Peabody Elementary Weekly Informer

Monday, November 2, 2020

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Greetings Peabody Parents:

I just wanted to share our Q/A from our Virtual Common Core/Social Emotional/Re-entry Plan for January meeting again. As always, thank you for your continued support.

Q: How do I change my "Learning Option to Return in January Choice" if I have already made my selection this week but want to change it?

A: If you do not want to change your selection from this summer and you want it to remain the same, you do not have to complete the survey. If you have changed your selection for the new survey and would like to change it again, go back into PowerSchool to make the change. You must use a computer. You will not be able to make the change on a cell phone.

Q: Do Pre-K parents have access to PowerSchool?

A: Yes, Pre-K parents can gain access to powerschool. Please call the school @ 461-4606 for the secretary (Ms. Felder/Mr. McCaster) to assist you with creating your account.

Q: Will teachers return back in January to teach?

A: Teachers have the same option as students to choose to teach In-person or Virtually. So far, Fifty-two (52%) of Peabody classroom teachers have chosen to teach Remotely and 48% have chosen to Teach In-person. However, some teachers are still in the process of selecting their choice.

Q: If my child comes In-person and their teacher is teaching remotely, who will teach my child?

A: Your child will still have the same teacher. Your child will receive instruction virtually from their teacher teaching from home. Students will continue to use the Microsoft Teams Platform and use headphone sets. A school staff member will monitor the students who are In-person if your child's teacher is teaching from home. (Please see the powerpoint attachment for more details.)

Q: Will the school follow social distancing guidelines?

A: Yes, according to the CDC Covid-19 safety guidelines. (Please see the powerpoint attachment for more details and the CDC website:

Q: When is the deadline to complete the District's Learning Option to Return in January Survey?

A: The deadline has been extended until Friday, November 6th.

Q: Do Pre-K parents receive a Pandemic EBT cards?

A: Only Pre-K parents from last school year (Spring 2020) will receive a Pandemic EBT. However, Pre-K parents must pick up their cards from the Pre-K office. Please contact the Pre-K office @ 416-3450 to check if your name is on the list.

Q: Who qualifies for the Pandemic EBT cards?

A: Students who attended SCS last Spring and received free or reduced lunch form the National School Lunch Program.

Q: How do I know if I have a Pandemic EBT card at the school?

A: Someone from Peabody will call you if your name was on the State of TN list that was provided. When parents are called, we will give you a day/time to come to the school to pick up your card. The custodial parent must sign and present a driver's license to receive the card.

Q: My name was not on the list provided by the State of TN, how do I apply?

A: Call the State of TN Department of TDHS Family Assistance @ 1-866-311-4287. Parents cannot apply at the school and the school does not have a link to apply.

Thank you parents for making sure your children are coming to school each day and on time, and thank you for partnering with Peabody to make sure our children are successful!

Mrs. Nelson

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Click on the button below to view the Re-Entry Meeting Presentation.
Virtual Saturday Learning Academy

Click this link to register for the free SCS Virtual Saturday Academy.

The Library Corner

Our VIRTUAL ONLINE Scholastic Book Fair starts next week, November 9-22, 2020!

There are thousands of GREAT books available for purchase! Please click on the attached digital flyer:

Visit our Book Fair homepage starting November 9th:

All orders will be shipped to your home from Scholastic Book Fairs.

Please visit the Library Page on our Peabody Elementary School website!

AR Points! How high can you go?

GOAL: 12,000 points

Let's READ to reach our goal! We can do it!
Accelerated Reader Link

The Accelerated Reader (AR) website can only be accessed by students Monday through Friday 7:15 am until 6: 15 pm. The AR website is only used to take AR quizzes on books students have read.

Counselor's Corner

Hello Peabody Eagles!

Greetings Peabody Eagles! We wrapped up our bullying prevention lessons on last week with KK-2nd graders. With the help of books like Bully Beans and Llama Llama and the Bully Goat, students have a really good idea of what bullying means, what it looks like, and what they can do to help stop it from happening. Check out the books below!

Thank you again parents for joining us for our Fall parent meeting and Common Core Night. As promised, I am listing the virtual supports available below as well as the link to a short presentation created by SCS school social workers, including our very own, Mrs. Donna Goings, on Time Management in the Midst of COVID-19.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me for questions and/or concerns.

With Lots of Love,

Mrs. Turner

Contact Name: Tamara L. Turner, Professional School Counselor

Contact Email:

Contact Number: (901) 609-3948 (Google Voice Number)

Office Hours: Monday-Thursday 3:00pm-3:30pm (upon request other times can be arranged)

Llama Llama and the Bully Goat - By Anna Dewdney | Children's Books Read Aloud
Bully Beans
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Your Vote Matters!

Peabody Elementary students know the importance of voting. Friday, October 23rd, students in grades 3 - 5 exercised their power to vote as they decided on their new Student Council Leaders. The candidates composed and delivered well thought out election speeches. The students listened carefully and later cast their votes for the candidate of their choice. Congratulations to the following students for a job well done:

President - Cleo Kelley - 5th grade

Vice President - Nailah Barnett - 5th grade

Secretary - Valon Momodu - 5th grade

Treasurer - Benito DeRanzo - 4th grade

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Join the Peabody PTA!

Join the Peabody PTA! Sign up is easy and dues are just $5-10 for the whole year! Our teachers and students need the PTA more than ever - stay informed and support Peabody Elementary!
Peabody Morning Announcements

Announcements will be every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:05-8:10. Please join if you can. However, Announcements are OPTIONAL.

The Announcement Link will also remain in our Digital Newsletter which we will post on our Peabody homepage and Facebook pages every Monday.

Click on the Peabody Morning Announcements link above each weekday morning to join.

Weekly Lunch Pick-Up

Do not forget to pick up lunches on Thursday from 9:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. & 1:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M. and Friday from 7:00 A.M.-9 A.M. These are cold lunches that will last the entire week.

Daily Attendance

If your child is absent, parents must email the child's homeroom teacher the reason for any absences within two days. Also, any reason for checking in late to or leaving early from online learning will need to be sent by the parent via email to the homeroom teacher. Students are expected to be in their Virtual Classrooms from 8:15-3:00 P.M. daily.

Peabody Elementary Virtual Norms for Online Classrooms

Parents please help us with the following Virtual Norms to ensure we continue to have a successful year of learning:

  • Students CANNOT eat food while in class virtually.
  • Students MUST be in a designated area for learning that requires them to sit upright. Students cannot lay down at any time. Students cannot be in bed.
  • Student MUST have a quiet area- free of noise, no tv, no music during virtual learning.
  • Students CANNOT have covers or blankets on their body.
  • Students CANNOT wear hoodies or hats on their head.
  • Students MUST have on a shirt with sleeves.
  • Students MUST have shoes on their feet during PE days or if feet will be shown during class.
  • Students MUST remain in the class from 8:15-3:00 each day to receive full credit for the day and a class participation grade.
  • Students MUST show their faces (video on) on the screen.
  • Students MUST stay on mute until the teacher advises them otherwise.
  • Students should wear headphones while learning virtually to block out excess noise in their background.

If your child attends a daycare or community center each day while virtually learning, we are asking parents to communicate the above Virtual Expectations with these centers.

Important Dates to Remember:

  • Tuesday, November 2 - No School - Students
  • Friday, November 6 - Deadline to complete re-entry survey