Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, Week of January 17, 2022

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I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits." Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

When we introduce our children to a world of wonder and compassion then we are truly "Educating the WHOLE CHILD for a WHOLE WORLD". How will you serve our children?


Ms. Tanya

Important Dates

January 17- Dr. MLK Jr. Day- No School!

January 22- Choice Program Application Window Opens

January 22- PTA Parent Advocacy Workshop

January 27- PTA Meeting

January 28- DDDD Supporting the Red Cross

February 4- Choice Program Application Window Closes

February 21- Staff Planning Day- No School for Students!

March 4- Choice Program Lottery

No School- Monday, January 17th

In observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, there is no school on Monday, January 17th.

We will see students back in the building on Tuesday, January 18th.

*NEW* Student Illness Notification Form

In an effort to expedite the student illness reporting process, an Ellis Student Illness Notification Form has been created that you will be requested to fill out any time your student is feeling ill. This form will take the place of calling/emailing Nurse Chris.

After we receive your form response, a member of the Ellis Covid Contact Tracing Team will contact you. Do NOT bring your student to the school building before an Ellis staff member contacts you.

In addition to completing this form, please contact your student's teacher so that they are aware of the situation.

It is recommended that you bookmark the link to the form on your phone/device for easy access. It will also be available on the Ellis website.

Vaccination Cards MUST be on File

The current SCCPSS Covid-19 protocol states that, if your student is vaccinated for COVID-19 and they do NOT have symptoms, they do not need to quarantine at home if they have been a close contact (15 combined minutes over a 24 hour period) to someone with Covid-19. Please refer to the attached flowchart which is on the Nurse's page of the school website.

However, we MUST have your student's COVID-19 vaccination card on file in order for your student to avoid getting sent home if they are identified as a close contact.

If you have not done so already, please email a photo of your student's vaccination card to Nurse Chris (christine.oboyle@sccpss.com) and Mr. Wes (wesley.cooper@sccpss.com).

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Choice Program Lottery

Please note that the SCCPSS Choice Program lottery window opens on Saturday, January 22nd. If your student is currently in Pre-K at Ellis, you will need to apply to the Ellis kindergarten lottery for the 2022/2023 school year.

You can find more information about the choice program lottery on the Ellis website.

PTA Parent Advocacy Workshop

The PTA is hosting a Parent Advocacy Workshop "Dispute Resolution in the Special Education Setting" via Zoom on Saturday, January 22nd, from 9am-12pm.

This FREE event is open to all Ellis families. If you would like to join, please register at this link.

Counselors' Corner

This week in School Counseling, we practiced Coping Skills and discussed Academic Responsibility to help students be prepared to be successful academic learners. Next week, Primary and Lower Elementary students will have storytime using the book Some Days I Flip My Lid: Learning to be a Calm, Cool Kid.

Note for 8th Grade Families- Choice School applications open on January 22. Visit choice.sccpss.com and high school websites for more info about criteria. If you missed last month's High School Info Session, click here for the recording or click here to view a pdf of the presentation. Also, to learn more about future opportunities, click here to understand the Dual Enrollment program.

Please let us know if your student needs anything, including a school counselor check-in, peer mediation session, or resources such as the Backpack Buddies free food program. Additional resources are available on the School Counseling Website including a list of mental health professionals, relaxation activities, and family newsletters.

Rebecca Burkhart- Primary and Lower Elementary School Counselor


Wesley Cooper- Upper Elementary and Erdkinder School Counselor


912-395-5470 x2

PTA Spirit Gear

If you would like to purchase Ellis logo spirit gear (including white/navy logo polos, Ellis logo/bobcat t-shirts, fleece jackets), please visit the PTA Memberhub website:

If you haven't yet joined the PTA, you may also do that on the same site.

Thank you for your support!

Leopold's Creative Writing Challenge

12th Annual Creative Writing Challenge

Open to all Kindergarten-8th grade students

Theme: Kindness

Entry Deadline: February 11th

Visit the Live Oak Public Library website for more information

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School-Wide Grace & Courtesy Focus

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


  • When I think that all animals, birds, bugs, plants, and people are all part of Earth's big family, I am thinking about Unity.
  • When I look at all the ways people who look and talk different than I do are like me, I am thinking with Unity.


  • When I choose to be your friend and I am your friend forever, no matter what happens, I am being Loyal.
  • When whatever I do or say helps our friendship grow closer and better and I never purposely do anything to hurt you, I am being Loyal.
  • When my words and actions are the same as the love and truth of my heart, I am being Loyal to myself.

Yearbook Pre-Orders

The 2021-2022 Ellis yearbook is now available to pre-order for $20. It is highly recommended that you order now to secure your copy as we will have a limited quantity of extra copies when they are delivered.

Use this link to order your copy today!

Yearbooks will be delivered in April/May to your student(s).

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

From the Clinic

Please review the flowchart on the Nurse's page of the Ellis website.

If your student has been vaccinated for Covid-19, please send a copy of the vaccination card to Nurse Chris for her records.

Please note:

Nurse Chris' email address has changed to christine.oboyle@sccpss.com

If your child is (or will be) absent for any reason, please email your child's teacher AND copy Nurse Chris on the email.

If your student is classified as a "Close Contact" with someone who has COVID-19 at school, you will receive a phone call from someone on the Ellis Contact Tracing team to pick them up immediately. When you pick up your student, you will be provided with a letter from Nurse Chris outlining further instructions including when your student will be allowed to return to the building. You can view that letter template on the Nurse's page of the Ellis school website for your future reference. It is also listed in the updated Ellis Family Handbook.

Contact Information:



Walker Dismissal

If your Upper El/Erdkinder (4th-8th grade) student(s) walk home/Circle Park with your written permission at dismissal, please take note and talk to your student so they understand the following:
  • If it is a rainy day (without thunder/lightning) dismissal, students will still be dismissed to walk home/Circle Park. They must leave the school grounds once they leave the building.
  • If it is a severe weather (with thunder/lightning) dismissal, students must wait in the MPR for an approved adult to pick them up from the MPR door on Battey St.
  • Students are NOT allowed to hang out/wait outside of the school doors once they leave the school building. This is a liability as there is no adult supervision outside of the school.
  • There is NO adult supervision by school staff at Circle Park since it is off school grounds. It is up to the parent/guardian to ensure that their student is behaving in a safe and appropriate manner.

Devices Brought to School Daily

If your student takes their school device home on a daily basis, PLEASE make sure that they are bringing it back to school EVERY DAY, FULLY CHARGED. Students need their devices at school for district assessments, Explorations, etc.

Students must also have their own set of earbuds/headphones. We cannot share these items among students for hygiene reasons.

If you would like your student to keep their device at school, please contact your student's teacher to arrange that.

Thank you for your help with teaching our students to be responsible for their school materials.

Publix Partners

Publix Partners is donating to our school, and you can help! Ellis has received over $12,000 since our partnership began 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 publix.com/partners and select our school: Charles Ellis Montessori- Savannah, GA
  2. Provide your phone number every time you check out at Publix.
  3. Publix will donate a portion of qualifying purchases to our school!

Ellis PTA

The PTA is calling all local business owners to consider investing in our school by being a PTA Business Sponsor. See attached form below. We appreciate your consideration and help spreading the word out to our community about this great opportunity

If you haven't joined the PTA yet, please do!

Joining the PTA is a small but significant way to get involved in our school and to make a difference in the lives of our Ellis community.

Click here to join or donate.


There is still PTA Committee Chairs open:

Arts Enrichment


If interested in joining a PTA committee, contact Emily Salzer (emilycsalzer@gmail.com) or Kellie Groover (kellie.groover@focuslabllc.com), PTA Co-Presidents.

If you are a parent/guardian of a new Ellis student, request to join the Ellis PTA Facebook Group to connect with us​. ​

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.