We Are Douglas: Get to Know Mrs. Sherrill

young man and woman standing together with a football field in the background
Amelia Sherrill (who you might know as Ms. Sheaffer, before she got married in October) is a kindergarten teacher at Douglas.

How long have you been at Douglas Elementary?

This is my sixth year, seventh if you count my student teaching! This is my fourth year in Kindergarten, and I’ve taught three years in 1st Grade.

What’s a typical day like?

I like to start our morning off by greeting the students at the door. We start our day with greeting each other on the carpet and sharing, and from there it is a busy, fun, packed day. I like to end our day with discussing what our favorite part of the day was.

What do you like best about your job?

I love seeing how much growth my kindergarteners have made in one year! It’s amazing how much they learn and change. I also work with some pretty amazing people and they make my job fun as much as the students do.

What’s most challenging?

Every day has its own different challenges, but having students, coworkers and a community that care helps overcome those challenges.

What is one fun fact about you that people might not know?

I’ve lived in four states! Florida, South Carolina, Virginia and North Carolina (in that order).

If you’re a member of the Douglas Elementary School staff and would like to share your story as part of our “We Are Douglas” series, please email us!

Help the Douglas Library Grow!

Books

Thank you to all of the Douglas friends and family members who contributed used and new books for our library! We are thrilled to see children checking out books at a higher rate than ever and to see everyone so excited about our new titles.

Please consider checking out our Amazon Wish List or donating great-condition graphic novels and chapter books to our library.

Keep those books coming! Thank you!

Help Out at the Book Fair!

It’s almost Book Fair time!! We need a lot of volunteers to help make this event run smoothly. There are a wide variety of time slots and jobs — from helping students choose their books to running the cash register —and we promise it’ll be a lot of fun too!

Please sign up here if you’re able to lend a hand.

Thank you!!

Campus Clean-Up

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Many hands make light work — and our awesome campus needs some work!

Please join your Douglas community on Nov. 1 and/or Nov. 2 for some TLC and a little bit of fun along the way.

Sign up here to help spiff up the school, inside and out!

This event is for students, parents, Douglas graduates, neighbors — all are welcome. The school will be unlocked, so we’ll have access to bathrooms and water fountains.

Thank you!

Sept. 19 PTA General Meeting Minutes

Location: Douglas Media Center
Date: September 19, 2019
Time: 6:30 p.m.

I. Call to Order
Meeting called to order by Morgan Blue, VP Membership, at 6:35 p.m.

II. Open Issues
2019-20 budget was distributed for review by membership

III. President’s Overview
a) PTA Membership. Your $12 allows you to have a voice on a national level with advocacy for schools, and at Douglas, we want to give every child a voice. Membership dollars, on a local level, go toward cultural arts programming, STEAM supplies, teacher grants, hospitality for our teachers, technology, etc. The News & Observer highlighted water issues and elevated levels of lead in many Wake County schools recently. The PTA was ahead of the curve and made budget arrangements to have seven of our water fountains retrofitted with water bottle fillers and filters this year. We’ve received our approval form from the county.

Beginning of the year special education training was fully funded by the PTA for the staff. We are also paying for the Positivity Project this year. Parents may be hearing about the Positivity Project from their students and teachers.

b) Dragonfire is happening this week! 100% of proceeds go to the PTA and we’ve made donating as convenient as possible with cash, checks and online options. Students are also participating in a coin war this week. The winning classroom will be awarded a day with Mr. Burns as their teacher.

Dragonfire is the only Douglas campaign where all of your donation stays at school. Every other fundraiser splits donations with another organization; book fair, Boosterthon, spirit nights etc… Giving to Dragonfire ensures that your dollars stay here. Please stop by the amphitheater on your way out and take a look at our fundraising focus for this year. Vision boards are hanging in the hall and you can see the essentially blank slate we have to work with.

Another financial focus for the year is a new Angel Fund for the cafeteria. The PTA will make sure that all baby dragons leave the cafeteria with full bellies, regardless of their MySchoolBucks account balance.

c) We do have some volunteer openings that we’ll be highlighting in the next Dragoneer. Most of our committee chairs are full, with just a few exceptions. If you did not receive a copy of the Dragoneer, please let a board member know or email dragoneer.dpta@gmail.com.

d) We have set all of the general meetings for this school year. All of our meetings will coincide with evening school events, and we’ll alternate before and after times. Since this meeting in particular is so well attended, we’ll monitor the future success of attendance and times. Please mark your calendars for the following. Our next meetings will coordinate with Family Nights and will be committee-update focused.
i) November 13, 7 p.m.
ii) March 26, 5 p.m.
iii) May 6, 7 p.m.

IV. Principal’s Update
Mr. Burns thanked parents for making the choice to attend our school. Wake County families have so many choices with regards educational experiences, he appreciates that Douglas is still the preferred school for so many. He thanked the PTA for the support in a great start to the year. Class sizes are good considering that we have added so many additional classes this year. The staff benefitted greatly from the special education training in August. The school is grateful for the collaboration and ideas the PTA brings to the table each year. He encouraged participation.

V. Foundation Update
Jason Cunningham introduced himself as President of the Douglas Foundation. The Foundation was created two years ago to fund staff position and bridge the gap between government funding and student needs. The Foundation fully funded the STEAM position last year and will again this year. This position aligns well with our magnet theme.

The Foundation is in a position this year to extend additional positions, so be on the lookout for an announcement soon regarding a new staff member or members.

VI. Membership Vote
The proposed 2019-20 PTS budget was passed.

VII. Adjournment at 6:55 p.m.