Payne Post 12/11/19

December 11, 2019

Winter Holiday Concerts: Please join us to view our student’s wonderful performances. ECE – 2nd grade Holiday Celebration on Tuesday, December 17th at 4:00 and doors open at 3:30pm.  Our 3rd – 5th grade performance of Scrooge on Thursday, December 19th at 4:30.

PTA Roller Skating Party: The PTSA has reserved the entire skating rink for a skate night 6-9 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 18 at Temple Hill Skate Palace, 3132 Branch Avenue, Temple Hills, Md. Tickets are $10 each, and that includes skate rental. Anyone over the age of 2 requires a ticket. PTSA members will sell tickets outside of the Payne auditorium 8-9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10 and 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12. Cash, credit card and check will be accepted.

Winter Holiday Baskets: We will be distributing holiday snack and food baskets on Friday, December 20th at 3:15pm.

EdFest:  EdFEST is the District of Columbia’s citywide public school fair. 2019 EdFEST will be held on Saturday, December 14 from 11am – 3pm at the DC Stadium Armory. The event is hosted by My School DC to provide families with an opportunity to learn about their public school options prior to the launch of the SY 2020-2021 lottery application on Monday, December 16. All DCPS and participating charters will be in attendance. Payne is booth 402.  Stop by and show your Payne spirit!

School Pictures:  Thank you to all who took pictures in November.  Your pictures will be ready for pick up by Monday, December 16th, which is just in time for the holidays.

No Afterschool: There will be no afterschool on Friday, December 20th.  Please make sure to pick up your students at 3:20pm.

Wildcat PTSA News: Holiday Programs | Skate Party | Hello, Grant Money

Hello, fellow Wildcats. The holidays are nearly upon us. But before you bundle up and go wassailing, please read the latest school news and mark your calendars.


Everyone must have been extra nice this year because the school is putting on two programs to celebrate the holidays. The littlest wildcats (PK3 through 2nd grade), will perform 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17 in the auditorium. The program, led by the specials teachers, is called “A Winter Performance of Frozen.”

If kids kindly asking you to “build a snowman” doesn’t suit your tastes, perhaps you should just “let it go” and instead attend “Scrooge: The Musical.” The big kids (3rd through 5th grades) will perform this show 5:15 p.m.Thursday, Dec. 19.

For parents of the Frozen cast: Your child will be collaborating as a grade or in smaller groups to perform songs from the movie. Classes can also choose to perform another non-Frozen winter-themed song. Students are encouraged to wear Frozen attire or blue and white. Students not already receiving food from after care will get a snack before the show.

For parents of the Scrooge cast: Students are encouraged to wear red. In addition to Scrooge numbers, the kids will perform winter-themed songs between scenes. Students not already receiving food from aftercare will get pizza.

Ask your child about his or her songs and practice with them at home.

And finally, Drama Teacher Ms. Barbarino is looking for parent volunteers to help decorate the auditorium during the day of each performance. She also is looking for crafty folks to help build decorations or props. Email:



The ASL Club will present its Winter Performance 5 p.m. Dec. 11, in the auditorium. All are invited to see students demonstrate their American Sign Language skills. Students will perform signed presentations that provide a few interesting facts about each student. The students also will perform two musical performances.



The PTSA is hosting a skate night 6-9 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 18 at Temple Hill Skate Palace, 3132 Branch Avenue, Temple Hills, Md. Tickets are $10 each, and that includes skate rental. Anyone over the age of 2 requires a ticket. PTSA members will sell tickets outside of the Payne auditorium 8-9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10 and 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12. Cash, credit card and check will be accepted. You also may purchase tickets day-of at the Skate Palace.



The Capitol Hill Community Foundation announced Payne will receive a number of high-dollar grants to support activities in and out of the classroom.

Science Materials for Experiments and Interactive Activities: $2,200

Science Teacher Mr. Creef requested funds for animal specimens such as scorpions, spiders, frogs, squids and wasps. You know, the cute ones. Money may be used for other science materials, too.

Professional Development for Eureka Math: $2,000

Seventeen teachers will receive eight hours of training from Great Minds to learn to use the Eureka Math curriculum.

Buses for Field Trips: $1,500

In a city full of free museums, transportation is often the most costly aspect of Payne field trips.

Materials for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Classes: $700

Materials include colored textured tape to help identify hallway paths, dramatic play items with distinctive textures and textured paper and bold Sharpies.

Thank you to all of the volunteers who took the time to write the applications.



The PTSA just purchased $1,300 worth of books for Payne classroom libraries, made possible through the profits of the Scholastic Book Fair. Purchases were based on recommendations from school librarian Tim Gordon, literacy coach Tiffani Turner and teachers. Titles range from Artemis Fowl to Dog Man to Superfudge.



Last month the Payne Brownie troop went hiking at Kingman Island. They learned about the “leave no trace” philosophy and practiced marking a trail.



Dec. 10: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., volunteer fingerprinting. Spots still are available Click here to sign up.

Dec. 11: 5 p.m., ASL Winter Performance

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

Dec. 17: 4 p.m., A Winter Performance of Frozen

Dec. 18: Payne Night at Temple Hills Skate Palace

Dec. 19: 5:15 p.m., Scrooge: The Musical

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

Dec. 23-Jan. 1: No school

Jan. 17-20: No school

Jan. 27-28: No school

Payne Winter Concert Information

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As December approaches, the Specials Teachers will begin preparing students for two upcoming winter performances. On December 17th, all students from PreK-2 will be performing Frozen themed songs. This will take place promptly at 4:00 in the Auditorium. Doors will open at 3:30. On December 19th all students in grades 3-5 will be participating in Scrooge: The Musical. We are excited to have 4th graders acting in the play, while 3rd and 5th graders will be singing musical numbers. Doors for Scrooge: The Musical open at 4:45. Showtime is 5:30.

On the day of both shows, all students are expected to stay after school until show time. After-care students will have their super in the cafeteria, and all other children will be provided either with a snack (PreK-2) or dinner (3-5) in a separate location.

We would like all students in 3rd and 5th grade to wear red tops (no logos please) and dark bottoms. Red dresses are also acceptable. Students in grades Pre-K-2 are encouraged to wear Frozen themed costumes, white or blue. Students should bring their outfits to school labeled in a bag with their name and class. All students will change prior to the show. Students should not come to school dressed in show attire.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact anyone from the Specials team. Our emails are listed below.

Thank you for your continued support,

Ms. Barbarino