Sunday, September 27, 2020

The Week of September 28, 2020

The upcoming week is fixin’ to be a good one! I’ve really enjoyed seeing all the great works that are being accomplished while e-learning, and I look forward to what this week holds, as well! Keep in mind that all required works are posted in your Google Classroom account. Choice works are located in the “Announcements” section of ItsLearning. While not required, choice works can provide fun enrichment opportunities. The end of the term is coming up in 2 weeks! In preparation for the end of term, please review all your work in Google Classroom for completeness and to read the notes from teachers made on the assignments. 

We will begin our spelling and vocabulary program this week! Each Wednesday, you will receive developmentally appropriate spelling and vocabulary lists to study. The following Wednesday, you will complete a vocabulary activity and a spelling assessment based on these words. It is suggested that each day you spend some time practicing how to spell the spelling words and learning the definition of the vocabulary. Note that you will NOT be required to know how to spell the vocabulary words. I have updated the daily checkoff list to include spelling and vocabulary practice (See below). 

Finally, SCCPSS is in the process of transitioning into Phase 2 of reopening the schools. It is important that you are checking the SCCPSS Virtual School Reopening Guidance page at https://spwww.sccpss.com/Pages/School-Reopening-Guidance.aspx frequently to keep up with the swift flood of information being shared. I, personally, do not know much more about phase 2 than what has been shared with the general public. I will forward any and all relevant info. that I can your way. 

Have a wonderful weekend, 

Mr. Trent

Friday, September 18, 2020

The Week of September 21, 2020

The rain clouds are slowly clearing and the sun will soon shine again!  What a wonderful way to begin another week together!  This week will include daily zoom lessons on grammar analysis, structured informational writing skills, geometric measurements, and cultural studies.  I’m excited to share that reading groups will begin this week! Please see the class schedule on ItsLearning to see when your group will be meeting.  In addition, two new required assignments will be added to your workload:


  1.  Spend 20 minutes each day doing math skills maintenance at www.prodigygame.com.

  2.  Complete 1 reading comprehension activity at www.readworks.org each week.


Below is a daily check-off list you may wish to use during each day.  It lists all required works and lessons with a space to draw a satisfying check-mark when it’s complete.  Feel free to print and use it if you will benefit from this more structured approach to daily tasks.  


I’m sure you have heard all the news coming from the recent school board meeting about the eventual return to the classroom.  I’m also sure you, like I, have many questions about what this will look like.  Please know that I will pass along any information as soon as I am able to.  I suggest you keep a close eye on SCCPSS social media and school board meetings.  I’m sure a flurry of information is forthcoming that we will need to work through together.  


I wish you a restful weekend,


Trent

   


Friday, September 11, 2020

The Week of September 14, 2020

With the exception of a few students, we are finished with our fall MAP assessments!  Thank you for your efforts in completing these tests.  I will use the results to help me plan lessons that are appropriate for your strengths and needs.  


Speaking of lessons, I have some great ones planned this week!  Your lessons may include more practice with writing informational paragraphs, part 2 of the Montessori Great Lesson “The Timeline of Life”, fun with geometry, and some more grammar work.  In addition, check out the fun choice works I’ve uploaded to ItsLearning under the “Announcements” section!  As always, your lesson schedule is posted on ItsLearning and your required followup works are found in Google Classroom.


You may note a change in our schedule when you look at the weekly ItsLearning calendar.  We will not be giving live lessons on Wednesdays.  Instead, we will be sharing a recorded lesson for you to watch and a followup for you to complete on Google Classroom.  It is important that you are marking yourself as present in ItsLearning each Wednesday.  Also, be on the lookout for more small-group lessons that have been added to the schedule with Mr. Mark and Ms. Connie.  Students who need to attend these lessons will be noted on the schedule with the appropriate Zoom link to use.  


I’ve had a few questions about reading and spelling groups.  We will begin reading groups based on lexile scores the week of September 21st and developmental spelling groups the week of September 28th.  More information about these groupings will be forthcoming.  


Have a wonderful weekend,

Mr. Trent


Thursday, September 3, 2020

The Week of September 7, 2020 - MAP Assessment Info.

Dear Upper El Parents/Guardians,

We will be administering the Fall MAP assessment during the week of September
8th-11th, 2020. Tuesday will be a day of practice and preparation for logging on and off the NWEA MAP platform. We will begin administering the Reading assessment
Wednesday morning at 8am. The Math assessment will be given Thursday morning at
8am. Friday will be allocated for make-up assessments and/or students who need to
finish a section of the Math or Reading assessment.

Students will go to their regularly scheduled meetings on Tuesday, 9-8-20 where we will practice logging into the NWEA MAP platform. On Wednesday at 8:00am, students will use a special Zoom meeting code to enter the classroom in which they will take the reading assessment. This code will be found in the announcements on ItsLearning. The students will then follow the same procedure on Thursday for the math assessment. The MAP assessment is not timed, so the student will have until 11:00am each day to work on the assessment. If they are still not finished at 11:00am, they will have the opportunity to finish the assessment on Friday. If a student misses an assessment on Wednesday or Thursday, they will be able to make it up on Friday.

In preparation for the assessment, work with your child to create a quiet testing
environment with few or no distractions. If your child is attending a community center
during the school day, please inform the center that your child will need a space with
few or no distractions so your child can focus on the assessment.

During the test, if your child needs a bathroom break, please remind them to raise their hand to alert the teacher that they will be right back. If they have a question or need help, let your child know to send a private chat message to the teacher. Students must keep their camera on during the assessment. When they have completed the
assessment, students may quietly log off. Don’t forget explorations at 11:30!

We will not be giving lessons the week of MAP testing. Your child should be working on independent work, reading, math skills practice, or other educational activities after
testing during the week.

Thank you,
The Upper Elementary Team

 


Friday, August 28, 2020

The Week of August 31, 2020

Can you believe we just finished our first FULL week of school?!  I've had such a nice time sharing lessons with you!  I've really enjoyed getting to know you and seeing your works.  

This week, we will continue our lessons in each of the subjects.  As always, your lessons schedule is posted on the Mr. Trent's E-Learning Class course in ItsLearning.  You may notice on the calendar that GEP will begin to meet this week.  In addition, some other small group lessons will be taking place.  Be sure to review your schedule very closely each day, so that you don't miss any lessons.  If you do miss a lesson, or if you wish to review what we talked about, I record and post each lesson in the "Resources" section of ItsLearning.  Feel free to view them at any time!

Please note that all required followup work is posted on Google Classroom.  It is a good idea to review your works to make sure you have submitted everything.  I've noticed that some students have finished the work, but simply forgot to press the "Turn In" button.  Choice works that are listed in the "Announcements" section of ItsLearning are NOT required assignments, but please consider completing some of these works throughout the week as they are great compliments to lessons we've been having. 

I have office hours each morning from 7:30-8:00.  You can use the link in the schedule found on ItsLearning to join me during this time for one-on-one help with works or to ask any questions you may have.  

Have a relaxing weekend,

Mr. Trent 


Friday, August 21, 2020

The Week of August 24, 2020



Congratulations on completing the first week of school!  I want to say a huge “Thank You” to everyone for being patient and so very helpful as we worked through our first few days together.  I am so proud of our classroom community for pulling together to ensure that everyone was able to not only get online, but also engage with their classmates!  We will continue to have a few technical issues along the way, but most of the big tech hurdles have been jumped because of your willingness to partner with me across cyberspace.  Thank you, again!


The week of August 24th, we will begin following a class schedule that will more closely resemble a “normal” school day.  The daily schedule will always be posted in your child’s ItsLearning platform under the course titled “Mr. Trent’s E-Learning Class”.  Links to the Zoom meetings for each class will be included to make it easier for you to know where to be.  The schedule includes a daily gradelevel-specific content lesson, times for independent work on required assignments and choicework, explorations, lunch, and recess.  I will have office hours (accessible from the link on the schedule) each day from 7:30am-8:00.  GEP, EIP, and other small-group lessons will NOT begin this week...we will add those meetings once we can ensure that the students feel comfortable following the basic schedule.  I highly encourage you to log into ItsLearning this weekend and go over the schedule again with your child so you will know exactly where and when they will need to be in a lesson.  I am available to answer questions at any time via remind or email (trent.kissinger@sccps.com).


I’m excited to start content lessons with the class this week!  We will begin with three Montessori Great Lessons: God With No Hands, The Story of Language, and The Story of Numbers.  There will be a variety of engaging required assignments and choice works for the students to enjoy throughout the week.


Finally, the upper elementary team would  like to invite all 4th and 6th grade families to a special informational session to answer any questions you may have specifically about the transition to upper elementary or 6th grade. The 4th grade meeting will be on August 25th at 5:30. The 6th grade meeting will be on August 26th at 5:30. Please see your weekly overview email from Mr. Trent for the Zoom links to attend. 


Have a wonderful weekend,

Mr. Trent


Monday, August 17, 2020

The week of August 17, 2020

Welcome back, Bobcats!  I'm so excited to start another year at Ellis.  We will begin our year in an e-learning virtual setting this Wednesday at 8:00 am.  Use the Zoom meeting link that was sent to you via email to join.  I'm sure you have many questions about what our year is going to look like!  We will have plenty of time this week to get those questions answered and get you started on your e-learning activities.  

See you soon,
Mr. Trent

Friday, August 14, 2020

Important "Back to School" info!

Please see the letter below welcoming your family back to "Virtual" Charles Ellis! It includes information about a "Meet and Greet" opportunity and how your child will connect online the first day of school. Feel free to email me with any questions you may have.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Virtual Open House

The annual Ellis Open House is going virtual this year!  Check it out here:  


Ellis Virtual Open House Website: https://bit.ly/cema2020

Ellis Open House Newsletter: https://www.smore.com/j2nt6



Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Summer 2020 Academic Resources

I hope your summer is off to a great start!  If you wish to complete some academic activities during your time off, consider one of the following resources.

Happy Summer,
Mr. Trent

Friday, May 8, 2020

The Week of May 11, 2020

Your made it to the last week of school!  The finish line is in sight!  

Attached you will find your new choice sheet for the week of May 11th.  We will finish our studies of the fundamental needs of humans by allowing you to choose your own project to complete from the list of needs we have not explored yet!  Your plan and completed project should be completed via Google Classroom by this Friday. You will also need to complete ONE choice from the Explorations choice sheet. These documents are found below.

In addition, we will continue to have online video meetings using Zoom! The links to the meetings can be found on your Google Classroom page.

Assignments from the choice sheet and your reading log will be completed and submitted in Google Classroom. Please complete each by Friday.


Mr. Trent's homeroom families only:  If you have not already done so, please use the following link to sign up for a time for a brief end-of-year goodbye Zoom meeting.

https://signup.com/go/CviQdQP

Have an awesome weekend,
Mr. Trent



Thursday, May 7, 2020

Mr. Trent's End-of-Year Goodbye Meetings

Mr. Trent's homeroom families,

Who would have thought last August that our year would end with a global pandemic keeping us from learning together within the walls of Ellis!? I'd like to invite your family to join me in a brief Zoom meeting so I can personally thank you for your hard work during the independent work days and to say goodbye for the summer. Please choose a time using the link below to share when you and your child would be able meet me on Zoom for a 5-minute goodbye. 

https://signup.com/go/CviQdQP

I look forward to meeting with each of you!

Mr. Trent

Charles Ellis Montessori Academy

Saturday, May 2, 2020

The Week of May 4th, 2020

Welcome to week 6 of your independent learning days! Happy May!

Attached you will find your new choice sheet for the week of May 4th. This week's focus will be about the fundamental need of FOOD! It will include daily required assignments as well as a reading log that will need to be submitted via Google Classroom by this Friday. You will also need to complete ONE choice from the Explorations choice sheet. These documents are found below.

In addition, we will continue to have online video meetings using Zoom! The links to the meetings can be found on your Google Classroom page.

Assignments from the choice sheet and your reading log will be completed and submitted in Google Classroom. Please complete each by Friday.

Exciting news:  This Friday is Field Day!  This year we will be having a virtual field day where you can enjoy all of the fun at home!  Ms. Lesley has created a list of fun activities for you to do.  You can find it here:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1evYLmVHBSU_FNfpXa_c1K1FGxaTqBJdjjfVjAk7IEXM/edit?usp=sharing

Feel free to take pictures and share what you are doing, as well!  Because of field day, we will NOT have Zoom meeting Friday.

Have a wonderful weekend,
Mr. Trent


Sunday, April 26, 2020

The Week of April 27, 2020

Can you believe it is the last week of April!?!  I'm so proud of you for completing an entire month of independent learning days!  

Below you will find your new choice sheet for the week of April 27th. This week we will be focusing on the fundamental need of FOOD! It will include daily required assignments as well as a reading log that will need to be submitted via Google Classroom by this Friday. You will also need to complete ONE choice from the Explorations choice sheet. These documents are attached to this announcement below.

In addition, we will continue to have online video meetings using Zoom! 


Mondays at 10:00 (Whole Group w/ Trent and Marianna)


Wednesdays at 10:30 (4th w/ Marianna, 6th w/ Trent)
Wednesdays at 11:00 (5th w/ Marianna, 4th w/ Trent)
Wednesdays at 11:30 (6th w/ Marianna, 5th w/ Trent)


Fridays at 10:30 (4th w/ Marianna, 6th w/ Trent)
Fridays at 11:00 (5th w/ Marianna, 4th w/ Trent)
Fridays at 11:30 (6th w/ Marianna, 5th w/ Trent)


The links and passwords for this meeting can be found on your Google Classroom program.  Please do not share this link or password with anyone outside of our classroom.


Assignments from the choice sheet and your reading log will be completed and submitted in Google Classroom. Please complete each by Friday.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mr. Trent



Friday, April 17, 2020

The Week of April 20, 2020

Hello, Bobcats!

Attached you will find your new choice sheet for the week of April 20th.  We will be continuing to focus on the fundamental need of shelter, but with a special emphasis on shelters in other cultures and throughout history!   Works will include daily required assignments as well as a reading log that will need to be submitted via Google Classroom by this Friday. You will also need to complete ONE choice from the Explorations choice sheet. These documents are attached to this announcement below.

In addition, we will continue to have online video meetings using Zoom!

Mondays at 10:00 (Whole Group w/ Trent and Marianna)

Wednesdays at 10:30 (4th w/ Marianna, 6th w/ Trent)
Wednesdays at 11:00 (5th w/ Marianna, 4th w/ Trent)
Wednesdays at 11:30 (6th w/ Marianna, 5th w/ Trent)

Fridays at 10:30 (4th w/ Marianna, 6th w/ Trent)
Fridays at 11:00 (5th w/ Marianna, 4th w/ Trent)
Fridays at 11:30 (6th w/ Marianna, 5th w/ Trent)

The links and passwords for this meeting can be found on your Google Classroom program.  Please do not share this link or password with anyone outside of our classroom.

Assignments from the choice sheet and your reading log will be completed and submitted in Google Classroom. Please complete each by Friday.

I'm looking forward to seeing you Monday morning at 10:00 on Zoom!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mr. Trent



Sunday, April 12, 2020

The Week of April 13, 2020

I hope you had a restful holiday weekend!

Attached you will find your new choice sheet for the week of April 13th.  We will be taking a closer look at how to improve upon the work you completed last week as part of your "Montessori at Home" choice sheets.   Works will include daily required assignments as well as a reading log that will need to be submitted via Google Classroom by this Friday. You will also need to complete ONE choice from the Explorations choice sheet. These documents are attached to this announcement below.

In addition, we will continue to have online video meetings using Zoom!

Mondays at 10:00 (Whole Group w/ Trent and Marianna)

Wednesdays at 10:30 (4th w/ Marianna, 6th w/ Trent)
Wednesdays at 11:00 (5th w/ Marianna, 4th w/ Trent)
Wednesdays at 11:30 (6th w/ Marianna, 5th w/ Trent)

Fridays at 10:30 (4th w/ Marianna, 6th w/ Trent)
Fridays at 11:00 (5th w/ Marianna, 4th w/ Trent)
Fridays at 11:30 (6th w/ Marianna, 5th w/ Trent)

The links and passwords for this meeting can be found on your Google Classroom program.  Please do not share this link or password with anyone outside of our classroom.

Assignments from the choice sheet and your reading log will be completed and submitted in Google Classroom. Please complete each by Friday.

I know you may have a lot of questions! We will answer them during our meeting at 10:00am!

Mr. Trent



Sunday, April 5, 2020

The Week of April 6, 2020

Welcome to week 3 of your independent learning days!  We have some exciting changes to your choice sheets coming your way that will make your time more engaging, exciting, and fun!

Starting this week, you will receive a weekly assignment list with choices that are aligned to our Montessori curriculum! It will include daily required assignments as well as a reading log that will need to be submitted via Google Classroom by Friday. These documents will be found in your Google Classroom account (and below).

In addition, we are excited to start weekly online video meetings using Zoom!

Mondays at 10:00 (Whole Group w/ Trent and Marianna)

Wednesdays at 10:30 (4th w/ Marianna, 6th w/ Trent)
Wednesdays at 11:00 (5th w/ Marianna, 4th w/ Trent)
Wednesdays at 11:30 (6th w/ Marianna, 5th w/ Trent)

Fridays at 10:30 (4th w/ Marianna, 6th w/ Trent)
Fridays at 11:00 (5th w/ Marianna, 4th w/ Trent)
Fridays at 11:30 (6th w/ Marianna, 5th w/ Trent)

Please log into your Google Classroom account to see the links and passwords needed to attend these meetings.  Please remember: the links and passwords should not be shared with anyone outside of our classroom roster.  You will be able to join these Zoom meetings in your browser, so you will NOT need to make an account or download any software in preparation for the meeting.  

Assignments from the choice sheet and your reading log will be completed and submitted in Google Classroom.  Please complete each by Friday.

I know you may have a lot of questions!  We will answer them during our meeting Monday at 10:00am!

Mr. Trent


Friday, April 3, 2020

Looking Forward to Next Week...

You've officially come to the end of the first two weeks of your independent learning days!  I hope you enjoyed completing the choices on the SCCPSS menu sheet.  We have not been given information from the county about how to submit those assignments (you were originally supposed to hand them in upon return to school this year), so just put them in a safe place until we hear what to do.

Starting next week, you will receive a weekly assignment list with choices that are aligned to our Montessori curriculum!  It will include daily required assignments as well as a reading log that will need to be submitted via Google Classroom by Friday.  These sheets will be shared with you Monday morning in Google Classroom.

In addition, we are excited to start weekly online video meetings using Zoom!  


Mondays at 10:00 (Whole Group w/ Trent and Marianna)

Wednesdays at 10:30 (4th w/ Marianna, 6th w/ Trent)
Wednesdays at 11:00 (5th w/ Marianna, 4th w/ Trent)
Wednesdays at 11:30 (6th w/ Marianna, 5th w/ Trent)

Fridays at 10:30 (4th w/ Marianna, 6th w/ Trent)
Fridays at 11:00 (5th w/ Marianna, 4th w/ Trent)
Fridays at 11:30 (6th w/ Marianna, 5th w/ Trent)

We will share the link and password you will need to use to join each of the meetings in Google Classroom.   You will be able to join these Zoom meetings in your browser, so you will NOT need to make an account or download any software in preparation for the meeting.  

At Monday's group Zoom meeting at 10:00 am we will go over any questions you may have about your new assignment sheet.  

I can't wait to see your smiling faces Monday morning!
Mr. Trent

"The Boo Boos That Changed the World: The True Story about an Accidental Invention (Really)!" Read-Aloud

"The Boo Boos That Changed the World: The True Story about an Accidental Invention (Really)!"  by: Barry Wittenstein
Read-Aloud

Today's read aloud is about how an accident-prone person helped to inspire a very common first-aid item: the Band Aid!  Following along to find out what two words were combined to give it its name and many other fascinating facts about this useful part of our medicine cabinets.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

"A Day at the Salt Marsh" Read-Aloud

A Day at the Salt Marsh by: Kevin Kurtz
Read-aloud

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, SCCPSS.com, 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 – www.sccpss.com, 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
Read-Aloud

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 www.getepic.com.

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.  www.newsela.com 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.  www.quill.org:  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.  www.getepic.com:  Your Epic account is brimming with fun books to read!  I place my daily read-alouds that I post at www.mrtrent.com 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 
Read-Aloud

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 www.getepic.com account and find this book in your "Read-Aloud" collection to explore all the book has to offer.

Happy reading, 
Mr. Trent

Thursday, March 26, 2020

School Closure extended through April 24, 2020

SCCPSS will remain closed through April 24, 2020.  Please continue completing one required assignment each day from your menus.  Updated required assignments and information for the extended closure will be share with you in the near future.

"Basketball Belles" Read-Aloud

"Basketball Belles" by Sue Macy
Read-aloud

I've hear from a few of you that you really enjoyed "A Fist for Joe Louis and Me", so I found another book about sports.  I think we have a few "Basketball Belles" at Ellis...don't you agree?!?  I've shared this book with you on your www.getepic.com account.  While you're there, check out the "Boredom Busters" collection I've share with you, as well.   

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

"Shep" Read-Aloud

"Shep: Our Most Loyal Dog" by Sneed B. Collard III

Today's read-aloud is a story of one of Mother Nature's most loyal creatures: the dog!  From my life experience, most stories about dogs are sad...and this one is definitely one of those.  I chose this story not because it is sad, but because it highlights the special relationship between humans and animals.  This book can also be found shared with you in the "Read Aloud" collection at www.getepic.com.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

"A Fist for Joe Louis and Me" Read-Aloud

"A Fist for Joe Louis and Me" by Trinki Noble
Read-Aloud

One of my favorite parts of the day is when we get to enjoy a read-aloud book together!  I've filmed a few read-aloud that I will share with you on the blog throughout our independent learning days.  These books are also available in the "Read Aloud" collection at www.getepic.com.  While you're at www.getepic.com, check out the "Boredom Busters" collection I share with you, as well!  It has so many fun crafts, games, puzzles, and activities to make your days away from Ellis enjoyable!

Happy Reading,
Mr. Trent

Monday, March 23, 2020

Needs During Independent Learning Days

Hello students and parents,

We hope that this letter finds you well and rested after spring break. We wanted to reach out to you all and see how you’re doing and if there’s anything you need. Please let us know if you have the following:

- Access to technology (a device) in your home 
- Internet
-  Your Choice Boards Packet we handed out on the last day of school before spring break
-  Any additional needs?

If you did not receive a Choice Boards packet, you may find a copy linked in the last Remind message or the Charles Ellis Montessori website:http://internet.savannah.chatham.k12.ga.us/schools/Ellis/default.aspx

Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any additional questions or needs. We are here to support you and will help anyway we can!

Also, so that we can make sure every student’s needs are addressed,we ask that you please respond directly to us via remind.com or email that you have received this message with any information that you believe we need to know. If we do not hear from you in the near future, we will respond to you personally.

Miss you all,
Ms. Marianna and Mr. Trent 

marianna.harkleroadlanders@sccpss.com 
trent.kissinger@sccpss.com

Saturday, March 21, 2020

The Week of March 23, 2020




A lot has happened since we've said goodbye to start our spring break!  The Conavirus has quickly changed not only our lives at home, but also with how we will conduct school.  This week, use the independent learning days choice boards (see below if you need another copy) to complete one activity of your choice each day this week (a total of 5 assignments this week).  You will be required to give these finished assignments to your homeroom teacher within 5 days of us returning to school.

As of today, classes will resume for students on Thursday, April 2, 2020.

Cover Letter and 4th/5th Grade Independent Learning Choice Boards

6th Grade Independent Learning Choice Board

While not required, feel free to log onto www.quill.org, www.newsela.com, and www.getepic.com and do choice works.  Email me at trent.kissinger@sccpss.com or contact me on www.remind.com if you forget your log-on information.

You may have noticed that I shared a "Boredom Busters" collection with you at www.getepic.com!  It's filled with fun crafts, puzzles, tricks, and games you can play while you are away from school.  Check it out!

Finally, I want to share with you the importance of taking care of yourself both physically and mentally.  Times of uncertainty can be scary and stressful.  Embrace these feelings and speak to your family and friends about them.  Don't underestimate the power of eating healthy and getting daily exercise in improving your well-being.  Be mindful about things that are both out of and in your control, and have patience with others as we navigate this situation together.

Take care,
Mr. Trent



Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Food Service During Closure Info.

Based on the exceptional circumstances relating to the declaration of a public health emergency due to COVID-19 and in response to the needs of our students, SCCPSS will offer a meal service opportunity for students during the mandated closure.  
SCCPSS Food and Nutrition staff will begin serving meals at no cost to Savannah-Chatham students beginning Monday, March 23rd and continuing weekdays until 12:00PM, April 1, 2020.  Twelve (12) Distribution sites have been identified based on federal guidelines.  The locations are listed below. 
Meals will be served using a curb side, drive through setting. Parents/guardians must have their children present at the time of pick up.  If possible, parents are asked not to exit the vehicle as staff work to keep conditions safe and lines moving efficiently.  Walk-ups will also be accommodated.
.SCCPSS staff will be available at the designated sites each day from 10:00am-12:00pm.  Service will not be provided inside the school building.  Remember, our meals are only available to children 18 years old or younger.  Children must be present to receive the meal and to be counted for required state and federal recordkeeping.  
Families are welcome at any of our distribution sites, regardless of your specific school attendance zone.  
BEGINNING MARCH 23, 2020 - MEAL DISTRIBUTION SITES (M-F 10:00AM-12:00PM)
**Distribution sites identified as of March 23, 2020.  Sites subject to change based on need and conditions.  Please check our website regularly for site location updates.
GADSDEN ELEMENTARY 
919 May Street, Savannah
BROCK ELEMENTARY
1804 Stafford Street, Savannah
HAVEN ELEMENTARY
5111 Dillon Avenue
HENDERSON E. FORMEY SCHOOL  
400 East Broad Street, Savannah
SOUTHWEST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
6020 Ogeechee Road, Savannah
HESSE K-8 SCHOOL
9116 Whitfield Ave., Savannah
JULIETTE LOW ELEMENTARY
15 Blue Ridge Ave., Savannah
HODGE ELEMENTARY
975 Clinch Street, Savannah
WEST CHATHAM MIDDLE SCHOOL 
800 Pine Barren Rd., Savannah
GROVES HIGH SCHOOL
100 Priscilla D. Thomas Way, Savannah
SCHOOL OF LIBERAL STUDIES AT SAVANNAH HIGH
400 Pennsylvania Ave., Savannah
JOHNSON HIGH SCHOOL
3012 Sunset Blvd., Savannah
KEY POINTS:
  • Students must be present to receive meals.
  • Students must be 18 years or younger to receive meals.
  • Curb side pick-up will be offered.
  • Service inside the school building will not be offered.
  • Walk ups will be accommodated.
  • Twelve sites have been identified for meal distribution.
  • Families may visit any one of the sites for food service.

​Starting Monday, March 23, 2020, a food service hotline will be available for additional questions by calling 912-395-5515.

Monday, March 16, 2020

SCCPSS ANNOUNCES A CLOSURE BEYOND SPRING BREAK

Based on the Executive Order issued by Governor Kemp calling for the closure of all public schools in Georgia, SCCPSS announces a closure beyond the current Spring Break. The closure duration is subject to modification based on changing conditions.  

All schools are currently closed for Spring Break through Friday, March 20th, 2020.  Students will now remain out of school through Wednesday, April 1st, 2020, and will return to class on Thursday, April 2nd, 2020.  

After Spring Break, staff shall not report to work until Wednesday, April 1st, 2020, unless deemed part of the essential workforce as directed by his/her supervisor.

CLOSURE SCHEDULE:
Monday, March 16th – Friday, March 20th – Spring Break
Monday, March 23rd – Wednesday, April 1st – No school for students
Wednesday, April 1st – All Staff Return
Thursday, April 2nd – All Students Return

SCCPSS hopes to resume school operations for students on Thursday, April 2nd, 2020, but that is subject to change as healthcare concerns evolve.  Additional information will be provided to our families through the usual parent notification calls and emails, district social media accounts, SCCPSS.com, and local media.  
Specific instructions will be issued separately for staff regarding work schedules.

Governor Brian Kemp has 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.  

District staff have prepared for these conditions by making plans for the continuation of learning, meal service availability, and the cancelation of large group public events. Specific information on these topics will be provided tomorrow through the District’s communication channels and prominently displayed at sccpss.com.

Once again, all Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools will not reopen following Spring Break on Monday, March 23, 2020.  Instead, schools will remain closed for students through Wednesday, April 1, 2020.  Students will return to class on Thursday, April 2, 2020.
Please make sure to check our website – www.sccpss.com, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for further updates.