Wildcat PTSA News: Field Day Out, Costumes In | Haunted Payne | Chickens Arrive

Hello, Payne Community.

Field Day is rescheduled for Thursday, Nov. 7, but there is still fun to be had on Halloween at Payne. Wildcats are encouraged to dress as their favorite storybook character, but scary costumes and masks are not allowed. Science teacher Mr. Creef, anticipating the arrival of Payne’s chickens, dressed up a day early as Donald Duck.

The chickens arrived Wednesday and will stay at Payne for several weeks. They are looking healthy and happy.

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AFTERCARE HALLOWEEN FOR EVERYONE.

The aftercare program will be celebrating Halloween on Thursday with a haunted house, games and activities, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. All Payne students and family members are invited to participate, and students who are not enrolled in aftercare must have a parent present.

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FALL FESTIVAL WAS A BLAST

Thanks to everyone who attended last weekend’s Fall Festival. The PTSA raised more than $12,000 in sponsorships, donations and day-of sales. It would not have been possible without the support of all of the Payne community (and 23 pots of chili).

A special thanks also to our four Gold Sponsors. We’ll be highlighting each one over the next several newsletters. First up is the Pretzel Bakery.

The Pretzel Bakery serves small batch, hand-rolled, Philadelphia-style soft pretzels fresh-out-of-the-oven all day. Stop by or check out their menu http://thepretzelbakery.com/menu.

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BASEBALL FIELD IMPROVEMENTS.

The Hill Rag wrote a nice feature about the Capitol Hill Little League and improvements to Payne’s ballfield. Read more here.

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PAYNE SHIRTS: SALE ENDS SOON

Don’t forget your Payne swag. The sale runs through Nov. 8 via this page on Custom Ink.  As of publication time we need 17 more items to be purchased to reach our goal of 50.

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IMPORTANT DATES

Nov. 1: Third grade field trip

Nov. 4-5: No school

Nov. 7: Field Day

Nov. 11: Veterans’ Day (no school)

Nov. 13: Library Night, 4-5 p.m.

Nov. 14: Middle School Fair 5-6:30 p.m. in the Payne Auditorium with a prize drawing and multiple giveaways.

Nov. 14: Second grade field trip

Nov. 16: East City Bookshop fundraiser; details to come

Nov. 16: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Feeder Fest at Eastern High School

Nov. 18: 9 a.m., open house for prospective families

Nov. 19: PTSA meeting, 6-7 p.m. Please note the print calendar for November lists the meeting as Nov. 12, but the correct date is Nov. 1

Nov. 21: Second grade field trip

Nov. 22: Picture Day

Nov. 26: No after care. Please pick up students no later than 3:20 p.m.

Nov. 27-29: Thanksgiving Break (no school)

Dec. 18: Payne Night at Temple Hills Skate Palace; details to come

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Have you joined the PTSA? Please join us and help support our school and students.

Wildcat PTSA News: Nats and a New Baseball Field | Field Day Signups | New Shirts for PK

Hello, Payne Community!

See you at the Fall Festival, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday (tomorrow).

And thank you to everyone who has signed up to make this year’s Fall Festival fundraiser a huge success. The PTSA is particularly grateful for our 2019-2020 sponsor partners, including: The Pretzel Bakery, The Jeanne Phil Meg Team at COMPASS Real Estate, Lisa & Leroy, Tripoint Solutions, Solar Solution, Blue Star, DC Access, Maggio Roofing, Moody Graham, Jay Barry Group, Fowler Architects, Capitol Hill Auto Service, Aerica Kennedy with RE/MAX Allegiance, The Little Gym, Dwell Residential, District Vet Hospital, Johnson Law Group, Tiber Realty Group, Heather Schoell, Tom Faison – Real Estate in DC, Premier Financial Alliance, and Chris Cox at First Savings Mortgage.

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NATIONALS AT PAYNE

The Nationals’ staff (and could it be … some players!) are making a pitstop at Payne today, just hours before Game 3.

Payne’s ballfield, part of the Capitol Hill Little League program, has been selected for a $25,000 grant for upgrades from the Nats and Major League Baseball. The improvements could be for the field, a new mural and/or permanent dugouts. Remaining funds will be used to support other nearby fields.

Today, CHLL volunteers and Nationals staff will be at Payne from 9:30-11 a.m. to celebrate the award and do minor beautification work. Payne students who participated in the league or baseball summer camp also will participate.

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HELP WITH FIELD DAY.

Physical Education teacher Dr. Crumb is looking for many volunteers to help with Fall Field Day on Thursday, Oct. 31.  The kids will do obstacle courses, hockey, T-ball, potato sack races, horseshoes and more.

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PAYNE SHIRTS: *NEW SIZES* ON SALE

Thanks to requests from some PK parents, Payne T-shirts now come in smaller sizes. You can buy shirts in 2T-6T, in addition to a range of youth and adult sizes.

The sale runs through Nov. 8 via this page on Custom Ink. From the website, click on the picture of this kid to access 2T-6T options:

MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL FAIRS

It’s not too early to be thinking about middle school and high school, and there are two events for your radar.

MIDDLE SCHOOL FAIR. Third, fourth and fifth-grade students and their families are invited to meet with middles schools on Thursday, Nov. 14 from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Payne Auditorium. There will also be a prize drawing and multiple giveaways.

EASTERN FEEDER FEST. Learn about high school 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Eastern High School, 1700 East Capitol St. N.E. All in-boundary, feeder families and community members are invited. There will be refreshments, music, face painting, building tours and elected officials in attendance. RSVP: https://easternfest.eventbrite.com

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BOX TOPS DEADLINE.

The PTSA will be mailing all of our box tops for Box Tops for Education program on Thursday, Oct. 31, to meet the Nov. 1 fall earning deadline. If you have not done so, please deposit your box tops at Ms. Asante’s desk at the front office.

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IMPORTANT DATES

Oct. 26: Fall Festival, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on the playground

Oct. 31: Fall Field Day

Nov. 4-5: No school

Nov. 11: No school

Nov. 16: East City Bookshop fundraiser; details to come

Nov. 16: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Eastern High School Feeder Fest

Nov. 19: PTSA meeting, 6-7 p.m.

Nov. 27-29: No school

Dec. 18: Payne Night at Temple Hills Skate Palace; details to come

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Have you joined the PTSA? Please join us and help support our school and students.

Payne Post 10/23/19

October 22, 2019

 

Fall Festival:  The Fall Festival is this Saturday, October 26th at Payne Elementary School on the playground from 11am-3pm.  Please come out and enjoy food, fun and fundraising for Payne’s PTSA.  See you there!

 

Fall Field Day: Fall Field Day is around the corner on October 31st.  All students will participate for the majority of the day and should wear their Payne gear or their class color shirts.  If you have questions or would like to volunteer, please reach out to Dr. Crumb at brian.crumb@k12.dc.gov.

 

Nut Free School:  Payne is a nut free zone. No food or drinks that contain peanuts or tree nuts or that were packaged or manufactured in a facility that handles nuts are allowed, effective immediately.  There are students and teachers at Payne who have severe nut allergies. Skin exposure to nuts or, for those with severe allergies, even exposure to the breath of someone who has consumed nuts, can trigger a reaction. Thank you for your support.

 

Payne T-Shirts:  Interested in purchasing a short or long sleeve Payne t-shirt?  If so, you can go to https://www.customink.com/fundraising/paynetshirts  just in time for all the field trips and cold weather.

 

October is Bully Prevention/Breast Cancer Awareness/College Awareness Month:  This Friday, October 25th, is a dress down day to represent or support one of the themes for October so your child can wear something Pink or something that represents a college that you went to or they aspire to go.  Thanks for your support!

Wildcat PTSA News: Fall Festival | Spelling Bees | T-shirt Sales

Hello, Payne Community.

The Fall Festival is just eight days away. Bring your family, friends and neighbors. All are welcome, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Bounce houses, pumpkins, crafts, chilli and more. And volunteer spots still are available: https://signup.com/go/LnqQpdG

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TB TEST SUCCESS.

Twenty-two people took advantage of the PTSA’s free TB tests this week, so that’s 22 more volunteers for Payne. Thanks to those who received the tests and the parents and staff who assisted. Also, a huge thank you to Nurse Practitioner Kristy Huenink of Promenade Primary Care for donating her time and skills to administer the tests free of charge to the Payne community.

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SPELLING BEE

Distressed, beatboxing colonists periodically parachuted, scattering turbulent gadgets.

What’s up with this sentence? Why, it’s made entirely of words from the Scripps National Spelling Bee list. Class bees will take place Oct. 28-29. Check with your child’s teacher for more information. Second through fifth grades are participating and potentially some students in first. The school-wide Spelling Bee will be Jan. 15.

Want to practice some words with your student? The spelling lists for this year’s competition are attached to this email.

 

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PAYNE SHIRTS ON SALE.

If you missed the last T-shirt sale, you’re in luck. The PTSA opened up the online store again via this page on Custom Ink. You can order child and adult-sized shirts, both short- and long-sleeved, to show your school spirit. The sale will last until Friday, Nov. 8. Most sizes cost $12.

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CHICKEN WATCH 2019

You didn’t think we’d have a newsletter without at least one mention of chickens, did you? Our incoming Henriettas must have a clean bill of health before roosting at the school. The vets, as of Thursday, were still waiting on lab results. Expect to see the chickens next week.

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IMPORTANT DATES

Oct. 26: Fall Festival, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on the playground

Oct. 31: Fall Field Day

Nov. 4-5: No school

Nov. 11: No school

Nov. 16: East City Bookshop fundraiser; details to come

Nov. 19: PTSA meeting, 6-7 p.m.

Nov. 27-29: No school

Dec. 18: Payne Night at Temple Hills Skate Palace; details to come

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Have you joined the PTSA? Please join us and help support our school and students.

Wildcat PTSA News: TB Test Reminder | Testing Goals | Meet the New Assistant Principal

Happy Long Weekend, Payne Community!

CHICKEN WATCH 2019 UPDATE: The barnyard cluckers are expected to arrive next week. Science Teacher Mr. Creef said he has been inundated with interest from students and parents alike. He intends to host some family nights after their arrival, so young and old can meet the hens.

TB TEST REMINDER

TB testing will be 4-6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 15. The test, which is required for the volunteer clearance process, is free to PTSA members. Fifty tests will be administered first-come, first-served.

You will need to return to Payne on Friday, Oct. 18 to have the test result read. Results will be read 8-9 a.m. and 3:15-4 p.m. inside the school and 4-4:30 p.m. on the playground. You must bring the screening and administration form provided to you when the test was administered. Note that you can elect to have the results read by a qualified healthcare provider elsewhere.

Can you help on site during TB testing? Take a one-hour shift to help guide parents through the process. Email tonylombardo1@yahoo.com.

TEST SCORE GOALS

More than 50 parents, teachers and administrators turned out for Tuesday night’s PTSA meeting. Principal Byrd took questions and shared data on PARCC tests, which are administered to third, fourth and fifth graders.

English Language Arts

Year Achieved proficiency

2015-16 8%

2016-17 16%

2017-18 18%

2018-19 33%

Bottom line: Achieving 33 percent means that 39 of 119 students achieved proficiency in ELA (i.e. scoring Level 4 or Level 5). Payne is seeing sustained progress every year, and further improvements are expected. The goal this year is to see a 10 percent gain in the highest scores and 10 percent decrease in the lowest scores.

Math

Year Achieved proficiency

2015-16 22%

2016-17 26%

2017-18 22%

2018-19 34%

Bottom line: Previously hovering in the 20-percents, Payne experienced a significant jump in math proficiency scores last year. Like reading, the goal is to see a 10 percent gain in the highest scores and 10 percent decrease in the lowest scores.

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MEET THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL

LaToya Coleman is a long-time educator, but this is her first year as assistant principal. Ms. Coleman, a D.C. native, earned her undergraduate degree in criminal justice from Coppin State University in Baltimore and her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix. An educator for 15 years, she has taught Kindergarten special education and second through fourth grades in Prince George’s County and the District. She joined Payne three years ago as the math coach. She sat down with the PTSA to talk about her new job, which includes a focus on school culture, discipline and instruction.

Q. How is the assistant principal job going so far?

A. It’s a challenge, but it’s rewarding. I honestly did not see myself in this position, I loved the classroom. I still love the classroom. And I make sure that’s part of my daily routine – every single day – to get in as many classrooms as I possibly can. And I’m not just there to observe. I’m in there to interact, ask questions, see what the kids are thinking, what are they learning.

Q. What can parents do to make your job easier?

A. Parents can just bring kids to school. We got it from here. If you have questions, ask. That’s pretty much it. We have a really good core group of parents. You see them often. They are engaged in the classroom, and you’ll see them in the cafeteria. Friendly faces.

Q. If a parent has a question for the school, what kind of questions go your way?

A. Discipline will come my way. Scheduling will come my way. Instruction comes my way. Specifically, math, but being the assistant principal, it’s not just math.

Q. How would you describe your style in interacting with kids in terms of discipline?

A. I’m very straight forward. I will remind students of our expectations. Nine times out of 10, they know them. So they will know if they did not meet the expectation. The question usually is, what hindered you from meeting that expectation? How can I help you make sure that you meet the expectation? Putting the onus back on the student so that they are aware of what their actions were and how they can correct them.

Q. Is there any kind of punishment issued?

A. Oh, there’s consequences to actions. We look at fair consequences. We don’t like to call them “punishments,” but there’s going to be a consequence, good or bad, with your actions.

Q. What are the consequences?

A. We have “zen zones” in every classroom. Like your time-out time. Get yourself focused. You have a notepad you could be writing on. You have pictures you could draw. Just to kind of calm yourself. Bring you back to zero, so that you can re-engage in the instruction.

If that is not going to be immediately effective, then you are offered the opportunity to go to a buddy classroom, where another teacher will have you in their classroom a set amount of time. Maybe no more than 10 minutes to where, again, you remove yourself from where the conflict might have occurred.

If it gets to the point where that did not work, then we have a care team, which consists of our social workers and our school psychologist. If it gets past that, then we will request a parent conference. We haven’t had too many issues with suspension simply because we are able to cut some of those because we don’t go straight to suspension. There are other areas we can focus on, so kids can become more self-aware of what their behaviors are and manage them themselves.

Q. Do you have any special projects in the works?

A. I have brought on a partnership with Howard University and also UDC. Their education majors will do their internships here at Payne. So, it offers another body in the building to practice and to really get their feet into seeing what it’s like to be in the classroom. First grade has one right now, fourth grade is soon to have one, starting in November.

Q. Is there anything else you’d like to add?

A. My commitment to Payne. I’m excited about the fact I was able to grow in leadership here. Payne is a wonderful school to be at.

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HOYAS KIDS CLUB. Here’s a pretty sweet sports deal for the Georgetown Hoyas. If your child joins the Hoyas Kids Club, they receive four free tickets to men’s basketball games, a Kids Club jersey and more. The cost is $15 plus $3 for online registration. Read more here.

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BOX TOPS UPDATE.

A Box Tops For Education collection box is on Ms. Asante’s desk at the main office. Box Tops are worth 10 cents each, and that money can add up quickly. So keep eating that cereal and mac and cheese. The school can earn two ways: (1) Cut out Box Tops from eligible products and bring them to the collection box in the front office. (2) Skip the cutting, and scan your receipt through the Box Tops app when you’ve purchased eligible items, and presto, the school will get credited for the Box Tops.

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Oct. 26: Help make the Fall Festival a success by volunteering for a one-hour shift (helping at the arts and crafts table, selling baked goods or chili, etc.) or donating food or other supplies. Sign up here: https://signup.com/go/LnqQpdG

Oct. 31: Dr. Crumb is looking for Field Day volunteers. Email brian.crumb@k12.dc.gov.

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IMPORTANT DATES

Oct. 14: No school

Oct. 15: TB tests 4-6 p.m. (Remember to sign up to be a PTA member)

Oct. 18: TB test results readings, 8-9 a.m. and 3:15-4 p.m. inside the school and 4-4:30 p.m. on the playground

Oct. 26: Fall Festival, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on the playground

Oct. 31: Fall Field Day

Nov. 4-5: No school

Nov. 11: No school

Nov. 19: PTSA meeting, 6-7 p.m.

Nov. 27-29: No school

Wildcat PTSA News: Free TB Tests | Just Say No to Nuts | Legos & Chicken Coops

Hello, Payne people!

The PTSA is providing free TB tests for PTSA members. The tests, which are required to volunteer in the school and on field trips, will be administered Tuesday, Oct. 15. A few important facts:

  • The PTSA purchased 50 tests, and they will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis. The testing will run after school (times to be announced) in the Auditorium.
  • The test is free for PTSA members. Not a member yet? Click here to join. You also can join at the testing.
  • If you were tested last year, please don’t get tested this year. Your clearance is valid for two years.
  • If you are tested Oct. 15, you will need to return to Payne on Friday, Oct. 18 to have the test result read. Results will be read 8-9 a.m. and 3:15-4 p.m. inside the school and 4-4:30 p.m. on the playground. You must bring the screening and administration form provided to you when the test was administered. Note that you can elect to have the results read by a qualified healthcare provider elsewhere.
  • Fingerprinting also is required for volunteering. The PTSA is working to host this at Payne, too, later this fall.  Click here to read other options for TB tests and fingerprinting.

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PTSA MEETING: BYRD’S GOALS

The next PTSA meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday and will include a session with Principal Byrd, who will share goals and accomplishments and will also field questions. Pizza and refreshments will be served, and childcare will be provided.

Treats will be available during the meeting as part of a bake sale fundraiser for the PTSA. Click here if you can donate some baked goods. Payne parent Jessica Cantwell also is looking for additional support in organizing and operating the sale: jessica.r.cantwell@gmail.com

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WALK TO SCHOOL DAY.

Wildcats turned out in full force for Walk to School Day.

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DID YOU KNOW? Payne’s staff directory is online, if you need to email a teacher or a member of the leadership team.

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NO NUTS AT PAYNE

Payne is now nut-free. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. The new policy, outlined in a memo that went home with parents this week, was born from concerns that parents voiced at a PTSA meeting in September.
  2. No food or drinks that contain peanuts or tree nuts or that were packaged or manufactured in a facility that handles nuts are allowed, effective immediately. The second part can be tricky, so please check the labels on your kids’ snacks.
  3. There are students and teachers at Payne who have severe nut allergies. Skin exposure to nuts or, for those with severe allergies, even exposure to the breath of someone who has consumed nuts, can trigger a reaction.
  4. Payne is not the first school to enact such a policy. Maury Elementary, for example, is also nut-free.
  5. Nut allergies are becoming more common. A study from the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at New York’s Mount Sinai hospital found that from 1997 to 2008, peanut allergies tripled from 1-in-250 children to 1-in-70, CNBC reported last year.

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SUPPORT FROM THE PTSA: MORE FIELD TRIPS, LEGOS, & CHICKEN COOPS

The PTSA Board this week unanimously approved the following expenditures to support Payne students and staff:

  • $100 for Legos: The Lego Club, led by Coach Freda, was in need of more Legos. Specifically, more Lego people. (Lego Club is for 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders and takes place during lunch time. Interested? Let Ms. Cox know: lajuana.mobley@k12.dc.gov )
  • $315 for a chicken coop: Payne has received the official OK to host chickens this fall. The PTSA is giving these birds a place to roost. (And a special thanks to the parents who worked with Mr. Creef to clean up the garden area, which can now be called The Farm.)
  • $100 for a holiday show. Drama teacher Ms. Barbarino is planning a holiday production starring third through fifth graders. The money will be spent buying song and script rights.
  • $10,000 for field trips. Earlier this year, the PTSA board approved $5,000 to support field trips for every grade. Because of high interest from teachers and parents, the PTSA doubled the available funds to $10,000. Some of this money could be paid for through grants, which leads us to the next topic…

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GRANT-WRITING SUPERSTARS

Payne parent Lexi Smith and nearly 20 other volunteers have been hard at work, submitting grants in support of Payne. Here’s a status update, keeping in mind that the school isn’t guaranteed to receive them all.

Capitol Hill Community Foundation request:

  • $2,500 for field trip transportation for Kindergarten through fifth grades and deaf and hard of hearing.
  • $2,500 for Eureka math professional development.
  • $2,200 for science support materials, including preserved animals and insects.
  • $727 to support the deaf and hard of hearing classes.

Target request:

  • $8,400 for two field trips per grade for Kindergarten through 5th grade.

(Note: Head Start already provides funding for PK field trips.)

What’s next: Lexi said the team is pursuing a Pepco/Exelon grant involving STEM and a Chesapeake Bay Trust grant for field trip funds and a special project tied to the field trip.

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Oct. 15: Help manage TB testing at Payne. One volunteer is needed in the afternoon and early evening to help guide parents through the process.

Oct. 31: Dr. Crumb is looking for Field Day volunteers. Email brian.crumb@k12.dc.gov.

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IMPORTANT DATES

Tuesday, Oct. 8: 4:30 p.m., fifth grade APTT meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 8: PTSA meeting, 6-7 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 9: Specials potluck, 3:45 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 10: Time TBD, fourth grade APTT meeting

Thursday, Oct. 10: 5 p.m., PK4, Kindergarten and second grade APTT meetings

Thursday, Oct. 10: 5:30 p.m., PK3 and first grade APTT meetings

Friday, Oct. 11: 3:30 p.m., third grade and BES APTT Meetings

Oct. 11-14: No school

Oct. 15: TB tests after school (time to be announced)

Oct. 18: TB test results readings, 8-9 a.m. and 3:15-4 p.m. inside the school and 4-4:30 p.m. on the playground

Oct. 26: Fall Festival, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on the playground

Oct. 31: Fall Field Day

Nov. 4-5: No school

Nov. 11: No school

Nov. 19: PTSA meeting, 6-7 p.m.

Nov. 27-29: No school