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Jog-a-Thon this week, fall break

Good evening, Phoebe families,

I hope this message finds you well. Fall break is almost upon us. There will be no school November 23rd – 27th. We will see you back on Monday, November 30th.

Get ready to RUN! Our 2020 Virtual Jog-a-thon kicks off off tomorrow. Find a safe place to run for 15-minutes between Nov 16-20 and tell us how you did! Running pics welcome, too. Details for running and submitting results are all on our website: https://phoebehearst.org/jog-a-thon/

Thank you and have a wonderful evening.

Michelle Pechette
Principal
Phoebe Hearst Elementary

Holiday, Jog-a-Thon swag

Good evening, Phoebe families,

I hope this message finds you well. We have a few announcements this week.

There will be no school this Wednesday, November 11th in observance of Veteran’s Day. We want to sincerely thank all those that have served our country.

We will be distributing Jog-A-Thon prizes this week via drive through pick-up at school. Due to the Kindelt family’s generosity, all students will have swag to be picked up. All COVID safety protocols will remain in place for this effort (masks required). Distribution will be done alphabetically on the following schedule:

Tuesday, Nov, 10 from 2-4pm: Last names starting with A – L
Thursday, Nov 12 from 2-4pm: Last names starting with M – Z

If you are unable to pick up your child’s swag during the allotted times, you may come by the office on or after November 13th from 7:30-3:30.

Thank you and have a wonderful evening.

Michelle Pechette
Principal
Phoebe Hearst Elementary

Dos Coyotes Fundraiser, Conferences, Jog-A-Thon

Good evening, Phoebe families,

I hope all of our Phoebe families had a safe and enjoyable weekend. As we round the corner into November, I am reminded that although we are in the midst of events that we cannot control, there is much to be grateful for which leads us into our new monthly Social Emotional Learning theme: Gratitude. Please take a moment to check out the parent resources regarding gratitude.

Need a dinner idea for election night? Come out and support our Dine and Donate event at Dos Coyotes from 4:00-8:00pm on Tuesday, November 3rd. 20% of all proceeds will go back to our school.

We will be holding Parent/Teacher conferences during the week of December 4-11. Your child’s teacher will be contacting you for a date and time for your conference. Most conferences will be scheduled in the afternoon time. If you have questions about parent/teacher conferences, please reach out to your child’s teacher.

Thanks for everyone’s outstanding efforts to fundraise for the Jog-A-Thon. Together, we raised more than $80,000!

And BIG thank you to the Kindelt family for sponsoring the Jog-A-Thon so that every student will receive a Jog-A-Thon shirt!

We will be distributing Jog-A-Thon prizes the week of November 9 via drive through pick-up at school. Due to the Kindelt’s generosity, all students will have swag to be picked up. All COVID safety protocols will remain in place for this effort (masks required). Distribution will be done alphabetically on the following schedule:

Tuesday, Nov, 10 from 2-4pm: Last names starting with A – L
Thursday, Nov 12 from 2-4pm: Last names starting with M – Z

If you’re able to grab a friend or neighbor’s swag and deliver to them, you are welcome to do so. If you are unable to pick up your child’s Jog-A-Thon swag during these windows, you can pick up in the office on or after Friday, Nov 13.

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS! If you are able to do an hour-shift on either or both days, we could use the hands to make distribution fast and efficient.

Please sign up here: Jog-A-Thon Swag Drive Thru

To recognize readers throughout the entire school year, we’ll have monthly prizes. To be eligible, submit logs on the website AND to homerunreader@gmail.com by the 1st Monday of the following month (October logs are due Nov. 2).

Thank you and have a wonderful evening,

Michelle Pechette
Principal
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
Principal
Phoebe Hearst Elementary

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
Principal
Phoebe Hearst Elementary