PTO Newsletter: 7/22
Gearing Up for School
We are getting excited about seeing all of our new and returning Tigers in just a couple of weeks! This week’s newsletter is all about the gear you need for school, and it includes all of the Back to School information we sent out in our last newsletter. Be sure to check out our website for details of all kinds!
A huge THANK YOU to Osborne State Farm for sponsoring all of our Back to School activities. Sponsorships help us underwrite the costs associated with things like kindergarten totes, new family yard signs, the popsicle party and the Family Picnic, and we are so grateful for the support of Osborne State Farm!
How to Access Class Lists
To see your class list on August 3, please update / register for our online school directory by August 1! Please take a few minutes to sign into the directory through the website or by downloading the Membership Toolkit app. Returning families will be prompted to confirm/update your contact information. New families will create a login/password, and then you can input family contact information as well as provide consent for your child’s name or photograph to be included on the PPE website or social media. Once your information is updated, you’ll be all set to see your class list on August 3. Your new teacher will email you and lists will be posted at 2:30 that day.
Calling All New Percy Priest Tigers!
Please let us know if you are new to Percy Priest and are interested in having a returning family serve as a “buddy” to help you get acclimated at the school by filling out our Buddy Request Form. Buddies serve as friendly faces, resources for questions you may have, and connectors as you begin at our school. Tell us about yourself and we’ll match you with someone who would love to know you!
Standard School Attire and School Supply Lists
Our website has all of the details about Standard School Attire and school supply lists (if you didn’t purchase supplies through our 1st Day School Supplies fundraiser) that you’ll need. Check it out!
The Roar Store is a wonderful way to show Percy Priest Spirit. Students can wear Percy Priest Spirit wear shirts any day to school in place of collared shirts. They can wear the spirit shorts/skorts on Fridays. This gear, along with PPE accessories, can be purchased through the Roar Store. The Roar Store shop will be open on the following back to school days:
- August 5 – All School Sneak-a-Peek and Popsicle Party
- August 8 – First Day of School
- August 18 – Open House
- September 9 – Fall Picnic
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 link to Percy Priest by linking your account to our Preferred School Number: 900121294
PPE friends and families, get the school year started off on a great note by purchasing labels for your child’s clothing, accessories and bags so anything they lose is easily returned to them! Order your labels from Mabel’s Labels and the PTO will receive 20% of all proceeds raised. Simply go to www.campaigns.mabelslabels.com and search for Percy Priest Elementary PTO. Purchase your labels and they will ship direct to your door!
The funds raised from this event will be used to support the PTO budget which provides our school with additional staff, software and supplies to our school.
Pre-loved PPE Attire Needed!
It is that time of year- time to clean out your Tiger’s closet before school starts! We will be accepting gently used clothing items or accessories that have PPE’s logo for our inaugural “Percy’s Vintage Closet” sale this fall! More details to come, but anything you’d like to pass on to another Tiger, please drop off on the school’s front porch. Any tops, bottoms, accessories with PPE logos on them that are gently worn, are all accepted! Look for the marked plastic bins that say “Pre-loved PPE attire” and we’ll take it from there. Thank you!
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.
We particularly need returning parents who are willing to be “buddies” for new Percy Priest families, simply serving as a friendly face and a point of contact.
If you have questions of any kind, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
August 3 – Class ListsTeachers will send emails to their new classes at 2:30 to introduce themselves and welcome you to their classrooms. You’ll be able to see your class list beginning that afternoon by logging into our school directory. Returning families will be prompted to confirm/update your contact information. New families will create a login/password, and then you can input family contact information as well as provide consent for your child’s name or photograph to be included on the PPE website or social media.
August 5 – All School Sneak-a-Peek and Popsicle Party
8:15am – New Families (parents and children) are encouraged to come snap a picture with our school mascot, Percy, and then head on to your child’s classroom to meet your teacher. Dr. Young and members of his team will be in the Café for families to stop by and say hello. Then, meet on the playground and enjoy popsicles while socializing with other PPE families. The PTO will be there with kindergarten orange totes and the Roar Store will be open.
Kindergarten Families: Please read this document for instructions on getting your bag monogrammed.
9:00am – ALL returning families are invited to stop by the school to meet teachers and visit classrooms. Then, meet on the playground and enjoy popsicles while picking up some new PPE gear from the Roar Store.
School Supplies Note: If you have purchased items through First Day School Supplies, they will be shipped to the school the week of August 1st. Boxes will be delivered to each classroom, so you’re all set! If you did not purchase items through First Day School Supplies, school supplies lists by grade can be found here. Parents are encouraged to bring all school supplies to their child’s classroom during the All School Sneak-a-Peek and Popsicle Party, or otherwise on the first day of school.
Car Rider Numbers Note: Car rider tags will be distributed to new families at the All School Sneak-a-Peek and Popsicle Party, as well as on the first day of school. Returning families will continue to use the same number. Please work with your child to learn his or her Car Rider Number before school starts, or even consider writing it on their tote bag/tag.
August 8 – First Day of School
Note: 11:30 dismissal on August 8 and August 9 for Kindergarteners
On the first day, many PPE parents choose to walk their children to the school’s front entrance. Parking is encouraged on Priest Road and Willshire Drive, and it gets crowded! During the first week of in-person school, all methods of transportation tend to be slower than normal – please plan accordingly. Check out the 2022-23 School Handbook for complete Transportation information.
Bring a cup of coffee with you and stay a while after drop-off to mingle with other parents at our All School Boo Hoo Party in the front circle, from 8:00-8:30! The Roar Store will be open, too!
August 18 – Open House
Save the date for this year’s Open House, on Thursday, August 19! Hear important information from your child’s classroom teacher, school leadership, and the PTO regarding what’s ahead for the school year.
5:30 – Kindergarten and 1st grade parents will meet in their classrooms
6:30 – 2nd through 4th grade parents will meet in their classrooms
Percy Priest Handbook
View the 2022-23 Handbook to get all kinds of Back-to-School information. Check it out!
How to Stay Connected
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), go to: webcal://www.percypriest.org/?post_type=tribe_events&ical=1&eventDisplay=list
For Google Calendar, go to: https://www.google.com/calendar/render?cid=webcal%3A%2F%2Fwww.percypriest.org%2F%3Fpost_type%3Dtribe_events%26ical%3D1