A Message from Your Principal

Posted on 5/19/2017 under Schoolwide

Dear PPE Families,

It has been a wonderful week at PPE spotlighting our fabulous 4th grade students and teachers.
Our scholars performed a variety of musical selections for the PPE student body during an assembly on Wednesday morning and again at  ‘An Evening with the Arts’ on Thursday night.  Each 4th grade student also selected a variety of their artwork to be on display.  We have some very talented 4th graders who will be leaving us in less than a week as they venture on to middle school.

It is a bittersweet time at PPE as we say “Happy Retirement” to Ms. Vonda Dunn.  Ms. Dunn has dedicated 45 years of her life to educating children – many of those here at Percy Priest.  Ms. Chequita Winters has decided to follow her dreams and will enroll in graduate school at Lipscomb University to pursue a degree in Film and Production.  Ms. Winters has been a member of the PPE family for 14 years.  We will miss both of these talented educators very much!

The following educators have elected to transfer to PPE from another school within our district:

  • Liz Strawn comes to us from Smith Springs ES and will teach 2nd grade.
  • Laurel Marchesoni (Cane Ridge ES) will teach 3rd grade while Mrs. Duke is on maternity leave for the 2017-18 school year.
  • Grace Davis chose to transfer from AZ Kelley to teach 4th grade.

Next Thursday, May 25th, is a half-day for students.  Dismissal will be at 11:30 a.m.  Report cards will be issued on Thursday and your child will receive a lot of information with his/her report card, including a supply list and summer reading lists for certain grades.

While you are visiting PPE next week, please check out the items in Lost and Found.  Clothing and items not claimed next week will be donated to Uni-cycle or Goodwill.  Thank you.

Your partners in education,

Mrs. Melinda Williams
Mr. Mark Mason

Parenting Blog

Posted on 5/19/2017 under Schoolwide


Another school year down. Where did all that time go? How come the years seem to speed up the older we get? My years are going over the speed limit, and I deserve to get a ticket from the age police. I just completed my 50th year since I first started teaching. I remember standing in front of that class at the ripe old age of 20, excited, a bit scared and looking at faces of students that in general were eager to learn. A strange thing happened. At the end of the day I gathered my thoughts and wondered what I would teach tomorrow. I seemed to have exhausted most of what I knew on the first day!

I recall my son coming home from his first day of school saying, “That’s school! What’s next?” Seems as if he was ‘a chip off the same block’! I look back with nostalgia at all the children I’ve had in my classes or in my school whom I have had the privilege educating, whether it was knowledge, character, or life skills I was imparting.

You know, it’s the same with parenting. The years fly by at great speed. Before you know it your baby is at school. Then they are battling their hormones at Middle School and trying to establish who they are and what their life might look like. In a jiffy they’re graduating high school and waving you goodbye as they leave home and go to college. You look back and say, “Whoa! Where did all those years go?” You can’t believe the last kid’s gone and now you’re an ‘empty nester’.

Yes, it’s exactly like that. So, I’m reaching out to you to say, “Make the most of this summer and be prepared to create a lot of positive memories for your children. It’s the memories, not things, which bring the greatest pleasure to children. Memories don’t have to cost a lot. They just take a bit of forethought and then implementation. My children, now entering their mid- forties, often raise these memories in our presence and wish they could relive them. Avoid putting off the opportunities and then say once they have ‘flown the coop’, “If only…!!!”

Erickson, one of a number of well-known educators and author of many books, wrote about what he called the 8 stages of man, from baby to elderly person. He said that at the end of life a person usually looks back with integrity or regret. I decided decades ago that I was going to look back on life and say, “I made a difference.” That’s the integrity part. I was not going to sit their whining and wishing that my life had gone a different direction than I wanted or should have made it. That’s regret!

Thanks for the positive feedback I have received concerning these blogs. I feel that it’s a privilege to share my thoughts, wisdom and experience with you. Happy summer to you all.

Written by Brian Burgess, School Counselor, PPE Nashville TN (These are my opinions and not those of PPE)

Miss Stuart's Summer Camp

Posted on 5/19/2017 under Schoolwide

Miss Stuart's Summer Camps have a few openings left in each session. Creating our own Boxcars out of refrigerator boxes, learning the basics of knitting, preparing and enjoying snacks from around the world, designing and creating a coat of arms, having a proper English tea-party...each week is going to be full of adventures. Email Miss Stuart at estuart2400@gmail.com to grab one of the last spots.

American Girl: Kit June 5th – 9th   (9:00-12:30)
American Girl: Felicity June 5th -9th (1:00-4:30)
American Girl: Molly June 12th-16th (9:00-12:30)
American Girl: Samantha June 12th-16th (1:00-4:30)
The Boxcar Children June 19th- 23rd     (9:00-12:30)
The Life and Times of Robin Hood June 19th -23rd (1:00-4:30)
Around the World in Five Days June 26th-30th
-9:00-12:30 (Japan, France, England, South Africa, India)
-1:00-4:30 (Switzerland, China, Brazil, Germany, Italy)