Thanks to all who attended Tuesday’s PTSA meeting. Payne mom Lexi Smith gave an overview of several big grants that she and a team of parents are applying for. Bottom line up front: If you’d like to join her crew, no experience in grant writing is needed, and your participation could help secure thousands of dollars for students.
Here’s a quick summary of grants being targeted:
Capitol Hill Community Foundation: $2,500 grants (can earn more than one)
- What’s the money used for? Anything school-related, from bus trips to school supplies
- Due: Sept. 30
- What’s the money used for? Field trip transportation
- Due: Oct. 1
- What’s the money used for? Food or environmental education
- Due: Dec. 31
Chesapeake Bay Trust: Up to $5,000
- What’s the money used for? Environmental education
- Due: Jan. 9
Interested in joining the grant-writing group? Email Lexi Smith.
PTSA President Mark Jordan provided an overview of the PTSA mission at Tuesday’s meeting.
ILLEGAL U-TURNS AND DOUBLE PARKING
A DC police officer was seen at the intersection of C and 14th streets Thursday morning, checking for illegal U-turns. U-turns near the school have been a concern in the past, especially with heavy pedestrian traffic at drop-off and pickup. The officer said he did pull over one vehicle on Thursday. “No U-Turn” signs were added to intersections near Payne last year.
On Friday, a parking enforcement officer was out front. She was checking to see if drivers were obeying the 15-minute drop-off signs. As 9 a.m. approached, she was planning to ticket any cars still in the school zone. That said, she told the PTSA the biggest problem is with drivers double-parking to drop off students, snarling traffic and creating a danger.
WALK TO SCHOOL DAY
The Payne community typically shows up in droves for Walk to School Today. Let’s keep the tradition alive Oct. 2. Join teachers, staff, students and parents at Lincoln Park. Teachers should plan to be there by 7:30 a.m. and students and parents by 7:45 a.m., said Dr. Crumb, Payne’s gym teacher, who is coordinating for the school.
ABSENT OR TARDY?
If your child is out sick or running late, you can notify Payne via a new email address: PayneAttendance@gmail.com. Notes also can be dropped in a brown mailbox in the main office.
VOLUNTEERS FOR FALL FEST
PTSA Fundraising Chair Kerry DeVooght is looking for help preparing for and hosting the Payne Fall Festival, which will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. This is one of the PTSA’s biggest events of the year, and it takes a small army to pull it off. You can help in a wide range of ways, from recruiting sponsors to hauling pumpkins to making chili.
MUSIC TO YOUR EARS
This Monday, a trio from the National Symphony Orchestra will perform a free concert at Eastern High School. It will start at 7 p.m. at the main entrance of the school, 1700 E. Capitol St. NE. The event will be outside, weather permitting, so bring a blanket or chair. If it rains, they will perform in the auditorium.
SPOIL THE GRANDPARENTS FOR A CHANGE
Payne was flooded Thursday with grandpas, grandmas, omas, opas, bubbas and papas in celebration of Grandparents Day. Teachers and staff handed out refreshments for the guests of honor, who also got to visit classrooms. In the picture below, school psychologist Kesha Weeks mingles with the special guests.
Sept. 14: DCPS Back to School Block Party, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Roosevelt High School, 4301 13th St. N.W.
Sept. 19: Early Childhood Education Potluck, 5:30 p.m.
Sept. 24-26: Scholastic Book Fair
Sept. 25: Literacy Night, 5 p.m.
Sept. 25: Fourth Grade Potluck, 4:30 p.m.,
Oct. 2: Walk to School Day, 7:45 a.m., Lincoln Park
Oct. 8: PTSA Meeting, 6-7 p.m.
Oct. 11-14: No school
Oct. 26: Fall Festival, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.