The Paine Post

November 2021 Edition

A Letter from Dr. Lothspeich

Dear Paine Elementary Parents,


We have had another incredible month of teaching and learning at Paine Elementary. We spent the month of October discussing the PACE character trait of Individuality. Our PACE character trait this month is Contentment. We continue to talk about these traits during morning announcements and counselor lessons.


Our teachers have created learning experiences containing EPIC moments for our students. Our kindergarten students attended a field trip to Old Baker Farm. Our first graders had their Fifties Day to commemorate the 50th day of school. They were able to see a car from the 1950’s and experience what it is like to use a rotary telephone. They also had their own sock hop where they learned dances from this decade. Our second graders studied how to build words, specifically contractions, with a "construction day" - they even built their foods! After reading the book Because of Winn Dixie, our third graders recreated Opal’s Party from the book while watching the movie. Our fourth graders had a “glow down” learning day where they wore neon clothes and completed "glowing" assignments! Our fifth graders participated in a "Chemical Change Cafe" by studying the properties of chemical change while cooking pancakes. These EPIC moments serve to enhance student engagement and learning!


Our Fall Festival was a great success! We enjoyed seeing so many of our students and families at this fun event. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported our school! We had our Scholastic Bookfair and will use the proceeds to purchase new books and other resources for our media center.


We were blessed to honor all service men and women with our Veterans Day Program. The program was on the north field and it was a beautiful morning. Our Paine Elementary Choir and participating students did an amazing job.


We received our ACAP state summative test scores from Spring 2021. We were so pleased with our students’ performance on these assessments. All three TCS elementary schools were comparable and well above the state average. Parent copies of these reports were sent home with report cards on Friday (for students who took the assessment last year).


As we enter the Thanksgiving season, we would like to express our gratitude for our students and families. We hope everyone has a blessed Thanksgiving and a fun, restful break.


Dr. Lisa Lothspeich

Kindergarten visits Old Baker Farm!

1st Grade celebrates 50's Day!

2nd Grade works on contractions and building words!

3rd Grade celebrates the book "Because of Winn Dixie"!

4th Grade creates glowing assignments on GLOW day!

5th grade cooking pancakes in the Chemical Change Cafe!

Important Dates: Upcoming

  • 2nd Grade Field Trip to the Botanical Gardens: November 19th
  • Kindergarten "More Than Moccasins" with Ms. Annie: November 22nd
  • Early Dismissal at 12:00 pm: November 23rd
  • Thanksgiving Holiday: November 24th - 26th
  • Friday Freeze: Friday, December 3rd
  • 4th Grade Christmas Program - Group 1: December 7th at 8:30 AM
  • 4th Grade Christmas Program - Group 2: December 9th at 8:30 AM
  • 1st Grade Field Trip to Caanan Acres: December 13th
  • November Awards Ceremony: December 14th
  • Early Dismissal at 12:00 pm: December 17th
  • Winter Break: December 20th - January 5th
  • Students Return: January 6th


*more information can be found on the PES website

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School-Wide Snapshots

2021 Veterans Day Celebration

PES is grateful for the opportunity to honor all service men and women with our Veterans Day Program on November 9th. The program was on the north field and it was a beautiful morning. Our Paine Elementary Choir and participating students did an amazing job!
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2021 Scholastic Book Fair

The 2021 Scholastic Book Fair was a huge success! Thank you to all who assisted with running the book fair. The proceeds will go towards new books and materials for the PES Media Center.

Amazing Artwork based on the book "The Dot" by Peter H. Reynolds

Below you will see artwork created by 1st grade students at Paine Elementary. Kindergarten and 1st grade students did a dot drawing which focused on drawing dots using construction paper and crayons. They were tasked with circling their circles with multiple colors. The final step was a pompom and glitter party, where students decided on placing their pompoms and circling their dots with glitter or adding new circles with glitter!

1st Grade Dot Day artwork

Below you will see artwork created by 3rd grade students at Paine Elementary. 2nd and 3rd grade students did a concentric dot drawing using rainbow colors. They focused on the rainbow order and carefully coloring. They then added water to make the markers into a paint!

3rd Grade Dot Day artwork

Thank you to all who donated to the "We Are Family" Food Drive!

A special thank you to Miss Trussville, Isabella Weyerman, for her hard work coordinating this food drive. All donations were taken to T.E.A.M. (Trussville Ecumenical Assistance Ministry).

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2021 Paine Elementary Fall Festival

The PES Fall Festival was a great success! We enjoyed seeing so many of our students and families at this fun event. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported our school!
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Thank you faculty, staff, and students, for participating in "Turn Trussville Pink" on October 20th for breast cancer awareness!

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