Tuesday, March 31, 2020

"Roanoke Island: The Town that Vanished" Read-Aloud

"Roanoke Island: The Town that Vanished" by Kevin Blake

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 

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

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

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 


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.  
**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.
919 May Street, Savannah
1804 Stafford Street, Savannah
5111 Dillon Avenue
400 East Broad Street, Savannah
6020 Ogeechee Road, Savannah
9116 Whitfield Ave., Savannah
15 Blue Ridge Ave., Savannah
975 Clinch Street, Savannah
800 Pine Barren Rd., Savannah
100 Priscilla D. Thomas Way, Savannah
400 Pennsylvania Ave., Savannah
3012 Sunset Blvd., Savannah
  • 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


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.

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.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Independent Learning Days Information

As of today, classes will resume Monday, March 23, 2020.

In the event of a need to cancel school, please continue your works at home by completing one activity of your choice each day from the following menus.  Please bring these required assignments along with you when we return to school.

While not required, feel free to also 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.

Again, as of today, students will return to school after spring break on Monday, March 23, 2020.  Please visit www.sccpss.com for the latest news.

Happy Spring Break,
Mr. Trent

Saturday, March 7, 2020

The Week of March 9th, 2020

Welcome back 6th graders! We can't wait to hear all about your camping adventures in north Georgia!

This is the last week of term 3!  We will be taking the final administration of the MAP test on Monday and Thursday.  Because of this test, you will not be required to complete a social studies required assignment this week.  In addition, you will not have a word study quiz, because we will be taking one final inventory for the year to see what spelling group you will be in for term 4.  Please note the following items that WILL be required this week:

- A vocabulary or map test this Monday based on the words you received last week.
- A www.quill.org grammar practice assignment
- A www.newsela.com current event comprehension assignment

Please submit all missing term 3 required assignments by this Friday.  I have written any missing assignments onto your workplan in pen.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Finally, Friday is a half-day of school.  Dismissal will be at 11:50am!

Have an amazing weekend,
Mr. Trent

Sunday, March 1, 2020

The Week of March 2, 2020

Dear March, come in!

How glad I am!
I looked for you before.
Put down your hat —
You must have walked —
How out of breath you are!
Dear March, how are you?
And the rest?
Did you leave Nature well?
Oh, March, come right upstairs with me,
I have so much to tell!

- Emily Dickinson

This first week of March is shaping up to be wonderful!  I'm excited for our 6th graders as they depart on their three-day camping adventure to North Georgia on Wednesday!  I'm sure you will return with many stories to tell!  

This week's lessons will include the Civil War, important people of the mid-20th century, and studies about Australia.  Be sure to complete your weekly quill.org grammar practice and newsela.com current event activities by Friday (6th grade will be exempt from these assignments).  In addition, please study the following items for a social studies vocabulary/map quiz on Monday, March 9th.  This will be the last social studies vocabulary quiz of the term!

4th Grade Vocabulary List

13th Amendment- bans slavery in the United States and in all of its territories.

14th Amendment- grants citizenship to all persons born or naturalized in the United States and guarantees them equal protection under the law.

15th Amendment- ensures all citizens the right to vote regardless of race, color, or previous condition of servitude

Servitude- being a slave or having to completely obey another person

Congress- a national legislative (law making) body

Amendment- a change or addition to the U.S. Constitution

Impact- to have a strong effect on someone or something 

Emancipation Proclamation- executive order issued on January 1, 1863, by President Lincoln freeing slaves in all portions of the United States not then under Union control (that is, within the Confederacy).

Naturalized citizen- a person who was not born in the United States, but has lawfully become a citizen of the United States under the U.S. Constitution and laws

Due process- the right to a fair trial when accused of a crime

5th Grade Vocabulary List

Chisholm Trail- one of the best known American cattle trails after the Civil War.

Pittsburgh- a city in western Pennsylvania that was built where three major rivers come together in a Y shape.

Kitty Hawk- the site on hilly dunes on the North Carolina coast where the Wright Brothers made the first airplane flight

Pearl Harbor- The naval base in Hawaii where Japanese planes attacked in December 1941, drawing America into WWII

Montgomery- The capital city of Alabama where in the 1960’s Rosa Parks was famously arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a city bus to a white man.

Chicago- an Illinois city that has been the dominant city of the midwestern United States since the 1850’s. 

Wright Brothers- inventors of the first successful motorized airplane in 1903.

Dominant- most important, powerful, or influential.

Ore- a naturally occurring solid material from which a metal or valuable mineral can be profitably extracted.

Collapse- a sudden failure of an institution or undertaking

6th Grade Australia Map Test

Please study the following locations in Australia for a quiz on Monday, March 9th, 2020 

Indian Ocean
Pacific Ocean
Coral Sea
Ayers Rock
Great Victoria Desert
Great Dividing Range
Great Barrier Reef 

Please note that you will NOT have a word study quiz this week.  The last day of the term is Friday, March 13th.  Please be sure to hand in any works from the term by that day.  

Mr. Trent