Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, Week of November 28, 2022

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"We do not believe in the educative power of words and commands alone, but seek cautiously, and almost without the child's knowing it, to guide his natural activity." -Dr. Maria Montessori

Pictured above: A primary student works on an art project along with his observation of a sunflower.

Important Dates

November 1-30- PTA Read-A-Thon

November 21-25- Thanksgiving Break- No School!

December 1-8- Book Fair

December 2- M.E.S.S. Holiday Party

December 3- Family Engagement Meeting

December 3- Holiday Ornament Making Event

December 8- Festival of Lights

December 16- Donation Dress Down Day

December 19-January 2- Winter Break

January 3- Staff Planning Day- No school for students!

View the SCCPSS Academic calendar at this link.

View the SCCPSS Assessment calendar at this link.

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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 November 28th-December 16th, our school-wide Grace & Courtesy emphasis is TRUST & HONESTY.

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


  • When I say to myself, "I know I can learn to do this" -- even if it's something that is very hard for me to do-- I am Trusting myself.
  • When someone promises me something and I feel sure they will keep their promise, I am Trusting them.
  • When I do what I promise I will do, I am acting with Trust.


  • When I tell myself the truth about what I think, how I feel or what I did, I am being Honest.
  • When I tell someone the truth about what I think, how I feel or what I did, I am being Honest.

PTA Read-A-Thon

**Update 11/16/22: We have raised $1,015 so far...thank you, Bobcats!**

If your student has received any "per minute" pledges, please enter the number of minutes that they have read this month to your account by November 30th via the steps listed on the Read-A-Thon page of the Ellis website.


The PTA Read-A-Thon is going on NOW until November 30th!

Please consider helping us to raise funds to purchase updated books in our media center's cultural curriculum collection.

1. Sign up your student(s) at this link: https://bit.ly/2022PTAReadAThon.

2. Share your student's personalized link (that you are provided after you sign them up) on your social media to ask for support from family and friends.

3. Encourage your student(s) to read for a good cause!

**Any student who raises $100 or more will receive a $10 gift certificate to our Scholastic Book Fair (December 1st-8th).**

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

Happy reading, Bobcats!

You can find more information (and a reading log to keep track of your student's reading) on the PTA Read-A-Thon page of the Ellis website.

Save the Date!

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to the Ellis Media Center December 1st-8th.

The book fair will be open during regular school hours (8am-3:30pm) every day except for Thursday, December 8th, when we will be open UNTIL 5:30pm (when the Festival of Lights will begin).

Forget the cash! You can add money to your student(s) eWallet account on the Ellis Book Fair website.

Find more information on the Ellis website.

M.E.S.S. Holiday Party

The Montessori Education Society of Savannah (M.E.S.S.) holiday party and fundraiser is back!

When: December 2nd at 6pm

Where: Perc Coffee (1802 E. Broad St. Savannah, GA 31401)

Why: The M.E.S.S. holiday party gives parents, teachers, and Montessori advocates a chance to mix, mingle, and learn more about our Montessori community.

M.E.S.S. is an advocacy group formed primarily by the parents of students at Charles Ellis Montessori Academy to promote Montessori education in the Savannah community and to support teachers in achieving Montessori training and certification.

There’s no cost to attend the M.E.S.S. holiday party and all Montessori advocates are welcome!


Your family or business can be an event sponsor with a tax-deductible donation of $250.

Become an event sponsor at this link.

In-kind donations to support the event and auction would also be greatly appreciated. Questions? Contact savannahmess@gmail.com

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Holiday Ornament Making Event

Ms. Tiia is hosting a holiday ornament making event on Saturday, December 3rd, from 10-12pm with community member Janie Brodhead. All students and their families are invited.

Donations will be accepted with all proceeds benefiting the Ellis art program.

If you have any questions, contact Ms. Tiia at tiia.strong@sccpss.com.

Counselors' Corner

Thank you to everyone who had the chance to "adopt" an angel from our Angel Tree to help make a child's holiday a little brighter. All gifts are due by December 7th wrapped with the angel number labeling them. Please turn these into the front office with the attention to Ms. Rebecca. Thanks in advance for your support!

Sharing community resources/events:

  • HUGS Parenting Group- focuses on stress management, self-care, boundaries, time management, positive communication, discipline, how therapy can benefit your child

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

Ms. Rebecca, School Counselor, Primary & Lower Elementary

912-395-5470 x71201



Mr. Wes, School Counselor, Upper Elementary & Erdkinder

912-395-5470 x71243



Ms. Lauren, School Counseling Intern from Georgia Southern University

Festival of Lights

The PTA Festival of Lights will take place on December 8th at 5:30pm.

There will be performances by Primary/Lower Elementary students, Upper Elementary Chorus, and the symphonic band.

Come early or stay after school...the book fair will be open until the performances start at 5:30pm!

The 8th grade bridging club will be selling ornaments at the event to help with the cost of their 8th grade bridging ceremony. There are several different types of ornaments to choose from (see images below). The wood slice and glass bulb are $5/each and the snowman, reindeer, and gingerbread cookie ornaments are $1/each.

Giving Opportunity

A family in our Ellis community is currently working to set up two village libraries for children in Kenya, East Africa. You can click on the Dala Library website to learn more about this project including ways that your family can help this giving season.

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


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.