Payne Winter Concert Information

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As December approaches, the Specials Teachers will begin preparing students for two upcoming winter performances. On December 17th, all students from PreK-2 will be performing Frozen themed songs. This will take place promptly at 4:00 in the Auditorium. Doors will open at 3:30. On December 19th all students in grades 3-5 will be participating in Scrooge: The Musical. We are excited to have 4th graders acting in the play, while 3rd and 5th graders will be singing musical numbers. Doors for Scrooge: The Musical open at 4:45. Showtime is 5:30.

On the day of both shows, all students are expected to stay after school until show time. After-care students will have their super in the cafeteria, and all other children will be provided either with a snack (PreK-2) or dinner (3-5) in a separate location.

We would like all students in 3rd and 5th grade to wear red tops (no logos please) and dark bottoms. Red dresses are also acceptable. Students in grades Pre-K-2 are encouraged to wear Frozen themed costumes, white or blue. Students should bring their outfits to school labeled in a bag with their name and class. All students will change prior to the show. Students should not come to school dressed in show attire.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact anyone from the Specials team. Our emails are listed below.

Thank you for your continued support,

Ms. Barbarino                                                                                                

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,, 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,;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 Race (Come Support!)

We have a wonderful group of young ladies who will be running at the 5K in June and we would love for you to come out and support and possibly run with a couple.

Register for the Girls on the Run-DC Spring 2018 5K at Freedom Plaza!
Date/Location: June 3rd, at Freedom Plaza
Time: 5K start is 9:00am; Pre-Race Festivities begin at 8:00am
Registration: Parents, family, friends must register. Participating girls are automatically registered
• Note: Metro doesn’t begin running until 8:00am. During your registration process, we encourage you to take advantage of our bib mailing option to avoid long lines at packet pick-up
Register children ages 3-10 for our Kids’ Dash!
• 1/4 mile course for children ages 3-10
• 10:15am start time, just as the 5K is finishing
• Registration is $10.00 and runners will receive a Girls on the Run Medal


If you are in need of financial assistance to register, please email Devoria Armstead at



Science Fair Schedule

Hello Payne Family,

As we get ready for the Science Fair on April 25th, all students  have their boards and should be working diligently on their project.  Please support them as they work to turn them in no later than April 19th.  The Projects for 3rd-5th grade will be judged on April 25th and parents can come to view projects from 4:30-6pm in the Auditorium and participate in the awards reception at 5pm.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Mrs. Oxendine at

Summer Soiree Scheduled for 7/26/2017

Dear Payne Families,

Former President Barack Obama stated: “The best anti-proverty program is a world class education.” Payne Elementary is a community of learners, where each student’s innate ability to learn is acknowledged and individual genius is cultivated; this is where genius lives.

School year 2017-2018 promisses to be filled with opportunities for students to grow through challenges that encourage them to reach beyond their current abilities; experiences that deepen their wonder and sense of awe; and moments of reflection that afford us all opportunities to marvel at how incredible they are.

This year we look to:

  • Continue to grow together as a school community
  • Set individual learning goals and achieve them
  • Grow a sense of self-efficacy and school pride

We are very fortunate to have a strong cadre of teachers who are spending their summer resting, relaxing, learning, working, reading, studying, traveling, and ensuring that they fortify themselves for the year to come.

Come out and meet teachers and staff new to Payne at our Summer Soiree, held at the school on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 6pm.


Principal Stephanie Byrd


WTOP Click4 Kids Contest for Local Schools

Payne Elementary has been selected as a contestant in the WTOP Click 4 Kids contest.  Winning schools have a chance to win up to $15,000. All you have to do is click on the link below every day through March 17 and cast your vote. We’d love to have your support in this!

Promotional video presented below:

Promotional flyer presented below: