Thursday, April 2, 2020

"A Day at the Salt Marsh" Read-Aloud

A Day at the Salt Marsh by: Kevin Kurtz

Yesterday's collection of poems took us on a journey around the world to find fascinating creatures.  Today I have another poetry book to share that will describe plants and animals here at home: the salt marsh!  Enjoy!  

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Public Schools in the state to remain closed for in-person instruction through the end of this school year.

​​On Wednesday, April 1, 2020, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issued an Executive Order calling for Public Schools in the state to remain closed for in-person instruction through the end of this school year.  As a result, SCCPSS schools will now remain closed and students will continue Independent Learning through the scheduled end of the school year on May 15, 2020.

More information regarding the continuation of Independent Learning will be communicated in the coming days.  While all school buildings remain closed, the District’s Central Office and other administrative facilities are open to the public by appointment only for essential business.  Additional information will be provided to our families through the usual parent notification calls and emails, district social media accounts,, and local media.  
Earlier this month, Governor Brian Kemp placed Georgia under a State of Emergency due to the spread of Coronavirus. The school District continues to maintain regular contact with the Georgia Department of Public Health, Chatham County Health Department, and the Chatham Emergency Management Agency, to monitor Coronavirus impacts in our area.  

Once again, all Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools will remain closed through the end of this school year by order of the Governor.  Please make sure to check our website –, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for further updates.

The Hidden Bestiary of Marvelous, Mysterious, and (Maybe Even) Magical Creatures" Read Aloud

The Hidden Bestiary of Marvelous, Mysterious, and (Maybe Even) Magical Creatures" 
by Judy Young Read Aloud

Let's try something a little different for today's read-aloud: poetry!  This anthology of poems will take you on a trip around the world in a search for amazing creatures.  Can you find the animals hidden in the lush illustrations?  

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

"Roanoke Island: The Town that Vanished" Read-Aloud

"Roanoke Island: The Town that Vanished" by Kevin Blake

Who's ready for a true historical mystery?!  The disappearance of the colony of Roanoke has captivated the imaginations of generations of people.  Continued archeological digs and research may bring us closer to solving the mystery.  What do YOU think happened?!?

Monday, March 30, 2020

"The Boy Who Grew Flowers" Read-Aloud

"The Boy Who Grew Flowers" by Jen Wojtowicz
Read Aloud

Spring is here and flowers are blooming EVERYWHERE!  Today's story has some flowers springing up in a very unexpected place!  Check out "The Boy Who Grew Flowers" in the "Read-aloud" collection at

Sunday, March 29, 2020

The Week of March 30, 2020

The Week of March 30, 2020

A piece of well-know weather folklore states "If March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb."  As the month of March comes to an end I can't help but reflect on how much has changed in this past month.  I would never have believed you if you told me that we would be confined to our houses for an extended period of time because of a global pandemic!  March came in like a lamb and is going out like a lion!  That being said, I am so excited for the possibilities for learning experiences that may come from this.  And, if we remember we are all in this together, it doesn't feel so lonely or scary.

This week, we will continue to use the SCCPSS choice menus.  Please complete one activity from the menu each day.  You will be required to turn in those assignments within 5 days of our return to school.  While not required, you may also wish to check out the following activities for extra choice work:

1. articles: You have access to the entire library of current event articles in the NewsEla archive. Feel free to search for a topic of interest an explore the articles.  You can even take a quiz or two to check your comprehension!

2.  Log onto Quill for some grammar practice.  I added a collection of activities to your account to complete, if you wish.  You are also able to redo any activities you've already completed to try to get a higher score.  

3.  Your Epic account is brimming with fun books to read!  I place my daily read-alouds that I post at in the "Read-Aloud" collection on Epic.  In addition, I have a "Boredom Busters" collection that has a number of fun games, puzzles, jokes, and crafts to keep you engaged during your time at home.  Please note:  Your Epic account does turn off after school hours.  If you wish, your parents can contact me to have your account unlocked at all times.  This is free!  All I will need is your parent's email address they wish to use to unlock it.

Finally, the closure of schools has been extended to April 24, 2020.  Your teachers at Ellis have been working hard to create some fun and engaging activities for you to complete at home during this time.  After this week you will be getting new choice menus that are closely aligned to our Montessori philosophy for you to complete during the extended closure.  In addition, we are exploring offering virtual "office hours" where you will be able to meet with me online and ask for lessons or assistance with your works.  This will begin the week of April 6th.  Until then, please use the SCCPSS choice menus you've been using so far.  

Have a wonderful day,
Mr. Trent

Friday, March 27, 2020

"Buddy: America's First Guide Dog" Read-Aloud

"Buddy: America's First Guide Dog" by Meish Goldish 

A special guest has joined me today for our read-aloud!  

This is a great story with a lot of wonderful information about guide dogs for you to read about.  I will not read all of the information, so log onto your account and find this book in your "Read-Aloud" collection to explore all the book has to offer.

Happy reading, 
Mr. Trent