Payne Wildcats News

Payne PTSA 2022 Annual Meeting Minutes

Members attending: Rebecca Bell, Becky Shyovitz, Cara Camacho, Jessica Tillipman, Adam Wyrick, Carolyn Bowen, Steve Bowen, Michelle Chapman, Rachel Dancy, Adam Dancy, Alison Mitchell, Mark Jordan, Tony Lombardo, Melissa Baggett, Lexi Smith, Caitlin Coogan Sherman, Narissa Cooper, Rebecca Hunt, Krista Zuzenak

  • Welcome – (Michelle Chapman, President) convened meeting at 6:06pm June 16, 2022
  • Membership check – link is in the zoom chat if you aren’t sure you signed up yet. 
  • Spring Festival round up (Alison Mitchell, Fundraising Chair)
    • Made $5,000 from the festival through combination of ticket sales, auction items, food sales. 
    • Dunk tank was a huge success with teachers and students volunteering to be dunked. 
    • Extra water helped ensure no one overheated. 
    • Auction/Raffle was great, we should check with more businesses or corporations for more donations next year.
  • Other Fundraising
    • Payne Nights at local businesses are easy to organize and typically raise a few hundred dollars. Recent nights include:
      • East City Book Fair – still waiting on final take home number, several dozen books were also purchased and donated to teachers and the library by parents. 
      • Capital Candy Jar night was a big success raising a few hundred dollars for Payne. 
      • Mr. Henry’s night also raised a few hundred dollars. 
    • Safeway donating round up $ from shoppers during all of the month of August 2022.
  • Next year ideas
    • Movie nights in fall
    • Next Grade level parent chats in the spring
  • LSAT info and vote (Liz Aloi, LSAT Chair)
    • LSAT vote will be send out via email
  • Vote for PTSA Board members (Cara Camacho, Parliamentarian)
    • Running for election is Krista Zuzenak for Vice President and Caitlin Coogan Sherman for Treasurer. Per bylaws only a voice vote is required when a person is running unopposed. 
    • Cara Camacho nominated Krista Zuzenak for Vice President, unanimous voice vote of PTA members confirmed. 
    • Cara Camacho nominated Caitlin Sherman for Treasures, unanimous voice vote of PTA members confirmed. 
    • New officers were congratulated, departing officers, Cassie Carrington ( Vice President) and Carolyn Bowen (Treasurer)  thanked. 
  • Meeting adjourned.

Wildcat PTSA News: Come to the PTSA Meeting | Spring Carnival | Enrichment & Saturday Arts

Hello, Payne Community. 

A virtual PTSA meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16. Get a preview for spring activities: a June carnival, an outdoor music event and more movie nights. We’ll share a Zoom link in advance. 



Speaking of that June carnival … A volunteer team is being formed to help plan a fun and safe event. We are looking for ideas for activities, auction items, or sponsors. Please email PTSA Fundraising Chair Alison Mitchell to join the planning team or submit your ideas.



The school is asking parents to send cleaning supplies to school. Please help to purchase these supplies through this Amazon Wish List:  



The boys and girls basketball teams have been hard at work practicing since November, and are now in the middle of their season. Currently games are closed to spectators due to COVID, but make sure to give the athletes some cheers if you see them around school. Next week the boys will compete against Van Ness Elementary School, and the girls will play Drew Elementary School. 


Payne has shared a GoFundMe link for a 14-year-old former Payne student who suffered an eye injury at his school. His sibling is a current Payne student. Please consider supporting this family.



It’s been great to see all of the interest for the Payne Saturday Arts Academy. Classes still are available for every age group. The spring session starts Saturday, Feb. 5. It’s not too late to sign up: 

  • Piano is the Academy’s most popular instrument, and only 3 beginner piano spots are left for Kindergarten-2nd grades.
  • Dance Institute of Washington’s ballet has lots of availability for 3rd-5th grades.
  • Only ONE spot is left for PK3/PK4!
  • Tiny violins are so cute. Violin 1 has room for Kindergarten-5th grades.
  • Guitar 1: Spots are available for 1st-5th grades, and the teacher plans to teach them rock and pop songs the kids will recognize. 
  • There’s lots of room for basketball for Kindergarten-5th grades.
  • Piano 2, Violin 2 and Robots 2 spots are available for kids who completed Level 1 in the fall.
  • We are seeing movement on the waitlist, so reach out to Jessica Coomes ( if you’d like to be added to waitlists for classes that are currently full.

Tuition waivers are available for Payne families. Join us!



After school enrichment programming is well underway for grades PK3-2nd. The full schedule is attached to this email. This eight-week session is running Mondays through Thursdays. PK3, PK4 and Kindergarten have tumbling and yoga; first grade has dance and yoga; and second grade has drama and dance.  Each grade has programming that differs from the fall session. Enrichment coordinator Kate Abend says we had hoped to have drama for additional grades but were unable to secure instructors; other grades may have drama in the spring.  

Thanks to all parents who have made the recommended afterschool enrichment tuition payment of $300 per child, which covers all programming for the entire year (about $6 per class). We were grateful to receive several additional tuition payments prior to winter break. If you intend to pay tuition but have not yet done so, please remit payment at or drop a check in the PTSA box at the front desk. Include the notation “PK3-2nd Grade Enrichment” on your payment. Partial tuition payments also are welcome. All Payne After School students will continue to participate in enrichment programming regardless of ability to pay. 

Questions about afterschool enrichment? Email Kate Abend



Feb. 5: Payne Saturday Arts Academy starts
Feb. 16: 6 p.m., PTSA virtual meeting

Feb. 21-25: No school

Feb. 24: Daniel A. Payne’s Birthday

LSAT Meeting Minutes – January 2022

Payne LSAT Meeting

January 11, 2022

Agenda and Notes (Italicized)

Present:  Michelle Chapman, Mr. Gordon, Steve Bowen, Liz Aloi, Michelle Tissue, Donna Smith, Mr. Creef

Back to School/Covid Surge

  • Anything we can do?

-Kids don’t have quality masks. PTA looking into options.  Unclear if DCPS will provide.  Maybe at  minimum we could circulate some suggestions for parents?  Supply chain driving up prices. 

  • Feedback on how it’s going?

So far so good except for the mask issue.

  • Device distribution/tech support


Teachers report that problems go back to November and prior years. Brainstormed whether it is helpful for parents to apply pressure. Need a long term solution- one-off private contractors are not working. Problems going back as far as November 3rd

DEI Brainstorm

  • Update: DEI Group taking lead on training, LSAT will focus on event, maybe late March, outdoor volunteering, coupled with an opportunity for recruitment and retention outreach.  Maybe roller skating?  What are the Covid limitations on this?  If big gathering should do it before break so there will be testing prior to return to school. Anacostia skate park still closed.
  • Teacher Gifts: Best practice is to have all donations be voluntary, and gift come from the whole class. Propose we generate a few bullets and circulate to class parents. 
  • Birthday Parties 


Lottery thoughts?

Budget process/strategy discussion.

Did a quick and dirty overview, and highlighted some of the decision points from prior years (drama? Art versus music?).  Can expect next meeting to get the proposal.