eNewsletter ~ MARCH  2017


We hope you have enjoyed the testimonial videos that have come your way this week!

Watch for your favorite ELCA teacher or student in the remaining days of our 10-day focus period for the Greater Things Campaign, which continues through Friday, March 24!

Join us on the journey!

The Fine Arts Department along with the Fine Arts Patrons 
is proud to announce the opening of the
Tuesday, March 21
Drop In 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Snacks, desserts and drinks
Main Foyer

Door prizes will be awarded for stopping in...need not be present to win.

See a sampling of the work of ELCA art students from all grades! 
The gallery's interchangeable displays, located in the balcony lobby, will display creations by our ELCA students for years to come!

Each year the Elementary library hosts BOOK CHARACTER DAY. It is the largest library fundraiser of the year, and  YOUR participation helps us add HUNDREDS  of wonderful NEW books to our shelves! 

Preschool and elementary students dress as their favorite book character on  Friday, March 24, 2017. Find your BCD form here.

Parade begins at 8:05 A.M. 
Parents, friends, and family are invited  to line the halls to 
watch the parade. 

APRIL 3 - 7

Have a fun and safe 
spring break!

There will be no ELCA day camps during this break.

What is Spring Fling? 
Only the most FUNderful afternoon 
of the spring at ELCA!

On Thursday, April 13, school will dismiss at noon for all students and the fun will begin! There will be Bungee Swings, Zip Line, Rock Wall, Wipe Out and MORE! 

Get prepared to have a great day by ordering, in advance, your...

Contest: The class with the highest % participation in ticket/wrist band sales will be allowed to go to Spring Fling 30 minutes earlier than all other ELCA students! Return your ticket order form by Friday, March 31 to count!

Congratulations to  Xia Hardy for winning 
the  Spring Fling T-shirt design contest! Her design appears on this year's cool, royal blue tie-dye Spring Fling t-shirt and Xia will receive a free t-shirt, free admission to Spring Fling and 2 homework passes! Great job, Xia!

Thursday, April 13 - Noon 'til 3:00PM
( There is no after-school care on this day
School dismisses at Noon)

Friday, April 14 is  GOOD FRIDAY
No School.

It's a WIN-WIN!

Not only is this an easy way for your like-minded friends and family members to learn more about ELCA, you can earn a tuition credit for up to
for each new student you refer to ELCA for the 2017-18  s chool year.

We invite you to accompany your friends and/or family members to the Prospective Parent Reception.

Summer opportunities abound at ELCA! 
Check out some of the camps that are being planned!

ELCA Recreational Day Camps
May 30 - July 21

Mini Chargers Enrichment Program
(K3-K5 ELCA Students Only)

  Young Chargers Enrichment Program
Rising 1st thru 6th Grades

7:00AM - 6:30PM

CAMP 323 
A joint venture of ELCA and ELFBC
June 12-16

Full Day Camp 
(Students completing grades 1-6)
Over the course of five days, your child will participate in  twenty-five  (five more than last year!) different activities. They will Play It, Create It, Perform It, Learn It, and Rec It as they carry out the theme of our camp...
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord . Colossians  3:23

Half-Day Camp for Preschool Ages  (4 years by 9/1/17 - K5)

Fast Forward
  • June 19 - 22  Math Boot Camp (Rising 3rd - 5th Grades)
  • June 19 - 22  Art Camp (Rising 1st - 5th Grades) 
  • June 19 - 22  Summer Basketball Camp
  • June 26 - 29  Math Boot Camp (Rising 1st and 2nd Grades)
  • June 26-29 LEGO Camp (Rising 3rd - 5th Grades)
  • June 26 - 29 Code 2 Life (5th-10th Grades) TENTATIVE
  • July 10 - 13 Super Science Camp (Upper elementary grades)
  • July 10-13  Art Camp (Rising 1st - 5th Grades) 
  • July 17-20 LEGO Camp (Rising 1st - 2nd Grades) 


It is a pleasure to announce that Alexandria Austin has been named the 2017 STAR Student for ELCA.  Ali selected Mrs. Shelley McNeight, her junior AP English teacher, as ELCA's STAR Teacher...the teacher who has had the most influence on her education.  Ali received this recognition on the basis of her SAT scores and scholastic average.

Ali and Mrs. McNeight were honored by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Foundation, the Henry County Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Department of Education at a breakfast on February 16t at Eagle's Landing Country Club. 
We are honored to have Ali and Mrs. McNeight represent ELCA as the STAR student and STAR teacher for 2017.

2017 Washington Youth Tour

Central Georgia EMC has selected ELCA sophomore, Kelli Crews, as a 2017 Washington Youth Tour winner. The Washington Youth Tour is a top-notch tour of our nation's capital that includes meetings with state and national leaders and leadership training, as well as visiting all the major sights.

To be considered, Kelli completed an application, 
wrote an essay explaining  why she wanted to 
participate and what she hopes to accomplish 
through the program, and underwent an interview process. She will travel to Washington, DC in June.

Congratulations, Kelli!

Second, third, and fourth grade students participated in the ACSI Spelling Bee which was held on February 13, 2017, at Strong Rock Christian School in Locust Grove, Georgia. Each class in second, third, and fourth grades held spelling bees to determine two class winners. Another spelling bee was held to determine the  four students from each grade to compete in the ACSI Spelling Bee. There were six schools represented at this spelling bee. A 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place winner was determined for each grade.   

2nd Grade Winners:
Rori Ellison
Seth Henry
Maleeya Jennings
Mariah Murphy

3rd Grade Winners:
Erik Lundstrom
Michelle Mills
Emily Moghaddam
Caleb Wiggins

4th Grade Winners:
Tamia Goff
Alex Roman
Collier White
Zachary Wilson
Fifth grade students participated in the ACSI Spelling Bee on February 6, 2017 at Strong  Rock Christian School.

5th Grade Winners:
Aralyn Clements-King
Lily Cozart
Zion Platt
Kylen Smith
Congratulations to the following students for placing in the ACSI Spelling Bee.
Aralyn Clements-King- 1st place
Zion Platt - 4th place
Aralyn and Zion qualified to compete in the 5th through 8th grade Spell-off.
ELCA hosted the ACSI Math Olympics on Friday, March 10, 2017.   ELCA students competed against students from seven other schools in the areas of computation and reasoning. It was a great math day!
Congratulations to the following students that qualified for the 2017 ACSI Math Olympics.
3rd Grade
Golden Brown
Michelle Mills
Noah Heller
Judah Tyler
Matt Harrell
Xander Dossett
4th Grade
Dorey Harrell
Allison Hinton
Alex Roman
Lizzie Sekar
Collier White
Caleb Bragg
5th Grade
Devansh Patel
Aralyn Clements-King
Kylen Smith
Nico Mathew
Matthew Johnson
Kara Anthony
6th Grade
Belle Divine
Lily Wu
Mark Meng
Miller Doerr
Nicolas Lemons
Makenna Freeman
7th Grade
Andrew Appleby
Nadia Osmani
Bria Bellamy
Joshua Platt
Jason Reynolds
Grace van Verseveld
8th Grade
Han Wei
Rebekah Duren
Joseph White
Sarah Johnson
Hallie Baffic
Bella Bell
ELCA students did a wonderful job!  The following 3rd - 8th grade students placed in computation and reasoning categories:
3rd Grade Reasoning
Michelle Mills - 1st place plus received a medal for high score
Alexander Dossett - 4th place
4th Grade Reasoning
Lizzie Sekar - 2nd place
5th Grade Reasoning
Aralyn Clements-King - 2nd place
Nico Mathew - 4th place
5th Grade Computation
Kylen Smith - 1st place plus received a medal for high score
Devansh Patel - 2nd place
Matthew Johnson - 3rd place
6th Grade Reasoning
Lily Wu - 1st place plus received a medal for high score
Miller Doerr - 1st place plus received a medal for high score
Makenna Freeman - 2nd place
6th Grade Computation
Belle Divine - 1st place plus received a medal for high score
Mark Meng - 2nd place
7th Grade Reasoning
Hallie Baffic - 5th place
Colin Cox - 4th place
7th Grade Computation
Andrew Appleby  - 3rd place
Jason Reynolds - 5th place
8th Grade Computation
Hallie Baffic - 1st place
Hann Wei - 2nd place

ELCA had 36 students to participate in the Math Olympics. The students won 17 ribbons. Six 1st place, five medals for high score, six 2nd place, three 3rd place, one 4th place, one 5th place.
Way to go ELCA students!

Congratulations to the following students who participated in the recent ACSI Creative Writing Festival.

Their entries included poems, essays and short stories. All 18 entries received recognition. Their ratings are as follows:
Good (5)
Excellent (11)
Superior (2)
Monica Coutin-Baxter- 4th
Lizzie Sekar- 4th
Kara Anthony-5th
Kristen Capp- 5th
Cameron Ingram-5th
Tamia Goff-4th
Skyler Lindstrom-4th
Leia McCrary-4th
London Aguillard- 5th
Lillie Cozart- 5th
Bryson Fields- 5th
Lucas Roby- 5th
Hannah Stone- 5th
Belle Divine - 6th
Miller Doerr - 6th 
McKenzie Langston- 6th
A ralyn Clements-King -5th
Scarlett Biggers- 7th
Aralyn and Scarlett's entries will move on to the next regional event. 
Congratulations to all of these students and thank you for representing ELCA in this event.

Mock Job Interview Fair

ELCA  hosted the 3rd annual Mock Job Interview Fair for juniors and seniors on March 6-7. Our students had the opportunity to practice employment readiness skills, dressing for success, and interviewing techniques.

Thank you to all of our interviewers from the ELCA community! 

You're Invited!

Because He Lives
Easter Musical

Performed by our 5th grade students
Wednesday, March 29

8:20 AM - Worship Center

The ELCA Concert Band has been invited to participate in the Southern Star Music Festival this coming May, and will be competing with other high schools from around the state for top honors.

band banquet  was held last week with marvelous food and the  celebration of our students and accomplishments for this year. There was an awards ceremony acknowledging the hard work of the students, a showcase of the new marching band uniforms, and a big reveal of the  show for next year as well as the new Fine Arts logo! 

The Mighty Charger Marching Band is only open to grades 7-12, meaning that anyone from 6-11th grade can apply for membership to next year's group. 

The show for 2017-18 is tentatively titled "The Least of These," and is going to follow the story of a girl who is uprooted from her life and falls into brokenness. She is then saved by a redeeming character that restores her to fullness. We close the show with "Jesus Paid It All" to draw a parallel between her redemption from her physical circumstances and the redemption freely offered to us through Jesus. 

Contact Mr. Sosebee for more information! 

ACSI Choral Festival

The High School Chorus earned "Superior" today from all three judges.  They even received a perfect score from one of the judges!  

I'm very proud of the students for the excellent performance and for their behavior.  ~Tracey Fuller

Congratulations, students!

ACSI ART Festival

ELCA High School Art received the following awards at the ACSI art festival:

10 Excellent
2 Superior
Best In Show Black & White drawing went to Bowen Ye.
Best In Show Color Drawing went to Ali Austin.

Middle School Received:
6 excellent
4 superior
Best In Show Mixed Media went to Divya Scott.

High School:
Front: Olivia Duffy, Bowen Ye, Olivia Tinsley, Kaylah Bruno. Back: Brittany Baikie, Ali Austin, Kaitlyn Yancey,  Molly Boivin,  Bryanna Evans, Heather Perkerson, Samantha Mitchell,  Cam Halron,  Luke Jones,  Josh Mays.
Not pictured: Madison Shelnutt, Jordyn Street

Middle School Participants:
Front: Miller Doerr, Jack Smith, Maggie Hinton, Brinnly Parker, Divya Scott, Abby Phillips.  Back: Asia Queen, Reagan Starr, Caity Patterson, Olivia Naquin, Courtney Pollock, Ashton Schuerman, Lily Wu, Mychael Gullatt.
National Art Honor Society Induction

Our National Art Honor Society Induction Ceremony was held on Thursday, March 9 at 5:30 in the choral suite. All NAHS members and their families were invited to attend the ceremony with a small reception and were treated to a "sneak peek" of the new ELCA art gallery.

The following students were inducted into the 16-17 chapter, the list includes renewing members as well:
Eriana Ansley
Ali Austin
Molly Boivin
Heather Boozer
Kylah Brabson
Kaylah Bruno
Olivia Duffy
Katie Earl
Bryson Echols
Bryanna Evans
Alyssa Gjertsen
Reagan Johnson
Elizabeth Lazo
Anna Martin
Samantha Mitchell
Jordyn Street
Emily Stuber
Madison Shelnutt
Kennedy Thomas
Olivia Tinsley
Jordan Tucker
Katie Wallace

Twenty-four of Mrs. Janie Dunn's piano students attended the ACSI piano festival on Friday, March 3rd in Lilburn, GA.  All received a superior rating with three receiving a superior plus rating!!  


Jodi Carrigan, mom of Alex (K4) and Cason (2nd grade) works with the primates at Zoo Atlanta. She visited Mrs. Cannon's classroom on Monday, February 13, to give a presentation for all of kindergarten on Ivan, the silverback gorilla. 

Ivan's story has been told in a book written by Katherine Applegate and illustrated by Patricia Castelao. It is in the development stages of becoming a movie and Mrs. Carrigan is a consultant on the project. 

The One and Only Ivan is a winner of the prestigious Newbery Medal. The Newbery is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution of that year to American literature for children. The book is a work of fiction, but the inspiration for this imagined tale lies with a true story.


Mrs. Pollock's 5th grade students spent some time helping their kindergarten buddies sort the various types of marshmallows, then they are used graph paper to make a pictograph. After they finished the graph, the 5th graders helped the kindergarten students explain which column of marshmallow had the most, least, and if there were any that were equal. We usually read with our buddies, but we decided to try a math activity this time. After they finished, they received a bonus bag of cereal and enjoyed a snack, too.
Third Grade took a field trip to Cochran Mill Nature Center on Monday, March 13. Students learned about reptiles and got to pet a snake, baby alligator and turtle. They also learned about backyard habitats and made a pinecone birdfeeder. Finally, they learned about rocks and minerals and got to observe and hold different types of rocks. We finished with a trip to a park for very chilly lunch!


We had fun celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday! We read many of his books and did some really neat activities!  After reading One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, we sorted colored goldfish and graphed our results! 
During centers, different groups participated in a Dr. Seuss STEM activity! We used two different sized cups (2 inch cups and 5 inch cups) and stacked them to build a tower. Then, we measured the height of each tower using a yardstick after discussing how many rulers it would take to equal the yardstick! The students had to think creatively and strategically in order to build their tower the tallest! We stacked many different ways- bottom to bottom, top to top, and using index cards (after some trial and errors!). When asking the students which one was the easiest to stack, their responses were quite similar- the smaller cups because they were easier to hold in their little hands! Some also suggested putting more cups on the bottom because it would help it balance better! 

Feedback gathered from the 2017 State of School survey indicated that our parents overwhelmingly enjoyed viewing the 2017 State of School from home. 

Parents were encouraged to view the presentation on January 30, but before February 10, to count towards incentives for their students. Middle and high school students received a homework pass. Students in elementary and preschool classrooms with the highest percentage of parent viewership will receive an ice cream party. 

Mrs. Cannon's kindergarten class was the winner for grades PK3-1 
and Mrs. Duren's 2nd grade class was the winner for grades 2-5.


Did you catch this photo on Twitter? If not, you're missing a lot! Check out all the ways to stay connected to ELCA on social media on our home page at 

SAGE Chef Robert Batello gives students a bread baking demonstration.
Spot the Dots!
In celebration of National Nutrition Month, SAGE is hosting Spotlight Day in the Eagle Cafe!
The SAGE Spotlight Program® helps guide students' food choices. It encourages a healthy relationship with food that is both fun and nutritious. There are no "bad" foods with the Spotlight Program. Instead, all foods fit when you practice variety, balance, and moderation.
Spotlight uses a color-coded system to show each food item's nutritional value. Green, yellow, and red dots are used to indicate how often foods should appear on a student's plate.
Green-dot foods are the foundation of your plate. Every day, add a variety of green-dot foods to at least half of your plate for added color and nutrients.
Yellow-dot foods add a mix of nutrients and flavors to your plate. Balance your plate by filling one-quarter to one-half of it with yellow-dot foods.
Red-dot foods provide valuable nutrients, but also contain some you want to moderate. Focusing on portion or frequency is a great way to enjoy red-dot foods. Reserve one-quarter of your plate for red-dot foods, or add them to your plate only a couple times a week.
Look for the dots on the menu to help guide your choices! 

Recipe of the Montha light, easy Red Quinoa Tabbouleh! Try it as a fresh, healthy side dish!

Our SAGE team is a great resource for you and they are eager to help you in any way.

ELCA Charger Cheer
Middle School, JV, and Varsity Information:
All 5 th - 11 th grade girls interested in trying out for ELCA Cheer need to stop by Mrs. Reagan's room (Middle School #617) and pick up a tryout packet.
Tryouts:  March 20 th - March 24 th (Clinic will be held Monday, Tuesday and Thursday - Tryouts will be Friday)
Uniform Fitting, Parent Meeting and Deposit Due:  Tuesday, April 11 th
Youth Cheer Information coming soon!
Please contact Heather Reagan, heather.reagan@eagleslanding.org if you have any questions. 
P.E. Stands for Pretty Exciting!

More PE "You Did What?!?!"

It happened again.....
and 4 days later it happened AGAIN!  

Yes sports fans, we had 2 students win the "You Did What?!?! Amazing Shot Award" in February.  Congratulations to 7 th grader Conner Woods and 4th grader Kennedy Lockwood!  Conner was in the middle of a highly competitive game of kickball when he kicked the ball into the basketball hoop, nothing but net.  Kennedy was also playing kickball when she kicked a perfect bank shot.  The PE Department is proud to say this brings our total awards to 3 this year.  During the first week, of school Isaiah Haralson won our first ever "You Did What?!?! Amazing Shot Award".  Who will be next?

The ELCA Touchdown Club invites you to join the 2 nd Annual Tournament of Champions at Eagle's Landing Country Club Monday, April 17 th .  You can register at http://birdeasepro.com/ELCATDClub

**If you own a company we would love for you to help sponsor our tournament or sponsor a team at our tournament.  We only have spots for 27 teams.  Please spread the word and the link! 

ELCA 2017 World Impact Group to Nicaragua

NICARAGUA: ELCA has been visiting the village of Padre Ramos, Nicaragua for many years, where they minister to the people of that region while based at the Padre Ramos Youth Ranch. The missionaries who run the Youth Ranch, Toney and Debbie Jones, are from McDonough and are committed to providing for the basic needs of the people including food and water, medical clinics, community centers, vocational training, church services and other sustainable efforts. Our group joined in these efforts while there and also had the opportunity to visit Cerro Negro, which is located just outside of Leon, Nicaragua. This active volcano is the only one in the world where you can "surf" down on a board.  The hour-long climb up is certainly worth the thrill of descending...with speeds up to 60mph!
"Yadira has been going to the ranch since she was a baby and has been loved by many of the students who have gone on the ELCA Nicaragua trips. She was recently diagnosed with a tumor between her kidneys and liver and her body wasn't able to survive the surgery that took place during the time of our trip. The ELCA team took up a love offering to help with her burial expenses and still continue to minister to her mother, Carmen, through messages and prayer." ~Teresa McKay

NEW ORLEANS: " This is year's mission trip to NOLA was a great trip in many ways. One of those ways was that we were able to hang insulation and sheetrock in a home that was flooded back in August in Denham Springs, La. There are still thousands of homes still gutted that need to be rebuilt 6 months later. It was a blessing to see our teens take on the challenge to learn in a short period how to hang sheetrock and then accomplish such a huge task in a short period of time. One of the many blessings for me this trip was, never did I hear one student complain when we were working or when we had to make changes in the schedule due to unforeseen challenges. The parents of these teens can be very proud of their students for their hard work and dedication to missions." ~Mike Haralson

Please continue to join us in praying for the trips that will be departing in the coming weeks...for the safety of our groups and that lives will be changed and people will come to know Christ.
Middle school trips leaving soon are Washington, DC and The Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY.

Groups from high school will head to Alaska, Honduras, Jamaica, Great Britain and Uganda.

What did you do on MLK, Jr Day? 
Some of our ELCA students and teachers volunteered with 
Habitat for Humanity. 
Early Learning Academy K3 teachers, Angie Yancey and Grace Lee, along with ELCA students  Kaitlyn Yancey (Senior), Taylor Martin (Junior) and Kelli Crews (Sophomore) volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in Hampton on January 16. Taylor's mom is an employee at Georgia Power and she recruited the ELCA troop to join in.
Kaitlyn was interviewed by TV crew and asked about Volunteering with Habitat and what working with her family on MLK Day meant to her. She said, "I have always wanted to work with Habitat for Humanities. It's is such a great organization that helps others, especially today being able to come together as a community on MLK Day."

Thanks for all of your support of the 2017 LifeWay Book Fair! Although it was a huge success, we still have the opportunity to purchase items and receive credit for it. If your church, small group Bible study, or your extended family needs anything that LifeWay sells, this is the time to buy it! Please contact Jena Pinder or shop at the LifeWay retail store in Morrow and mention ELCA to help support our ELCA Libraries.

Mrs. Harrell (8th Grade Math Teacher) is the latest 
Gold Bolt Employee of the Month!

Thank you, Mrs. Harrell, for all you do to make ELCA great!

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 experiences and help us choose our 
next Gold Bolt Employee  at  

Join Coach Gess for
The Crucible: Dad Prayer Time

Join me every Wednesday for a prayer time for dads at 5:58 AM in the weight room. 

All dads are invited and you may bring your son if you wish. 

The most powerful weapon we have for our sons is prayer.  The very thing we neglect is prayer.  I am convinced there is spiritual warfare that is being fought to prevent dads and moms from praying for and with their children.  

This is an opportunity to gather as a group, hold each other accountable and fight the fight together.  Alumni dads are invited as well dads of younger groups. 

"Men are looking for better methods.  God is looking for better Men.  Men are God's methods."  E.M. Bounds

Coach Gess
Head Football Coach

Join Coach Allen and Other Parents to Pray for our families and students.

Praying Parents
Thursdays at 8:00 AM
Music Suite - Room 233


Are you looking for a  Carpool Partner?

Carpool Partners can be a big help 
and lots of fun!

if you are interested in being connected with an ELCA family near you.


Mar 13-24 - Greater Things Campaign Focus
Mar 20-21 AdvancEd Visit
Mar 21 - Gallery Opening-ELCA Visual Arts 
Mar 24 - Book Character Day
Mar 31 - Chick-fil-A Friday
Apr 3-7 - Spring Break
Apr 13 - Spring Fling (school dismisses at Noon)
Apr 14 - Good Friday - No School
Apr 25 - Prospective Parent Reception-Hazlehurst House

See the full calendar at 
Eagle's Landing Christian Academy