Payne Post 2/27/19

February 27, 2019

Coffee with the Principal: We will be having coffee with the Principal this Friday, March 1st at 9am.  The focus will be on a day in the life of 5th grade.  We encourage all 4th grade parents to attend.

Multicultural Reads Day: On Friday, March 1st we are celebrating Multicultural Reads day.   We have 20 volunteers! Readers will read pre-selected books for each class.

Pennies for Patients:  Pennies for Patients was a success!  We raised over $1300 for Blood Cancer Research! Thank you to all who supported.  Mrs. Fox raised $379, Ms. Douglas raised $277 and Ms. Allen raised $228. You can still donate online at https://events.lls.org/pages/nca/Payne-Elementary-School-2019 until June to help us reach the goal of $2019.

Panorama Survey:  On March 5th-18, DCPS will survey to measure social-emotional learning (SEL), school climate and satisfaction across students in grades 3-12, staff and families. DCPS is using these results to identify areas of improvement needed to support families better.  We will have IPad ready to assist parents in taking the survey at school.

Girls on the Run:  Girls on the Run begins March 11th.  Applications from Girls from grades 3-5 are due to Mrs. Oxendine by Monday March 4th.  Parent meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 6th.

 Nationals Baseball League:  Registration is open through the end of the week for Capitol Hill Little League’s spring baseball and softball season.  The cost is $125 for the spring season and player scholarships are available.  The official CHLL Opening Ceremonies will take place on Saturday, April 6. Sign up before it’s too late!  Register online on our website (http://chlldc.org).

Capitol Hill Little League registration closes Friday

Play Ball! Register Closes this Friday for Capitol Hill Little League

Registration is open through the end of the week for Capitol Hill Little League’s spring baseball and softball season. CHLL is a fun way for boys and girls to learn how to play and enjoy baseball or softball.  Through our partnership with the Washington Nationals, all registered players get Nats-branded uniforms, and during the season there are opportunities to meet Nats players, opportunities to go to special events at Nats Park, win free Nats tickets, and more (or use the code CHLL to get discounted tickets).

Register online on our website (http://chlldc.org).

CHLL offers baseball divisions from t-ball to kid-pitch (boys and girls ages 5-16), and softball divisions (girls 7-14).  Newcomers welcome!  Any child who lives or goes to school within CHLL boundaries is eligible to play, which means all students who attend Payne Elementary School are eligible. The cost is $125 for the spring season and player scholarships are available.  Registration closes Friday, March 1. The first workouts will be in early March, after that, teams will be assigned, with practices and games starting in late March running through the end of the school year.  The official CHLL Opening Ceremonies will take place on Saturday, April 6. Sign up before it’s too late!

Wildcat PTSA News: Meeting and Bake Sale | 2-Hour Delays | School Chancellor

Today is the Payne Friendship Dance, 4-5:45 p.m. It’s also Family Paint Night, 4:30-5:45 p.m. Parent participation is welcome at both events. PK3 and PK4 students must be accompanied by an adult. The PTSA approved spending $500 to cover the cost of the DJ and to provide snacks and refreshments. Students also will be celebrating Daniel A. Payne’s birthday today at school, eating Girl Scout cookies provided by our very own Troop 1455.

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PTSA MEETING

The next PTSA meeting is open to all parents who want a look into the teachers and classrooms for their child’s upcoming year. Join us at 6 p.m. on Feb. 26. Visit classrooms and meet teachers in your child’s next grade. A bake sale will start at 5:30 p.m. in the front lobby. Want to provide goodies for the bake sale? Please sign up here.

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100TH DAY

Payne celebrated the 100th day of school, and students dressed up as centenarians. Kindergarten teacher Ms. Fox snapped this fun photo.

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2-HOUR DELAYS

Parents expressed confusion and frustration this week at the 2-hour delay. School leaders acknowledged the schedule could have been more clear. The PTSA also would like to correct some misinformation. In the event of a 2-hour delay, breakfast WILL be served; it will be a cold breakfast picked up in the cafeteria.

2-hour delay for first through fifth grades:
  • Building opens at 10:15 a.m. Light breakfast is served in the cafeteria.
  • Classes are picked up from cafeteria at 10:40 a.m.
  • School ends at 3:15 p.m.
2-hour delay for PK and Kindergarten:
  • To receive breakfast, stop first at the cafeteria to pick up your child’s food.
  • Report directly to classrooms starting at 10:15 a.m.
  • School ends at 3:15 p.m.

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STILL LOOKING FOR BIG IDEAS

As the PTSA thinks about funding decisions for the second half of the year, the board would love to hear your big ideas for making Payne better. How the PTSA use funds? Send your ideas to Communications Chair Tony Lombardo.

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PENNIES CAMPAIGN

It’s not too late to participate in Payne’s Pennies for Patients campaign benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Collections will be accepted through Monday, Feb. 25. Payne still has a ways to go to meet its goal. Follow the progress here. Online donations will be accepted all school year.

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DCPS CHANCELLOR INTERVIEW

NPR’s Kojo Nnamdi sat down this week with Lewis Ferebee, the DCPS acting chancellor. It’s a hard-hitting interview that tackles a range of topics from Ferebee’s reputation as a reformer to diversity concerns among DCPS teachers. Click here to listen or read the transcript.

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MORE IMPORTANT DATES

Feb. 18-22: No school

Feb. 23, 25, 27:  Mayor’s Public Budget Engagement Forums

Feb. 24: Daniel A. Payne’s 208th birthday

Feb. 26: 6 p.m., Auditorium, PTSA meeting

March 1: 9 a.m., Auditorium, Coffee with Principal: Learn about Fifth Grade

March 8: No school

Inclement Weather Policy

Hello Parents,

Thank you for your patience today as we had a rare 2-hour delay.  We definitely understand there was some confusion and wanted to make sure to send out what the schedule would look like if this happens in the future.

Normal School Start Time:

Building opens at 8:10am for Breakfast

Classes are picked up from cafeteria at 8:40am

School Ends at 3:15pm

2 Hour Delay:

Building opens 10:15am.  Light breakfast served in cafeteria.

Classes are picked up from cafeteria at 10:40am

School Ends at 3:15pm.

Thank you for your understanding.

Wildcat PTSA News: Laptops Are Here | Meet Ms. Danielle | School Dance

A reminder that today is Family Movie Night. This free event starts at 4:30 p.m., and the movie is best picture-nominated Black Panther, in honor of Black History Month. Concessions will be sold.

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PTSA MEETING RESCHEDULED

The PTSA has canceled the Feb. 12 meeting and rescheduled it for 6 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Auditorium. This can’t-miss meeting includes an opportunity for parents to look ahead to next year by visiting classrooms and meeting teachers in your child’s next grade. We apologize for the serial PTSA meeting rescheduling, but this will give teachers more time to prepare and the PTSA more time to ensure parents can join.

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HELLO, NEW  LAPTOPS!

Payne received half of its shipment of brand new laptops, ordered as part of an $81,000 grant from Lowe’s home improvement stores. In total, Payne will receive 91 laptops and 15 desktop computers. Mrs. Oxendine reports that Payne also received two new, lighter-charger carts thanks to the grant.

“The new laptops will be used solely for PARCC and other testing. Our ultimate goal is to have 1:1 computers to students for 3rd-5th grades,” Mrs. Oxendine said.

The laptops are not a net addition for the school, however. Mrs. Oxendine said that the school recently disposed of 95 damaged and outdated laptops. Damage included missing keys, broken screens and failing batteries. With the remaining grant money, Payne will be getting a new poster maker. Thanks to parents Andria Thomas and Lexi Smith, who were instrumental in securing the grant.

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DANCE AND ART NIGHT

Payne is hosting a Friendship Dance, 4-5:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15. That same day is a Family Paint Night, 4:30-5:45 p.m. Parent participation is welcome at both events. PK3 and PK4 students must be accompanied by an adult. An RSVP form went home with students this week. Please fill out right away and return to the main office.

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NEW AMERICORPS STAFFER

Welcome to Danielle Ciaurro, Payne’s new AmeriCorps VISTA Community Liaison. Ms. Danielle will work closely with the Payne administration to strengthen and engage the Payne community. Here’s her bio:

I’m originally from New Jersey but went to GW. I graduated last year with my BA in Human Services & Social Justice. After my AmeriCorps VISTA term I’m going back to GW for my master’s in public administration. I also work part-time for a nonprofit that assists survivors of sexual violence in DC, so that’s the other issue area I’m passionate about other than education. My favorite spot in DC is Meridian Hill Park and my dream is to learn to rollerblade and skate around the city. My Hogwarts House is Hufflepuff. On weekends I can be found boxing at a feminist fight club (self-defense class but I call it fight club) in Dupont.

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SCHOOL RATINGS SURVEY

You may recall that DCPS has rated its schools using a new system this year, the DC Schools Report Card. (Payne earned 3 stars.) Now DCPS officials are soliciting feedback. What do you think of the new system? Take the survey here.

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MORE IMPORTANT DATES

Feb. 12: PTSA meeting canceled

Feb. 15: 9 a.m., Auditorium, Coffee with Principal: Learn about Fourth Grade

Feb. 15: No after school care

Feb. 18-22: No school

Feb. 24: Daniel A. Payne’s 208th birthday

Now-Feb. 19: Pennies For Patients Campaign. Click here for fundraiser details

Feb. 26: 6 p.m., Auditorium, PTSA meeting (new date)

March 1: 9 a.m.,  Auditorium, Coffee with Principal: Learn about Fifth Grade

March 8: No school

DCPS 5 Million Minute Reading Challenge

A new year, a new reading challenge! This year, DCPS has been challenged to read 5 million minutes this semester.  Please log into Beanstack, and log every minute read.  All reading counts.

GOOD NEWS! 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 the entire class at once via Clever.

BEST OF ALL! The Beanstack Tracker App is available for all your mobile devices.