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:
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 Principal Phoebe Hearst Elementary
The School Site Council election is now open and will be open for two weeks. We have seven interested parent/community member candidates to fill the two open positions for the 2020-21 school year. Please take a moment to read about our seven candidates on the ballot link and vote for no more than two. We have five parent/community member spots total. Next year we will have three open spots as the term for council members is two years. The elections results will be announced on October 25th. Thank you in advance for your vote!
Please help us to ensure your student continues to engage in Distance Learning through established safety protocols. One layer of security is for your student to log into Zoom using his/her district username and password. This is the same username and password for their Google Classroom that they have already been using since the beginning of the year. Your child’s safety continues to be our priority and this ensures that your child joins as an authenticated user. Please call the front office if you having trouble logging in.
Every Friday your child views a recorded Friday Principal’s Message. If your child is interested in saying the pledge, please email me at email@example.com.
For more information about our current PTO sponsored events, please see links below:
Autumn is upon us and we are already well into the month of October. With every new month comes a new Social-Emotional Learning theme. This month’s theme is Confidence. Teachers will focus on this theme and weave mini-lessons into their daily instruction. Here is the SEL Parent Resource flyer for October.
Get ready for a fall festive spirit week planned for our dragons. We are going to have school-wide dress up days during the week of October 26th-30th. Those dress up days are: October 26th – Silly Socks October 27th – Silly Hair October 28th – Mismatch October 29th – Dragon Pride October 30th – Orange & Black
As part of our District Common Assessment and LCAP data collection process, the district has launched a Fall School Climate Survey in addition to the annual spring survey administered to all 3rd through 6th grade students. This additional fall survey will provide a pulse check on how our students are experiencing school climate, as it relates to social emotional learning, sense of safety, and belonging/connectedness. Your 3rd – 6th grade child is scheduled to take this survey in the next couple of weeks. Please reach out if you have any questions regarding this survey.
We have received an overwhelming amount of feedback from families about our current schedule with regards to our lunch time and the desire to move it to 11:30. We understand that families have work schedules that need consideration when changing our school schedule. It is important to hear from all voices. Please take a moment to fill out this very short survey to let us know your preference. Please note that this would not eliminate after-lunch live instruction. The purpose would be to give students longer learning blocks before their hour-long lunch.
This month we launched our Home Run Reader program and our Jog-A Thon Fundraiser. Links are provided below for full program details.
Though we cannot all be together on campus, we invite all our dragons to run together virtually for the 2020 virtual jog-a-thon the week of NOVEMBER 9-13!
All students (K-6th) can run as far as they can in 15-minutes (consistent with past jog-a-thons).
Students can run around a park, their neighborhood, their driveway, a parking lot, etc. – anywhere that is safe and convenient to run for 15-minutes.
For the 6th graders, we invite anyone who would like to run, in addition to their 15-minutes, a mile as fast as they can!
We encourage students to make this year’s jog-a-thon a family effort :-)
Prizes Prizes Prizes…
Students will be eligible for Phoebe gear prizes based on what they fundraise.
Click here for a pledge sheet for students to keep track of donations. Please include this with all returned cash/check donations. All donations are due by 8am on October 19.
We will distribute all the jog-a-thon swag to students (likely the week of Nov 2 via drive-through pick-up at school).
Everyone’s a winner! But if you want bragging rights…
All students are welcome to track their distances (and mile times for 6th graders) using any means available to them (a campus track, stop watch, Garmin, race tracker apps, etc.) and report them back to us via this form by end of the day on November 13.
Phoebe Hearst PTO will track winners by grade (honoring the honor system) and will post on Phoebe’s facebook page and give shout outs in the Principal’s email.
Sixth grade mile winners (top 3 fastest runners) will receive special trophies (porch drop off after the race).
We need your help designing the jog-a-thon shirt…
If your student would like to submit a design for the jog-a-thon shirt, submit artwork (up to 3 colors) to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, October 9.
Send us your pics!
If your family is comfortable submitting pictures of your student’s jog-a-thon run, we encourage students to run in their jog-a-thon shirts – show us what you’ve got!