Beanstack Reading Challenge

A new year, a new reading challenge! This year DCPS has been challenged to read
5 million minutes this semester.  Just login to paynees.beanstack.com and log every minute read.

All reading counts. Beanstack can now be accessed via Clever with each student’s normal
Clever login information.
MORE GOOD NEWS! Teachers can now log reading minutes for an entire class at once
via Clever as well.
BEST OF ALL! The Beanstack Tracker app is available for all your mobile devices.

Washington Wizards Tickets

Washington Wizards Essay Competition

Calling all Payne students! If you would like to win one of the 22 free tickets (which includes $10 for concession) to the December 22, 2018 Washington Wizards game this is what you need to do. Write a two-paragraph essay on Why you think kindness and compassion are important in sports?  Winners will be selected and also take a group picture court side.

Essays are due by Friday, December 7th. Please turn your essays into Mrs. Oxendine.

(Transportation is not provided)

Payne Post

November 14, 2018

Student Raffle: We expect all students to attend school on Monday and Tuesday of next week.  Those students, will be eligible for a raffle of great prizes. Please note that in observance of Thanksgiving, school will be close 11/21-11/23.  Have a safe break.  See you Monday 11/26.

Payne Attendance Breakfast:  Please join members of the attendance team this Friday, November 16th at 8:30am in the auditorium for a breakfast geared toward attendance.  You will be able review your child’s attendance and ask questions regarding excuse notes.

Skate Party: Calling all Roller Skaters.  Payne’s PTA will be hosting a skate party on Wednesday, December 19th from 5-9pm.  Ticket sales will be beginning soon!  Please see flyer for more information.

Washington Wizards Tickets:  Dwight Howard’s Foundation has partnered with our school and we have 22 Wizards tickets for the December 22nd game and will be invited down to the court to meet Dwight.  If you would like to win one, please submit a 2 paragraph essay entitled “Why I think kindness and compassion are important in sports?” Turn it in by 12/7 to Mrs. Oxendine.  Please see flyer for more info.

Thanksgiving Basket Distribution: We will be distributing donated thanksgiving baskets on Tuesday at 2:00pm in the school auditorium while they last.

Payne Post

 

November 7, 2018

 

Literacy Night! Come join us for fun activities, reading, parent workshops, and book giveaways this Thursday, November 8th from 4:30-6:00pm.

 

Book Fair: The Scholastic Book Fair is running 3-6 pm. Nov. 6-9 in the school library. You can also buy a book online between now and Nov. 13; the books will be shipped to Payne. If the book sale raises more than $800, Payne receives Scholastic Dollars valued at 50 percent of sales to spend on books for the school

 

Chess Club:  Would you like to join the Payne Chess Club?  Calling all 1st through 5th grade students.  Starting on December 5th, the Payne Chess Club will be meeting Wednesday from 4:30-5:30pm. If you are interested, please fill out form in the Wednesday folder and return to office.

 

Join Payne’s Brownie Troop!  Calling all 2nd and 3rd Grade girls.  There are still several spaces available in Troop 1455.  We meet on Monday afternoons, and we’d love to have you!  Make friends, learn new skills, earn badges, sell cookies, and, most importantly, have fun!  Please contact Mrs. Thompson (Dionne.mason-thompson@dc.gov) if you’d like to join or have any questions!

 

Thankful to Give: Mrs. Fox is collecting adult toiletry items to give to those in need during the holiday season.  She is also collecting hats, scarves, and gloves.  Items can be dropped off at her classroom.

Wildcat PTSA News: Skate Party | Deaf Etiquette 101 | Fundraiser Gains

Good evening, Payne parents and staff.

Save the date for Payne’s Holiday Skate Party 5-9 p.m. Dec. 19. The PTSA rented the Temple Hills Skating Palace in Temple Hills, Md., and the rink is all ours for the evening. Tickets will be $10 per person, and Payne will receive a hefty 60 percent of the revenue. Funds will benefit field trips. Stay tuned for information on how to purchase tickets. The skate party will be held in lieu of the Dec.18 PTSA meeting.


TB TEST FOLLOW-UP. 43 people received TB tests at Payne last week, one of the prerequisites for chaperoning field trips. Thanks to Lisa Lindstrom of Primary Promenade Care for donating her time and supplies and Payne parent Julia Arons for reading the tests. Unfortunately, the PTSA was unable to accept donations to help recoup costs during part of the testing session. If you wanted to donate but were not able, you can make a donation via the organization’s PayPal account or drop money in the PTSA mailbox near Ms Cox’s desk. Don’t forget: Fingerprinting is scheduled for Nov. 28 from 3-6 p.m. at Payne. You need to bring your TB results with you.


STORY KICKOFF. The Story of Our School Project has officially begun. The first meeting took place today, and “the kids are a great group – eager and interested!” said Jen Harris, who works for the non-profit. The team of students and teachers are building a museum-quality exhibit that celebrates Payne’s history. Track their progress on Twitter @schoolstoriesdc, Instagram @storyofourschools and Facebook @StoryofOurSchools.

BUILD A LITTLE FREE LIBRARY. Did you say you’re handy? Great, we need your help. The PTSA purchased a Little Free Library to be installed outside of Payne. Before it’s painted and decorated, it needs to be assembled. Interested? Contact Alyssa Thomas.


FUNDRAISER GAINS

  • Hungry voters endorsed the carb wave Nov. 6. The well-timed bake sale earned the PTSA $600. Thanks to all who baked, worked the booth and made the sugar tsunami possible.
  • The Primary.com uniform fundraiser brought in $425 for Payne. You can continue to raise money for the school using this link; 10 percent of your purchase benefits Payne.
 

DEAF ETIQUETTE 101

Payne is home to a Deaf and Hard-of Hearing (DHOH) program, which has provided the following etiquette tips for the wider school community.


Getting a deaf person’s attention:

  • Flicker overhead lights in the room.
  • If sitting at a table, tap to create vibrations.
  • Wave in a polite but noticeable way.
  • It is perfectly acceptable to tap a deaf person to get their attention. In hearing culture, this often is not taken well, but in the deaf community it is probably the most preferred method of getting a person’s attention.

Communication:

  • Don’t speak unnaturally slowly or over-annunciate. This is heavily frowned upon in the deaf community. Talk normally, and if the person is unable understand you, you may refer to the next few options.
  • Use an interpreter. When using this option, look at the deaf person when you talk.
  • Text.
  • Write.

Culture Norms:

  • First names are acceptable.
  • When people are signing to one another, it’s OK to walk through, but don’t make a big deal of it; a simple nod will show respect.
  • Deaf people take FOREVER to say goodbye. There are at least 5 hugs and 7 goodbyes before anyone actually leaves.
  • Deaf people tend to be very direct.

MORE IMPORTANT DATES

Nov. 9 (tomorrow): Last day for Scholastic Book Fair, 3-6 p.m. in the library.

Nov. 9 (tomorrow): Last day to place orders for Payne T-shirts.

Nov. 13: PTSA meeting, 6 p.m. On the agenda: school band and orchestra; online dashboard for tracking school test scores and progress; presentation from fourth-grade students; Eliot-Hine’s new principal speaks

Nov. 16: Attendance social, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Check your student’s attendance record and grab a breakfast treat.

Nov. 28: Fingerprinting for Payne parent volunteers at the school.

Dec. 5: Payne Chess Club holds first meeting. Meetings will be 4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

Dec. 14: Thankful To Give family dinner, 4-6:30 p.m. Help put together care packages for D.C.’s homeless.

Dec. 18: PTSA meeting canceled.

Dec. 19: Holiday Skate Party, 5-9 p.m. at the Temple Hills Skating Palace in Temple Hills, Md.