Hispanic Heritage Potluck dinner and musical celebration, Monday October 14th 5:30-7pm

The George Watts community will be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a potluck dinner and musical celebration on Monday, Oct. 14th from 5:30-7:00. Bring the family, bring a dish to share, and join in the fun!

 La comunidad de George Watts celebrará el mes de herencia hispana con una cena y música el lunes 14 de octubre entre las 5:30 y 7:00 pm. Venga con su familia, traiga un plato de comida tradicional a compartir, y únase a la diversión!

Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-off! Sunday, Sep 15th, 3-6pm at George Watts Playground

Come together with Watts families for an afternoon of soccer and celebration.

Bring the family, bring a snack to share, and a picnic blanket or chair.


Parents and kids of all ages are welcome to play. Beginning at 3:30pm, games will run for 15 minutes at a time. If you would like to participate:

• Wear sneakers - not cleats
• Bring 2 t-shirts - one light, one dark


This is a great opportunity for:
• Family fun
• Community building
• Celebrating Mexican Independence Day

Watts summer playdate - Sat, Aug 17 9:30-11:30 am

The PTA sponsors these informal play dates for families to meet and re-connect. We'll have water, snacks, and a book exchange for the kids. But we won't have a bathroom, so please plan accordingly! If you are able to bring your own reusable container for water, the earth and I thank you.

We especially welcome new students and their families to come and check out the playground and make some new friends. Bring a book or two to swap if you'd like. Hope to see you there!

Please see http://www.georgewattspta.org/read-me/ to start preparing for a great year! Students can meet their teachers at the Open house: Sunday, August 25th, from 2-4 p.m.

-Saskia Ziolkowski, PTA Family Involvement Chair & mother of Nola (rising 4th grader) 

Libertad - an initiative to offer Spanish language instruction to Watts students

Watts parents are collecting funds for Libertad, an initiative to offer Spanish language instruction to Watts students. We are gathering funds for a part time teacher, who will immerse our Pre-K and Kindergarten students in a 30-minute class twice a week this fall.  This teacher will also lead a Spanish club for 1st-5th grade students, within school hours. Our school does not have the funds to cover this initiative, but we can still make it happen if we all chip in!

Please contribute 

This initiative will increase intercultural opportunities for students and families. Spanish is the second-most spoken language in Durham and the US; students can put it to good use all day, every day. Bringing Spanish to Watts will show our support to the Hispanic community in Durham. This initiative will be a first step to push for inclusion of foreign language education in all public schools.

Monday, May 13th, 2019: PTA Meeting

The last PTA general membership meeting is on Monday, May 13th in the Watts Media Center.  Come for pizza at 5:30 (to reduce waste, please bring your own water bottle / drink!).  Stay for the meeting from 6:00 - 7:00. Childcare is available in the gym for school-aged children from 5:30-7:00pm.  

We’d love to have you involved in the PTA. Everyone is welcome. 

We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - Film Screening & Discussion

We will be screening Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope on Tuesday, April 23 from 6-7:45 p.m. in the Watts Media Center.  We’ll view the film in English with Spanish subtitles. Two facilitators, including Watts parent Lindsey Bickers Bock, will help contextualize the film and then lead a post-film discussion.  Translation services, childcare, and snacks will be provided.

The film highlights how childhood experiences can impact long-term health outcomes. We hope the conversation will build empathy, understanding, and connections in our community.


Monday, March 11th, 2019: PTA Meeting

The next PTA general membership meeting is on Monday, March 11th in the Watts Media Center.  Come for pizza at 5:30 (to reduce waste, please bring your own water bottle / drink!).  Stay for the meeting from 6:00 - 7:15. Childcare is available in the gym for school-aged children from 5:30-7:15pm.  

At this meeting, teachers and staff will provide a parent education session on Montessori methods. They’re happy to prepare answers to your questions. Please email your questions to emily.daly <at> duke <dot> edu or submit them anonymously via this form.

Everyone is welcome and we hope to see you there!

Monday, February 25th, 2019: Black History Night Celebration

Please join us for our annual Black History Night Celebration on Monday, February 25th, from 5:30-7 PM! It will a potluck celebration that will showcase everything that students have learned this month, from displays to songs to presentations.

If possible, please bring your favorite dish to the potluck dinner at 5:30 PM in the gym. Suggestions: Primary–side dishes; Lower El–desserts; Upper El–appetizers. Thank you!

Also, please consider helping out that night - we need as many hands on deck to make this event successful! You can sign up here.


Save the Date! Spring Carnival is on 4/13

George Watts Montessori Spring Carnival

Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The carnival is our annual school community celebration, with games, crafts, prizes, food, music and much more!  It is also a large fundraiser for the PTA.

Volunteers are needed to help with planning and on the day of the carnival. Please consider joining our team of volunteers to help make this year's event a success. There are jobs big and small!

For more information about the carnival or to volunteer, contact Kristin Heery (kristinheery@gmail.com) or Amy Heit (amybowersheit@gmail.com) Carnival Co-chairs.

Save the Date! Silent Auction is on March 17 5pm-8pm

Save the date (and schedule a babysitter!) for this year's Evening Silent Auction which will be held on Sunday March 17, 2019 from 5-8pm. Luna Rotisserie and Empanadas (Watts family owned restaurant) will graciously host again this year. 

The evening Silent Auction is a Watts PTA fundraiser where local businesses and families generously donate really great items for us to auction off to support our excellent PTA programming. We begin with an online auction that culminates with an adult gathering that is festive, fun, and all for a great cause. So, mark your calendar and plan on joining us!

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019: A PTA-Sponsored Event

In response to staff and parent interest in the November PTA membership meeting on mental health support and mindfulness practices at Watts, the PTA is pleased to sponsor a follow-up session. This seminar will be led by Dr. Jennifer Franklin, psychologist and Watts parent, and will focus on becoming trauma-informed. Learn essential information about the way your Autonomic Nervous System works, the impact that stress, trauma, and anxiety have on the whole body, and how to use this knowledge to better address your children’s (and your own) needs. Attendees will learn about polyvagal theory, regulation/dysregulation, and strategies like mindfulness that promote healthier psychological and physiological development. This session will be open to all Watts staff and parents, and childcare and snacks will be provided for school-aged students. You can learn more about Jennifer’s work at www.opendoortherapy.com and her niche specialty area at www.donthateyourguts.com.

We look forward to seeing you at what is sure to be an engaging and informative session on Tuesday, Feb 5, from 6:00 to 7:15 p.m. in the Watts Media Center.

Monday, Jan. 14th, 2019: PTA Meeting

The next PTA general membership meeting is on Monday, January 14th in the Watts Media Center.  Come for pizza at 5:30 (to reduce waste, please bring your own water bottle / drink!).  Stay for the meeting from 6:00 - 7:15. Childcare is available in the gym for school-aged children from 5:30-7:15pm.  

Dr. Ronda Taylor Bullock, director of we are (working to extend anti-racist education), will lead a parent/staff workshop and discussion from 6-7:15 p.m.  You can read more about ‘we are’ at their website. We are pleased we’ll have this opportunity to learn from Dr. Bullock and build on the Watts staff book study, Despite the Best Intentions: How Racial Inequality Thrives in Good Schools.       

We’d love to have you involved in the PTA. Everyone is welcome and we hope to see you there on Monday, January 14th at 5:30pm!

Friday, Dec. 14th: Chicken & Waffles Breakfast

On Friday, December 14th from 8:00am to 9:00am the George Watts Parents of African American Children (PAAC) group invites all parents to come to a Chicken & Waffles Breakfast in Ms. Musawwir’s classroom.

What is PAAC? PAAC developed as a sub-committee of the PTA led by one or more African American parents at a school who have a strong desire for educational equity for Black students. This committee is open to any member of the PTSA or school who supports our mission.

A Watts Holiday Tradition: the Giving Tree

The Giving Tree is a terrific holiday tradition at Watts. By taking a tag and bringing in a wrapped gift, you make another family’s holiday a little brighter.

The Giving Tree is in the front office and has tags ready to be picked up. Please sign your tag(s) out on the sheet next to the tree. Write your name, the tag number that’s on the top of the tag, and the color of the tag which is located on the back. If you have any questions, someone in the front office can help you, or you can email Ms. Bunner (ashley.bunner AT dpsnc.net).

Big thanks to Ms. Bunner for working hard to get the tree ready before the Thanksgiving break! And thanks to everyone who participates in the Giving Tree tradition.


(Side note: there’s a huge pile of Lost & Found items in the main lobby. Please look through and see if there are items that might belong to you!)

Book Fair! A fundraiser for Watts 11/26 - 11/30

The annual Scholastic Book Fair is happening after Thanksgiving! You can shop in person in the George Watts Media Center from Monday, November 26 through Friday, November 30. The hours are:

  • Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 7:30am to 3:00pm.

  • Tuesday: 7:30am to 2:00pm and then again from 5:00pm to 6:00pm.

  • Friday: 7:30am to 1:00pm.

Alternatively, you can shop online anytime between November 21st and December 4th.

If you’d like to volunteer at the Book Fair, please sign up here. Thank you for your support!

Monday, Nov. 5th, 2018: PTA Meeting

The next PTA general membership meeting is on Monday, November 5th in the Watts Media Center.  Come for pizza at 5:30 (to reduce waste, please bring your own water bottle / drink!). Stay for the meeting from 6:00 - 7:00. Childcare is available in the gym for school-aged children from 5:30-7:00pm.  

Watts teachers and staff will share information about counseling services and mental health support available to our students and families. In addition, we’ll hear about how students learn mindfulness through the Montessori curriculum. We’ll also get an update on the Annual Fund, PTA budget, and we’ll do the Hamilton tickets raffle.

Every Watts community member is important. We’d love to have you involved and hope to see you there!

Raffle to win Hamilton tickets!

Donate to the 2018 PTA Annual Fund before November 2nd and you will automatically be entered to win 2 tickets to see Hamilton on Saturday, December 1st, 8:00pm at DPAC!

Visit this page and click DONATE. Or, send a check made out to “George Watts PTA” in your child’s school folder (write “Annual Fund” in the memo line).

The winner will be chosen at the general PTA meeting on Monday, November 5th and does not have to be present to win. (Though you should come, it’s going to be a great meeting!)

Anyone can participate in the raffle; feel free to share with family and friends. Face value is approximately $200 per ticket.

Questions? Email juliewilliamsswiggett@gmail.com or Brandy.Kmiec@dpsnc.net. Everyone who contributes to the 2018 Annual Fund will be entered to win, regardless of donation amount.