PTO Newsletter 5/3

Welcome to another exciting week at PPE, Tigers!

***Based on anticipated weather tomorrow in our area, we are going to postpone field day to our rain date of May 10th. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we make this change. We still have the puppet truck coming tomorrow afternoon. Thank you and we hope you can join us for field day next Friday.***

Don’t miss this Sunday’s Tiger Dash at 2:30 pm – it’s our first-ever color run and we’ll even include a free T-shirt! It’s a free community event, so bring your whole family for a day of fitness and fun. There are still a few volunteer spots to fill – help us out during this great event. Stay tuned for any updates on social media and email regarding weather changes; our rain date is May 19th, same time.

As we dive into this week’s excitement, remember that we’re just three weeks away from summer break – let’s make every moment count! Check out the updates below for more details.

Important Dates

  • May 3: POSTPONED Field Day (Rain Date May 10)
  • May 5: Tiger Dash (Rain Date May 19)
  • May 9-10: School Play: Matilda Jr., The Musical
  • May 10: Field Day Rain Date (now on!)
  • May 14: PTO Meeting at 6:00 pm in PPE Library
  • May 16: Papa Johns PPE Spirit Night
  • May 17: Talent Show
  • May 22: 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony
  • May 23: Half Day of School (dismissal at 11:30 am)
  • May 24: Summer Break Begins

Upcoming Events

Field Day 2024 – POSTPONED UNTIL May 10 9:30 am -12:30 pm

Due to rain Field Day is now scheduled for our rain date, May 10. This mean there is more time to volunteer!

Get ready to lace up those sneakers and sport your Navigator or House shirt because Field Day 2024 is just around the corner! Join us for a day packed with fun and fitness as students embark on exciting activities like the 40-yard dash, can smash, and a climbing wall.

We need your help with running events for our students! Please sign-up here to bring a case of water or to help run an event. Make sure to sign-up for both the 3rd and the rain date of the 10th.  Even if you are not able to help with an event, we invite all families to join us on Field Day just remember parking will be limited and on the street. Please park towards our neighbors at 5844 Robert E. Lee and walk towards school.

Field Day Volunteer Sign-Up

May 10 | 9:30-12:30 (Volunteer check-in at 9:00) | PPE Front Circle

2024 Tiger Dash THIS SUNDAY, May 5th – 2:30pm

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

Can you help during the event? Fun jobs that put you right in the action available here: Tiger Dash Volunteer

Watch for potential updates via email and social media on rain date change! 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! Come at 2:30 and the run starts at 3:00 pm (we will have “flights” starting every 4 minutes)!

May 5 | 2:30 pm | PPE and Forest Hills Pathway

School Play “Matilda Jr., The Musical” – May 9-10

Come one, come all!  The 4th and 5th graders in Drama Club have been working tirelessly and are excited to present…Matilda, Jr. The Musical!  As seats are limited for each performance, please sign up here for which show you’d like to attend.  We will be doing a performance during the school day for students in grades 3-5 (unless we have Field Day due to rain on the 3rd). Tickets are free!

PPE Talent Show – May 17th

Get ready to be dazzled at PPE’s inaugural talent show! With over 30 acts showcasing the incredible skills and talents of our students, this event promises an evening filled with entertainment and delight. From mesmerizing musical performances to jaw-dropping dance routines and captivating acts of all kinds, come join us for a night of talent, fun, and community spirit. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable showcase of creativity and skill!

Can you help with the Talent Show? Volunteers and Sponsors Needed!  Looking for parents to make this night possible. Many jobs are available including set-up, decorating, food, and clean-up. Sign up PARENTS to be volunteers here. If you are interested in sponsoring the food to feed all participants and other costs email Annie for more information.

May 17 | 5:30 pm | PPE Cafe


Volunteers Needed! 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony

Hello PPE parents and friends. The 5th grade families are in need of volunteer help during our promotion ceremony on May 22nd.  We need 2 to 5 volunteers to pick up donuts, coffee, and juice boxes for a reception following the 9am ceremony and to set it up in the Tiger Cafe. We will reimburse for all the food and drinks – we just need extra hands to grab it fresh in the morning and set everything up so that our 5th grade families can be free to enjoy the ceremony and reception with their child.  Please sign up here and thank you so much!

Join the 24-25 Songwriters Night Committee!

Help us plan an unforgettable night of Songs Under the Stars! We are already starting planning and as a committee member, you’ll play a role in creating this autumn fundraising event. We need wordsmiths, marketing gurus, and fundraising wizards who can help plan and execute both in advance and the day of! All profits from this event support our amazing school! Email Rachel Schultz at

School Fundraisers

1st Day School Supplies – June 30 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

Papa John’s Spirit Night – May 16

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.

General Announcements

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!

Tiger Tales Podcast Logo

NEW AND EXCLUSIVE PODCAST: A look into the PPE Matilda Production

Join the Percy Priest Podcast Club as we talk everything Matilda. The podcasters get an exclusive backstage pass to rehearsals as the cast prepares for their upcoming performance. We also have interviews and a sneak peek of a scene from the play. All this and more in our new episode.

Psst…did you catch the promo code?! Enter it here now! NOTE: Promo code given in this month’s Tiger Tales podcast, Episode 105, MUST be included in the comment box of the Sign-Up Genius or your entry will be invalid and we will go to the first correct entry.

PTO Meeting – May 14

Join us for our last PTO meeting of the year where we will present and vote on the 2024-2025 PTO budget and 2024-2025 PTO Executive Board slate for next year. We will also have special guests to cover all things summer reading!

Ms. Stuart and Mrs. Tanner will offer simple literacy habits that will make summer reading fun and memorable for the entire family. We’ll discuss innovative (and easy) ways to keep children’s hearts and minds engaged in story and books, ensuring a strong foundation for the upcoming school year. The 411 on audiobooks, 100 BOOK CHALLENGE details, family read aloud recommendations…we’ll cover it all!

We look forward to seeing you on May 14th!

When: Tuesday, May 14
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Where: PPE Library

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!

Small Fundraisers Spotlight

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

Help us raise money by shopping Minted all year long! You’ll get 20% off beautiful Minted products (excluding fine art prints) and Minted will donate 15% of the proceeds from every order back to us. Use our code FUNDRAISEPERCYPRIEST at checkout. Thank you so much for your support!


How to Stay Connected

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