ELCA eNewsletter • December 2020
We are thankful for our ELCA Family!
Have a safe and blessed Christmas break.
Preschool and elementary students may be checked out after the Christmas Program on Friday, 18. Grades 5 through 12 are dismissed at 10:00AM for Christmas Break.

Students return on Tuesday, January 5.
Current Parents, share this news with your like-minded friends and neighbors so that they may learn more about the difference of Kingdom Education. 

Remember, ELCA parents can earn up to a $500 tuition credit for each new student referred. We make it easy with PPRs.  

Henry County's BEST of the BEST is a celebration of Henry County's BEST people, places, organizations, events, & businesses, voted on by the community.

Thank you for voting Eagle's Landing Christian Academy the Best of the Best in multiple categories including Best Private School!

Also, congratulations to middle school Science teacher, Mr. Paul Jagus, for being voted Best of the Best Tutor in Henry County.

All results will appear in the Henry Herald's January 2 issue.
2020-2021 School Calendar

Find the calendar online at www.elcaonline.org/apps/pages/calendar
PTF would like to thank all the volunteers that helped to make the Christmas Shoppe a successful event. It is always a fun time for the students to shop for the special people in their lives. A special thank you to our coordinators of the Christmas Shoppe, Lakia Hill and Shannon Powell. PTF appreciates all of your hard work and dedication to creating such a special event for the students. Wishing you all a safe and healthy holiday season.
Not a creature was stirring...
(well, maybe a preschooler or two)
If you dropped by on Tuesday, December 8, you may have spotted Mr. Gilliam reading the Christmas story from the Gospel of Luke and explaining the real meaning of Christmas to all of our preschool students. Priceless!
Up and Coming Thespian
Sixth grader, Raja Greene-Horne splendidly depicted the title character in a recent production of "The Wiz." TDF Studio Gym hosted two presentations on November 7. We can't wait to see more of Raja on stage as he grows.
Share your story with the yearbook staff...


  • Quarantine Birthday Celebrations: TAKE THE SURVEY • Did you have a birthday during this pandemic? If so, how did you celebrate your birthday during the pandemic?

*We found it was a little tricky to upload the photos on the Google form, so here are some instructions for your reference: 
  1. Click on "Add File"
  2. Then select either "Upload" or "Google Drive" (depending on where your picture is located)
  3. Then click the left corner button "Select"
  4. Then click "add file" again
  5. Then go to "Previously selected" find your picture(s) and hit "select"
Thank you in advance for your help in making this 50th edition look great! 

For additional questions or concerns please email Carla Shoemaker.
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Elementary December Students of the Month
Congratulations to the following elementary
“Students of the Month”

1st Grade:
Braylon Maxie, Gregory Williams, Gavhyn Clark
                        
2nd Grade
Madison Walker, Julian David, Uriah Gess

3rd Grade
Arianna Matthew, Lillie Land, Mason Lopez

4th Grade:
Matthew Henderson, Teja Polkampally, Ava Lockhart

Operation Christmas Child 
Over sixty SGA students volunteered at the Atlanta Processing Center for Operation Christmas Child. Helping to spread the gospel to the nations as the Great Commission urges, students helped package the boxes, remove hazardous items, and helped track boxes that were being sent to Côte d'Ivoire and the Republic of Congo.

It was a special day of volunteering because the group witnessed the one-millionth box being sent out! From just the Atlanta Processing Center in Lawrenceville, the goal is to mail out 2 million boxes.

Thank you to all the ELCA families and students who donated items to bring joy to children all around the world. As a school, we collected at least 1,000 boxes for Operation Christmas Child!
Lunch n' Learn Kickoff
The Lunch n' Learn series gives students an opportunity to hear about leadership in the 21st century. On December 3rd, the series was launched with guest speaker Casey Wang (Class of 2016). Eighth-grade Beta Club members and SGA high school students heard first-hand the opportunities Casey has experienced beyond ELCA; from local and international internships, earning a Bachelor's degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, and
being accepted to Harvard Law School.

While Casey's academic achievements are remarkable, she expressed humility in her stories of developing grit, resilience, and a focus on her relationship with Christ. We are so proud of you, Casey!

Many thanks to The Hotdog Co. for sponsoring the luncheon! 
Cultural Book Club Launch
Using books to promote cultural competence, students and faculty/staff held separate conversations over the first cultural book club read - Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann.

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, which is held in November, this book was chosen to highlight the mysterious murders of the Osage Indian community in Oklahoma in the 1920s. With these unsolved investigations leading to the birth of the FBI, students and staff candidly shared their own cultural experiences, while gaining insight from other perspectives. Any high school student and staff/faculty member may join the conversation with our spring 2021 book choice. To sign up, please contact Grace Lee
So Good, We Have to Say it Again

ELCA’s ACT and SAT scores for the class of 2020 were, once again, above the state and national averages.

ELCA’s ACT average for the class of 2020 was a 23.3 compared to the state’s 21.7 and the nation’s 20.6.

The class of 2020’s SAT average was 1139 compared to the state’s 1053 and the nation’s 1051.

All scores are based on 2020 high school graduates who took the ACT and/or SAT some time from grades 10 to 12.

Even though 2020 was a difficult school year, the percentage of students who exceeded the average scores is a testament to the work and dedication of both teachers and students performance each day in the classroom.

SAT
Top 10%- 1470
Top 25%- 1319
Top 50%- 1271

ACT
Top 10%- 33
Top 25%- 32
Top 50%- 29
The Eagle's Landing Christian Academy Fine Arts Patrons invite you to join RaiseRight and start supporting our amazing programs TODAY!!
Think of how many daily purchases you make using credit cards.  By making these purchases via gift cards, a portion of these purchases can now support fine arts at ELCA...with no extra cost to you.

Using the RaiseRight app by ShopWithScrip, you may purchase eGift cards or physical gift cards from 750+ top brands to earn on items and services you already buy. Earnings add up fast with daily purchases—like ordering dinner or filling up your gas tank. Help us raise $1,000 or more every year. No extra money spent. No extra time wasted.

Physical gift cards are delivered to the school once per month and can either be picked up from Ms. Vicki or sent home with your student.

SIMPLY...
  1. Download the Raise Right App 
  2. Click on JOIN A PROGRAM 
  3. Enter (or copy and paste) ELCA's code EA26265B68864 
  4. Complete your registration 
  5. Earn $$ for ELCA
 
The Fine Arts at ELCA offers a DVD for each of the many fine arts events this year. If you're unable to make it to a performance or just want a keepsake, just click the link to order.

A list of available events is on the form. Your account will be billed $10 per DVD. All funds raised will support the fine arts at ELCA.
 
(DVDs for each event will be created as long as at least 10 orders are made per event. DVDs will be sent home with students.)
These Gals!!
Middle School Girls Basketball Team • Madison Bennett, MVP
JR Girls Basketball Team • Jasmine Lopez, MVP
Congratulations to the Lady Chargers of the Middle School and JR basketball teams! Both teams won their Championship in the Tiger Classic Christmas Tournament in Newnan last weekend, bringing home two huge trophies. Additionally, Madison Bennett and Jasmine Lopez, both 6th graders, were named MVPs by the AD and coaches hosting the tournament! Way to go, Girls!
Moving to the Next Level
Two incredible student/athletes signed this week to continue their football and educational careers on the college level. Kaleb Anthony will graduate to UCONN and Bryson Estes heads to Florida State University.



A Gift that Costs You Nothing
Be sure to start at smile.amazon.com when shopping at Amazon and select Eagle's Landing Christian Academy as your non-profit of choice. ELCA earns $$$ when you shop with Amazon!
Have you re-enrolled and chosen ELCA as your Publix Partner this year? It's fast...and easy!

  1. Visit Publix Online
  2. Log In or Sign Up
  3. Choose ELCA as your chosen Publix Partner

Then...when you shop
  1. Enter your phone number at checkout.
  2. Publix gives back to ELCA!

You can continue supporting Kingdom Education at ELCA just by shopping at Publix.
See all the ways to support ELCA with Box Tops for Education!
We're about to start winter break, but you and your children can spend some time with SAGE by joining Facebook Live baking demos! Find SAGE on Facebook here! Get your family in the kitchen and prepare some holiday treats with SAGE!

Below are the recipes, which are great for parents and children to bake together. It's a great way to stay connected during this different holiday season.
Chocolate-Filled Graham Cracker Tartlets with Chef Ben: noon Eastern Tuesday, December 22

Banana Bread with Cream Cheese Frosting with Chef Whitney: 7 p.m. Eastern Wednesday, December 23

Snowball Cookies with Chef Erica: 3 p.m. Eastern Tuesday, December 29

Molten Chocolate Lava Cake with Chef Rachael: 7 p.m. Eastern Wednesday, December 30


December
18 MS Math Exams for grades 6-8 • 8:00AM-10:00AM
18 HS Period 7 Exams
18 Preschool / Elementary Christmas Program 8:15AM • Livestream
18 Grades 5-12 dismissed at 10:00AM for Christmas Break

January
4 Professional Learning Day
5 Students return from break
14 Prospective Parent Reception • Drop-In 4:30-6:00PM
18 MLK Day • No School
25 State of School • Online at 7:00PM


Check out events all year long at https://www.elcaonline.org/apps/pages/calendar
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