Sunday, May 26, 2019

2019-2020 Supply List

Dear Upper Elementary Families,
As we prepare for the 2019-2020 school year, we thought we would give you a heads-up on the supplies for the upcoming year.

*a pair of headphones (Dollar Tree)
*clear or mesh book bag
*4 plastic pocket folders that can be clipped inside of a 3-ring binder
*two-inch 3-ring binder
*1 lined composition book (primary-style with space above to draw)
*1 graph composition book
*1 protractor
*1 compass
*pencils (we recommend Mirado or Ticonderoga brands)
*1 pkg. colored pencils (Basic colors)
*1 package of washable markers basic colors
*1 pair of child scissors (Fiskars preferred)
*enclosed pencil sharpener
*pencil bag
*2 packs of small index cards lined (3 x 5)
*1 package of lined notebook paper (wide-ruled)
*tracing paper (either a roll or a tablet)
* watercolor paper
*sketchbook for art
**These are things that will be helpful to the entire class: glue sticks, construction paper, copy paper, paper towels, lined paper, Clorox wipes, vinegar, dry erase markers, plastic page protectors, Sharpies, pump hand sanitizer, ziplock bags, and ​tissues​!
Thank you,
Mr. Trent and Ms. Marianna

Friday, May 17, 2019

Happy Summer Break!

Congratulations on completing another year at Charles Ellis Montessori Academy!  The learning and fun we’ve shared this year will forever live in our memories!  I’ve enjoyed helping you with your studies over the past 9 months, and I am looking forward to more wonderful times in the classroom with you!

Enjoy your summer break!
Mr. Trent

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Erdkinder Supply List

For those of you who are joining 7th grade next year, please refer to the following supply list to help you prepare for your first year of Erdkinder.

Erdkinder supply list (click to enlarge)

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Summer Reading Program Info.

The SCCPSS Summer Reading Challenge is here!  Click HERE to see the book lists and related materials.

Friday, May 10, 2019

The Week of May 13, 2019

We’ve made it to the last week of the school year! I can’t believe how fast this year has gone by. It seems like only yesterday that we were meeting together for the first time to review our classroom procedures!

This week will offer many chances for us to find closure on our year together. Your last vocabulary quiz of the year will take place Monday based on the word list you were given last week. Our lessons will include a chance for us to appreciate all the work we’ve accomplished this year. In addition, we will have an end-of-year ceremony Friday to say good-0bye to our 6th grade classmates as they move into Erdkinder. You are also invited to bring in board games from home Friday to enjoy some fellowship time in the afternoon before we officially begin our summer break.

Please hand in any missing required assignments from the 4th term by this Wednesday.

Finally, please click HERE to sign up for an end-of-the-year parent/teacher conference time.

Have a wonderful weekend,
Mr. Trent

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

End-of-Year Parent/Teacher Conferences

It's time for end-of-year parent/teacher conferences! Please click HERE to choose a day and time to meet. We will discuss you child's 4th term performance, share final MAP scores, and answer any questions you may have before we head into summer break.

Friday, May 3, 2019

The Week of May 6, 2019

This week is shaping up to be a great one! I have some fun lessons planned for you, and hope you take advantage of these last two weeks of school to further your research and studies.

We will be sharing your "Fundamental Needs of Humans" charts you completed last week. I'm excited for you to have a chance to share how people met their basic needs throughout history and across the world. For follow-up, you will be creating writing a poem using the fundamental needs you researched as your inspiration. These poems will be combined into an anthology that will become part of our classroom library for future students to enjoy! Your required assignments will also include your weekly and work. You will NOT have a word study list this week because we will take a final inventory quiz to show how much your spelling skills have grown this year. You will not need to study for this inventory.

The final administration of the MAP assessment will take place this Thursday and Friday. Please come to school well rested so you can do your best on this test.

Finally, please study the following vocabulary words for a quiz on Monday, May 13th. This will be your LAST vocabulary quiz of the year!

Have a nice weekend,
Mr. Trent

Sunday, April 28, 2019

The Week of April 29th, 2019

GMAS testing has come to an end, and we are ready to get back to our regular worktime schedule!  I hope you are as ready as I am for some fun, engaging, and though-provoking worktimes!

This week we will be taking a look at how the many lessons we had this year in social studies fit into Maria Montessori's "Fundamental Human Needs" chart.  Each of you will be given a time period in history that we've studied this year and you will create a fundamental needs chart telling about it.  I'm excited to see what you can come up with!  In addition, I will be presenting some students with a lesson on finding the area of compound polygons.  Everyone will be required to complete a and activity by Friday. In addition, please study the following word study lists for a quiz Friday.

arrow group
-ation: characterization, militarization, configuration, magnification, strangulation -ption: misconception, subscription, contraption, eruption, corruption

swirl group
thr-: thrive, throat, thread, throng, thrash
shr-: shred, shrewd, shroud, shrink, shrine

star group
Double Consonant followed by le: kettle, shuttle, topple, grapple, smuggle
Single Consonant followed by le:  beetle, hurtle, cycle, sparkle, bugle 

Because testing has come to an end, we will be sending home weekly progress reports Tuesday. Families, please check and sign the work plan to show that you have reviewed it.

Tuesday evening is our Ellis Science Celebration of Cosmic Education!  Please submit any works you wish to share at the event ASAP.

Finally, Friday is Field Day in Daffin Park!  We will be sending home a walking field-trip permission form this week.  Please sign and return it by Friday to participate in this fun event.  Don't forget to wear your t-shirt!

See you Monday,
Mr. Trent

Monday, April 22, 2019

Cosmic Education Night

Charles Ellis Montessori Academy 
Invites you to share in Cosmic Education
A Celebration of Science
Tuesday April 30, 2019
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
PTA’s Science Night is a celebration of 
Maria Montessori’s Cosmic Education
Students aged four through fourteen will be sharing science investigations, experiments, and collections.
Join our special guest scientists as they take us through their own investigation
Parents are invited to walk through this interactive presentation beginning near the Media Center.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

The Week of April 22, 2019

We’ve come to the last week of GMAS testing!  The test will take place Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  Please see the classroom calendar link to know who is testing each day.  Because of the schedule, you will not have word study or vocabulary lists.  Lessons will take place after testing each day, and will focus on our novel studies, geometry concepts, and sentence analysis.

Have a nice LONG weekend!
Mr. Trent

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Science Night at Ellis

On Tuesday, April 30th at 5:30 pm, Ellis Montessori will hold its annual science night! This celebration of all things scientific is a chance for students to show off their science works and research.  Please let your teacher know if you would like to participate by submitting a science project, collection, or experiment.

Friday, April 12, 2019

The Week of April 15, 2019

After a full week of testing, it’s time for the 5th graders to have some worktime while the 4th and 6th graders take the ELA GMAS.  The test will take place Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  There will be no testing for anyone Thursday, and there is no school Friday.  Because of the schedule, you will not have word study or vocabulary lists.  Lessons will take place after testing each day, and will focus on our novel studies.

Have a restful weekend!
Mr. Trent

Sunday, April 7, 2019

The Week of April 7, 2019

This week our schedule will be quite different from normal.  5th graders will be taking the GMAS test this week.  Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday will be the Language Arts section of the test. Thursday and Friday you will complete the math section.  4th and 6th graders, while you do not have testing this week, you will have some daily required assignment to complete each day.  You will get these works each morning and they will be due by the end of each day.  In the afternoons, we will have our novel studies and other review lessons. You will not have any word study or vocabulary words this week.

See you Monday morning,
Mr. Trent

Friday, March 29, 2019

The Week of April 1, 2019

"April is a promise that May is bound to keep." - Hal Borland

We have much to accomplish the first week of April.  Because the GMAS tests start the second week of April, we will take some time this week to review what we've been discussing this year in Social Studies.  Your follow-up work will include assessing your understanding of concepts we've explored starting last August!  I'm looking forward to taking a trip "down memory lane" with you!  We will also continue our novel studies with a focus on figurative language.  Math lessons will also include some review work of previously studied concepts.  Your required assignments will include your weekly and works.  You will NOT have vocabulary this week, but you will have a word study quiz on Friday based on the following words:

arrow group
-ation: proclamation, reclamation, acclamation, explanation,  exclamation
-ption: consumption, presumption, assumption, resumption, reception

swirl group
thr-: threat, through, thrill, three, throne
shr-: shred, shrink, shrank, shriek, shrimp

star group
Double Consonant followed by le: giggle, middle, cattle, bubble, saddle
Single Consonant followed by le: title, eagle, marble, candle, turtle

Parent/teacher conferences are taking place this week.  I'm so excited to speak to everyone about what's been happening here at Ellis during term 3.

A practice GMAS test will take place on Wednesday and Thursday.  It will give you an indication of what to expect the actual test to look like.

Have a wonderful weekend,
Mr. Trent

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Mr. Trent's Homeroom Term 3 Conferences

It's time for term 3 conferences!  Mr. Trent's homeroom families are welcome to sign-up by clicking HERE.  I look forward to meeting with you once again!

Monday, March 25, 2019

Epic Recommended Readings

I’ve updated your Epic accounts with some great collections of books based upon our current lessons in Social Studies.  It’s a great place to look for information about the topics we are discussing and for help with your followup and choice works.

check out the updated book collections a

Sunday, March 24, 2019

The Week of March 25, 2019

Welcome back from spring break!  I hope you had a refreshing time off and are ready to "ride the wave" to summer break!  

This week's lessons will include researching Jim Crow laws, exploring supply and demand economics, and identifying major world religions.  Followup from these lessons is due Friday.  Your novel studies will focus on using text talk to find details in the books you are reading.  Your weekly and assignments have been uploaded for you to complete.  Please complete these two online works by Friday. 

On Monday, you will have a vocabulary quiz based upon the words you were given the week before spring break.  Click HERE if you need a reminder of what words were included on this list.  

This Friday, you will have a word study quiz based upon the following words:

star group
oy sound in first syllable- moisture, poison, voyage, loyal, pointed
oy sound in second syllable-avoid, annoy, employ, appoint, destroy

arrow group (NOTE: there are only 8 words in this list)
short vowel sound in second syllable- metallic, emphatic, habit, excel
schwa sound in second syllable -metal, emphasis, habitat, excellent

swirl group
str- straight, strange, stretch, strict, string
scr-screen, scrape, scream, scram, scratch

Finally, term 3 parent/teacher conferences are coming up soon!  Please be on the lookout for a sign-up link that will be sent to you Tuesday.

See you tomorrow,
Mr. Trent

6th Grade Camping Trip to Dahlonega, GA

The 6th grade trip to Dahlonega, GA was a huge success!  The threat of rain the entire week did not ruin our fun, as our days were mostly dry! We enjoyed hiking, stream walks, games, dancing, and good food!
Camping fun at Dahlonega, GA

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

GMAS Information & Testing Dates

SCCPSS has updated some information about the GMAS assessments.  Please click HERE to see the changes and testing dates.   The testing dates have also been added to our classroom calendar

Friday, March 8, 2019

The Week of March 11, 2019

It's finally here...the last week of school before spring break!  Please note the following changes in schedule for the week:

-  Tuesday is a St. Patrick's Day dance during your explorations!  It will cost $1 to attend.  There will also be fun St. Patrick's Day items for sale at the dance.  All proceeds will go towards Relay for Life.
- The 6th grade camping field-trip will take place this Wednesday through Friday.  Please be sure to refer to the notes sent to you by Ms. Corinna for important information about the trip.
-  Friday is a dress down day for $1.00.  All proceeds will go towards Relay for Life.

Monday's lessons will include studying the amendments to the US Constitution and a review of important places in the United States.  I will be on the 6th grade camping trip Wednesday through Friday.  For those of you not attending the trip, I will prepare a work packet for you to complete each day.  It will include both language arts and social studies work, as well as a daily www. and assignments. A task-list will be stapled to the top of your packet to help you keep track of your assigned works. These are to be completed each day by dismissal and placed in my inbox so they can be checked.

4th and 5th graders will have a quiz on the following vocabulary words Monday, March 25th.

All students (except those 6th graders going on the trip) will have a quiz on the following words Friday, March 15th.

star group
long e in 1st syllable- eastern, feature, freedom, meaning, reason
long e in 2nd syllable-compete, defeat, fifteen, extreme, repeat

arrow group
al- personal, fatal, mental, formal, general
ity-personality, fatality, mentality, formality, generality

swirl group
kn- knitting, knockout, knapsack, kneel, knuckle 
gn-gnome, gnat, gnaw, gnarl, gnash

Finally, our classroom pet chinchilla, Georgia, needs a home for spring break!  Please email me at if you would be willing to watch her.  I will provide everything you need to keep her happy and well-fed.

Have a great weekend,
Mr. Trent

Friday, March 1, 2019

The Week of March 4, 2019

It’s the first week of March!  This month holds a lot of excitement: St. Patrick’s Day, Spring Break, and our 6th grade camping trip!  
This week our lessons will focus on reconstruction after the Civil War, American politics in the second half of the 20th century, and continued research of Australia.  Math lessons will involve working with perimeter.  In addition, our novel studies will include discussion about figurative language.  
Monday is vocabulary quiz day based upon the words your received last Monday.  Reminder: 6th graders will have a map quiz instead, and will need to identify lists places on a map of Australia.
Because it is a short week (no school on Friday!!!), our weekly word study quiz will take place Thursday, March 7.  This will be a “non-sorting” review-of-previous-word list since you have one less day to prepare.
Swirl group:  wound, crowd, awesome, trauma, avoid, decoy, barge, scorn, assure, burn
Star group:  moisture, voyager, season, increase, toothache, raccoon, soldier, suppose, brightly, describe
Arrow group:  athlete, humanity, column, muscular, altercation, decomposition, abduction, illustration, abomination, custodian
Have a wonderful weekend,
Mr. Trent

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Special Events This Week!

It's going to be an exciting week here at Ellis because there are two special events taking place.  First, it’s International Montessori Week!  We will be celebrating with daily stories and pictures from the past focusing on the history of Montessori education around the world and in our own school!  Friday is also a dress down day, with all money raised going towards the Montessori Education Society of Savannah!

Secondly, Thursday, February 28th, is the PTA Culture Fest. Performances will start in the backyard at 5:30pm with a covered dish dinner following in the multi-purpose room. If you plan on bringing your family's favorite cultural dish to share, please sign up at the following link:
Students are encouraged to wear cultural attire. Parents will need to bring something to sit on for the performance.

Maria Montessori visiting a school in India

Friday, February 22, 2019

The Week of February 25, 2019

It's here: the last week of February!  Let's bring the month to a close with fun and learning together!

The week's lessons will include studying the information age in America, Australia, and battles of the US Civil War. Our novel studies will include a focus on using context clues. Please complete your weekly and assignments, as well as your lesson follow-up work by Friday. Please study the following vocabulary words for a quiz on March 4th. 6th graders: please note that you will be having a map quiz instead of a vocabulary quiz.

Here are your weekly word study lists.  You will have a quiz Friday, March 1st.

Swirl Group:
- wound, blouse, lounge, crouch, sprout
ow - crowd, fowl, prowl, growl, drown
Star Group:
oi- moisture, poisoning, noisily, appointment, avoidable
oy-  voyager, loyalist, destroyed, annoying employable

Arrow Group:
long vowel -  athlete, breathe, humane, ignite, precise short vowel-  athletic, breath, humanity, ignition, precision
Enjoy your weekend, Mr. Trent

Friday, February 15, 2019

The Week of February 18, 2019

Are you ready for another great week at Ellis?  I hope so, because there are some exciting things happening in our classroom!

The week's lessons will include studying the turbulent 1960's in America, natural resources in Australia, and battles of the US Civil War. Our novel studies will include a focus on hyperbole. Please complete your weekly and assignments, as well as your lesson follow-up work by Friday.
You will have a vocabulary quiz Monday. The quiz will focus upon the vocabulary lists you were given last Monday.
Please study the appropriate word study list for a quiz on Friday.
Swirl Group:
aw- awesome, hawk, crawfish, brawl, scrawny
au - faucet, trauma, autumn, applaud, audience
Star Group:
Long e in first syllable- season, people, feature, reader, freedom
Long e in second syllable-  thirteen, indeed, increase, compete, healthy 
Arrow Group:
silent consonant -  soften, muscle, design, column, moisten
sounded consonant-  soft, muscular, designate, columnist, moist
Have a spectacular weekend,
Mr. Trent

Friday, February 8, 2019

The Week of February 11, 2019

Happy Friday to you! I have already planned a great week for you when you return from your restful weekend!

The week's lessons will include studying the Civil Rights Movement,an introduction to the continent of Australia, and editing/writing a final copy of the Civil War essays. Our novel studies will include a focus on figurative language. Please complete your weekly and assignments, as well as your lesson follow-up work by Friday.

The following are your vocabulary words for the week. Please study them nightly for a quiz on Monday, Feb. 18th.

Please study the appropriate word study list for a quiz on Friday.

Swirl Group:
oi- spoil, join, avoid, joint, hoist
oy-  annoy, oyster, voyage, royal, decoy

Star Group:
Long u in first syllable- beauty, toothache, chewy, Tuesday, jewel
Long u in second syllable- shampoo, raccoon, pollute, excuse, balloon

Arrow Group:
ation - sensation, information, preparation, altercation, ordination
ition-  acquisition, apparition, decomposition, requisition, extradition

Valentine's Day is on Thursday, and we invite you to bring in notes of friendship for your classmates. If you choose to participate, please bring in a Valentine for each person in both Ms. Marianna's and Mr. Trent's homeroom (a roster was provided to you to make sure you do not miss anyone). We will provide bags for you to decorate to hold your notes.

Have a restful weekend,
Mr. Trent

Monday, February 4, 2019

Cooking with Single-Celled Organims

A special thank you to Ms. Marisa for helping us make yogurt!  We enjoyed it with strawberry jam today!

Friday, February 1, 2019

The Week of February 4th, 2019

Welcome to the first week of February!  It's going to be a wonderful week!

This week's lessons will include studying the Civil Rights Movement, exploring Canada using our country study charts, and using our research on the causes of the Civil War to write an essay outline. Our novel studies will include a focus on summarizing. Please complete your weekly and assignments, as well as your lesson follow-up work by Friday. You will have a vocabulary quiz Monday on the words you received last week. Please study the following word study lists for a quiz Friday:

Swirl Group:
ar- stark, barge, large, charge, scar,
or-  scorch, scorn, thorn, torch, chord

Star Group:
Long o in first syllable- loafer, bowling, soldier, postage, coaster
Long in second syllable- suppose, compose, approach, erode, awoke

Arrow Group:
Add ion to base word - exhaustion, distortion, adoption, addiction, abduction
Drop "e" before adding ion to base word-  circulation, creation, illustration, translation, acclamation

Have a nice weekend,
Mr. Trent

Friday, January 25, 2019

The Week of January 28, 2019

The excitement of Charles Ellis Presents: The Timeline of Life has come to an end, and we are ready to get back to our "normal" schedule. This week's lessons will include studying the Vietnam War, exploring Canada using our country study charts, and preparing to write a 5 paragraph essay on the causes of the Civil War. Our novel studies will include a focus on setting. Please complete your weekly and assignments, as well as your lesson follow-up work by Friday. Your weekly vocabulary words are as follows:

4th Grade Vocabulary List

Please study the following words for a quiz on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019

plantations, n. Large farms where crops are raised

slavery, n. The practice of forcing people to work without pay as enslaved people, and
denying them the freedom to decide how to live their lives

survival, n. The state of continuing to exist, especially in spite of difficult conditions

value, n. Usefulness or importance

wages, n. Money that is paid or received for work

conductor, n. A person who led or directed enslaved Africans to freedom during the Civil War using
the Underground Railroad

contributions, n. Money, materials, information, or labor given by someone to help

gourd, n. A plant whose hard-shelled fruit is sometimes dried and hollowed out to be
used as a tool

passengers, n. Enslaved Africans who traveled to freedom on the Underground

rebellious, adj. Resisting, or fighting, being controlled by someone else

5th Grade Vocabulary List

Please study the following words for a quiz on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019

Draft- Required military service for males 18 years-26 years during a time of need, if your number is picked you have to go

Geneva Accords- This document divided Vietnam at the 17th parallel

USS Maddux- U.S. ship that was reported to have been shot at by the North Vietnamese

Deferment- Getting out of or putting off war service

War Powers Act - Limited the President's ability to send troops

Henry Kissinger- National Security Advisor that worked with Nixon and secretly met with one of North Vietnam's negotiators to end the war

Kent State University - College students were protesting the war and National Guardsmen were brought in that fired into the crowd and killed 4 people

Containment- To keep and idea or thing isolated

Guerrilla Warfare- Military strategy used by Viet Cong that used hit and run tactics

Napalm- Gasoline based bomb that set fire to the jungle

6th Grade Vocabulary List

Please study the following words for a quiz on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019

Rain shadow- an area on the side of a mountain away from the wind that receives little rainfall

Permafrost- permanently frozen layer of ground below the top layer of soil

Prime Minister- the most powerful political leader in Canada. He or she is the leader of the political party that has the most people voted in to be members of parliament.

Premier- the most powerful political leader in a province. He or she is the leader of the political party that has the most people voted in to be members of legislature.

Federal Government - A system of government in which individual states share authority with a central government. Examples include Canada and the United States.

Quebec- A province located in the east-central part of Canada. Predominantly French-speaking, it has sought independent from Canada at several points to preserve its cultural heritage.

Champlain- French explorer in Nova Scotia who established a settlement on the site of modern Quebec (1567-1635)

Iroquois- a family of North American Indian languages

Hudson Bay- an inland sea in northern Canada

French Canadian- a Canadian descended from early French settlers and whose native language is French

Please review the following word-study lists to prepare for a quiz this Friday:

Swirl Group:
ure- sure, cure, pure, unsure, assure
ur-  fur, burn, curl, hurl, surf

Star Group:
Long i in first syllable- pirate, brightly, science, island, highway
Long i in second syllable- advice, arrive, survive, describe, surprise
Arrow Group:
Add ion to base word - meditation, abomination, moderation, obstruction, defamation
Add ian to base word-  thespian, custodian, pedestrian, totalitarian, librarian

Enjoy your weekend!
Mr. Trent