Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, August 31st, 2020

Happy 150th birthday, Dr. Maria Montessori!

"No adult can become a teacher of love without a special effort, without opening the eyes of his consciousness in order to see a world more vast than his own."

Maria Montessori The Child in the Family

Love is the Answer?

Often on this Montessori journey, both as a professional and mother of two, now grown, rambunctious boys, I face the niggling dilemma- "How do I teach children to love one another?"

In order to encourage an industrious and compassionate learning environment, Montessori education is grounded in Grace & Courtesy Lessons and the fastidiousness of the Montessori Prepared Environment. Peace Tables & Peace Poles abound, reminding child and adult alike that this is our mission in the world.

But the questions still remain. Is love the curriculum or a skill/concept to be learned? Is love a goal or a daily energy that drives actions? Is love a solution to the many problems in our society? Whatever the answer, I have recognized that when I stop to look at the child as "love incarnate", then the child becomes the teacher and I must become a student of the world.


Ms. Tanya

Important Dates

August 31- Dr. Maria Montessori's 150th Birthday

September 1- PTA Spirit Night at Chipotle (see more info in the PTA section below)

September 7- Labor Day- Holiday for all!

October 9- Fall Break for Staff/Students

October 12- Staff Planning Day- No School for students!

October 27- PTA Role Model Reader Day

School-Wide Grace & Courtesy Emphasis


  • When I do what I say I am going to do, I am being responsible.
  • When I make a mistake and tell the truth about what I did, I am taking responsibility for what I do and say.
  • When I do something that helps everyone and hurts no one, I am acting responsibly.
  • When I tell the truth about my sad, scary or angry feelings and I ask someone to help me feel better, I am taking responsibility for my feelings.

Student Schedules by Developmental Level

Primary Schedule PreK & Kindergarten

Lower Elementary Schedule - 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Grades

Upper Elementary Schedule - 4th, 5th, & 6th Grades

Erdkinder Schedule - 7th & 8th Grades

Virtual Meeting Procedures

New Ellis Safety Procedure Effective Immediately:

For your student's safety, in order to be admitted into a virtual meeting/lesson, your student's first name and last initial/last name must be displayed. If the teacher does not recognize the username of the participant, that person will not be admitted into the meeting/lesson. If your student is not able to attend the live meeting/lesson, they will have an opportunity to watch the recorded session at a later date. Thank you for helping us with this safety measure.

Device Distribution

Phase Two

Our school is awaiting devices from SCCPSS - when those are received, Phase Two of device distribution will begin. If you have a student currently on the waitlist for a device, you will be contacted via email when a device is available. In the email, you will receive a link to schedule an appointment to pick up the device from school. You will also receive information on how to purchase the Technology Protection Plan (TPP) offered by SCCPSS. This information is also available on the Ellis website.

Technology Assistance

Click here for troubleshooting tips from SCCPSS.

Click here for more information on low-cost internet access for qualifying families.

SCCPSS Smart Buses equipped with internet access will begin to run on September 1st. More information including a schedule can be found on the SCCPSS eLearning Days Guide.

Counselors' Corner

Our first lesson with students is about the role of the school counselors, how to get in contact with us, what confidentiality is, and how to identify trusted adults. We've been enjoying seeing your children's faces and look forward to continuing to meet with all students for School Counseling Instruction time. Please see your teacher's ItsLearning page for our Zoom link to have your child join us for their lesson time.

If you need anything, please see the Contact Us section of our website: tinyurl.com/charlesellisschoolcounseling

Savannah Area Potential Virtual Learning Childcare-

While we know home may be the safest place during this time, sometimes it's difficult when parents are working. Here are some options we have become aware of. Note that space is limited and some may already be booked:




Charles Ellis Montessori Academy parents! Want to help improve our school? Please consider serving on the School Council. Nominations are open for the 2020-2021 academic year. Self-nominations are welcome. Interested nominees should complete this very brief questionnaire by Friday, September 11. 2020. All submitted nominations will be posted online September 14 and online voting will take place September 25-28, 2020. Thank you!


School Council Nomination Form

The establishment of a school council is intended to bring parents and the community together with teachers and school administrators to create better understanding of and mutual respect for each other's concerns and to share ideas for school improvement.

Ellis PTA

Join the PTA or donate at this link.

Visit the PTA Website.

Help raise funds for PTA by ordering from Chipotle on Victory Drive, September 1st, between 4-8pm. Ordering can be done in person (see flyer below) or online, using our code 8RNBWYY as the promo code.

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From the Clinic

Please make sure that all immunizations are up to date and that you have processed documentation with Nurse Chris. Please contact her via email Christine O'Boyle <Christine.O'Boyle@sccpss.com> if you have any questions.

Nutrition Services

Applications for free/reduced lunch must be submitted every year. The deadline to submit an application is September 30, 2020. Click this link to submit an application.

The cost for school meals are as follows:

Breakfast- Free

Lunch- $3.00

Reduced Lunch- $.40

You can add money on your student's meal account here.

For more information on meal delivery dates/times during virtual learning, visit the SCCPSS website.

Ellis Montessori Academy Website

District Website