Big news to report this week: Payne secured an $81,000 grant from Lowe’s. This will fund 91 laptops, 15 teacher computers, two charger carts, one poster maker and one laminator. Parents Andria Thomas and Lexi Smith were instrumental in securing the grant from the home improvement giant.
Fall Festival by the Numbers.
- $7,250. Dollars raised from 13 sponsors.
- $2,000+. Dollars raised from sales and donations of pumpkins, bake sale, chili, raffle and t-shirts.
- 100. Pumpkins sold.
- 15. Vats of chili consumed.
- Too many to count. Brownies, cookies, cupcakes.
- 2. Presidents in attendance: the Nationals’ Abraham Lincoln and Payne PTSA President Mark Jordan.
- 35+. Volunteers making the day happen.
- 17. Booths from community organizations and vendors.
- 0. Raindrops between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (Thank you, weather!)
- Tons: Fun had by all
MEET THE STAFF
Security Officer Lisa Simpson is the first face you see when you step inside Payne most days of the week. Officer Simpson has been providing school security since 2006, and this is her third year at Payne. Officer Simpson is a contractor, employed by Security Assurance Management. She’s also worked security in the Ronald Reagan Building but prefers interacting with students.
Q. What is your favorite part of the job?
A. I love the fact that when I stand right here in the morning, I greet the kids. I see their faces, they just light up. They’re eager to get in the building. I love that.
Q. Can you talk about the importance of your role?
A. I am the first person anyone sees, so it’s very important my eyes are open along with my ears and that I monitor everything and anything that comes through this door.
Q. What advice would you give parents to keep the school safe?
A. When you come through the building, just abide by the rules. I know that there are changes, but sometimes change is good.
Q. You mentioned new rules, is that the requirement all parents enter through the front door?
A. Coming through the front, signing in, showing ID. Just being considerate of the fact you have to go to the office and check in. It’s about safety for the kids.
Q. What kind of training do you get for the job? Are you trained to stop someone if you have to use physical force?
A. I am not able to arrest or put my hands on anyone physically, but if a situation came into place, I will do what I need to do to make sure that everyone is safe. We get training every year — CPR for child, adult and infant.
Q. What do you do for fun?
A. Movies. I love the movies. Bowling. I want to learn how to shoot pool. For the most part, I’m just really laid back. Just really chill.
The Scholastic Book Fair is Nov. 6-9, and parents are needed to help sell books in the late afternoon and early evening. Sign up here. A portion of the proceeds will go toward book purchases for the school. Book fairs typically raise more than $1,000 for new books.
NEW MAKER SPACE.
Librarian Tim Gordon created a “self-serve maker space” outside of the library. The station will feature a rotation of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) activities with an emphasis on the arts. The station requires independence, so Gordon expects the space to be used by 3rd-5th graders. “It will be available throughout the year with new projects appearing monthly,” Gordon said.
Pictured above are directions for creating an origami crab at the maker space.
BOX TOP TIP.
Does your child have a grandparent in their life? Grandparents love to collect Box Tops. Ask them to save their Box Tops for Payne. Collection boxes are in the main office and in front of Ms. Fox’s Kindergarten classroom.
MORE IMPORTANT DATES
Friday: Payne Moms Happy Hour, 6 p.m., Ophelia’s Fish House.
Oct. 24: For College Awareness Month, students can skip wearing their Payne uniform for the day if they wear college gear instead.
Oct. 25-26: No school.
Oct. 31: Payne After School presents Spook-tacular, 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the auditorium and cafeteria with games, crafts and a haunted house. Students must be accompanied by their after school teacher, and parents are encouraged to attend. Call Ms. Cox with questions, 202-698-3262.
Nov. 6: Election Day bake sale at Payne.
Nov. 6-9: Scholastic Book Fair.
Nov. 8: Literacy Night at Payne.
Nov. 28: Fingerprinting for Payne parent volunteers comes on-site to Payne. Details to come.
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