Thanks to everyone who came out to support Parnassus, SP Elementary, and the joy of Reading!

Parnassus Books

Thank you to everyone who joined us in supporting Sylvan Park Elementary while indulging in the joy of reading. Your contributions help make a difference for our school, and we are truly grateful for your generosity.

From 3-6pm on April 20, 2024, the Sylvan Park PTO received 10% of all sales made at Parnassus Books. Whether you were searching for books for your kiddos, yourself, or some amazing signed editions for gifts, it was the perfect time to visit. We hope you took advantage of this opportunity, and we extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated. Your support means the world to us!

Parnassus Books, located in Green Hills, is an independent bookstore beloved by our community. Founded in 2011 by novelist Ann Patchett and her business partner, Karen Hayes, Parnassus offers an extensive and exciting selection of books, including fiction, non-fiction, children’s literature, local interests, and the arts. We hope you found some wonderful reads to enjoy.

Congratulations to the SP Chess Team: 4th Place in the State!

The Sylvan Park Chess Team placed 4th in the Tennessee State Scholastic Elementary Team Finals

The Sylvan Park Chess Team placed 4th of 14 in their team tournament which qualified them to participate in the state tournament in Cookeville on March 23rd, 2024.

The Sylvan Park Chess Team placed 4th in the Tennessee State Scholastic Elementary Team Finals in Cookeville this weekend.  They placed higher than any other elementary school in middle Tennessee.

Congratulations Avighna, Louis, Alex, Will, & Grant!

The Sylvan Park Chess Team
The Sylvan Park Chess Team: Avigna, Alex, Noah, Will, & Grant!

Sylvan Park Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week

Our Teachers are just ‘PLANE’ Awesome!

Thank you to everyone who helped make Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week come together… And mostly… thanks to the Teachers & Staff who do what they do each and every week.

Hattie B’s donated lunch and the teachers visited “Baggage Claim” on the last day of their travel week. 

Thank you to Hattie B’s for lunch on Friday and to HERO for coffee and Donuts on Monday.

Theresa Yarber and Sarah Grace
Teacher Appreciation Team

Sylvan Park 3rd Annual International Night, March 26, 2024

March 26th, Sylvan Park is hosting an International Night

Join us as we celebrate what makes us who we are!

On March 26th, Sylvan Park is hosting an International Night to celebrate the diversity in our school. International Night is an opportunity for our students, families, faculty, and staff to experience the countries, cultures, and traditions found in our community. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

International Night at Sylvan Park
The event will be held in the back parking lot of the school from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Mar 26, 2024, 05:30 PM

4801 Utah Avenue, Nashville, TN, USA

Volunteers Needed! Are you interested in setting up a display featuring your heritage?

Dear Parents and Students,

We are looking for volunteers to host a table or trunk space! Everyone has a culture and a story to tell. Please share yours with us! Your space could feature a country, your genealogy, or your family traditions. (Please register by Wednesday, March 20th.)

Sylvan Park Book Week: We Love Reading!

Book Week

February 26- March 1st: A whole week to celebrate books and reading!!!!

Each day students are encouraged to dress up to show their love of reading and books.

Monday Feb 26 – “Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover Day” – Everyone wears their clothes inside out!

Tuesday Feb 27 “Crazy Sock Day” – We love books from our heads to our TOES!!! Wear crazy socks to show your book love. 

Wednesday Feb 28 – “Read ME Day” – Wear shirts, socks, buttons, stickers, anything with school-appropriate writing that can be read by everyone during the day.

Thursday Feb 29 – “Snuggle Up with a Book Day” for DEAR Time (Drop Everything And Read) – Wear pajamas to snuggle up with a book for “DEAR Day”. Classes will ,Drop Everything And Read for 20 minutes during the day.

Friday March 1- “Book Parade Day” – Come to school with your favorite book. Everyone is encouraged to dress as a favorite book character. We will parade out back around the track starting at 8:10.

Book Parade

On Friday March 1st everyone will bring their favorite book to show in the Book Parade. Students are encouraged to dress as the book character in the book they are carrying! It is not necessary to buy Book Character outfits, be creative and use items in your home like scarves, hats, or paper in new ways.

The Book Parade will be outside around the track behind the school. Families are invited to come to the parade and share in our joy of reading!

If you are coming to see the parade, please sign-in at the tables at the back of the school. 5th & 4th grades will lead our Book Parade starting at 8:10am, each grade level will join in, circling around the track. We anticipate the Book Parade ending around 8:30am.

Other Book Celebration Activities

At school we will have book riddles, a favorite book display, and more to celebrate the week.

Questions? Email Sylvan Park Librarian

February 8th, 6pm: Diversity Night Speaker Series

Diversity Night 2024

February 8th, 6pm: 3rd Annual Diversity Night Speaker Series brings a panel discussion about LGBTQ+ Identities: How to support young people through their journeys.

This support starts with educating and supporting the parents/caregivers and educators about these identities so children feel comfortable to talk about their own process as well as their peers’ process.

Date: 02/08/2024 (Thu.)
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm CST
Location: Childcare in the gym/Event in the library

This is a sign-up for Sylvan Park Diversity Night childcare/pizza. Childcare will be available for elementary-aged children at least 5 years old in the gymnasium.  

What is Diversity Night?

Diversity Night is an opportunity for the EDI (Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) chairs on the PTO Board to invite parents/caregivers and educators at Sylvan Park Elementary to educational discussions around diversity and inclusion. This occurs one night per year and childcare (and pizza) is provided. We believe it is important for parents/caregivers to come to a space where they can learn with an open heart and be part of discussions with minimal distractions. 

Previous topics in the series include: 

  • The Value of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging in School-aged Children Learning Environments
  • Understanding Neurodiversity in Learning 

Student Work from the School Wide Seminar on “ish”

ish seminar student work

We had our second school-wide seminar right before Thanksgiving break. 

Each class read the book ish by Peter Reynolds.  The story is about a boy who loves to draw until he is mocked for his drawings and loses his confidence and joy in creating art.  The ideas and values discussed were perfection, improvement, joy, motivation, and confidence. 

For our post seminar activity, students created a drawing to show how ‘ish‘ thinking may bring you joy and the feeling of confidence and success.  We created a school-wide crumpled art gallery to showcase our ish pictures.

The next time you visit, check it out!  It is located in the hallway near the cafeteria.    

Save The Date: February 29th Sylvan Park Annual Social

Save The DAte - 2024 social

We are excited to announce that, after a brief hiatus, our annual parent social has returned!  Save the Date for Feb 29, 2024

Every single parent, teacher and staff member is invited. During the social, we will be having a charity auction to help raise funds for our wonderful teachers and school. Any contribution you make, be it time, goods and services, or money, will have an impact on our children.

What: Food, Drinks, & Silent Auction
Where: 14Tenn Event Venue
When: Thursday, February 29th, 2024

We do need your help! 

We are in need of items for the charity auction. We’re looking for restaurant gift cards, vacation homes, staycations, photography sessions, big items, small items, anything you can think to contribute! Do you have an air bnb you’d be willing to donate? Sport memorabilia? Sommelier skills? Season tickets to Bridgestone or Nissan? Soccer tickets? Do you have friends who own businesses in town that might want to contribute? You can talk to your room parent or email

Thank you, as always, for all your help.

The PTO Holiday Gift Guide: Fantastic, personalized gift ideas that also support Sylvan Park.

Ideas for the Hard to Shop For

Need Ideas for Christmas That Will Leave Everyone Impressed?

Hate shopping?  Never know what to get a few folks on your list?  We’ll be sharing some gift ideas in our socials in the coming weeks so if you don’t follow us, go check out our account @sylvanparkpto!

Please share this with friends and family as well. The more that participate the more the school raises plus you get a nice discount too.

Everyone has the folks on their Christmas list that are near impossible to shop for.  They have everything… hard to impress… you know the drill.  We have some ideas below that will be sure to make them smile. 

BONUS: use FUNDRAISESYLVANPARK at you get 20% off PLUS 15% goes back to Sylvan Park.  Win win! 


Magpie’s Children’s Clothing

Magpie’s curates the very best in baby, children’s, tween clothing, decor and beyond with a goal to bring JOY.

Use FUNDRAISESYLVANPARK in store and online to get 10% off PLUS 10% goes back to Sylvan Park.  Valid 11/16 through 12/23.

Minted: Unique Art, Home Decor, Holiday Cards

Use FUNDRAISESYLVANPARK at you get 20% off PLUS 15% goes back to Sylvan Park.  Win win! 

Custom Art:  

Minted has TONS of these but cool way to lock in a milestone memory, trip or guaranteed win for all the moms/grandparents out there.  

Framed Lyrics:  

First dance, favorite song, lyrics from your annual grade performance, T Swift song from Era’s tour or movie.  So many options for a cool gift here!

Framed Campus:  

Meet your spouse at college?  Graduate just pick a college?  Get that MBA or do a special course?  This is perfect to memorialize that big milestone moment!  

Gratitude Journal:  

Life can be hard.  Gratefulness helps.  Good for anyone!  There are recipe journals and even kids journals in here which we’ll highlight next week!

Personalized Tote

Put a magazine, favorite book or pretty journal for a special gift!  TONS of patterns and sizes online

Good to be Kind

Nice with a charitable donation in someone’s name or in a kids room by their give/save/spend jars!

Belle’s Library, Personalized:  

Just in time for the book fair, create a reading nook with books from book fair the week of the 13th with fun new art!

Pouch Link:  

Great for those teenagers and or something fun to give a gift card in!

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to the Sylvan Park Library Nov 13-16

book fair 2023

Calling all Book Lovers!  The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to the Sylvan Park Library very soon.  Come shop for all your favorites or for all your favorite readers November 13-16. 

If you can help set up, tear down, or help with running the book fair during the busiest times, we need you!  Click the link to sign up.  See you there!

See you there! For more information and to set up your eWallet:

Photos from 2023 Trunk or Treat

Trunk of Treat 2023 Best Costume Winners, Related Arts

Thank you to everyone who helped to make 2023’s Trunk or Treat a success!

Trunk or Treat was held in the school parking lot on Thursday, October 26th from 5:30-7:00. Thank you to all of our volunteers and our incredible teachers!!

Related Arts snagged the coveted “Best Costume” award for their portrayal of “The Addams Family.”

Photos from National Walk to School Day

Thank you to everyone who made Walk to School Day on October 4th, 2023 Amazing!

Special thanks to Holly Hixson and Kimberly Linfert for their organizational prowess. 🙂

Thank You to Our Generous Walk to School Day Sponsor: Shakti Power Yoga

They are offering their best discount ever just for Sylvan Park families, good for 10 classes for only $120. Just use promo code “walktoschool” in checkout.

Please support our amazing Walk to School Day partner!

𝗧𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗸 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘁𝗼 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟯 𝗪𝗮𝗹𝗸 𝘁𝗼 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗹 𝗗𝗮𝘆 𝘀𝗽𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗼𝗿, @ShaktiPowerYoga.

Streetcar Spirit Week: Join Us

Streetcar Spirit Week

Please join us from Sept 28th – Oct 5th at Streetcar to celebrate the end of the INVEST campaign!

Come out for food and drink in a building that historically housed West Nashville’s first grocery store. This gastropub is locally owned and operated.

Enjoy some Thursday Night Football, Trivia Night on Wednesday and a delicious luncheon over the weekend. Don’t forget to let them know that you are part of the Sylvan Park Community. We hope to see everyone there to support this local business! Located at 4916 Charlotte Pike.

Enjoy delicious food and drink with your Sylvan Park Community all week!
Presented by Streetcar and Sylvan Park PTO

4916 Charlotte Pike
Nashville, TN 37209

Sept 28th -Oct 5th
11am – 10pm

A portion of the proceeds will go to Sylvan Park PTO.

Pizza Party in the Park with the PTO


Come join us at Richland Park after school on Thursday September 14th. Pickup a Pizza dinner from Hometown Pizza, and meet the members of the Sylvan Park PTO while your kids enjoy their classmates, playground, and open spaces of Richland Park.

Hometeam Pizza will generously donate a portion of every purchase to support the Sylvan Park PTO.

Thursday, Sept. 14
6:00- 7 :00 P.M.

  1. Order from Hometeam Pizza for a delicious dinner in the park!
  2. Pick your PIzza up from Hometeam. Hometeam is located in the Citizens Kitchen . It’s a blue and green building by the McDonald’s on Charlotte and 47th Ave, a quick walk away from Richland Park.
  3. Join other Sylvan Park families and the PTO for a family picnic at the Richland Park Pavilion.
Home Team Pizza