Pre-K Sliding Scale Fee

The Durham Public School Board will begin charging a sliding scale fee for children attending pre-kindergarten classes at both Morehead Montessori Magnet School and George Watts Montessori Magnet School starting this coming school year (beginning August 2017). They hope to use the money earned through these fees to help cover the extra cost of Montessori materials and staff, as well as to increase pre-kindergarten positions elsewhere. The documents listed below will provide more details.


This Friday night is the auction! Maybe you’ve heard? Please come out to Duke Gardens on Friday night to party with us. Free food, free drinks, a teacher’s raffle, a dance party! Oh, and the fabulous auction as well: we have all kinds of great items up for bid: gift cards to local restaurants, vacation getaways, sporting events, jewelry and more! There will be a silent auction and a live auction. It promises to be a good time for all, so please come out!

Weekly Announcements for January 11-15

Have you all settled back into the routine of school after the winter break? There are lots of exciting things ahead for our students. Please read through the following list of announcement and make note of important dates. And remember, we need each of YOU to help in order to build a strong and robust community!
  • As you might know, our 5th grader’s have a tradition of taking a spring field trip to Washington DC. The trip includes staying over in a 4-H facility in DC, and it’s a great opportunity for our students. This year, we have been lucky enough to secure some matching funds from Disney to help us offset the cost to 5th grade families. The funding is through Donor’s Choose and is available as matching funds- meaning that in order to receive the full amount of funds available to us, we must first pledge a certain amount of funds from our own pockets. This document details instructions on how to donate to this worthwhile cause. Your donation must happen THIS WEEK in order to get matching funds through Donor’s Choose.
  • Girls on the Run signup ends THIS WEDNESDAY and we are still seeking participants. We DO now have enough girls signed up to have a team, but there are more spots available. The program is open to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade girls. Please read more about this fantastic program here and sign up TODAY if you have a girl that is eligible:
  • Morehead’s Talent Show is here! Does your child like to sing, play an instrument, recite poetry, do martial arts, dance, or some other talent not mentioned here? If so, this is the perfect opportunity to perform in front of peers in an encouraging environment. Please sign-up your child’s act no later than January 20th in order to get show approval at this link This is simply to check for appropriate lyrics and content. If your child is using pre-recorded accompaniment, please get it to Betsy Hughes,, by Friday, January 22nd, and make sure it is no longer than 2 minutes. There will be no dress rehearsal. The show will be at 6:00PM on Thursday, January 28th. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Tonya Kirk at
  • Out next full-body PTA meeting is NEXT THURSDAY, January 21st. Stay tuned for a special announcement with more details about this meeting later in the week.
  • Line up your babysitters and save the date!! Morehead’s annual Dance Party and Fundraiser Auction is scheduled for Friday, February 26th. Details will be forthcoming.
  • Durham Public School’s Evening of Entertainment is right around the corner. We have several Morehead students participating in this year’s program.  Funds raised from this performance go toward scholarships for DPS seniors. You can get tickets here:
  • Students, please remember to enter your reading time on or turn in your paper reading logs in the blue Library Book Return at the front door. Students who have read and logged over 1,000 minutes by January 17th will receive a small prize from Mrs. K for being a Meerkat Reading Leader! Our school goal is to reach 1 million minutes read by June 1.  When we reach 500,000 minutes, our school will adopt a sea turtle from the World Wildlife Fund. Please call or e-mail Mrs. K if you have questions about this program and thank you for encouraging your child/children to READ, READ, READ!

Our Students Will Sing at the Bulls Game!!

Our UE students will sing the national anthem at the Bulls! All UE students should have brought home the attached letter (in English and Spanish) today regarding the Durham Bulls game on Wednesday, April 27, 2016. This is a long way off, but we need to know a headcount by Friday, Dec 11 for our section. After that date, the remaining seats in the section will be released to the general public. The Dec 11 deadline is firm. Ms. Hughes will reserve a seat for anyone provided that she receives a check for $13 per person by Friday, Dec 11. Checks should be made payable to Morehead Montessori. This is always such a fun night for our school. Would love to see many Morehead families at the game!


If you do not have a form from your child’s folder, you can download one here:

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Science Olympiad for 2015-2016

What is your child doing on Tuesday afternoons?

  • Designing marshmallow shooters
  • Flying paper airplanes
  • Designing marshmallow shooters
  • Learning about fossils
  • Creating structures out of pasta!!!

Sign your 3rd-5th grader up for the Science Olympiad – a Morehead afterschool club that will teach your child science skills in small teams and then the teams compete against other Durham Public Schools on April 30th

Science Olympiad is now in its 3rd year at Morehead and sign up for this weekly afterschool program is first-come, first-serve.  Space limited.  Join now!  

What: Learn new scientific ideas and work together as a team to solve problems

When: Tuesdays from 3:30-4:45 from December 1st-April 30th

Why: Science Olympiad builds skills and friendships

Cost: $80 and plenty of scholarships are available

  • Fill out a registration form and return it to front office by November 20th.
  • If possible, volunteer to help – either during the Tuesday sessions or in other ways, including help on April 30th at the competition.
  • Pick up your child on time (4:45 for those children not enrolled in the DPS afterschool program).

*Kids tell Kids meeting: Science Olympiad Kids of past years talk about events and answer questions from peers Tuesday Nov. 17, 3:30-4:30 pm Media Center*

Weekly Announcements

  • Tomorrow is Election Day! We hope that you will all go out and vote if you haven’t voted already. Remember that Morehead is a polling place so there will be extra traffic at school tomorrow. You do not need an ID to vote, unless you use Same-Day Registration, which is only offered during the Early Voting period. Call the North Carolina State Board of Elections at 919-733-7173 for questions about Same-Day Registration. Voting runs from 6:30am-7:30pm at your precinct’s polling location. Click here to find your precinct:
  • We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Renee Carmon is a finalist in the annual competition for Durham Public School Principal of the Year!
  • Please join us for our second Coffee with Carmon event! Dr. Carmon will review the Standards Based Grading System changes from last year, the changes to the school lottery system for 5th graders, and end the session with a Q and A!
    • Where: Media center
    • When: Friday Nov. 6th
    • Time: 8:45am- 9:45
  • The Meerathon is underway! Despite this week’s rainy weather, we hope that all of the meerkats are out there doing laps (walking, running, skipping, whatever…) and being active and healthy.
  • The Morehead book fair is coming up and we are looking for parent volunteers! The dates are November 30th-December 4. If you have any questions about volunteering, please contact Christina Gibson-Davis ( If you are interested in volunteering, please click on this link:
  • NPR did a story last week on Watts Montessori that might be interesting to all of you. If you missed it, you can read or hear it from this link:
  • Unable to volunteer for Morehead during school hours, but interested in volunteering? Please consider helping with the yearbook.  Much of the work can be done from home or on weekends.  Parent volunteers are needed for taking pictures at school events, soliciting ads, proofing the yearbook and assisting with layouts.  If interested, please contact yearbook editor, Gow Arepally at
  • Students in grades 3-5 will have an opportunity to see ShakeScenes, presented by Raleigh’s Burning Coal Theatre on Thursday, Nov 5, 2015 at 2PM in the Morehead Montessori Media Center. (For more information, see Thank you to the Morehead PTA for funding this event out of the cultural arts budget for the 2015-2016 year! This will surely inspire our students as the UE classes work to prepare Twelfth Night in December.
  • Morehead would like to host a Girls On The Run program again this spring, but we need more volunteer coaches to make this happen! If you are interested in being a volunteer, please contact Sue Mathias for more details. Sue’s email is
  • Morehead Mom’s Night Out! The school year is in full gear. Keep Calm and join us for a Morehead Mom’s Night Out. We’ll meet up at The Boot in Rockwood Plaza, Friday, November 13th at 6:30.  Contact Crystal Smith by Nov. 6th if you plan to attend.

Chess Club Registration is Here!

Chess Club is back.

Chess starts October 15th!  Please return your Registration Forms by Friday Oct 9th! Space is limited.

Morehead Montessori offers a Fall and Spring Chess Club for students in grades 1-5. Chess Club gives students a chance to have fun while practicing problem solving, creative thinking and decision making with peers in a fun team-oriented setting.  Fall Chess runs October-December and Spring goes January-March. Students meet Thursday afternoons from 3:30-4:45 in the Media Center. For more information contact Luciana Fellin (

Download registration forms using the links below. You can print and return these to school with your payment. Thank you!

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Weekly Announcements

Good Evening, Morehead!

We hope you all managed to stay dry over the weekend. We’re looking forward to a lovely, dry week, and there are a lot of fun things going on at school! Please read through the announcements below and make note of important dates. As always, thanks for your time! We rely on you to keep our community strong.

  • First of all, PICTURE DAY is Tuesday!! Make sure your kids are ready to show off their pretty faces.
  • Our Fall Carnival is this FRIDAY the 9th from 5pm-8pm. Come out for dinner (BBQ, hotdogs, vegetarian options), games, fun, and raffles! This is a great community event and all are welcome. Check your child’s backpack for ticket order forms (you will also be able to buy tickets at the event). If you are able to volunteer to help in some way, please contact your room parent. If you are able to donate something for your class raffle basket, please do so. If you are able to donate cupcakes for the cake walk, please contact Andrea Brown at Mostly, though, please come out on Friday and have a good time!!!
  • Chess starts October 15th! Please return your Registration Forms by Friday Oct 9th! Space is limited. (Registration forms will be available on the website on Tuesday of this week.)
    Morehead Montessori offers a Fall and Spring Chess Club for students in grades 1-5. Chess Club gives students a chance to have fun while practicing problem solving, creative thinking and decision making with peers in a fun team-oriented setting. Fall Chess runs October-December and Spring goes January-March. Students meet Thursday afternoons from 3:30-4:45 in the Media Center. For more information contact Luciana Fellin (
  • Take a quick survey to improve School Navigator, a new website for Durham parents
    Did you ever have trouble figuring out which school zone you lived in? Or wish you had better access to information about public schools in Durham? School Navigator is a new community-led website created to meet these needs. We are looking for your feedback, parents, on how to make it better! Please take 5-10 minutes to complete it here by October 30th:
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