Payne Post 4/24/2019

PARCC Testing: We start PARCC Standardize testing on Tuesday, April 30th!  3rd through 5th grade will test in Math, ELA and Science. Make sure they get a good night’s rest, eat healthy meal, and come to school on time. Please encourage the students. We know they will do well.


ENROLL on Saturday: This Saturday, April 27th from 9am-12pm on the large playground. All grade levels are welcomed.  Please make sure that you bring in your completed packet with supporting documents.  Enrollment packets are available online at:  No incomplete packets will be accepted.  We are halfway enrolled for next year so don’t miss out on a slot!


Science Fair: Projects are due to Ms. Henson May 20th-21st.  All 3rd-5th graders are required to do a project, which is half of their grade and PK3-2nd will do a class project.  Any questions can be emailed to


Engagement Survey: Please remember to complete our family engagement survey as you complete your enrollment packets for next year! You can fill it out online or in-person during enrollment. Link:


Save the Date:  In order to keep you inform, please mark your calendar for these important dates: Bike to School  Day 5/8, Muffins for Moms 5/10, Donuts with Dads 6/6, Picture Day 6/3, 5th Grade Promotion 6/7, ECE Promotion Activity 6/11.

Wildcat PTSA News: Spring Carnival Volunteers | New Student Playdate | Teacher of the Month

Happy Spring Break, Wildcats! Teachers and staff, please enjoy this brief respite. Payne parents, good luck to us all.

Check your kids’ book bags. Report cards will be sent home today. Students also will receive spring break snack baskets courtesy of the Crossroads United Methodist Church in Virginia and fifth grade teacher Mr. Chris Bergfalk.



The Payne Spring Carnival and Auction is Saturday, May 18, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. We’re looking for parents to:

  • Make hot dogs
  • Run the snow cone and cotton candy machines
  • Monitor the bounce houses
  • Organize a small auction
  • Run a raffle
  • Organize carnival games and more

Please join us in raising funds for the PTSA and providing a fun day for the community. Sign up here: Parents Lexi Smith and Kerry DeVooght can answer questions.



Lottery results are out, and welcome to all new Payne Wildcats. Current and future Payne families are gathering for a welcome playdate 4 p.m. April 28 at Spielberg Park, which is at 17th Street and Massachusetts Ave. S.E. Snacks will be provided. All grades are welcome.

Have a friend or neighbor whose child will be new at Payne next year? Please forward this newsletter to them and invite them to the April 28 playdate.



The PTSA will meet 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 to preview the annual board elections, which will be May 21. Dinner and childcare will be provided.

To vote in the May election, you must sign up to be a PTSA member by April 21 here. Unsure of your membership status? Email


TEACHER OF THE MONTH. Congratulations to Ms. Shannon Foster, Payne’s fourth grade ELA and social studies teacher. She has been voted by her peers as the Payne Teacher of the Month for April. Ms. Foster’s students conspired with staff to surprise her with the honor:


$3K FOR MATH TRAINING. The PTSA board voted to approve spending $3,000 to support training for 20 teachers on the Eureka math curriculum.  The training will occur in August before the new school year and will include math teachers in grades K-5 and other staff.


DON’T FORGET ABOUT RE-ENROLLMENT. The school will host an enrollment event Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m. to noon on the playground. Kids can play while parents get enrollment paperwork squared away. Mrs. Oxendine notes that, for out-of-bounds students, every grade has a waitlist. Click here for more enrollment details.


BAD BEHAVIOR? GOOD READ. Author Katherine Reynolds Lewis will host a discussion at East City Bookshop at 6:30 p.m. April 24 on her book “The Good News About Bad Behavior.”

She writes about a “growing crisis of self-regulation”: Why don’t our kids do what we want them to do? Parents often take the blame for misbehavior, but this obscures a broader trend: in our modern, highly connected age, children have less self-control than ever. About half of the current generation of children will develop a mood or behavioral disorder or a substance addiction by age eighteen. Contemporary kids need to learn independence and responsibility, yet our old ideas of punishments and rewards are preventing this from happening.

Intrigued? Read more here.



April 15-19: Spring break.

April 21: Deadline to become a PTSA member and participate in annual election.

April 23: 6 p.m., Auditorium, PTSA meeting.

April 26: PARCC pep rally to pump up third-, fourth- and fifth-graders for testing. The theme: “Hit it out of the PARCC!”

May 21: 6 p.m., Auditorium, PTSA annual meeting and elections.

May 27-28: No school.

2019-20 Enrollment

Hello Payne Family,


The 2019-20 Packets are now available and is attached to this email or you can click the link  You have the ability to fill out the fields online because it is a typeable PDF.  The school will be utilizing the registration dates below for continuing students so please adhere to the week for submitting the completed packet and documents.  If you have multiple students, you can bring all packets to the one date.

  • Please note that we WILL NOT accept any enrollment packets until April 1st.
  • Packets must be complete, signed and accompanied with required documents (residency & health forms).
  • Incomplete packets will not be kept by the school.
  • Spots for registration are only guaranteed for in-boundary K-5 students so please make sure that you do not risk losing your child’s seat.

Current Grade Level                                                                  Registration Dates (9a-2:30p)

PK3 & PK4                                                                               April 1st-April 5th

K & 1st                                                                                     April 8th-April 12th

All Grades                                                                               April 15th-April 19th (Spring Break)

2nd & 3rd                                                                                April 22nd-April 26th

All Grades                                                                               Saturday, April 27th 9am-12pm

4th                                                                                            April 29th-May 3rd

 Also, we would like to gather your perspective regarding school communication.  Please click this link to fill out a short survey.