A Message from Your Principal

Posted on 2/24/2017 under Schoolwide

Dear Parents,

We hope you and your PPE tiger have enjoyed the first week of Read-a-thon.  Encouraging young students to read on their own can be challenging. How do you get your child to want to read? Choice. Providing an environment with reading options at the right level on topics of your child’s choosing is key to getting him/her to read independently. Keep reading!

Since we have not missed more than five days due to snow……zero to be exact……we will not be in school on March 16th or 17th for Intersession or make-up  snow days. (Intersession will not be held at PPE.)  Therefore, March 15th will be our last school day prior to spring break.  Students will return on Tuesday, March 28th.

We are just a little over a month away from our 2017 spring auction and fundraiser, Priest-a-Fiesta!  Please check your child’s Friday folder for additional information. We hope you will make plans to join us at Houston Station on Friday night, April 7th, to support our wonderful school.

Your partners in education,

Melinda Williams, Principal
Mark Mason, Assistant Principal

Read-A-Thon 2017

Posted on 2/24/2017 under Schoolwide

Read-A-Thon is Underway!

Parnassus Bookstore is partnering with PPE for our 2017 Read-A-Thon! Look for a Parnassus Reading Treat coupon in today's Friday folder. Take your coupon to Parnassus Bookstore in Green Hills and exchange it for a treat. While you're there, pick out a few great books to last you through the end of Read-A-Thon . Parnassus is PPE's beloved bookstore and is the reason why we have such great author visits. Let's show them some PPE love and support over the next few weeks. 

Don't forget that reading logs (kindergarten and first grade) and Bingo cards (all grades) are due back by 8:00 on Wednesday, March 1st.  On Friday, March 3rd, your child may come to school dressed as their favorite book character for the Read-A-Thon award ceremony.  We can't wait to see the costumes! 

The AR home connect link that is in the Read-a-thon FAQ packet has expired. Renaissance Place gave PPE families a new link that will help you find on-level books for your child(ren). The new link is below.  If your child doesn't have an AR username and password then use the following - Username: PPE Password: read

https://hosted193.renlearn.com/82467/HomeConnect/

Parenting Blog

Posted on 2/24/2017 under Schoolwide

EMERGENT ATTITUDE TOWARDS BRILLIANCE

Wow! That sounds like a really intellectual heading. Actually, it is. This article was recommended by a PPE parent. Funnily enough, I had just read about it a couple of days before on a social media site. It’s really all about the stereotypes we set in children’s minds by our terminology and attitudes.

When I was at school about 100 years ago it seemed like women never thought too much about careers because for most of them motherhood was their aspiration. The jobs that I recall that most women tended to be drawn to were teaching, nursing, secretarial work, banking and store assistants. The Second World War changed the face of all that as women took on jobs vacated by men who went to fight in our military forces.

It was still a man’s world and to some extent still is. It is encouraging to see more women than men training for numerous professional careers these days. The article I am about to quote from says that there are emergent attitudes still that often prevent girls believing they can do the jobs that men tend to be selected for. It states, “Common stereotypes associate high-level intellectual ability (brilliance, genius etc) with men more than women. These stereotypes discourage women’s pursuits of many prestigious careers; that is, women are under-represented in fields whose members cherish brilliance (such as physics and philosophy).”

“Six year old girls are less likely than boys to believe that members of their gender are ‘really, really smart’. Also, at age 6, according to 4 studies on this subject, girls begin to avoid activities said to be for children who are ‘really, really smart’. These findings suggest that gendered notions of brilliance are acquired early and have an immediate effect on children’s interests. The stereotype that men are better than women at mathematics impairs women’s performance in this domain and undermines their interest in mathematics-intensive fields. It is commonly assumed that high level cognitive ability (brilliance, genius, giftedness etc) is present more often in men than in women.

Little is known about the origin of this stereotype. The earlier children acquire the notion that brilliance is a male quality, the stronger its influence may be on their aspirations. The girls in these studies began to shy away from such activities.

There is not enough space in this blog to fully report these studies, but anyone interested in following this up can find it in ‘Science’, a study conducted by Bian et al, p.389. I do have a hard copy of the reported study. I can duplicate that for you if you are interested in more detail. As parents and teachers we need to be very careful NOT to reinforce the ever-present stereotypes that are still very prevalent. Encourage your girls to reach for the stars.

By Brian Burgess, School Counselor, PPE, Nashville, TN. Thanks to Bian et al and ‘Science’.