MORE STUDENTS, MORE iPADS
Payne enrolled 8 percent more students this year than initially projected for a total of 347 kids. With more students, D.C. Public Schools’ enrollment team provided an additional 25 iPads for students to use. The iPads have arrived at the school, and Ms. Oxendine said the administration are distributing them among the classes.
MATH HELP … FOR PARENTS
Common Core math is foreign to a lot of parents. To help, Payne has grade-specific tip sheets available for Kindergarten through 5th Grade. Pick them up from envelopes on the bulletin board between the cafeteria and the front desk. Math “homefun” – it’s not just for the kiddos.
FALL FEST ALMOST HERE
Come have some fall fun at the 2018 Payne Fall Festival, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 13 at the school with pumpkin decorating, face painting, bounce houses and more. Meet mascots for the Nationals and D.C. Water and enjoy chili and baked goods. Organizers still are looking for volunteers, especially for the face-painting table. Please sign up to volunteer.
NEW CHEF ON STAFF
Meet new Cafeteria Chef Calvin Coleman. A native of Washington, D.C, with familial roots in the Carolinas, Chef Coleman joined Payne last month. He most recently worked as a chef at the Verizon Center. His favorite things to cook include Caribbean food, mac and cheese and seafood salad. “I’m looking forward to upgrading the food and putting a new twist on it,” Coleman said. He replaces Chef T, who transferred to Jefferson Middle School.
MORE ON AMERICORPS
Payne will have a new resource for the next three school years: a full-time member of the AmeriCorps Volunteer in Service to America Program (VISTA). Amy Thomas has started working at Payne for the first year of the program. AmeriCorps VISTA members work with communities to ensure poverty is addressed in a manner that builds community, generates self-sufficiency and establishes economic, health and educational security. The program was founded in 1965 by a bi-partisan Congress to help eliminate widespread poverty within the U.S.
Amy’s goals for her year at Payne include:
- Recruiting STEM partnerships
- Updating parent, staff and partner contact information
- Streamlining communication, volunteer and partner systems
- Building a sustainable community within Payne
- Tracking and updating partnerships
WALK TO SCHOOL … LOUDLY
Walk to School Day begins with a rally with several Capitol Hill Schools at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 10 at Lincoln Park. Bring some noisemakers to show the community how well-represented Payne is.
LITTLE FREE LIBRARY IS COMING
SHOPPING SALE ENDS SOON
MORE IMPORTANT DATES
Friday: Coffee with Principal Byrd, 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. in the Auditorium.
Oct. 4: Monthly LSAT Meeting.
Oct. 8: No school.
Oct. 10: Walk to School Day, 7:30-8:15 a.m. at Lincoln Park.
Oct. 13: Fall Festival, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Payne.
Oct. 16: PTSA meeting, 6 p.m. in the Auditorium. Principal Byrd will speak.
Oct. 25-26: No school.
Nov. 8: Literacy Night.
Nov. 7-9: Scholastic Book Fair. Interested in volunteering at the fair or helping to coordinate? Email Carolyn Bowen