Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, May 10, 2021

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Important Dates

May 10-12- Cohort A In-Person Instructional Days

May 12- Field Day (Cohort A)

May 13-14- Cohort B In-Person Instructional Days

May 13- "Pop Up" Spring Art Show

May 14- Field Day (Cohorts B and C)

May 17-18- Student Technology Return (Cohort A)

May 19-21- Student Technology Return (Cohort B)

May 21- Last Day of School!

May 24-26- Student Technology Return (Cohort C)


Congratulations goes out to two of our 8th grade students, Cora B. and Carter C., on earning Superior and Merit awards respectively at the State-Level Georgia Student Media Festival!

You can view their projects on the SCCPSS Communication YouTube page:

Cora- https://youtu.be/cZEILOcnqOs

Carter- https://youtu.be/bEk48cnySOI

Job well done, Cora and Carter!

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Ellis Technology Return Procedures:

Cohort A and B students will leave their devices at school on May 17th and May 19th, respectively. Cohort C, please use this link to schedule an appointment to return your student device (and/or media center books!) to school between May 24-26th.

  • If your student has saved any pictures/files on the device that you would like to keep, move those to their student Google Drive. Click here for a quick video tutorial.
  • Make sure the device is fully charged when it is returned so that we can ensure that the device is in working order.
  • If there is damage to the device, please contact Ms. Lisa now so that we can arrange payment for the repair, if applicable.

Please note: Students attending summer school will keep their devices until summer school is over.

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

Field Day

We will be having some fun in the sun at Field Day THIS WEEK!


Cohort A- Wednesday, May 12th

Cohort B- Friday, May 14th

Cohort C- Friday, May 14th- Use these slides for Field Day fun!

8-9am (Primary)

9-10:30am (Lower El)

10:30am-12pm (Upper El)

12-1:30pm (Erdkinder)

List of suggested items for students to wear/bring:

  • Towel (Lower El, Upper El, and Erdkinder ONLY!)
  • Water Bottle
  • Tennis Shoes
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen**

**Please apply sunscreen at home--teachers cannot assist with this!**

Ellis "Pop Up" Spring Art Show

Please join us for this drive-through event which will take place in front of the Ellis building!

Thursday, May 13th, 4-6pm

E-mail any questions to tiia.strong@sccpss.com

Voting for School Council

Voting closes on May 10th!

Voting for the open parent member positions of the Ellis School Council is now open. Please use this form to elect the members which will serve on the board for the the next two years. Voting is only open to parents/guardians of current Ellis Montessori students.

GMAS Testing

Except for a few make-up exams that will be completed by individual students Monday-Wednesday, May 10-12th, we are done with GMAS testing!

Counselor's Corner

Next week, 6th year students will receive more information about Erdkinder as they get ready to transition. Ms. Rebecca will be meeting with these students at the following times:

  • Cohort A 6th years- Wednesday, May 12 at 12:00
  • Cohort B 6th years- Thursday, May 13 at 12:00
  • Cohort C 6th years- Friday, May 14 at 12:00 on Zoom

As we wrap up this year and plan for the future of our Ellis School Counseling Program, please take a few moments to fill out this brief survey: https://forms.gle/tU221X8F1mvR16EV8

Your input helps to better serve students! Thanks for your support!

Ms. Rebecca, School Counselor

912-395-5470 x2


or you can message me on ItsLearning

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School-Wide Grace & Courtesy Focus

The Language for Identifying/Naming the Qualities of Acceptance from the "Self- Awakened Child" series by Jonathan Wolff:

  • When I feel peaceful about things I cannot change and I try to live happily with them, I am acting with Acceptance.
  • When I feel peaceful about people I cannot change and I try to live happily with them, I am acting with Acceptance.

PTA Officers for 2021-2023

Congratulations to the PTA Officers who will serve Ellis for 2021-2023. They were elected at the last PTA meeting on April 20th and they will begin their positions at the close of this school year.

Co-Presidents: Kellie Groover & Emily Salzer
Co-Vice Presidents: Yael Elfassy & Amanda Fanelli
Secretary: Dionne McAffee (2nd Term)
Treasurer: Melanie Finnegan​

We want to extend a huge THANK YOU to those who served on the PTA Board for the last two years. Your service to Ellis has been invaluable and appreciated!

PTA Committees:

Arts Enrichment –VACANCY

Bobcat Dads – Sean Finnegan

Campus Beautification – Jeni Brady

Communications – Sarah Smith

Cultural Diversity – Beverly Johnson

Health & Wellness – Mary Britton Senseney & Sarah Hartley

Membership – Lori Wynn

Parent Advisory – Kelly Pack & Erin Roma

School Safety – Christy Caughran

Science Enrichment – Jennifer Bailey & Lauren Wills

Special Events -- VACANCY

Teacher/Staff Appreciation – Yvette Upton

Teacher Liaison – Lisa O’Donnell

If you are interested in joining or chairing a committee, you can contact Melanie Finnegan at melanietfinnegan@gmail.com.

Next PTA meeting: August 2021

Savannah Bananas Tickets

It is not too late to purchase your Savannah Bananas tickets to support the Ellis PTA!

When: Friday, May 28th, 2021

What: Savannah Bananas game admission with unlimited hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, popcorn, cookies, soda, and water

How Much: $18 (Kids 3 and Under are free!)

Join the fun as the Savannah Bananas take on the Lexington County Blowfish! Order your all-inclusive tickets online and pick up at the game.

Gates open at 5:30pm and the game starts at 7pm.

A portion of each ticket sold at the link below will be donated to the Ellis PTA. Tickets are limited, so order today!

Order your tickets here: https://ellispta.memberhub.store/store


Three (out of four) artists from Savannah's district who placed in the State-Level PTA Reflections contest are Ellis students. We are so proud that these students received the recognition that they deserve for their hard work. Well done!
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From the Clinic

Please read the attached flyer with health and safety information.

Covid-19 Parent at Home Screening

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me.

Thank you,

Nurse Chris


912-395-5470 Ext. 71213

Contact US!

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

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SCCPSS Website

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