PTO Newsletter 8/18

What a great Open House!  There was so much energy and excitement meeting teachers and parents, and we hope you got a lot out of the evening. Thank you for coming!

Tonight, we watched an incredible INVEST video and how it impacts our school and children.   It is an opportunity to influence the educational journey of our children. INVEST will kick off next Friday, August 25th.  More information about it coming soon!

Our Friday eblast continues to have tons of information about upcoming events and ways to get involved. Please be sure to scroll down for information about our Fall Family Picnic, Tiger Cup Golf Tournament, Percy’s Vintage Closet and Songs Under the Stars – and so much more!

A huge THANK YOU to Osborne State Farm, Hoover Learning Group, Mathnasium of Green Hills and Brentwood, and Berns Therapy Solutions 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 our sponsors!

If you or your company would be interested in sponsoring the PTO event or fundraiser, please contact Jackie Osborne (

Important Dates

  • August 25- Coffee and Conversations
  • August 31 – Navigator Day
  • September 1 – No School
  • September 4 – Labor Day, No School
  • September 7 – Picture Day
  • September 8 – Fall Picnic
  • September 11 – Tiger Cup Golf Tournament at Old Natchez
  • September 21 – Percy’s Vintage Closet Sale
  • September 28 – Songwriter’s Night

Upcoming School Events


Calling all Percy Priest families! Join our fabulous school community Friday, Sept. 8, for dinner, cold treats and dancing at the annual back-to-school picnic!

This year’s event features the music of Mr. Steve, some cool dessert vendors, and the option to pre order your meal from Martin’s BBQ (link to order COMING SOON). Or just pack your own picnic dinner.

But we can’t pull this off without your help!  Sign up here to provide essential supplies or volunteer at the event.

Email Questions to Erin O’Brien:

Tiger Cup Golf Tournament – September 11th 

Percy Priest PTO’s Tiger Cup Golf Tournament is Monday, September 11th at Old Natchez Country Club in Franklin and registration is now open.  Enjoy 18 holes of golf with PPE friends, family and/or neighbors.  Register individually or with your foursome by clicking here to registerWe have half of our foursomes committed so please don’t wait!  Registration for this year’s event will close on Friday, August 25thRegistration this year includes a Tiger Cup Golf Polo!!!! To get you the size that you request, we must place orders by this date.

We also need your help to sponsor this fabulous event. Special thanks for Pinnacle, MGM Industries, Upside Agency, Sesco Lighting, Edley’s Barbeque, Spencer Fane, Bone, McAllester, Nashville Interactive, Pretty Polished, and Charles Hawkins, Co., and Osborne State Farm for committing to sponsor within our first week.  Sign up to sponsor clicking sponsorship opportunities.  Please sign up today!

Ladies ~ Not a golfer but want to learn more?  We have 5 spots remaining! Sign up for Mamas and Mimosas today by clicking here to register.

Please help us make this event a success by volunteering at the event or helping with prep by contacting for more details.  There is a Save the Date in today’s Friday Folder with a registration link as well.  ~Kass Johnson and Kimmy Peterson, Co-Chairs

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!

Songs Under the Stars – Save the Date – September 28th  | 6-9 PM

Songwriters’ Night is Back! Join us as we celebrate the art of songwriting under the open sky. Gather with your PPE family for dinner, drinks, and the stories behind the music. This year, our stage will be graced by the incredibly talented Joy Williams, Ross Copperman, and JT Harding! Bring a chair and we’ll bring the fun. Tickets are limited and go on sale next week, so mark your calendar and book your babysitter for this unforgettable night!

General Announcements

First Day Forms – due August 25th 

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 August 25th.

Parents must also complete certain required MNPS forms online through the MNPS “Permissions Portal”. To do so, visit the MNPS Student-Parent Handbook pageScroll 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.

After School Clubs are BACK!

  • Builders Club –The Builders Club is for K-2nd grade students and is filled with problem solving, imagination, self-expression, math skills, spatial sense and motor abilities, creativity, and social and emotional growth. There are a few spaces left in the Tuesday and Thursday Builders Club. If your child would like to join, please contact laura.faison@mnps.or or  Click Here for Details
  • Wonderful Wednesdays – Enjoy stories, art, STEM activities, painting, loft, group games, building with Miss Benson and Mrs. Condra on Wednesdays. Click Here for Details
  • Mr. & Mrs. T’s Game Club – Game Club is hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Tanner, and includes games of all kinds. Your child will be playing board games, video games (including vintage Nintendo games), whole group and small group games, and indoor and outdoor games. This is a great opportunity for your child to work on their social skills and have a lot of fun while they’re doing it.  Click Here for Details
  • PPE Girls Running Club – Calling all 4th and 5th grade girls!  We are so excited to offer the Girls Running Club again this year!  We will meet every Wednesday after school until 4 PM starting August 23-September 27.  We will stretch, do a fun activity, cheer, and RUN!  We will also provide a snack AND this year an official PPE Girls Running Club t-shirt that they can wear every Wednesday to school!  Fun Run will be September 27.  Click Here for Details
  • Chess Club – More information is coming soon!  Stay tuned.

Parent Coffee Hour in the Cafe – August 25 

Bring your travel mug of coffee to the morning drop-off line and stay to mingle with other Percy Priest parents on Friday, August 25. We’ll be in the Cafe from 8:15-9:15. Join us for all of part of the hour!

*please note to wait in the lobby until 8:15

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 sort for our 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 Sign Up – PPE Workroom Volunteers

Green Committee News!

Help the Green Tigers implement more sustainability practices at PPE. If you choose, there will be a bin at the front steps next week, to collect the Kindergarten Welcome signs. If your child is a bus rider or the sign is tricky for them to bring in, e-mail and we will arrange for the sign to be picked up.

Unicycle Donations

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 their next best life – it’s a win-win for all!

PPE Buddy Program – LAST CALL!

New families: please let us know if you 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!

Returning families: ready to be a buddy? Check “Buddy Program” on the volunteer form by next Wednesday and we will find a new family to get to know.

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!

Elementary Cross Country

Hey 4th & 5th Grade Parents! We are going to do Elementary Cross Country again this year, coached by Maddie Bledsoe and Zac Smith!

We will have two, 45-minute practices a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting the week of 8/21. There will be four meets in September that are tentatively scheduled for September 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th. At each meet, the runners will run a mile race!

If your child is interested, please email both Maddie ( and Zac ( by next Friday, August 18th.  However, there is limited availability and we can only accommodate 20 runners! Once we have everyone signed up we will send out more logistical information.

Dad Bod Run Club

When: Saturdays +/-6:45am

We know it’s early, but your kids will be up at 5:07am anyway.

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. 29 at 5pm at 1200 Vintage Pl.

Download GroupMe App & join: PPE Dad Bod Run Club 

Questions:  Lewis Agnew at or 615-712-4318

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:

  • September 8 – Fall Picnic

Green Hills Park Festival-September 9th

Come and enjoy this Free event on September 9th from 5:00 to 9:00 pm at Green Hills Park. There will be great family-friendly activities, including face painting and a movie as the sun goes down.  For more information:

Small Fundraisers Spotlight

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

Kroger will donate 4% of the total dollars spent in their stores to PPE. To participate, click on this link, create or login to your account and select Percy Priest Elementary PTO as your Community Rewards Organization.

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.

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.

If you have questions of any kind, please contact us at Thank you!

How to Stay Connected

Email Lists

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