Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, Week of March 7th, 2022

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Important Dates

March 1-25- iReady Assessment Window

March 9- Choice Program Lottery Results Emailed to Parents (after 4pm)

March 9- Choice Program Registration Opens

March 11- Deadline to Pre-Order Yearbook

March 17-18- St. Patrick's Day Holiday- No School!

March 25- Donation Dress Down Day Supporting 8th Grade Bridging

March 25- Choice Program Registration Closes

March-28-April 1- Spring Break- No School!

Yearbook Pre-Orders

The deadline to pre-order the 2021/2022 Ellis yearbook is Friday, March 11th. There will be a very limited quantity of extra yearbooks ordered, so, if you/your student want one, please use this link to reserve your copy today!

Please note: If the order link is no longer active, you may send cash or check (made payable to Ellis Montessori Academy) to school with your student.

Yearbooks are a fundraiser for our school...every little bit helps!

Purchased yearbooks will be delivered in April/May directly to your student(s).

If you have any questions, contact Ms. Lisa (lisa.odonnell@sccpss.com).

Food Drive

Upper elementary students are collecting canned food for the homeless. Donations may be dropped off in the box outside Mr. Trent's classroom (room 20).

No EOY MAP Assessment Required

Just so that you are aware...the District has cancelled the required end-of-year MAP assessment. If you have any questions about this, please contact your student's teacher.

SCCPSS Assessment Calendar

St. Patrick's Items For Sale

Coach Lesley is helping raise funds for our teachers going to the AMS conference by selling St. Patrick's Day items.

The cost of items range from $.25-$2.00 and may be purchased by your students in the multi-purpose room (MPR) during morning arrival and P.E. classes.

Each year, Google hosts the Doodle for Google contest where students from all over the nation have the opportunity to submit an original doodle to Google in hopes that their artwork will be selected to appear on the Google home page.

Several upper elementary students creatively represented our school. Check out their submissions in the adjacent slide show which follows the theme, "I care for myself by..."

Click Here to View

Upper Elementary Doodle for Google Submissions

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Help Send Our Montessorians to Nashville

**Update 3/4/22**:

Ms. Jazmin is currently on top with a total of $70.21

Ms. Kami is a close second with a total of $62.01

Ms. Jess is coming in strong with a total of $50.01

Get those donations in by March 11th. The teacher with the highest donation amount will be pied in front of the whole school on March 14th!

Pick a teacher to PIE in the Face!

Pi Day is March 14th and we are continuing to raise funds for the AMS conference. Students get to vote for which teacher they want to see PIED in the FACE!

How can they vote? Donation jars with a picture of participating teachers will be placed in the front foyer each day. Drop in a dollar or two to cast your vote. The teacher who raises the most money will get PIED in the FACE on Pi Day!

About this fundraiser:

Ten of our teachers from Charles Ellis will be attending the American Montessori Society conference in Nashville, Tennessee, March 17 - 20.

The Montessori Event is an opportunity to join other Montessori educators from around the world to collaborate, network, and attend transformative workshops to impact our Montessori practices here at Charles Ellis.

Workshops include topics such diversity, equity, innovation, inclusion, leadership, and public Montessori initiatives. Keynote speakers include innovators in the field of education and activist Ashley Judd.

Here is the link to The Montessori Event March 17-20.

Attendance to the event is quite costly. Each teacher will be spending roughly $1000 out-of-pocket for registration, lodging, food, and gas.
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Youth Art Month Exhibition

Saturday, March 5th, 10am-2pm

2002 Bull Street

Savannah, GA

Ellis will have a display with Lower Elementary student artwork. Check it out!

Counselors' Corner

Classes have been continuing to learn about assertiveness and self-advocacy. Primary read A Big Guy Took My Ball and learned about using I-messages. Lower Elementary read the book Yertle the Turtle and practiced the use of I-messages.

We are here for all students, and love serving our community. Resources are available on the School Counseling Website including a list of mental health professionals and relaxation activities. Please reach out if you need anything.

Rebecca Burkhart- Primary and Lower Elementary School Counselor


Wesley Cooper- Upper Elementary and Erdkinder School Counselor


912-395-5470 x2
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GMAS Preparation

Please read this GMAS Family Letter for information about and resources for the upcoming Georgia Milestones Assessments which will take place in April.

Culture Fest

In case you missed it...

You can view the pre-recorded 2022 PTA Culture Fest video at this link.

We wish to thank all the students (including Ms. Angie's Erdkinder Communications class who helped edit the video) and the community members who made this event possible.


iReady Assessments

Students (K-8th Grade) will be taking the district-mandated iReady assessments over the next several weeks.

SCCPSS Assessment Calendar

If your student does not leave their device at school, PLEASE make sure that they bring their device to school every day, fully charged!

Students in kindergarten through 1st grade and those with testing accommodations should also have their own set of earbuds/headphones.

New Beginning Youth Art Exhibition

The 21st Annual New Beginning Youth Art Exhibition is February 18th-March 19th at the Savannah Cultural Arts Center (201 Montgomery St.).

Congratulations to Ellis Erdkinder students, Cleo Cribbs and Ivy Parish, for having their art work selected to be a part of the exhibition. View their wonderful work on the Ellis website.

**Updated SCCPSS COVID-19 Guidelines**

SCCPSS released updated COVID-19 Guidelines on February 8, 2022.

A summary, full document, and infographic can be found for future reference on the Nurse's page of the Ellis website.

School-Wide Grace & Courtesy Focus

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

  • When I feel calm and quiet inside, when I do not let anyone or anything take away my calmness and quiet, I am feeling and being Peaceful.
  • When I try to understand another person's feelings and thoughts, when I talk with him about our problems instead of hurting him or hitting him, I am being Peaceful.
  • When I feel angry or scared and I help myself feel calm and quiet inside instead of hurting someone or telling someone to go away, I am practicing Peacefulness.

Teacher of the Year!

Congratulations to our very own, Ms. Beth Whalen, for being named SCCPSS Teacher of the Year!

Read the Savannah Morning News Article and visit the SCCPSS website for more information on this honor and what it entails.

We know that Ms. Beth will represent Ellis and Montessori Education well throughout the next school year in this new role. We cannot be more proud of her hard work and accomplishment!

The Bobcat Roar

The Bobcat Roar is written and produced by Ellis Erdkinder students. Click the link to catch the latest episode!

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

Click here to view the Charles Ellis Montessori Academy website.

SCCPSS Website

Please visit the SCCPSS website regularly for the most up-to-date district information.