Welcome to Thornhill Elementary School!
Thornhill is a K-5 Elementary School located in Oakland, California. Recently, Thornhill was selected as the “Best K-8″ school in the East Bay by Oakland Magazine and we are proud to have been honored with the California Distinguished School Award.


Mix It Up at Lunch Day!

On Tuesday, October 28, our students will be joining other students across the country in celebrating Mix It Up at Lunch Day. Mix It Up at Lunch was launched in 2002 by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project, which aims to reduce prejudice and improve intergroup relations in classrooms and communities across the nation.

Lunch time is typically when social boundaries are drawn at school and thus, mixing it up at lunch is a great way to start crossing (or breaking) those boundaries.  The premise of this particular action is simple: sit next to someone you don’t know—someone who is different from you—and get to know that person.  Tools and activities are provided to the students to help break the ice and launch interesting conversations that help them learn about what they might have in common and what cool things make them unique.

At Thornhill, the act of mixing it up will go beyond a single lunch period. Our teachers will be augmenting this effort with different complementary activities in their classrooms over the next few days (or weeks). Stay tuned for a report on Mix It Up activities and the kinds of impacts those activities had on the students. In the meantime, on October 28, ask your child about the new friend he or she made at lunch. And maybe you might consider trying it too!

-Rachel Estrella; Diversity Chair      


Middle School Update

Middle School Options Support!

Are you a parent of a 5th or 4th grader?
The 2nd Annual Thornhill Middle School Options Fair is coming up on November 3rd from 6:30 – 8:00 pm with a number of nearby traditional and charter middle schools scheduled to attend. Please join us!

Also, please be sure to check out Thornhill’s “Middle School Options” page on a regular basis this fall. This webpage has links to local middle schools’ websites, parent groups, school tours and info nights/events taking place this fall and early winter. Please click on the link below to go directly to this page….



Thornhill Dad’s Club

Are you the father of a Thornhill Student?
Are you wondering how you can get involved?
Are you wondering how you can connect with other dads?

Then the Thornhill Dad's Club is for you!

Join the Dad's Club today and help to cultivate a positive community at Thornhill. Thornhill Dads are critical to many of the great programs at school, including: Fall cleanup day, Walkathon, Fall pancake breakfast, Winter Bazaar, Fall movie night, and many many more.

Joining is free & easy. To join or to ask questions or pass along suggestions, just email Sean Parkin. We're looking forward to a great year!


Get Fresh Produce Delivered!

Thornhill’s Farm to School CSA sign-ups are happening NOW!

Fresh, seasonal organic produce delivered to the school every Tuesday afternoon this fall!!!

Sign up by midnight Saturday at any point during the fall in order to get your produce the following Tuesday afternoon. Pick ups are easy -- just come by the school from 3pm-5pm on Tuesday.

Sign up on-line at:www.phatbeetsproduce.org

More details are here.

Have Questions? Email Lori Robbins.