PTO Newsletter 9/23

It’s hard to be-leaf we’re well into September and Fall has officially begun.  Fun Fact: According to this Tennessee fall foliage predication map, Davidson County should see the leaves start turning Monday, Oct. 17, hitting peak colors by Thurs., Nov. 3.

The INVEST Campaign is only a week in and we are already having some great success on class participation! 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 7, 2022, 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!

And lastly, a huge thank you to our volunteers and everyone who came and made our inaugural Percy’s Vintage Closet a big success! The PVC donation bin will remain on the PPE front porch so as you clean out, please be sure to donate PPE-logoed clothing for our next sale, date TBD.

Upcoming School Events

Upcoming School Events

  • 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–Percy’s Reading Party
  • November 3&4– GrandFriends Day

INVEST dollars touch EVERY child

It’s Time to INVEST!

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 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!

Saddle Up for a Night of Hot Chicken & Country Music! – October 6th

Only a Few Tickets Left for Songwriter’s Night!! On October 6th, join your Percy Priest family for a Night of Hot Chicken & Country Music!

20 tickets remaining 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 still have a few 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.

Science Night – October 24th

Percy’s Reading Party – October 27th

Calling all book lovers! Mark your calendar for the first annual Percy’s Reading Party!  Bring the entire family to the PPE Café for interactive activities, crafts, illustration stations, word games, puzzles, Mad Libs, grade-level raffles, and more on Thursday, October 27th from 5:30-7:30pm during the Scholastic Book Fair.  We’ll even have a surprise guest author.  Don’t miss out on the fun!

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

Meet our new MNPS District 8 School Board member

Erin O’Hara Block was sworn in on August 31 as the new school board member for District 8. Erin has two kids at J.T. Moore Middle and previously served on the Waverly Belmont Elementary PTO. She has experience working in state and local education policy and research. She is excited to serve the students, schools, educators, and families of District 8.

You can communicate with Erin via email or phone, which are included below. She will also be holding monthly office hours, which she will announce via her semi-regular newsletter, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can sign up for her newsletter at Erin will be meeting regularly with Hillsboro cluster PTOs as well, so feel free to send us anything that you need and we can relay to her.

Erin O’Hara Block

MNPS School Board District 8


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. You can pre-order days in advance just make sure to select the appropriate date and input our unique 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

Pumpkins & Mums – deadline to order 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

Ari Davidson Photo Family Sessions — THANK YOU!!!

Wow! Thank you to all the families that booked sessions with Ari. She added additional dates and times and has filled them all. Thank you to Ari for her generosity and to the families that booked.

Roar Store – New Merchandise

The Roar Store is restocked with new merchandise! Please visit the Roar Store to check out all the new items.  Order online now at the Roar Store

Mom’s Thrive – September 23rd

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.

Just Glass will donate $3 per month, per subscription, to the Percy Priest Elementary PTO. Subscribe by clicking the link and receive bi-weekly pick-ups of your recycled glass, while supporting our school!

Volunteer Spotlight

Name: Amanda Woods

Children’s names and grades: Woody Woods (4th), June Woods (2nd), Moni Woods (K), and Pete Woods (age 2)

Volunteer Role: PPE Family Picnic and Mommas and Mimosas for the Tiger Cup

Why Percy Priest: Percy Priest has loved and taught our children so well. Every teacher, staff member, interventionist, and volunteer created this incredible village of support that is unlike any other school we have experienced. When you witness it, you cannot help but want to be a part of the team that makes this place so great.


Name: Patty Bea Presley

Children’s names and grades: Lucy Bea (3rd grade) and Kemp (PPE graduate)

Volunteer Role: Family Picnic

Why Percy Priest: I love our teachers that love our kids day after day. I love our community that gives back so much! PPE is such a special place to me.


Name: Erin Thomas

Children’s names and grades: Charlie-3rd grade, Anna- alum 5th grade at JTM, Ty- 1 1/2 years, future Tiger

Volunteer Role: Family Picnic

Why Percy Priest: PPE is such a special place! We have loved our time over the past 6 years and watching both of my children grow and learn. They have made great friends who I know we will keep up with through the years. The teachers and staff go above and beyond to make special activities throughout the year. It is amazing how the school teaches to each child where they are, academically and socially. I love PPE!


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).

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