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:


Fall Festival 2016

Thanks to everyone who participated for a successful Fall Festival 2016.  Everyone had a great time and the event raised over $2,000 for the school.

The festival included activities, information and games from:

  •    Balance Gym
  •    Face Painting
  •    East City Bookshop
  •    DC South East Library
  •    Labyrinth Games and Puzzles
  •    Science Activities
  •    Pumpkin Decorating and Pumpkin Sale
  •    Bake Sale
  •    Eliot-Hine Middle School


Special thanks to our sponsors:

  • Aerica Kennedy at RE/MAX Allegiance
  • UPS Store in DC & Baltimore
  • Monarch Title
  • Joel Nelson Group
  • Safeway