Congrats to our 5th Graders + a whole bunch of other good stuff!

Tue, Jun 11 2:41pm

Happy Summer! We wanted to share a few end-of-year congrats and key information with you, including: 5th Grade Promotion - congrats! Goodbye to Ms. Carter, Mrs. Holman, and Mrs. Watson + new teacher w ... [More]

Spirit Day tomorrow - wear colors by class!

Thu, May 23 7:49pm

Spirit Friday!   Tomorrow - dress up and have fun!   Friday, May 24: Color Day per grade TK/K: Red 1st: Orange 2nd: Yellow 3rd: Green 4th: Blue 5th: Purple Go Thunderbirds!


Thu, May 23 2:52pm

Good Afternoon Thornhill Families,   DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION!   We are almost there with registration! Thank you to the 100 + students that have already been registered online. If you are in process ... [More]

Volunteer Survey + Appreciation Breakfast this morning!

Thu, May 16 5:32pm

Thunderbirds, As we near the end of the year, the PFC is very interested in the ways you volunteer for Thornhill, why you do so, and suggestions you might have.   Please fill out this 5-minute Thornhi ... [More]

Wow - What a great Teacher Appreciation Week!!!

Mon, May 13 3:18pm

Thunderbirds, The teachers were blown away at the amount of appreciation they received last week for Teacher Appreciation Week! Here's the cool stuff that happened and suffice to say the teachers and ... [More]

PFC Board Slate + Monday PFC Meeting Agenda + PFC Open Positions

Thu, May 9 3:47pm

Thornhill Community, Per our bylaws, we are publishing the PFC (Parent Faculty Club) Board Slate for the 2019-20 school year. We will be voting on this slate during our May 13 PFC Board meeting from 6 ... [More]

Open PFC Positions - We'd love to have you be a part of the team!

Fri, May 3 2:24pm

Happy Friday Thunderbirds! We have the following PFC positions open and we would absolutely LOVE to have you join our team. Have questions? Reach out to the current person holding the position or anyo ... [More]

Carnival Tomorrow!!! Key volunteer spots still needed + Everything you need to know!

Fri, Apr 26 12:53pm

Ladies, Gentlemen, Children of all ages! Come One, Come All to the Spring Carnival TOMORROW, Saturday from 10am-3pm OUR STUDENTS STILL NEED YOUR HELP! Your Thornhill Community needs Parent Volunteers! ... [More]

Lost & Found: All items will be DONATED on Saturday, April 27 (after the Carnival) + Volunteer!

Wed, Apr 24 5:28pm

All of our Lost & Found items will be donated after the Spring Carnival this Saturday, April 27. They will be displayed at the Carnival, so please spend just five minutes looking over the pile -- ther ... [More]

READ-A-THON: Rockstars! (tomorrow/Friday deadline for reading minutes, Wednesday deadline for donations)

Thu, Apr 18 3:29pm

Thunderbirds, We have collectively read more than 140,000 minutes and have raised $20,000! Together we can exceed our expectations - and knock this fundraiser out of the park. Our Thunderbirds are rea ... [More]

Spring Carnvial: Volunteers Needed!

Fri, Apr 12 5:50pm

Volunteers for Carnival Needed!  This year’s Spring Carnival will be on Saturday, April 27th from 10am-3pm. This is one of our biggest Thornhill community events all year so you don’t want to miss it, ... [More]

Read-a-thon confirms: Thunderbirds are amazing readers!

Thu, Apr 11 4:07pm

Thanks to everyone who created their pages, has been reading a ton, and has raised money to support our library and school! We have collectively read more than 78,000 minutes and reached our $10,000 m ... [More]

Spring Clean is *this* Saturday, April 13!

Wed, Apr 10 5:18pm

Sprout up for our Spring Clean! Saturday, April 13 from 9am-12pm Sign up here or simply show up and help at any time! Everyone who enjoys Thornhill’s grounds are invited to come to our Spring Clean th ... [More]

Thornhill Night at the A's - Deadline to purchase is Wednesday!

Mon, Apr 8 9:40pm

Wind Up for Thornhill Night at the A’s! Friday, April 19 - game time 7:07pm Bring the family and watch our Oakland Athletics take on the Toronto Blue Jays. A portion of every ticket benefits Thornhill ... [More]

PFC Board Meeting Agenda, April 8

Fri, Apr 5 10:46am

Hello All...   The penultimate PFC Board Meeting of this school year will be held on Monday, April 8, from 6-7 p.m. in the school library. As always, any and all Thornhill parents are welcome to atten ... [More]

PFC Budget for 2019-2020: Soliciting proposals/ideas by Monday at 12noon

Thu, Apr 4 12:48pm

Dear Thornhill Community, Your Thornhill PFC (Parent Faculty Club) is putting together the budget for the 2019-2020 year. We welcome your ideas to be included in next year's budget. We will discuss al ... [More]

3 Events This Week! Read-a-thon Kick-off (TONIGHT!) + Dine Out (Thursday) + Movie Night (Friday)

Wed, Apr 3 2:00pm

Thunderbirds, We have a busy week! We hope you can attend one (or all!) events happening this week - click on the title for full information: Pictures & Pajamas: Tonight (Wednesday) from 5:30-7pm at T ... [More]

Read-a-thon is here… kick-off event on Wednesday, April 3!

Wed, Mar 27 6:07pm

Dear Thunderbird Families, The Read-a-thon is here - one of our children’s most favorite events of the year and maybe more importantly, our very last fundraiser of the year. (Woo Hoo!) We have a goal ... [More]

Online Auction closes in 24 hours + Awesome Host-a-Parties

Thu, Mar 21 11:11pm

Our online auction closes TOMORROW (Friday, March 22) at 9pm! There's just a few items left and you can grab them for a total steal and, of course, give all that money to Thornhill! Mountain Camp: $50 ... [More]

Oratorical TODAY 8:45am + Lost & Found (look today!)

Fri, Mar 15 8:04am

Thornhill Families, TODAY, this morning at 8:45am, is our MLK Oratorical! Please park responsively! All parking rules are in effect and it's NEVER okay to park in a red zone. While you are there... ta ... [More]

Agenda for March 11 PFC Meeting

Fri, Mar 8 10:14am

Hello,   My apologies for not sending this sooner. It has been a busier than usual last two weeks for what is a volunteer position.   Please see the attached agenda for Monday's PFC Board meeting. The ... [More]

Welcome Back for Teachers - UPDATE

Sun, Mar 3 8:51pm

Dear Thornhill Community, (this message is hidden from teachers and staff) As you now know, school is back in session tomorrow, Monday 4, as the OEA contract has been ratified. On Friday, we wrote wit ... [More]

See You All Tomorrow!

Sun, Mar 3 7:55pm

Dear Thornhill Families,   It is with great pleasure that I am announcing that Oakland’s teachers and OUSD have reached an agreement!!  The contract has been ratified. This information was just shared ... [More]

Solidarity School, week of Mar 4 contingency plan

Sun, Mar 3 7:08pm

Hello Thornhill Parents, In the event that OEA does not approve their new contract, or that the vote count is not complete by Monday morning, our Solidarity School will be open Monday and ready to acc ... [More]

OEA Vote

Sun, Mar 3 6:58pm

Good evening families,   Mr. Daubenspeck and I have been in touch all weekend. The best we can give you is that Mr. Daubenspeck’s supervisor has said we may not know the outcome until 9PM this evening ... [More]

Welcome Back for Teachers!

Fri, Mar 1 2:44pm

Thornhill Community, As we were typing this message, we heard the fantastic news than an agreement has been reached between OUSD and OEA (read about it here!). Our Hospitality Chairs, Noelle and Jana, ... [More]

Solidarity School, Week of March 4 Signups

Thu, Feb 28 3:26pm

Hello Amazing Community, It's starting to get real as we begin planning for the week of March 4 for our Solidarity School, if the strike continues. This is when we all have to dig deep to keep up the ... [More]

Solidarity School Update: Week of 2/25

Mon, Feb 25 12:49pm

Dear Thornhill Parents, As the strike continues into this week, we realize that it will become more challenging for parents to figure out backup care for their kids without crossing the picket line. A ... [More]

Solidarity School & Picket Line: Week 2

Sat, Feb 23 3:38pm

Hello Thornhill community To all who participated--and there were many--by volunteering and/or having their kids join us at the Solidarity School this past week, as well as joining the picket line, we ... [More]

Last Day to Buy Auction Tickets: Sale ends at 4:00PM!

Fri, Feb 22 1:02pm

  Last Day to Buy Auction Tickets: Sale ends at 4:00PM!   Today is the LAST day we can sell tickets to our Benefit Auction happening Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Colombo Club. (We cannot sell ticket ... [More]

Parent & Community Strike Solidarity

Wed, Feb 20 9:21am

Dear Thornhill Parents,   As our teachers prepare to go on strike starting on Thursday, February 21, we--two parent-led solidarity committees--want to make sure you’re aware of our organizational effo ... [More]

OUSD Strike Information

Tue, Feb 19 3:39pm

Good Afternoon Parents,   We are not sure if you received the following information from OUSD. If you have, we apologize for the duplication of information but we wanted to make sure you received this ... [More]

Online Auction Ends Tonight at 9:00PM!

Mon, Feb 18 1:56pm

Online Auction Ends Tonight at 9:00PM!   Online Bidding Ends Tonight! Heads up Thornhill Families:  Our online auction ends today (2/18/19) at 9:00pm!  (You don’t need to attend the auction to bid.) A ... [More]

Thornhill Parent-led Solidarity School sign-ups

Sun, Feb 17 2:19pm

Dear Thornhill Parents, As you've probably already heard, OEA (Oakland Education Association) has announced that OUSD teachers would start a strike on Thursday, February 21 if an agreement isn't reach ... [More]

Letter from Mr. Daubenspeck

Sat, Feb 16 6:12pm

  Possible Teacher Strike Information February 16th, 2019   Dear Thornhill Community, This is to let you know that the independent fact-finder's report came out yesterday, and OEA announced today that ... [More]

PFC Meeting...Change of Location

Tue, Feb 12 5:03pm

Hi Everyone...   Mr.  Daubenspeck has informed me that there is a district English language arts meeting going on in the library tonight. While that meeting is scheduled to end at 6, there are about 4 ... [More]

Solidarity School Survey (Parent initiative)

Mon, Feb 11 5:16pm

To the Thornhill Parent Community,   On behalf of the parent-committee who are working to organize a solidarity-strike-school for Thornhill students--graciously hosted at St John's church--(please rea ... [More]

February PFC Meeting Agenda--REVISED

Mon, Feb 11 9:34am

Hello All,   A reminder that this month's PFC Board Meeting will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 6-7:15 p.m. at the library.  Please see the attached revised agenda as it reflects a few addit ... [More]

Auction Ticket Prices are Going Up This Sunday (2/10/19)!

Fri, Feb 8 7:56pm

Auction Ticket Prices are Going Up This Sunday (2/10/19)!   Just a reminder:  Ticket prices for Thornhill’s 2019 Benefit Auction are going up THIS SUNDAY!  Our big event is only 22 DAYS AWAY. You can ... [More]

(Possible) Strike Related Information...

Thu, Feb 7 2:39pm

Hello Everyone...   Like many of you, my wife and I  are concerned about the possibility of Oakland teachers going on strike, and soon. And like you, we want to know what's going to happen with Thornh ... [More]

February 2019 PFC Board Meeting Agenda

Mon, Feb 4 10:59am

Hello Everyone,   Well, if the Super Bowl wasn't exciting for you...And let's be honest, I don't even think Giselle, Tom Brady's wife, could have found the game anywhere near exciting...Then there is ... [More]

Auction Incentives: Pizza and More!

Thu, Jan 31 10:47am

Did Someone Say...Pizza Party??   Thornhill's 60th Anniversary Auction is rapidly approaching...   March 2nd is only 31 days away and ticket prices go up on February 10th!  To make things a little mor ... [More]

Enrichment Classes Begin This Week! (no school on Friday...)

Tue, Jan 22 9:36am

Enrichment Classes start this week! Check the Homeroom website for the room location(s) and any "no class" days. REMINDER: There is no school this Friday, January 25 and therefore no enrichment classe ... [More]

5pm TODAY: Enrichment Class Registration CLOSES! (some classes need to meet minimum enrollment...)

Fri, Jan 11 11:17am

Happy Friday! Today is the last day to sign up for enrichment classes. Registration closes at 5pm.   Register Here   There are 2 classes that may be cancelled if we don't get more kids to sign up: Cod ... [More]

Code Fu enrichment class CORRECTION

Mon, Jan 7 5:19pm

From Sally Bonini:   Homeroom enrichment class signup is up and running! We had to make a correction on the Code Fu Wednesday Classes.    The correct information is: TK-2nd: 1:15pm (TK-K) or 1:30pm (1 ... [More]

Enrichment Classes Registration: MONDAY at 7am ONLINE!

Fri, Jan 4 5:05pm

Thunderbirds, We hope you enjoyed your winter break (and your brief break from Konstella!). :) On Monday, January 7 at 7:00am, enrichment enrollment will open here. The *only* way to register for clas ... [More]

Meeting (Thursday Dec. 20) + Volunteer Request: Auction!

Thu, Dec 13 3:10pm

Thornhill Community, We are just over 2 months away from our biggest fundraising event of the year (the auction on Saturday March 2!) and we need your help. Please join us for a quick meeting next Thu ... [More]

Enrichment Class Wrap ups

Wed, Dec 12 11:24am

Good Morning Thunderbird Families!   Here is some important information for you regarding Enrichment Performances.   Enrichment wrap-up performances will be on Wednesday, December 19th.  3:45 - 4:00 3 ... [More]

Support Thornhill on Cyber Monday (today!) and Giving Tuesday

Mon, Nov 26 2:21pm

It’s Cyber Monday! Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday! There’s no better time to score a deal to a Thornhill Party or get a discount on some amazing “Shop and Earn” partnerships. You get to have fun, save mon ... [More]

This Week: ALL minimum days, NO enrichment classes, parent/teacher conferences!

Sun, Nov 25 8:30pm

Friendly reminder for this week... Every day is a minimum day! No enrichment classes! Parent/Teacher conferences all week - sign up with your teacher! Welcome Back!


Thu, Nov 15 2:05pm

Good afternoon families,   This is to notify you that due to poor air quality, OUSD is canceling classes tomorrow, November 16. As we approach Thanksgiving, may we all count our blessings and remember ... [More]

TODAY! Dine Out at Round Table Pizza

Wed, Nov 14 1:49pm

Have a great meal, hang with fellow parents, and help support Thornhill!  When: Wednesday, November 14th, 11am-9pm Where: Round Table Pizza, 510.336.3333 2854 Mountain Blvd, Oakland, CA 94602 (map)  H ... [More]

Reminder: MOVIE NIGHT is TONIGHT at Thornhill!

Fri, Nov 9 10:26am

  Movie Night - TONIGHT! - Donate/Sign-up Here The first Movie Night of the year is here, thanks to the Dads Club. We'll be watching Early Man (watch the trailer), rated PG at a running time of 1 hour ... [More]

MOVIE NIGHT! This Friday, November 9th hosted by the Dads Club

Mon, Nov 5 2:38pm

Movie Night - Friday, November 9th! The first Movie Night of the year is here, thanks to the Dads Club. After BSDD, Halloween, and the Walkathon, you deserve a night off! We'll be watching Early Man ( ... [More]

2 days until the Walkathon!

Thu, Nov 1 4:57pm

Dear Thunderbird Parents, We hope that everyone had a Happy Halloween! We have two days until our Turkey Trot Walkathon on Saturday - time for your kids to trade in those Halloween costumes for walkin ... [More]

Science Minimum Day

Thu, Nov 1 2:45pm

Good Afternoon Thunderbirds!   This is a reminder that tomorrow, November 2, is one of our scheduled minimum days for teachers to work on science professional development.   PLEASE make sure your chil ... [More]

**Tomorrow** SHOO THE FLU - Send in your consent form!

Mon, Oct 29 3:12pm

Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 30, is Shoo The Flu!   Thornhill is participating in Shoo The Flu which provides free flu vaccinations to students on Tuesday, October 30. Download and sign the consent form ... [More]

Walkathon is in 8 days!!! Saturday, November 3 from 10am-4pm

Fri, Oct 26 11:59am

Gobble gobble, just 8 days to go until the Turkey Trot Walkathon, Saturday November 3 from 10am-4pm! Collect pledges! Customize your child’s online page or print out the paper pledge form Click on "Lo ... [More]

Walkathon: Saturday, November 3 - just over 2 weeks away!

Fri, Oct 19 1:38pm

Dear Thunderbird Parents, The Walkathon is one of the most fun events of the year, and we are excited to announce that it is right around the corner on Saturday, November 3 from 10am-4pm! Our theme th ... [More]

Fall Sweep is THIS SATURDAY from 9am-12pm

Wed, Oct 17 2:18pm

Thornhill Families, This Saturday, October 20 from 9am-12pm is our "Fall Sweep" where we spiffy up our school grounds and bond together as a community. Bring your favorite tools, your kids, and your e ... [More]

Newsletter: Walkathon, BSDD, Shop & Earn - and more!

Wed, Oct 3 4:00pm

This week's newsletter:   Walkathon (Saturday, Nov. 3) and reducing waste Back to School Donation Drive - extended one more week Shop & ... [More]

BSDD Update + No School Tomorrow!

Thu, Sep 27 4:24pm

  This is it - the final days of the Back to School Donation Drive! Thank you so much to the families who have participated. A third of our Thornhill community has been able get us nearly two-thirds o ... [More]

Reminder: NO SCHOOL THIS FRIDAY, September 28

Mon, Sep 24 1:10pm

Thunderbird Families,   Reminder! There is NO SCHOOL this Friday, September 28. It is an OUSD Staff Development Day.   Thanks!

Newsletter: Auction Date (March 2!), BSDD, Fall Sweep, and more!

Wed, Sep 19 11:18am

The Newsletter dropped in your inboxes yesterday. Here's the link: We had one incorrect link in the Principal's welcome regarding the gu ... [More]

Enrichment Drop-Off / Pick-Up Procedures - IMPORTANT, please read!

Fri, Sep 14 2:50pm

From Sally: REMINDER: Any student enrolled in an Enrichment Class on Wednesdays during the second hour of classes (starting 2:35pm), must either be registered in a class before the second class or hav ... [More]

Hear from our Librarian, Ms. Fox - she's funded by *your* dollars donated to the PFC!

Thu, Sep 13 3:47pm

Hello Thunderbirds! Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the Back to School Donation Drive! With your help, we have raised $77K so far, which is 41% of our $190K goal for the BSDD. To date, 20 ... [More]

Newsletter: Dine Out tonight, Tree Removal, PFC Meeting, Jazz enrichment, BSDD, and more!

Wed, Sep 12 1:55pm

So much good stuff... here's the link in case you missed it yesterday:   Dine Out tonight! Tree Removal Thursday + Friday in church pa ... [More]

School pictures

Sun, Sep 9 7:35pm

Just one more reminder that tomorrow, Monday September 10 is picture day for 3rd through 5th grade classes. Tuesday will be TK -2nd grade and anybody who missed Monday. We will also have a a make up d ... [More]

Picture Day

Fri, Sep 7 1:37pm

Hello Thornhill Families,   Monday and Tuesday are picture days at school.  Grades 3-5 will be on Monday and Grades TK - 2 will be on Tuesday. If you miss Monday, you will be able to have your student ... [More]

Let's Get Moving!! Back to School Donation Drive update

Thu, Sep 6 12:43pm

Let’s Get Moving!! Did you know that “Coach” (also known as Zach Johnson) is one of the amazing staff members that is partially funded by the PFC? Coach has been at Thornhill since 2014, and he has be ... [More]

Newsletter: Back to School Donation Drive, Picture Days, and more!

Wed, Sep 5 4:36pm

The newsletter came yesterday... in case you missed it, check it out here:   News Included: Back to School Donation Drive Picture Days ... [More]

Back to School Donation Drive (BSDD)!

Fri, Aug 31 3:12pm

We hope everyone’s first few weeks of school have been amazing! Has your child come home excited to tell you about her art class? Have you been regaled with a detailed description of all the parts of ... [More]

Enrichment Classes: Tomorrow (Friday) is the last day to sign up!

Thu, Aug 23 2:17pm

Dear Thornhill Families,   Tomorrow, Friday August 24, is the last day to sign up for Enrichment Classes. After that time, if the vendor allows and there's space, you may sign up for an additional $25 ... [More]

Newsletter: Back to School Night (tonight!), Calling All Gardeners, Traffic Volunteers, and our first Dine Out!

Wed, Aug 22 10:48am

Thornhill Families,   The newsletter was sent yesterday, so please check it out!   We look forward to seeing you TONIGHT at Back To School Night from 6-7pm. We'll start in the MPR (multi-purpose room ... [More]

Newsletter: Volunteering, PFC, Enrichment, Sustainability, Konstella, and more!

Tue, Aug 14 3:15pm

Hello Thornhill Families,   The newsletter was sent at 12:20pm today -  if you didn't get it, first check your spam and then head over to our website to make sure you are on our mailing list.   Here i ... [More]

PFC Enrichment Classes Available for Registration!

Mon, Aug 13 6:20am

Dear Thornhill Families,   The PFC Enrichment Classes are now available for registration! Please visit the Thornhill website for all the information.   Quick Links Calendar list of classes Vendor Flye ... [More]

Konstella at Thornhill in 2018-2019: Next Steps!

Mon, Aug 6 9:28pm

Welcome back, Thunderbirds! Hopefully you are enjoying the final days of Summer. In preparation for registration next week, the PFC Communications team has reset Konstella for the 2018-2019 school yea ... [More]