PTO Newsletter 9/8

We hope everyone enjoyed this short but fun-filled week! Don’t forget about tonight’s Family Picnic starting at 5pm on our playground.  We have a lot of exciting events happening in September, like Tiger Cup, Mom’s Night Out, Percy’s Vintage Closet, and Songs Under the Stars.  Please be sure to scroll through the whole newsletter to make sure you don’t miss out on some great ways to get involved and meet some of our Percy Priest community, too!

Let’s try this again…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!

Important Dates

  • September 8 – Fall Picnic
  • September 11 – Tiger Cup Golf Tournament at Old Natchez
  • September 12 – Kindergarten Moms Night Out, 6:00 pm @ Greenhouse Bar
  • September 13 – Fifth Grade Moms Night Out, 6:00 pm @ Green Hills Hilton Rooftop
  • September 14 – No School-General Election Day
  • September 14 – Fourth Grade Moms Night Out, 6:00 pm @ Green Hills Hilton Rooftop
  • 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 – Songwriter’s Night
  • October 6 – No School-Teacher In Service
  • October 9-13 – Fall Break

Upcoming School Events

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. INVEST is an opportunity to influence the educational journey of our children. Every contribution, no matter the amount, makes a huge difference!

Supporting the PPE cause couldn’t be easier. Click GIVE NOW, decide on your donation amount, and you’ve already made a significant difference. We’ll send a friendly reminder to complete your pledge by November 17th. If you are not able to support financially at this time, your participation still means so much! Simply select “I Support PPE, but cannot give at this time.”


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

Give Now


Join us today from 5 to 7 p.m. for a fun night of music, dancing, BBQ and desserts with the entire PPE Tiger community at our back-to-school picnic! Dance to the tunes of Mr. Steve! Snag a sweet treat from Layered Nashville, Zio Matto Gelato, Retro Sno, and King of Pops! Get your face painted too!

Preordered BBQ meals from Martin’s can be pick up at the food table, or bring your own picnic dinner. See you on the blacktop!

Email Questions to Erin O’Brien: or Amanda Woods:

A huge THANK YOU to Osborne State Farm, Hoover Learning Group, Mathnasium of Green Hills and Brentwood, and Berns Therapy Solutions for sponsoring all of our Back to School activities including the Family Picnic!

Tiger Cup Golf Tournament – September 11th 

Percy Priest PTO’s Tiger Cup Golf Tournament is almost HERE! On Monday, September

11th at Old Natchez Country Club in Franklin, PPE golfers will tee off for a day of fun!


Special thanks for Pinnacle, MGM Industries, Camel Express Car Wash, Upside

Agency, Sesco Lighting, First Bank, Hattie B’s, Edley’s Barbeque, Spencer Fane, Bone,

McAllester, Nashville Interactive, and Charles Hawkins, Co., Osborne State Farm and Pretty Polished for their sponsorship.


For those who registered for either event, be on the lookout for an email coming this weekend

with details about Monday’s event. Don’t hesitate to reach out to Kass at 443-388-0170 or via

email with any questions or last minute changes.

~Kass Johnson and Kimmy Peterson, Co-Chairs

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!

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., Came 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

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.


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.

  • Builders Club –The Builders Club is for K-2nd grade students and is filled with problem solving, imagination, self-expression, math skills, spatial sense and motor abilities, creativity, and social and emotional growth. Tuesday is Full but there are spots left for Thursday.  Click Here for Details
  • SEL + STEAM CLUB:  Calling all K-2nd graders to spend an afternoon with Mrs. Strobel and Mrs. Lester.  Develop & encourage independent learning, spark imagination, creativity, exploration, socialization & SO MUCH MORE!  FULL STEAM AHEAD…    Click Here for Details
  • Chess Program – Only a few spots remain open for the PPE Chess Program and Team. If interested, please contact Coach Igor ASAP at
  • 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:

Elementary Cross Country

Hey 4th & 5th Grade Parents! We are going to do Elementary Cross Country again this year, coached by Maddie Bledsoe and Zac Smith!

We will have two, 45-minute practices a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting the week of 8/21. There will be four meets in September that are tentatively scheduled for September 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th. At each meet, the runners will run a mile race!

If your child is interested, please email both Maddie ( and Zac ( by next Friday, August 18th.  However, there is limited availability and we can only accommodate 20 runners! Once we have everyone signed up we will send out more logistical information.

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.

Dad Bod Run Club

When: Saturdays +/-6:45am

We know it’s early, but your kids will be up at 5:07am anyway.

Who: All ability levels are welcome! In the past, we’ve even been accompanied by strollers, pets, and brothers-in-law, too. Sometimes (not always) Clay brings coffee for post-run recovery.

Routes: We run in one or two groups along the following routes:

+/- 3 miles to Radnor and back to PPE

+/- 5 miles through Radnor and back to PPE

Download GroupMe App & join: PPE Dad Bod Run Club 

Questions:  Lewis Agnew at or 615-712-4318

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!

Go green with us at the PPE Picnic! Be on the lookout for these composting bins for disposing of your compostable items, including all food waste and paper products. Help us keep these materials out of the landfill. Interested in learning more? Follow the PPE Green Team @ppe_greentigers.”

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!

Green Hills Park Festival-September 9th

Come and enjoy this Free event on September 9th from 5:00 to 9:00 pm at Green Hills Park. There will be great family-friendly activities, including face painting and a movie as the sun goes down.  For more information:


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).

For Calendar Apps (apple calendar etc), go to: webcal://

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