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A Message From Your Principal


Dear PPE families,

Thank you for making our food drive a huge success! PPE families donated 5,152 canned goods for the hungry in our community. That is 1,308 more items than last year!

The classrooms who will earn a non-SSA day for collecting the most canned goods are:

  • Kindergarten: Ms. Benson
  • 1st grade: Ms. Orth
  • 2nd grade: Ms. Strawn
  • 3rd grade: Ms. Dwight
  • 4th grade: Mrs. Cary

Students may wear non-SSA on Friday, October 20th.  The homeroom who brought in the most canned goods is Ms. Orth’s first grade class.  They will be treated with a pizza party after fall break. We want to thank Ms. Strawn and Mrs. Morrel for facilitating this year’s food drive.

For more information about Second Harvest and other ways you can get involved in fighting hunger please visit

Thank you for helping us make an impact by fighting hunger and feeding hope! 

We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable fall break.  Please encourage your PPE tigers to read at least 20 minutes daily and practice math facts to increase their math fluency.

Your partners in education,

Mrs. Melinda Williams
Mr. Mark Mason

Spanish News - El Día de los Muertos


Dear Parents,

After fall break, your child will be learning about the Day of the Dead holiday which is celebrated in parts of Mexico and Latin America at the end of October through the beginning of November. We will be reading stories about the celebration, and each grade level will produce traditional artwork that is typically associated with this holiday. In addition, students will have the opportunity to taste “pan de muertos”, a special bread that is only made for the “Día de los Muertos” celebration. The students will be discovering that the Day of the Dead celebration is a jubilant and festive tradition that unties families and establishes a sense of identity. It is a time for happy memories of loved ones, not scary stories! Families make special foods and picnic at the graves of their loved ones. In this way, the festival is similar to the manner Memorial Day is celebrated in the United States. By studying the art and culture of Mexico as part of our curriculum and learning about this celebration, I hope to create an exciting cultural experience for your child. If you have any questions about the Day of the Dead celebration, please feel free to contact me at school (615-298-8416 ext.1017). Thank you for taking the time to appreciate what your child is learning and creating in Spanish class.

You can find more information about “El Día de los Muertos” at Cheekwood’s 18th annual “Día de los Muertos” celebration will be held on Saturday, October 28 from 9:00am - 5:00pm. It is fun celebration with entertainment, art activities, exhibits, vendors, food and more! Cheekwood members and youth 17 and under are admitted for free!

Lisa Trujillo
Spanish Teacher


1st Grade Newsletter


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Thank you!

Second Grade News


Ask your second grader:
• What is a prefix? What does the prefix pre- mean?
• What are some text features you might see in an informational text? What is the purpose of each?
• What is a collective noun? Give an example.
• What is the sum of 23+63?

Upcoming events:
• Fall Break is October 6-20.
• Our first field trip is Friday, October 27th. We will see Mr. Popper’s Penguins at the Nashville Children’s Theatre. Look for the field trip permission slip in the Friday folder. Please pay the field trip fee online as soon as possible (information for payment is on the permission slip).
-Each 2nd grade class will need two chaperones. Please email your child’s teacher by 3:00 on October 16th if you would like to volunteer as a chaperone. Because we are limited to two chaperones per class, teachers will draw names from a hat if there are more than two volunteers. You will be notified by your child’s teacher if your name is drawn. The cost for chaperones is $8 in advance (submit to teacher) or $20 at the door. Siblings cannot attend. Parent chaperones will meet us at the theatre at 11:45.
• Report cards will be sent home on Monday, October 23rd.

Upcoming skills:
• ELA: main idea, author’s purpose, context clues, collective nouns, phonics: double consonants and ck
• Math: place value, number sense, addition and subtraction (without regrouping)
• Science: space
• Social Studies: Tennessee

Have a wonderful Fall Break!
The 2nd Grade Team

1st Grade News


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2nd Grade Newsletter


Ask your second grader:
• What has been their favorite science experiment so far?
• In what experiment did a solid dissolve?
• What is the expanded form of 321? The standard form? The word form?
• Which 2nd grade class has the most food collected for the food drive?

Upcoming events:
• Please help us support Second Harvest Food Bank by donating a few of their most needed items next week. The food drive will end Thursday, October 5th.
• We have enjoyed teaching all of the 2nd graders during our science rotations. Please encourage your child to talk about what he/she has learned about changes of matter this week.
• Class picture day is Tuesday, October 3rd.

Upcoming skills:
• We will be reviewing skills covered this 9 week period.

Have a wonderful weekend!
The 2nd Grade Team

Third Grade News


Hi, parents! Cannot believe we are approaching our last week of the first quarter. Time is flying! Here is what we have going on.

  • There will be no school on Friday, October 6. This is a teacher planning day.

  • All yellow field trip permission slips (bottom half of the yellow sheet) should be turned in by Monday. Your child will not be able to attend our first field trip if we don’t have written permission.

  • Our field trip to Edwin Warner Park is next week! On Tuesday, Dwight and Morrel classes will go. On Wednesday, Marchesoni, Bray and Snyder classes will go. We will leave the school at 9:30 AM and return around 1:00 PM. Please have your child wear his or her field trip shirt and comfortable hiking shoes. Layered clothing is recommended because we will be hiking in the woods and it can sometimes get chilly. Also, please have your child bring a lunch that is 100% disposable (no glass/plastic containers or metal utensils, please). We are looking forward to our first field trip!

Here is what else we are up to!
Reading/ Writing: We will finish our two-paragraph narrative comparing ourselves to Roberto Clemente.
Grammar: Comparative and Superlative Adjectives
Math: We will work on multi-step word problems (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division).
Science: Ecosystems; Food Chains

Thank you!

4th Grade News


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JT Moore Open House


Calling all 4th Graders and Parents

Come and get a taste of the Matador experience at JTM Prospective Parent Open House. This is a great opportunity to see what your local community middle school has to offer. If you cannot attend, current J.T. Moore Parents will be hosting four coffees in their homes this November. This will provide you an opportunity to personally meet with Dr. Hughes, the Principal of J.T. Moore, and get answers to questions you are dying to ask! Be looking for the dates!

What: Prospective Parent Open House - Parents will tour the J.T. Moore campus and hear from teachers and staff. Students will enjoy free pizza, games (sock wars!), and face painting

Who: Current 4th Graders and their Parents/Guardians

When: Monday, October 30th 6:00-7:30 pm 

Where: JTM Auditorium, Gym, Classrooms, Cafeteria—Tour the entire school!!

PTO Meeting Recap and Advocacy Committee


Presentation from September PTO meeting
Thank you to all the parents and staff who joined us at September's PTO meeting.  Dr. Craig Hammond from MNPS gave a fascinating presentation on the MNPS budget, where Percy Priest falls on the MNPS renovation list and ways our parents and the PTO can work together to raise awareness of the renovation needs at Percy Priest.

If you were unable to attend the meeting but would like to review the presentation, you can find it here.  If you have questions about the presentation or the meeting, please reach out to Courtney Evans or Whitney Conyers.

Percy Priest Renovation Advocacy Committee Wants You!
Are you interested in serving with other Percy Priest parents and staff on a Percy Priest advocacy committee?  A committee is being formed to explore how parents and staff at Percy Priest can advance our school's request for a major facility renovation.  If you would like to be a part of this committee, please reach out to Katie Cameron.