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 yuliya-vathis@scusd.edu. 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 yuliya-vathis@scusd.edu 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 http://dreamlist.com/for/bbbb – 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 phoebespellingbee@gmail.com.

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.

Visit https://phepto2020.ggo.bid/bidding/package-browse

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

Weekly Announcements 10/25

Good evening, Phoebe families,

Happy Spirit Week! This week students will have the opportunity to dress up based on daily themes. Those themes are as follows:

Monday – Silly Socks
Tuesday – Silly Hair
Wednesday – Mismatch Day
Thursday – Dragon Pride
Friday – Orange & Black Day

The School Site Council Election closed last Friday at 5:00pm. Congratulations to Laurel Nava and Thuy Dao our newest elected School Site Council parent representatives. Thank you to all parents that showed interest in serving on our council. Next year there will be 3 open parent representative spots. You can find more information about Phoebe’s SSC on our website.

Don’t forget to get your Jog-A-Thon donations in! Tomorrow morning at 8am is the deadline to submit all pledges and sponsorships. You can make an online donation here, or you can bring a check (made out to Phoebe Hearst PTO) or cash to the front office. Please tell us your Phoebe gear swag sizes! You can submit sizes here. We will be distributing swag the week of Nov. 9.

Your donations will support our fabulous Ms. Jane’s art program — check out her video here. Jog-A-Thon funds will also help to enrich our campus to enhance outdoor learning spaces and provide social distancing for students and staff for when our students return to campus.

Lastly, the the Friday morning announcements video from last week is in the Infinite Campus email.

Have a wonderful week!

Michelle Pechette
Phoebe Hearst Elementary

Jog-A-Thon, SSC, Spirit Week…

Good evening, Phoebe families,

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.

Don’t forget about Spirit Week during the week of October 26th – 30th. The daily themes ( illustrated on our website by on-call artists) are as follows:

Monday 26th – Silly Socks
Tuesday 27th – Silly Hair
Wednesday 28th – Mismatch
Thursday 29th – Dragon Pride
Friday 30th – Orange & Black

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
Phoebe Hearst Elementary