Thornhill Elementary PFC Newsletter

Volume 26, Issue 12, October 23, 2018

From the PFC President

Aloha! Forgive me, but as I write this, my family and I have just returned from a week on the Big Island. Fun Hawaii Fact: As Hawaii is three hours behind the U.S. West Coast, the first Sunday NFL games start at 7am. across the islands. This means that if you watch three games in a row, you can get all your football viewing done by about 5pm. And this still leaves you enough time to clean up around your home before the awesome, daily sunset over the Pacific takes place.

Keeping your home clean can be one of those necessary chores. And as Thornhill is home to our kids for a good piece of every school day, it is good to know that so many Thornhill family members came out to help make that home look as good as possible at the Fall Sweep last Saturday. It was a true team effort, and we should all give thanks and appreciation to Elyse Bart and the Sustainability Team members who ran the cleanup.

The calendar at the bottom of this newsletter has important dates to remember...One of which is the next PFC Board meeting, which will be Monday, November 5, from 6-7pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

A reminder… all newsletter submissions are due on Thursdays by 3pm.


Rex Crum


The Walkathon Is Coming on Saturday November 3!

Gobble gobble, just 11 days to go until the Turkey Trot Walkathon! 10am-4pm.

Collect pledges! Customize your child’s online page or print out the paper pledge form.
  • Click on "Login"
  • Username = 9 characters long (all lowercase and numbers): The first 3 letters of the student’s first name, the first 3 letters of the student’s last name, 1 digit for the numeric grade (TK and K use 0) and “th” for Thornhill school.
  • Password = Same as your username; you can edit this after logging in for the first time.
  • Example: Miami Xing (kindergarten) = miaxin0th

Volunteer! It also takes a turkey-sized village to make this event a success, so please sign up for an hour or two (or more); Show your kids firsthand how important teamwork and community spirit are to our school.

Be out on the lookout for other activities at the Walkathon!

  • 4th Grade Bake Sale

  • Dads Club food

  • Book Swap

  • Spirit Wear Booth

  • Fingerprinting with Rëdtomatoës from 10am-noon

  • Auction Host a Party Preview

  • Green/Sustainability Team

  • Lost and Found Racks - everything gets donated on Saturday after the Walkathon!

Your 2018 ‘Turkey Trot’ Walkathon committee - Carmen Childs and team



Donation and pledge site:

Volunteer site:


Shoo The Flu Reminder - Tuesday, Oct. 30 (one week!)

Remember, Thornhill will be participating in Shoo The Flu which will provide free flu vaccinations to students on Tuesday, October 30. Be sure to download and sign the consent form and send it with your child(ren) if you want to participate.


Book Swap and Donation Drive

Reading is one of life's great joys but managing stacks of outgrown volumes is no fun. Has your student outgrown Eric Carle? Long to take a dip into Harry Potter territory? Want to clean off the shelves and maybe stock a few new favorites? Bring your GENTLY used volumes to the Walkathon. We will be collecting donations and trading books.

In addition, we will be accepting new and used donations to the Thornhill Library. Please check out the latest wish list for ideas. Any books not picked up by Thornhill students will be donated to the East Bay Book Project.

Questions? Contact Becky Urbano at


Speaking of Library Donations...

THANK YOU to the families of the following students for their generous donations of new books to the library!

Kalib Bernard

Maylia Collier

Anna Hannes

Gemma and Audrey Oh

Vivien and Ella Olofsen

James Yokomizo

Your support is truly appreciated, and the students eagerly welcome new books. If you are interested in checking out what the students are asking for these days, you can see our wishlist here!


Early Auction Item!!!

That’s right! The Auction committee is trying to whet your appetite for this year’s event by offering up an amazing item EARLY.

We are auctioning off 2 tickets in the CITY SUITE for Raiders v. Chargers game at the Oakland Coliseum for Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 1:05pm.

So many reasons to buy:

  • This may be the last year to see the Raiders play here in Oakland!

  • The Monday following the game is a holiday!

  • Did we mention the seats are in the City Suite??

What are you waiting for? Click here to place your bid.

A huge thank you to our generous Vice Mayor, Annie Campbell Washington, for the donation of these amazing tickets.


Thank You From the Sustainability Team!

To all Thornhill families who have emptied out their closets and donated items, a HUGE thank you! The sustainability team has received over 500 goody toy items and a few rounds of silverware. We will be re-purposing your goody bag contributions during the Walkathon for lap prizes and the silverware (supplemented by a Goodwill silverware splurge) will go to the Dads Club BBQ.

The bins will remain in the lobby through the end of this week (10/26); if you'd still like to donate, we'd still like to accept what you've got! Here's to a little less plastic in the world.


Fuel Up for Our Fourth Graders

Thornhill’s fourth grade class is holding a big bake sale/fundraiser at the school Walkathon on Saturday, November 3. All of the money we raise will help offset costs of the class’ annual field trip to the Coloma Outdoor Discovery School. This overnight field trip in California's Gold Country is an incredible and fun learning experience, but costs have gone up this year, and we want to keep it as affordable as possible for everyone.

We will have a ton of baked goodies for sale, so please make sure to stop by (cash only please) to fuel up before the Walkathon, buy snacks in between laps, and take some home for Sunday morning treats. We’ll be selling cookies, muffins, cakes and bread by the slice and in small batches, and we may also have for sale a few whole cakes and/or pies.


Eat and Shop for Thornhill

Eat and Earn: Good Eggs

If you've never tried grocery delivery or meal kits, this is a one to check out and help support our school at the same time. Good Eggs offers local, sustainable, farmer-sourced, same-day-delivery on "absurdly-fresh" groceries AND they donate 5 percent back to our school when you order in October and November. New customers get $15 off their first order.

Here is how it works:

1. Visit

2. Enter the code TBIRD18 and click “Shop Now"

3. When you place your order, you will see confirmation text on the checkout page that says “You’re supporting Thornhill Elementary School!

Shop and Earn: Amazon Smile

Contemplating a purchase or need to stock up? Head's up: from Oct 29 - Nov 2, AmazonSmile will increase the donation rate on all eligible purchases. If you aren't currently setup to support Thornhill PFC through Amazon Smile, get started today!

Dine Out - Thank you!

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to Pattys & Buns last week! We hope you had a great meal and a fun night off from cooking while raising money for our school. They are still tallying receipts and will donate 15 percent back to Thornhill PFC. Next up: Wednesday, November 14 at Round Table Pizza.

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Prospective Family Info Nights!

Tell your friends and neighbors! We will be holding two information nights for all new and incoming families. Meet our principal, learn more about Thornhill, see the TK and K classrooms, and get all of your questions answered. Please note these are adult-only events (no kids, sorry!). No reservation is needed.

  • Thursday, November 8 from 6:30-7:30pm

  • Thursday, January 17 from 6:30-7:30pm

Questions? Please contact our Kindergarten Co-Chairs, Keely Spina and Carmen Childs, at



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

  • Thursday, October 25: Photo Make-Up Day
  • Tuesday, October 30: Shoo the Flu! (free flu shots for kids)
  • Wednesday, October 31: Halloween Parade (12:50pm)
  • Friday, November 2: Minimum Day to support science literacy
  • Saturday, November 3: Walkathon (10am-4pm)
  • Monday, November 5: PFC Meeting (6-7pm), RSVP here.
  • Thursday, November 8: Prospective Family Info Night (6:30-7:30pm)

  • Monday, November 12: Veterans Day (no school)

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 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).