Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, Week of January 23rd, 2023

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"Children develop their brains as well as their bodies through movement, and in the process of concentration, self-discipline, and perseverance with an active interest, the foundations of character are laid." -Dr. Maria Montessori

Pictured above: A Lower Elementary student constructs a sundial on Tybee Island during a class field trip.

Important Dates

January 21- Family Engagement Discussion

January 21- Choice School Application Window Opens

January 24- School Council Meeting

January 24- Prospective Family Open House (PreK-3rd Grades)

January 25- Prospective Family Open House (4th-8th Grades)

January 26- PTA Meeting

January 27- Donation Dress Down Day

February 3- Choice School Application Window Closes

February 8- PreK Application Window Opens

View the SCCPSS Academic calendar at this link.

View the SCCPSS Assessment calendar at this link.

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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 January 17th-February 3rd, our school-wide Grace & Courtesy emphasis is SELF-DISCIPLINE.

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

  • When I do what is right for me to do--not just what I want to do-- I am acting with Self-Discipline.
  • When I do what is good for me and other people--not just what is good for me--I am acting with Self-Discipline.
  • When I stop my hurtful thoughts, feelings, words, and actions from hurting myself or hurting someone else, I am acting with Self-Discipline.

SCCPSS Choice Program

The application window for the 2023/2024 school year for Kindergarten through 8th grade is OPEN from January 21st until February 3rd.

Visit the SCCPSS website for more information and the link to the application.

**Please note**: If you have a student currently in Pre-K at Ellis, you MUST fill out the application for them to have preference at Ellis for kindergarten.**

School Council Meeting

The Charles Ellis School Council will be meeting on January 24th at 3:30pm in the Ellis Media Center.

Anyone is welcome to attend!

School Council is a wonderful way to get involved. We work together to create a better understanding and mutual respect for each other's concerns and share ideas for school improvement.

PTA Meeting

The next PTA meeting is Thursday, January 26th, at 6pm in the Multi-Purpose Room (Battey St. Entrance).

Please join us to support our students and school!

Pizza will be provided.

If you have not yet joined the PTA, you can do so at this link.


The next donation dress down day is Friday, January 27th.

This month, we will be supporting the Red Cross "Dollars for Disasters" campaign.

An item will be sent out early in the week through School Cash Online so that you can pay online (processing fee included) ahead of time or you may donate at least $1 cash with your student on Friday.

Pre-K Application Window

The Ellis Pre-K Application window for the 2023/2024 school year opens on February 8th.

Visit the SCCPSS website for more information.

Get Savannah Bananas Tickets Here!

Tickets are hard to come by so get yours here while supporting the Ellis PTA at the same time!

Charles Ellis Montessori Night at the Bananas

vs. The Party Animals

Saturday, February 25th, at 7pm (Gates open at 5:30pm)

Grayson Stadium

Buy your tickets at this link

Deadline to purchase is February 11th.

Counselors' Corner

Join us for our January Family Engagement Meeting in the media center this Saturday, January 21st from 9:30-10:30am. Coffee and childcare will be provided.

8th grade families, remember- the application window for Choice Schools is January 21 - February 3, 2023. For more info about how to apply for choice high schools, visit http://choice.sccpss.com

Career Days! The school counseling department is excited to be planning for our upcoming career days. These are opportunities to expose our students to a variety of skills. We will be doing this in two informative events:

  • Career Speaker Day for Upper Elementary & Erdkinder- Tuesday, February 7, 8:30-10:00. Speakers will present brief presentations in 4th - 8th grade classrooms.
  • Careers on Wheels Day for Primary & Lower Elementary- Thursday, February 16, 9:30-11:00. Vehicles will be parked along McGillicuddy Lane for students to learn about vehicles of the trades.

If you have interest in participating in either of these events, please fill out this online form: https://tinyurl.com/EllisCareerDays23 or reach out to us.

Ms. Rebecca, School Counselor, Primary & Lower Elementary

912-395-5470 x71201



Mr. Wes, School Counselor, Upper Elementary & Erdkinder

912-395-5470 x71243



Ms. Lauren, School Counseling Intern from Georgia Southern University

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The Erdkinder Experience

What is Erdkinder and what what does the typical Erdkinder day look like?

Watch the video below that was produced by our 8th grade students during their 9-week Explorations Film class to find out more!

The Erdkinder Experience

Beacon Volunteer Program

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