November 2018 - In This Issue:
November 2 
No School 
November 3

Open House, 9AM-1PM
November 6-10
School Play, 6pm 
November 7
Friends of Payton Meeting, 6-7PM, Payton Library
November 8
Midnight Madness, 5-10pm
November 10 
Peter and the Starcatcher, School Play, 2pm & 5pm 
November 13
Local School Council meeting, 6pm
November 15 

Report Card Pickup, Parent/Teacher meetings, No School 

November 21-23

Thanksgiving Holiday, No School 
November 30
Fall Dance Concert, 6:30pm
F or more info on calendar items, visit FOP's Participate page or email us .
Principal Tim Devine

Payton parents,
Payton is a vibrant, special place.  I am reminded of this every day as I speak with our students and faculty and seeing them engage in rather dynamic acts of teaching and learning.  The combination of our people-compelled and compelling students, expert faculty, and supportive parents-are what define Payton.  Yes.  We have remarkable data-our class of 2019 posted an average ACT score of 31.2, a supra-majority of our students taking multiple Advanced Placement courses and earning 3+ on the AP exams, dozens of National Merit and National Achievement and National Hispanic Scholars, numerous athletic and academic team accomplishments, etc., etc. (to be sure, it is a long and eye-popping list).  It is the experiences in our classrooms, in our Advisories, enrichments, and Seminars, and on our athletic fields that are most important, for it is the student's individual growth and the culture and community that is formed through those experiences that beget superlative external recognitions.  Yes.  Payton is a vibrant, special place. 
Sincere thanks to the hundreds of parents who volunteer on campus throughout the year: in the main office, at Curriculum Night, on FOP committees, with our athletic programs, as chaperones, at Open House, as host parents for our international exchanges, ad infinitum.  You all are an indelible part of the Payton experience for our students and faculty, and for living the value of selfless service to others.  Thank you!   
Thank you for entrusting your children to our care for their high school experience and for continuing to be an active part of their growth.  To be sure, our Payton kids are far better off for the number of thoughtful, caring persons who find ways to challenge and support them and who provide so many venues for them to explore and activate themselves.   
See you at Open House and Report Card Pick-Up. 
Go Grizzlies!

Tim Devine

Opportunities to get involved in November

Annual Appeal
 Friends of Payton ("FOP") recently kicked off its largest fundraiser of the school year, the Payton Annual Appeal. The money raised by our community through the Annual Appeal funds essential services and programs not covered by the school's current budget from CPS: 
  • 5 teaching positions that sustain smaller class sizes and our AP and honors course offerings
  • Student textbooks, technology & equipment
  • SAT test prep and Global Connections travel funding for students eligible for Reduced or Free Lunch
  • Teacher professional development
  • Wednesday seminars, the Wellness Fair and other student events
  • Support for athletics and academic teams (buses, event fees, referees) 
Contributing to the Payton Annual Appeal not only makes these important programs possible, it also shows our faculty that we appreciate and support all they do for our children. Donations to Payton through FOP are tax deductible. For more information, visit our  Annual Appeal webpage or  contact Chris Killackey. Please   DONATE  t o Payton's Annual Appeal today.

Thank you to Zoe Huo for translating the Annual Appeal letter into Chinese and to Maria Carrion for translating the Annual Appeal letter into Spanish.

CPS Volunteer Application
All volunteers MUST have a CPS Level 2 certification and approval from Payton.   If you have CPS Level 2 certification from another CPS school, Payton MUST be  added to your CPS profile and Payton needs a copy of your Photo ID on file.  Bring your ID to the main office or upload it using the link below.  Please go to  Information Page on   Volunteering Level 2 Certification  for steps to register.  See   Payton Volunteer page  for more information and to  submit your Photo ID For questions, please contact .

Payton Open House:  Saturday, November 3rd,  9am-1pm  (volunteer hours 7:30am to 1pm)
Middle-school students and their families come from all over the city to get a sense of what it's  like to be part of the Payton community. Current Grizzly parents/guardians are needed to help  welcome and guide thousands of visitors. CPS Level 2 certification with Payton approval is  required. Please sign up for a specific job and time at  Open House Volunteer Sign   Up. Email  with questions. 

Parent-Teacher Conferences/Report Card Pickup:  Thursday, Nov. 15th. 
Please donate an hour or two during Report Card Pickup/Faculty Appreciation Lunch to sell spirit wear, help parents purchase Teacher Wish List items or help set up and serve lunch for our faculty. CPS Level 2 volunteer certification required with Payton approval. Go to  Report Card Signup  to choose a way to help. Email  with questions.

Teacher Wish List 
The Teacher Wish List provides an opportunity for parents and community members to give all or part of the cost of an item to enhance a faculty member's class, a department program or any item not covered in the budget. The teachers have provided a list of more than 91 items this year, from classroom ink, bus fares and novels to a new dance floor and stationary bike. Gifts of all sizes go a long way to enhance Payton classrooms and curricula. Be sure to check out the Teacher Wish List and donate online using the following link:

Reporters Wanted
Payton Community News is still in need of 2 more parent-guardian reporters. It's a fun way to contribute at Payton while staying well-informed. Beats in need of reporters are:
Clubs - Report about interesting things being done by various student clubs and share how interested students can take part 
Music - Report on choir, band and all things musical

If interested, write to Marc Harper at

Payton Community Meetings
Principal Tim Devine kicks off each Payton Community Meeting with an informal talk about what's happening at school. All parents and guardians of Payton students are welcome and encouraged to attend our monthly meetings.
Where : Literacy Center (Payton's library on the first floor)
Time : 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
2018-2019 Upcoming Meeting Dates
    • Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018
    • Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018
    • Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019
    • Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019
    • Wednesday, March 6, 2019
    • Wednesday, April 10, 2019
    • Wednesday, May 8, 2019
    • Monday, June 3, 2019
Thank you
All had a wonderful time at the Payton Potluck last Friday evening. Thanks to Payton parents,  Philip and Meggan Kujawa , for allowing us to use the spectacular space of the Hinshaw Law  offices.  See photos below! 
Also thank you  Christine Cui  for taking the lead in coordinating the PSAT proctors for  our junior students.   

Payton Potluck Photos
Need to update your email address? --  Be sure to include student(s) name and year  of graduating class  and send to Heather Bennett at Thank you!
Dr. Erica Bauer, Director of Student Engagement.
Supporting student success

What is enrichment?
Enrichment is often a highlight of the day for many students!
The enrichment period occurs each Blue and Orange day from 2:41 - 3:30 PM and can best be described as "after school time" built into the school day where students have the opportunity to create weekly schedules that meet their individual needs. As an example, in just one week and in any combination, a student can access tutoring, start athletic team practices, attend a club or organization meeting, engage in a favorite hobby, or simply get a head start on homework. Faculty submit enrichment courses using an online platform, Selenium, managed by technology coordinator, Mr. Ben Hyman. Students are able to sign up for enrichments through Selenium with a daily deadline of 1:15 PM for same-day sign-ups.
The enrichment period ensures that there is time for all students to access social-emotional and/or academic supports during the school day. All members of our counseling and teaching faculty hold regular enrichments that they lead or sponsor. Many teachers create academic enrichments to provide academic support for their students, but students must elect to sign up for these enrichment to receive these supports.
Parents and Caregivers do not have access to the enrichment schedule, so feel free to ask your student about how they spent their enrichment period. If your child is struggling in a particular class, please know that an enrichment likely exist to receive academic support. Academic enrichments may not be as appealing as ping pong, so if you find that your child consistently neglects to sign up for an enrichment they need, feel free to reach out to your student's counselor to sign them up on your behalf.
Join us on Wednesday, Jan. 23rd, in the library from 6:15 PM - 7:30 PM for the next We are Payton Parents gathering - "Is this normal? Really?!
As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at

We are different. We are one. We are Payton.

2018-19 Payton Family Directory Available
Mobile app with contacts

Friends of Payton (FOP) has just released the Payton Family Directory, a mobile app providing contact info for current students' families. The app is free and automatically accessible to Payton teachers and staff. 

How to Get the Directory:  If you used the DirectorySpot app last year, then the school's new directory is already on your device and no further action is required.
For new teachers and others who haven't downloaded the mobile directory yet, please follow these instructions:
  1. Go to Apple's App Store or to Google Play and download an app called "DirectorySpot."
  2. At the log-in screen, enter your email address as the username. You must type in the same email address at which you received this email.
  3. Click the RESET PASSWORD link.
  4. Check your email for a message from DirectorySpot with a link to create your account password.
You can also access the directory from DirectorySpot's website.

About the Directory
  • To make changes to your directory listing -- faculty are in the directory, too -- please email FOP's directory volunteer, Tein Atkerson, at
  • Friends of Payton (FOP) updates the directory regularly. When changes are made, the new info is automatically delivered to all users within seconds.
  • The directory is made available ONLY to current faculty and family members of Payton students. FOP does not provide the directory to anyone not directly affiliated with our school.
  • Learn more about the DirectorySpot app in the user FAQs.


Number of student clubs for the 2018-19 school year

If you want your club to featured in the Payton Community News or Parents Pass the Word Newsletter, Contact Heather Bennett, VP Communications, Friends of Payton at or Marc Harper, Newsletter Editor
with a brief 200 words or less, include the purpose of the club and any recent news.  Please attach a separate photo.  Thank you!  
Dancing Days

From the Dance Studio

The Fourth Annual Winter Dance Concert, Dance Break , will be held 6:30PM on Friday, Nov. 30 in Recital Hall. Dance I & II classes, student-led dance organizations, Payton Dance Company, and some dance seminars, will be performing. We hope to see you there!   

Fall Play 

Come see the Theater Department's performance of Peter and the Starcatcher November 6-9 at 6pm and November 10 at 2pm & 5pm.
Peter and the Starcatcher is a play based on the 2004 novel Peter and the Starcatcher by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, adapted for the stage by Rick Elice. The play provides a backstory for the characters of Peter Pan, Mrs Darling, Tinker Bell and Hook, and serves as a prequel to J. M. Barrie's Peter and Wendy. 

Grizzly Athletics

The Grizzly 2018 Football season ended with a 63-34 playoff loss to Evergreen Park on Friday October 26 Thanks to our seniors! You have proudly carried on the tradition of Payton Football and have accomplished a great deal!

Girls Volleyball
Payton's varsity girls volleyball team won the Regional Volleyball Championship for Class 3A on Thursday, 10/25. It's the varsity team's first title since 2014 and the first under new head coach Alexandra Grassl.

Payton Booster Association
Payton Booster Association is a 501©3 organization with a mission to support Payton's interscholastic teams via fundraising, awareness, and school spirit. Join us every 3rd Monday of the month at 6pm in the library. Our next meeting is 6PM Monday,  in the school library.  All are welcome, if you are a team parent, or interested in being a team parent, especially for a fall sport, please make every effort to attend.   Follow us on Twitter @PaytonBoosters for all the team updates!

Save the Date: Support the Boys and Girls Basketball teams Thursday, Nov. 8 and launch the season right at March Madness! 

Season Passes and FREE T-Shirts
Payton Boosters Association is offering FREE GRIZZLY NATION T-Shirts with the purchase of Season Passes, while supplies last. Season Passes get purchasers into all regular season home football, basketball and volleyball games and are sold two ways:
1. Family Pass ($200): Includes a FREE t-shirt for each of your Payton Students, season passes for the whole family and 2/3 of the money goes directly to your team of choice.  
2. Student Pass ($15): Includes a FREE T-Shirt and season pass for your student.

Pay via:

-- Square
-- or PayPal or ChasePay at

Photos from the past month shared by the Payton community

Payton's varsity girls volleyball team are the Regional Volleyball Champions!

Debate Squad Kicks Off Season with Successful Tournaments.
Returning members of the WPCP Debate Squad have attended 2 National Tournaments for the 2018-19 season. They prepared prior to the official start of the school year at a student run summer camp. This season's designated resolution about the United States' immigration policy is very timely.

The Niles Township Invitational Tournament was deemed a success by Coach Vinluan. Debate partners Anagha Aneesh & Kieran Lawless, Maggie Rivera & Ji Yoon Yang, Stacia Konow & Zachary Vanderslice, Brooke Hemingway & Pauline Paranikas hit the ground running.

The team achieved a combined tournament record of 16 - 8. In a field of nearly 100 teams, Zach and Stacia made it to double octafinals (top 32), Kieran and Anagha made it to octafinals (top 16),and Ji Yoon and Maggie advanced to quarterfinals (top 8). Top speaker recognition was awarded to Anagha (6th), Kieran (8th) and Zachary (18th) in a super competitive field.
Congratulations on your success!
Save the Date for the GALA 
When: March 15, 2019 
Where: Moonlight Studios
Theme: Chicago Music Festivals
"The Sweet Sounds of Chicago"

Featured Grizzly in Action
Quaid Childers runs to support St. Jude! 

Quaid Childers, Payton Senior, completed the 2018 Chicago Marathon.  It was his first marathon, and he finished in 4 hours and 39 minutes. He ran to support St. Jude's Hospital and raised $2,000. Way to Go, Quaid!  Nice job representing the Payton Spirit!

Share Your News with the Payton Community

To share your news with Payton families, please contact FOP's newsletter editor.

Marc Harper, Newsletter Editor

Include your article as a Word attachment or type the text into the body of your email. Please keep articles shorter than 200 words and send photos as separate attachments. Submissions are due the 25th of each month.
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