Friday, January 26, 2018

The Week of January 29, 2018

The last week of January is here already!  I have a feeling you are going to LOVE what's in store for February!  

This week's lesson will include continued practice with fraction computation, using algebra tiles to represent polynomials, investigate the causes and outcomes of the Civil War, WWII, and the Latin American revolutions, and the rock cycle.   We will continue our writing workshops on Wednesday and meet in our novel study groups on Thursday. 

Your weekly followup work is due by Friday.  This includes your lesson followup work, Greek and Latin Roots work, current events journal, and 30 minutes of www.tenmarks.com.  You should be reading for at least 20 minutes and studying your vocabulary words for 10 minutes each evening.  You will have a quiz on your vocabulary words Friday. 


Don't forget to meet with Ms. Kami Monday at 12:30 if you'd like to participate in the upper elementary geography bee!  

Finally, please sign and return your progress report Monday. 

Have a nice weekend,
Mr. Trent


mineral identification lab

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Geography Bee

Ms. Kami is hosting a geography bee on Monday, January 29th to select who will represent the Upper Elementary homerooms at the school geography bee on Wednesday, January 31st.  Please meet Ms. Kami in the school foyer Monday at 12:30 if you would like to participate.  Click HERE for online geography bee practice.

Friday, January 19, 2018

The Week of January 22, 2018

The first-ever Ellis Boosterthon Fun Run was a smashing success!  Our class raised $825.00!  As a school, we raised over $14,000!  All of the money raised will go towards improving our playground, cutting the cost of fieldtrips, and various other school initiatives.

Boosterthon Fun Run at Daffin Park

This week is going to be a great one!  I have some fun lessons planned that touch on topics such as fraction computation, chemical/physical changes in matter, using algebra tiles to balance equations, and famous abolitionists.  We will continue our writing workshops on Wednesday and meet in our novel study groups on Thursday.  I enjoy spending these lesson times with you!

Your weekly followup work is due by Friday.  This includes your lesson followup work, Greek and Latin Roots work, current events journal, and 30 minutes of www.tenmarks.com.  You should be reading for at least 20 minutes and studying your word study words for 10 minutes each evening.  You will have a quiz on your word study words Friday.

Finally, I would like to congratulate our homeroom representatives for the school spelling bee: Emilee, Jacob, and Emma S!  Good luck as you complete against the other Ellis Bobcats Tuesday morning!

Don't forget to return your signed progress reports Monday.

Have a wonderful weekend,
Mr. Trent

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Fun Run Postponed

Out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to POSTPONE our Fun Run until tomorrow, Friday January 19th. We have heard your concerns about the weather and want to work to protect our students. The following times are set in place for tomorrow's event:

Upper Elementary AND Erdkinder >> 10:30am @ Daffin Park Primary and Lower Elementary >> 12:00pm @ Daffin Park

Temperatures will be much warmer and the windchill advisories will have ceased by them. Still prepare your students with warm clothes but know that the weather for tomorrow is a much better option. Students may dress out of uniform tomorrow. 


 We can't wait to celebrate your students! Thank you for your cooperation and we hope to see you tomorrow!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

SCCPSS Weather Closure Make-Up Days Approved

The Savannah-Chatham County Board of Education has now taken official action on weather makeup days for the school closures the district experienced earlier this month due to Winter Storm Grayson.  The calendar was reviewed for the best available options to ensure the most immediate recovery of lost instruction.  Two makeup days were proposed and have been approved to recover instructional time from the three days students lost in class time during the school closure.

The approved weather make-up dates include:

Monday, February 19, 2018
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 

These dates were Pre-designated make-up days on the 2017-18 School Year Calendar.

For each make-up day, all schools will operate on their regular schedules and students should report at their designated bell time.  Board action was taken during the Regular Meeting of the School Board on Wednesday, January 17, 2018.

5th Fieldtrip to Burton 4-H Center on Tybee

The 5th grade field trip to the Burton 4-H Center on Tybee Island is quickly approaching.  The trip will take place February 14, 15, and 16.  The remaining balance of the price of the trip must be paid at your earliest convenience.  Today, I have sent home a note showing the remaining balance you  may have.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Burton 4-H Center

Boosterthon Fun Run TOMORROW!

The Boosterthon Fun Run will take place tomorrow at 10:30 at Daffin Park.  Please dress warmly with comfortable running shoes.  I will give you your Fun Run shirt to wear tomorrow before we go to the park.  Also, this is your last chance to gather donations for the run.  We have already blown our school goal of $8,000 out of the water...we have collected over $11,000!  Keep it up!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Boosterthon Weekend Update

Amazing news: our classroom total for the Boosterthon Fun Run has more than doubled over the weekend and is now $313!  You can continue to collect donations through Thursday at www.funrun.com.  Don't forget to bring in your signed permission slips that were attached to your progress report by Wednesday so you can join in the Fun Run at Daffin Park Thursday morning!

Castle Quest: Charles Ellis Montessori Academy Fun Run
Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ Daffin Park

Friday, January 12, 2018

6th Grade Report Cards NOT Sent Home

6th Grade Parents: Printing of report cards has been delayed. They will be issued next week. Please log on to PowerSchool to see your child's 2nd term final averages and most up-to-date grades for this term.

The Week of January 15, 2018


"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
-Martin Luther King Jr.

This short week of school is packed full of so many fun things!  Our lessons will include work with computation of fractions, algebra, World War II, and forces/motion.  You will have vocabulary words based upon your science and social studies work for the week.  Please study these words nightly for a quiz Friday.  As usual, please complete the following required assignments by Friday:

-lesson followup work
-3o minutes of www.tenmarks.com
-summary of current event article on Google Classroom
-Greek & Latin rootwork choice

Parent/Teacher conferences will conclude this week.  Please sign up for a conference day and time if you have yet to do so.  

The Boosterthon Fun Run will take place this Thursday in Daffin Park.  Please continue to gather pledges at www.funrun.com.  Every little bit counts towards raising money to improve our school playground and fund field trips.  The permission slips to attend the run that are attached to this weeks progress report are due Wednesday.  I'm happy to share that our class has raised $143.00 so far!  Let's see how much more we can collect before the run!

Friday will be our classroom spelling bee!  One student from each grade level in our classroom will be chosen to represent us in the school bee that will take place on January 23.  Feel free to use the following resources to help you prepare for the bee:


Finally, please sign and return last week's progress report.  6th graders DO NOT have to return signed  term 2 report card that was issue Friday. 

I'll see you Tuesday,
Mr. Trent

elf houses inspired by the book "Afternoon of the Elves" by Janet Taylor Lisle

planets inspired by the book "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

PTA Boosterthon Fun Run!

Boosterthon Fun Run Castle Quest


Our class is having a blast preparing for the Charles Ellis Montessori Academy Fun Run coming up soon! We've also begun to learn how to "be brave" and live with character through Boosterthon's character theme, Castle Quest. On their quest to regain Bravemore Castle, our students are learning the "SIX VIRTUES of a TRUE HERO" from a cast of colorful characters. Make sure to ask your students what they've learned each day, and together you can watch the story unfold on funrun.com!

Remember, we need your help connecting to sponsors who can make a pledge to help our school! Please make sure all pledges for the laps are entered on funrun.com. The more pledges we get, the more incentives our class earns on our Pledge-O-Meter. Plus, for every $30 per lap our class pledges, a donation will be made to help teachers fund their classroom projects through Boosterthon's giveback initiative, Project Classroom. I know our students are excited to rise to the challenge and lend a helping hand to teachers everywhere!

Thank you for your generosity and support of our school. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Have a great day!

P.S. Make sure to register your child on funrun.com. He or she will receive a FREE GIFT just for being signed up. Use our school registration code: 961698

Sunday, January 7, 2018

The Week of January 8th, 2018

Welcome back after your EXTRA LONG winter break!  I hope you enjoyed your time in the Savannah winter wonderland!  Our new year together is shaping up to be a good one.  Here is what we have planned for this first school week of 2018:

We have a little bit of paperwork to take care of this week.  First, we will be choosing new classroom jobs.  You will have these jobs for the entire third term, so be sure to complete your application to the best of your ability.  Secondly, we will be taking the Word Study Spelling inventory Friday.  This is not something you can study for, but it is important because I will use the results to place you in your word study groups for the second half of the year.  

In addition to your science, math, social studies, and language arts lessons, you will be participating in some culminating activities based upon the novel you have been reading.  These culminating activities will include:

"Helen Keller" - Writing a Braille ABC book
"The Black Peal" & "Blizzard!" - Creating a "Quadriama" based upon scenes in the novel.
"Afternoon of the Elves" - Building your own elf village using found objects.
"The Little Prince" Creating an additional planet for the Little Prince to visit on his journeys.

As always, be sure to complete your current event summary on your Google Classroom site.  Please also complete your 30 minutes of www.tenmarks.com practice, as well as your nightly homework of reading for at least 20 minutes.

Please click HERE to sign up for term 2 parent/teacher conferences.  I look forward to speaking to all over the next two weeks about the awesome things going on at Ellis.

Are you ready for the first ever Bobcat Boosterthon!?  The pep rally will take place Tuesday!  I'm so excited to have some fun with this school-wide celebration of physical fitness!

Finally, please bring your signed progress report to school tomorrow.

Have a great last day of break!
Mr. Trent

Thursday, January 4, 2018

No school Friday, January 5th


Due to the significant amount of snow and ice remaining on area roadways, and the ongoing frigid temperatures forecasted for this evening and tomorrow, Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools and facilities will remain closed Friday, January 5th.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

No School Thursday, January 4, 2018

Due to ongoing frigid temperatures forecasted tomorrow morning and into the afternoon, Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools and facilities will remain closed on Thursday, January 4, 2018.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

School Closed Wednesday, Jan 3rd 2018

Due to the hazardous weather conditions expected on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018, the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System will be closed.  

Only designated essential personnel will report as directed by his or her supervisor.

District staff made the decision based on information from the Chatham Emergency Management Agency and area weather forecasts calling for freezing rain, snow, and wintery conditions throughout the morning and afternoon on Wednesday.

SCCPSS will monitor district facilities closely and prepare for possible power outages and icy conditions.  An update regarding school opening and district operations on Thursday, January 4th will be provided by 3pm on Wednesday, January 3rd.

The designated second semester make up days on the SCCPSS 2017-18 School Year Calendar are as follows:  February 19, 20 and March 26.

Please monitor the district’s website at www.sccpss.com and follow us on FaceBook and Twitter for additional information.

The Week of January 3, 2018

Happy New Year!  I trust you have enjoyed your holiday break and are ready to start the second half of the year at Ellis reseted and rejuvenated!

This is a short week, so we will be taking care of a few odds-and-ends before having a "normal schedule" week starting January 8th.  This week we will be choosing new classroom jobs, taking the mid-year developmental spelling inventory, and participating in some culminating activities based upon the novel you have been reading.  These culminating activities will include:

"Helen Keller" - Writing a Braille ABC book
"The Black Peal" & "Blizzard!" - Creating a "Quadriama" based upon scenes in the novel.
"Afternoon of the Elves" - Building your own elf village using found objects.
"The Little Prince" Creating an additional planet for the Little Prince to visit on his journeys.

You will not have a current event journal this week.  You will also be excused from taking a spelling or vocabulary quiz.  Please do complete your 30 minutes of www.tenmarks.com practice, as well as your nightly homework of reading for at least 20 minutes.

Please click HERE to sign up for term 2 parent/teacher conferences.  I look forward to speaking to all of you about the awesome things going on at Ellis.

Finally, please bring your signed progress report to school tomorrow.

Have a great last day of break!
Mr. Trent