PTSA Newsletter – 4/6/2018


Looking for a quick and easy way to support Payne Elementary?  Families who shop at Hill’s Kitchen during the week of April 7 – 15 will have 10% of your purchases donated to our school!  Simply let your salesperson know you are supporting Payne at the time of purchase and we will take care of the rest!  Happy Shopping!


Register for The Girls on the Run-DC Spring 2018 5K
at
Freedom Plaza!

Registration for the Girls on the Run-DC (GOTR) Spring 2018 Community 5K on Sunday, June 3, at Freedom Plaza is underway!  We hope that you and your family will join us to celebrate the girls’ accomplishments!  By running for our girls you’ll embrace their limitless potential and support our next generation of future leaders.  We encourage you to share this event with your networks at it is open to the community.  We hope to see the smiling faces of non-Girls on the Run participants, ages 3-10, run our 1/4 mile Kids’ Dash starting at 10:15 am.  Registration for the Kids’ Dash is $10.00 and runners will receive a Girls on the Run Medal!

As a reminder, participating girls are automatically registered for the 5K by being part of the program and do not need to register.  However, families and friends must register to run.  Don’t delay, Early Bird Registration is $35.00 and will be open until April 20th!  Link: https://www.raceplanner.com/registrationinfo/event/QJXD0DKX3K4IXAZ.

Payne’s GOTR Team will also host Muffin Mondays (bake sale) on the following dates:
Monday, April 9
Monday, April 23
Monday, May 7
Friday, May 11
Monday, May 21
Proceeds are for team t-shirts, snacks and end of season celebration reception.

The girls meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm.  Volunteers to run with the girls or help with water stations are welcome from 4:50 pm – 5:30 pm.


Payne Book Fair at East City Book Shop 
&
Payne Night at Mr. Henry’s Restaurant
April 11, 2018
On Wednesday, April 11 Payne ES is partnering with East City Book Shop(645 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE) to host an in-store book fair from 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm.  The school will receive 20% of all sales made by Payne families, neighbors and friends!  http://www.eastcitybookshop.com/
After (or before) shopping at the book store, stop by Mr. Henry’s for a tasty meal where a percent of your total bill will go to Payne.  Mr. Henry’s (601 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE) is located a short walk from the bookstore.  http://www.mrhenrysdc.com/

For the Love of Payne
Zumba with Lashawn Scott
April 10, 2018
6:00 pm

Grab a friend and join us in the auditorium for a FREE Hip Hop for a Healthy Heart Zumba class lead by Wellness Instructor Lashawn Scott with Jamboa Dance Studio.  You won’t be disappointed!


Payne’s 2018 Silent Auction & Raffle
Thursday, April 26, 2018
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for a great evening at Payne’s Annual Spring Silent Auction
April 26, 2018 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
.
The evening will include a FREE BBQ Dinner and Free Childcare.
The School Administration will also accept enrollment paperwork at the Auction.
Pre-bidding for the auction will open April 6, 2018.

For more information and the online pre-bidding site, go here: https://paynedc.org/ auction/


On April 26, Principal Stephanie Byrd will accept The Arnold F. Keller, Jr. Award from the Capitol Hill Community Foundation at the 35th Annual Capitol Hill Community Achievement Awards Dinner.  This generous award of $20,000 will be used for training Payne’s teachers in the Responsive Classroom method, a social and emotional learning program that independent research links with higher academic achievement in math and reading.  The training will take place during the Summer of 2018.  

We are so grateful for the continuing support from the Capitol Hill Community Foundation.  They have been very generous to us over the years and we encourage members to support them.  All funds raised by the Awards Show are used for future grants.  If you are interested in attending the dinner please purchase tickets here.  

While the Capitol Hill Community Foundation Achievement Awards Dinner is the same night as the Payne Auction, we encourage members from the Payne Community to attend, if possible.  Grandparents are always welcome to come to the auction for you or to go to the award show. 

To learn more about the grant and the awards dinner find more information here:

http://hillrag.com/2018/02/07/ payne-elementary-school-wins- landmark-keller-grant/

https://www. capitolhillcommunityfoundation .com/achievement-awards


Save the Dates for our next upcoming PTA Meetings:
  • May 2, 2018 – General Meeting
  • May 30, 2018 – Annual Elections Meeting

Special Education Workshop

The Office of the Student Advocate will be hosting a Special Education Workshop session on Monday, April 9, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Northeast Library (330 7th St., NE).  This workshop is open to educators and families.

Whether you feel your student needs special education services or you have questions/concerns about existing services, come learn what supports are available. This session will answer your questions about navigating special education services, and provide additional information about you and your student’s rights. Not only will you be able to gather information and resources, but you will also have the opportunity to connect with special education experts throughout the District regarding your student’s specific needs.

This session will be hosted by DC Councilmember Charles Allen, Joe Weedon, Ward 6 State Board of Education Representative and the Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization.

RSVP for this session at http://bit.ly/2G4BeJU.


Click Here to RSVP for the Free Open House


  • April 2:  Enrollment for SY 2018-19 Opens
  • April 6:  Half Day – Students dismissed at 12:15 pm
  • April 11:  Book Fair at East City Book Shop
  • April 11:  Payne Night at Mr. Henry’s Restaurant
  • April 16:  Emancipation Day – No school for students, teachers & staff
  • April 17:  Zumba at Payne at 6:00 pm
  • April 26:  Annual Spring Auction
  • April 27:  Professional Development Day – No school for students

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

Continue reading PTSA Newsletter – 11/2/2017

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