Friday, September 29, 2017

The Week of October 2, 2017

O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!
For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—
For the grapes’ sake along the wall.

- Robert Frost 

The first week of October is shaping up to be a great one!  This week's lessons will include working with types of governments, layers of Earth's atmosphere, fraction/decimal computation, post-Civil War America, and various novel studies.  Please remember to finish your follow-up work after each of your lessons.  Your required assignments will include your weekly Google Classroom Journal, based upon a current event article.  You will also have a word study quiz Friday.  Please write your assigned words in your workplan placket Monday morning.  As always, structure your time so you can achieve your 30 minute weekly goal of online practice and weekly Greek & Latin root work requirement. 

Don't forget: Monday is the Upper Elementary Open House at 4:30 in our classroom.  Also, if you have not already done so, please sign up for upcoming term 1 parent/teacher conferences HERE.  Wear a smile Thursday:  It's class picture day!  Finally, signed progress reports are due Monday.

Have a nice weekend,
Mr. Trent

making autumn trees while mentoring students in Ms. Kirsten's class

5th Grade Field Trip: Burton 4-H Center

I'm excited to share that 5th graders will be having a field trip to the Burton 4-H Center on Tybee Island from Wednesday, February 14th through Friday, February 16th!  This overnight camping experience will include daily nature-themed activities led by the center staff.  Fees will include all programs, meals, and transportation.  The total cost of the trip is $125.  We hope to offset some of this cost by having fundraisers in the upcoming months.  A permission slip has been sent home today. Please sign and return it indicating if you would like your child to attend the trip.  I look forward to this awesome camping experience!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

PTA Fundraiser

The Charles Ellis PTA is hosting a Yankee Candle fundraiser the first two weeks of October.  Product catalogs are being sent home today, and orders are due Friday, October 13th.  While not required, your participation in this fundraiser is appreciated because all the money raised will go right back to the Ellis students by supporting the initiatives of the PTA.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

6th Grade Chromebook Announcement

This year, your students will be issued an HP Chromebook to use as their own – including being able to take these devices home. Our 7th and 8th grade students began this last year and it was a huge success for students and teachers. We look forward to giving our 6th graders the same opportunities. While they are late in arriving, we know they were ordered at the end of August and anticipate that they will here soon!

Part of this process is a MANDATORY meeting with parents and students to review the district and school’s Technology Acceptable Use and Procedures Compact. In conjunction with the scheduled Open House on Monday, October 2, I will hold this meeting at 5:30, in the media center. Please plan to stay after the Open House in the Upper Elementary classes to review and sign this document.

Ms. Laura
Media Specialist, CEMA

Monday, September 25, 2017

Term 1 Parent/Teacher Conferences Sign-Ups

First term Parent/Teacher Conferences will take place October 11-17.   Please choose a time that is most convenient for you to attend a conference.  During our meeting, we will discuss your child's progress so far this year and answer any questions you may have.  You are encouraged to bring your child along to the conference, as well.  I look foward to meeting with you to talk about all the wonderful things happening here at Ellis!

Click HERE to sign up online.

the timeline of life material

Hurricane Irma Make-up Days Schedule

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 Hurricane Irma.  The calendar was reviewed for the best available options to ensure the most immediate recovery of lost instruction.  Initially six makeup days had been proposed; however, after further consideration, an alternate recommendation was made to include three make-up days. 

The approved weather make-up dates include:
Monday, October 9, 2017 (originally a Staff Work Day)
Monday, November 20, 2017 (Pre-designated make-up day)
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 (Pre-designated make-up day)

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 a Special Called Meeting of the School Board on Monday, September 25, 2017.

Upper Elementary Open House

You're invited to an Upper Elementary Open House!

Mark your calendar:  Monday, October 2 from 4:30-5:30.

Please join us for an upper elementary open house! Come and see the newly renovated classrooms, meet your child's teachers, and mingle with other Ellis families in your child's class. Each homeroom teacher will also present a brief overview of their classroom procedures. We hope to see you there!

4:30-5:00 Meet & Greet Teachers, Students, and Families

5:00-5:30 Homeroom Teacher Presentations

Friday, September 22, 2017

The Week of September 25, 2017

Welcome to the first full week of autumn!  I hope this season brings you joy at home and many learning opportunities here at Ellis!

This week, we will continue or research on many of the topics we've introduced over the past few weeks.  Our shelves are filled with resources you can use to study the Constitution of the United States, European countries, outer space, and classification of organisms.  Please remember to finish your follow-up work after each of your lessons.  Your required assignments will include your weekly Google Classroom Journal, in which you will summarize an article about Hurricane Maria.  You will also have a vocabulary quiz Friday.  Please write your assigned vocabulary words in your workplan placket Monday morning.  As always, structure your time so you can achieve your 30 minute weekly goal of online practice.  This week we will also start our Greek and Latin root work that will help you understand the origins of the words we use today.  A weekly Greek and Latin root activity will be part of your required assignments.    

Please review the progress reports that were sent home Friday.  Kindly sign and send it back into school Monday morning.

School pictures were sent home last week.  Please return any unwanted pictures to school.  If you wish to keep them, please submit payment at your earliest convenience.

Finally, Friday is a dress down day for $1.00!  All donations will be given to the Savannah AMBUCS who work closely with local people with disabilities in hopes of increasing their independence and mobility!

Have a great weekend!
Mr. Trent

the dividing decimals material

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Hurricane Irma: Free Lunch for All Students

As a result of Hurricane Irma impacting several counties in Georgia, The State of Georgia has requested that our  district  serve all students in our area on a free status regardless of their lunch normally being free, reduced or a paid status. This will begin on tomorrow 9/22/2017 through next Friday 9/29/2017. The menu may vary some because of this change but again , every student will be allowed to eat lunch for free. 

International Peace Day!

Today we celebrate International Peace Day!  We started our day by meeting as a group on the front steps to sing peaceful songs and think about where we find peace in our daily lives.  We also created peace acrostic poems that will be bound and placed in our peace cabinet in our classroom for you to enjoy.

celebrating International Peace Day with poems and songs

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

6th Grade Overnight Camping Trip to Rock Eagle, GA

All 6th graders are invited to attend a three-day camping trip to the Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Rock Eagle, Georgia.  The center provides experiences in outdoor education in areas such as: ecology, ornithology, watershed studies, and pioneer life.  The trip will take place April 25-27, 2018.  The cost of the trip is $153 a child to cover food, transportation, lodging, and programs.  We plan on having fundraisers throughout the year to lessen this amount.  Please review the informational sheet sent home with your child today.  If you wish for them to participate, please return the bottom portion of the sheet with a $20 down payment to hold your child's place.   The form and payment are due by Friday, September 29th.

Friday, September 15, 2017

The Week of September 15, 2017

Goodbye, Irma!  Welcome back to Ellis, everyone!

Because of the unexpected days off, our regular schedule is a bit off.  Since you missed your vocabulary quiz, we will have a make-up quiz Tuesday, September 19th.   You may want to spend some time reviewing your words since it's been a while since you've seen them. Please keep in mind you will also have a word study quiz Friday.  You will get your words Monday morning.  I will be issuing a progress report from the week before the hurricane to you on Monday.  Please share it with your family, sign it, and return it to me Tuesday.  You will also get a progress report (as scheduled) Friday to share with your family.  All of these changes have been updated on your classroom calendar.

We will continue our math, science, social studies, and language arts lessons during the work periods this week.  Our novel studies will take place Thursday.  Please be sure to have your assigned readings and follow-up questions completed by then so we can have some discussions about the text.  

I can't wait to hear your hurricane stories when I see you Monday!

Mr. Trent

Monday, September 11, 2017

Upper Elementary Open House - Postponed

Wednesday's Upper Elementary Open House has been cancelled.  This event will be rescheduled for the near future.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Hurricane Irma Update


Due to the expected impacts associated with Hurricane Irma and the District’s need to fully assess the safety of all facilities, all SCCPSS schools will now remain closed through Wednesday, September 13, 2017.  

Monday, September 11, 2017
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

SCCPSS staff will return to work on a staggered re-entry schedule. Return to work notices will be provided with at least a 48 hour notice. Essential staff, as notified by his or her Supervisor, will return first to assess facility conditions. Additional information will be provided about return to work schedules and the re-opening of school once the storm has passed and its impact on the state and our area becomes clear. 

The return to school date is subject to change based on the findings of facility assessments. Additional updates will be provided as necessary.  

Please make sure to monitor our website – and the SCCPSS Facebook and Twitter feeds for further updates.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Hurricane Irma

As you and your family prepare for the approaching hurricane, I hope you safely find shelter from the storm.  I look forward to meeting with you again when Irma passes.

Be safe and take care,
Mr. Trent

mapping historic hurricanes

School Closed Friday, September 8th.

Due to the approaching severe weather conditions associated with Hurricane Irma, there will be no school for students on Friday, September 8, 2017.

·        School-Based staff members will not be required to report to work Friday (TOMORROW) unless deemed essential staff by his or her supervisor. School buildings will be closed and secured in preparation for the storm.  

·        Central Office and Non-School Based staff will not be required to report to work Friday (TOMORROW) unless deemed essential staff by his or her supervisor.  Central systems and other administrative facilities will be secured in preparation for the storm.

Employee pay will not be interrupted during this emergency weather event.

Based on current information from the National Weather Service and the Chatham Emergency Management Agency, storm impacts could bring dangerous flooding, rain, heavy winds and power outages to our area late this weekend and into Monday evening. Governor Nathan Deal has placed our county under a State of Emergency. 

The school District will maintain regular contact with the Chatham Emergency Management Agency to monitor storm impacts and the safe return to school operations, which at this time, is not expected to occur for the school district before Wednesday, September 13th.  Official return to work notices will be communicated through the call notification system, district website, and employee email. 

Updates will be provided throughout the emergency event and return to work notices will be provided with at least a 48 hour notice.

The 2017-18 School Year calendar includes designated make up days in the event there is a need to make up lost instructional time. Those days include: November 20 and 21; February 19 and 20; and March 26.  Please refer to the District’s website on the “School Calendar tab” (or see attached) to further familiarize yourself with designated make up days.

Once again, there will be no school on Friday due to the anticipated impacts associated with Hurricane Irma.  For any questions regarding time off during emergency outage please call the District’s Human Resources Office at 912-395-5899.

Today (Thursday, September 7) remains a regular school day with no changes to school operations.


At this time, there is no school on the following days:

·        FRIDAY, SEPT. 8
·        MONDAY, SEPT. 11
·        TUESDAY, SEPT 12

Official return to work notices, will be communicated through the call notification system, district website, and employee email. Refer to the information listed below regarding the workday (tomorrow) Friday, September 8. 

Updates will be provided throughout the emergency event and return to work notices will be provided with at least a 48 hour notice.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Eureka Math Extra Practice Books

4th and 5th graders will come home today with some Eureka Math practice books.  This is NOT required work, but you may wish for your child to do a page or two a night as extra math practice.  I will gladly check any work your child completes; just have them place it into my inbox and I will return it to them to take back home.  The 6th grade books are currently being printed and will be sent home in the near future.

This is a free curriculum, so you have downloading access to not only the resources I've sent home, but also the teacher guides.  This may come in handy if your child has a question at home.  Click HERE to download the guides.

Friday, September 1, 2017

The Week of September 5, 2017

"Observed on the first Monday in September, Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans, and is celebrated with parties, parades and athletic events."

There will be no school Monday, September 4th in observance of Memorial Day.  I'm sure you are ready for another long weekend after all the hard work you've been doing so far this school year!  

There are a few things to keep in mind when you return to school Tuesday:

1.  The progress reports I gave you Friday should be signed and given to me.
2.  Please bring in one of the composition books you bought as part of your "back to school" supplies.  One that includes pages that have graphing paper will work best, although this is not required.
3.  There will be a vocabulary test on Friday, September 8th.  You will receive your words Tuesday morning. 
4.  As always, your nightly homework is to study your vocabulary or word study words for 10 minutes and read a book of your choice for 20 minutes.
5.  I will be sending home a Eureka Math practice workbook.  You can use this workbook at home to practice your math skills.  While not required, I am happy to check any work you complete in the booklet...simply place it in my inbox.

Have a wonderful weekend,
Mr. Trent