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Payne Elementary

Payne Elementary

Principal's Newsletter

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Payne Elementary- Matt Evans, Principal

The end of the year is right around the corner! Payne Elementary has just finished up the Third Nine Weeks and grade cards will be sent home on March 17th.  Wayne Trace Local Schools will be having their Spring Break from March 20th-24th


It is that time of year again for Preschool and Kindergarten screenings. Preschool screening for the 2023-24 school year will be at Payne Elementary on April 14th from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM and at Grover Hill Elementary on April 21st from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.  RSVP now by calling 419-587-3414 EXT 312 or email Taylor Ordway at [email protected] .  Please register by March 31st, 2023.

Kindergarten Screening will take place for Payne Elementary on April 5th-6th. You can stop in the office or call 419-263-2512 to set up a time. 

Online Free and Reduced Applications for Wayne Trace Local Schools

Even though school breakfast is free again this year, it is very important that everyone fill out the lunch application form online to be eligible for fee waivers.   The district also receives additional funding as a result of the form being filled out.  Top apply, simply go to lunchapplication.com and click “Apply Now” or visit www.waynetrace.org and click on the link provided. 


Mr. O’Donnell has been working hard with the students to prepare them for their upcoming performances. The First and Second Grade will be performing on April 14th @1:30 and the Kindergarten performance will be on May 19th happening first thing in the morning. 


Payne has recently started the PTO program back up! The first meeting was held on October 10th and we had an awesome turnout! We are always looking for more people to come to the meetings! Our next meeting is on April 3rd, at 6:30!

Night of the Arts

Payne Elementary will once again be having Night of the Arts! This will take place on May 11th. We hope to see everyone here enjoying the performance and activities. 


You can follow along with Payne Elementary by following our Facebook Page: Wayne Trace Payne Elementary or Instagram: wt_payne_elementary

Calendar events: 

March 14th and 15th- Spring Pictures 

March 17th- 2 Hr Delay

March 20th-24th- Spring Break

March 30th- 4th Grade VIP Lunch

April 6th- 3rd Grade VIP Lunch 

April 14th- 1st and 2nd Grade Performance

April 17th- Easter Break

May 11th- Night of the Arts

May 19th- Kindergarten Program and their last day

May 23rd- 1st-6th Grade Last Day



Reading and Writing Appreciation

Students at Payne Elementary recently participated in Read Across America by showing their appreciation for their reading and writing skills.  The week of February 27- March 3 students were involved in various dress-up days to honor multiple Dr. Seuss books.  Students also took time to write thank you notes to local businesses thanking them for their service to the community.  On Dr. Seus’s birthday, students celebrated with a Partner Read.  Younger and older students were paired up to share a Dr. Seuss book.  Both young and old shared their reading skills with one another. Friday we ended the week with a Book Buffet arranged by Mrs. April Krouse- Title 1 Reading teacher.  Students browsed through books of various genres and levels and then were given a book of their choice.  Throughout the entire week, students were sharing their love of reading and together celebrating their right to read!


Krandon Crites, a 5th grader at WT Payne Elementary, is one of three Paulding County students that was awarded a scholarship by the Northwest Ohio Consortium of Coordinators of Gifted. Krandon submitted two recommendation letters and an essay outlining how this award will support his passion in a field linked to his area of gifted identification. 

2023-2024 Preschool Screening

EZ Pay

We apologize for the inconvenience, but at this time EZ Pay is not functioning properly. We have been working directly with their team to fix any and all issues. Please be patient with us as we try to navigate this situation. Payments can still be made through EZ Pay, but to view correct balances and transactions, please visit family.titank12.com. Please note that payments cannot be made through the TITAN Family Portal. 

If you have not done so already, please complete a Free & Reduced Meal application for the 2022-2023. The application can be submitted using the link to the TITAN Family Portal above. If an application is not completed, your student will be charged for their meals.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Marissa Coil.

ProgressBook Parent/Student Mobile App

The ProgressBook Parent/Student mobile app is now available. The instructional sheet provides instructions about downloading and logging into the app.


Arrival Procedures
Notes: The carline is a NO CELL PHONE zone. For the safety of our students, safety patrol, teachers, administrators, and other drivers, please do not be talking or texting on your cell phone while you are in the carline.
1. Beginning at 8:30 (10:30 on 2-hour delays), families will drop off their student(s) in the red car line outside of the cafeteria door. Students will exit their vehicle on the passenger side and enter the cafeteria door on their own.  In order to keep the car line moving, students should have their backpack, lunch, or other materials ready to go so they can exit the vehicle immediately. Vehicles should enter the parking lot at the north end of the pavement behind the bus parking area in the blue car lines.
2. Cars should exit the parking lot, while remaining in the red lines, AFTER the car in front of them begins driving away. For safety reasons, do not go around another vehicle in the red lines.
-The crossing guard for Townline Street will be located at the intersection of Townline and School  Drive Street. Those students will enter through the building using the cafeteria door.
-The crossing guard for Oak Street will be located at the intersection of Oak Street and School Drive Street. Those students will enter the building using the cafeteria door.
-Front of the school entry is limited to those times when special projects or pre-packaged treats are dropped off.

Dismissal Procedures
The office must be notified of all changes to typical transportation plans prior to 2:00 PM on the day of the change.
*Families may register their students for a pick up number in the office. Additional car tags are available upon request.
Notes: The carline is a NO CELL PHONE zone. For the safety of our students, safety patrol, teachers, administrators, and other drivers, please do not be talking or texting on your cell phone while you are moving in the carline.
1. All picked up or walking students in Preschool-6th grade will go directly to the cafeteria using the East Stairwell and will be officially dismissed from the cafeteria. Teachers will walk their entire group down to the cafeteria. All classes will be in the cafeteria no later than 3:30 PM. The cafeteria is a “Silent Zone”. All staff remains in the cafeteria until all students have been loaded in vehicles.
2. All bussed students in Preschool-6 th grade will go directly to the gym lobby using the West Stairwell. Teachers will walk their entire group down to the gym. All classes will be in the gym lobby no later than 3:30 PM. All staff remains outside in the bus loading area until all busses leave the parking lot.
3. Students who are attending an after school activity, must remain in the gym with their adult activity supervisor or coach until all students have been dismissed from the cafeteria.
4. Students are not allowed to wait in front of the school building in order to be picked up.
5. Walkers and bikers will be escorted across streets by a staff member prior to vehicles loading.
6. Vehicles should enter the parking lot at the north end of the pavement behind the bus parking area. Cars will form two lines inside of the blue painted markings.
7. Numbers will be called for the red car line in outside of the cafeteria doors beginning at 3:30 PM.
8. Staff will direct cars to enter the red loading zone area after students riding bikes or walking home have been dismissed.
9. All vehicles in the loading zone are required to turn off their engines.
10. Students must enter the passenger side of the vehicle if possible. The vehicle driver is responsible to secure students in their car seat.
11. Vehicles may not turn on their engine until staff blows a whistle indicating that all students are in a vehicle. Staff will direct the vehicles to leave the loading zone.
12. Cars may exit the parking lot when the car in front of them begins driving away.

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