PTO Newsletter 9/16

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.

The INVEST Campaign kicks off today!  This PPE PTO annual fundraising campaign raises critical dollars for PPE. Get ready for prizes and fun to support our beloved school.

Upcoming School Events

  • September 16 – INVEST Kickoff
  • September 20 – 2nd Grade Moms Night Out, 6:30 @ Greenhouse Bar
  • September 21 – Percy’s Vintage Closet
  • September 21 – Kindergarten Moms Night Out, 6:00 @ Green Hills Hilton Roof Top
  • September 27 – 3rd Grade Moms Night Out, 6:00 @ Greenhouse Bar
  • September 28 – 4th Grade Moms Night Out, 6:00 @ Greenhouse Bar
  • October 4 – Town Hall: Helping Our Kids Cope with Big Emotions
  • October 6 – Songwriters Night
  • October 7-14 –Fall Break: No School
  • October 24–Science Night
  • October 27–Literacy Night
  • November 3&4– GrandFriends Day

INVEST dollars touch EVERY child

It’s Time to INVEST!

The INVEST Campaign kicks off today!  This PPE PTO annual fundraising campaign raises critical dollars for our school. It is a chance for parents, grandparents, and all those who support PPE to directly INVEST in our teachers, students and programs through monetary donations.

This year, INVEST pays for the school’s Tiger Time Support, Technology, and Spanish teachers, and more.

To give, scan the QR code or click the link below and choose your level of support and number of payments. You can also find the link on our website HERE.  If you are not able to support financially at this time, just click “I Support PPE” to show our teachers how much they mean to us all and be counted in your child’s class participation percentage. Suggested Donation per student is

$375. ANY and ALL amounts are appreciated!  Please make your pledge by November 18th!


Percy’s Vintage Closet – September 21st – deadline for donations is September 16th 

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 16!

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!” – October 6th 

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

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.

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.

Save the Date for GrandFriends Day – Nov. 3rd and 4th

Save the date for this year’s GrandFriends Days on November 3rd (kindergarten and first grades) and November 4th (second, third, and fourth 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.

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

General Announcements & Community Events

Ari Davidson Photo Family Sessions

It’s time to book your family photos with our own PPE mom, Ari Davidson.  Limited spots are available, so please book today!  A percentage of each session will go towards to Percy Priest PTO. Available dates are October 7, 8, 22, 23, 28 and 30. Ari’s website is and sessions can be booked by emailing her at

Papa John’s Dough for Dough: September 29th

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.  Mark your calendar for more Papa John Dough for Dough: 10/20, 11/17, 12/15, 1/19, 2/16, 3/16, 4/20, 5/18

Pumpkin and Mums Fundraiser – deadline October 1st

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) $20

Pumpkin Stacks (three pumpkins) $25


Pick up is at the PPE Playground during dismissal until 4PM on 10/05. If you are unable to pick up that day during that timeframe please email to make alternate arrangements. Orders not retrieved by end of day 10/07 will be donated to the school. Order today:

Charleston Wrap – deadline September 30th 

Shop online and invite friends, too! Share our fundraiser with your friends and family near and far to help reach our fundraising goal! Our fundraiser features over 2,500 gift items including Ultra-Heavy gift wrap, accessories, exclusive kitchen and home goods, holiday décor, personalization items and gifts, fragrant candles, high fashion bags, delicious gourmet foods and more. To order, visit to access your participant dashboard and unlock your participant link. Our organization code is 24825

Personalized Sophie Blackall Books

Exciting news! Percy Priest students have the unique opportunity to purchase personalized books by two-time Caldecott winner, Sophie Blackall. Sophie will be at Parnassus on Friday, September 16th on her tour for her new book, Farmhouse. Mrs. Bray (PPE 3rd grade teacher) and Miss Stuart (PPE librarian) were chosen to spend a weekend at Sophie’s farm in upstate New York and experience the wonderfulness that is all things Sophie Blackall and her new book. Watch Sophie tell the story of Farmhouse and you will understand why Mrs. Bray and Miss Stuart consider it their new favorite picturebook.

If you order through PPE & Parnassus, the books will be personalized with your child(ren)’s name by Sophie. Click here to order them online. Books will be delivered to PPE and sent home with students. Questions? Contact Miss Stuart at

Mom’s Thrive – September 23rd from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

All PPE Moms are invited to attend this non-school-sponsored parenting talk. Mom’s Thrive is put on by fellow PPE moms who want to help develop community and encourage and equip moms with tools that lead to grace-filled parenting. Please note all speakers will be coming from a biblical worldview. This month we will be hearing from Eleanor Wells, a personal development coach, talking about “Mom Burnout? Let’s get a G.R.I.P.P.!” Contact with any questions.

Parent Talents & Resources

We know our Percy Priest family has a wide range of talent and expertise, and we would love to know about you and if you are willing and able to contribute in a unique way to our school. Please share with us so we can get a better understanding of these different talents and resources in our community. Our online form is available here.

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! Menus can be viewed on the Meal View App or at

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!

Small Fundraisers Spotlight

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

Mabel’s Labels will donate 20% of all proceeds generated by label orders for your child’s clothing, accessories and bags, so anything they lose is easily returned to them. Simply go to and search for Percy Priest Elementary PTO. Purchase your labels and they will ship directly to your door.

Volunteer Spotlight

Name: Kass Benchoff

Children: Sam-4 th grade and Stevie-former Tiger 6 th grade

Volunteer Role: Tiger cup co-chair

Why Percy Priest: I give my time to PPE because I love this school, the teachers, support staff and leadership so much. They provide an excellent education to our children while also loving them so intensely. I love being a part of our PPE community and want the school to continue to grow so giving back to support that growth and support is my main motivation.   I’m super sad this is our last year as a Tiger, but I’m still holding out hope for fifth grade.

Name: Kimmy Peterson

Children: Louisa “Weezie”, 2nd grade and Van, 6th grade (former Tiger)

Volunteer Role: Tiger Cup Co-Chair (also Unicycle)

Why Percy Priest: I love EVERYTHING about Percy Priest. Since landing on campus in the fall of 2020, from Brooklyn, NY peak pandemic my entire family was wholeheartedly embraced by this community. From my first phone conversation with Ms. Lolita (45 min no less) to Dr. Young face-timing with my kids in Brooklyn to welcome them to the school and outreach by the PTO – all of which happened before we even moved here- I knew right away that we had found our people and that our children would thrive in this nurturing environment. AND THEY HAVE. For which, I am forever grateful and volunteering is the least I can do.



How to Stay Connected

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