Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, Week of April 11th, 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 above: Two primary (Pre-K/K) students painting in Ms. Nessalyn's class.

Important Dates

April 11- School Council Meeting

April 13- GMAS Practice Test

April 15- No School!

April 19-May 2- GMAS Assessments (3rd-8th Grades)- See SCCPSS Assessment Calendar.

April 21- PTA Meeting

April 25- PTA Science Night

April 28- Purple Up for Military Families

April 29- Donation Dress Down Day

April 29-May 5- BOGO Book Fair

May 2-6- Teacher Appreciation Week

May 5- Spring Concert

May 11- Military Appreciation Breakfast

May 24- 8th Grade Bridging Ceremony (9am)

May 24- Last Day of School!

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School-Wide Grace & Courtesy Focus

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

  • When I make a mistake and I tell the truth about what I did, I am acting with Courage.
  • When I keep trying to learn something that is hard or scary for me to do, I am acting with Courage.
  • When I try a new food or talk to a child in class I did not know before, I am acting with Courage.

Lost & Found

Fifth year students recognized that if the grown-ups at home could see the lost and found items in an organized way - perhaps they could encourage the students to stop by the ramp near the Multi-Purpose Room to gather their lost items.

Visit Ms. Angie's Tech Corner to see the slides created by our 5th year students showing what is currently in Lost & Found and encourage your students to pick up their items!

GMAS Practice Test (3rd-8th Grade)

Ellis will be participating in the district-wide GMAS practice test on Wednesday, April 13th. This will provide 3rd-8th grade students the opportunity to get acquainted with the testing platform and the tools provided.

Please ensure that your student brings their SCCPSS device to school, fully charged. If your student has testing accommodations that allow the test to be read to them, they will need their own personal set of earbuds/headphones.

Ellis PTA on Instagram!

Follow the new Ellis PTA Instagram page (@ellismontessoripta) which is currently featuring artwork from Ellis students.

Ellis Night at the Savannah Bananas

The Ellis PTA is hosting an Ellis night at the Savannah Bananas on May 28th.

Tickets are $20 each and include an all-you-can-eat wristband.

Order your tickets at this link.

Counselors' Corner

This week, we celebrated our Peer Mediators. Peer Mediation is problem solving and conflict resolution by students with students. Peer Mediators at Charles Ellis Montessori Academy are honest peacemakers and leaders. If your child or someone you know needs a referral for peer mediation, or needs any resources, please reach out to our school counselors. Resources are available on the School Counseling Website including a list of mental health professionals and relaxation activities.

Rebecca Burkhart- Primary and Lower Elementary School Counselor


Wesley Cooper- Upper Elementary and Erdkinder School Counselor


912-395-5470 x2
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Upcoming Fundraiser

Ellis will be participating in an "Original Works" fundraiser to raise money to support our faculty in attending national Montessori conferences.

Original Works is a fun program where students create artwork that can then be printed on various products (mugs, shirts, bags, etc) and ordered online via the Original Works website.

Be on the lookout for ordering information coming home soon!

Free Admission

Two of the most popular museums in Savannah, the Jepson Center for the Arts and the Telfair Academy, are now offering free admission to locals on weekends for a limited time.

On Saturdays and Sundays from April 2-Aug. 28, Telfair Museums is waiving admission fees at its two sites on Telfair Square to residents across a six-county region: Chatham, Bryan, Effingham, and Liberty (Georgia), and Beaufort and Jasper (South Carolina). Parking in downtown Savannah is free on Sundays.

For more information, visit this website.

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GMAS Preparation

Please read this GMAS Family Letter for information about and resources for the upcoming Georgia Milestones Assessments which will take place April 19th-May 2nd for all 3rd-8th grade students.

Check out the SCCPSS Assessment calendar for the dates that your student will be testing.

Kindergarten Orientation Information

If your student will be attending Ellis for kindergarten during the 2022/2023 school year and were unable to attend orientation, you can find the slides and information presented on the Ellis website.

Text Notifications

If you would like to receive text notifications from the school when we make school-wide announcements, you must opt-in by texting "Yes" to the number 87569.


Congratulations to Ms. Tiia and our lower elementary (1st-3rd grade) artists! The Ellis Youth Art Month display at the Bull Street Library was voted the best of the K-8 group.

Well done!

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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.