Wildcat PTSA News: Fingerprints Reminder | Parent Concerns | Reach Program

Hello, everybody.

Spots are filling up for fingerprinting for volunteers the morning of Dec. 10. Click here to sign up. Please bring your negative TB test result. Read more about the DCPS volunteering requirements here. And for those with a security clearance, you can skip fingerprinting and complete this Federal Security Clearance Verification Form.

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PAYNE’S STRENGTHS AND CHALLENGES.

At Tuesday’s PTSA meeting, members held small-group discussions about their families’ experiences at Payne so far this year. As they talked, the PTSA asked them to identify things that have been going well as well as their concerns. PTSA President Mark Jordan summarized members’ key points and submitted them to Principal Byrd on Wednesday.

Strengths

  • All around shout-out for Payne’s teachers and staff.
  • Hands-on learning, chickens example specifically (three of the four tables mentioned this).
  • Kids are loving science.
  • ASL Club and ASL used in class (three of the four tables mentioned this).
  • Reach and Reading Partners — good community partners.
  • FLEX Academies aftercare.
  • Having drama as a special.
  • Responsiveness of particular managers.
  • Fall Festival.
  • Library is well-stocked and beautiful.
  • School facility is always bright, clean, and welcoming.
  • PTSA newsletters / Payne Posts — consistent updates.
  • Excellent enrichment program in aftercare.
  • Members also praised specific staff members and those names were forwarded to Principal Byrd and the PTA will reach out to them directly to pass the plaudits on.

Challenges / Opportunities for Growth

  • Lack of substitutes (mentioned by two of four tables).
  • Can parents be informed when teachers are out?
  • Lack of crossing guard at 15th and C streets (mentioned by two of four tables).
  • Departmentalization of second grade — still adjusting, question about whether or not it is working.
  • Communications (e.g. inconsistencies and/or mistakes in dates/calendars). Recommendation: Update website? Archive Payne Post online?
  • Broken faucets/lack of soap in boys’ bathroom by cafeteria (has been an ongoing problem for months).(Update: Ms. Oxendine reports that the faucet was fixed as of 11/21).
  • Insufficient physical activity during the day — some days kids only get to play for 10 minutes at recess. Recommendation: Could there be more opportunities for kids to take breaks during class to be active in some way?
  • Staffing issues in Kindergarten — lack of communication — uncertain plan for December. (Update: Thanks to Principal Byrd for sending a communication out regarding this topic today).
  • More math support/resources/enrichment.
  • Increased reading support in fourth and fifth (e.g. where Reach and Reading Partners don’t provide services).
  • Add paraprofessionals in older grades.
  • Open playground on weekend.
  • School grounds need cleaning up.
  • Too much candy / juice / cupcakes in school.
  • Lack of chaperones given frequency of ECE field trips — expecting same parents. Recommendation: Can we combine field trips and neighborhood excursions (which require fewer chaperones?)

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REACH LITERACY

Have you heard about Reach? This non-profit has been working with Payne for nine years to help our second and third grade students learn to read. NPR ran a story on the program in March featuring the program’s work at Payne.

Teen mentors visit Payne every Tuesday and Thursday after school to help with reading. The teen literacy instructors are paid $20 to $260 per month.

The teens also are published authors. You can buy the books on this website  to support the program.

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BOOK SALE SUCCESS

Thanks to everyone who attended the East City Bookshop Fundraiser on Nov. 16. Payne earned $635, which was the biggest East City fundraiser for the school to date.

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ED FEST VOLUNTEERS NEEDED.

EdFest, D.C.’s annual public school fair is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 at the D.C. Armory, 2001 East Capitol St. S.E. Payne will be there along with all other DCPS schools. Flu shots for kids and adults will be administered, and library card signups will be available. Parking and admission are free. Read more here. Payne is seeking volunteers to participate and share your Wildcat experience. Click here to sign up for a one-hour shift.

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VOLUNTEER AND DONATION OPPORTUNITIES

Payne Community Liaison Danielle Ciaurro shares the following:

Please donate:

  • Winter coats (sizes 10-12, both genders)
  • Clear storage bins for uniforms
  • Props, costumes, and materials for the winter play
    • Top hat
    • 3 plaid vests for boys
    • 1 black cape with hood
    • 1 red cape with collar
    • Fake gold coins or gold paint
    • 2 small wooden desks
    • Plaid tablecloth
    • Fake chains for ghosts
    • 2 baskets
    • Large sack
    • Bench
    • Paint
    • Paint brushes
    • Large sheet for background
    • Grim reaper staff
    • White make up
    • Long skirts for girls (Various sizes)
    • Cane or crutch for Tiny Tim
    • 3 pairs of black knee socks
    • Metal cups
    • Scrooge’s pajamas
    • Fluid for smoke machine

Volunteer your time to:

  • Organize and take inventory of uniforms
  • Assist Drama Teacher Ms. Barbarino in making props or costumes
  • Assist with Chess Club
  • Assist with science projects
  • ​Assist with the chicken coop Dec. 2-6
  • Set up labs during the school day
  • Assist students with Science Fair projects in December and January

Want to help or have questions? Email: danielle.ciaurro@k12.dc.gov

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We wish a special thank you to one of our Fall Festival Gold Sponsors, Tripoint Solutions, which shares this message:

Tripoint Solutions is an IT solutions provider focused on the intersection of people, process, and technology in the Federal workplace. We do our best to give back to the community and are thrilled to support Payne Elementary for the 2019-2020 school year!

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IMPORTANT DATES

Nov. 22: Picture Day. Note: Uniform is not required this day if your child is getting pictures taken.

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

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

Dec. 14: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. EdFest, D.C. Armory

Dec. 18: Payne Night at Temple Hills Skate Palace; tickets are $10.

Dec. 19: 10:15-11:30 a.m., Eliot-Hine Open House

Dec. 23-Jan. 3: No school

Wildcat PTSA News: East City Books Fundraiser | Story of Our School Donation | Fingerprinting

Hello, everybody!

Please visit East City Bookshop 4-7 p.m. this Saturday and buy some books. For everything you buy during this time, 20 percent will go directly to Payne. You can also buy books requested by classroom teachers or donate to the Payne Library. East City is located at 645 Pennsylvania Ave, SE. Shop local and support Payne. Bonus: there will also be complimentary wine and snacks.

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PTSA MEETING NEXT WEEK

There will be a PTSA meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday. Representatives from Eliot-Hine Middle School will speak and field questions. We’ll also learn more about REACH, a reading program that pairs teenage tutors with Payne students. And the PTSA wants to hear what’s on YOUR mind, so please join us!

You can also purchase tickets for Skate Night, which will take place Dec. 18 at Temple Hills Skate Palace from 6 – 9 p.m. Last year’s Skate Night was a huge hit last year, and this newsletter writer only crashed like 10 times. Tickets are $10 and 50% of the proceeds go to the PTSA.

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SHIRT SALE SUCCESS

Thanks to everyone who purchased Payne T-shirts. We exceeded our goal of 50, selling 84 clothing items and raising $280.

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

Reading Coach Tiffani Turner is looking for volunteers to help organize the book room. Separate from the library, this room is where guided-reading, unit books and other supplies are stored. Ms. Turner is looking for three to four volunteers to assist. Tasks included setting reading levels for books, organization, sign creation and decor improvements. She notes, it would be especially helpful if one of our taller community members stepped up. “The shelves are pretty high, and I’m directionally challenged,” she notes. Interested in helping? Email Ms. Turner: tiffani.turner@k12.dc.gov

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STORY OF OUR SCHOOL PROJECT

If your child attended Payne last year, you’ve probably heard of the Story of Our School Project. A team of students, led by PK3 Teacher Ms. Stokes, conducted a thorough research project on the history of Payne, detailing accounts of the school’s namesake, Daniel Payne and interviewing past students and longtime residents of the neighborhood. The culmination of this project is a museum-quality exhibit, to be built in the main entry space, that will educate the Payne community and visitors for years to come.

This initiative is part of the Story of Our Schools project. The cost to build the exhibit is estimated at $30,000, and more than $20,000 has been raised through donations of area businesses and residents like you. And now the PTSA Board has unanimously voted to chip in an additional $4,600 to help close the final gap!

“When complete, the Story of Payne exhibit will be a lasting legacy for the school — a vision honoring Payne’s rich past that our students and our community made a reality,” said PTSA President Mark Jordan. “Through this donation, the PTSA board wanted show our commitment to the project and we thank all members of the PTSA for your fundraising efforts that helped to make this possible.”

If you would like to learn more about the program or make a donation (every little bit helps!) visit this website.

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FINGERPRINTING

To everyone who got a TB test this fall: We will be hosting fingerprinting at Payne the morning of Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Click here to sign up. Fingerprinting is the last step to obtaining DCPS clearance for volunteering in city schools. Please bring your negative TB test result to the fingerprinting.

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We wish a special thank you to one of our Fall Festival Gold Sponsors, the Jeanne Phil Meg Team at COMPASS Real Estate:

Compass Concierge is a program that helps sellers capitalize on their homes’ equity to make improvements in order to simplify and quicken selling their homes. No interest or fees. Find out more at jeannephilmeg.com

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DOWN ON THE FARM

Science Teacher Mr. Creef, aka Farmer Creef, introduces one of our chickens to kindergartener Valerie Bowen.

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IMPORTANT DATES

Saturday, Nov. 16: 4-7 p.m., East City Bookshop fundraiser

Saturday, 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.

Nov. 19: 10:15-11:30 a.m., Eliot-Hine Open House

Nov. 21: Second grade field trip

Nov. 22: Picture Day. Note: Uniform is not required this 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

Dec. 19: 10:15-11:30 a.m., Eliot-Hine Open House

Dec. 23-Jan. 3: No school

Wildcat PTSA News: Field Day | Safety Patrol | Anti-Bullying

Good evening, folks.

A reminder that Fall Field Day is this Thursday. Temps will be in the 50s and skies will be clear until the evening. Dress your kids in Payne gear or their class colors.

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PAYNE SHIRTS: LAST CALL

The PTSA’s t-shirt sale is ending Friday. Visit this page on Custom Ink. We need to sell 11 more items and we make our goal of 50.

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FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL ANNOUNCED.

The first day for the 2020-2021 school year will be Aug. 31.

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SAFETY PATROL, ASSEMBLE!

For the second year, Dr. Crumb has assembled a team of students and deputized them with badges and PT belts. Together they are … SAFETY PATROL. You’ll see this eight-student team of third, fourth and fifth graders at the end of the school day, making sure classes maintain their lines and wait patiently to be picked up. Safety Patrol students also pick up odd jobs around the school, ranging from cafeteria cleanup to handing out programs at events. They do not direct traffic or work outside school grounds.

D’Mari Farmer, a fourth grader, said he feels like a police officer when he dons the badge, but he really wants to be an engineer when he grows up. As a member of Safety Patrol, he knows he has an important mission:

“It’s about saving the community,” D’Mari said. “Helping children be good.”

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BE A BUDDY, NOT A BULLY. Payne social worker Taiya Gregory took the opportunity last month to discuss bullying with the students and to encourage kindness. Students took the “Anti Bullying Pledge”:

I will not bully others.

I will not leave anyone out.

I will help others being bullied.

If I cannot help a bully, I will tell an adult.

I will stand up for what is right.

The end of bullying begins with me!

I CARE. I CAN HELP. I CAN MAKE A CHANGE.

In this photo, students sign the anti-bullying pledge banner.

Students also participated in a bullying prevention poster contest. One of the top artists produced this fantastically friendly T-Rex. You can see all the posters in the hallway on the way to the cafeteria.

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LIBRARY NIGHT.

Family and students are invited to visit Payne’s library 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13. Read together and select a book to check out and read at home. Follow school librarian Tim Gordon on Twitter: @MrGordonLibrary

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ELIOT-HINE OPEN HOUSES

Come to one of Eliot-Hine Middle School’s open houses this winter. You will get an overview of the school, hear a panel discussion and get a classroom tour.

  • 10:15-11:30 a.m. Nov. 19
  • 10:15-11:30 a.m. Dec. 19
  • 10:15-11:30 a.m. Jan. 23
  • 6-7:15 p.m. Jan. 23
  • 10:15-11:30 a.m. Feb. 26
  • 6-7:15 p.m. Feb. 26

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NATS (AND PAYNE) ON PARADE

Tens of thousands of D.C.-area fans gathered Nov. 2 to cheer on the Nationals for their World Series victory. Joining in the excitement was a contingent of Payne students, teachers and staff who got to march in the parade, too, with other D.C. Public Schools. The Payne baseball field will receive up to $25,000 in grant money for field improvements courtesy of Major League Baseball. Payne’s participation in the MLB project led to the parade opportunity.

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A Note From One of Our Fall Festival Gold Sponsors:

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IMPORTANT DATES

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.

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

Dec. 23-Jan. 3: No school

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

Payne Post 10/30

October 30, 2019

 

Fall Field Day: Due to inclement weather forecasted, we are rescheduling field day to Thursday, November 7th (weather permitting).   If you have questions or would like to volunteer, please reach out to Dr. Crumb at brian.crumb@k12.dc.gov.

Character Day:  Since field day was postponed, students are allowed to wear storybook character costumes this Thursday, October 31st.  Please note that scary costumes or masks are not allowed.  All grades are able to participate.

No School:  Please note that there is no school for students on 11/4, 11/5, and 11/11.  Also, school will be closed for Thanksgiving break on 11/27-11/29.

Middle School Fair:  Payne will be hosting a Middle School Fair on Thursday, November 14th at 5pm for all 3rd, 4th and 5th graders.  Six area middle schools will be in attendance as well as community partners with giveaway items.  We will also be giving out school supplies and raffling off Payne Gear.  Don’t miss out!

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.

Open House:  Open house season is here.  If you know of any potential parent or guardian interested in Payne, we will be giving tours and information on November 18th at 9:30am.  We will have an open question forum starting at 9am.  Please check in at the main office.

No Afterschool: There will be no afterschool on Tuesday, November 26th.  Please make sure to pick up your student by 3:20pm.