Virtual Parent Info Night, Childcare Option, Phoebe’s Got Talent, Home Run Reader

Virtual Parent Information Night
Don’t forget about our parent information night tomorrow, Monday, March 15th at 5:30pm to discuss learning options and re-opening plans.  

Thank you to all of those families that have had the opportunity to fill out our  learning options survey.  If after tomorrow night’s meeting you decide to choose a different learning option for your child or your family has specific needs that I need to be aware of, please contact me at The survey closes on March 17th. 

Childcare Option
To support families our front office staff has been actively seeking after-school child care options for families.  One option that has come available is Dragon Fire Martial Arts.  They will be offering after school child care for 1st – 6th grade students.  Please contact Dragon Fire directly if you have questions or are interested in signing up.  Their phone number is 916-494-1220.

Phoebe’s Got Talent is back!  
Dust off your dancing shoes, shine up those instruments, and get ready because you just might be the star of our first ever virtual talent show!  Phoebe’s Got Talent – “Live” From Home is officially underway.  While we will miss seeing everyone at an in-person event, the “stage” is open for our talented dragons to upload their 1-2 minute video. The top 20 acts will be selected and featured in the 2021 virtual show going “live” on April 29 th at 6 pm.

Anything that would normally be done on stage is eligible for consideration.  Although we know there are millions of talents that our students show every day at home, on the field, in the pool and throughout our community, this will still be a show and our organizers are looking for performances like those that Phoebe’s Got Talent traditionally features. 

Important note regarding air rock: For everyone’s safety, group air rock acts are of course welcome, however, groups must perform together but apart. In-person group air rock acts unfortunately do not meet our safety requirements, but it works great to film each group member’s personal segment and create one fun air rock video! Please get in touch with PGT organizers for clarification or examples of how to do this.

If you are interested in submitting a video of your awesome talents, please fill out the Google Form here no later than March 26 th. We will contact you soon after if we have any questions regarding your act… .  

Videos will need to be uploaded by April 13th which will allow us plenty of time to edit the final show.  We will provide all of the upload details and instructions before the deadline!

Feel free to email organizers with any questions or clarifications anytime at We can’t wait for the show!

Home Run Reader
Congrats to our top three Home Run Readers in each grade for January and February 2021!  (Check your email to see a full list of our fabulous readers.) Please stay tuned for our prize distribution plan as we coordinate with our return to school plan.  We are so proud of all of your hard work.  Keep reading, Dragons!

Michelle Pechette

Learning Options/Cohorts, In-Person Learning, Uniforms, Parent Info Night

There is much preparation underway at Phoebe to ensure the safe return to campus for many of our students.  We are thrilled to be at a point to welcome our students back to in-person learning with targeted re-opening dates of April 8th for all Kinder-3rd graders and April 15th for all 4th-6th graders.  I know there are many questions that families have about the logistics of our Return to Learn Plan.  I would like to highlight a few.

Learning Options/Cohorts
It is important for families to fill out our learning options survey.   Please complete the form at  to communicate the choice of learning option for your student by March 17 at 11:59 P.M. The form must be completed for each Sac City Unified student. If there is more than one student in your household please complete a form for each child. You will need to include your student’s ID number to complete the form .  If you do not know your child’s student ID number, please email You can find more information about the learning options on our district’s webpage.  

The assurity that I can give about cohorts is that siblings will be placed in the same cohort.  Meaning that all children from a household will be assigned the same cohort.  

In-Person Learning
It has come to my attention that there are concerns about what the in-person concurrent model will look like. As a matter of clarification, students are NOT expected to be on Zoom from their own computers for the entire three hours. They will be learning with peers in the classroom, in a physically distanced environment with interaction from their teacher. This could mean using manipulatives, working in groups, participating in interactive activities, doing work on paper, and most importantly, having the opportunity to collaborate and interact with peers in person, with their current teacher. 

Knowing that it has been a full year that students have been on campus, the uniform requirement at Phoebe for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year will be very relaxed.  Please do not feel that you have to go out and purchase uniforms for your children if you choose the in-person learning option.  We will pick back up with our traditional dress code in the fall.  

Parent Information Night
Mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 24th at 5:30.  I will host a virtual Parent Information Night about our learning options at Phoebe and answer any questions that families may have about our targeted re-opening dates and plans.  

As the days roll on and further negotiations take place with our labor partners, there will be much more information to share.  

Thank you,
Michelle Pechette

March Social-Emotional Theme, Fitness Club, Return to Learn

Welcome to March! 

With a new month, we have a new Social-Emotional Learning theme.  This month’s theme is Integrity.  Parent resources for this month’s SEL theme will be made available soon.  

Ms. Dighero’s Fitness Club
If your child has signed up for Ms. Dighero’s fitness club but has not yet received an email from her, please email Ms. Dighero and she will send you zoom information for their first club meeting.

Return to Learn
Please be on the lookout for an email from our district with a survey asking families which learning model they would like to choose for their child (in-person hybrid or full distance learning).  It is important that you fill that survey out in a timely manner.  For more information about the proposed plan and negotiations updates please visit our district’s website

Thank you,
Michelle Pechette

Office Hours, After-school Clubs

Good evening, Phoebe families,

Happy 100 days of school!  Can you believe that we will celebrate our 100th day of school on February 17th?  I have truly been grateful for every moment that I have had the opportunity to serve our Phoebe community.  

School Office Hours

Our Phoebe front office hours are 7:30am-3:30pm, Monday – Friday for drive-up pick-up.  As of January 12th, Sacramento County was eligible to exit the regional stay-at-home order.  As such, beginning Tuesday, we will be opening our front office for pick-up and drop-off.  Families will be allowed to enter the office.  We ask that you please adhere to proper social distancing protocols as we will only allow 3 people in the office at a time.  If you would like to have pick-up items brought to you in your car, you are welcome to call our front office number and one of our front office staff will be happy to assist you.  

After-school Clubs Sign-ups

We have updates on Phoebe clubs and two additional club sign-ups – Art Club and Nature Bowl club sign-ups have been included.  Please note that Minecraft Club is full with a waitlist and Speech and Debate Club’s next session will begin in April.  

After-school Clubs Sign-ups

After-school clubs are here!  We have several clubs that will be starting very soon such as:

  • Fitness Club (Mon 2:30-3:15) – Ms. Dighero Sign-Up
  • Minecraft Club (Mon 4:00-5:00) – Ms. Nava and Ms. Wagner (This sign up is full) 
  • Nature Bowl Club (TBD) – Ms. Warren Sign-Up
  • Music Club (Thurs 2:30-3:15) – Mr. Manricks, Mr. Martinez & Ms. Harris Sign-Up
  • Speech & Debate Club (Wed 2:15-3:15) – Mr. White (The next 6 week session will begin in April, sign-ups will be coming in March)
  • Art Club (Wed 1:30-2:30) – Mr. Goul Sign-Up

Please click on the sign-up links for more information about that specific club.  

Friday Announcements 2/12

Thank you and have a wonderful evening.
Michelle Pechette
Phoebe Hearst Elementary

Valentine’s Spirit Day, After-school Clubs, Lightspeed

Valentine’s Spirit Day 2/12

This Friday will be a spirit day for our Phoebe students.  All Phoebe students have the option of wearing pink, purple, or red for Valentine’s Day.  

After-school Clubs Sign-ups

After-school clubs are here!  We have several clubs that will be starting very soon such as:

  • Fitness Club (Mon 2:30-3:15) – Ms. Dighero Sign-Up
  • Minecraft Club (Mon 4:00-5:00) – Ms. Nava and Ms. Wagner Sign-Up
  • Nature Bowl Club (TBD) – Ms. Warren Sign-ups coming soon
  • Music Club (Thurs 2:30-3:15) – Mr. Manricks, Mr. Martinez & Ms. Harris Sign-Up
  • Speech & Debate Club (Wed 2:15-3:15) – Mr. White Sign-ups coming soon

Please click on the sign-up links for more information about that specific club.  Some of our clubs are still in development.  Sign-ups will be coming very soon.  

Lightspeed Classroom Management

Phoebe will be participating in a 2 week trial of Lightspeed’s Classroom Management. This product will allow teachers to view & control the window of student’s district Chrome browser windows. Teachers will not be able to see additional windows on personal devices nor information from personal Chrome browsers. Our hope is that teachers will be able to create a more engaged and streamlined instructional experience for your children. It is important to note that, as this is our first use of this product, we are hoping to learn about best practices. Thank you for your patience as we figure out if we should adopt this product and if so, how to best roll it out to the entire district. Should you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Nova Katz, our district instructional technology coordinator at

The list of Phoebe teachers participating in the 2 week trial are:

Thank you and have a wonderful week!
Michelle Pechette
Phoebe Hearst Elementary