PTSA Newsletter – 3/29/2017

 

The Payne Elementary family lost one of its most beloved educators on Monday, March 27 with the death of our Physical Education teacher Mr. Bernard Nedab.  He was a teacher at Payne for over eight years and will truly be missed by all. Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:
St. Stephen’s Baptist Church
5757 Temple Hill Road; Temple Hills, Maryland

Thursday, April 6, 2017
11:00 am

If you are available in volunteering all or part of the day next Thursday to help with classroom coverage, please send an email to Carolyn Bowen.  Parents will assist substitute teachers carry out the lesson plans for the day.


There is no school for students this Friday, March 31, 2017 for Records Day.


2017 Silent Auction & Raffle
Thursday, April 13, 2017
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for Payne’s first Annual Spring Silent Auction on Thursday, April 13, 2017 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  The committee is currently working hard to bring you an awesome dinner, drink options, free childcare and live music from Mr. Golden.  The best part of it all is it’s FREE to attend!
Here’s a sample list of items to be auctioned:

and much, much more!

To see all the latest auction items and updates, please visit our website here:  https://paynedc.org/auction/.

If you would like to volunteer and/or organize your classroom’s themed auction basket, contact Monica Hicks or reach out to Charles Swartz for any questions.  Please plan to complete your basket by April 10.


Our next PTA meeting will take place Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 6:00 pm.   We will hear updates about the upcoming PTA Elections and get the latest details on the first annual silent auction (April 13).  Principal Byrd will also join us to talk about the state of the school and budget visions for next year.
Childcare and Dinner Provided


The Home-School Connection
How to Further Your Child’s Development at Home
Thursday,  March 30, 2017
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Library

PreK-3 and PreK-4 teachers offer a unique, hands-on experience for parents to:

  • Understand the areas and range of development for your child’s age
  • Learn how teachers are working to develop your children at school
  • Get knowledge and tools to help you further your child’s progress at home

Learn more about GOLD, for teaching strategy and developmentally appropriate assessments

*Snacks will be served.  No RSVP necessary.

Get your Girls Scout Cookies before it’s too late!

Cookie season is ending and it’s your last chance to get those delicious Girl Scout cookies!  Return completed order forms with payment to your child’s teacher.  Thanks to all who’ve purchased so far.  You helped us sell over 1,400 boxes of cookies!


It’s that time of year again!  Enrollment forms will be available starting April 3rd.

  • March 30 – PreK Parent Meeting:  How to Further Your Kid’s Development at Home
  • March 31 – Records Day:  No school for students
  • March 31 – My School DC Lottery Results Released
  • April 6 – PTA Meeting
  • April 13 – 1st Annual Payne Spring Auction Fundraiser
  • April 17 – 21 – Spring Break:  No school for students and teachers

PTSA Newsletter – 3/22/2017

Special thanks to parents Carolyn Bowen and Susan McKay along with the school’s librarian Ms. Logan for organizing this year’s book fair!  We would also like to send a special thanks to all the parent volunteers that helped keep the fair open for all to enjoy.

Our Book Fair was a huge success due to the hard work of our volunteers and all the families who made purchases from the selection of books sent to our school by Scholastic.  We are happy to report we sold more than $2,000 in books and other merchandise!

Thank you, thank you, thank you for your continued support!  We couldn’t do it without Y-O-U!


Due to the inclement weather last week and yesterday’s math night, we have rescheduled this week’s PTA meeting to Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 6:00 pm.

Childcare and Dinner Provided


Purchase Payne Swag Now!

Have you purchased your Payne t-shirt? If you missed one of our recent “pop-up stands” fear not!  Parents can complete the attached order form and return with your payment to Ms. Cox in the front office.  Students can wear these as their uniforms!  Woo Hoo!!  Get your shirt today!

BUY NOW


2017 Silent Auction & Raffle
Thursday, April 13, 2017
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for Payne’s first Annual Silent Auction & Raffle on Thursday, April 13.  The committee is currently working hard to bring you some awesome dinner and drink options, free childcare and live music from Mr. Golden.  The best part of it all is it’s FREE!  If you would like to volunteer and/or organize your classroom’s themed auction basket, contact Charles Swartz


Teacher Appreciation Breakfast
March 28, 2017

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, March 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.

The Home-School Connection
How to Further Your Child’s Development at Home
Thursday,  March 30, 2017
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Library

PreK-3 and PreK-4 teachers offer a unique, hands-on experience for parents to:

  • Understand the areas and range of development for your child’s age
  • Learn how teachers are working to develop your children at school
  • Get knowledge and tools to help you further your child’s progress at home

Learn more about GOLD, for teaching strategy and developmentally appropriate assessments

*Snacks will be served.  No RSVP necessary.

  • March 9 – PreK Parent Committee Meeting
  • March 10 – Coffee with the Principal
  • March 21 – Math Night
  • March 30 – Science Fair
  • March 30 – PreK Parent Meeting:  How to Further Your Kid’s Development at Home
  • March 31 – Records Day:  No school for students
  • March 31 – My School DC Lottery Results Released
  • April 6 – PTA Meeting
  • April 13 – 1st Annual Payne Silent Auction & Raffle Fundraiser

PTSA Newsletter – 3/15/2017

The Book Fair opens TODAY!!!!
March 15 – March 21

Scholastic book fair flyers were sent home with students last week.  Please take a look and create your wish list for not only your family but your teachers too!  All proceeds benefit the school and it’s lots of fun!

  • Due to the weather this week, we are extending the book fair to next Tuesday, March 21.  We will close out the fair during Math Night.
  • The Book Fair will open as scheduled the rest of the week.  You can visit the fair in the library before school at 8:00 am, or after school between 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm.
  • If you would like your child to ‘shop’ with a teacher at lunch, you can send a sealed envelope with their name to school.
  • If you are available to volunteer on Monday or Tuesday, please send an email to Carolyn Bowen.  Volunteers are needed to cover the following times:  8:00 – 9:00 am, 12:00 – 1:00 pm , or any hour between 3:00 – 6:00 pm.  We will also need extra volunteers for Math Night March 21 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.
  • 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
If there are any questions, please send emails to Carolyn Bowen.

Help our school win up to $15,000 by casting your vote here:  http://wtop.com/contests/2017-click-for-kids-voting/.
It’s quick, easy and you can vote once a day until March 17.  The school with the most votes wins!  Vote today and share the link with friends and family!

Check out this amazing video with our students promoting this contest below or click here:  https://youtu.be/jYHAJuZTBBI.

Please vote today and everyday until March 17!

Voting is open through 5 pm March 17.  One vote per person per day.  Use this link to vote daily:   http://wtop.com/contests/2017-click-for-kids-voting/.

March 21, 2017
5:30 pm
Can we count on you to save the date for Family Math Night?

Due to the inclement weather and multiple activities in the coming weeks, this month’s PTA meeting is now CANCELLED.  PTA will always be mindful that parents and teachers have busy schedules and other commitments and may have to adjust our meetings accordingly.

The next meeting will take place on April 6, 2017 at 6:00 pm.

Childcare and Dinner Provided


The Home-School Connection
How to Further Your Child’s Development at Home
Thursday,  March 30, 2017
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Library

PreK-3 and PreK-4 teachers offer a unique, hands-on experience for parents to:
·         Understand the areas and range of development for your child’s age
·         Learn how teachers are working to develop your children at school
·         Get knowledge and tools to help you further your child’s progress at home
·         Learn more about GOLD, for teaching strategy and developmentally appropriate assessments

*Snacks will be served.  No RSVP necessary.


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.


Purchase Payne Swag Now!

Have you purchased your Payne t-shirt? If you missed one of our recent “pop-up stands” fear not!  Parents can complete the attached order form and return with your payment to Ms. Cox in the front office.  Students can wear these as their uniforms!  Woo Hoo!!  Get your shirt today!

BUY NOW


Spring Break Camp 2017
DPR offers full-day Spring Break Camps for children ages 3 – 12.  Camps are broken into 3 age groups: 3 to 5 years old, 6 to 12 years old, and 8 to 13 years old; and take place during DC Public Schools’ (DCPS) Spring Break.  DPR provides youth with a variety of structured games, sports, character-education exercises, and arts and crafts. Registration opens March 20 at noon.

Summer Camp 2017
Rolling registration for the 2017 Summer Camp season opened on Monday, February 27 at select site locations.  Each day a different group of site locations will open for registration.  Registration will open each day at 12 noon. Interested participants may register online or in person at the Summer Camp Office.  Register soon as spaces fill fast!


  • March 9 – PreK Parent Committee Meeting
  • March 10 – Coffee with the Principal
  • March 21 – Math Night
  • March 30 – Science Fair
  • March 30 – PreK Parent Meeting:  How to Further Your Kid’s Development at Home
  • March 31 – Records Day:  No school for students
  • March 31 – My School DC Lottery Results Released
  • April 6 – PTA Meeting
  • April 13 – 1st Annual Payne Spring Auction Fundraiser

PTSA Newsletter – 3/8/2017

Help our school win up to $15,000 by casting your vote here:  http://wtop.com/contests/2017-click-for-kids-voting/.
It’s quick, easy and you can vote once a day until March 17.  The school with the most votes wins!  Vote today and share the link with friends and family!

Check out this amazing video with our students promoting this contest below or click here:  https://youtu.be/jYHAJuZTBBI.

Please vote today and everyday until March 17!

Voting is open through 5 pm March 17.  One vote per person per day.  Use this link to vote daily:   http://wtop.com/contests/2017-click-for-kids-voting/.


The Book Fair opens in 6 days!!!!

Scholastic book fair flyers were sent home with students in their folders today.  Take a look and create your wish list for not only your family but your teachers too!  All proceeds benefit the school and it’s lots of fun!

  • The book fair will ‘launch’ at Math Night, on Tuesday, March 14 and will run through Friday, March 17.
  • Volunteers are needed for 1-hour shifts before & 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
If there are any questions, please send emails to Carolyn Bowen

Join us for the next Coffee Chit Chat with Principal Byrd this Friday, March 10 at 9:00 am

March 14, 2017
5:30 pm
Can we count on you to save the date for Family Math Night?

Our next PTA Meeting will now take place on March 23, 2017 at 6:00 pm. We will discuss the budget, election process, share nomination forms and more.

Childcare and Dinner Provided


Spring Break Camp 2017
DPR offers full-day Spring Break Camps for children ages 3 – 12.  Camps are broken into 3 age groups: 3 to 5 years old, 6 to 12 years old, and 8 to 13 years old; and take place during DC Public Schools’ (DCPS) Spring Break.  DPR provides youth with a variety of structured games, sports, character-education exercises, and arts and crafts. Registration opens March 20 at noon.

Summer Camp 2017
Rolling registration for the 2017 Summer Camp season opened on Monday, February 27 at select site locations.  Each day a different group of site locations will open for registration.  Registration will open each day at 12 noon. Interested participants may register online or in person at the Summer Camp Office.  Register soon as spaces fill fast!


The Home-School Connection
How to Further Your Child’s Development at Home
Thursday,  March 30, 2017
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Library

PreK-3 and PreK-4 teachers offer a unique, hands-on experience for parents to:
·         Understand the areas and range of development for your child’s age
·         Learn how teachers are working to develop your children at school
·         Get knowledge and tools to help you further your child’s progress at home
·         Learn more about GOLD, for teaching strategy and developmentally appropriate assessments

*Snacks will be served.  No RSVP necessary.

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.


Purchase Payne Swag Now!

Have you purchased your Payne t-shirt? If you missed one of our recent “pop-up stands” fear not!  Parents can complete the attached order form and return with your payment to Ms. Cox in the front office.  Students can wear these as their uniforms!  Woo Hoo!!  Get your shirt today!

BUY NOW


Kings Dominion is offering free Pre-K passes for children ages 3 – 5.  The Pre-K passes include unlimited visits to Kings Dominion and Dinosaurs Alive during the 2017 season.  Passes must be redeemed before April 30, 2017.  Click here for additional details:

https://www.kingsdominion.com/tickets-passes/pre-k-pass


  • March 9 – PreK Parent Committee Meeting
  • March 10 – Coffee with the Principal
  • March 14 – Math Night & Scholastic Book Fair
  • March 23 – PTA Meeting
  • March 30 – Science Fair
  • March 30 – PreK Parent Meeting:  How to Further Your Kid’s Development at Home
  • March 31 – Records Day:  No school for students
  • March 31 – My School DC Lottery Results Released
  • April 13 – 1st Annual Payne Spring Auction Fundraiser

WTOP Click4 Kids Contest for Local Schools

Payne Elementary has been selected as a contestant in the WTOP Click 4 Kids contest.  Winning schools have a chance to win up to $15,000. All you have to do is click on the link below every day through March 17 and cast your vote. We’d love to have your support in this!

http://wtop.com/contests/2017-click-for-kids-voting/

Promotional video presented below:

Promotional flyer presented below:

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PTSA Newsletter – 3/2/2017

Just a quick reminder to parents there is no school tomorrow, Friday, March 3 for students.


March 14, 2017
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Can we count on you to save the date for Family Math Night?

The Book Fair is coming to Payne!!!!
March 14 – March 17

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 and when to purchase books.

  • The book fair will ‘launch’ at Math Night, on Tuesday March 14th from 6 – 8 pm.
  • Volunteers are needed for 1-hour shifts before & 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
If there are any questions, please send emails to Carolyn Bowen.

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

Help us get new classroom libraries and send the Robotics Club to Kentucky!

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!

Classroom Libraries
We are raising monies to purchase Scholastic Libraries (300 books each!) for the 4th and 5th grade classrooms.

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

Please feel free to share this link with friends and family!


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.


Payne Swag Available Now!

Have you purchased your Payne t-shirt? If you missed one of our recent “pop-up stands” fear not!  Parents can complete the attached order form and return with your payment to Ms. Cox in the front office.  Students can wear these as their uniforms!  Woo Hoo!!  Get your shirt today!

https://paynedc.org/about/ptsa/


Have you ordered your Girl Scout cookies?

Payne’s Girl Scouts Troop 1455 plans to 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 everyone for delivering yummy breakfast treats to all the teachers and staff this past Tuesday.  The next teacher appreciation will take place on Tuesday, March 28.  Use this link to sign-up today: http://signup.com/go/uSLvMD.

Huge round of applause to the students, teachers, and staff for their performances in the Black History Program!  Everyone did a phenomenal job!

  • 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, starts at 5:30PM
  • April 13 – 1st Annual Payne Spring Auction Fundraiser