Monday, May 22, 2017

2017-2018 School Year Welcome Letter and Supply List

Summer, 2017

Dear Ellis Bobcat family,

I look forward to seeing familiar and new faces in our 4th, 5th, and 6th grade upper elementary classroom. The 2017-2018 school year will be one of growth, excitement, and adventures for your child. 

This will be my eleventh year in the Ellis family and my fifteenth in the education field.  I graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education.  I spent 4 years teaching in the Shenandoah Valley while pursuing my Master of Education Degree in reading education at the University of Virginia.  After my move to Savannah, I earned my Specialist Degree in instructional leadership from NOVA Southeastern University.  This summer, I am finishing my Lower and Upper Elementary American Montessori Society Certification.  I am so excited for this upcoming school year to put into practice all the wonderful methodology I’ve learned over the years!

I love to travel in my free time.  This summer I am going to Tikal and Antigua, Guatemala.  When I’m not traveling, I enjoy spending time with my friends and walking my Shaba Inu, Loki.  I like reading historical fiction books and watching spooky (but not too scary) movies.  

I believe that communication between school and home is very important.  I have a blog found at that is updated weekly with news and information about what’s happening in the classroom.  It also includes a classroom Google calendar you can sync to your own, if you wish.  In addition, I will be using the Remind App to send messages to families in the class.  It is a free app that works similar to texting.  Once downloaded, you can join the class list with the code:@tkissi.  You can also join by visiting this website: 

I’ve included copy of the upper elementary supply list to the bottom of this letter.  Please purchase the items on the list prior to the first day of school. 

As you are aware as a Montessori parent, the environment sets the stage for your child’s development.  In our 9 to 12 year old group, we want each classroom to be a peaceful, accepting place for each child to reach their greatest potential.  In order to have a peaceful environment, please review the SCCPSS Handbook (found at with your child at home.  More information about procedures specific to our classroom will be shared the first week of school.

If you have any questions or concerns before the school year begins, please feel free to contact me via email.  I will try my best to return your message as soon as possible. 

I look forward to seeing you at open house on August 1st at 5:30-6:30!

Mr. Trent       


Upper Elementary Supply List

Lined Composition books (3 per student)
Graph composition book (1 per student)
½ inch binder (not a “Trapper Keeper”)
3 inch binder (not a “Trapper Keeper”)
Pencils (2 packs)
Colored Pencils (1 pack)
Pencil Pouch
A pair of headphones
Clear or mesh book bag
1 Pack of Dry Erase Markers
1 Pair of child scissors
Handheld enclosed pencil sharpener
1 package of line index cards (3x5)
2 packages of lined notebook paper (wide-ruled)
hand-held eraser

Classroom supply wish list:  glues sticks, construction paper, tissues, Method wipes, copy paper, paper towels, sharpies, waterless hand sanitizer, Ziplock bags, pencils, clear tape

Friday, May 19, 2017

Have a Wonderful Summer!

Summer break is here!  I hope your time off is full of fun and sun!  I'll see you again the first day of school August 3rd!

Mr. Trent

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Week of May 14, 2017

It's here: the last week of school!  Let's spend this week enjoying each other's company, and find some closure to our year together as a 6th grade.

You will have some work time this week to complete your "Sailing into Summer" choice sheet.  Please have your four choices completed by the last day of school.  If you chose to write a letter to a future 6th grader, please see me so we can edit it together.  I'll deliver the final copy of your letter to a 6th grader the first week of school next year.  The only other assignment you have due this week is a TenMarks math practice.  

A favorite tradition I have for the end of the year for my homeroom is choosing student superlatives.  Everyone in our class has special talents they bring to our school family.  This tradition will help highlight some of these traits.  Tuesday, you will receive a ballot sheet.  Write one classmate's name next to each superlative (you can only write a name one time).  Place your ballot into the box by the end of the day Wednesday.  I will tally the votes and superlative awards will be given the last day of school!  

Parent/Teacher conferences are taking place this week.  Please let me know if you forget when your conference has been scheduled, or if you need to reschedule.  PowerSchool has been updated with all grades for the 4th quarter and final averages for the year.  Feel free to log-on and check them out before our meeting.  

Enjoy the rest of your LAST weekend of the school year,
Mr. Trent 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Field Trip to Tybee Island

We had a nice day on the beach at Tybee Island yesterday!  We enjoyed a trip to the top of the Tybee Lighthouse and then a walk along the Atlantic viewing the sand sculptures created at the SCAD Sand Arts Festival!

 Tybee Island Lighthouse 

SCAD Sand Arts Festival

Monday, May 8, 2017

End-of-Year Parent/Teacher Conferences

End-of-Year Parent/Teacher Conference request forms are being sent home today.  Conferences will take place next week.  Please indicate on the sheet when you are available to meet, and return it to school by this Thursday.  You will meet with your child's homeroom teacher to discuss your child's progress throughout the year.  Term 3 grades and yearly averages for each class will be available at the conference.  I look forward to meeting with you!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Week of May 8, 2017

Congratulations, once again for an amazing musical!  I've received so much good feedback from those who attended the show!  You did a wonderful job telling the story of language!

Now that the musical has come and gone, we can get back to a somewhat-normal routine for the last two weeks of the school year.

Your math lessons this week will focus on circles.  We will start by reviewing circle vocabulary.  Once we have there terminology in place, we will discover how to find the circumference of a circle using only the measure of its radius and Pi.

You will have homework to complete Monday and Tuesday evening.  A TenMarks assignment is due by Friday.  There will NOT be a quiz on circles and circumference this week.

Your LAST choice sheet of the year will be given to you Monday!  Please choose at least 2 math and 2 science choices to complete over the next two weeks.  Your choices are due next Friday, the last day of school.

Our rescheduled trip to Tybee Island will take place this Friday.  Be sure to pack a picnic lunch, sunscreen, and bug spray.  You may also wish to bring a camera to take some amazing pictures from the top of the Tybee Lighthouse!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend,
Mr. Trent

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Tybee Island Field Trip: Postponed!

Tomorrow's field trip to Tybee Island has been postponed until NEXT Friday (May12).  Don't forget, tomorrow is a dress down day for $1 to benefit the United Negros College Fund.


We are so excited for tonight's Charles Ellis Presents: The Story of Language!  Check out some pictures of us preparing for the show, and come see the finished product tonight at 6:30!