ELCA eNewsletter
It's time to pack SHOEBOXES! 
The amazing journey of a shoebox gift begins with YOU and results in evangelism, discipleship, and multiplication.
The Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child collects shoebox gifts—filled with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items—and delivers them to children in need around the world to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.
Watch and find out how to prayerfully pack an Operation Christmas Child shoebox for a boy or girl in need. It's easy to do and each gift-filled box is a Gospel opportunity.
Tuesday, November 27 th is a National Day for Giving to your Favorite Charity. Join other ELCA families and help us grow our current parent giving percentage... 100% Parent Participation is our goal! Increased support from our constituents helps us leverage support (grants) from outside foundations. 

Donations to the ELCA Fund also help us to sustain and enhance our school’s mission. Thank you for partnering with us to make our school the best it can be!  
We are thankful for those who have already made commitments to the ELCA Fund!

100% Ministry Team (School Board)
100% Faculty/Staff
49% Current Parents

...have already given/pledged over $171,000 to the 18/19 ELCA Fund! 

Many are thinking about year-end giving...it’s not too late to be ALL IN!

Supporting ELCA is Easy!
Give online o r print this form and return to the school along with your donation.
PTF Annual Christmas Shoppe
November 26 – November 30
Elementary Library 7:30 – 3:15

The Christmas Shoppe is a fundraiser sponsored by the PTF. All money raised goes directly back into the school and classroom to benefit our children!

We will have a wide variety of gifts to choose from, ranging in price from $1.00 to $25.00. All students in kindergarten and older will get a chance to visit the shoppe with their class to buy for family and friends. They will receive shopping advice and free gift wrapping! Parents are always welcome to come by and shop, as well as to volunteer. Mark your calendars, you won’t want to miss this!

ELCA is partnering with Ecyclers USA to provide an electronics recycling drive to provide students, parents, and faculty the opportunity to dispose of old electronics free of change.

Collection boxes are located near Mrs. Vicki’s desk in the main foyer and near the middle school portico entrance. See a Technology Intern or email Mrs. Fairley for details.
A Day in the Life...
It was a great week of integrating diversity into the classrooms! Eighteen  teachers signed up having high school students teach cultural lessons or expanded their own curriculum with diverse lesson plans. These lessons included personality tests, implicit bias test understanding our unconscious biases, and how to create a more culturally responsive classroom. In elementary classes, high school
students taught about Mexico, China, or Kuwait, while K-3 and K-5 students heard cultural stories read by Diversity Council students. 
Cultural Heritage Day
On October 31st, middle and high school students celebrated their cultural heritage by wearing traditional clothes. The cultures included countries from Ethiopia, India, Japan, Colombia, Mexico, Nigeria, and more! Thank you to students and staff for participating in Diversity Council's first fundraiser - $850.00 was raised for their student meetings and activities. 
Hispanic Heritage Month
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, SAGE showcased Hispanic food for two lunches in October. The menu were top choices voted by students and teachers, which included churros, enchiladas, flan, empanadas, and build your own rice bowl. Also, Praise Band performed a song in Spanish as Andrea Sanchez sang "Oceans" by Hillsong in chapel, along with Ben and the other praise band members. 
Seventh grade students in Mrs. Kelly's Life Science class recently learned how to use the compound light microscopes in the middle school science lab.  They prepared slides and will use the microscopes for various science investigations throughout the school year.

As part of our continuous effort to help our students “think Christianly”, Pastor Brian Shuler and Dr. Anna King-Ivey will visit all middle school students in their Bible classes this month. Mr. Shuler spoke to our 7 th  & 8 th graders about what God says about gender identity and Dr. Ivey will speak with our 6 th  graders about self-management & organizational skills. This is just one example of our faculty’s intentional focus on Biblical Worldview and living a Christ-centered life. 
October is Missions Month at ELCA for the elementary school. Each grade focuses on a different country and learns about their culture and the missionaries who are called to share the gospel there. For the Early Learning Academy, October is the time they learn all about the helpers in our community.
Crowds of parents and other onlookers gather along the halls to watch the parade that includes every student in K3 through 5!
Congratulations to the 1st Quarter
Elementary Honor Roll Students

Students of the Month
October 2018

Congratulations to the following elementary
“Students of the Month”
1 st Grade - Hannah Capp, Harlowe Hopps, Aundrea Johnson
2 nd Grade - Christina Christian, Riley Saldana, James Stubbs
3 rd Grade - Raigan Bassey, Kosi Boateng, Zy’era Harris
4 th Grade - Lucy Cooke, Joshua Lockhart, Jazmine Lopez
5 th Grade - Alexa Blackburn, Peyton Moore, Clarence Outland
The third Mental Math Challenge for first semester took place on Thursday, October 11, 2018. It was a very exciting and close challenge. Winners were Samuel Cozart (3rd grade), Koren Ashford (4th) and Xander Dossett (5th).

The final challenge for this semester will take place TODAY (Thursday, November 8). On January 24, 2019, we will hold the Semester Challenge. 
Junior Beta Club Inductees
ELCA recently inducted 6 th , 7 th , and 8 th  grade students into the Junior Beta Club. Our sincerest apologies to seventh grader, Alivia Anderson , whose name was inadvertently omitted from the list in the September eNewsletter. Congratulations to these academically talented, hard-working young leaders!
November is a busy month for chorus. On November 3rd, ELCA hosted the Georgia Music Educators District 6 high school honor chorus. 
Top choral students from our high school chorus as well as other schools in the district participated in this honor chorus. 

Students participating from ELCA were:

Benjamin Blackburn
Helen Zhuang
Caley Ingram
Zinia Hunter
Declan Kilduff
Michael Xu
Kiko Zhang
Angel Sims
Juli Cantillo
Loren Sullivan
Savannah Hoover
Danielle Roseberry
This weekend, on November 10th, we have several students auditioning for All State Chorus. They have to prepare a solo from memory, sing scales and sight read music. The students participating in All State auditions this year are Rebecca Duren, Helen Zhuang, Caley Ingram, Micaela Collins, Savannah Hoover, Loren Sullivan, Gabs Wright, Austin Smith and Alec Ramer. These students have been preparing since August for this audition. Good luck to all of them.

On Monday, November 12th, our chorus is having a concert at 7:00pm in the Worship Center. It will be the earliest Christmas concert ever, as the stage will be under construction the next week for  A Christmas Carol,  which many of our students and parents are also involved in. 

Our chorus groups have been working hard and we would love for you to come help us usher in the Christmas season. You will not be disappointed!  
The Jr. NBA league is ELCA’s newest addition to the Charger Basketball Program. They will begin their season on January 12th. If you have not already expressed interest, please sign up your son or daughter before November 9th HERE .
Varsity Boys: 11/13 @ ELCA Vs Newton County @ 7pm
Varsity Girls: 11/13 @ ELCA Vs Newton County @ 5:30pm
Middle School Girls: 11/9 @ 1pm Vs Odyssey Charter School @ State Farm Arena @ 1pm
JV Boys: 11/17 Vs Westminster @ ELCA @1:30pm
Middle School Boys: 12/1 Vs Greenforest @ Greenforest @ 12:30pm
Jr. Chargers: 12/4 Vs Brighten Academy @ ELCA @ 4:30pm
Jr. NBA: 1/12 @ 9am @ ELCA
Cross Country Kudos
The ELCA Boys MS Cross Country team won the Area 3 Single A Private School Middle School Cross Country championship on Thursday, October 25th. The ELCA MS boys had three medalists. Hunter Waters finished in 5 th  place, Justen Lee in 8 th  place, and Alec Ramer in 10 th  place.

Congratulations on a great season!
Congratulations to Johnathan Youngblood who was named HENRY COUNTY DEFENSIVE FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK (October 22).
Congratulations to Cheridyn Leverette who was named VOLLEYBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR (Area 2)... a phenomenal achievement as a freshman.
Thanksgiving Break
is November 19-23
The Young Chargers Enrichment Program will operate on Monday through Wednesday.
7:00AM - 6:30PM
Ages K5 - 7th Grade
  • Thursday, December 13: 7PM
  • Friday, December 14: 7PM
  • Saturday, December 15: 1PM
  • Saturday, December 15: 7PM
  • Sunday, December 16: 7PM
Add this to your calendar...
Join other parents in the Chorus Room from 8:00 - 8:15 each Friday morning to pray for our students and faculty. 
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A Spoonful of SAGE
Consumers wouldn’t eat at the same restaurant everyday, even if it was their favorite. SAGE’s Seasonings® program is how we keep the dining hall fresh and exciting for our students. Seasonings offers build-your-own customization and display cooking to break the monotony. At least twice a week, our Chefs surprise students with special menu items and sometimes even décor changes. Each venue makes its own calendar tailored to the community’s schedule and special events. But what exactly is a Seasonings event?
Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Collection through November 16
8 Mental Math @ 1:45PM in Worship Center
8 Fine Arts Patrons Meeting (FAP) @ 5:30PM in Life Center rm 113
8 ELCA Drama Presents two One-Act Plays
9 Praying Parents @ 8AM in the music suite
9-10 ACSI Drama Festival
12 Choral Christmas Concert @ 7:00PM in the Worship Center
14 Student Council Scholarship Bake Sale during lunches - all items $1
16 Praying Parents @ 8AM in the music suite
16 Final day for OCC Shoeboxes
19-23 Thanksgiving Break
19-21 Young Chargers Enrichment Program
23 Black Friday
24 Small Business Saturday
26 Cyber Monday
28 Student Council Scholarship Bake Sale during lunches - all items $1
30 Praying Parents @ 8AM in the music suite

7 Chick-fil-A Friday
17 HS Exams (Periods 1 and 2) - School Dismisses at Noon for HS
18 MS & HS Exams (Periods 3 and 4) - School Dismisses at Noon for MS & HS
19 MS & HS Exams (Periods 5 and 6) - School Dismisses at Noon for MS & HS
20 Elementary Christmas Program @8:30AM
20 MS & HS Exams (Period 7) - School Dismisses at Noon for all students
21 - Jan 7 Christmas Break

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