Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, May 3, 2021

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Important Dates

April 19-May 11- GMAS Testing

May 3-7- PTA Teacher Appreciation Week

May 3-5- Cohort A In-Person Instructional Days

May 5- Bike/Walk to School Day (Cohort A)

May 6- Bike/Walk to School Day (Cohort B)

May 6-7- Cohort B In-Person Instructional Days

May 12- Field Day (Cohort A)

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

May 14- Field Day (Cohort B)

May 21- Last Day of School!

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.

National Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week!

A big THANK YOU to our faculty/staff for all that you do for our students. Your love and support is appreciated every day!

"Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me."- Fred Rogers

National Bike to School Day

National Bike to School Day is May 5, 2021!

Celebrate on May 5th (Cohort A) and May 6th (Cohort B) by walking or biking to school with your family. Ms. Patra will be at Circle Park from 7:25-7:50am to encourage you. Please complete the Covid safety screening prior to heading to Circle Park.

Voting for School Council

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.

Voting will close on May 10th.

Ellis "Pop Up" Spring Art Show

Calling all artists PK-8th Grade...we are still accepting art for the upcoming art show!

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 13th, 4-6pm

Charles Ellis Front Lawn-Drive By

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!

Counselor's Corner

All Upper Elementary students continue to hear from STEAM pathway guest career speakers. This week, we've hosted a graphic designer/illustrator, an electrical engineer, and a nurse.

Erdkinder STEAM and Broadcasting students have been taking a career aptitude and interest inventory via YouScience. They will be exploring their results and doing some career research next.

Ms. Rebecca Needs Your Help:

In planning for the future of our Ellis School Counseling Program to meet the needs of all students, if you have not already, 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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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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