Friday, December 15, 2017

Happy Holidays!

I hope you enjoy your holiday break!  Classes resume Wednesday, January 3rd.  Review, sign, and return your child's progress report the day they return.  Please, sign up for the upcoming parent/teacher conferences HERE.

I'll see you in 2018!
Mr. Trent

making recycled paper seed-bomb ornanments 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Important information for tomorrow

Tomorrow is going to be an exciting day at Ellis!  First, our fieldtrip to the Savannah Children's Theatre will take place from 9:00-noon.  Please wear your uniform to school (even though it is a dress-down day) since we are leaving campus.  We will eat our lunch when we return to school after the trip.  The annual Ellis holiday sing-along will take place at 1:30 in the schoolyard.  Family members are invited to come join the fun!  Finally, we will be doing our secret Santa holiday book exchange before we leave for break.  Don't forget to bring in your wrapped book for your secret buddy!

a snowstorm of radial-symmetry snowflakes

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Field Trip Permission Slips and $ Due Tomorrow

Permission slips and $8 fee to attend Friday's field trip to the Savannah Children's Theatre are due tomorrow (Wednesday, Dec 13).   Please remember to wear your school uniform for the outing on Friday.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Ellis Fun Run Fundraiser

From the Charles Ellis PTA:
This year’s main fundraiser is the Charles Ellis Fun Run ! It’s a 9-day program that kicks off with a Pep Rally on January 9th. Families will then gather pledges for every lap your student runs (30-35 laps), and we’ll celebrate at the Fun Run on January 18th. With our big goal of raising $8,000 for field trips, playground equipment, and various school projects, we asked the Fun Run experts at Boosterthon to power our Fun Run and make it more profitable, easier, and fun. 
 Students will also experience an amazing character theme, CASTLE QUEST! an English castle theme all about being brave and living with character. On their quest to regain Bravemore Castle, students will learn the “SIX VIRTUES of a TRUE HERO” from a cast of colorful characters.
 Donations will go toward field trips, playground equipment, and various school projects and to the entire 9-day experience. So please help our school by reaching out to sponsors. Also, all families are invited to come out and cheer on your student at the Fun Run!  

Friday, December 8, 2017

The Week of December 11, 2017

It's here: the last week of school in the year 2017!  

Lessons will continue this week that include continued work with fraction computation, squaring trinomials, the economy of Australia, and current electricity.  Be sure to complete your followup works assigned after each lesson, a Greek and Latin roots choice, your weekly assignment, and the current events journal.  You will have a vocabulary quiz Friday on words from your lessons.  These words will be given to you Monday morning so you will have plenty of time to prepare.

I'm very excited for Friday!  We will be going to the Savannah Children's Theatre to enjoy some dramatic fun!  If you haven't done so, please hand in your permission slip and $8 by Wednesday.  Friday is also the day when we will exchange our gift books with our secret buddies!  Please wrap your book and bring it with you to school Friday morning.  We will do our big exchange before we meet as a school for our holiday sing-along! 

The last day of term 2 is Friday, December 15th.  All second term work must be handed in before we leave for holiday break.  6th grade families, please log-on to PowerSchool to see if your child is missing any work.  If so, please have them complete it and hand it in by December, 15.  Any work not handed in by that time will receive a 0%.  All families are invited to sign up now for our second parent/teacher conference that will take place during the week of January 8th.  Simply click on the “Signup Genius” button at the upper right of this blog.  At conferences, we will discuss your child’s progress over the first half of the year, their latest MAP assessment scores, and I will answer any questions you may have.  I look forward to meeting with you once again!

Don't forget to review, sign, and return your weekly progress report Monday.

Finally, our classroom pet chinchilla, Georgia, needs a home for the holidays!  I will provide all the food and other supplies you will need to watch her.  Feel free to pick him up and return her at your convenience.  The first student who brings in written permission from a parent can take him home for the break!

Georgia, our classroom chinchilla 

Have a nice weekend,
Mr. Trent

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Save-Around PTA Fundraiser Information

Charles Ellis Montessori Academy PTA is sponsoring the SaveAround sale to raise funds for PTA events, field trips, and activities. SaveAround is a coupon book that offers hundreds of buy-one-get-one-free discounts, along with many other great discounts!! You buy one book for just $25!! You will find out that the book pays for itself after using it just 2 or 3 times. You make your money back and more!!!

The Fundraiser will be coordinated as follows:

Start Date: 12/6/2017 Coupon book and envelope/order form will be sent home with each student. For every 5 books a student sells, he/she will get 1 book FREE! End Date: 12/14/2017 Please return order form and payment for all orders or unsold book to your child’s teacher. If only one book was sold, please keep your book and return only money and order form. Orders will be filled within 10 days of return.

**All SaveAround book editions can be ordered to benefit our sale

1. Seller Delivers - Enter the required information on the envelope to place an order.
2. Direct Shipment- Enter the required information on the envelope and we’ll take it from there!

Please make checks payable to:  Charles Ellis PTA

● Please have your student return this envelope/order form to their teacher by DECEMBER 14TH with their NAME on it, and MONEY for additional sales inside.

● Remember, this is NOT meant as a door-to-door sale to strangers. The safety of your student is our first concern. Parents, try to sell to relatives, neighbors and co-workers.

If you didn't sell a book – return the sample book loaned to you by the company.   IT MUST BE RETURNED OR THE SCHOOL WILL BE CHARGED!!

Thank you for supporting your community!!

Friday, December 1, 2017

The Week of December 4, 2017

"I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December
A magical thing
And sweet to remember.
'We are nearer to Spring
Than we were in September,'
I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December."

-   Oliver Herford, I Heard a Bird Sing

The first full week of December is shaping up to be a great one!  Lessons will include Australia, algebraic equations, fraction computation, Westward Expansion, and electricity (just to name a few).  At Wednesday's writing workshop, we will continue working on our rough draft we started last week.  I'm also looking forward to Thursday's novel study groups where we will get a chance to discuss what's happening in your books!  You will have a word study test Friday based on the words I will give you Monday.  In addition to your follow-up work, please remember to complete your weekly assignment and current event journal response. 

Don't forget to return your permission slip and payment ($8) for our field trip to the Savannah Children's Theatre on December 15th.  Slips and money are due Wednesday, December 13.  Also, please return the permission slip by this Wednesday if you'd like to be included in the holiday book exchange! Finally, progress reports are due back to me signed Monday morning.   

Enjoy your weekend,

Mr. Trent

Holiday Book Exchange

Each student in Mr. Trent’s homeroom is invited to share a special gift by participating in this year’s holiday book exchange! On Wednesday, December 6th we will be partnered with a secret pal in our homeroom class. Each student will then give a new (or like new book) to their pal during a gift exchange on Friday, December 15. Please return the slip that is stapled to this week's progress report indicating if you'd like to participate.