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School Improvement Team (SIT) Meeting / Las Reuniones del Equipo de Mejoramiento Escolar – el “SIT”

September 18, 2016
The School Improvement Team will meet this coming Monday, September 19 at 5:30pm in the Media Center. All are welcome to attend!
Please note: this SIT meeting will include a discussion of our latest testing data, the School Improvement Planning process, and our Focus School designation.
What is the SIT? The SIT – or School Improvement Team – is the school’s collective leadership committee. It is made up of administration, teacher and parent representatives. The group is focused on helping the school reach its objectives, which are listed in the annually written School Improvement Plan (required by the state for each school.)
The SIT meets on the 3rd Monday of each month from 5:30-7pm in the Media Center. You do not have to be a member of SIT to attend the monthly meeting. Each meeting has an allotted time for public comment and compliments and appreciations for our school staff.
The SIT website has links to the monthly agenda and minutes from previous meetings:
A todos los padres de familia: el Equipo de Mejoramiento Escolar se reunirá el próximo lunes el 19 de septiembre a las 5:30p en el Centro de Medios. Les invito a todos a asistir.
Nota: Esta reunión incluirá una discusión de nuestros últimos datos de las pruebas, el proceso de mejora de la escuela de planificación, y nuestra designación como una escuela de enfoque (“Focus School”).
¿Qué es el SIT? El “SIT” – el Equipo de Mejoramiento Escolar – es el comité de liderazgo para toda la escuela. Se compone delos representantes de la administración, de los maestros y de los padres. El grupo se centra en ayudar a la escuela a alcanzar sus objetivos, que se enumeran en el Plan de Mejoramiento Escolar, que se escrita cada año. El estado requiere que cada escuela escriba un plan cada año.
El SIT se reúne el 3er lunes de cada mes a las 5:30-7pm en el Centro de Medios. Usted no tiene que ser un miembro de la SIT para asistir la reunión mensual. Cada reunión tiene un tiempo asignado para comentarios del público y elogios y apreciaciones del personal de la escuela.
El sitio web SIT tiene vínculos con la agenda mensual y las actas de reuniones anteriores:

First PTA Meeting Update

September 13, 2016
Dear George Watts Families and Staff,
Thank you for coming to our first PTA meeting last night – we had a great turnout and productive input from parents and teachers!

The PTA budget for 2016/2017 was approved at the meeting. We are excited to get to work on the many projects for the year. The budget was discussed and voted on by the PTA Board, including Watts administration and PTA Board Teacher Liaison, over the past month, and then was shared on the PTA listserv and with Watts teachers and staff last week. We appreciate the questions that were asked at the meeting. As a reminder, the budget is a living document – it can be changed, shared school-wide, and then voted on at a PTA membership meeting at any time.

As always, if you have questions or concerns about the budget or ideas for future projects and initiatives, please contact contact me,, or any other board member. We look forward to hearing from you.

Have a great week,
Elizabeth Lindquist, George Watts PTA President

George Watts PTA Meeting: Monday September 12th/Reunión de la PTA de George Watts – Lunes 12 de septiembre

September 6, 2016

George Watts PTA Meeting: Monday September 12th, 6:00 – 7:00 (dinner provided at 5:30)

Please join us for this informative PTA Meeting:

Meet the PTA board, learn about ways you can help out at school and vote on this year’s budget.

Pizza and childcare are provided. Please drop off your school-age children starting at 5:30 in the gym. After dropping off your kids, please join us in the lobby for pizza. The meeting will begin promptly at 6pm in the media center. Everyone is welcome, we hope you’ll join us.

Reunión de la PTA de George Watts – Lunes 12 de septiembre de 6:00-7:00

(Cena gratis ofrecida a las 5:30p)

Los invitamos a una reunión informativa del PTA de Watts para conocer el comité directivo del PTA, aprender cómo se puede ayudar a la escuela, y votar el presupuesto de este año.

Por favor, lleve a sus hijos de edad escolar al gimnasio a las 5:30, ahí proporcionaremos una cena de pizza y cuidado de niños. Después de dejar a sus hijos, por favor, reúnase con nosotros enfrente de la oficina para la cena de adultos. La reunión comenzará a las 6:00 en la biblioteca.

Todos son bienvenidos, esperamos que puedan venir.

Back to School Basics 2016-2017

August 5, 2016

The PTA has put together a webpage with just about everything you need to know to prepare for the new school year all in one place, including:

  • Pre-K/K staggered start schedule
  • After school for Pre-Ks
  • Before/After school registration
  • The *New* bell schedule: what it is and how to prepare for it
  • Procedures for carpool line, walkers and bus riders
  • Teacher assignments
  • School supplies
  • Important dates
  • Specials (PE/Music/Art)
  • FAQs for Pre-K students

Please see Back to School Basics to start preparing for a great year!

Carpool Line Procedures

August 5, 2016

It is very important that you exhibit patience anytime you are in the carpool lane. Safety comes first!  Please be courteous and follow the instructions of our crossing guard.  Our crossing guard is representing the Durham Police Department (DPD) and implementing rules and guidelines instilled through many hours of training with the DPD.  As per NC State law, motorists must obey signals from school crossing guards (Statute 20-114.1a) and our guard is required to report any infractions to his/her supervisor at the DPD.

Due to safety concerns, with the high volume of traffic on Urban Ave., No left turns are permitted when exiting the carpool lane.  Please make a right out of the carpool lane.

Drivers should enter Urban Ave. from Buchanan, ONLY. Drivers are encouraged not to enter Urban Ave. from Watts St, in front of Watts Baptist Church.  Drivers on Urban Ave. will have priority to proceed.  Any drivers on the church side of Watts may proceed to the carpool lane when there are no more cars on Urban Ave.

For the safety of our children, parents and guardians are not permitted to drive on Watts St in front of the school, going either direction.   New DPS policy requires school buses to have their lights on and their stop arms extended while parked in front of schools during drop-off and pick-up times. 

Passing a stopped school bus is a Class 1 misdemeanor. If convicted, a person will receive five driving points on their driver’s license and is subject to a minimum fine of $500.

Please remember to only enter the Watts-Urban intersection when there is enough space to clear the crosswalk.  Blocking an intersection or crosswalk and obstructing the passage of other vehicles or pedestrians is an infraction and subject to fines up to $100 in accordance with G.S. 20-176.

Please DO NOT park or turn around in the Watts Baptist Church parking lot across the street, on Urban Ave.  This is the church parking lot and they respectfully request it not be used by George Watts Montessori.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Principal Patti Crum.  Call, email, or come by the office between 8 am and 3 pm (, 919.560.3947).

Below are links to the Spanish version of this information as well as a map to help with where to park and where not to park.

Spanish Version

Drop off and Pick Up Maps


After School for Pre-Ks

August 1, 2016

A couple of parents have asked about after school for Pre-K. Here’s what we know:

  • After school for Pre-K starts Friday, September 2nd.
  • Space is limited, but there’s still room
  • Parents should inform their teacher on the first day of school if their child is in after school.
  • Forms to register for after school are online here:



The First Week of School: Staggered Starts

July 28, 2016


George Watts uses a staggered start for Pre-K & Kindergarten students during the first week of school to help ease the transition. Here’s how it will work for the 2016-2017 school year:

Monday, August 29th: Full day of school (7:45a-2:15p)
Tuesday, August 30th: Full day of school (7:45a-2:15p)
Wednesday, August 31st: No school
Thursday, September 1st: No school
Friday, September 2nd: Full day of school (7:45a-2:15p)

Monday, August 29th: No school
Tuesday, August 30th: No school
Wednesday, August 31st: Half day of school (7:45a-11:00a)
(there will be no lunch or transportation on half days)
Thursday, September 1st: Half day of school (7:45a-11:00a)
(there will be no lunch or transportation on half days)
Friday, September 2nd: Full day of school (7:45a-2:15p)

Please contact the school at 919-560-3947 if you have any questions.

For more important school year dates, see the George Watts Calendar: