Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, Week of November 14, 2022

"Two things are necessary, the development of individuality and the participation of the individual in a truly social life." -Dr. Maria Montessori

Pictured above: Lower Elementary (1st-3rd grades) students volunteer packing bags of food and writing notes of encouragement to students in need at P.A.C.K. during a recent field trip.

We will be supporting P.A.C.K. at this week's donation dress down day (see below!).

Important Dates

November 1-30- PTA Read-A-Thon

November 18- Donation Dress Down Day

November 21-25- Thanksgiving Break- No School!

December 1-8- Book Fair

December 2- M.E.S.S. Holiday Party

December 8- Festival of Lights

December 16- Donation Dress Down Day

December 19-January 2- Winter Break

January 3- Staff Planning Day- No school for students!

View the SCCPSS Academic calendar at this link.

View the SCCPSS Assessment calendar at this link.


This month during donation dress down day on Friday, November 18th, we will be supporting P.A.C.K. (People of Action Caring for Kids).

Students/staff should donate at least $1 to participate. An item will be sent out early in the week ​through School Cash Online so that you can pay online ahead of time or you may send cash to school with your student(s) on Friday.

Students should follow the "Acceptable Dress for Non-Uniform Days" Guidelines on page 17 of the 22-23 Student Code of Conduct​.

PTA Read-A-Thon

**Update 11/10/22: We have raised $475 so far...thank you, Bobcats!**

It is not too late to sign your student up to participate. We appreciate your support!

The PTA Read-A-Thon is going on NOW until November 30th! Please consider helping us to raise funds to purchase updated books in our media center's cultural curriculum collection.

1. Sign up your student(s) at this link: https://bit.ly/2022PTAReadAThon.

2. Share your student's personalized link (that you are provided after you sign them up) on your social media to ask for support from family and friends.

3. Encourage your student(s) to read for a good cause!

**Any student who raises $100 or more will receive a $10 gift certificate to our Scholastic Book Fair (December 1st-8th).**

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

Happy reading, Bobcats!

You can find more information (and a reading log to keep track of your student's reading) on the PTA Read-A-Thon page of the Ellis website.

Angel Tree

**Update 11/9/22: We still have quite a few angels left. Be on the lookout for the angel tree to be out on the front porch during morning arrival so that you can pick one up!**

This year's Angel Tree is ready and located in the front foyer. Consider picking an angel so that a child in need can have a holiday gift this season. Listed on the numbered ornaments is a child's age, gender, size, and ideas of what they like. Once you pick an angel ornament, please write your name and Angel number on the spreadsheet provided to help Ms. Rebecca keep track.

Visit the Angel Tree page on the Ellis website for more information.

Gifts are due to Ms. Rebecca or Mr. Wes by December 7th.

Contact Ms. Rebecca (rebecca.burkhart@sccpss.com) with any questions.

Thanks in advance for your support!

Fantastical Figures Art Show

Over the past month, the Savannah Arts Academy (SAA) visual art department has been working in collaboration with Charles Ellis, JG Smith, Pulaski, and Largo-Tibet elementary schools. The visual art teachers from those schools were tasked with having their 1st – 3rd graders draw fantastical figures (monsters) from their imaginations. These students are also asked to give some details about their figure such as their monster's personality, where the monster lives, what they like to do, what abilities they have, etc.

The SAA visual art students were tasked with interpreting the drawing, reimagining the monster, and creating an original piece of work in the mediums of digital art, painting, drawing, and sculpture.

Last week, SAA invited all the artists and their families to the Fantastical Figure gallery. There was a tremendous turn out for the gallery. Awards were given and some of the artists (big and small) were able to meet each other. Two Savannah Arts Alumni served as judges for the show.

You can view the incredible artwork from Ellis and SAA students at this slideshow.

Go, Lady Bobcats!

Our Lady Bobcats volleyball team went 7-1 in the regular season to earn the number 2 seed in the SCCPSS west division and a spot in the playoffs!

The playoff game is Monday, November 14th at 6:30pm at the STEM Academy. Ellis will be playing Savannah Classical Academy.

If you would like to cheer on our team as they play to reach the quarterfinals, you can purchase tickets for $5/each at this link.

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Lost & Found

Please watch this brief video that shows the LARGE collection of clothing items in lost and found.

If you see something that belongs to your student(s), please have them visit the lost and found (in the Multi-Purpose Room "MPR" hallway) to retrieve their items OR email their classroom teacher to see if they can assist your student in retrieving their item.

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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 31st-November 18th, our school-wide Grace & Courtesy emphasis is FORGIVENESS.

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

  • When I make a mistake and say to myself, "It's OK to make a mistake. I will try to do better the next time, " I am Forgiving myself.
  • When I make a mistake and say to someone who feels sad or angry at me for what I did, "I'm sorry. Is there something I can do to help make it right?" I am helping the other person to Forgive me.
  • When someone hurts my feelings or does something that makes me feel sad or angry, I am practicing Forgiveness when I say to them, "I felt hurt and angry by what you said and did. Maybe what you did was an accident. If I did anything that caused you to hurt my feelings, I'm sorry and I will try to do better. I hope you feel better soon." Then I let me hurt and angry feelings go away.

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


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