Wildcat PTSA News: Clubs Clubs Clubs | iPads Arrive | Little League Signups

SO … MANY … CLUBS. Did you know there are more than 25 clubs at Payne Elementary? From chess and Pokemon to art and drama to basketball and flag football — there is something for every kid. And though the year is well underway, many clubs are still accepting new participants. Attached to this email is a handy spreadsheet with club details, eligibility guidelines and points of contact.  Clubs at Payne Elementary


iPADS OPERATIONAL. As previously reported, DCPS agreed to provide an additional 25 iPads to split among the Payne classrooms. The influx of iPads was the result of an unanticipated 8 percent uptick in student enrollment (there are 347 students at Payne). Ms. Oxendine, who shared the photo below, said the iPads are already in use.


COFFEE TALK SCHEDULE.  In preparation of enrollment season, Payne teachers and staff are hosting coffee talks and classroom introductions for parents. Get an early look at your child’s next school year. The sessions start at 9 a.m. in the auditorium on the following dates:

Moving up to….
Kindergarten-Friday, Jan.11
1st Grade, Jan. 18th
2nd Grade, Feb. 1
3rd Grade, Feb. 8
4th Grade, Feb. 15
5th Grade, March 1


THANK YOU, FOULGER-PRATT.  Foulger-Pratt, which is developing the Safeway site across the street from Payne, generously donated $1,500 to the PTSA.  We appreciate the support from our new neighbors.


PENNIES FOR PATIENTS. Prepare to raid your couch cushions. Next month, Payne students will be collecting change in support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Patients campaign. While the effort runs Feb. 2-19, some of the younger grades are already bringing home donation boxes. This year’s goal is to raise $2,019 for 2019. Once the school reaches $750, the classroom with the most funds raised will earn a celebration party.The LLS mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and to  improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Click here for more fundraiser details.


VOLUNTEER NEEDED. Do you have experience with data entry? Payne is looking for a volunteer who can work 1-2 hours, twice a week. Data would include emails and contact information. Work would also involve answering phones. Email Ms. Oxendine: akua.oxendine@dc.gov


FAREWELL, MS. AMY. Amy Thomas, the AmeriCorps VISTA Community Liaison, will be leaving us on Friday. She has accepted a job as a research analyst for a contracting company in Virginia. She anticipates AmeriCorps providing a successor, though he or she has not yet been named. Ms. Amy’s role at Payne has been to assist the administration and improve communication among the entire Payne Community. She had this to share:  “Thanks to the Payne Family, for welcoming me into your school this year. I am saddened to leave Payne, but am thankful for the time I was able to spend at your school. I look forward to visiting and seeing the great things that will be happening at Payne in 2019 and beyond!”


PLAY BALL. Capitol Hill Little League registration is now open for the spring season.  Click here to register your player(s) for baseball and softball for the spring. All kids who live within the Capitol Hill footprint or attend a Capitol Hill school are eligible to play, and scholarships are available. The website includes helpful resources such as how to measure your child’s “league age” and a Capitol Hill boundary map.

Baseball divisions are:
Single A:  League age 5 and 6
Double A:  League age 7 and 8
Triple A:  League age 9 and 10
Majors:  League age 11 and 12
Juniors/Seniors:  League age 13-16




Jan. 12: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Eastern Feeder Fest. All of Eastern High School’s feeder schools are invited to learn more about the school at 1700 East Capitol St. N.E. The feeder schools will also have tables at the event. Entertainment includes a DJ, popcorn and more.

Jan. 14: 9:30 a.m., Payne open house

Jan. 21-23: No school

Jan. 29: 6 p.m., PTSA meeting

Pennies for Patients

It’s that time of year again! From February 2, 2019 – February 19, 2019 we will be having our Pennies for Patients Fundraiser!

Payne Elementary will have our own giving page on the Pennies for Patients website, https://events.lls.org/pages/nca/Payne-Elementary-School-2019, which will track our progress towards meeting the school goal of $2,019.

 If you would to create a classroom page, to encourage donations and track your progress towards your classroom goal you can do so here, https://events.lls.org/M360Registration/frRegistration.action;jsessionid=ccxXK1_fyuE-GeP7gHURCxSz7P0E8Uua7Wm5c417.productionp1stdappsaz2?waysToParticipate=CREATE_TEAM&programGroupName=SE&eventID=121651&fundraiserID=5308717&themeName=&registrationPackageID=&productListStr=&sysDonationLevelAmountDTOList=

Classroom donation boxes will be delivered to Pk3-5th grade classrooms. Individual donation boxes for students will be delivered to Pk3 – 2nd grade classrooms, and by request to 3rd – 5th grade.

In addition to the boxes, each teacher will receive a copy of the Pennies for Patients Information Flyer , a goal tracker, and a collection schedule. Additional Information is available upon request.

If Payne reaches the $750 milestone the classroom with the most donations will receive a celebration party!

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run is Starting Soon!  This program is available to girls in the 3rd through 5th Grade.  No running experience required!

We have 15 available slots available!

Inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy & confident

Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based positive youth development program.  Guided in conversations & running games by trained, volunteer coaches, girls learn life skills, grow in self-confidence, develop as a team and connect to the joy of physical activity.

The culminating event of the program is the Girls on the Run 5K on June 2nd at Freedom Plaza, which they complete with an adult running buddy. Crossing the finish line is a defining moment for the girls when they realize that even the seemingly impossible IS possible.

The program is 12 weeks and we cover 20 lessons.  The team meets twice a week after school starting at 3:30pm.  The season begins the first week in March and ends on June 2nd at the 5K.

Please see Mrs. Oxendine or Mrs. Brown or email us for an application and more information.