A Message from Your Principal

Posted on 10/21/2016 under Schoolwide

Dear PPE Families,

Today is the last day for our Food Drive for the Second Harvest Food Bank.  It is not too late to donate!

As you know, report cards were issued on Monday.  This year, MNPS is using a new Student Management System (Infinite Campus) to generate student report cards.  The most significant change you probably noticed is the way that attendance is reported.  Instead of listing the number of student excused absences, unexcused absences, tardies, and early dismissals, the attendance is listed as total time present and total time absent.

For example, we had 40 days in the first nine weeks of school.  If a student missed one day of school, and came in one hour late on one day, the student's attendance would be listed as 38.8 days present and 1.2 days absent.

If you have specific questions regarding your child's attendance, please contact the school office or your child's teacher.

Although 86 percent of parents say attendance plays a big role in helping their child graduate, nearly half believe missing three or more days of school per month won't have a significant impact on academic performance.

This month's Report to Parents,  "Make Every Day Count: Boost School Attendance," will help families ensure their children do not miss school and lose precious instructional time.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the annual Tiger Cup Golf Tournament on Monday and to the families who supported PPE by eating out at CPK on Wednesdaynight.  Your ongoing support of Percy Priest is very much appreciated.

Save the dates for Rising Stars, Perfect Attendance, Honor Roll and Principal’s List recognition in the PPE library @ 8:05 a.m.

Wednesday, October 26th – 4th grade
Thursday, October 27th – 3rd grade
Friday, October 28th – 2nd grade

Monday, October 31st – Harvest Celebrations/Parties – Details will be provided by room parents and classroom teachers.

Your partners in education,

Melinda Williams and Mark Mason

Parenting Blog

Posted on 10/21/2016 under Schoolwide


Have you ever wondered where the violent outburst came from when your child displayed it without provocation, or so it seemed? Our son was usually so placid until ‘out of the blue’ came this growling like an animal and then a snap. Such children let their feelings build up until they are ready to burst and then they let it all hang out. Other children have an anger issue and act it out perhaps just as they have seen one of their parents do. Children who have seen domestic violence are in danger of mimicking this in their future relationships.

Have you ever heard someone say, “I was born with a temper, so you’ll just have to get used to it.” The implication there is a big excuse for a child/person to exert a lack of control in a situation and blame their genetic inheritance. They refuse to own their poor choices or method of dealing with a problem. Everyone has the opportunity and responsibility to get some help to build up coping skills.

Now, anger in itself is not a bad thing. It is one of numerous God-given emotions. It is our method of handling that anger that really matters. If we can’t handle our own anger, how can we expect our children to handle their strong emotions?

10 ways to prevent our children using violence:

  1. Create a positive home environment.
  2. Refuse to accept criticism, tattling, complaints or whining in your home.
  3. Talk around the dinner table about avoiding violence as an answer to being upset.
  4. Insist that kindness is displayed at all times.
  5. Establish an open communication bond with your children.
  6. Immediately correct children if they use put-downs, insults or derogatory language.
  7. Teach them how to deal with frustration, resentment and anger.
  8. Train them to be assertive without being rude.
  9. Disallow horseplay, hitting, kicking, poking or any other dangerous or annoying action.
  10. Ensure, as parents, that you are good models of what you need to teach your children.

A good catch-phrase in your home, one that we adopted long ago is, “If you can’t say something nice, something encouraging or uplifting, then don’t say it.”

Always move quickly to prevent any violent action (by them or you). “Not in our home! We only have positive attitudes and actions here,” is another good motto.

Really enjoy your family this week and be a blessing and inspiration to others.

Written by Brian Burgess, School Counselor, Nashville TN.


Posted on 10/21/2016 under Schoolwide

Be Super and help us meet our Invest goal of $95,000! Thank you to all the families that have pledged and paid towards the 2016 campaign so far. As a reminder, all payments are due by November 18, 2016. Send in your check or pay online at http://percypriestpto.mybigcommerce.com/
If you have any INVEST questions, please feel free to contact us at ppe.invest@gmail.com.

Thank you,
The 2016 INVEST committee