WEEKLY WONDERS

Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, Week of April 25th, 2022

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"Movement, or physical activity, is thus an essential factor in intellectual growth, which depends upon the impressions received from the outside. Through movement we come in contact with external reality, and it is through these contacts that we eventually acquire even abstract ideas." -Dr. Maria Montessori

Pictured above: Primary students during a movement break as part their lesson in the media center during Explorations.

Important Dates

April 25-May 2- GMAS Assessments (3rd-8th Grades)

April 25- PTA Science Night

April 26- Montessori Roundtable Discussion

April 28- Purple Up for Military Families

April 29- Donation Dress Down Day

April 29-May 5- BOGO Book Fair

More information to come about the following:

May 5- Spring Band/Chorus Concert

May 11- Military Appreciation Breakfast

May 12- Charles Ellis Presents

May 23- Field Day

May 24- 8th Grade Bridging Ceremony (9am)

May 24- Last Day of School!

PTA Science Night

PTA Science Night will be Monday, April 25th, from 5-6:30pm on the back playground. You may enter through the back gate on 48th St.


The Bowtie BBQ Food Truck will be available for families to purchase food!


There will be different stations set up with activities for Lower Elementary-Erdkinder students led by volunteers on the following topics:


  • DNA extractions
  • Diatom microscopy
  • Insects
  • Physics
  • Earthquakes
  • Laser Optics
  • Snap Circuits
  • Chemistry

and a presentation from the Ellis Science Club.


We hope to see you there!

Montessori Roundtable Discussion

All are invited to join in a Montessori Education Roundtable Discussion.


Please watch this brief video prior to the meeting, then join us at this Zoom m​eeting link on Tuesday, April 26th, at 6pm to discuss.


We look forward to seeing you then!

Purple Up!

In recognition of the month of the military child, students are invited to wear a PURPLE shirt with their uniform bottoms on Thursday, April 28th.


Thank you for supporting the military families in our Ellis community!

DDDD

The next Donation Dress Down Day will be Friday, April 29th​.


This DDDD, the Charles Ellis chapter of the National Junior Beta Club will be raising money for Team Seas. Team Seas is a charity with a focus on getting trash out of the ocean, specifically ghost gear (old or abandoned fishing gear). Every dollar that our students donate, a pound of trash will be removed from the ocean.


Students/staff should donate at least $1 to participate. An item will be sent out through School Cash Online (Savannah Parent School Cash Step by Step Registration Guide1.pdf) so that you can pay online (processing fee included) ahead of time or you may send cash with your student on Friday.


Students should follow the "Acceptable Dress for Non-Uniform Days" Guidelines on page 17 of the 21-22 Student Code of Conduct​ linked on the SCCPSS/Ellis websites.

Buy a Book, Get one FREE!

We are very happy to announce that our BOGO Book Fair is scheduled for April 29th-May 5th. The book fair will be open to students during regular school hours. On May 5th, the book fair will be open until 5:30pm, which is when the Erdkinder & Upper El Band/Chorus concert will begin.


You can find out more information about adding money to your student's eWallet account on the Ellis Media Center website.

This book fair happens to coincide with PTA Teacher Appreciation Week! Books for the classroom make a great teacher gift! Ask your student's teacher if they have created an eWallet which you can add money to so that they can purchase books for the classroom.

2021/2022 Yearbooks

Yearbooks have arrived!


We have a limited quantity of extra yearbooks for sale if you did not pre-order. They will be available on a first come, first served basis.


If you would like to purchase a yearbook, you can send $20 cash or check (made payable to Ellis Montessori Academy) to school with your student OR you may email Ms. Lisa for the link to pay with a debit/credit card through School Cash Online (processing fee included).

Did you know that Charles Ellis Montessori Academy participates in a Farm to School grant?


Representatives from Savannah Victory Gardens as well as the SCCPSS Nutrition Department work with our students on a monthly basis. Students participate in program activities such as: gardening, farm visits, nutrition, local produce samples, and more. School garden activities encourage healthy eating, get children to try new foods, teach the fundamentals of good nutrition, connect children to the concept of growing seasons, promote healthy outdoor physical activity, and offer students the chance to participate in environmentally meaningful activities.


We need your help. Please complete the short care-giver survey to share your views on the importance of school nutrition and school gardening program. Thank you!

Important- Please Take Note!

If you haven't done so already, please create an account on School Cash Online and add your student(s) to your account.


There is a setting under the "My Account" tab where you can select to receive an email notification every time there is an item available to purchase (i.e. yearbook, field day t-shirt, etc.) (see attached picture) so that you don't miss out.


Click for Instructions to Set Up a School Cash Online account.

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GMAS

Please read this GMAS Family Letter for information about and resources for the upcoming Georgia Milestones Assessments which will take place April 19th-May 2nd for all 3rd-8th grade students.


GMAS Resources from GADOE

GMAS Parent Q & A

GMAS Parent Q & A (en Espanol)


GMAS Schedule:

April 25th- Social Studies (8th grade) and Make-ups

April 26th- Math (3rd-6th grades)

April 27th- Reading & Writing (3rd-6th grades)

April 28th- Language Arts (3rd-6th grades) and Algebra (8th grade)

April 29th- Science (5th grade)

May 2nd- Make Ups


PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOUR STUDENT(S) BRING THEIR DEVICE TO SCHOOL EVERYDAY, FULLY CHARGED.


If your student has testing accommodations that allow the test to be read to them, they should also have their own set of earbuds/headphones.

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School-Wide Grace & Courtesy Focus

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

  • When I make a mistake and I tell the truth about what I did, I am acting with Courage.
  • When I keep trying to learn something that is hard or scary for me to do, I am acting with Courage.
  • When I try a new food or talk to a child in class I did not know before, I am acting with Courage.

Counselors' Corner

Visit the School Counseling Website for many resources.


Rebecca Burkhart- Primary and Lower Elementary School Counselor

tinyurl.com/BookMsRebecca


Wesley Cooper- Upper Elementary and Erdkinder School Counselor

tinyurl.com/BookMrWesC


912-395-5470 x2

Lost & Found

Fifth year students recognized that if the grown-ups at home could see the lost and found items in an organized way - perhaps they could encourage the students to stop by the ramp near the Multi-Purpose Room to gather their lost items.


Visit Ms. Angie's Tech Corner to see the slides created by our 5th year students showing what is currently in Lost & Found and encourage your students to pick up their items!

Ellis Night at the Savannah Bananas

The Ellis PTA is hosting an Ellis night at the Savannah Bananas on May 28th.


Tickets are $20 each and include an all-you-can-eat wristband.


Order your tickets at this link.

Contact Us!

Principal

Ms. Tanya Melville

tanya.melville@sccpss.com


Student Information Specialist

Ms. Ja'Dayia Coleman-Kennedy

jadayia.coleman-kennedy@sccpss.com


Information Specialist Clerk

Ms. Lucy Holloway

lucille.holloway@sccpss.com


School Secretary

Ms. Patricia Solomon-Brown

patricia.solomon-brown@sccpss.com


Library Media Technology Specialist

PTA Teacher Liaison

Ms. Lisa O'Donnell

lisa.odonnell@sccpss.com

Ellis Montessori Academy Website

Click here to view the Charles Ellis Montessori Academy website.

SCCPSS Website

Please visit the SCCPSS website regularly for the most up-to-date district information.