Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 24, Issue 9, October 21, 2016

Dear Thunderbird Families,

Thank you all for contributing to our Back to School Donation Drive. It's not too late to bring in your donation. Please know that your contributions have a significant impact on our educational program with regards to enrichment in music, art, P. E., our librarian and classroom aides. Our staff and students are so appreciative of your contributions. The Thunderbird experience would be very different without your support.

Highlights of the week

The highlight of my week was Thornhill being invited by OUSD Superintendent Antwan Wilson to an awards ceremony for our National Blue Ribbon Schools designation. The ceremony was held prior to the weekly board meeting at Met West High School. Mr. Wilkins, one of our 5th-grade teachers, and I agreed to have a student join me at the ceremony to receive the award. We both thought that Charlotte Fithian, a student in Mr. Wilkins' class (pictured below with Supt. Wilson and I), would be a great representative from the student body. Charlotte read a beautiful speech at the podium. She articulated the joys of being a student at Thornhill and why it was great to receive the National Blue Ribbon award.

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Another Highlight was seeing two students at recess having fun together. I was particularly drawn by the tight bond that 4th-grader Josie (on right in the photo below) had with new 4th grader Akira (on left in the photo), who has moved here from New York. They told me they were best friends from day one and will be going on a science play date to Discovery Day at AT&T Park on November 5. Way to go Thunderbirds! Making friends and heading out on learning adventures. To learn more about Discovery Day go to: festival/discovery-days-at- att-park/

To all have a wonderful weekend.


Mr. Daubenspeck

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Back to School Donation Drive Update

Once again, a big THANK YOU to Thornhill families! Support for the Back to School Donation Drive has been incredible, and to date, we have raised almost $136,000.

Our goal is to raise $160,000 for the year and we are just a tiny bit short of hitting that level. We have had 151 families donate so far. With this in mind, we are extending our donation drive until Sunday, Oct. 23rd.

If every family who has not yet donated can donate any amount ($50, $100, $500) or make a commitment to donate that amount during the school year we can reach our goal. You can do this by writing post-dated checks, setting up a payment plan via PayPal or even doing a payroll deduction. Any amount can make a difference for our school. If you are unclear on how to do this, just email us at and we can figure out what works best for you.

We are so close to reaching our goal and know we can get there with your support. Please reach out to us if you have any questions at

Many Thanks,

Christine Pereira & Angela Engel

Thornhill Movie Night--TONIGHT!

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Last call...Tonight, Friday, Oct. 21, from 7-9 p.m., is the Thornhill Movie Night sponsored by the Thornhill Dads Club.

Drop your kids off for a special screening of "Wallace & Gromit's Curse of the Were-Rabbit." We're planning a pre-Halloween spooktacular with a costume contest, prizes and all the popcorn the kids can eat. And you get two hours of freedom, too!

Tickets are still on sale, so if you haven't bought yours, go online now and do it so you can avoid the long check-in lines.

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Wondering About Middle School?

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Claremont Middle School Open House

While we all love Thornhill, eventually, our children do move on from here. Which is why it's never too early to think about middle school.

This Saturday, Oct. 22, the Claremont Middle School Future Families Open House will take place from 2:00 - 4:30 p.m. at the school, located at 5750 College Ave. Oakland.

Come learn about Claremont by seeing the school and hearing from students, faculty, and administrators. Great for families of 4th and 5th graders.

Register here: claremont-middle-school- future-families-open-house- tickets-28167257024. Registering helps with our planning, but feel free to come even if you don’t sign up ahead of time.

Thornhill Middle School Options Fair

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 25th from 6:30pm-8:00 pm

WHERE: Thornhill Multi-purpose Room

Parking available in front of school and in playground area

Our Middle School Options Fair is an interactive evening presenting several of the many middle school options available to our families. Come find out about these special OUSD and Oakland Charter Schools as well as information on the Options process. A representative from the OUSD assignment office will also be present to answer questions. So come by, pick up flyers, ask questions, and visit with families and administrators from local middle schools. Families from other local elementary schools will join us as well. See you there!!

To attend:

Montera Middle School

Claremont Middle School

Edna Brewer Middle School

Oakland School for the Arts

Lighthouse Community Charter School

OUSD Admissions Rep

Questions or comments? Contact Andy Espinoza @,

OR Dan Bridgman @

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Library News

Library Donations

Thank you to Ruby Plue and her family for donating Ruby Lee & Me, by Shannon Hitchcock. This title will live on the library shelves for years to come and future Thornhill readers will see that a sweet girl named Ruby donated this sweet book to the library for them to enjoy, too!

Do you want to leave a gift to the library in your child’s name? Check out the Amazon Wishlist to see which books the library would love to add to the collection. If you can, support our local bookstores by making your purchases there. Thank you for supporting the library!

Happy Reading,
Maura Hennessy

Thornhill Library

Thornhill Library Blog

Make-up Picture Day

Did you get your child's school pictures back and think, "Hmm...Well, we could have done better..."?

Never fear. There will be a make-up picture day on Nov. 3 at 9 a.m. Any parent who wants their child to have a do-over picture can do so then, and order forms can be found in the school office. However, please let the office and your child's teacher know about your picture plans prior to the picture day.

Support Joaquin Miller School

Show some neighborly love and give two hours of your time to support our friends at Joaquin Miller. Sign up for a two-hour slot as a volunteer at their annual benefit auction on November 5 at Sequoia Country Club. gqOWq3

It's super easy, no experience necessary, and your efforts are appreciated beyond measure. Get a friend and make an evening out of it. Have friends at JM? Donate your time to hang out with your friends. What could be better?

And in return, they send volunteers to work at our auction on March 11, 2017. Win-Win for everyone! Be sure to note that you are from Thornhill on the signup.

Please email with any questions.

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Groceries Delivered to Your Doorstep + 10% Goes to Thornhill!

OK, I know I told you about GrubMarket in last week’s newsletter and how they are donating 3% of orders back to Thornhill, which is awesome. Well, I was also contacted by a similar company called Good Eggs and decided that Thornhill should also join their fundraising program period, which is during the months of October, November and December, since they offer a great fundraising opportunity, too.

GoodEggs is offering Thornhill families some FREE groceries AND will give back 10% of every order to the school during Oct/Nov/Dec!

All you need to do is . . .

1. Order your groceries at

2. Get $15 of FREE groceries on your next order and enter the code THORNHILL at checkout for automatic entry in the fundraiser for the rest of the fall (10% of every order goes to Thornhill!)

3. Enjoy your delicious groceries and feel good knowing you're supporting the school

More about Good Eggs:

Good Eggs is an online market that is making it easy for busy families to eat well at home by curating a marketplace full of the best local, organic produce, sustainable meat and fish, and delicious grocery staples. Order your groceries today on our site or iOS app, and they'll be on your doorstep tomorrow. It's that simple.

Extra fun facts about Good Eggs:

· Convenient: Good Eggs delivers seven days a week to your home. Order by midnight and have them at your door the next day!

· Competitive Pricing: We beat or match prices on all products that we carry in common with typical grocery stores.

· Amazing Assortment: We have everything you need! Beyond amazing, farmers' market quality produce we also carry everything you could find at a typical grocery store to stock your fridge, pantry and plate.

Just think how much money we could earn for Thornhill just by doing what we have to do anyway (buy food for our families)! And you don’t even have to go to a grocery store! Order online in minutes and your groceries will magically appear on your doorstep the next day. They give you a two-hour delivery window. If you’re not there when it’s delivered, no worries. The food is surrounded by ice packs so will stay cold for several hours.

Why not try one or both of these online grocery delivery services?

· 10% given back to Thornhill in Oct/Nov/Dec & $15 of free groceries on your next order – enter THORNHILL at checkout

· 3% back to Thornhill & 20% off your first order - enter thornhill20 at checkout

Any questions? Contact Amy Teeling

About the 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 info. Email submissions to our Newsletter Chair, Rex Crum, 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 is not accepted. THANK YOU to everyone who submits articles and to PFC Board Members, Teachers, VP of Communications Mavis Scanlon, PFC Co-Presidents Shauna Fithian and Shanyn Lloyd-Gibson and Principal Steve Daubenspeck. Member of Oakland Unified School District (OUSD).