Weekly PTO Newsletter: 2/18
February Fun is Full Steam Ahead!
We hope everyone enjoys the long weekend and comes back excited about the Used Book Sale (Feb 22-24) and the beginning of our Magical Read-A-Thon (February 25-March 9)! We’re also having our monthly Navigator Days next week (Feb 24-25), focused on collecting items for UniCycle. Check out the list of things to donate below. This year’s spring auction – Glitter Ball – is only 2 weeks away! Details that you don’t want to miss about all of these events are below.
You’ll also want to be sure to scroll down for information about Math Night on March 7 (2nd-4th grade), small fundraisers running now, and details about community happenings!
Navigator Days supporting Unicycle – Feb. 24 and 25
Our very own UniCycle program is the focus of February’s Navigator Day! We’re asking for you to dig deep and give those closets an early spring clean to help spread some love and new wardrobes to students in the MNPS Homeless Education Resource Office (HERO) program.
Parents will be collecting all of your “outgrown, not worn out” Standard School Attire items in the morning car line on Thursday, Feb. 24 and Friday, Feb. 25. We need:
- polo shirts
- khaki, black and navy shorts, pants, skirts and dresses
- belts and leggings
Sizes 10 and up are in especially high demand, so be sure to check older siblings’ closets as well! We also accept JEANS in adult sizes for our high schoolers (Dad golf shirts – yes, please!)
Parent volunteers are needed to help collect Unicycle donations during morning drop-off on Thurs, Feb. 24 and Fri. Feb 25 from 7:30-8:00 Meet at the PPE front doors and bundle up if it’s a cold morning. Thank you! Sign up here!
And if you’d like to check out the UniCycle headquarters and peruse a selection of “take what you want” donated Percy Priest Spirit Wear, come and visit on Friday, Feb. 25 after drop off until 10 a.m. You can bring your donations then, or give them in the car line or on the front porch beforehand and then come to see the operation and grab a fun extra SSA-approved PPE item for your student. UniCycle is located in the portable building right next to the basketball court, at the top of the blacktop ramp from the teacher parking lot.
Used Book Sale – February 22–24
The used book sale returns next week and is the best way to get your readers excited about Read-A-Thon, which begins on Feb. 25! All books cost $1 on Feb 22 and 23, and $0.50 on Feb 24. Please send cash to school in a ziplock bag with your child’s name on it.
We are still welcoming donations through Monday, including books, games and even unused art and craft sets that are appropriate for Kindergarteners through 4th graders. Donation bins are on the PPE front porch!
READ-A-THON 2022: Through the Wardrobe
PPE’s annual Read-A-Thon is right around the corner! Read-A-Thon is two weeks of reading focus & festivity. This year’s theme is Through the Wardrobe. Find the 2022 Read-A-Thon 411 here and in your child’s Friday folder.
The PPE Library is transformed during the two weeks of Read-A-Thon. We are still in need artificial Christmas trees to use as props. We hope to have these collected by February 23rd and will return them on the Friday before Spring Break, March 11th. If you can temporarily lend any of these items to the library, please contact Tabitha Witherow (email@example.com) or Emmie Stuart (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Glitter Ball Tickets On Sale Now!!
We’re just two weeks away from Glitter Ball, a dazzling night of dinner, dancing and bidding to raise big dollars for our stellar school! Book that sitter and buy your tickets now for the can’t-miss event on March 5 from 6-10 p.m. at Richland Country Club. Come dressed in your chicest black and white and ready to party like the glitterati!
Tickets are $100 and additional drink packages are also available online.
Silent Auction Opens Soon!
Check those Friday folders for a preview of the silent auction offerings at Glitter Ball! Some hot-ticket items like Teacher Outings, Grade-Level Parties and Parent Parties will open early for bidding or purchase next Friday, February 25. Other dazzling deals are up for grabs from Friday, March 4, through Glitter Ball on Saturday, March 5. Can’t make the party? Whether you’re attending Glitter Ball or not, you, your family and friends can sign up for a CausePilot account to get in on the auction!
We are so grateful to our many sponsors, including Camel Express, who have helped make Glitter Ball possible!
2nd-4th Grade Family Math Night – March 7
Join us on March 7 from 5:15-6:30pm in the PPE Cafe for a fun evening of math games and activities brought to us by Mathnasium of Brentwood! Parents are encouraged to stay and play with your “Mathletes,” but due to space constraints, we kindly request that each student bring a maximum of one adult and no siblings. Sign up now to reserve your spot: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0F4AADA929A7FE3-ppefamily!
Small Fundraisers & Announcements
Last Call for Yearbook Orders! Deadline is Feb. 25
The deadline to order yearbooks is fast approaching! Orders close on Friday, Feb 25. Order at JostensYearbooks.com or call 1-877-767-5217.
Elan Skin Medical Spa Fundraiser – Feb. 12-March 12
Freshen up your look in the New Year with a visit to Elan Skin, and support Percy Priest while you’re there! From February 1 to March 1, Elan Skin will donate to the PTO 10% of any sales made with the mention of Percy Priest Elementary. All purchases must be made in person. Elan is located at 3750 Hillsboro Pike.
How do you use technology?
Mrs. Ramsey is looking for PPE Families who would like to tell and show our students how they use technology in their everyday lives. If you would like to share a very short video with us of how you use technology at home or at work, please complete this form and attach a 5-10 second video (cell phones are fine) of how you use technology. The videos will be made into a larger video and will be posted on the PPELearn.com website once it is completed. Please submit your videos by February 25th. Thank you!
Mom’s Thrive Event – Friday, February 25th at 9:30
All PPE Moms are invited to attend this non-school-sponsored parenting talk and coffee. 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. This month we will be hearing from Laura Deneen from Anchored Counseling about Parenting with Boundaries. Please note all speakers are from a biblical world view.
Name: Stacia Hadley
Children’s names and grades: Liam – former PPE Tiger & 6th grader at JT Moore, Nolan – 4th grade, and Malcolm – Kindergarten
Volunteer Role: Room Parent Coordinator
Why Percy Priest: Percy Priest has been magical for our 3 boys. They have loved all their teachers, and we are so happy to be a part of this community for many years! Our room parents are essential keeping our community informed and helping our teachers. They deserve more than we can give!
Amazon will donate .5% of all money spent on their site to Percy Priest! Here’s how to get started:
- Visit www.smile.amazon.com on your browser or activate it on your Amazon app.
- Login with your existing account or create an account.
- Select Percy Priest Elementary as your charitable organization.
- Shop for all of your needs using www.smile.amazon.com in order to give Percy Priest the .5%. Once activated, the site and app will automatically credit purchases to Percy Priest.
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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