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A Message from Your Principal


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

3rd Grade News


We invite you to join the 3rd grade on Tuesday, May 23rd at 1:45pm in the Tiger Café for our play!

Don't forget:
Last day of school: Half day on Thursday, May 25th.
We can't believe the school year is almost over! Report cards go home on the last day of school. Also look for information regarding summer reading.

Have an awesome and safe summer,

The Third Grade Team

Parenting Blog



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)

4th Grade Fine Arts Night


I just want to thank everyone who came out early to the 4th grade music program to enjoy the amazing work our 4th Grade Artists have created in Art this year!! Every year they amaze me! I would also like to thank all the volunteers who helped prep and hang the work as well as all the bakers who baked and bagged cookies for the families to enjoy after the show!

It has been my honor and pleasure to work with your children during their time here at PPE and I hope that you will continue to support the Visual Arts in your future schools. Fight to make sure you child has Visual Arts every school year. The visual arts teach children how to observe, analyze and innovate. It helps to keep them stay grounded as the world changes around them. Art affects our lives everyday, every time we turn on a computer, navigate a roadway or glance at a menu. It will shape our children's future because every career in our society requires creative thinkers. It is just that important.

Art Portfolios!

1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, K

Art portfolios have been coming home for the last week or so and the children are very excited! I hope they have been doing their homework by having an Art Show for their families! It is such an exciting and visual way to see how your child has grown this year in so many ways. Their art skills have improved, ideas have become more complex, and even the way they write their name has changed from August until now! Please take a moment to enjoy the creative adventures your child has experienced this year and the amazing artwork created along the way!

Summer Art Camp at PPE!!

1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, K

Join Mrs. Atkinson June 5-9 for one amazing week of exploring, discovering and creating ART at Percy Priest Elementary! This unique camp offers a variety of hands on art experiences designed especially for artists ages 5-11 years (rising K through rising 4th graders). Camp will take place in the Percy Priest Art Room from 9:00-12:00, June 5-9, 2017. The cost is $190 per child for the week, which includes a sketchbook, all art supplies and a snack each day. Class size is limited, so sign up online today!

Contact Mrs. Atkinson at for more questions.

Miss Stuart's Summer Camp


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 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)




Parents, thank you for all of your donations for the last two years - UniCycle is currently distributing an average of 1,000 items of clothing per month to needy MNPS students! We're on track to provide hundreds of homeless students with back-to-school wardrobes in August and to continue to fill partner school UniCycle Exchange closets to serve other kids who could need a hand with SSA, but we need your help! 

Please spend a few precious minutes these next couple of weeks deciding how much of your child's SSA wardrobe will not make it to fall, and donate those items before the end of the school year. We are happy to announce that Tiger Club will serve as a UniCycle drop-off point ALL SUMMER! You can come by PPE any weekday in June and July, 7 a.m. until 6 p.m., enter through the Tiger Club doors (to the left of the main entrance) and drop clothing off in the white UniCycle basket at the Tiger Club check-in area outside of the entrance to the gym. 

FOURTH GRADE PARENTS - we are especially in need of sizes 12, 14 and 16 in both tops and bottoms, boys and girls. Most of your fourth graders are heading off to places where they will no longer need any of their SSA, so please contact UniCycle ( to be sure we capture all of your "outgrown, not worn out" items, even through the summer - we will pick up and offer drop-off times at Percy Priest Elementary. Thank you all, again, for being part of the solution and helping hundreds of kids to have better school days and show up ready to learn. 

J T Moore Community Yard Sale


JTM Community Yard Sale

Saturday, May 20th  8:00 a.m. to Noon

Ready for Spring? Do some spring cleaning and sell your stuff at the JT Moore Community Yard Sale, Saturday, May 20th from 8 am to Noon. Rent a parking space for $25 and keep any proceeds from your sale!   This is a community event that is super fun!  Come shop too! A GOODWILL truck will arrive at noon to pickup any items you wish to donate and can provide you with a tax receipt if requested. Also, you can use the THRIFTSMART bin located on the school campus.  Contact Teri Seabrook at to sign up or if you have questions.  Please put JTM Yard Sale in the subject line. Or text at  239-249-4676.


A Message from Your Principal


Dear PPE Families,

Please join us for the final PTO meeting of the school year on Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. in the PPE library.

District 8 School Board member Mary Pierce will be our guest speaker. We need you to attend to hear what Mrs. Pierce has to say regarding PPE’s  need for capital money to fund the much needed renovations and additions to our school.  If you have a student in kindergarten, first or second grades, your attendance and participation is strongly encouraged.  We can’t do this alone……..we need your voices to be heard.  We hope to see you on Tuesday night.

Save the Date for Thursday evening, May 18,  as we say “farewell” to our fabulous 4th grade students – PPE Class of 2017.  Their artwork will be on display and the much anticipated music performance will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Tiger Gym.  Bring your camera and tissue with you!

There are two assignments we hope you will help us with as this school year ends.  First, please take five minutes or less to complete the survey found in today’s e-blast.  Your feedback is needed as we plan for next year and look for ways to improve as a school community.  The second item is to review the proposed  2017-18 PPE Parent Involvement Policy also found in today’s e-blast.  If you have suggestions, comments or concerns, please email Melinda Williams

Your partners in education,

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