Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, May 17, 2021

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Important Dates

May 17- Technology Return for Cohort A

May 17-18- Cohort A In-Person Instructional Days

May 18- "Pop Up" Spring Art Show and PreK-3rd Grade Book Giveaway

May 19- Technology Return for Cohort B

May 19-21- Cohort B In-Person Instructional Days

May 19- Introduction to Erdkinder for Parents Meeting

May 21- Last Day of School!

May 24-26- Student Technology Return (Cohort C)

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Ellis Technology Return Procedures:

Cohort A and B students will leave their devices at school on May 17th and May 19th, respectively.

***Cohort C, please use this link to schedule an appointment to return your student device (and/or media center books!) to school between May 24-26th.***

  • If your student has saved any pictures/files on the device that you would like to keep, move those to their student Google Drive. Click here for a quick video tutorial.
  • Make sure the device is fully charged when it is returned so that we can ensure that the device is in working order.
  • If there is damage to the device, please contact Ms. Lisa now so that we can arrange payment for the repair, if applicable.

Please note: Students attending summer school will keep their devices until summer school is over.

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

Introduction to Erdkinder Parent Meeting

The Erdkinder Team is planning a parent meeting for current 6th grade students. It will be Wednesday, May 19, at 6:00pm via Zoom. Join us to learn about the Ellis Erdkinder program.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 933 9391 4105

Passcode: 324375

If you have any questions, contact Erdkinder team lead, Ms. Susan, at susan.torrance@sccpss.com


The "Pop Up" Spring Art Show has been rescheduled. In addition to having student art displayed for viewing, we will be handing out books to all PreK-3rd Grade students.

Please join us for this drive-through event which will take place in front of the Ellis building.

Tuesday, May 18th, 4-6pm

E-mail any questions to tiia.strong@sccpss.com or lisa.odonnell@sccpss.com

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Charles Ellis Presents

We are pleased to present our research about “The Fundamental Needs of Humans” as part of a special "Virtual" Charles Ellis Presents production! In this key lesson, we discovered a number of fundamental needs that allow us to lead happy, healthy, and productive lives. While these needs are the same for all cultures and time periods, how people meet these needs varies based upon the time period and location.

Upper Elementary students at Charles Ellis Montessori Academy have spent the past few weeks exploring the fundamental needs and creating projects sharing their research. We hope that our projects will challenge you to further your thinking about the amazing gift of life and inspire you be thankful for those who ensure that your needs are met.

New School Council Members

Welcome to the newly elected School Council Members:

Mary Britton Senseney

Lori Wynn

Jennifer Drey

Amanda Fanelli (returning for second term)

Also joining us will be our new PTA Co-Presidents: Kellie Groover and Emily Salzer, as well as our new Teacher of the Year, Beth Whelan!

Thank you to those rolling off: Brendan Ferarra, Suzy Wallace, Gloria Rigsbee, Melanie Finnegan (PTA), Holly McCormick (PTA), and Trent Kissenger (Teacher of the Year, who voluntarily served an additional year during the Pandemic - he is amazing).

From the Clinic

If your student has medication in the Nurse’s Office, please contact Nurse Chris to arrange pick up on your student’s last day at school. Any medication remaining after Friday, May 21, 2021, will be destroyed, per SCCPSS policy.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me.

Thank you,

Nurse Chris


912-395-5470 Ext. 71213

Counselor's Corner

All 6th year students have learned more about the Erdkinder experience as they gear up for their 7th grade year. Next week, parents of current 6th year students are invited to a special Zoom Introduction to Erdkinder presentation on Wednesday, May 19th, at 6pm.

Last call for your feedback:

As we wrap up this year and plan for the future of our Ellis School Counseling Program, please take a few moments to fill out this brief survey.

Your input helps to better serve students! Thanks for your support!

Ms. Rebecca, School Counselor

912-395-5470 x2


or you can message me on ItsLearning

Summer Reading

We hope that you encourage your children to read throughout the summer break. Here are some resources that you may find helpful:

Summer Reading Programs

Did you know that your student can check out books through Live Oak Public Library LOPL)with their student number? It is a partnership between SCCPSS and LOPL called the PINES P.L.A.Y. Program. Find out more information at the link below:

Access to Books/eBooks

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School-Wide Grace & Courtesy Focus

The Language for Identifying/Naming the Qualities of Acceptance from the "Self- Awakened Child" series by Jonathan Wolff:

  • When I feel peaceful about things I cannot change and I try to live happily with them, I am acting with Acceptance.
  • When I feel peaceful about people I cannot change and I try to live happily with them, I am acting with Acceptance.


Congratulations goes out to two of our 8th grade students, Cora B. and Carter C., on earning Superior and Merit awards respectively at the State-Level Georgia Student Media Festival!

You can view their projects on the SCCPSS Communication YouTube page:

Cora- https://youtu.be/cZEILOcnqOs

Carter- https://youtu.be/bEk48cnySOI

Job well done, Cora and Carter!

Contact US!

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 this website regularly for the most up-to-date SCCPSS District information.