Spirit Week!

Get ready...our annual Spirit Week is next week! I know the suspense has been building...so here are the highly anticipated themes for each day!

Monday: Movies and Memes
Tuesday: Team Tuesday
Wednesday: Wacky Wednesday
Thursday: Peabody Pride
Friday: Formal Fancy Friday
Thank You for Supporting the Peabody 2020 Campaign!

Thank you to all the families who came to the event at Three Notch’d where we shared plans for new STEM, performing arts, and outdoor play space. In case you missed it, you might like to see the video we showed at the event and check out the Capital Campaign site on our webpage. Please reach out with questions and to share ideas about the Campaign. We hope you are as excited as we are about the new building addition and will consider making a gift to the Campaign!
Peabody Presents to Albemarle Board of Supervisors

Check out our Peabody students, presenting to the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday to support reducing carbon emissions in our community! Students and local business leaders are lobbying for elected officials to set bold goals for reducing carbon emissions over the next 10 years - a goal of 45 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030, which matches the recommendation of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Way to go, Peabody!
Spring Enrichment Registration Open!

Registration is now open for after school Spring Enrichment classes at Peabody. Classes start the week of April 8th. We are asking that registrations be submitted by March 22nd. Thank you!

Charlottesville Cardinals Wheelchair Basketball Game

Peabody School was visited by the Charlottesville Cardinals wheelchair basketball team this week. This was an exciting and eye opening experience for our students.The Cardinals gave us a rundown of their organization, the different rules to wheelchair basketball, and a glimpse into the lives of a few players. Some middle school students were able to share in the experience by playing in a wheelchair basketball game against the Cardinals. The game was full of excitement, made baskets, fun, and some humbled students by the end. We want to give a big thanks to Tom Vandever, Head Coach, for helping organize this event. Please check out the this link, Cville Cardinals , to learn more about the Charlottesville Cardinals. Also check out the inspirational video at the bottom of the home page.
Kids Night Out!

Friends in PreK through 8th Grade, get ready for a Lego-themed costume and pajama party . . . at school! You are invited to dress in jammies or costumes and bring your favorite stuffed animal, pillow, and blanket to participate in an evening of sleepover and Lego-themed fun on March 30 from 6-9 pm. We’ll be building blanket forts, getting in a little Lego time, and watching The Lego Movie. The KNO program supports the Peabody School Annual Fund, and the fee includes dinner, dessert, and lots of fun! Please fill out this Registration Form and return with payment no later than Monday, March 25.
Festival of the Book at Peabody

Middle School

All Middle School Students  attended a special assembly with 2019 Virginia Festival of the Book headliner Carol Anderson . Professor Anderson was a Guggenheim Fellow for Constitutional Studies and is the author of  White Rage , which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, and  We Are Not Yet Equal , a new young readers' book that examines racial inequality in America as seen in Jim Crow, the Great Migration, Brown v. Board of Education, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the elections of President Obama and Donald Trump. She is an amazing speaker who will bring history to life for your students.

Lower School

As part of the Virginia Festival of the Book - and to also celebrate D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read) Day - guest authors Miranda and Baptiste Paul shared their book I Am Farmer: Growing an Environmental Movement in Cameroon in two special presentations for our students on Friday.

Peabody students discovered the true story of how environmentalist Farmer Tantoh is transforming the landscape in his home country of Cameroon. When Tantoh Nforba was a child, his fellow students mocked him for his interest in gardening. Today he's an environmental hero, bringing clean water and bountiful gardens to the central African nation of Cameroon. This inspiring story is a great fit for Peabody's green-minded community and we are very proud to have served as a special sponsor of the 2019 Festival of the Book.

The Pauls have advised anyone interested in purchasing I Am Farmer to do so by supporting a local bookstore!
Calling All Plastic Bottle Caps!

Did you know that plastic bottle caps are not recyclable?! 5th grade will be collecting CLEAN bottle caps (plastic only) of all colors and sizes for an Earth Day mural project. Please bring your clean plastic caps to 5th grade anytime before April 22 to be included in the mural!
Donations Needed for Project!

Please help the 5th grade with an ambitions cardboard space project that they will share with their 1st grade friends!

We are in need of the following items:
  • LARGE cardboard boxes (the bigger the better)
  • 2 paint rollers
  • Tin foil
  • a pair of plastic dish washing gloves
  • 3 inch long springs
  • plastic bottle caps
  • glow in the dark stars
  • toilet paper rolls
  • corks
  • black cloth
  • a bucket of small rocks (pea gravel size)
  • old computer keyboards

Donations can be dropped off in the computer lab. Thanks for your help!
Middle School Talent Show at IX Park
Summer Camp Opportunities

  • Raspberry Pi Camp will he held the week of July 8th at Peabody for rising 6th-9th grade students. The goal of the Peabody Raspberry Pi Camp is to get someone over the initial hurdles of coding and become self sufficient for electronic 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. Go to cvillepicamp.com to learn more and sign up.

  • Fine Arts Academy provides students from our region with an opportunity to spend time studying a field of art of their choice under the direction of highly qualified and engaging teachers. Registration for summer 2019 is now open! Rising 7th-12th grade students are invited to register for one of five camps, all of which will take place July 8-12, 2019, at Albemarle High School. Each camp will culminate in a public performance or display at a local venue.

  • Light House Studio has opened registration for their Summer Film Academy and would love to have some Peabody students! Here is a link to the list of workshops.
Peabody Parent Forum News

Brixx Bucks for Education Night, Wednesday, March 27th - Brixx will donate $4.00 per pizza/adult entrée and $1.00 per child’s meal to Peabody School. Please print the flyer and take it with you to Brixx so Peabody gets credit.

March 25th – Meeting 5:30 PM
March 27th – Brixx Fundraising Night
April 29th – Meeting 8:15 AM
May 6th-10th – Teacher Appreciation Week
May 29th – Meeting 5:30 PM

PPF Contact Information
For more information about PPF meetings, volunteer opportunities, or with questions or concerns, please contact Shannon Walsh or PeabodyParentForum@gmail.com .  Thanks!
2018-2019 Annual Fund

Thank you to everyone who has already donated to the 2018-19 Annual Fund! We appreciate your support, and continue to strive for 100% participation over the next 7 months! Click  here  for the full donor list to date.
Parent Information Center

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

  • Enjoying High School with an Eye on College: Please join us for a night with Clayborne Education, including founder and former Peabody parent Clay Daniel, who will present wise and forward-looking approaches to the high school years, the college years, and beyond. This session will be held April 10th starting at 6:30PM.

  • The Lost and Found will be donated at the end of next week prior to Grandparents Day. Please claim items ASAP!

  • On Tuesday, March 26th, Monticello High School will host its incoming ninth graders for a half-day visit. Students will have an opportunity to tour the building, meet some of the faculty and current students, and eat lunch in the cafeteria, using the following schedule:

9:45: 8th graders arrive
9:50-10:20: Student-led tour of the building
10:25-10:50: Lunch
10:55-11:30: Reconvene in the auditorium 

  • Albemarle High School will have their visitation day on Tuesday, March 26th . This day invites interested students to come visit AHS from 9:30 – 12:30. Counselors will hold an information meeting for parents/guardians at 4pm. Families that are interested should contact Sheena Washington in the AHS School Counseling office at 434-974-4321 or by email at swashington@k12albemarle.org to sign up. Due to the fact that students will need to be assigned to a group, they will need parents to RSVP no later than March 20th.

  • Join the Western Albemarle feeder schools for a free screening of "Screenagers" brought to you jointly by the PTOs. Young people spend an average of 6.5hrs per day on screen, but that doesn't include the time required for school or homework. This award-winning film explores how teens interact with each other using electronic devices and looks at whether parents can - or should - try to limit or control this behavior. Run time: 68min. learn more at www.screenagersmovie.com

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