PTO Newsletter 2/23

We had a big week at PPE!  We kicked off Read-a-thon, our annual Used Book Sale and even had a visitor from Mr. Lincoln who spoke to the school about the life of the 16th President as it might have been told by Abraham Lincoln himself.

Did you know that some of our auction items are live to bid, so please check out our catalog here.

Please continue to check our calendar and stay in touch with our newsletter.  We have a lot of fun events coming your way this Spring!

R E A D – A – T H O N

We are already a few days into Read-A-thon and our children are filling up their log sheet.  Please encourage them to read and complete challenges.  Students who achieve the 100 book (Kindergarten) and 1,500 minute (1st-5th) challenge will be recognized during morning announcements and receive a certificate and prize from the read-a-thon treat cart.

U S E D  B O O K  S A L E

Thank you all who purchased from our Used Book Sale.  We hope that your little Tigers are enjoying their new books and adding them to your reading logs for Read-a-thon.  Thank you to Gillian Stewart and Avery Van Pelt for chairing this event and all the volunteers who helped make this a huge success.  All the books that were not sold will be donted to Book ‘Em on Monday.

Important Dates

  • NOW-March 4– Readathon
  • February 23– Parnassus Book’s Spirit Night
  • February 26-Storyteller Series- Korean American Association of Greater Nashville
  • February 29 – Percy’s Reading Party
  • March 2 – Spring Auction Party-Loveless Barn
  • March 4– Readathon ends and reading logs are due
  • March 5– No school
  • March 5 -Chill-N Nitrogen Ice Cream Spirit Night
  • March 6 – Community Meeting about 3rd Grade Retention Legislation in the PPE Library
  • March 8– Book Character Dress Up Day/Half day of School.  Dismissal at 11:30 a.m.
  • March 11-15– Spring Break
  • March 21– Math Night

Upcoming Events


Get Tickets

Next Saturday is Studio 24, an incredible night of dinner, dancing, and bidding to raise big dollars for our stellar school!! Book that sitter and buy your tickets now for the can’t-miss event on March 2nd from 6-11 p.m. at Loveless Barn. Break out your bell bottoms and sequins and dance the night away! Dressing up not your thing? Not a problem! Costumes aren’t mandatory. Tickets are $100 that includes two drinks and a delicious meal from the legendary Loveless Café. Scan above or visit here.

Now’s Your Chance to Bid on PPE Exclusives and Buy Tickets to  

Grade-Level and Parent Parties!
The auction has opened for early bidding for PPE Experiences and Teacher Outings! You may also purchase fixed priced tickets for Grade-Level and Parent Parties! All proceeds from the entire auction go directly back to our awesome school and staff. There’s something for everyone, so be sure to check out “Teacher Outings,” “PPE Experiences,” “Grade-Level Parties” and “Parent Parties” when perusing the silent auction catalog.

All remaining items open for bidding at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, February 29th and close at 9 p.m. Saturday, March 2nd. Bring your best offers!!

Whether you are attending Studio 24 or not, you, your family and friends can sign up for a CausePilot account to get in on the auction! Scan above or click here!

Support with sponsorship:

We’re looking for a few more sponsors for Studio 24. If your family or company can support us, we want to hear from you! Email Julia Stoll Saitta ( or purchase a sponsorship here

Join the auction party committee:

Email Katie Mehaffey if interested in helping with party related tasks!

Playing don’t touch the floor around the library…earning Pippi buttons…logging books and minutes read…visiting our life-sized Villa Villekula…week #1 of Read-A-Thon was filled with memorable moments! Grab a few more books AND complete a challenge card challenge by visiting Parnassus books this evening from 3-6 for the PPE Spirit Night. Ms. Stuart is looking forward to sharing one of her favorite Swedish folktales at Percy’s Reading Party on Thursday evening. Storytimes start at 6:00 and 6:45. Rumor has it that there might be pancakes.

Thanks for continuing to encourage at home reading as we head into week #2 of read-a-thon! Kids have been phenomenal about remembering to take their folders back and forth from home to school. Thank-you!

  • Friday, February 23rd: PPE Parnassus Night (3:00-6:00)
  • Thursday, February 29th: Percy’s Reading Party (5:30-7:30)
  • Friday, March 1st: Pajama Day! Wear your pajamas to school for a day of cozy reading!
  • Monday, March 4th: Read-a-thon ends. Reading logs need to be turned in to your child’s classroom teacher.
  • Friday, March 8th:  CELEBRATION DAY – Favorite Book Character Dress-Up Day

Students who achieve the 100 book (Kindergarten) and 1,500 minute (1st-5th) challenge will be recognized during morning announcements and receive a certificate and prize from the read-a-thon treat cart.

Korean American Association of Greater Nashville-February 26

Our students will get to see a traditional Korean dance performance and hear about Korean traditions.

Percy’s Reading Party-February 29th 5:30-7:30pm

Join us in the PPE Cafe and Library on Thursday, February 29th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.  Come enjoy reading and word games, a Pippi Longstocking storybook walk, and you can even check off one of the ReadAThon challenges by attending one of two Swedish folktale storytimes in the library!  We can’t wait to celebrate the ReadAThon and the love of reading with you!

We are looking for volunteers to help us throw Percy’s Reading Party! If you would like to help, please click here.

Tiger Tennis Social – April 12

Mark your calendars for the 3rd Annual Tiger Tennis Social! On Friday, April 12nd (Rain Date April 26th), we’ll gather for tennis, fun, a tasty lunch and light cocktails. All skill levels will have fun; just bring a racquet!  More information to come!

PPE 5th Grade Father Daughter Dance-April 26th

Save the date for the Father Daughter Eras Dance in the PPE Gym from 6:30-8:30 pm.  A special night for PPE 5th grade girls and their fathers or special guests. More information to come!

PPE Talent Show-May 17th SAVE THE DATE

We are excited to announce the first PPE Talent Show!  Please mark your calendars and get ready to be entertained as our students dazzle us with their talent and creativity.  More information to come, but please reach out to Annie Pons ( with any questions or ways you can help out!

Small Fundraisers

Parnassus Books Spirit Night-February 23 

Are you excited and ready for this year’s Read-A-Thon?!

Join our amazing community at the beloved Parnassus Books (3900 Hillsboro Pike #14) on Friday, February 23rd between 3:00-6:00 pm to get your tiger some new reading material. 10% of all purchases will be donated to the PPE PTO.


General Announcements


Mrs. Baxter (and her friend Kelso the Frog) have been visiting Kindergarten and 2nd grade classrooms introducing Kelso’s Choices. Students have learned that they are strong enough and smart enough to handle “small problems” with friends and classmates. They can try 2 choices from Kelso’s wheel before asking an adult for help. This is a great strategy to use at home when kids have minor disagreements with siblings or neighbors!

Ms. K-B has enjoyed talking about choices and second chances while reading “Oh No, George!” by Chris Haughton.

Counselor’s Corner – Percy Priest Elementary

Green Tip from the Green Team

Did you get flowers for Valentine’s Day? Consider these two sustainable options. (1) Dry your flowers and save them as a constant reminder of someone’s appreciation of you.Simply tie the stems together with some string and let them hang upside down for two weeks. (2) Compost your flowers. Keep your special gift out of a landfill by composting them in your backyard or by taking them to any of Metro Nashville’s Convenience Centers Tuesday-Saturday from 8:30am – 4:30pm for free composting.

Clorox Wipes and Lysol Spray Needed

The Cafe and Front Office are in need of some clorox wipes and lysol spray to keep surfaces clean.  If you are interested in dropping some off to the front office, it would be most appreciated.



MNPS Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration for the 2024-25 school year will kick off on Monday, January 30th.  If you or someone you know has an incoming kindergartner, please encourage them to complete registration as early as possible.  For information regarding enrollment requirements, please visit

PPE Kindergarten Readiness Camp: July 9-10 REGISTRATION OPEN

Calling all Rising Kindergarten girls and boys for 2024-2025 school year.  Save the Date for July 9-10 for our Kindergarten Readiness Camp.  You can register HERE!

Join Mrs. Murray Dick & Mrs. Amy Patterson to get a “Sneak Peek” at a day in the life of a kindergartner!  Your child will have the opportunity to meet new friends, engage in hands-on learning experiences, Tour the school, playground, visit ‘kinder’ classrooms, and so much more!  Registration coming soon!

For any further questions regarding Kindergarten, please contact

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

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

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