PTSA Newsletter – 11/21/2017

Reminder aftercare is cancelled tomorrow Wednesday, November 22, 2017.

Have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving!


If you haven’t already please turn in your Federal Impact Aid Survey forms ASAP to your teacher or Ms. Cox in the front office.


Save the Date!

My School DC EdFEST 2017
December 9, 2017
11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Come to EdFEST and explore the city’s public school options (PK3-12) for your child.  Representatives from DCPS and public charter schools will showcase their programs.  With the launch of the My School DC lottery application on December 11, 2017 for the 2018-19 school year, EdFEST is a timely event to help you make informed school selections.  Click here for more information:  http://www.myschooldc.org/events/edfest.

If you would like to volunteer at Payne’s information table during this event, please contact Carolyn Bowen/


Chancellor Community Forums

Throughout this school year, the Chancellor will share updates on the new strategic plan and ask for your help and feedback at monthly Chancellor Community Forums, held throughout the city.  During these sessions, there will be a chance for parents and community members to engage directly with leaders designing the work to share your interests and ideas related to our initiatives.  Please take a look at the dates and locations below for an opportunity to provide feedback and help inform the implementation of the district’s strategic priorities and initiatives.  Light refreshments, child care, and interpretation services will be provided at all sessions:


  • November 23 – 24 – Thanksgiving Break:  No school for students, teachers and staff.
  • November 30 – Open House 9 am
  • December 1 – Professional Development Day:  No school for students.
  • December 9 – EdFEST 2017
  • December 11 – My School DC Lottery Application Opens
  • December 22 – January 2 – Winter Break:  No school for students, teachers and staff.

PTSA Newsletter – 11/2/2017

Mark your calendars! 

No school for students tomorrow for Parent Teacher Conference Day.

There’s no school the following Fridays:
  • November 3 – Parent Teacher Conference Day
  • November 10 – Veteran’s Day
  • November 24 – Thanksgiving Break
  • December 1 – Professional Development Day
  • December 22 – Winter Break
  • December 29 – Winter Break

PTA is currently looking for a Volunteer Coordinator to help organize and recruit parent and community volunteers.  If you would like to take the lead on this, please contact Carolyn Bowen.  Any and all help is appreciated.

“Many hands make light work” ~ John Heywood


Every Thursday at 9:00 am there will be a prospective parent open house for new families.  We would love to have at least one parent volunteer to attend these sessions to answer any questions from a parent’s prospective.  If you’re available please contact Carolyn Bowen.


Raising “I Can” Kids
Maury Elementary
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
6:15 – 7:15 pm 

Who:  The Maury Elementary Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Committee is sponsoring a workshop for parents on raising “I Can” Kids.  The Parent Encouragement Program (PEP) http://pepparent.org/, based in Montgomery County, will lead the workshop.  PEP is a nonprofit, educational organization established in 1982 that provides classes and educational resources to parents and all who care for children, toddlers through teens.

What:  The workshop will focus on strategies to increase your child’s sense of feeling connected, capable, competent, and courageous.  A child’s “I Can Quotient” is a useful measure that can replace the traditional IQ, according to psychotherapist Betty Lou Bettner.  It includes the qualities that predict a child’s ability to thrive in life.

Where:  Maury Library, 2nd floor of Maury Elementary: 1250 Constitution Ave. NE (entrance is on 13th Street NE; go up the stairs to the library)

RSVP (and any Questions):  Please RSVP to mauryelementarysel@gmail.com.  Last minute arrivals okay too!


DC Public Schools Announces Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Hearing

As required by District of Columbia law, DC Public Schools’ Chancellor Wilson and senior leadership will convene a public hearing to hear from the public about the upcoming Fiscal Year 2019 budget.  The hearing will be held on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from 6 – 8 pm at Stuart-Hobson Middle School, located at 410 E Street, NE.

Members of the public who are interested in testifying should register online no later than 3 pm on Friday, November 10, 2017.  For questions or concerns, please contact the DCPS School Funding Team at (202) 442-5112 or dcps.schoolfunding@dc.gov.


Building DC’s School Report Card: Community Survey

Help build DC’s school report card by completing the following survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DCReportCardSurvey.

Your survey responses will help to build a school report card that will become a resource tool for parents and families as you make important decisions about your child’s education.


Chancellor Community Forums

Throughout this school year, the Chancellor will share updates on the new strategic plan and ask for your help and feedback at monthly Chancellor Community Forums, held throughout the city.  During these sessions, there will be a chance for parents and community members to engage directly with leaders designing the work to share your interests and ideas related to our initiatives.  Please take a look at the dates and locations below for an opportunity to provide feedback and help inform the implementation of the district’s strategic priorities and initiatives.  Light refreshments, child care, and interpretation services will be provided at all sessions:


  • November 2 – Open House 9am
  • November 3 – Parent/Teacher Conference Day:  No school for students
  • November 9 – Fall Field Day
  • November 9 – Open House 9am
  • November 10 – Veterans Day:  No school for students, teachers and staff
  • November 15 – PTA Meeting 6pm
  • November 23 – 24 – Thanksgiving Break:  No school for students, teachers and staff
  • November 30 – Open House 9am

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PTSA Newsletter – 10/27/2017

Mark your calendars!  There’s no school the following Fridays:

  • October 27 – Records Day
  • November 3 – Parent Teacher Conference Day
  • November 10 – Veteran’s Day
  • November 24 – Thanksgiving Break

Art teacher Ms. Cohen needs help from parents to stock her classroom with supplies.  Please consider donating any of the following items: hand mirrors,  old digital cameras, smart phones, baby wipes, magazines, cleaned-out plastic and glass containers, shallow Tupperware dishes, empty Kleenex boxes, paper towel rolls, bottle caps, crayons, art and crafts supplies, children’s art books, adult t-shirts and/or button-downs.  You can drop the art supplies off with your child’s classroom teacher or bring them to Ms. Cohen’s Room 208A on the days she’s teaching at Payne: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Thanks in advance for your help.


Chancellor Community Forums

Throughout this school year, the Chancellor will share updates on the new strategic plan and ask for your help and feedback at monthly Chancellor Community Forums, held throughout the city.  During these sessions, there will be a chance for parents and community members to engage directly with leaders designing the work to share your interests and ideas related to our initiatives.  Please take a look at the dates and locations below for an opportunity to provide feedback and help inform the implementation of the district’s strategic priorities and initiatives.  Light refreshments, child care, and interpretation services will be provided at all sessions:


This year’s annual Hilloween at Eastern Market takes place on Seventh Street SE, between North Carolina and Pennsylvania Avenues SE.  This is a fun and FREE kid friendly event.
https://www.facebook.com/HilloweenatEasternMarket/

We still need volunteers to help greet families and handout candy at our school table.  If available, please contact Carolyn Bowen.


  • October 27 – Records Day:  No school for students
  • October 27 – Hilloween at Eastern Market
  • November 2 – Open House 9am
  • November 3 – Parent/Teacher Conference Day:  No school for students
  • November 9 – Fall Field Day
  • November 9 – Open House 9am
  • November 10 – Veterans Day:  No school for students, teachers and staff
  • November 15 – PTA Meeting 6pm
  • November 23 – 24 – Thanksgiving Break:  No school for students, teachers and staff
  • November 30 – Open House 9am

 

PTSA Newsletter – 9/27/2017

Come watch Moana with us!
September 29, 2017
5:30 pm
Auditorium

Join us this Friday for the first family movie night of the school year!

Admission is FREE!

Food and drinks will be available for sale.  All proceeds go to support Payne Elementary School.


When: Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 7:30 am
Where:  Lincoln Park (East Capitol and 13th Streets SE)
Who:  Payne Elementary and other Capitol Hill Schools

Exciting news…Chancellor Wilson has selected Payne Elementary as the school he will Walk to School with next Wednesday!  Come show your Wildcat Pride and join your fellow classmates, staff and parents as we celebrate the benefits of walking!

See the attached flyer for additional details:  https://gallery.mailchimp.com/abf262ce4035696294280e80e/files/d7a5af89-3f52-47da-a227-25e953904e9e/Walk_to_School_Day_Oct_4_2017_927.pdf


Save the date for the 5th Grader Class Skate Party!
Where:  Temple Hills Skate
Who:  All are Welcome!
Date:  Thursday, October 5, 2017
Time:  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Admission:  $10


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Save the date for Payne’s Annual Fall Festival
Saturday, October 14
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Admission is free and all are welcome!
To volunteer for this wonderful event, please click the link here:  http://signup.com/go/sV22jt.


Payne’s Annual Book Fair will take place Monday, October 16 – Friday, October 20.  Last year we earned over $1,000 to spend on books for Payne!  If you would like to volunteer, please email Carolyn Bowen or sign up online at the following link:  https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/1991084/false#/invitation.


Save the date for Payne’s Literacy Night on October 18, 2017.  More details coming soon.


DC Public Schools Monthly Chancellor Community Forums
Join Chancellor Wilson and DCPS Leadership for a new opportunity to provide timely feedback and help make critical decisions on the district’s strategic priorities and initiatives. Community forums take place each month, in the morning and evening at locations across the district.
 
Tuesday, October 3
Learn more about the new DPCS five-year Strategic Plan- A Capital Commitment: 2017-2022
Morning (8:00am-9:30am)           Smothers ES                       4400 Brooks Street, NE
Evening (6:00pm-7:30pm)            Kelly Miller MS                  301 49th Street, NE

*Lights Refreshments, Childcare and Interpretation Services Provided*
 
Twitter: @DCPS_Community
Website: http://bit.ly/dcpscommunity-action-team


  • September 29 – Movie Night at Payne ES
  • October 4 – Walk to School Day at Lincoln Park
  • October 5 – Fifth Grade Skate Night at Temple Hills Skate Palace
  • October 9 – Columbus Day:  No School for Students and Staff
  • October 14 – Payne Fall Festival at Payne ES
  • October 18 – Literacy Night

PTSA Newsletter – 5/31/2017

We held our annual PTA Elections at the May 25 General PTA Meeting.  Our officers for next school 2017 – 2018 year are:

President:  Mandla Deskins
Second Vice-President:  Monich Brown
Secretary:  Carolyn Bowen

Thank you to these individuals for their willingness to take a leadership role at Payne Elementary.  And a huge thank you to our nominating committee for organizing this year’s election.


Payne Elementary School LSAT Elections
Monday, June 12th and Tuesday, June 13th   

What:  LSAT Elections will be held on Monday, June 12 and Tuesday, June 13  

Where:  There will be a table set up for voting by the front entrance.

Who:  We will vote for 4 parents who have children currently enrolled in the school. We would like to have parents that represent children of all grade levels.

Who can vote:  Any current parent at Payne Elementary may vote.

What is an LSAT?  The Local School Advisory Team (LSAT) is a group of elected and appointed members that exists for every DCPS school.  The team consists of parents, teachers, non-instructional school staff, and a community member, to advise the principal on matters that promote high expectations and high achievement for all students.  The team meets roughly once per month. More information can be found here http://dcps.dc.gov/page/local-school-advisory-teams-lsat or click below for additional details.
CLICK HERE FOR LSAT INFORMATION


Eliot-Hine is having an awesome International Faire this Friday, June 2 from 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm.  There will be great performances, lectures, activities, games and information with an International theme.  We would love to have participation from our neighboring communities.

Here’s a link to Eliot-Hine’s newsletter about the event:

http://bit.ly/2qBaNXw


Save the date for Payne’s Annual Carnival!
June 9, 2017
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Students in PS – Kindergarten must be accompanied by an adult.  All students must be accompanied by an adult after regular school dismissal of 3:15 pm.  Admission is $6 per person.  See attached form for more information and/or to volunteer.

Carnival Detail and Permissions Slip


DC Truck Touch 2017
10th Annual City-Wide Truck Touch
Saturday, June 10

9 am to 2 pm

RFK Stadium – Lot 7
Save the Date!  Mayor Bowser and the Government of the District of Columbia invites you to the 2017 Truck Touch Event.  A host of DC government agencies will present and demonstrate nearly 30 vehicles used to clean and repair streets, change traffic lights, collect refuse, clear snow, provide emergency services, administer mobile health care, and more.  Come experience the high-tech equipment and vehicles used to provide vital city services and learn how they operate to serve you better.  Kids can climb aboard, work the gears, and honk the horns!

This event will feature a variety of free activities for kids and adults.  Free boxed lunches will be provided to kids age 18 and under.


  • June 8 – ECE Promotion
  • June 9 – Move Up Day
  • June 9 – Fashion Show @ 6 pm
  • June 13 – Fifth Grade Promotion
  • June 14 – Last Day of School

PTSA Newsletter – 5/24/2017

Dear Payne PTA Members,

This is a friendly reminder that the PTA Annual Election is taking place next Thursday, May 25 at 6:00 pm.    At this meeting, we will hold the election for PTA Board positions for next school year 2017-2018 (see nominees below).   Only members in good standing with PTA can vote.  Please check the updated list of names posted on the PTA board in the school hallway.  Thank you for your continued support.  If there are any questions, please email Dalila at dadidouille@yahoo.fr.

The nominees list (in alphabetical order):

President
Mandla Deskins
Evan HandySecond Vice-President
Monich Brown
Adrianne DanielsSecretary
Justine Bello
Carolyn Bowen

Childcare and dinner provided.


Payne’s Field Day is Friday, May 26.  Please make sure your student is dressed in comfortable clothing for a fun filled day outdoors.  Students are also encouraged to bring a bottle to school to fill with water throughout the day.

For a special treat, each classroom is accepting donations of popsicles and/or fruit.  If you would like to volunteer please contact Carolyn Bowen at carolyncbowen@gmail.com.

Anacostia Watershed Society
Payne Family Boat Ride
May 30, 2017
5:00 pm and 6:00 pm

Everyone is invited to this Family Friendly boat tour of the Anacostia onTuesday, May 30!  There are two tours (5 pm and 6 pm) with space for 20 people each.  Space is limited, so sign up today!

Learn about the Anacostia River’s history, wildlife, the environmental threats it faces, and the solutions helping it realize its full potential through Anacostia River Explorers.

Who can go on the boat trip?  Pretty much anyone no matter their age, ability, or language is welcome on the motorized tours.  Invite all your Payne friends and family.

Where does the boat leave from?  Anacostia Park Boat Ramp (put DC Urban Tree House in google maps).

When is the tour?  The family friendly tour will be on Tuesday, May 30th. There will be two different tours: 5 pm and 6 pm.

Cost?  The trip is free!

Sign Up Here:

5 – 6 pm: http://www. anacostiaws.org/53017-payne- elementary-boat-tour- anacostia-park-5-6-pm

6 – 7pm: http://www.anacostiaws. org/53017-payne-elementary-boa t-tour-anacostia-park-6-7pm

Note: If people are signing up for yourself and your kids- please make a note in the “What are you hoping to learn or see” of the number of people in their group. So for example if you are signing up for yourself and 3 children, you could just note in that section- “Looking forward to seeing wildlife! Note: 4 total people, myself and 3 children.

For more information: http://www.anacostiaws.org/ anacostia-river-explorers

If you sign up and then need to cancel, please contact Lexi Smith


Save the date for Payne’s Annual Carnival!
June 9, 2017
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Students in PS – Kindergarten must be accompanied by an adult.  All students must be accompanied by an adult after regular school dismissal of 3:15 pm.  Admission is $6 per person.  See attached form for more information and/or to volunteer.

Carnival Detail and Permissions Slip



  • May 22 – 26:  Spirit Week
  • May 25:  PTA Meeting at 6:00 pm
  • May 26:  Field Day
  • May 29:  Memorial Day  – No School for students, teachers and staff

 

PTSA Newsletter – 5/17/2017

Don’t forget to stop by Payne’s Career Day tomorrow from 9:00 am to noon!


Thursday, May 18 – Half Day for Students
Friday, May 19 – No School for Students/Parent Teacher Conference Day


Dear Payne PTA Members,

This is a friendly reminder that the PTA Annual Election is taking place next Thursday, May 25 at 6:00 pm.    At this meeting, we will hold the election for PTA Board positions for next school year 2017-2018 (see nominees below).   Only members in good standing with PTA can vote.  Please check the updated list of names posted on the PTA board in the school hallway.  Thank you for your continued support.  If there are any questions, please email Dalila at dadidouille@yahoo.fr.

The nominees list (in alphabetical order):

President
Mandla Deskins
Evan Handy

Second Vice-President
Monich Brown
Adrianne Daniels

Secretary
Justine Bello
Carolyn Bowen

Childcare and dinner provided.


Spirit Week is May 22 – May 26!
Let’s go Wildcats!
  • Monday – Mix Match Day
  • Tuesday – Twin Day
  • Wednesday – Pajama Day
  • Thursday – Dress Up Day
  • Friday – College/Sports Jersey Day

Save the date for Payne’s Field Day on May 26.  More details coming soon.


Family Boat Ride
May 30, 2017
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
and
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Want to learn more about the Anacostia River?  PTA is currently organizing family boat rides with Anacostia River Explorers on May 30.  These guided tours are FREE and can accommodate up to 20 people each ride.  Stay tuned for an online sign up link coming soon!

Have you re-enrolled your student?

For more information about DCPS enrollment, please contact the DCPS Enrollment Team at enroll@dc.gov or (202) 478-5738 and visit their website at https://dcps.dc.gov/enroll.  For information regarding your My School DC lottery results please log-on to your My School DC account or call the My School DC Hotline at (202) 888- 6336.


Please see the message below from Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization (CHPSO):

Please consider signing the Petition linked below that calls for a 2% increase in the Uniform per Student Funding Formula that would be directed to our schools, and for the Mayor to present a plan by January 2018 that would show how all school modernizations will be completed within eight years.  Please share the petition with your school communities.  I support this petition, and have signed it.

https://actionnetwork.org/peti tions/support-our-schools-fix- the-budget-and-the-process


We are currently seeking volunteers to assist the Carnival Planning Committee with this wonderful annal event.  If interested, please send an email to Aisha Hemphill Merritt.


  • May 11:  Spring Sing at 4:30 pm
  • May 18:  Career Day 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • May 18:  Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm
  • May 19:  Parent-Teacher Conference Day – No school for students
  • May 22 – 26:  Spirit Week
  • May 23:  DCPS Night at Nationals Park
  • May 25:  PTA Meeting at 6:00 pm
  • May 26:  Field Day
  • May 29:  Memorial Day  – No School for students, teachers and staff

 

PTSA Newsletter – 5/10/2017


Bike to School day was a great success.  Thanks to all the families that participated.


Have you re-enrolled your student?

Please see the below dates to register your student(s) by grade & date:
3rd and 4th grade – Week of April 24th

1st and 2nd grade – Week of May 1st

Kindergarten and ECE – Week of 8th 

Feel free to come in and enroll your children at any time however we are encouraging you to come in during one of the designated dates above.

Parents should bring in proof of residency and their completed enrollment packet.  No worries if you have not received the enrollment packet, forms will be available in the front office.

You can also visit DCPS’ website to download files here:  https://dcps.dc.gov/page/enrollment-forms!


After-school enrollment is now open for all families who have completed their 2017 – 2018 school day registration.

How do I register my student?

  • Afterschool enrollment for all families will take place online starting May 1. Families who visit the online enrollment system can expect to have a customized experience based on your child and the school he/she is attending.

Click here for additional details.


Keep your speech and language skills sharp by practicing the following activities.

 

Click here to download full image


Payne PTSA Elections are coming up soon!

Save the date for PTA’s annual election convention taking place May 25, 2017 at 6:00 pm.  All families are encouraged to get involved in this important process.  Anyone that paid their membership fee by May 8th may vote.  Can’t remember if you joined?  A membership list will be posted on the PTA bulletin board located near the front office hallway.   Childcare and dinner provided.


PARCC testing for third – fifth grade students will take place May 2 – 4 and May 9 – 11, 2017.  Please make sure your student(s) is getting enough sleep, eats a healthy breakfast and arrives on time each morning.  For more helpful tips, please click here.


Are you interested in helping with Payne’s Career Day on May 18 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm?  We are looking for individuals to help manage stations and/or present about their careers. If you are interested or have questions, please email Carolyn Bowen.


We are currently seeking volunteers to assist the Carnival Planning Committee with this wonderful annal event.  If interested, please send an email to Aisha Hemphill Merritt.


  • May 11:  Spring Sing at 4:30 pm
  • May 18:  Career Day 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • May 18:  Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm
  • May 19:  Parent-Teacher Conference Day – No school for students
  • May 22 – 26:  Spirit Week
  • May 23:  DCPS Night at Nationals Park
  • May 25:  PTA Meeting at 6:00 pm
  • May 26:  Field Day
  • May 29:  Memorial Day  – No School for students, teachers and staff

PTSA Newsletter – 5/3/2017

Thanks to everyone for stopping by our Pretzels for Payne Fundraiser yesterday!  It was a beautiful day for a special treat and we raised $165!


Picture day is this Friday, May 5, 2017 at 9:00 am.  Students should be ready upon arrival and have their exact payment amount (cash or money order).  Spring pictures are fun and a keepsake that will be cherished for years to come.


Payne PTSA Elections are coming up!  If you would like to become a candidate for the PTSA Elections, you must complete and return a written nomination form by May 8, 2017.  You can nominate yourself or a friend!

  • PTSA Election will be held at the PTSA Annual Convention in the Auditorim on Thursday, May 25th at 6:00 pm
  • Anybody who is a PTSA Member by May 8th may vote
    • Each voting member must complete an individual application.
    • If you haven’t already, join TODAY at: https://goo.gl/VE8Cse.  Dues are $15 per individual for the year.
    • Can’t remember if you joined yet?  A membership list will be posted on the PTA bulletin board located near the front office hallway.
    • Nominations are due May 8th.

Return the attached form to your child’s teacher, place in the PTSA Elections Box or email a completed form to Dalila Kaddourt.

Click here for PTSA Nomination Forms


Have you re-enrolled your student?

Please see the below dates to register your student(s) by grade & date:
3rd and 4th grade – Week of April 24th

1st and 2nd grade – Week of May 1st

Kindergarten and ECE – Week of 8th 

Feel free to come in and enroll your children at any time however we are encouraging you to come in during one of the designated dates above.

Parents should bring in proof of residency and their completed enrollment packet.  No worries if you have not received the enrollment packet, forms will be available in the front office.

You can also visit DCPS’ website to download files here:  https://dcps.dc.gov/page/enrollment-forms!


After-school enrollment is now open for all families who have completed their 2017 – 2018 school day registration.

How do I register my student?

  • Afterschool enrollment for all families will take place online starting May 1. Families who visit the online enrollment system can expect to have a customized experience based on your child and the school he/she is attending.

Click here for additional details.

Save the date for PTA’s annual election convention taking place May 25, 2017 at 6:00 pm.  All families are encouraged to get involved in this important process*.

Childcare and dinner provided.
*You must be a PTSA member to vote.

PARCC testing for third – fifth grade students will take place May 2 – 4 and May 9 – 11, 2017.  Please make sure your student(s) is getting enough sleep, eats a healthy breakfast and arrives on time each morning. For more helpful tips, please click here.

Are you interested in helping with Payne’s Career Day on May 18 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm?  We are looking for individuals to help manage stations and/or present about their careers. If you are interested or have questions, please email Carolyn Bowen.


We are currently seeking volunteers to assist the Carnival Planning Committee with this wonderful annal event.  If interested, please send an email to Aisha Hemphill Merritt.


  • May 1 – 5:  Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 2:  Pretzels for Payne
  • May 5:  Picture Day
  • May 5:  Coffee with the Principal at 9:00 am
  • May 8:  Deadline for PTA Nominations
  • May 10:  Bike to School Day
  • May 11:  Spring Sing at 4:30 pm
  • May 18:  Career Day
  • May 18:  Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm
  • May 19:  Parent-Teacher Conference Day – No school for students
  • May 22 – 26:  Spirit Week
  • May 23:  DCPS Night at Nationals Park
  • May 25:  PTA Meeting at 6:00 pm
  • May 26:  Field Day
  • May 29:  Memorial Day  – No School for students, teachers and staff

PTSA Newsletter – 4/26/2017

Pre-K International Day
Friday,  April 28th, 2017
Library
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

  • Classrooms will learn about a country, do crafts, and march in!
  • Students will perform songs in a foreign language.
  • We will tour the globe visiting tables hosted by parents featuring different countries.
Interested in volunteering to host a table?  You can create your own table featuring a country or culture, or help with another table.  Be creative with your table, but please include flags, music, something to taste, and something to take home for each student.  You can add more!

*Sign up by 8am Thu. April 27th through email, text, classroom sign up sheet, or online Google doc!

Questions, contact LaToya Smith, Family Services Coordinator at (202) 320 – 3274.


Have you completed the PTA Community Survey? Don’t fret, there’s still time to voice your opinion!

We are asking all staff and parents to please take a moment to share your thoughts on how the PTA is doing, what new programs you would like to see, and what BIG DREAM you have for Payne Elementary.  Just click the survey button below or complete the attached hard copy and return to the PTA table or the front desk.  All surveys must be submitted by this Friday, April 28, 2017 at midnight.

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/abf262ce4035696294280e80e/files/699229a2-d3fa-4228-be55-7434f096c64b/Payne_Community_Survey_Spring_2017.pdf

CLICK HERE FOR THE SURVEY


Teacher Appreciation Breakfast
May 2, 2017

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week, if you haven’t already, please take a moment to sign-up to bring an item for our monthly teacher appreciation breakfast.  The next breakfast will take place this Tuesday, May 2.  Use this link to sign-up today: http://signup.com/go/uSLvMD.

Quick Facts:

  • Please don’t bring items with nuts.
  • There are 65 staff members at Payne.

PRETZELS FOR PAYNE FUNDRAISER
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Please stop by for a delicious after-school or
after-work snack, mention Payne Elementary, and have
20% of the proceeds benefit the PTA.

The Pretzel Bakery
257 15th St. SE
Washington, DC


The next Coffee with the Principal will take place Friday, May 5, 2017 at 9:00 am.  Please plan to attend to hear updates from Principal Byrd and voice your thoughts and/or concerns.


It’s Enrollment Season!

Re-enrollment for SY 2017 – 2018 has started.  Please see the below dates to register your student(s) by grade & date:
3rd and 4th grade – Week of April 24th

1st and 2nd grade – Week of May 1st

Kindergarten and ECE – Week of 8th 

Feel free to come in and enroll your children at any time but we are encouraging you to come in during one of the designated dates above.

Parents should bring in proof of residency and the enrollment packet.  No worries if you have not received the enrollment packet, forms will be available in the front office.

You can also visit DCPS’ website to download files here:  https://dcps.dc.gov/page/enrollment-forms!


PARCC testing for third – fifth grade students will take place May 2 – 4 and May 9 – 11, 2017.  Please make sure your student(s) is getting enough sleep, eats a healthy breakfast and arrives on time each morning.  For more helpful tips, please click here:

CLICK HERE FOR PARCC TEST TIPS


We are seeking volunteers for three upcoming events:

  1. PARCC Testing:  Volunteers are needed during testing beginning May 2 – May 4 and May 9 – May 11 to help setup computers, distribute snacks, monitor hallways and help direct late arrivals.  Volunteers will not administer tests or need any special training.
  2. Career Day:  Are you interested in helping with Payne’s Career Day onMay 18 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm?  We are looking for individuals to help manage stations and/or present about their careers.

If you are interested in any of the above opportunities, please email Carolyn Bowen


Payne PTSA Elections are coming up!  If you would like to become a candidate for the PTSA Elections, you must complete and return a written nomination form by May 5, 2017.  You can nominate yourself or a friend!
  • PTSA Election will be held at the PTSA Annual Convention in the Auditorim on Thursday, May 25th at 6:00 pm
  • Anybody who is a PTSA Member by May 1st may vote
    • Each voting member must complete an individual application.
    • If you haven’t already, join TODAY at: https://goo.gl/VE8Cse.  Dues are $15 per individual for the year.
    • Can’t remember if you joined yet?  A membership list will be posted on the PTA bulletin board after our April 6th PTA meeting.
    • Nominations are Due May 5th
Return the attached form to your child’s teacher or the PTSA Elections Box or email a completed form to Dailila Kaddourt.

Form attached and information provided here:https://gallery.mailchimp.com/abf262ce4035696294280e80e/files/9e5c19dd-c566-42dd-bb30-717de882d8a2/Payne_Nominations_Form_SY2017_2018.pdf


  • May 1 – 5:  Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 2:  Pretzels for Payne
  • May 5:  Picture Day
  • May 5:  Coffee with the Principal at 9:00 am
  • May 8:  Deadline for PTA Nominations
  • May 10:  Bike to School Day
  • May 11:  Spring Sing at 4:30 pm
  • May 18:  Career Day
  • May 18:  Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm
  • May 19:  Parent-Teacher Conference Day – No school for students
  • May 22 – 26:  Spirit Week
  • May 23:  DCPS Night at Nationals Park
  • May 25:  PTA Meeting at 6:00 pm
  • May 26:  Field Day
  • May 29:  Memorial Day  – No School for students, teachers and staff