Payne Wildcat News: Trivia Night | Reading Tutors | Open Houses

Hello, Wildcats.

The PTSA is hosting a trivia night for parents, teachers and members of the Payne community at 8 p.m. on Feb. 24. 

In an effort to break up the pandemic monotony and spice this trivia night up, we’re hiring a real trivia night facilitator. In other words, it’s a friendly competition but bring your A-game.



Reading Partners, a tutoring program that has been helping Payne students learn to read for years, is encouraging families to sign up for virtual sessions on Zoom. The program is offering 1-on-1 reading tutoring to students, free of charge, and will work with your family’s schedule.

  • All Kindergarten and first grade students are eligible for the program.
  • Second, third and fourth grade students who are behind grade level also are eligible.

An e-signed permission slip is required before tutoring can begin. If you are interested, please reach out to Natalie Danett at or call 845-803-9770.



Payne virtual open houses are underway. Please share this signup link with your friends and neighbors who will have potential Wildcats next year. We still are looking for Payne parents to attend and share experiences and we have an immediate need for a parent volunteer this Friday.

  • 9 a.m. Jan. 29
  • 4 p.m. Feb. 5
  • 9 a.m. Feb. 12
  • 4 p.m. Feb. 19
  • 9 a.m. Feb. 26 



You and your kids can support our city’s oldest residents this Valentine’s Day by creating cards for the Cupid’s Kids project. For the past few years, the DC Department of Aging and Community Living has teamed up with DC schools to create thousands of Valentine’s Day cards. This year, the project is open to all ages. Through Feb. 5, you can drop off Valentine’s Day cards at locations throughout the city (the NE Library, for example) or mail them to 500 K Street NE, Washington, DC 20002. The cards will go to seniors who receive home-delivered meals. Click here for a toolkit and detailed instructions



A virtual self-care summit called Taking Care of Yourself 2021 is underway this week through the D.C. Department of Behavioral Health. Designed for parents and educators of young children, there are two days of expert panels and Q&A sessions and more. For more information contact Ghislaine Toussaint-Green at 202-597-2908.

Sign up for Thursday’s sessions here:

Sign up for Friday’s sessions here:   



Jan. 28: 5 p.m., orientation for in-person learning

Jan. 29: No school

Feb. 1: In-person learning begins

Feb. 3: In-person and CARES classes end at 12:15. This end time will remain in effect each Wednesday.

Feb. 15: No school