4th Grade

4th Grade News


Click here to download the 4th grade newsletter for this week's news. 

Thank you!

Acting Up!

1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th

The Acting Up musical theater program is designed for elementary school students grades 1-4. Our mission is to provide children with a creative outlet, prepare youth for real life performance experiences, and produce quality musical theater experiences.

We are so excited to offer this program at Percy Priest for the second year! We know that there are so many talented students who are already great performers. We believe that there are many others who have the potential to become incredible performers. Our program would allow students to have the opportunity to focus in on cultivating those performance skills!

Acting Up is an after–school program that brings professional musical theatre training directly to students, making it convenient for families to participate. Musical theatre is a form of theatrical performance that combines songs, spoken dialogue, acting, and dance. This program can accommodate up to 35 students and requires an audition for entry into the program. Students will meet each week with professional teaching artists, who will teach from basic to advance skills of musical theater and will culminate the year with a week of performances.

Click here to download the flyer and to learn about dates, times, cost, and the audition process. 


Fall Sketchbook Club

3rd, 4th

Sketchbook Club Sign up online!!


Are you a 3rd or 4th grader who loves Art but one hour a week at school is just not enough? Sign up for Fall Sketchbook Club with Mrs. A! During this nine week course, students will explore a variety of two-dimensional art materials while improving drawing and painting skills.

Sketchbook Club will meet in the Art Room on Thursday after school until 4:15. Students will be picked up at 4:15 at the Kindergarten doorway. $200 per student which includes supplies and a sketchbook.

Sign up now and pay online! Class size is limited to the 20 students. Contact Mrs. Atkinson, tinaatkinson@yahoo.com with questions or for more information.

Class Dates will be:

  • September 7
  • No Class September 14
  • September 21
  • September 28
  • October 5
  • No Class October 12 for Fall break
  • October 19
  • No Class October 26 - Mrs. A will receive her award!
  • November 2
  • November 9
  • November 16
  • No Class November 23 or 30
  • December 7 will be our last meeting

Download the flyer here. 


Robotics Club

1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th

Join us as we use programming to solve real world problems.

WHEN: Wednesdays (1st and 2nd grades), Thursdays (3rd and 4th grades) after school until 4:00pm

DATES: September 6 - December 13

PRICE: $216 (includes supplies and snack).

INFORMATION: 16 spots available for each session.

QUESTIONS: Lisa Ramsey - lisa.ramsey@mnps.org

Click here to download the flyer. 


1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th

What: STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. STEAM Education provides students with hands-on experience that can be used with real-world applications. STEAM education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, fosters collaboration and enables the next generation of innovators. Students will participate in activities such as building bridges, constructing towers, designing new products and improving existing products. Students from last year are encouraged to sign up as well as new students.

There is a $250 registration/materials fee for Mondays and a $250 registration materials fee for Thursdays.

Who: 1st-4th Graders facilitated by Dr. Coats, Mrs. Cary, and Mrs. Allen (4th Grade teachers)

Where: The PPE STEAM Lab, Dr. Coats’ room, and outside

Click here to download the flyer. 

Mr. Tanner's Book Club

1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th

When: Fridays 3:00-4:00pm, begins September 8th
Where: Room 18
Who: 1st-4th grades
Cost: $15 per child, per day (fee includes all supplies & snack)

During this time Mr. Tanner will be guiding the students through a beloved classic and encouraging a love of reading by comparing it to many multimedia versions. There will be activities and discussions that go along with each book to instill good reading habits. This year we are exploring The Oz Series by L. Frank Baum beginning with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.  Your child will learn how to read higher level books appropriately and dig deeper while reading.

(maximum of 20 students per day)

Click here to download the flyer. 

Beginner Guitar Club

3rd, 4th

Beginner Guitar Club

Club Host: Mr. Hudson

Who: Open to 3rd and 4th Graders at Percy Priest Elementary

Number of Students: The first 10 students to sign-up (with payment)

Cost: $130 per student ($10 per week for 13 weeks)

Requirement/Additional Cost/Equipment: Students will need to bring their own guitar (acoustic or electric unplugged). If your child does not have a guitar, Mr. Hudson can make recommendations. Decent beginner guitars can be purchased
from $50 - $200 and up. The most important thing is that the guitar fits the student. A clip-on guitar tuner is also a great investment for as little as $10. (brands like Snark, Korg, D’Addario, etc.)

When: Mondays from Dismissal until 4:15 pm.

Duration: 13 weeks

Proposed Dates: 
Sept. 11, 18, 25
Oct. 2, 16, 23, 30
Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27
Dec. 4, 11

Where: Mr. Hudson’s 4th grade classroom (room 14)

Expectations: Mr. Hudson cannot promise that you’ll be creating blistering solos at the end of the 13 weeks. The intent is that students learn the basics of how a guitar works, names of the strings and notes in standard tuning, and basic/common chord shapes. We will try to put these all together to learn a song or two.

Click here to download the flyer. 

Girls on the Run!

3rd, 4th

Girls on the Run this fall!  Available to girls in 3rd and 4th Grades.  Practices will be held after school on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3 - 4:30 pm beginning September 11, 2017.  The season ends with the Girls on the Run 5k on December 2, 2017.  Registration opens August 14 and will close on August 21 at 7 am.    

Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based positive youth development program (PA-PYD) designed to develop and enhance girls’ social, psychological and physical competencies to successfully navigate life experiences.  Girls on the Run's mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience- based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

For more information and to register please see the attached flyer.

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!