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  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:

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