PTSA Newsletter – 9/27/2017

Come watch Moana with us!
September 29, 2017
5:30 pm

Join us this Friday for the first family movie night of the school year!

Admission is FREE!

Food and drinks will be available for sale.  All proceeds go to support Payne Elementary School.

When: Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 7:30 am
Where:  Lincoln Park (East Capitol and 13th Streets SE)
Who:  Payne Elementary and other Capitol Hill Schools

Exciting news…Chancellor Wilson has selected Payne Elementary as the school he will Walk to School with next Wednesday!  Come show your Wildcat Pride and join your fellow classmates, staff and parents as we celebrate the benefits of walking!

See the attached flyer for additional details:

Save the date for the 5th Grader Class Skate Party!
Where:  Temple Hills Skate
Who:  All are Welcome!
Date:  Thursday, October 5, 2017
Time:  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Admission:  $10


Save the date for Payne’s Annual Fall Festival
Saturday, October 14
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Admission is free and all are welcome!
To volunteer for this wonderful event, please click the link here:

Payne’s Annual Book Fair will take place Monday, October 16 – Friday, October 20.  Last year we earned over $1,000 to spend on books for Payne!  If you would like to volunteer, please email Carolyn Bowen or sign up online at the following link:

Save the date for Payne’s Literacy Night on October 18, 2017.  More details coming soon.

DC Public Schools Monthly Chancellor Community Forums
Join Chancellor Wilson and DCPS Leadership for a new opportunity to provide timely feedback and help make critical decisions on the district’s strategic priorities and initiatives. Community forums take place each month, in the morning and evening at locations across the district.
Tuesday, October 3
Learn more about the new DPCS five-year Strategic Plan- A Capital Commitment: 2017-2022
Morning (8:00am-9:30am)           Smothers ES                       4400 Brooks Street, NE
Evening (6:00pm-7:30pm)            Kelly Miller MS                  301 49th Street, NE

*Lights Refreshments, Childcare and Interpretation Services Provided*
Twitter: @DCPS_Community

  • September 29 – Movie Night at Payne ES
  • October 4 – Walk to School Day at Lincoln Park
  • October 5 – Fifth Grade Skate Night at Temple Hills Skate Palace
  • October 9 – Columbus Day:  No School for Students and Staff
  • October 14 – Payne Fall Festival at Payne ES
  • October 18 – Literacy Night

Payne Post – 9/18/2017

Parenting has been my life’s most joyful work.  It is tiresome and confusing, filled with anxiety and ecstasy, yet it is the most fulfilling work there is.  When you walk into Payne, hopefully some of the anxiety is eased and the joy is felt through a warm and welcoming community, delighted to see you and your child each day. If you have not had a chance to connect with our wonderful teachers, staff and parents, be sure to come out Wednesday night to the PTA meeting.

Goal season is upon us.  We celebrate the growth made on PARCC last year, but we are nowhere close to where we need to be.  So we are setting our sights and expectations high.

Parents can help by:

  • Reading every night.  Even if you are the parent of an overachieving 5th grade student, read TO your child.
  • Remember reading should be fun and intriguing. If your child struggles to read to you, the text may not be appropriate.  Don’t take the joy out of reading.
  • Listen everywhere.  When my son was young, I used to ask: How was school?  What did you do today?  His answer was always, “fine” and “nothing”.  Finally, I stumbled upon a different question: What did the teacher do today?  Turns out that the teacher is very, very, busy. My son began to tell me, with excruciating detail, all the things that happened at school.  And I listened with great intent.  Listening assures your child that you are interested in their lives and that school is important enough for you to stop and listen.
  • Write everything. Have your child write or draw everything: shopping lists, the days agenda, letters and cards, stories and family news. Post pictures and have your child talk to you about the work they have put in.
  • Healthy eating. We are being more mindful about the things we allow here in school, please be mindful about the things that your child eats at home.

School logistics:

  • This week I was visited by the most lovely parent of a bright 4th grade girl, who spoke to me about the history of the Payne playground and what it means to the community. Based on this exchange, we will leave the playground open until 7pm weekdays.
  • Entering through the back door.  In an effort to ensure that all students stay safe and strangers are not allowed in the building.  The back door will lock at 8:40 am and 3:30 pm, please enter through the front door.

Thank you and see you on Wednesday,

Stephanie Byrd


Back To School


When: Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Where: Payne Elementary School Auditorium

Time: 5:30 pm-8 pm

Please come out and meet our teachers, members of our PTA, and other parents.

We will have booths set up for various programs and community partnerships with giveaways including:

Reading Partners, PTA, Special Subject Teachers, PlayWorks, Kappa Lambda Chi, Military, and Many More!!!!

School Supplies will be given away to those who attend. The DCPS calendar will be distributed to each family during the classroom visits.  We are also doing a drawing for a brand new IPad.  You do not want to miss out!