Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, Week of January 31, 2022
In the "Operations" of the day we are frequently driven by schedules, task-lists, performance data, and problem solving. Often we put this agenda/framework on our children, and like a surgeon on the operating table, we feel the need to dissect their day with probing questions. I ask you today to try a different approach. Sit with your child and reflect upon the positive aspects of your work day and the moments you are grateful for. Then "JUST BE" in your child's presence, "No Questions Asked". Respect the child's mind space. Slowly, when you model this approach you will find that your child will begin to graciously offer insights into their inner-self and who they are becoming.
January 31- School Council Meeting (3:30pm)
February 4- Choice Program Application Window Closes
February 7-11- National School Counseling Week
February 8- Boosterthon Kick-Off
February 15- Pre-K Lottery Application Window Opens
February 17- Boosterthon Dance Fit Event
February 21- Staff Planning Day- No School for Students!
March 4- Choice Program Lottery
March 4- Pre-K Lottery Application Window Closes
Car Rider Dismissal
Please note: Savannah PD and/or campus police may start issuing tickets to anyone who is "stacking" or blocking parked cars on 49th Street. This is a safety issue...emergency vehicles must be able to get down the street, if needed.
Thank you for your help and cooperation with this matter.
Lost & Found
If you recognize an item, please tell your student to go to the ramp outside the multi-purpose room (MPR) to retrieve their item. Please leave the hanger.
Thank you for your help!
Charles Ellis Montessori Academy parents and families,
We need your help! This year we’re hosting a fundraising event to help our school raise $15,000 for outdoor education.
Starting TODAY, you can register your student on MYBOOSTER.COM! Registering is easy, and your student earns a FREE prize just for registering.
Here is a quick video overview all about THIS WEEK: https://vimeo.com/569055671/d1bae2c505
Be sure to check out all of our sharing functions on MYBOOSTER.COM to let others know how they can help support our school:
Make a Student Star Video to share with Facebook friends!
Use the Easy Emailer to email family, friends, neighbors, and local businesses.
Log into MYBOOSTER.COM from your mobile device, click share, and send texts to friends and family.
Please Note: There is NO obligation to give! Simply sharing with friends and family can help our school. Sharing is supporting, and all students can participate, regardless of financial participation.
Your PTA Board
PTA Spirit Gear
*NEW* FOR A LIMITED TIME: PTA has teamed up with Boosterthon to offer a couple of limited edition spirit wear items as well as car magnets. Visit this website to order. Deadline to order these items is February 14th.
If you would like to purchase Ellis logo spirit gear (including white/navy logo polos, Ellis logo/bobcat t-shirts, fleece jackets), please visit the PTA Memberhub website:
If you haven't yet joined the PTA, you may also do that on the same site.
Thank you for your support!
The Bobcat Roar
Visit The Bobcat Roar to catch the latest episode!
Choice Program Lottery
IMPORTANT: If your student is currently in Pre-K at Ellis, you will need to apply to the Ellis kindergarten lottery for the 2022/2023 school year through this process.
This week in school counseling instruction, our Primary students were read The Story of My Feelings and If You're Angry and You Know It. We discussed ideas of how to calm down. Lower Elementary students heard the book Some Days I Flip My Lid: Learning How to Be a Calm, Cool Kid and were taught about coping skills.
Note for 8th Grade Families- Choice School applications are open through February 4. Visit choice.sccpss.com and high school websites for more info about criteria.
Please let us know if your student needs anything, including a school counselor check-in, peer mediation session, or resources such as the Backpack Buddies free food program. Additional resources are available on the School Counseling Website including a list of mental health professionals, relaxation activities, and family newsletters.
Rebecca Burkhart- Primary and Lower Elementary School Counselor
Wesley Cooper- Upper Elementary and Erdkinder School Counselor
*NEW* Student Illness Notification Form
After we receive your form response, a member of the Ellis Covid Contact Tracing Team will contact you. Do NOT bring your student to the school building before an Ellis staff member contacts you.
Contact Tracing Team:
In addition to completing this form, please contact your student's teacher so that they are aware of the situation and so that they can provide you with information about school work your student can do at home, if appropriate per the situation.
This form is available for future reference on the Ellis website.
Vaccination Cards MUST be on File
However, we MUST have your student's COVID-19 vaccination card on file in order for your student to avoid getting sent home if they are identified as a close contact.
School-Wide Grace & Courtesy Focus
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.
Use this link to order your copy today!
Yearbooks will be delivered in April/May to your student(s).
If you have any questions, contact Ms. Lisa (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Leopold's Creative Writing Challenge
Open to all Kindergarten-8th grade students
Entry Deadline: February 11th
Visit the Live Oak Public Library website for more information
From the Clinic
Please review the flowchart on the Nurse's page of the Ellis website.
If your student has been vaccinated for Covid-19, please send a copy of the vaccination card to Nurse Chris and Mr. Wes (email@example.com) for our records.
Nurse Chris' email address has changed to firstname.lastname@example.org
If your student is classified as a "Close Contact" with someone who has COVID-19 at school, you will receive a phone call from someone on the Ellis Contact Tracing team.
- If your student is vaccinated and identified as a close contact, you will be notified, but you will not need to pick them up right away.
- If your student is NOT vaccinated, you will be asked to pick them up immediately.
- Whether your student is vaccinated or not, you will be sent a letter via email outlining further instructions including when you should get your student tested and how long they should quarantine. You can view that letter template on the Nurse's page of the Ellis school website for your future reference.
PLEASE make sure that you correct contact information (both phone numbers and email addresses!) on file in PowerSchool.
Here's how you can enroll and participate in just a few steps:
- Visit publix.com/partners and select our school: Charles Ellis Montessori- Savannah, GA
- Provide your phone number every time you check out at Publix.
- Publix will donate a portion of qualifying purchases to our school!
Ms. Tanya Melville
Student Information Specialist
Ms. Ja'Dayia Coleman-Kennedy
Information Specialist Clerk
Ms. Lucy Holloway
Ms. Patricia Solomon-Brown
Library Media Technology Specialist
PTA Teacher Liaison
Ms. Lisa O'Donnell