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

Thursday Peabody Extravaganza – October 20th 6 p.m.

If you haven’t come to a P.T.A. night – this is one you’ll want to make.  

Note – wear your P.J.s (or just let the kids jammy-up), bring your credit card, and get ready to have fun and learn some new stuff! 

1.  New Peabody Gear on Sale! 

 The PTA will be taking credit cards! So you can load up on shirts and hoodies and pay for it later:) 


Modeled by adorable 3rd grader, Ava Bulter

2. PTA News!

 Your hardworking PTA has been wrangling budgets, setting up fundraisers and organizing new programs.  Hear about all of the great things your parent organization has been doing, and how it’s making Peabody an even better school to learn and love!

3.  Family Literacy Night!


Bring your child to the meeting in his P.J.s!  After the meeting, Peabody Elementary is holding a ‘Family Literacy’ Night! This event is to celebrate the school’s new Accelerated Readers program which was purchased with PTA funds.  

Milk and cookies will be served.  Peabody’s Ms. McMillen will read stories to the kids, a representative from the Memphis Public Library will be on-hand to sign up people for library cards, and parents will get a sneak-peak at just how Accelerated Readers will work (because your kids will be talking about it!)  

Show your Peabody Pride this Thursday at 6 p.m.

in the Cafeteria!



Be the First to Pre-Order a Peabody Polo or Hoodie!

You asked for swag – so we got some!  Peabody is getting its first official shirts and hoodies!  The shirts will be available in mid to late October.  

If you order now, you can be among the first to get these smart-looking shirts and hoodies. All items are in royal blue – the official color of Peabody Elementary.  

Here is the embroidered emblem: 


The emblem will be on the upper-left portion of the shirt.  


This is a short sleeved pique polo with stain release fabric.  It is machine washable and is a cotton/polyester blend. They run small, so order up one size.

Prices: Youth Polo $15/Adult Polos $20


Hoodies will also be available.  


These fleece hoodies have been approved by Principal Jones – so your child can wear this royal blue hoodie and be sure it conforms to school policy.  

These hoodies are soft, yet pill-resistant and have a pouch pocket. They run small, so order up one size.

Prices: Youth Hoodie $25/Adult Hoodies $30.

If you’d like to pre-order polos and hoodies for the whole family – we’ve made it easy.

(1) Download this form, (2) fill it out, (3) write the check to Peabody PTA, and (4) put form and check in a sealed envelope marked PTA and take to main office. 

Deadline for pre-order: Wednesday, October 19th. 

Go Eagles!