PTO Newsletter 5/19

We are less than a week away from SUMMER.  Are you ready? Today is our Spring Sing and we are all looking forward to a morning filled with music and children singing on the steps of PPE.  The kids have been practicing for so long and we cannot wait to see the performance. In case you missed it, we are having a Spring Play Date on the PPE Playground this Sunday from 3-5pm.  Please scroll down for more information.

Also, it’s that time of the year to clear out our overflowing Lost & Found! All items are in the cafeteria by the stage. Any items left after school dismisses for the summer will be donated to Unicycle, Percy’s Vintage Closet and Goodwill, as appropriate. There are nice items in there so please come find yours!

It will be one last banner week so please be sure to check out the special dress up days below!

Upcoming School Events

  • May 19 – Spring Sing @ 9:00
  • May 21 – Playground Playdate @ 3:00
  • May 24 – PTO Meeting @ 5:30


End of the Year Dress Up Days (chosen by auction winners!)

  • May 22 – Wacky Hair Day
  • May 23 – Favorite Jersey Day
  • May 24 – Medieval Day- Kings, Queens, Knights and Squires (no swords/weapons)
  • May 25 – Favorite celebrity or musician

School Events & News

End of Year Playground Play Date – this Sunday, May 21, 3-5pm

One last hurrah with all of our PPE friends! Gather on the PPE playground this Sunday to visit and play before the final day of another terrific year at PPE. Zio Matto Gelato and Retro Sno will be onsite for a special treat. DJ Louis will be there too!  Please bring your own water bottles. Join us for a low key playdate this Sunday!

PTO Meeting – this Wednesday, May 24, 5:30

Our school will enter a new era this fall when construction begins and our new building comes to life before our eyes! We have been working with MNPS on some changes to it that we think will make it even better both on the inside and on the outside.

We invite you to come hear all about these proposed changes next Wednesday, May 24 at 5:30 in the PPE Library. We will explain what the changes are and will ask for your approval to spend money the PTO has on reserve to pay for the changes. Please note that it’s possible we will have to move this meeting into the summer, but we are hoping our timeline to next week can hold and we won’t have to push back the meeting.

End of Year Teacher Luncheon – this Thursday, May 25

The PTO hosts an end of the year luncheon for our teachers on the last day of school, as one last show of appreciation for their hard work each school year. We could use your help! Please check out our sign-up genius for ways to help make it special!

1st Day School Supplies – June 30 order deadline

This year if you really want to save money on back-to-school supplies, order your kit from 1st Day school Supplies. First Day School Supplies will be providing school supply kits for Percy Priest Elementary for the 2023-2024 school year.

First Day School Supplies offers competitive pricing for name brand school supplies preferred by teachers. By purchasing through our chosen vendor, you also support the PTO budget as a portion of each sale goes back to the school to support their needs. WIN/WIN!

Please visit the First Day School Supplies link for the most economical pricing, teacher wish lists and free shipping while supporting our school!

Supplies Needed

General supplies run low this time of the year and we’d appreciate your help purchasing items that are especially needed. An Amazon Wish List has been created by the school with the needs they’ve identified. Thank you for helping us get to the end of the school year!

Are you looking for ways to get involved with our wonderful school for the 2023-2024 school year? Please check out the many volunteer opportunities below for small and big ways to help out. Fill out the form to indicate opportunities that interest you and we will be in touch with more information!

Our dedicated and engaged parents help make Percy Priest Elementary the great school that it is! Thank you for joining us next year as we make it another special year!

Please fill out our form HERE

Many Hands Make Light Work!  We need your help with some light lifting of chairs, desks, etc. after the school year is over.  On Tuesday, May 30th, please come by the school and help Dr. Young move some furniture around the school.  Please sign up HERE for the time slots.

Retirement Party for Mrs. Rollins – May 22

We are excited to announce a retirement gathering for the wonderful Catherine Rollins who runs the GATE program (formerly known as Encore). We will meet from 3:30 – 4:00pm on May 22nd in the small courtyard in front of Percy Priest (PPE Café if it rains). The Friends Life Treat Truck will be serving treats to families to honor Mrs. Rollins. We encourage siblings to attend! We would love for current and former students of Mrs. Rollins to create a card for her and/or say a few words. If you are unable to attend please have your child drop their card off in the main office. We hope you can join us and have some ice cream to celebrate Mrs. Rollins’ retirement!

Yellow Bus Parents: Ms. Haynes is retiring this school year!

Monday, May 22 will be Ms. Haynes Day!  Please get a picture of your kids with Ms. Haynes this week and pull out those old pics of PPE Alumni on the yellow bus. Print them out so Ms. Haynes can keep these memories of “her babies” from the last 12 years at PPE. Please have your pictures ready to give to her on Monday at pick up or drop off along with posters, cards, anything to show your appreciation.

Green Team Tip

Did you know we all have vampire loads in our homes? Yep, this is anything that’s plugged in and sucking up energy even when it’s turned off. Toaster, coffee maker, cell phone charger, unused lamps, TV, air fryer, Xbox, printers, etc. These can account for as much as 20% of your electric bill and cost a total of $19 billion per year in the U.S. To stop this energy draining cycle, unplug unused items or use a power strip and turn it off when not in use.”

Lemon Walk on the Forest Hills Pathway-May 21

General Announcements

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.

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!

Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteer: Grace Bryan

Children’s names and grades: Lyla (3rd), Lainey (1st), Saylah (rising K, future Tiger)

Volunteer Role: Auction Party Co-Chair

Why Percy Priest: One of my favorite things about Percy Priest is the community! I have found so many great friends by volunteering or attending school functions. Volunteering is a great way to meet people in the school while also giving back to our kids and to Percy Priest!


Volunteer: Jackie Osborne

Kids: Winnie (2), Maddie (1), Jake (K 2024-25) and Luke (K 2025-26)

Volunteer Role: Auction Party Co-Chair

Why Percy Priest: COMMUNITY! Our school has the most well-rounded, welcoming and supportive group of families in the Greater Nashville area! You will not find another Metro school with the same dedicated parents ready to support our amazing teachers & staff with a committed PTO leadership that we have at Percy Priest! The PTO offers many large and small activities for families to interact and meet each other which helps to strengthen our bonds and prioritize our children’s futures.


Volunteer: Gillian Stewart

Children’s names: Noah (1st grade), Conley (rising kindergartner and future tiger, and Loftin (age 3)

Volunteer role: Auction Party Co-Chair

Why Percy Priest: I love Percy Priest so much. I feel like we have the best principal, teachers, staff, and parents that are so invested in making our school great. It makes it easy to get involved with so much support. I’ve loved getting to meet so many great families in our community through volunteering and attending all the great events at the school!


How to Stay Connected

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