Jog-a-thon – Important Updates

Hello Phoebe Families,

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. Visit this link to enter your sizes for 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.

Thank you,

Phoebe Hearst PTO

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

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 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