Peabody School Launches Leadership Academy and Inaugural Conference
September 28, 2018

Peabody School students in grades 6-8 will participate in the inaugural launch of the school’s Leadership Academy, a new initiative being piloted with middle school students this year.  Students will first attend a Leadership Conference, hosted at the school, entitled “How to Be a Changemaker.”

To start that process, students will first learn what it means to be a leader by hearing from local experts at the Peabody Leadership Conference.  On the agenda are the following speakers:

Keynote Speaker
Bobby Parmar, Darden School of Business at UVA Professor of Ethics
Topic: “Making a Positive Difference in Your Community.”

Concurrent Sessions
Kirsten Gelsdorf, Director of Global Humanitarian Policy at Batten School of Leadership at UVA
Topic: “What it means to be a Humanitarian”

Dan Rosensweig, President and Chief Executive Officer for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville
Topic: “Serving Community Needs with Non-Profit Organizations”

Kelli Palmer, Director of Corporate Citizenship, CFA Institute
Topic: “Philanthropy 101: Giving to Your Community”

Holly Hatcher, Philanthropic Advisor
Topic: “Turning Your Passion into Results”

Marci Ledlow, Faculty member, Federal Executive Institute, Leadership for a Democratic Society
Topic: “Learning to Lead”
Peabody Parent Forum
Every Peabody parent, as well as all teachers and staff, are members of our PPF.   All positions and roles are held by volunteers. If you are interested in assisting the PPF, or if you have an idea/suggestion, please contact us at .  All events and meetings will be listed on the Peabody School Facebook page as well as the online calendar.

Mark your calendars!  
All parents are welcome to join us and Mr. Orlando to discuss PPF events and other Peabody School news.  
Wed 09/27 - 8:15 AM
Tues 11/14 – 5:30 PM
Tues 01/09 - 8:15 AM
Fri 02/09 - 8:15 AM
Wed 03/28 - 8:15 AM
Wed 05/02 - 5:30 PM

Friday Frolics  (Heather Nielson, coordinator) We’ll begin Friday Frolics on October 6th!  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 event(s).

Class Parents (Shannon Walsh, coordinator) An email will be sent next week to go over introductions and expectations and to begin laying the groundwork for room parent communication this year.  Thank you so much to all the parents who are taking on these important roles!

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 of 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 to bring Game Night under the PPF umbrella this year.  We hope to bring back a food truck option this year and would welcome any suggestions or feedback!

2018 Family Fun Run & Fall Fest (Amy Sikes, coordinator) We’d like to begin a new Peabody School tradition!  On non-auction years (2018-2019 school year) we’d like to coordinate a family fun run and fall festival.  Please reach out to her or the PPF main email if you have experience coordinating a community race or fall festival.

We are still looking for some help with a few tasks this year and we’d love to hear from you!
Community Event (Spirit Night) coordinator: We’re looking for someone to reach out to various businesses and schedule monthly spirit nights.  Some past examples have been Brixx, Zoe’s Kitchen, Ben & Jerry’s.  We also ha ve a list of other possibilities.  Please let me know if you’re interested in scheduling these events.  
This week in Middle School...

  • Our Grade Seven students enjoyed a field trip to Montpelier, the home of James Madison.

A Look Ahead...

  • The girl's volleyball team has a game next Tuesday, September 26th against Tandem, in Batten starting at 4:00 and an away game, Thursday, September 28th, against Buford, starting at 4:30PM.

  • The soccer team has a game Tuesday, September 26th against Little Keswick at Darden Towe, starting 4:00PM.

Huge thanks to the following individuals who will be serving as Room Parents for the 2017-18 academic year. We appreciate your help this year!

PreK1-Becca Lobb
PreK2-Jesse Stowe
Kindergarten-Heather Nielsen
1F-Danielle Schaeber 1L-Kim Jones
2W-Marianne Kish 2S-Sarah Krishnaraj
3G-Sharla Klingel/Disha Venkatesan 3J-Susan Parmar
4th Grade-Lauren Marini
5A-Rhonda Reinhardt 5J-Kim Jones
MS Liaisons-Rachel Lloyd Miller and Diane Krehmeyer
High School Information
Thank you to all the MS parents who were able to join us for our "Intro to High School" session at Back to School Night. For those of you unable to attend, please see the links below for the information that was presented/handed out.

Life After Peabody: A Primer (Document has been updated since 9/20)

School Portrait Information

Susan Parmar is excited to be taking school portraits again this year! School portrait week will be October 2- 6. Please take note of the schedule below, and help your children remember to dress in something picture-worthy (whatever that may mean for them)! Please note that some students will have sibling photos on a different day than their individual photos.

Monday, October 2nd:    PreK-1st grade individual and class photos

Tuesday, October 3rd:   2nd- 4th grade individual and class photos

Wednesday, October 4th:  5th and 6th grade individual and class photos and the following sibling sets:
        Lyman, Alimard, Grist, Hardie, Argo, Van Clief, Rosensweig, Blank, McCardle, Miller, Miller, Bird

Thursday, October 5th: 7th and 8th grade individual and class photos and the following sibling sets:
   Frank, Gray, Lunsford, Leone, Strzpek, Olowin, Stemland, Sherman, Bednar, Garrett, Vigilante, Wermter

Friday, October 6th: The remaining 24 sibling sets and all make ups.

Please let Susan know if you have any questions at
Parent Information Center

  • Check out the first edition of the Peabody News! Password is pantherflash.

  • We practiced our Code Blue Drill today, which is our drill for weather related emergencies. In addition to this drill, we will practice our Code Red Drill which is our lockdown drill, later this fall. These drills are intended to prepare our students and staff in the event of an emergency. If you want more information about Peabody's emergency procedures, please contact Mr. Orlando.

  • Peabody Enrichment classes and clubs start next week!