Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, Week of February 27, 2023

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"Perhaps a great future leader or a great genius is with us and his power will come from the power of the child he is today. This is the vision which we must have."- Dr. Maria Montessori (The 1946 London Lectures, p.140)

Pictured above: Friday, February 24th was district-wide Read United Day. Community volunteers read a book to all Primary and Lower Elementary classrooms and delivered a brand new book to each student for them to add to their home library.

Special thanks to all the volunteer readers and to the United Way of the Coastal Empire for organizing this event for our students.

Important Dates

February 26-March 4- International Montessori Education Week

March 3- Donation Dress Down Day

March 6- PTA Boosterthon Fun Run Kick-Off

March 8- Choice Program Lottery Registration Window Opens

March 14- PTA Boosterthon Fun Run Event

March 15- Deadline to Pre-Order Yearbook

March 17- St. Patrick's Day- No School!

March 20- No School!

View the SCCPSS Academic calendar at this link.

View the SCCPSS Assessment calendar at this link.

SCCPSS Student Leadership Conference

Cleo, an Ellis Erdkinder student, attended SCCPSS's Inaugural Student Leadership Conference this week at the Savannah campus of Georgia Tech.

She was encouraged to "Serve with Pride, Lead with Confidence, and Inspire to Impact" the lives of others.


The next Donation Dress Down Day will be this Friday, March 3rd.

We will be supporting M.E.S.S. (Montessori Education Society of Savannah) in celebration of International Montessori Education Week.

Boosterthon Early Registration Raffle

The Bobcat Boosterthon Fun Run event officially kicks off on March 6th, but REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

If you register your student(s) BEFORE March 6th, you will be entered into a raffle to win a gift card.

Register your student(s) at http://mybooster.com/

Visit the Ellis website (https://spwww.sccpss.com/sch.../ellis/Pages/Boosterthon.aspx) for more information about the Boosterthon.

Student PLAY Program

Did you know?

The Student PLAY (PINES Library Access for Youth) Program gives public school students free access to Live Oak Public Library (LOPL) resources and services.

  • Students use their student ID/lunch number just like a library card. (Found in PowerSchool)
  • The program is free and access to public library resources and services is free.

Visit the LOPL website for more information.

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Water Bottles NEEDED

Per District guidance, students are currently restricted from drinking straight from the water fountains in the building for sanitary reasons.

Until the school receives updated guidance from the District, every student should have a re-fillable bottle to use so they can stay hydrated throughout the day.

Thank you for your help with this important health and safety matter.

Pre-order a Yearbook!

The 2022/2023 Ellis yearbook is now available for pre-order! Reserve a copy for your student(s) at this link.

The deadline to pre-order a copy is March 15, 2023. Any additional copies that we receive will be sold on a first come, first served basis.

Pre-ordered yearbooks will be delivered directly to your student towards the end of the school year.

If you have any questions, contact Ms. Lisa (lisa.odonnell@sccpss.com).

Grace & Courtesy Emphasis

Throughout the school year, Ellis has a school-wide focus on specific positive character traits. Each teacher may choose to highlight these "Grace & Courtesy" emphases differently, but as a school we follow a general common curriculum.

From February 20th - March 10th, our school-wide Grace & Courtesy emphasis is PEACE.

The language for identifying/naming PEACE in "The Self-Awakened Child" series by Jonathan Wolff:

  • When I feel calm and quiet inside, when I do not let anyone or anything take away my calmness and quiet, I am feeling and being Peaceful.
  • When I try to understand another person's feelings and thoughts, when I talk with him about our problems instead of hurting him or hitting him, I am being Peaceful.
  • When I feel angry or scared and I help myself feel calm and quiet inside instead of hurting someone or telling someone to go away, I am practicing Peacefulness.

PTA Staff Appreciation Brunch

Calling all families!

The PTA Teacher Appreciation Committee is organizing a Staff Brunch on Friday, March 31st, at 10am, and we would love your help!

If you would like to show your children's teachers some love, we have listed some easy ways to contribute to this brunch. We hope this can be a way for parents to easily and sincerely show appreciation.

Please click this link to sign up to donate/volunteer. The PTA Teacher Appreciation Committee will reach out to you with details on how to drop off your contribution.

Beacon Volunteer Program

We are so happy to welcome volunteers back into the building this year.

However, all volunteers MUST be approved through the SCCPSS Beacon Volunteer Program.

If you are interested in being a volunteer at Ellis, visit the SCCPSS Beacon webpage to apply.

Contact US!


Ms. Tanya Melville


Vice Principal

Patrice Prince


Student Information Specialist

Ms. Ja'Dayia Coleman-Kennedy


Information Specialist Clerk

Ms. Lucy Holloway


School Secretary

Ms. Patricia Solomon-Brown


Library Media Technology Specialist

PTA Teacher Liaison

Ms. Lisa O'Donnell