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 (

Grandparents Day Celebration

Payne plans to honor our wonderful grandparents at a great event this Friday, September 7, 2018 from 9 am-10 am in the school auditorium.  We will be sending home a flyer with RSVP information that is due by Thursday.  We look forward to seeing you at this wonderful event!

Join Us for Back to School Night

Please come out and meet your child’s teachers, members of our PTA, and other parents.
This is an opportunity to learn about Payne’s curriculum and instruction.

When: Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Where: Payne Elementary School Auditorium
Time: 5:30 pm-7:30 pm

We will have a drawing to win an IPad and tables set up for various programs and community partnerships.

See you Wednesday!

First Day Instructions and Procedures

First Day Instructions and Procedures


Welcome to the start of a wonderful 2018-19 school year. Thank you for joining and supporting us in making sure our students have a great year.  Below is information for the first day and some additional policies and procedures we will be enforcing this year.


First Day of School:

  • Kindergarten through 5th grade – Monday, August 20th
  • PreK 3 and 4 – Thursday, August 23rd


  • All families begin the day on the playground, parents are invited to get to know one another and students are encouraged to play.
  • Doors open at 8:10 for breakfast
    • At 8:40 students will be escorted back to the large playground, where they will be greeted by their teachers. Teachers will have signs with their names and class lists.
    • Students will not be allowed in the building prior to 8:10am
    • Before care is available through the PTA, contact for more information
  • Students not enrolled will not be able to attend classes. Enrollment should be completed prior to the first day of school.
    • New enrollment documents, health forms and proof of residency are needed for enrollment


  • Pre K3 and Pre K4 – navy blue top and bottom.
  • K-5 – white top and navy blue bottom.


  • The instructional day begins at 8:40, students are considered tardy at 8:45
  • Tardy students should enter through the front door and sign in the main office book for a tardy pass.

Security and ID Checks:

  • We are implementing a 100% ID check process. Security will be checking ID’s and will assist in directing you to your destination
  • All adults who are not employees of Payne must enter through the front door by security. The side door is not an entrance or exit option.

Cell Phones:

  • As cell phones are not needed for instruction, they must be turned off and out of sight.
  • Adults will confiscate any cell phone in sight.
  • Confiscated cell phones can only be retrieved by parents at the front desk.



  • School ends at 3:15pm.
  • All parents should pick their students up on the playground.
  • Children must be signed out with the teacher. Parents are not allowed to enter through the side door. Students who are not in afterschool and are not picked up on time will be at the front area near security desk.

Early Dismissal:

  • Early dismissal ends at 2:30pm.
  • Between 2:30 and 3:15, no students will be released from classes, please plan accordingly. It is important to minimize disruption to learning in the classrooms.


Kids Ride Free Sign Up (Please Read)

Payne Community Member,

Kids Ride Free is getting smarter! Beginning October 1, 2018, students will no longer be able to use their DC One Cards to access public transportation. Students who use Metrorail, Metrobus, or the DC Circulator to get to and from school and school-related activities will need to obtain a new Kids Ride Free SmarTrip card.

Get Your Card Early

Over the coming weeks, card distribution events are being held in every ward to allow students who currently use bus and rail to get to school and school-related activities an opportunity to register and obtain their new Kids Ride Free SmarTrip card before the new school year begins. In order to receive a new Kids Ride Free SmarTrip card, students will need to be present and bring their current DC One Card or a government-issued ID to one of the events.

 To sign up for one of the events below, please visit

Springboard at Payne Elementary for Fall 2018 Registration is Open!

Springboard’s extended day program offers: Research-Based Programming: Activities are based on academic research regarding student learning – academic skills, social-emotional development, physical well-being and healthy choices. Captivating Student Activities: Our programs deliver exciting, motivating and fun activities for students that extend their learning into the out-of-school-time environment. High Quality Staff: Our programs are staffed with experienced teachers who are deeply committed to improving educational outcomes for children.
Close School Partnerships: Our programs are deeply embedded within our partner schools’ community and are aligned to the needs and culture of each school.
Parent Engagement: We regularly connect with parents through multiple modes of communication. Safe Environment: We ensure a safe and nurturing environment within our programs.

Program Rates
Full Time: $14.00/day (PM)
Regular Part Time: $15.00/day (PM)
Daily Flex: $16.00/day (PM)
Drop-In services will be available at separate rates.
Registration Fee: $54.99 per family per school year

Program Information

Area Director: Sharon Davis,

Program Hours: 3:30-6:00PM

Program Grades: PreK-3 to 5th

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