Payne Post 1/30/19

Coffee with the Principal: We will have Coffee with the Principal this Friday, February 1st at 9am in the auditorium.  The focus will be on a Day in the Life of 2nd Grade.  You will get a chance to meet and speak with the teachers and observe the class.

Movie Night:  Black History Movie Night is this Friday, February 1st at 4:30pm.  This event is free.  Concessions will be for sale.  All students must be chaperoned by an adult.  We will be showing Black Panther.  Come out and enjoy.

Middle School Fair:  Please join us for our 2nd Annual Middle School Fair on Wednesday, February 6th at 5pm in the auditorium.  We will be having Jefferson, Stuart Hobson, McKinley Tech, Brookland, Eliot Hine, and Cardozo coming to provide enrollment information for our students.

Open House:  Our next Open House is Monday, February 11th at 9am.  Please encourage anyone interested in Payne to come on out.

 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.  There is a classroom competition and the winner gets a pizza party.

Afterschool: There will be afterschool on February 15th.

Payne Post

November 14, 2018

Student Raffle: We expect all students to attend school on Monday and Tuesday of next week.  Those students, will be eligible for a raffle of great prizes. Please note that in observance of Thanksgiving, school will be close 11/21-11/23.  Have a safe break.  See you Monday 11/26.

Payne Attendance Breakfast:  Please join members of the attendance team this Friday, November 16th at 8:30am in the auditorium for a breakfast geared toward attendance.  You will be able review your child’s attendance and ask questions regarding excuse notes.

Skate Party: Calling all Roller Skaters.  Payne’s PTA will be hosting a skate party on Wednesday, December 19th from 5-9pm.  Ticket sales will be beginning soon!  Please see flyer for more information.

Washington Wizards Tickets:  Dwight Howard’s Foundation has partnered with our school and we have 22 Wizards tickets for the December 22nd game and will be invited down to the court to meet Dwight.  If you would like to win one, please submit a 2 paragraph essay entitled “Why I think kindness and compassion are important in sports?” Turn it in by 12/7 to Mrs. Oxendine.  Please see flyer for more info.

Thanksgiving Basket Distribution: We will be distributing donated thanksgiving baskets on Tuesday at 2:00pm in the school auditorium while they last.

Payne Post


November 7, 2018


Literacy Night! Come join us for fun activities, reading, parent workshops, and book giveaways this Thursday, November 8th from 4:30-6:00pm.


Book Fair: The Scholastic Book Fair is running 3-6 pm. Nov. 6-9 in the school library. You can also buy a book online between now and Nov. 13; the books will be shipped to Payne. If the book sale raises more than $800, Payne receives Scholastic Dollars valued at 50 percent of sales to spend on books for the school


Chess Club:  Would you like to join the Payne Chess Club?  Calling all 1st through 5th grade students.  Starting on December 5th, the Payne Chess Club will be meeting Wednesday from 4:30-5:30pm. If you are interested, please fill out form in the Wednesday folder and return to office.


Join Payne’s Brownie Troop!  Calling all 2nd and 3rd Grade girls.  There are still several spaces available in Troop 1455.  We meet on Monday afternoons, and we’d love to have you!  Make friends, learn new skills, earn badges, sell cookies, and, most importantly, have fun!  Please contact Mrs. Thompson ( if you’d like to join or have any questions!


Thankful to Give: Mrs. Fox is collecting adult toiletry items to give to those in need during the holiday season.  She is also collecting hats, scarves, and gloves.  Items can be dropped off at her classroom.

Payne Post – 9/18/2017

Parenting has been my life’s most joyful work.  It is tiresome and confusing, filled with anxiety and ecstasy, yet it is the most fulfilling work there is.  When you walk into Payne, hopefully some of the anxiety is eased and the joy is felt through a warm and welcoming community, delighted to see you and your child each day. If you have not had a chance to connect with our wonderful teachers, staff and parents, be sure to come out Wednesday night to the PTA meeting.

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First Day of School


Good Afternoon Payne Wildcats,

We are very close to the start of the new school year.

It is with mounting excitement and anticipation that we prepare for the opening of school. Teachers have been deep in study and reflection. New staff have been getting to know the community and I consistently hear the refrain “can’t wait till the kids get here”.

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Payne Post – 1/11/2017

Next week will be a short week:

  • Monday – MLK Holiday – No School
  • Thursday – Professional Development Day – No School
  • Friday – Inauguration Day – No School

But we will make the most out of the two days that we have:

  • School Spelling Bee – Wednesday.  Winners will be advanced to the School Cluster Competition, City-Wide Competition, and then the Scripts National Bee.

Volunteers Needed:

  • Book Leveling in 2nd and 3rd Grade – enter book title into computer, get reading level, label book.  Time required: approximately 10 hours.
  • Wildcat Wednesday Folder Coordinator – copy and separate papers for the Wednesday folder.  Time required: 2 hours a week for 6 weeks.

Payne Post – 1/5/2017

Happy New Year! And Welcome Back!

As we embark upon the second half of our school year we will remain consistent in our efforts to increase the number of students performing at higher levels, become better at our craft, and grow the Payne community.

School goals were shared with parents at the December PTA meeting (See PowerPoint file linked here: e89b4ee0-588a-445b-913d-d00271a34055).

Good News

2nd Grade has two new leveled classroom libraries, thanks to parents

Check it Out

School data and our school calendar (includes birthdays) are on display along the corridor between the cafeteria and main office.

Happening this Week

Coffee with the Principal – We will take a look at and discuss kindergarten and 1st grade

Friday, January 6th at 9am

In the case of a school delay, this will be moved to the following Friday

Temporary Change

2nd grade teacher Mrs. Walker will be out for several weeks due to a personal emergency.  We are doing everything we can to provide the best and most qualified coverage possible.  As plans are solidified parents will be updated.


Stephanie Byrd


Payne Post – 12/8/2016

Good Afternoon,

Small group instruction allows teachers the opportunity to work with students on the skills and concepts they meet each child’s specific need.  This is where the magic happens.  Everyday students grades K-5th are provided an individualized experience via small groups.

Students in grades 4 and 5 are participating in the Payne Book Battle, thanks to 5th grade teacher Ms. Johnson. Students have a Daily Reading Log; to track their reading, students with 140 minutes read earn a sticker.

Cheerleading, robotics and student government.

  • Cheerleading tryouts have begun
  • Our robotics team will participate in a robotics competition on Saturday, December 10th
  • Student Government officers will be elected next week. Students will campaign through the week

Today we ended the day with a wonderful Holiday Celebration, where we encouraged to spread love and enjoy the season.

Next week we are in school all week.  Winter Break begins on Thursday, December 22nd. 


Payne Post – 11/22/2016

Happy Thanksgiving,

Please be reminded that tomorrow, Wednesday, November 23rd is a school day. All students are expected to attend.

But there is NO After School.

Over the following days we will have the opportunity to relax and enjoy family and friends. We can spend time reflecting on the start of a new school year and give thanks for our many blessings.  Below are a few of the things I am thankful for:

  • 301 beautiful wildcats. If you were not aware, we have grown a bit, our enrollment is up and our students are awesome.
  • Teachers, paraprofessionals, social workers, psychologists, custodians, behavior techs, office staff, kitchen workers, security guards, speech pathologist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, substitute teachers, volunteer grandparents’ math coach and assistant principal all deeply committed to educating each student.
  • An awesome cadre of parents who have welcomed and supported me as I transitioned into this new role.
  • The opportunity to serve in this capacity.

Thanks to all who came out and enjoyed Literacy Night. Our next big event will be the Holiday Celebration in December.

Thanks to all who helped with our library.

Early Childhood Education (ECE)

Our ECE classes are under construction. We are moving into a new unit: Grocery Store. Centers are being transformed and students will don new personas like the shopper, the clerk who is checking out the groceries, the baker, produce manager or truck driver.

Check Us Out is up and running!

Cool Stuff

  • Our robotics team will compete against other teams here on Saturday, December 10th.
  • At Literacy Night we kicked off our writing contest for students 1st grade through 5th grade.
  • Our Math Club is taking form.
  • We will announce our student government officers soon.


The building opens to students at 8:15am. There is a parent operated Before Care in the Library. Students should arriving prior to 8:15 will remain on the playground and will not be supervised by Payne staff.

Up Coming

Nov 29                 1st Grade to Air and Space Museum

Nov 30                 PreK Parent Cafe

Dec 1                    Coffee with the Principal

Dec 2                    Professional Development Day – No School for Students

Dec 8                    Holiday Celebration

Dec 10                  EdFest (Volunteers needed to represent Payne at the DC Armory)