Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, January 25, 2020
To Educate The Whole Child for a Whole World
Dr. Maria Montessori.
How strong are you?
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!
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
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can view the School Counseling Website for a list of resources and other helpful 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.
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.
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 (email@example.com).
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.
Ms. Ja'Dayia Coleman-Kennedy
Information Specialist Clerk
Ms. Lucy Holloway
Ms. Patricia Solomon-Brown