eNewsletter ~ APRIL 2016

Do you ever wonder if it's worth it? Is ELCA worth the sacrifice? Read one student's story...

So as a last update, I just wanted to thank you for being there when I had to make tough decisions. Thank you for writing my recommendation letters. Thank you for supporting my dreams. But most of all, thank you for being such an indispensable element to cultivating my academic and spiritual development. You are to me a gift from God and I hope you will continue to be my mentor, my teacher, my friend, and my spiritual leader even after I leave ELCA.

I thank God for giving me this incredible opportunity and I thank Him for giving me you - teachers and mentors who truly care enough about me to play a part in cultivating me into the young woman I am today."

Relay for Life is  TODAY!
 Friday, April 22 - 7:00PM at Hampton High School

It is best to get there early, though. 
It runs until 2:00AM because we know cancer doesn't sleep!!

Cookie sales continue on Thursday,  April 28  benefitting Relay for Life. Cookies are two for $1.

Do you have a special appreciation for our Afterschool staff members? Everyone appreciates being recognized for their efforts and influence and a simple "thank you!" goes a long way! 

Simple ways you might show your appreciation to your chiid's afterschool caregiver: 
  • Hand-written cards from you or your child 
  • An email to the ASEP Director bragging on a staff member 
  • Fun handmade signs at the ASEP Desk 
  • Treats for the ASEP staff 
  • Gift cards for a specialty coffee, teacher supply store, or bookstore

SENIORS will celebrate National College Signing Day on Tuesday, April 26 by wearing the college apparel of the college each has been accepted to and plan to attend. It won't be long now!

ELCA has received $2881
in proceeds from the Chick-fil-A Fundraiser Day
over the months of January, February and March!

Thank you for supporting ELCA!

We are proud to partner with SAGE Dining Services ® . SAGE, established in 1990, is the leading food service provider for independent schools and colleges throughout North America. SAGE's unparalleled expertise in nutrition, sustainability, and culinary trends produces exceptional dining experiences that delight the senses, inspire minds, and foster community.

SAGE provides our school community with delicious, dietitian-approved meals, cooked from scratch using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Their talented chefs enhance mealtime with a wide array of options and flavors, including Asian-inspired dishes, Latin American cuisine, and vegetarian and vegan fare. A monthly Educational Seasonings program explores food in cultural and historical contexts, and chefs often engage communities with exciting display cooking.

All SAGE Team Members have extensive training in food service protocols and food allergy awareness. Their open kitchen policy allows parents to schedule a time to visit and ask questions about inventories and preparation methods. SAGE's comprehensive online allergen filter is an important tool that allows students and parents to filter all menus for allergens and choose safe meals. For more information about SAGE, please visit www.sagedining.com.
Follow the Sage Dining Blog for delicious recipes, stories about local farmers and vendors, and more!

It's almost time for the next Operation M-46!

Friday, May 6 - 6:30AM

DOE Announces 2016 Georgia Scholars

Seniors Brittany Dorsey, Trent Johnson, and Danny Kim have been named Georgia Scholars by the Georgia Department of Education and their Excellence Recognition Office. This honor is bestowed upon high school seniors achieving success in and outside of the classroom.  These three ELCA students are among the 151 other students in the entire state to receive this honor.

Georgia Scholars are students who have carried exemplary course loads during high school and had outstanding ACT and/or SAT scores.  In addition they participate in interscholastic events at their schools and in their communities, assume active roles in extracurricular activities, and held appointed or elected leadership positions in the school and the community.  Brittany, Trent and Danny have been accepted to many outstanding universities, including Georgia Institute of Technology, Berry University, Cedarville University, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Messiah College, Rice University, and Wheaton College.  We wish them the best and know they will continue their example of excellence.

Congratulations to Jake Dallas for being selected as a Governor's Honors Program State Finalist in the area of Communicative Arts.  Jake was selected from over 3000 nominees and will travel to Valdosta for the summer program.  Our best to Jake as he represents ELCA in this most prestigious program.
Third Quarter Elementary Honor Rolls

Congratulations, Students! Thank you for working hard!
ACSI Southeast Regional Geography Bee

Congratulations to eighth grader, Dylan van Verseveld, who placed second in the ACSI Southeast Regional Geography Bee held in Atlanta on March 19th!

The third monthly Mental Math Challenge for second semester was held Thursday, April 14, 2016. As a result of the challenge, a Mental Math Champion was determined for each grade. The next Mental Math Challenge will be Thursday, May 5, 2016. 

April Champions
Third Grade - Elvin Harleston, Fourth Grade - Maddox Crawford, Fifth Grade - Alec Tarver
See all competitors at:
Congratulations to all these students!

In addition to the regular competition that was held on April 14, ELCA administrators faced fifth grade students in a Mental Math Match. Mr. Gilliam, Mr. Allen, Mr. Johnson, and Mr. Tucker looked a little anxious as they faced students Alec Tarver, Vaughn Murphy, Kennedy Thomas, and Jaidyn Emanuel, and for good reason. The competition was intense, but the fifth grade students were victorious! Great fun was had by all and the administrators had the chance to be good examples of graceful losers!
More photos available at: 

Bible History Center

Sixth graders enjoyed a field trip to the Bible History Center in LaGrange on April 12th. Students were able to experience bread making, as the Jewish Nation did hundreds of years ago;  experience the home life of a typical Jewish family by seeing goat hair tents and primitive living conditions.  They were able to see replicas of burial tombs and wine presses as were used during the time of Jesus. They were able to peer across time by looking at artifacts dating back to the time of the Patriarchs.  They even had lunch in a replica of a Jewish Pavilion.
 Expanded Curriculum for 
Exceptional Learners

The EXCEL students are currently learning about photography.  Topics covered thus far have been inspiration, composition, and editing.  Future lessons will be over light, mood, shape, lines, and portraits.  To further their understanding of these topics, they can be found out and about the campus taking pictures. 

Students normally use a hand-held camera for their
 photography, but sometimes we experiment wit h other  equipment. Today they went out armed with iPads to take shots that could be edited back in the classroom using an app called Pixlr. 

As the students progress through the unit, some of their pictures are printed out and placed into a portfolio.  They then write a self-reflection of the photo, telling how it applies to the topic being covered.  Some of the shots they have taken have been stunning!  The completed portfolio will allow them to showcase some of their best work, as well as show improvement throughout the course. 
Eight new members 
were inducted into the Camino de Santiago Chapter of the Spanish National Honor Society on April 20. Membership is available to students in Spanish 2 or higher who have maintained an A average in at least 3 semesters of Spanish. To be considered for membership, they had to complete an application and meet all of the criteria for membership including excellent grades and behavior records.  Inductees included (front row) Daniel Kilpatrick, Kaitlyn Jackson, Kristy Lieu, Nancy Patel, (back row) Eriana Ansley, Spencer O'Neal II, Chapter Sponsor Mrs. Rhonda Jagus, Taylor Clodfelter, and Alexandria Austin.

ACSI Creative Writing Festival

Congratulations to ELCA students from elementary, middle school, and high school who recently participated in the 2016 ACSI Creative Writing Festival. All 18 participants received a score of either excellent or superior.

Received rating of  Excellent

 Received rating of Superior
Joshua Banks

Scarlett Biggers
Jorlynn Cofield

Destiny Blash
Yasmeen Kabaria

Miller Doerr
Bailey Lane

Kayla Hamlin
Sarah Lundstrom

Christopher Kang
Caity Patterson

MaKenzie Tucker
Zy Platt

Lily Wu
Paige Priestly

Kylen Smith

Kennedy Thomas

Sahil Trivedi


Corinn Gurak, Olivia Pounds and Ramie Williams, three students from Mrs. Martin's Environmental Science class, were asked to compete in the Confluence Conference Poster Contest.  They competed on Friday, March 11th at the Heritage Center in Buford, Ga. 

All three ladies ranked superior.  Ramie won second place for the high school division! 

ELCA students traveled far and wide to 
share the love of Christ around the world. 

Alaska...Italy...Washington, DC...Jamaica...San Diego  

Registration for 2016-17 World Impact trips will begin on Sunday, May 1. Check out elcaonline.org/wiw. More details to come.
APRIL 28, 29 and 30

Don't miss the PRINCESS TEA PARTY!


First grade students sing praises to our King 
during their program on March 29.

Big Blessings Come in Small Packages
Preschool Spring Program 

ELCA Rising 7th grader accepted to 
top Dance Programs!

Alexis Amey was accepted to the following 2016 Summer Intensives:
  • Joffrey Ballet School 
  • Atlanta Ballet 
  • Metropolitan Ballet Theater
Congratulations, Alexis!
Save the Date: 
All Varsity athletes are invited to attend the 
Athletic Awards Ceremony 
Tuesday, May 17 
6:30 P.M. 
Worship Center
Is it a "FIVE-peat?"

Congratulations to our Chargers Varsity Baseball Team for winning 
their fifth consecutive region championship!


The 2016 Henry County Track and Field Championships at 
Stockbridge High School.  ELCA boys came in fourth as a team. The 4x100-meter relay team of Eric Motes, Justin Menard, Sean Queen, and Jeffrey Uzzell won a gold medal, as did Robert Edge in the shot put. Edge also placed in the discus.

Jeffrey Uzzell finished second in the 100-meter dash, while Sean Queen placed in the High Jump, the 110 Hurdles, and the 300 Hurdles. Josue Arroyo, Justin Menard, Jordan Jakes, Oscar Harris and the 4x400-meter relay team of Oscar Harris, Javien Moore, Andy Meyer, and Omar Daniels also earned points for the Chargers.

Area Track Champions
Abigail Rogers - Shot Put, T'aja Cameron - Triple Jump, 100 and 200 meters, 4x100 Relay (Parker, Kayland Thomason, Palmer, T'aja) and 4x400 Relay (Kayland, Parker, Ansley Lambert, T'aja)

Justin Menard - long jump, Jordan Jakes - high jump, Jeffrey Uzzell - 200 meters, 4x100 Relay (Eric Motes, Justin Menard, Sean Queen, Jeffrey Uzzell) which was school record and state leading time. 


Volleyball Workouts:   These workouts are for all high school players and rising 8 th graders .  Workouts will be every Monday and Wednesday from 3:30-4:30 in the ELCA weight room.  All players should plan to attend these workouts. 
Discovery Volleyball Camp Indoor:   This camp is for 2 nd thru 5 th grade students who want a fun volleyball environment where the main focus is building strong fundamentals.  This camp will be held April 25 th -April 28 th from 3-5 pm.  To register click on the link below. 
Discovery Elementary Sand Volleyball Camp:  This camp is for 2 nd thru 5 th grade students who want a fun volleyball environment where the main focus is building strong fundamentals.  This camp will be held on the ELCA Sand Volleyball Court on May 9 th - May 12 th from 3-5pm.  To register click on the link below
Middle School Sand Volleyball Camp:   This camp is for any middle school student that would like to continue to build on their volleyball fundamentals.  
May 2 nd 4:30-6:00
May 3rd 3:30-5:00
May  4th 4:30-5:30
May 5 th  3:30-5:00
May 16 th  4:30-6:00
May 18 th 4:30-5:30
May 19 th 3:30-5:00
If you have any questions please contact Coach Hegeman: katrina.hegeman@eagleslanding.org.

Is there a DOCTOR in the House?

ELCA is proud to recognize several graduates from the Class of 2009 for their hard work in pursuing their degrees in the health field. 

Philip LaVigne and Pam Martin have been named Ambassadors at Mercer University School of Medicine. The Ambassadors are chosen by their peers to represent the medical school throughout their time at Mercer. Their role is to serve as official hosts and goodwill ambassadors giving tours to prospective students, dignitaries, and other community members who visit the school and want to learn more about it. These students also represent Mercer at special functions such as the white coat ceremony, the cadaver memorial service, Discover MUSM, and others.

The photo above is from the Ambassador Induction Ceremony held earlier this month. Philip is 3rd from the left in the back row and Pam is third from the left in the front row. 

Jacob Lunsford, MSPAS, PA-C
Class of 2009
Also from the Class of 2009, Jacob Lunsford has completed the Physician's Assistant Program at South University in Savannah, Georgia.  Since passing his Physician's Assistant National Certifying Exam, he and his wife will be moving to Norfolk, Virginia.  Jacob will be part of the Physician's Assistance Fellowship in Emergency Medicine working in the Emergency Room with Eastern Virginia Medical School.  He is employed by Emergency Physicians of Tidewater as a Physician's Assistant.

CHRISTIAN and KIMMIE WHITE - Class of 2006
Church Planters
Christian was born in Fulton County and raised in Hampton, GA. As a proud Georgia native, he grew up loving the Atlanta Braves, Falcons, and going to Georgia Tech baseball games as a kid. Christian and his beautiful wife, Kimmie, have an interesting story. Knowing each other in high school at ELCA, Kimmie played a major role in bringing Christian to faith in Christ. Just a few months into his new faith, Christian convinced Kimmie to go on a date with him. Exactly four years later to the day,they became married and have been happily married for 5-½ years. Christian and Kimmie have two incredible girls, Charlieanne (01/12/2012) and Madeline (08/01/2014). Christian loves being with people, especially his family. He believes his family will play a key role in the way he does ministry in Atlanta. Christian will serve as the Lead Planter and Pastor of Parkside Church in the Glenwood Park area of Atlanta. Christian recently transitioned from the business world, where his experience has given him a unique gift and burden for reaching business professionals.

Christian has served in student ministry, college ministry, and community group ministry. In college he served as the chaplain to the school's baseball team and also as the President of Baptist Collegiate Ministries. He currently serves as a church planting intern to the Lead Pastor of Open Door Church in Raleigh, NC.

Visit elcaonline.org/alumnistories to view a video interview with Christian and to learn how you can support their ministry.
Take 5 minutes to watch this interview with Class of 2013 alumnus, DJ Curl. What a testimony that the Holy Spirit is in the business of TRANSFORMING LIVES! 

As the rain and the snow
    come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
    without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
    so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
    It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
    and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

Isaiah 55:10-11 (NIV)

Josh Ekstedt, ELCA Class of 2011, is graduating this May with a perfect 4.0 GPA from the GeorgiaTech School of Engineering with his degree in Civil Engineering.   For this outstanding academic accomplishment, Josh received the Henry Ford II Scholarship Award given annually to engineering students with the best academic record within their major.  He has also received and accepted a full tuition scholarship to the University of California-Berkeley, where he will begin his Graduate studies in the fall.  He will be pursuing a double Master's Degree program in; 1) Transportation Engineering and 2) City and Regional Planning.   Please continue to keep Josh in your prayers.
Commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3      

Congratulations to these alumni...we couldn't be more proud!
Gold Bolt Service is a program that rewards those faculty and staff members
who have gone above and beyond  in making a difference
in the lives of our students and families.

The February Gold Bolt Employee of the Month is
Mrs. Vicki Martin
ELCA Main Receptionist
Mrs. Martin will receive a gift bag from our Partner in Ed, 
Dunkin' Donuts on Eagle's Landing Parkway.
Just a couple of the many Gold Bolt Stories received about Mrs. Martin...
"She is the face of ELCA upon arrival. She's always pleasant. When she is not at the front desk, she is truly missed." " She's awesome...she's a great asset to ELCA. We love her a lot."

Congratulations, Mrs. Martin, and thank you 
for your outstanding service to our students and parents!
Please share your experiences and help us choose our 
next Gold Bolt Employee 

Our final End of Year Uniform Resale will be held on June 1st from 7:30AM until Noon. This is a great opportunity to get a great deal on uniforms for next year.
We need workers to help sort, fold, sell, etc.

Volunteers are needed to set up on Tuesday, 5/31 and to run the sale and clean up on Wednesday, 6/1. To volunteer, please contact Elly Gogins at msgogins@gmail.com.

Our First Name is "Parent"
We invite you to attend the last PTF meeting of this school year on May 10th at 3:30PM in room 205. 2016-17 PTF Officers will be elected.

You are needed in the PTF, s o come, get involved and join the fun. 

Chuck Ekstedt
PTF President
Charger Store Sale!

The entire month of May we will have 20% off all in-stock outerwear and long sleeve piques!  This will include all windbreakers, Evolux jackets, crewneck sweatshirts, and the seasonal long sleeve piques.  We also will have a variety of items on clearance the month of May as well, including much of our in-stock spirit wear. 

The school store is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7:30-3:30. If you have any questions contact us at store@eagleslanding.org 
or by phone at  678-818-1037.

Students attending YCEP should register for Camp 323 through the YCEP registration process.
Where will your child be this summer?
Fast Forward

Online registration NOW OPEN!

Mini Chargers Summer Enrichment
Young Chargers Enrichment Program

Elementary Basketball Camp
Math Boot Camp
Super Science Camp
Sewing and Crafts Camp
Calendar Quick View

April 25-29  AfterSchool Professionals Appreciation Week
April 25  MS Science Club meeting 3:30PM
April 26  AP Pre-Registation for AP Exams
April 26  Seniors celebrate National College Signing Day
Apr 28-30 Spring Drama Production - "Beauty and the Beast"
May 5  National Day of Prayer
May 5  Rising 6th Grade Parent Orientation - 6:00PM in the Chapel
May 6  Operation M46
May 10  High School Academic Awards Ceremony
May 17  Athletic Awards Ceremony
May 25-27  Middle and High School Exam Days - School dismisses at Noon
May 27  Last day of school - School dismisses at Noon for all students

See the full calendar at  www.elcaonline.org/calendar

Calendar for 2016-2017 School Year

Check out the video of the recent 
State of School Address at 
Eagle's Landing Christian Academy