PTSA Newsletter – 1/18/2017

Update!  Update!  Update!

With school only open two days this week we are moving the PTA meeting originally scheduled for this week to next.

Thursday, January 26th at 6 pm.

On this day, we will have a special “Looking Ahead” PTA meeting which will include some of our wonderful teachers explaining what they do best.  At this meeting parents will have an opportunity to visit teachers in their class rooms to ask questions about expectations, what does an average school day look like for our students, classroom curriculum, see what students are working on in a particular grade and so much more.

Join us for this special meeting on Thursday, January 26 at 6 pm.

We hope to see you there!

Dinner and childcare provided.

January 31, 2017
Do you love your teacher?  Does your child have so much fun at Payne?  Do you want a way to tell the staff THANK YOU?  

Sign Up to bring food to the Monthly Staff Appreciation Breakfast.  The breakfast will be the last Tuesday of the Month starting January 31.  Sign Up TODAY!

Quick Facts:

  • Bring your food/drink items to the school by 8:10 am or leave them in the refrigerator by Ms Cox’s desk the night before
  • Food should be dropped off in the room next to Ms. Cox’s desk.
  • Please don’t bring items with nuts.
  • There are 65 staff members at Payne.
  • Sign up via the service below to receive email reminders.
  • If you have questions, email Sharnece Ward

How to Sign Up:
We’re using VolunteerSpot (the leading online Sign-up and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming Sign-ups.  They will ask you for your email address, but only to send you reminder emails. 

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our Sign-up on VolunteerSpot:
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone.  If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Have you heard the news?
  • The PTA is organizing a Parent Cafe for parents of Kindergarten and 1st Grade students!  Meet other parents, enjoy some yummy food, and exchange stories and questions!  For more details or to help with organizing, please reach out to Sharnece Ward or Kerry Devooght.
  • The Program Committee seeks parents interested in helping Payne get the classroom reading libraries and replacement laptops that it needs! If you can help with finding partners or writing grants, or just want to learn more, please write to Andria Thomas or call/text 312-401-4423.

January Pre-K Parent Cafe
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Theme: “What’s Going On?”
 (Building Parental Knowledge and Communication w/ Your Child & Family)
  • Enjoy a FREE DINNER with other PreK Families and FREE CHILDCARE
  • POTLUCK donations are accepted
  • Meet new people and make new friends
  • Share parenting experiences and get ideas from other families
  • Explore your family’s strengths and challenges in a supportive community
  • Please RSVP by Mon 1/23, 5pm (by email/text/online/classroom RSVP sheet).  *If you would like to bring a potluck donation, please indicate your items at time of RSVP.

Questions?  Contact LaToya Smith, Family Services Coordinator / 202-320-3274

Friday, February 3, 2017 – 5:30 pm

Join us for a Payne movie night on February 3rd at 5:30 pm.  The movie choice is TBD but popcorn, pizza, fruit, and refreshments will be sold.  Proceeds from sales and donations will benefit the PTA.  More details to come!


Hill Rag article featuring Capitol Hill Principals

Have you picked up the Winter/Spring edition of the Hill Rag?  If you haven’t already, read the article, “Guiding Principles for Principals – Rules for Turning Around Schools”.  This article highlights three Capitol Hill principals including our very own Principal Byrd.  You can view the article here:

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DCPS Proposed Calendar for SY2017-2018

DCPS released their proposed calendars for 2017-2018. Please use the link below to view the calendars and share any comments. They will accept public feedback until February 5, 2017.

What are you looking for in a middle school?
Eliot-Hine Survey

Eliot-Hine Middle School is looking to learn more about their current and future students and what we are looking for in a middle school option. This survey is for all grades and responses will be collected until January 29th. Please take 5 minutes to complete this short survey.

Also, did you know you can follow updates about Eliot-Hine on the DCPS Planning Blog. Check out the latest post, an interview with Principal Vargas. Other posts include details of their upcoming $87.7 million modernization and photos from school events like EdFest, our HS Fair, Open Houses, etc.

Flag Football on Capitol Hill!

Spring ball (Sundays-only) starts in late March/early April (depending on your location), and there’s lots to do before that party starts.  If interested, see all the details below.  Spring registration closes in just two days on January 20.

Register HERE for K-9th Graders
McLean. NW DC. Alexandria. Cap Hill.

Across the DMV, we’re already 1000+ strong with K-9th graders ready to ball.  If you’re one of those families who’s already registered … you’re all set. No worries. Ready to rock.

If you haven’t registered, it’s time to get on the bus!  You can see all of our start dates and anticipated game-times here on our website.

And speaking of PLANNING. We have our SUMMER CAMP DATES coming out next Monday. We’ll have camps in McLean and NW DC. And potentially one in Arlington, but we’re waiting to see there. More on that next week.

But Spring Registration. That’s why we’re e-mailing. Spring Registration. If you need more time — well, that happens. I’ll be as flexible as I can squeezing in more kids, but we’re also (bravely) pushing forward in preparation for the season. That means making rosters, training staff, creating schedules and doing 100 burpees every morning at 5:15. Because that’s how we roll.

So save ya-self a spot, yeah? We’re headed into our best season yet (without a doubt!) and would love to have you with us.

          Get Better. Have Fun.

Carl Ehrlich 

CEO, “Commissioner”

Cell: (202) 468-1516

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.

  • January 19 – Records Day:  No school for students
  • January 20 – Inauguration Day:  No school for students, teachers and staff
  • February 3 – Payne Family Movie Night at 5:30 pm