eNewsletter ~ MARCH 2016
It's a great thing to be an ELCA Charger!
Have you completed your re-enrollment?

View the latest update from Head of School, Chuck Gilliam

What have you been missing?

If you're not following ELCA on social media, you're probably missing a LOT!

...such as the groundbreaking of the roadway project that will connect our campus to Brannan Road. 

Big things are in store. Check out www.eagleslanding.org the latest information on Vision 2020 and be sure to follow us on Twitter @ELCAChargers and on Facebook at

The Student Council is hosting a bake sale each Wednesday in March during high school lunch to raise funds for the $500 Student Council Leadership Scholarship given to the ELCA senior selected by the administration from all submitted applications. Mark your calendar for March 23 and 30! All items are $1.

Thank you for your support of the Student Council!

Book Character Day

15th Annual
Book Character Day
benefitting the library
was a huge success!

Thank you!
"Making the Best Better

Congratulations to eighth grader, Ashlyn Donaldson, who earned first place at the 4-H Northwest Junior/Senior District Project in the area of Forestry, Resources and Wood Science. 

Henry County 7th through 12th grade 4-H ' ers competed against 37 counties at the 4-H Northwest Junior/Senior District Project Achievement, March 4-6. There were 317 seventh and eighth graders and 358 ninth through twelfth graders for a total of 675 Northwest District 4- H'ers that competed during the weekend. These young people were given the opportunity to select a project area or category of their choice ranging from Health to Science of Engineering & Mechanics all the way to Food Labs and Performing Arts. Each member created a yearlong portfolio to be judged displaying all of their work in their project area, as well as school, community service and leadership activities they have completed over the past year. Then during the weekend the 4- H'er s were judged on their presentation or performance. Those that competed in categories such as Science of Engineering, Outdoor Recreation & History created a presentation using visual aids and gave a speech. Read more.

             ELCA Celebrates "Pi" Day

Middle and high school students celebrated Pi Day, March 14, which is also the birthday of Albert Einstein, by dressing as nerdy geeks. There were prizes for the 'best dressed' in each grade.

Sixth grade winners were Jimmy Mattaden and Sophie Fowler, Ella Smith won for seventh grade and Ashlyn Donaldson was the winner for eighth grade.

The freshman winner was India Bellamy, the sophomore winner was Gabrielle Luidens, junior winner was Brittany Baikie and the senior winner was Christopher Lightsey. The overall high school winner was India Bellamy who received a $20 Chick-fil-a gift card and a small pie.

Middle school students join in the fun of Pi Day. Pictured 2nd from left is Ashlyn Donaldson, the "nerdiest" eighth grade student of the day!

Chess Club is played every Tuesday after school during second and third quarter. Approximately 25 students participated this year, averaging around 15 students per meeting. The students choose to play either unofficial games (just for fun) or official games. The student with the most official game wins at the end of February receives the "Chess Club Champ" trophy. This year Justice Ray won the trophy by winning eleven official games. Micah Gonzales came in second place, winning nine games.
CONGRATULATIONS to Danny Kim and Mrs. Jennifer Williams
REGION 3B STAR Student and STAR Teacher

Danny will go on to compete at the State level 
on Monday, April 18 at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia Atlanta Perimeter
The following students represented ELCA at the ACSI Geography Bee on Friday, February 12 at Athens Christian School. 

       6th Grade: Caden Young, Andrew Appleby, Jimmy Mattaden, Kennedy Grant, Nadia Osmani
       7th Grade: Kensley Fanfan, Dylan Goodner, Maddie Reagan, Austin Reed
       8th Grade: Dylan van Verseveld, Natalie West, Juli Cantillo, Ian Walsh
Winners included:
Maddie Reagan - 3 rd place in the 7 th Grade Level Bee
Kensley Fanfan - 2 nd place in the 7 th Grade Level Bee
Dylan van Verseveld - 1 st place in the 8 th Grade Level Bee
Kensley and Dylan qualified for the final bee with Kensley winning 4 th place and Dylan winning 1 st place!  Both students have the opportunity to represent ELCA at the District Geography Bee in Atlanta, GA. Congratulations!
Congratulations to the following students who qualified for the 2016 ACSI Math Olympics.


ELCA students did a wonderful job! 
The following 3rd - 8th grade students placed in computation and reasoning categories:

Thirty-five ELCA students participated in the Math Olympics. Those students won 22 ribbons. Four of those 22 students also won medals.
Way to go ELCA students! 


Winners of the February Mental Math Challenge were Donovan Smalls, Kara Anthony and Zoe Purcaro. 

Join us for the next challenge on March 26!

If you were unable to attend the Pre-K through 5th Grade Curriculum Night on February 8, you may view the presentation here.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Vicky Rodgers, Early Learning Academy Director

Edd Tucker, Elementary Principal

Cindy George, ELCA Dean of Academics 

Twenty-two students are currently in the Florida Keys at Sea Camp. This biology-focused academic trip has had students snorkeling the Florida Reef, which is the 3rd largest reef in the world. They have conducted experiments on jellyfish and different types of algae. Other activities have included collecting all sorts of ocean animals and learning about mangroves. They will return tomorrow. 
Pray for students who will be traveling over Spring Break. Just around the corner will be the departure of the Alaska, Jamaica and Honduras teams to share the love of Christ around the world. Other students will be visiting Washington DC, San Diego and Italy on academic trips.

Forgive us for Tooting our own Horn, but...

Congratulations to our Sixth Grade Band on their Superior rating at GMEA Large Group Performance Evaluations this past week. 

We also congratulate our HS Wind Ensemble for their Superior rating earlier this month. 

Seventh and eighth grade band will go to GMEA evaluations Thursday night. 

Congratulations  to the High School Chorus on their recent Superior ratings at the ACSI Choral Festival held at Toccoa Falls College. The MS Chorus also received Superior ratings at the ACSI Choral Festival held in Griffin earlier this month. Congratulations students! 
All 21 participating students received Superior ratings!
to the 5th grade students who attended the 
 Statewide Elementary Honor Chorus 
on February 19-20 in Athens, GA.
Jesse Pinder, Bo Shuler, Allison Simmons, Olivia Naquin and Aylin Aguilar


Several of the Art students in the NJAHS (National Junior Art Honor Society), NAHS (National Art Honor Society), and Mrs. Batchelor's Accountability Group participated in the "Memory Project Portraits of Kindness."  

The completed portraits will be sent to these children living in Bolivia.  Most of "the children live in a particularly challenged area on the outskirts of a city, where families live in one room homes with dirt floors and walls of sheet metal." 

For more information about the "Memory Project"  and to see the video go to www.memoryproject.org/intro.
ELCA Students Receive Henry Arts Alliance Honors

The Henry Arts Alliance, along with the Visual Arts Collective, sponsors the Annual High School Art
Contest. Students, under the guidance of their art teachers, produce pieces that are judged
by member artists from the Visual Arts Collective.

- Casey Wang
First Place Winner ($150 cash award)

Nicole Gipson - Award of Excellence, 
 ($50 cash award)

ELCA was the only private school to receive awards and just 13 students recognized within the county from all public and private schools. Congratulations, Ladies!


Sixth Grader, Alexis Amey was selected to perform in the Atlanta Ballet's production of Sleeping Beauty in February. The cast performed community shows for students in Cobb and Fulton County during the days leading up to the production.

Congratulations, Alexis!  

APRIL 28, 29 and 30

Don't miss the PRINCESS TEA PARTY!


The first Wednesday in February represents a big day for a lot of high school student athletes around the country and ELCA is not short on big accomplishments by its student athletes. 

Four ELCA Students signed their national letter of intent to attend college and participate in college athletics.

Cole Ganopulos - Auburn University to play baseball
Donald Hammond III - The Air Force Academy to play football
Trent Johnson - Messiah College to wrestle
Chandler Reeves - Clemson University to play football

Also celebrating with these 4 students were 11 students that had previously signed national letters of intent to attend college and participate in athletics.    

Macey Dunaway - Truett-McConnell College to play softball
Matthew Dunaway - Truett-McConnell College to play baseball
Brooke Echols - Troy University to play softball
Jordan Long - Valdosta State to play golf
Lynnlee Mather - Wingate University to play volleyball
Chanel Newcomer - Auburn University at Montgomery to play softball
Parker Pinholster - Auburn University at Montgomery to play softball
Malia Randolph - Hofstra University to play volleyball
Abigail Rogers - North Georgia University to play softball
Sara Sullivan - Truett-McConnell College to play softball
Alexei Young - Agnes Scott College to play softball

On behalf of Eagle's Landing Christian Academy's Athletic Department and the entire ELCA family, we want to extend our congratulations to these great student-athletes.

We currently have 43 athletes competing at the collegiate level this year and it is exciting to know these students will join them next season.
Congratulations to the Varsity Girls' Basketball team 
and Coach Whitlock for making the Final Four in the State. 
It's the first time in ELCA school history a basketball team has made it this far.

ELCA State Wrestling Results

On Friday & Saturday, 2/12 & 2/13/16, the ELCA varsity Wrestling Team competed in the GHSA State wrestling tournament held at the Infinite Energy Arena .
The following wrestlers placed for the Chargers.
Andy Meyer at 113lbs., Dalton Hardeman at 170lbs., Harrison Taylor at 195lbs., & Brayden Rush at 220lbs. each earned 4th place.

Trent Johnson at 138lbs. earned 3rd place, making him the first 4x state placer in ELCA wrestling history.
The team finished in 7th place out of all Single A schools. (2nd out of private Single A schools).
Dates: April 25 th -April 28th
Time: 3:00-5:00
Gender: Girls and Boys
Location: ELCA Gymnasium
Grades:2 nd , 3 rd , 4 th and 5 th
Cost: $60

Discovery Volleyball Camp offers a fun, volleyball environment, where the main focus is building strong fundamentals under positive instruction. Individual skill-work that is taught includes: passing, setting, serving, hitting, defense and blocking, game situations and daily competitions! No prior experience is necessary for this camp. Students will be divided by age and talent level to ensure each player is receiving the best experience possible.
Register by April 15th and receive a free camp t-shirt.
If you have any questions please contact Coach Hegeman: katrina.hegeman@eagleslanding.org

Player Sign Up Sheet
Sponsor Sheet

Follow Coach Jonathan Gess' blog at http://www.elcafootball.blogspot.com/
Class of 2013 Alumnus Isaac Rochell recently enjoyed his spring break from Notre Dame, but not in the way many college students might. 

Last fall, Isaac reached out to several of his mentors connected with ELCA and asked for help in funding a Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic. "In a time when most college kids spend their spring breaks partying in Cancun, I was amazed this young man still had a calling to help others.  I'm proud to call him a friend...but I know (ELCA is) proud to have contributed to the man he has become. He's a poster child for Kingdom Education." ~ Tom Mertz


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. Teresa McKay
Elementary and Middle School Art Teacher
Mrs. McKay 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 Mrs. McKay...
"Mrs. McKay is a wonderful teacher. She never lets you down, always bring you up and never lets you leave her sight without a smile on your face or even laughing. She a very spiritual person, always putting herself last and putting others first because that's what she loves doing best. The list keeps going on and on but she is a terrific teacher."
Congratulations, Mrs. McKay, 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 
Are you r eady 
for  some  springtime  fun?
The PTF Spring Fling is 
coming soon!
   April 15, 2016 - Noon 'til 3:00PM  


This is going to be our biggest and best Spring Fling ever. It  is one of the biggest PTF fundraising events of the year and we need as many parents as possible to volunteer to help that afternoon.

To volunteer, please contact your child's room mom or  Diana Rawls at  dianagrawls@gmail.com. You may also visit  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a4aacaa28a7ff2-spring to sign up for a time slot to man the "bouncy house!"

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 three PTF meetings of this school year on March 9th, April  12th, and May 10th at 3:30PM in room 205.

Nominations for PTF Officers (President, Vice President, and Secretary) will be held at the April 12th meeting. Elections will be held at the May 10th meeting.    All nominations are to be given to Mr. Gilliam no later than 5:00PM, April 12th.

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

Chuck Ekstedt
PTF President
Relay for Life is just around the corner...
Friday, April 22nd, 7:00PM at Hampton High School

The date is Friday, April 22, 
at Hampton High School at 7:00 p.m.  It is best to get there early, though. It runs until 2:00AM because we know cancer doesn't sleep!!

There are lots of ways that you can get involved.

1. You can join our team at www.relayforlife.org/henryga. Team name: ELCA.


2. You can purchase a luminaria in honor or in memory of a loved one. These will be displayed the night of Relay around the track.


3. If you or anyone you know is a survivor, please complete the attached form and give it to Laura Farr or e-mail it in. You are the reason we Relay!

We want to recognize all the survivors we can. The Survivor Dinner is provided free to the survivors and one other guest.  Shane's Rib Shack provides this meal at Hampton High School. The dinner starts at 5:30 pm.
Feel free to contact me at any time if you have questions at  laura.farr@eagleslanding.org

Cookie sales return after Spring Break on Thursdays, April 14th , April 22nd, and April 28  benefitting Relay for Life. Cookies are two for $1.
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.
Where will your child be this summer?

The Young Chargers Enrichment Program
Summer Day Camp
Ages: Rising 1st Grade and up
May 31 - July 22

Online registration COMING SOON!

The mission of the Young Chargers Enrichment Program is to lead young people 
to become good examples in speech, in life, in love, in faith, 
and in purity through character education and recreational activities.

 "ELCA's Got Talent" Show
The Student Council sponsored "ELCA's Got Talent" show has been rescheduled for the fall due to the many conflicts for the date of this year's show. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your continued support in all that the Council proposes.
Calendar Quick View

Mar 17 - 3rd Quarter Ends
Mar 18 - Chick-fil-A Day
Mar 22 - Spring Portraits (K3-5)
Mar 23 - Student Council Bake Sale
Mar 25 - Good Friday (No School)
Mar 28 - Senior Cap & Gown Group Photo
Mar 29 - 8th Grade Washington DC trip departs
Mar 30 - Jamaica and Italy trips depart
Mar 30 - 1st Grade Program - "Crown Him with Many Crowns"
Mar 31 - Alaska and San Diego trips depart
Apr 1 -   Honduras trip departs
Apr 4-8  Spring Break
Apr 15 - Spring Fling (School dismisses at Noon)
Apr 28-30 Spring Drama Production - "Beauty and the Beast"

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