A Message From Your Principal

Posted on 10/5/2017 under Schoolwide

Dear PPE families,

Thank you for making our food drive a huge success! PPE families donated 5,152 canned goods for the hungry in our community. That is 1,308 more items than last year!

The classrooms who will earn a non-SSA day for collecting the most canned goods are:

  • Kindergarten: Ms. Benson
  • 1st grade: Ms. Orth
  • 2nd grade: Ms. Strawn
  • 3rd grade: Ms. Dwight
  • 4th grade: Mrs. Cary

Students may wear non-SSA on Friday, October 20th.  The homeroom who brought in the most canned goods is Ms. Orth’s first grade class.  They will be treated with a pizza party after fall break. We want to thank Ms. Strawn and Mrs. Morrel for facilitating this year’s food drive.

For more information about Second Harvest and other ways you can get involved in fighting hunger please visit www.secondharvestmidtn.org.

Thank you for helping us make an impact by fighting hunger and feeding hope! 

We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable fall break.  Please encourage your PPE tigers to read at least 20 minutes daily and practice math facts to increase their math fluency.

Your partners in education,

Mrs. Melinda Williams
Mr. Mark Mason

Dear Parents,

After fall break, your child will be learning about the Day of the Dead holiday which is celebrated in parts of Mexico and Latin America at the end of October through the beginning of November. We will be reading stories about the celebration, and each grade level will produce traditional artwork that is typically associated with this holiday. In addition, students will have the opportunity to taste “pan de muertos”, a special bread that is only made for the “Día de los Muertos” celebration. The students will be discovering that the Day of the Dead celebration is a jubilant and festive tradition that unties families and establishes a sense of identity. It is a time for happy memories of loved ones, not scary stories! Families make special foods and picnic at the graves of their loved ones. In this way, the festival is similar to the manner Memorial Day is celebrated in the United States. By studying the art and culture of Mexico as part of our curriculum and learning about this celebration, I hope to create an exciting cultural experience for your child. If you have any questions about the Day of the Dead celebration, please feel free to contact me at school (615-298-8416 ext.1017). Thank you for taking the time to appreciate what your child is learning and creating in Spanish class.

You can find more information about “El Día de los Muertos” at www.cheekwood.org. Cheekwood’s 18th annual “Día de los Muertos” celebration will be held on Saturday, October 28 from 9:00am - 5:00pm. It is fun celebration with entertainment, art activities, exhibits, vendors, food and more! Cheekwood members and youth 17 and under are admitted for free!

Lisa Trujillo
Spanish Teacher


Presentation from September PTO meeting
Thank you to all the parents and staff who joined us at September's PTO meeting.  Dr. Craig Hammond from MNPS gave a fascinating presentation on the MNPS budget, where Percy Priest falls on the MNPS renovation list and ways our parents and the PTO can work together to raise awareness of the renovation needs at Percy Priest.

If you were unable to attend the meeting but would like to review the presentation, you can find it here.  If you have questions about the presentation or the meeting, please reach out to Courtney Evans or Whitney Conyers.

Percy Priest Renovation Advocacy Committee Wants You!
Are you interested in serving with other Percy Priest parents and staff on a Percy Priest advocacy committee?  A committee is being formed to explore how parents and staff at Percy Priest can advance our school's request for a major facility renovation.  If you would like to be a part of this committee, please reach out to Katie Cameron.