Wildcat PTSA News: Come to the PTSA Meeting | Spring Carnival | Enrichment & Saturday Arts

Hello, Payne Community. 

A virtual PTSA meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16. Get a preview for spring activities: a June carnival, an outdoor music event and more movie nights. We’ll share a Zoom link in advance. 

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SPRING CARNIVAL 

Speaking of that June carnival … A volunteer team is being formed to help plan a fun and safe event. We are looking for ideas for activities, auction items, or sponsors. Please email PTSA Fundraising Chair Alison Mitchell to join the planning team or submit your ideas.

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CLEANING SUPPLIES NEEDED

The school is asking parents to send cleaning supplies to school. Please help to purchase these supplies through this Amazon Wish List: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1GDBPHHQTTKJK/?ref_=lol_ov_le  

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BOYS & GIRLS BASKETBALL

The boys and girls basketball teams have been hard at work practicing since November, and are now in the middle of their season. Currently games are closed to spectators due to COVID, but make sure to give the athletes some cheers if you see them around school. Next week the boys will compete against Van Ness Elementary School, and the girls will play Drew Elementary School. 

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GOFUNDME FOR PAYNE FAMILY
Payne has shared a GoFundMe link for a 14-year-old former Payne student who suffered an eye injury at his school. His sibling is a current Payne student. Please consider supporting this family. https://gofund.me/2c304ffd

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SATURDAY ARTS ACADEMY STARTS SOON

It’s been great to see all of the interest for the Payne Saturday Arts Academy. Classes still are available for every age group. The spring session starts Saturday, Feb. 5. It’s not too late to sign up: https://tinyurl.com/paynesaturday 

  • Piano is the Academy’s most popular instrument, and only 3 beginner piano spots are left for Kindergarten-2nd grades.
  • Dance Institute of Washington’s ballet has lots of availability for 3rd-5th grades.
  • Only ONE spot is left for PK3/PK4!
  • Tiny violins are so cute. Violin 1 has room for Kindergarten-5th grades.
  • Guitar 1: Spots are available for 1st-5th grades, and the teacher plans to teach them rock and pop songs the kids will recognize. 
  • There’s lots of room for basketball for Kindergarten-5th grades.
  • Piano 2, Violin 2 and Robots 2 spots are available for kids who completed Level 1 in the fall.
  • We are seeing movement on the waitlist, so reach out to Jessica Coomes (jessicamcoomes@yahoo.com) if you’d like to be added to waitlists for classes that are currently full.

Tuition waivers are available for Payne families. Join us!

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AFTERSCHOOL ENRICHMENT

After school enrichment programming is well underway for grades PK3-2nd. The full schedule is attached to this email. This eight-week session is running Mondays through Thursdays. PK3, PK4 and Kindergarten have tumbling and yoga; first grade has dance and yoga; and second grade has drama and dance.  Each grade has programming that differs from the fall session. Enrichment coordinator Kate Abend says we had hoped to have drama for additional grades but were unable to secure instructors; other grades may have drama in the spring.  

Thanks to all parents who have made the recommended afterschool enrichment tuition payment of $300 per child, which covers all programming for the entire year (about $6 per class). We were grateful to receive several additional tuition payments prior to winter break. If you intend to pay tuition but have not yet done so, please remit payment at www.PayPal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/2334146 or drop a check in the PTSA box at the front desk. Include the notation “PK3-2nd Grade Enrichment” on your payment. Partial tuition payments also are welcome. All Payne After School students will continue to participate in enrichment programming regardless of ability to pay. 

Questions about afterschool enrichment? Email Kate Abend

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IMPORTANT DATES

Feb. 5: Payne Saturday Arts Academy starts
Feb. 16: 6 p.m., PTSA virtual meeting

Feb. 21-25: No school

Feb. 24: Daniel A. Payne’s Birthday

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.

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                                                                                                          Jaclyn.barbarino@k12.dc.gov