Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 27, Issue 24, February 11, 2020

From the Principal

Dear Thunderbirds,

I hope everyone is fine and enjoying this great weather! It was so great to see you all at our Black History Month Celebration. I am so proud of our thoughtful students who care so much about fairness and social justice. As our kids go through Thornhill, I see them develop a lens of compassion and care for their community and others. We are so lucky to have the future (our kids) leading the way to peace and love and moving away from inequality and division. Special Thanks to our MC Kevin Coleman (current Thornhill parent) for gracefully and passionately leading our celebration of Black History!

Have a great week!

Mr. Daubenspeck


Calling All Party People!

We need you and your crews to host an awesome event to benefit Thornhill. It can be big or small, for kids or adults (or both), and happen any time between now and next year's auction. You decide when, where, what, and who your target audience is. The only rule is that host(s) spilt the costs so the ticket price is a pure donation to the school.

For folks who are new to Thornhill or the Auction, hosted parties are a great excuse to throw a gathering without needing to worry about the guest list—plan a party around something you’re interested in, at your house or elsewhere, and people will buy tickets and show up.

Need ideas? We can help!

Need co-hosts? We can help!

Need a reason to throw a party? We got you covered!

Email to let us know what you have in mind. We are especially in need of events for the lower grades but are open to all offerings.

P.S. Still haven't bought your tickets yet to the Auction on March 14? Don't wait too much longer... prices increase by $15 a person starting at midnight this Friday, February 14.

P.P.S. Don't forget to bid on summer camps - the camp auction closes this Thursday, February 13 at 8pm.


Deep Dish Deliciousness: Dine Out Event on Wednesday February 12

Where: The Star on Grand: 3425 Grand Ave in Oakland

When: Wednesday, February 12 for dinner

What/Why: 10% of total sales for the night come back to Thornhill, including takeout and dine in. So generous of The Star!

Who: Date night, family dinner, etc. Coordinate with a few familiar faces or make new friends over cocktails, burrata, meatballs, and cheesy pizza.

Eat. Drink. And Raise Money for Thornhill. Make it a fun family night out!


Be My Green Valentine

The holiday of love is upon us and Thornhill’s Green Team wants to share some ideas to celebrate Valentine’s Day in the classroom without creating a lot of waste.

  1. Perhaps the eco-friendliest (and cheapest) way to indulge in the zero-waste love is to make your own cards.

    1. Keep it simple using red, pink or white construction paper and/or heart stamps.

    2. Print copies of your child’s favorite character (lest we deprive our children of expressing their love via the glory of Queen Elsa) and paste onto a card.

    3. Download a fun template here.

  2. Nothing says “be mine” like a heart-shaped cookie. Simple sugar cookies are easy to make and fun to decorate. Wrap them in these compostable bags for a zero-waste treat.

  3. Some candy is eco-friendlier than others.

    1. Local brand Alter-Eco sources only Fair-Trade chocolates and are the first candy company to innovate compostable wrappers.

    2. Did you know Hershey Kiss wrappers, or any candy that is wrapped in foil (mini Reese’s Peanut Butter cups) are recyclable?

  4. And for your favorite adult Valentine, consider the gift of an experience: couple’s massage, romantic dinner, a heartfelt card or just go full-on John Cusack because the world needs that right now!

Have other ideas? Please share on the Thornhill Facebook page!

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Thornhill Summer Camp Auction

Bid on summer camps like Sarah’s Science Camp, Urban Adventure Camp, Mountain Camp and many more! Get great deals on camps and support our school. The bidding closes Thursday, February 13 at 8pm. Bid now!


Family Engineering Night!

All family and community members are welcome to join your friendly Thornhill staff to participate in a fun evening of building, testing, designing, and engineering on Wednesday, February 26 from 5:30-7pm in the Multi-Purpose Room. (This is not a drop-off event!)



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

  • Wednesday, February 12: Dine Out at The Star On Grand (5-9pm)
  • Monday, February 17: NO SCHOOL (Presidents Day)
  • Wednesday, February 26: Engineering Night (5:30-7pm, MPR)
  • Monday, March 9: PFC Meeting (6-7pm, Thornhill Library)
  • Saturday, March 14: Thornhill Auction (6pm, Fratellanza Club)
  • Monday-Thursday, March 23-26: Spring Conference Week - MINIMUM DAYS! (more info to come about 4th grade conferences as this is the Coloma trip)
  • Friday, March 27: NO SCHOOL (In lieu of Cesar Chavez Day)
  • Monday, March 30 - Friday, April 3: NO SCHOOL - Spring Recess
  • Sunday, April 19: Save the Date - Lego Movie at the Parkway! (12:30-2:30pm, Parkway Theater)
  • Friday, May 8: Thornhill Night at the A’s

Be sure also to subscribe to the Thornhill Google Calendar here, and download the OUSD District 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 8 p.m. Thursday for approval—nothing sent after this will be included in the following week’s newsletter unless there are extremely compelling extenuating circumstances. It’s 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, as we need to keep the newsletter focused on need-to-know info for the community.

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).