Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, Week of March 13, 2023

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"The first essential for the child's development is concentration. The child who concentrates is immensely happy."- Dr. Maria Montessori

Pictured above: A lower elementary student takes a brain break in the media center with an activity that promotes concentration.

Important Dates

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!

March 24- Choice Program Lottery Registration Window Closes

March 25- Family Engagement Discussion

March 29- Kindergarten Orientation

March 30- Science Night

March 31- Donation Dress Down Day

April 3-7- Spring Break- No School!

View the SCCPSS Academic calendar at this link.

View the SCCPSS Assessment calendar at this link.

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Boosterthon Event

The Bobcat Fun Run event will be Tuesday, March 14th, for all students. Students should wear running shoes and shorts to school that day. A Boosterthon t-shirt will be provided to each student to wear at the event.

It is not too late to register your student(s) and share their donation link to help us raise funds!

You can register/donate at mybooster.com. Students do NOT need to be registered to participate, but any funds that we receive are appreciated.

Weekend Challenge:

Our community has been working hard to help us reach our goal of $19,000. To say “thank you” (and help us keep raising funds), we’ve got a BONUS PRIZE for students to earn THIS WEEKEND ONLY by getting either $2/lap or $60 in flat donations.

❗️This is a limited time window, so head to MYBOOSTER.COM today to learn more. ❗️

Pre-order a Yearbook- Last Chance!

The only way to guarantee that your student gets a yearbook is to pre-order 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).

St. Patrick's Day Fundraiser

Coach Lesley is selling St. Patrick's day items for $.50-3.00 in the multi-purpose room to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

If you would like to support this cause, you can send cash to school with your student(s).

Field Day T-Shirts Available for Order

Field Day is May 5th.

Field day t-shirts can now be ordered through School Cash Online. These t-shirts can be worn throughout the school year on Fridays (Ellis spirit days).

If you have not yet registered or added your student to your account on School Cash Online, click here for instructions on how to do so.

Coach Lesley will also accept cash or check (made payable to Ellis Montessori Academy), but you MUST provide student name, t-shirt size, and their teacher's name (see prices in the chart below).

Deadline to purchase is March 30th.

Questions? Contact Coach Lesley (lesley.corley@sccpss.com).

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Overdue Media Center Books

Notices were sent home with students this week for books that are at least a month overdue.


  • Students may check out books for two weeks and renew them for another two weeks, if needed.
  • If a student has lost a media center book, we ask that the student's family buys a replacement copy of the book OR pays to have the book replaced.
  • Students cannot check out additional media center books until they pay/replace their lost book(s); however, we do provide either paperback/discarded/donated books that students may choose from so they always have access to reading material.
  • If your student has lost/damaged a media center book, please contact Ms. Lisa (lisa.odonnell@sccpss.com) to discuss options for replacement.

Thank you for your help in maintaining our community's shared resources.

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 March 13th-31st, our school-wide Grace & Courtesy emphasis is COMPASSION.

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

  • When I care about other people as I care about myself, I am feeling Compassion.
  • When I see that other people are feeling hurt or sad and I do something to help them feel better, I am acting with Compassion.

Counselors' Corner

This week in School Counseling Instruction, Primary students have received lessons on personal space and self-control using the book, Personal Space Camp. Next week, some Lower Elementary classes will begin learning about safety using the curriculum Child Safety Matters.

If your child 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 x2



Mr. Wes, School Counselor, Upper Elementary & Erdkinder

912-395-5470 x71243



Ms. Lauren, School Counseling Intern from Georgia Southern University

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Youth Art Month-Kick Off Event

March is Youth Art Month.

There will be a kick-off event to celebrate young artists THIS SATURDAY.

Art, Art Activities, and More!

Saturday, March 4th (10am-2pm)

Bull Street Library

Check out the Ellis display (shown below) which includes a collaborative piece of art by lower elementary students and a QR code that highlights our school's learning garden. The art will be displayed throughout the month of March at the Bull St. Library.

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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.

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