Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, Week of October 24th, 2022

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"Young people must have enough freedom to allow them to act on individual initiative. But, in order that individual action should be free and useful at the same time, it must be restricted with certain limits and rules that give the necessary guidance." -Dr. Maria Montessori (From "Childhood to Adolescence")

Pictured above: A lower elementary student reads a book to his classmates.

Important Dates

October 24-28- Media Center Book Character Pumpkin Patch

October 25- PTA Paint-A-Pot Event

October 28- Donation Dress Down Day

October 29- Family Engagement Discussion

November 1-30- PTA Read-A-Thon

November 11- No School!

November 11- PTA Spirit Night w/the Ghost Pirates

November 18- Donation Dress Down Day

November 21-25- Thanksgiving Break- No School!

View the SCCPSS Academic calendar at this link.

View the SCCPSS Assessment calendar at this link.

Book Character Pumpkin Patch

This week (October 24th-28th) is the Annual Book Character Pumpkin Patch in the Ellis Media Center!

All pumpkins will be featured on the Ellis Media Center Facebook page. "Like" and "Follow" our page to see the submissions.

**This year, every student who brings a book character pumpkin to display will be entered in a raffle to win a choice between two special prizes.**

Visit the Ellis website for more information.

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Our next donation dress down day is Friday, October 28th. This month, we will be supporting Renegade Paws Rescue.

You can find more information on the Donation Dress Down page of the Ellis website.

Family Engagement Discussion

Please join us on Saturday, October 29th, at 9:30am in the Ellis Media Center for our next family engagement discussion (see flyer below).

We have several copies of "Positive Discipline in the Montessori Classroom" available for check out in the media center. If you are interested in borrowing a copy, please email Ms. Lisa (lisa.odonnell@sccpss.com).

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PTA Read-A-Thon

The 11th annual PTA Read-A-Thon will take place November 1-30th. This year, we are raising funds to replace outdated books in the media center's cultural curriculum collection.

Any student who raises $100 or more will receive a $10.00 gift certificate to the Scholastic Book Fair, which will take place in the media center the week of December 1-8, 2022.

You can find more information about this on the PTA Read-a-Thon page of the Ellis website.

Attention 7th & 8th Grade Art Students!

After school art instruction will be available for 7th and 8th grade students on the following dates : October 26, November 2, and November 9 from 3:00pm-4:15pm.

Lessons will focus on composition and observation drawing and are designed for Erdkinder students planning to study art at the high school level.

All supplies are provided. Students must have a signed permission form on file with Ms. Tiia in advance of the dates they wish to attend.

Students should see Ms. Tiia for the forms.

Students will be dismissed promptly at 4:15pm.

If you have questions, contact Ms. Tiia (tiia.strong@sccpss.com).

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PTA Spirit Night at Ghost Pirates

The Charles Ellis Montessori Academy & the Ghost Pirates have partnered together for a fundraiser and an awesome Spirit Night of non-stop entertainment for all students, families, and teachers!

Every ticket bought through the link below will contribute to fundraising for the school. So, join in on the brand new Ghost Pirates historic season and support Charles Ellis!

Game: Friday, Nov 11 at 7:30pm vs South Carolina Stingrays

Buy your tickets at this link: https://fevo.me/ellismontessorifundraiser

Counselors' Corner

We have recently become aware of these community resources: Salvation Army Holiday Help and Neighbors Feeding Neighbors Grocery Giveaway. Please let us know how we or our school social worker can support you and yours.

If your child or someone you know could benefit from school counseling support, Backpack Buddies, or any school supplies, please let us know.

Ms. Rebecca, School Counselor, Primary & Lower Elementary

912-395-5470 x71202



Mr. Wes, School Counselor, Upper Elementary & Erdkinder

912-395-5470 x71243



Ms. Lauren, School Counseling Intern from Georgia Southern University

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 October 11th-October 28th, our school-wide Grace & Courtesy emphasis is RESPECT.

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

  • When I listen to what other people say and do not ignore them or interrupt them when they are talking, I am listening with Respect.
  • When I remember to think about other people's feelings before I act or talk, I am acting with Respect for others.
  • When I take good care of the things that belong to others, I am Respecting other people's things.
  • When I take good care of myself, my feelings, and my things, I am acting with Self-Respect.
  • When I treat people the way I like to be treated, I am acting with Respect for others.

Text Notifications

We send out school-wide announcements regularly via email and text.

It is important for you to receive these notifications through text messaging in the case of an severe weather/emergency.

To opt-in for text notifications, text "Yes" to the number 87569.

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.