June 7: George Watts Playground Celebration

Dear supporters of the George Watts Montessori playground, 

Please join us for a celebration of the George Watts Leo Bortiri playground project on Wednesday, June 7 at 9am. Members of the PTA and school community, including current 5th graders, will be on hand to thank our donors and partners that have made this project possible. We hope to unveil a dedicatory plaque, and after some words of thanks and appreciation, representatives from the PTA will be available to give tours and answer questions about the many improvements to the playground. Please extend this invitation to any interested colleagues or parties.

We hope you will be able to join us on the 7th!

Sarah Musser & Annie Ambrose/George Watts PTA Playground Committee

Celebremos nuestro Nuevo patio del Colegio

Lo invitamos a celebrar nuestro proyecto del patio Leo Bortiri de George Watts  el miércoles 7 de junio a las 9am. Miembros de la Asociación de Padres y Maestros (PTA, por sus siglas en inglés) y la comunidad escolar, incluyendo a los estudiantes actuales del quinto grado, estarán disponibles para agradecer a nuestros donantes y socios que han hecho posible este proyecto. Revelaremos una placa dedicatoria, y después de algunas palabras de agradecimiento, los representantes de la PTA estarán disponibles para dar un tour y responder preguntas sobre las muchas mejoras en el patio de recreo. Por favor, extienda esta invitación a otros miembros de la comunidad o personas interesadas. 

¡Nos vemos el 7 de junio!

Sarah Musser y Annie AmbroseComité de Renovación del Patio George Watts PTA 

May 25th: Last PAAC Meeting of the Year

What: Final PAAC (Parents of African American Children) meeting of the year

When: Thursday, May 25th 6-7:15p.m. in the media center. Childcare provided.

Let's Celebrate! We will thank all the Mystery Readers, Class Ambassadors, Lunch Bunch and PAAC volunteers and discuss the initiatives that have moved forward this year as well as plans for next school year. All parents are welcome to attend!

May 23rd: Help  sort books for "Books on Break"

Ms. Brake needs our help organizing all of the books that have been donated to "Books on Break," a program designed to keep our students reading over the Summer!

  • Please help sort the books on May 23rd from 2:30-3:45 and May 25th from 2:30 - 3:45.

Draft Budget 2017-2018

The PTA board is currently working on the draft budget for next year. The first draft has been created with input from staff, administration, board members, and committee members and has been posted to the PTA listserv.

Here's how the budget moves forward from here:

  • Staff is providing feedback now until May 12th on Draft #1

  • Draft #2 will be created from this feedback, discussed, and voted on by the PTA board at its June meeting.

  • All subsequent drafts will be worked on over the summer.

  • The PTA Board votes on the final draft at the September PTA Board Meeting

  • The Final Draft will be presented for Membership Vote at the first PTA meeting of 2017/2018 in September.

  • For the last few years, we have had a line item called Special Projects/New Initiatives. This allows the board to consider and vote on new projects and requests brought to the board from parents and staff, for implementation during the school year. You will hear more about this in the Fall. Please keep this in mind as you have ideas for the school.

Email PTA President Elizabeth Lindquist if you have feedback or questions about the draft budget: lizlindq "at" aol.com.

New Parent/Teacher Leadership

Please join the current PTA Board and School Improvement Team members in welcoming the following parents and teachers into leadership roles for the 2017-2018 school year. And, please thank them if you see them in the halls-- these leaders are one of our school's greatest assets.

  • Congratulations to Jovonia Lewis (President) and Jennifer Greer (Secretary) on being elected into leadership roles on the 2017-18 George Watts PTA Board.
  • The following committee chairs have accepted nominations and will be voted in this summer to serve on next year's PTA board: 
    • Brandy Kmiec, Nathan Swiggett and Julie WIlliams-Swiggett: Fundraising Co-Chairs
    • Cecilia Barja: Latino/a Families Chair
    • Gina Chung and Jessica Matthews: Arts & Culture Co-Chairs
    • Anna Zehr:  Communications Chair
    • JoAnna Langston: African American Families Chair
    • Jeremy Goldstein: Membership Chair
    • Kate Harris and Amanda Watson: Staff/teacher Liaisons
    • Jonathan Bloom and Jeff Brown: Edible Garden Co-Chairs
    • Kathleen Duvall: EC Chair
  • Congratulations are also in order for the newest members of the School Improvement Team: 
    • Meg Wiehe: Primary Parent Representative
    • Anne Pizer: Lower Elementary Parent Representative
    • Shea Lewis: Upper Elementary Parent Representative
    • Hilary Virdin: PTA Liaison

It's Election Time!

Monday, May 8th,  is the last PTA meeting of the year: 

We will elect next year's officers as well as new members of the School Improvement Team. Next year's officer candidates are: Jovonia Lewis (President) and Jennifer Greer (Secretary). A huge thanks to these two parents for stepping up and offering their leadership. Annie Ambrose (Treasurer) and Emily Daly (Vice President) have agreed to continue in these roles for another year. Per NC PTA rules, we will also take nominations from the floor at this meeting. You can read Jovonia's and Jennifer's statements of interest  here: 

For the office of President: Jovonia Lewis

I am interested in serving as the 2017/2018 PTA President because of my passion for meeting the needs of children, engaging families in meaningful ways, and supporting teachers and administrators. I have actively and consistently attended the PTA and SIT meetings as the African American liaison this year. I have found a successor to cover that role next year and I feel that my ability to lead group discussions, collaborate and work cooperatively with others can now be applied to the PTA Presidency.

Para la posición de Presidente: Jovonia Lewis

Estoy interesada en servir como presidenta de la PTA 2017/2018 debido a mi pasión por satisfacer las necesidades de los niños, involucrar a las familias de manera significativa y apoyar a maestros y administradores. He asistido activamente y consistentemente a las reuniones de la PTA y el SIT como enlace afroamericana este año. He encontrado a un sucesor para cubrir ese papel el próximo año y siento que mi capacidad para dirigir discusiones en grupo, colaborar y trabajar cooperativamente con otros ahora se puede aplicar a la Presidencia de la PTA.

For the office of Secretary: Jennifer Greer

I am interested in serving as the 2017/2018 PTA Secretary because I believe in the power of the PTA to help provide and encourage an environment that is accepting and supportive of all students, their families, teachers and staff. I have been involved with school activities at the class level, chaperoning field trips, contributing to needed supplies and participating in classroom events, and have participated in PTA events such as Morale Monday and box tops, and I am seeking the opportunity to expand my engagement. By training I am a communicator, particularly at the organizational level, and a key piece of this work is to document various meetings, events and interactions. I believe having accurate records of communications is critical to the success of any organization and achievement of its goals. I appreciate your consideration of my candidacy.

Para la position de Secretaria: Jennifer Greer

Estoy interesada en servir como Secretaria de la PTA 2017/2018 porque creo en el poder de la PTA para ayudar a proveer y fomentar un ambiente de aceptación y apoyo para todos los estudiantes, sus familias, maestros y personal. He estado involucrada con actividades escolares a nivel de clase, acompañando excursiones escolares, contribuyendo con los suministros necesarios y participando en eventos en el aula.  También he participado en eventos de la PTA como Morale Monday y box tops, y estoy buscando la oportunidad de expandir mi compromiso. Soy una comunicadora de oficio, particularmente al nivel organizacional, y una pieza clave de este trabajo es documentar varias reuniones, eventos e interacciones. Creo que tener registros precisos de las comunicaciones es fundamental para el éxito de cualquier organización y el logro de sus objetivos. Aprecio su consideración de mi candidatura.

It's Carnival Time!

George Watts Montessori School Spring Carnival
Saturday, April 29 | 11AM to 3PM at George Watts Montessori School

Don’t miss this great fundraising event with something for every member of your family!  Enjoy bounce houses, carnival games, face and nail painting, relay races (to start at 1:30pm), and live music throughout the day.

Back by popular demand: Pie in the Face booth, Bilingual Bingo and an appearance from Wool E. Bull!

Come and savor delicious food from Dang Good Dogs, Urban Entrees, Pelican SnoBalls and Jamba Juice. Plus, amazing tamales hand-made by George Watts parents.

The carnival’s silent auction will feature charming art from George Watts classrooms and opportunities to bid on special events with favorite teachers and administrators.

The Carnival & Silent Auction are the primary source of funds for the George Watts PTA, which supports the school financially in efforts such as the writers’ workshops, classroom and Montessori supplies, field trips, grounds work, the edible garden and literacy projects.
Carnival schedule:
11:00 - Carnival starts – games and booths open
11:30-1:30 - Visit the fire truck
11:30-1:30 - Play a round of bilingual bingo
1:30- Take part in relay races and field games
2:30-  In-person silent auction ends -- get your final bids in
2:50- Games end

Music Line-up:
11:00-11:30 Paul Bush (violin)
11:45-12:15 Dr. Fruit kidsforpresident.com (kids music)
12:30-1:00 Kathleen Gloria
1:15-2:00  El Mirage (surf instrumental combo)
2:15-3:00  Secret Monkey Weekend (rock and roll trio)

We hope you'll support all of our generous sponsors! 

Signature Sponsors:
Acanthus Construction - http://www.acanthusconstruction.net/
The Adam Dickinson Group at 501 Realty - www.athomeindurham.com

Carnival Sponsors:
Acme Plumbing - http://acmeplumbing.com/
Alivia’s Durham Bistro - http://aliviasdurhambistro.com/
Camp Bow Wow- http://www.campbowwow.com/chapel-hill
Marie Austin Realty - http://www.marieaustin.com/
Whitehall at the Villa Antiques - http://www.whitehallantiques.com/
Jim Enright, Corporate Investors Mortgage Group: http://www.cimginc.com/jenright/
Laura Wessell Photography - http://www.laurawessellphotography.com/

Carnaval de Primavera en George Watts Montessori
Fecha: el sábado 29 de abril  Hora: 11am - 3pm
Lugar: Patio de la escuela George Watts Montessori - 700 Watts Street
Los juegos, los camiones de comida, y mucho más!

No se pierda esta gran actividad para recaudar fondos. Habrán las actividades para cada miembro de su familia. ¡Disfrute de las casas flotantes, los juegos de carnaval, la pintura de caras y uñas, las carreras de relevos (empezar a las 1:30), y la música en vivo durante todo el día.

A petición del público: el Pastel en la Cara, una aparición de Wool E. Bull y Bingo Bilingüe!

Venga y deguste la mejor comida de camiones como Dang Good Dogs, Urban Entrees, Pelican Snoball y Jamba Juice.

La subasta silenciosa del carnaval contará con el arte encantador de aulas de George Watts y las oportunidades de hacer una oferta en eventos especiales con los maestros y administradores favoritos.

El Carnaval de Primavera y la Subasta Silenciosa son las fuentes primarias de recaudación de fondos para la PTA de George Watts. Le recordamos que la PTA apoya a la escuela económicamente en los programas como los talleres de lectoescritura y literacia, los suministros y artículos Montessori, las giras, el jardín comestible y el mantenimiento de los alrededores de la escuela. 
El horario del Carnaval:
11:00 - el Carnaval comienza; se abren los juegos y las cabinas
11:30 - 1:30 - Visita el camión de bomberos
11:30 - 1:30 - Juega un partido de bingo bilingüe
1:30 - Participa en carreras de relevos y juegos de campo
2:30 - Termina la subasta silenciosa (en persona) - Haga sus ofertas finales!
2:50 - Se terminan los juegos

Esperamos que apoyen a todos nuestros generosos patrocinadores!

Patrocinadores principals:
Acanthus Construction - http://www.acanthusconstruction.net/
The Adam Dickinson Group at 501 Realty - www.athomeindurham.com

Acme Plumbing - http://acmeplumbing.com/
Alivia’s Durham Bistro - http://aliviasdurhambistro.com/
Camp Bow Wow- http://www.campbowwow.com/chapel-hill
Marie Austin Realty - http://www.marieaustin.com/
Whitehall at the Villa Antiques - http://www.whitehallantiques.com/
Jim Enright, Corporate Investors Mortgage Group: http://www.cimginc.com/jenright/
Laura Wessell Photography - http://www.laurawessellphotography.com/

Volunteer at the Carnival!

It takes hundreds of volunteers to make this event a success. Please consider being one of them. There are plenty of volunteer opportunities, large and small and you can read all about them and sign up for shifts on he SignUpGenius page her: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050a4aaaad2da57-george3

Save the Date for the Spring Carnival!

The George Watts Spring Carnival is Saturday, April 29th from 11am-3pm on the playground.

  1. Sign up to volunteer:

    It takes hundreds of volunteers to make this event a success. Please consider being one of them. There are plenty of volunteer opportunities, large and small and you can read all about them and sign up for shifts on the SignUpGenius age her:  http://goo.gl/riowKN . Contact Wendy Burd (wlburd AT gmail.com), volunteer coordinator, should you have any questions about sign up.  

  2. Purge for the Prize Booth: We're still collecting toys of any size or type for the prize booth.  Nearly anything -- temporary tattoos, kids' books and puzzles, action figures, dolls, games, Halloween costumes and more -- will make a fabulous prize for the many, many kids who attend the Watts Carnival each spring.  If you'd like to get rid of your extra toys now, drop off your bags marked "Watts Carnival" in the front office.

Ser voluntario en Carnaval de Primavera
Fecha: el sábado 29 de abril
Hora: 11am - 3pm
Lugar: Patio de la escuela George Watts Montessori - 700 Watts Street

Espero que echar un vistazo a todas las formas de diversión que hay para ayudar con el carnaval de este año. Se puede ver quien ha apuntado como voluntario ya y usted puede ser voluntario con tus amigos. Aquí está: http://goo.gl/riowKN

George Watts PTA Meeting April 3rd

What:   Autism Awareness Month at Watts + Discussion on the decreasing diversity of Watts’ student body

When: Monday, April 3rd, 6:00-7:00 PM

·      Childcare and pizza dinner for school-age children provided in the gym starting at 5:30; join your fellow parents and teachers in the lobby for dinner 5:30-5:50.

Where: Media Center

Description:  Exceptional Children services staff will review activities planned for April's Autism Awareness Month and discuss EC services and mainstreaming at Watts. Plus, PTA President Elizabeth Lindquist will lead a discussion about the issue of decreasing diversity in the Watts student body and ways in which we can address it as a community.

Reunión del PTA de George Watts el Lunes 3 de abril

Qué: Mes de Concientización sobre el Autismo en Watts + Discusión sobre la diversidad decreciente del cuerpo estudiantil de Watts

Cuándo: Lunes, 3 de abril, 6: 00-7: 00 PM

· Pizza y cuidado para niños en el gimnasio a partir de las 5:30 pm.  Padres y maestros se reuniran en el vestíbulo para la cena de 5: 30 pm a 5: 50 pm.

Dónde: Media Center

Descripción: El personal de servicios de Exceptional Children revisará las actividades planeadas para el mes de concientización sobre el autismo de abril y discutirá los servicios en Watts. Además, la Presidenta de la PTA, Elizabeth Lindquist, dirigirá una discusión la disminución de la diversidad de los estudiantes de Watts y las formas en que podemos abordarlo como comunidad.

Community Book Club:

The PAAC Committee is organizing a community book club! More details are coming later, but if you want to go ahead and order the book and start reading, the title is available in English and Spanish. It is called: "Breaking Through"/ "Senderos fronterizos" by Francisco Jimenez. 

También, el libro que compartí desde el PAAC Comité comunidad club se llama "Breaking Through" / "Senderos fronterizos" por Francisco Jimenez. Proporcionaremos más detalles, pero si le gustaría empezar a leer el libro, aquí está el título.

Book Drive for Books on Break

This year our school is participating in Books on Break, an evidence-based program designed to stop summer learning loss. We will run book drives to collect books and then distribute the books to our students to read over the summer and keep forever. The Durham-based nonprofit Book Harvest is providing our school with 500 high-interest brand new books to help us get started!

Books on Break is an evidence-based program in which students select 10 books (or however many we collect) and take them home to read over the summer and keep forever. Students will visit the media center to pick out their books.

We know that it is very important for children to read books matched with their reading level. For this program, we want children to have complete freedom over the books they choose, regardless of whether the book is too easy or too difficult for them. As you know, children who choose their own books for recreational reading are more likely to read them and to feel excited about reading. That is the goal of our book giving at Books on Break!

The book drive is from March through the end of the school year.

  For questions or more information, please contact Anita Brake at or (919)560-3947

Volunteers Needed for Spring Picture Day

It is Spring Picture Day this Friday at Watts. Laura Wessell, our wonderful school photographer (and silent auction donor and carnival under-writing sponsor) needs some parents to help her organize the classes and students. She needs 3 parents per time slot (see link to Sign Up Genius below). If you can sign up for both time slots, that would be great!


Silent Auction Success--Thank You!

Thank you for supporting George Watts by participating in our 2017 Silent Auction.  The event was a great success - raising more than $12,000 for the school!   Plus, the Silent Auction Party at Luna Rotisserie and Empanadas was a great way to bring our George Watts Community of parents, teachers and other supporters together for fun night.  

At this point, all Silent Auction winners who did not check out their items on the night of the event have been notified via email.  If you didn't win this year, but participated - thank you!  Your participation added to the competition, helping us raise more money for our George Watts students and teachers.  We hope you'll participate again next year.

Special thanks again to our Sponsors - Luna Rotisserie and Empanadas, CQC Home, and Zarazua Painting.  Please take a moment to thank them for supporting our school when you see them around town!

Thank you again for your support,

Susan Novak & Adam Dickinson
George Watts PTA Fundraising Co-Chairs

Weekly reminders: Thursday, March 23rd: 

1. Tonight's PAAC meeting has been cancelled. Instead, interested parents are urged to attend/advocate at the Board of Education meeting. Contact Jovonia Lewis (wattspaac@yahoogroups.com) if you can make it. [Sign up for public comment begins at 5:30p. Meeting starts at 6:30p. Location: 511 Cleveland Street--Fuller Administration Building]

2. T-shirt orders are due tomorrow. Here's the order form: http://www.georgewattspta.org/s/tshirtorderform2017_final.docx

3. The Silent Auction is this Sunday, March 26th, 6:30-10pm, at Luna Rotisserie & Empanadas. Line up your sitters and please plan to attend. You'll get free drinks if you RSVP here: www.auctionforwatts.brownpapertickets.com.  The auction features amazing deals on local food, goods and services. Check it out online here: www.auctionforwatts.org. Online bidding ends Saturday at 6p.

**Remember: This year, on some items such as gift certificates to restaurants, if the highest bid is at or over its face value at the close of online bidding (Sat, March 25, 6pm EST), the item will be awarded to the highest online bidder and NOT be available in the live Silent Auction Party. So get your bids in now.

4. Morale Monday is this coming Monday, March 27th. Drop off food at carpool 7:30-7:45 or in teacher workroom

5. Also Monday, March 27th:  Community meeting about current immigration concerns.  George Watts media center;  5:30-7:00pm; Child care/snacks provided. Learn what the school is already doing to respond to this crisis; Share your thoughts on ways the school community can provide support to families; Connect with other families to share information and resources.

6. Safe Touch programming begins next week: Here are links to more information about the curricula used: http://ocrcc.org/services/programs/ http://ocrcc.org/services/programs/safetouch-curriculum/If you have any questions or would like more information about this program, please contact our school counselor Ms. Parfitt (melissa.parfitt@dpsnc.net) or Alexis Kralic at the Orange County Rape Crisis Center (919-968-4647 or alexis@ocrcc.org).

7. Save the date for the next PTA meeting: Monday, April 3rd at 5:30p. There have been some agenda tweaks. Look for a flier to go home in folders next week with more information.

8. And finally: Special thanks to coding wizard Dan Bock for fixing some issues on the PTA website. You can now find the school calendar embedded here:  http://www.georgewattspta.org/calendar/ And it ought to work on your mobile device too. Thanks Dan!

Line up your Babysitters for the Silent Auction!

Please join us at the Watts PTA Silent Auction Party...

¡Únase a nosotros para la Fiesta de la Subasta Silenciosa del PTA de Watts!

  • Domingo, 26 del marzo 2017, 6:30-10pm, Luna Rotisserie & Empanadas
  • Invitamos a todos los miembros de la comunidad de George Watts, los maestros, administración y facultad. Adultos solamente, por favor.
  • RSVP en www.auctionforwatts.brownpapertickets.com para reservar dos boletos de bebida complementarios.
  • Like, Sigue y Invite a Otros a la página de la Subasta Silenciosa en Facebook en www.facebook.com/auctionforwatts
  • Para hacer una donación o ser un voluntario envía un correo electrónico a novak.susan@gmail.com
  • Evento cortesía de Luna, CQC Home and Zarazua Painting

Creek Week Cleanup on Saturday, March 18th

This year, our school will be participating in the City of Durham's CREEK WEEK. As many of you know, our upper elementary students have been using the creek as an outdoor classroom to explore the importance of citizen science, normal people using hard science to serve the environment. As an ongoing part of our partnership, George Watts has adopted a section of the creek near Pearl Mill. 

On Saturday, March 18th, we will have a school-wide clean up opportunity. Supplies for clean up are being donated by the City of Durham's "Keep Durham Beautiful" program. We will start where Dacian Avenue meets the Ellerbe Creek trail and clean from 9:30 to 12:00. Immediately following we will have a picnic lunch on the school playground.

Saturday March 18th


Ellerbe Creek Trail at Dacian Ave. 

Thank you to Brandon White, Upper Elementary Teacher for organizing this!

Show your Watts pride: New t-shirts are here!

Click here to preview the new t-shirt designs and colors. Order forms will go home in folders this week (or download one here). Please turn your orders in no later than Friday, March 22nd. 

Help needed for the playground Fossil Dig

We are working to complete the playground's next feature, a Pirate-themed Fossil Dig Area.  We could really use some volunteers for these upcoming workdays.

  • This Friday, March 10th at 2:15 PM - 4 PM: We will clear the dig area , lay out the border sections,  and mark location for post holes. We will also complete preparation of the benches and other fossil dig equipment. 
  • This Saturday, March 11 at 2:30PM - 5:30 PM" We will dig the post holes (using a rented post hole digger), install the benches and other equipment, & install the borders.

Any help would be appreciated.  We will have water and snacks for volunteers

Let Jeff Porter know if you can lend a hand (jeffreymichaelporter (at) gmail.com) or just come!  Any amount of time you can give is greatly appreciated.

Composting comes to George Watts!

Last month, George Watts began offering composting in the cafeteria at lunchtime. Through a generous grant from DPS along with some PTA funding, Watts now enables both lunch buyers and bringers to compost food that they won't eat. The cafeteria now has composting, recycling and trash (landfill) bins. 

All food scraps and napkins can be placed in the compost bin, which is then collected and processed (composted) to create a beneficial soil amendment that we plan to use in our school gardens.

The practice of composting is quite compatible with the Montessori value of respecting the planet, as it prevents this food from going to a landfill where it creates greenhouse gas emissions. 

We owe Mrs. Carinder and her students a huge thank you for helping establish composting at Watts. Before implementation, these 4th and 5th graders visited all the Watts classrooms to discuss composting. And since the service started in mid-February, these students have ensured a smooth adoption by standing next to the composting bins during lunch.

Finally, composting is something families can also do at home. As some of you know, this can happen via your own outside composting bin, an inside worm bin (which kids love!), or a paid service like Tilthy Rich (bike-based) or Food FWD (who collects from Watts).    

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email Jonathan Bloom, PTA Edible Gardens Chair at jbloom76 (at) yahoo.com

Please join us as we celebrate Black History Month

Monday, February 27, 2017, 5:30 – 7 PM, in the gym

  • Stunning student displays & presentations
  • Steel drum performance by Mickey Mills from Trinidad
  • Catered food from Jamaica Jamaica provided by PTA

If possible, please bring your favorite soul food dish to the potluck dinner at 5:30 PM (Examples: biscuits, collard greens, fried catfish, grits, red beans, macaroni and cheese, sweet potatoes, corn, and okra and tomatoes.)

For more information about Black History Month, please visit: www.africanamericanhistorymonth.gov

Celebración del Mes de la Historia Afroamericana

Lunes, el 27 de febrero de 2017, 5:30 – 7 de la noche, En el gimnasio de la escuela George Watts

  • Exhibiciones y presentaciónes hermosas de estudiantes
  • Actuación de tambor metálico de Trinidad por Mickey Mills
  • Comida del restaurante Jamaica Jamaica proporcionada por PTA

Le invitamos a traer un plato de comida del Sur de E.E.U.U. para compartir a las 5:30 de la noche (Ejemplos: panecillos, berzas, bagre frito, semola de maiz, frijoles rojos, macarrones con queso, camotes, maiz, okra y tomates.)

Para más información sobre el Mes de la Historia Afroamericana, visite: www.africanamericanhistorymonth.gov

Morale Monday: February 27th

Teacher-Staff Breakfast & Lunch Buffet

Drop off food at carpool 7:30-7:45 or in teacher workroom

On one Monday each month, the PTA sponsors a morale-boosting meal for all teachers and staff. We invite families to contribute an item for the meal in recognition of our teachers’ hard work, professionalism, care, and energy that they bring to their jobs to benefit our children every day.  

What to send? Fruit, baked goods, casseroles, salads, veggies, main dishes. Notes, cards, and pictures from students are encouraged, too. Label your dishes/utensils with your name and child’s teacher, so we can return them to you. 


Questions? Allison Smith, PTA Family Involvement Chair, awalshsmith@gmail.com


Lunes de Agradecimiento: el 27 de febrero

Damos el desayuno/almuerzo para los Maestros

Entregue los platos en la línea de coche 7:30-7:45 o en el taller de maestros

Nosotros - las familias - ofrecemos esta comida en agradecimiento por el trabajo duro, la profesionalidad, el cuidado, y la energía de los maestros, que apoyan a nuestros hijos todos los días.

¿Qué traer? El jugo, la fruta, los arroces, las carnes, los guisos, o su comida favorita. Las notas, las tarjetas, y las imágenes de los estudiantes, también.  IMPORTANTE: Etiquetar sus platos / utensilios con su nombre y el maestro de su hijo, así que los podemos volver a Ud.


Preguntas? Allison Smith, PTA Participación de Familias, awalshsmith@gmail.com

Parents: Tell us about your Black Genius!

What: An interactive workshop hosted by the nonprofit group Village of Wisdom and sponsored by the PTA's Parents of African-American Children (PAAC) committee

When: Thursday, Feb. 23rd, 6 – 7:30 pm. Dinner and childcare for school-age children provided beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Where: George Watts Montessori Magnet School Media Center, 700 Watts Street, Durham

Why:  Village of Wisdom helps families explore the unique joys and challenges of raising Black children in today's society, where our children can celebrate #blackgirlmagic and #blackgenius. Come create your child's Black Genius Profile to share with his/her teachers. 

RSVP: Space is limited. Please RSVP by February 16th towattspaac@yahoo.com. Families from E.K. Powe and Club Boulevard Elementary will also be invited.

All families are welcome!

Qué: El taller interactivo "Black Genius" organizado por el grupo sin fines de lucro Village of Wisdom. 

Cuándo: Jueves, 23 de febrero, 6 - 7:30 pm. Cena y cuidado de niños en edad escolar a partir de las 5:30 p.m.

 Dónde: Biblioteca de George Watts Montessori Magnet School. 700 Watts Street, Durham

Qué: Village of Wisdom ayuda a las familias a explorar las alegrías y desafíos únicos de criar a los niños negros en la sociedad actual, donde nuestros hijos pueden celebrar #blackgirlmagic y #blackgenius. Ven a crear el Perfil de Genio Negro de tu hijo para compartirlo con sus maestros.

Reservar antes del 16 de febrero, dado que el espacio es limitado: wattspaac@yahoo.com.  Las familias de los colegios E.K. Powe y la Escuela   Primaria Club Boulevard fueron invitados.  Todas las familias son bienvenidas.

An Overview of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBAs): Enhancing Understandings for Parents and Caregivers

Date: February 22, 2017

Time: 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Location: Media Center, Watts Montessori Elementary School, 700 Watts Street, Durham NC

Please Join Us for a Presentation by: 

Dr. Kristin Bell, DPS EC Executive Director &

Krista Saunders, EC Director of Special Programs and Behavior Support 

There will also be time for a Q & A session with our presenters.

Childcare available for school-aged children (one-on-one care not available).

Please contact Shelagh Kenney at shelagh.kenney@gmail.com or (919) 599-0163 if you have any questions.

Programa: Vista general del programa de educación individualizada (IEP,  por sus siglas en inglés)  y de las evaluaciones de los comportamientos funcionales

Fecha: 22 de febrero de 2017

Hora: 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Lugar: Biblioteca de la escuela elemental de George Watts, 700 Watts Street, Durham NC

Por favor, únase a nosotros para una presentación por:

 Dr. Kristin Bell, Directora Ejecutiva de programa de Niños Excepcionales&

Krista Saunders,  Directora de programa de Niños Excepcionales, Apoyo al Comportamiento y otros programas especiales

Habrá una sesión de preguntas y respuestas para aclarar dudas a cargo de los presentadores.

Se presentara servicios de Intérprete durante el evento y cuido para niños será disponible.

Por favor, póngase en contacto con Shelagh Kenney a shelagh.kenney@gmail.com o al (919) 599-0163 si tuviera alguna pregunta.

PTA Meeting - Pre-K Fees Information

Monday, December 12th from 6:00 - 7:00 PM

Interested parents and neighbors are invited to a presentation on the new Pre-K sliding scale fee on Monday, Dec. 12th at 6p. Join DPS and school board leaders to learn how the scale will be implemented, provide feedback and hear about plans to expand Pre-K access in Durham Public Schools. If you would like to submit questions in advance, please email George Watts PTA President, Elizabeth Lindquist at lizlindq@aol.com.

5:50p Drop off school-age children in the gym for childcare (pizza will be served to children)

6:00p Special presentation on the new Pre-K sliding scale in the Media Center for parents and neighbors

The following leaders have committed to attend:

  • DPS Area Superintendent John McCain
  • DPS Deputy Superintendent for Academics Stacey Wilson-Norman
  • DPS Magnet Specialist Mary Griffith
  • Board of Education member Steve Unruhe

Noche para Conocer la Escuela / Reunión del PTA Sobre las Tarifas de Pre-K:

Lunes, 12 de Diciembre 6:00 -7:00pm

¡Por favor reserve la fecha para esta noche especial!

A las 6:00pm, padres y vecinos interesados están invitados a una presentación de la nueva escala móvil de tarifas para el Pre-K.  Únase al DPS (Escuelas Públicas de Durham) y los líderes del consejo escolar para enterarse de la manera en cual se va implementar la escala móvil, ofrecer comentarios y aprender acerca los planes para expandir acceso a Pre-K en DPS.  Si le gustaría enviar preguntas con anticipación, por favor mande un correo electrónico al Presidente del PTA de George Watts, Elizabeth Lindquist alizlindq@aol.com.

5:50 Dejar los niños de edad escolar en el gimnasio para que los cuiden (van a servir pizza a los niños)

6:00 Presentación sobre la nueva escala móvil para el Pre-K en la biblioteca para los padres y vecinos

Siguen los líderes que se han comprometido asistir:

  • Superintendente de area de DPS John McCain
  • Superintendente Adjunto de Académicos de DPS Stacey Wilson-Norman
  • Especialista “Magnet” de DPS Mary Griffith
  • Miembro de los Líderes del Consejo Escolar Steve Unruhe

PTA Meeting - Focus on Achievement Disparities with Guest Speaker

Monday, November 14th from 6:00 - 7:00 PM

George Watts PTA & PAAC Host the November 14th PTA Meeting: “Eliminating Disparities in Our Education System”

  • Please join our Parents of African American Children (PAAC) committee with special guest, 2014-15 North Carolina Teacher of the Year James Ford. Mr. Ford is currently working with the Public School Forum of North Carolina to address opportunity gaps and achievement disparities in schools across the state. Mr. Ford will join PAAC in leading an open, transparent discussion about race, curriculum, data, being well-rounded, and how we can make a lasting change together. Please join us to explore some of the reasons why we have a gap and what we can do about it.
  • Drop your school-aged children in the gym for pizza and child care starting at 5:30, then join other parents in the lobby to eat before the meeting begins at 6pm in the Media Center.

On November 14, Mr. Ford will provide a national context for our situation here at Watts, present examples of schools that have turned around their opportunity gaps, and lead Watts’ parents and teachers in an open discussion of how we can make a lasting change together. Please join the PTA at our November 14 meeting and begin OUR work to create an equitable education environment that will benefit ALL children at George Watts Montessori School.


Eliminando Las Desigualdades en el Sistema Educativo

En el 2015, el Departamento de Educación de los Estados Unidos (USDOE) designo a la Escuela George Watts como una “Escuela Enfoque” debido a la desigualdad en los puntajes obtenidos en la pruebas entre los diferentes grupos raciales y entre otros sub-grupos, tales como los niños con necesidades especiales.  (Los padres fueron notificados por carta en agosto 2016.) “Las Escuelas Enfoque son identificadas cuando se descubre una gran diferencia en los niveles de desempeño entre subgrupos con alto desempeño y aquellos subgrupos con un desempeño mucho inferior…durante 3 años.”

Por favor únase a la PTA y al Comité de Padres de Niños Afroamericanos (PAAC) durante nuestra reunión el 14 de noviembre donde tendremos a James Ford, Maestro del Año de Carolina del Norte 2014-2015, como invitado especial.  El Sr. Ford actualmente está trabajando con el Foro de Escuelas Públicas de Carolina del Norte para solventar la brecha en oportunidades y las disparidades en desempeño en nuestras escuelas a lo largo del estado.  Esperamos que padres de niños de todos los grupos raciales se puedan unir a esta conversación.

Por favor acompañe a la Asociación de Padres y Maestros (PTA) durante nuestra reunión el 14 de nov. Y así poder comenzar NUESTRA labor de crear un ambiente educativo equitativo que beneficie a TODOS los niños de la Escuela George Watts Montessori.