Good evening Phoebe families,

The Phoebe Hearst virtual Jog-a-thon is coming up on November 9 November 16-20, but all pledges and sponsorship donations are DUE MONDAY, OCTOBER 19 by 8am OCTOBER 26 BY 8AM. (UPDATED 10/16).

Donations can be made online here!

Please email the link and share on your social media to collect those online donations. 

Students are eligible for Phoebe swag (dry-fit jog-a-thon shirt, socks, face mask,  sweatshirt, sweat pants, and a stadium blanket) with their donations. 

All Phoebe swag will be distributed the week of Nov 2 via drive-thru at the school. Stay tuned for details.

Thank you,

Phoebe Hearst PTO​

Weekly Announcements 10/11

Good evening, Phoebe families,

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

For more information about our current PTO sponsored events, please see links below:

Home Run Reader

Thank you and have a wonderful evening.

Michelle Pechette
Phoebe Hearst Elementary

Weekly Announcements 10/4

Good evening Phoebe Families,

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.

As always, please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Michelle Pechette
Phoebe Hearst Elementary


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The Phoebe Hearst jog-a-thon is back for 2020!!

Going virtual…

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 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!
  • We can use those pics in the 2020-2021 yearbook. 

Thank you, and happy running!

Weekly Announcements 9/22

Good evening Phoebe Families,

I hope you are all settling in to our school year.

On September 30th we will have a Dine & Donate Night at Chipotle on Folsom Blvd. from 4:00-8:00pm.

We have Phoebe child size masks for sale for $12. Please email our PTO president, Jenny Simmons, if you are interested in purchasing one.

Every Friday students will hear a recorded morning announcements. Thank you to parent Abby Jaske, for all of her work on this project. The announcements will include a principal’s welcome, the pledge, and a riddle. If your child is interested in saying the pledge please sign up on this form.

Our Phoebe website is ever evolving. A big thank you to our parent-webmaster for all of her work on our website. Check out the new offerings for after-school virtual enrichment classes under the Distance Learning tab.

For the latest PTO news please check out our PTO newsletter.

There has been communication recently sent to families about a minor schedule change making lunch for 1st-6th grade at 11:30. At this time we will continue to implement our district approved schedule that was shared with families back on September 8th. Please know that I am truly sorry for all of the last minute communication involving schedule changes and any inconvenience this may have caused. This will be Phoebe’s adopted schedule starting Monday until we receive communication and/or guidance from the district about modifications to our distance learning schedules. I have reposted the schedules again for your reference.

Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Michelle Pechette
Phoebe Hearst Elementary

Weekly Announcements 9/14

Good evening Phoebe families,

I hope you had a chance to rest and relax on your weekend. This will be our first full week of Distance Learning. I appreciated the feedback that I received from families regarding how your child’s first week went. Our staff is working very hard on meeting the needs of our students. There may have been technical issues that were out of our control but teachers, students and families were able to problem solve and work together. Thank you for your patience.

One thought I wanted to share with you is that this pandemic has affected all of us in unique ways. I read a quote this week that stated that we are all in the same storm; however, we are all driving different boats. Being sensitive to the specific needs of our students and families is our focus here at Phoebe. Please reach out to your child’s teacher or myself if your child is in need of support.

This month our social-emotional learning (SEL) theme is Collaboration. I have attached a family resource guide for you to read as your children are learning about this in their classes for the month of September.

Mark your calendar for September 30th. That will be our first Dine and Donate at Chipotle. More information to come.

Finally, please take a look at our Parent Teacher Organization’s newsletter for the month of September.

Thank you and have a wonderful evening.

Michelle Pechette
Phoebe Hearst Elementary