Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, May 24, 2021

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Important Dates

May 24- Summer Break Begins!

May 24-26- Student Technology Return (Cohort C)

May 25- Erdkinder Parent Information Meeting

August 4- First Day of School!

Cohort C Device Return

***Cohort C, if you haven't done so already, please use this link to schedule an appointment to return your student device (and/or media center books!) to school between May 24-26th.***

Please note: Students attending summer school will keep their devices until summer school is over.

  • Chromebooks AND HotSpots must be returned.
  • If your student has saved any pictures/files on the device that you would like to keep, move those to their student Google Drive. Click here for a quick video tutorial.
  • Make sure the device is fully charged when it is returned so that we can ensure that the device is in working order.
  • If there is damage to the device, please contact Ms. Lisa now so that we can arrange payment for the repair, if applicable.
  • Please remove any stickers/sticky notes that YOU may have added to the device.
  • Don't forget the charger!

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

Congratulations to our 8th Grade Students!

Congratulations to the thirty-two 8th grade students who bridged on to high school today! We wish you the best of luck on your next stage of life. We know that you, like so many others who have come before you, will make us proud with all your future endeavors.

We invite our community to view the Ellis 8th Grade Bridging Slideshow and you can see photos of the bridging ceremony on the Ellis Media Center Facebook page.

Introduction to Erdkinder

Our sincere apologies for technical difficulties on May 19th during the Erdkinder Info Session. We wanted to share with you Erdkinder information as your student prepares for next school year. Last week, your students received this information in presentations both in-person and virtually.

We're excited to offer an opportunity for parents to meet our Erdkinder teachers over Zoom on Tuesday, May 25 at 5pm. Join us for a 30-minute conversation as we all gear up for next school year!

Here's the link:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 954 3365 5868

Passcode: welcome

Art Show

We had a wonderful turn out for the Spring "Pop Up" Art Show. Thank you to all the amazing student artists who submitted work for everyone's viewing enjoyment. We also wish to thank the PTA Art Committee and Ms. Amanda Fanelli for her help.

You can view a brief glimpse at the art show at this link and view the photo album on the Ellis Media Center Facebook page.

All student art work has been returned to your student's teacher. You can arrange pick up with them or you can just wait until our return to the building in August!

Bobcat Roar

Check out the latest edition of the Erdkinder production, Bobcat Roar, for things that you can do this summer!

Summer Reading

We hope that you encourage your children to read throughout the summer break. Here are some resources that you may find helpful:

Summer Reading Programs

SCCPSS Summer Reading Information

Did you know that your student can check out books through Live Oak Public Library LOPL)with their student number? It is a partnership between SCCPSS and LOPL called the PINES P.L.A.Y. Program. Find out more information at the link below:

Access to Books/eBooks

Counselor's Corner

What a year it has been! As we all begin our summer, I want to say thank you- for being there for us and for your children as we all navigated this crazy school year together. I cannot wait to welcome our students back to school in August and actually (hopefully) be able to give hugs once again. Rest, relax, and have fun this summer! If you ever need a moment of relaxation, mindfulness, or meditation, check out my website. There are also useful mental health resources and community links available.

I look forward to seeing you back here in August. To our 8th graders, congratulations and best wishes as you embark on the new chapter of your life in high school!

Ms. Rebecca, School Counselor

912-395-5470 x2


or you can message me on ItsLearning

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School-Wide Grace & Courtesy Focus

The Language for Identifying/Naming the Qualities of Acceptance from the "Self- Awakened Child" series by Jonathan Wolff:

  • When I feel peaceful about things I cannot change and I try to live happily with them, I am acting with Acceptance.
  • When I feel peaceful about people I cannot change and I try to live happily with them, I am acting with Acceptance.

New School Council Members

Welcome to the newly elected School Council Members:

Mary Britton Senseney

Lori Wynn

Jennifer Drey

Amanda Fanelli (returning for second term)

Also joining us will be our new PTA Co-Presidents: Kellie Groover and Emily Salzer, as well as our new Teacher of the Year, Beth Whelan!

Thank you to those rolling off: Brendan Ferarra, Suzy Wallace, Gloria Rigsbee, Melanie Finnegan (PTA), Holly McCormick (PTA), and Trent Kissenger (Teacher of the Year, who voluntarily served an additional year during the Pandemic - he is amazing).

Charles Ellis Presents

We are pleased to present our research about “The Fundamental Needs of Humans” as part of a special "Virtual" Charles Ellis Presents production! In this key lesson, we discovered a number of fundamental needs that allow us to lead happy, healthy, and productive lives. While these needs are the same for all cultures and time periods, how people meet these needs varies based upon the time period and location.

Upper Elementary students at Charles Ellis Montessori Academy have spent the past few weeks exploring the fundamental needs and creating projects sharing their research. We hope that our projects will challenge you to further your thinking about the amazing gift of life and inspire you be thankful for those who ensure that your needs are met.

Contact US!

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 this website regularly for the most up-to-date SCCPSS District information.