For all its wonders, California consistently ranks near the bottom of per-pupil funding in the country, forcing its public schools to seek out extra resources needed to ensure a high quality education for their students. George Peabody Elementary School is no different. We depend heavily on our families, friends and community partners. Last year, our community logged 5050 parent volunteer hours and raised over $436,000, bridging the gap between state and local funding and the resources needed to provide our students with the education we believe they deserve.
Thanks to the generous investment and involvement of our community, our PTA is proud to fully or partially fund the following staff members and resources in the 2017-2018 school year:
- Literacy, Language and Reading Teacher who provides both individual and group instruction,
- School Counselor who provides social, emotional and academic support to our children and families,
- Outdoor Education Teacher who delivers hands-on science education and builds environmental awareness,
- Peabody Works Program, two coaches who provides support through guided recess activities and class game times,
- 5th Grade Math and K-3 Science Teacher,
- Reduced Class Sizes for 4th/5th grade from 33 to 29 students, and further reduced to 14-15 students for math classes,
- Stipends for every teacher to purchase additional materials and teaching supplies,
- Additional time for teachers to plan and collaborate,
- Supplemental programs to support our children’s social, academic and artistic development, including Kimochi’s, Science Sacks, SF Opera a la Carte and Aria Network programs, and Visual Arts,
- Beginning-of-the-year school supplies for every student and classroom,
- All-school community-building events – Art Marathon, Movie Night, Family Field Day, STEAM Day, Carnival, Skate Day, Talent Show, and more.
For more details on how we spend our PTA funding, the full budget is available for review.
Every gift brings us closer to achieving our goals. With your support, we can provide our children with the well-rounded elementary school education that they deserve.
Please make your tax-deductible contribution or pledge by November 17, 2017. Please refer to the link above for all details, including credit card payments, recurring monthly donations, stock donations, as well as employee matching programs – an easy way to significantly boost your donation.
On behalf of our wonderful children, teachers, staff and fellow parents, thank you very much for your support!
About George Peabody Elementary School
GEORGE PEABODY is a successful, safe, and small elementary school with a family feel located in San Francisco’s Inner Richmond neighborhood. We serve a diverse community of 280 learners that is a reflection of our multicultural city.
Our talented and experienced staff provides each student with meaningful learning experiences through purposeful instruction and a well-articulated curriculum. We work to ensure that all students learn the skills and gain the knowledge needed to build the foundation to lead successful lives and become productive citizens.
We also strive to ensure that every student leaves George Peabody with a positive elementary school experience full of fond memories, close friendships, a love of learning, and a curiosity of the world beyond San Francisco.
Our PTA sponsors a wide array of after-school enrichment classes. Please check our website for a complete list of offerings. Some classes typically offered are Art, Chess, Jr. Engineering, YMakers, Video Game Programming, Drama, Tree Frog Treks, Eco Heroes, Sewing and Handcrafts, Yoga and four different sport classes. A fee is charged for these classes; however, scholarships are available.
Arts and Music
At George Peabody we offer an articulated arts curriculum that spans kindergarten through fifth grade. In kindergarten and first grade, students focus on dance and movement. In second and third grades, the focus shifts to visual arts. Fourth and fifth graders focus on the performing arts. Consultants and SFUSD Specialist Teachers teach our arts curriculum; however, classroom teachers undertake art projects in the classroom to complement and build upon the core curriculum. Teachers have been trained in the Visual Thinking Skills program in order to teach monthly lessons designed to use artwork analysis as a way to promote critical thinking and a greater appreciation of visual artworks.
All classes receive at least one semester of music instruction. The focus of the music classes is on choral music. Students in grades four and five may also choose to learn an instrument and receive free instrumental music lessons one day a week. George Peabody is a charter member of the San Francisco Opera Aria Network. Through this partnership our students in grades two and three and in our three-five special day class learn about opera during a semester-long artist-in-residency program that culminates with a class opera performance. Kindergartners and first graders learn about opera through a one-day Opera Guild-sponsored program.
Second and third grade students also participate in the Dance in the Schools and Communities program coordinated by the San Francisco Ballet.
George Peabody partners with Education Outside to teach environmental stewardship, science, and coordinate our garden program for all grade levels. Students visit the garden once a week with their class for a lesson that is aligned with grade level science standards or addresses environmental and garden education. Our EO corps member also trains Eco Heroes to support younger students in their exploration of the garden during recesses and to keep our school litter free.
Peabody Works / Physical Education
The Peabody Works program is designed to inspire in children a lifelong love of sports and physical activity in addition to building class community and good sportsmanship. All our classes receive one class game-time session per week with our coach and their classroom teacher. In addition, our Junior Coach leadership program (fourth and fifth grades) trains students to help lead game times with the coach during the morning and lunch recesses. Students also receive weekly PE lessons from a certificated SFUSD PE teacher. All students receive at least 200 minutes of PE every ten days.
Parents are our students’ first teachers and play a vital role at our school. The Parent Teacher Association meets monthly to plan school-wide events, receive updates on our two primary fundraisers, provide feedback about after-school programs, listen to guest speakers and the monthly principal update and to help coordinate parent volunteer efforts at our school. Parent volunteers have opportunities to help in the classrooms, the school office, the lunchroom, the garden and the schoolyard during recess. Parents are an essential part of the Peabody community and are always welcome at our school.
George Peabody is a beneficiary of the federally funded America Reads Program. Specially trained University of San Francisco students provide literacy support to identified students in the primary grades. The Jewish Coalition for Literacy works with identified students to provide one-to-one literacy tutoring. Many of our classroom teachers serve as mentor teachers for education students from local universities.
A professional librarian is on site two days per week. She and a cadre of volunteers keep our library collection well maintained and in the hands of our students. A good mix of fiction, non-fiction, and up-to-date reference material make up a well-rounded collection. Our librarian collaborates with the teachers to further expand on classroom lessons. She also assists the children in finding books with the appropriate reading level for them to enjoy.
We currently have 80 iPads and 120 Chromebooks that are used throughout the school. Keyboarding lessons begin in the second grade and all students in grades two-five have accounts with a keyboarding program. Fourth and fifth grade students have a 1:1 ratio with Chromebooks and are expected to type their published Writing Workshop pieces. All third-fifth grade students have accounts with an on-line math program and are expected to utilize the site several times per week.