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A Message From Your Principal


Dear PPE Families,

We hope you are surrounded by love and warmth this holiday season. May the holidays bring you many reasons to smile and may they be merry and bright. May this season bring you the gifts of peace, hope and joy.

Glad tidings for the holidays and a Happy New Year. We will see you on January 3rd, 2018!

Wishing you a festive holiday season,
Percy Priest Elementary School Faculty and Staff


Staff Gift Thank You!


Thank you to all the Percy Priest families who sent contributions for this year’s gifts for our fabulous support staff. We raised over $5000 to divide between the staff! They will receive their gifts at the staff luncheon on Friday. Thank you for your generous gifts!

Three King's Day Celebrations!


Upon returning from winter break, my Spanish classes will participate in a cultural activity and celebrate Three King's Day. I need 1 volunteer from each classroom to make special cupcakes for the activity. The celebrations will take place during Spanish class the week we return from winter break (January 3-9).

Please bake white or yellow cupcakes. After baking the cupcakes, hide a small piece of candy inside one of the cupcakes. Then top with your child's favorite icing! The candy represents one of the king's jewels, so please use something colorful like a Skittle, a Jolly Rancher, a peppermint, etc. The student who discovers the jewel inside their cupcake, will be crowned king or queen for the day! 

Please mark the cupcake that has the treat in it with a toothpick or sticky note, however, do not let your child know which one it is! Lastly, please check the food labels of all the ingredients, as well as the candy you use to make sure that the cupcakes are nut/peanut free!

Please click the following link to sign up to make the cupcakes for your child's class! If you have any questions, please e-mail me at

I wish you all the happiest of holidays!

A Message From Your Principal


Dear PPE Families,

As the first semester comes to an end next Friday, we want to thank you for supporting PPE’s service projects during this holiday season. Many of you donated leggings for homeless students in MNPS served by Uni-cycle, toys for the Salvation Army’s “Forgotten Angel” program and monetary donations for our PPE support staff. Each year, we recognize our front office employees, nurse, crossing guard, general school assistants, custodial and cafeteria staff at our holiday luncheon. Donations for these amazing staff members are due by Tuesday, December 12th.

Unfortunately, flu season is here. Routine cleaning and disinfecting are keys to protecting our students. Please read the “When to Stay Home” letter that provides guidelines to parents as to when students should remain home. 

Next week, we will celebrate the holiday season at PPE. On Wednesday, students may wear their favorite festive holiday attire or a tacky sweater/sweatshirt. Percy Priest spirit wear is Thursday and students may wear their pajamas on Friday. Dismissal will be at 11:15 a.m. on Friday, December 15th.

Be joyful,

Melinda Williams
Mark Mason

Staff Gift Envelopes Due Wednesday


Staff Gift Envelopes Due Wednesday, December 13th

Thank you to those families who have returned their envelope with a gift for our PPE support staff! We will be collecting money until Wednesday, December 13th, so there is still time to participate.

The staff gift does not go to our specials teachers (i.e. music, Spanish, P.E., art & technology) - so don't forget those amazing teachers this holiday season!

Shop, Shop, Shop at Kendra Scott!



Head over to Kendra Scott this coming Monday, December 11th from 6 - 8 pm. Shop, mingle and support PPE! 20% of the proceeds will benefit our school! 

Parenting Blog: How do you accept criticism?



“I’m doing my best, so just don’t criticize me, OK.” I used to be like that for a large part of my life. Accepting criticism was a bitter pill to swallow. I was Mr. Nice Guy and would just about do anything for anybody, so don’t criticize me. I didn’t want to rock the boat. I would always try to justify my actions, because I hated to be wrong or to be seen as anything other than what I perceived myself to be.

I grew up and realized that I was going to make mistakes and that other people had great ideas, too. I learned to listen. I was able to accept critiques of my performance. I discovered that in terms of a day, a week, a month, a year or years, it didn’t really matter. It was no biggie. I would do better next time. At my age now, it’s like…I don’t really care when people are critical of me. I know who I am. I know what my abilities are, my strengths and my weaknesses. I don’t have to put on a persona or display a false image. I can be who God designed me to be. I know my purpose and am living that out. So what can harm me? If I make a mistake I laugh at myself.

Sometimes, accepting criticism is a quickly-learned art, while for others it is a longer process. I believe that parents can help their children accept criticism by teaching them that criticism has a positive and a negative side, just like a battery. In our culture the word seems to have a predominantly negative connotation, so we feel indignant if anyone dares to offer any comment on what we do. We get highly defensive and think, “What right have you got to judge or criticize me?”

We have to learn to accept constructive criticism first before we can teach our children. It can be difficult, but it is so defined in our highly image-conscious nation. To be good models we have to quit our gossip, our unhelpful judgments and our highly-tuned negative criticism. Say to yourself, “Is there any truth in what the person is saying? Anything I can learn from?” If it is no on both counts, let it go. Ignore it. Move on and don’t hold a grudge. Try to be unoffendable.

Now teach this to your children. Others see what we do through different eyes or have a fresh perspective. Others can help us grow in our journey to become the people we were designed to be. Be prepared to let others speak into our lives.

Written by Brian Burgess, School Counselor, PPE, Nashville TN (My opinions, not PPE’s)


Thank You To The Support Staff


Each December we say thank you to the support staff (office, nurse, custodians, café, etc…) for their tireless work and dedication to Percy Priest Elementary.  If you would like to join in a school-wide gift, please send your donation (cash or checks made out to PPE PTO) in the envelope included in your child's Friday folder, addressed as “staff gift.”

Please return the envelopes to your teachers by Wednesday, December 13. Mrs. Williams will distribute this money to our awesome support staff at the staff holiday lunch.  Thank you for your kindness and generosity. 

Happy Holidays!

Save the Date for the Annual PPE Used Book Sale!


Save the Date for the Annual PPE Used Book Sale on February 7-9, 2018.

Cleaning out your closets and book shelves over the winter break? Remember to save your age appropriate used books, DVDs, and video games for the annual Percy Priest Used Book Sale. With your generous donations last year, we were able to raise $1,500 for Percy Priest as well as donate several boxes of books to the Martha O'Bryan Center. We will have collection bins set up by Wednesday, December 6th. 

Any questions, contact Mende Pattee or Keri Engeseth.

Thank you for your support!

Shop in the Tiger Store for Holiday Gifts!


Shop in the Tiger Store for Holiday Gifts! 

The holidays are right around the corner and there's not a better gift you can give your children than one from the PPE Tiger Store!  We are stocked with hoodies, socks, trucker hats, athletic shorts, shirts, and more!  If it's going to be a gift, please note if you would like to pick up in the office versus a classroom delivery.  

Click here to order or contact us at Maggie Jackson or Robi Warner.