PTO Newsletter 10/6

Wishing everyone a fun and safe Fall Break!  Whether you are traveling somewhere exciting or staying here and taking advantage of living in a wonderful city, we hope you have a great break.

Thank you to all who have supported PPE through the INVEST campaign so far! To date, 89% of our families have joined the effort and we hope to get to 100% by October 6th!  If you haven’t supported already, please click HERE . If you can’t give at this time, please still sign on and click “I support PPE” so your child can be counted in class participation and school wide totals! Each class that gets to 100% participation will get a popsicle party. See below for the classes that are getting close!

If we get to 100% school participation then there will be a special surprise with Dr. Young!

And, congratulations to the following classes who have already earned a popsicle party because of their participation levels:

  • Mrs. Acker
  • Mrs. Allen
  • Mrs. Dick
  • Ms. Hartsock
  • Mrs. Lester
  • Mrs. Patterson
  • Mr. Tanner

Let’s give a big Autumn Birthday Shoutout to these fabulous people at our school!

Important Dates

  • October 6 – No School-Teacher In Service
  • October 9-13 – Fall Break
  • October 17 – Storyteller Series- Kurdish Culture
  • October 17 – PTO General Meeting, 6:00 pm in PPE Library
  • October 19 – Third Grade Parent Party
  • October 20 – Kindergarten Parent Party
  • October 24 – Family Skate Night at Brentwood Skate Center
  • October 25 – Makeup and Classroom Picture Day
  • October 26 – 5th Grade Parent Party
  • October 27 – No School – Parent Conferences
  • October 27 – 4th Grade Parent Party
  • October 30 – Shake Shack Dine Out Spirit Night
  • October 31 – Harvest Celebration-Classroom Parties
  • November 2 – Open House for Prospective Families
  • November 3 – 1st Grade Parent Party
  • November 8-9 – GrandFriends Day
  • November 10 – Veterans Day-No School
  • November 13 – Storyteller Series- African Culture
  • November 17 – 2nd Grade Parent Party

The construction team will be placing a work trailer on the side of the building in the area where the bike racks are currently located.  This will impact parking on this side lot.  We will also be designating spots for the construction team in the side parking lot.  The trailer should be on site when we return from fall break.

All workers on site will have completed background checks.  They also will be wearing hard hats that clearly identify them as members of the American construction team.  There will be a new fence around the construction area.  This should clearly separate our school space from the construction zone.

Invest Update

It’s Time to INVEST!

We’re on an exciting journey to reach 100% participation by Fall Break, which is just a week and a half away!   Every class that achieves 100% participation will earn a super cool popsicle party – who doesn’t love a sweet treat?  So, your participation, no matter how big or small, makes a HUGE difference!

If you haven’t supported already, please INVEST NOW

Let’s rally together and show some awesome class pride by donating today!  And here’s the cherry on top: All families that give or pledge through the site by October 6, 2023, will receive a coupon for a FREE FROZEN DRINK from Twice Daily’s Granny White Market. Each class that has 100% participation will have a popsicle party to celebrate!

Don’t miss out on the fun – let’s make this campaign a blast and reach our goal together! #INVESTforPPE.


Your Invest contribution may be matched by your employer.  This matching feature enables your donation to go even further.  Please consider contacting your company to inquire.  You can provide them with the following information:

PPE PTO is a registered organization.


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Upcoming Events

Save the Date for GrandFriends Day, November 8th and 9th 

Save the date for this year’s Grandfriends Day on November 8th (kindergarten, first, second grades) and November 9th (third, fourth and fifth grades)! More information to follow in the coming weeks.

We know there are many grandparents, family and special friends of PPE students who would like to be involved. You can keep up with the latest news by signing up for the PPE Grandparents, Family & Friends List here.

Storyteller Series

Small Fundraisers

Family Skate Night- October 24

Join us at Brentwood Skate Center from 4:30-7:00 for a night of fun with your whole family.  Help us raise money for Percy Priest Elementary PTO and enjoy a night of fun with our wonderful community. Brentwood Skate Center will give a % of the admission fees on 10/24/23 from 4:30-7:00 PM back to the PPE PTO. These funds will be used to support the PTO budget which provides the school with additional supplies and staff. Thank you so much for your support, we can’t wait to see you there!

Dine Out Spirit Night at Shake Shack-October 30

Let Shake Shack take care of dinner on October 30th.  Feed the whole family while helping support our wonderful school.

General Announcements

PTO General Meeting- October 17th at 6 p.m.

Please join us for our PTO General meeting in the PPE Library.  The MNPS facilities and construction team will be giving us an update on the construction process and scheduling.

ALS Walk- October 21st

School pictures are now available for parents to view and order online.

School Pictures are Ready!

View and order at

  • Event Code: FE87323
  • Also Needed: Infinite Campus Unique Student ID

*Class Pictures and Makeups are scheduled for October 25th

Chess Program Updates

The PPE Chess Program and Team has opened several more spots for interested students.  The Program meets on Wednesdays after school.  Please email Coach Igor at for more information and to join.

Green Team News:

Future Burros Night-October 28th

Unicycle Donations

If you spend some time cleaning out seasonal items over Fall Break, please keep Unicycle in mind.  You can donate any too-small shorts, shirts, dresses and pants.  Remember, Unicycle collects and uses “outgrown, not worn out” school clothing to help cloth other MNPS students., we’re ready to receive them. The donation basket is located on the PPE Front porch.

Counselors Corner:

Throughout September & October, the Counseling Department will be leading required safety training in your child’s classroom. The curriculum can be previewed here: Home – Fight Child Abuse


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!


How to Volunteer

We need your help to make next year the best year 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

Email Lists

New families – Be sure to sign up for our school newsletter, which includes grade-level information each week. Register today.

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