Attack of the Killer Cabbage Moths!

Bad news: The pretty white Moths you might see fluttering around the Fall Garden Crops are a Garden Enemy!!!!
Good news: Cabbage Moth Caterpillars are no match for our Student Gardeners!  It was another great Garden Friday! With the help of two Kinder-buddy classes (Harris/Nazari & Goul/Relles) and Ms. Davis & Ms. Auge’s 1st graders we were able to quickly find and remove these hungry hungry caterpillars before they managed to eat all the Kale starts!

If you have a student participating in a Kinder-Buddy class we encourage you to come join us in the garden! It’s a beautiful thing to witness the 5th graders as they act as tour guides & educators to the Kindergarteners. It gives them the opportunity to impart their three years of garden knowledge on to younger students! They take great pride in these leadership roles and the Kinders are all excited to learn from their wayyyy older very cool peers!!

Have you had a chance to go check it out? We have the following Fall crops in:

Broccoli Rabe
Sugar snap peas
Mesclun Mix Lettuce
Brussels sprouts

Do you know that Phoebe has its own Little Free Library?! We do! It’s installed in the Water Wise Butterfly Garden! They’re popping up all over the place- If you’d like to know more about this cool project click here:

Do you know that we have Student Art on display in the garden year round?! Look for:

Handprint Mural
Mosaic Birdbath
Mosaic stepping stones
Glass Bead Globe Sculpture

Garden Friday’s happen every Friday between 8:30-12:00 and the more the merrier! Come out and join us!!! No experience required.

We Plant. We Sow. We Learn. We Grow!

Royal Reader Program Begins!

Hello Phoebe Families,

Phoebe’s unique reading incentive program “Royal Reader” starts October 1st and will run through February 28, 2016. The program will culminate with a Phoebe Hearst Royal Reader Night at a Sacramento Kings game (vs. the Trail Blazers) on Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Royal Reader is designed to challenge and reward all students for their extraordinary efforts towards improving their reading skills. This 4 level, tiered, reading incentive program comes with rewards. The more your student reads, the more they win. They will have the opportunity to win: discounted and free tickets to the game, unique Royal Reader t-shirt, Kings prizes, and more! The top 20 readers in the school will get to be in the high-five crew on the court with the player before the game!

Reading logs will be sent home in the monthly packets. Daily reading minutes should be recorded on the logs and they should be returned to the teacher at the end of EVERY month.

We hope you encourage your students to participate in this great program so we can reach our goal of having Phoebe students read over 2 million minutes! See the attachments for more information about the program and the October reading log.

Thank you!

The Phoebe Hearst PTO

Royal Reader Program Info

Royal Reader October Log

Harvest Festival Volunteers Needed

It’s time for the annual Phoebe Hearst Harvest Festival!

October 24, 2015 from 3:00 pm until 6:30 pm

Get a jump start on your parent volunteer hours and help out at this super fun event!

___ I’d like to set up (beginning at 10:00 am)
___ I’d like to donate bottled water
___ I’d like to bake a cake for the cake walk
___ I’d like to bring baked goods for the bake sale
___ I’d like to work a shift in my class’ booth
___ I’d like to help serve dinner
___ I’d like to help clean up (beginning at 7:00 pm

CLICK HERE to download & print Harvest Festival Volunteer Sign-up!

“Find Your Fire” Awareness Week

Dear Phoebe Families,

We are very excited to launch the “Find your Fire” campaign on campus with class assemblies and positive and fun activities for our awareness week! “Find your Fire” was created as a way to encourage students to find in themselves and each other their positive strengths and qualities that contribute to building a better community.  We recognize that fostering excellent citizenship in our students is central to impacting our students in a meaningful, long-lasting way.  We believe this will only enhance what is already a superior positive academic climate here on campus.

Beginning on Monday with Character/Behavior Assemblies, students will embark on activities that help build community, foster healthy relationships with other peers and adults on campus, and develop important conflict resolution skills. We will also get started on our community service projects – the focus for October is taking pride in our learning space through Campus Beautification.

Throughout the year, we will encourage all students to find their ‘fire’ in the classroom, around campus, and in the community. We look forward to a great week and are appreciative of your support!


Nate McGill

Melody Fananapazir
PTO Vice President

Survey: Should SCUSD start school earlier next fall?

Sacramento City Unified is the only public K-12 district in Sacramento County – and one of few in the state – to start the school year in September rather than August. SCUSD is considering moving up the start of school to bring the district into alignment with the rest of the region. Your feedback on this issue is important: Please take a few minutes to read and respond to this brief survey on changing the calendar.  [CLICK HERE]


Attention Field Trip Driving Parents

In order to drive on any field trip, we will need the following documents 2 weeks in advance:

  • Copy of Driver’s License
  • Copy of Insurance Declaration Page
  • Release of Driver Record Information Form (found in opening day packets)
  • Volunteer Personal Automobile Use Form (found in opening day packets)