PTO Newsletter 9/30

It’s time for Font Sign Trivia once again! The question is: How many tiger paws are on the front sidewalk? Scroll to the bottom to find the answer!

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: HERE. All 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!

Upcoming School Events

  • 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
  • November 2–Percy’s Reading Party – NEW DATE
  • November 3&4– GrandFriends Day

INVEST dollars touch EVERY child

It’s Time to INVEST!

Thank you to all who have supported PPE through the INVEST campaign so far! To date, 64% 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 HERE. 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! If we get to 100% school participation then there will be a special surprise with Dr. Young!


Navigator Day – October 4

Tuesday, October 4th will be our next Navigator Day.  Members of the 4th grade house Sollevare will be leading our school in a food drive challenge to collect items to support the Food 2 Families an annual food drive benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and founded by WKRN News 2. Our collection will run October 4th-6th and there will be collection bins on the front porch, in the main lobby, and throughout the school.  Please review the attached list of most needed items and to learn more about Second Harvest please visit Cash prizes will be awarded to the top THREE schools that raise the most items per capita in each category (high school, middle school, and elementary), so your participation really counts!

Town Hall Meeting – 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.

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

Just 1 week left until Songs Under the Stars on October 6th! Our event is SOLD OUT and we can’t wait to listen to three of the top songwriters in Nashville and enjoy quality time with our Percy Priest community. This is a gentle reminder to have your babysitter booked, your camping chairs packed, and to dress for the weather.

Special thanks to ALL of our sponsors for making this the most successful Songwriters Night ever: Teacher Sponsors- Caleb Hemmer and Pilkerton Realtors, Music Sponsors- Smack Songs and Bookable, Mic Sponsors: Image Quest and America’s Swimming Pool Co., Merch Sponsors: Camel Express Car Wash and Diane & John Vidalakis, Sound Check Sponsors: Curated Homes, Caroline & Chris Edwards, Kate & Jeremy Lathen, and Osborne State Farm, and last but not least… Friends of the Music: The Leslie Hill Group.

A huge thank you to our event sponsors: Food by the one and only Hattie B’s, Desserts by Sugar Momma and Anne’s Cakes, Drinks by Hive and Black Abbey, Ambience by The Wish Farm and Kelly Terrell Art, and products by American Paper and Twine.

For those who have purchased tickets, be on the lookout for an email coming early next week with details about Thursday’s event. Don’t hesitate to reach out to Emily at 615-497-2438 or via email with any questions or last minute changes.

Thanks! Emily Bristow and Jolene Weaver – Songs Under the Stars, Co-Chairs


Calling all PPE Stargazers – Science Night October 24th

Join us for an OUT OF THIS WORLD science night featuring an Astronomy Roadshow Planetarium presented by Vanderbilt’s Department of Astronomy and Physics in partnership with Dyer Observatory. October 24th in the PPE Gym. Multiple Shows will run from 5-7:30pm. Space is limited! Sign up here!

All shows will be chaperoned by parent volunteers. We encourage all other parents to join us in the hallway to enjoy refreshments while your student participates. However, it will be dark in the dome, so if your child prefers that you join, that is fine! Lap children do NOT need to be registered separately, but if adult and child would each like their own seat on the floor, you will need to reserve 2 spots. We would love to welcome as many students as possible, so we kindly ask that you only sign up for an adult spot if it is necessary! Because of space constraints and the nature of the program, please only register current PPE students at this time. Any questions contact Thank you!


Percy’s Reading Party – November 2nd – NEW DATE

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, free prizes, and more on Wednesday, November 2nd from 5:30-7:30 pm during the Scholastic Book Fair.  We’ll even have a surprise guest author. Don’t miss out on the fun!

In preparation for the event, we are asking our Percy Priest parents to please fill out a 2-minute survey about reading in your household. We will compile the results and make them available to our school community so we can share tips and ideas. We hope you will participate so we can help our little Tigers become even stronger readers at home and at school!

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


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 EXTENDED to October 31st

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


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

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

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.

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.

Amazon will donate 0.5% of all money spent on their site. Link your Amazon account to the Percy Priest Elementary PTO by clicking on this link and then connecting Percy Priest to your account. For future Amazon shopping, you must use the site in order to give Percy Priest the 0.5%.

Trivia Answer

123! There are 3 large orange paw prints and 120 smaller black paw prints.


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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