PTO Newsletter 5/23

Let’s hear it for the first 5th Grade class of Percy Priest Elementary! Congrats to all of our scholars moving onward to middle school and for such a great year at PPE. Come back and visit and have fun on your adventures ahead.

As the school year wraps up, the PTO extends a heartfelt thank you to our incredible teachers, dedicated staff, and outstanding Principal and Vice Principal for making this year so remarkable. We also want to express our deepest gratitude to the parents, caregivers, grand friends, and volunteers who poured their time and energy into our community events and fundraisers. This year has been filled with laughter, learning, growth, and fun, creating memories we’ll cherish. Our school’s vibrant spirit is a testament to the commitment and engagement of our teachers, staff, parents, and students. We are truly grateful for each of you and wish everyone a fantastic summer.

And finally a huge thank you to our outgoing PTO Board members who have served our school and PTO for several years each and helped in so many ways big and small. We have great memories and are so grateful for your time and presence to make PPE a wonderful community! Thank you to Libba Alden, Chris Bradshaw, and Katie Agnew!

Enjoy the break and keep an eye out for all things BACK TO SCHOOL in a few weeks!

Important Dates

  • May 23: Half Day of School (dismissal today at 11:30 am) | SUMMER READING CHALLENGE BEGINS!
  • May 24: Summer Break Begins
  • June 15: Last day to order 1st Day School Supplies

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

  • May 23: Favorite Sports Team Day

School Fundraisers

1st Day School Supplies – June 15 order deadline

Percy Priest is partnering again this year with 1st Day School Supplies to make purchasing back-to-school supplies easy and affordable, while benefiting the PTO. You’ll be able to order exactly what your child needs for the fall by visiting our dedicated link here. Kits will be delivered directly to the school in August so this is truly hassle-free!

“I order from 1st Day School Supplies every year. I love the convenience – rather than running frantically through the school supply aisle at Target, the supplies are delivered to the classroom and they are the exact supplies that the teachers requested. I get to take my children school supply shopping for a few fun items (rather than folders and pencils) and we both enjoy the experience. The cherry on top is that a portion of my order gets donated back to the school! It’s a win-win-win.”

Nahed, 5th and 2nd Grade PPE Parent

We know summer can create all kinds of childcare problems. Wyndy is here to help!

Book a summer part-time or full-time, background-checked, college nanny and Wyndy will give back $50 to the PPE PTO.

Post your nanny job on the app, or learn more at Just mention our code: PPES on your call.

General Announcements

PPE Summer Reading Challenge – Starts TODAY, May 23!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…SUMMER! And time for the PPE 100 Book Challenge! And this year brings an added twist; 100 BOOKS + 100 HOURS OUTSIDE. Challenge cards were sent home last Friday. Record the titles of the books you read (for chapter books: 50 pages = 1 book) in the numbered boxes and color a leaf for each hour spent outside this summer.  Miss Stuart’s summer reading book lists for can be found here. There’s a list of titles for the entire family and individual lists for rising 1st graders-rising 5th graders.

Don’t forget! Students can check out books and play-aways from the Nashville Public Library using their student ID number (beginning with 190) as the card number and the 4 digits of their birth month and date as the pin ( ex. May 21 = 0521). Audiobooks (find page count on Amazon) and family read alouds are highly encouraged! The Nashville Public Library’s Libby app has thousands of audiobooks available for checkout. Highly recommended!

Each student who reads 100 books and spends 100 hours outside will be recognized and earn a special reward in August. Extra challenge sheets will be on the PPE front porch during the summer.

Suggested Weekly Book Breakdown (rising 3rd-5th grade):
1 chapter book (ex. a 200 page book counts as 4 books)
2 nonfiction books (can be nonfiction picture books)
4 picture books (you’re NEVER too old for picture books)

Suggested Weekly Book Breakdown (rising K-2nd grade):
8 picture books/early readers/early chapter books
1 family read aloud
1 audiobook

HAPPY READING and enjoy every minute spent in the GREAT OUTDOORS!

JT Moore Rising 6th Graders – Related Arts Info

Check out this brief, informative deck that gives and overview about JT Moore’s related arts options and sports/clubs available.

MNPS Visual and Performing Arts – Summer Clinics

Space is still available for students to attend summer clinics in orchestra, band, choir, and visual arts. The clinics will provide students with an opportunity to enhance their skills and deepen their knowledge of their respective art forms. Please find the dates and links to more information below:

2024-2025 School Year Volunteers Needed

Our incredible school runs and thrives on Parent, Caregiver, Grandparent, and Friends volunteering their precious time and skills. We have so many ways throughout the year to lend a hand and it is so rewarding to be involved in this awesome community and activities of our children and grandchildren.

Check out the immediate opportunities here and choose what interests you. There will be more opportunities throughout the year (this event list focuses on immediate needs)!

Dedicated and engaged parents and friends 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 note: even if you have filled out this form in previous years, please submit again. We are starting with a clean slate this school year!

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

Small Fundraisers Spotlight

For a list of all of our ongoing small fundraisers, please visit our Small Fundraisers webpage.

Box Tops 4 Education will donate $0.10 per label to the Percy Priest Elementary PTO for each qualifying box top that is turned in. To participate, download the “Box Tops for Education” app and then simply scan your receipt and the app will identify any box tops you may have purchased. These will automatically go towards our school’s total.

Earn additional money for the PTO by shopping online at the Box Tops Marketplace, with over 70 participating vendors, including Lands’ EndTargetGap, and Pottery Barn. See the Box Tops website for details.

If you shop for groceries online or have e-receipts, you can now submit your email receipts from select retailers to earn Box Tops for your School. Visit the app or website for more details and to see a full list of participating retailers.

Look at this progress!!

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).

For Calendar Apps (apple calendar etc), click here.

For Google Calendar, click here.

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