LSAT Meeting Minutes – November 2022

Payne LSAT Meeting

November 2, 2022

Attendees: Josh Smith (Chair), Michelle Chapman (PTO President), Rebecca Hunt, Tim Gordon, Stacy Larracey, Tiffany L. Brown (Secretary), Principal Byrd.

Draft Agenda

  1. Title I Funding
  2. Lunch/Recess Conversation

Meeting Discussion Notes

Title I Funding:

 There was a discussion regarding the possibility of losing Title I funds in the future.   Members of the LSAT are looking to learn more when a school loses its Title I funding.  If that is to happen at Payne, what will that look like?  Ms. Byrd does not believe this will be an issue in the coming years.  Models to look at will be Ludlow-Taylor and Watkins.  One thought would be to formulate questions/inquiries to see what this means.  Stacey Larracey will spearhead the effort to gather questions regarding Title I funding.  There were questions regarding the flexibility regarding enrollment.  Principal Byrd informed the group that students are allowed to enroll if this is their neighborhood school (K-5) or through the lottery for pre-k -5. 

More information regarding Title I Funding in DCPS can be found here:

Lunch/Recess Conversation:

Discussion regarding the e-mail thread regarding Recess:

Principal Byrd reiterated what she has shared over email, that students at Payne have 30 minutes of recess (not including transitions) and 30 minutes of lunch each day and that school policy prohibits the use of recess as a consequence.  Our policy explicitly states: “Recess shall not be withheld, unless the student’s misbehavior occurred during recess.”  This policy is reviewed at the beginning of each year and monitored throughout the year.

 Ms. Chapman reported that she is still hearing that recess is “being taken,’’ however, no one has reported this claim to Principal Byrd.  If there is an issue with regard to recess and or other school operations, parents are encouraged to speak to their child’s teacher and/or Principal Byrd.  In the event a parent feels the need to raise a community-wide issue, anyone can email the LSAT email address to raise the concern to this group for consideration and discussion. 

Another suggestion was for the school to provide more detailed communication directly from the school regarding school events from Principal Byrd.  

 In an effort to build greater outreach with the parents, in accordance with Payne’s Comprehensive School Plan (CSP) goals, Principal Byrd is working on a few engagement initiatives:

  1. Payne Parent University
  2. Dads of Payne Elementary (DOPE)
  3. Coffee with the Principal
  4. Reopening the possibility for classroom volunteers

Payne has instituted the Payne Parent University.  Payne Parent University is a monthly series of workshops where staff members along with the mental health team present information on how we can work together to improve the educational and social-emotional outcomes for all students.  

Payne Parent University Topics and dates are:

  • October 12th – A Community of Learners
  • November 9th – Reading at Home
  • December 14th – Math at Home
  • January 11th – All Learners Learn
  • February 8th – Learning Love
  • March 8th – PARCC Prep
  • April 12th – Summer Learning
  • May 10th – Mentally Healthy Learners

Principal Byrd also mentioned the dad’s group that Dr. Crumb and Mr. Montes are spearheading, DOPE, Dads Of Payne Elementary.  The first event will be a dads volunteer opportunity at Field Day on November 18th.

Principal Byrd is bringing back her “Coffee with the Principal” events on some Friday mornings in order to further build community and offer another forum for direct interaction with the Principal.

  ***A Local School Advisory Team (LSAT) is a group of elected and appointed members that shall exist in every DCPS school. The team consists of parents, teachers, non-instructional school staff, a community member, and in some cases students, to advise the principal on matters that promote high expectations and high achievement for all students. SY21-22 LSAT Guidelines 

LSAT Meeting Minutes – October 2022

Payne LSAT Meeting

October 5, 2022


Stephanie Byrd, Liz Aloi, Tim Gordon, Tiffany Brown, Michelle Chapman, Josh Smith, Stacy Larracey, Solomon Tackie, Emmett Creef

Draft Agenda

  1. Welcome 
  2. What is the LSAT?
    1. Goals and Expectations 
  3. Communications
    1. What systems should parents be checking?
      1. Remind? DoJo? Blackboard? Payne Post? 
      2. Website Widgets/Website Updates  

Meeting Discussion Notes

Meeting Logistics

  • Welcome message from Principal Byrd and meeting kickoff.
  • Group discussion and consensus that LSAT meetings will be held on the first Wednesday of the month at 6pm.  This meeting was both in-person and on Zoom, and future meetings will be on Zoom with ad hoc in-person meetings as desired.
  • The meeting dates for SY 2022-2023 are 11/2/2022, 12/7/2022, 01/04/2023, 02/01/2022, 03/01/2023, 04/05/2023, 05/03/2023, and 06/07/2023, noting that additional meetings maybe required as budget season comes around.
  • Group discussion and consensus that Josh Smith will serve as Chair and Tiffany Brown will serve as Secretary

Purpose and Responsibilities of LSAT

School Year 2022-2023 LSAT Roster:

  • Teachers: Christopher Bergfalk (WTU Building Rep), Tiffany Brown (LSAT Secretary), Tim Gordon, Solomon Tackie, Emmett Creef 
  • Parents: Michelle Chapman (PTSA President), Liz Aloi, Josh Smith (LSAT Chair), Stacy Larracey, Rebecca Hunt
  • Support Staff:  TBD
  • School Staff: Stephanie Byrd (Principal)

Communications Update

  • Principal Byrd confirmed that Remind will be the primary communication channel between Payne staff/teachers and parents.  The Payne Post will be sent through Remind and email (via Blackboard).
  • Josh Smith and Tim Gordon confirmed that school website updates were underway to reflect the new school year and associated staff directory changes.

Presentation of the Comprehensive School Plan (CSP)

  • Principal Byrd presented the CSP and mentioned the same slides would be shared with Payne parents in a meeting on Oct 12th
  • Results from the PARCC indicate that Payne had the 3rd highest gain in ELA in the City.  Our math scores dipped by 6%.
  • Group discussion noted
    • The large gap in test results across racial categories
    • The large number of goals and specificity of the goals for the year 
    • General consensus with the strategies and goals set forth in the CSP

Payne PTSA Wildcat News: LAST Summer Edition

Wildcat PTSA News: Saturday Academy Sign-up | Serve Your City/Ward 6 Mutual Aid Back to School Bash | Reminder: Payne swag at Cafepress | Reminder: Payne Partnering with Safeway 

Happy last week of summer Wildcats!

I can’t quite believe it, it’s the last week of summer break! This time next week you’ll be checking your little (or not so little) Wildcats backpacks to make sure all their school supplies are ready to go! Here are a few items to keep in the front of your mind as we enjoy the last week of summer. 

Saturday Academy Sign-up open!

Classes are starting to fill up for the fall session of the Payne Saturday Arts Academy, but there are still plenty of amazing enrichment options for your child. Click here to register today

For Kindergarten-5th grade students: Fashion Design, Robots & More, Basketball, Drums, Guitar and Piano B for returning students are all filling up fast. The link above has more details about all of the available class options.

PK3 and PK4 students will join a 2-hour cohort. Each cohort will include a Circle Time Music Class followed by your choice of Art Club, Ballet or Theater. 

If you’ve already signed up and need to change your registration or switch classes, email Jessica at Several  classes now have waitlists, and we want to make sure we can enroll as many children as possible. 

The 10-week session starts Sept. 17. 

Serve Your City/Ward 6 Mutual Aid Back to School Bash

Serve Your City/Ward 6 Mutual Aid is holding its third annual Back to School Bash to make sure all of our DC students have the resources and support they need to thrive.  The Back to School Bash will be on Saturday, August 27, 11 am – 4 pm at Audi Field at 100 Potomac Ave., SW.  You can donate hereYou can request to receive a backpack for a student here.  

Reminder: Get your Payne t-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, yard signs and more

Head on over to for all your wildcat swag needs. Need a Payne baseball style t-shirt? We have it! Need a Payne Hoodie? We have it! Need a Payne yard sign and car magnet? We have those too, and mugs, canvas bags, regular t-shirts, LS t-shirts, aprons and more.

Reminder: Payne Partnering with Safeway!!

Just a reminder, Payne Elementary School PTSA is partnering with Safeway Foundation and the Safeway store at 415 14th St, SE, Washington, DC to raise funds to support our school projects and supplies.

During the month of August, you can show your school spirit by making a monetary donation at this Safeway location. All funds raised by Safeway Foundation and this store will be donated to Payne Elementary School PTSA. I heard the kick off on August 2nd was super exciting! 


Aug. 29: First day of school K-5

Sep. 1: First day of school PK3/4

Sep. 9: Grandparents Day

Sep. 17: First Day of Saturday Arts Academy

Oct. 12: Walk and Roll to School Day 

Oct. 22: Payne Fall Festival