PTO Newsletter 10/7

What a banner week we have had in the Percy Priest community! A sold out night of fun with Songwriters Night, the announcement of 5th grade coming to our school, almost 200 letters sent to the Mayor’s office regarding the funding for our new building, classes reached 100% participation in the INVEST campaign, and an amazing Navigator Day with over 2,600 items donated to Second Harvest. A big thank you to all of our fabulous parent and teacher volunteers who make successful weeks like this happen! We hope everyone has a wonderful and safe Fall Break!

Upcoming School Events

  • October 7-14 – Fall Break: No School
  • October 24–Science Night
  • October 28- No School-Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • October 31-November 4th-Scholastic Book Fair
  • November 2–Percy’s Reading Party – NEW DATE
  • November 3&4– GrandFriends Day
  • November 3-Open House for Prospective Parents
  • November 8-No School-In Service
  • November 11-Veterans Day: No School
  • November 15-Family Skate Night at Brentwood Skate Center
  • November 23-25: Thanksgiving Break
  • December 1-Art Show

October Birthday Shoutouts!

INVEST dollars touch EVERY child

It’s Time to INVEST!


Thank you to all who have supported PPE through the INVEST campaign so far! To date, 80.8% of our families have joined the effort and we hope to get to 100% by the end of Fall Break! 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!


Community Events Sponsorships:

Looking for an opportunity to partner with Percy Priest to improve the educational experience of our students? In addition to our classic fundraising events, we are excited to announce the opportunity to sponsor upcoming Community Events. This is a great way to make these events better than ever and to offer continued support of all of the PTO’s many endeavors. Our sponsors will receive a high level of recognition and vast brand exposure. Interested? If so, please visit our website to select your desired level of participation. You can sponsor Science Night, Percy’s Reading Party, GrandFriends Day and the Art Show this semester, and the Read-a-Thon, Field Day and Spring Family Picnic in the Spring. We really couldn’t do it without the generous contributions and in-kind donations of our sponsors. Thank you to all our sponsors!


Calling all PPE Stargazers – Science Night October 24th

Calling all PPE Stargazers! Join us for an OUT OF THIS WORLD science night featuring an Astronomy Roadshow Planetarium presented by Vanderbilt’s Department of Astronomy and Physics in partnership with Dyer Observatory. October 24th in the PPE Gym. Multiple Shows will run from 5-7:30pm. Space is limited! Sign up here!

Percy’s Reading Party – November 2nd

Calling all book lovers! Mark your calendar for the first annual Percy’s Reading Party!  Bring the entire family to the PPE Café for interactive activities, crafts, illustration stations, word games, puzzles, Mad Libs, grade-level raffles, free prizes, and more on Wednesday, November 2nd from 5:30-7:30 pm during the Scholastic Book Fair.  We’ll even have a surprise guest author. Don’t miss out on the fun!

In preparation for the event, we are asking our Percy Priest parents to please fill out a 2-minute survey about reading in your household. We will compile the results and make them available to our school community so we can share tips and ideas. We hope you will participate so we can help our little Tigers become even stronger readers at home and at school!

Thank you to our sponsor: Patterson Intellectual Property Law

Save the Date for GrandFriends Day – Nov. 3rd and 4th

Save the date for this year’s GrandFriends Days on November 3rd (kindergarten and first grades) and November 4th (second, third, and fourth 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.

Thank you to our sponsors: Travel Stars & Samir Giris Artoul Foundation

General Announcements & Community Events


Minted – October 10 through May 23

Help us raise money by shopping Minted all year long! You’ll get 20% off beautiful Minted products (excluding fine art prints) and Minted will donate 15% of the proceeds from every order back to us. Use our code FUNDRAISEPERCYPRIEST at checkout. Thank you so much for your support!

Shake Shack: Tuesday, October 18th 11 am- 9pm

Show the flyer that is in today’sFriday Folder at the register or use code DONATION25 on the Shack App for pickup/delivery when checking out and Shake Shack will donate 25% of your total meal purchase to the Percy Priest Elementary PTO.

Charleston Wrap – deadline EXTENDED to October 31st

Shop online and invite friends, too! Share our fundraiser with your friends and family near and far to help reach our fundraising goal! Our fundraiser features over 2,500 gift items including Ultra-Heavy gift wrap, accessories, exclusive kitchen and home goods, holiday décor, personalization items and gifts, fragrant candles, high fashion bags, delicious gourmet foods and more. To order, visit to access your participant dashboard and unlock your participant link. Our organization code is 24825

Papa John’s Dough for Dough: November 17th

PPE friends and family, take the night off from cooking and feed the family while supporting the school! Use our unique code: PPES when ordering from Papa John’s and the PTO will receive 20% of all orders placed using that code. You can pre-order days in advance just make sure to select the appropriate date and input our unique code. There will be plenty of Papa John nights that will help benefit our school.  Mark your calendar for more Papa John Dough for Dough: 11/17, 12/15, 1/19, 2/16, 3/16, 4/20, 5/18

Roar Store – New Merchandise

The Roar Store is restocked with new merchandise! Please visit the Roar Store to check out all the new items.  Order online now at the Roar Store


Order your yearbook today! Order your PPE 2022-2023 yearbook ($25) here. Yearbooks will be delivered at the end of the school year.

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 at

Parent Talents & Resources

We know our Percy Priest family has a wide range of talent and expertise, and we would love to know about you and if you are willing and able to contribute in a unique way to our school. Please share with us so we can get a better understanding of these different talents and resources in our community. Our online form is available here.

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.

Amazon will donate 0.5% of all money spent on their site. Link your Amazon account to the Percy Priest Elementary PTO by clicking on this link and then connecting Percy Priest to your account. For future Amazon shopping, you must use the site in order to give Percy Priest the 0.5%.

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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