Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, Week of October 17th, 2022

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"To keep alive that enthusiam is the secret of real guidance, and it will not provide a difficult task, provided that the attitude towards the child's acts be that of respect, calm, and waiting, and provided that he be left free in his movements and experiences." -Dr. Maria Montessori

Pictured above: Upper Elementary students draw name art in Ms. Tiia's Explorations class.

Important Dates

October 18- Make-Up School Photos

October 21- PTA Fall Festival and Reflections Showcase

October 24-28- Media Center Book Character Pumpkin Patch

October 25- PTA Paint-A-Pot Event

October 28- Donation Dress Down Day

November 1-30- PTA Read-A-Thon

November 11- PTA Spirit Night w/ the Ghost Pirates

View the SCCPSS Academic calendar at this link.

View the SCCPSS Assessment calendar at this link.

Make-Up Photo Day

If your student was absent on school picture day (August 25th), they are encouraged to take a make-up photo on Tuesday, October 18th.

Students may wear their best attire to school on that day, but they should bring a uniform to change into after the photo has been taken.

Questions? Contact Ms. Lisa (lisa.odonnell@sccpss.com).

PTA Fall Festival

The PTA Fall Festival will be Friday, October 21st, from 6-7:30pm. You can look forward to the following:

  • Giveaways and Games
  • Plant Swap
  • Reflections Showcase
  • Spirit Wear Sales
  • Face Painting
  • Food Trucks
  • and much more!

If you can volunteer to donate items or your time, please click this link to sign-up. Your assistance will be much appreciated!

Visit the Ellis website for more information.

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Book Character Pumpkin Patch

It is time to prepare for the Annual Book Character Pumpkin Patch, which will be held the week of October 24th in the Ellis Media Center.

**This year, every student who brings a book character pumpkin to display will be entered in a raffle to win a choice between two special prizes.**

Visit the Ellis website for more information.

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PTA Spirit Night at Ghost Pirates

The Charles Ellis Montessori Academy & the Ghost Pirates have partnered together for a fundraiser and an awesome Spirit Night of non-stop entertainment for all students, families, and teachers!

Every ticket bought through the link below will contribute to fundraising for the school. So, join in on the brand new Ghost Pirates historic season and support Charles Ellis!

Game: Friday, Nov 11 at 7:30pm vs South Carolina Stingrays

Buy your tickets at this link: https://fevo.me/ellismontessorifundraiser

MESS Photo Fundraiser

The MESS photo fundraiser is back!

Visit the Ellis website for more information including a link to sign up for a time slot.

Counselors' Corner

We have recently become aware of these community resources: Salvation Army Holiday Help and Neighbors Feeding Neighbors Grocery Giveaway. Please let us know how we or our school social worker can support you and yours.

If your child or someone you know could benefit from school counseling support, Backpack Buddies, or any school supplies, please let us know.

Ms. Rebecca, School Counselor, Primary & Lower Elementary

912-395-5470 x71202



Mr. Wes, School Counselor, Upper Elementary & Erdkinder

912-395-5470 x71243



Ms. Lauren, School Counseling Intern from Georgia Southern University

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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 October 11th-October 28th, our school-wide Grace & Courtesy emphasis is RESPECT.

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

  • When I listen to what other people say and do not ignore them or interrupt them when they are talking, I am listening with Respect.
  • When I remember to think about other people's feelings before I act or talk, I am acting with Respect for others.
  • When I take good care of the things that belong to others, I am Respecting other people's things.
  • When I take good care of myself, my feelings, and my things, I am acting with Self-Respect.
  • When I treat people the way I like to be treated, I am acting with Respect for others.

Books Now Available!

We now have a limited number of copies of "Positive Discipline in the Montessori Classroom," available for families to borrow through the Ellis Media Center. Requests to borrow a book will be on a first come, first served basis.

This book is what the entire Ellis staff is studying together throughout this school year and what the family engagement team is using as a basis for their discussions during their monthly Saturday morning meetings.

If you are interested in borrowing a copy of this book, contact Ms. Lisa (lisa.odonnell@sccpss.com) and provide her with your name, your student's name, phone number, and email address. She will set up a community account for you, check out a book to you, and send the book home with your student.

Lost & Found

If your student is missing something, please encourage them to visit the Lost & Found located on the ramp in the MPR hallway or email your student's teacher so they can assist your student, if needed.

BOOK IT! Reading Program

The 2022-2023 BOOK IT! reading program will begin October 1st for all interested Pre-K through 6th grade students. Visit the BOOK IT! page of the Ellis website for more information including how to sign your student(s) up to participate.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Happy reading!

Ms. Lisa

Library Media Technology Specialist

Charles Ellis Montessori Academy


Publix Partners

Publix Partners is donating to our school, and you can help! Ellis has received over $13,000 since our partnership with Publix began many, many years ago. Once you add our school to your account, you never have to think about it again...win-win!

Here's how you can enroll and participate in just a few steps:

  1. Visit this link and follow the instructions to "Join Club Publix"
  2. Provide your phone number every time you check out at Publix.
  3. Publix will donate a portion of qualifying purchases to our school!

Text Notifications

We send out school-wide announcements regularly via email and text.

It is important for you to receive these notifications through text messaging in the case of an severe weather/emergency.

To opt-in for text notifications, text "Yes" to the number 87569.

Contact US!


Ms. Tanya Melville


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


Ellis Montessori Academy Website

Click here to view the new Charles Ellis Montessori Academy website.

SCCPSS Website

Please visit the SCCPSS website regularly for the most up-to-date district information.