PFC Presidency News

Mon, Jun 15 9:08am

Aloha, everyone...I have also posted this same notice on the Thornhill parents Facebook page in an effort to reach as many parents as possible... I hope all of you are having a good break from school, ... [More]

Summer Reading from Ms. Fox

Mon, Jun 8 12:17pm

Update to Summer Reading:   Hello Thornhill families, I am writing to share an update about the summer reading program.    In order to allow for more flexibility, I am going to be recording read-aloud ... [More]

Links not working with the letter

Wed, Jun 3 12:38pm

It has come to my attention that the links in the letter did not work. Hope this does the trick.   Center for Racial Justice Family Resources Teaching Tolerance CHILD MIND INSTITUTE 10 Tips for Teachi ... [More]

Letter from Mr. Daubenspeck

Wed, Jun 3 11:50am

Dear Thornhill Families and Community Members,       Please take a few minutes to read the attached letter from Mr. Daubenspeck.   Hoping you will all be able to get some much needed rest this summer.

Thornhill TGIF Zoom--Last Call...

Fri, May 29 1:41pm

With school being over for the next 2.5 months, it is time to  mark the occasion with the final Friday evening TGIF (or, TGI(F)F, as the case may be).  Bring something to drink, get on the Zoom call a ... [More]

Read A Thon Results

Thu, May 28 3:33pm

Hello Thunderbirds! As we complete this very unusual school year, I want to express my gratitude for your support - throughout the year and during the Read-a-thon. We have wrapped up and the results a ... [More]

Registration Deadline is Friday!

Wed, May 27 6:56pm

Good evening Thunderbird families!   Thank you from the bottom of my heart to those of you who have registered in Aeries for next year.  We are about 70% to 75% done.  If you have not registered yet, ... [More]

Good Bye

Tue, May 26 5:21pm

Our OUTSTANDING, AMAZING TEACHER  Kristy Van Ostrand will be departing. We have thoroughly enjoyed her presence here at Thornhill.  Ms. V's leaving is a huge loss to our community.  She has done so mu ... [More]

PFC Board Slate 2020-2021 for vote at May 18 PFC Board Meeting

Fri, May 15 4:42pm

Thornhill Community, Per our bylaws, we are publishing the PFC (Parent Faculty Club) Board Slate for the 2020-2021 school year. We will be voting on this slate during our PFC Board Zoom meeting on Mon ... [More]

Property Pick up Instructions

Thu, May 14 10:11am

Good Morning Families,   Please see the attachment with instructions for picking up your students' belongings.   Remember: We are asking just 1 adult per family. NO CHILDREN. There will be no access t ... [More]

Registration Required

Wed, May 13 3:30pm

Hello Thunderbird Families,   I finally have clarification about registration or as they are calling it now, Data Confirmation. Yeah!    You must follow the link below to access "How to Log into Aerie ... [More]

Read A Thon

Thu, May 7 10:03pm

Hello Thornhill families,  We are off to a great start with the Read-a-thon. Thunderbirds have already logged more than 20,000 minutes read!   Unfortunately there was a technical glitch with the compa ... [More]

No School on May 8, 2020

Fri, May 1 10:14pm

Good Evening Thunderbird Families,   I just wanted to let you know that per the OEA Memorandum of Understanding, the teachers will have Friday, May 8th, 2020 as an Educator Wellness Day.   This is fro ... [More]

Read-A-Thon Time

Fri, May 1 3:43pm

  Hello Thunderbirds! The time has come for the 2020 Thornhill Read-a-thon! The Read-a-thon is both a fundraiser and a wonderful opportunity for our students to focus on reading during this distance l ... [More]

Information for re-enrolling your student for next year

Fri, May 1 1:21pm

Good Morning Thunderbird Families, Please let us know by Monday, May 4 if you are returning to Thornhill: ... [More]

Auction Winnings Drive-By This Saturday from 1-3pm at Thornhill!!!

Fri, May 1 11:08am

Still looking for your auction goods? We (Becky and Erin) will be distributing cookbooks, puzzles, and misc remaining items this Saturday, May 2 from 1-3pm at the school. This is a drive-by, say-hi-an ... [More]

Thornhill Music Information + Links + Zoom = from Ms. Green

Tue, Apr 21 12:39am

Hello Thunderbirds!  This information is sent on behalf of Ms. Green, our 3rd-5th grade music teacher. While most of this information is related to those grades and strings, she also has some helpful ... [More]

Deadline 5pm Friday: $75 for a chance to win $600 worth of wine!

Fri, Apr 17 1:40am

Yes, you heard that correctly! Buy a $75 raffle ticket (100% tax-deductible donation directly to Thornhill PFC) and you'll be entered in TWO drawings to win a case of 12 bottles of mixed wine - each b ... [More]

Information from OUSD

Thu, Apr 16 1:34pm

Dear Thornhill Families,   I hope this finds you all safe and healthy. I have missed seeing each and every one of you. I am keeping busy working remotely and am enjoying my love of quilting. Lots of p ... [More]

Newsletter: April 14 (Distance Learning website, Raffle for Wine, PFC minutes, Bees, and more!)

Wed, Apr 15 5:38pm

Thunderbirds, In case you missed the newsletter yesterday, we wanted to share it with you here. View the April 14th Newsletter It includes... New Distance Learning page on the Thornhill website Enter ... [More]

Letter from Mr. Daubenspeck

Tue, Apr 7 12:07pm

Letter from Mr. Daubenspeck:                                                                                              Hi Wonderful Thornhill Thunderbird Families,  As we adjust to our new lives, I ... [More]

LAST CHANCE to buy a Thornhill Mural Puzzle [Deadline: Monday]

Sun, Mar 29 2:59pm

It's your very last chance to buy a Thornhill Mural Puzzle! We are ONLY buying what you order - we are NOT stockpiling any inventory. Don't miss out - click here to buy! It's the perfect thing to do w ... [More]

Spring Break

Fri, Mar 27 2:07pm

Dear Thornhill Families, Happy Spring Recess!!  Don't forget to take a break and relax in whatever way you can!  I hope everyone is doing well.  Now that all of our worlds have been turned upside down ... [More]

Auction Items Pick-Up Tomorrow (Friday) from 2-5pm + Last Chance to Buy a Thornhill Puzzle!

Thu, Mar 26 4:05pm

Hooray for Spring Break? :) COME GET YOUR AUCTION WINNINGS! Friday (tomorrow), March 27 from 2-5pm outside of Thornhill. Pretend like you are dropping off your kid in the morning - like the good ol' d ... [More]

*** Auction Closes TONIGHT around 8pm!*** (Sunday) - Watch LIVE on Facebook!

Sun, Mar 22 12:55pm

Thunderbirds, The end is near! 8pm tonight (Sunday) our online auction closes. We have extended bidding which means items will only close if there are no bids within 5 minutes, starting at 8pm. So don ... [More]

From Ms. Ostrom - Staying Physically Active!

Sat, Mar 21 1:30pm

Hello Students, Families and Staff at Thornhill Elementary, This is Ms. Ostrom, also known as Ms. O. Please set goals for yourself to stay healthy. Keeping a journal with written postings and pictures ... [More]

Big Ticket Auction Items Added --> Auction Update!

Thu, Mar 19 7:15pm

Thunderbirds, We continue to be flexible!!! Right? Right! If we keep saying it, maybe we’ll get better at it! We’ve decided to add a few of our BIG TICKET ITEMS into the current online auction which e ... [More]

4 StoryTimes with Marie Fox on Thursday, March 19th (tomorrow)

Wed, Mar 18 2:40pm

Hello Thunderbirds! Our amazing librarian, Marie Fox, is hosting 4 different StoryTimes tomorrow separated by grade. I have sent out 4 separate calendar invites to the particular grades with Zoom info ... [More]

Update from OUSD

Wed, Mar 18 1:37pm

This is the latest from OUSD   Please see the attachment.      

Update on Breakfasts and Lunches

Wed, Mar 18 11:49am

Good Morning Thornhill Families,   We have been asked to share the attached flyer with you. It has information regarding the food pick up tomorrow for our students.   As always, as soon as we get any ... [More]

Update on Learning Plans

Mon, Mar 16 1:06pm

Dear Thornhill Families,     Thank you for your patience.   Teachers have been working hard to have Continuity Of Education Plans.   Linked below is everything you need for "school at home"  during th ... [More]

Thornhill Update

Sun, Mar 15 3:31pm

Good Afternoon Families,   In the midst of these unprecedented times please know that Mr. Daubenspeck, your teachers and staff are hard at work to make this time as bearable as possible. We as a schoo ... [More]

Online Auction Fundraiser ---> Together, Alone!

Sat, Mar 14 12:09pm

Thunderbirds, Suddenly find yourself with a little extra time and in need of something besides Netflix and Kahn Academy to fill your days? Check out the new and improved Flappers and Fedoras ONLINE ev ... [More]

COVID-19 Update

Fri, Mar 13 10:49am

Good Morning Families,   We want to share with you that OUSD has made the difficult decision to close school beginning March 16.  Please read the attached letter from the superintendent. Thank you for ... [More]

Independent Study packets

Thu, Mar 12 2:57pm

Good afternoon families,   We are getting multiple requests for independent study packets for students staying home for fear of the COVID-19. We all have the same fears and concerns. We just received ... [More]

Auction Announcement

Wed, Mar 11 8:46pm

Hello Everyone, If there is any topic that is on everyone's minds right now it is coronavirus. While the illness has not infected a tremendous number of people around our area, enough have been affect ... [More]

COVID-19 Update from OUSD

Tue, Mar 10 12:57pm

Good Afternoon Families,   We wanted to pass along the most recent update from OUSD regarding the Coronavirus outbreak.  We continue to encourage hand washing for 20 seconds and using hand sanitizer a ... [More]

*** TODAY is the last day to buy AUCTION TICKETS ***

Sat, Mar 7 5:30pm

You did it! You finally secured your babysitter on the last day to buy Auction tickets. Great job! Now head on over to the website and buy those tickets! *** Deadline to buy tickets is TONIGHT, March ... [More]

Online Auction Ends TONIGHT (Friday) at 8pm!

Fri, Mar 6 12:15am

Our online auction ends tonight at 8pm! The below items still have NO BIDS so hop on over and grab a deal! Click on each title to go directly to that item. View the entire catalog here.   NO BIDS: Ame ... [More]

California Healthy Kids Survey

Thu, Mar 5 10:48am

Good Morning Thornhill Families,   We in the school office are asking for your help with this survey. We would love to reach 100% on this survey but can't do it without your assistance.  Please follow ... [More]

Online Auction is OPEN FOR BIDDING + Sponsor a Teacher to Attend!

Fri, Feb 28 2:24pm

More than 60 items are available for bidding right now. Bidding closes on Friday, March 6 at 8pm - ONE WEEK ONLY! Also, will you consider sponsoring a teacher to attend for $75? You can do that here - ... [More]

TODAY! Last day for discounted Auction Tickets! [Friday, Feb. 14]

Fri, Feb 14 11:05am

Thunderbirds,  TODAY (Friday, February 14) is the last day to take advantage of our discounted tickets for Thornhill’s Flappers and Fedoras Benefit Auction on Saturday, March 14. We hope to see everyo ... [More]

Summer Camp Auction ends TONIGHT (Thursday) at 8pm! [16 camps available!]

Thu, Feb 13 11:54am

Thunderbirds, Your last chance to bid for the Summer Camp Online Auction is TODAY! The online auction closes Thursday, February 13th at 8pm. Don’t miss out on some great, early opportunities for camps ... [More]

Summer Camps available in our Auction Catalog - until Thursday, Feb. 13 at 8pm!

Fri, Feb 7 5:31pm

Does the summer camp shuffle have you crying in your coffee? So many weeks to fill! The Auction committee has your back. Our Summer Camp Auction is now open!! Bid on a wide range of favorites and soon ... [More]

Friday (tomorrow): Schoolwide Pajama Day!

Thu, Feb 6 3:30pm

Hooray! Tomorrow, Friday, is a schoolwide PAJAMA DAY! 

Reminder - NO SCHOOL TOMORROW - Friday, January 31!!

Thu, Jan 30 5:21pm

Thunderbirds, Tomorrow, Friday January 31, there is no school as it's an OUSD professional development day. Please note this has been on the OUSD calendar, in Konstella, on our google calendar, and in ... [More]

Message from Alameda County Public Health Department about the Coronavirus

Wed, Jan 29 12:50pm

Thornhill Community, Principal Daubenspeck wanted to send along this attachment from the Alameda County Public Health Department and the Alameda County Office of Education.

A couple of Reminders

Tue, Jan 28 2:27pm

Good Afternoon Families,   A couple of reminders.   1.   This Friday, January 31, is a NO STUDENT school day. Teachers will be in professional development.   2.  It is the time of year when we ask all ... [More]

Enrichment Classes

Fri, Jan 10 1:43pm

Just a reminder that enrichment classes our open for registration. The following classes have low enrollment:   African Drumming grades 1-5 ... [More]

Auction Early-Bird Pricing Ends TODAY! (Event is on Saturday, March 14)

Fri, Jan 10 1:39pm

Today is last day to buy your tickets for the Auction (March 14) at the early-bird pricing!   Buy Your Tickets Here! Ticket prices are currently $65 per person ($130 per couple). Tomorrow (Saturday, J ... [More]

A couple of Important Reminders

Tue, Jan 7 4:22pm

A couple of reminders for all our families.   1.  Friday is a minimum day. Please  remember to pick up your students or arrange for their caretakers to pick them up at the usual minimum day times.   2 ... [More]

Spring Enrichment Classes Available for Viewing!

Fri, Jan 3 5:03pm

Website: Sponsored by the Thornhill Parent Facility Club (PFC), the Thornhill Enrichment Program is designed to support the development of the whole child by ... [More]

Auction Tickets On Sale Now - Early Bird Pricing!

Fri, Dec 20 3:28pm

Add this to your gift list... Auction Tickets are now on sale! Early bird pricing is available through January 10.  Auction Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020 Location: Fratellanza Club in Oakland Theme: ... [More]

Winter Performances - December 17 & 18 (Tuesday & Wednesday)

Mon, Dec 16 5:22pm

Don't miss the Thornhill winter performances in the multi-purpose room! Tuesday, December 17 at 9:15am: 3rd-5th Grades (white tops & black bottoms!) Wednesday, December 18 at 9:15am: TK-2nd Grades  Be ... [More]

Next year for your students

Fri, Dec 13 3:36pm

Hello Families,   It has come to our attention that there are lots of questions about next year. You DO NOT need to "enroll" your student.  Sometime  later in the school year you will be sent notifica ... [More]

Walkathon Final Pledges Due Tuesday, December 3rd!

Tue, Nov 26 2:50pm

Hi Walkathon Supporters!  Gobble Gobble, just a quick reminder that if you have any outstanding Walkathon donations (checks or cash from family/friends) to please pick them up over the Thanksgiving br ... [More]

Reminder - NO SCHOOL NEXT WEEK - Monday Nov. 25-29 for Thanksgiving

Fri, Nov 22 12:23pm

Thunderbirds, Just a reminder that there is no school next week, Monday-Friday, November 25-29. Enjoy your Thanksgiving break! You can always access our calendar on the Thornhill website. Happy Friday!


Tue, Nov 19 12:03pm

Good afternoon parents.   There has been quite a bit of confusion surrounding our Winter Concert.   The 3rd - 5th graders will be performing on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17 AT 9:15 AM   Please note this correct day!

Next Week (Nov. 18-22) is Conference Week: All minimum days + no enrichment classes

Fri, Nov 15 10:19am

Thornhill Families, This is a reminder that next week, November 18-22, is Winter Conference Week at Thornhill. Every day next week is a minimum day and there are no enrichment classes. Please work dir ... [More]

Reminder - NO SCHOOL MONDAY - Monday, November 11!

Fri, Nov 8 3:45pm

Thunderbirds, Monday November 11 there is no school in honor of Veterans Day.  As a reminder, you can always access our calendar on the Thornhill website as well as in Konstella (both on ... [More]

Walkathon is ON for tomorrow!

Fri, Nov 1 12:22pm

Hi Thornhill families!   We want to let you know that the Walkathon is ON for tomorrow! We've been monitoring the air quality forecasts, and it looks like it will be OK to proceed. If any families hav ... [More]

Walkathon in 2 Days! $$ Donations and Volunteers Desperately Needed

Thu, Oct 31 11:41am

Hello Spoooooooky Thornhill Families, What a fun Halloween Parade today! Our Walkathon is this Saturday November 2 is from 10am-4pm and we have just two days to go. We are at only 45% of our $20,000 f ... [More]

Thornhill on Tuesday

Mon, Oct 28 8:06pm

Good evening families,   As of this very moment, we are officially back to school tomorrow. We were just notified that power has been restored to Thornhill School.   See you all tomorrow.

Information for Tuesday

Mon, Oct 28 4:03pm

Good afternoon families,   As of 3:30 this afternoon, we still do not have power at the school.  The following is what we  have received. At this time, we do not have enough information to make an inf ... [More]

School closed on Monday!

Sun, Oct 27 3:37pm

Good afternoons families,   We just received word from OUSD and PG&E that the power outage will affect school tomorrow, Monday, October 28. We WILL BE CLOSED! Again thank you for your patience . As we ... [More]

Possible Power Outage at Thornhill

Fri, Oct 25 3:03pm

Good Afternoon Families,   We have just been notified of a possible power outage at Thornhill that will impact school on Monday. This is what OUSD and PG&E are letting us know at this time:   Based on ... [More]

Our Walkathon is in 8 Days!!!

Fri, Oct 25 12:29pm

Hi Thornhill Families, This is an important reminder to sign up now for our annual Walkathon on Saturday, November 2nd from 10am-4pm! This is one of our biggest fundraisers and it helps support our li ... [More]

Reminder - NO SCHOOL MONDAY - Monday, October 14!!!

Fri, Oct 11 12:16pm

Thunderbirds, Monday, October 14, there is no school as it's an OUSD holiday, "in lieu of Lincoln's Birthday." Please note this has been on the OUSD calendar, in Konstella, on our google calendar, and ... [More]

School will be open on Thursday, October 10

Wed, Oct 9 5:24pm

Good evening Thornhill Families, There was an important robocall that went home this afternoon.  If you did not receive it, here is a copy of the information shared.  We WILL be open for school on Thu ... [More]


Wed, Oct 9 1:37pm

Good afternoon Families, The following information was just sent to us. We hope this will clarify the situation a bit more. Oct. 9, 2019 Greetings Oakland Unified Community and Staff, We are working t ... [More]

School Will Be Open Tomorrow

Tue, Oct 8 9:47pm

Dear Thornhill families, It is almost 9:30 PM and we have information to share with you. It has been a day filled with confusion and frustration for parents, caregivers and your Thornhill staff.  We h ... [More]

Shoo the Flu

Tue, Oct 8 11:26am

Good Morning Families,   Please note that there has been some confusion about the date for Shoo the  Flu.   The date is:   TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2019   Information and permission slips will be going ho ... [More]


Thu, Oct 3 5:19pm

Thornhill Families, Tomorrow, Friday October 4, is a minimum day (TK/K 1:10pm; 1-5 1:25pm) and there are no enrichment classes. This is one of our three minimum days this year for our school wide focu ... [More]

Reminder - NO SCHOOL TOMORROW - Friday, September 27!!!

Thu, Sep 26 2:39pm

Thunderbirds, Tomorrow, Friday September 27, there is no school as it's an OUSD professional development day. Please note this has been on the OUSD calendar, in Konstella, on our google calendar, and ... [More]

$23,000 to go for our Back to School Donation Drive!

Fri, Sep 20 2:02pm

Thunderbirds, we are almost there!   Thank you so much to all of those families who have already donated! Your support has been tremendous, and we have raised over $177,000 for the critical programs l ... [More]

Newsletter link! (last reminder to sign up for the separate newsletter)

Tue, Sep 17 6:25pm

Thunderbirds, We have just sent out our newsletter here, which is sent every Tuesday. Please note this will be the last Konstella message with a reminder to look at the newsletter. Need to sign up or ... [More]

Donate by September 16 for the Thornhill insulated tumbler!

Fri, Sep 13 2:15pm

Thank you so much to those families who have already contributed to the Back to School Donation Drive! Your support helps provide teachers’ aides, a PE coach, a librarian and books, music and art inst ... [More]

Photo Day #2

Wed, Sep 11 9:37am

Thank you so much for all the responses.  We now have all the help we need.   Sherry Kaetzel

Photo Day

Wed, Sep 11 8:46am

We are in need of a couple parent volunteers for photo day on Thursday. If you can help please let us if you are available.   Thank you,   Sherry Kaetzel

Photographer's Schedule

Mon, Sep 9 11:36am

Good Morning Families,   I have attached the schedule for pictures as a Word Doc and picture. Please note when your child's day and time are.    Thank you.

A Letter from Adventure Time

Fri, Sep 6 9:55am

Dear Thornhill Families, Adventure Time would like to express our gratitude to the Thornhill community for the outpouring of love and generosity for our beloved Director, Pam Kordosky. Thank you to al ... [More]

Remembering Pam

Wed, Sep 4 12:52pm

Hello Everyone, I hope you are all doing as well as possible, what with the tragedy of Pam’s death casting a shadow over our school and community.  Yet, while Pam’s passing is tragic, we are still luc ... [More]

A letter from Mr. Daubenspeck

Tue, Sep 3 1:02pm

Dear Thornhill Community,   I have shocking and sad news to share with you. It is with a heavy heart that I tell you of the death of Pam Kordosky. Pam passed away this weekend.  She was a beloved memb ... [More]

Request from Ms. MacHardy and Ms. Lancaster

Thu, Aug 29 9:27am

Unused walk-a-thon t-shirts - - OUSD Mail The Lunch Monitor and Junior coach program gets the 5th graders and later in the year, 4th graders to rise to mentor status as they he ... [More]

Back to School Donation Drive!

Mon, Aug 26 5:24pm

The Back to School Donation Drive has begun! This week you will see a beautiful printed donation form and envelope in your child’s homework folder or backpack. We LOVE donations by check if possible s ... [More]

5 Enrichment classes in danger of being CANCELLED + Classes start Monday!

Sun, Aug 25 8:45am

Thunderbirds, We have 5 enrichment classes that are in danger of being CANCELLED if they cannot reach minimum enrollment. If you are already signed up for one of these classes, we highly suggest you f ... [More]

Some Enrichment Classes Still Open for Registration (through Friday at 2pm)

Thu, Aug 22 12:46pm

Thunderbirds, Registration has re-opened for enrichment classes that have not reached maximum capacity. Please visit Homeroom through tomorrow, Friday, at 2pm to register. The following classes are in ... [More]

Newsletter: Welcome + Enrichment Classes + New Teachers + more!

Tue, Aug 13 6:56pm

Thornhill Community, Every Tuesday afternoon, we send a newsletter with a compilation of everything-you-need-to-know about Thornhill. We highly suggest that you read it here and also sign up to receiv ... [More]

Classroom Assignments + Enrichment Classes + Calendar + New Teachers

Wed, Aug 7 5:28pm

Dear Thornhill Community, The first day of school is almost here! We’ve packed this message with (hopefully) all the information you’ll need to know to navigate the first two weeks of school. Here’s a ... [More]