Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, Week of March 20, 2023

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"There should be music in the child's environment, just as there does exist in the child's environment spoken speech." -Dr. Maria Montessori

Pictured above: The Ellis symphonic band performed at Georgia Southern University-Armstrong Campus last week for a Large Group Performance Evaluation (LGPE).

Important Dates

March 20- No School!

March 25- Family Engagement Discussion

March 29- Kindergarten Orientation

March 30- Science Night

March 31- Donation Dress Down Day

April 3-7- Spring Break- No School!

April 13- Spring Band/Chorus Concert

April 18- GMAS Assessments Begin (See SCCPSS Assessment calendar)

April 20- PTA Meeting

View the SCCPSS Academic calendar at this link.

View the SCCPSS Assessment calendar at this link.

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Family Engagement Discussion- Join Us!

The next Family Engagement discussion will be Saturday, March 25th, at 9:30am in the Ellis Media Center.

This month's discussion will focus on:

  • Developing Independent Problem Solvers
  • The Power of Questions...and Listening
  • Technology Use

Coffee and childcare will be provided...please join us!


Thanks to our amazing Ellis community we met (and EXCEEDED!) our $19,000 Boosterthon fundraising goal!

These funds will meet MANY needs throughout our school. We can't thank you enough for your help and support.

You can visit the Ellis Media Center Facebook page to see a photo album of the big event!

Field Day T-Shirts Available for Order

Field Day is May 5th.

Field day t-shirts can now be ordered through School Cash Online. Please note: Coach Lesley will be choosing t-shirt colors for each classroom based on availability.

If you have not yet registered or added your student to your account on School Cash Online, click here for instructions on how to do so.

Coach Lesley will also accept cash or check (made payable to Ellis Montessori Academy), but you MUST provide student name, t-shirt size, and their teacher's name (see prices in the chart below).

Deadline to purchase is March 30th.

Questions? Contact Coach Lesley (lesley.corley@sccpss.com).

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Free Books for First Year Students!

Thanks to a grant from Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) and International Paper, all 1st year students received three free books of their choosing to add to their home libraries on Friday, March 16th.

RIF.org has resources (activity sheets, book recommendations, etc.) for parents to help encourage your students to read. Visit the parent resource page of their website for more information.

Hooray for books! Happy reading, Bobcats!

Counselors' Corner

If your child could benefit from school counseling support, Backpack Buddies, school supplies, or other resources, please let us know.

Ms. Rebecca, School Counselor, Primary & Lower Elementary

912-395-5470 x2



Mr. Wes, School Counselor, Upper Elementary & Erdkinder

912-395-5470 x71243



Ms. Lauren, School Counseling Intern from Georgia Southern University

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Grace & Courtesy Emphasis

Throughout the school year, Ellis has a school-wide focus on specific 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 March 13th-31st, our school-wide Grace & Courtesy emphasis is COMPASSION.

The language for identifying/naming Compassion in "The Self-Awakened Child" series by Jonathan Wolff:

  • When I care about other people as I care about myself, I am feeling Compassion.
  • When I see that other people are feeling hurt or sad and I do something to help them feel better, I am acting with Compassion.

Overdue Media Center Books

Notices were sent home with students this week for books that are at least a month overdue.


  • Students may check out books for two weeks and renew them for another two weeks, if needed.
  • If a student has lost a media center book, we ask that the student's family buys a replacement copy of the book OR pays to have the book replaced.
  • Students cannot check out additional media center books until they pay/replace their lost book(s); however, we do provide either paperback/discarded/donated books that students may choose from so they always have access to reading material.
  • If your student has lost/damaged a media center book, please contact Ms. Lisa (lisa.odonnell@sccpss.com) to discuss options for replacement.

Thank you for your help in maintaining our community's shared resources.

Beacon Volunteer Program

We are so happy to welcome volunteers back into the building this year.

However, all volunteers MUST be approved through the SCCPSS Beacon Volunteer Program.

If you are interested in being a volunteer at Ellis, visit the SCCPSS Beacon webpage to apply.

Contact US!


Ms. Tanya Melville


Vice Principal

Patrice Prince


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