Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, December 21, 2020
Dance in the Light
Nature has its own festival of lights which I have been witness to as a child. The photos below are of the coastline where I live in the north of Ireland. The Mussenden Temple sits on a cliff above the house where my mother spent her childhood summers. The picture of the Giant's Causeway shows the Wishing Chair where I would sit and make wishes. Dunluce Castle sits precariously on the cliff edge looking out towards Scotland, its kitchen already beneath the turbulent sea. But to see my childhood landscape with the added magic of the Aurora Borealis always reminds me that there are divine and wonderous forces that can bring forth a creative incarnation in each one of us. So during this season, let the children dance in the light.
I wish you Peace Always,
December 21-January 1- Winter Break
January 4- Staff Planning Day- No School for Students!
January 5-8- e-Learning Days
January 8- PTA Boosterthon Kick-Off
January 11- Cohort A Returns In-Person to School
January 14- Cohort B Returns In-Person to School
January 18- MLK Jr. Day- No School!
January 20- Virtual Boosterthon Event
Happy Winter Break!
Festival of Lights
The tradition continues...even virtually! The staff singing of "The Twelve Days of Christmas."
e-Learning Days- January 5th-8th
Covid-19 Transmission Rates
Register your student at www.funrun.com and share your page link with family and friends over the Winter Break.
The program is virtual this year. Boosterthon has partnered with Just Dance to bring a Dance Fit event which will take place on January 20, 2021. Students will meet virtually with their favorite Booster teammates, earn prizes for pledges, and have lots of fun dancing!
The PTA's goal is $18,000 to help fund teacher grants, student experiences, and school materials to enhance the Montessori learning environment at Ellis.
Thank you for your support!
Thank you, PTA!
We can't believe it's the most wonderful time of the year already! We have really enjoyed seeing your kiddos excited as we get closer to the end of the semester. We've just wrapped up our unit on Coping Skills and Growth Mindset, reminding our students about the coping skills they can use anywhere and everywhere. Ask your PreK-3rd grader about 5 Senses Mindfulness and Hot Chocolate Breathing- two of our favorite techniques. Practice it with them too as it can be a really calming way for you to get centered as well! For your 4th-8th graders, ask them about their own pep talk that we practiced for when they face challenges. We've encouraged them to use positive self-talk daily. We recommend having their pep talk posted somewhere they can see and read every day (it's not such a bad idea for us adults to have that too 🙂).
🛑Attention Erdkinder Families: Check out this YouTube video to view more information about SCCPSS high schools: Rising 9th Grade Information. Choice school information and deadlines has been posted at http://choice.sccpss.com
We also want you to know that our very own Mrs. Ivey has relocated out of state during this semester and therefore will not be back with us in the building in our next semester. However, don't be surprised if you see her pop in from time to time to say hi and to support our Ellis families. We wish Mrs. Ivey and her family the best of luck on their new journey! ❤️
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2nd Semester Device Distribution
If your student is returning to school in Cohort A or Cohort B in January, they will need a school-issued device to participate in their classroom meetings, to receive lessons/work plans from their teachers, and to submit their completed work.
If your student has already been given a school device, they will need to bring it with them on the days they come to school.
If your student has NOT yet been given a school device, they will receive one to use the first day they come back to the building and paperwork will be sent home with the student for the parent/guardian to sign and return to school the next day.
Ms. Lisa will send out an email the first week in January to all parents of returning students with the necessary paperwork (check your SPAM folder if it is not in your inbox). If you have access to a printer, you are welcome to print and sign the paperwork and send it to school with your student the first day they return. They will then be allowed to take the device home that day. Devices will not be sent home with the student until the paperwork is signed by the parent/guardian and returned to the school.
If you have received a device from the District and you plan on purchasing the Technology Protection Plan provided by the District, please pay for that through School Cash Online and send the signed paperwork to school or email it to Ms. Lisa.
If you have any questions, email Ms. Lisa (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Clearing the Chrome Browser Cache/Cookies
If your student's SCCPSS device is running slow, it may be helpful to clear the cache/cookies every once in awhile. See the link below for instructions.
Join the Ellis PTA and Support Our Community!
We currently have 134 members who have joined the PTA. Our goal this year is 200. Just a reminder, members must join every year. Memberships do NOT carry over from previous years.
Please consider joining the PTA to support our Ellis community. Membership is only $7/person.
So far this school year, the PTA has done the following:
- Held a school supply drive for our Ellis families
- Funded the purchase of individual Montessori materials for our Primary students
- Sponsored teachers to attend an Anti-Racist, Anti-Bias Teaching in the Montessori Classroom seminar.
- Organized the Fall Festival Parade
- Organized the PTA Reflections contest
- Accepted teacher grant applications
- Funded improvements to the playground and multi-purpose room
- Sponsored the Read-A-Thon
- Organized the Angel Tree for families in our Ellis community
- Donated non-perishable food items to Emmaus House
- Supplied Nurse Chris with needed health and wellness supplies
- And so much more!
The PTA cannot do all this without your help and support. The easiest way to show your support is simply by joining the Ellis PTA.
Visit the PTA Website.
Ms. Ja'Dayia Coleman-Kennedy
Information Specialist Clerk
Ms. Lucy Holloway
Ms. Patricia Solomon-Brown