DECEMBER, 2014  
In This Issue...
State of School is Coming
pur[SHOE]ing Joy
Elementary Honor Roll
Parent Teacher Fellowship - Christmas Shoppe and More
Pie-d for a Cause
Thanksgiving Memories
School Store is on Facebook
Beta Accolades
K-12 Student Technology
Operation Christmas Child Goal MET
More Shoeboxes
Fantastic Fine Arts
Cheer on those Chargers
School Calendar Change
Easy ways to support ELCA!
Take up the Challenge
Take Control of your Taxes
Yearbook News and Deadlines
Fifth graders show some heart
What kind of PET is best?
Stay Plugged In...

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Dec 4-5 - PTF Christmas Shoppe continues thru 1:00PM on Friday

Dec 5 - Uniform Resale til 1:00PM

Dec 4 - Band Christmas Concert 7:00PM

Dec 5 - Elementary Mental Math  2:00PM

Dec 5 - Final deadline for yearbook senior ads

Dec 15 - Senior Trip Parent Meeting 6:00PM

Dec 15 - Choral Christmas Concert 7:00PM

Dec 17 - K3, K4 and K5 students will perform "Call Him Jesus" during chapel  - 8:15AM

Dec 17 - 5th Grade Christmas Program during chapel "Out of the Box"  - 1:45PM

Dec 19-Jan 5 - Merry Christmas!
 Christmas Break 

Jan 6 - Students return to school

Jan 7 - PTF Room Parents Meeting 8:15AM

Jan 8 - Fine Arts Patrons Meeting 7:00PM

Jan 8 & 9 - Science for Everyone elementary program

Jan 9 - Yearbook Personalization Due

Jan 17 - SAT Seminar

Jan 19 - MLK Day, No School

Jan 20 - PTF Meeting 3:30PM

Jan 21 - PTF Parent Coffee 8:15AM

Jan 22-24 - Drama Winter Show - Mulan

Jan 23 - "Feel the Heat" Night

Feb 2 - State of School 7:00PM

Feb 16-20 -  Mid-Winter Break

Feb 23 - Staff Development Workday / No school for students

See all calendared events at 


ELCA 2009 graduate, Shelby Ausband 

has a #1 SOLE purpose!


"pur[SHOE]ing joy" was a simple idea that came to Shelby during the wee-hours of a sleepless night in Guatemala. "She was doing some work in a small village nearby where she met a family with 10 kids, none of which were attending school.  Surrounded by mud floors, holes in the ceiling and only two beds for a family of 12, she left that day feeling small, frustrated and overwhelmed. She realized the problem started with herself; she brought four pair of tennis shoes to Guatemala. We are not simply delivering a pair of shoes; we are delivering the promise of a better life.  With a pair of shoes, a person can get a job, go to school, and better avoid harmful diseases. It is our mission that every person in need of a pair of shoes will have them, and have the opportunity to pursue their own joy. Founded in 2013, pur[SHOE]ing joy is based in Antigua, Guatemala seeking to fight poverty by giving shoes to those in need. We receive donations from individuals, schools, religious organizations, and simply anyone who has the ability to give." 

"SLI (Student Leadership Institute) and Student Council members who participated in the sorting and packing of shoes truly WORKED.  Shelby Ausband has dubbed them PurShoe-ing Ambassadors.  The task was huge (and I mean huge), but the workers were dedicated.  They sorted and boxed 7,977 pairs of shoes for shipment to Nicaragua and then bagged all of the size 9 and over men's and women's shoes for donation to homeless shelters.  If you have a chance, thank the students for their efforts in sharing the good news to others." -Mrs. Hand, Student Council Sponsor
Congratulations to our
It's the Most Wonderful Time...
The PTF Christmas Shoppe is open now! Make plans to stop by the elementary library to shop by December 5. There is a variety of Christmas gifts for children and adults of all ages. And profits go right back into the classroom!

Visit the School Uniform Resale this Friday
   Dec 5th from 7:30 am until noon, just outside the elementary library.
It's a great opportunity to buy 
gently used school uniforms 
at a greatly reduced price.

Excuse me, Mr. Gilliam, but there's something on your face...
Freshman class co-presidents, Mallory Armstrong and Caris Wright represented the freshman class with the privilege of pie-ing Mr. Gilliam in the face. Ninth graders succeeded in collecting the most canned goods in the recent Canned Food Drive benefiting the "Helping in His Name" food pantry. High school student council members led the challenge for each class to contribute canned goods. The class with the most donations earned the right to pie a certain school administrator. Mallory says she wasn't intimidated by her role and added, "I'm just glad all the hard work paid off!"

The following administrators had their "face" on the line in this friendly competition.
Senior Administrator - Mrs. George
Junior Administrator - Mr. Allen
Sophomore Administrator - Mr. Campbell
Freshman Administrator - Mr. Gilliam
Middle School Administrator - Mr. Simpson

Even though Mr. Gilliam was the "loser" in this situation, everyone was a winner for participating in this worthwhile mission!
November was filled with lots of thankfulness and celebration! 

Kindergarten students welcomed a special visitor, Gwyn Newman, a Native American from the Odawa tribe who told them all about food, clothing, love of nature and animals. Mrs. Dorsey made a class display of all their little "Pilgrims and Indians."

Pre-K3 students enjoyed a Thanksgiving Feast on November 19.
Kids have a way of outgrowing 
those uniforms...

Be sure to check out our new school store page on Facebook at "ELCA Charger Store" to keep up with store hours, new items we get in stock, and discounts and sales!  Go "like" us today and share with your friends!
Congratulations to the following students who earned awards at this year's Beta Convention in Macon on November 21st and 22nd. Beta conventions "grow momentum, energize creativity and expand abilities to navigate the future." 

Isaiah Capp:  4th place Science

Eunjin Choi:  4th place Water Colors

Tessa Laney:  4th place Digitally Enhanced Photography

How Resource-full!

Students! Did you know about the K-12 Student Technology Resources webpage found on the ELCA Website? It may be found under the Student tab or at

A small shoebox can have a big impact. What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out of it is eternal. Be a part of changing children's lives all over the world in Jesus' Name through the power of a simple gift with Operation Christmas Child.

The ministries of ELCA and Eagle's Landing First Baptist Church set a very challenging goal of collecting 5000 shoeboxes this year. We are proud to report that 5009 shoeboxes were collected! ELCA's elementary students contributed 390 boxes, middle school donated 509, and high school students brought 1744 shoeboxes for a total of 2643. 
Chick-fil-A Family Fun Nights with a Purpose

Paul White (Owner/Operator) and Lana DeLay (Restaurant Marketing Director) from the Chick-fil-A on Eagle's Landing Parkway delivered 30 shoeboxes to ELCA in support of the Samaritan's Purse program, Operation Christmas Child.


Mrs. DeLay challenged each of the staff teams at the Eagle's Landing Chick-fil-A to bring in items to fill shoeboxes. As the items were collected, they were sorted  by age group, boy/girl, etc. . Over the past few weeks on Family Fun Nights, held on Tuesday evenings, children from the community filled shoeboxes with the items from the collection bins.  Some of the parents of the kids gave the $7 for the handling costs and then Eagle's Landing Chick-fil-A donated the rest of the costs along with purchasing the remaining items needed to fill the boxes.  The decision was then made to donate their 30 boxes to help ELCA and ELFBC meet our goal of collecting 5000 shoeboxes for this mission. 

"Mulan rehearsals are going GREAT!!," says Drama Director, Mr. Chuck Ekstedt. "The students are all doing a fantastic job and the show is progressing very well. Everyone is having a wonderful time."

This will be the big debut of the ELCA Middle School Drama program. This is definitely going to be one of the best ELCA musical productions ever. Make sure you do not miss this one.  This is a great show for the entire family.

The group will be performing the play during chapel on Wednesday, January 21. Students of all ages are invited. The production will open on Thursday, January 22 at 7:00 PM and continue on Friday, January 23 at 7:00 PM as well as Saturday, January 24 at 11:00 AM.

 Pictured above is Emma Carter, Brooke Smith, Jaden Jones, 
Peyton Humphrey, Katelyn Barron.
GMEA District VI Honor Choir

Thirteen middle school Chorus students were selected to participate in the GMEA District VI Honor Choir. The students enjoyed choral sessions with guest conductors and presented a concert with over 250 students from across the district. Congratulations, students!


Front: Loren Sullivan, Beth Moore, Tiffanni Gunby, Nina Stroud, Jade Hensel, Juli Cantillo, Anna Appleby. Back: Megan Gilliam, Samantha Mitchell, Chrishya Simmons, Caleb Middleton, Seth Pritchard, Christian Major.





The fall program, "God So Loved the World," was presented by second graders on Wednesday, November 19.


The students sang songs about God's love for each one of us.  God's love is indescribable, uncontainable, powerful, untamable...He is an amazing God.


Twenty-four students were speakers, and 20 students led several of the songs.


One of the songs sung was, "Let Us Pray".  The lyrics...let us pray, let us pray, everywhere and every way, every moment of the day it is the right time.  For the Father above, He is listening in love, and He wants to answer us, so let us pray...remind us that no matter how busy we are, we should ALL stop and pray.  God is waiting to hear from us.

  • K3, K4, & K5 students will be presenting a Christmas program on Wednesday, December 17 (during pre-school Chapel time); 8:15-8:45.  The title of the program is, "Call Him Jesus."
  • 5th grade Chorus members will be presenting a Christmas program on Wednesday, December, 17 (during Elementary Chapel time); 1:45-2:30.  The title of the program is, "Out of the Box."

Follow the Fine Arts Department on social media. Be sure to check out the new tables for the high school art room on the Fine Arts Facebook page!
Take it to the DOME!
Chargers were victorious over Prince Avenue Christian on Friday, November 28 and now advance to the third round of State Playoffs. The team will travel to Savannah to face Calvary Day on Friday, December 5. A win will take the Chargers to the Final round in the Georgia Dome on Saturday, December 13.

Would you like to watch the game online via ELCAVizion? You will need a code to watch for free. Please contact Mike Haralson for a code by Thursday, December 4 if you haven't done so already.



ELCA GRAPPLERS are off to a great start. 

Follow them on Twitter and also on Instagram @ELCAwrestling.



Please make a note on your calendar to show that

Monday, February 23 

will be a Staff Development workday. 

This will extend the Mid-Winter break by one day, 

so all students will return on Tuesday, February 24.

Click here to print your revised calendar. 


It's the time of year 

when we do a lot of extra shopping to 
prepare for Christmas. 

Attached are some 

great ways to support ELCA   

while Holiday Shopping.


Please take a moment to see how easy it is to 

earn money for ELCA every time you shop!


Thanks for supporting our school and our mission!

Need a tax credit? 
Take up the challenge and choose ELCA for your year-end giving!

Support ELCA & Save on Your Taxes

Georgia GOAL

Did you know that in 2008 the Georgia General Assembly passed a law that allows both individuals and corporations to re-direct their Georgia tax dollars? Taxes that you owe to the State of Georgia may be re-directed to the Georgia Goal Scholarship Program to support the private or Christian school of your choice. These funds are used to assist families with a demonstrated financial need to attend or remain at ELCA. The law also provides families the opportunity to gain a tax benefit on federal taxes. Would you join other ELCA families who are already choosing to re-direct their tax dollars contributing to Georgia GOAL? Reservations are being taken now for 2015 and it is anticipated that each of these credits will be claimed by mid-DecemberPlease contact ELCA Director of Development, Al Hosfordat (678)818-1031 to learn more about this program.  

What's Up with the YEARBOOK?

Use ReplayIt TODAY to share photos with the ELCA Yearbook Staff!
Use ReplayIt TODAY 
to share photos with the 
ELCA Yearbook Staff!


All students will receive a is included in tuition. You may have received an email from Jostens regarding ordering your yearbook online. This is not necessary, however, you may go to the site and purchase your yearbook personalization and the cost for the yearbook will appear as $0.00.


Fifth grade students partnered with an
orphanage in Uganda during missions month. Students donated candy and rubber bands for bracelets and made goodie  bags for the 108 orphans at the Lulwanda Children's Home. 

Each goodie bag was accompanied by a personal, encouraging hand-made card meant to brighten a child's day.


Mr. Simpson's 6th grade students received an unusual assignment...






An avalanche of 82  "Pet Rocks" were deposited into Mr. Simpson's 6th Grade Earth Science classroom on Tuesday December 2nd. Each student was required to find, name, and give a personality to their rock. In addition, they had to write a 500-850 word story on their rock's life experiences throughout the rock cycle. Some of the rocks were born as magma, went to school, work, or on a mission trip in the igneous stage; played pro sports, flew to the moon, fought wars, or joined a band in the sedimentary stage; and got married, or became cheerleaders or actresses in the metamorphic stage. This project allowed the students to have fun and compile their knowledge on minerals, rocks, and weathering before they took their first semester science exam. The creativity of the Class of 2021 really ROCKS!!

Stay Plugged In Everyday...


Stay current with upcoming events, and find the forms and information you need on our News 2 Use page of our website. Visit us online at Also, breaking news updates and reminders will be posted on our social media venues. 

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