News & Events

PTSA Newsletter – 11/21/2017

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

Have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving!


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


Save the Date!

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

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

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


Chancellor Community Forums

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


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

Report Cards

Hello Payne Family,

 

Please note that report cards for Term 1 will be sent home with the students today, Monday, November 13th.  Please check with your student for this information as it will assist you in knowing your child’s progress. Also, please make sure that you have completed the Impact Aid form that was sent out on Wednesday to their homeroom teacher as soon as possible.

Thank you,

Akua Oxendine

PTSA Newsletter – 11/2/2017

Mark your calendars! 

No school for students tomorrow for Parent Teacher Conference Day.

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

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

“Many hands make light work” ~ John Heywood


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


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

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

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

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

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


DC Public Schools Announces Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Hearing

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

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


Building DC’s School Report Card: Community Survey

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

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


Chancellor Community Forums

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


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

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PTSA Newsletter – 10/27/2017

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

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

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

Thanks in advance for your help.


Chancellor Community Forums

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


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

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


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

 

PTSA Newsletter – 9/27/2017

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

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

Admission is FREE!

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


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

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

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


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


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

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


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


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


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

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


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

Payne Post – 9/18/2017

Parenting has been my life’s most joyful work.  It is tiresome and confusing, filled with anxiety and ecstasy, yet it is the most fulfilling work there is.  When you walk into Payne, hopefully some of the anxiety is eased and the joy is felt through a warm and welcoming community, delighted to see you and your child each day. If you have not had a chance to connect with our wonderful teachers, staff and parents, be sure to come out Wednesday night to the PTA meeting.

Goal season is upon us.  We celebrate the growth made on PARCC last year, but we are nowhere close to where we need to be.  So we are setting our sights and expectations high.

Parents can help by:

  • Reading every night.  Even if you are the parent of an overachieving 5th grade student, read TO your child.
  • Remember reading should be fun and intriguing. If your child struggles to read to you, the text may not be appropriate.  Don’t take the joy out of reading.
  • Listen everywhere.  When my son was young, I used to ask: How was school?  What did you do today?  His answer was always, “fine” and “nothing”.  Finally, I stumbled upon a different question: What did the teacher do today?  Turns out that the teacher is very, very, busy. My son began to tell me, with excruciating detail, all the things that happened at school.  And I listened with great intent.  Listening assures your child that you are interested in their lives and that school is important enough for you to stop and listen.
  • Write everything. Have your child write or draw everything: shopping lists, the days agenda, letters and cards, stories and family news. Post pictures and have your child talk to you about the work they have put in.
  • Healthy eating. We are being more mindful about the things we allow here in school, please be mindful about the things that your child eats at home.

School logistics:

  • This week I was visited by the most lovely parent of a bright 4th grade girl, who spoke to me about the history of the Payne playground and what it means to the community. Based on this exchange, we will leave the playground open until 7pm weekdays.
  • Entering through the back door.  In an effort to ensure that all students stay safe and strangers are not allowed in the building.  The back door will lock at 8:40 am and 3:30 pm, please enter through the front door.

Thank you and see you on Wednesday,

Stephanie Byrd

Principal

Back To School

YOU ARE INVITED TO PAYNE ES BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT!

When: Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Where: Payne Elementary School Auditorium

Time: 5:30 pm-8 pm

Please come out and meet our teachers, members of our PTA, and other parents.

We will have booths set up for various programs and community partnerships with giveaways including:

Reading Partners, PTA, Special Subject Teachers, PlayWorks, Kappa Lambda Chi, Military, and Many More!!!!

School Supplies will be given away to those who attend. The DCPS calendar will be distributed to each family during the classroom visits.  We are also doing a drawing for a brand new IPad.  You do not want to miss out!

Payne Post – 8/30/2017

We are off to a great start.  Students have been happily getting to know each other once again.

This week I am reading to each class, grades K-5, one of two books: Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes (K-2) and A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon (3-5).  Chrysanthemum is about a little girl who went to school and was teased, until she met, Delphinium Twinkle, music teacher.  The message shared with students is that we each possess the power to influence how others feel about themselves and school.  A Bad Case of Stripes is about a girl who is constantly changing because she was not true to herself.  The message here is that if we worry about what other people think, then we cannot be true to ourselves.

This year we have several new staff (bios and pictures are forthcoming).  We welcome a new partnership, Playworks.  Our resident Playworks coach is Kierra Butler, also known as, Coach B.  Coach B has begun supporting transitions to and from recess.  Organizing recess and ensuring that students have a variety of play options.  In later months, she will work with teachers to carve out time for movement and play during class; and train a cadre of 4th and 5th grade students to serve as Jr. Coaches.

Meet Coach B and other Payne partners at Back to School Night, Wednesday, September 6th at 5:30 in the Auditorium.

First Day of School

A message from PAYNE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Good Afternoon Payne Wildcats,

We are very close to the start of the new school year.

It is with mounting excitement and anticipation that we prepare for the opening of school. Teachers have been deep in study and reflection. New staff have been getting to know the community and I consistently hear the refrain “can’t wait till the kids get here”.

Classroom assignments have been completed and parents can learn who the name of the teacher by calling the office, we will be happy to accommodate you.

Reminder: Students grades Kindergarten through 5th begin school on Monday, August 21st. Students grades PK3 and PK4 begin on Thursday, August 24th.

Below are some first day logistics:

Arrival

  • Our community will come together on the large playground, starting at 8:10am
    • All students, parents, teachers will enter the through the playground door.
    • There will be no access to the parking lot
  • Breakfast starts at 8:15am.
  • Teachers will be on the playground to meet parents and students.
  • We will begin with morning meeting on the playground and progress into the building at 8:45am.
  • Parents may form a good bye line at the door. For those parents who would like to see the classroom, you are more than welcome to help escort the classroom inside. All parents will be asked to leave by 9:15am.

Dismissal

  • Our community will come together once again on the large playground.  School ends at 3:15. We ask that all parents wait on the playground to receive their little one.
  • After School starts on Monday, to pick up students, please come to the front lobby a member of the After School team will call the student down for dismissal.
  • After School ends at 5:45pm all students must be picked up by 6:00pm.

School Uniform

  • As a community of learners one of the things that binds us is our school uniform, adherence ensures that students feel that they are viable members.
  • Navy blue bottom, white top for students grades K – 5.
  • Navy blue top and bottom for Pk3 and Pk4.
  • The school t-shirt can be worn as a part of the school uniform.

Cell phones and Toys

  • We have a zero tolerance policy for any distraction to the instructional day.
  • All student phones must be off and placed in back packs, any phones that cause a disruption to the instructional day will be confiscated and will be made available only to parents at the end of the day.
  • No toys, including fidget spinners, are allowed; such will be confiscated and made available to parents at the end of the day.
  • Students in need of fidgets may speak with our mental health team

Middle School and High School Students

  • All middle and high school students picking up siblings should pick up their siblings and vacate the premises.
  • This year we cannot accommodate older students; we have more students and different staffing.

Health Forms and Immunization Records

  • Health physicals and oral health assessments are required annually. Students also must be current with their immunizations to attend school.  Please submit this updated information as soon as possible to avoid any interruption in attendance to school.

Summer Soiree Scheduled for 7/26/2017

Dear Payne Families,

Former President Barack Obama stated: “The best anti-proverty program is a world class education.” Payne Elementary is a community of learners, where each student’s innate ability to learn is acknowledged and individual genius is cultivated; this is where genius lives.

School year 2017-2018 promisses to be filled with opportunities for students to grow through challenges that encourage them to reach beyond their current abilities; experiences that deepen their wonder and sense of awe; and moments of reflection that afford us all opportunities to marvel at how incredible they are.

This year we look to:

  • Continue to grow together as a school community
  • Set individual learning goals and achieve them
  • Grow a sense of self-efficacy and school pride

We are very fortunate to have a strong cadre of teachers who are spending their summer resting, relaxing, learning, working, reading, studying, traveling, and ensuring that they fortify themselves for the year to come.

Come out and meet teachers and staff new to Payne at our Summer Soiree, held at the school on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 6pm.

Sincerely,

Principal Stephanie Byrd