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

PTSA Newsletter – 4/12/2017

Tomorrow!

Payne’s 2017 Silent Auction & Raffle
Thursday, April 13, 2017
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for a great evening at Payne’s first Annual Spring Silent Auction tomorrow April 13, 2017 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  The committee planned a wonderful evening of great food, live music from Mr. Golden and so much more.
Free childcare provided.

Have you seen the latest list of available auction items?  Here’s a sample:

and much, much more!

To see all the latest auction items and updates, please visit our website here:  https://paynedc.org/auction/.


We are seeking volunteers for three upcoming events:

  1. Aftercare Assistance:  Help with childcare in Early Childhood Aftercare during tomorrow’s Staff Meeting April 13, 2017 from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.


It’s time to fill out the annual PTA community survey!  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.  Just go to http:// https://www. surveymonkey.com/r/PayneDC or complete the attached hard copy and return to the PTA table or the front desk.  Surveys are due this Friday, April 14th!

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


Spring Break is next week!
No school for students, teachers and staff
April 17 – April 21, 2017.


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 1st, 2017.  You can nominate yourself or a friend!
  • PTSA Election will be held at the PTSA Annual Convention in the Auditorim on Thursday, May 18th 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 1st
Return the attached form to your child’s teacher or the PTSA Elections Box or email a completed form to dalilakaddourt@gmail.com.

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


It’s that time of year again.  Enrollment forms for school year 2017 – 2018 are now available in the front office or you can visit DCPS’ website to download files here:  https://dcps.dc.gov/page/enrollment-forms!


The National Math Festival will take place at the Washington Convention Center on Saturday, April 22, 2017.  This event is free and open to the public from 10:00 am till 7:00 pm.   The event will include a day of lectures, hands-on demonstrations, art, films, performances, puzzles, games, children’s book readings, and more.  There’s something for everyone from toddlers to adults of all ages.  For more information you can download a mobile app for the event (NMF 2017) or visit their website:  http://www.nationalmathfestival.org/.


  • April 13 – 1st Annual Payne Spring Auction Fundraiser
  • April 17 – 21 – Spring Break:  No school for students and teachers

PTSA Newsletter – 4/5/2017

Join us tomorrow night for our monthly PTA Meeting!

April’s PTA meeting will take place tomorrow Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 6:00 pm.   We will hear updates about the upcoming PTA Elections and get the latest details on the first annual silent auction (April 13).  Principal Byrd will also join us to talk about the state of the school and budget visions for next year.

Childcare and Dinner Provided


2017 Silent Auction & Raffle
Thursday, April 13, 2017
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for Payne’s first Annual Spring Silent Auction on Thursday, April 13, 2017 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  The committee is currently working hard to bring you an awesome dinner, drink options, free childcare and live music from Mr. Golden.  The best part of it all is it’s FREE to attend!
Here’s a sample list of items to be auctioned:

and much, much more!

To see all the latest auction items and updates, please visit our website here:  https://paynedc.org/auction/.

If you would like to volunteer and/or organize your classroom’s themed auction basket, contact Monica Hicks or reach out to Charles Swartz for any questions.  Please plan to complete your basket by April 10.


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 1st, 2017.  You can nominate yourself or a friend!
  • PTSA Election will be held at the PTSA Annual Convention in the Auditorium on Thursday, May 18th 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 1st
Return the attached form to your child’s teacher or the PTSA Elections Box or email a completed form to Dalila Kaddour.

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


We are seeking volunteers for two upcoming events:

  1. PARCC Testing:  Volunteers are needed during testing beginning May 2 – May 12 to help setup computers, distribute snacks, monitor hallways and help with late arrivals.  Volunteers will not be administering tests.
  2. Career Day:  Are you interested in helping with Payne’s Career Day on May 18?  We are looking for individuals to help and/or present about their careers.

If you are interested, please email Carolyn Bowen.  Additional details coming soon!


Did you hear the great news?
Payne’s Robotics Club is on their way to the 2017 VEX IQ Tournament in Kentucky!
Congratulations to Payne Robotics Club for winning the Elementary School Excellence Award and qualifying for the 2017 VEX Worlds Championship in Louisville, KY!  A special thanks to Pepco for donating $5,000 to cover the travel fees for club members.  See NBC 4 news coverage and interview with Ms. Henson and members of the club below:

http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Pepco-Sponsors-Southeast-Elementary-School-Students-for-National-Robotics-Competiton_Washington-DC-417723553.html


It’s that time of year again!  Enrollment forms will be available starting April 3rd.


No school for students, teachers and staff for Spring Break April 17 – April 21, 2017.


The National Math Festival will take place at the Washington Convention Center on Saturday, April 22, 2017.  This event is free and open to the public from 10:00 am till 7:00 pm.   The event will include a day of lectures, hands-on demonstrations, art, films, performances, puzzles, games, children’s book readings, and more.  There’s something for everyone from toddlers to adults of all ages.  For more information you can download a mobile app for the event (NMF 2017) or visit their website:  http://www.nationalmathfestival.org/.


  • April 6 – PTA Meeting
  • April 13 – 1st Annual Payne Spring Auction Fundraiser
  • April 17 – 21 – Spring Break:  No school for students and teachers
  • April 22 – National Math Festival at Washington Convention Center
  • May 1 – Deadline for PTA board election nominations

PTSA Newsletter – 3/29/2017

 

The Payne Elementary family lost one of its most beloved educators on Monday, March 27 with the death of our Physical Education teacher Mr. Bernard Nedab.  He was a teacher at Payne for over eight years and will truly be missed by all. Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:
St. Stephen’s Baptist Church
5757 Temple Hill Road; Temple Hills, Maryland

Thursday, April 6, 2017
11:00 am

If you are available in volunteering all or part of the day next Thursday to help with classroom coverage, please send an email to Carolyn Bowen.  Parents will assist substitute teachers carry out the lesson plans for the day.


There is no school for students this Friday, March 31, 2017 for Records Day.


2017 Silent Auction & Raffle
Thursday, April 13, 2017
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for Payne’s first Annual Spring Silent Auction on Thursday, April 13, 2017 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  The committee is currently working hard to bring you an awesome dinner, drink options, free childcare and live music from Mr. Golden.  The best part of it all is it’s FREE to attend!
Here’s a sample list of items to be auctioned:

and much, much more!

To see all the latest auction items and updates, please visit our website here:  https://paynedc.org/auction/.

If you would like to volunteer and/or organize your classroom’s themed auction basket, contact Monica Hicks or reach out to Charles Swartz for any questions.  Please plan to complete your basket by April 10.


Our next PTA meeting will take place Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 6:00 pm.   We will hear updates about the upcoming PTA Elections and get the latest details on the first annual silent auction (April 13).  Principal Byrd will also join us to talk about the state of the school and budget visions for next year.
Childcare and Dinner Provided


The Home-School Connection
How to Further Your Child’s Development at Home
Thursday,  March 30, 2017
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Library

PreK-3 and PreK-4 teachers offer a unique, hands-on experience for parents to:

  • Understand the areas and range of development for your child’s age
  • Learn how teachers are working to develop your children at school
  • Get knowledge and tools to help you further your child’s progress at home

Learn more about GOLD, for teaching strategy and developmentally appropriate assessments

*Snacks will be served.  No RSVP necessary.

Get your Girls Scout Cookies before it’s too late!

Cookie season is ending and it’s your last chance to get those delicious Girl Scout cookies!  Return completed order forms with payment to your child’s teacher.  Thanks to all who’ve purchased so far.  You helped us sell over 1,400 boxes of cookies!


It’s that time of year again!  Enrollment forms will be available starting April 3rd.

  • March 30 – PreK Parent Meeting:  How to Further Your Kid’s Development at Home
  • March 31 – Records Day:  No school for students
  • March 31 – My School DC Lottery Results Released
  • April 6 – PTA Meeting
  • April 13 – 1st Annual Payne Spring Auction Fundraiser
  • April 17 – 21 – Spring Break:  No school for students and teachers

PTSA Newsletter – 3/22/2017

Special thanks to parents Carolyn Bowen and Susan McKay along with the school’s librarian Ms. Logan for organizing this year’s book fair!  We would also like to send a special thanks to all the parent volunteers that helped keep the fair open for all to enjoy.

Our Book Fair was a huge success due to the hard work of our volunteers and all the families who made purchases from the selection of books sent to our school by Scholastic.  We are happy to report we sold more than $2,000 in books and other merchandise!

Thank you, thank you, thank you for your continued support!  We couldn’t do it without Y-O-U!


Due to the inclement weather last week and yesterday’s math night, we have rescheduled this week’s PTA meeting to Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 6:00 pm.

Childcare and Dinner Provided


Purchase Payne Swag Now!

Have you purchased your Payne t-shirt? If you missed one of our recent “pop-up stands” fear not!  Parents can complete the attached order form and return with your payment to Ms. Cox in the front office.  Students can wear these as their uniforms!  Woo Hoo!!  Get your shirt today!

BUY NOW


2017 Silent Auction & Raffle
Thursday, April 13, 2017
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for Payne’s first Annual Silent Auction & Raffle on Thursday, April 13.  The committee is currently working hard to bring you some awesome dinner and drink options, free childcare and live music from Mr. Golden.  The best part of it all is it’s FREE!  If you would like to volunteer and/or organize your classroom’s themed auction basket, contact Charles Swartz


Teacher Appreciation Breakfast
March 28, 2017

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, March 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.

The Home-School Connection
How to Further Your Child’s Development at Home
Thursday,  March 30, 2017
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Library

PreK-3 and PreK-4 teachers offer a unique, hands-on experience for parents to:

  • Understand the areas and range of development for your child’s age
  • Learn how teachers are working to develop your children at school
  • Get knowledge and tools to help you further your child’s progress at home

Learn more about GOLD, for teaching strategy and developmentally appropriate assessments

*Snacks will be served.  No RSVP necessary.

  • March 9 – PreK Parent Committee Meeting
  • March 10 – Coffee with the Principal
  • March 21 – Math Night
  • March 30 – Science Fair
  • March 30 – PreK Parent Meeting:  How to Further Your Kid’s Development at Home
  • March 31 – Records Day:  No school for students
  • March 31 – My School DC Lottery Results Released
  • April 6 – PTA Meeting
  • April 13 – 1st Annual Payne Silent Auction & Raffle Fundraiser