Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, November 22, 2021

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"The highest honor and the deepest gratitude you can pay me is to turn your attention from me in the direction of which I am pointing - The child." Maria Montessori


Important Dates

November 1-30- PTA Read-A-Thon

November 22-26- Thanksgiving Break- No School!

December 3-9- Scholastic Book Fair

December 9- Festival of Lights (Primary and Lower Elementary)- More info to come

December 14- High School Info Session for Erdkinder

December 20-30- Winter Break

January 3- Staff Planning Day

January 4- Start of 3rd Nine Weeks

January 4- Students Return to School

November 22-26th- No School!

We wish everyone a happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving Break. There is no school for staff or students from November 22-26th.

We will see everyone back to school on Monday, November 29th!

School-Wide Grace & Courtesy Focus

When we return to school on November 29th, our new Grace & Courtesy Focus will be TRUST and 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.

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.

Book Fair

We will be holding a Scholastic Book Fair in the media center December 3-9th...this will be our first in-person Book Fair in TWO years!

Book Fairs are a fundraiser used by our Media Center to raise funds to purchase more books. This is especially needed this school year as we "lost" approx. 300 books due to the pandemic with students leaving school so abruptly in March 2020 and we haven't been able to raise money since then.

Unfortunately, volunteers/parents are still not allowed in the school buildings, but students will be allowed to shop during the school day.

You can find out more information about the upcoming fair including how to add money to your students (and classroom teachers) eWallet on the Ellis Media Center website.

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

Thank you for your support!

Make-Up Fall Picture Packets

If your student took a Fall Make-Up picture on October 26th, you should have received their picture packet by now. If not, please contact your child's teacher.

The deadline to purchase and/or return the picture packets is Friday, December 3rd.

Counselor's Corner

This week in School Counseling, Upper Elementary and Erdkinder students received a lesson on Inclusiveness and Understanding the Difference Between Rude, Mean, and Bullying Behaviors. When we return from Thanksgiving break, Primary and Lower Elementary students will learn about diversity with the book Finding Your Spot in the World.

Erdkinder parents, please add to your calendar our upcoming High School Info Session for Families on Tuesday, December 14 at 5:30pm via Zoom. More information will be coming soon.

We wish you all an enjoyable Thanksgiving!

Rebecca Burkhart, School Counselor & Wes Cooper, School Counseling Intern

912-395-5470 x2



PTA Read-A-Thon

**Update 11/16/2021: We have already raised $1,315...thank you, Bobcats! Keep up the hard work and happy reading! It is not too late to sign your student up to participate at the link below. Once you sign up, you will be provided with a link to share with your family/friends so that they can pledge their support to your student(s).

The Charles Ellis Montessori Academy PTA is thrilled to announce that we will be sponsoring our 10th Annual Read-A-Thon for our students during the month of November.

All proceeds from the Read-A-Thon will directly support our school.This year, we will be raising funds to purchase updated Montessori Materials that will be circulated through the media center for classroom use.

Not only will the funds benefit our school, but students will also enjoy time reading (and it is something that can be done as a family). We hope the time your family spends participating in this Read-A-Thon will encourage a love of reading and time spent together supporting a good cause.

Students have received a reading log (also attached below) to track their reading and also to request pledges. Pledges/donations should be submitted to the PTA Read-A-Thon Memberhub website (http://app.memberhub.gives/4ae9be).


Any student, who raises $100 or more, will receive a $10.00 gift certificate to the Scholastic Book Fair in the media center, which will take place December 6-10, 2021.

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

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Directory Opt-Outs

This is a notice that if you opted out of allowing your student's directory/personal information to be shared when you filled out the Online Student Verification at the beginning of the school year, they will NOT be included in the 2021/2022 Ellis Yearbook.

**Update: Last week, Ms. Lisa sent an email to families who have opted out to confirm that you do NOT wish your student to be in the yearbook. If you did not receive an email, but this applies to you, please check your SPAM folder or email Ms. Lisa directly. You have until November 30th to respond.

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

From the Clinic

You can find important information on the Nurse's page of the Ellis website.

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:



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.