Traffic, BTSN, Jog-a-thon & Chipotle

Hello, Phoebe families,

We made it to our 6th day of school. As students and staff ease into our normal school schedule, I wanted to share what our focus has been to aid to the already amazing Phoebe culture. As a staff, we talked about the need to build strong relationships with those students that we serve. Together we watched this  video on ways in which we can become students of our students. Students who feel seen are always more apt to learn.

Would you like to volunteer for traffic help in the mornings?  

Mr. Isaac could use your help as a crossing guard, opening car doors, and moving cars along the drop-off line. Please email me if you would like to help.

Drop-off Tutorial Video

Back to School Night Dates:
We will be holding virtual Back to School NIghts on the following dates:

Kinder – September 20th
1st, 2nd – September 21st
3rd, 4th – September 22nd
5th, 6th – September 23rd

More information will come from your child’s teacher. Please reach out to them with any questions.

PTO News:
Jog-a-thon Kickoff!
Jog-a-thon fundraising officially kicks off today! Our most favorite event is scheduled for October 22. Students have until Sept 24 to earn pledges (and recruit sponsors!) to raise funds for our school. 

Donations can be made super easily online – just share this link with friends and family:

Dine & Donate @ Chipotle:
When: September 14th between 4 and 8 pm
Where: Chipotle at 5738 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95819
How: You can order ahead for pick up, but be sure to use the promo code! 7RJDZHZ 

Thank you and have a wonderful weekend!
Michelle Pechette

Tomorrow is the BIG day!

Hello Phoebe families,

Tomorrow is the big day.  We are SO excited to welcome our dragons to campus.  I want to assure you that we are making all of the necessary preparations to ensure an environment that is safe both emotionally and physically.  As such, there will be many staff members on campus early to guide students where they need to go when they walk through our gates.  Our current guidance does not allow for families to be on campus just yet.  As always, we are here to support our students and families in any way that we can.

Tomorrow’s Shortened Day Schedule:
Every Thursday will be a shortened day schedule.  That includes tomorrow.  Our schedule is as follows:

Kinder 8:00-12:40
1st-3rd 8:00-1:02
4th-6th 8:00-1:17

Testing on site:
We now have two health aides on campus at all times to assist us with our COVID health and safety protocols.  They will help with screening in the morning and with testing on site.  Our testing schedule is as follows:

Tuesdays – 2:00-2:45
Thursdays – 1:00-1:45

If you need additional information, please contact our lead health aide, Jersey Fatlowitz at

Thank you and we will see you tomorrow!
Michelle Pechette

Class Lists, Folsom Blvd. Closure, FAQ’s

Hello Phoebe families,

Class Lists 2021-22:
Class placement lists will be available for viewing tomorrow, August 27th at 4:00pm via our website.  You will need the password and link to view the class lists. Please do not post the password or share the lists on social media to ensure confidentiality of our students.

Class Lists – Phoebe A. Hearst Elementary School (
Please check your email for the password.

Folsom Blvd. Closure:
The westbound lane of Folsom Blvd. at 65th St. will be closed for approximately 2 weeks.  Please plan alternate routes as traffic will be heavily congested due to this ongoing road construction.

FAQ’s – Please make sure you are checking our FAQ’s for up to date guidance on our reopening plan.  
Don’t forget that our first day of school is an early release day .  

Kinder – 8:00am – 12:40pm
1st – 3rd – 8:00am – 1:02pm
4th – 6th – 8:00am – 1:17pm

We are looking forward to seeing our dragons on September 2nd.
Thank you,
Michelle Pechette

Dragon Gear, and 2021-2022 Reopening FAQ

Hello Phoebe families, 

Dragon Gear:

As promised, here is our Dragon Gear Online Store by Just Print Ink.  The online store will be open until September 10th.  Orders will take approximately 2 weeks to process after the closing date and will be delivered to students at school.  

Phoebe FAQ’s for re-opening:

Please take a look at our updated FAQ page for our 2021-22 school reopening.  This is a living document as guidance is ever evolving.  If you have questions that you would like added to the FAQ’s, please email them to

Thank you,
Michelle Pechette

Academic Concern Form, Community Fundraising, New Mural, Teacher Appreciation, Talent Show, PTO for 2021-2022

As we head into May, our Social Emotional Learning focus is  Responsibility.  Please take a moment to review our  SEL parent resources for the month of May.

Academic Concern Form
As we begin to plan for the 2021-22 school year I wanted to extend an opportunity for families to communicate any information about their child that would be pertinent for planning.  We consider several factors when placing students into classes for the upcoming year such as:  Social emotional needs, behavior, gender, academics, GATE identification, 504 or Special Education identification and other factors. This upcoming year will look slightly different as we will not have GATE identified classes at the 2nd grade level.  If you would like to communication your child’s academic, behavioral or social emotional needs, please take a moment to fill out this  form.  

Students in the Community
Nura Fananapazir and her brother with a few other kids in the community are spearheading a campaign to raise funds and provide opportunities for education through the Mona Foundation across the world. 100% of the proceeds of their campaign will be going to build a school and provide education for children and youth in Sierra Leone. For more information on how to help, please email

A message from our Parent Teacher Organization:
New mural on campus
Some of you got a glimpse of the new mural in the Welcome Back video, but for those who did not, we are excited to share the new Phoebe Hearst mural, located near the back garden, in between Mrs. Healy and Mrs. Butterfield’s classrooms! This mural celebrates aspects of Phoebe that are some of the most memorable to students. We can’t wait for our parents to see it in person!

This mural was the product of fundraising dollars from two jogathons ago. Thank you to all families who contributed! (Click the photo for a larger image.)

Teacher Appreciation week starts Monday
It has been QUITE a year and our teachers have worked so hard to keep their classrooms running. We hope you will join us in showing gratitude and celebrating them during Teacher Appreciation Week! We have asked parents in each classroom to help coordinate – so if you haven’t heard from someone in your child’s classroom regarding next week, feel free to contact Melody Fananapazir ( and she will get you connected.

Talent show update
We are still accepting submissions for Phoebe’s Got Talent – “Live” From Home! The “stage” is open for our talented dragons to upload their 1-2 minute long video by  Friday, May 14.  Our top 20 acts will be featured in the 2021 virtual show going “live” on  Thursday, May 27 at 6:00 pm.

Just a reminder that anything students would normally perform on stage is eligible for consideration, including air rock videos.  Please get in touch with PGT organizers for examples of how to do a virtual air rock if your student and their friends are interested in this fun, safe, distanced option!

Entries may be submitted via email, shared from a Google Drive, sent through a Dropbox link, and more.  Please get in touch if you are having difficulty with your submission or if you have questions or would like any clarifications.

We can’t wait for the show!

PTO board planning for the 2021-22 school year
If you are interested in joining the PTO board for next year, we are currently working on next year’s roster. Contact if you are interested. We are shooting to have next year’s positions solidified by end of May.

Thank you,
Michelle Pechette

Continued Return to In-Person Learning, Health Aide, Gate Screening, Poster Contest Winners

We will be welcoming back our Cohort A 4th-6th graders this week.  There have so many smiling faces from both our students and our staff this week.  Nothing has brought me greater joy than hearing the sound of our Phoebe halls and classrooms once again ringing with the sound of students.  I want to again thank all of the many community volunteers that have made this return to campus so seamless. We could not have done it without you!

Health Aide on Campus
I want to extend a warm welcome to our health aide on campus and newest member of our Phoebe family, Jersey Fatlowitz. Jersey is on campus every day to serve our Phoebe students and staff.  Some of her duties include health screenings, managing our care room and voluntary surveillance COVID testing on site for our students and staff.  All information about our ongoing site testing can be found here.  You can sign-up your child at any time to participate in this ongoing onsite COVID surveillance testing.  You can email Jersey at

GATE Screening: A message from our District GATE Coordinator, Kari Lofing
As a result of COVID-19 district-wide safety measures, it was determined by the District Assessments Committee that, for 2020-21 only, it was not possible to guarantee valid assessment results, safe assessment administration for all of SCUSD’s 1st & 3rd grade students, and equitable access to engage in those assessments according to student need (i.e. accommodations per IEP or 504 Plan, or access to translated instructions).  Screening assessments will resume, pending any necessary agreements, in the 2021-22 academic year.  Screening plans for the 2021-22 academic year include ensuring screening for those grade levels that were not screened in 2020-21, specifically 2 nd and 4 th grades will participate in universal GATE screening assessments along with 1 st and 3 rd grades.  The decision to postpone screening assessments was informed by considerations of safety, validity, and equity and is consistent with decisions made by other large districts in the state.

For the 2021-22 academic year only, self-contained GATE classes at GATE Cohort/GATE Center schools (Isador Cohen, Phoebe Hearst, Pony Express, and Sutterville) will begin in 3 rd grade.  Class assignments in grades K-2 will be inclusive of the general school population.

GATE screening or re-screening by parent or teacher referral will begin by appointment with the start of the 2021-22 academic year.  Please contact the GATE Office to make arrangements.

A Message from our PTO:
Thank you to all of the families who participated in the  Phoebe Welcome Back poster contest. We are excited to announce the winners and their art for each grade! Collect your prizes from your teacher next week….

Kindergarten: Evelyn P
1st: Mia O
2nd: Natasha K
3rd: Beatrix Z
4th: Katelyn D
5th: Daniel K
6th: Aubrey C

Thank you and have a wonderful evening,
Michelle Pechette