PTSA Newsletter – 4/26/2017

Pre-K International Day
Friday,  April 28th, 2017
Library
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

  • Classrooms will learn about a country, do crafts, and march in!
  • Students will perform songs in a foreign language.
  • We will tour the globe visiting tables hosted by parents featuring different countries.
Interested in volunteering to host a table?  You can create your own table featuring a country or culture, or help with another table.  Be creative with your table, but please include flags, music, something to taste, and something to take home for each student.  You can add more!

*Sign up by 8am Thu. April 27th through email, text, classroom sign up sheet, or online Google doc!

Questions, contact LaToya Smith, Family Services Coordinator at (202) 320 – 3274.


Have you completed the PTA Community Survey? Don’t fret, there’s still time to voice your opinion!

We are asking all staff and parents to please take a moment to share your thoughts on how the PTA is doing, what new programs you would like to see, and what BIG DREAM you have for Payne Elementary.  Just click the survey button below or complete the attached hard copy and return to the PTA table or the front desk.  All surveys must be submitted by this Friday, April 28, 2017 at midnight.

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/abf262ce4035696294280e80e/files/699229a2-d3fa-4228-be55-7434f096c64b/Payne_Community_Survey_Spring_2017.pdf

CLICK HERE FOR THE SURVEY


Teacher Appreciation Breakfast
May 2, 2017

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week, 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, May 2.  Use this link to sign-up today: http://signup.com/go/uSLvMD.

Quick Facts:

  • Please don’t bring items with nuts.
  • There are 65 staff members at Payne.

PRETZELS FOR PAYNE FUNDRAISER
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Please stop by for a delicious after-school or
after-work snack, mention Payne Elementary, and have
20% of the proceeds benefit the PTA.

The Pretzel Bakery
257 15th St. SE
Washington, DC


The next Coffee with the Principal will take place Friday, May 5, 2017 at 9:00 am.  Please plan to attend to hear updates from Principal Byrd and voice your thoughts and/or concerns.


It’s Enrollment Season!

Re-enrollment for SY 2017 – 2018 has started.  Please see the below dates to register your student(s) by grade & date:
3rd and 4th grade – Week of April 24th

1st and 2nd grade – Week of May 1st

Kindergarten and ECE – Week of 8th 

Feel free to come in and enroll your children at any time but we are encouraging you to come in during one of the designated dates above.

Parents should bring in proof of residency and the enrollment packet.  No worries if you have not received the enrollment packet, forms will be available in the front office.

You can also visit DCPS’ website to download files here:  https://dcps.dc.gov/page/enrollment-forms!


PARCC testing for third – fifth grade students will take place May 2 – 4 and May 9 – 11, 2017.  Please make sure your student(s) is getting enough sleep, eats a healthy breakfast and arrives on time each morning.  For more helpful tips, please click here:

CLICK HERE FOR PARCC TEST TIPS


We are seeking volunteers for three upcoming events:

  1. PARCC Testing:  Volunteers are needed during testing beginning May 2 – May 4 and May 9 – May 11 to help setup computers, distribute snacks, monitor hallways and help direct late arrivals.  Volunteers will not administer tests or need any special training.
  2. Career Day:  Are you interested in helping with Payne’s Career Day onMay 18 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm?  We are looking for individuals to help manage stations and/or present about their careers.

If you are interested in any of the above opportunities, please email Carolyn Bowen


Payne PTSA Elections are coming up!  If you would like to become a candidate for the PTSA Elections, you must complete and return a written nomination form by May 5, 2017.  You can nominate yourself or a friend!
  • PTSA Election will be held at the PTSA Annual Convention in the Auditorim on Thursday, May 25th at 6:00 pm
  • Anybody who is a PTSA Member by May 1st may vote
    • Each voting member must complete an individual application.
    • If you haven’t already, join TODAY at: https://goo.gl/VE8Cse.  Dues are $15 per individual for the year.
    • Can’t remember if you joined yet?  A membership list will be posted on the PTA bulletin board after our April 6th PTA meeting.
    • Nominations are Due May 5th
Return the attached form to your child’s teacher or the PTSA Elections Box or email a completed form to Dailila Kaddourt.

Form attached and information provided here:https://gallery.mailchimp.com/abf262ce4035696294280e80e/files/9e5c19dd-c566-42dd-bb30-717de882d8a2/Payne_Nominations_Form_SY2017_2018.pdf


  • May 1 – 5:  Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 2:  Pretzels for Payne
  • May 5:  Picture Day
  • May 5:  Coffee with the Principal at 9:00 am
  • May 8:  Deadline for PTA Nominations
  • May 10:  Bike to School Day
  • May 11:  Spring Sing at 4:30 pm
  • May 18:  Career Day
  • May 18:  Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm
  • May 19:  Parent-Teacher Conference Day – No school for students
  • May 22 – 26:  Spirit Week
  • May 23:  DCPS Night at Nationals Park
  • May 25:  PTA Meeting at 6:00 pm
  • May 26:  Field Day
  • May 29:  Memorial Day  – No School for students, teachers and staff

PTSA Newsletter – 4/12/2017

Tomorrow!

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

Join us for a great evening at Payne’s first Annual Spring Silent Auction tomorrow April 13, 2017 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  The committee planned a wonderful evening of great food, live music from Mr. Golden and so much more.
Free childcare provided.

Have you seen the latest list of available auction items?  Here’s a sample:

and much, much more!

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


We are seeking volunteers for three upcoming events:

  1. Aftercare Assistance:  Help with childcare in Early Childhood Aftercare during tomorrow’s Staff Meeting April 13, 2017 from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm.
  2. PARCC Testing:  Volunteers are needed during testing beginning May 2 – May 4 and May 9 – May 11 to help setup computers, distribute snacks, monitor hallways and help direct late arrivals.  Volunteers will not administer tests or need any special training.
  3. Career Day:  Are you interested in helping with Payne’s Career Day onMay 18 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm?  We are looking for individuals to help manage stations and/or present about their careers.

If you are interested in any of the above opportunities, please email Carolyn Bowen.


It’s time to fill out the annual PTA community survey!  Share your thoughts on how the PTA is doing, what new programs you would like to see, and what BIG DREAM you have for Payne.  Just go to http:// https://www. surveymonkey.com/r/PayneDC or complete the attached hard copy and return to the PTA table or the front desk.  Surveys are due this Friday, April 14th!

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/abf262ce4035696294280e80e/files/699229a2-d3fa-4228-be55-7434f096c64b/Payne_Community_Survey_Spring_2017.pdf


Spring Break is next week!
No school for students, teachers and staff
April 17 – April 21, 2017.


Payne PTSA Elections are coming up!  If you would like to become a candidate for the PTSA Elections, you must complete and return a written nomination form by May 1st, 2017.  You can nominate yourself or a friend!
  • PTSA Election will be held at the PTSA Annual Convention in the Auditorim on Thursday, May 18th at 6:00 pm
  • Anybody who is a PTSA Member by May 1st may vote
    • Each voting member must complete an individual application.
    • If you haven’t already, join TODAY at: https://goo.gl/VE8Cse.  Dues are $15 per individual for the year.
    • Can’t remember if you joined yet?  A membership list will be posted on the PTA bulletin board after our April 6th PTA meeting.
    • Nominations are Due May 1st
Return the attached form to your child’s teacher or the PTSA Elections Box or email a completed form to dalilakaddourt@gmail.com.

Form attached and information provided here:https://gallery.mailchimp.com/abf262ce4035696294280e80e/files/9e5c19dd-c566-42dd-bb30-717de882d8a2/Payne_Nominations_Form_SY2017_2018.pdf


It’s that time of year again.  Enrollment forms for school year 2017 – 2018 are now available in the front office or you can visit DCPS’ website to download files here:  https://dcps.dc.gov/page/enrollment-forms!


The National Math Festival will take place at the Washington Convention Center on Saturday, April 22, 2017.  This event is free and open to the public from 10:00 am till 7:00 pm.   The event will include a day of lectures, hands-on demonstrations, art, films, performances, puzzles, games, children’s book readings, and more.  There’s something for everyone from toddlers to adults of all ages.  For more information you can download a mobile app for the event (NMF 2017) or visit their website:  http://www.nationalmathfestival.org/.


  • April 13 – 1st Annual Payne Spring Auction Fundraiser
  • April 17 – 21 – Spring Break:  No school for students and teachers

PTSA Newsletter – 4/5/2017

Join us tomorrow night for our monthly PTA Meeting!

April’s PTA meeting will take place tomorrow 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


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.


Payne PTSA Elections are coming up!  If you would like to become a candidate for the PTSA Elections, you must complete and return a written nomination form by May 1st, 2017.  You can nominate yourself or a friend!
  • PTSA Election will be held at the PTSA Annual Convention in the Auditorium on Thursday, May 18th at 6:00 pm
  • Anybody who is a PTSA Member by May 1st may vote
    • Each voting member must complete an individual application.
    • If you haven’t already, join TODAY at: https://goo.gl/VE8Cse.  Dues are $15 per individual for the year.
    • Can’t remember if you joined yet?  A membership list will be posted on the PTA bulletin board after our April 6th PTA meeting.
    • Nominations are Due May 1st
Return the attached form to your child’s teacher or the PTSA Elections Box or email a completed form to Dalila Kaddour.

Form attached and information provided here:https://gallery.mailchimp.com/abf262ce4035696294280e80e/files/9e5c19dd-c566-42dd-bb30-717de882d8a2/Payne_Nominations_Form_SY2017_2018.pdf


We are seeking volunteers for two upcoming events:

  1. PARCC Testing:  Volunteers are needed during testing beginning May 2 – May 12 to help setup computers, distribute snacks, monitor hallways and help with late arrivals.  Volunteers will not be administering tests.
  2. Career Day:  Are you interested in helping with Payne’s Career Day on May 18?  We are looking for individuals to help and/or present about their careers.

If you are interested, please email Carolyn Bowen.  Additional details coming soon!


Did you hear the great news?
Payne’s Robotics Club is on their way to the 2017 VEX IQ Tournament in Kentucky!
Congratulations to Payne Robotics Club for winning the Elementary School Excellence Award and qualifying for the 2017 VEX Worlds Championship in Louisville, KY!  A special thanks to Pepco for donating $5,000 to cover the travel fees for club members.  See NBC 4 news coverage and interview with Ms. Henson and members of the club below:

http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Pepco-Sponsors-Southeast-Elementary-School-Students-for-National-Robotics-Competiton_Washington-DC-417723553.html


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


No school for students, teachers and staff for Spring Break April 17 – April 21, 2017.


The National Math Festival will take place at the Washington Convention Center on Saturday, April 22, 2017.  This event is free and open to the public from 10:00 am till 7:00 pm.   The event will include a day of lectures, hands-on demonstrations, art, films, performances, puzzles, games, children’s book readings, and more.  There’s something for everyone from toddlers to adults of all ages.  For more information you can download a mobile app for the event (NMF 2017) or visit their website:  http://www.nationalmathfestival.org/.


  • April 6 – PTA Meeting
  • April 13 – 1st Annual Payne Spring Auction Fundraiser
  • April 17 – 21 – Spring Break:  No school for students and teachers
  • April 22 – National Math Festival at Washington Convention Center
  • May 1 – Deadline for PTA board election nominations