, if 25 families place an order over $100, our school will win bagels for our hardworking teachers!

March Dine Out: Red Boy PIzza

Come to our next FUNdraising event at Red Boy Pizza on Leimert! Bring this flyer to dine in or take out between March 19-21 at the Leimert Blvd location, and 15 percent comes back to our school! Here’s the dish…

When: March 19th, 20th, and 21st

Where: Red Boy Pizza, 1500 Leimert Blvd., Oakland, CA 94602 (map)

How: When you arrive (to dine in or take out), please present this flyer and tell your server you are there for Thornhill. At the end of the 3 day fundraising period, the purchases will get logged and a portion will go to Thornhill PFC. Eat. Drink. And Raise Money for Thornhill.


Sign Up for Camp Brainy Bunch, Earn Money for Thornhill!

Camp Brainy Bunch is Coming to Oakland for the Summer of 2019! Sign up now for $50 off camp and an additional $25 donation will be made to the PFC.

Camp Brainy Bunch is coming to Oakland this summer — just 2.5 miles from Thornhill. This amazing camp, owned by Thornhill parents the Frasers and directed by Chelsea Toller, longtime principal at Glenview Elementary in Oakland, combines the best parts of school (learning!) with the best parts of camp (fun!).

At Camp Brainy Bunch each week, instructors provide a different engaging curriculum designed for campers entering grades 1-6 to try on new identities as young doctors, lawyers, writers, engineers, inventors, leaders, and broadcasters.

Even better, from now until the end of March, Camp Brainy Bunch is offering all Thornhill Families:

** $50 off of camp as well as giving $25 to the Thornhill PFC for each family that signs up for camp using code 2019CBBTHORNHILLPFC

** Sign up for an ALL SUMMER PASS and you will receive $100 off your pass and the PFC will receive an additional $100

Sign up at and be sure to use our Thornhill code or find them on Facebook!



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

  • Thursday, March 7: Dads Club Meeting (7:30pm) (RSVP here)
  • Monday, March 11: PFC Meeting (6-7pm) (RSVP here)
  • Friday, March 15: MLK Oratorical Festival and Black History Celebration (8:45 am)
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, March 19-21: Dine Out for Thornhill at Red Boy Pizza (bring this flyer!)
  • Monday, March 25 - Friday March 29: Spring Break (no school)
  • Monday, April 1: Cesar Chavez holiday (no school)
  • Tuesday, April 2 - Friday, April 5: Spring Conference Week (minimum days, no enrichment classes)
  • Thursday, April 4: Dine Out for Thornhill at Round Table Pizza
  • Saturday, April 27: Thornhill Spring Carnival

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—fine to include text in the body of the email with links and no formatting, and attach 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).