PTO Newsletter 8/26

You may have noticed the trivia question posted on the school’s front sign. Thank you to our very own Percy Priest parent, Pete Shaw, for providing these fun questions on the sign for parents and kids to enjoy!

This week’s question has been: Which is older: Our school or the Percy Priest Dam? (Answer at bottom)

Upcoming Events

  • September 2 – Complete School Survey
  • 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


We want to hear from you!

We sent out a survey on Monday and appreciate the more than 100 responses we’ve received so far! If you have completed it – thank you! And if you haven’t, please do so by Friday, September 2. We need your input to help us prioritize where we should focus any additional PTO dollars we raise. This survey takes only 2 minutes to complete and is anonymous. Please use this link to take the survey:

Picture Day – September 6th

Send your student in their usual SSA and a big grin for school picture day! Order pictures online at Our event code is FE134322.


Fall Family Picnic – September 9th

School is in full swing and it’s time to celebrate! Bring the whole family to the PPE Back to School Picnic on Friday, September 9 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Grab dinner from one of our food vendors, Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, Jet’s Pizza, That’s My Dog, and Cajun Kids or dessert from Retro Snow, Layered Bake Shop, or The Friends Life Treat Truck. DJ Louie will spin all his hits while kids play on the playground, make crafts, put on temporary tattoos, or jump through the bouncy obstacle course.

All this fun can’t happen without you! Sign up to volunteer for the event HERE. Questions? Contact Patty Bea Presley (, Erin Thomas ( or Amanda Woods (

Tiger Cup and Mamas & Mimosas – September 12 at Old Natchez Country Club

Registration for the First Bank 2022 Tiger Cup closes Friday, September 9th at noon. Make sure to get your spot this week. You can sign up individually or with a team of four.


There are only 7 spots left for Mamas & Mimosas, a one-hour golf lesson led by Old Natchez Pro’s followed by snacks and drinks overlooking this beautiful course and a great way to meet some PPE moms. Special thanks for Curated Homes Nashville for sponsoring Mamas & Mimosas again this year!

Thank you again to all our tournament sponsors: Pinnacle Financial, Camel Express Car Wash, Spencer Fane Bone McAllester, Premier Golf Services and Renters Warehouse. We are lucky to have 8th & Berry Wine & Spirits sponsoring the beverage cart and Charles Hawkins, Co. sponsoring the putting contest. Hole sponsorships have already been snatched up by Nashville Interactive, The Leslie Hill Group, WNSL, Chanda Teas with Rodan &
Fields, and the Bone & Joint Institute.

WE NEED YOU! We are still looking for contest sponsors for the Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin. We also have Hole Sponsorship available…families or classrooms can sponsor a hole – all sponsorship details can be found here. We will need your sponsorship by Wednesday September 7th to ensure signage can be printed in time. If you are interested in sponsoring in another way, please reach out to Kass Benchoff (

Town Halls – September 13th and October 4th

Join PTO leadership on two dates this fall to talk about important topics and provide your feedback!

September 13 – Come to PPE to 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 at PPE 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!

“Saddle Up for a Night of Hot Chicken & Country Music!

Songwriter’s Night is back and we want you there!! Join us for an intimate gathering under the stars with Grammy award winning artists Josh Osborne, JT Harding and our very own PPE parent, Ross Copperman. Enjoy beer, wine, & comfort food from local breweries, restaurants, & artisans. Bring your own chair and we’ll bring the fun! Doors at 6, show starts at 7.
Tickets are on sale today – get them before they are gone!

We have several opportunities for sponsorship, we would love to help support your business while supporting Percy Priest. Reach out to Emily Bristow with questions


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 (

General Announcements

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.

And, go ahead and save the date for this year’s Grandparents & Special Friends Days on November 3 and 4!


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

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!

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 Thank you!

Small Fundraisers Spotlight

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

Publix Partners will donate $250 to the Percy Priest Elementary PTO for every $37,500 spent cumulatively by our school’s participants. To support Percy Priest, join Club Publix. If you’re already a member, log in to your account and select My Publix Partner to search for the school of your choice. Remember to pay with the Publix app or enter your phone number at checkout each time you make an eligible purchase. Parents do have to re-register annually.

Answer to the Trivia Question:

Our school! PPE opened in September of 1957. The dam was named one year later, in 1958. Construction started in 1963 and took more than 4 years to complete.

Volunteer Spotlight


Name: Stacia Hadley
Children: Liam (7th Grade), Nolan (5th grade) -both at JT Moore Middle and Malcom (1st grade)
Volunteer Role: Room Parent Coordinator
Why PPE: Percy Priest has been magical for our 3 boys. They have loved all of their teachers and we are so happy to be part of the PPE community. Our room parents are essential to help our teachers and keep our community informed. I think it is the best way to get to know the teachers!

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://

For Google Calendar, go to:

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