October 2017 Newsletter

Dear Phoebe Parents,

As a kid, every spare moment I had was spent on coloring, sketching, painting, and making things out of clay.  Family members would ask my mom what to get me for birthdays and holidays, and the answer was always the same – colored pencils and a drawing pad.  For me, creating something from my imagination was all I needed to be happy. My sister, who is a very talented artist in her own right, would always tell me to stick with my art, no matter my age.  My aunt is a sculptor who teaches art at the university level, and I even have a 6-year old Dragon at home who spends a great deal of her free time drawing and coloring – needless to say, art is an important part of our family’s fabric. When I first became the principal of Phoebe Hearst and met Ms. Jane Hastings, I immediately felt at home in her room and knew that not only did we have a skilled instructor for our students, but we also had an incredible advocate for the importance of art in schools as well. 

The Jog-a-thon for the Arts is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and it fully funds the salaries of Ms. Jane and Mrs. Toone, our music instructor. Additionally, it pays for art enrichment around campus, art supplies, and various field trips.  Because we as a community value art in our lives and the lives of our children, we show our generosity year after year.  In three years, we’ve raised over $150,000 for our school’s art program, setting a record of $62,000 last year! Without your contributions each year, our art offerings would simply not be what they are today, so we are looking forward to another big year.  The fundraising period culminates with some new and exciting prizes for the pledge earners (including a dinner delivered by me!) and one of the most spirited days we have all year, the Jog-a-thon event.  As your principal, I am regularly in awe of this community’s good will, and I have a feeling this year’s Jog-a-thon will be yet another example of that.


Mr. McGill

Drop-off Reminders

For those families that drop off in the front parking lot in the morning, please remember that 7:30 is the earliest time a student can and should be dropped off for school.  Our yard duty shift begins at 7:30 and at that time the office opens – before then, students are unsupervised. 

For those families that drop off on 60th street, please remember that the white loading zones are not for parents to park and get out with their students.  60th Street is busy thoroughfare and parking in the loading zones really slows things down.

We appreciate everyone doing his/her part to follow our traffic guidelines in order to ensure safe drop off and pick up for all of our families. Here is a link to our traffic guide for your reference: https://phoebehearst.org/2014/09/phe-drop-off-and-pick-up-guide-for-parents/.