By Ginger Spickler and Shelley Thomas
November should perhaps be called “Peabody Elementary Month” in Cooper-Young. Besides giving us an opportunity to take in some culture at the Young Artist Contest on Thursday, November 4, or volunteer a little time on Thursday, November 11, at ThinkShow! (see accompanying article on ThinkShow! and the Young Artist Contest), this month will also offer up three other chances for CY residents to learn about and support our neighborhood school.
On Monday, November 8, parents who have a child starting kindergarten in 2011 are invited to a neighborhood home for a discussion with other parents interested in hearing more about Peabody. Principal Kongsouly Jones, one of the school’s kindergarten teachers, and a few neighborhood parents of current Peabody students will be on hand to answer questions and share their experiences for the first part of the meeting. However, time will also be reserved for parents of prospective Peabody students to have a more candid conversation among themselves.
The kindergarten parents’ discussion will be held from 6-7:30pm. Childcare and food will be available with RSVP to Shelley Thomas (email@example.com or (901) 237-9104) by November 4. Please plan to bring $5 per adult for pizza and $5 per child for pizza and babysitters.
The very next night, on Tuesday, November 9, the rest of the community is invited to the Cooper-Young Community Association’s general meeting, which will be held in the cafeteria at Peabody. After a time of socializing at 6pm, Principal Jones, along with Parent Teacher Association co-president and CY resident, Mandy Grisham, will give us some ideas about how we can support the students of Peabody with our time, talents, and treasure. Fifth grade teacher, Liz Forbes, will also share briefly about the new Stand For Children chapter at Peabody.
Finally, to cap the month off right, the PTA is inviting the whole community to join them at a Family Fun Night and Silent Auction on Thursday, November 18, at 6pm to raise money for the rejuvenation of the school’s library book collection. A $5 ticket will get you a catered dinner by Central BBQ (provided by Peabody parents and co-owners of Central BBQ, Craig and Elizabeth Blondis) and entertainment courtesy of the first graders and the Peabody Dance Ensemble.
Parents from each classroom will be preparing themed baskets for the silent auction. Donations for the auction can be given to PTA co-presidents Mandy Grisham (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Tiffany Richmond (email@example.com). Any kind of merchandise, services, collectibles, art, or gift certificates would be welcome as donations for the auction. Community members can purchase tickets to Family Fun Night on the CYCA website cooperyoung.org starting November 3.
In this season of thanks, the staff, students, and parents of Peabody are so very grateful to be part of the thriving community of Cooper-Young where education is valued and nurtured!