PTSA Newsletter – 2/22/2017

Join us for Payne’s Black History Month Program this Friday, February 24 at 2:00 pm in the school’s Auditorium.


Teacher Appreciation Breakfast
February 28

If you haven’t already, please take a moment to sign-up to bring an item for our monthly teacher appreciation
breakfast.  The next breakfast will take place this Tuesday, February 28.  Use this link to sign-up today: http://signup.com/go/uSLvMD.

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.
  • Teacher Appreciation Breakfast will take place the last Tuesday of every month.
  • If you have questions, email Sharnece Ward

Are you looking for a way to support our Payne Wildcats?  We are currently raising monies for two exciting projects…

Classroom Libraries
We are trying to raise funds by February 28 to purchase Scholastic Libraries (300 books each!) for the 4th and 5th grade classrooms. Scholastic has a 50% discount available that will expire after the end of the month!

Robotics Club
Our Robotics Club won the Elementary School Excellence Award and has qualified for the 2017 VEX Worlds Championship in Louisville, KY this April! We are hoping to raise enough funds to pay for the registration, bus fare, and lodging so our students can take advantage of this exciting opportunity!

The attached link has more details. Donations are tax deductible. Please reach out with any questions and feel free to share this information with others!

https://www.gofundme.com/paynebooksandrobots


Read Across America Day:  March 2, 2017 

  • This is a fun day to celebrate reading that falls on Dr. Suess’ birthday. Parents are invited to read aloud at school during one of two windows:  9:30 am – 11:30 am, or 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm. (see attached flier)

Scholastic Book Fair:  Week of March 14th 

  • You may have noticed fliers around school last week about our book fair!  More information will be sent home in the coming weeks about how/when to purchase books.
    • The book fair will ‘launch’ at Math Night, on Tuesday March 14th from 6 pm – 8 pm.
    • Volunteers are needed for 1-hour shifts before and after school, and during lunch.
    • If you are available and interested in volunteering, please sign up on the link below. This will help us guarantee we are able to keep the fair open every day!
    • https://volunteer.scholastic.com/#/signup/aj5h5XYrC

Spring Auction
April 13, 2017
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Save the date for Payne’s 1st Annual Spring Auction – Thursday, April 13th!  If you would like to volunteer and/or organize your classroom’s themed auction basket, contact Charles Swartz at charles.julian.swartz@gmail.com.


Have you ordered your Girl Scout cookies?

Starting next week, Payne’s Girl Scouts Troop 1455 will sell cookies on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays after school from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm.  Parents can also return their completed order forms and payments to their teacher.  Cookies are $4.00 per box.  All earnings will go toward troop supplies, badges, field trips, and outdoor adventures!    Thanks to all who have purchased so far. Our first batch completely sold out!


Join parents, the State Superintendent of Education and others on Feb 21 at Capitol Hill Montessori @ Logan or on Feb 27 at CHAW to share your thoughts on the District’s proposed State Accountability Plan.

Make Your Voice Heard: ESSA Community Meetings   

The State Board members are co-hosting a series of community meetings this month in all eight wards in the District to collect community input on the Every Student Succeed Act(ESSA) Accountability plan. Your feedback is needed to determine how we define quality schools and rate our schools!

Ward 6 | Feb. 27 | 6-8 p.m. | Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. Click here to register for Feb. 27

Flyers: English | Amharic | Ch inese | French | Korean | Span ish | Vietnamese

If you can’t join us in Ward 6, please join another conversation; click here for more information.

Thanks for your support!


  • February 22 – Parent Cafe (PreK, Kindergarten, First Grades) 5:30 pm
  • February 24 – Black History Month Program
  • February 28 – Teacher Appreciation Breakfast
  • March 1 – My School DC Application Deadline (grades PK3 – 8)
  • March 2 – Read Across America Day
  • March 3 – Parent Teacher Conference Day:  No School for Students
  • March 14 – Math Night & Scholastic Book Fair
  • April 13 – 1st Annual Payne Spring Auction Fundraiser

PTSA Newsletter – 2/18/2017

PTA Meeting
Thursday, February 16, 2017
6:00 pm
Auditorium
Join us tomorrow Thursday, February 16 at our general PTA meeting.  Come hear the latest updates and participate in committee breakout sessions.  Committees include:  Bylaws, Communications, Green Spaces, Programs, Fundraising and Membership.  All are welcome to join.
Childcare and Dinner provided.

A quick reminder there is no school for students this Friday, February 17 (Professional Development Day) and no school for students, teachers and staff Monday, February 20 (Presidents’ Day).

Have you ordered your Girl Scout cookies?
Starting next week, Payne’s Girl Scouts Troop 1455 will sell cookies on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays after school from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm.  Parents can also return their completed order forms and payments to their teacher.  Cookies are $4.00 per box.  All earnings will go toward troop supplies, badges, field trips, and outdoor adventures!    Thanks to all who have purchased so far. Our first batch completely sold out!

Special thanks to Payne’s Athletic Department and SGA for organizing another great Valentine’s Day Dance.  A great time was had by all!

Congratulations to Ms. Henson and the Robotics Team for receiving the Elementary School Excellence Award (VIQC)!  This qualifies them for the 2017 VEX Worlds – VEX IQ Challenge world championship in Kentucky this April!

Save the date for our FINAL Parent Cafe of the school year!
Wednesday,  February 22, 2017
5:30 pm – 7 pm
Library
Theme:  School Transitions – Building Family Understanding and Support in Stages of Transition

  • Enjoy a FREE DINNER with other families.
  •  FREE CHILDCARE!
  • 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.
  • POTLUCK donations will be accepted!

*Please RSVP by Friday, February 17 at 5:00 pm by email: Latoya.Smith@dc.gov, text:  (202) 320-3274, classroom RSVP sheet, or online:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/18wMXql5RKMny0C5ZaQWIJ47ak2ZkkEzVbmTveTlajBc/edit?usp=sharing to LaToya Smith.


We are 100 days smarter!  Thanks to everyone for celebrating 100 Days of School!

Join parents, the State Superintendent of Education and others on Feb 21 at Capitol Hill Montessori @ Logan or on Feb 27 at CHAW to share your thoughts on the District’s proposed State Accountability Plan.

Make Your Voice Heard: ESSA Community Meetings   

The State Board members are co-hosting a series of community meetings this month in all eight wards in the District to collect community input on the Every Student Succeed Act(ESSA) Accountability plan. Your feedback is needed to determine how we define quality schools and rate our schools!

Ward 6 | Feb. 21 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan, 215 G St. NE.  Click here to register for Feb. 21

Ward 6 | Feb. 27 | 6-8 p.m. | Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. Click here to register for Feb. 27

Flyers: English | Amharic | Ch inese | French | Korean | Span ish | Vietnamese

If you can’t join us in Ward 6, please join another conversation; click here for more information.

Thanks for your support!


Please save the date for the following:

Additional details coming soon.


Calling all 4th to 7th Graders!! On Monday, February 20, from Noon – 1:00 pm at Eastern High School, we’re doing a Promo Day specifically for 4th – 7th graders. We’re over-run with younger players (they’re everywhere! help!)!  Have a child that age? A friend? A neighbor? RSVP HERE and we’ll get them running around.

What about everyone else?? We have a ‘NO BALLER LEFT BEHIND’ policy, so we’re going to hit a ‘Texas Two-Step’ on Monday, and have K-3rd Graders out from 11:00 am – Noon. Same day: Monday, February 20 and same place, Eastern High School. RSVP HERE! Bonus: bring a friend and I’ll shovel your driveway if it ever snows.


Spring 2017 Registration is now open!

Capitol Hill Little League is welcoming baseball players to its Spring 2017 season.
For more information or to register, please visit the website here:  https://chlldc.org/.

The season is open to all children who will turn 5 years of age by Aug. 31, 2017 but will not turn 16 years of age by April 30, 2017.


  • February 16 – PTA Meeting 6:00 pm
  • February 17 – Professional Development Day:  No School for Students
  • February 20 – President’s Day:  No School for Students, Teachers & Staff
  • February 22 – Parent Cafe (PreK, Kindergarten, First Grades) 5:30 pm
  • February 24 – Black History Month Program
  • March 1 – My School DC Application Deadline (grades PK3 – 8)
  • March 3 – Parent Teacher Conference Day:  No School for Students
  • March 14 – Scholastic Book Fair

PTSA Newsletter – 2/8/2017

Payne’s Athletic Department and SGA will sponsor a Valentine’s Dance
Friday, February 10, 2017
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
School Auditorium

Admission is $5 and refreshments will be available for purchase.
A permission slip must be signed and returned before students can attend the dance.

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer your time, please feel free to contact Ms. Freda Chase at (202) 413-4824.

Note:  A parent or guardian MUST accompany pre-school, pre-k and kindergarten students.


Save the date for our FINAL Parent Cafe of the school year!
Wednesday,  February 22, 2017
5:30 pm – 7 pm
Library

Theme:  School Transitions – Building Family Understanding and Support in Stages of Transition

  • Enjoy a FREE DINNER with other Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st Grade Families.
  •  FREE CHILDCARE!
  • 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.
  • POTLUCK donations will be accepted!

*Please standby for further details and opportunities to RSVP and/or indicate potluck donations.


February, 23, 2017
6:00 pm
Auditorium
We hope to see everyone at our next monthly PTA meeting February 23.  Parents and staff will have an opportunity to hear about upcoming events/projects and meet with committee chairs.  Committees include:  Bylaws, Communications, Green Spaces, Programs, Fundraising and Membership.  All are welcome to join.

Please save the date for the following:

  • March 14:  Scholastic Book Fair
  • April 13:  1st Annual Payne Auction Fundraiser

Stay tuned for additional details coming soon.


Spring 2017 Registration is now open!

Capitol Hill Little League is welcoming baseball players to its Spring 2017 season.
For more information or to register, please visit the website here:  https://chlldc.org/.

The season is open to all children who will turn 5 years of age by Aug. 31, 2017 but will not turn 16 years of age by April 30, 2017.


  • February 10 – Valentine’s Dance at 5:00 pm
  • February 16 – PTA Meeting 6:00 pm
  • February 17 – Professional Development Day:  No School for Students
  • February 20 – President’s Day:  No School for Students, Teachers & Staff
  • February 22 – Parent Cafe (PreK, Kindergarten, First Grades) 5:30 pm
  • March 1 – My School DC Application Deadline (grades PK3 – 8)
  • March 3 – Parent Teacher Conference Day:  No School for Students
  • March 14 – Scholastic Book Fair

PTSA Newsletter – 2/2/2017

Payne Family Movie Night

Finding Dory

Friday, February 3rd, 5:30 pm
Auditorium

Please join us for a fun Family Movie Night this Friday!
Admission is absolutely free!
Pizza, popcorn, and drinks will be available for purchase.
All children must be accompanied by an adult.


Payne’s Athletic Department and SGA will sponsor a Valentine’s Dance on

Friday, February 10, 2017
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
School Auditorium

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $4.00 on the following dates:
Monday, February 6 and Tuesday, February 7
(regular admission $5.00)
A permission slip must be signed and returned before students can attend the dance.
Refreshments will be available for purchase.If you have any questions or would like to volunteer your time, please feel free to contact Ms. Freda Chase at (202) 413-4824.Note:  A parent or guardian MUST accompany pre-school, pre-k and kindergarten students.


THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

Thank you to everyone for their contributions to the first teacher appreciation breakfast of 2017!  

If you haven’t already, please take a moment to sign-up here http://signup.com/go/uSLvMD to bring breakfast treats and supplies for our awesome teachers!  The next breakfast will take place on Tuesday, February 28, 2017.  PTA will host a teacher appreciation breakfast the last Tuesday of every month.


The program committee is continually organizing volunteer opportunities for our parents.  Please see the latest and ongoing options below.

  • Recess Duty:  Principal Byrd asked if any parents would like to help with “recess duty” from 12-1pm.  This would mean watching over the playgrounds with the teachers to make sure students are having fun and not going too crazy. Please talk to Mrs. Whitlock if interested
  • Billboards:  Several teachers asked for parent help with billboards inside and outside their classrooms.  Please see Ms. Turner or Ms. Miller if you are interested in helping with their classes, or talk to your room parent if you want to offer help for your teacher’s class.

There are a number of other requests from teachers, stay tuned for additional details coming soon.


Thank you for attending our recent “Moving Ahead” PTA meeting last week.  We appreciate you taking the time to join us and we hope the meeting was able to provide you with some valuable insight into our great school.  A special thanks to all the teachers and staff for opening their classrooms to parents.


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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.


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  • February 1 – 100th Day of School
  • February 3 – Payne Family Movie Night at 5:30 pm
  • February 8 – PreK Parent Committee Meeting 8:30 am
  • February 10 – Valentine’s Dance at 5:00 pm
  • February 17 – Professional Development Day:  No School for Students
  • February 20 – President’s Day:  No School for Students, Teachers & Staff
  • February 22 – PreK Parent Cafe 5:30 pm
  • February 24 – Black History Program (afternoon – time TBA)
  • March 1 – My School DC Application Deadline (grades PK3 – 8)