Odette Cook visits our Middle School

We were so honored to host Odette Cook today. Odette was born in Paris, France in 1933, the youngest of three children born to Hungarian Jews, who had emigrated to Paris in 1925. When the German Army invaded France in June of 1940, her family found it increasingly difficult to survive on the few rations that Jews were allowed to buy. In 1943, after her father was sent to a slave labor camp in Austria, her mother traveled 150 miles outside of Paris with her three children to place them with a family there, where they would be safe from persecution. Odette and her two siblings were left with a Christian family who gave them new identities to shelter them from the Nazi soldiers, who roamed the area in search of Jews. Her mother returned to Paris to care for her aging parents and to work with the French Resistance in saving other Jews from deportation. When the war ended in 1945, Odette’s mother returned to retrieve her three children and bring them back to Paris. It was in July 1945 that Odette saw her father again when the Red Cross brought him back to Paris after the liberation of his camp. While her immediate family all survived the Nazi occupation, Odette lost 26 extended family members at Auschwitz. She now speaks of her experiences to school groups in the hope that educating the next generation of children will encourage them to build and participate in a more peaceful world. This was a special opportunity for our students.
25th Anniversary Celebration and Auction!

Peabody's 25th Anniversary Celebration is only a week away and we are excited to see you at the Jefferson! This year's Auction has something for everyone, including:

  • Pheasant Hunting, Fly-Fishing, Skeet Shooting and Rihanna River Floating for the Adventurer;
  • An In-Home Dining Experience with Professional Chef Mike Perry for 8 People, a Splendora's Gelato/Wine/Beer Tasting for 10 Adults, and tons of restaurant and wine packages for the Foodie; and
  • Museum Memberships, Camp Weeks, and Taekwondo, Kung Fu and soccer packages for the Kids.

Examples of what our teachers and faculty have requested for the Giving Tree include: funding to take the first grade to see a matinee of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' at the Blackfriars Playhouse; Recording/Composing software for the new "music room", and Funding for the Outdoor Classroom and Native Habitat Restoration Projects Ms. Lastinger is coordinating.

In the next few days, you will be able to take a look at the Auction Program on-line at  peabodyauction.org . If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Heather Amato or Whitney Lyman .
Peabody Steps up to Help our Community!

Shoe Drive
Hooray! The Shoes for the Homeless shoe drive was a huge success due to the generosity and support of many of our families. Peabody collected over 100 pairs of new and used shoes of various sizes and styles. This donation will add to the more than 100,000 shoes that have been donated to the shoe drive over the past 30 years! Shoes were distributed on Saturday, February 8 at the Salvation Army gym.
Thank you again for your dedication to improving the lives of those in need.

Food Drive
Thank you to the entire Peabody community for making our Hope for Hunger food drive a huge success! All food donations will feed clients served by 45 of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank’s (BRAFB) partner pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in the Thomas Jefferson area. This includes the city of Charlottesville, and the counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Culpeper, Fluvanna, Greene, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock. The Hope for Hunger food drive was organized by Ronak, Ellena, Lila, Miles, Miranda, Sahalia, and Kes. We are excited to announce that Peabody surpassed the goal of collecting 250 items and donated 362 pounds of food which will provide approximately 302 meals for families in our area! In addition, the food drive received $140.10 in monetary donations, including a $50.00 gift card from Wegmans. Student government graciously and generously volunteered to match these funds with a $140.00 contribution of their own to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Thank you to the Peabody community for coming together to support the Hope for Hunger food drive. Thank you to the Hunger class for your hard work and dedication and for helping spread the word about hunger in our area.

Thank you to Ms. Wynn for providing these opportunities to our kids and community!
Game Night!

The 16th annual Peabody Game Night is right around the corner - and it's shaping up to be our most exciting one yet! This year's Game Night is March 6th from 6:30PM-8:00PM.

It takes a small army of volunteers to make Game Night fun and successful. We want to thank you immensely for your willingness to be a Game Master and to assist with setup and cleanup.  Please consider signing up to help setup and/or cleanup or to run a game table!

If you're signing up to be a Game Master, please select a game from the list (please let us know if you'll need us to provide the game or if you can bring your own) OR choose a slot to Bring Your Own! and add your game's name in the comments.

If you're signing up to help with setup or cleanup, please note that both of these jobs involve heavy lifting and carrying of tables and chairs, so it's not ideal for anyone with back issues or other injuries.

Please contact Shannon Walsh if you have questions or need assistance with the signup. Thank you!
Leap Day is Coming!

Leap Day Fun is coming to Peabody School on 2/28 and everyone will be participating at all grade levels! This is a really busy, really fun day for all of us! Leap Day is dedicated to students focusing on passion projects of their own design in teams or indivually. Our youngest students will work on projects as a class, but everyone else is brainstorming how they want to spend their day. Please talk with your child(ren) and let them share their ideas with you!
Peabody Jump Party!
Please join us for a Peabody School Jump Party! We have the whole place to ourselves on March 8th from 6PM-8PM. There is no school the next day so don't worry about keeping the kids up late! Pizza will be served. 100% of the proceeds will go to support the Peabody 25th Anniversary Ball!

Tickets are only $25. Please register here!!

Summer Camps at Peabody

Camp Invention is led by experienced local educators and new curriculum is introduced each year, inspired by the Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame! Students are presented with fun, hands-on challenges that encourage creative problem solving, teamwork, entrepreneurship, and innovation. This camp is for rising 1st-6th grade students. There are opportunities for Leaders in Training for rising 7-9th grade students.

Week One – June 22 -26, 2020 (coed camp): Click  here  to register or get more info!
Week Two – June 29 – July 2, 2020 (all girls camp): Click  here  to register or get more info!
Camp spots will fill fast after the Charlottesville Camp Expo next weekend!

Contact camp director Amy Brudin with any questions. Watch Camp Invention on YouTube !

The Peabody Raspberry Pi Summer Camp is to get someone over the initial hurdles and become self sufficient for their electronics projects in the future. A Raspberry Pi is a credit card sized computer that is a powerful learning tool for coding and electronics. If your student is interested in learning about robotics, coding, and circuitry and wants to learn real world coding and applications, this is the perfect summer camp for them.

Week One – July 6 – 10, 2020 
Week Two – July 13 – 17, 2020
For rising 5th – 9th grade students!
Go to  cvillepicamp.com  to learn more! 
2019-2020 Annual Fund

Thank you in advance for your consideration of a gift to Peabody School for the 2019-20 year. Please click here  for a listing of our generous 2019-20 Annual Fund donors. Proceeds from the Annual Fund enable Peabody to attract and retain top notch teachers, provide our students with the resources they need, keep our tuition affordable, and offer financial aid that meets demand. Thank you for being such strong supporters of Peabody School!
Peabody Book Swap! 

Have your children outgrown books from your home libraries? Please consider donating them to the upcoming book swap that will be paired with Game Night (3/6). We will return to our treasured Bookworm Central book fair next year when we have a fabulous new library, but until then we want to make sure our readers have access to lots of new material!

We are accepting children's books in good condition that are appropriate for our PreK-8 students. Drop them off in the office to the attention of Ms. MaryBeth or Mrs. Funk and thank you for supporting Peabody's voracious readers!
Parent Information Center

  • See the latest installment of the Panther Flash! Password:pantherflash

  • There is NO SCHOOL on February 17th and 18th.

  • Western Albemarle High School will host a Private School Orientation on Friday, February 21 from 9:15-10:30AM.

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