• Principal Berkowitz

Good-bye 2020

We're almost there everyone. Hang in there. This will be my last message of 2020.


  • Term 3 Updates - staffing and student selection timelines

  • MLK Speech

  • Peabody Whole School Morning Meeting (reminder)

  • Peabody and Winter Reading Info (reminder)

Principal's Message

There is so much that probably want to forget about 2020. The memes, the claims that “this year doesn't count” for our ages. I hope we can keep in mind all the things that we should be proud of when it comes to this year of adversity, challenge, and most of all perseverance.

We have so many new members in our Peabody and Watkins community! In addition to all our new students, we have welcomed and embraced Ms. Brooks, Mr. Simmons, Ms. Kuo, Mr. Denton, Ms. Talisman, Ms. Montgomery, Ms. Hightower (welcome back!), Ms. Langhorne and... me! They (we?) have brought their own sense of joy and purpose to our community and I'm so glad to be on the same team.

We have learned so much! I don’t know anyone that has taught or learned entirely virtually for a third of a school year. The learning curve has been steep, and the distance continues to challenge us. What we have been able to do is demonstrate our empathy by staying flexible, connected and kind throughout these challenges. I can’t wait to look back on this period of schooling and think about how much we value each other. At the staff level, the hardships some have faced have been met with outpourings of love and support and for that I am so grateful to be part of this community.

Our specialized services have also continued. I’m consistently impressed with how our Special Educators and Mental Health Team have been able to sustain and develop their deep relationships with students and families and continue to serve in the face of so many barriers.

And still, we have taken many steps to advance equity in our schools. Through our monthly staff meetings dedicated to race and equity conversations, our parent and staff Kindred teams, the newly formed team that began our equity audit work, and the parents who have a system for intentionally reaching out and welcoming new families to our schools.

I hope everyone has a joyful, safe, and healthy break and the happiest of new year's. 2021 will be a time for rebuilding, reuniting, and growing even stronger than before. I’m so proud and honored to be able to share this important year in our world history with you.

Updates and Reminders

Term 3 Updates

The staffing timeline has moved up. Leaders are talking with staff and will submit a full roster on Jan 6. We will communicate with families as soon as that information is final.

Student selection will subsequently begin on Jan 11. At that time, we'll begin to contact families to offer in-person learning. Only after the student selection process closes will we be able to identify any changes in student-teacher relationships. Read more about our plans here. Remember that Term 3 in person learning is at Watkins for Peabody students.

Martin Luther King Jr I Have Dream Speech Event

Our 5th grade team is hard at work making the 2021 version of the Watkins cherished tradition meaningful for our students and community. Right now we have a virtual version in the works that should be ready in January. We are also working on an in-person plan for later in the Spring. Stay tuned and we're so proud of the 5th grade team's creativity and persistence!

Peabody's First Virtual All School Morning Meeting and Kick Off to our Winter Reading Challenge

The Literacy Committee invites all staff and students to our all-school morning meeting at 9am on Monday, December 21st. This will be our official kick off to our winter reading challenge titled, "Winding Our Way Through a Winter Reading Wonderland." Meeting will take place on Teams: Join on your computer or mobile app Click here to join the meeting Or call in (audio only) +1 202-539-1291 Conference ID: 621923510# United States, Washington DC Phone Conference ID: 621 923 510#

Tuesday, December 22nd, all day: Peabody is celebrating "Slippers, Snuggles & Stories Day!" Students and staff are invited to get into cozy reading mode by wearing pajamas and bringing a favorite stuffy to virtual sessions that day where lots of fun reading will take place!

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