End of Year Survey

Thank you for the amazing response to our Head of School Survey. We are asking you to complete one more survey that will be crucial for our planning over the summer. The survey is separated into sections that address in-person learning prior to March, our distance learning program, and ideas about preparing for next year. We hope that you will find the time to provide us with your thoughts! We are hoping to close the survey on June 19th.Thank you in advance!

Staffing Updates

As we head into the summer, we wanted to share some news about staffing for next year and welcome new faculty to our community.

David Devory and Kasha Viets-Wood will not be returning to their roles this upcoming year. We wish them the best of luck and thank them for all of their hard work at Peabody. 

We have hired Nicole Dreyfus as our new Grade 3 teacher. Nicole graduated from Bard College with a B.A. in Literature and Creative Writing; in 2004, she earned her Master's of Science in Education from Bank Street College of Education in New York City. Between 2013 and 2014, Nicole was awarded a full scholarship to be a science fellow at Bank Street's Kerlin Institute, where she studied genetics, ecology, pathology and best practices in science instruction. Over the past seventeen years, Nicole has taught children between the ages of 3 and 16 in various school settings across the United States, as well as in Costa Rica and Colombia. She holds a teaching license for grades PreK-6 in the state of Virginia. Nicole has been the recipient of several grants and awards, including a summer travel grant to study Yoga and Mediation in India, a grant to study filmmaking in Turkey, a scholarship to participate in a summer-long puppetry apprenticeship in Vermont, and a grant to create and exhibit poetry and paintings in the Southwestern United States. She has been an exhibiting artist in several galleries in New York City and the Hudson River Valley and has written several novels and picture books for children. Nicole loves learning new things and is thrilled to be a member of the Peabody community, working with her all-time favorite grade!

Hope Sikora will be joining us as our new Middle School Math teacher. Hope graduated from the University of Virginia with both her Masters in Teaching in Secondary Mathematics Education and her B.A. in Math with a minor in Religious Studies. She has worked with students in Algebra I, II, Geometry and Pre-Calculus. Hope loves middle school math, because it encourages problem solving and helps us understand the world. In her free time, Hope enjoys cooking, exercising, and cheering on the Hoos! 

Lydia Funk will be joining our staff as a Teaching Assistant.  A Peabody alumna (‘11), Lydia graduated from The College of William & Mary with a B.A. in French and Francophone Studies and a minor in Middle Eastern Studies. Committed to cross-cultural communication, she studied in both Montpellier, France, and Brussels, Belgium while in school. After graduating, she served as a group leader on an exchange program for Iraqi undergraduates in Detroit. She recently returned from a year teaching English in a French high school. In her free time, Ms. Funk enjoys reading, gardening, restoring antique furniture, and planning her next travel adventure.

Additionally, we have restructured the World Language Department to create a K-5 and 6-8 grade band. Severine Fremy and Mary Patricia Moynihan will be teaching in Grades K-5. Maryline Meyer and our new hire, Emory (Emmie) Wright will be teaching Middle School. Emmie Wright holds a BA in Spanish, with a minor in Anthropology, from Washington and Lee University. She spent her junior year in Sevilla, Spain and as soon as she finished college she returned, this time to walk the Camino de Santiago, a 500 mile pilgrimage across Northern Spain.She earned her M.A in Spanish from the Middlebury Language School, finishing her last summer in Guadalajara, Mexico.She spent a number of years teaching both middle and upper school Spanish in Charleston, SC, New York City, where she led student trips to Spain, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and Peru. She then took time off from teaching to stay home with her kids Stella (rising Grade 2) and Jack (rising kindergartener). In the fall of 2019, she returned to the Spanish classroom at Tandem Friends School, where she taught Middle School Spanish. In her free time, she loves to travel with her family, garden, read and run.

We look forward to working with these amazing educators!
Summer Work

Students join Grades K-3 will be receiving optional summer work during the device drop off day. This work is intended to help reinforce skills already taught and is optional. Required summer reading assignments for Grades 4-8 will also be distributed the device drop-off day. Correction from last week, Grade 4 summer reading is required!
Summer Send Off and Device Return

Everyone should have received an email with the details of our device drop off days.

June 15th: All remaining Families (see your email for your scheduled time)
Camp Invention Update

UPDATE: Camp Invention is going Virtual for 2020! All details on  Camp Invention Connect™ are below and we are still taking registrations. If you have already registered, you should have received an email detailing your options for this summer. If you have not received this email, please contact Camp Invention at 800-968-4332 to modify or cancel your registration.
 
Imaginations soar with our new  at-home program , Camp Invention Connect™! Children in grades K-6 receive four exciting activity kits packed full of materials to get them outside and active as they explore concepts of flight, tackle environmental challenges, build the ultimate sports complex, design the next great invention and gain confidence as innovators and entrepreneurs! This flexible program reinvents distance learning — it can be screen-free and self-led, or it can be enhanced through online collaboration sessions with Coaches and fellow participants. The coed week begins on June 22, 2020 and an all-girls week begins on June 29,2020 with Amy Brudin serving as Lead Coach to offer the all-new 2020 curriculum, Elevate! Visit   invent.org/camp  or call 800-968-4332 to register. Use promo code SUM15 to save $15 (expires 6/30).
Virtual Tour of Peabody

While we are not able to host admissions tours these days, we do have a way now for interested families to see Peabody with our new virtual tour! Huge thanks to Mrs. Brudin's technology students from the Peabody Class of 2019 for their great virtual reality panoramic shots!

Click  HERE  to take the tour. NOTE: To hear the narration, you must click on the "gear" located in the top right hand corner of the screen, and then click again to "Turn Narration On." 

Virtual Tour of the New Building!
The furniture has not been moved in yet, but here's a look at the new North Wing at Peabody - can't wait to start using this space this fall! 

Click  HERE  to take the tour.  NOTE: To hear the narration, you must click on the "gear" located in the top right hand corner of the screen, and then click again to "Turn Narration On."  
Thank You for supporting Peabody!

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!
Parent Information Center

  • Report Cards will be sent home digitally to all families.

  • There will be monthly editions of the newsletter in July and August. Summer newsletters will contain information on class lists, handbooks, policies etc. Updates on Re-entry planning will occur throughout the summer!

  • Arts for Learning Virginia, an arts-in-education nonprofit, is sponsoring a free art contest for children. It runs through June 30 and is designed for elementary school children in Virginia to say “thank you” to our community’s essential workers. More details on the contest and submission information can be found at www.yav.org/ArtfulThanks

We Love Our Peabody Community!