PTO Newsletter 9/15

Thank you to all who joined us for the Family Picnic and the Tiger Cup.  They were fun for all who attended and participated.  A big round of applause to those who volunteered their time and energy to make the Picnic and the Tiger Cup memorable for our PPE community.

We have had a tremendous response to our INVEST Campaign so far but still have a ways to go on our participation goals! If you haven’t had a chance to make a pledge, please be sure to visit: HEREAll families that give or pledge through the site by October 6, 2023, will receive a coupon for a FREE FROZEN DRINK from Twice Daily’s Granny White Market. Each class that has 100% participation will have a popsicle party to celebrate!

Important Dates

  • September 19 – PPE Groundbreaking Ceremony, 4:00 pm
  • September 19 – First Grade Moms Night Out, 6:00 pm @ Greenhouse Bar
  • September 20 – Second Grade Moms Night Out, 6:00 pm @ Green Hills Hilton Rooftop
  • September 21 – Percy’s Vintage Closet Sale
  • September 21 – Third Grade Moms Night Out, 6:00 pm @ Greenhouse Bar
  • September 28 – Songs Under the Stars
  • September 29 – College Shirt Day
  • October 6 – No School-Teacher In Service
  • October 9-13 – Fall Break
  • October 17 – PTO General Meeting, 6:00 pm in PPE Library

Upcoming School Events


It’s Time to INVEST!

Thank you to all who have supported PPE through the INVEST campaign so far! To date, 51% of our families have joined the effort and we hope to get to 100% by Fall Break! If you haven’t supported already, please Click GIVE NOW. If you can’t give at this time, please still sign on and click “I support PPE” so your child can be counted in class participation and school wide totals! Each class that gets to 100% participation will get a popsicle party. See below for the classes that are getting close!


Your Invest contribution may be matched by your employer.  This matching feature enables your donation to go even further.  Please consider contacting your company to inquire.  You can provide them with the following information:

PPE PTO is a registered organization.


Unique Identifier: 043588824

Percy’s Vintage Closet

One Tiger’s outgrown shirt is another little Tiger’s treasure! 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!

Songs Under the Stars-September 28th SOLD OUT

Songwriters’ Night is Sold Out! We are thrilled for the overwhelming support from our PPE family for this magical night featuring the incredibly talented Joy Williams, Ross Copperman, and JT Harding! 

Limited Sponsorships are still available with tickets, so take a look and sign up today!

Thank you to our committed sponsors: America’s Swimming Pool Co., Camel Express Car Wash, W.R. Newman, Osborne State Farm, Curated Homes, Mom’s Thrive, Michael Bono, Leslie Hill Group, Ari Davidson Photography, Black Abbey Brewing, BarBCutie Smokehouse, Spirited Hive, and Dozen Bakery.

General Announcements


Lunch and Learn:

Do you have questions about the fall data letters you received?  Dr. Young and Mrs. Temple explain the the testing process and how to understand the results.

 Lunch and Learn Fall Data Letters-20230912_110249-Meeting Recording.mp4

School pictures are now available for parents to view and order online.

School Pictures are Ready!

View and order at

  • Event Code: FE87323
  • Also Needed: Infinite Campus Unique Student ID

*Class Pictures and Makeups are scheduled for October 25th


Mom’s Night Out:

Calling all PPE Moms! Come meet and mingle for a casual evening with other Percy Priest Mom’s to build community and friendship. Grade level dates and locations have been set, so please mark your calendar! All dates are listed at the top of the email.

PPE Cross Country Team

The Cross Country team had their first meet of the season on Saturday September 9th. We had two girls finish in the top 4 and one boy finish in the top 10. There were lots of personal records for our runners in both races.

Race Location Address: 4373 Hermitage Road, Old Hickory, TN 37138

Races are every Saturday in September in Hermitage (with the girls race at 8:30am and the boys race at 9am.

Save the Date for GrandFriends Day, November 8th and 9th 

Save the date for this year’s Grandfriends Day on November 8th (kindergarten, first, second grades) and November 9th (third, fourth and fifth grades)! More information to follow in the coming weeks.

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.


After School Clubs are BACK!

If your child is attending an after school club, Metro requires THIS FORM to be filled out.

  • Podcast Club– 5th Grade only- Click HERE and listen about this new and exciting club!

Advocacy Center Updates from Mrs. Tanner:

We’ve had an amazing start to the school year, but I can’t believe September is already here! The last week of August, students had their first lesson of the year with me in the library. This lesson revolved around learning about the Percy’s Place Buckets that are in each classroom as well as other areas within the building. These buckets serve as our peace or calm down corners and are filled with the exact same materials throughout the building so that no matter where a child may be, they are able to use the tools inside to calm themselves down if they become dysregulated. This lesson also includes parts of the brain and how and why our brains react the way they do in specific situations.

Students are taught that this bucket contains “tools” not “toys.” When they use bucket to calm down, they are working to “fix” their dysregulated emotions and “build” a strong emotional foundation so that the next time they feel a certain way they can calm themselves without the aid of the bucket. In the bucket there is a worksheet they use to process their emotions and guide them through the steps to calm down. This worksheet then comes to me, and I will find a time to follow up with the student.

One of the biggest takeaways from this introductory lesson is that we all flip our lids sometimes, but it is our job to become self-aware and learn to control our emotions rather than the emotions controlling us.

Please feel free to view my presentation and watch the videos that were used in the lesson and contact me with any questions.

Mrs. Tanner,

PPE Parenting Series wants your input!

Our Counseling Team is already planning this year’s PPE Parenting Series!  Please take a moment to let us know your Parenting Series preferences here:

Counselors Corner:

Throughout September & October, the Counseling Department will be leading required safety training in your child’s classroom. The curriculum can be previewed here: Home – Fight Child Abuse

Small Fundraisers

Pumpkin and Mums Fundraiser Sale – September 8-29th

Support Percy Priest Elementary PTO Budget while getting Fall Festive with mums and pumpkin stacks from Market Fresh Produce. These are the prettiest, most impressive mums and pumpkins around, and all proceeds go back to the PTO to provide additional staff and materials to the school which impacts every child.

Mums (variety of colors) $21 Order HERE

Pumpkin Stacks (three pumpkins) $25 Order HERE

Pick up is at the PPE Playground during dismissal until 4PM on 10/04. Ziomatto Gelato will be selling gelato the day of pickup and % going to PPE PTO.  If you are unable to pick up that day during that timeframe please email to make alternate arrangements.

Katelyn Brown Photography-Fall Family Session

Book your Katelyn Brown Fall Family Photo Sessions Today and % of each session will go back to support our PTO.  Click HERE for available apts.  Family mini sessions are still available on September 17th and October 1st. Black and white kid portraits available on November 19th.

Papa John’s Dough for Dough: September 21st

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. There will be plenty of Papa John nights that will help benefit our school.

Clorox Wipes Needed

The Cafe is in need of some clorox wipes to wipe down tables and help keep it clean.  If you are interested in dropping some off to the front office, it would be most appreciated.

Green Committee News!

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!

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.

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


Mom’s Thrive-September 21

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 Stay Connected

Email Lists

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).

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