Panther Flash!

Did you know Peabody has our own weekly news segment? Tune into the Panther Flash every Friday to get caught up on the news at Peabody. The Panther Flash is written, produced, filmed and edited by students every week. The link to the broadcast will always be found in the Parent Information Center in the newsletter. Thanks to Mrs. Bernsen for helping our students with the production each week! Happy viewing!
Peabody Enrichment Program and Clubs!

Several enrichment classes/clubs start next week. Please see the schedule below:
Monday - StoryTime Yoga
Tuesday - Chess
Wednesday - Games & Graphic Novels
Thursday - Cooking Craftacular

*Girls Basketball begins 9/26*
*Pickleball begins 10/5*

Please contact Lauren Funk if you have any questions.
Vote for Peabody!

The 2018 Charlottesville Family Favorite Awards survey is open from September 1 to October 10! Please click on "Cast your Vote!" and vote for Peabody in the following categories:

Question 58 - Best PreSchool
Question 59 - Best Private School - Elementary School
Question 60 - Best Private School - Middle School
Question 63 - Best Teacher
High School Information Session

We are hosting a high school information session starting at 5:30PM prior to the start of Middle School Back to School Night. Rob Orlando and Diane Krehmeyer will share information on how to navigate the high school registration process as well as sharing open house information. This session is targeted to Grade 8 families but Grade 7 families are welcome to join us!
Calling all Geography Fans in Grades 4-8!

Peabody School will be slightly altering its approach to the National Geographic Geo Bee. This year we will be training for and competing in the Bee in after-school sessions. Mr. Brinkop and Ms. Lacy will run a three-week "Geography Bootcamp" (Thursdays after school from 3:30-4:30) where we will not only prepare for the Bee content-wise, but we will also explore questions from previous years and discuss strategies for solving difficult or unknown questions. After three weeks of Bootcamp we will run a preliminary round and then a final round in order to crown our school champion. We will have our first Boot Camp session on Thursday, September 27th followed by sessions the next two Thursdays. You must participate in the Boot Camp if you are interested in competing in the Bee. If we have ten or fewer participants then we will not need to conduct preliminary rounds, but Peabody cannot participate in the Bee if we have fewer than six participants . Please let Mr. Brinkop or Ms. Lacy know if you have any questions or if you are interested in participating!
Attraction Books

It is that time of year: Attraction Books are here! If you're not familiar with them, these fundraising coupon books can be used at restaurants and businesses all over the Charlottesville area. The Peabody music department will be selling Attraction Books to raise money for a number of exciting things this year, including a final Middle School concert at the Southern. All students in the middle school will be given two books to take home and sell over the next month. We have plenty more books and would love for students to sell additional ones if possible- our goal is for each student to sell three. They are being sold for $25 dollars each and can be purchased with cash or a check made out to the Peabody School. They can also be payed for online with EZPAY, by going to and entering the code: Peabody. Please note on the envelope any orders paid with EZPAY. Students will need to turn in money and any extra books to Ms. Colleen by October 31st. Books will be going home with students today.
This Week in Athletics

Peabody started league play this week. Our girls volleyball team went undefeated this week without losing a set! They defeated Tandem Friends School and the Waldorf School. The soccer team lost a hard fought match to the Field School 5-1. We love to have have fans supporting our student-athletes! Check out the school calendar for a listing of all upcoming games!
Peabody Parent Forum News

Every Peabody parent is welcome and encouraged to attend PPF meetings – we love input, questions, and suggestions!  We welcome volunteers to not only be part of the core PPF but also to help with special events and projects. All current positions and roles are held by volunteers.

Contact:  Shannon Walsh at   All PPF events and PPF meetings will also be listed on the Peabody School Facebook page. 

Mark your calendars!  All parents are welcome to join us to discuss PPF events and other Peabody School news. 
Thursday, October 4th - 8:15 AM
Tuesday, November 13th - 5:30 PM
Wednesday, January 16th - 8:15 AM
Friday, February 22nd - 8:15 AM
Monday, March 25th – 5:30 PM
Monday, April 29th – 8:15 AM
Wednesday, May 29th – 5:30 PM
Evening PPF meetings will be held off campus, location TBD.

Community Events (Spirit Nights) ( Lea Ackenbom-Doise , coordinator) Our first Spirit Night is September 26th at Brixx! ( see flyer) We’re working diligently to schedule monthly spirit nights. Some past examples have been Brixx , Zoe’s Kitchen, and Ben & Jerry’s. We also have a list of other possibilities but please let us know if you have any suggestions! 

Friday Frolics ( Heather Nielson and Lea Ackenbom-Doise , coordinators) This is a meet and greet opportunity for our PreK and K families to gather at Belmont Park after school on Friday afternoons (weather permitting) to unwind a bit and spend some time getting to know each other. Stay tuned here and on the Peabody Facebook page for the Friday Frolic events.

Box Tops ( Kathleen Olowin , coordinator) Please remember to clip those Box Tops! All funds will go to help the PPF serve the Peabody community! Click here for product information. Stay tuned for some exciting Box Top goals and possible contest info!

Speaker Series ( Marianne Dino Kish , organizer) We are working hard to bring in some great speakers, both for parents and kids. We will make speaker announcements here and on the Peabody Facebook page. If you are interested in speaking at Peabody or have ideas on types of speakers you’d like to see, please reach out to Marianne. 

Game Night ( Shannon Walsh and Jessica Sikes-Dorman , co-coordinators) We are excited for this Peabody tradition! We hope to bring back a food truck or two this year and would welcome any suggestions or feedback!

Teacher Appreciation Week The PPF’s favorite event, by far, is Teacher Appreciation Week! We love celebrating the amazing Peabody Teachers and Staff that take such great care of our kiddos every day! Thanks to the generous support from the Peabody parents, we have thrown some great TAW events and hope to continue this year, even bigger and better – they definitely deserve it!
Parent Information Center

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

  • Susan Parmar Photography will once again be taking our school pictures this year during the week of October 1st. More information will be shared next week!

  • Middle School Back to School night is next Thursday, September 20th at 6PM.

  • Registration is open for the Charlottesville Ultimate Frisbee League. The league is open to Girls and Boys ages 8-15 of all skill levels. For more information, check out their webpage!

  • There is NO SCHOOL on September 21st for a Teacher Workday.

Another great week at Peabody!