Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, April 26, 2021

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Important Dates

April 19-May 12- GMAS Testing

April 26-27- Cohort A In-Person Instructional Days

April 28-30- Cohort B In-Person Instructional Days

May 3-7- PTA Teacher Appreciation Week

May 13- "Pop Up" Spring Art Show (See info below to submit your student(s) work)

May 21- Last Day of School!


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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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

GMAS Testing

GMAS Testing (3rd-8th Grades) continues this week for students in the building.

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

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!

School Council Nominations Extended!

The Ellis School Council is taking nominations now for 4 upcoming vacancies.

If you are interested in joining School Council, please fill out the nomination form.

You can contact Sarah Smith by email (sbockelsmith@gmail.com) if you have any questions.

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

Counselor's Corner

This week in Upper Elementary explorations, students have been hearing from STEAM pathway career speakers. So far we have learned from a digital media editor, a trainer for astronauts, and an interior designer. Next week, we can't wait to host an illustrator for our STEAM Digital Talk!

If you or someone you know is in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math field and would be interested in speaking for a few minutes to our Upper Elementary students, please let Ms. Rebecca know. We'd love to hear from you!

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.

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.

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

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.

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.