PTO Newsletter 9/2

We hope you all have a wonderful long weekend ahead and return refreshed and ready for a packed September calendar! Scroll down for information about after school clubs, our annual Pumpkins & Mums Sale and our new Wrapping Paper Sale, unique ways to get involved in small and big ways, and of course all of our event details (and much more!).

But first, we’re doing a new Birthday Shout Out for our fabulous teachers and staff! Help us celebrate these wonderful people who had birthdays in August or have one just around the corner this month!

Upcoming Events

  • September 2 – Complete School Survey
  • September 5 – Labor Day – NO SCHOOL
  • 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

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

The 2022 First Bank Tiger Cup will be held September 12 at Old Natchez Country Club.   It will be a scramble style tournament with a shotgun start at 9:30 am.  We have several teams who are looking for one more player so sign up here and we will assign you to a team.  Please make sure to make your payments by next Friday, September 9th by noon.


Mamas and Mimosas is SOLD OUT!  Thank you to Curated Homes Nashville for sponsoring Mamas & Mimosas again this year!  If you would like to join the waitlist, email Kass and she will notify you if spots become available.

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, Charles Hawkins, Co. sponsoring the putting contest and Osborne State Farm sponsoring the closest to the pin.  Hole sponsorships have already been snatched up by Nashville Interactive, The Leslie Hill Group, WNSL, Chanda Teas with Rodan & Fields, Caleb Hemmer for State Representative, 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


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.


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


After School Clubs are BACK!

After School Club Flyers will be going home today in the Friday Folders. Don’t forget to reach out and sign up your child for these fun filled afternoons!

  • Mr. & Mrs. T’s Game Club
  • Fall Builders Club with Ms. Wall and Ms. Faison
  • Wonderful Wednesday with Miss Benson and Mrs. Condra – FULL!
  • SEL + STEM Club with Mrs. Lester and Mrs. Strobel

Roar Store Pre-Order Deadline – Sept. 5th

Pre-order for polos has been extended through Monday, September 5 . Order online now at the Roar Store – Percy Priest Elementary Adult sizes available in the grey polo. Don’t forget to look for the Roar Store Tent at the Family Picnic!

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

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.


We want to hear from you!

We need your input to help us prioritize where we should focus any additional PTO dollars we raise. If you have completed the PTO survey – thank you! And if you haven’t, please do so by Friday, September 2. This survey takes only 2 minutes to complete and is anonymous.

Please use this link to take the survey:


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.

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.

Box Tops 4 Education will donate $0.10 per label to the Percy Priest Elementary PTO for each qualifying box top that is turned in. To participate, download the “Box Tops for Education” app and then simply scan your receipt and the app will identify any box tops you may have purchased. These will automatically go towards our school’s total. If you shop for groceries online or have e-receipts, you can now submit your email receipts from select retailers to earn Box Tops for your School. Visit the app or website for more details and to see a full list of participating retailers

Earn additional money for the PTO by shopping online at the Box Tops Marketplace, with over 70 participating vendors, including Lands’ End, Target, Gap, and Pottery Barn. See the Box Tops website for details.

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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