December 2017 eNewsletter
The
"IT'S GREAT TO BE AN ELCA CHARGER"
 Edition
The Annual State of School will be on Monday, January 29, 2018.

The response to the online format was overwhelmingly positive last year, so we will be presenting this year's SOS online as well.

Mark your calendars...the presentation will go live at 7:00PM,
however, it will be available to watch
at your convenience after that day and time.
Did you know that ELCA parents can earn up to a $500 tuition credit for each new student referred?

Bring your like-minded friends and family members to the Prospective Parent Reception and we'll do the rest!

Prospective Parent Receptions are a great opportunity to invite your friends and family members to learn more about becoming a part of the ELCA family. Administrators from every area of our school are in attendance and are ready to share about all aspects of the ELCA experience.
Friday, January 12 is our next
A "Special Thank You"
to all the parents, volunteers, students, teachers, and staff who contributed and helped with another successful Christmas Shop fundraising event. What joy seeing how excited all the students were on their selections! 

Your input and feedback is greatly appreciated on how we can make next year an even greater success. Please take a moment to complete this short survey regarding your experience with ELCA PTF CHRISTMAS SHOP School Year 2017-2018.
The Eagle's Landing Church High School Winter Retreat is an awesome opportunity for your student to connect with other students in an environment surrounded by God’s Word, worship, small groups and entertaining activities. This year, students will be headed to Gatlinburg, January 3-5  to stay in cabins and go through studies to equip and encourage them in their daily walk. Our sessions for girls will be led by Julie Elias and our guys will be led by Mark Hall & Neal Dose. We would love for your student to join us this year on our retreat. Again the dates are January 3-5  and the cost is $150 , you can sign-up through the church website or if you are interested in more information please contact Neal Dose ( neal.dose@eagleslanding.org  / 678.206.6207). 
ELCA LIFE
The Diversity Council sponsored the inaugural GRACE Week during the week of November 27.
 
This council was established in 2016 to help strengthen the diverse culture of ELCA. GRACE is an acronym that describes the focus on diversity at ELCA (Gender, Race, Age & Ability, Culture, and Economic Ability). 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK
Flags of the countries of our international students and countries of ELCA's international outreach trips were displayed. Students and family members were encouraged to 'PIN' their place of birth on our GRACE Week World Map. Special guest speaker, Algernon Tennyson spoke with high school students about how our identity is first and foremost found in God, and then our culture. View a video of some of the week's activities!
What a great week in celebrating the diversity of our ELCA family! Watch for more information about events planned for the spring!
The 2017 Annual Parade of Nations was filled with excitement to cap off Missions Month at ELCA. Students represented countries such as Italy, Australia, Nicaragua, Mexico, and, of course, the USA! October is missions month at ELCA and students learn about a country and the missionaries who serve there.
The littlest Chargers learn all about Community Helpers during the month of October. They get to enjoy lots of special in-house 'field trips!' Some of the highlights include visiting our very own SAGE Dining Chef, Robert Botello, and the food service employees, public safety heroes from our community come to visit, and they also meet the ELCA bus driver, Mr. Jones, and take a little drive around campus! These little ones are the leaders of the parade!
HISTORY COMES TO LIFE
Martin Luther (Mr. Henderson who teaches 10th and 11th grade AP History) came to visit Mrs. Tinsley's 1st grade and Mrs. Henderson's kindergarten classes on October 31st, 2017 in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation!
Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) was charted this month at ELCA with 23 high school junior and senior members. The purpose of HOSA is to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality healthcare by providing opportunities for knowledge, skills and leadership development. Activities considered for the organization in the future are:
  • Guest speakers from the healthcare profession
  • Participating in Relay for Life
  • Hosting a blood drive
  • Shadowing in the healthcare profession
  • Visiting nursing home
  • Donating to a food pantry
  • Volunteering at a health fair
  • National HOSA week – appreciation to school and healthcare community, extend awareness of health issues. Also, heart health month, cancer awareness months, etc
  • Certification in CPR/First Aid

If you are interested in sharing your career/knowledge of the medical field to these students, please contact Kim Bullard.
Connecting the...Bones
The Anatomy and Physiology classes are completing their study of the skeletal system and recently wore shirts they designed. As a project, students were asked to draw and color code a t-shirt that would meet certain specifications of the skeleton. Everyone did an awesome job!
NACCAP Christian College Fair
ELCA hosted the  National Christian College Fair  in October and ELCA students were joined in attendance by students from all over the state.  

The fair included financial aid workshops to help families understand why they should not rule out an education at a Christian college and what resources are available to them.
Aviation Club Takes Flight
On December 13, students who participate in Aviation Club after school were treated to a field trip!
The Henry County Airport, otherwise known as Atlanta Speedway Airport in Hampton, gave the students a different perspective of aviation.
POLLY PILGRIM
Polly Pilgrim visited K3 & K4 students before Thanksgiving to tell them all about the pilgrims, their struggles and how God provided for their needs.
AMAZING SHOT AWARD
Colton Hood is the first person this year to win the “Amazing Shot Award” in PE! 

On November 10 th  Colton was playing waffle ball with his PE class when he came up to bat, took a mighty swing... and hit the waffle ball into the basketball goal!

“SWOOSH”! 

Nothing but net! 

Congratulations, Colton on your amazing shot!
Middle School Moments
Sixth grade math students in Mrs Schuerman’s class are working on historical monument projects to demonstrate their understanding of proportions.
Mrs. Reagan’s 7th grade students had a choice of projects to complete as they wrapped up a novel study of  The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe . They demonstrated their understanding of plot elements in many creative ways.
Miss Lee’s 8th grade English classes are strengthening real-world communication skills in an engaging way. Student, Brittany McGee describes her experience: “My 8th grade English class had the opportunity to write letters to Korean pen pals to get to know them better. We created a school tour video choosing our locations and designated recorders. We enjoyed the cultural exchange with the South Korean students and a chance to show them our American school." 
A Glimpse of After-School
After-School is full of MAKERS! The children had a blast making creative creations. Kindergartener, Amir Mason, worked hard on a DNA model which he shared with middle school science teacher, Paul Jagus. 
STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS
Fully Charged
The ELCA Robotics Team, named  Fully Charged, competed in the  FIRST LEGO League Rockdale Regional on December 16. They won the  Robot Design Award and advanced to the FLL Super-regional to be held on January 20 at the Aviation Museum in Warner Robins. They will be competing for a chance to advance to the State Championship.

Georgia is the largest region for  FIRST LEGO League with 750 teams. The competition requires teams to complete work in three areas: build and program a robot that can complete missions on a LEGO game table, complete a research project, and demonstrate good teamwork skills.

Robotics is offered as an after-school enrichment for grades 4-7. Look for more details regarding the spring session coming soon.
The team members names are:
Miller Doerr
Matthew Johnson
Kaila Leslie
Wilson Reagan
Ashton Schuerman
Lizzie Sekar 
Myles Thomas 
Mentor- Matthew Clark
Coach- Georgia Clark
Hour(s) of Code
ELCA Computer Science Department participated in the Hour of Code initiative December 4th through 10 th . During that time, students of grade PreK 3 through 8 th  grade took part in coding during that week. Students learned to code interactive Christmas cards and so much more! It was a very exciting time and the students exceeded their own expectations and abilities!

ELCA offers many courses and opportunities for students to participate in Computer Science Education. Our own Amanda Persaud, was nominated for GHP in Computer Science. She is on to State and plans to pursue a career in Computer Science Education. 

Merry Christmas from the Computer Science Department!
NOVEMBER MENTAL MATH
November winning mathletes were:

Caleb Bragg
Chatham Tutt
Leila Radi
DECEMBER MENTAL MATH

December winning mathletes were:

Cason Carrigan
Peyton Moore
Cerrigan Mayweather
The Georgia Junior Beta Convention  
was held in Savannah at the Savannah International Trade and Conference Center on November 29-December 1. Forty-seven ELCA students competed in academic competitions, fine arts competitions, and group competitions including Robotics, Quiz Bowl, Living Literature, and Battle of the Books!

Congratulations to 7th grade student, Belle Divine who placed 2nd in the Math Division!
GHP Finalists
Congratulations to the following students for being selected as school finalists for the 2018 Governor’s Honors Program. These students competed in a rigorous application and interview process with Henry County Schools. They will go on to compete at the state level in January.
Isaiah Capp – Social Studies
Aliya Elmore – Social Studies
David Hodges – Theatre
Amanda Persaud – Engineering / Computer Software
Dhruti Trivedi – Science
1st Quarter
Elementary Honor Students



(quarter ending 10/20/17)

Way to go!
SUMMER READING AWARDS
were presented during a ceremony in chapel on November 15.

Congratulations to the
following super summer readers!

FIRST GRADE
3 rd place…Jordan Thomas
2 nd place…Christina Christian
1 st place winner…Germir Williams

SECOND GRADE
3 rd Jack Warren
2 nd Gavriella Leaks
1 st place winner…Hannah Wood

THIRD GRADE
3 rd place…Jordan Leslie
2 nd place…Victor Neely
1 st place winner…Joshua Leslie

FOURTH GRADE
3 rd place…Michelle Mills
2 nd place…Aidan Clowers
1 st place winner…Judah Tyler

FIFTH GRADE
3 rd place…Lizzie Sekhar
2 nd place…Collier White
1 st place winner…Eliana Leaks

SEVENTH GRADE
1 st place winner...Belle Divine 
Growing confidence, making friends, and learning life skills
Fourth grade student, Michelle Mills recently traveled to Hollywood, CA to compete in the National American Miss 2017 National Pageant.

Michelle brought home several trophies including the Spirit of American trophy, the National Achievement Award and the Outstanding Program Participation Award.
Congratulations, Michelle!
Grace in Motion
Eighth grade student, Alexis Amey dances with the Ballet Institute of Atlanta & performed in 5 showings of The Nutcracker in late November.

"Her performance was beautiful and she represented ELCA very well during the student Q&A and at the community events," says her proud mom.
FABULOUS FINE ARTS
Sounds of Success
The Mighty Charger Marching Band won 1st place in 3 out of 4 major categories in Class A during the Sound of Silver Invitational in Blackshear, GA. They won 1st place in Drum Major, Color Guard, and Percussion and came in 2nd place for Band. Senior Drum Major Javien Moore was less than a point away from scoring highest out of 15 bands regardless of class. Out of a possible 100 he scored a 96.5, Color Guard Scored a 95.00, and Percussion scored a 92.00. "These scores are incredibly high for a Class A band and set us up remarkably for the next contest at St. Pius' Lion's Den Marching Band Invitational." stated Brandon Sosebee. Chargers took 1st place for Marching Band and Drum Major and 3rd place for Drum Line during that competition.

Congratulations for a job well done!
YOU'RE INVITED!
Thursday, Jan 18th at 6pm,  before the opening night of the drama department's presentation of The Wiz, the Fine Arts Patrons (FAP) will be holding an informational meeting in the band room. The FAP is an auxiliary group of parents that coordinate fundraising and support our fine arts initiatives at ELCA. The fine arts include drama, band, art, guitar and chorus. We will be discussing upcoming elections for openings on the board. All parents of a student in any grade level who is involved in any discipline of the fine arts at ELCA are encouraged to come and learn more about how to get involved.  
ELCA Athletics ⚡️
All ELCA athletic schedules are available at elcaonline.org/athletics
Cheer on the Chargers!
Friday, December 22
MS Girls @1:30PM vs Creekside
MS Boys @ 2:30PM vs Creekside
CHAMPIONS ON THE MATS
Over the weekend with only 7 wrestlers the high school won the team title in the JV Tara Classic. Champions included: Nate Orcutt, Hunter Hardeman, Eli Orcutt, Donovan Reynolds, and Reece Spence. Runner up Seth Pritchard and Jaden Jones placed 3rd. Both varsity wrestlers Andy Meyer and Triston Cooksey won individual titles.
 
Our middle school wrestling team was also in action this weekend at Lovett. Highlights included perfect records for Jayden Hammonds and Colton Hardeman.

Thursday, January 11 @5:00PM Tri-Match
2017 All State Softball
Caris Wright
Catcher
Palmer Pinholster Utility/DP
Congratulations to ELCA seniors, Caris Wright and Palmer Pinholster for being selected for the 2017 All State Softball First Team!

Congratulations also go to Palmer for earning the Henry County Softball Player of the Year!
2017 All-Region Football
In case you haven't heard, the ELCA Varsity football team brought home their third-straight State Championship this year. This team is blessed with hard-working, talented guys who dominated the gridiron all year. It's no wonder the All-Region 5-A Private team was packed with Chargers!

Congratulations to those named to the
2017 All-Region 5-A Private football team!

Offensive Player of the Year: Josh Mays, ELCA
Defensive Player of the Year: Harrison Taylor, ELCA
Special Teams Player of the Year: Khaleb Hood, ELCA

First Team Offense
QB: Brayden Rush, ELCA
WR: Sean Queen, ELCA
OL: Gavan George, ELCA
OL: Zack Jones, ELCA

First Team Defense
LB: George Shockley, ELCA
LB: Johnathan Youngblood, ELCA
DL: Tyrese Black, ELCA
DB: Tre Douglas, ELCA

Second Team Offense
WR: Justin Menard, ELCA
OL: Martin Yates, ELCA
OL: Evan Zember, ELCA
ATH: Keaton Mitchell, ELCA
ATH: Jelan Pearson, ELCA

Second Team Defense
DL: Marquis Black, ELCA

All-State teams are expected to be announced soon.
ALUMNI ACCOLADES
Congratulations Emily! ELCA Class of 2012
First-year Georgia State University physical therapy student Emily Nash of Fayetteville was among 44 members of the Georgia State Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program's Class of 2020 who received a white coat at an annual ceremony marking the students' transition to clinical education and professional status as developing healthcare providers.

The White Coat Ceremony and Service of Remembrance was held Oct. 26, 2017
2014 ELCA Alum Beau Beasley selected to play in College All-Star football game
Point University and the football coaching staff selected Beau Beasley to participate in the 8 th annual D2 / NAIA Challenge. The game was held on Saturday December 16, 2017 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This game was developed to honor the top D2 and NAIA graduating seniors from the 2017 season. Beau, a two time (2016 & 2017) Academic All-Conference Player, has had a very productive football career. His leadership at Point University has led him to serve as FCA leader, counselor at Point University summer camps, and assistant in admissions for Point during his four years there. He is scheduled to graduate in May 2018. His ELCA values have served Point University and many others well!

Congratulations, Beau!
ELCA Band Alumni are MARCHING ON!
Callan Russell,
ELCA Class of 2016
is now proud to be a Redcoat!
Right, ELCA senior, Peyton Creswell had the incredible opportunity to march with the Clemson Tiger Band! He applied at the suggestion of his friend, Matthew Youngblood, and was one of 75 high school seniors selected from a nationwide pool to participate in the annual High School Senior Day! Congrats, Peyton!
Matthew Youngblood,
ELCA Class of 2015
marches with the
Tiger Band of Clemson University!
There's always more!!
Remember to check out
elcaonline.org
for all the latest information!
DECEMBER
22 Noon dismissal for all students...PreK, Elementary, MS, HS (No ASEP)

December 23-January 8 Christmas Break--Merry Christmas!

JANUARY
8 Professional Learning Day for Faculty and Staff
9 Students return
12 Chick-fil-A Friday
15 MLK, Jr Day - NO SCHOOL
18 FAP Informational Meeting
19 FEEL THE HEAT
18-20 Presentation of The Wiz
29 STATE OF SCHOOL
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