Thank You for the gift of time next week! Enjoy the Break!

Congratulations to 7th Grader Sahalia Mwenechanya for her exemplary poetry writing, recognized in this summer's virtual writing camp, "The Girls Are Alwrite." All participants received a certificate for completing the program, but two girls were chosen from each genre who showed excellent writing skills throughout the weeklong program. Great job, Sahalia!

The Girls Are Alwrite is a nonprofit organization created in 2018 to provide creative writing workshops to young and innovative Black and Brown girls in the Charlottesville community. The Girls Are Alwrite (TGAA) seeks to implement a platform that allows participants to create stories that are important to them. The purpose is to foster a space for girls to explore the beauty of their creativity and imagination through written expression. Through Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction workshops, participants are able express themselves without judgment and explore the world of story telling.
Health and Safety Protocol Revision

As you know from our Health and Safety Plan, we set a "guard rail" of a seven day moving average of 25 COVID-19 cases/100K population or a 10% positivity rate to discuss the possibility of moving into a different phase of learning. We developed this "guard rail" absent school decision-making guidance from the CDC or VDH this summer so that we had an internal benchmark for decision-making. As we have worked with the Thomas Jefferson Health District throughout the fall, we have learned that the data should not be analyzed at face value, at times, and there can be nuances in what the numbers show. They are looking at not only the data but also our ability to implement mitigation practices. CDC and VDH have now released guidance on school decision-making and both are publicly facing resources. Now that the VDH has a game plan for these conversations, we will start to rely on their guidance as the public health experts and pull-off of our "guard-rail." Now that have they have indicators, we trust that they would step in and let us know when we should be concerned about staying open given this new guidance. 

At this time, they are not recommending that we change our current status. Most of the increase in cases can be attributed to UVA and, at this time, they are not seeing community spread due to these cases. This, of course, could change, and the TJHD will share that with us. The dashboard is publicly available and you can pull data from throughout the state and in each locality. 

I will still provide updates as needed and keep you abreast of any other changes. Please know that this is not an attempt to loosen our protocols but rather to follow guidance from our local public health experts who we speak with weekly and now have guidance for these decisions. Please contact Mr. Orlando if you have any questions.
COVID-19 Information Webpage

We have created a new webpage at to house all the latest information regarding the pandemic in one place.  Please click HERE to review this page, which is found in the News section at the bottom of the Peabody homepage. We hope this is a helpful tool to help keep track of any policy changes or data updates at Peabody.  Stay safe, everyone, and have a wonderful fall break! 
Indoor Fall/Winter Sports

We strongly recommend that students do not play indoor fall/winter sports. Please remember that one exposure to a student/family from another team or geographical area can impact an entire learning team here at school. We understand the sacrifice this requires but it does help eliminate one potential exposure vector coming into our school community. We also want to ensure that we share in the commitment this requires of us all to put education first in all of our decision-making. Thank you for considering this request as we work to keep school open safely.
Sibling and Learn from Home School Photo Sign-Up

Don’t forget to sign up for a sibling photo and/ or a photo for your at- home learner!
From the Health Clinic

In an effort to ensure students may return to school as quickly as possible, we have adapted a return to school template from Pediatric Associates that you are welcome to share with any pediatrician you choose as an example. We are NOT requiring that all return to school notes use this format. It is being provided as an example in case one is helpful! We also now have a fax machine to make it easier for doctors to securely send us return to school notes in a timely fashion. The fax number is (434) 288-5591 and is included on the bottom of this form.

If you are having trouble determining whether or not to send your student to school, you can call or email Nurse Tara (email: or (434) 296-6901 ext. 115) and she will respond during school hours. Or you may also consult this VDH algorithm. Thank you so much for everything you’re doing to keep Peabody safe this year!
Admissions Newsletter and Fall Tour Days

Please click HERE to read our Fall Admissions Newsletter as the 2021-22 admissions process gets underway here at Peabody!

Also, while we are not holding our traditional admissions Fall Open House this fall, we are offering Fall Tour Days, starting in October, where we can tour prospective families when school is not in session. If you have friends or work colleagues who have expressed an interest in Peabody for their children, please feel free to share the newsletter and our Fall Tour Days flyer HERE.
2019-20 Annual Report Draft

We are almost ready to take our 2019-20 Annual Report to the printer, so if you made a donation to Peabody in the last fiscal year, please check our records and make sure we accurately reflect your donation! Click HERE. Please email with any questions. 
Vote for Peabody in the Charlottesville Family Awards!

The Annual Family Favorites Survey is live from September 15–October 23. On page 6 of the survey, you have the opportunity to vote for Peabody in the following categories:
  • Best Preschool
  • Best Private School - Elementary
  • Best Private School - Middle
  • Best Preschool Teacher
  • Best Elementary School Teacher
  • Best Middle School Teacher

Charlottesville Family will share the public's winning choices in the November/December issue of CharlottesvilleFamily's Bloom and the annual Ultimate Go-To Guide. Thank you for sharing your support of Peabody School!

Parent Information Center

  • October Break is now October 12th-16th.

  • Virtual Parent Teacher Conference Sign-Ups will be sent home next week. Details to follow!

  • Thank You for helping our teachers with lunch and recess coverage. See the sign-ups HERE!

  • Thank you!!The Alliance Française of Charlottesville is offering a FUN, INTERACTIVE, and ENGAGING online French club for private school students, grades 2-4 this fall! Click for more information!

  • Virginia also launched a new application called COVIDWISE. It is the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) COVID-19 exposure notification app to facilitate contact tracing in response to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

We Love our Peabody Students and Teachers!