Summer Touch Base

Hello Payne Family,
We hope you are having a relaxing summer and getting ready for the upcoming holiday.  In an effort to keep you informed of upcoming events and preparation for the new school year, please see a few brief announcements below:

Summer Soiree’: Payne will be hosting a Summer Soiree on Friday July 19th at 5:30 pm.  We will have food, fun and there will be time to get to know Payne staff and play on the wonderful playground.  We will also be accepting enrollment packets.


Mailing: Teacher Assignment, Summer Reading and Teacher Welcome Letters will be sent home next week.   Please look out for these in the mail.


ECE Play dates:  We two ECE Playdates.  The First one is 7/10/2019 from 12pm-2pm and the other is 8/13/2019 6-7:30pm on the small playground.


Parent Engagement: Payne has a keen focus on increasing parent engagement for the school year 2019-20.  The mission of Payne Elementary School’s commitment to parent engagement is to support overall student achievement by empowering families to become proactive in their children’s education on a continuous basis. The goals are to increase parental participation in student academics and learning activities, support learning at home, and strengthen the home school connection.  A survey with sign up information for clubs and events will be coming out this month through email.


Enrollment: If you have not enrolled for 2019-20, slots for four grade levels are already full!  Please make sure to claim your spot.  Enrollment is taken daily but we will have a Saturday event right before school begins.  If your child is not enrolled, you will be unable to enroll in after school.


***Please forward to any parent that may not be receiving emails and have them follow up with Akua Oxendine at to update.  ***

2019-20 Enrollment

Hello Payne Family,


The 2019-20 Packets are now available and is attached to this email or you can click the link  You have the ability to fill out the fields online because it is a typeable PDF.  The school will be utilizing the registration dates below for continuing students so please adhere to the week for submitting the completed packet and documents.  If you have multiple students, you can bring all packets to the one date.

  • Please note that we WILL NOT accept any enrollment packets until April 1st.
  • Packets must be complete, signed and accompanied with required documents (residency & health forms).
  • Incomplete packets will not be kept by the school.
  • Spots for registration are only guaranteed for in-boundary K-5 students so please make sure that you do not risk losing your child’s seat.

Current Grade Level                                                                  Registration Dates (9a-2:30p)

PK3 & PK4                                                                               April 1st-April 5th

K & 1st                                                                                     April 8th-April 12th

All Grades                                                                               April 15th-April 19th (Spring Break)

2nd & 3rd                                                                                April 22nd-April 26th

All Grades                                                                               Saturday, April 27th 9am-12pm

4th                                                                                            April 29th-May 3rd

 Also, we would like to gather your perspective regarding school communication.  Please click this link to fill out a short survey.


Panorama Survey

In School Year 2017-2018, DCPS launched the Panorama Survey to measure social emotional learning, satisfaction, and engagement across staff, families, and students in grades 3-12. The 2018-2019 Panorama Survey is now available and we encourage you to share your perspective. This survey provides stakeholders the opportunity to candidly share perspectives on their school and how DCPS can best set all of our students up for success in college, career, and life.

The survey takes 10-15 minutes to complete.  The responses are confidential and voluntary.  The final day to complete the survey is March 29, 2019.  It can be accessed using the information below:

Survey Link:

Access Code: family

Please only submit one survey per school and if you have more than one child in the same school, please answer for the oldest child.

Thank you for participating in the DCPS Panorama Survey!

Capitol Hill Little League registration closes Friday

Play Ball! Register Closes this Friday for Capitol Hill Little League

Registration is open through the end of the week for Capitol Hill Little League’s spring baseball and softball season. CHLL is a fun way for boys and girls to learn how to play and enjoy baseball or softball.  Through our partnership with the Washington Nationals, all registered players get Nats-branded uniforms, and during the season there are opportunities to meet Nats players, opportunities to go to special events at Nats Park, win free Nats tickets, and more (or use the code CHLL to get discounted tickets).

Register online on our website (

CHLL offers baseball divisions from t-ball to kid-pitch (boys and girls ages 5-16), and softball divisions (girls 7-14).  Newcomers welcome!  Any child who lives or goes to school within CHLL boundaries is eligible to play, which means all students who attend Payne Elementary School are eligible. The cost is $125 for the spring season and player scholarships are available.  Registration closes Friday, March 1. The first workouts will be in early March, after that, teams will be assigned, with practices and games starting in late March running through the end of the school year.  The official CHLL Opening Ceremonies will take place on Saturday, April 6. Sign up before it’s too late!

Inclement Weather Policy

Hello Parents,

Thank you for your patience today as we had a rare 2-hour delay.  We definitely understand there was some confusion and wanted to make sure to send out what the schedule would look like if this happens in the future.

Normal School Start Time:

Building opens at 8:10am for Breakfast

Classes are picked up from cafeteria at 8:40am

School Ends at 3:15pm

2 Hour Delay:

Building opens 10:15am.  Light breakfast served in cafeteria.

Classes are picked up from cafeteria at 10:40am

School Ends at 3:15pm.

Thank you for your understanding.

DCPS 5 Million Minute Reading Challenge

A new year, a new reading challenge! This year, DCPS has been challenged to read 5 million minutes this semester.  Please log into Beanstack, and log every minute read.  All reading counts.

GOOD NEWS! Beanstack can now be accessed via Clever with each student’s normal Clever login information.

MORE GOOD NEWS! Teachers can now log reading minutes for the entire class at once via Clever.

BEST OF ALL! The Beanstack Tracker App is available for all your mobile devices.

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.

Beanstack Reading Challenge

A new year, a new reading challenge! This year DCPS has been challenged to read
5 million minutes this semester.  Just login to and log every minute read.

All reading counts. Beanstack can now be accessed via Clever with each student’s normal
Clever login information.
MORE GOOD NEWS! Teachers can now log reading minutes for an entire class at once
via Clever as well.
BEST OF ALL! The Beanstack Tracker app is available for all your mobile devices.

Washington Wizards Tickets

Washington Wizards Essay Competition

Calling all Payne students! If you would like to win one of the 22 free tickets (which includes $10 for concession) to the December 22, 2018 Washington Wizards game this is what you need to do. Write a two-paragraph essay on Why you think kindness and compassion are important in sports?  Winners will be selected and also take a group picture court side.

Essays are due by Friday, December 7th. Please turn your essays into Mrs. Oxendine.

(Transportation is not provided)

Early School Arrivals

Autumn is here.

The sun does not rise as early and the temperature is getting lower, but our operating hours remain the same. Breakfast begins at 8:10am, class begins at 8:45.  Students who arrive early will not be allowed into the building for any reason prior to 8:10am.  The only exceptions are 5th grade students whose parents have agreed that they can participate in Mr. Bergfalk’s breakfast program.


Here’s why:

Faculty and staff report to duty at 8:00am.  Between 8:10 and 8:40 teachers are preparing for instruction or collaborating with their colleagues, coaches or principal. Aides are preparing classrooms for breakfast. No one is available to supervise students prior to 8:10.


Students are encouraged to play on the playground prior to 8:10. However, it is important that they be supervised for their own safety. It is the responsibility of the parent to watch their own child when school is not open.


If assistance is needed with Before Care please contact Mr.  Davis (