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Payne Elementary

Extended Closure

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Wayne Trace Local Schools plan for the mandated closure through May 1, 2020

As a district we are currently working to meet the educational needs of our students through this mandated closure.  To do this we will be asking parents and students to bring completed lessons to the building they attend and pick up new lessons.  We will have our first pick up/drop off on April 6 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Our junior/senior high students will need to line up in the student parking lot by door #20 and staff will bring packets to your car.  Our Grover Hill Elementary students will need to line up outside the main entrance to the building and staff will bring packets to your car.  Our Payne Elementary students will need to line up outside door #22 (cafeteria door) and staff members will bring packets to your car.  We will repeat this process on April 20, again from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  We ask that parents make every attempt to bring the completed lesson in during these times and pick up the new lessons.  We also ask that parents/students not enter the building to maintain the mandated social distancing.  If you cannot make these times, please contact your child’s building as we can make alternate arrangements.

We will continue to provide meals for our students to be picked up as follows.  On April 6 and 20 meals will be available during 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. lesson pick up/drop off time.  On April 14 and 27 meals will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Again, if you cannot make these times please contact the building to make alternate arrangements.

We appreciate your continued patience during this unexpected time.  Should you have any concerns please contact your child’s building principal.

Thank you,

Benjamin A. Winans


Kindergarten Registration

Embedded Image for:  (202033012359552_image.jpg) The Kindergarten Registration date at this time has been cancelled.  Once another date is established we will let you know.

Free School Lunches for ALL Students

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March 23, 2020
Dear Wayne Trace Parents and Students,
Wayne Trace Local Schools will offer meal pick up at all sites on March 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in order to comply with the newly enacted stay at home health order.  If you cannot pick up the meals at this time, please call the Central Office to make other arrangements.
We hope to serve as many students as we can in the days we are off to help take the burden off of our families to provide lunch and breakfast. Please remember a Wayne Trace student can go to any of our campuses to receive the meals and are not limited to the campus they attend each day as we want to make this as easy as possible for our families. We will also allow the pick up of five days’ worth of meals at one time.If families cannot make the noted pick up time, please contact the Central Office at 419-263-2415 to make an alternate arrangement.
Thank you,
Benjamin A. Winans

Preschool Information

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March 19, 2020 

Dear Parents of Future Preschoolers,

As you are aware, our families, communities, and school system are working through the unique challenges of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Due dates and information shared with you at the recent early childhood screening have needed to be adjusted, keeping the needs of our families and staff in mind. 


You received an enrollment packet at the early childhood screening. Continue to complete and return the packets. They are now due May 1. Packets may be returned during office hours to either the Grover Hill Elementary office or the Payne Elementary office.


We realize that it may be difficult at this time to get an appointment for a physical, so we will accept completed packets without the physical. The new due date for physicals is June 1.


Your child may have had some developmental concerns that were discussed with you at the early childhood screening. A further evaluation will be needed to determine if your child is eligible for services such as speech therapy, occupational therapy, or physical therapy. Parents of children with developmental concerns will be contacted at the beginning of May to schedule an evaluation time.


Rosters will be completed in mid-June, and parents will be notified at that time of enrollment or stand-by status.

Your continued flexibility and patience in working through this is appreciated! Please know that as time goes by, there may be a need to make additional changes. If any changes are needed in the future, you will be notified. Please let us know if you have any questions. You may contact our office at 419-587-3414.

Thank you,

Laura DeLong

Laura DeLong

Director of Student Services and Early Learning

Principal's Newletter

Mr. Jones, Principal


Payne Elementary – Paul Jones, Principal

Hopefully March will come in like a lamb!  The winter has definitely been better than last year, but the flu virus has thrived in Northwest Ohio!  As a reminder, if your child has the flu, they cannot return to school until 24 hours have passed after they are fever free. 

As we approach Spring, we have a busy month ahead of us as we have several events going on, Preschool and Kindergarten screening/registration, STEAM Museum, and the beginning of our last nine weeks (that’s right…the last nine weeks of the school year).

Read Across America

Our school will celebrate Read Across America again this year from Monday, March 2 through Friday, March 6.  This same week we will also be having the Follet Book Fair, where student may purchase books and other items.  Our 5th annual Book Exchange, led by Mrs. Krouse, will also take place Friday, March 6.  Students are encouraged to bring in up to 4 gently used books that may be exchanged for different books to take home.

Transitional and Traditional Kindergarten Screening

Wayne Trace will have two Kindergarten age programs for the 2020-21 school year.  These options include a Transitional Kindergarten depending upon the numbers, and a regular Traditional Kindergarten. 

Students enrolled in both Traditional Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten will need to be 5 years old on or before September 30, 2020.

All students interested in enrolling in either program are required to participate in the Kindergarten screening process.  Screenings will take place at WTPE on April 6-7.  To register your child, please fill out the form that was sent home with students, or call the school at 419-263-2512.

It is important to note that the Transitional Kindergarten classroom will be contingent upon a minimum enrollment as determined by Wayne Trace administration.

Battle of the Books

WTPE School-wide Battle of the Books will be held on March 10, with the winning team competing at the Paulding County Fairgrounds on March 25th

STEAM Museum

Mobile Ed Production’s will be putting on a portable, hands-on museum on March 25th in the Payne Elementary Gymnasium.  The name of the event is the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) Museum.  It will take place during the school day and is made possible by our 21st Century After School Program.  This is a great opportunity for our students and the experience will benefit our students academically.  I have not experienced this program before, but it looks similar to COSI on Wheels, which many of you may be familiar with.


Follow Payne Elementary on Twitter: @trace_wayne

Payne Elementary event cancellations will often be posted here, as well as recognition of students and staff, and the wonderful everyday things we do here at Wayne Trace Payne Elementary!


March 30 - Butter Braid Orders due

April 7 - Butter Braid Pickup 3:00 - 5:00 


Butter Braid
Butter Braid sales need to be turned into the office or mailed to Payne Elementary by March 30.
Butter Braid pickup will be Tuesday, April 7 from 3:00 - 5:00 by the gym.   
We have never encouraged door to door sales, and especially not during this time.   Phone calls and work related sales are often a good way of selling.  Thanks for your participation. This funds field trips and educational assemblies.  
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