Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, Week of February 20, 2023

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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: Two Lower Elementary students enjoy the pond in the east garden on a sunny day.

Important Dates

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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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.

Water Bottles NEEDED

Per District guidance, students are currently restricted from drinking straight from the water fountains in the building for sanitary reasons.

Until the school receives updated guidance from the District, every student should have a re-fillable bottle to use so they can stay hydrated throughout the day.

Thank you for your help with this important health and safety matter.

Pre-K Application Window

The Ellis Pre-K Application window for the 2023/2024 school year CLOSES on Friday, February 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.

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The next Donation Dress Down Day will be Friday, March 3rd, instead of the last Friday in February.

Counselors' Corner

A big thank you to all of our participants in this year's Careers on Wheels event.

Students in Primary and Lower Elementary learned from career presenters alongside their work vehicles.

We are so appreciative of these volunteers:

Adams Limo, Amari Adams

Chatham County Police, Officer Joseph Saia

Chatham EMS ambulance, Savannah Foxx

Savannah Fire Department, Truck 1

Chatham County Mosquito Control

WTOC Storm Chaser, Dave Turley

City of Savannah street sweeper

City of Savannah dump truck

Savannah Police Department Mounted Patrol

Savannah Police Department SWAT

Krazian, Ly Vo

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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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).

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).

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