Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, January 25, 2020

To Educate The Whole Child for a Whole World

"I must repeat that it is not that I first posed these principles and then shaped my educational method around them. To the contrary, only the immediate observations of children whose freedom was respected revealed some of the laws of their inner being that I understand to be of universal value. These same children have sought the way to strength and have found it the surest of instincts"

Dr. Maria Montessori.

How strong are you?

During these trying times we hear the word "resilience" bantered about as some sort of currency we have either banked over years of experience, or as an inheritance of character. But as Dr. Montessori observed, it is an instinct that can be guided and nurtured if given an environment that allows freedom for growth. We can use this instinct to build skills that will allow us to respond to our environment in ways that are productive and healing for both ourselves and for our world. The bounceback project - https://www.bouncebackproject.org/resilience/ describes 5 Pillars of Resilience; Self-Awareness, Mindfulness, Self-Care, Relationship, Purpose. I encourage you to think about these aspects of resilience and how you might practise them for yourself, model them for your family, and take time to observe and acknowledge them in your children. When you take some concentrated time to truly "See your child" you will learn the true value and treasure before you.

Important Dates

January 26- 8th Grade Parent Meeting (6pm)

January 26- PTA Members Meeting (6:30pm)

February 1- SCCPSS Digital Student Success Expo

February 1- Choice Program Application Window Opens

February 15- Staff Planning Day- No School for Students!

February 19- Choice Program Application Window Closes

March 8- Choice Program Lottery

Attention Parents of 8th Grade Students!

There will be an informational meeting hosted by Ms. Rebecca and Ms. Tanya for the parents/guardians of rising 9th grade students on Tuesday, January 26th, at 6pm to review High School 101, discuss courses, and answer questions about the Choice program application process. View this flyer for more details.

SCCPSS High School Video

PTA Members Meeting

The next Membership Meeting for the PTA will be on Tuesday, January 26, 6:30pm, via Zoom. We’ll announce the Boosterthon Dance Fit totals and, as a VERY SPECIAL REWARD, Coach Lesley will get slimed! We’ll also talk about the upcoming spring events. The agenda and meeting minutes will be available on the PTA website for review prior to the meeting. Here’s the Zoom link:

Melanie Finnegan is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Ellis PTA January Membership Meeting

Time: Jan 26, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 894 4826 0505

Passcode: 140721

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Is Your Student's Chromebook Running Slow?

Here are a couple of things that you/your student can do on a regular basis to improve the Chromebooks performance.

  1. Clearing Cache/Cookies from Chrome Browser
  2. Upload Files from Chromebook to Google Drive- After you copy any files from the device to your student's Google Drive, delete the files from the device.

Counselor's Corner

In School Counseling Instruction, Primary students are hearing the story I Promise by Lebron James and saying positive affirmations to themselves. For example- I promise to never give up, no matter what. In Lower Elementary, we are reading The Thing Lou Couldn't Do by Ashley Spires and talking about believing in ourselves, even when things get challenging. Lower Elementary and Erdkinder continue their theme of goal setting, with Erdkinder having a focus on high school readiness.

At 6pm Tuesday, January 26, all 8th grade parents are invited to attend a Virtual 8th Grade Parent Info Session to learn more about high school options and the Choice application process. Click here for more information and the Zoom link.

If you or if you know of a family in need of any resources, whether helpful local assistance or a list of mental health therapists in our area, please reach out to our School Counselor, Ms. Rebecca. Needs and concerns will be kept confidential. Ms. Rebecca can be reached during the school day at 912-395-5470 x2, rebecca.burkhart@sccpss.com, or you can view the School Counseling Website for a list of resources and other helpful information.

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SCCPSS Choice School Lottery

2021/2022 Choice Program Information Sheet

2021/2022 Choice Program Guide

Visit the SCCPSS Choice Program Website​ for ​a site list, ​​application, and ​more information.

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i-Ready Information

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I am excited to share that SCCPSS is implementing an online instructional program called i-Ready, to support students in the acquisition and enhancement of Math and Reading skills. To prepare and implement this program students in Grades K through 5th will engage in diagnostic assessments during the timeframe of January 13th through February 5th. Below, you will find information about the program and how we will be using it in the classroom.

Your testing week(s) are as follows:

Upper El - week of 1/19

Lower El - 1/25 - 2/5

Primary - 1/14 - 2/5

Your student's teacher will give you the exact date/time that your child will take the assessment.

What is i-Ready?

i-Ready is an online program that will help us determine your child’s strengths and areas for growth, personalize their learning, and monitor their progress throughout the school year. i-Ready allows us to meet your child where they are and provides us with data to inform instruction.

The i-Ready Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment that adjusts its questions to suit your child’s needs. Each item a student receives is based on their answer to the previous question. For example, a series of correct answers will result in slightly harder questions, while a series of incorrect answers will yield slightly easier ones. The purpose of this is not to give your child a score or grade but to determine how to best support their learning.

i-Ready Instruction provides students with lessons based on their individual strengths and areas for growth. These lessons are interactive and provide strategic support, to keep your child engaged as they learn.

Thank you for your continued support and for being a partner in your child’s learning! I look forward to sharing i-Ready information with you throughout the year. If you have any questions about i-Ready, please do not hesitate to contact me or the school.

You can learn more about i-Ready by visiting i-ReadyCentral.com/FamilyCenter as well as the What is i-Ready document. This information will also be posted on the school website.


Tanya Melville

School-Wide Grace & Courtesy Focus

The Language for Identifying/Naming the Qualities of Self-Discipline from 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.

Educational Opportunities for Students

There are a number of reading, writing, art and math opportunities for students. Check them out on the Ellis website.

2nd Semester Device Distribution

If you are in need of a SCCPSS device for your student, please fill out this form. Ms. Lisa will contact you as soon as possible to schedule pick up of the device from the school.

If you have received a device from the District and you plan on purchasing the Technology Protection Plan provided by the District, please pay for that through School Cash Online and send the signed paperwork to Ms. Lisa through email.

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

From the Clinic

Please read the attached flyer with health and safety information.

Covid-19 Parent at Home Screening

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me.

Thank you,

Nurse Chris


912-395-5470 Ext. 71213

Join the Ellis PTA and Support Our Community!

Please consider joining the PTA to support our Ellis community. Membership is only $7/person.

So far this school year, the PTA has done the following:

  • Held a school supply drive for our Ellis families
  • Funded the purchase of individual Montessori materials for our Primary students
  • Sponsored teachers to attend an Anti-Racist, Anti-Bias Teaching in the Montessori Classroom seminar.
  • Organized the Fall Festival Parade
  • Organized the PTA Reflections contest
  • Accepted teacher grant applications
  • Funded improvements to the playground and multi-purpose room
  • Sponsored the Read-A-Thon
  • Organized the Angel Tree for families in our Ellis community
  • Donated non-perishable food items to Emmaus House
  • Purchased Medify HEPA Air Purifier/replacement filters for classrooms
  • Supplied Nurse Chris with needed health and wellness supplies
  • And so much more!

The PTA cannot do all this without your help and support. The easiest way to show your support is simply by joining the Ellis PTA.

Visit the PTA Website.

Ellis Montessori Academy Website

Click here to view the new Charles Ellis Montessori Academy website.

SCCPSS Website

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