Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, September 6, 2021

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"When the children have become acquainted with silence ... they go on to perfect themselves; they walk lightly, take care not to knock against the furniture, move their chairs without noise, and place things upon the table with great care.... These children are serving their spirits." Maria Montessori https://www.montessoriprintshop.com/silence-game.html

I wish you a restful Labor Day Weekend. Take some time to sit with your children; no questions, no agenda, no technology, no props for filling the void. Be patient with the silence for the universe is at work everyday!


Ms. Tanya

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Important Dates

September 6- Labor Day- No School!

September 13- Middle School Volleyball Tryouts/Practice Begins

September 21- PTA Spirit Night at Chipotle

September 24- Donation Dress Down Day (benefiting Ambucs...more info to come)

October 8- Fall Break (No School!)

October 11- Staff Planning Day (No School for Students!)

October 12- Second Nine-Weeks Period Begins

Year-Round Update

**Update 9/3/2021**:

From the SCCPSS District: The Year Round Update(YRU) form is available in the PowerSchool Parent Access Portal. This form allows parents/guardians the ability to update phone numbers, emails, and emergency contacts anytime throughout the rest of the school year. Data is updated immediately in PowerSchool upon form submission.

In addition, a link and acknowledgement for the SY 21-22 Code of Conduct is located on the YRU. This will allow schools to have anyone who has not acknowledged the SY 21-22 Code of Conduct do so by completing YRU form via the Parent Access portal.

Please note that addresses and parent/guardian names cannot be updated in the YRU. SIS will be launching a NEW online address update form very soon. Stay tuned!

Troubleshooting for parents:

  1. Have Parent log into their PowerSchool Parent Portal.

  1. On the left Navigation Pane (toward the bottom) click on “Year-Round Update ***Very Important Note: If the parent is unable to see left navigation pane or year round update please click the light blue arrow on the left hand corner and it should appear.***
  2. On the Year-Round Update Page Review the student’s information. The bottom of the form shows the Student Code of Conduct section. The Student code of Conduct link is clickable. Review the code of Conduct, check the acknowledgement box, type full name, and enter today’s date. Click Submit to save the changes.

Friendly Reminder:

It is imperative that we have up-to-date contact information for parents/guardians (including EMAIL addresses) in PowerSchool.

If you have access to PowerSchool with your parent account, please make sure that you have a valid email address (that you check regularly!) on file. If you do not have access to your parent account on PowerSchool, you can visit the SCCPSS website for information on how to obtain access.

If you don't have access to PowerSchool, you may email your student’s classroom teacher, provide them with your email address, and they will pass that information on to our student information specialists so that they can update your student’s account.

MAP Testing- Must Have Devices!

The district-mandated MAP Assessment window opens September 7th. It is imperative that students bring their devices to school EVERY DAY, FULLY CHARGED in order to complete the required assessments. Some teachers may even request that students leave their devices at school for the duration of testing to ensure that students are ready.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email your student's teacher.

Every Student Needs Earbuds/Headphones

Every student should bring a pair of headphones/earbuds (labeled with their name) to school. We cannot loan students these items for hygienic reasons. We want to avoid sharing lice/germs at all costs so that requires each student to have their own pair.

Thank you for your help with this.

Ellis PTA

**Update 9/3/21**: 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 are a few 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​. ​

PTA Chipotle Spirit Night

Our first PTA Spirit Night of the year will be September 21st from 4-8pm at Chipotle (located at 1801 E. Victory Dr. Savannah, GA 31404-4127).

Help raise funds for the Ellis PTA to support our school! Chipotle will donate 33% of all sales that use promo code G9GK4AY when ordering online. Pick up must be between 4-8 pm.

Counselors' Corner

This week, all Primary classes received a lesson about friendship and learned from puppets Jill and Juan about how to join in a play and how to be a good friend. Next week. all Lower Elementary students will learn about growth mindset and keeping up their motivation.

Please reach out if the School Counseling Department can be of assistance to you and your family. Resources are available on our School Counseling Website including a list of mental health professionals and relaxation activities. Let us know if you need anything more.

The Backpack Buddies free food program is available for any students in need. If your child or someone you know could benefit from a bag of food for the weekends, please contact Ms. Rebecca. We proudly sponsor with The Collegiate Church of St. Paul the Apostle for this wonderful service to our families.

Let us know how we can be of service.

912-395-5470 x2



or you can message Rebecca Burkhart on ItsLearning

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School-Wide Grace & Courtesy Focus

The Language of Kindness from "The Self-Awakened Child" Series by Jonathan Wolff

  • When I care about how other people feel as much as I care about my own feelings, I am being kind.
  • When I am a good friend to others-- to people, to animals, and plants-- and help them be the best they can be, I am being kind.
  • When I treat myself, other people, animals, and plants gently and with love, I am being kind.

Blue Dismissal Signs/Tickets

This year, we require a blue car rider dismissal sign with your student(s) name(s) to be displayed in the front passenger window/dashboard at dismissal. Please display this sign in the morning at arrival as well to help our staff identify students, as needed.

If you need any additional blue dismissal car rider signs OR blue walker tickets, please email your student's teacher and they will send those home with your student.

Thank you for your assistance in helping us ensure a smooth, timely arrival/dismissal.

Circle Park Walker Safety Protocol

For the safety of Ellis students/parents, PLEASE do NOT stop at the intersection of Battey and 50th St. to pick up/drop off your student(s) at Circle Park (see area in yellow circle below). You should PARK your car around the circle or on a side street to let your children in/out of your car.

Thank you for your consideration of and your cooperation with this safety procedure.

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From the Clinic

For the health and safety of your student, please complete the 2021/2022 Ellis Student Medical Questionnaire regarding his/her medical conditions and/or allergies as soon as possible. This information will be an initial communication about the needs of your student and will be reviewed by the School Nurse. To ensure the proper care of your student, the information will be shared with the faculty and staff who interact with him/her and needs to be updated annually. Please complete a separate questionnaire for each of your students. Thank you for your help.

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.

Welcome letter from Nurse Chris.

Contact Information:



Middle School Athletics

For Middle School Athletes:

**In order for students to be able to participate in any sports activities, all paperwork is to be turned in to Mr. Sean, Ellis Athletic Director, in Room 36.

Please fill out both the athletic paperwork 1 and 2.


Paperwork 1- Parents will fill out pages one and two and take them to the doctor to fill out pages three and four. *IMPORTANT* Ask for a sports physical NOT a regular physical- you will get in much quicker. Also, the minute clinic is a quick alternative.

Paperwork 2- Parents will fill out all pages and sign all documents, then have the student sign all documents.

Girls Sports

Cross Country- (Practice/tryouts starts Aug. 23rd) Coach: Ms. Marianne Howze--(marianne.howze@sccpss.com)

Volleyball- (Practice/tryouts starts Sept.13th) Coach: Mr. Sean Vetrovsky (sean.vetrovsky@sccpss.com)

Boys Sports

Cross Country- (Practice/tryouts starts Aug. 23rd) Coach: Ms. Marianne Howze (marianne.howze@sccpss.com)

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.

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.