Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, February 8, 2021
To Educate The Whole Child for a Whole World
Maria Montessori The Absorbent Mind
Eyes to See and Ears to Hear
However we must also guard ourselves and our children from the incessant chatter of the airways. We must be careful with our words, for ears are listening, but we must also provide opportunities for children to talk about their feelings in a safe manner. The week of February 1st we celebrated National School Counselor Week. Our School Counselor, Ms. Rebecca Burkhart, continues on a daily basis throughout the year, to provide us with many resources to engage in positive experiences and conversations that help to heal the trauma of this pandemic. I encourage you to avail yourself of these resources and to reach out to Ms. Rebecca whenever needed.
So take a walk in the park this weekend or venture to the beach. Listen to your child and engage the conversation, and...
may our words also be the beauty that our children hear.
February 8- School Council Meeting (3:30pm)
February 8- Lower El Open House (5:30pm)
February 9- Erdkinder Open House (5:15pm)
February 10- Primary Open House (5:30pm)
February 11- Upper El Open House (5:30pm)
February 15- Staff Planning Day- No School for Students!
February 16- Pre-K Lottery Application Window Opens
February 19- Choice Program Application Window Closes
March 4- Pre-K Lottery Application Window Closes
March 8- Choice Program Lottery
Return to Learn Guidance
Visit the SCCPSS Return to Learn Guidance webpage.
At the Regular Meeting of the Board of Education held on February 3, 2021, the Board approved a resolution regarding support for changes to Second Semester Operations. Those changes include the District implementing a 3-Day/2-Day Hybrid Rotation with Learning Partner model for all Pre-K – 12 families as soon as practicable on a timeline that is operationally feasible. The District will provide notice of the date that such return to in-person learning will occur as soon as practicable. Each school will be afforded the flexibility to increase in-person learning days, as operationally feasible and coordinated through the District. Least Independent Learners, as identified by district staff, shall be offered a return to in-person learning five days per week, at a date that is operationally feasible as determined by the Superintendent or consistent with their current learning plans. Virtual learning would remain an option for all families through the end of the school year.
In addition, the District will begin planning for a return to in-person learning five days per week in the Spring Semester of the 2020-2021 school year if and when COVID-19 vaccines are available to District employees whose primary place of employment is in a school building or requires interaction with students, such as transportation employees. The District will implement such plan as soon as practicable on a timeline that is operationally feasible following the availability of such vaccines. The District will plan for a robust 2021 summer school program offering families not only enrichment but also opportunities for remediation and enhancement. The District will provide notice of such plan as soon as practicable so that District staff and families can plan. The District will plan for and study the feasibility of beginning the 2021-2022 school year with a five days per week in-person learning model.
View the Resolution here.
Device Grace & Courtesy
Please do not allow them to add stickers to, draw on, or carve into the device. Also, please do not allow your child to eat or drink around these devices as liquid and crumbs can cause major issues with how they function.
These devices are property of SCCPSS and they should be treated as any other borrowed material by taking care of it as you would want your own things taken care of. Thank you for your help with this practical life skill.
SCCPSS Choice School Lottery
Visit the SCCPSS Choice Program Website for a site list, application, and more information.
*Attention Ellis PreK Parents: Please note that you MUST apply for the Ellis Choice Program in order for your student to be eligible to attend Ellis for kindergarten.*
SCCPSS Pre-K Lottery
SCCPSS Pre-K Website (including application, registration information, and more)
Pre-K applications for the 2021-2022 school year will be available from February 16 to March 4, 2021. When completing the application, be prepared to submit your child's birth certificate and proof of address in the application. Lottery notifications will be sent on April 7, 2021.
To participate in the Pre-K Program, children must be four years of age* on or before September 1, 2021, and must be a resident of Chatham County.
* Five-year-old children who have not previously attended the Pre-K program and who have developmental delays that impact their readiness for school may also enroll at the request of their parents. A Parent Acknowledgement form must be completed during registration.
For additional information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
School Council Meeting
Culture Fest will be Thursday, February 25, 2021@ 6:30pm.
We are inviting our Ellis families to share their cultural traditions through songs, dance, music
or other traditional activities. Performances can be up to 3 minutes. Please plan to attend this event to experience the culture and entertainment of our very own Ellis Families.
Here is the Flipgrid to record your video.
Thanks in Advance,
PTA Cultural Diversity Committee
itsLearning Parent Portal
Update: The District sent out emails to parents on how to login to the new itsLearning Parent Portal on Monday, February 1st.
Click the links below to view information from SCCPSS about the upcoming release of the itsLearning Parent Portal.
Happy National School Counseling Week! As your child's school counselor, I believe that every student deserves the opportunity to have a champion in their corner, a person who is rooting for them and believes in them. School counselors help make schools caring places for students to learn, grow, challenge themselves, take risks, and to be assured they have a safe place to land. I'm so thankful to have landed here as your school counselor. If you or your family need anything, contact me via ItsLearning or via my website.
This week, our students have been learning perseverance, self-advocacy, and awareness of our emotions. In Primary and Lower Elementary, we are reading Niko Draws a Feeling and in Upper Elementary, we have been doing a NearPod lesson on self-advocacy. Erdkinder will have me in their virtual classes next week. 8th grade- don't forget to fill out your Choice Application for High School. The deadline is February 19th.
Charles Ellis Montessori Academy
912-395-5470 Ext. 2
School-Wide Grace & Courtesy Focus
The Language for Identifying/Naming the Qualities of Assertiveness from the "Self- Awakened Child" series by Jonathan Wolff:
- When I ask for what I need or want, I am being Assertive.
- What I do or say the right thing--even when it's hard--I am being Assertive.
- What I say "no" to someone who tries to hurt me or someone else, I am being Assertive.
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.
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