Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, Week of December 6, 2021

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"There is a great sense of community within the Montessori classroom, where children of differing ages work together in an atmosphere of cooperation rather than competitiveness. There is a respect for the environment and the individuals within it which comes through experience of freedom within the community." Maria Montessori

Yesterday evening at the band concert, I was starkly reminded of what it means to be in community. In community there is an energy that lifts the spirit, a collective knowing that the essence of humanity is grounded in shared experiences. The spaces between us are bridged by a language of the heart that communicates "I support you and I delight in your presence."

In our Montessori learning communities, children give each other the gift of their "BEING" each and everyday. This is given freely without judgement or measurement. The children build skills, both academic and social, that contribute to productive and compassionate classrooms. For me, to observe this on a daily basis, is a gift that keeps on giving. In this season of giving, my greatest hope is that someday very soon you too will be given the gift to be present in our classrooms and to witness the wonder of how community is created in the heart-work of Charles Ellis Montessori Academy.


Ms. Tanya

Important Dates

December 3-9- Scholastic Book Fair

December 9- Festival of Lights (Primary and Lower Elementary)

December 14- High School Info Session for Erdkinder

December 17- Donation Dress Down Day

December 20-31- Winter Break

January 3- Staff Planning Day

January 4- Start of 3rd Nine Weeks

January 4- Students Return to School

Make-Up Fall Picture Packets

Make-up picture packets were sent home before Thanksgiving break. If you still have either money/packets to return to school, please do so ASAP. Thank you!

Musical Explorers Family Concert

Free, family-friendly concert in Forsyth Park on Sunday!

Musical Explorers provides free curricula and learning resources that Ms. Jennifer uses in her Lower Elementary (1st-3rd grades) music classes, and is designed for students to learn basic music skills while discovering different cultures and reflecting on their own communities.

After exploring soul, country, and salsa music over the course of the semester, this free concert allows students, their families, and friends to meet the artists that have guided them on their musical journeys!

When: Sunday, December 5th, 2pm.

Where: Forsyth Park Bandshell

Find more information at this website.

Festival of Lights

Due to social distancing guidelines, the Festival of Lights will be limited to Primary (Pre-K/K) and Lower Elementary (1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grade) families (limit of two adults per family).

When: Thursday, December 9th (Food Truck- Bow Tie BBQ- starting at 5pm, performance starting at 5:30pm)

Where: Backyard- Entrance/Sign-in will be at the back gate on 48th St.

Who: Primary (Pre-K/K) and Lower El (1st-3rd Grades) students and their families

We appreciate your help with the following procedures:

  • Sign up to attend at this link.
  • Students should arrive no later than 5:15pm.
  • Students are encouraged to dress festively and appropriately for the weather.
  • Bring your own chair/blanket.
  • Enter/sign in at the back gate on 48th St.
  • The playground will be off limits to children during the event.

Yearbook Pre-Orders

The 2021-2022 Ellis yearbook is now available to pre-order for $20. It is highly recommended that you order now to secure your copy as we will have a limited quantity of extra copies when they are delivered.

Use this link to order your copy today!

Yearbooks will be delivered in April/May to your student(s).

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

Book Fair

The book fair is here! Visit the Ellis Media Center website for more information including how to set up an eWallet for your student(s).

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

Thank you for your support!

Counselor's Corner

This week in School Counseling Instruction, Primary and Lower Elementary students read the book “Finding Your Spot in the World: A Story About Diversity.” We discussed how we can make a positive impact and about how we are all unique to make up our big, beautiful world.

Erdkinder Families are invited to a high school info session on Zoom Tuesday, December 14 at 5:30pm. Learn more about high school options and preparation. The School Counseling Department looks forward to hosting this informational virtual event. Should you be unable to attend live, this session will be recorded, and presentation will be available.

Meeting ID: 936 1743 5552

Passcode: highschool

Rebecca Burkhart, School Counselor & Wes Cooper, School Counseling Intern

912-395-5470 x2




A HUGE THANK YOU to all of our readers and sponsors. Due to you and a generous matching donor, we raised $4,580 the month of November for the Read-A-Thon! This money will be used to purchase new and updated Montessori materials that will be circulated through the media center to classrooms throughout the school.

We had 13 students raise $100 or more...they each received a $10 gift certificate to the book fair. Happy reading (and shopping)!

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School-Wide Grace & Courtesy Focus

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

  • When I say to myself, "I know I can learn to do this" -- even if it's something that is very hard for me to do-- I am Trusting myself.
  • When someone promises me something and I feel sure they will keep their promise, I am Trusting them.
  • When I do what I promise I will do, I am acting with Trust.

  • When I tell myself the truth about what I think, how I feel or what I did, I am being Honest.
  • When I tell someone the truth about what I think, how I feel or what I did, I am being Honest.

Walker Dismissal

If your Upper El/Erdkinder (4th-8th grade) student(s) walk home/Circle Park with your written permission at dismissal, please take note and talk to your student so they understand the following:
  • If it is a rainy day (without thunder/lightning) dismissal, students will still be dismissed to walk home/Circle Park. They must leave the school grounds once they leave the building.
  • If it is a severe weather (with thunder/lightning) dismissal, students must wait in the MPR for an approved adult to pick them up from the MPR door on Battey St.
  • Students are NOT allowed to hang out/wait outside of the school doors once they leave the school building. This is a liability as there is no adult supervision outside of the school.
  • There is NO adult supervision by school staff at Circle Park since it is off school grounds. It is up to the parent/guardian to ensure that their student is behaving in a safe and appropriate manner.

From the Clinic

You can find important information on the Nurse's page of the Ellis website.

Please note:

Nurse Chris' email address has changed to christine.oboyle@sccpss.com

If your child is (or will be) absent for any reason, please email your child's teacher AND copy Nurse Chris on the email.

If your student is classified as a "Close Contact" with someone who has COVID-19 at school, you will receive a phone call from someone on the Ellis Contact Tracing team to pick them up immediately. When you pick up your student, you will be provided with a letter from Nurse Chris outlining further instructions including when your student will be allowed to return to the building. You can view that letter template on the Nurse's page of the Ellis school website for your future reference. It is also listed in the updated Ellis Family Handbook.

Contact Information:



Devices Brought to School Daily

If your student takes their school device home on a daily basis, PLEASE make sure that they are bringing it back to school EVERY DAY, FULLY CHARGED. Students need their devices at school for district assessments, Explorations, etc.

Students must also have their own set of earbuds/headphones. We cannot share these items among students for hygiene reasons.

If you would like your student to keep their device at school, please contact your student's teacher to arrange that.

Thank you for your help with teaching our students to be responsible for their school materials.

Publix Partners

Publix Partners is donating to our school, and you can help! Ellis has received over $12,000 since our partnership began many years ago. Once you add our school to your account, you never have to think about it again...win-win!

Here's how you can enroll and participate in just a few steps:

  1. Visit publix.com/partners and select our school: Charles Ellis Montessori- Savannah, GA
  2. Provide your phone number every time you check out at Publix.
  3. Publix will donate a portion of qualifying purchases to our school!

Ellis PTA

The PTA is calling all local business owners to consider investing in our school by being a PTA Business Sponsor. See attached form below. We appreciate your consideration and help spreading the word out to our community about this great opportunity

If you haven't joined the PTA yet, please do!

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.


There is still PTA Committee Chairs open:

Arts Enrichment


If interested in joining a PTA committee, 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

Click here to view the new Charles Ellis Montessori Academy website.

SCCPSS Website

Please visit the SCCPSS website regularly for the most up-to-date district information.