Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 25, Issue 32, April 27, 2018

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Spring Carnival -- Only Eight Days Away!

The annual Spring Carnival is almost here! Join us for this community event on Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m - 3 p.m. at the school for a fun SOUTH OF THE BORDER themed event!

We will have many of your favorite games such as the dunk tank and cake walk, and a few new ones to challenge your skills. Dads Club will be grilling away and the tunes will be pumping.

Consider signing up for a shift with your class. In addition, we especially need help in the following areas (sign up here):

· Setting up 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. on Friday, May 4

· Dads Club BBQ

· Ticket Sales

· Spin Art Booth

And if you have a small business, consider sponsoring one of our booths! Bounce House, Photo Booth, Sno-Cone. So many possibilities!

Questions? Contact Becky Urbano at


Spring Clean at Thornhill -- Tomorrow!

Come support Thornhill’s Clean & Green effort tomorrow, Saturday, April 28! Bring your kids, friends and community members! Put on some work gloves and help spiff up our grounds! Sustainable snacks and prizes will be available and a whole bunch of community cooperation.

Sign Up for a shift:


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Warehouse Party Fundraiser -- Studio 54 with DJ Noah

After the Spring Clean, join us tomorrow, 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 for a party with Thornhill's resident platter spinner, DJ Noah (2nd grader Isaiah's dad).

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 - it's not too late! 100% of the proceeds go back to Thornhill.

https://thornhill. catalog?show_id=362


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

Join us for our annual baseball night 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 (deadline to buy is Monday!):

Purchase your TAILGATE TICKETS here:


Afterschool Care For 2018-19

With the school year soon to wrap up, it's time to get things in line for afterschool care for the 2018-2019 school term. And with that in mind, here is some information about options for the upcoming the next school year, which starts on August 13.

Adventure Time

Enrollment applications will be mailed to all currently enrolled Adventure Time students and incoming TK and Kindergarten families on Friday, May 4. If you are not currently enrolled in Adventure Time and would like to be mailed an application, please call 510-658-7412, ext. 100. Due to licensing regulations, space is limited. Registration is based on first come, first served. Rather than mailing your application, please bring your completed application with the $85 registration fee to the Adventure Time portable. Please call 510-658-7412 x100 if you have questions any questions.

Montclair Recreation Center Aftercare

Registration is online only and will fill quickly. You will need an account, so we suggest to create that ahead of time so you are ready to register on Monday, June 11 at 6 a.m. Counselors pick up on the Thornhill playground at 3 p.m. (1:25 p.m. on Wednesdays) and walk the kids to the Montclair Rec Center. They do not pick up at the TK/K dismissal times. It is one flat fee for Monday-Friday with pick up at 6:30 p.m. Returning kids are able to pre-register before June 11.

JCC Oakland Aftercare

Registration is open!!! Visit their website for more information and how to register. They pick up the kids in their van and drive to the Oakland location at 5811 Racine Road. Call 510-595-9222 for more information.


OUSD Stringfest

Hello 4th grade parents and guardians,

The Oakland Symphony is inviting your child to participate in the OUSD Stringfest, which takes place on Tuesday, May 1 at Roosevelt Middle School.

There is a short rehearsal at 6 p.m. and the concert starts at 7 p.m. The MUSE Orchestra performs a short set at 7, then the OUSD group ending by 8 p.m. at the latest. This is a great event that my students have always enjoyed, and I want to encourage you to have your child participate.

All 4th and 5th grade students received a permission slip to join the concert, and if parents bring their students, a permission slip really isn't necessary.

Thank you,
Ms. Green (4th and 5th grade music teacher)


2018 Thornhill Staff Appreciation Week: May 14 -18

Please help us to honor and spoil our amazing Thornhill teachers and staff during staff appreciation week. We have special surprises planned daily for our teachers.

We will be hosting our traditional luncheon on Wednesday, May 16 and giving the staff some time to enjoy a special meal together while feeling appreciated.

Please join in the fun and help out in any way you can.

Thanks and we will see you at Teacher Appreciation Week,

Mona and Christina (Hospitality Chairs)


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Pennies For Patients Fundraiser

Our annual Pennies for Patients penny drive to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is still in full swing!

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 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


Come "Dine Out" For Thornhill

Dine Out nights are a fun way to go out with friends from school or just your family and earn some extra funds for our school while treating your family. Please mark your calendar and watch for details:

Monday, May 7 at Fentons: Come for dinner and/or a decadent dessert and offer your young readers a treat to start the week off right! Watch your inbox and your child's backpack for a flyer to bring to Fenton's -- Give the flyer to your server and 15 percent comes back to our school. Dine-in only from 6-9 p.m. This Dine Out is the most popular one of the year!

Fentons Creamery: 4226 Piedmont Ave, Oakland.

Wednesday, May 16 at Round Table: Dine in or take out for lunch or dinner between 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. and tell the cashier you are there for Thornhill - 15 percent comes back to our school.

Round Table Pizza: 2854 Mountain Blvd, Oakland.

Questions, Feedback, Ideas? Email Erin Fredrick at


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.

Spring Clean at Thornhill: Saturday, April 28 (9:30am-12:30pm) Sign Up Here!

Minimum Day for Science: Friday, May 4

Thornhill Night at the A's: Friday, May 4 (tickets & tailgate info)

Spring Carnival: Saturday, May 5 (10am-3pm)

Dine Out at Fentons: Monday, May 7 (6-9pm)

PFC Meeting (last of the year!): Monday, May 14 (6-7:30pm)

Dine Out at Round Table Pizza: Wednesday, May 16 (11am - 8pm)

Spring Performance (grades 3-5): Tuesday, May 22 (9am)

Spring Performance (grades TK-2): Wednesday, May 23 (9am)


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, VP of Communications Erin Proudfoot, PFC Co-Presidents Shauna Fithian and Shanyn Lloyd-Gibson and Principal Steve Daubenspeck. Member of Oakland Unified School District (OUSD).