Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, September 27, 2021

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Seasons of Change

What beautiful weather we have been graced with this weekend. The Autumnal Equinox brings change in many wonderful ways take time to observe the changes in your child and young adult it is truly a season of fruitfulness.

As a child, John Keats' poem, To Autumn, was a poem I had to "learn by heart", and it has stuck with me to this day. I have enclosed a link to this sensory journey and I hope that it will touch the heart of you and your children.


Peace, Ms. Tanya

Important Dates

September 27- Middle School Cross-Country Meet

October 8- Fall Break (No School!)

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 26- Make-Up Fall Picture Day

Fall Pictures

Fall pictures have been distributed to classrooms. If your student has not brought the pictures home yet, you should receive them soon.

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).

Counselor's Corner

Please reach out if I can be of assistance to you and your family. Your input helps guide school counseling program activities, better serving the needs of 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 additional.

Rebecca Burkhart, School Counselor

912-395-5470 x2



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!

PTA Reflections

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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School-Wide Grace & Courtesy Focus

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.

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.

From the Clinic

For the health and safety of your student, please complete the 2021/2022 Ellis Student Medical Questionnaire regarding his/her medical conditions and/or allergies as soon as possible. This information will be an initial communication about the needs of your student and will be reviewed by the School Nurse. To ensure the proper care of your student, the information will be shared with the faculty and staff who interact with him/her and needs to be updated annually. Please complete a separate questionnaire for each of your students. Thank you for your help.

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.

Welcome letter from Nurse Chris.

Contact Information:



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.