Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, Week of March 14th, 2022

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"Only practical work and experience lead the young to maturity." - Dr. Maria Montessori

(Pictured Above) Ms. Olivia's Erdkinder Explorations class uses a variety of hand tools to refurbish school furniture and build a birdhouse at the STEM shed.

Important Dates

March 13- Daylight Savings Time Begins- Spring Forward!

March 14- Pi Day--Which teacher will be pied? Stay Tuned!

March 16- Coach Lesley Gets Slimed...video to come!

March 17-18- St. Patrick's Day Holiday- No School!

March 23- Kindergarten Orientation

March 25- Donation Dress Down Day Supporting 8th Grade Bridging

March 25- Choice Program Registration Closes

March-28-April 1- Spring Break- No School!

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School-Wide Grace & Courtesy Focus

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

  • When I care about other people as I care about myself, I am feeling Compassion.
  • When I see that other people are feeling hurt or sad and I do something to help them feel better, I am acting with Compassion.

Free Books for 1st grade

The SCCPSS district has received a "Books for Ownership" grant from Reading is Fundamental.

All 1st grade students will be receiving three, free books to add to their personal collection on Tuesday, March 15th.

Everyone is invited to visit the RIF website for literacy resources.

Food Drive

March 16th is the deadline to donate!

Upper elementary students are collecting canned food for the homeless. Donations may be dropped off in the box outside Mr. Trent's classroom (room 20).

St. Patrick's Items For Sale

Coach Lesley is helping raise funds for our teachers going to the AMS conference by selling St. Patrick's Day items.

The cost of items range from $.25-$2.00 and may be purchased by your students in the multi-purpose room (MPR) during morning arrival and P.E. classes.

Text Notifications

If you would like to receive text notifications from the school when we make school-wide announcements, you must opt-in by texting "Yes" to the number 87569.

Counselors' Corner

Classes are learning about Peace and Compassion in the world, and this week, Primary classes and some Lower Elementary classes heard the story The Breaking News. We discussed how we can make big differences and be the light in our world. Next week, Upper Elementary and Erdkinder will receive lessons on peace and community-building.

We are here for all students, and love serving our community. Resources are available on the School Counseling Website including a list of mental health professionals and relaxation activities. Please reach out if you need anything.

Rebecca Burkhart- Primary and Lower Elementary School Counselor


Wesley Cooper- Upper Elementary and Erdkinder School Counselor


912-395-5470 x2
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No EOY MAP Assessment Required

Just so that you are aware...the District has cancelled the required end-of-year MAP assessment. If you have any questions about this, please contact your student's teacher.

SCCPSS Assessment Calendar

GMAS Preparation

Please read this GMAS Family Letter for information about and resources for the upcoming Georgia Milestones Assessments which will take place in April.
Each year, Google hosts the Doodle for Google contest where students from all over the nation have the opportunity to submit an original doodle to Google in hopes that their artwork will be selected to appear on the Google home page.

Several upper elementary students creatively represented our school. Check out their submissions in the adjacent slide show which follows the theme, "I care for myself by..."

Click Here to View

Upper Elementary Doodle for Google Submissions

Culture Fest

In case you missed it...

You can view the pre-recorded 2022 PTA Culture Fest video at this link.

We wish to thank all the students (including Ms. Angie's Erdkinder Communications class who helped edit the video) and the community members who made this event possible.


New Beginning Youth Art Exhibition

The 21st Annual New Beginning Youth Art Exhibition is February 18th-March 19th at the Savannah Cultural Arts Center (201 Montgomery St.).

Congratulations to Ellis Erdkinder students, Cleo Cribbs and Ivy Parish, for having their art work selected to be a part of the exhibition. View their wonderful work on the Ellis website.

**Updated SCCPSS COVID-19 Guidelines**

SCCPSS released updated COVID-19 Guidelines on February 8, 2022.

A summary, full document, and infographic can be found for future reference on the Nurse's page of the Ellis website.

The Bobcat Roar

The Bobcat Roar is written and produced by Ellis Erdkinder students. Click the link to catch the latest episode!

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.