Payne Wildcats News

Payne Wildcat News: Enrollment Corrections | CARE Classroom | Movie Night and Parent Support

ENROLLMENT FORMS

Hello, Payne community.  You may be getting a call or message from Payne’s office in the next few days with questions about your enrollment paperwork. DCPS annually audits enrollment forms and this year identified 80 discrepancies or issues that need attention, according to Payne administrative assistant Mrs. Mobley Cox-Asante, who is making calls and sending messages.

Please respond by Tuesday with necessary updates to your paperwork. If you need to visit the school in person, you can get copies or drop off paperwork from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. during the school week. The best email address for enrollment questions or responses is PayneESenroll@k12.dc.gov.


THIRD GRADE CARE CLASS

Many Payne families received calls from the school this week to gauge interest in having child attend a CARE classroom, a physical seat in the school building with a staff member to  facilitate virtual learning.

The school needed at least eight kids per grade to launch a CARE class, and only third grade met that threshold, Mrs. Mobley Cox-Asante said. The third grade CARE classroom will launch Nov. 18 with 11 students. Payne is not preparing another CARE class at this time, but it hasn’t been ruled out, either.


TIPS FOR VIRTUAL LEARNING / KID MOVIE NIGHT

Payne Social Worker Alice Keaney shares the following information about a special session for parents and a movie night for kids 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18:

The Payne Mental Health Team is thrilled to be partnering with Megan Lestino, a counselor from Maryland Family Resources, Inc. Megan will be facilitating a session for parents to discuss optimizing your child’s experience of virtual learning on Wednesday 11/18 at 6pm. We will play an age-appropriate movie through a separate Zoom link if your children want to join their friends for some fun while their parents learn. Please see the attached flyer for details and reach out to Ms. Keaney at alice.keaney@k12.dc.gov  with questions.

Zoom link for adults: https://bit.ly/payneparentslearn

Zoom link for children: https://bit.ly/paynemovienight

Participants in the learning session can win one of three $25 Scholastic Book Fair gift cards courtesy of the PTSA.


SPIRIT WEEK

  • Monday, Nov. 16: Express Yourself (T-shirts with messages, crazy hair/ hat/ socks)
  • ​Tuesday, Nov. 17: I’m Getting Ready (College/high school/Payne gear)
  • ​Wednesday, Nov. 18: Dreamer’s Day (Dress in your dream career attire)
  • ​Thursday, Nov. 19: Throwback Thursday (Choose clothes from any era)
  • Friday, Nov. 20: Class Colors Day/Field Day (Class colors – check with your child’s teacher)

ARBORETUM FUN

Payne families gathered at the National Arboretum last weekend for the first of three Payne Family Days. If you missed it, this Saturday, Nov. 14, is the second.

Visit the Arboretum from 9 a.m. to noon for activities such as scavenger hunts, wildlife watching and nature walks. Enter via R Street, off of Bladensburg Road, and there will be a table with materials set up in front of the Arbor House labeled “Payne Elementary.” This is an unstaffed event, and masks are required.

The last Payne Family Day will be Nov. 21, also 9 a.m. to noon.

This Arboretum staffer noted a lot of Payne families showed up last Saturday.


BOOK FAIR UPDATE

Payne’s online Scholastic Book Fair is underway through Nov. 22. Visit this link, and a portion of sales will benefit Payne’s own library and classrooms:

https://www.scholastic.com/bf/payneelementaryschool2

Because it’s online, there are more book options (6,000+) than in-person book fairs. Books will be delivered to your home, and book purchases of more than $25 have free shipping. Note: non-book items don’t count toward free shipping.


Do you have a spouse, neighbor or friend who isn’t receiving the PTSA newsletter? Send a note to Tony Lombardo, who can add them to the email group: tonylombardo1@yahoo.com.


IMPORTANT DATES

Saturday, Nov. 14.: 9 a.m.-noon, Payne Family Day at the Arboretum

Wednesday, Nov. 18: 6 p.m., Virtual Learning Session/Movie Night

Nov. 21: 9 a.m.-noon, Payne Family Day at the Arboretum

Nov. 25-27: No school: Thanksgiving break

Dec. 23-Jan. 1: No school: holiday break

Payne Wildcat News: Payne Days at the Arboretum Starts Saturday | Book Fair Launch

This Saturday — when the weather will be supercalifragilistic-absolutely gorgeous — will be the first of three Payne Family Days at the National Arboretum.

Visit the Arboretum from 9 a.m. to noon for activities like scavenger hunts, wildlife watching and nature walks. Enter via R Street, off of Bladensburg Road, and there will be a table with materials set up in front of the Arbor House labeled “Payne Elementary.” This is an unstaffed event, and masks are required. Stop by and see some of your Payne friends. Did I mention it’s going to be sunny?

If you can’t make this Saturday, the Arboretum will be hosting two more Payne Family Days on Nov. 14 and Nov. 21, 9 a.m. to noon. Special thanks to Science Teacher Mr. Creef for helping to coordinate.

More details are attached or visit the Arboretum’s website.


BOOK FAIR BEGINS

Payne’s online Scholastic Book Fair kicks off Monday and will run through Nov. 22. Visit this link, and a portion of sales will benefit Payne’s own library and classrooms:

https://www.scholastic.com/bf/payneelementaryschool2

Because it’s online, there are more book options (6,000+) than in-person book fairs. Books will be delivered to your home, and purchases of more than $25 have free shipping.


IMPORTANT DATES

Friday, Nov. 6: No school for students

Nov. 7: 9 a.m.-noon, Payne Family Day at the Arboretum

Nov. 7: Free community event: Dinosaur drawings virtual workshop with the National Museum of Natural History, 11 a.m.

Nov. 8: Free community event: 2-3:30 p.m. virtual workshop on making portraits from Eastern Market Art Series and Teachings

Nov. 9-22: Scholastic Online Book Fair

Nov. 11: No school: Veterans Day

Nov. 14.: 9 a.m.-noon, Payne Family Day at the Arboretum

Nov. 21: 9 a.m.-noon, Payne Family Day at the Arboretum

Nov. 25-27: No school: Thanksgiving Break

PTSA Meeting this Week: Hear from Principal Byrd | Halloween Party for Kids

PTSA Meeting Wednesday at 6pm

This week’s two-part PTSA meeting will be 6 p.m. Wednesday on Zoom. The link will be sent on the day of.

In the meeting’s first half, Principal Byrd will share updates she has to the Nov. 9 partial return to school and answer questions as time permits.

In the second half, kids are encouraged to attend in costume. We will split up into smaller “rooms” to show off costumes and create a Jack-O-Lantern craft.

The PTSA is providing supplies for the craft. Today through Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., stop by Payne to pick up scratch-off pumpkin craft kits and goody bags with candy and a few small Halloween toys. One bag is available per student and will be in a bin labeled “PTSA Meeting Materials” near the door between the ramp entrance and the main entrance. If you can’t pick up the kit, a template for a pumpkin is attached to this email.

To sum up: Principal Byrd, gourd crafting, and costumes. How could you miss out?

Parents can pick up these scratch-off pumpkin craft kits.


IMPORTANT DATES

Now-Oct. 31: Literary Pumpkin Walk from the Capitol Hill Community Foundation. Registrants are eligible to win $1,000 for a Capitol Hill school of their choice. Registration and details here

Nov. 3: No school: Election Day

Nov. 6: No school

Nov. 7: Free community event: Dinosaur drawings virtual workshop with the National Museum of Natural History, 11 a.m.

Nov. 8: Free community event: 2-3:30 p.m. virtual workshop on making portraits from Eastern Market Art Series and Teachings

Nov. 9-22: Scholastic Online Book Fair

Nov. 11: No school: Veterans Day

Nov. 25-27: No school: Thanksgiving Break