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A Message From Your Principal!



Do you have a child who will be in Kindergarten for school year 2018-19, or know someone who does?  Please help us roundup and register future PPE Tigers this spring. 

To register, families should take the following documents to any enrollment center:

  • Child's birth certificate or record of birth
  • Proof of Davidson County residency……Nashville Electric Service bill, Piedmont Gas bill, mortgage/rent or insurance bill (please, no cell phone bill or water bill)
  • Parent/guardian photo ID
  • Updated Tennessee Immunization Certificate
  • Proof of a physical within the last six months

Please share this information with your neighbors and any family zoned for Percy Priest ES. Early registration helps us better prepare for staffing.

Thank you very much,
Melinda Williams

PPE Annual Spring Auction - Save the Date!


The Mayor's Art Show Selections!


Each year, our school is allowed to select two works of art from each grade level that will represent our school in the Mayor's Art Show. This is no small task! Our students create thousands of amazing works each year, so choosing ten is very difficult even with teachers and staff members voting!

The following Percy Priest Artists have art work that has been selected to represent our school for the 2018 Mayor's Art Show:

  • (K) Lucy Grow (L), Luciana Pellicane (P)
  • (1st) Yash Hiremath(B) and Luke Watson (H)
  • (2nd) Ethan Jeong(S) and Hayes Anderson(B/Z)
  • (3rd) Ellora Atkinson(B) and Elizabeth Drake (M)
  • (4th) Brooke Johnson(DC) and James Hood (A)

The show will be on display upstairs at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts from March 22- April 5, 2018. The reception will be on Thursday, March 29th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Remarks by the Mayor will be at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium. We are so proud of the amazing work created by our young artists!

TN Ready Dates and Proctor Sign Up


TNReady will be given on the following dates this year:

  • April 18th
  • April 23rd - 26th
  • April 30th - May 1st

Please mark your calendars and arrange appointments and trips around those dates for your 3rd and 4th graders.

We also need parent volunteers on those dates to help serve as proctors in the student classrooms. You do not have to be a 3rd or 4th grade parent to volunteer. Proctors are not allowed to proctor for their student’s grade level. Please sign up on SignUpGenius -

Thank you!!!

2nd Grade Art Show!!!


Next week our amazing 2nd grade Artists will be featured in the lobby for their all grade level art show. The students have been learning about Alexander Calder and his moving artwork, especially his Circus (! This amazing display of moving circus performers inspired the second grade to design their own vintage circus carts designed especially for a special animal performer. Once the carts were complete, students created the animals in foam. The foam was rolled with ink and printed three times by the artist. The best of the three prints was selected by each artist to be featured in the cart. The students finished by engineering a way for the animal to move within the cart. The results have truly created the Greatest (Art) Show on Earth!!

We would like to invite you to stop by the lobby next week to enjoy this amazing work!

CPK Day - Save the Date!


Please save the date for our CPK day on April 13th. 20% of all proceeds that day will go directly to PPE!

Click here for the flyer!




I was excited when I recently came across a blog by Victoria Prooday, an Occupational Therapist, who also writes parenting blogs. It sums up largely how I feel about our state of parenting today. Of course this doesn’t apply to every parent, but I CHALLENGE YOU to please read this with an open mind and see what things you may need to address in your home or lives. If there are two parents in your home I feel that it is so important that both of you read and absorb it. Victoria seems to be from your generation and she sees a lot of families. This will be a longer blog than normal, but well worth the read! Here’s what she says:

“There is a silent tragedy developing right now, in or homes, and it concerns our most precious jewels – our children. Through my work with hundreds of children and families as an occupational therapist, I have witnessed this tragedy unfold right in front of my eyes. Our children are in a devastating emotional state! Talk to teachers and professionals who have been working in the field for the past 15 years. You will hear concerns similar to mine. Moreover, in the past 15 years researchers have been releasing alarming statistics on a sharp and steady increase in kids’ emotional illness, which is now reaching epidemic proportions:

* 1 in 5 children has mental health problems (

* 43% increase in ADHD (

* 37% increase in teen depression (

* 100% increase in suicide rate in kids 10-14 years old (

How much more evidence do we need until we wake up?

NO, “increased diagnostics alone” are not the answer!

NO, “they all are just born like this” is not the answer!

NO, “it is all the school system’s fault” is not the answer!

YES, as painful as it can be to admit it, in many cases, WE, parents, are the answer to many of our kids’ struggles!

It is scientifically proven that the brain has the capacity to rewire itself through the environment. Unfortunately, with the environment and parenting styles that we are providing to our children, we are rewiring their brains in a wrong direction and contribute to their challenges in everyday life.

Yes, there are and always have been children who are born with disabilities and despite their parent’s best efforts to provide them with a well-balanced environment and parenting, their children continue to struggle. These are NOT the children I am talking about here.

I am talking about many others whose challenges are greatly shaped by the environmental factors that parents, with their greatest intentions, provide to their children. As I have seen in my practice, the moment parents change their perspective on parenting these children change.

What is wrong?

Today’s children are being deprived of the fundamentals of a healthy childhood, such as:

  • Emotionally available parents
  • Clearly defined limits and guidance
  • Responsibilities
  • Balanced nutrition and adequate sleep
  • Movement and outdoors
  • Creative play, social interaction, opportunities for unstructured times and boredom

Instead, children are being served with:

  • Digitally distracted parents
  • Indulgent parents who let kids “Rule the world”
  • Sense of entitlement rather than responsibility
  • Inadequate sleep and unbalanced nutrition
  • Sedentary indoor lifestyle
  • Endless stimulation, technological babysitters, instant gratification, and absence of dull moments

Could anyone imagine that it is impossible to raise a healthy generation in such an unhealthy environment? Of course not! There are no shortcuts to parenting and we can’t trick human nature. As we see, the outcomes are devastating. Our children pay for the loss of well-balanced childhood with their emotional well-being.

If you want your children to grow into happy and healthy individuals, we have to wake up and go back to the basics. It is still possible! I know this because hundreds of my clients see positive changes in their kids’ emotional state within weeks (and in some cases, even days) of implementing these recommendations.

Set limits and remember that you are your child’s PARENT, not a friend.

Offer kids well-balanced lifestyle filled with what kids NEED, not just what they WANT.

Don’t be afraid to say, ‘No!’ to your kids if what they want is not what they need.

  • Provide nutritious food and limit snacks
  • Spend one hour a day in green space: biking, fishing, watching birds/insects…
  • Have a daily technology-free family dinner
  • Play one board game a day. (List of family games (
  • Involve your child in one chore a day (folding laundry, tidying up toys, hanging clothes, unpacking groceries, setting the table etc)
  • Implement consistent sleep routine to ensure your child gets lots of sleep in a technology-free bedroom

Teach responsibility and independence. Don’t over-protect them from small failures. It trains them [with] the skills needed to overcome greater life’s challenges.

Don’t pack your child’s backpack, don’t carry her backpack, don’t bring to school his forgotten lunchbox/agenda, and don’t peel a banana for an over 4 year-old. Teach them the skills rather than do it for them.

Teach delayed gratification and provide opportunities for ‘boredom’ as boredom is the time when creativity awakens.

  • Don’t feel responsible for being your child’s entertainment crew
  • Don’t use technology as a cure for boredom
  • Avoid using technology during meals, in cars, restaurant, malls. Use these moments as opportunities to train their brains to function under ‘boredom’
  • Help them create a ‘boredom first aid kit’ with activity ideas for ‘I am bored’ times

Be emotionally available to connect with kids and teach them self-regulation and social skills.

  • Turn off your phones until kids are in bed to avoid digital distraction
  • Become your child’s emotional coach. Teach them to recognize and deal with frustration and anger
  • Teach greeting, turn-taking, sharing, empathy, table manners, conversational skills
  • Connect emotionally- Smile, hug, kiss, tickle, read, dance, jump, or crawl with your child

We must make changes in our kids’ lives before this entire generation of children will be medicated! It is not too late yet, yet it soon will be… Victoria Prooday.


A Message From Your Principal!


Dear PPE Families,

The Percy Priest School family can not thank you enough for your support as shown by your attendance at the PTO Town Hall Strategic Plan meeting on Tuesday night. Your feedback was invaluable and we will use it as we balance our Student-Based Budget and the PTO budget for SY18-19. Your commitment to high-quality public education is valued and appreciated.

If your child rides MNPS bus route # 201, 205 or 207…..please carefully read the information contained in this link. Changes will be made to these routes and your morning routine may be impacted.

As a reminder, school will be in session next Friday, March 16th. This day will be a snow make-up day from January. Spring Break 2018 officially begins for MNPS on Friday, March 30th and will end on Friday, April 6th. Students will return to school on Monday, April 9th.

Your partners in education,
Melinda Williams
Mark Mason

Council Representative And School Board Representative Contact Information


Council Representative & School Board Representative Contact Information

The Percy Priest school budget has a significant shortfall for next year, due to a decrease in funding from MNPS. Please email your Metro Council and MNPS School Board representative about these budget cuts as they will directly affect our students, teachers and staff. Their email addresses are: (District 34) (District 25). Our school board representative is Mary Pierce and she can be reached at

This recent Tennessean article that explains the system wide cuts:

Thank you to the parents, teachers and staff who came to Tuesday's night Town Hall meeting. Your time and feedback is much appreciated.

Tiger Club


Tiger Club 2018-19 is now at full capacity.  We will continue to accept applications and your child will be placed on our waiting list.  Applications can be found at  Just click on the Tiger Club link.  If you have questions, please email or call Liz Whiting at or 615-390-3167.

Tiger Club Summer Camp:  Please join us for fun this summer at Percy Priest Tiger Club Summer Camp.  Our 2018 summer camp flyer can be found here.  Our summer camp application can be found here