Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, Week of March 6, 2023

"There must be provision for the child to have contact with nature; to understand and appreciate the order, the harmony, and the beauty in nature." - Dr. Maria Montessori

Pictured above: Erdkinder students paint landscapes with watercolors at Oatland Island as part of our Child in Nature partnership.

Happy Youth Art Month!

Important Dates

March 6- PTA Boosterthon Fun Run Kick-Off

March 8- Choice Program Lottery Registration Window Opens

March 8- Georgia Walk and Roll to School Day

March 8- Choice Program Lottery Results Sent Out

March 9- Fourth 9-Week Period Begins

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!

March 24- Choice Program Lottery Registration Window Closes

March 29- Kindergarten Orientation

March 30- Science Night

March 31- Donation Dress Down Day

View the SCCPSS Academic calendar at this link.

View the SCCPSS Assessment calendar at this link.

Boosterthon Early Registration Raffle

The Bobcat Boosterthon Fun Run event officially kicks off on March 6th, but REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

If you register your student(s) BEFORE March 6th, you will be entered into a raffle to win a gift card.

Register your student(s) at http://mybooster.com/

Visit the Ellis website (https://spwww.sccpss.com/sch.../ellis/Pages/Boosterthon.aspx) for more information about the Boosterthon.

Youth Art Month-Kick Off Event

March is Youth Art Month.

There will be a kick-off event to celebrate young artists THIS SATURDAY.

Art, Art Activities, and More!

Saturday, March 4th (10am-2pm)

Bull Street Library

Check out the Ellis display (shown below) which includes a collaborative piece of art by lower elementary students and a QR code that highlights our school's learning garden. The art will be displayed throughout the month of March at the Bull St. Library.

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Georgia Walk and Roll to School Day

Georgia Walk and Roll to School Day is Wednesday, March 8th.

If your student(s) walk or ride their bike/scooter/skateboard, etc. to school, tell them to stop by the corner of 49th & Battey St. on this day and Ms. Patra will be there to greet them.

Student Accolades

Aria, a 5th year Ellis student, was our school spelling bee champion this year. She represented Ellis at the district level spelling bee where she placed in 8th!
Devin, an 8th year student, attended the Foreign Language Association of Georgia’s middle and high school Spoken Language Contest in February. He received a superior rating for high school level I Spanish!

St. Patrick's Day Fundraiser

Starting this week, Coach Lesley will be selling St. Patrick's day items for $.50-3.00 in the multi-purpose room to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

If you would like to support this cause, you can send cash to school with your student(s).

P.A.C.K. Donations Needed

P.A.C.K. which is committed to providing for the basic needs of children in our community, has recently lost funding and is starting weekly food drives to help with the shortfall. This week, they are collecting boxes of macaroni and cheese (any brand) until Tuesday, March 7th.

If you can donate, your child can bring the boxes to the media center and we will ensure that they get delivered to P.A.C.K.

Counselors' Corner

Spring is nearly here, and we're excited to share with you our March newsletter. To view, click here. This month, all students in grades 1st through 8th will receive child safety lessons using the Monique Burr curriculum presented by educators from Mary's Place. If you would not like your child to receive these lessons, please return this opt out form to your child's teacher: 1st-6th, 7th-8th. Note that a hard copy is being sent home as well.

Let us know how we can be of service. Thanks for partnering with us!

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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Student PLAY Program

Did you know?

The Student PLAY (PINES Library Access for Youth) Program gives public school students free access to Live Oak Public Library (LOPL) resources and services.

  • Students use their student ID/lunch number just like a library card. (Found in PowerSchool)
  • The program is free and access to public library resources and services is free.

Visit the LOPL website for more information.

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 20th - March 10th, our school-wide Grace & Courtesy emphasis is PEACE.

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

  • When I feel calm and quiet inside, when I do not let anyone or anything take away my calmness and quiet, I am feeling and being Peaceful.
  • When I try to understand another person's feelings and thoughts, when I talk with him about our problems instead of hurting him or hitting him, I am being Peaceful.
  • When I feel angry or scared and I help myself feel calm and quiet inside instead of hurting someone or telling someone to go away, I am practicing Peacefulness.

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.

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