Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, Week of May 9th, 2022

"Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment." - Dr. Maria Montessori

Pictured above: Scenes from PTA Science Night, which was held on April 25th.

Important Dates

May 11- Military Appreciation Breakfast

May 11- National School Nurse Day

May 12- Charles Ellis Presents

May 16-19- Student Technology Returns

May 20- Field Day (PreK-6th Grades)

May 23- Field Day (7th-8th Grades)

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

May 24- Last Day of School!

May 25-27- Faculty Post-Planning

Did you know that Charles Ellis Montessori Academy participates in a Farm to School grant?

Representatives from Savannah Victory Gardens as well as the SCCPSS Nutrition Department work with our students on a monthly basis. Students participate in program activities such as: gardening, farm visits, nutrition, local produce samples, and more. School garden activities encourage healthy eating, get children to try new foods, teach the fundamentals of good nutrition, connect children to the concept of growing seasons, promote healthy outdoor physical activity, and offer students the chance to participate in environmentally meaningful activities.

We need your help. Please complete the short care-giver survey to share your views on the importance of school nutrition and school gardening program. Thank you!

National School Nurse Day

Wednesday, May 11th, is National School Nurse Day!

Nurse Chris has served our faculty and students with the utmost care and professionalism throughout her career at Ellis. This year, especially, we want to say a giant THANK YOU to her for all that she has done to keep our community healthy and safe during the pandemic. She worked many long hours during the worst of it in order to ensure that all COVID-19 guidelines were followed correctly and contact tracing was completed with fidelity.

Thank you, Nurse Chris, for all you do for Ellis! We appreciate you.

All-City Choir Performance

Two Ellis Upper Elementary students have been chosen to be a part of the Savannah-Chatham All City Choir. They will be performing on Saturday, May 7th, at 4pm at New Hampstead K-8.

Have a wonderful time, ladies! We know that you will represent our school well.

Military Appreciation Breakfast

Ellis will be having a military family appreciation breakfast to honor our military children, their families, and former military staff members on Wednesday, May 11th, at 8:30am.

If you have any questions, email rebecca.burkhart@sccpss.com.

Thank you for your service!

Online Book Fair

Thank you to everyone who supported our BOGO Book Fair last week! The proceeds from the fair will be used to purchase books for our beloved media center.

If your student still has a balance on their eWallet, you may use those funds to purchase books through the Ellis Book Fair website using the email address/password that you set up. The Ellis media center will receive 25% of all sales through this link until May 12th as a credit which we can use to purchase materials from Scholastic. All online orders ship directly to your home and will ship for FREE if you spend $25+.

The eWallet funds can also be carried over to our next Book Fair which will be in December 2022.

Media Center Books Due!

All books checked out to students need to be returned to the media center!

If your student has lost/damaged their media center book(s), you may either purchase a replacement copy (hardcover only, please!) or you may pay to have it replaced.

Overdue notices will be coming home this week for any outstanding books.

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

Charles Ellis Presents

Charles Ellis Presents:

Great Thinkers in History- A Mix Tape

May 12th at 6:30pm

on the back playground* (48th St.)

CEP is an annual musical production written and performed by our Upper Elementary (4th-6th Grade) students.

Visit the Ellis website for the link to order tickets. You will need to show the receipt from your ticket purchase at the gate for entrance.

*This is an outdoor performance. Please bring your own lawn chairs/blankets to sit on.

Field Day

Field Day will be taking place on campus this year.

  • Primary, Lower Elementary, and Upper Elementary will participate on Friday, May 20th.
  • Erdkinder will participate on Monday, May 23rd.

Please read this letter from Coach Lesley for more information including a list of items your student should (and shouldn't!) bring.

Counselors' Corner

Whoa, here we are at the end of the school year! Please click here to do a brief survey to help the school counseling department in planning for next school year. Thanks for your enormous support this year, and we look forward to partnering with you even more in the future.

We're excited about celebrating our military families on Wednesday morning, May 11. Our chorus students will perform, and light bites will be served. If you have any questions, email rebecca.burkhart@sccpss.com. Thank you for your service!

If your child needs any resources, please reach out to our school counselors, Mr. Wes and Ms. Rebecca. Our School Counseling Website includes all past school counseling department newsletters as well as a list of mental health professionals, if needed.

Rebecca Burkhart- Primary and Lower Elementary School Counselor


Wesley Cooper- Upper Elementary and Erdkinder School Counselor


912-395-5470 x2

Technology Return Dates

All students will be returning their school devices on the following schedule:

Monday, May 16th- PreK-K

Tuesday, May 17th- 7th-8th Grades

Wednesday, May 18th- 1st-3rd Grades

Thursday, May 19th- 4th-6th Grades

Please note: All devices (iPad/Chromebook), **chargers**, and personal Wi-Fi devices should be returned! Fines will be issued for any missing chargers/damaged devices if your family does not have a paid Family Protection Plan on file with the school.

If your child will be attending summer school, their device will be available to them during that time.

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

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.

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School-Wide Grace & Courtesy Focus

The language for identifying/naming ACCEPTANCE in "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.

2021/2022 Yearbooks

Yearbooks have arrived!

We have a limited quantity of extra yearbooks for sale if you did not pre-order. They will be available on a first come, first served basis.

If you would like to purchase a yearbook, you can send $20 cash or check (made payable to Ellis Montessori Academy) to school with your student OR you may email Ms. Lisa for the link to pay with a debit/credit card through School Cash Online (processing fee included).

Important- Please Take Note!

If you haven't done so already, please create an account on School Cash Online and add your student(s) to your account.

There is a setting under the "My Account" tab where you can select to receive an email notification every time there is an item available to purchase (i.e. yearbook, field day t-shirt, etc.) (see attached picture) so that you don't miss out.

Click for Instructions to Set Up a School Cash Online account.

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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.