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.

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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:

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.

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