Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 25, Issue 11, November 10, 2017

Principal's Note...

Dear Thunderbirds,

Can you believe it's November already? As the Holiday Season approaches, I can't say enough about how grateful I am to be a part of the Thornhill community. Every year, I have to think of how lucky we are to have such a great community that works together in a beautiful and caring environment.


Thanks to the Parent Faculty Club, many things get done through the generous donations of our parents' time. I was especially struck by the leadership that our parents stepped up to for our kindergarten tours. These tours are our way of highlighting our strengths and revealing our community spirit. Special Thanks to Angela and Kalkidan and their team for our kindergarten tour on Wednesday! If you want to support this effort, please sign up here.

​Neighbor Appreciation

As you know ever so well, parking is challenging at Thornhill, but it does not deter enrollment. Recently, I have received complaints from neighbors that our parents are parking in their driveways and also blocking a private residence. Let's work on improving this. We have a fragile truce with many of our neighbors due to the congestion on Thornhill Drive and our is school growing. I am asking that we respect our neighbors and not block or park on their private property.​ I know we can do better to appreciate our neighbors. Thank you in advance for your understanding and positive citizenship.

No School November 10 In Lieu of Veterans Day

Please do what you can as a family to teach about the many sacrifices our veterans have made. Regardless of our beliefs, we have all been impacted one way or another by American vets. There are a few at Thornhill (quiet ones) and I want you to know I see you and thank you.

Have a wonderful three-day weekend!


Mr. Daubenspeck


PFC Board Meeting Coming Up

The next Thornhill Parent-Faculty Club board meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 14 at 6 p.m. in the school library. All parents/guardians are welcome to attend. Please RSVP on the Konstella calendar (from your computer) if you need childcare while at the meeting.


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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 next week. 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


The Auction Is Coming! What should the theme be?

Have you ever wondered how the theme of the Thornhill Auction is decided? Have you ever thought, “Gee – if someone asked me, I have THE BEST idea, but I can’t implement it so I’m not getting involved?”

Now’s your chance to share your theme with no strings attached. Email your suggestions to We will collect ideas from now through Tuesday, November 14 (date of the PFC meeting). On November 15 we will send out a survey so you can vote on which theme you think is the most fun. The date of the auction is Saturday, February 24, 2018.

For those that are new this year, some themes in the past have been: The 80s, Blue Garden Party, and Black & White Ball. Some people love to dress up, others love to wear their nice party clothes, and others like to be casual so open-ended themes are great to accommodate all.

We look forward to hearing your theme ideas!


Dads Club

The next Dads Club Third Thursday event will be...well, on the third Thursday of this month, November 16 at 7pm. We invite you to join us for our monthly meeting to find out what Dads Club is up to and how you can help. We meet every 3rd Thursday at Monaghan's on the Hill (New location in December) at 7pm.


Thornhill Fall Sweep--Saturday, November 18

Be a part of Thornhill’s Fall Sweep!

It will be a community event where we will all pitch in to make our campus cleaner and greener...And we need as many hands as possible! Please come, even if for one hour to help sweep, pick up trash, trim dead bushes, spiffy up the gardens, and help mulch the woodland area.

We are hoping that parents and their kids can get excited about getting their hands involved in the clean and green process.

Sign up here:

Thank you!

Elyse Bart (Eli Bart’s Mama & PFC Sustainability)

Bonnie Forbes (Green Gloves Teacher Representative)


Thanksgiving Break

When many of us were kids, we just got Thanksgiving Day, and the Friday after the turkey feast off from school.

Well, times have changed. And like many schools now, Thornhill has the entire week of Nov. 20-24 off. With those five days, plus two weekends, you should be able to gorge accordingly and get at least a start on your Christmas shopping.

School will be back in session on Nov. 27. Which is just in time for...


Parent-Teacher Conferences

Yes. Right after the break, it will be parent-teacher conference time. 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 8:45-10:30am. 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!


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Support Thornhill with eScrip and Amazon Smile

Did you know there are ways to raise money for Thornhill through things you do every day? Grocery shopping, dining out at restaurants, shopping online and locally...You shop and Thornhill wins! Check it out:

Amazon Smile

What: AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to Thornhill PFC.

How: Shop via and set your supported charity to Thornhill Parent-Faculty Club.


What: Earn 3-5% back for Thornhill on grocery and dining purchases on the credit and debit cards you register with eScrip.

How: Register online at and choose Thornhill Parent-Faculty Club as a beneficiary, then store the credit/debit cards you use at restaurants and grocery stores. This works locally and nationally – check out the full list.

Thank you for supporting our Thornhill Elementary community!

Questions? Email


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.

  • Friday, November 10: NO SCHOOL (Veterans Day) If you took your kids to school today, well...Whoops!

  • Tuesday, November 14: PFC Meeting (6-7:30 p.m.)

  • Thursday, November 16: Dads Club Meeting (7pm at Monaghan's on the Hill)

  • Saturday, November 18: Fall Sweep (9am-12pm)

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

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