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  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:

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