A Message from Your Principal

Posted on 8/26/2016 under Schoolwide

Dear Parents,

We want to thank you for supporting PPE by participating in this year’s INVEST campaign.  The number of classrooms with 100% pledge cards returned exceeded our expectations.  As you may know, the funds raised through INVEST go toward this year’s PTO budget to assist with technology upgrades, library books, workroom assistants, interventionists, and our new STEAM lab.  All of these extra supports would not be available without your financial assistance.

Percy Priest Elementary School strives to be a good neighbor to our friends in Forest Hills.  We ask that you not park or block any entrances to nearby neighborhoods or side streets during arrival or dismissal.  If you would like to walk your child to the front porch or you need to enter the building, please park in one of the front parking lots.  We also ask that you review our arrival and dismissal procedures with anyone who may drop-off or pick-up your child from school.  The procedures are different for arrival and dismissal, and for the safety of everyone, we ask that you share them with your caregivers.

There is only one line for drop-off during arrival which begins at 7:40 a.m.  Please do not allow your child to exit your car before then or without a signal from a PPE staff member.  Thank you so much for your cooperation. 

Our Girls on the Run (GOTR) program is in jeopardy of being cancelled if we do not find a couple of coaches very soon.  GOTR is for girls in 3rd and 4th grade and is sponsored by Mrs. Robyn Drew, 4th grade teacher.  They meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school.  If you would like to give back to the community and help keep our GOTR program at PPE, please email Mrs. Drew at robyn.drew@mnps.org.  Thank you for considering.

Your partners in education,

Mrs. Melinda Williams, Principal
Mr. Mark Mason, Assistant Principal

Parenting Blog

Posted on 8/26/2016 under Schoolwide


“I’m not going to load my child with chores now. They’ll have plenty to do once they become adults," a mother once said to me. “Oh, dear!“ I thought. “What a life she’s going to have!” 
For decades I have had to deal with children who are irresponsible, whose parents have done everything for them. They blame others, are often very disrespectful, are often entitled and lazy. 
Responsibility development starts at home and at a very young age. From the time a toddler plays with toys he can be taught to help Mommy put the toys away. After a short time, with some encouragement, he is able to do it all by himself. Young children can be taught the following even before they start going to school:
1)    Tie a shoe lace
2)    Make their bed
3)    Stack the dishwasher
4)    Keep their bedroom tidy
5)    Help a parent with preparing parts of a meal
6)    Set the table
7)    Help dust
8)    Brush their teeth.
9)    Get ready for bed

Once at school they can be taught the following (building on the previous skills):
1)    Get up and get ready for school each morning
2)    Help in bigger ways in meal preparation and by 10 be able to cook full meals
3)    Make her bed and even change the sheets and pillow cases
4)    Look after family pets
5)    Load and unload the dishwasher
6)    Be totally responsible for bedroom cleanliness and tidiness
7)    Fix her own school lunch
8)    Be involved in family projects
9)    Help with younger siblings

Responsible kids become responsible adults. It starts off with tasks and chores. Living skills are needed by everyone. There is nothing more pathetic than to see whining, unskilled adolescents and adults who never ever had to take any responsibility for their words or actions. You want better than that for your children. Enjoy them this week and above all have fun and create memories.

Written by Brian Burgess, School Counselor, Nashville TN



Posted on 8/26/2016 under Schoolwide

INVEST with PPE: A huge thank you to all that have made an INVEST pledge or payment the last few weeks! We've had great participation this year. This is just another example of what makes Percy Priest so great! Just a reminder that now that the pledges have been made, all payments are due by November 14th. Also want to extend congratulations to Mrs. Drew's class, who was the first class to turn in 100% of their pledge cards. The winners of the bounce house parties are Miss Benson, Ms. Hartsock, Mrs. Winters, Miss Dwight, and Mrs. Allen. We'd like to say another huge thank you to our awesome sponsors: Climb Nashville, Donut Den, Granny White Market, and Steven Smithing, owner of Mere Bulles and Green Hills Grille. Thank you for INVESTing with us!