Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, April 19, 2021

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Important Dates

April 19- Rising 5th Grade Band Instrument Rental Night

April 19-May 12- GMAS Testing

April 19-20- Cohort A In-Person Instructional Days

April 20- PTA Meeting

April 21-23- Cohort B In-Person Instructional Days

May 3-7- PTA Teacher Appreciation Week

May 13- "Pop Up" Spring Art Show

May 21- Last Day of School!

GMAS Testing

Visit the "GMAS Testing Information" page on the Ellis website for more information including a schedule of the testing dates.

GMAS Testing (3rd-8th Grades) begins on April 19th for students in the building.

Share these general test day preparation tips with your students:

  1. Get a good night's sleep (Avoid using tech devices before going to bed).
  2. Pack everything you may need ahead of time (earbuds, mouse, pencil, scratch paper, snacks, etc.).
  3. Eat a healthy, filling breakfast (school breakfast is still FREE for all students).
  4. Stay calm (utilize deep breathing techniques).
  5. Be positive and do your best!

SCCPSS Strategic Plan Survey

The Savannah-Chatham County Public School System has partnered with the Georgia School Board Association to facilitate a strategic planning process. The purpose of this process is to create a plan that will guide the District through the next five years. Part of this process involves receiving feedback from all members of the community so that we can ensure that every voice is heard, and all perspectives are considered.

We'd like to invite you to participate in this important process. We need to hear from parents, staff, and students as well as the business community and civic leaders. This short survey includes questions that ask you to choose strengths, opportunities, areas in need of improvement, and challenges that face the district. Your feedback is instrumental in the strategic planning process, and we are grateful for your participation. The survey will close at midnight on April 21.

Again, we thank you for sharing your opinions with us. Please forward and share this information with your networks.


EmbRACE Summer Learning

The Savannah Chatham County Public School System is excited to offer an array of summer learning opportunities. Our focus is on remediation, acceleration, and enrichment, with many being offered free of charge.

Visit the SCCPSS website for more information.

Rising 5th Grade Band

For rising 5th graders entering band next school year, there will be an instrument rental night on Monday, April 19th, at 6pm at Portman's Music Superstore (7650 Abercorn St. Savannah, GA). Please view this flyer for more details.

If you have any questions, you may contact Ms. Wimberly, Ellis Band Director (wimberly.hall@sccpss.com).

Ellis "Pop Up" Spring Art Show

Calling all artists PK-8th Grade!

We are anticipating a pop up art event and would love to have student art submissions for the show!

There are three choices for dropping off artwork:

  • Drive by Art Bin- on the Ellis front porch, drop off 8am-2pm
  • Mail- Charles Ellis Montessori Academy

220 E. 49th Street

Savannah, GA 31405

Attention: Ms. Tiia

  • Drop it in the basket- outside the Art Room. For students attending school in-person only.

**Please be sure to put name, grade, and teacher name on the back of the work.

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

Save the Date:

Ellis “Pop Up” Spring Art Show

May 13, 4-6pm

Charles Ellis Front Lawn-Drive By

School Council Nominations

The Ellis School Council is taking nominations now through April 23rd for 4 upcoming vacancies. Contact Sarah Smith by email (sbockelsmith@gmail.com) if you are interested in running for office and/or want more info on what the School Council does.

Also, you may read the minutes of the School Council meetings on the Ellis website.

PTA Members Meeting

Join us for the final PTA membership meeting of the 2020-2021 school year on Tuesday, April 20th, at 6:30pm. We'll be electing officers for the next two years and telling you all about the end-of-year PTA plans. Contact Ms. Lisa (lisa.odonnell@sccpss.com) for the link to join the Zoom meeting or see the posted event in the Ellis PTA Facebook group page.

The nominating committee has done a wonderful job of recruiting officers for the next two years and they are pleased to present the slate for your consideration:

Co-Presidents: Kellie Groover & Emily Salzer

Co-Vice Presidents: Yael Elfassy & Amanda Fanelli

Secretary: Dionne McAffee (2nd term)

Treasurer: Melanie Finnegan

Counselor's Corner

STEAM Digital Talks:

Ms. Angie, Ms. Olivia, and Ms. Rebecca are seeking career speakers for STEAM Digital Talks. See this flyer for more information. If you or someone you know is in one of the following fields and interested in participating, please let us know:

  • game developer
  • app builder
  • architect
  • interior designer
  • manufacturer
  • software developer
  • newscaster

Ms. Rebecca Needs Your Help:

In planning for the future of our Ellis School Counseling Program to meet the needs of all students, 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 Courage from the "Self- Awakened Child" series by Jonathan Wolff:

  • When I make a mistake and I tell the truth about what I did, I am acting with Courage.
  • When I keep trying to learn something that is hard or scary for me to do, I am acting with Courage.
  • When I try a new food or talk to a child in class I did not know before, I am acting with Courage.

For those who qualify for free/reduced lunch:

See the flyer below for an opportunity to receive FREE broadband internet service and other items. You can find information and pre-register at this link: https://www.americanassistance.com/broadbandnewebb
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Hybrid Learning Reminders

  1. Please place the name of your student(s) on the passenger side dashboard for morning arrival and afternoon dismissal.
  2. All vehicle occupants should wear masks at arrival and dismissal.
  3. The arrival COVID-19 assessment is on 48th Street from 7:15a.m.-7:45a.m. If you arrive later, you will need to walk your student(s) up to the front door to sign the tardy sheet and place the wrist band on your student(s) after COVID-19 assessment.
  4. Dismissal for car riders. Cars must travel westward from Reynolds to Habersham. Battey Avenue will not be used as an access route.
  5. Items cannot be dropped-off for students.
  6. All students returning to our school building are required to have the COVID-19 Screening Questions for Students completed and submitted by you each morning on the days they are reporting to the building.

Please use this link or the QR Code below and save this for easy accessibility each day. Siblings can be placed on one questionnaire.

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

Click here to view the new Charles Ellis Montessori Academy website.

SCCPSS Website

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