PTO Newsletter 4/5

Happy Friday! We hope you had a great week and are ready for the weekend.

Only one more week until our annual Tiger Tennis Social so grab your tickets for Session 2 if you haven’t. No experience necessary (really!) – just bring a racquet!

Finally, TCAP testing for our 3-5 graders kicks off in a little over a week. See below for the testing calendar and the link for more info to get your testers ready!

Important Dates

  • April 12: Tiger Tennis Social (Rain Date April 26)
  • April 14: Ferns: Last Day to Order
  • April 16: Progress Reports Issued
  • April 16-25: TCAP Testing Grades 3-5
  • April 17: Taziki’s Spirit Day
  • April 26: 5th Grade Father/Daughter Dance
  • April 28: Rising Kindergarten Popsicle Party
  • 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

Last Call for Session 2 Tickets!

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 Here by April 19th!

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

Popsicle Party for Incoming Kindergarteners – April 28 at 3:00 pm

Rising Kindergarteners and their parents are invited to come meet each other and enjoy a popsicle on the PPE playground Sunday, April 28 at 3:00 pm. It’s a great way to start getting connected! Also, please go ahead and register for Kindergarten so our planning for the fall can begin! Details can be found here.

April 28 | 3:00 pm | PPE Playground

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.

April 29 | 5:30 pm | PPE Cafe

2024 Tiger Dash on May 5th at 2:00

Registration is OPEN!  Please click HERE to sign up for this new and fun event!

Come enjoy our 1 mile COLOR run from Percy Priest down the Forest Hills Pathway and back up Otter Creek Road.  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.   We are partnering with the Forest Hills Pathway Project’s Spring Lemonade Walk, so plan to browse the tables that will be setup on Priest Road. Bring a towel and clothes you can get messy!

May 5 | 2:00 pm | PPE and Forest Hills Pathway

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.

May 17 | Time TBD | PPE Cafe/Stage

Small Fundraisers

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!!

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

Taziki’s Spirit Day – April 17

Join us for a Spirit Day with Taziki’s in Green Hills (2190 Bandywood) on Wednesday, April 17th between 11 am-9 pm!  Taziki’s will donate back to the PTO 15% of all orders placed online or in-person using the unique code “PPE”. This applies to both lunch and dinner! Thank you for your support!

Nashville Sounds – April 20 and 21

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

Tiger Tales Podcast Logo

Tiger Tales Podcast – Latest Episode 104

Join the Percy Priest Podcast Club as we talk about school events and happenings in our school. In this podcast we have two new segments, Construction Junction and Sports Talk. We also have some other fascinating interviews. Tiger Tales, Episode 104

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

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.

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!

Volunteers Needed – Artsy PPE Volunteering!

Calling all retired teachers, creatives, or *anyone* who likes to keep their hands busy! We really need your help to make all the end-of-year art magic happen. Email TODAY for artsy PPE volunteering!

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

New pics hot off the concrete pump truck!


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


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.

Lands’ End will donate 3% of all qualifying Standard School Attire (SSA) purchases to Percy Priest. Its catalog has a large selection of SSA and PPE logo clothing. Visit Lands’ End to place your order! Be sure to select the Percy Priest Elementary PTO by linking your account to our Preferred School Number: 900121294

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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