Peabody PTA Leader Lunches at the White House!

We all know she’s got leadership skills, but in early December… PTA co-president Mandy Grisham had her eye on the Whitehouse!

Mandy was invited by the US Department of Education to attend a reception and private tour of the White House. Mandy is the 2011 Tennessee representative for Parenting Magazine’s Mom Congress.  City Leadership sponsored her trip.


Mandy with fellow Mom Congress delegates and organizers

“My time with the other delegates was inspiring.  It’s amazing to hear what they are doing in their own states to support education.”

In January, Mandy will return to DC to meet with the Department of Education and other Mom Congress delegates to discuss ways the government can improve communication with parents regarding Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  

She will also meet with school nutrition experts, as well as Kaboom! to thank them for their support of Peabody!



Your Child’s Old Books Can Make Another Child’s Life Better

Peabody Elementary is joining one of the fastest growing grassroots organizations to promote early literacy among children.  It’s called Books Make it Better.


Here’s how it works. You bring in your child’s gently used books to our dropbox at Peabody Elementary.  Our PTA collects those books and they are distributed to children who do not have access to children’s books.  

Why Books Make it Better was started:
  • 2/3 of children living in poverty don’t have a single book at home
  • The ratio of children to books in low income neighborhoods is 300 to 1
  • Children read to during the first years of life are more likely to read on schedule

Drop-off gently used children’s books in the box labeled Books Make it Better.  

Boxes located under PTA bulletin boards near the front office and in the cafeteria! 

Deadline to participate: December 16th

Books Make it Better is a program started by Mom Congress, a yearly gathering of engaged mothers chosen to represent each state in the U.S. If you want to learn more about Mom Congress click here or ask our own Peabody PTA co-president Mandy Grisham, Tennessee’s 2011 Mom Congress delegate.  

2011 PTA Silent Auction Success


You’re #1 –  Peabody parents, faculty, staff, students, community friends, and adopters!


The baskets this year were creative and quite tempting…


In fact, last year… our first silent auction raised $2,800.  We thought that was fantastic.  

So how much did the 2011 Silent Auction raise?  We raised $3,300!!  That’s a whole lot of competitive bidding for just a few hours! 


Many, many thanks to all of our Midtown businesses and restaurants for their constant genorosity. 


And, of course, to our school AdopterCentral BBQ, for donating that delicious BBQ dinner. They made it easy to start bidding wars on bellies filled with yummy pulled pork, slaw and beans!


To wrap it up – many thanks to the Peabody parents, faculty and staff who made this night possible. Special shout out to PTA mom Kate Lareau for chairing this fun event!

Go Eagles!



November at Peabody Elementary Means BBQ and Silent Auction: Donate and save the date

On Thursday, November 17th –  the Peabody gymnasium turns into a shop-a-rama!


The 40+ baskets created by Peabody parents and faculty for the 2010 Auction

Last year, the PTA raised more than $2,800 on this one night for the library. That’s purchased Peabody students new books and is going toward a fun facelift for the library. 

So parents and community members – let’s make this an even bigger success! 

Donate items and, of course, come shop and eat!

When:  Thursday, November 17th 

               5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Where: Peabody Gymnasium

Eat:       Central BBQ – $5/plate! 

Shop:   No charge to shop! Credit cards welcome.  

If you’d like to donate items to the auction or want to volunteer your time to help, please contact Kate Lareau at:

Event sponsored by Central BBQ.  Many thanks to our always generous adopter



Flyer and more information for event!



Raise $, Help Peabody, Get Prizes!

Order Turn-In Fridays: November 4th and November 11th


There will be turn-in table these Fridays at Peabody.  Put your orders and payments in the envelopes that came with your book packet and bring ’em to the table. 

Top sellers can earn their class a party!


The head-honcho, top seller of them all – you get Grizzly Tickets!!


Books are $25/each

This fundraiser has been organized by the Peabody PTA with proceeds going to Peabody School’s Accelerated Reader Program.

Any questions about this fundraiser should go to Shelley Thomas at or 237.9104