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First Day Instructions and Procedures

First Day Instructions and Procedures


Welcome to the start of a wonderful 2018-19 school year. Thank you for joining and supporting us in making sure our students have a great year.  Below is information for the first day and some additional policies and procedures we will be enforcing this year.


First Day of School:

  • Kindergarten through 5th grade – Monday, August 20th
  • PreK 3 and 4 – Thursday, August 23rd


  • All families begin the day on the playground, parents are invited to get to know one another and students are encouraged to play.
  • Doors open at 8:10 for breakfast
    • At 8:40 students will be escorted back to the large playground, where they will be greeted by their teachers. Teachers will have signs with their names and class lists.
    • Students will not be allowed in the building prior to 8:10am
    • Before care is available through the PTA, contact for more information
  • Students not enrolled will not be able to attend classes. Enrollment should be completed prior to the first day of school.
    • New enrollment documents, health forms and proof of residency are needed for enrollment


  • Pre K3 and Pre K4 – navy blue top and bottom.
  • K-5 – white top and navy blue bottom.


  • The instructional day begins at 8:40, students are considered tardy at 8:45
  • Tardy students should enter through the front door and sign in the main office book for a tardy pass.

Security and ID Checks:

  • We are implementing a 100% ID check process. Security will be checking ID’s and will assist in directing you to your destination
  • All adults who are not employees of Payne must enter through the front door by security. The side door is not an entrance or exit option.

Cell Phones:

  • As cell phones are not needed for instruction, they must be turned off and out of sight.
  • Adults will confiscate any cell phone in sight.
  • Confiscated cell phones can only be retrieved by parents at the front desk.



  • School ends at 3:15pm.
  • All parents should pick their students up on the playground.
  • Children must be signed out with the teacher. Parents are not allowed to enter through the side door. Students who are not in afterschool and are not picked up on time will be at the front area near security desk.

Early Dismissal:

  • Early dismissal ends at 2:30pm.
  • Between 2:30 and 3:15, no students will be released from classes, please plan accordingly. It is important to minimize disruption to learning in the classrooms.


Kids Ride Free Sign Up (Please Read)

Payne Community Member,

Kids Ride Free is getting smarter! Beginning October 1, 2018, students will no longer be able to use their DC One Cards to access public transportation. Students who use Metrorail, Metrobus, or the DC Circulator to get to and from school and school-related activities will need to obtain a new Kids Ride Free SmarTrip card.

Get Your Card Early

Over the coming weeks, card distribution events are being held in every ward to allow students who currently use bus and rail to get to school and school-related activities an opportunity to register and obtain their new Kids Ride Free SmarTrip card before the new school year begins. In order to receive a new Kids Ride Free SmarTrip card, students will need to be present and bring their current DC One Card or a government-issued ID to one of the events.

 To sign up for one of the events below, please visit

Springboard at Payne Elementary for Fall 2018 Registration is Open!

Springboard’s extended day program offers: Research-Based Programming: Activities are based on academic research regarding student learning – academic skills, social-emotional development, physical well-being and healthy choices. Captivating Student Activities: Our programs deliver exciting, motivating and fun activities for students that extend their learning into the out-of-school-time environment. High Quality Staff: Our programs are staffed with experienced teachers who are deeply committed to improving educational outcomes for children.
Close School Partnerships: Our programs are deeply embedded within our partner schools’ community and are aligned to the needs and culture of each school.
Parent Engagement: We regularly connect with parents through multiple modes of communication. Safe Environment: We ensure a safe and nurturing environment within our programs.

Program Rates
Full Time: $14.00/day (PM)
Regular Part Time: $15.00/day (PM)
Daily Flex: $16.00/day (PM)
Drop-In services will be available at separate rates.
Registration Fee: $54.99 per family per school year

Program Information

Area Director: Sharon Davis,

Program Hours: 3:30-6:00PM

Program Grades: PreK-3 to 5th

Visit Our Website:

Girls on the Run Race (Come Support!)

We have a wonderful group of young ladies who will be running at the 5K in June and we would love for you to come out and support and possibly run with a couple.

Register for the Girls on the Run-DC Spring 2018 5K at Freedom Plaza!
Date/Location: June 3rd, at Freedom Plaza
Time: 5K start is 9:00am; Pre-Race Festivities begin at 8:00am
Registration: Parents, family, friends must register. Participating girls are automatically registered
• Note: Metro doesn’t begin running until 8:00am. During your registration process, we encourage you to take advantage of our bib mailing option to avoid long lines at packet pick-up
Register children ages 3-10 for our Kids’ Dash!
• 1/4 mile course for children ages 3-10
• 10:15am start time, just as the 5K is finishing
• Registration is $10.00 and runners will receive a Girls on the Run Medal


If you are in need of financial assistance to register, please email Devoria Armstead at



Science Fair Schedule

Hello Payne Family,

As we get ready for the Science Fair on April 25th, all students  have their boards and should be working diligently on their project.  Please support them as they work to turn them in no later than April 19th.  The Projects for 3rd-5th grade will be judged on April 25th and parents can come to view projects from 4:30-6pm in the Auditorium and participate in the awards reception at 5pm.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Mrs. Oxendine at

Auction is NOW Open for Online Bidding

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 FREE BBQ Dinner and Free Childcare.  
The School Administration will also be accepting enrollment paperwork at the Auction.  
Pre-bidding is now LIVE at: 
Pre-bidding is open from April 6th until April 20th
For more information about the event, items and sponsors go here:

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
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:

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!
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.

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: 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: 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

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

Payne Receives Keller Award from Capitol Hill Community Foundation

On April 26, Principal Stephanie Byrd will accept The Arnold F. Keller, Jr. Award from the Capitol Hill Community Foundation for Payne Elementary School.

The funds will be used to train 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 on campus during the Summer of 2018.

While the Capitol Hill Community Foundation Awards Dinner is the same night as the Payne Auction, we encourage parents to attend, if possible.  We are so grateful for the continuing support from the Capitol Hill Community Foundation.  If you are interested in attending the dinner please purchase tickets here.

To learn more about the grant and the award find more information here: