Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, July 26th, 2021

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"let us give the child a vision of the whole universe ... for all things are a part of the universe, and are connected to each other to form one whole unity" Dr. Maria Montessori

It is with great JOY that I welcome our families and our staff back into the building for the 2021-2022 school year. We have a busy year ahead of us, but let us always take a breath to remember the great work that Dr. Maria Montessori charged us with - "education for peace." As Montessorians, we pride ourselves in an expansive and rich academic and social learning experience, however, we are also conscious of the greater inner work that each child must engage in, to find their place in this world. Daily, as we celebrate wonderment and the joy of childhood, I implore you to observe, participate and contribute to our mission to...

"Educate the Whole Child for a Whole World."

Peace Always,

Ms. Tanya

P.S. I am here for you and our children. Do not hesitate to reach out to me via email:


Important Dates

July 29 - Staff Returns to the Building

August 1- Open House-Primary & Lower El

August 2 - Open House- Upper El & Erdkinder

August 4 - First Day of School!

August 4- Deadline to Complete Student Verification (see below)

August 20- Deadline to pay for FPP (see below)

Open House Schedule

Sunday, August 1st (1-3PM)- Primary (PreK-K) and Lower Elementary (1st-3rd Grades)

Monday, August 2nd (5-7PM)- Upper Elementary (4th-6th Grades) and Erdkinder (7th and 8th Grades)

Please be mindful that we will follow all district Covid procedures at this event.

Summer School Device Return

**If your student attended summer school, please use this link to schedule an appointment to return your student device to school for maintenance between July 26-30th.***

  • Chromebooks AND HotSpots must be returned.
  • 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 remove any stickers/sticky notes that YOU may have added to the device.
  • Don't forget to return the charger!

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

Student Information Verification


Each year, parents/guardians are asked to verify/update the address and contact information on file at the school. This is referred to as Online Student Verification. Failure to verify this information could result in not receiving important information from the school/district. It is important for schools to have the most recent information on file.

To verify/update your information, click here no later than August 4, 2021. Only one legal parent/guardian can complete the verification. Parents/Guardians will use the PowerSchool Parent Portal to access the Online Student Verification. (Note: You cannot use the PowerSchool app. You must go to the web page here)

If parents/guardians need a Parent Access account, please click here to request one.

Please note if the address has changed, new proof of address must be uploaded in the verification.

If parent/guardian names have changed, it will require parent/guardian to contact the school and provide required documentation.

How do I get started?
Visit the Parent Portal by clicking here:

  1. Log into Parent Access.
  2. Select the student you wish to register along the top.
  3. Select the Student Verification 21-22 Icon on the left side.
  4. Agree to the terms and conditions.
  5. Click Begin Forms.
  6. Repeat the process for all students.

I do not have a Parent Access account.
If parents/guardians need a Parent Access account, please click here to request one.

I forgot my login credentials for the PowerSchool Parent Portal.
If you already have an account and do not remember your username and password, please click the reset Username/Password on the Parent Access login screen here: https://sccpss.powerschool.com/public/account_recovery_begin.html

For more information, visit the SCCPSS website.

Register now!

As we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools is striving to improve safety and reduce risk wherever possible. One safety measure is minimizing cash and check payments at our schools.

We use SchoolCash Online to provide an online payment option for tech fees and other school items and fees. If you haven’t already created a free account, we encourage all parents to register now, so you’ll be ready to make online payments from home: both now and in the future as more school items become available again.

SchoolCash Online is free, safe, simple, secure, and saves time. You will help increase efficiency and security at your school by making payments directly into your school's bank account. This limits the number of people entering the school, reduces risk of lost payments, and allows teachers and office staff to focus on helping students and not counting cash. In addition, you are automatically informed about school activities! Registering takes less than two minutes: visit sccpss.schoolcashonline.com and click Register.

Device Distribution

Primary (PreK/K) students will be receiving iPads and Lower El-Erdkinder (1st-8th Grades) will be receiving Chromebooks to use in the classroom/at home this year.

The district is offering a Family Protection Plan (FPP) for the devices this year for only $25. The FPP will cover accidental damage (not loss or theft) of the device and provide up to TWO replacement devices this school year. Please note that the cost of device repairs (if the FPP is NOT purchased) has increased due to demand for the parts (a Chromebook screen replacement, our most common repair, is now $90!), so we HIGHLY recommend that you purchase the FPP for each student's device.

The deadline to purchase the FPP is August 20, 2021.

The FPP can be purchased through School Cash Online. You will find instructions on how to register for School Cash Online and connect your student(s) to your account here.

If your family is in need of a HotSpot device, contact Ms. Lisa to see if you qualify.

Student Learning Device Loan Form and FPP Information (This form MUST be filled out by a parent/guardian for EVERY student)- These will be available in your classroom at Open House or you can fill out the digital version at this link.

Media Center

We are looking forward to welcoming students back into the media center this year! Please read our welcome letter for what you and your student can expect from the media center this school year.

See you at Open House!


Ms. Lisa and Ms. Laura

Ellis Media Center:

912-395-5470 Ext. 71210

Ellis Media Center website

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Counselor's Corner

I cannot tell you how meaningful it will be for me to see your children once again very soon, to be making connections again. It's like this new school year is a fresh start, and a breath of fresh air. We're all in this together, and we have been the whole time, but I just can't begin to express how much I am looking forward to having our Ellis community together again soon.

This year, we welcome Ms. Maggie McGinty to our School Counseling Team. Ms. Maggie comes to us from Auburn University and is excited to begin her school counseling journey with us! She and I are very much looking forward to serving our Ellis Montessori community this school year. When you see her, please extend a warm welcome to Ms. Maggie!

As we prepare for this new school year, for relaxation inspiration, mindfulness activities, and community resources, check out our school counseling website. We hope you and your family are enjoying your summer. We can't wait to see you!

Ms. Rebecca, School Counselor

912-395-5470 x2


or you can message me on ItsLearning

Ellis PTA

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 or use the QR code below.


There are a few PTA Committee Chairs open:

Arts Enrichment

Fundraising & Sponsorships

Special Events Co-Chair

If interested in any of these positions, 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

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SCCPSS Website

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