Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, Week of August 22nd, 2022

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"The greatest gifts we can give our children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence." -Dr. Maria Montessori

Important Dates

August 22- iReady Assessments Begin

August 25- Fall Picture Day

August 25- PTA Meeting

August 26- Donation Dress Down Day- Supporting Ambucs

August 31- Dr. Montessori's Birthday (1870)

September 2- SCCPSS e-Learning Half-Day

September 5- Labor Day- No School!

September 16- PTA "Do Good Things" Grant Submissions Deadline

View the SCCPSS Academic calendar at this link.

View the SCCPSS Assessment calendar at this link.

Picture Day

Picture day is Thursday, August 25th. These pictures will be featured in the 22-23 Ellis yearbook and families will have an opportunity to purchase the pictures after we receive them in a few weeks (stay tuned for more information!).

Students may dress out of uniform on this day; however, they should abide by the "Acceptable Dress for Non-Uniform Days" located on page 17 of the 2022-2023 SCCPSS Student Code of Conduct. Strawbridge, the photography company, also recommends that students wear solid colors or small print patterns instead of large images/logos to ensure a better photograph.

PTA Meeting

Join us for the first PTA meeting of the school year on Thursday, August 25th, at 6:30pm in the multi-purpose room (door located on Battey St.).

If you have not yet joined the Ellis PTA for this school year, you may do so at this link.

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DDDD- Supporting Savannah Ambucs

The first donation dress down day (DDDD) of the school year is Friday, August 26th.

This month, we are supporting a group of Savannah Arts Academy students who have started a campaign to raise money for Savannah Ambucs, an organization that students from Ellis have benefitted from themselves.

Savannah AMBUCS has the credo "Inspiring Mobility & Independence for People with Different Abilities." The organization accomplishes this in 3 ways. 1) Amtrykes (specially adapted 3-wheel bikes) are given to children, adults, & veterans who cannot ride regular bikes. 2) The organization hosts a bowling league every Saturday, as well as Challenger baseball and flag football play at AMBUCS park each Sunday for differently-abled athletes. 3) AMBUCS provides scholarships for students in physical, occupational, and speech therapy graduate programs. You can learn more about the charity by visiting their website: https://www.savannahambucs.com

PTA "Do Good Things" Grant

Calling all students!

The Charles Ellis PTA is proud to be able to support our students with our annual "Do Good

Things" grant program. This year, we have designated up to $500 to provide grants for

individual or group student projects. Grants may range from $50 and up. Proposals may be

for projects that give back or enhance our community here or outside of Charles Ellis

Montessori Academy. Please include ALL information that you feel is supporting your

grant request.

The submission deadline is Friday, September 16th, 2022.

Awards will be announced Friday, September 30th, 2022.

Please email your completed application form (attached below) to emilycsalzer@gmail.com & yelpasso@hotmail.com. After applications are received by the PTA, a sub-committee of the PTA will then review requests.

We look forward to hearing about your project.

Device Distribution

Update 8/18/22: We have received the REQUIRED "Student Device Loan Form" for 364 out of 453 enrolled Ellis students! At this time, we have distributed devices to all Pre-K through 8th grade students who have this form on file in PowerSchool.

If you haven't filled out this form for your student(s), please visit the Device Distribution page of the Ellis website for all the information that you need to complete this process.

If you still need assistance with your PowerSchool Parent Portal account or you need to add siblings to your PowerSchool account, please email our information specialists, Ms. Ja'Dayia (jadayia.coleman-kennedy@sccpss.com​) and Ms. Lucy (lucille.holloway@sccpss.com).

Counselors' Corner

This week in School Counseling Instruction, students were taught about the role of the school counselor, and how to request to see us. Primary and Lower Elementary read The Color Monster, learning about emotions and what to do with jumbled up feelings. Upper Elementary and Erdkinder are learning about the importance of speaking up when they or classmates need help.

We are here for all students and can be available as needed for additional support. Resources are available on our School Counseling Website including a list of mental health professionals and relaxation activities.

If your child or someone you know could benefit from Backpack Buddies, a bag of food for the weekends or needs school supplies, please let us know.

Ms. Rebecca, School Counselor, Primary & Lower Elementary

912-395-5470 Ext. 71201



Mr. Wes, School Counselor, Upper Elementary & Erdkinder

912-395-5470 Ext. 71243


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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.

Breakfast & Lunch

To add lunch money to your student's account, visit http://myschoolbucks.com/. You can visit the SCCPSS website for more detailed information. Cash/money order is also accepted for lunch payment.

August 2022 Breakfast and Lunch Menu

**Free/Reduced Lunch Application:

For the school year 2022-2023, Savannah Chatham County Public Schools will continue to serve free breakfast for all students, but is urging all families to complete and submit a Free and Reduced Meal Application starting July 1, 2022, if you believe your student(s) may be eligible.

The application for Free and Reduced lunch can be completed online at this link: myschoolapps.com​.

If you prefer a paper application, they will be available at the Applications center located at 3609 Hopkins Street. There will also be a secured after hours drop box located at this site. The secured drop box will be checked daily by staff if you elect to fill out a paper application and drop it in the box at that location.

Lost & Found

Please label all your student(s) items.

We already have a collection of items in lost and found (see picture below).

If any of these items belong to your student, contact your student's teacher or have your student retrieve the item from the ramp railing in the hallwall outside the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR). Please leave the hanger on the railing.

Grace & Courtesy Emphasis

Throughout the school year, Ellis has a school-wide focus on certain 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 August 3rd to August 26th, our school-wide Grace & Courtesy emphasis is RESPONSIBILITY.

The language of identifying Responsibility from "The Self-Awakened Child" series by Jonathan Wolff

  • When I do what I say I am going to do, I am being responsible.
  • When I make a mistake and tell the truth about what I did, I am taking responsibility for what I do and say.
  • When I do something that helps everyone and hurts no one, I am acting responsibly.
  • When I tell the truth about my sad, scary or angry feelings and I ask someone to help me feel better, I am taking responsibility for me feelings.

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

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SCCPSS Website

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