Valentine’s Spirit Day, After-school Clubs, Lightspeed

Valentine’s Spirit Day 2/12

This Friday will be a spirit day for our Phoebe students.  All Phoebe students have the option of wearing pink, purple, or red for Valentine’s Day.  

After-school Clubs Sign-ups

After-school clubs are here!  We have several clubs that will be starting very soon such as:

  • Fitness Club (Mon 2:30-3:15) – Ms. Dighero Sign-Up
  • Minecraft Club (Mon 4:00-5:00) – Ms. Nava and Ms. Wagner Sign-Up
  • Nature Bowl Club (TBD) – Ms. Warren Sign-ups coming soon
  • Music Club (Thurs 2:30-3:15) – Mr. Manricks, Mr. Martinez & Ms. Harris Sign-Up
  • Speech & Debate Club (Wed 2:15-3:15) – Mr. White Sign-ups coming soon

Please click on the sign-up links for more information about that specific club.  Some of our clubs are still in development.  Sign-ups will be coming very soon.  

Lightspeed Classroom Management

Phoebe will be participating in a 2 week trial of Lightspeed’s Classroom Management. This product will allow teachers to view & control the window of student’s district Chrome browser windows. Teachers will not be able to see additional windows on personal devices nor information from personal Chrome browsers. Our hope is that teachers will be able to create a more engaged and streamlined instructional experience for your children. It is important to note that, as this is our first use of this product, we are hoping to learn about best practices. Thank you for your patience as we figure out if we should adopt this product and if so, how to best roll it out to the entire district. Should you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Nova Katz, our district instructional technology coordinator at

The list of Phoebe teachers participating in the 2 week trial are:

Thank you and have a wonderful week!
Michelle Pechette
Phoebe Hearst Elementary

Empathy, GATE, Holidays, Art

Good evening, Phoebe families,

February is here!  With a new month comes a new Social Emotional Learning theme.  This month’s theme is Empathy.  Please take a moment to review the parent resources for our SEL theme. 

GATE Virtual Family Information Night

Gifted and Talented Education is specialized academic instruction that is offered at Phoebe from grades 2-6.  Students are assessed in grades 1 and 3.  I would like to invite any parents/caregivers to join us for a GATE information virtual meeting on February 4th from 6:00-7:30pm. Our district GATE coordinator, Kari Lofing, will present and be available for questions.  This meeting will be held via Zoom.  The Zoom information is:

Meeting ID: 853 6671 3147

Passcode: 121744

February Holidays

Please note that we will have two February holidays this month.  There will be no school on February 8th and February 15th commemorating President’s Day.  

Phoebe Art Newsletter

A big thank you to Miss Jane for putting together our Phoebe Art Newsletter.  In it you will find important information about current and upcoming art projects.  

Thank you,

Michelle Pechette
Phoebe Hearst Elementary

Spelling Bee, Talent Show, Kinder Enrollment

Good evening, Phoebe families,

Spelling Bee

​A big congratulations to our Spelling Bee champion, Yuta Ransibrahmanakul.  The competition was tough but Yuta held strong and will be advancing to the next stage of the competition.  Our second place winner is Jeremy Lee and our third place winner is Jayden Martin.  Congrats to all of our Phoebe contestants for their bravery and perseverance.  


We have heard much feedback from families that students are hungry for social interaction during distance learning.  ​In the next month you will be hearing about after-school clubs led by our very own Phoebe teachers.  These clubs will have various themes catered to our students interests.  As of now, these clubs will be virtual.  We will need parent volunteers to help with these clubs so stay tuned.  If you have an idea for a club please send me an email or call the front office. 

Phoebe’s Got Talent

​Plans are in the works for our annual Phoebe’s Got Talent Show.  If your child has a special talent that they would like to show off, this is the event for them.  This event will take place later in spring and as of now will be held virtually.  Talents come in various ways so don’t be shy, we would love to see our students in action.  Be on the lookout for sign-up information in the next coming months.  

Kinder enrollment

Do you have a prospective kindergarten child for the 2021-22 school year?  Please make sure that you are checking the website for the open enrollment dates.  You may also call the office with any questions and we will be happy to help.  

Art for our Website

​​We are looking for students who would like to create banner art for our website.  Students are welcome to submit those drawings to Take a look at our website for ideas and get those drawings in.  

Thank you,

Michelle Pechette


Phoebe Hearst Elementary

SEL, GATE, Enrollment, HRR

Good evening, Phoebe families,

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a restful two weeks.

SEL Theme

This month’s Social-Emotional theme is Perspective-taking. Please take a moment to review the parent resources.

GATE Parent Information Virtual Meeting

Gifted and Talented Education is specialized academic instruction that is offered at Phoebe from grades 2-6. Students are assessed in grades 1 and 3. I would like to invite any parents/caregivers to join us for a GATE information virtual meeting on January 26th from 6:00-7:30pm. Our district GATE coordinator, Kari Lofing, will present and be available for questions. This meeting will be held via Zoom. The Zoom information is in your email.

Incoming Kindergartners

Do you have an incoming kindergartner for the 2021-22 school year? Attached you will find a flyer with important dates. Please call our front office if you have any questions regarding enrollment and we will be happy to assist you. Also, if your incoming kinder will be 6 before September 1st, please email Yuliya Vathis at as soon as possible to ensure a smooth enrollment.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day January 18th

Please note there will be no school on Monday, January 18th in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Home Run Reader ​

Congrats to our top three Home Run Readers in each grade for December 2020! Please stay tuned for the next prize pick-up date. We are so proud of all of your hard work. Keep reading, Dragons!

  • Kinder- Jase K, Ryan G, Connor P
  • 1st grade- Ronan F, Teddy B, Dekker K
  • 2nd grade- Trevor N, Declan L, Rebekah P
  • 3rd grade- Joshua E, Kara N, Jax K
  • 4th grade- Samuel P, Grace B, Anuhea C
  • 5th grade- Hadeeqah K, Alden P, Kai B
  • 6th grade- Alice D, Hazel H, Sophia A

Our December raffle winner is Annabella T.

Thank you,

Michelle Pechette
Phoebe Hearst Elementary

New Procedures, Tours, Charity Drive, Spelling Bee

Good evening, Phoebe families,

New Materials Pick-up/Drop-off Procedure

As our community sees a rise in our COVID cases and our region was recently put on a stay at home order, Phoebe will have new materials pick up protocols beginning tomorrow, December 14th. Our office hours will remain the same which is 7:30-3:30 Monday – Friday. However, we ask that all families drive up and wait in the circle drop off in front of the office when picking up student materials. You will then call our front office phone number 916-395-4685 and a member of our staff will bring your child’s items to you. We ask that you please wear a mask. This new procedure will ensure the safety of our staff and community as we get through these winter months.

2020/21 School Tours

Do you know of any prospective families that are interested in having their children attend Phoebe for the 2021-22 school year? Tours are coming up during the month of January. Please share this sign up link with any families that may be interested in seeing what our school is all about.

Blankets, Books, Bears and Board games Charity Drive

The 2020 Holiday Drive is almost over! This year we are collecting Blankets, Books, Bears and Board Games/Puzzles to support foster youth in our community. This is an especially hard year for these kids, so let’s bring them a little cheer by donating NEW, unwrapped items. Drop off in the PH office before Monday, December 14th or you can order via – and ship directly to Children’s Law Center of CA. ATTN: BBBB 8950 Cal Center Drive, Suite 245, Sacramento, CA 05826.

Phoebe Spelling Bee

Students have been busy studying their lists and words for our spelling bee! There is still time to sign up but do that soon. Check our website for links and updated information. This week, our grade-level spelling competitions will take place via Zoom after school. If your student signed up to compete, you will receive an email with the login and passcode information.

Grade-level competitions:
  • First grade spellers will compete Tuesday at 2:00 pm
  • Second grade spellers will compete Wednesday at 1:30 pm
  • Third grade spellers will compete Thursday at 2:00 pm
  • Fourth grade spellers will compete Tuesday at 3:00 pm
  • Fifth grade spellers will compete Monday at 1:30 pm
  • Sixth grade spellers will compete Monday at 3:00 pm

Supporting Local Businesses

Local businesses have been hit so very hard in 2020 – including businesses owned by Phoebe families. If you are looking to support local this holiday season, please consider supporting the below Phoebe community establishments whether it be via gift cards or other means:

Thank you and have a wonderful evening.

Michelle Pechette
Phoebe Hearst Elementary

Spelling Bee, Auction, HRR pickup

Good evening, Phoebe families,

This month’s Social Emotional Learning theme is Perseverance. Please take a moment to read over the parent resource link that has many helpful at-home tips for talking to your children about perseverance.

Phoebe Spelling Bee

You have heard the buzz and we are excited to announce that the Phoebe Hearst Spelling Bee is back! This virtual event will take place over the course of the next few weeks as students work to become the 2020-21 PhoeBee champion. Throughout this week, students will have a chance to review lists and study words before our first round of grade-level competitions, which will be conducted via Zoom, the week of December 14. The top spellers from each grade will advance to our school-wide event held the week of January 4 when we return from Winter Break. We will work off of the attached Scripps National Spelling Bee lists. In order for your student to participate, please fill out the form available below or through the link here. If you have questions or would like additional information, please email

The holiday online auction is LIVE

Behind on holiday shopping? In search of stocking stuffers? You are in luck! The very first Phoebe Hearst online auction is now LIVE. With the cancellation of the Spring Fundraiser, we have a number of items that we are auctioning to the highest bidder. This includes 2 dates for holiday carriage rides through the 40s, a Yeti cooler, and donated baskets and restaurant gift cards.


Choose “Get Started” to be an online bidder and bid on these items. Auction ends this Tuesday, December 8th at 6 pm.

​Home Run Reader Prize Pick-up

​We will have our Home Run Reader prize pick up drive through on Thursday, December 10th from 12:30-2:30pm.

Thank you and have a wonderful evening.

Michelle Pechette
Phoebe Hearst Elementary