Parenting has been my life’s most joyful work. It is tiresome and confusing, filled with anxiety and ecstasy, yet it is the most fulfilling work there is. When you walk into Payne, hopefully some of the anxiety is eased and the joy is felt through a warm and welcoming community, delighted to see you and your child each day. If you have not had a chance to connect with our wonderful teachers, staff and parents, be sure to come out Wednesday night to the PTA meeting.
We are off to a great start. Students have been happily getting to know each other once again.
A message from PAYNE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Good Afternoon Payne Wildcats,
We are very close to the start of the new school year.
It is with mounting excitement and anticipation that we prepare for the opening of school. Teachers have been deep in study and reflection. New staff have been getting to know the community and I consistently hear the refrain “can’t wait till the kids get here”.
Next week will be a short week:
- Monday – MLK Holiday – No School
- Thursday – Professional Development Day – No School
- Friday – Inauguration Day – No School
But we will make the most out of the two days that we have:
- School Spelling Bee – Wednesday. Winners will be advanced to the School Cluster Competition, City-Wide Competition, and then the Scripts National Bee.
- Book Leveling in 2nd and 3rd Grade – enter book title into computer, get reading level, label book. Time required: approximately 10 hours.
- Wildcat Wednesday Folder Coordinator – copy and separate papers for the Wednesday folder. Time required: 2 hours a week for 6 weeks.
Happy New Year! And Welcome Back!
As we embark upon the second half of our school year we will remain consistent in our efforts to increase the number of students performing at higher levels, become better at our craft, and grow the Payne community.
School goals were shared with parents at the December PTA meeting (See PowerPoint file linked here: e89b4ee0-588a-445b-913d-d00271a34055).
2nd Grade has two new leveled classroom libraries, thanks to parents
Check it Out
School data and our school calendar (includes birthdays) are on display along the corridor between the cafeteria and main office.
Happening this Week
Coffee with the Principal – We will take a look at and discuss kindergarten and 1st grade
Friday, January 6th at 9am
In the case of a school delay, this will be moved to the following Friday
2nd grade teacher Mrs. Walker will be out for several weeks due to a personal emergency. We are doing everything we can to provide the best and most qualified coverage possible. As plans are solidified parents will be updated.
Small group instruction allows teachers the opportunity to work with students on the skills and concepts they meet each child’s specific need. This is where the magic happens. Everyday students grades K-5th are provided an individualized experience via small groups.
Students in grades 4 and 5 are participating in the Payne Book Battle, thanks to 5th grade teacher Ms. Johnson. Students have a Daily Reading Log; to track their reading, students with 140 minutes read earn a sticker.
Cheerleading, robotics and student government.
- Cheerleading tryouts have begun
- Our robotics team will participate in a robotics competition on Saturday, December 10th
- Student Government officers will be elected next week. Students will campaign through the week
Today we ended the day with a wonderful Holiday Celebration, where we encouraged to spread love and enjoy the season.
Next week we are in school all week. Winter Break begins on Thursday, December 22nd.
Please be reminded that tomorrow, Wednesday, November 23rd is a school day. All students are expected to attend.
But there is NO After School.
Over the following days we will have the opportunity to relax and enjoy family and friends. We can spend time reflecting on the start of a new school year and give thanks for our many blessings. Below are a few of the things I am thankful for:
- 301 beautiful wildcats. If you were not aware, we have grown a bit, our enrollment is up and our students are awesome.
- Teachers, paraprofessionals, social workers, psychologists, custodians, behavior techs, office staff, kitchen workers, security guards, speech pathologist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, substitute teachers, volunteer grandparents’ math coach and assistant principal all deeply committed to educating each student.
- An awesome cadre of parents who have welcomed and supported me as I transitioned into this new role.
- The opportunity to serve in this capacity.
Thanks to all who came out and enjoyed Literacy Night. Our next big event will be the Holiday Celebration in December.
Thanks to all who helped with our library.
Early Childhood Education (ECE)
Our ECE classes are under construction. We are moving into a new unit: Grocery Store. Centers are being transformed and students will don new personas like the shopper, the clerk who is checking out the groceries, the baker, produce manager or truck driver.
Check Us Out
Paynedc.org is up and running!
- Our robotics team will compete against other teams here on Saturday, December 10th.
- At Literacy Night we kicked off our writing contest for students 1st grade through 5th grade.
- Our Math Club is taking form.
- We will announce our student government officers soon.
The building opens to students at 8:15am. There is a parent operated Before Care in the Library. Students should arriving prior to 8:15 will remain on the playground and will not be supervised by Payne staff.
Nov 29 1st Grade to Air and Space Museum
Nov 30 PreK Parent Cafe
Dec 1 Coffee with the Principal
Dec 2 Professional Development Day – No School for Students
Dec 8 Holiday Celebration
Dec 10 EdFest (Volunteers needed to represent Payne at the DC Armory)
We have had an event filled opening to November here at Payne: PK Halloween parade; field trips, and parent-teacher conferences. I hope your little one is having a great experience here at Payne.
5th Grade Math Challenge:
I visited 5th grade and took on a few students at 24 Challenge, to my delight they are getting better. Still not able to beat me, but better.
Make these 4 digits equal 24; you must use each digit and they can only be used once:
6, 5, 3, 1 = 24
8, 4, 4, 4 = 24
We are anticipating large crowds on Election Day and seek to keep all students safe throughout the day. Please be sure to bring all students into the rear of the building. The front door will be used for voters. Students will not be allowed to use the front corridor.
3rd grade to Imagination Stage
Kindergarten Community Walk
3rd Grade Spelling Bee
4th Grade Spelling Bee 1:30
1st Grade Spelling Bee 2:00
Middle School Night 5:30
October is College Awareness Month. Please join us in conversations around college. Now is the time to instill the expectation. In my career, I have had the opportunity to speak with many parents about how we are preparing students and expect them to continue their education beyond high school and even beyond the undergraduate years of college. Some have listened with hope and quiet respect, for some there is no doubt, but for some the probability is daunting and precludes the possibility. I believe all of our students can, will and must attend college our collective future depends on it.
As a school community we must ensure that we speak to each other and pass amongst each other the keys to access the various worlds in which we live.
Up Coming Events at Payne!
ECE Parent Cafe / Wednesday, November 2nd / Parents of Pk3 and Pk4
Literacy Night / Thursday, November 17th
Middle School Night / Thursday, November 10th / 4th and 5th Grade Parents
Parent Volunteers Needed
Sunday, November 6th MOTH School Fair
Saturday, December 10th Edfest School Fair
Principal, Payne ES