PTO Newsletter 3/3

The Auction is now OPEN!  Back to the NEON 90’s Spring Auction is this Saturday night and will be an unforgettable night!  Grab your dancing shoes and 90’s attire and get ready to bid on some outrageous items. Even if you can’t make this party, you can still bid and win remotely!  Every purchase supports our beloved school.

Need a ride? Why Uber/Lyft when you can ride the bus with other fellow PPE parents.  Grab your ticket and get the party started early.

And while the parents are enjoying a night out, the kids can continue to READ! One week down with Read-a-Thon and the kids’ log sheets are filling up!

Upcoming School Events

  • Feb 24-March 8 – Read-a-Thon
  • March 4 – Spring Auction at City Winery
  • March 10-Half day of School-3rd Quarter Ends
  • March 13-17 – Spring Break – No School
  • March 23 – Math Night
  • March 29 – Mr. Lincoln visits PPE
  • April 6 & 7 – Spring Holiday- No School
  • April 20 – Author Visit (2nd, 3rd & 4th)
  • April 21 – Tiger Tennis Social
  • May 1-5 – Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 1 – NPL Puppet Truck- Puss in Boots (2nd & 3rd)
  • May 2 – NPL Puppet Truck – Tomas (K & 1st)
  • 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 24 – 2nd Grade @ TPAC
  • March 9 – 2nd grade @ Cheekwood
  • April 12 – 1st Grade (Acker / Wall) @ Warner Park
  • April 14 – 1st Grade (Brumleve / Faison / Hartsock) @ Warner Park
  • April 26 – Kindergarten @ Zoo
  • May 11 – 2nd Grade @ Nashville Children’s Theater

School Events

Spring Auction – March 4th 


Parent Meeting about 3rd Grade Retention Legislation – March 7th

Families, please mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 7th at 6:15PM.  Dr. Young and the school team will be holding an informational community meeting in the library regarding the 3rd grade retention legislation. This meeting is for families in all grade levels. We hope you can attend to learn more about this important legislation and how it may impact our community.

An explanatory video about the current law can be found here. MNPS has also put together a great webpage with information about this law. This webpage has the most up to date information and is being updated regularly as the district receives more information from the state.

If families are interested in advocating for changes to the law, please email our school board representative, Erin Block, directly for more information –


READ-A-THON 2023: Some Reader

The Some Reader 2023 Read-A-Thon continues and will wrap up next Wednesday! Remember that the FAQ information sheets, Some Reader reading logs, and Fern’s Farmyard Challenge Board were sent home last Friday. February 24th in your child’s blue Some Reader read-a-thon folder. Students will keep all things RAT related (reading logs, challenge board, coloring sheets, etc.) in this folder and it should travel with them between home and school.

The kids have really gotten into the theme this year and have loved the blue lanyards with buttons earned by completing tasks on the Challenge Board. Keep up the great work! Below are some important dates:

continuing through Wednesday, March 8th:  

  • READ, READ, READ! During breakfast, in the car, outside, under the covers!
  • Tally your reading on the Some Reader reading logs. Parents need to initial each reading log entry.
  • Work on your Fern’s Farmyard challenge board. A few of these challenges will be completed during class library time.  

 Wednesday, March 8th

  • Read-A-Thon ends at 3:00 PM
  • Return logs to your child’s teacher by 3:00 PM

Friday, March 10th:  

  • CELEBRATION DAY – Favorite Book Character Dress-Up Day!
  • Students who achieve the 75 book and 1,000 minute challenge will be recognized during morning announcements and receive a certificate, medal, and a ticket to Wilbur’s County Fair Party.

Math Night – March 23rd

Papa John’s Dough for Dough – March. 16th

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: 3/16, 4/20, 5/18.

Kindergarten Registration for the 2023-24 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

Kindergarten Readiness Camp: July 18-19

Calling all Rising Kindergarten girls and boys for 2023-2024 school year.  Save the Date for July 18-19 for our Kindergarten Readiness Camp.  Join Miss Murray Benson & Mrs. Bitsi Condra 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 HERE!

General Announcements

Unicycle Needs Your SSA and Non-SSA Donations (including baseball gear)!

It’s spring cleaning time and Unicycle is looking for SSA donations as well as non-SSA, including baseball gear and sneakers. Please drop those items on the Percy Priest front porch in the designated Unicyle bins. Thank you!

Green Tip from the PPE Green Team

Wearing gently used clothing saves money and helps the environment. The volume of clothing Americans throw away each year has doubled since 2000, from 7 million to 14 million tons, which ends up wasting the valuable natural resources that went into making that clothing. As you are doing that spring cleaning, consider giving outgrown clothing to another family, patching and repairing clothes, when possible, instead of throwing them out, and donating your gently used SSA to UniCycle or Percy’s Vintage Closet!

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.

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.



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