Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, Week of August 8th, 2022

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Pictured above: SCCPSS Superintendent, Dr. Ann Levett, visited Ellis on the first day of school! Photo credit: SCCPSS Communications

Visit this link for more pictures from the visit (near the top of the page).

“Our care of the child should be governed, not by the desire to make him learn things, but by the endeavor always to keep burning within him that light which is called intelligence.” Dr. Maria Montessori

We all have a story to tell. I am sure your children have come home with lots of stories and images of their new school year. These 3 days have been a wonderful beginning to the school year. Even our youngest and newest students have shown such high levels of independence and motivation to engage with the Montessori materials and the rituals of the classroom. New friendships are blossoming and old friendships have expanded. The established rhythm of our days has brought a sense of comfort. The Joy of Childhood abounds as each child writes a new story in their book of life.

I watched Mr. Trent's class this morning present the Montessori lesson of the "Long Black Strip". The students gathered on the sidewalk and listened intently to the story as the roll of black fabric demonstrated the history of our universe. As time was stretched out along 49th street, the children patiently waited to discover the sliver of red that formed the edge of the fabric. It represents the history of humanity, a wee band of red on a long strip of darkness. Mr. Trent concluded the lesson; "You are a part of this strip of red". The children paused with the silence. "What will be your story?"


Ms. Tanya

Important Dates

August 9- Band Interest Meeting

August 25- Fall Picture Day

August 26- Donation Dress Down Day (Stay tuned for more information!)

View the SCCPSS Academic calendar at this link.

View the SCCPSS Assessment calendar at this link.

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.

COVID-19 Exposure/Symptoms Procedure

If your student has been exposed to COVID-19 or if they have COVID-19 symptoms,

keep them at home and fill out the following form:

2022/2023 Ellis Student COVID-19 Notification Form

​​​A member of the Ellis Contact Tracing team will contact you, if more information is needed.

Visit the Nurse's page of the Ellis website for the link to the above form, more information, and flowcharts for guidance on when your student may return to school.

Band Interest Meeting

There will be a meeting for any 5th-8th grade students who are interested in participating in band this school year.

When: Tuesday, August 9th at 6pm

Where: Multi-Purpose Room (MPR)--Door located on Battey St.

Who: 5th-8th Grade Students (and a parent/guardian)

If you have any questions, email Mr. Mike (michael.lutz2@sccpss.com).

Breakfast & Lunch

To add lunch money to your student's account, visit http://myschoolbucks.com/. You can visit the SCCPSS website for more detailed information. Cash/money order is also accepted for lunch payment.

August 2022 Breakfast and Lunch Menu

**Free/Reduced Lunch Application:

For the school year 2022-2023, Savannah Chatham County Public Schools will continue to serve free breakfast for all students, but is urging all families to complete and submit a Free and Reduced Meal Application starting July 1, 2022, if you believe your student(s) may be eligible.

The application for Free and Reduced lunch can be completed online at this link: myschoolapps.com​.

If you prefer a paper application, they will be available at the Applications center located at 3609 Hopkins Street. There will also be a secured after hours drop box located at this site. The secured drop box will be checked daily by staff if you elect to fill out a paper application and drop it in the box at that location.

Device Distribution

**Update 8/5/22: It is imperative that a parent/guardian fill out the necessary forms listed below on PowerSchool ASAP. Per SCCPSS directive, we cannot issue a device to your student until we have this paperwork on file.** Assessment windows are now open and we need to get devices to students as soon as possible. This is also important in case there is a quarantine situation that arises. Thank you for your prompt response to this request.**

Primary (PreK/K)
students will be receiving iPads and Lower El-Erdkinder (1st-8th Grades) will be receiving Chromebooks to use in the classroom/at home this year.

In order to receive a device, a parent/guardian must fill out the following forms through the PowerSchool Parent Portal:

  • Student Device Loan Form (under "Forms" on left hand menu)
  • Family Protection Plan (FPP) (under "Forms" on left hand menu)

The district is offering a Family Protection Plan (FPP) for the devices this year for only $25. The FPP will cover accidental damage (not loss or theft) of the device and provide up to TWO replacement devices this school year.

PLEASE NOTE: If the FPP is NOT purchased for $25, you will be responsible for any damage to the device, so we HIGHLY recommend that you purchase the FPP for each student's device.

The FPP can be purchased through School Cash Online. You will find instructions on how to register for School Cash Online and connect your student(s) to your account here.

If your family is in need of a HotSpot device, contact Ms. Lisa (lisa.odonnell@sccpss.com) to see if you qualify.

2022/2023 Student Verification Form

**Important: We need to make sure we have updated contact information for all our families, please complete the student verification through the PowerSchool Parent Portal.**

Each year, parents/guardians are asked to verify/update the address and contact information on file at the school. This is referred to as Online Student Verification. Failure to verify this information could result in not receiving important information from the school/district. It is important for schools to have the most recent information on file.

Please verify/update student information no later than August 12, 2022.

Only one legal parent/guardian can complete the verification.

There are two ways data can be verified. Please choose one below:

  1. Using the PowerSchool Parent Portal Click here. (Note: You cannot use the PowerSchool app. You must go to the web page here) If parents/guardians need a PowerSchool Parent Portal account, please click here to request one.
  2. If you do not have a PowerSchool Parent Portal Account: Please use the appropriate link below to verify student data:
    English Student Verification link: https://registration.powerschool.com/family/gosnap.aspx?snapcode=dtgnh62942gpbst&culture=en

    Spanish Student Verification link

Please note if the address has changed, new proof of address must be uploaded in the verification.

If parent/guardian names have changed, it will require parent/guardian to contact the school and provide required documentation.

How do I get started using the PowerSchool Parent Portal?
Visit the Parent Portal by clicking here:

  1. Log into Parent Access.
  2. Select the student you wish to register along the top.
  3. Select the Student Verification 22-23 Icon on the left side.
  4. Agree to the terms and conditions.
  5. Click Begin Forms.
  6. Repeat the process for all students.

I do not have a Parent Access account.
If parents/guardians need a Parent Access account, please click here to request one.
Use these links to verify:

English Student Verification link: https://registration.powerschool.com/family/gosnap.aspx?snapcode=dtgnh62942gpbst&culture=en

Spanish Student Verification link

I forgot my login credentials for the PowerSchool Parent Portal.
If you already have an account and do not remember your username and password, please click the reset Username/Password on the Parent Access login screen here: https://sccpss.powerschool.com/public/account_recovery_begin.html

Do I have to answer all the questions?
Questions marked with a red asterisk (*) are required.

What if I make a mistake?
If you would like to make a change prior to submitting the form, navigate back to the page using the “< Prev” and “Next >” buttons or click on the underlined field on the Review page. If you have already submitted the form, you will need to contact your student’s school to make the changes.

I’ve completed the form, now what?
Once you have finished entering your information, click “Submit" to send the information to the school. If you cannot click on this button, you will need to make sure that you have answered all required questions.

What if I have more than one student in the district? Do I need to do this for each child?
Yes, you will need to provide information that is specific to each child. We recommend that you complete and submit one form and then start another. This will allow you to “snap” (or share) selected family information, which will save you time.

School Cash Online

**Please note: Brand new SCCPSS students are still being added to School Cash Online by the district. If you receive an error when trying to add your student to your account, please try again another day until the error has be resolved.

SCCPSS uses SchoolCash Online to provide an online payment option for technology fees and other school items (field trips, yearbooks, etc.). If you haven’t already created a free account, we encourage all parents to register now, so you’ll be ready to make online payments from home: both now and in the future as more school items become available.

SchoolCash Online is free, safe, simple, secure, and saves time. Registering takes less than two minutes: visit sccpss.schoolcashonline.com and click Register.

Click here for instructions on how to register for an account and how to add your student to your account.

Lost & Found

Please label all your student(s) items.

We already have a collection of items in lost and found (see picture below).

If any of these items belong to your student, contact your student's teacher or have your student retrieve the item from the ramp railing in the hallwall outside the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR). Please leave the hanger on the railing.

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Flag Football

Registration for Chatham County NFL Flag Football is open until August 6th.
  • Ages 3-15
  • Sunday only
  • All skill levels welcome

Visit this website to register your student(s).

Counselors' Corner

Welcome to our new school year! If you did not receive our Back-to-School newsletter, please see it here. Please reach out if the School Counseling Department can be of assistance to you and your family. Your input helps guide our school counseling program activities, better serving the needs of our community. Resources are available on our School Counseling Website including a list of mental health professionals and relaxation activities.

The Backpack Buddies free food program will soon begin and is available for any students in need. A big thank you for donations of school supplies from our PTA! All our students who receive Backpack Buddies were given a bag of school supplies today/Friday.

If your child or someone you know could benefit from a bag of food for the weekends, or needs school supplies please contact our school counselors, Ms. Rebecca or Mr. Wes. We partner with The Collegiate Church of St. Paul the Apostle for this wonderful service to our families.

Let us know how we can be of service.

Ms. Rebecca, School Counselor (PreK-3rd Grades)

Mr. Wes, School Counselor (4th-8th Grades)

912-395-5470 x2





Grace & Courtesy Emphasis

Throughout the school year, Ellis has a school-wide focus on certain 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 August 3rd to August 26th, our school-wide Grace & Courtesy emphasis is RESPONSIBILITY.

The language of identifying Responsibility from "The Self-Awakened Child" series by Jonathan Wolff

  • When I do what I say I am going to do, I am being responsible.
  • When I make a mistake and tell the truth about what I did, I am taking responsibility for what I do and say.
  • When I do something that helps everyone and hurts no one, I am acting responsibly.
  • When I tell the truth about my sad, scary or angry feelings and I ask someone to help me feel better, I am taking responsibility for me feelings.
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Ellis Family Handbook

Please review the 2022/2023 Ellis Family Handbook for important information and operational procedures specific to our school.

**Please Note: This is a working document so it will be amended as needed.

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Arrival/Dismissal Procedures

Please review the map above for the arrival/dismissal procedures.

Car Riders:

Primary and Lower Elementary (Pre-K through 3rd grade) students should be dropped off/picked up at the front door on 49th Street. ORANGE car rider signs with their student(s) names must be displayed prominently in the front passenger window or dashboard.

Upper Elementary (4th-6th grades), Erdkinder (7th-8th grades), and their Lower Elementary (1st-3rd grade) siblings should be dropped off/picked up at the back gate on 48th Street. PURPLE car rider signs with their student(s) names must be displayed prominently in the front passenger window or dashboard.


Primary and Lower El walkers will arrive/be dismissed out the gate on McGillicuddy St.

Upper El and Erdkinder walkers will arrive/be dismissed out the front door on 49th St.

Approved adults picking up Primary/Lower El walker students or Upper El/Erdkinder students (during severe weather) must present a YELLOW walker card in order for their to student to be released.

Rainy Day Dismissal:

Similar to regular day dismissal, students will remain in their classrooms until called. Upper Elementary and Erdkinder Walkers will be released unless there is severe weather.

If severe weather, parents will be contacted and required to pick up their student(s) from the school.

Uniforms & Spirit Wear

Visit the Ellis website for more information on school uniform options including what students can wear on dress down days.

The Ellis PTA sells spirit wear which can be worn on Fridays with school uniform bottoms. Visit the PTA Memberhub website to purchase.

Support our school...join the PTA!

Join Us!

The Ellis PTA is a vital support group for our school. Please consider getting involved by joining for just $7/person. Visit the Memberhub website to sign up and stay tuned for more information about meetings, events, etc.

Spirit Wear

We look forward to seeing everyone during the open house this coming Sunday and Monday. We will be ready to stock you up on your Ellis t-shirts, polos, jackets, and car magnets.

You can skip the lines by placing your order through this link, and we’ll have it ready for you to pick up at open house. If you can’t make open house to pick the items up, we’ll get them to your student within the first week.

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.