Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, Week of February 6th, 2023

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"Movement of the hand is essential. Little children revealed that the development of the mind is stimulated by the movement of the hands. The hand is the instrument of intelligence. The child needs to manipulate objects and to gain experience by touching and handling." -Dr. Maria Montessori

Pictured above: Lower elementary (1st-3rd grade) students working with the math checkerboard material in their classroom.

Important Dates

February 8- PreK Application Window Opens

February 17- SCCPSS e-Learning 1/2 Day

February 20- Staff Planning Day- No School for Students

February 24- PreK Application Window Closes

February 25- Family Engagement Discussion

February 26-March 4- International Montessori Education Week

March 3- Donation Dress Down Day

View the SCCPSS Academic calendar at this link.

View the SCCPSS Assessment calendar at this link.

Grace & Courtesy Emphasis

Throughout the school year, Ellis has a school-wide focus on specific positive character traits. Each teacher may choose to highlight these "Grace & Courtesy" emphases differently, but as a school we follow a general common curriculum.

From February 6th-February 17th, our school-wide Grace & Courtesy emphasis is ASSERTIVENESS.

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

  • When I ask for what I need or want, I am being Assertive.
  • When I do or say the right thing--even when it's hard--I am being Assertive.
  • When I say "no" to someone who tries to hurt me or someone else, I am being Assertive.

Pre-K Application Window

The Ellis Pre-K Application window for the 2023/2024 school year is open from February 8th-24th.

Visit the SCCPSS website for more information and a link to the application.

Lost & Found- Updated!

To practice community responsibility, both online and in person, Upper Elementary students updated the Lost & Found page of Ms. Angie's Tech Corner website this week.

They collaborated in their peer online community in preparation for their work to be utilized in a larger community of parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and caregivers.

Students reviewed computer science skills in photography, formatting text & images, re-sizing, cropping, adding borders, and following a few standard website design practices.

Please click the link above to view the lost & found. If you see something that belongs to your student, contact their classroom teacher or have your student retrieve the item from the ramp in the hallway outside the multi-purpose room (MPR).

Pre-order a Yearbook!

The 2022/2023 Ellis yearbook is now available for pre-order! Reserve a copy for your student(s) at this link.

The deadline to pre-order a copy is March 15, 2023. Any additional copies that we receive will be sold on a first come, first served basis.

Pre-ordered yearbooks will be delivered directly to your student towards the end of the school year.

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

Carnations for Sale!

Send a flower to that special someone at Ellis!

Coach Lesley is selling carnations to help raise funds for the 8th Grade Bridging ceremony.

Carnations can be purchased through School Cash Online.

The deadline to purchase is Friday, February 10th.

**Make sure to fill out this form (also linked on the payment page) so Coach Lesley knows who to give the carnations to and what you want the card to say.**

Carnations will be delivered before dismissal on Tuesday, February 14th.

Get Savannah Bananas Tickets Here!


**Deadline to purchase is February 11th.** After this date, any remaining tickets will be released back to the Bananas to sell.

Tickets are hard to come by so get yours here while supporting the Ellis PTA at the same time!

Charles Ellis Montessori Night at the Bananas

vs. The Party Animals

Saturday, February 25th, at 7pm (Gates open at 5:30pm)

Grayson Stadium

Buy your tickets at this link.

PTA Staff Appreciation Brunch

Calling all families!

The PTA Teacher Appreciation Committee is organizing a Staff Brunch on Friday, March 31st, at 10am, and we would love your help!

If you would like to show your children's teachers some love, we have listed some easy ways to contribute to this brunch. We hope this can be a way for parents to easily and sincerely show appreciation.

Please click this link to sign up to donate/volunteer. The PTA Teacher Appreciation Committee will reach out to you with details on how to drop off your contribution.

Counselors' Corner

Next week is National School Counseling Week, and we're inspiring our students to dream big!

Tuesday, February 7th, is Career Speaker Day. Presenters representing various career clusters will be in all Upper Elementary and Erdkinder classes, and a few will even be in some Lower Elementary classes!

Then the week after, we're excited to celebrate Careers on Wheels with our Primary and Lower Elementary students. On Thursday, February 16th, PreK-3rd graders will get to meet with career representatives in a touch-a-truck type event!

If you missed our February newsletter, click here. For more information about our comprehensive school counseling program, click here. We're so happy to be here to serve our Ellis community!

Ms. Rebecca, School Counselor, Primary & Lower Elementary

912-395-5470 x2



Mr. Wes, School Counselor, Upper Elementary & Erdkinder

912-395-5470 x71243



Ms. Lauren, School Counseling Intern from Georgia Southern University

Beacon Volunteer Program

We are so happy to welcome volunteers back into the building this year.

However, all volunteers MUST be approved through the SCCPSS Beacon Volunteer Program.

If you are interested in being a volunteer at Ellis, visit the SCCPSS Beacon webpage to apply.

Summer Language Camp

The CI Summit and SCCPSS Language Camps are from July 11-14, 2023 at Woodville-Tompkins High School located at 151 Coach Joe Turner Street, Savannah, GA 31408.

Transportation is NOT provided.

Camp teachers will use Acquisition-Driven Instruction methods to lead classes.

Camp hours are 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM. Students are encouraged to bring snacks.

COST: $25

If you are registering more than one child, complete a separate registration form for each child.

Camp Options:

  • Spanish – Elementary grades 3-5 (Beginning)
  • Spanish - Middle grades 6-8 (Beginning)
  • Spanish – Middle/High grades 7-12 (Intermediate)
  • Mandarin (Chinese) – Middle/High grades 7-12 (Beginning)
  • French – Middle/High grades 7-12 (Beginning)
  • Spanish for Heritage Learners – Elementary/Middle grades 4-6
  • English Language Learners – Elementary/Middle grades 5-6

Students can register for courses one grade above their current grade, For example, students currently in grade 2 may register for the grade 3 courses.

See form below for a QR code to sign-up your student(s).

Contact US!


Ms. Tanya Melville


Vice Principal

Patrice Prince


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