Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, Week of January 30th, 2023

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"The greatest sign of success for a teacher...is to be able to say, 'The children are now working as if I did not exist.' " -Dr. Maria Montessori

Pictured above: An Upper Elementary (4th, 5th, and 6th Grade) classroom...some students in a small group lesson and other students working independently or collaboratively.

Important Dates

February 3- Choice School Application Window Closes

February 8- PreK Application Window Opens

February 17- SCCPSS e-Learning 1/2 Day

February 20- Staff Planning Day- No School for Students

February 24- Donation Dress Down Day

February 24- PreK Application Window Closes

February 25- Family Engagement Discussion

February 26-March 4- International Montessori Education Week

View the SCCPSS Academic calendar at this link.

View the SCCPSS Assessment calendar at this link.

Carnations for Sale!

Send a flower to that special someone at Ellis!

Coach Lesley is selling carnations to help raise funds for the 8th Grade Bridging ceremony.

Carnations can be purchased through School Cash Online.

**Make sure to fill out this form (also linked on the payment page) so Coach Lesley knows who to give the carnations to and what you want the card to say.**

Carnations will be delivered before dismissal on Tuesday, February 14th.

Get Savannah Bananas Tickets Here!

Tickets are hard to come by so get yours here while supporting the Ellis PTA at the same time!

Charles Ellis Montessori Night at the Bananas

vs. The Party Animals

Saturday, February 25th, at 7pm (Gates open at 5:30pm)

Grayson Stadium

Buy your tickets at this link.

**Deadline to purchase is February 11th.** After this date, any remaining tickets will be released back to the Bananas to sell. So get yours now!

Summer Language Camp

The CI Summit and SCCPSS Language Camps are from July 11-14, 2023 at Woodville-Tompkins High School located at 151 Coach Joe Turner Street, Savannah, GA 31408.

Transportation is NOT provided.

Camp teachers will use Acquisition-Driven Instruction methods to lead classes.

Camp hours are 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM. Students are encouraged to bring snacks.

COST: $25

If you are registering more than one child, complete a separate registration form for each child.

Camp Options:

  • Spanish – Elementary grades 3-5 (Beginning)
  • Spanish - Middle grades 6-8 (Beginning)
  • Spanish – Middle/High grades 7-12 (Intermediate)
  • Mandarin (Chinese) – Middle/High grades 7-12 (Beginning)
  • French – Middle/High grades 7-12 (Beginning)
  • Spanish for Heritage Learners – Elementary/Middle grades 4-6
  • English Language Learners – Elementary/Middle grades 5-6

Students can register for courses one grade above their current grade, For example, students currently in grade 2 may register for the grade 3 courses.

See form below for a QR code to sign-up your student(s).

SCCPSS Choice Program

The application window for the 2023/2024 school year for Kindergarten through 8th grade is OPEN from January 21st until February 3rd.

Visit the SCCPSS website for more information and the link to the application.

**Please note**: If you have a student currently in Pre-K at Ellis, you MUST fill out the application for them to have preference at Ellis for kindergarten.**

Pre-K Application Window

The Ellis Pre-K Application window for the 2023/2024 school year opens on February 8th.

Visit the SCCPSS website for more information.

The Erdkinder Experience

What is Erdkinder and what what does the typical Erdkinder day look like?

Watch the video below that was produced by our 8th grade students during their 9-week Explorations Film class to find out more!

The Erdkinder Experience

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 January 17th-February 3rd, our school-wide Grace & Courtesy emphasis is SELF-DISCIPLINE.

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

  • When I do what is right for me to do--not just what I want to do-- I am acting with Self-Discipline.
  • When I do what is good for me and other people--not just what is good for me--I am acting with Self-Discipline.
  • When I stop my hurtful thoughts, feelings, words, and actions from hurting myself or hurting someone else, I am acting with Self-Discipline.

Beacon Volunteer Program

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