Weekly Newsletter 10/15/2014

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Weekly Newsletter 10/15/2014




All parents are invited to join us this evening, 7-8:30pm in the Multipurpose Room, for an update from PTA President Amy Omand, followed by a discussion by our own Dr. Susan DeMersseman. Dr. Susan will discuss the daily challenges of parenting and how to deal with them, friendships, bullying, and the importance of social-emotional learning. If you haven’t heard Dr. Susan speak before, she is amazing and has many insights on the challenges our children face!


Childcare will be available from 7-8:30pm in Room 104 (includes a pizza dinner). Reservations for childcare can be found here:



We are pleased to report that two people volunteered for the Hospitality role, so a pizza dinner WILL be served at the general meeting! For questions about this meeting or topic suggestions for future meetings, please send an email to .



We hope every family will join us THIS Saturday, October 18, 8am-4pm.


Plan to stay the entire day (but if you can’t, join us for a lap or two). Hang out with friends and get to know others while helping our school. See our website for more details on the day, info on prizes, extra sponsor and permission forms, and more.  And note, this event WILL be held, rain or shine!


WE REALLY NEED VOLUNTEERS! We need the help of every family to make this happen.  So far, only 55% of volunteer slots have been filled. We still have 100 shifts to fill. Sign up for a shift or two by clicking here. Make your child proud – volunteer!


Pay-to-Plays ARE HERE! Sign up for these teacher- or parent-hosted events at the Otter Walk and proceeds go directly to the PTA. With events for kids, parents, and families, everyone can get in on the fun! See attached calendar of this year’s events and mark your calendars now! Or visit our website.


OTTERBUCKS. This year, we are doing away with cash at the Otter Walk. We will be using tickets (“OtterBucks”) for food, face painting, snacks, etc. Credit cards will still be accepted at Pay-to-Play.  Save time and purchase OtterBucks now at otterwalk.dojiggy.com. Just click the “Tri-Tip and Tickets” link on the left side of the home page. You can pick up your OtterBucks at check-in on Saturday.


OTTER WALK RAFFLE. Four great prizes including a three-night Lake Tahoe getaway, Boomer The Zoomer Dino, Minecraft basket and more! Buy your raffle tickets at the Otter Walk for a chance to win. Drawing will be at 2:15pm. You do not need to be present to win, but you need to come to the Otter Walk to buy tickets! (Credit cards or Otter Bucks will be accepted.)

1 ticket for $10 (good deal)

3 tickets for $20 (great deal)

12 tickets for $40 (unbelievable deal!)

TRI-TIPS ARE STILL AVAILABLE. A few more orders of delicious Niman Ranch Dads’ Club tri-tips are still available for pickup at the Otter Walk. To place an order for pre-grilled (ready to ear, no need to cook) or raw (cryovac-sealed, cook it yourself that night or freeze it) tri-tip, please go to otterwalk.dojiggy.com and click the “Tri-tip and Tickets” link. Or click here. Avallable while supplies last!

If anyone has a cryovac machine, ziploc baggies, or a Gatorade jug to donate or loan for the Otter Walk, please contact Corinne Welpton at .


Shoo the Flu Vaccine Day is taking place on November 4. All pre-K through fifth graders will have access to no-cost flu vaccines given by health professionals. All students who participate are required to have a signed consent form from their parent or guardian. You may have already received the brightly colored folder or will receive it soon. Even if your child will not be receiving the vaccine, please return the consent form for future planning purposes. Let’s Shoo the Flu!


We will be conducting tours for 2015-2016 incoming families in November, December and January (2015). We are looking for parents and guardians who would love to be our school ambassadors and lead tours for prospective new families. Tours will be held Wednesdays, 9-10am and will include a visit to the school library, 1-2 Kinder classes, the Kinder play yard, and will end with a Q&A session with Principal Nancy Bloom. There will be two orientation meetings for new volunteers: Friday, October 24, 5:30-6:30pm (Multipurpose Room) and Friday, November 14, 5-6pm (Multipurpose Room). To sign up for the orientation and tour volunteer, please click here. For questions or additional information, please email PTA VP of Outreach, .



Wednesday, October 15, 7pm

PTA Meeting (Multipurpose Room)


Friday, October 17, 1:45pm

OTTER WALK Training Program (Garden)


Saturday, October 18, 8am-4pm



Friday, October 24, 5:30-6:30pm

School Tours Volunteer Orientation #1 (Multipurpose Room)


October 27 – 29

Picture Days with Hot Shots School Portraits (exact date per grade TBD)


Friday, October 31

Halloween Parade


For more information and events, view the school calendar.




Thornhill Elementary School will host a Middle School Options Fair on Monday, November 3, 6:30-8pm. There will be 6-8 public and charter middle school representatives present to answer questions, as well as an OUSD representative to address questions about the options process itself. Watch out for a flyer next week that will provide additional fair details including a list of middle schools that will be participating.



The OUSD Wellness Council will host the “OUSD Freshtival: Opportunity to engage in the OUSD Wellness Policy” on Wednesday, October 29, 5-7:30pm, at Lakeview Auditorium (746 Grand Avenue, 2nd Floor). The event will feature keynote speaker Jennifer LeBarre, Director of OUSD Nutrition Services. This is a great opportunity for parents and students to learn more about wellness efforts across OUSD, as well as different opportunities to get involved in wellness work at their school or with the district. There will be interactive activities around the different aspects of the Wellness Policy and a raffle of great prizes including bikes, ball sets, backpacks and more. If you are interested in attending, please fill out our RSVP form here. Childcare and translation services will be available. See the attached flyer for additional information.



Do you have something you’d like to include in the weekly newsletter? Send a 100-word-or-less informational blurb, complete with links and contact info, to Monica Mehta and Marivic Hammond at BEFORE NOON ON TUESDAY to be included that week.

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