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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.

HO, HO, HOLIDAY PROGRAMS

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: jaclyn.barbarino@k12.dc.gov

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ASL CLUB SHOWCASE

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.

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ROLLERSKATING PARTY

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.

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GRANT MONEY? WE GOT IT

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.

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LOTS OF NEW BOOKS

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.

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OUT AND ABOUT

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

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IMPORTANT DATES

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                                                                                                          Jaclyn.barbarino@k12.dc.gov

Payne is a 4 Star School!

Feel free to tell everyone you know, that your child attends a 4 STAR school.

Please join as we celebrate students, parents and teachers and all of the hard work that is going into the fulfillment of our school vision.  The students of Payne are capable of  exceeding all expectations and out performing all other students in the district because of our great school community.

Word on the street is that Payne is Poppin’!

We are now a …

Wildcat PTSA News: Fingerprints Reminder | Parent Concerns | Reach Program

Hello, everybody.

Spots are filling up for fingerprinting for volunteers the morning of Dec. 10. Click here to sign up. Please bring your negative TB test result. Read more about the DCPS volunteering requirements here. And for those with a security clearance, you can skip fingerprinting and complete this Federal Security Clearance Verification Form.

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PAYNE’S STRENGTHS AND CHALLENGES.

At Tuesday’s PTSA meeting, members held small-group discussions about their families’ experiences at Payne so far this year. As they talked, the PTSA asked them to identify things that have been going well as well as their concerns. PTSA President Mark Jordan summarized members’ key points and submitted them to Principal Byrd on Wednesday.

Strengths

  • All around shout-out for Payne’s teachers and staff.
  • Hands-on learning, chickens example specifically (three of the four tables mentioned this).
  • Kids are loving science.
  • ASL Club and ASL used in class (three of the four tables mentioned this).
  • Reach and Reading Partners — good community partners.
  • FLEX Academies aftercare.
  • Having drama as a special.
  • Responsiveness of particular managers.
  • Fall Festival.
  • Library is well-stocked and beautiful.
  • School facility is always bright, clean, and welcoming.
  • PTSA newsletters / Payne Posts — consistent updates.
  • Excellent enrichment program in aftercare.
  • Members also praised specific staff members and those names were forwarded to Principal Byrd and the PTA will reach out to them directly to pass the plaudits on.

Challenges / Opportunities for Growth

  • Lack of substitutes (mentioned by two of four tables).
  • Can parents be informed when teachers are out?
  • Lack of crossing guard at 15th and C streets (mentioned by two of four tables).
  • Departmentalization of second grade — still adjusting, question about whether or not it is working.
  • Communications (e.g. inconsistencies and/or mistakes in dates/calendars). Recommendation: Update website? Archive Payne Post online?
  • Broken faucets/lack of soap in boys’ bathroom by cafeteria (has been an ongoing problem for months).(Update: Ms. Oxendine reports that the faucet was fixed as of 11/21).
  • Insufficient physical activity during the day — some days kids only get to play for 10 minutes at recess. Recommendation: Could there be more opportunities for kids to take breaks during class to be active in some way?
  • Staffing issues in Kindergarten — lack of communication — uncertain plan for December. (Update: Thanks to Principal Byrd for sending a communication out regarding this topic today).
  • More math support/resources/enrichment.
  • Increased reading support in fourth and fifth (e.g. where Reach and Reading Partners don’t provide services).
  • Add paraprofessionals in older grades.
  • Open playground on weekend.
  • School grounds need cleaning up.
  • Too much candy / juice / cupcakes in school.
  • Lack of chaperones given frequency of ECE field trips — expecting same parents. Recommendation: Can we combine field trips and neighborhood excursions (which require fewer chaperones?)

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REACH LITERACY

Have you heard about Reach? This non-profit has been working with Payne for nine years to help our second and third grade students learn to read. NPR ran a story on the program in March featuring the program’s work at Payne.

Teen mentors visit Payne every Tuesday and Thursday after school to help with reading. The teen literacy instructors are paid $20 to $260 per month.

The teens also are published authors. You can buy the books on this website  to support the program.

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BOOK SALE SUCCESS

Thanks to everyone who attended the East City Bookshop Fundraiser on Nov. 16. Payne earned $635, which was the biggest East City fundraiser for the school to date.

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ED FEST VOLUNTEERS NEEDED.

EdFest, D.C.’s annual public school fair is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 at the D.C. Armory, 2001 East Capitol St. S.E. Payne will be there along with all other DCPS schools. Flu shots for kids and adults will be administered, and library card signups will be available. Parking and admission are free. Read more here. Payne is seeking volunteers to participate and share your Wildcat experience. Click here to sign up for a one-hour shift.

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VOLUNTEER AND DONATION OPPORTUNITIES

Payne Community Liaison Danielle Ciaurro shares the following:

Please donate:

  • Winter coats (sizes 10-12, both genders)
  • Clear storage bins for uniforms
  • Props, costumes, and materials for the winter play
    • Top hat
    • 3 plaid vests for boys
    • 1 black cape with hood
    • 1 red cape with collar
    • Fake gold coins or gold paint
    • 2 small wooden desks
    • Plaid tablecloth
    • Fake chains for ghosts
    • 2 baskets
    • Large sack
    • Bench
    • Paint
    • Paint brushes
    • Large sheet for background
    • Grim reaper staff
    • White make up
    • Long skirts for girls (Various sizes)
    • Cane or crutch for Tiny Tim
    • 3 pairs of black knee socks
    • Metal cups
    • Scrooge’s pajamas
    • Fluid for smoke machine

Volunteer your time to:

  • Organize and take inventory of uniforms
  • Assist Drama Teacher Ms. Barbarino in making props or costumes
  • Assist with Chess Club
  • Assist with science projects
  • ​Assist with the chicken coop Dec. 2-6
  • Set up labs during the school day
  • Assist students with Science Fair projects in December and January

Want to help or have questions? Email: danielle.ciaurro@k12.dc.gov

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We wish a special thank you to one of our Fall Festival Gold Sponsors, Tripoint Solutions, which shares this message:

Tripoint Solutions is an IT solutions provider focused on the intersection of people, process, and technology in the Federal workplace. We do our best to give back to the community and are thrilled to support Payne Elementary for the 2019-2020 school year!

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IMPORTANT DATES

Nov. 22: Picture Day. Note: Uniform is not required this day if your child is getting pictures taken.

Nov. 26: No after care. Please pick up students no later than 3:20 p.m.

Nov. 27-29: Thanksgiving Break (no school)

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

Dec. 18: Payne Night at Temple Hills Skate Palace; tickets are $10.

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

Dec. 23-Jan. 3: No school

Wildcat PTSA News: East City Books Fundraiser | Story of Our School Donation | Fingerprinting

Hello, everybody!

Please visit East City Bookshop 4-7 p.m. this Saturday and buy some books. For everything you buy during this time, 20 percent will go directly to Payne. You can also buy books requested by classroom teachers or donate to the Payne Library. East City is located at 645 Pennsylvania Ave, SE. Shop local and support Payne. Bonus: there will also be complimentary wine and snacks.

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PTSA MEETING NEXT WEEK

There will be a PTSA meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday. Representatives from Eliot-Hine Middle School will speak and field questions. We’ll also learn more about REACH, a reading program that pairs teenage tutors with Payne students. And the PTSA wants to hear what’s on YOUR mind, so please join us!

You can also purchase tickets for Skate Night, which will take place Dec. 18 at Temple Hills Skate Palace from 6 – 9 p.m. Last year’s Skate Night was a huge hit last year, and this newsletter writer only crashed like 10 times. Tickets are $10 and 50% of the proceeds go to the PTSA.

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SHIRT SALE SUCCESS

Thanks to everyone who purchased Payne T-shirts. We exceeded our goal of 50, selling 84 clothing items and raising $280.

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

Reading Coach Tiffani Turner is looking for volunteers to help organize the book room. Separate from the library, this room is where guided-reading, unit books and other supplies are stored. Ms. Turner is looking for three to four volunteers to assist. Tasks included setting reading levels for books, organization, sign creation and decor improvements. She notes, it would be especially helpful if one of our taller community members stepped up. “The shelves are pretty high, and I’m directionally challenged,” she notes. Interested in helping? Email Ms. Turner: tiffani.turner@k12.dc.gov

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STORY OF OUR SCHOOL PROJECT

If your child attended Payne last year, you’ve probably heard of the Story of Our School Project. A team of students, led by PK3 Teacher Ms. Stokes, conducted a thorough research project on the history of Payne, detailing accounts of the school’s namesake, Daniel Payne and interviewing past students and longtime residents of the neighborhood. The culmination of this project is a museum-quality exhibit, to be built in the main entry space, that will educate the Payne community and visitors for years to come.

This initiative is part of the Story of Our Schools project. The cost to build the exhibit is estimated at $30,000, and more than $20,000 has been raised through donations of area businesses and residents like you. And now the PTSA Board has unanimously voted to chip in an additional $4,600 to help close the final gap!

“When complete, the Story of Payne exhibit will be a lasting legacy for the school — a vision honoring Payne’s rich past that our students and our community made a reality,” said PTSA President Mark Jordan. “Through this donation, the PTSA board wanted show our commitment to the project and we thank all members of the PTSA for your fundraising efforts that helped to make this possible.”

If you would like to learn more about the program or make a donation (every little bit helps!) visit this website.

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FINGERPRINTING

To everyone who got a TB test this fall: We will be hosting fingerprinting at Payne the morning of Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Click here to sign up. Fingerprinting is the last step to obtaining DCPS clearance for volunteering in city schools. Please bring your negative TB test result to the fingerprinting.

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We wish a special thank you to one of our Fall Festival Gold Sponsors, the Jeanne Phil Meg Team at COMPASS Real Estate:

Compass Concierge is a program that helps sellers capitalize on their homes’ equity to make improvements in order to simplify and quicken selling their homes. No interest or fees. Find out more at jeannephilmeg.com

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DOWN ON THE FARM

Science Teacher Mr. Creef, aka Farmer Creef, introduces one of our chickens to kindergartener Valerie Bowen.

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IMPORTANT DATES

Saturday, Nov. 16: 4-7 p.m., East City Bookshop fundraiser

Saturday, Nov. 16: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Feeder Fest at Eastern High School

Nov. 18: 9 a.m., open house for prospective families

Nov. 19: PTSA meeting, 6-7 p.m.

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

Nov. 21: Second grade field trip

Nov. 22: Picture Day. Note: Uniform is not required this day.

Nov. 26: No after care. Please pick up students no later than 3:20 p.m.

Nov. 27-29: Thanksgiving Break (no school)

Dec. 18: Payne Night at Temple Hills Skate Palace; details to come

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

Dec. 23-Jan. 3: No school

Wildcat PTSA News: Field Day | Safety Patrol | Anti-Bullying

Good evening, folks.

A reminder that Fall Field Day is this Thursday. Temps will be in the 50s and skies will be clear until the evening. Dress your kids in Payne gear or their class colors.

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PAYNE SHIRTS: LAST CALL

The PTSA’s t-shirt sale is ending Friday. Visit this page on Custom Ink. We need to sell 11 more items and we make our goal of 50.

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FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL ANNOUNCED.

The first day for the 2020-2021 school year will be Aug. 31.

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SAFETY PATROL, ASSEMBLE!

For the second year, Dr. Crumb has assembled a team of students and deputized them with badges and PT belts. Together they are … SAFETY PATROL. You’ll see this eight-student team of third, fourth and fifth graders at the end of the school day, making sure classes maintain their lines and wait patiently to be picked up. Safety Patrol students also pick up odd jobs around the school, ranging from cafeteria cleanup to handing out programs at events. They do not direct traffic or work outside school grounds.

D’Mari Farmer, a fourth grader, said he feels like a police officer when he dons the badge, but he really wants to be an engineer when he grows up. As a member of Safety Patrol, he knows he has an important mission:

“It’s about saving the community,” D’Mari said. “Helping children be good.”

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BE A BUDDY, NOT A BULLY. Payne social worker Taiya Gregory took the opportunity last month to discuss bullying with the students and to encourage kindness. Students took the “Anti Bullying Pledge”:

I will not bully others.

I will not leave anyone out.

I will help others being bullied.

If I cannot help a bully, I will tell an adult.

I will stand up for what is right.

The end of bullying begins with me!

I CARE. I CAN HELP. I CAN MAKE A CHANGE.

In this photo, students sign the anti-bullying pledge banner.

Students also participated in a bullying prevention poster contest. One of the top artists produced this fantastically friendly T-Rex. You can see all the posters in the hallway on the way to the cafeteria.

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LIBRARY NIGHT.

Family and students are invited to visit Payne’s library 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13. Read together and select a book to check out and read at home. Follow school librarian Tim Gordon on Twitter: @MrGordonLibrary

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ELIOT-HINE OPEN HOUSES

Come to one of Eliot-Hine Middle School’s open houses this winter. You will get an overview of the school, hear a panel discussion and get a classroom tour.

  • 10:15-11:30 a.m. Nov. 19
  • 10:15-11:30 a.m. Dec. 19
  • 10:15-11:30 a.m. Jan. 23
  • 6-7:15 p.m. Jan. 23
  • 10:15-11:30 a.m. Feb. 26
  • 6-7:15 p.m. Feb. 26

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NATS (AND PAYNE) ON PARADE

Tens of thousands of D.C.-area fans gathered Nov. 2 to cheer on the Nationals for their World Series victory. Joining in the excitement was a contingent of Payne students, teachers and staff who got to march in the parade, too, with other D.C. Public Schools. The Payne baseball field will receive up to $25,000 in grant money for field improvements courtesy of Major League Baseball. Payne’s participation in the MLB project led to the parade opportunity.

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A Note From One of Our Fall Festival Gold Sponsors:

Lisa & Leroy is a full service interior design firm offering design, renovation and interior decorating services. Creating stylish interiors through whimsy color pops, curated collections & non-stuff sophistication, our goal is to give you the home of your dreams. View our portfolio and get in touch at lisaandleroy.com

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IMPORTANT DATES

Nov. 7: Field Day

Nov. 11: Veterans’ Day (no school)

Nov. 13: Library Night, 4-5 p.m.

Nov. 14: Middle School Fair 5-6:30 p.m. in the Payne Auditorium with a prize drawing and multiple giveaways.

Nov. 14: Second grade field trip

Nov. 16: East City Bookshop fundraiser; details to come

Nov. 16: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Feeder Fest at Eastern High School

Nov. 18: 9 a.m., open house for prospective families

Nov. 19: PTSA meeting, 6-7 p.m.

Nov. 21: Second grade field trip

Nov. 22: Picture Day

Nov. 26: No after care. Please pick up students no later than 3:20 p.m.

Nov. 27-29: Thanksgiving Break (no school)

Dec. 18: Payne Night at Temple Hills Skate Palace; details to come

Dec. 23-Jan. 3: No school

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Have you joined the PTSA? Please join us and help support our school and students.

Payne Post 10/30

October 30, 2019

 

Fall Field Day: Due to inclement weather forecasted, we are rescheduling field day to Thursday, November 7th (weather permitting).   If you have questions or would like to volunteer, please reach out to Dr. Crumb at brian.crumb@k12.dc.gov.

Character Day:  Since field day was postponed, students are allowed to wear storybook character costumes this Thursday, October 31st.  Please note that scary costumes or masks are not allowed.  All grades are able to participate.

No School:  Please note that there is no school for students on 11/4, 11/5, and 11/11.  Also, school will be closed for Thanksgiving break on 11/27-11/29.

Middle School Fair:  Payne will be hosting a Middle School Fair on Thursday, November 14th at 5pm for all 3rd, 4th and 5th graders.  Six area middle schools will be in attendance as well as community partners with giveaway items.  We will also be giving out school supplies and raffling off Payne Gear.  Don’t miss out!

Payne T-Shirts:  Interested in purchasing a short or long sleeve Payne t-shirt?  If so, you can go to https://www.customink.com/fundraising/paynetshirts  just in time for all the field trips and cold weather.

Open House:  Open house season is here.  If you know of any potential parent or guardian interested in Payne, we will be giving tours and information on November 18th at 9:30am.  We will have an open question forum starting at 9am.  Please check in at the main office.

No Afterschool: There will be no afterschool on Tuesday, November 26th.  Please make sure to pick up your student by 3:20pm.

Wildcat PTSA News: Field Day Out, Costumes In | Haunted Payne | Chickens Arrive

Hello, Payne Community.

Field Day is rescheduled for Thursday, Nov. 7, but there is still fun to be had on Halloween at Payne. Wildcats are encouraged to dress as their favorite storybook character, but scary costumes and masks are not allowed. Science teacher Mr. Creef, anticipating the arrival of Payne’s chickens, dressed up a day early as Donald Duck.

The chickens arrived Wednesday and will stay at Payne for several weeks. They are looking healthy and happy.

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AFTERCARE HALLOWEEN FOR EVERYONE.

The aftercare program will be celebrating Halloween on Thursday with a haunted house, games and activities, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. All Payne students and family members are invited to participate, and students who are not enrolled in aftercare must have a parent present.

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FALL FESTIVAL WAS A BLAST

Thanks to everyone who attended last weekend’s Fall Festival. The PTSA raised more than $12,000 in sponsorships, donations and day-of sales. It would not have been possible without the support of all of the Payne community (and 23 pots of chili).

A special thanks also to our four Gold Sponsors. We’ll be highlighting each one over the next several newsletters. First up is the Pretzel Bakery.

The Pretzel Bakery serves small batch, hand-rolled, Philadelphia-style soft pretzels fresh-out-of-the-oven all day. Stop by or check out their menu http://thepretzelbakery.com/menu.

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BASEBALL FIELD IMPROVEMENTS.

The Hill Rag wrote a nice feature about the Capitol Hill Little League and improvements to Payne’s ballfield. Read more here.

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PAYNE SHIRTS: SALE ENDS SOON

Don’t forget your Payne swag. The sale runs through Nov. 8 via this page on Custom Ink.  As of publication time we need 17 more items to be purchased to reach our goal of 50.

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IMPORTANT DATES

Nov. 1: Third grade field trip

Nov. 4-5: No school

Nov. 7: Field Day

Nov. 11: Veterans’ Day (no school)

Nov. 13: Library Night, 4-5 p.m.

Nov. 14: Middle School Fair 5-6:30 p.m. in the Payne Auditorium with a prize drawing and multiple giveaways.

Nov. 14: Second grade field trip

Nov. 16: East City Bookshop fundraiser; details to come

Nov. 16: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Feeder Fest at Eastern High School

Nov. 18: 9 a.m., open house for prospective families

Nov. 19: PTSA meeting, 6-7 p.m. Please note the print calendar for November lists the meeting as Nov. 12, but the correct date is Nov. 1

Nov. 21: Second grade field trip

Nov. 22: Picture Day

Nov. 26: No after care. Please pick up students no later than 3:20 p.m.

Nov. 27-29: Thanksgiving Break (no school)

Dec. 18: Payne Night at Temple Hills Skate Palace; details to come

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Have you joined the PTSA? Please join us and help support our school and students.

Wildcat PTSA News: Nats and a New Baseball Field | Field Day Signups | New Shirts for PK

Hello, Payne Community!

See you at the Fall Festival, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday (tomorrow).

And thank you to everyone who has signed up to make this year’s Fall Festival fundraiser a huge success. The PTSA is particularly grateful for our 2019-2020 sponsor partners, including: The Pretzel Bakery, The Jeanne Phil Meg Team at COMPASS Real Estate, Lisa & Leroy, Tripoint Solutions, Solar Solution, Blue Star, DC Access, Maggio Roofing, Moody Graham, Jay Barry Group, Fowler Architects, Capitol Hill Auto Service, Aerica Kennedy with RE/MAX Allegiance, The Little Gym, Dwell Residential, District Vet Hospital, Johnson Law Group, Tiber Realty Group, Heather Schoell, Tom Faison – Real Estate in DC, Premier Financial Alliance, and Chris Cox at First Savings Mortgage.

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NATIONALS AT PAYNE

The Nationals’ staff (and could it be … some players!) are making a pitstop at Payne today, just hours before Game 3.

Payne’s ballfield, part of the Capitol Hill Little League program, has been selected for a $25,000 grant for upgrades from the Nats and Major League Baseball. The improvements could be for the field, a new mural and/or permanent dugouts. Remaining funds will be used to support other nearby fields.

Today, CHLL volunteers and Nationals staff will be at Payne from 9:30-11 a.m. to celebrate the award and do minor beautification work. Payne students who participated in the league or baseball summer camp also will participate.

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HELP WITH FIELD DAY.

Physical Education teacher Dr. Crumb is looking for many volunteers to help with Fall Field Day on Thursday, Oct. 31.  The kids will do obstacle courses, hockey, T-ball, potato sack races, horseshoes and more.

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PAYNE SHIRTS: *NEW SIZES* ON SALE

Thanks to requests from some PK parents, Payne T-shirts now come in smaller sizes. You can buy shirts in 2T-6T, in addition to a range of youth and adult sizes.

The sale runs through Nov. 8 via this page on Custom Ink. From the website, click on the picture of this kid to access 2T-6T options:

MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL FAIRS

It’s not too early to be thinking about middle school and high school, and there are two events for your radar.

MIDDLE SCHOOL FAIR. Third, fourth and fifth-grade students and their families are invited to meet with middles schools on Thursday, Nov. 14 from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Payne Auditorium. There will also be a prize drawing and multiple giveaways.

EASTERN FEEDER FEST. Learn about high school 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Eastern High School, 1700 East Capitol St. N.E. All in-boundary, feeder families and community members are invited. There will be refreshments, music, face painting, building tours and elected officials in attendance. RSVP: https://easternfest.eventbrite.com

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BOX TOPS DEADLINE.

The PTSA will be mailing all of our box tops for Box Tops for Education program on Thursday, Oct. 31, to meet the Nov. 1 fall earning deadline. If you have not done so, please deposit your box tops at Ms. Asante’s desk at the front office.

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IMPORTANT DATES

Oct. 26: Fall Festival, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on the playground

Oct. 31: Fall Field Day

Nov. 4-5: No school

Nov. 11: No school

Nov. 16: East City Bookshop fundraiser; details to come

Nov. 16: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Eastern High School Feeder Fest

Nov. 19: PTSA meeting, 6-7 p.m.

Nov. 27-29: No school

Dec. 18: Payne Night at Temple Hills Skate Palace; details to come

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