Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, Week of October 31st, 2022

"Education cannot be effective unless it helps a child to open up himself to life." -Dr. Maria Montessori

Pictured above: Our "Child in Nature" partnership with Oatland Island Wildlife Center has begun again!

Erdkinder (7th and 8th grade) students will spend time outdoors learning lessons and doing a variety of activities at Oatland on Fridays. Their work will continue throughout the school year until the culminating event at which they will volunteer their energy and time. You will be able to see their hard work and efforts at the Child in Nature (Fairy and Gnome Festival) event in the spring.

Last week, Erdkinder students learned all about maritime forests and they created "Jack of the Wood" art on the trees.

Important Dates

November 1-30- PTA Read-A-Thon

November 4- PTA Wreath Sale Deadline

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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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.

Halloween on Monday

Halloween costumes should NOT be worn at school on Monday, October 31st.

Thank you for your understanding.

Glasses Found at Fall Festival

These readers (+1.75) were left at the check-in table at the PTA Fall Festival on Friday, October 21st. They are black and have icueyewear.com on one of temple pieces. If they belong to you or someone you know, please contact Ms. Lisa (lisa.odonnell@sccpss.com).

PTA Read-A-Thon

The 11th annual PTA Read-A-Thon will take place November 1-30th. This year, we are raising funds to replace outdated books in the media center's cultural curriculum collection.

Any student who raises $100 or more will receive a $10.00 gift certificate to the Scholastic Book Fair, which will take place in the media center the week of December 1-8, 2022.

You can find more information about this on the PTA Read-a-Thon page of the Ellis website.

Thank you for your support and happy reading!

Attention 7th & 8th Grade Art Students!

After school art instruction will be available for 7th and 8th grade students on the following dates : October 26, November 2, and November 9 from 3:00pm-4:15pm.

Lessons will focus on composition and observation drawing and are designed for Erdkinder students planning to study art at the high school level.

All supplies are provided. Students must have a signed permission form on file with Ms. Tiia in advance of the dates they wish to attend.

Students should see Ms. Tiia for a permission form if they wish to attend.

Students will be dismissed promptly at 4:15pm.

If you have questions, contact Ms. Tiia (tiia.strong@sccpss.com).

PTA Wreath Sale

The annual PTA wreath sale is now LIVE!

The deadline to order is Friday, November 4th.

To order, visit https://sherwoodfundraiser.com/CharlesEllisPTA

Find more information on the Ellis website.

PTA Spirit Night at Ghost Pirates

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.

Thank you!

Thank you to all our families who decorated a pumpkin as a book character to display in the media center this week! It is always so much fun to see the students' excitement as they look around at all the creative pumpkins.

You can view all of the pumpkins on the Media Center Facebook page.

Congratulations to Audrey in room 5 who created a Moana pumpkin to display. Her name was randomly chosen in our participant raffle drawing to win a $15 gift certificate to the book fair which will be held in the media center December 1st-8th.

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Counselors' Corner

This week in School Counseling, Erdkinder students began a career assessment using YouScience, logging in from their PowerSchool portal.

Upper Elementary received a practical lesson on kindness, coming up with specific ideas on how to be kind to others, and to ourselves.

Lower Elementary has been reading Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon, and learning how to be better advocates for ourselves, as well as how to use I-messages to express ourselves.

Next week, Primary classes will begin lessons on Safer, Smarter Kids with the leadership of prevention educators from Mary's Place of the Coastal Empire.

We thank you for your support of our comprehensive school counseling program!

If your child or someone you know could benefit from school counseling support, Backpack Buddies, or any school supplies, please let us know.

Ms. Rebecca, School Counselor, Primary & Lower Elementary

912-395-5470 x71201



Mr. Wes, School Counselor, Upper Elementary & Erdkinder

912-395-5470 x71243



Ms. Lauren, School Counseling Intern from Georgia Southern University

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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


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