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A Message from your Principal!


Dear PPE Families,

We are less than one week away from closing out the 2017-18 school year.  Time sure does fly by when you are having fun!

Have you heard of the “summer slide”?  We want to help your child avoid it this summer!

While the best predictor of reading success is the actual time students spend inside books, reading achievement is also influenced by the frequency, amount, and diversity of reading.  Avid readers are well acquainted with the joys of a good novel, but they also enjoy reading for a variety of purposes.  For the majority of young children, enthusiastic and habitual reading is the single most predictive personal habit to achieve desirable life outcomes. (Bayless, 2010) 

The MNPS Summer Reading Challenge information will be in your child’s Friday folder today.  We hope you and your PPE tiger will participate as a family in the challenge.  

If you have a rising Kindergarten student or know someone who does, we want to encourage registration as soon as possible at the Overton Enrollment Center located at Robertson Academy.  Hillsboro Enrollment Center located at HHS is closed due to renovation and construction.

New families to PPE are also encourage to register at Robertson Academy.

Your partners in education,

Melinda Williams
Mark Mason

Shop Next Year’s School Supplies Now!


Shop Next Year’s School Supplies Now!

Now through June 15th you can purchase your child’s school supplies and teacher wish lists. Be sure to look at the Important Notes at the bottom of each page for details about the kits and important information from the teachers.

Cross school supply shopping off your list this summer and spend more time at the pool and less time shopping. We will deliver your child’s supplies and teacher wish list items to their classroom before the first day of school.

In addition, $5 of every kit goes back to Percy Priest Elementary. Everyone wins!

Contact Heather Chapman with questions at


Fatherhood Festival


Fatherhood Festival

The annual Fatherhood Festival will be held on Saturday, June 9. The event will welcome all MNPS fathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, mentors and other men along with their families to spend a day of family fun with their young scholars. We will serve approximately 1,000 participants throughout the day (approximately 400 parents and 600 children). There will be games, activities, music, camaraderie, health screenings and free lunch at the event; with rotating hands-on activities and workshops. Men who have volunteered in the Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) program will also be honored by the MNPS Department of Family and Community Engagement and the Mayor’s Office.

All men will receive a Call-to-Action to become even more engaged in their local school community. Community vendors are asked to provide display booths, educational materials and giveaway items to participants.

  • Date: Saturday, June 9
  • Time: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location: Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center Fieldhouse, 2700 Children’s Way, Nashville, TN 37212

Last Chance! TIGER STORE End-of-the-Year Sale!


Last Chance! TIGER STORE End-of-the-Year Sale! 

We’re cleaning out the Tiger Store inventory and getting ready for next year.  Shop the sale now - we have great some deals that you don’t want to miss!  

A Message From Your Principal!


Dear Parents,

We are less than two weeks from the end of another successful school year at Percy Priest ES. The next eight days will be filled with many end-of-the-year fun activities and festivities.

Our last PTO meeting of the year will be held on Tuesday evening @ 6:30 p.m. in the library. PPE “Year in Review” will be shared along with up-to-date information on our SY18-19 Student Based Budget and PTO budget. We hope to see you there.

Our fabulous 4th grade classes will share their musical talents with us on Thursday evening, May 17th @ 6:30 p.m. in the Tiger Gym for their final performance as a PPE tiger. Their artwork will also be on display. Congratulations to the PPE Class of 2018!

Miss Stuart, PPE’s librarian, has a column in BookPage ( or @bookpage on Twitter) this month highlighting three nature-themed read alouds. In her new recurring feature, Check It Out, she shares book recommendations for elementary school teachers. Way to go, Miss Stuart! Your PPE family is proud of you! Miss Stuart has also challenged ALL PPE students, faculty and staff to read at least one hour a day during the summer months. Will you and your children accept her challenge?

Your partners in education,

Melinda Williams, Principal
Mark Mason, Assistant Principal

Final PTO Meeting Tuesday, May 15th


Final PTO Meeting of the Year - Tuesday, May 15th @ 6:30

Please join us Tuesday, May 15th at 6:30 in the PPE library for the final PTO meeting of the 2017-2018 school year.  Mrs. Williams will update teachers, staff and parents on her final budget for next year and the PTO will present a draft of their budget for next year as well (the final PTO budget will be posted to the Percy Priest website before the end of the PTO fiscal year on June 30, 2018).  

Your feedback from the Town Hall strategic planning session was instrumental as we move into the 2018-2019 school year.  Join us on Tuesday to hear an update on the working draft of the strategic plan, which will be updated in time for the 2018-2019 school year.

Thank you to all the parents, teachers and staff for your countless volunteer hours and suggestions for the PTO this year!

Peggy the Bookmobile and Summer Reading Lists



Parnassus On Wheels will be at Percy Priest on May 23rd from 1:00-5:00. The bookmobile will be stocked with all of the books on the PPE's 2018 Summer Reading Lists. Students may shop on their own or with a parent. What better way to kickoff summer than with a stack of new books?!

If you miss Peggy, still check out your summer reading list here:


ART portfolios are coming home!


That's right! All of the art you have enjoyed on the online art gallery ( is finally coming home in that giant white folder! The students are so excited to bring home the amazing creations drawn, painted, taped, glued, printed and sculpted in the Art room this year! With the portfolio comes a fun, family homework assignment...your child's assignment is to host an art show and share his/her work with you! This can be done on the kitchen table, couch, floor, wall or bed, any surface that would be a safe place to lay it all out to view. Let your child tell you about what they have learned this year in Art, share their favorite pieces, best work, and least favorite pieces! They may ask you questions and I hope you ask some of your own! Having conversations about art help students not just learn about art, but improve listening and speaking skills, help students to judge work for quality and content that they find personally interesting! These are safe and effective ways to build confident, decisive, well spoken young people. Thank you for taking the time to appreciate what your child is learning and creating through Art!!

4th Grade Fine Arts Night!!


Thursday evening, May 17, 2018, Percy Priest will celebrate the class or 2018 with an evening of the Arts! The event will begin at 5:30PM with an opportunity for families to visit the student curated art show exhibit, hosted by Mrs. Atkinson, taking place in the main hallway between the office and the gym. Each student chose the art pieces that would be displayed as well as the placement and design of the display. Each one has such personality!

At 6:30, families are invited to gym for a magnificent musical performance under the direction of Mr. Mott. The program promises to deliver a showcase of musical skills that will warm your heart with pride! The students have learned so much this year and worked so hard to bring you this magical evening of the Arts. We hope to see you there!

Next Year's School Supplies - Order Yours Now!


Next Year's School Supplies - Order yours today!

The PTO is excited to announce a new partnership with 1st Day School Supplies! We have collaborated with 1st Day School Supplies to help parents and teachers get the exact supplies needed for next school year without the hassle and aggravation of shopping at the big box store; it's not only convenient, but the prices are competitive. School supply kits for the next school year will be on sale starting today through June 15th. All Supplies will be delivered to your child's classroom before the 1st day of school. Additionally, $5 from each kit sold will be given to Percy Priest Elementary. So it's a win win for everyone!

Please be sure to read the Important Notes about the Kits at the bottom of each page for important information and notes from your teachers.

Some of our examples:

  • Headphones are NOT included in kits. If a new pair is needed, you will need to purchase separately.
  • Kindergarten totes will be provided from the PTO for Kinder students (so no back packs!)
  • 4th grade Binders with zipper and strap are needed but are sold separately as an add-on option through 1st Day School Supplies. Please note that if purchased through 1st Day School Supplies, colors are assorted and there is no guarantee of any specific color.

You can make your purchase right now. Get started by clicking the link below.