eNewsletter ~ FEBRUARY 2016

We are pleased that many of our ELCA families were able to attend Vision Sunday at Eagle's Landing First Baptist Church on Sunday February 7 . We would like to share this exciting vision with  those families who were unable to make it to the service.  Pastor Tim Dowdy shared the new plans for the adjacent 65 acres that were purchased by ELFBC in November 2014.  After much time of prayer and consultation, church and school leadership members are truly excited about the path that the Lord has laid out before us regarding the adjacent property as well as for improvements to our current facility. 

Please click here to view Pastor Tim's message from Vision Sunday as well as additional information on the partnerships being formed within the Ministry Village. Additional school-specific information will be forthcoming over the next few weeks. 

If you would like to make a donation to the Building Fund Campaign please visit w ww.elcaonline.org/give , and please contact Al Hosford, ELCA's Director of Advancement, at (678) 818-1031 with any questions.

Re-Enrollment is Rolling Along...
Dear ELCA Family,
As we enter Winter Break, we wanted to reach out to our families that have not completed the reenrollment process and remind them to work on that as soon as possible. We are thankful that nearly 75% of our existing families have already connected with us regarding reenrollment. We are also excited that we have already received 45 new applicants for the 2016-2017 school year. In order for us to plan properly and to assure your spot for the upcoming school year, please complete the online reenrollment process as soon as possible.
As always, please let us know if we can assist you in any way.
Chuck Gilliam 
Head of School

Next week is the Mid-Winter Break!
Have a safe and blessed break.
Don't Forget...
Monday, February 22 is a
We'll see you back on 
Tuesday, February 23!
Where will your child be next week?
The Mid-Winter Break is the week of February 15 and the
will be in session.
Visit www.elcaonline.org/ycep to register.
Congratulations to Our State-Bound Wrestlers
ELCA has six wrestlers who will compete for the State title in their weight class today and tomorrow.  We wish them safety and success!

Andy Meyer - 113
Trent Johnson - 138
Dalton Hardeman - 170
Harrison Taylor - 195
Brayden Rush - 220
Josue Arroyo - 285

Catch the GHSA Wrestling Championship Live on the NFHS Network starting SATURDAY at 3:00PM or on demand.

Congratulations, Honor Roll Students!

Elementary - A Honor Roll
Elementary - A/B Honor Roll
Middle School - A Honor Roll
Middle School - A/B Honor Roll
High School - A Honor Roll
High School - A/B Honor Roll
Pray for our team of students who are currently in Nicaragua. Thirty-four students will be working with impoverished children and families at a coastal village. They return on February 17. Follow their progress on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/teresa.a.mckay.
Just around the corner will be the departure of the New Orleans Team. Twenty-five high school students will travel on February 25-29.  They will work with Life House Church which is a church plant, led by Reagan Farris, former youth pastor from ELFBC.  

High school Physics students used springs to make transverse waves, measure amplitude and frequency, and demonstrate standing waves this week.
Seven Environmental Science students represented ELCA at the Henry County Science and Engineering Fair on Jan. 27 th with great results.    
and receives multiple BEST IN SHOW awards

Grace Shockley and Reagan Weber (7th grade) each won Best in Show for their art pieces.

Grace's piece was a mixed media design of horse made from cardboard, paint and sewn on buttons.

Reagan's piece was an encaustic design made from melted crayon. 

Lily Wu, 5th grade won Best in Show for her watercolor painting. 

Congratulations, Students!
EXCEL students have been learning about the history and geography of Alaska, with an emphasis on the Iditarod Dog Sled Race which is run from Anchorage to Nome every March. The Iditarod commemorates the delivery of life-saving diphtheria serum during an epidemic which occurred in 1925.  
Students used information on how current mushers construct a sled that is sturdy, lightweight, flexible, and fast to build their own sled model. These models were put to the test on three challenge courses, the Yukon River Pull, Pressure Ridge, and Open Lead. The courses reflected varying degrees of difficulty with smooth, flat areas, ice ridges, and a jump over a crack in the ice.
Tracks were set up for each of these challenges and students added a passenger and container of serum to their sled. They then put their sleds to the test, receiving points based on how well their sled and passenger performed. After each run they were allowed to make modifications to their design and run through the course again. This STEAM-based activity was a great learning experience as well as a lot of fun!
Our First Semester Mental Math Challenge was held on Thursday, January 14, 2016. Competing in this challenge were the monthly winners from the challenges held 1st semester. It was an exciting challenge and it is an accomplishment to compete in the semester challenge. A Semester Champion was determined for each grade.

Third grade competitors were Caleb Bragg, Tamia Goff, Talen Frett and Elizabeth Lewis.  Fourth grade competitors were Blake Rawls, Bryson Fields and Kristin Capp. Kylen Smith qualified for the competition but was absent.  Fifth grade competitors were Zoe Purcaro, Julian Wilson, Belle Divine and Makenna Freeman. See all photos here. 

Winners of the Semester Challenge were Caleb Bragg, Blake Rawls and Julian Wilson. Congratulations!
Coca-Cola Scholar Regional Finalist
ELCA Senior, Stephen Blackburn has been named a Regional Finalist for the 2016 class of the Coca-Cola Scholars Program. As one of 250 high school seniors selected nationwide as Regional Finalists, Stephen will receive at minimum a $1,000 educational stipend from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation to use at the college of his choice next fall thanks to the generous support of The Coca-Cola Company and Coca-Cola bottlers throughout the country. Students are selected as Regional Finalists based on academic excellence, leadership, and achievement demonstrated in school and community activities.
Stephen was among over 2,100 Semifinalists who were selected from more than 87,000 initial applicants and is now one of just 250 students who will move on to the final selection phase, regional interviews. After these interviews are conducted in early February, 150 of the Regional Finalists will be designated as Coca-Cola Scholars and each will receive a $20,000 scholarship to be used at the student's college of choice. Collectively, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation will award $3.1 million in college scholarships to these outstanding young leaders. 
The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, a joint effort of Coca-Cola Bottlers across America and The Coca-Cola Company, is one of the largest corporate-sponsored, achievement-based scholarship programs of its kind in the United States. The program recognizes a diverse group of extraordinary high school seniors who are socially-conscious, service-minded leaders with a passion to make our world a better place. The Coca-Cola system believes that investing in students who are leaders, both academically and in service to others, will result in positive, lasting change and sustainable communities. Since inception, the Foundation has awarded over $63 million in scholarships, enabling a brighter future for each awardee.  
Forgive us for Tooting  our own Horn
...but these students have worked very hard to achieve this musical credential 
and we are very proud of them!

Middle School & High School District Honor Band was held on February 5 and 6. There are two high school bands composed of students from Henry County and the surrounding counties. There is a 9th and 10th Grade Concert Band and an 11th and 12th Grade Symphonic Band. There are also two Middle School bands. Students must audition and are selected based on their abilities then placed in each respective group. 
ELCA students who were selected are:
Middle School
Hunter Mason (Euphonium) 
Xia Hardy (Clarinet) 
High School
Callan Russell (Trombone)
Stephen McMurry (Bass Clarinet) 
Mary Lynn Ekstedt (Percussion) 
Jane Han (Flute)
Students had two long days of rehearsal prior to presenting a full concert on Saturday evening at the Centre for Performing & Visual Arts in Newnan, Georgia. Congratulations!
Spring Basketball Developmental League
ELCA basketball is proud to announce the introduction of our spring basketball developmental league.  This league will run the month of March and is available for all current 4 th , 5 th , and 6 th grade boys and girls, regardless of skill level.
The purpose of this league is to develop the fundamentals of basketball in our young athletes.  Special attention will be placed on proper shooting form, ball handling, and team defense.  Practices will be held every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon during the month of March from 3:15 to 5:00.  Games will be played on Saturday mornings, also during the month of March. 
The cost to participate is $75, and this amount will be billed directly to your account. 
All forms must be returned by Wednesday, February 24.  Get your form hereIf you have any questions or concerns concerning March Madness, please email Coach Whitlock at  andy.whitlock@eagleslanding.org
Elementary Parents, 
Did you know 
that there are monthly newsletters from The Parent Institute available at www.elcaonline.org/elementary 
with great tips about helping your elementary student succeed? 

Check out  Helping Children Learn 
and the Elementary Daily Learning Planner!
Volunteers Needed

Once again, ELCA will be hosting a Mock Job Interview Fair for our juniors and seniors on March 10-11. The students will have an opportunity to prepare a resume and application and then interview with a business representative.
We are searching for interviewers from our school community and would appreciate any help you can give us in finding qualified interviewers.  Interviewers do not have to have interviewing experience; we will make sure they are supported.  The interviews will take place from 8:00 - 2:00 each day.  If you are interested and available for only a portion of that time, we welcome your participation as well.  As an interviewer, you can volunteer one or both days.  The interviews for each student will be 10 - 15 minutes in length and generic in content.
If you are able to participate, please complete the form at http://goo.gl/forms/nP6hbWdH5L . For more information, email Karen Robertson at karen.robertson@eagleslanding.org.
Pre-K/Elementary Tennis and Golf After School

After school Tennis Time and Golf Time classes are rolling. 
There is still time to join the fun! Check out the flyer and register online at www.tennisgolfeagleslanding.com.

Kindergarten Agenda
  • Kindergarten the Month of February is studying Geometry! Both 2D and 3D shapes!
  • Kindergarten predicted if the groundhog would see his shadow on Feb. 2  and graphed and wrote about their results. Then we did Creative Writing about: If We Had a Groundhog as a Pet...
  • Kindergarten is learning about Abraham Lincoln and George Washington in February. Camp Cannon is going to do Creative Writing about: If I had a Hat like Abraham Lincoln...
  • Valentine's Day Party and card exchange is today!


Mr. Jimmy (as our family calls him) stopped by the Pritchard home in Plains, GA for a Sunday afternoon visit. 

Former president Jimmy Carter has been a friend of the family of eighth grader, Seth Pritchard for many years.


Class of 2015 Alumnus Brian Tirado made the Dean's List with a 3.96 GPA at the Mercer University College of Liberal Arts. He is a biology major and music minor.  Congratulations, Brian!
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.
Please share your experience at www.elcaonline.org/GoldBoltService!

The January Gold Bolt Employee of the Month is
Dr. Ezel Harrell
Middle School 8th Grade Math
Dr. Harrell received a gift bag from our Partner in Ed, 
Dunkin Donuts on Eagle's Landing Parkway.
Just one of the many Gold Bolt Stories received about Dr. Harrell...
" Dr. Harrell has been a blessing to both my son and me. She has encouraged him and helped him achieve success in the math classroom. She has emailed me multiple times with positive comments about him and his performance in her classroom. She has made a positive impact on both our lives, 
and is an outstanding teacher."

Congratulations, Dr. Harrell, and thank you 
for your outstanding service to our students and parents!
The spring session for after-school robotics will resume on Tuesday, March 1. This is a 10 week session ending on May 10. Cost is $350.00 billed to your account in two equal installments for April and May. Two classes are being offered in the elementary library. Please visit www.elcaonline.org/asep for more information and registration forms.

6th thru 8th Grades - 3:15-4:15PM
4th and 5th Grades - 4:15-5:15PM
Are you r eady 
for  some  springtime  fun?
The PTF Spring Fling is 
coming soon!
   April 15, 2016  
Calendar Quick View
Feb 13 -GHP State Level Interviews
Feb 15 -  19  -Mid-Winter Break - YCEP in Session
Feb 22 -Staff Development Day - NO SCHOOL for Students
Feb 23 -9th Grade Registration 5:00PM
Feb 23 -8th Grade Parent Night 6:00PM
Feb 26 - Chick-fil-A Friday
Feb 26 - 9th Grade Registration
Mar 1 -Robotics after school begins (www.elcaonline.org/ASEP)
Mar 1 -8th Grade Registration at 5:00PM/6:00PM
Mar 3 -8th Grade Registration at 5:00PM
Mar 10-11 -Mock Job Interview Fair
Apr 15 -Spring Fling

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
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