PTO Newsletter 3/29

It is hard to believe that it has been a year since the tragedy that impacted the Covenant Community and Nashville as a city.  We honor and remember the lives of the people we lost as we continue to heal from that awful day. 

March has gone by in a blink of an eye and April is almost here.  April brings a few exciting community events as well as a few great ways to support PPE through small fundraisers. Enjoy the weekend and see you in April!

Important Dates

  • March 29: No School (Spring Holiday)
  • April 12: Tiger Tennis Social (Rain Date April 26)
  • April 14: Ferns: Last Day to Order
  • April 16: Progress Reports Issued
  • April 17: Taziki’s Spirit Day
  • April 26: 5th Grade Father/Daughter Dance
  • April 29: Science Night
  • May 3: Field Day (Rain Date May 10)
  • May 5: Tiger Dash
  • May 14: PTO Meeting at 6:00 pm in PPE Library
  • May 17: Talent Show
  • May 23: Half Day of School (dismissal at 11:30 am)
  • May 24: Summer Break

Spring Field Trip Round-Up

  • April 16: 2nd Grade – TN State Museum
  • April 17: 1st Grade – Nashville Children’s Theatre
  • April 18: Kindergarten – Nashville Zoo
  • May 2: 2nd Grade – Travellers Rest

Upcoming Events

Tiger Tennis Social – April 12

On Friday, April 12th (Rain Date April 26), we’ll gather at Seven Hills Swim & Tennis for tennis, fun, a tasty lunch and light cocktails. You don’t need anything except a racquet! All skill levels are welcome.

Pick a time for tennis drills and play.  Session 1: 9:00-11:00 is currently SOLD OUT, but there are still available spots for Session 2: 12:00-2:00. Lunch will be served from 11-12.  There will also be a raffle during lunch to win some amazing prizes.

Don’t play tennis but want in on the fun? Purchase a spectator/lunch option and come to socialize, grab a cocktail and lunch, and watch some tennis!

Grab your tickets NOW!


PPE 5th Grade Father Daughter Dance – April 26th

It’s a love story! PPE 5th grade girls and their fathers or special friends will be celebrating their Tiger Era in style. Are you ready for it? Shake it off with us! It will be the night of your wildest dreams: Music by DJ Louie, enchanted memories, photo ops to tell the story of us and sweets! Let’s go out in style and make the whole place shimmer.

When: April 26, 2024 6:30-8:30 PM
Where: PPE gym
Register by April 19th! 

Don’t forget to get your commemorative Tiger Eras t-shirt!

Science Night – April 29th

Get ready for some brainy fun! Scientists from Vanderbilt will transform our Cafe into a science-packed fair with hands-on stations demonstrating microbial cities, how bouncy balls bounce, glowing brains, and more! You don’t want to miss this incredible night of science.

Save the Date: 2024 Tiger Dash on May 5th at 2:00

Come enjoy our 1 mile color run from Percy Priest down the Forest Hills Pathway and back.  This is a FREE event and we hope the whole family can join us that afternoon as we celebrate another great school year at PPE. Be on the lookout for our registration and T-shirt sign up coming out next week.  We hope the whole family will be able to enjoy this new and fun event.

PTO Meeting – May 14

Come join us! PTO meetings are open to any parents, guardians, teachers, administrators and staff at Percy Priest Elementary School, without need for enrollment or payment of fees. They are informational and a great way to meet other parents and staff.

May 14 | 6:00 pm | PPE Library

PPE Talent Show – May 17th

It’s TALENT SHOW time! Sign up now to be an act (grades 1-5 only please) or to be on the crew (grades 4 and 5 only please). We can’t do this without parent and guardian help and volunteers as well. Help these stars shine at PPE’s very first Talent Show!

Sign up STUDENTS to be in the show or crew here.

Sign up PARENTS to be volunteers here.

Roar Store

New merch alert! The Roar Store has new spring items for you to check out. Head to to shop spring worthy gear now.

Small Fundraisers

Market Fresh Ferns – Order by April 14

If you want the biggest, healthiest Fern on the block and you love Percy Priest be sure and buy your ferns now (by April 14). Pick up will be at the Forest Hills Pathway from 2:30PM until 4PM April 19th. If you are unable to pick up in that time frame please ask a friend for help or email Marcy Burridge. The funds raised from this event will be used to support the PTO budget which provides our school with additional staff, software and supplies. Thank you so much for your support!

We have two types of ferns available:

Boston Fern (10” and thrives in shady environment) $32

Kimberly Queen (10” and thrives in a sunny environment) $24

Elan Month of Giving – April 1- 30

During the month of April, Elan Skin will be donating 10% of all in-person sales for treatments, products and/or gift cards back to the PTO with the mention of PPE! This is a great opportunity to take advantage of your favorite products or treatments. And Mother’s Day is just around the corner if you need gift cards! Thank you!!

Nashville Sounds

Spring has sprung and it is time to play ball! Join your PPE community at a Nashville Sounds game on either Saturday, April 20th at 6:35 PM or Sunday, April 21st at 2:05 PM! $5 of every ticket sold at the link below will be donated back to the PPE PTO. Come have fun with friends and take yourself out to the ball game! Get your Sounds/PPE Tickets here.

General Announcements

Poetry Contest – Vote Now for PPE 5th Graders Cora and Liam

Two PPE 5th graders, Cora Servais and Liam Osmundson, are finalists in this year’s Belmont Poetry Contest. Their original poems, about favorite animals, have been set to music by local songwriters and they need your votes by April 12th. Follow the link, listen to their creations, and vote at the bottom of the page. Liam’s song is “Charlotte’s Web” and Cora’s song is “Madeline Finn and The Library Dog.” Congrats to Liam and Cora!

Join the PTO Board: Nominations are Open!

Are you interested in getting more involved at our school?  Meeting new parents and families?  Supporting our teachers and staff? Then join the PTO Executive Board!

Planning is already underway for the 2024-2025 school year and we are accepting nominations through April 5th for the positions of Vice President, Assistant Treasurer, and Communications Chair. These are all 2-year positions, some daytime flexibility is needed, and attendance at monthly PTO board meetings is required.

Do you know someone who would be a great fit?  Do you think YOU would be a great fit?  Self-nominations are encouraged.  New faces are welcome! Watch for more information to come via email next week.

Please submit nominations and send any questions to Thank you!

Detailed testing schedule with durations found here.

Grades 3-5 TCAP Testing Schedule: April 16-25th

Spring Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) testing is coming up. Testing will begin promptly after morning announcements, so please ensure that your student arrives on time during our testing dates. Tardy students will be held in the front office as to not disrupt the testing environment and will have to take their test at a later time.
As TNReady testing approaches, a reminder that electronic devices including smart watches and cell phones are not permitted in the testing area. Our preference is for students to leave their electronic devices at home during testing. If students bring these devices to school, they will be required to turn them off and store them in their backpack. We ask that you please help us with this, so we can avoid any test irregularities.

Thank you for your support in helping us create an optimal test environment for students.

Missed our February Parenting Series speaker? View our recording of Gunner Goodlad, PhD, from Southeast Psych discussing Healthy Choices with Video Games. Click to view here:

PPE Parenting Series_ Making Healthy Choices with Video Games – Gunner Goodlad, PhD-20240307_193253-Meeting Recording.mp4

The password is Wellness24.

*All recordings are for the PPE community only. At the request of our guest speakers, please do not share, download or post any portion of the recordings outside the PPE community.

Construction Progress Photos

So much progress!

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.

Mabel’s Labels will donate 20% of all proceeds generated by label orders for your child’s clothing, accessories and bags, so anything they lose is easily returned to them. Simply go to and search for Percy Priest Elementary PTO. Purchase your labels and they will ship directly to your door. This is a perfect way to keep your child’s outwear out of the PPE Lost and Found!

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.

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).

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