Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, Week of February 13, 2023

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"The child who has never learned to work by himself, to set goals for his own acts, or to be the master of his own force of will is recognizable in the adult who lets others guide his will and feels a constant need for the approval of others." -Dr. Maria Montessori

Pictured above: Chandler New (back row) is an Ellis alumnus and a pilot with Savannah Aviation. He spoke last week to some of our Upper Elementary classes as part of career speaker day.

Important Dates

February 17- SCCPSS e-Learning 1/2 Day

February 20- Staff Planning Day- No School for Students

February 24- PreK Application Window Closes

February 25- Family Engagement Discussion

February 26-March 4- International Montessori Education Week

March 3- Donation Dress Down Day

March 6- PTA Boosterthon Fun Run Kick-Off

March 8- Choice Program Lottery Registration Window Opens

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!

View the SCCPSS Academic calendar at this link.

View the SCCPSS Assessment calendar at this link.

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Valentine's Day- Tuesday, Feb. 14th

We wish a happy Valentine's Day to everyone who celebrates; however, we request that families do NOT have gifts delivered to your student(s) at school. Every year, this causes much unnecessary disruption to the school day as well as additional work for our busy office staff.

**Please note: If deliveries are sent to school, we will ask the delivery person to return them or the items will be held in the front office for you to pick up at the end of the school day.

We appreciate your understanding.

Pre-K Application Window

The Ellis Pre-K Application window for the 2023/2024 school year is NOW OPEN from February 8th-24th.

If you or someone you know is interested in applying Pre-K at Ellis, visit the SCCPSS website for more information and a link to the application.

Counselors' Corner

This past week was National School Counseling Week, which focuses attention on the contributions of comprehensive school programs. To learn about our school counseling data and info, click here. This year's National School Counseling Week theme was dream BIG, and we helped our students do just by hosting Career Speaker Day. Presenters came to speak with classrooms about their careers. Thank you to our amazing speakers!

  • Andrew Cosey, Cocoran Austin Hill Realty
  • Audris Hymon, Members First Credit Union
  • Ben Brodhead, Eight Cranes Acupuncture & Counseling
  • Ben Karpf, Superior Court Judge
  • Bradley Thompson, Prosecutor
  • Chandler New, Savannah Aviation
  • Savannah Fire Department
  • Kelly Pack, AJC Logistics
  • Kwame Nyong'o, Animation & Illustration
  • Lee Heidel, Neighborhood Comics
  • Nate Fuller, Choate Construction
  • Rich Burkhart, Photos by Rich Burkhart & Savannah Morning News
  • Sally Silbermann, Coastal Health District
  • Sarah Smith, Enactus Marketing & Communications
  • Tommy Cramer, Joye Psychology & Excelsior Foundation for Family Wellness

Next week, our Primary and Lower Elementary students will participate in Careers on Wheels and learn about jobs through this touch-a-truck type event.

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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PTA Staff Appreciation Brunch

Calling all families!

The PTA Teacher Appreciation Committee is organizing a Staff Brunch on Friday, March 31st, at 10am, and we would love your help!

If you would like to show your children's teachers some love, we have listed some easy ways to contribute to this brunch. We hope this can be a way for parents to easily and sincerely show appreciation.

Please click this link to sign up to donate/volunteer. The PTA Teacher Appreciation Committee will reach out to you with details on how to drop off your contribution.

Lost & Found- Updated!

To practice community responsibility, both online and in person, Upper Elementary students updated the Lost & Found page of Ms. Angie's Tech Corner website this week.

They collaborated in their peer online community in preparation for their work to be utilized in a larger community of parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and caregivers.

Students reviewed computer science skills in photography, formatting text & images, re-sizing, cropping, adding borders, and following a few standard website design practices.

Please click the link above to view the lost & found. If you see something that belongs to your student, contact their classroom teacher or have your student retrieve the item from the ramp in the hallway outside the multi-purpose room (MPR).

Pre-order a Yearbook!

The 2022/2023 Ellis yearbook is now available for pre-order! Reserve 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).

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 February 6th-February 17th, our school-wide Grace & Courtesy emphasis is ASSERTIVENESS.

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

  • When I ask for what I need or want, I am being Assertive.
  • When I do or say the right thing--even when it's hard--I am being Assertive.
  • When I say "no" to someone who tries to hurt me or someone else, I am being Assertive.

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