Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, Week of May 16th, 2022

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"Peace is what every human being is craving for, and it can be brought about by humanity through the child." -Dr. Maria Montessori

Pictured above: The Ellis Upper Elementary Chorus after their performance at the Military Appreciation Breakfast held at Ellis on May 11th. View more at this link.

Important Dates

May 16-19- Student Technology Returns

May 20- Field Day (PreK-6th Grades)

May 20- Deadline for School Council Nominations

May 23- Field Day (7th-8th Grades)

May 24- 8th Grade Bridging Ceremony (9am)

May 24- Last Day of School!

May 25-27- Faculty Post-Planning

Technology Return Dates

All students will be returning their school devices on the following schedule:

Monday, May 16th- PreK-K and Rm. 6 (Ms. Natalie's class)

Tuesday, May 17th- 7th-8th Grades and Rm. 4 (Ms. Allie's class)

Wednesday, May 18th- 1st-3rd Grades

Thursday, May 19th- 4th-6th Grades

Please note: All devices (iPad/Chromebook), **chargers**, and personal Wi-Fi devices must be returned!

Fines will be issued for any missing chargers/damaged devices if your family does not have a paid Family Protection Plan on file with the school.

If your child will be attending summer school, their device will be available to them during that time.

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

Field Day

Field Day will be taking place on campus this year.

  • Primary, Lower Elementary, and Upper Elementary will participate on Friday, May 20th.
  • Erdkinder will participate on Monday, May 23rd.

Please read this letter from Coach Lesley for more information including a list of items your student should (and shouldn't!) bring.

School Council Nominations

It’s that time of year…!! School Council nominations are OPEN!

The School Council is a group made up of teachers, administrators, parents, and community partners that work together to address school improvement goals. We only meet 5 times per school year, but the meetings are a great way to voice questions and offer suggestions to meet challenges.

We have three parent positions to fill, so if you would like to volunteer your services for a two-year term, or know someone who would be a great addition, please use this nomination form to submit names and info.

All parents (excluding those who work at the school) are welcome to apply!

Deadline to apply is Friday, May 20, 2022 at 5pm.

Media Center Books Due!

**Update 5/13/2022**: We still have 173 books checked out...please help us retrieve our media center materials so that they are available next school year.

All books checked out to students need to be returned to the media center!

If your student has lost/damaged their media center book(s), you may either purchase a replacement copy (hardcover only, please!) or you may pay to have it replaced.

Overdue notices will be coming home this week for any outstanding books.

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

Counselors' Corner

Please click here to do a brief survey to help the school counseling department in planning for next school year. Thanks for your enormous support this year, and we look forward to partnering with you even more in the future.

If your child needs any resources, please reach out to our school counselors, Mr. Wes and Ms. Rebecca. Our School Counseling Website includes all past school counseling department newsletters as well as a list of mental health professionals, if needed.

Rebecca Burkhart- Primary and Lower Elementary School Counselor


Wesley Cooper- Upper Elementary and Erdkinder School Counselor


912-395-5470 x2
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Did you know that Charles Ellis Montessori Academy participates in a Farm to School grant?

Representatives from Savannah Victory Gardens as well as the SCCPSS Nutrition Department work with our students on a monthly basis. Students participate in program activities such as: gardening, farm visits, nutrition, local produce samples, and more. School garden activities encourage healthy eating, get children to try new foods, teach the fundamentals of good nutrition, connect children to the concept of growing seasons, promote healthy outdoor physical activity, and offer students the chance to participate in environmentally meaningful activities.

We need your help. Please complete the short care-giver survey to share your views on the importance of school nutrition and school gardening program. Thank you!

School-Wide Grace & Courtesy Focus

The language for identifying/naming ACCEPTANCE in "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.

2021/2022 Yearbooks

Yearbooks have arrived!

We have a limited quantity of extra yearbooks for sale if you did not pre-order. They will be available on a first come, first served basis.

If you would like to purchase a yearbook, you can send $20 cash or check (made payable to Ellis Montessori Academy) to school with your student OR you may email Ms. Lisa for the link to pay with a debit/credit card through School Cash Online (processing fee included).

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 Charles Ellis Montessori Academy website.

SCCPSS Website

Please visit the SCCPSS website regularly for the most up-to-date district information.