PTSA Newsletter – 2/22/2017

Join us for Payne’s Black History Month Program this Friday, February 24 at 2:00 pm in the school’s Auditorium.


Teacher Appreciation Breakfast
February 28

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, February 28.  Use this link to sign-up today: http://signup.com/go/uSLvMD.

Quick Facts:

  • Bring your food/drink items to the school by 8:10 am or leave them in the refrigerator by Ms Cox’s desk the night before
  • Food should be dropped off in the room next to Ms. Cox’s desk.
  • Please don’t bring items with nuts.
  • There are 65 staff members at Payne.
  • Sign up via the service below to receive email reminders.
  • Teacher Appreciation Breakfast will take place the last Tuesday of every month.
  • If you have questions, email Sharnece Ward

Are you looking for a way to support our Payne Wildcats?  We are currently raising monies for two exciting projects…

Classroom Libraries
We are trying to raise funds by February 28 to purchase Scholastic Libraries (300 books each!) for the 4th and 5th grade classrooms. Scholastic has a 50% discount available that will expire after the end of the month!

Robotics Club
Our Robotics Club won the Elementary School Excellence Award and has qualified for the 2017 VEX Worlds Championship in Louisville, KY this April! We are hoping to raise enough funds to pay for the registration, bus fare, and lodging so our students can take advantage of this exciting opportunity!

The attached link has more details. Donations are tax deductible. Please reach out with any questions and feel free to share this information with others!

https://www.gofundme.com/paynebooksandrobots


Read Across America Day:  March 2, 2017 

  • This is a fun day to celebrate reading that falls on Dr. Suess’ birthday. Parents are invited to read aloud at school during one of two windows:  9:30 am – 11:30 am, or 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm. (see attached flier)

Scholastic Book Fair:  Week of March 14th 

  • You may have noticed fliers around school last week about our book fair!  More information will be sent home in the coming weeks about how/when to purchase books.
    • The book fair will ‘launch’ at Math Night, on Tuesday March 14th from 6 pm – 8 pm.
    • Volunteers are needed for 1-hour shifts before and after school, and during lunch.
    • If you are available and interested in volunteering, please sign up on the link below. This will help us guarantee we are able to keep the fair open every day!
    • https://volunteer.scholastic.com/#/signup/aj5h5XYrC

Spring Auction
April 13, 2017
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Save the date for Payne’s 1st Annual Spring Auction – Thursday, April 13th!  If you would like to volunteer and/or organize your classroom’s themed auction basket, contact Charles Swartz at charles.julian.swartz@gmail.com.


Have you ordered your Girl Scout cookies?

Starting next week, Payne’s Girl Scouts Troop 1455 will sell cookies on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays after school from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm.  Parents can also return their completed order forms and payments to their teacher.  Cookies are $4.00 per box.  All earnings will go toward troop supplies, badges, field trips, and outdoor adventures!    Thanks to all who have purchased so far. Our first batch completely sold out!


Join parents, the State Superintendent of Education and others on Feb 21 at Capitol Hill Montessori @ Logan or on Feb 27 at CHAW to share your thoughts on the District’s proposed State Accountability Plan.

Make Your Voice Heard: ESSA Community Meetings   

The State Board members are co-hosting a series of community meetings this month in all eight wards in the District to collect community input on the Every Student Succeed Act(ESSA) Accountability plan. Your feedback is needed to determine how we define quality schools and rate our schools!

Ward 6 | Feb. 27 | 6-8 p.m. | Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. Click here to register for Feb. 27

Flyers: English | Amharic | Ch inese | French | Korean | Span ish | Vietnamese

If you can’t join us in Ward 6, please join another conversation; click here for more information.

Thanks for your support!


  • February 22 – Parent Cafe (PreK, Kindergarten, First Grades) 5:30 pm
  • February 24 – Black History Month Program
  • February 28 – Teacher Appreciation Breakfast
  • March 1 – My School DC Application Deadline (grades PK3 – 8)
  • March 2 – Read Across America Day
  • March 3 – Parent Teacher Conference Day:  No School for Students
  • March 14 – Math Night & Scholastic Book Fair
  • April 13 – 1st Annual Payne Spring Auction Fundraiser

PTSA Newsletter – 2/18/2017

PTA Meeting
Thursday, February 16, 2017
6:00 pm
Auditorium
Join us tomorrow Thursday, February 16 at our general PTA meeting.  Come hear the latest updates and participate in committee breakout sessions.  Committees include:  Bylaws, Communications, Green Spaces, Programs, Fundraising and Membership.  All are welcome to join.
Childcare and Dinner provided.

A quick reminder there is no school for students this Friday, February 17 (Professional Development Day) and no school for students, teachers and staff Monday, February 20 (Presidents’ Day).

Have you ordered your Girl Scout cookies?
Starting next week, Payne’s Girl Scouts Troop 1455 will sell cookies on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays after school from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm.  Parents can also return their completed order forms and payments to their teacher.  Cookies are $4.00 per box.  All earnings will go toward troop supplies, badges, field trips, and outdoor adventures!    Thanks to all who have purchased so far. Our first batch completely sold out!

Special thanks to Payne’s Athletic Department and SGA for organizing another great Valentine’s Day Dance.  A great time was had by all!

Congratulations to Ms. Henson and the Robotics Team for receiving the Elementary School Excellence Award (VIQC)!  This qualifies them for the 2017 VEX Worlds – VEX IQ Challenge world championship in Kentucky this April!

Save the date for our FINAL Parent Cafe of the school year!
Wednesday,  February 22, 2017
5:30 pm – 7 pm
Library
Theme:  School Transitions – Building Family Understanding and Support in Stages of Transition

  • Enjoy a FREE DINNER with other families.
  •  FREE CHILDCARE!
  • Meet new people and make new friends.
  • Share parenting experiences and get ideas from other families.
  • Explore your family’s strengths and challenges in a supportive community.
  • POTLUCK donations will be accepted!

*Please RSVP by Friday, February 17 at 5:00 pm by email: Latoya.Smith@dc.gov, text:  (202) 320-3274, classroom RSVP sheet, or online:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/18wMXql5RKMny0C5ZaQWIJ47ak2ZkkEzVbmTveTlajBc/edit?usp=sharing to LaToya Smith.


We are 100 days smarter!  Thanks to everyone for celebrating 100 Days of School!

Join parents, the State Superintendent of Education and others on Feb 21 at Capitol Hill Montessori @ Logan or on Feb 27 at CHAW to share your thoughts on the District’s proposed State Accountability Plan.

Make Your Voice Heard: ESSA Community Meetings   

The State Board members are co-hosting a series of community meetings this month in all eight wards in the District to collect community input on the Every Student Succeed Act(ESSA) Accountability plan. Your feedback is needed to determine how we define quality schools and rate our schools!

Ward 6 | Feb. 21 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan, 215 G St. NE.  Click here to register for Feb. 21

Ward 6 | Feb. 27 | 6-8 p.m. | Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. Click here to register for Feb. 27

Flyers: English | Amharic | Ch inese | French | Korean | Span ish | Vietnamese

If you can’t join us in Ward 6, please join another conversation; click here for more information.

Thanks for your support!


Please save the date for the following:

Additional details coming soon.


Calling all 4th to 7th Graders!! On Monday, February 20, from Noon – 1:00 pm at Eastern High School, we’re doing a Promo Day specifically for 4th – 7th graders. We’re over-run with younger players (they’re everywhere! help!)!  Have a child that age? A friend? A neighbor? RSVP HERE and we’ll get them running around.

What about everyone else?? We have a ‘NO BALLER LEFT BEHIND’ policy, so we’re going to hit a ‘Texas Two-Step’ on Monday, and have K-3rd Graders out from 11:00 am – Noon. Same day: Monday, February 20 and same place, Eastern High School. RSVP HERE! Bonus: bring a friend and I’ll shovel your driveway if it ever snows.


Spring 2017 Registration is now open!

Capitol Hill Little League is welcoming baseball players to its Spring 2017 season.
For more information or to register, please visit the website here:  https://chlldc.org/.

The season is open to all children who will turn 5 years of age by Aug. 31, 2017 but will not turn 16 years of age by April 30, 2017.


  • February 16 – PTA Meeting 6:00 pm
  • February 17 – Professional Development Day:  No School for Students
  • February 20 – President’s Day:  No School for Students, Teachers & Staff
  • February 22 – Parent Cafe (PreK, Kindergarten, First Grades) 5:30 pm
  • February 24 – Black History Month Program
  • March 1 – My School DC Application Deadline (grades PK3 – 8)
  • March 3 – Parent Teacher Conference Day:  No School for Students
  • March 14 – Scholastic Book Fair

PTSA Newsletter – 2/8/2017

Payne’s Athletic Department and SGA will sponsor a Valentine’s Dance
Friday, February 10, 2017
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
School Auditorium

Admission is $5 and refreshments will be available for purchase.
A permission slip must be signed and returned before students can attend the dance.

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer your time, please feel free to contact Ms. Freda Chase at (202) 413-4824.

Note:  A parent or guardian MUST accompany pre-school, pre-k and kindergarten students.


Save the date for our FINAL Parent Cafe of the school year!
Wednesday,  February 22, 2017
5:30 pm – 7 pm
Library

Theme:  School Transitions – Building Family Understanding and Support in Stages of Transition

  • Enjoy a FREE DINNER with other Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st Grade Families.
  •  FREE CHILDCARE!
  • Meet new people and make new friends.
  • Share parenting experiences and get ideas from other families.
  • Explore your family’s strengths and challenges in a supportive community.
  • POTLUCK donations will be accepted!

*Please standby for further details and opportunities to RSVP and/or indicate potluck donations.


February, 23, 2017
6:00 pm
Auditorium
We hope to see everyone at our next monthly PTA meeting February 23.  Parents and staff will have an opportunity to hear about upcoming events/projects and meet with committee chairs.  Committees include:  Bylaws, Communications, Green Spaces, Programs, Fundraising and Membership.  All are welcome to join.

Please save the date for the following:

  • March 14:  Scholastic Book Fair
  • April 13:  1st Annual Payne Auction Fundraiser

Stay tuned for additional details coming soon.


Spring 2017 Registration is now open!

Capitol Hill Little League is welcoming baseball players to its Spring 2017 season.
For more information or to register, please visit the website here:  https://chlldc.org/.

The season is open to all children who will turn 5 years of age by Aug. 31, 2017 but will not turn 16 years of age by April 30, 2017.


  • February 10 – Valentine’s Dance at 5:00 pm
  • February 16 – PTA Meeting 6:00 pm
  • February 17 – Professional Development Day:  No School for Students
  • February 20 – President’s Day:  No School for Students, Teachers & Staff
  • February 22 – Parent Cafe (PreK, Kindergarten, First Grades) 5:30 pm
  • March 1 – My School DC Application Deadline (grades PK3 – 8)
  • March 3 – Parent Teacher Conference Day:  No School for Students
  • March 14 – Scholastic Book Fair

PTSA Newsletter – 2/2/2017

Payne Family Movie Night

Finding Dory

Friday, February 3rd, 5:30 pm
Auditorium

Please join us for a fun Family Movie Night this Friday!
Admission is absolutely free!
Pizza, popcorn, and drinks will be available for purchase.
All children must be accompanied by an adult.


Payne’s Athletic Department and SGA will sponsor a Valentine’s Dance on

Friday, February 10, 2017
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
School Auditorium

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $4.00 on the following dates:
Monday, February 6 and Tuesday, February 7
(regular admission $5.00)
A permission slip must be signed and returned before students can attend the dance.
Refreshments will be available for purchase.If you have any questions or would like to volunteer your time, please feel free to contact Ms. Freda Chase at (202) 413-4824.Note:  A parent or guardian MUST accompany pre-school, pre-k and kindergarten students.


THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

Thank you to everyone for their contributions to the first teacher appreciation breakfast of 2017!  

If you haven’t already, please take a moment to sign-up here http://signup.com/go/uSLvMD to bring breakfast treats and supplies for our awesome teachers!  The next breakfast will take place on Tuesday, February 28, 2017.  PTA will host a teacher appreciation breakfast the last Tuesday of every month.


The program committee is continually organizing volunteer opportunities for our parents.  Please see the latest and ongoing options below.

  • Recess Duty:  Principal Byrd asked if any parents would like to help with “recess duty” from 12-1pm.  This would mean watching over the playgrounds with the teachers to make sure students are having fun and not going too crazy. Please talk to Mrs. Whitlock if interested
  • Billboards:  Several teachers asked for parent help with billboards inside and outside their classrooms.  Please see Ms. Turner or Ms. Miller if you are interested in helping with their classes, or talk to your room parent if you want to offer help for your teacher’s class.

There are a number of other requests from teachers, stay tuned for additional details coming soon.


Thank you for attending our recent “Moving Ahead” PTA meeting last week.  We appreciate you taking the time to join us and we hope the meeting was able to provide you with some valuable insight into our great school.  A special thanks to all the teachers and staff for opening their classrooms to parents.


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DCPS Proposed Calendar for SY2017-2018

DCPS released their proposed calendars for 2017-2018. Please use the link below to view the calendars and share any comments. They will accept public feedback until February 5, 2017.


Are you following us on social media?  If not, click the icons at the bottom of this web page to add us and to check out this cute video of Payne students conducting an experiment:  Payne’s Little Scientists.


  • February 1 – 100th Day of School
  • February 3 – Payne Family Movie Night at 5:30 pm
  • February 8 – PreK Parent Committee Meeting 8:30 am
  • February 10 – Valentine’s Dance at 5:00 pm
  • February 17 – Professional Development Day:  No School for Students
  • February 20 – President’s Day:  No School for Students, Teachers & Staff
  • February 22 – PreK Parent Cafe 5:30 pm
  • February 24 – Black History Program (afternoon – time TBA)
  • March 1 – My School DC Application Deadline (grades PK3 – 8)

PTSA Newsletter – 1/25/2017

Join us for a special Looking Ahead PTA meeting tomorrow!

Thursday, January 26th at 6 pm.

This special “Looking Ahead” PTA meeting will include some of our wonderful specials and classroom teachers explaining what they do best.  Parents will have an opportunity to visit teachers in their class rooms to ask questions about expectations, what does an average school day look like for our students, see what students are working on in a particular grade and so much more.

We hope to see you tomorrow night!  Dinner and childcare provided.


MONTHLY STAFF APPRECIATION BREAKFAST
January 31, 2017
Do you love your teacher?  Does your child have so much fun at Payne?  Do you want a way to tell the staff THANK YOU?  

Sign Up to bring food to the Monthly Staff Appreciation Breakfast.  The breakfast will be the last Tuesday of the Month starting January 31.  Sign Up TODAY!

Quick Facts:

  • Bring your food/drink items to the school by 8:10 am or leave them in the refrigerator by Ms Cox’s desk the night before
  • Food should be dropped off in the room next to Ms. Cox’s desk.
  • Please don’t bring items with nuts.
  • There are 65 staff members at Payne.
  • Sign up via the service below to receive email reminders.
  • If you have questions, email Sharnece Ward

How to Sign Up:
We’re using VolunteerSpot (the leading online Sign-up and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming Sign-ups.  They will ask you for your email address, but only to send you reminder emails. 

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our Sign-up on VolunteerSpot:  http://signup.com/go/uSLvMD
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone.  If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.


A special thanks to all that participated in last week’s National Day of Action on January 19.  Payne was one of seven schools in DC that served as a host site for this nationally celebrated event.  Teachers, parents, students and communities nation wide took a stand in support of public education.


Friday, February 3, 2017 – 5:30 pm

Join us for a Payne movie night on February 3rd at 5:30 pm.  The movie choice is TBD but popcorn, pizza, fruit, and refreshments will be sold.  Proceeds from sales and donations will benefit the PTA.  More details to come!


Are you following us on social media?  If not, click the icons at the bottom of this web page to add us and to check out this cute video of Payne students conducting an experiment:  Payne’s Little Scientists.


Have you heard the news?
  • The PTA is organizing a Parent Cafe for parents of Kindergarten and 1st Grade students!  Meet other parents, enjoy some yummy food, and exchange stories and questions!  For more details or to help with organizing, please reach out to Sharnece Ward or Kerry Devooght.
  • The Program Committee seeks parents interested in helping Payne get the classroom reading libraries and replacement laptops that it needs! If you can help with finding partners or writing grants, or just want to learn more, please write to Andria Thomas or call/text 312-401-4423.

How awesome was it to see Ms. Fox’s picture on the latest edition of DCPS Today?  You can read the entire newsletter here:  https://t.e2ma.net/message/9pc3o/hsbauo.


DC Public Schools Home Logo

DCPS Proposed Calendar for SY2017-2018

DCPS released their proposed calendars for 2017-2018. Please use the link below to view the calendars and share any comments. They will accept public feedback until February 5, 2017.

https://dcps.dc.gov/page/dcps-calendars


What are you looking for in a middle school?
Eliot-Hine Survey

Eliot-Hine Middle School is looking to learn more about their current and future students and what we are looking for in a middle school option. This survey is for all grades and responses will be collected until January 29th. Please take 5 minutes to complete this short survey.

Also, did you know you can follow updates about Eliot-Hine on the DCPS Planning Blog. Check out the latest post, an interview with Principal Vargas. Other posts include details of their upcoming $87.7 million modernization and photos from school events like EdFest, our HS Fair, Open Houses, etc.


  • January 26 – PTA Meeting – Looking Ahead at 6:00 pm
  • January 26 – JO Wilson Summer Camp Fair 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • February 1 – 100th Day of School
  • February 3 – Payne Family Movie Night at 5:30 pm
  • February 17 – Professional Development Day:  No School for Students
  • February 20 – President’s Day:  No School for Students, Teachers & Staff
  • March 1 – My School DC Application Deadline (grades PK3 – 8)

 

PTSA Newsletter – 1/18/2017

Update!  Update!  Update!

With school only open two days this week we are moving the PTA meeting originally scheduled for this week to next.

Thursday, January 26th at 6 pm.

On this day, we will have a special “Looking Ahead” PTA meeting which will include some of our wonderful teachers explaining what they do best.  At this meeting parents will have an opportunity to visit teachers in their class rooms to ask questions about expectations, what does an average school day look like for our students, classroom curriculum, see what students are working on in a particular grade and so much more.

Join us for this special meeting on Thursday, January 26 at 6 pm.

We hope to see you there!

Dinner and childcare provided.


MONTHLY STAFF APPRECIATION BREAKFAST
January 31, 2017
Do you love your teacher?  Does your child have so much fun at Payne?  Do you want a way to tell the staff THANK YOU?  

Sign Up to bring food to the Monthly Staff Appreciation Breakfast.  The breakfast will be the last Tuesday of the Month starting January 31.  Sign Up TODAY!

Quick Facts:

  • Bring your food/drink items to the school by 8:10 am or leave them in the refrigerator by Ms Cox’s desk the night before
  • Food should be dropped off in the room next to Ms. Cox’s desk.
  • Please don’t bring items with nuts.
  • There are 65 staff members at Payne.
  • Sign up via the service below to receive email reminders.
  • If you have questions, email Sharnece Ward

How to Sign Up:
We’re using VolunteerSpot (the leading online Sign-up and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming Sign-ups.  They will ask you for your email address, but only to send you reminder emails. 

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our Sign-up on VolunteerSpot:  http://signup.com/go/uSLvMD
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone.  If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.


Have you heard the news?
  • The PTA is organizing a Parent Cafe for parents of Kindergarten and 1st Grade students!  Meet other parents, enjoy some yummy food, and exchange stories and questions!  For more details or to help with organizing, please reach out to Sharnece Ward or Kerry Devooght.
  • The Program Committee seeks parents interested in helping Payne get the classroom reading libraries and replacement laptops that it needs! If you can help with finding partners or writing grants, or just want to learn more, please write to Andria Thomas or call/text 312-401-4423.

January Pre-K Parent Cafe
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Theme: “What’s Going On?”
 (Building Parental Knowledge and Communication w/ Your Child & Family)
  • Enjoy a FREE DINNER with other PreK Families and FREE CHILDCARE
  • POTLUCK donations are accepted
  • Meet new people and make new friends
  • Share parenting experiences and get ideas from other families
  • Explore your family’s strengths and challenges in a supportive community
  • Please RSVP by Mon 1/23, 5pm (by email/text/online/classroom RSVP sheet).  *If you would like to bring a potluck donation, please indicate your items at time of RSVP.

Questions?  Contact LaToya Smith, Family Services Coordinator / 202-320-3274


Friday, February 3, 2017 – 5:30 pm

Join us for a Payne movie night on February 3rd at 5:30 pm.  The movie choice is TBD but popcorn, pizza, fruit, and refreshments will be sold.  Proceeds from sales and donations will benefit the PTA.  More details to come!


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Hill Rag article featuring Capitol Hill Principals

Have you picked up the Winter/Spring edition of the Hill Rag?  If you haven’t already, read the article, “Guiding Principles for Principals – Rules for Turning Around Schools”.  This article highlights three Capitol Hill principals including our very own Principal Byrd.  You can view the article here:  https://gallery.mailchimp.com/abf262ce4035696294280e80e/files/PrincipalByrd_HillRag.pdf.


DC Public Schools Home Logo

DCPS Proposed Calendar for SY2017-2018

DCPS released their proposed calendars for 2017-2018. Please use the link below to view the calendars and share any comments. They will accept public feedback until February 5, 2017.

https://dcps.dc.gov/page/dcps-calendars


What are you looking for in a middle school?
Eliot-Hine Survey

Eliot-Hine Middle School is looking to learn more about their current and future students and what we are looking for in a middle school option. This survey is for all grades and responses will be collected until January 29th. Please take 5 minutes to complete this short survey.

Also, did you know you can follow updates about Eliot-Hine on the DCPS Planning Blog. Check out the latest post, an interview with Principal Vargas. Other posts include details of their upcoming $87.7 million modernization and photos from school events like EdFest, our HS Fair, Open Houses, etc.


Flag Football on Capitol Hill!

Spring ball (Sundays-only) starts in late March/early April (depending on your location), and there’s lots to do before that party starts.  If interested, see all the details below.  Spring registration closes in just two days on January 20.

Register HERE for K-9th Graders
McLean. NW DC. Alexandria. Cap Hill.

Across the DMV, we’re already 1000+ strong with K-9th graders ready to ball.  If you’re one of those families who’s already registered … you’re all set. No worries. Ready to rock.

If you haven’t registered, it’s time to get on the bus!  You can see all of our start dates and anticipated game-times here on our website.

And speaking of PLANNING. We have our SUMMER CAMP DATES coming out next Monday. We’ll have camps in McLean and NW DC. And potentially one in Arlington, but we’re waiting to see there. More on that next week.

But Spring Registration. That’s why we’re e-mailing. Spring Registration. If you need more time — well, that happens. I’ll be as flexible as I can squeezing in more kids, but we’re also (bravely) pushing forward in preparation for the season. That means making rosters, training staff, creating schedules and doing 100 burpees every morning at 5:15. Because that’s how we roll.

So save ya-self a spot, yeah? We’re headed into our best season yet (without a doubt!) and would love to have you with us.

          Get Better. Have Fun.

Carl Ehrlich 

CEO, “Commissioner”

Cell: (202) 468-1516 

www.flagstarfootball.com


Not sure about your camp and child care plans this summer? Join us for our 3rd Annual Summer Camp Fair, hosted by the JO Wilson PTA. It’s your chance to visit over 30 camp exhibitors representing a wide variety of summer activities, ranging from traditional camps to academic, arts, music, sports, early childhood, and special interest camps. Many of these camps operate right here on Capitol Hill and others provide transportation from the Hill.


  • January 19 – Records Day:  No school for students
  • January 20 – Inauguration Day:  No school for students, teachers and staff
  • February 3 – Payne Family Movie Night at 5:30 pm

PTSA Newsletter – 1/4/2017

Happy New Year to all the students, parents and staff of Payne Elementary!  We hope that you all had a great winter break and that your children were excited to return this week!
Welcome back Payne Wildcats!

There’s still time to submit your comments and/or suggestions to PTA’s proposed strategies for the school year.  You can find those strategies at the following link: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/abf262ce4035696294280e80e/files/PTAstrategy2016.pdf 

Please send your input to Andria Thomas by Friday, January 6, 2017.
Thanks to all who have submitted thus far.


Save the date for the next Coffee with the Principal this Friday, January 6 at 9:00 am.  Parents will have an opportunity to take a look at and discuss kindergarten and 1st grade classes.


New Year’s Bird Count
J.O. Wilson Elementary School
660 K Street, NE
Washington, DC
Saturday, January 7, 2017
9:15 am – 12:30 pm for 1st – 5th graders and their families
10:30 am – 12:30 pm for PK – K students and their families

Families from all over Ward 6 are invited to participate in this FREE annual event organized by Brent’s science teacher Mike Mangiaracina.  Please click below for additional details:
https://gallery.mailchimp.com/abf262ce4035696294280e80e/files/Bird_Count_flyer_2017_reminder.docx

New January Date!  New January Date!  New January Date!

Save the date for our next PTA meeting on January 26 at 6:00 pm.
Dinner and Childcare will be provided.


Summer Camp Fair

January 26, 2017
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Not sure about your camp and child care plans this summer? Join us for our 3rd Annual Summer Camp Fair, hosted by the JO Wilson PTA. It’s your chance to visit
over 30 camp exhibitors representing a wide variety of summer activities, ranging from traditional camps to academic, arts, music, sports, early childhood, and special interest camps. Many of these camps operate right here on Capitol Hill and others provide transportation from the Hill.

When: Thursday, January 26, 2017, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: JO Wilson Elementary School (660 K St NE) Washington, DC.
Why: Learn about camp offerings, enter a drawing to win free weeks at camp, and sign-up for camp (if you wish!)


  • January 6 – Coffee with the Principal
  • January 16 – MLK Day:  No school for students, teachers and staff
  • January 19 – Records Day:  No school for students
  • January 20 – Inauguration Day:  No school for students, teachers and staff

PTSA Newsletter – 12/21/2016

Schools are closed for the Winter Break beginning December 22, 2016 – Monday, January 2, 2017.
All school activities will resume on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.
Happy Holidays!


Thank you to everyone that joined us at our last PTA meeting of the year.  We would also like to give a special thanks to Principal Byrd for sharing her visions for Payne and to all the parents for bringing so many yummy sweet treats.

If you missed the meeting, please see PTA’s proposed strategies for the school year at the following link:
https://gallery.mailchimp.com/abf262ce4035696294280e80e/files/PTAstrategy2016.pdf
We look forward to working with you in the upcoming new year and welcome your input!  Please send suggestions or comments to Andria Thomas by Friday, January 6, 2017.

Have a safe and wonderful holiday!


We’re smiling about AmazonSmile!

Do your shopping on AmazonSmile and 0.5% of your purchase total will be donated to Payne PTA.  The products and prices are all the same as traditional Amazon, and so is your shopping cart, wish list, and other account settings.  And the best part is it does not cost you a penny!  Just click our direct link below to start shopping and update your account:

https://smile.amazon.com/?ie=UTF8&ein=81-3654908&ref_=smi_ext_ch_81-3654908_cl&ref_=smi_ext_ch_81-3654908_dl


Summer Camp Fair

January 26, 2017
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Not sure about your camp and child care plans this summer? Join us for our 3rd Annual Summer Camp Fair, hosted by the JO Wilson PTA. It’s your chance to visit
over 30 camp exhibitors representing a wide variety of summer activities, ranging from traditional camps to academic, arts, music, sports, early childhood, and special interest camps. Many of these camps operate right here on Capitol Hill and others provide transportation from the Hill.

When: Thursday, January 26, 2017, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: JO Wilson Elementary School (660 K St NE) Washington, DC.
Why: Learn about camp offerings, enter a drawing to win free weeks at camp, and sign-up for camp (if you wish!)


Join us in wishing the following teachers a happy birthday!

December Birthdays include:

5             Shanita Henson (Science Teacher)

9             Jacqueline Douglas (PK4 Teacher)

10           Michael Bryant (Custodian)

13           Linda Gant (Clerk)

14           Ieshia Seaborn (Dedicated Aide)

16           Robert Davis (Behavior Tech)

30           Mary Johnson (5th Grade ELA Teacher)

30           Colonda Andrews (PK4 Educational Aide)

PTSA Newsletter – 12/14/2016

PTA Meeting and Holiday Celebration with Principal Byrd

Our December PTA meeting and Holiday Dessert Party is tomorrow
Thursday, December 15.
Principal Byrd will join us for a discussion
about her goals and vision for Payne Elementary School.

Doors Open at 5:30 pm for refreshments
Meeting and childcare begins at 6:00 pm

A dessert of your choice would be welcomed.

We will also have a discussion and welcome any input as we map out goals for the Payne PTA in areas such as supporting teachers, increasing parent engagement, raising funds for classrooms, and improving communication. 


Congratulations to the Robotics Club for getting a 4th place win in last week’s VEX IQ Robotics Competition!

Please contact Ms. Henson if you can help volunteer on Thursdays and Fridays from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm.


We’re smiling about AmazonSmile!

Do your shopping on AmazonSmile and 0.5% of your purchase total will be donated to Payne PTA.  The products and prices are all the same as traditional Amazon, and so is your shopping cart, wish list, and other account settings.  And the best part is it does not cost you a penny!  Just click our direct link below to start shopping and update your account:

https://smile.amazon.com/?ie=UTF8&ein=81-3654908&ref_=smi_ext_ch_81-3654908_cl&ref_=smi_ext_ch_81-3654908_dl


Holiday Gift Shop
December 8 – 19, 2016
12:00 pm – 2:45 pm 
Room 131

The Holiday Gift Shop is now open and runs until December 19.  During this time students will have an opportunity to purchase gifts for family and friends in a safe, comfortable and friendly environment.

If you would like to volunteer in the Holiday Gift Shop, please sign up here:
http://signup.com/go/gvEuN2.


New Year’s Bird Count
J.O. Wilson Elementary School
660 K Street, NE
Washington, DC
Saturday, January 7, 2017

9:15 am – 12:30 pm for 1st – 5th graders and their families
10:30 am – 12:30 pm for PK – K students and their families

Families from all over Ward 6 are invited to participate in this FREE annual event organized by Brent’s science teacher Mike Mangiaracina.  Please click below for additional details, sign up to volunteer, and/or to RSVP.  Please complete the form and return to Ms. Henson or the PTA Box by Ms. Cox desk by December 20, 2016.
https://gallery.mailchimp.com/abf262ce4035696294280e80e/files/Bird_Count_flyer_2017_text.docx

Summer Camp Fair
January 26, 2017
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Not sure about your camp and child care plans this summer? Join us for our 3rd Annual Summer Camp Fair, hosted by the JO Wilson PTA. It’s your chance to visit
over 30 camp exhibitors representing a wide variety of summer activities, ranging from traditional camps to academic, arts, music, sports, early childhood, and special interest camps. Many of these camps operate right here on Capitol Hill and others provide transportation from the Hill.

When: Thursday, January 26, 2017, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: JO Wilson Elementary School (660 K St NE) Washington, DC.
Why: Learn about camp offerings, enter a drawing to win free weeks at camp, and sign-up for camp (if you wish!)


Interested in helping with grant writing for the school.  It is a great way to be involved even if you have a busy schedule!  We have a lot of fun grants to look into pursuing for a variety of topics: an Science Laboratory, Teacher Training for Writing Workshops for Children and Responsive Classrooms, updating our laptops, classroom libraries and more! Please reach out to Lexi Smith if you are interested in helping.

Look who’s having a birthday!  

Join us in wishing the following teachers a happy birthday!

December Birthdays include:

5             Shanita Henson (Science Teacher)

9             Jacqueline Douglas (PK4 Teacher)

10           Michael Bryant (Custodian)

13           Linda Gant (Clerk)

14           Ieshia Seaborn (Dedicated Aide)

16           Robert Davis (Behavior Tech)

30           Mary Johnson (5th Grade ELA Teacher)

30           Colonda Andrews (PK4 Educational Aide)


  • December 12 – My School DC Lottery Application Opens for SY 2017 – 2018
  • December 20 – Pre-K Parent Cafe
  • December 22 – January 2 – No School for Students and Teachers:  Winter Break

 

PTSA Newsletter – 12/9/2016

Volunteers Needed

We are still looking for a few more parents to volunteer duringEdFEST tomorrow Saturday, December 10 from 11 am – 3 pm.  If you can volunteer, please email Carolyn Bowen at carolyncbowen@gmail.com.  Parents will support teachers and staff as needed and share their experiences from a parent’s prospective.  EdFEST is an annual event that allows parents to explore the city’s many public and charter school options.  Thanks to everyone who have committed to helping out during Ed Fest.


PTA Meeting and Holiday Celebration with Principal Byrd

Please save the date for our December PTA meeting and Holiday Dessert Party on Thursday, December 15.  Principal Byrd will join us for a discussion about her goals and vision for Payne Elementary School.

We will also have a discussion and welcome any input as we map out goals for the Payne PTA in areas such as supporting teachers, increasing parent engagement, raising funds for classrooms, and improving communication. 

Doors Open at 5:30 pm for refreshments
Meeting and childcare begins at 6:00 pm

A dessert of your choice would be welcomed.


Holiday Gift Shop
December 8 – 19, 2016
12:00 pm – 2:45 pm 
Room 131

The Holiday Gift Shop is now open and runs until December 19.  During this time students will have an opportunity to purchase gifts for family and friends in a safe, comfortable and friendly environment.

If you would like to volunteer in the Holiday Gift Shop, please sign up here:
http://signup.com/go/gvEuN2.


Join Eastern High School for its 4th annual “Give the Gift of Books” event featuring FREE BOOKS, FREE GIFT WRAPPING, music, and treats!

Friday, Dec. 9 from 3:30 – 6:30pm
Eastern High School Library, 1700 E. Capitol St. NE

No need to RSVP – just come get your child a book!

Did you know…
Eastern’s librarian, Ellen Dodsworth, hosts a lunch hour book club meeting monthly WITH the author, AND gives out the book? Dec 14 at 12:15pm is The Wench by DC author Dolen Perkins-Valdez. O (the Oprah magazine) chose it as a Top Ten Pick of the Month, and NPR named it a top 5 book club pick of 2010. All are welcome to attend!


Interested in helping with grant writing for the school.  It is a great way to be involved even if you have a busy schedule!  We have a lot of fun grants to look into pursuing for a variety of topics: an Science Laboratory, Teacher Training for Writing Workshops for Children and Responsive Classrooms, updating our laptops, classroom libraries and more! Please reach out to Lexi Smith if you are interested in helping.


Summer Camp Fair
January 26, 2017
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Not sure about your camp and child care plans this summer? Join us for our 3rd Annual Summer Camp Fair, hosted by the JO Wilson PTA. It’s your chance to visit over 30 camp exhibitors representing a wide variety of summer activities, ranging from traditional camps to academic, arts, music, sports, early childhood, and special interest camps. Many of these camps operate right here on Capitol Hill and others provide transportation from the Hill.
When: Thursday, January 26, 2017, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: JO Wilson Elementary School (660 K St NE) Washington, DC.
Why: Learn about camp offerings, enter a drawing to win free weeks at camp, and sign-up for camp (if you wish!)


Look who’s having a birthday!  

Join us in wishing the following teachers a happy birthday!

December Birthdays include:

5             Shanita Henson (Science Teacher)

9             Jacqueline Douglas (PK4 Teacher)

10           Michael Bryant (Custodian)

13           Linda Gant (Clerk)

14           Ieshia Seaborn (Dedicated Aide)

16           Robert Davis (Behavior Tech)

30           Mary Johnson (5th Grade ELA Teacher)

30           Colonda Andrews (PK4 Educational Aide)


  • December 10 – EdFest at DC Stadium Armory
  • December 12 – My School DC Lottery Application Opens for SY 2017 – 2018
  • December 20 – Pre-K Parent Cafe
  • December 22 – January 2 – No School for Students and Teachers:  Winter Break