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  • Jog-a-thon – Important Updates

    Hello Phoebe Families,

    Thank you to all of the families who have started sending in donations & business sponsorships for jog-a-thon! In order to continue the programs that many of our families rely on (our art program, teacher support and creating new outdoor spaces for learning when we return to school), it is essential that we raise these funds.

    First, watch this video produced by our amazing teachers to pump you and your kiddos up!

    This is our very first virtual jog-a-thon, so naturally we’ve received a few inquiries along the way. Here are answers to most common questions…

    Why is this jog-a-thon important? Doesn’t Phoebe have plenty of money?

    Phoebe Hearst does not receive the same amount in title one funds that other SCUSD district schools receive. Funding received from the district is just enough to cover the school’s operational expenses. Any “extras” (art, campus work, garden, library, teacher support, offsetting costs of field trips) comes from money that we fundraise as a school.

    Last year PTO operated on a regular budget – unaware that COVID-19 was right around the corner. With the cancellation of our Spring fundraiser, we ended the year with a deficit of $15,000. We do not expect to have a Spring Event this year due to safety and social distancing requirements. Due to this, we hope to meet our fundraising goals with one fundraiser – jog-a-thon!

    What do I need to do to fundraise?

    Deadline to donate AND receive Phoebe swag is Monday, October 26th at 8 am. You can submit donations and qualify for the cool Phoebe prizes in these ways:

    1. Fundraise with friends and family. You can share the jog-a-thon donation link with them or collect the funds and submit it all at once. Drop donations in the office OR submit via this online donation link.
    2. Find business interested in sponsoring. If you know of a business who would like to donate and have their logo added to the official jog-a-thon shirt (donations of $300 or more), you can send them the online donation link as well. Kids who bring in business sponsors get those dollars attributed to the Phoebe prizes!
    3. Visit this link to enter your sizes for Phoebe prizes.

    Once the fundraising phase is complete, we’ll distribute the Phoebe gear and get ready to run the week of November 16th – 20th! Stay tuned for details. In the meantime, you can visit Phoebe’s jog-a-thon page for more information.

    Thank you,

    Phoebe Hearst PTO

  • Jog-A-Thon, SSC, Spirit Week…

    Good evening, Phoebe families,

    I want to thank all those who have been actively collecting pledges and gearing up for our Jog-A-Thon. The timeline for the Jog-A-Thon has changed by one week. The virtual Jog-a-Thon will take place the week of November 16th-20th. Accordingly, the deadline to turn in pledges and the swag size form has been extended to Monday, October 26th. You have another week to get those pledges in. Also, the drive-thru swag pick up will be the week of November 9th. All supporting information can be found at this link.

    Have you had a chance to look at our election ballot for School Site Council? Please take a moment to and vote for no more than two candidates. The election will close on Friday, October 23rd at 5:00pm. The two candidates with the most votes will be announced in next Sunday’s recorded message to families.

    Don’t forget about Spirit Week during the week of October 26th – 30th. The daily themes ( illustrated on our website by on-call artists) are as follows:

    Monday 26th – Silly Socks
    Tuesday 27th – Silly Hair
    Wednesday 28th – Mismatch
    Thursday 29th – Dragon Pride
    Friday 30th – Orange & Black

    We had over 350 responses to our lunch time survey from families. The results are as follows: 52.8% of families would prefer to move our lunch time to 11:30am, 28.2% are agreeable to either lunch time, and 18.9% would like to keep the 10:55am lunch time. Listening to the feedback of our families, we will be moving our lunch time to 11:30am beginning Monday, October 26th, to give working families time to make adjustments to their schedules. This lunch time will be applicable to all students in 1st – 6th grade.

    Thank you and have a wonderful evening.

    Michelle Pechette
    Phoebe Hearst Elementary