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​


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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 9/27

Good evening Phoebe families,

Last week our school was recognized as a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. Phoebe was one of only 33 schools in California to receive the honor in 2020 and one of only two in Northern California. We are so incredibly proud of the work of our students, teachers, school site staff and our entire school community for their hard work and dedication to achieve this very high honor. This is truly a group effort which benefits our students by helping them excel and achieve.

Are you interested in serving on our School Site Council? The School Site Council is a committee made up of teachers, parents, administration and community members for the purpose of offering decisions about how our School Plan for Student Achievement dollars are spent. If you are interested in running for one of our three open seats, please fill out this interest form to be considered for our election that will take place in October.

Here are a couple messages from our PTO:

We are excited to kick off the 2020-2021 Home Run Reader program, distance learning style, with you this Thursday, October 1st. Please check out our new webpage that has ALL of the program info, forms, and prizes at!! During our distance learning year, we will have monthly prizes for all levels and the top 3 in each grade. Remember to log your minutes on your Home Run Reader calendar, email a photo of the log to AND input your total minutes read for October at by Monday, Nov. 2nd to be eligible for the October prizes! We will have a contactless prize pick up in Nov. We will distribute prizes to all participants from the 2019-2020 school year at that time as well. Date and time is TBD and will be announced at the end of October. We are looking forward to announcing last year’s top 22 readers in the student video this Friday, October 2nd. We are so proud of all of your hard work. We’re all in this together Dragons! Stay well and keep reading! We miss you and we are here for you!

We need one of our Phoebe dragons to help us design this year’s jog-a-thon shirt! If your child would like to submit a design, please submit their art by Friday, Oct 9th to Artwork can use up to 3 colors. The theme of this year is SUPERHEROS! Artists can use past jog-a-thon designs as inspiration, or come up with something entirely new to embrace the superhero theme, distance learning, wearing a mask, etc. Designs can incorporate the spirit of the event (running, Phoebe the Dragon, support for the school’s technology and art programs, etc.).

Also, if your dragon would like to draw a banner for our website, please fill out this form to be added to a list of on-call artists! Next time we need a banner, an on-call artist will be contacted.

Thank you and have a wonderful evening.

Michelle Pechette
Phoebe Hearst Elementary

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

Phoebe Logo Masks and Apparel

Show your school spirit by wearing a dragon mask! 100% cotton and machine washable. They are $12 a piece and proceeds will be directed to campus beautification. Simply Venmo Jennifer-claresimmons or Paypal: and we’ll reply with an address for an East Sacramento home porch pick up in the comments.

Regular school apparel is also currently for sale at the Cotton Shoppe through September 27.