Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, Week of Feb. 28th, 2022

Let us keep the children of the world in our hearts.


Ms. Tanya

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Important Dates

March 3- Montessori Education Roundtable Discussion- "Collaborative Learning" (6pm)

March 4- Choice Program Lottery

March 4- Pre-K Lottery Application Window Closes

March 11- Deadline to Pre-Order Yearbook

March 17-18- St. Patrick's Day Holiday- No School!

March 25- Donation Dress Down Day

March-28-April 1- Spring Break- No School!

Montessori Education Roundtable Discussion

Please join us for a Montessori Education Roundtable Discussion on "Collaborative Learning."

First, watch this brief (15 minute) video prior to the meeting, then join us at this Zoom meeting link on Thursday, March 3, at 6pm to discuss. We look forward to seeing you!

Help Send Our Montessorians to Nashville

Thank you to all the families who have already donated to send ten of our teachers to the American Montessori Society convention in March! The GoFundMe link, which was started by an Ellis parent, is still active until next week if you'd like to donate.

**Update 2/25/22**: Pick a teacher to PIE in the Face!

Pi Day is March 14th and we are continuing to raise funds for the AMS conference. Students get to vote for which teacher they want to see PIED in the FACE!

How can they vote? Donation jars with a picture of participating teachers will be placed in the front foyer each day. Drop in a dollar or two to cast your vote. The teacher who raises the most money will get PIED in the FACE on Pi Day!

About this fundraiser:

Ten of our teachers from Charles Ellis will be attending the American Montessori Society conference in Nashville, Tennessee, March 17 - 20.

The Montessori Event is an opportunity to join other Montessori educators from around the world to collaborate, network, and attend transformative workshops to impact our Montessori practices here at Charles Ellis.

Workshops include topics such diversity, equity, innovation, inclusion, leadership, and public Montessori initiatives. Keynote speakers include innovators in the field of education and activist Ashley Judd.

Here is the link to The Montessori Event March 17-20.

Attendance to the event is quite costly. Each teacher will be spending roughly $1000 out-of-pocket for registration, lodging, food, and gas.
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iReady/MAP Assessments

Students will be taking the district-mandated iReady and MAP assessments over the next several weeks.

SCCPSS Assessment Calendar

If your student does not leave their device at school, PLEASE make sure that they bring their device to school every day, fully charged!

Students in kindergarten through 1st grade and those with testing accommodations should also have their own set of earbuds/headphones.

GMAS Preparation

Please read this GMAS Family Letter for information about and resources for the upcoming Georgia Milestones Assessments which will take place in April.

Culture Fest

In case you missed it...

You can view the pre-recorded 2022 PTA Culture Fest video at this link.

We wish to thank all the students (including Ms. Angie's Erdkinder Communications class who helped edit the video) and the community members who made this event possible.


New Beginning Youth Art Exhibition

The 21st Annual New Beginning Youth Art Exhibition is February 18th-March 19th at the Savannah Cultural Arts Center (201 Montgomery St.).

Congratulations to Ellis Erdkinder students, Cleo Cribbs and Ivy Parish, for having their art work selected to be a part of the exhibition. View their wonderful work on the Ellis website.

Pre-K Lottery

The lottery application window for the 2022/2023 school year for Pre-K (student must be four years old on or before September 1, 2022 and be a Chatham County resident to be eligible) is open from February 15th through March 4th.

Find more information about the Pre-K Lottery on the SCCPSS website.

Counselors' Corner

Classes have been learning about assertiveness and advocacy. Primary will be reading A Big Guy Took My Ball and will learn about using I-messages. Lower Elementary read the book Yertle the Turtle and practiced using I-messages.

We are here for all students, and love serving our community. Resources are available on the School Counseling Website including a list of mental health professionals and relaxation activities. Please reach out if you need anything.

Rebecca Burkhart- Primary and Lower Elementary School Counselor


Wesley Cooper- Upper Elementary and Erdkinder School Counselor


912-395-5470 x2
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School-Wide Grace & Courtesy Focus

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

  • When I feel calm and quiet inside, when I do not let anyone or anything take away my calmness and quiet, I am feeling and being Peaceful.
  • When I try to understand another person's feelings and thoughts, when I talk with him about our problems instead of hurting him or hitting him, I am being Peaceful.
  • When I feel angry or scared and I help myself feel calm and quiet inside instead of hurting someone or telling someone to go away, I am practicing Peacefulness.

**Updated SCCPSS COVID-19 Guidelines**

SCCPSS released updated COVID-19 Guidelines on February 8, 2022.

A summary, full document, and infographic can be found for future reference on the Nurse's page of the Ellis website.

Teacher of the Year!

Congratulations to our very own, Ms. Beth Whalen, for being named SCCPSS Teacher of the Year!

Read the Savannah Morning News Article and visit the SCCPSS website for more information on this honor and what it entails.

We know that Ms. Beth will represent Ellis and Montessori Education well throughout the next school year in this new role. We cannot be more proud of her hard work and accomplishment!

The Bobcat Roar

The Bobcat Roar is written and produced by Ellis Erdkinder students. Click the link to catch the latest episode!

Yearbook Pre-Orders

The 2021-2022 Ellis yearbook is now available to pre-order for $20. It is highly recommended that you order now to secure your copy as we will have a limited quantity of extra copies when they are delivered.

Use this link to order your copy today!

The deadline to pre-order is March 11th.

Yearbooks will be delivered in April/May to your student(s).

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

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 Charles Ellis Montessori Academy website.

SCCPSS Website

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