Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, Week of October 3rd, 2022

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Stay Informed: Monitor SCCPSS Communication Channels

Click on the links below to stay up-to-date on the latest news from the district:

SCCPSS Website

SCCPSS Facebook page

SCCPSS Instagram page

SCCPSS Twitter page

Important Dates

October 3- Deadline to Return Money and/or Photo Packets

October 4- PTA Spirit Night at Chipotle

October 6- DDDD- Dress like your favorite plant/animal!

October 7- Staff Planning Day- No School for Students!

October 10- No School!

October 12- PTA Teacher Appreciation Lunch

October 14- PTA Reflections Submissions Due

October 18- Make-Up School Photos

October 21- PTA Fall Festival and Reflections Showcase

October 24-28- Media Center Book Character Pumpkin Patch

October 28- Donation Dress Down Day

View the SCCPSS Academic calendar at this link.

View the SCCPSS Assessment calendar at this link.

School Pictures

***The deadline to purchase and/or return photos has been extended to October 3rd. Please return all money and/or photo packets by this date. ***

Please take note of the following:

  • Photo sales are a fundraiser for our school...we receive a portion of your purchase!
  • All the information that families need is in the photo packet.
  • Families should pay for the pictures that they want to keep and/or RETURN the rest of the packet, if anything is left.
  • Families may purchase the photos online at strawbridge.net using the code found on the price flyer in their student's photo packet OR they may send cash or check (made payable to "Strawbridge") to school with their student in the envelope provided.
  • Make-Up picture day is scheduled for October 18th.

If you have any questions about school pictures, email Ms. Lisa (lisa.odonnell@sccpss.com).


Our next school-wide donation dress down day has been re-scheduled for Thursday, October 6th.

This month, we will be supporting Oatland Island Wildlife Center. We encourage everyone to dress up like their favorite plant or animal in support of the work that Oatland does!

For more information, visit the DDDD page on the Ellis website.

No School October 7th

Friday, October 7th, is scheduled as a SCCPSS Staff Planning Day. There will be no school for students on this day.
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Young Author Project

The Deep Young Author Project is open to 6th-8th grade students. They meet on Wednesdays from 3:30-5pm in room 36. This club is limited to 14 students.

Contact Ms. Susan T. (susan.torrance@sccpss.com) for more information or to check for openings.

Books Now Available!

We now have a limited number of copies of "Positive Discipline in the Montessori Classroom," available for families to borrow through the Ellis Media Center. Requests to borrow a book will be on a first come, first served basis.

This book is what the entire Ellis staff is studying together throughout this school year and what the family engagement team is using as a basis for their discussions during their monthly Saturday morning meetings.

If you are interested in borrowing a copy of this book, contact Ms. Lisa (lisa.odonnell@sccpss.com) and provide her with your name, your student's name, phone number, and email address. She will set up a community account for you, check out a book to you, and send the book home with your student.

PTA Reflections Contest

Submissions for the PTA Reflections art contest are due to the media center by October 14th. Last year, we had students who placed at the State-level...let's do it again!

Visit the PTA Reflections Contest page on the Ellis website for more information including official rules and entry form.

Counselors' Corner

Ms. Rebecca and Mr. Wes wish everyone safety and calm while working from home during the storm. Earlier in the week, we continued lessons in Upper Elementary about motivation and organizational skills. Primary students practiced following directions through story time with the book, Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen. Next week, we will conclude listening skills and organizational lessons while also preparing for upcoming activities with all students.

If your child or someone you know could benefit from school counseling support, Backpack Buddies, or any school supplies, please let us know.

Ms. Rebecca, School Counselor, Primary & Lower Elementary

912-395-5470 x71202



Mr. Wes, School Counselor, Upper Elementary & Erdkinder

912-395-5470 x71243



Ms. Lauren, School Counseling Intern from Georgia Southern University

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BOOK IT! Reading Program

The 2022-2023 BOOK IT! reading program will begin October 1st for all interested Pre-K through 6th grade students. Visit the BOOK IT! page of the Ellis website for more information including how to sign your student(s) up to participate.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Happy reading!

Ms. Lisa

Library Media Technology Specialist

Charles Ellis Montessori Academy


International Peace Day

As is Ellis tradition, we observed International Peace Day on September 21 with a school-wide singing of "Light a Candle for Peace." Click here to view the video...it may put a smile on your face and a tear in your eye!

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 September 19th-October 7th, our school-wide Grace & Courtesy emphasis is CREATIVITY.

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

  • When I do something in my own special way, I am being creative.
  • When I make something new that no one has ever made before, I am being creative.
  • When I find a way to help myself or someone else fix a problem, I am being creative.

STEM Donations Needed

Ms. Olivia is in need of common household items for her students to use for engineering projects in her class. If you have any of the following items that you are willing to donate, please send them to school with your student:
  • Empty 2-liter bottles
  • Toilet paper/paper towel rolls (and rolls of paper towels)
  • Old cotton t-shirts
  • Plastic bottle caps
  • Dowel rods
  • Hard, plastic take-out containers with lids
  • Old, 5-gallon buckets with lids
  • Shoe boxes

Publix Partners

Publix Partners is donating to our school, and you can help! Ellis has received over $13,000 since our partnership with Publix began many, 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 this link and follow the instructions to "Join Club Publix"
  2. Provide your phone number every time you check out at Publix.
  3. Publix will donate a portion of qualifying purchases to our school!

Text Notifications

We send out school-wide announcements regularly via email and text.

It is important for you to receive these notifications through text messaging in the case of an severe weather/emergency.

To opt-in for text notifications, text "Yes" to the number 87569.

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.