Payne Wildcats News

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

LSAT Meeting Minutes – January 2022

Payne LSAT Meeting

January 11, 2022

Agenda and Notes (Italicized)

Present:  Michelle Chapman, Mr. Gordon, Steve Bowen, Liz Aloi, Michelle Tissue, Donna Smith, Mr. Creef

Back to School/Covid Surge

  • Anything we can do?

-Kids don’t have quality masks. PTA looking into options.  Unclear if DCPS will provide.  Maybe at  minimum we could circulate some suggestions for parents?  Supply chain driving up prices. 

  • Feedback on how it’s going?

So far so good except for the mask issue.

  • Device distribution/tech support

Heat 

Teachers report that problems go back to November and prior years. Brainstormed whether it is helpful for parents to apply pressure. Need a long term solution- one-off private contractors are not working. Problems going back as far as November 3rd

DEI Brainstorm

  • Update: DEI Group taking lead on training, LSAT will focus on event, maybe late March, outdoor volunteering, coupled with an opportunity for recruitment and retention outreach.  Maybe roller skating?  What are the Covid limitations on this?  If big gathering should do it before break so there will be testing prior to return to school. Anacostia skate park still closed.
  • Teacher Gifts: Best practice is to have all donations be voluntary, and gift come from the whole class. Propose we generate a few bullets and circulate to class parents. 
  • Birthday Parties 

Recruitment/Retention

Lottery thoughts?

Budget process/strategy discussion.

Did a quick and dirty overview, and highlighted some of the decision points from prior years (drama? Art versus music?).  Can expect next meeting to get the proposal.

Wildcat PTSA News: First Meeting is Tuesday | Fall Enrichment | Covid Stats

Hello, Wildcats.

A reminder that the first PTSA meeting of the year is 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28. It will be in person but outside, near the big kid playground. All members of the Payne community are welcome to attend. Kids can play on the playground while the adults tackle agenda items that include: this year’s events, volunteer opportunities and the upcoming officers’ election.

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AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT

Payne Mom and volunteer after school enrichment coordinator Kate Abend shares the following message:

Enrichment programming for all of our PK3 through 2nd grade after school students will begin Thursday, Sept. 30. The fall session will include soccer for PK3 through 2nd Grade, dance for PK3 through Kindergarten, and tumbling for first and second grades. PK3 and PK4 have enrichment on Mondays and Wednesdays and Kindergarten through second grade have enrichment on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students will be grouped with their regular after school class, and the activities will occur onsite at Payne from 4-5:35 p.m. All students will participate regardless of ability to pay. Please see attached for information on recommended tuition, a waiver form, and a schedule showing class days and times for each grade. We are still working to develop plans for the winter and spring enrichment sessions.

To learn about additional clubs and enrichment programming for third through fifth grade students, visit https://paynedc.org/about/after-school-programs/

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COVID TESTING AND CASES

Principal Byrd provided an update on Covid testing and cases at the school in a Sept. 23 virtual meeting with parents and caregivers. Here are a few notes from the meeting:

  • Since the school year started, testing of asymptomatic students has found one positive result for Covid.
  • Overall, there have been 8 positive cases so far this school year. One of those cases occurred this week.
  • In most of these positive cases, the school became aware after a child, already at home for feeling sick, tested positive. 
  • Principal Byrd was unaware of a student who quarantined due to close contact and later tested positive for Covid. 
  • Virtual school will be offered if at least 25 percent of the class is quarantined. All children in quarantine will be provided homework packets and excused from school. 

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PRETZELS, PTSA, CAFFEINE & QUESTIONS

The PTSA is launching periodic “office hours” outside of the Pretzel Bakery. The first is today, Friday, Sept. 24, from 8:20-9:20 a.m. If you miss us today, the next one will be scheduled soon. This is an opportunity to meet, discuss ideas, ask questions and, of course, eat pretzels and drink coffee. Editor’s note: Sweet pretzel is the best. Change my mind. 

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TALKIN’ TURKEY

If you thought we were done promoting Farmer Creef Science Teacher Mr. Creef’s incubation project, wow, you must have egg on your face. 

The focus this fall is on baby chickens, but in the spring, Mr. Creef hopes to broaden the brood and include ducklings and poults. What’s a poult, you ask? Why it’s a cute baby turkey, before they get big and really ugly interesting looking. It’s also worth mentioning that the science project is made possible by a $600 Donors Choose donation that funded five five-egg incubators. 

Look how cute poults are: 

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FUN ON FACEBOOK. Principal Byrd posted this great photo of her meeting this week with the student government leaders. Do you follow Payne on the official Facebook page