PTO Newsletter 8/12
High five to everyone for the best first week of school! It has been a terrific week and we are grateful for all of the excitement, good cheer and patience parents have had while we all get used to new routines (particularly arrival and dismissal)!
This Friday eblast has tons of new information about upcoming events and ways to get involved. Please be sure to scroll down for information about our Fall Family Picnic and our first major fundraiser, the perennial fan favorite Tiger Cup Golf Tournament!
- August 18 – Open House
- September 6 – Picture Day
- September 9 – Fall Family Picnic
- September 12 – Tiger Cup Golf Tournament
- September 13 – Town Hall: PTO Strategic Planning and Priority Spending
- September 21 – Percy’s Vintage Closet
- October 4 – Town Hall: Helping Our Kids Cope with Big Emotions
- October 6 – Songwriters Night
Open House – August 18th
This year’s Open House will be, on Thursday, August 18! Hear important information from your child’s classroom teacher, school leadership, and the PTO regarding what’s ahead for the school year. Specials teachers will also be there so please stop by to meet them, too!
5:30 – Kindergarten and 1st grade parents will meet in their classrooms
6:30 – 2nd through 4th grade parents will meet in their classrooms
Fall Family Picnic – September 9th
Join us September 9th from 5-7pm on the PPE playground for a fun family night out! Bring a picnic or grab dinner from local food trucks. More details and ways to help to follow! Questions? Contact Patty Bea Presley (email@example.com), Erin Thomas (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Amanda Woods (email@example.com).
Tiger Cup Golf Tournament – September 12th – REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
Tiger Cup Golf Tournament – September 12th – REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
The Percy Priest PTO will kick off its first fundraising event of 2022-23 school year with our annual TIGER CUP golf tournament on Monday, September 12th. Enjoy 18 holes of golf with PPE friends, family and/or neighbors at Old Natchez Golf Course in Franklin. Tee off will be at 9:30 am and will conclude mid afternoon. Back by popular demand is Mamas and Mimosas….a one-hour golf lesson followed by drinks, snacks, and conversation in a beautiful setting.
We need sponsors! Are you interested in promoting your business at this event and possibly others throughout the school year? We can help you customize your sponsorship in a lump sum for multiple events and/or throughout the year. Get details about sponsorship opportunities for Tiger Cup.
Reach out to Kass Benchoff firstname.lastname@example.org with any inquiries about multiple events.
Town Halls – September 13th and October 4th
Join PTO leadership on two dates this fall to talk about important topics and provide your feedback! Dates are:
September 13 – Come learn about the money it takes to keep our school running and provide feedback on how the PTO should allocate any excess funds we may have after we meet our budget for the year!
October 4 – A.K. Tanner, our Advocacy Center Coach, will lead a conversation about helping our kids cope with big emotions. She will talk about the Advocacy Center and her role as Advocacy Coach in supporting students as they gain control of their own feelings and emotions, to create a more successful education experience.
Percy’s Vintage Closet – September 21st – deadline for donations is September 14th
One Tiger’s outgrown shirt is another little Tiger’s treasure! We are collecting pre-loved PPE logo clothing for our inaugural Percy’s Vintage Closet sale now through September 14! Please drop off any PPE clothes you’d like to donate in the bin on the school front porch. This fun sale will be a great opportunity to stock up on some heavily discounted PPE clothing with all proceeds going back to our school! Be on the lookout for more information in your child’s Friday folder in the coming weeks!
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!
If you or your company would be interested in sponsoring the PTO event or fundraiser, please contact Margaret Crane (email@example.com).
First Day Forms – due September 9th
At the beginning of each school year, we send home several documents that MNPS requires parents and caregivers to review, sign and return. These forms have been sent home and need to be returned to homeroom teachers by September 9.
Parents must also complete certain required MNPS forms online through the MNPS “Permissions Portal”. To do so, visit the MNPS Student-Parent Handbook page. Scroll halfway down the page and you will see the “Permission Forms” section and a blue button to the right that says “Permissions Portal”. Click there to begin.
Grandparents and Special Friends Email List
We know there are many grandparents, family and special friends of PPE students who would like to be involved. You can keep up with the latest news by signing up for the PPE Grandparents, Family & Friends List here.
Workroom Volunteers Needed
Calling a few good grown-ups to help print and flyers for Friday folders! The front office could use help on Thursday mornings throughout the year and would love to have a dedicated, small team who does this all year long. If you’re interested in volunteering, please reach out to Katie Agnew (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Families, we’re a UniCycle School! That means you can donate your students’ outgrown school clothing items in the collection basket on the PPE front porch, and we’ll fill our UniCycle Closet so that it’s ready to be used by any student here who’s had a summer growth spurt or could use an extra shirt or two. If we collect more than we need, we send it to @Unicycle.nashville and they get it to another school closet or direct to a student experiencing homelessness in the @mnps_hero program. Keep your closets cleaned out and we’ll make sure your items go on to live its next best life – it’s a win-win for all!
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!
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!
Dad Bod Run Club
When: Saturdays +/-6:45am
Who: All ability levels are welcome! In the past, we’ve even been accompanied by strollers, pets, and brothers-in-law, too. Sometimes (not always) Clay brings coffee for post-run recovery.
Routes: We run in one or two groups along the following routes:
+/- 3 miles to Radnor and back to PPE
+/- 5 miles through Radnor and back to PPE
Interested? Join us for Happy Hour Aug. 25 at 5pm at 1200 Vintage Pl.
Download GroupMe App & join: PPE Dad Bod Run Club
Questions: Lewis Agnew at Lewis.email@example.com or 615-712-4318
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!
Small Fundraisers Spotlight
For a list of all of our ongoing small fundraisers, please visit our Small Fundraisers webpage.
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 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.
Name: Renee Lewis
Children: KK (1st grade), Dorothy (3rd grade), Charlotte (5th grade)
Volunteer Role: New Families Co-Chair
Why PPE: PPE is not only a wonderful school for our girls, it is also an amazing community for our whole family! Serving this community fills my cup! I love to welcome new families to PPE by giving tours and helping with all things Back to School. Being part of the PTO is always fun and fulfilling!
Name: Hannah Wright
Children: Maddie (5th grade), Liza (2nd grade), Andy (PreK)
Volunteer Role: New Families Co-Chair
Why PPE: I’ve loved the PPE community ever since I was a Percy Priest Tiger 30 years ago! One of my favorite things is the feeling and camaraderie you get from going to a neighborhood school. When you go to the same school as your neighbors, those relationships can’t help but grow and deepen. Of course, I couldn’t mention PPE without talking about the incredible faculty and staff. The passion they have for loving and teaching our children goes beyond anything I could have expected. It is this staff that makes serving with the New Families Committee and giving tours to prospective parents such a joy for me. There is nothing better than getting to boast about your amazing school and the people at the heart of it.
How to Stay Connected
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