Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, Week of Sept. 12th, 2022

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"The art of Montessori, which simply means finding the best way to help the child himself become what he was meant to become from the first moment of conception, is an art that joins home and school. That means parent and teacher supporting one another in their responsibility to the life of the child." - Dr. Maria Montessori

Pictured: Upper Elementary students stained the benches/garden boxes in the front yard this week. Thank you, Bobcats!

Important Dates

September 16- PTA "Do Good Things" Grant Submissions Deadline

September 21- International Peace Day

September 24- Family Engagement Book Study

September 30- Deadline to Return/Purchase School Photos

September 30- Donation Dress Down Day

October 4- PTA Spirit Night at Chipotle on Victory Dr.

October 7- Staff Planning Day

October 10- No School!

View the SCCPSS Academic calendar at this link.

View the SCCPSS Assessment calendar at this link.

Parent Partnership Survey

The family engagement committee is currently asking interested families to fill out the parent partnerships survey.

We are matching up parents that are new to Ellis (and would like someone to go to for information) and veteran parents (that feel like they have information to share with others).

The deadline to complete the survey is September 15th.

We look forward to making great connections this school year among our families!

School Pictures

Photo packets should have been sent home with your student already (if not, you should receive them next week!)

Please take note of the following:

  • Photo sales are a fundraiser for our school...we receive a portion of your purchase!
  • All the information that families need is in the photo packet.
  • Families should pay for the pictures that they want to keep and/or RETURN the rest of the packet, if anything is left.
  • Families may purchase the photos online at strawbridge.net using the code found on the price flyer in their student's photo packet OR they may send cash or check (made payable to "Strawbridge") to school with their student in the envelope provided.
  • The deadline to purchase and/or return photo packets is September 30th.
  • Make-Up picture day is scheduled for October 18th.

STEM Donations Needed

Ms. Olivia is in need of common household items for her students to use for engineering projects in her class. If you have any of the following items that you are willing to donate, please send them to school with your student:
  • Empty 2-liter bottles
  • Toilet paper/paper towel rolls (and rolls of paper towels)
  • Old cotton t-shirts
  • Plastic bottle caps
  • Dowel rods
  • Hard, plastic take-out containers with lids
  • Old, 5-gallon buckets with lids
  • Shoe boxes

PTA Membership Drive- Deadline Extended!

The deadline to join the Ellis PTA for the membership drive has been extended until Sunday, September 11th.

The class with the most participation will receive an ice cream party.

You can join at this link: https://ellispta.memberhub.com/store

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Ellis Family/Teacher Book Study

The Ellis Family Engagement team is organizing a book study of "Positive Discipline in the Montessori Classroom" by Jane Nelsen and Chip DeLorenzo. This is a book that the entire Ellis staff is also studying together this school year.

The first session will be held Saturday, September 24th, at 9:30am in the Ellis Media Center. We will be discussing chapters 1 and 2 of the book: Why are Children So Different Today? - The Philosophy Behind Positive Discipline

PTA "Do Good Things" Grant

Last Call!

The Charles Ellis PTA is proud to be able to support our students with our annual "Do Good

Things" grant program. This year, we have designated up to $500 to provide grants for

individual or group student projects. Grants may range from $50 and up. Proposals may be

for projects that give back or enhance our community here or outside of Charles Ellis

Montessori Academy. Please include ALL information that you feel is supporting your

grant request.

The submission deadline is Friday, September 16th, 2022.

Awards will be announced Friday, September 30th, 2022.

Please email your completed application form (attached below) to emilycsalzer@gmail.com & yelpasso@hotmail.com. After applications are received by the PTA, a sub-committee of the PTA will then review requests.

We look forward to hearing about your project.

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Grace & Courtesy Emphasis

Throughout the school year, Ellis has a school-wide focus on certain 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 August 29th-September 16th, our school-wide Grace & Courtesy emphasis is KINDNESS.

The language of identifying 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.

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.