ELCA eNewsletter
April 2019
Graduation Yard Signs
Senior Parents, order your ELCA Graduation Yard Sign for your senior TODAY .
Signs with your senior's college or university logo are available.
All orders are due by Tuesday, April 23 rd  
Signs will be distributed on May 1 st
Contact Mrs. Ivey Davis if you have any questions.
ELCA Business Office is Relocating
The ELCA Business Office will be relocating to the main building as of Wednesday, May 1. Parents and visitors wishing to visit the business office may enter through the main entrance and check in with Mrs. Vicki during the school day. Between 3:30PM and 4:00PM, please enter via the north portico (After-School entrance). The business offices will be located in the same hallway as the elementary offices...near the elementary library.
Simple Ways to Support ELCA just got SIMPLER...
Supporting ELCA by shopping at Publix is now easier! No more key ring tags to carry around! 
Over the years, more than $33,000 has been raised through this program for our school.  Just go to  www.Publix.com  and Log In to your existing account or Sign Up for a new account, make sure your phone number is entered. Once you are in your account, select the My Publix Partner icon on the bottom/center of the page, then choose Select a School and type in Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy or search by our zip code, 30253. When you shop Publix, you’ll have the opportunity to enter your phone number on the key pad at check out to get credit for our school. Publix will give back to ELCA through this new online system. 

We look forward to welcoming the class of 2026 to middle school! All parents of rising 6 th  graders are invited to attend parent orientation night on Thursday, May 2 nd  at 6 p.m. in the chapel. Middle school is a whole new world and we want to help your student get off to a great start, so please plan to attend.
ACT Aspire Testing Continues...
Questions? Check out this INFORMATIVE VIDEO .

Approved School Calendar
Elementary Students of the Month
1st Grade : Gage Duncan, Sydney Labady, Amir Mason
2nd Grade : Samayiah Florence, Matthew Henderson
3rd Grade : Zoe Hill, Joni McGhee, Jada Wright
4th Grade : Josiah Knight, Artem Maslenikov, Ainsley Williams
5th Grade: Michelle Mills, Emily Moghaddam, Reagan Riley

Senior Spotlight
Congratulations to senior Aliya Elmore on her acceptance to University of Pennsylvania, one of the 8 Ivy League schools. Mr. Teague, ELCA's Director of College Placement and Guidance, reflected that Aliya's outstanding writing in her college essays made her stand out as an exceptional student. Some of her accomplishments include being a 2018 Finalist for the Governor's Honors Program in Social Studies, Inaugural Executive Board Member for Diversity Council, and President of Beta Club. Out of 44,960 applicants, she was one of 3,345 students accepted for the Class of 2023. ELCA is very proud of her academic achievements and for having a strong foundation in her identity in Christ.
Celebrating Diversity
Forty-eight high school students visited the National Center for Civil and Human Rights on a field trip hosted by the Diversity Council. It was an eye-opening experience to gain greater knowledge of the American Civil Rights Movement and Global Human Rights, learning about the March on Washington and how each of us play a role to make a difference in society. 

Third graders visited The King Center in Atlanta, Georgia, to learn more about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy beyond their knowledge from history class. Students had a chance to visit Dr. King's birthplace and where he lived for the first twelve years of his life. They enjoyed learning how he was a global leader promoting nonviolence through his sermons, speeches, and values.
Using Her Talents to Benefit Others
Sophomore Haleigh Howard auditioned to sing at the Beloved Benefit Concert held at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. She had the opportunity to sing in front of celebrities like Bruno Mars, leaders, and professionals who raised $5 million dollars to benefit Atlanta's Westside neighborhoods. Haleigh also had a chance to share her gift of singing at an event supporting Habitat for Humanity with this choral group.
Achievement in 4-H
In March, ELCA Junior Ashlyn Donaldson competed in the 4-H Northwest Junior/Senior District Project Achievement. She was one of sixteen 4-H members from Henry County who competed against 37 other counties. There were 600 competing students in total.

These young people were given the opportunity to select a project area or category of their choice including Health, Science of Engineering & Mechanics, Food Labs, Performing Arts and more. Each member was judged on a year-long portfolio displaying all of their work in their project area, as well as school, community service and leadership activities they have completed over the past year. Ashlyn created a presentation using visual aids and presented a speech on Forestry and Wood Science.

The score from her presentation was combined with the score she received on her portfolio which was submitted in January for prior judging. Only those who placed 1 st at the District Project Achievement will advance on to State Congress in July. We are very proud to announce that Ashlyn Donaldson will be one who will be advancing on to State Congress in July. 

Congratulations, Ashlyn!
Service to Our Community
ELCA student and Eagle Scout Kris Assing collected almost 200 books from several wonderful community donors from our local neighborhoods. He dropped these off by his doctor’s office. Dr. Mauer of "The Kid’s Specialist” in Stockbridge has a library within her pediatrician’s practice which is a national “Reach out and Read” facility. Her young patients are encouraged to take home books to read. “To whom much is given....much is expected.” 
Eagle Scout Accolades
Congratulations to ELCA Junior Declan Kilduff for earning the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest achievement in the Boy Scouts of America. Since its inception in 1911, only 4% of scouts have earned this rank.
Music meets Technology
Ashton Schuerman (8th grade) has fused his love of music with his technological skills and built a working guitar amplifier "I have built a Marshall amp clone, designed to replicate the sound of their first ever amp. I had to do continuous research to understand how every part of the amp worked. After about 40 hours of soldering, wire stripping, cutting and screwing, I had myself a working amp. I love this amp and I use it for everything that I do."

Charger Store Ribbon Cutting
The Charger Store celebrated its grand reopening with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on March 18. We are thrilled to have the school store in the new main foyer. Stop by and visit soon if you haven't had a chance yet!

Prayer Works
Students in Mrs. Loach's 1st grade class have been fervently praying for Deputy Sid Callaway who was shot in the line of duty in February of 2018. The deputy was in critical condition and has endured a long road to recovery. However, he was willing to come to ELCA to speak to the students who have been encouraging him through prayer and notes this year. Deputy Callaway's story is one of bravery, service and faith. Read more about his story in this article from The Christian Index, April 2018.
Middle School on the Road
ELCA 6 th  graders traveled to the Ark Encounter, the Creation Museum, and Ruby Falls just before Spring break. This trip was a fantastic way for them to see many things they’ve learned about throughout the year In Bible class and in Earth Science. Additionally, it was a whole lot of fun!
ELCA 8 th  graders traveled to Washington D.C. the week before spring break. They enjoyed a very full schedule and were able to tour many national landmarks, museums, and historic sites while making great memories with their classmates. This annual trip is an ELCA tradition that is a highlight of the middle school years for many of our students!
Impacting Our World
Registration for 2019-2020 World Impact Trips will open on Wednesday, May 1. Students will hear more about the trips being offered on Monday, April 29. Check out the destinations at www.elcaonline.org/apps/pages/worldimpact.
Honor Rolls
Elementary Third Quarter Honor Roll
Congratulations to New Beta Club Inductees
New Beta Club Members Inducted on
Tuesday, March 26

Seniors – Danielle Roseberry, Johnathan Youngblood
Juniors – Cameron Ford, Peyton Humphrey, Sunny Liu, Hunter Mason, Tom Wang
Sophomores - Megan Darden, Lydia Postell, Madeline Reagan, Leihan Xu
Freshmen – Cassidi Austin, Janine Baldwin, Christina Barrow, Bria Bellamy, Scarlett Biggers, Kayla Brown, Andrew Cash, Micaela Collins, Ariana David, Lauren Gholston, Lauren Howe, Lauren HuQ, Cheridyn Leverette, Addie Magee, Jack Mertz, Miles Norwood, Nadia Osmani, Joshuah Platt, Justice Ray, Taylor Daniels, Charity Dawson, Isaiah Preyan 
Science and Engineering Fair Honors
Abigail Yemisrach and Dhruti Trivedi represented ELCA at the Henry County Science and Engineering Fair in mid-January. Abigail’s project, “Spaced Retrieval on Young Children” dealt with teaching the skill of hand-washing to young children and testing if they could repeat that skill correctly over time. Her project was entered into the Behavioral and Social Sciences category. Dhruti’s project, “The Function of Whey Protein on Crickets” dealt with testing the speed of crickets after adding whey protein to their diet. Her project was entered into the Cellular and Molecular Biology category. Both projects received rave reviews and first place prizes in their fields of study.

Abigail was further chosen to represent ELCA and Henry County at the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair that took place March 29th in Athens, Georgia. The awards ceremony was televised on GPB, and Abigail made contacts at both the CDC and Augusta State University which will lead to mentorships. She was presented the following awards:

-First Honors in the Behavioral and Social Science Category
-The Augusta University Award
-UGA Center for Continuing Education CASH award ($1000 -$3000 toward college tuition)
Both these ladies began their projects in the spring of the last school year and received mentors through Project Dream (Demystifying Research and Engaging Mentors in Science). Project Dream coordinated on-line learning sessions to discuss project topics, research skills, documentation and resources. This process will be available to all ELCA science students who would like to start a science fair project for next year’s science fair. We hope the success of both Abigail and Dhruti will inspire a new generation of scientists at ELCA. 

If you are interested in becoming a part of the science fair process, please contact Mrs. Denise Martin in the high school science department.  Denise.martin@eagleslanding.org
Foreign Language Competition
Eleven ELCA students participated in the FLAG Spoken Language Contest at McEachern High School in March. Their interviews were conducted completely in Spanish and students were given a score based on their ability to communicate in Spanish. All 11 ELCA students received awards. 

Melanie Collier - Spanish 1 - Gold
Ariana David - Spanish 1 - Gold
Miller Doerr - Spanish 1 - Silver
Rebekah Duren - Spanish 2 - Silver 
Leah Garrison - Spanish 3 - Gold
Xia Hardy - Spanish 3 - Gold
Jade Hensel - Spanish 3 - Gold
Bailey Lane - Spanish 2 - Bronze
Claire Massengale - Spanish 1 - Gold
Marlo McBrayer - Spanish 2 - Bronze
Olivia Tinsley - Spanish 3 - Gold
The ELCA Drama Department presents the Spring Musical
Save a Date!
2019 Spring Musical presented by the
ELCA Drama Department

Chapel Preview May 1 @ 8:00AM
May 2 @ 6:30PM
May 3 @ 6:30PM
May 4 @ 1:00PM
ELCA Art Gallery Show at
Hood Street Art Gallery
ELCA artists were featured at a Gallery Art Show at the Gallery at Hood Street on Friday, April 12. This was a great opportunity for our students to have the privilege of sharing their works with the community.
ELCA students traveled to Bethlehem, GA in March to compete at the ACSI Art Festival. There were many impressive works of art (which were displayed at the recent Art Gallery Show in McDonough) however, two ELCA students walked away with "Best In Show" honors. Carson Schuerman (6th grade)won the middle school division and Sadye Tyler (3rd grade) won the elementary division with their outstanding works! Congratulations!
That's A LOT of BLING!
The ELCA Chargers Varsity Football Team received their 2018 Football State Championship rings at the Champions Dinner on Monday, April 15. However, it's another level of awesome when you're receiving your FOURTH state championship ring! These seniors have experienced a bounty of victories on the field but most will tell you that they gained so much more than a string of wins from their experience as an ELCA Charger. Coach Gess and the coaching staff have hearts to mold boys into men of God with Christ-like character. Each young man will certainly be able look back on this phase of their life and recognize this is where they learned to give perfect effort into those things that matter. We pray they take the truths that have been held out to them and light their world wherever their paths take them.
Positivity Pays
Congratulations to senior Jack Buckley, who has been named the  Most Positive Football Athlete in South Atlanta !

Over 5,400 student-athletes and coaches from over 415 high schools were nominated for honors this year, and only about 7% of those nominees will be recognized as a regional winner. He is the best of the best!
As a regional award winner, he is also eligible for a state-wide award and college scholarship.  These state-wide award winners  will be announced in early May, and will be invited to attend the 2019 Georgia Positive Athlete Awards on Tuesday, June 4 th .

Jack has also been identified as a  Finalist  for the Eagle's Landing Family Practice "Family Values Award". This is a $1,000 scholarship that will be awarded to one of the Positive Athlete nominees in your region within the next few weeks.

for the 2019-2020 Cheer Teams
Congrats to the 2019-2020 Varsity Cheerleaders!

Amanda Anthony
Abigail Desir
Briana Bolden
Cameron Ford
Cassidi Austin
Cosette Gurak
Deja Hunter
Gabrielle Boyd
Izzy Cameron
Jonia Rich
Katherine Spence
Lauren HuQ
Lindsey Bowen
Maggie Hinton
Marlo McBrayer
Melanie Collier
Nina Stroud
Sydney Williams
Zinia Hunter
Zoe Graham

Congrats to the 2019-2020 Middle School Cheerleaders

Abigail Lapsley
Alexa Blackburn
Brianna Tagoe
Brooke Walters
Chloe Bush
Emma Ramer
Kaitlyn Anderson
Katelyn Tingle
Kayla Miller
LaRyiah Tillman
Marlen Sanchez
Merrin Freeman
Sasha Smith
Sports Physicals at ELCA
ELCA Athletics is proud to announce that we have once again partnered with Eagle's Landing Family Practice to offer on-campus athletic physicals on May 1st, 2019 from 3-5pm. All middle school and high school athletes are encouraged to attend to get their athletics physical for the 2019-2020 school year completed. This is a first come first serve event and we will do our best to get everyone thru as quickly and efficiently as possible. 
·         When: May 1st, 2019
·         Time: 3-5pm
·         Where: Basketball Gym in the Activities Center
·         Who: All Middle School and High School Athletes
·         Cost: $30 CASH ONLY ($20 goes to ELFP and $10 goes to ELCASM, receipts will be provided from both entities)

The packet can be found attached and at this link:   https://chargersathletics.org/siteRepository/50362/userfiles/ELCA-PPE-19-20.pdf
Please complete the parent’s portion of the physical packet in advance and send the entire packet with your child on May 1st.
Please remember, should you choose to take your child to their primary care physician for their physical it must be on this form and on file with the athletic trainer prior to the start of your child’s sport season. Athletes who do not have a physical on file will not be permitted to participate in any practices or games.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our athletic trainer Stephanie Vasquez via email at  stephanie.vasquez@eagleslanding.org .

Stephanie Vasquez, MEd, LAT, ATC
Athletic Trainer - Eagles Landing Christian Academy
Discovery Camps Coming Soon
Discovery Sports Camps offer younger students the opportunity to learn from ELCA's Varsity coaches.
Make your Summer Plans
Summer is just around the corner!
Check out the summer camp offerings at ELCA
including the Young Chargers Enrichment Program day camp, sports camps, academic camps and more!


Friday, April 26 th  
Salem Baptist Church
Come out and join the ELCA team for a night of
inspiration, fellowship and fight!

You can donate to Relay for Life HERE
and enter "ELCA" in the search bar.
Add this to your calendar...
A Spoonful of SAGE
Curried Chicken and Chickpea Soup

23 Relay for Life Cookie Sales during lunch
23 Varsity Girls Soccer 1st Round of GHSA State Playoffs - HOME @5:30PM
23 Spring Choral Concert @ 7:00PM - Music from the Movies
25 Mental Math Challenge @1:45PM in the Worship Center
25 Prospective Parent Reception 5:30-7:00PM - Main Foyer
25 Spring Band Concert @ 7:00PM
26 Chick-fil-A Friday - Sandwiches are $4 at lunch
26 Relay for Life @ Salem Baptist Church
30 National Art Honor Society Induction @ 5:30PM in the Music Suite

1 Spring Musical Into the Woods CHAPEL PREVIEW@ 8:00AM
1 Athletic Physicals at ELCA for middle and high school athletes 3-5PM
2 Rising Sixth Grade Parent Orientation Night - 6:00PM - The Chapel
2 Spring Musical Into the Woods @ 6:30PM
3 Spring Musical Into the Woods @ 6:30PM
4 Spring Musical Into the Woods @ 1:00PM
9 Fine Arts Patrons Meeting @5:30PM in LC113
15 Middle School Awards Chapel
16 Senior Luncheon and graduation practice
18 High School Graduation @ 10:00AM
24 Last day of school - all students dismissed by noon

Check out chargersathletics.org for a full listing of athletic events.
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