News & Events

Payne T-Shirt Sale! Order Now until August 16th

Get your Wildcat ready for the new school year and purchase Payne t-shirts, hoodies, and water bottles directly online!

Reminder: Payne t-shirts may be worn as part of the school uniform.

A portion of all sales will go to the Payne PTA and will be used to support the school. The Web site to purchase your Payne gear will be live until August 16, so order now at:

https://www.customink.com/fundraising/payne-wildcats

Before Care at Payne

Flex Academies, a leader in safe, fun, enrichment program management, announced that it will launch a before-school care program for students at Payne Elementary School. Payne is a Washington D.C. school serving students in pre-K through Grade 5.

“As a parent of a child in DCPS, I know that life moves fast here and schedules change quickly,” said Flex Academies Founder and CEO Joshua Chernikoff. “Sometimes parents need to be on the job before the school day begins. They need a reliable partner in their children’s care, and we aim to be that.” 

Experts often cite benefits of before and after school programs, including opportunities for children to interact with their peers in a different setting. Chernikoff says that the Flex Academies before-care program will focus on safety and fun, putting parents’ minds at ease while offering young students a positive way to start to the school day.

Parents who set up an account with the program will be able to take advantage of drop-in care, as needed. There will also be familiar faces at Payne Elementary’s before-care program, as Flex Academies plans to staff the program with some educators already at the school.

For sign up and for more information:

 https://flexacademiespayne.jumbula.com/view#/welcome-

 

 

 

 

Summer Touch Base

Hello Payne Family,
We hope you are having a relaxing summer and getting ready for the upcoming holiday.  In an effort to keep you informed of upcoming events and preparation for the new school year, please see a few brief announcements below:

Summer Soiree’: Payne will be hosting a Summer Soiree on Friday July 19th at 5:30 pm.  We will have food, fun and there will be time to get to know Payne staff and play on the wonderful playground.  We will also be accepting enrollment packets.

 

Mailing: Teacher Assignment, Summer Reading and Teacher Welcome Letters will be sent home next week.   Please look out for these in the mail.

 

ECE Play dates:  We two ECE Playdates.  The First one is 7/10/2019 from 12pm-2pm and the other is 8/13/2019 6-7:30pm on the small playground.

 

Parent Engagement: Payne has a keen focus on increasing parent engagement for the school year 2019-20.  The mission of Payne Elementary School’s commitment to parent engagement is to support overall student achievement by empowering families to become proactive in their children’s education on a continuous basis. The goals are to increase parental participation in student academics and learning activities, support learning at home, and strengthen the home school connection.  A survey with sign up information for clubs and events will be coming out this month through email.

 

Enrollment: If you have not enrolled for 2019-20, slots for four grade levels are already full!  Please make sure to claim your spot.  Enrollment is taken daily but we will have a Saturday event right before school begins.  If your child is not enrolled, you will be unable to enroll in after school.

 

***Please forward to any parent that may not be receiving emails and have them follow up with Akua Oxendine at akua.oxendine@k12.dc.gov to update.  ***

Payne Post 6/12/2019

June 12, 2019

End of Term Celebration:  Please join us to celebrate all of our student’s wonderful accomplishments at the 4th Quarter End of Term Celebration on Thursday, June 13th K-2 10am and 3-5th 2:30pm in the auditorium.

2019-20 Enrollment:  We will be conducting enrollment throughout the summer.  Please make sure to get your enrollment in as soon as possible for next year as waitlist offers have been extended.

Engagement Survey: Please remember to complete our family engagement survey as you complete your enrollment packets for next year! You can fill it out online or in-person during enrollment. Link: https://forms.gle/CPsKaWmxrSTiyrUw8

DC One Cards: As our regular school year comes to a close, please be reminded to hold on to your Kids Ride Free (KRF) Card especially if you are attending summer school. Students who do not have a KRF card or need to replace a lost card, should take the opportunity to pick-up a card from the card administrator before the end of the school year.  Current KRF Cards are active through September 30, 2019.  Note: ONLY enrolled summer school students will be able to get replacement cards at their summer school sites this summer. Students enrolled in non-educational summer programs will not be able to obtain new or replacement KRF Smartrip cards this summer.  If you have questions, please contact School.Transit@dc.gov.

No After School for Students: There will be no afterschool on Friday, June 14th, the last day of school.

Wildcat PTSA News: Assistant Principal Search | Fundraiser Win | High-Scoring Students

Hello, Wildcats!

ONE WEEK LEFT. But before you hit the beach, the ball field or the snooze button, let’s catch up on what’s happening at Payne Elementary.

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FIFTH GRADERS EXCEL

Ms. Randolph and Mr. Bergfalk reported many of their fifth-grade students have demonstrated exceptional improvements to math and reading scores during iReady testing.

iReady is administered three times a year (September, December and June) and shows what grade level each student is operating on. Many fifth graders have jumped multiple grade levels over the course of the year, and some already are operating on a sixth-grade level. Students Jacore Braxton, Quiron Davis, Sebastian Frederick, Khloe Lovelace, Khloe Wilson, and Grant Opara all scored above the 90th percentiles on a national level in either math or reading.

Grant, age 10, scored in the 99th percentile in reading and 97th in math. He sat down with the PTSA to share his thoughts on Payne, reading, and Super Potato.

Q. What do you like about Payne?

A. I like what it provides, it provides good food, and it has caring teachers.

 

Q. What do you like about reading?

A. It takes me to a different adventure. It’s like my own space to just be myself.

 

Q. What are your favorite books?

A. Mostly novels and comic books like Muhammad Ali vs. Superman, or Super Potato.

 

Q. What is Super Potato?

A. It’s this comic book about a potato that became a superhuman by DNA generation.

 

Q. Any advice you’d have to the younger Payne students?

A. Stay strong, and keep on moving.

 

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NEW ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL NEXT YEAR. Assistant Principal Jason Ward is leaving Payne at the end of this school year, moving back to North Carolina to be closer to family. Principal Byrd said seven candidates were interviewed to fill his vacated position, and the LSAT committee provided input on four finalists. A new assistant principal has been selected, but his or her name won’t be announced until human resources has approved the hire.

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THANKS FOR SHOPPING. The PTSA raised nearly $600 after last Saturday’s fundraiser at East City Bookshop and Mr. Henry’s. Thanks to all those who bought books and dinner, and a special shout-out to Principal Byrd for leading storytime. The Payne Library also received several book donations, which you can see below.

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FIELD TRIPS FUNDED. The PTSA Board unanimously approved spending $1,142 to support two fifth-grade field trips next week. Students will visit the Shenandoah National Park and Luray Caverns in Virginia and also Assateague Island in Maryland where they will not only have fun, but also see how they connect with recent lessons about the New Deal. The school also provided funds to supplement the trip, and parents will make a contribution. Thanks to fifth grade teacher Mr. Bergfalk for organizing the trips.

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MORE IMPORTANT DATES

June 7: Fifth grade promotion, 9:30 a.m.

June 11: PK4 Promotion, 9 a.m.

June 14: Last day of school

Aug. 26: First day of school for Kindergarten through fifth grade

Aug. 29: First day of school for PK3 and PK4

Wildcat PTSA News: Parking Update | Science Fair | PTSA Election Results

Hello, Wildcats.

A keen-eyed Payne mom spotted new parking signs posted on 15th Street, between C and D streets,  designating an area for school drop off (8-9 a.m.) and pick up (3-6 p.m.). Meanwhile, a parking enforcement officer was ticketing again in the area this week.

A view of the new signage:

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JUDGES NEEDED FOR SCIENCE FAIR

It’s crunch time for the Science Fair, and science teacher Ms. Henson needs a dozen volunteers to serve as judges. Do you have a basic understanding of the scientific method? Can you provide positive feedback to our burgeoning Payne brainiacs? That’s great: You qualify!

Judging will take place 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 30. The school will provide judging sheets and criteria. You will be invited, but not obligated, to attend the 2:30 p.m. award ceremony that day.

Ms. Henson also needs volunteers to help with a STEM Fair on Wednesday, May 29. Students will be building homemade thermometers, solar ovens and solar cars. She’s also looking for donated pizza boxes to help build solar ovens.

Please email Ms. Henson right away if you can help with any of the above: shanita.henson@dc.gov

Students in Ms. Ferguson’s kindergarten class learn about water displacement in preparation for the science fair.

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PTSA ELECTION RESULTS

The PTSA elected four officers May 21:

  • President: Mark Jordan, parent of a first grader and PK4 student. Mark is the current president and was elected to a new term.
  • Parliamentarian: Michelle Chapman, parent of a Kindergartner and an incoming PK3 wildcat next year, elected to a two-year position.
  • Secretary: Nancy Parris, parent of a third grader, elected to a two-year position.
  • Treasurer: Carolyn Bowen, parent of a first grader and PK4 student. Carolyn is the current secretary and will be the treasurer for one year to complete the term for Aisha Lee, who has served as treasurer this school year.

All four races were uncontested. In a speech before the vote, Mark said one of his priorities for the 2019-2020 school year will be to encourage parent involvement in the school.

From left: Mark, Michelle, Nancy and Carolyn

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FLEA MARKET FUNDRAISER

Payne will host a flea market 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 8 on the tennis and basketball courts to benefit the Story of our Schools project. The school is seeking vendors to sell anything from clothing and baby gear to used books, antiques and crafts. The $40 vendor fee will benefit the project, and 100 percent of sales will go to the vendor. Concessions at the event will benefit Payne. More details are here.

Would you like to reserve a booth? Email Ms. Monich Brown at monich.brown@dc.gov or Ms. Juanita Stokes at juantia.stokes@dc.gov. Know a friend or neighbor who has a small business or side hustle? Please forward this newsletter and let them know tables are available.

The PTSA is considering managing a flea market booth with donated items with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting the project. Is there a volunteer out there who would like to head this initiative? You would lead efforts to collect goods and coordinate other volunteers to help work the booth. Parents had significant interest during this week’s PTSA meeting, so there’d be no shortage of donated items. If this sounds like a project you’d like to be involved with, email tonylombardo1@yahoo.com.

The Story of Our Schools Club at Payne spent the better part of the school year researching Payne history. The Story of Our Schools organization is a non-profit that has designed a museum-quality exhibit for the school’s lobby, informed by the students’ research. Principal Byrd stopped by Tuesday’s PTSA meeting to share photos of Payne students that will be incorporated into the exhibit. Click here to donate to Story of our Schools. The project will cost $30,000, and it is about halfway to reaching the goal.

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BIG THANK YOU

The school community appreciates those who volunteered at and attended the Spring Carnival. The PTSA raised $8,000 to benefit our school. It could not have been done without the tireless work of our volunteers: parents, grandparents, teachers, staff and members of the school community.

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SPRING SHOWCASE. Payne’s Spring Showcase is Friday, May 31. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for refreshments, a student art gallery and a robotics demonstration. Musical performances will begin at 5 p.m, and all grades will participate. The showcase also will feature a performance from The Howard Gospel Choir of Howard University.

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MORE IMPORTANT DATES

May 27-28: No school

May 30: Science Fair

May 31: Spring Concert

June 3: Picture Day

June 7: Fifth grade promotion

June 14: Last day of school

Wildcat PTSA News: Spring Carnival Tomorrow | Spring Showcase | PTSA Elections

Hello, Wildcats.

SIXTEEN FOOT WATER SLIDE. Now that I have your attention, please join the Payne community tomorrow for Payne’s Spring Carnival. Festivities will take place 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday on the playground. We’ll have games, face painting, a moon bounce, hot dogs, cotton candy and a bake sale. Bid in the silent auction on items including Nationals and D.C. United tickets and summer camp spots. Admission is free, and proceeds from food and select activities will benefit the PTSA. Oh, and there will be a big honkin’ inflatable water slide, so bring your bathing suit and towel.The weather experts are predicting a high of 84 degrees.

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SPRING SHOWCASE

The arts will be in full bloom at Payne’s Spring Showcase, Friday, May 31. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for refreshments, a student art gallery and a robotics demonstration. Wildcats will be auctioning artwork created in Ms. Harvey’s studio. “Students are recreating famous Hispanic art pieces, with recommended art pieces from [Spanish teacher] Mr. Montes,” said Mr. Golden, Payne’s music teacher. Musical performances will begin at 5 p.m, and all grades will participate.

“Come experience the growth that has taken place in your scholar since the start of the spring term,” Mr. Golden said.

This showcase also will feature a performance from The Howard Gospel Choir of Howard University.

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ANNUAL PTSA MEETING AND ELECTION

Join the PTSA at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 in the Auditorium for the annual PTSA Election. If you were a paid PTSA member by April 21, you may run for election and/or vote.

This year we are electing a president, secretary and parliamentarian.

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PAYNE POETRY. Third, fourth and fifth graders have contributed to a new book of poetry, available for purchase on Amazon. This is the second edition of poems available for purchase. Curated by Librarian Tim Gordon, the poems are available for $3.70. Click here to purchase.

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NO MORE PARCCING. Congratulations to the third, fourth and fifth graders for completing their mandatory, annual PARCC. They did a great job, and we are all proud of them!

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OUTSTANDING ASL PERFORMANCE. Payne’s deaf and hard of hearing staff organized “The Sign Finale” on Tuesday to showcase the ASL Club’s work this semester. The performance included poetry, music and a tribute to Payne moms. The Payne community turned out in big numbers for the show, and attendees were treated to solo performances by Payne parents and staff.

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SPIRIT WEEK.

Next week is Spirit Week at Payne.

  • Monday: Dress as your favorite book character or wear positive words on a T-shirt.
  • Tuesday: Wacky hair and hats and mismatched clothes. No uniforms required.
  • Wednesday: Class color day (PK3, light blue; PK4, purple; Kindergarten, green; First, yellow; Second, orange; Third, red; Fourth, navy blue; Fifth, gray)
  • Thursday: Dress like a real wildcat (think leopard, lion, tiger, jaguar, panther)
  • Friday: Professional dress day. Business or job attire (including astronauts, firefighters, scrubs, even scuba suits)

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NATIONALS GAME. DCPS Night at Nats Park is 7:05 p.m. Friday, May 24. Interested in tickets? Contact Ms. Oxendine by the end of the day today: akua.oxendine@dc.gov. Schools have a limited number of tickets. The Nats will take on the Miami Marlins. Stay late for fireworks.

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MORE IMPORTANT DATES

May 21: 6 p.m., Auditorium, PTSA annual meeting and elections

May 27-28: No school

May 29-30: Science Fair

May 31: Spring Concert

June 3: 9 a.m., Picture Day. Order forms were sent home this week

June 7: Fifth grade promotion

June 14: Last day of school

Payne Post 5/15/2019

May 14, 2019

Spirit Week: Payne is celebrating Spirit Week May 20th-May 24th.  Flyer was sent home with details in Wednesday Folder.  

2019-20 Enrollment:  Enrollment has been booming.  Spaces are filling up. Out of boundary seats are limited.  Only completed packets will be accepted with health and dental records.  We will be accepting enrollment packets Saturday at the Spring Carnival.  Enrollment packets are available online at: http://enrolldcps.dc.gov/sites/dcpsenrollment/files/page_content/attachments/DCPS_Enrollment_Packet_19-20_FINAL_0.pdf.

Science Fair: Science Fair Projects are due for 3rd through 5th graders on Monday, May 20th by the end of the day to Ms. Henson.  If you have any questions, please email her at Shanita.henson@dc.gov.

DCPS Baseball Night: If you are interested in attending the Nationals vs Marlins game on Friday, May 24th at 6:30pm, please email akua.oxendine@dc.gov and include your name and how many tickets by Friday, May 17th.  The limit is 4.  Tickets are available on a first come first serve basis and will be distributed on Monday, May 20th.

Spring Carnival: The Payne Spring Carnival and Auction will be Saturday, May 18th from 11 – 3 at the school. We’ll have bounce houses, a water slide, a face painter, balloon animals, a silent auction, games, goodies, etc.  If you would like to volunteer, please sign up at:  https://signup.com/go/ThuuiNx

Parent Teacher Conference Day:  Parent Teacher Conference Day is on Tuesday, May 28th.  There will be no school for students.

Wildcat PTSA News: Step Up for Spring Carnival | ASL Club | Parking Enforcement

Hello, Wildcats.

The Spring Carnival is coming up fast, and fewer than half of the volunteer slots are filled. Please take a moment and scan the signup sheet here: https://signup.com/go/ThuuiNx. The carnival is 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 18 on the playground. In addition to games, face painting and a moon bounce for the kids, there will be hot dogs, cotton candy, a bake sale and a silent auction. Volunteer shifts are short, so you can enjoy the festival, too.

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ASL CLUB PERFORMANCE

Students in Payne’s American Sign Language Club will deliver their closing program, 5-6 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium. The new club has been rewarding for students this year, and the performance will combine poetry, ASL and pop music by artists Miley Cyrus and Drake.

And here is a photo from the deaf and hard of hearing class’s field trip to Port Discovery in Baltimore. They were joined by some members of the ASL club. “We picked Fort Discovery because it was hands-on,” said DHOH teacher Fareeda Gayle. “It gave us a great opportunity for the ASL club to interact with our deaf and hard of hearing population and have an authentic experience in that learning-slash-fun environment.”

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LIBRARY NIGHT. Last week’s newsletter incorrectly stated the date for Payne Library Night. It’s this Monday, May 13. Explore the library with your child from 4-5:30 p.m., read a book with your child and check one out to take home.

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PARKING ENFORCEMENT

Thanks to Assistant Principal Ward for helping to control traffic outside of Payne on Thursday and Friday.

Three parents have expressed interest in joining a working group to examine the parking situation in front of and around Payne. A recent increase in ticketing has stimulated the discussion. Interested in being part of the solution? Email Tony Lombardo.

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PHOTOS FROM THE WEEK

DCPS students flooded Lincoln Park on Wednesday with bicycles, scooters and smiles for D.C.’s annual Bike to School Day. The Payne contingent did not disappoint. As this photo shows, the school had a strong representation from students, parents and staff.

Payne parents and staff joined other feeder schools Tuesday for Eliot-Hine Basketball Fever, hosted at Eastern High School.

Teachers enjoy lunch Tuesday, provided by the PTSA for Teacher Appreciation Week.

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STORY OF OUR SCHOOLS UPDATE. Story of Our Schools staff already are working on graphics and design for the exhibit, which should be complete in about two weeks. The final crucial hurdle is fundraising for the installation; the exhibit is about one-third funded. If you are interested in either making a donation to support this exhibit (any amount is appreciated) or helping to make socilitications using materials developed by the PTSA and SOOS staff, contact Mark Jordan (president@paynepta.org.) Help make this project a reality!

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LSAT ELECTIONS. Elections for four parent positions on Payne’s Local School Advisory Team (LSAT) will be this month. More information about the nomination process and election dates will be forthcoming.

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SUPPORT GIRLS ON THE RUN. Join a fun 5K race (run or walk) June 2. Girls on the Run is a club for girls in grades 3-5, and they’ve been training for 5K. Girls must participate with an adult, and five runners don’t yet have an adult to run with. Support the club and run with one of the athletes. Sign up by May 20 here and let club manager Monich Brown know you will be joining the girls.

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MORE IMPORTANT DATES

May 2: May LSAT Meeting

May 18: 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., Playground, Spring Carnival

May 21: 6 p.m., Auditorium, PTSA annual meeting and elections

May 27-28: No school

May 29-30: Science Fair

May 31: Spring Concert, More details to come

June 3: Picture Day

June 7: Fifth grade promotion

June 14: Last day of school