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Just like that, it’s a new year.  Happy 2023!  January is a time for new beginnings, and many students find their “groove” in the spring semester.  We hope everyone has had an enjoyable winter break and students, teachers and staff are ready to return to school on January 9th.

What better way to welcome 2023 than with some fun Percy Priest events?  If you like to plan ahead, now is the perfect time to bookmark our events calendar.  We are excited about the New Year and all that it has in store for us.

Upcoming School Events

  • Jan 20 – 1st Grade Parent Party
  • Jan 26 – 4th Grade Parent Party
  • Feb 2 – 2nd Grade Parent Party
  • Feb 9 – Kindergarten Parent Party
  • Feb 16 – 3rd Grade Parent Party
  • Feb 21-23 – Used Book Sale
  • Feb 24-March 8 – Read-a-Thon
  • March 4 – Spring Auction
  • March 23 – Math Night
  • April 21 – Tiger Tennis Social
  • May 1-5 – Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 5 – Cinco de Mayo & Field Day (*May 9 Rain Date*)
  • May 7 – Incoming Kindergartener Popsicle Party
  • May 12 – Spring Picnic
  • May 19 – Spring Sing

Spring Field Trips

  • Feb 7 – Kindergarten @ Nashville Children’s Theater
  • Feb 24 – 2nd Grade @ TPAC
  • May 11 – 2nd Grade @ Nashville Children’s Theater

General Announcements & Community Events 

After School Clubs for 2023!

After school clubs are back, thanks to the hard work of our teachers who put every detail of these together! Scroll down for details and registration forms. Stay tuned for more to come as well!

  • Builders Club –The Builders Club is for K-2nd grade students and is filled with problem solving, imagination, self-expression, math skills, spatial sense and motor abilities, creativity, and social and emotional growth. The Thursday Spring Session with Ms.Faison & Ms.Wall still has open spots.  Click Here for Details
  • Imagination Club – The Imagination Club will focus on a balance of stories and art. Sessions will have a fun combination of literature and hands-on activities with Mrs. Acker for 3rd-4th grades on Tuesdays and 1st-2nd grades on Wednesdays. Click Here for Details.

Are you ready to get jiggy and go Back to the Neon 90s?! We are so excited about our neon themed auction this year – and it is only 8 weeks away! There are so many ways to get involved AND support this rad school – here’s how:

Buy your tickets NOW!

Join us for a neon fueled night of fun March 4, 6-10 pm at City Winery. Get ready for an ultimate throwback with 90s and 2000s cover band Fly2K! The fun will be da bomb with a high-energy performance showcasing all our favorite hip-hop, pop and R&B hits! Channel your 90’s best while the band sets the mood and the silent auction supports PPE’s bright future.

Tickets are $100 each and include dinner and two drink tickets for the cash-only bar. Scan the code above or click here to buy your tickets for a night that is all that and a bag of chips.

Questions about tickets or the party? Contact Jackie Osborne (

Support with sponsorship!

Get your business in front of the Percy Priest community – via the website, newsletter, Friday Folders and signage – while also supporting a beloved cause: our very own school! We’re looking for a few more sponsors for the big Neon 90s event. If your family or company can support us at the $500, $1,500, $3,000 or $5,000 level, we want to hear from you!

Email Jenny Alfrey ( or purchase a sponsorship online here. Your support is so appreciated!

Join the auction party committee – email Gillian Stewart if interested in joining this crew of fly homies (


Coordinate a fabulous GRADE LEVEL BASKET!

Themed baskets are always HOT items and bring in big dollars at the silent auction (which helps our school), but we need help at each grade level to get those assembled. We are looking for 2 basket leads and a few other helping hands per grade. Sign up here to help out!


We need hosts for the ever-popular grade-level parties to auction off at our Neon 90s Party. So round up some friends and start planning those events for boys or girls at Percy Priest! Any and all party ideas welcome! Sign up here to help out.


Toyota Dream Car USA Art Contest for Kids

Looking for free student art contests? Parents can enter their children in the Toyota Dream Car USA Art Contest for Kids ages 4-15. Deadline to submit artwork submissions is Jan 31, 2023.  Students can win up to $750! Visit this website for more information.

Come Have Lunch!

Parents, grandparents and special friends are welcome to eat lunch with students! To help us with space and accommodating guests, we ask that visitors sign-up to come eat lunch using the bookings link below. Please be sure to select the correct grade level and teacher. When signing-up, we also ask that you only sign-up for one day at this time. Thank you for your help and we hope to see you for lunch soon. Sign up to come eat lunch with your student! Menus can be viewed on the Meal View App or here.

The ALL-CITY Moms Thrive event is January 13, 9:30-11AM at West End Community Church.  author, speaker, and counselor, Chip Dodd will speak to us about Thriving Amidst Chaos and how feelings give us strength. The event is free but they ask you to register at this link. All PPE Moms are invited to attend this non-school-sponsored parenting talk. Mom’s Thrive is put on by fellow PPE moms who want to help develop community and encourage and equip moms with tools that lead to grace-filled parenting. Please note all speakers will be coming from a biblical worldview.

Mark your calendar and join us at these future PPE Mom’s thrive dates:

  • Thursday, February 23rd from 7-8:30pm
  • Thursday, March 23rd from 7-8:30pm
  • Thursday, April 20th from 7-8:30 pm

We Need Your Help!


The Percy Priest Workroom needs volunteers to help copy and sort Friday Folders. Please sign up here if you are able. This would be a big help to Cathy and Sonya in the Front Office.


At PPE, we have the wonderful opportunity to provide some small group tutoring for our students through the MNPS Accelerating Scholars program. We are looking for parent volunteers who can help out to lead those groups. The time commitment would be 30 minutes each Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Plans and materials will be provided.

Please e-mail Grace Akbari at if you’d be interested in helping with a group this spring!



The cafeteria is in need of clorox wipes to help keep it clean during lunchtime. If you are able to donate any, please send it with your child when we return on January 9th.


Other Ways to Volunteer:

We need your help to make this spring the best yet at Percy Priest! Dedicated and engaged parents are a key ingredient to making our school the great school that it is. There are big and small volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Please check out our volunteer form and let us know what things interest you. We’ll be in touch with more information.


If you have questions of any kind, please contact us at Thank you!


Small Fundraisers Spotlight


For a list of all of our ongoing small fundraisers, please visit our Small Fundraisers webpage.

Publix Partners will donate $250 to the Percy Priest Elementary PTO for every $37,500 spent cumulatively by our school’s participants. To support Percy Priest, join Club Publix. If you’re already a member, log in to your account and select My Publix Partner to search for the school of your choice. Remember to pay with the Publix app or enter your phone number at checkout each time you make an eligible purchase. Parents do have to re-register annually.

How to Stay Connected

Add PPE happenings to your calendar automatically!

You can subscribe to our PTO calendar and have all of our events show up on your calendar, so you never lose track of important dates! Following the links below will prompt you to subscribe to the calendar via your preferred calendar app. Any time the PTO updates an event through the website, it will update on the calendar of all subscribers (how often your calendar pulls updated info will be based on your individual personal settings – every 5 minutes, 1 hour, 1 week, etc).

For Calendar Apps (apple calendar etc), go to: webcal://

For Google Calendar, go to:

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