Welcome to Peabody!

We would like welcome Sarah Ridle  to Peabody as our new kindergarten teacher for next year. Sarah received her Bachelor of Arts in Historic Preservation from Mary Washington and her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Washington. 

A Washington State certified K-8 teacher, Sarah has been a kindergarten and first grade teacher at Open Window School, an independent K-8 school for gifted learners in Bellevue, WA, for the last eight years. Her other experience includes environmental education, Kagan Cooperative Learning, Seesaw, Responsive Classroom, and the Bridges Math curriculum. Sarah is a native of Charlottesville and her family is relocating home to be closer to family and friends.
We would also like to welcome Eliza Rogan  as our new art teacher for next year. Eliza earned her Master's Degree in Elementary Education at the University of Virginia along with a Bachelor in Studio Arts. After graduating, she taught for two years at Henley Middle School and for two years at Tandem Friends School. 
After moving to Colorado in 2011, she continued to teach art privately and through local schools and art centers and work as a full time muralist and illustrator. She also worked as Program Director at the Wyly Community Art Center where she planned, organized, and hired art professionals for a variety of adult and children’s classes. She also served as liaison between the art center and the schools, arranging school visits throughout the school year. Eliza is very excited to get back into the classroom! 
As a Charlottesville local, she is very familiar with our wonderful artistic community. Eliza and her husband have spent the last 6 years working and living in Colorado, but are excited to move back to their hometown to be closer to family.
Alumni News

Congratulations to Peabody alumnus (and son of Mrs. G!) Jesse Gottschalk (Class of 2001). A teacher at Lea Elementary in West Philadelphia, Gottschalk has self-published a book of poetry called "Tested Out," which pokes fun of standardized tests and their effect on education.   You can   read some of Gottschalk's poetry  here .  

Click here to read the news article!
BEST of C-Ville!

NOMINATE PEABODY by May 11th! Nominations for the Best of C-ville Reader's Poll are underway now and run through May 11! Please nominate Peabody under the Services category- you may nominate for:
Best Private School
Best Preschool

Thank you!! (Full voting begins Wednesday, May 16 and runs through Friday, June 8).
Spanish Luncheon

The annual Spanish Luncheon turned into an early dinner this year to allow the kids a chance to experience authentic Spanish food at a Emilio’s in Richmond.  The eighth graders left Peabody right after lunch last Friday and headed to Richmond to see “Nuestras Historias,” an interactive bilingual exhibit at the Valentine museum that examines what it means to be Latino in the city of Richmond (highlighting the accomplishments of many prominent people in the city).  From there, the group drove over to the restaurant where staff were waiting with tapas, and ultimately got to try a wide variety of Spanish fare including tortilla española, jamón serrano, manchego cheese, paella valenciana and other delicacies.  After having some flan for dessert, the now-sleepy kids returned to Peabody.  Everyone seemed to really enjoy the experience!
Kings Dominion Trip

The middle school music trip to Kings Dominion is upon us! On Friday, May 11th, we will take our annual journey to Kings Dominion to perform in the Festival of Music. We will need chaperones and chauffeurs to transport students and equipment to the park. Please mark your calendars and consider spending a lovely day at Kings Dominion with us, we can't do it without you!!! If you are able to act as a chaperone or chauffeur please complete the google form . We have also shared a tentative trip schedule and the permission to roam form . Please print the permission to roam form and return signed copies to Ellen Kasike as soon as possible so we can plan accordingly.
This Week in Middle School...

Congrats to this year's eighth grade government students. They smashed all prior school records as legislators. This is the seventh year that our students have participated in the Youth Leadership Initiative E-Congress- a national program run by UVA's Center for Politics. Students are tasked with learning about the legislative process by researching a topic they are interested in, and proposing legislation to address the topic. Their bills are sent out to various regions of the country and go through several stages of review by peers from states such as Minnesota, Georgia, New Jersey and Florida. To make it all the way to a law is difficult: nationally, less than 20% get that far. At Peabody, the record had been 5 out of 13 (38%). This year's group, our largest class yet, pushed 17 bills to the House floor, and all 17 passed! That's a whopping 17 out of 26 students (65%). In addition to bragging rights, they have earned a promised sheet cake from their instructor. Only eleven more years until they're old enough to run for the House of Representatives. I wouldn't be surprised to see a few Panther hats in the ring.
Time to Order your Yearbook!

It’s time to order your 2017-2018 Peabody School Yearbook! Our yearbook will include special moments to remember our wonderful school year!

Please complete the form and return it with your payment, cash or check, made payable to Peabody School no later than Friday, May 11th.

You may pre-order your yearbook for $35 until May 11. Any copies ordered after the deadline will cost $40.
2017-2018 Annual Fund Update

Many thanks to everyone who has already donated to the Peabody Annual Fund for 2017-18! We are extremely grateful for your contributions, and appreciate your support of Peabody and our mission. Our goal is 100% participation from all faculty/staff and families! We hope you will help us get there! 

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week

We will be celebrating this year’s Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week from May 7th through May 11th. This celebration (which includes a teacher lunch and many, many other fun activities) is funded completely by voluntary contributions. CASH donations are preferred and should be left in the PPF/suggestion locked box - the small black box at the top of the ramp in the PK-5 building. 

For your convenience, you may also send funds using PayPal to  PeabodyParentForum@gmail.com

The deadline for all contributions is  THURSDAY, APRIL 26th.  Please note, the office has been asked not to take contributions. Questions? Email us at:  PeabodyParentForum@gmail.com

Thank you!!!
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Parent Information Center

  • Check out the latest edition of the Panther Flash! Password: pantherflash

  • Mr. Chain's Raspberry Pi Camp...June 18th - 22nd or July 9th-13th, 8:00am - 3:30pmGo to cvillepicamp.com to learn more and sign up.

  • We are asking that visitors do not park in the small lot between 9:30am and 2:30pm so that we can use this space for recess. Thank you!

Another Great Week at Peabody School!