Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, Week of November 7, 2022

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"If writing serves to correct, or rather, to direct and perfect the mechanism of speech in the child, reading assists in the development of ideas and language. In brief, writing helps a child physiologically and reading helps him socially. " -Dr. Maria Montessori, The Discovery of the Child (p. 231)

Pictured above: Lower elementary students have independent reading time at the pond.

Important Dates

November 1-30- PTA Read-A-Thon

November 11- No School!

November 11- PTA Spirit Night w/the Ghost Pirates

November 18- Donation Dress Down Day

November 21-25- Thanksgiving Break- No School!

December 1-8- Book Fair

December 2- M.E.S.S. Holiday Party

December 8- Festival of Lights

View the SCCPSS Academic calendar at this link.

View the SCCPSS Assessment calendar at this link.

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PTA Read-A-Thon

The PTA Read-A-Thon is going on NOW until November 30th! Please consider helping us to raise funds to update the books in our media center's cultural curriculum collection.

1. Sign up your student(s) at this link: https://bit.ly/2022PTAReadAThon.

2. Share your student's personalized link (that you are provided after you sign them up) on your social media to ask for support from family and friends.

3. Encourage your student(s) to read for a good cause!

**Any student who raises $100 or more will receive a $10 gift certificate to our Scholastic Book Fair (December 1st-8th).**

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

Happy reading, Bobcats!

You can find more information (and a reading log) on the PTA Read-A-Thon page of the Ellis website.

Angel Tree

This year's Angel Tree is ready and located in the front foyer. Consider picking an angel so that a child in need can have a holiday gift this season. Listed on the numbered ornaments is a child's age, gender, size, and ideas of what they like. Once you pick an angel ornament, please write your name and Angel number on the spreadsheet provided to help Ms. Rebecca keep track.

Visit the Angel Tree page on the Ellis website for more information.

Gifts are due to Ms. Rebecca or Mr. Wes by December 7th.

Contact Ms. Rebecca (rebecca.burkhart@sccpss.com) with any questions.

Thanks in advance for your support!

Lost & Found

Please watch this brief video that shows the LARGE collection of clothing items in lost and found.

If you see something that belongs to your student(s), please have them visit the lost and found (in the Multi-Purpose Room "MPR" hallway) to retrieve their items OR email their classroom teacher to see if they can assist your student in retrieving their item.

PTA Spirit Night at Ghost Pirates

**There aren't many tickets left...don't miss out!**

The Charles Ellis Montessori Academy & the Ghost Pirates have partnered together for a fundraiser and an awesome Spirit Night of non-stop entertainment for all students, families, and teachers!

Every ticket bought through the link below will contribute to fundraising for the school. So, join in on the brand new Ghost Pirates historic season and support Charles Ellis!

Game: Friday, Nov 11 at 7:30pm vs South Carolina Stingrays

Buy your tickets at this link.

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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 October 31st-November 18th, our school-wide Grace & Courtesy emphasis is FORGIVENESS.

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

  • When I make a mistake and say to myself, "It's OK to make a mistake. I will try to do better the next time, " I am Forgiving myself.
  • When I make a mistake and say to someone who feels sad or angry at me for what I did, "I'm sorry. Is there something I can do to help make it right?" I am helping the other person to Forgive me.
  • When someone hurts my feelings or does something that makes me feel sad or angry, I am practicing Forgiveness when I say to them, "I felt hurt and angry by what you said and did. Maybe what you did was an accident. If I did anything that caused you to hurt my feelings, I'm sorry and I will try to do better. I hope you feel better soon." Then I let me hurt and angry feelings go away.

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 new Charles Ellis Montessori Academy website.

SCCPSS Website

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