A Message from Your Principal

Posted on 12/2/2016 under Schoolwide

Dear PPE Families,

When you think of parent involvement, do you picture moms and dads volunteering in classrooms?  That’s one way to help—but research shows that supporting your child’s education at home is even more important.  Here are four conversations that will help you stay involved:

“Let’s see what you brought home.”
“Show me what you have for homework or a book that you are reading.”
“Describe or tell me about a book you enjoyed today.”
“Tell me what you learned that you’d like to know more about.”

In Middle Tennessee, 1 in 6 adults and 1 in 4 children struggle with hunger.  Second Harvest does so much to help people of all walks of life in our community to have access to food.  Thank you to our PPE families for supporting our recent Second Harvest food drive. PPE was recognized as one of the top three schools in this year’s food drive.  With you participation and support, we were able to provide food to many families in the greater Nashville area.

It is hard to believe, but there are ten days left in this semester.  There will be many opportunities to participate in during the holiday season.  In today’s Friday folder, you will find an envelope and a note from the PTO.  As we have done for many years, we will be collecting monetary donations for our amazing support staff at PPE.  From our ladies in the front office to those who clean our school, we want to show our appreciation to those who care for our children every day.  We will present the monetary donations to these employees at our staff luncheon on December 16th.  Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Your partners in education,

Melinda Williams and Mark Mason

You’re invited to the 3rd Grade Art Show on Friday, December 9th from 8:00-9:30 AM at Percy Priest Elementary School. Our amazing 3rd grade artists will have their clay masks on display in the front lobby! Please come and enjoy the at show before and after the amazing Multicultural 3rd Grade Musical Program performance that morning. After the performance, please take your child’s beautiful mask home with you. This will keep it safe from the perils of traveling home in backpacks and on buses! The students have worked for weeks learning about the cultural masks created by native people of many continents. After this exploration, the students designed a mask of their own, sculpted it out of stoneware clay and glazed it. After the masks were fired in the Kiln (the special oven that bakes the clay), students embellished their masks using found objects and low temperature hot glue guns. The results are enchanting! Be sure to ask your child which culture or continent inspired his or her mask design! You could also ask how Art and Social Studies are connected or Why artist need to know about Social Studies to create art! Thank you for taking the time to appreciate what your child has learned and created through Art!

Parenting Blog

Posted on 12/2/2016 under Schoolwide


We often get so isolated in our task of parenting that we think we are the only one going through the problem, not realizing that just about every other parent is facing the same questions and feeling the same way.

You’re thinking, “Oh, woe is me! I must be such a bad parent! What have I done wrong? God, you dealt me a difficult pack of cards!”

We get all hung up and sometimes depressed, not daring to tell anybody else what we’re going through. Little do you know that your friend is not daring to disclose her situation either! You go off to a mothers’ coffee morning and there you go. Your kid just whacked another kid who’s now screaming for his mother. You’re just waiting for that child’s mother to give you the ‘stink eye’ or a raft of bad words. You didn’t go to the coffee morning last week  and the child yours once hit did the same to another child and it’s not until you’re spluttering your apologies to the mother soothing her kid that you compare notes and realize you’re not alone.

OK, so my kid is taking so long to eat his food. He’s going through that stage. Then you find that your friend’s kid has Hemorroids from sitting so long on the potty because that mother wouldn’t let him up until he’d made a sizeable deposit.

And, then one of the other mothers tells you she’s having to take sleep aids because she can’t get her child off to sleep at night and you think, ”Oh, thank goodness I don’t have that problem.” Another mother pipes up with one of those terrible supermarket stories where the manager had to call in reinforcements and the noise police because her child was having a total meltdown. You say to yourself, “I know that experience!”

After eight cups of coffee, and you are completely mellowed out, you take a deep breath and feel some relief. Your ears had been ringing and bombarded with horror stories from other mothers. You realize that your situation isn’t quite so bad after all. You leave that mother and child reunion feeling above average.

Hang in there and realize that you’re probably doing the best you can do under the circumstances. That’s not to say you can’t learn more to make the process of raising kids better.

Hey! You wouldn’t be reading this blog if that weren’t the case.

Let me invite you to share a secret. “THIS TOO SHALL PASS!” (at least until your next child comes along)

Written by Brian Burgess, School Counselor, PPE, Nashville.  (These views are not those of PPE, just mine)