Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, October 11, 2021

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"This is the period in which discipline becomes established: a form of active peace, of obedience and love, when work is perfected and multiplied, just as when the flowers in the spring get their colors and prepare a distant harvest of sweet and nourishing fruit."

Discipline is not about rewards and punishment. Rather it is about opportunities that engage a child in perfecting their skills, so that they can refine their interactions with the world. This requires patience and understanding of the child's motives, so that we can guide them towards fulfilling their passions while building empathy for others. It is not always about "I am going to teach you a lesson!" but about truly seizing opportunities that hold the lesson within.

Consider the discipline of Ikebana, an ancient Japanese art form where flowers are arranged by strict rules of form and balance. The purpose of making Ikebana floral arrangements, is not to create decorations. Rather the purpose is to learn to appreciate certain things that people normally ignore i.e. the nature and beauty of the shapes of the flowers and how they might represent our place in the universe. Similarly, if we can guide our children to create and arrange lives that have balance, purpose and meaning, then they will bloom into the self-disciplined human that is already there for us to admire.


Ms. Tanya

Important Dates

October 11- Staff Planning Day (No School for Students!)

October 12- Second Nine-Weeks Period Begins

October 15- Deadline to Purchase/Return Fall Pictures

October 18- Deadline for PTA Reflections Submissions

October 22- Drive-Thru PTA Fall Festival

October 25-29- Media Center Book Character Pumpkin Patch

October 26- Make-Up Fall Picture Day

October 29- Donation Dress Down Day (Supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Georgia/South Carolina)

School-Wide Grace & Courtesy Focus

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

  • When I listen to what other people say and do not ignore them or interrupt them when they are talking, I am listening with Respect.
  • When I remember to think about other people's feelings before I act or talk, I am acting with Respect for others.
  • When I take good care of the things that belong to others, I am Respecting other people's things.
  • When I take good care of myself, my feelings, and my things, I am acting with Self-Respect.
  • When I treat people the way I like to be treated, I am acting with Respect for others.

No School!

There is no school for students on Monday, October 11th, for a staff planning day. The second 9-week period of the school year will begin on Tuesday, October 12th.

Have a great break!

From the Clinic

Update 10/5/21: The district has provided the COVID-19 Flowchart pictured below. For future reference, you may find this image on the Nurse's page of the Ellis website.

Please note:

Nurse Chris' email address has changed to christine.oboyle@sccpss.com

If your child is (or will be) absent for any reason, please email your child's teacher AND copy Nurse Chris on the email.

If your student is classified as a "Close Contact" with someone who has COVID-19 at school, you will receive a phone call from someone on the Ellis Contact Tracing team to pick them up immediately. When you pick up your student, you will be provided with a letter from Nurse Chris outlining further instructions including when your student will be allowed to return to the building. You can view that letter template on the Nurse's page of the Ellis school website for your future reference. It is also listed in the updated Ellis Family Handbook.

Contact Information:



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Fall Pictures

Update 10/7/21: Fall photos and/or money is due by October 15th. Please return these ASAP. Make-Up picture day is Tuesday, October 26th. If your student was not at school on Fall picture day or you do not like the photo they took, your student can come to school on October 26th dressed in their best attire. Students should bring a uniform to change into after their picture is taken.

Please Note:

  • Fall pictures are a fundraiser for our school! Every purchase will benefit our students directly.
  • The deadline for purchasing photos and/or returning prints to school is Friday, October 15th, 2021. You can purchase online with the code in your picture packet or you may send cash or check (made payable to Strawbridge) in the envelope provided to school with your student.
  • Make-Up Picture day is scheduled for Tuesday, October 26th.
  • If anyone has questions, you may contact Ms. Lisa (lisa.odonnell@sccpss.com).
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Media Center

We will be holding our annual "Book Character Pumpkin Patch" the week of October 25-29th.

Students are encouraged to decorate a real or fake pumpkin as a favorite book character to bring to the media center on Monday, October 25th to share with our school community (No scary or carved pumpkins, please!).

Teachers may sign up for a time to bring their class through the media center to view the pumpkins. Ms. Lisa will photograph all the pumpkins on display and she will post them on the Ellis MC Facebook page.

Students will pick up their pumpkins from the media center on Friday, October 29th, to take home.

We look forward to seeing our student's CREATIVITY in this favorite Ellis tradition.

If you have any questions, please let us know.

Ms. Lisa

Library Media Technology Specialist

Ellis Montessori Academy


912-395-5470 Ext. 71210

Counselor's Corner

This week, a team of 14 student leaders were trained as Peer Mediators. These students have participated in 6 hours of online training with The Mediation Center of Savannah in addition to completing required assignments to become fully trained. Peer Mediation is problem solving and conflict resolution by students with students. Peer Mediators at Charles Ellis are honest peacemakers and leaders.

If your child or someone you know needs a referral for peer mediation, or is in need of any resources, including a free bag of food for the weekend, please reach out to Ms. Rebecca. Resources are available on the School Counseling Website including a list of mental health professionals and relaxation activities.

Rebecca Burkhart, School Counselor

912-395-5470 x2



PTA Drive-Thru Fall Festival

The PTA is in the planning stages for the annual Fall Festival which will be held in front of the school on Friday, October 22nd, from 6-7:30pm. This year will be a drive-thru event (like last year).

If you are willing/able to volunteer for the event, please use this link to sign up. We appreciate your help!

PTA Wreath Sale

The Ellis PTA Health and Wellness committee is having their annual wreath sale. The proceeds from this sale last year helped purchase the new wooden picnic tables throughout the campus that we are now enjoying. Please consider making a purchase and/or sharing this information with your family and friends.

Visit sherwoodfundraiser.com/CEMAPTA to order. All orders are due November 1st.

Questions? Email Sara Hartley (badge7890@aol.com​)​

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PTA Reflections

The deadline for student submissions is October 18th!

Encourage your child(ren) to submit an entry to the PTA Reflections Competition.

The theme this year is "I Will Change the World By..." See the photo below.

All art forms are accepted: visual art, dance performances, literary compositions, film, and more! Click here for submission forms. If you have questions, email Amanda Fanelli, our PTA Reflections Chairman: ellisreflections@gmail.com.

We had three students place in the State finals last year, can we again "Change the World" this year?

All entries due (with forms in order and proper formats followed) to Ms. Lisa in the media center or to ellisreflections@gmail.com by Monday, October 18th. All entries will be showcased at the Drive-Thru Fall Festival on Friday, October 22nd!

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"Great Schools Have Great Principals"

October is National Principals Month!

We want to take this time to thank Ms. Tanya for all that she does on a daily basis for our staff and students. She always puts the best interest of our school community at the forefront of everything she does.

If you wish to show your appreciation, you can send Ms. Tanya a quick note of encouragement (tanya.melville@sccpss.com).

Devices Brought to School Daily

If your student takes their school device home on a daily basis, PLEASE make sure that they are bringing it back to school EVERY DAY, FULLY CHARGED. Students need their devices at school for district assessments, Explorations, etc.

Students must also have their own set of earbuds/headphones. We cannot share these items among students for hygiene reasons.

If you would like your student to keep their device at school, please contact your student's teacher to arrange that.

Thank you for your help with teaching our students to be responsible for their school materials.

COVID-19 Testing Sites

**Update 9/16/2021**

See updated list attached below.

Per Dr. Levett, SCCPSS Superintendent, the area hospitals are reporting an overload of people requesting COVID-19 testing for their students to return to school. She is requesting that you choose another location to help expedite the process and relieve some of the congestion at the local hospitals.

Please see the attached PDF below for alternative COVID-19 testing sites.

Thank you for your help.

Publix Partners

Publix Partners is donating to our school, and you can help! Ellis has received over $12,000 since our partnership began many years ago. Once you add our school to your account, you never have to think about it again...win-win!

Here's how you can enroll and participate in just a few steps:

  1. Visit publix.com/partners and select our school: Charles Ellis Montessori- Savannah, GA
  2. Provide your phone number every time you check out at Publix.
  3. Publix will donate a portion of qualifying purchases to our school!

Ellis PTA

The PTA is calling all local business owners to consider investing in our school by being a PTA Business Sponsor. See attached form below. We appreciate your consideration and help spreading the word out to our community about this great opportunity

If you haven't joined the PTA yet, please do!

Joining the PTA is a small but significant way to get involved in our school and to make a difference in the lives of our Ellis community.

Click here to join or donate.


There is still a PTA Committee Chair open:

Arts Enrichment

If interested in joining a PTA committee, contact Emily Salzer (emilycsalzer@gmail.com) or Kellie Groover (kellie.groover@focuslabllc.com), PTA Co-Presidents.

If you are a parent/guardian of a new Ellis student, request to join the Ellis PTA Facebook Group to connect with us​. ​

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.