Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, Week of Sept. 19th, 2022

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"Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and the strength, use it to create." -Dr. Maria Montessori

Pictured: Lower Elementary students painting in Ms. Tiia's art class.

Important Dates

September 21- International Peace Day

September 21- SCCPSS Teacher of the Year Ceremony- Congratulations, Ms. Beth!

September 24- Family Education Saturday

September 30- Deadline to Return/Purchase School Photos

September 30- Donation Dress Down Day

October 4- PTA Spirit Night at Chipotle on Victory Dr.

October 7- Staff Planning Day

October 10- No School!

View the SCCPSS Academic calendar at this link.

View the SCCPSS Assessment calendar at this link.

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 September 19th-October 7th, our school-wide Grace & Courtesy emphasis is CREATIVITY.

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

  • When I do something in my own special way, I am being creative.
  • When I make something new that no one has ever made before, I am being creative.
  • When I find a way to help myself or someone else fix a problem, I am being creative.
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Parent Volunteer(s) Needed for LMTAC

The Library Media Technology Advisory Committee (LMTAC) is "A media committee that makes recommendations and decisions related to planning, operation, evaluation and improvement of the media program. This committee shall annually evaluate media services and develop a multi-year media plan for budget and services priorities." (GADOE Rule 160-4-4-.01)

The LMTAC will be having a virtual meeting on October 13th from 3:15-4:15pm via Zoom (for parent convenience) and Ms. Lisa needs one or two parent volunteers to join the committee. The LMTAC is required by the State of Georgia to meet twice a school year. We will only meet more than twice if a situation arises that necessitates a meeting.

If you have questions or are interested in joining the Ellis LMTAC, please contact Ms. Lisa (lisa.odonnell@sccpss.com).

Winners of PTA Membership Drive!

There were two classes that tied with the most PTA memberships during the drive: Ms. Wonda and Ms. Kami.

Congratulations...those classes will be receiving an ice cream party!

It is not too late to join...click this link to support our school through the Ellis PTA!

Publix Partners

Publix Partners is donating to our school, and you can help! Ellis has received over $13,000 since our partnership with Publix began many, 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 this link and follow the instructions to "Join Club Publix"
  2. Provide your phone number every time you check out at Publix.
  3. Publix will donate a portion of qualifying purchases to our school!
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School Pictures

Photo packets should have been sent home with your student already (if not, you should receive them next week!)

Please take note of the following:

  • Photo sales are a fundraiser for our school...we receive a portion of your purchase!
  • All the information that families need is in the photo packet.
  • Families should pay for the pictures that they want to keep and/or RETURN the rest of the packet, if anything is left.
  • Families may purchase the photos online at strawbridge.net using the code found on the price flyer in their student's photo packet OR they may send cash or check (made payable to "Strawbridge") to school with their student in the envelope provided.
  • The deadline to purchase and/or return photo packets is September 30th.
  • Make-Up picture day is scheduled for October 18th.

STEM Donations Needed

Ms. Olivia is in need of common household items for her students to use for engineering projects in her class. If you have any of the following items that you are willing to donate, please send them to school with your student:
  • Empty 2-liter bottles
  • Toilet paper/paper towel rolls (and rolls of paper towels)
  • Old cotton t-shirts
  • Plastic bottle caps
  • Dowel rods
  • Hard, plastic take-out containers with lids
  • Old, 5-gallon buckets with lids
  • Shoe boxes

Text Notifications

We send out school-wide announcements regularly via email and text.

It is important for you to receive these notifications through text messaging in the case of an severe weather/emergency.

To opt-in for text notifications, text "Yes" to the number 87569.

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.