Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, October 25, 2021

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As we enter a cultural season when goblins and ghouls become the decor of choice, I invite you to consider the differences, Dr. Montessori exposed between fantasy and imagination. The article linked below can provide some insight. When children are anchored in a tangible reality they have a foundation upon which to build their creativity. Have fun this season and also take those wonder walks in nature and let your child's imagination soar with the Red-tailed Hawk, plunge into the depths with the dolphins on Tybee, or scurry along logs with the lizards at Skidaway State Park.



Ms. Tanya

Important Dates

October 25-29- Media Center Book Character Pumpkin Patch

October 26- Make-Up Fall Picture Day

October 26- Lower Elementary Parent Meeting

October 28- GEP Parent Meeting

October 29- Donation Dress Down Day (Supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Georgia/South Carolina)

October 29- Primary Parent Meeting

November 1-30- PTA Read-A-Thon

November 1- Deadline to Purchase PTA Wreaths (Information below)

November 10- PTA Meeting

November 11- Veteran's Day- No School!

November 22-26- Thanksgiving Break- No School!

Make-Up Picture Day

Make-Up picture day is Tuesday, October 26th. If your student was not at school on Fall picture day or you do not like the photo they took, your student can come to school on October 26th dressed in their best attire. Students should bring a uniform to change into after their picture is taken.

Please Note:

  • Fall pictures are a fundraiser for our school! Every purchase will benefit our students directly.
  • You can purchase online with the code in your picture packet or you may send cash or check (made payable to Strawbridge) in the envelope provided to school with your student.
  • Make-Up Picture day is scheduled for Tuesday, October 26th.
  • If anyone has questions, you may contact Ms. Lisa (lisa.odonnell@sccpss.com).

Parent Education Meetings

The Primary (Pre-K and K), Lower Elementary (1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grades), and GEP (Gifted Education Program) Teams will be having parent education meetings on Zoom this week. Parents/guardians will receive the Zoom links directly from their student's teacher. If you do not receive the link, please contact your student's teacher via email.

Primary- Friday, October 29th at 5:30pm

Lower Elementary- Tuesday, October 26th at 5:30pm

GEP- Thursday, October 28th at 6:30pm


The next "Donation Dress Down Day" is Friday, October 29th.

This month, Ellis will be supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Georgia/South Carolina.

Students/staff should donate at least $1 to participate. An item will be sent out through School Cash Online so that you can pay online (processing fee included) ahead of time or you may send cash with your student on Friday.

Students should follow the "Acceptable Dress for Non-Uniform Days" Guidelines on page 17 of the 21-22 Student Code of Conduct linked on the SCCPSS/Ellis websites.

SCCPSS Vaccine Clinic

The SCCPSS district is hosting a COVID-19 vaccination drive for staff and age-appropriate students. Staff/students are encouraged to register at the high school location nearest to their school. At Ellis, our staff/students should register at the event that will be held at Savannah Arts Academy.

Find more information on the Ellis website.

Kids Rock Fun Run

Coach Lesley has received 20 FREE race entries for the Kids Rock Fun Run event! You can find out more information on the Ellis website.

If you are interested, email Coach Lesley at lesley.corley@sccpss.com​. The entries will be given out first come, first served!

PTA Read-A-Thon

The Charles Ellis Montessori Academy PTA is thrilled to announce that we will be sponsoring our 10th Annual Read-A-Thon for our students during the month of November.

All proceeds from the Read-A-Thon will directly support our school.This year, we will be raising funds to purchase updated Montessori Materials that will be circulated through the media center for classroom use.

Not only will the funds benefit our school, but students will also enjoy time reading (and it is something that can be done as a family). We hope the time your family spends participating in this Read-A-Thon will encourage a love of reading and time spent together supporting a good cause.

Students will be receiving a reading log (also attached below) early next week to track their reading and also to request pledges. Pledges/donations should be submitted to the PTA Read-A-Thon Memberhub website (http://app.memberhub.gives/4ae9be).


Any student, who raises $100 or more, will receive a $10.00 gift certificate to the Scholastic Book Fair in the media center, which will take place December 6-10, 2021.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Ms. Lisa (lisa.odonnell@sccpss.com).

Media Center

This week, we met with Kindergarten on Friday. We talked all about the life cycle of pumpkins by reading an eBook on Epic! called "Little Pumpkin." We also did some yoga where we pretended to be a seed, sprout, vine, flower, and finally a grown pumpkin. Lastly, we got to see some pictures of book character pumpkins that students have brought to the media center in past years so that we could get excited about the upcoming "Book Character Pumpkin Patch" (see information about that below).

Book Character Pumpkin Patch:

We will be holding our annual "Book Character Pumpkin Patch" the week of October 25-29th.

Students are encouraged to decorate a real or fake pumpkin as a favorite book character to bring to the media center on Monday, October 25th to share with our school community (No scary or carved pumpkins, please!).

Teachers may sign up for a time to bring their class through the media center to view the pumpkins. Ms. Lisa will photograph all the pumpkins on display and she will post them on the Ellis MC Facebook page.

Students will pick up their pumpkins from the media center on Friday, October 29th, to take home.

We look forward to seeing our student's CREATIVITY in this favorite Ellis tradition.

If you have any questions, please let us know.

Happy reading!

Ms. Lisa

Library Media Technology Specialist

Ellis Montessori Academy


912-395-5470 Ext. 71210

Counselor's Corner

This week in school counseling instruction, Ms. Rebecca and school counseling intern, Mr. Wes, met with Upper Elementary classes for a lesson on Empathy. We learned what it means to put ourselves in others' shoes, and how we can practice being more empathetic in our daily lives.

For extra support, peer mediation conflict resolution, or any resources, including Backpack Buddies free food for the weekends, please reach out to our School Counseling Department. Resources are available on the School Counseling Website including a list of mental health professionals in the Savannah area.

Rebecca Burkhart, School Counselor

912-395-5470 x2


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School-Wide Grace & Courtesy Focus

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

  • When I listen to what other people say and do not ignore them or interrupt them when they are talking, I am listening with Respect.
  • When I remember to think about other people's feelings before I act or talk, I am acting with Respect for others.
  • When I take good care of the things that belong to others, I am Respecting other people's things.
  • When I take good care of myself, my feelings, and my things, I am acting with Self-Respect.
  • When I treat people the way I like to be treated, I am acting with Respect for others.

"Great Schools Have Great Principals"

October is National Principals Month!

We want to take this time to thank Ms. Tanya for all that she does on a daily basis for our staff and students. She always puts the best interest of our school community at the forefront of everything she does.

If you wish to show your appreciation, you can send Ms. Tanya a quick note of encouragement (tanya.melville@sccpss.com).

PTA Wreath Sale

The Ellis PTA Health and Wellness committee is having their annual wreath sale. The proceeds from this sale last year helped purchase the new wooden picnic tables throughout the campus that we are now enjoying. Please consider making a purchase and/or sharing this information with your family and friends.

Visit sherwoodfundraiser.com/CEMAPTA to order. All orders are due November 1st.

Questions? Email Sara Hartley (badge7890@aol.com​)​

From the Clinic

Update 10/5/21: The district has provided the COVID-19 Flowchart pictured below. For future reference, you may find this image on the Nurse's page of the Ellis website.

Please note:

Nurse Chris' email address has changed to christine.oboyle@sccpss.com

If your child is (or will be) absent for any reason, please email your child's teacher AND copy Nurse Chris on the email.

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 to pick them up immediately. When you pick up your student, you will be provided with a letter from Nurse Chris outlining further instructions including when your student will be allowed to return to the building. You can view that letter template on the Nurse's page of the Ellis school website for your future reference. It is also listed in the updated Ellis Family Handbook.

Contact Information:



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Devices Brought to School Daily

If your student takes their school device home on a daily basis, PLEASE make sure that they are bringing it back to school EVERY DAY, FULLY CHARGED. Students need their devices at school for district assessments, Explorations, etc.

Students must also have their own set of earbuds/headphones. We cannot share these items among students for hygiene reasons.

If you would like your student to keep their device at school, please contact your student's teacher to arrange that.

Thank you for your help with teaching our students to be responsible for their school materials.

COVID-19 Testing Sites

**Update 9/16/2021**

See updated list attached below.

Per Dr. Levett, SCCPSS Superintendent, the area hospitals are reporting an overload of people requesting COVID-19 testing for their students to return to school. She is requesting that you choose another location to help expedite the process and relieve some of the congestion at the local hospitals.

Please see the attached PDF below for alternative COVID-19 testing sites.

Thank you for your help.

Publix Partners

Publix Partners is donating to our school, and you can help! Ellis has received over $12,000 since our partnership began many years ago. Once you add our school to your account, you never have to think about it again...win-win!

Here's how you can enroll and participate in just a few steps:

  1. Visit publix.com/partners and select our school: Charles Ellis Montessori- Savannah, GA
  2. Provide your phone number every time you check out at Publix.
  3. Publix will donate a portion of qualifying purchases to our school!

Ellis PTA

The PTA is calling all local business owners to consider investing in our school by being a PTA Business Sponsor. See attached form below. We appreciate your consideration and help spreading the word out to our community about this great opportunity

If you haven't joined the PTA yet, please do!

Joining the PTA is a small but significant way to get involved in our school and to make a difference in the lives of our Ellis community.

Click here to join or donate.


There is still a PTA Committee Chair open:

Arts Enrichment

If interested in joining a PTA committee, contact Emily Salzer (emilycsalzer@gmail.com) or Kellie Groover (kellie.groover@focuslabllc.com), PTA Co-Presidents.

If you are a parent/guardian of a new Ellis student, request to join the Ellis PTA Facebook Group to connect with us​. ​

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 new Charles Ellis Montessori Academy website.

SCCPSS Website

Please visit the SCCPSS website regularly for the most up-to-date district information.