Payne Wildcat News: Payne Days at the Arboretum Starts Saturday | Book Fair Launch

This Saturday — when the weather will be supercalifragilistic-absolutely gorgeous — will be the first of three Payne Family Days at the National Arboretum.

Visit the Arboretum from 9 a.m. to noon for activities like scavenger hunts, wildlife watching and nature walks. Enter via R Street, off of Bladensburg Road, and there will be a table with materials set up in front of the Arbor House labeled “Payne Elementary.” This is an unstaffed event, and masks are required. Stop by and see some of your Payne friends. Did I mention it’s going to be sunny?

If you can’t make this Saturday, the Arboretum will be hosting two more Payne Family Days on Nov. 14 and Nov. 21, 9 a.m. to noon. Special thanks to Science Teacher Mr. Creef for helping to coordinate.

More details are attached or visit the Arboretum’s website.


Payne’s online Scholastic Book Fair kicks off Monday and will run through Nov. 22. Visit this link, and a portion of sales will benefit Payne’s own library and classrooms:

Because it’s online, there are more book options (6,000+) than in-person book fairs. Books will be delivered to your home, and purchases of more than $25 have free shipping.


Friday, Nov. 6: No school for students

Nov. 7: 9 a.m.-noon, Payne Family Day at the Arboretum

Nov. 7: Free community event: Dinosaur drawings virtual workshop with the National Museum of Natural History, 11 a.m.

Nov. 8: Free community event: 2-3:30 p.m. virtual workshop on making portraits from Eastern Market Art Series and Teachings

Nov. 9-22: Scholastic Online Book Fair

Nov. 11: No school: Veterans Day

Nov. 14.: 9 a.m.-noon, Payne Family Day at the Arboretum

Nov. 21: 9 a.m.-noon, Payne Family Day at the Arboretum

Nov. 25-27: No school: Thanksgiving Break