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Wildcat PTSA News: 3 Stars for Payne | Big Yellow Bin

PAYNE EARNS 3 STARS.

For the first time, standardized school report cards are measuring the school performance of all public schools, DCPS and charter. Payne scored 3 out of 5 stars for last year’s performance. So is 3 stars good? “It’s a great start,” Principal Byrd told parents Wednesday evening.

Byrd said she hopes and expects that the school will score higher in the future.  Already this year she and her staff are closely tracking student progress and she is encouraged by beginning of year testing results.

She’s particularly frustrated about declining math scores, however. The percentage of students approaching, meeting, or exceeding expectations on the PARCC dropped in 2017-18 from the previous year. On the positive side, Payne students do appear to be improving more rapidly in math than their peers in other public schools.

Byrd sent out a detailed explanation of the report card to the Payne community via email on Sunday. For the report card click here. Here are some things you might not have heard.

How does Payne stack up against its neighbors?

  • Only 27% of schools earned 4 or 5 stars.
  • Only 8% of schools earned 5 stars.
    • 5 stars: Maury, School-Within-School
    • 4 stars: Brent, Ludlow-Taylor, Two Rivers 4th Street and Watkins
    • 3 stars: Miner, Capitol Hill Montessori, J.O. Wilson, Tyler and Two Rivers Young

48 Minutes of play time? Payne’s Report Card notes 48 minutes per week of physical activity, but that’s a mistake Principal Byrd is correcting the record on. K-5 students receive 150 minutes a week of recess time (30 minutes x 5 days), plus 45 minutes per week during physical education class, she said. K-5 grades also receive an additional 45 minutes per week because Playworks visits their classroom and leads recreational activity, Principal Byrd said. PK grades get 60 minutes of recess per day and 45 minutes per week with Dr. Crumb in Phys-Ed.

Is attendance getting better? Payne has better than average daily attendance:  91% of students attend school each day. But Payne is below average when measuring the percentage of students who are in attendance for at least 90 percent of school days. About two thirds of Payne students reach that goal, and the D.C. average is slightly higher at 70 percent.

Have a question about the Payne report card? Email Principal Byrd at stephanie.byrd@dc.gov

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NO AFTERCARE DEC. 21. There is no aftercare on Friday, Dec. 21. That’s the same day as the Winter Wonderland holiday concert, which starts at 2:30 p.m.

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MORE BOOKS: With the support of the Capitol Hill Community Foundation, the PTSA purchased over $5,600 worth of books this week for every grade, from PK3 to 5th Grade, the Deaf and Hard of Hearing classrooms, and the BES classroom.

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BOOK GIVEAWAY. A free book giveaway is happening today from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at Eastern High School, 1700 E. Capitol St. N.E. This is Eastern’s Sixth Annual Give the Gift of Books event. Students and community members may select free books as holiday gifts for family and friends. Gift wrapping is available for free. Local businesses will be on-hand to sell gifts, too.

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CLOTHES DONATIONS. A big yellow bin sits just south of Payne, where you can drop off bags of clothes. It’s a Planet Aid bin. The organization, started in 1997, sells your donations on the wholesale used clothes market, and they often end up in developing countries. The organization is reducing the 14 million tons of textiles that end up in landfills every year in the United States. Rotting clothes in landfills create methane, which is a greenhouse gas. The organization accepts any article of clothing that isn’t dirty, wet or moldy, even underwear.

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MORE IMPORTANT DATES

Tonight: Thankful To Give spaghetti dinner, 4-6:30 p.m. Help put together care packages for D.C.’s homeless.

Dec. 17: Payne open house for prospective parents at 9:30 a.m. Interested in volunteering? Email Carolyn Bowen.

Dec. 19: Holiday Skate Party, 5-9 p.m. at the Temple Hills Skating Palace in Temple Hills, Md. You can still buy tickets at school on Monday morning or Sign up and pay online here. Tickets also will be available at the door.

Dec. 21: Winter Wonderland concert, 2:30 p.m. in the Auditorium. Doors open at 2 p.m.

Dec. 24-Jan. 1: Winter break

Beanstack Reading Challenge

A new year, a new reading challenge! This year DCPS has been challenged to read
5 million minutes this semester.  Just login to paynees.beanstack.com and log every minute read.

All reading counts. Beanstack can now be accessed via Clever with each student’s normal
Clever login information.
MORE GOOD NEWS! Teachers can now log reading minutes for an entire class at once
via Clever as well.
BEST OF ALL! The Beanstack Tracker app is available for all your mobile devices.

Washington Wizards Tickets

Washington Wizards Essay Competition

Calling all Payne students! If you would like to win one of the 22 free tickets (which includes $10 for concession) to the December 22, 2018 Washington Wizards game this is what you need to do. Write a two-paragraph essay on Why you think kindness and compassion are important in sports?  Winners will be selected and also take a group picture court side.

Essays are due by Friday, December 7th. Please turn your essays into Mrs. Oxendine.

(Transportation is not provided)

Payne Post

November 14, 2018

Student Raffle: We expect all students to attend school on Monday and Tuesday of next week.  Those students, will be eligible for a raffle of great prizes. Please note that in observance of Thanksgiving, school will be close 11/21-11/23.  Have a safe break.  See you Monday 11/26.

Payne Attendance Breakfast:  Please join members of the attendance team this Friday, November 16th at 8:30am in the auditorium for a breakfast geared toward attendance.  You will be able review your child’s attendance and ask questions regarding excuse notes.

Skate Party: Calling all Roller Skaters.  Payne’s PTA will be hosting a skate party on Wednesday, December 19th from 5-9pm.  Ticket sales will be beginning soon!  Please see flyer for more information.

Washington Wizards Tickets:  Dwight Howard’s Foundation has partnered with our school and we have 22 Wizards tickets for the December 22nd game and will be invited down to the court to meet Dwight.  If you would like to win one, please submit a 2 paragraph essay entitled “Why I think kindness and compassion are important in sports?” Turn it in by 12/7 to Mrs. Oxendine.  Please see flyer for more info.

Thanksgiving Basket Distribution: We will be distributing donated thanksgiving baskets on Tuesday at 2:00pm in the school auditorium while they last.

Payne Post

 

November 7, 2018

 

Literacy Night! Come join us for fun activities, reading, parent workshops, and book giveaways this Thursday, November 8th from 4:30-6:00pm.

 

Book Fair: The Scholastic Book Fair is running 3-6 pm. Nov. 6-9 in the school library. You can also buy a book online between now and Nov. 13; the books will be shipped to Payne. If the book sale raises more than $800, Payne receives Scholastic Dollars valued at 50 percent of sales to spend on books for the school

 

Chess Club:  Would you like to join the Payne Chess Club?  Calling all 1st through 5th grade students.  Starting on December 5th, the Payne Chess Club will be meeting Wednesday from 4:30-5:30pm. If you are interested, please fill out form in the Wednesday folder and return to office.

 

Join Payne’s Brownie Troop!  Calling all 2nd and 3rd Grade girls.  There are still several spaces available in Troop 1455.  We meet on Monday afternoons, and we’d love to have you!  Make friends, learn new skills, earn badges, sell cookies, and, most importantly, have fun!  Please contact Mrs. Thompson (Dionne.mason-thompson@dc.gov) if you’d like to join or have any questions!

 

Thankful to Give: Mrs. Fox is collecting adult toiletry items to give to those in need during the holiday season.  She is also collecting hats, scarves, and gloves.  Items can be dropped off at her classroom.

Wildcat PTSA News: Skate Party | Deaf Etiquette 101 | Fundraiser Gains

Good evening, Payne parents and staff.

Save the date for Payne’s Holiday Skate Party 5-9 p.m. Dec. 19. The PTSA rented the Temple Hills Skating Palace in Temple Hills, Md., and the rink is all ours for the evening. Tickets will be $10 per person, and Payne will receive a hefty 60 percent of the revenue. Funds will benefit field trips. Stay tuned for information on how to purchase tickets. The skate party will be held in lieu of the Dec.18 PTSA meeting.


TB TEST FOLLOW-UP. 43 people received TB tests at Payne last week, one of the prerequisites for chaperoning field trips. Thanks to Lisa Lindstrom of Primary Promenade Care for donating her time and supplies and Payne parent Julia Arons for reading the tests. Unfortunately, the PTSA was unable to accept donations to help recoup costs during part of the testing session. If you wanted to donate but were not able, you can make a donation via the organization’s PayPal account or drop money in the PTSA mailbox near Ms Cox’s desk. Don’t forget: Fingerprinting is scheduled for Nov. 28 from 3-6 p.m. at Payne. You need to bring your TB results with you.


STORY KICKOFF. The Story of Our School Project has officially begun. The first meeting took place today, and “the kids are a great group – eager and interested!” said Jen Harris, who works for the non-profit. The team of students and teachers are building a museum-quality exhibit that celebrates Payne’s history. Track their progress on Twitter @schoolstoriesdc, Instagram @storyofourschools and Facebook @StoryofOurSchools.

BUILD A LITTLE FREE LIBRARY. Did you say you’re handy? Great, we need your help. The PTSA purchased a Little Free Library to be installed outside of Payne. Before it’s painted and decorated, it needs to be assembled. Interested? Contact Alyssa Thomas.


FUNDRAISER GAINS

  • Hungry voters endorsed the carb wave Nov. 6. The well-timed bake sale earned the PTSA $600. Thanks to all who baked, worked the booth and made the sugar tsunami possible.
  • The Primary.com uniform fundraiser brought in $425 for Payne. You can continue to raise money for the school using this link; 10 percent of your purchase benefits Payne.
 

DEAF ETIQUETTE 101

Payne is home to a Deaf and Hard-of Hearing (DHOH) program, which has provided the following etiquette tips for the wider school community.


Getting a deaf person’s attention:

  • Flicker overhead lights in the room.
  • If sitting at a table, tap to create vibrations.
  • Wave in a polite but noticeable way.
  • It is perfectly acceptable to tap a deaf person to get their attention. In hearing culture, this often is not taken well, but in the deaf community it is probably the most preferred method of getting a person’s attention.

Communication:

  • Don’t speak unnaturally slowly or over-annunciate. This is heavily frowned upon in the deaf community. Talk normally, and if the person is unable understand you, you may refer to the next few options.
  • Use an interpreter. When using this option, look at the deaf person when you talk.
  • Text.
  • Write.

Culture Norms:

  • First names are acceptable.
  • When people are signing to one another, it’s OK to walk through, but don’t make a big deal of it; a simple nod will show respect.
  • Deaf people take FOREVER to say goodbye. There are at least 5 hugs and 7 goodbyes before anyone actually leaves.
  • Deaf people tend to be very direct.

MORE IMPORTANT DATES

Nov. 9 (tomorrow): Last day for Scholastic Book Fair, 3-6 p.m. in the library.

Nov. 9 (tomorrow): Last day to place orders for Payne T-shirts.

Nov. 13: PTSA meeting, 6 p.m. On the agenda: school band and orchestra; online dashboard for tracking school test scores and progress; presentation from fourth-grade students; Eliot-Hine’s new principal speaks

Nov. 16: Attendance social, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Check your student’s attendance record and grab a breakfast treat.

Nov. 28: Fingerprinting for Payne parent volunteers at the school.

Dec. 5: Payne Chess Club holds first meeting. Meetings will be 4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

Dec. 14: Thankful To Give family dinner, 4-6:30 p.m. Help put together care packages for D.C.’s homeless.

Dec. 18: PTSA meeting canceled.

Dec. 19: Holiday Skate Party, 5-9 p.m. at the Temple Hills Skating Palace in Temple Hills, Md.

Wildcat PTSA News: $81K for Laptops | Meet Officer Simpson | Fall Fest

Big news to report this week: Payne secured an $81,000 grant from Lowe’s. This will fund 91 laptops, 15 teacher computers, two charger carts, one poster maker and one laminator. Parents Andria Thomas and Lexi Smith were instrumental in securing the grant from the home improvement giant.

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Fall Festival by the Numbers.

  • $7,250. Dollars raised from 13 sponsors.
  • $2,000+.  Dollars raised from sales and donations of pumpkins, bake sale, chili, raffle and t-shirts.
  • 100. Pumpkins sold.
  • 15. Vats of chili consumed.
  • Too many to count. Brownies, cookies, cupcakes.
  • 2. Presidents in attendance: the Nationals’ Abraham Lincoln and Payne PTSA President Mark Jordan.
  • 35+. Volunteers making the day happen.
  • 17. Booths from community organizations and vendors.
  • 0. Raindrops between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (Thank you, weather!)
  • Tons: Fun had by all

 

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MEET THE STAFF

Security Officer Lisa Simpson is the first face you see when you step inside Payne most days of the week. Officer Simpson has been providing school security since 2006, and this is her third year at Payne. Officer Simpson is a contractor, employed by Security Assurance Management. She’s also worked security in the Ronald Reagan Building but prefers interacting with students.

Q. What is your favorite part of the job?

A. I love the fact that when I stand right here in the morning, I greet the kids. I see their faces, they just light up. They’re eager to get in the building. I love that.

Q. Can you talk about the importance of your role?

A. I am the first person anyone sees, so it’s very important my eyes are open along with my ears and that I monitor everything and anything that comes through this door.

Q. What advice would you give parents to keep the school safe?

A. When you come through the building, just abide by the rules. I know that there are changes,  but sometimes change is good.

Q. You mentioned new rules, is that the requirement all parents enter through the front door?

A. Coming through the front, signing in, showing ID. Just being considerate of the fact you have to go to the office and check in. It’s about safety for the kids.

Q. What kind of training do you get for the job? Are you trained to stop someone if you have to use physical force?

A.  I am not able to arrest or put my hands on anyone physically, but if a situation came into place, I will do what I need to do to make sure that everyone is safe. We get training every year — CPR for child, adult and infant.

Q. What do you do for fun?

A. Movies. I love the movies. Bowling. I want to learn how to shoot pool. For the most part, I’m just really laid back. Just really chill.

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BOOK FAIR.

The Scholastic Book Fair is Nov. 6-9, and parents are needed to help sell books in the late afternoon and early evening. Sign up here. A portion of the proceeds will go toward book purchases for the school. Book fairs typically raise more than $1,000 for new books.

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NEW MAKER SPACE.

Librarian Tim Gordon created a “self-serve maker space” outside of the library. The station will feature a rotation of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) activities with an emphasis on the arts. The station requires independence, so Gordon expects the space to be used by 3rd-5th graders. “It will be available throughout the year with new projects appearing monthly,” Gordon said.

Pictured above are directions for creating an origami crab at the maker space.

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BOX TOP TIP.

Does your child have a grandparent in their life? Grandparents love to collect Box Tops. Ask them to save their Box Tops for Payne. Collection boxes are in the main office and in front of Ms. Fox’s Kindergarten classroom.

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MORE IMPORTANT DATES

Friday: Payne Moms Happy Hour, 6 p.m., Ophelia’s Fish House.

Oct. 24: For College Awareness Month, students can skip wearing their Payne uniform for the day if they wear college gear instead.

Oct. 25-26: No school.

Oct. 31: Payne After School presents Spook-tacular, 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the auditorium and cafeteria with games, crafts and a haunted house. Students must be accompanied by their after school teacher, and parents are encouraged to attend. Call Ms. Cox with questions, 202-698-3262.

Nov. 6: Election Day bake sale at Payne.

Nov. 6-9: Scholastic Book Fair.

Nov. 8: Literacy Night at Payne.

Nov. 28: Fingerprinting for Payne parent volunteers comes on-site to Payne. Details to come.

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NEWS TIPS.

Do you have news the Payne community should know? Send newsletter tips to PTSA Communications Chair Tony Lombardo, tonylombardo1@yahoo.com.

Early School Arrivals

Autumn is here.

The sun does not rise as early and the temperature is getting lower, but our operating hours remain the same. Breakfast begins at 8:10am, class begins at 8:45.  Students who arrive early will not be allowed into the building for any reason prior to 8:10am.  The only exceptions are 5th grade students whose parents have agreed that they can participate in Mr. Bergfalk’s breakfast program.

 

Here’s why:

Faculty and staff report to duty at 8:00am.  Between 8:10 and 8:40 teachers are preparing for instruction or collaborating with their colleagues, coaches or principal. Aides are preparing classrooms for breakfast. No one is available to supervise students prior to 8:10.

 

Students are encouraged to play on the playground prior to 8:10. However, it is important that they be supervised for their own safety. It is the responsibility of the parent to watch their own child when school is not open.

 

If assistance is needed with Before Care please contact Mr.  Davis (Robert.Davis5@dc.gov)

Wildcat PTSA News: Fall Festival is Saturday | Meet the Teacher | $12K for Classrooms

The school’s Fall Festival is Saturday. This is one of the biggest fundraisers and best events of the school year – and it’s looking like we’ll finally get some nice, crisp fall weather. Swing by the Payne playground 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Chow down on Frito pies and other treats, buy a pumpkin and decorate it, climb on a fire truck, and meet mascots from the Nationals and D.C. Water. Kids can burn energy in the bounce house and get their faces painted. Bring your friends and neighbors.

Thanks to numerous sponsors, PTSA members already have raised $7,250 for the festival and hope to exceed the $8,000 fundraising goal on Saturday. We’re still looking for volunteer booth workers, bakers and chili makers.

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BOARD ACTIONS

The PTSA board met Tuesday and approved allocating more than $12,000 to fund resources for classrooms, including supplemental books for Kindergarten through fifth grade; science and art supplies; and resources for the deaf and hard of hearing classrooms. The board also approved $5,000 to support the school’s Robotics Team.

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MEET THE TEACHER

When it comes to teaching, second grade is the sweet spot for Donita Hubbard, a native of Seat Pleasant, Md. This is her seventh year of teaching (her second at Payne), and despite a one-year detour to kindergarten at Nalle Elementary, second grade is where she wants to be.

Q. Why do you teach second grade?

A. Something about second graders. They’re old enough to self-regulate, but they are still young enough that what I think is super fun and cool, they consider it cool. Being able to talk about plants and extreme weather, and seeing their excitement. I have worked Kindergarten before, and that’s about teaching self-regulation and developing a little person. Second grade is not so much about that, as it is about content, which I prefer.

Q. Are you doing anything different this year?

A. Kind of doing the same thing, in just a bigger way. So, last year we did plants and did one field trip. This year we’re trying to do multiple field trips, so they can get many opportunities and experiences outside of the classroom.

Q. Where do you want to go on field trips that you didn’t go last year?

A. Last year we went to the Anacostia Watershed. This year we’re going to the watershed again. We’ve been to Glen Echo Theater already. We’re hoping to go to the National Arboretum for plants, and we’re going to start extreme weather, so I’m hoping to get a meteorologist to come in, and the Newseum could be good for that.

Q. There seems to be a lot more emphasis on field trips this year, across the school. What’s going on? Why is that?

A. It’s important to remember [children] learn through experiences. In the same way we do as adults, too, they kind of feel their way around in the real world. I can talk about planting a seed, but if I’m actually planting seeds, it makes a difference.

Q. What would you say to first grade and Kindergarten parents to get their kids ready for second grade?

A. If we could come into second grade being independent problem solvers, I think that would propel us. We spend a good deal of the beginning of the year talking about being a good classroom citizen. Most of them know how to do it, but [parents] can have that conversation [with their kids] in the summer. “Make sure you’re being kind and saying kind words and cleaning up after yourself.” I think that would be setting them up for success, behaviorally.

Q. Do you have anything unique hobbies you bring into the classroom?

A. So, I sing. But I don’t full-out belt a song to the kids. But I jokingly play around and sing stuff, and they love it and they’ll start singing randomly with me. I’m like [SINGING] Get your papers! and they’re like I’m gonna get my papers!  It’s cute. It works.

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JOIN US ON SLACK

Payne has a Slack group, and you’re invited. The app fosters collaboration and communication among Payne parents, staff and the community.  Email Carolyn Bowen and she will add you to the group, PayneElementaryDC. Once in, you can join sub groups such as #grants and #greenspace, or connect one-on-one with PTSA board members and parents.

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LIBRARY HELP

Tim Gordon, the Wildcat librarian, is looking for a volunteer once a week from 1:30-2:30 (any day except Wednesday) to help around the library. Contact Lexi Smith.

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MORE IMPORTANT DATES

Saturday: Fall Festival, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Payne.

Oct. 16: PTSA meeting, 6 p.m. in the Auditorium. Principal Byrd will speak.

Oct. 18: Payne Dad’s Happy Hour, 6:30 p.m. at The Brig. Join the Dad’s Happy Hour email group.

Oct. 19: Payne Mom’s Happy Hour, 6 p.m., Ophelia’s Fish House.

Oct. 25-26: No school.

Nov. 8: Literacy Night at Payne.

Nov. 7-9: Scholastic Book Fair. Buy books while earning money for Payne. Interested in volunteering at the fair or helping to coordinate? Email Carolyn Bowen.