PTSA Newsletter – 12/21/2016

Schools are closed for the Winter Break beginning December 22, 2016 – Monday, January 2, 2017.
All school activities will resume on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.
Happy Holidays!


Thank you to everyone that joined us at our last PTA meeting of the year.  We would also like to give a special thanks to Principal Byrd for sharing her visions for Payne and to all the parents for bringing so many yummy sweet treats.

If you missed the meeting, please see PTA’s proposed strategies for the school year at the following link:
https://gallery.mailchimp.com/abf262ce4035696294280e80e/files/PTAstrategy2016.pdf
We look forward to working with you in the upcoming new year and welcome your input!  Please send suggestions or comments to Andria Thomas by Friday, January 6, 2017.

Have a safe and wonderful holiday!


We’re smiling about AmazonSmile!

Do your shopping on AmazonSmile and 0.5% of your purchase total will be donated to Payne PTA.  The products and prices are all the same as traditional Amazon, and so is your shopping cart, wish list, and other account settings.  And the best part is it does not cost you a penny!  Just click our direct link below to start shopping and update your account:

https://smile.amazon.com/?ie=UTF8&ein=81-3654908&ref_=smi_ext_ch_81-3654908_cl&ref_=smi_ext_ch_81-3654908_dl


Summer Camp Fair

January 26, 2017
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Not sure about your camp and child care plans this summer? Join us for our 3rd Annual Summer Camp Fair, hosted by the JO Wilson PTA. It’s your chance to visit
over 30 camp exhibitors representing a wide variety of summer activities, ranging from traditional camps to academic, arts, music, sports, early childhood, and special interest camps. Many of these camps operate right here on Capitol Hill and others provide transportation from the Hill.

When: Thursday, January 26, 2017, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: JO Wilson Elementary School (660 K St NE) Washington, DC.
Why: Learn about camp offerings, enter a drawing to win free weeks at camp, and sign-up for camp (if you wish!)


Join us in wishing the following teachers a happy birthday!

December Birthdays include:

5             Shanita Henson (Science Teacher)

9             Jacqueline Douglas (PK4 Teacher)

10           Michael Bryant (Custodian)

13           Linda Gant (Clerk)

14           Ieshia Seaborn (Dedicated Aide)

16           Robert Davis (Behavior Tech)

30           Mary Johnson (5th Grade ELA Teacher)

30           Colonda Andrews (PK4 Educational Aide)

PTSA Newsletter – 12/14/2016

PTA Meeting and Holiday Celebration with Principal Byrd

Our December PTA meeting and Holiday Dessert Party is tomorrow
Thursday, December 15.
Principal Byrd will join us for a discussion
about her goals and vision for Payne Elementary School.

Doors Open at 5:30 pm for refreshments
Meeting and childcare begins at 6:00 pm

A dessert of your choice would be welcomed.

We will also have a discussion and welcome any input as we map out goals for the Payne PTA in areas such as supporting teachers, increasing parent engagement, raising funds for classrooms, and improving communication. 


Congratulations to the Robotics Club for getting a 4th place win in last week’s VEX IQ Robotics Competition!

Please contact Ms. Henson if you can help volunteer on Thursdays and Fridays from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm.


We’re smiling about AmazonSmile!

Do your shopping on AmazonSmile and 0.5% of your purchase total will be donated to Payne PTA.  The products and prices are all the same as traditional Amazon, and so is your shopping cart, wish list, and other account settings.  And the best part is it does not cost you a penny!  Just click our direct link below to start shopping and update your account:

https://smile.amazon.com/?ie=UTF8&ein=81-3654908&ref_=smi_ext_ch_81-3654908_cl&ref_=smi_ext_ch_81-3654908_dl


Holiday Gift Shop
December 8 – 19, 2016
12:00 pm – 2:45 pm 
Room 131

The Holiday Gift Shop is now open and runs until December 19.  During this time students will have an opportunity to purchase gifts for family and friends in a safe, comfortable and friendly environment.

If you would like to volunteer in the Holiday Gift Shop, please sign up here:
http://signup.com/go/gvEuN2.


New Year’s Bird Count
J.O. Wilson Elementary School
660 K Street, NE
Washington, DC
Saturday, January 7, 2017

9:15 am – 12:30 pm for 1st – 5th graders and their families
10:30 am – 12:30 pm for PK – K students and their families

Families from all over Ward 6 are invited to participate in this FREE annual event organized by Brent’s science teacher Mike Mangiaracina.  Please click below for additional details, sign up to volunteer, and/or to RSVP.  Please complete the form and return to Ms. Henson or the PTA Box by Ms. Cox desk by December 20, 2016.
https://gallery.mailchimp.com/abf262ce4035696294280e80e/files/Bird_Count_flyer_2017_text.docx

Summer Camp Fair
January 26, 2017
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Not sure about your camp and child care plans this summer? Join us for our 3rd Annual Summer Camp Fair, hosted by the JO Wilson PTA. It’s your chance to visit
over 30 camp exhibitors representing a wide variety of summer activities, ranging from traditional camps to academic, arts, music, sports, early childhood, and special interest camps. Many of these camps operate right here on Capitol Hill and others provide transportation from the Hill.

When: Thursday, January 26, 2017, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: JO Wilson Elementary School (660 K St NE) Washington, DC.
Why: Learn about camp offerings, enter a drawing to win free weeks at camp, and sign-up for camp (if you wish!)


Interested in helping with grant writing for the school.  It is a great way to be involved even if you have a busy schedule!  We have a lot of fun grants to look into pursuing for a variety of topics: an Science Laboratory, Teacher Training for Writing Workshops for Children and Responsive Classrooms, updating our laptops, classroom libraries and more! Please reach out to Lexi Smith if you are interested in helping.

Look who’s having a birthday!  

Join us in wishing the following teachers a happy birthday!

December Birthdays include:

5             Shanita Henson (Science Teacher)

9             Jacqueline Douglas (PK4 Teacher)

10           Michael Bryant (Custodian)

13           Linda Gant (Clerk)

14           Ieshia Seaborn (Dedicated Aide)

16           Robert Davis (Behavior Tech)

30           Mary Johnson (5th Grade ELA Teacher)

30           Colonda Andrews (PK4 Educational Aide)


  • December 12 – My School DC Lottery Application Opens for SY 2017 – 2018
  • December 20 – Pre-K Parent Cafe
  • December 22 – January 2 – No School for Students and Teachers:  Winter Break

 

PTSA Newsletter – 12/9/2016

Volunteers Needed

We are still looking for a few more parents to volunteer duringEdFEST tomorrow Saturday, December 10 from 11 am – 3 pm.  If you can volunteer, please email Carolyn Bowen at carolyncbowen@gmail.com.  Parents will support teachers and staff as needed and share their experiences from a parent’s prospective.  EdFEST is an annual event that allows parents to explore the city’s many public and charter school options.  Thanks to everyone who have committed to helping out during Ed Fest.


PTA Meeting and Holiday Celebration with Principal Byrd

Please save the date for our December PTA meeting and Holiday Dessert Party on Thursday, December 15.  Principal Byrd will join us for a discussion about her goals and vision for Payne Elementary School.

We will also have a discussion and welcome any input as we map out goals for the Payne PTA in areas such as supporting teachers, increasing parent engagement, raising funds for classrooms, and improving communication. 

Doors Open at 5:30 pm for refreshments
Meeting and childcare begins at 6:00 pm

A dessert of your choice would be welcomed.


Holiday Gift Shop
December 8 – 19, 2016
12:00 pm – 2:45 pm 
Room 131

The Holiday Gift Shop is now open and runs until December 19.  During this time students will have an opportunity to purchase gifts for family and friends in a safe, comfortable and friendly environment.

If you would like to volunteer in the Holiday Gift Shop, please sign up here:
http://signup.com/go/gvEuN2.


Join Eastern High School for its 4th annual “Give the Gift of Books” event featuring FREE BOOKS, FREE GIFT WRAPPING, music, and treats!

Friday, Dec. 9 from 3:30 – 6:30pm
Eastern High School Library, 1700 E. Capitol St. NE

No need to RSVP – just come get your child a book!

Did you know…
Eastern’s librarian, Ellen Dodsworth, hosts a lunch hour book club meeting monthly WITH the author, AND gives out the book? Dec 14 at 12:15pm is The Wench by DC author Dolen Perkins-Valdez. O (the Oprah magazine) chose it as a Top Ten Pick of the Month, and NPR named it a top 5 book club pick of 2010. All are welcome to attend!


Interested in helping with grant writing for the school.  It is a great way to be involved even if you have a busy schedule!  We have a lot of fun grants to look into pursuing for a variety of topics: an Science Laboratory, Teacher Training for Writing Workshops for Children and Responsive Classrooms, updating our laptops, classroom libraries and more! Please reach out to Lexi Smith if you are interested in helping.


Summer Camp Fair
January 26, 2017
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Not sure about your camp and child care plans this summer? Join us for our 3rd Annual Summer Camp Fair, hosted by the JO Wilson PTA. It’s your chance to visit over 30 camp exhibitors representing a wide variety of summer activities, ranging from traditional camps to academic, arts, music, sports, early childhood, and special interest camps. Many of these camps operate right here on Capitol Hill and others provide transportation from the Hill.
When: Thursday, January 26, 2017, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: JO Wilson Elementary School (660 K St NE) Washington, DC.
Why: Learn about camp offerings, enter a drawing to win free weeks at camp, and sign-up for camp (if you wish!)


Look who’s having a birthday!  

Join us in wishing the following teachers a happy birthday!

December Birthdays include:

5             Shanita Henson (Science Teacher)

9             Jacqueline Douglas (PK4 Teacher)

10           Michael Bryant (Custodian)

13           Linda Gant (Clerk)

14           Ieshia Seaborn (Dedicated Aide)

16           Robert Davis (Behavior Tech)

30           Mary Johnson (5th Grade ELA Teacher)

30           Colonda Andrews (PK4 Educational Aide)


  • December 10 – EdFest at DC Stadium Armory
  • December 12 – My School DC Lottery Application Opens for SY 2017 – 2018
  • December 20 – Pre-K Parent Cafe
  • December 22 – January 2 – No School for Students and Teachers:  Winter Break

Payne Post – 12/8/2016

Good Afternoon,

Small group instruction allows teachers the opportunity to work with students on the skills and concepts they meet each child’s specific need.  This is where the magic happens.  Everyday students grades K-5th are provided an individualized experience via small groups.

Students in grades 4 and 5 are participating in the Payne Book Battle, thanks to 5th grade teacher Ms. Johnson. Students have a Daily Reading Log; to track their reading, students with 140 minutes read earn a sticker.

Cheerleading, robotics and student government.

  • Cheerleading tryouts have begun
  • Our robotics team will participate in a robotics competition on Saturday, December 10th
  • Student Government officers will be elected next week. Students will campaign through the week

Today we ended the day with a wonderful Holiday Celebration, where we encouraged to spread love and enjoy the season.

Next week we are in school all week.  Winter Break begins on Thursday, December 22nd. 

 

PTSA Newsletter – 12/1/2016

Reminder:  No School for students this Friday, December 2.


Writing Contest
Students in grades Kindergarten – 5th Grades must enter the contest by December 8th.  Check with your teacher for more details on writing prompts and guidelines.  Good luck!

The Performing Arts Department Presents…
Yes Leilah, There is a Santa Claus!

A Musical Winter Celebration Spectacular for All

December 8, 2016
Doors Open:  12:30 pm
Program Begins:  1:00 pm

Volunteers Needed

We are still looking for a few more parents to volunteer during EdFEST on December 10 from 11 am – 3 pm.  Parents will support teachers and staff as needed and share their experiences from a parent’s prospective.  If you can volunteer, please email Carolyn Bowen at carolyncbowen@gmail.com.  EdFEST is an annual event that allows parents to explore the city’s many public and charter school options.  Thanks to everyone who have committed to helping out during Ed Fest.


Holiday Gift Shop
December 8 – 19, 2016
12:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Room 131

The Holiday Gift Shop is coming to Payne December 8 – 19.  During this time students will have an opportunity to purchase gifts for family and friends in a safe, comfortable and friendly environment.

If you would like to volunteer in the Holiday Gift Shop, please sign up here:
http://signup.com/go/gvEuN2.


December Pre-K Parent Engagement Events

Pre-K Parent Committee Meeting – Thursday, December 8
Library:  8:30 am – 9:15 am  
This month’s meeting agenda:
  • Budget
  • Event Plans
  • Participation/Partnering with PTA
  • ECE Aftercare Programming
December Pre-K Parent Cafe – Tuesday, December 20
Library:  5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Enjoy a free dinner with other Pre-K families and free childcare:
  • Potluck donations will be accepted.  Stay tuned for an opportunity to RSVP and sign up for a potluck donation.

Please save the date for our December PTA meeting on Thursday, December 15th at 6:00 pm. We will be joined by Principal Byrd for a discussion about her goals and vision for Payne Elementary School.

We will also have a discussion and welcome input as we map out goals for the Payne PTA in areas such as supporting teachers, increasing parent engagement, raising funds for classrooms, and improving communication. 

The PTA Board has worked to plan an active and fun year for Payne families. Future events/meetings will include topics such as:

  • Planning for future school events & activities
  • Math Night
  • Family Game Night
  • Movie Night
  • Looking ahead to next year – Meet Payne teachers and learn about what your child will do in the 2017-2018 school year!

Capitol Hill Community Foundation

GREAT NEWS!  Capitol Hill Community Foundation has funded the following grants for Payne: 
Supplemental Art Supplies – $2200
Spanish Text books and libraries – $1000
Printer and toner for deaf/hard of hearing and visually impaired – $800
Grade level classroom libraries for First Grade – $2050
Field Trips for 3rd Grade and 5th grade to support reading curriculum – $1210
After School Programs Enrichment for PreK 3/4 – $1700
Please give Nell Todd, Amy Lee, Lexi Smith, Monica Hicks and Kate Abend a BIG THANK YOU next time you see them.

We will also have spring grants to apply for soon. If you want to join the grant writing fun, please contact Principal Byrd through the website contact form.


Ways to Support a Classroom

Are you looking for ways to support a classroom?  Today many teachers are using alternative ways to request much needed materials and experiences for their students. Please follow the following links to easily donate to any or all of the following:

Donors Choose:

Young Education Professionals (YEP):


  • December 1 – Coffe with the Prinicipal
  • December 2 – No School for Students:  Professional Development Day
  • December 8 – Musical Winter Celebration
  • December 8 – Pre-K Parent Committee Meeting
  • December 12 – My School DC Lottery Application Opens for SY 2017 – 2018
  • December 20 – Pre-K Parent Cafe
  • December 22 – January 2 – No School for Students and Teachers:  Winter Break