OCTOBER, 2014  
In This Issue...
GHP Nominees Announced
Pink Passion
Canned Food Drive Competition
Fantastic Fine Arts
Martial Arts After School
Christian College Fair
Homecoming is Coming
Elementary Challenges
Lady Chargers Going to State
Media Center News
Grandparent Round Up
Middle School Wilds Trip
PTF Christmas Shoppe
Outstanding Charger Athletes
Alumni Accomplishments
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ELCA Fund?

What Is The ELCA Fund?
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ELCA Fund Update

Coming Soon......

Oct. 14 - PTF Board Meeting 3:30PM

Oct. 15 - PSAT (9th-11th)

Oct. 16 - Fine Arts Patrons Meeting 7:30PM


Oct. 17 - Report Cards go home

Oct. 18 - First Competition for The Mighty Charger Marching Band

Oct. 21 - Christian College Fair

Oct. 22 - The "NED" Show

Oct. 23 - Senior Portrait Re-takes

Oct. 27 - Fall Chorus Concert 7:00PM

Oct. 28 - PLAN test administered to all 9th thru 11th graders

Oct. 28 - Seniors "Apply to College" Day

Oct. 29 - Fourth Grade Special Chapel "Rock Solid"

Oct. 31 - Parade of Nations

Nov.2 - Daylight Savings Time Ends 

Nov. 3-4 - Third grade to Rock Eagle

Nov. 3-7 - Homecoming Week



Thank you for being ALL In!
Thanks so much to each of our families that have made their contribution to this year's ELCA Fund.  Our 3 week Campaign period ended on September 26th with a record 33% parent participation percentage and over $132,000 in pledges/donations.  Although the Campaign period has ended, it is not too late to participate If you have not participated please go to www.elcaonline.org/give for additional information as we strive for 100% parent participation this year.  A higher parent giving percentage opens the door for potential foundation grants that allows additional resources to be obtained for use at our school.  For those that have not yet made their donation or pledge, please expect to be contacted in the next few weeks as we strive for full parent participation with this year's ELCA Fund.  Please contact Director of Development Al Hosford at (678) 818-1031 with any questions.

Georgia GOAL

Are you aware that you can re-allocate the income taxes that you pay to the State of Georgia, support ELCA, and possibly receive a Federal tax deduction? Each year through the Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program. Some students at ELCA receive tuition assistance through a simple program in which you can also potentially benefit.


If you have any questions related to the ELCA Fund or Georgia GOAL, please contact either Vickie Floyd at (678) 818-1078 or Al Hosford at (678) 818-1031. We sincerely appreciate your investment in our school's mission of assisting parents in involving children in a growing relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ through Kingdom Education.


Governor's Honors Program Nominees

ELCA students are making preparations for the State of Georgia's Governor's Honors Program once again this school year. The Georgia Governor's Honors Program (GHP) is a residential summer program for gifted and talented high school students who will be rising juniors and seniors during the program.  The program offers instruction that is significantly different from the typical high school classroom.  It is designed to provide students with academic, cultural, and social enrichment necessary to become the next generation of global critical thinkers, innovators, and leaders. Sophomores and juniors are eligible to be nominated in one of twenty areas. 


ELCA is proud to recognize the following students as 2014-2015 Governor's Honors school level nominees. 


Stephen Blackburn - Theatre

Jake Dallas - Social Studies

Sara Edge - Visual Arts

Allison Hunt - Spanish

Marissa Klakis - Visual Arts

Danny Kim - Mathematics

Callan Russell - Instrumental Music (Trombone)

Chloe Slafka - Dance

Casey Wang -Visual Arts


These students will participate in a county-wide interview process at Stockbridge High School on October 23. The final three nominees will represent ELCA at the State Level interviews in January. Congratulations to each of our GHP nominees!


October 16 - Governor's Honors Program Mock Interviews 

October 23 - GHP County Level Interviews - Stockbridge High School 4:00 P.M.

October 24 - ELCA GHP Finalists announced


We're Giving Cancer the BOOT

The High School Student Council sponsored the school-wide "Pink Out" held Friday, October 3 to support Breast Cancer Awareness. Students donated $1 and wore their pink and their boots and some even wore pink boots! All proceeds went to the ELCA Relay for Life Team. The RFL Team will also be selling cookies each Thursday during lunch. Come prepared with your dollar and enjoy two chocolate chip or sugar cookies! Contact laura.farr@eagleslanding.org for more information on ways to help.
One CAN Make a Difference!
Today marked the beginning of a two-week canned food drive for "Helping In His Name Food Pantry."


We are nearing the holiday season and the pantry is in need. Please begin praying for this activity so that we may satisfy the physical needs of many, but more importantly satisfy the eternal spiritual needs of those lost. We will collect canned foods in designated areas at the school. 

Foods will be collected through Friday, October 24. High school students are taking this especially seriously because the grade that collects the most will win the right to pie their administrator in the face!

Freshmen - drop off with Mrs. Hand / administrator Mr. Gilliam
Sophomores - drop off with Miss Gaugler / administrator Mr. Allen
Juniors - drop off with Mr. Henderson / administrator Mr. Campbell
Seniors - drop off with Dr. Balty / administrator Mrs. George

The Food Pantry is especially in need of:
Sugar, flour, canned meats, tuna, rice, beans, pasta, spaghetti sauces, peanut butter, jelly, soup, hot cocoa, Ensure, Boost, mac & cheese, instant potatoes, grits, cereals, canned fruit and vegetables.

Big News in Fine Arts

The Drama Department took 80 ELCA students to the Georgia Theater Conference in Columbus, GA over the fall break and came back with some impressive honors. 

Students were there from October 8th through October 11th, and performed and competed in three different competitions. Several students received honors for their performances including Stephen Blackburn who won Best Actor among all divisions in the state.


GHSA ONE ACT FESTIVAL: "From: Birmingham Jail"

Best Actor:  Stephen Blackburn

Across all Divisions; Best Actor in the State

Best Costumes

All Star Singer: Dalis delaMothe

All Star Cast:   Malia Randolph

All Star Cast:   Dalis dela Mothe


SETC  ONE ACT FESTIVAL: "The Insanity of Mary Girard"

All Star Cast:  Gigi Pennell



25 Students received their Youth Festival Certificates


Rachel Boozer and Gigi Pennell in
"The Insanity of Mary Girard"

We look forward to supporting the drama students as they continue to compete throughout the year:


On Thursday, October, 30th at 7:00 pm in the Worship Center at ELCA, our SETC team will present a special performance of "The Insanity of Mary Girard".

There is no cost for the show.  The public is invited to attend.  This show has strong themes and is not recommended for young children.  (High School age students and older are encouraged to attend.)


On November 1st, the ELCA GHSA One Act Play team will be going to Warner Robbins to perform "From: Birmingham Jail" in the GHSA State Championships.



On Tuesday, September 23, 2014, ELCA's National Junior Art Honor Society (NJAHS) and National Art Honor Society (NAHS) held a ceremony to induct new members during a small but important meeting.  The newly inducted members are Christopher Johnson (NJAHS), Heather Perkerson (NJAHS), Georgiana Pennell (NAHS) and Amy Young (NAHS).  CONGRATULATIONS GUYS!!!  Additionally, current NJAHS members Ali Austin and Lauren Harrison became members of the NAHS.  Since the NJAHS and NAHS meetings are student run, (with adult supervision of course) Breanna Rogers (President) conducted the ceremony with help from several society officers.  Breanna did an AWESOME Job!!!  Later, during the ceremony the new members were presented with carnations and the primary-colored candles were blown out by the president.  The meeting concluded with an assortment of delicious refreshments provided by various members of the NJAHS and NAHS.  The NJAHS and NAHS next meeting will be held on October 13, 2014, at 4:00 PM.  In the spirit of fall we will meet at the Benton Village-Independent and Assisted Living Home and help the residents welcome fall by painting pumpkins with them.

Written by Ashlyn Donaldson

NJAHS Publication Officer


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!

  facebook.com/elca1970  www.facebook.com/elcafinearts
classes are now being offered 

After School at ELCA



Life Martial Arts' purpose is to prepare children for safe and active lives. Children who participate in martial arts tend to far out-pace their peers in academic and athletic pursuits. 


Classes will begin on Friday, October 17 at 3:30 PM provided the minimum number of students (8) is enrolled. There will be a maximum of 15 students for ages 3-5 years and a maximum of 25 students ages 6 and up. Classes will be held on Fridays through May 22, 2015. 


Enroll now to confirm your spot in this program! 

Please complete the enrollment form and medical/liability release form and return with your $100 deposit by Wednesday, October 15. Your account will be billed 6 monthly installments of $50 (November through May) or you may pay the total cost ($400) in advance. This amounts to less than $15 per class for 27 classes!


Contact Kim Brunette at kim.brunette@eagleslanding.org with any questions. Information and enrollment form is available at www.elcaonline.org/asep.  


Feel free to visit www.lifemartialarts.com for more information regarding this Premier Martial Arts Program. 


Satisfactory determination by Bright from the Start: Georgia Dept of Early Care and Learning in accordance with O.C.G.A. 20-1A-30 et seq. Insured. Background checks on file.


Christian College Fair Coming Soon

Admission representatives from Becker College, Georgia College and State University, Georgia Southern University, Louisiana State University, Mercer University, Samford University, Shorter University, University of Alabama, and Valdosta State University have visited ELCA this month.


While these visits were geared toward juniors and seniors, the North American Coalition for Christian Admissions Professionals (NACCAP) College Fair to be held on October 21 from 10 am to 12 noon in the ELCA gym is targeted to parents and students in grades 9-12.  Representatives from many of the top Christian colleges in North America will be at the fair.   Two financial aid workshops will also be held in the theater room.


All students in grades 9-12 will have the opportunity to visit and talk with representatives from more than 40 major Christian colleges and universities.  Parents are also welcome to come, no registration is required. However, we are asking all of our high school students to pre-check-in at myblueprintstory.com. A list of colleges planning to attend can also be found on this website. We hope to see you at the fair!

Queens and Kings and Hot Dogs and Alumni and Powder Puff and Rough & Tuff and...
Oh, yeah, there's 
, too!

ELCA is gearing up for Homecoming! You'll want to order your homecoming t-shirt right away. Return your order form to your teacher or Mrs. Vicki at the receptionist's desk. 

Click here for homecoming details such as the timeline for Thursday and Friday events and the Homecoming Spirit Dress-Up Days!
It's Elementary...


Elementary students have already competed in two Mental MathChallenges. These are exciting and intense competitions. The students are amazing! Join us at our next competition...we challenge you to come and try to mentally compute numbers as fast as the third, fourth, and fifth grade students. Read all about it and see the results of the first challenge.



ELCA encourages students to read! Every summer we sponsor a Summer Reading Challenge. We had many students participate this year. One student read over 18,000 pages! Read all about it.   


Chargers are Taking it to the TOP!
Our Charger athletes have performed wonderfully so far this fall...especially our Varsity Volleyball and Softball teams. Each is currently embarking on State play-offs with the Volleyball team playing Tuesday, October 14 and the Softball team resuming on Wednesday, October 22. Come out and support our girls. Click here for the volleyball schedule and here for the softball schedule. 
Go Chargers!

Charger Wrestling sign-ups are going on now! First practice is Monday, October 27. See Coach Johnson for details.

Stay up-to-date with athletic news:

Media Center Scoop


Our annual  
Scholastic Book Fair 
was a huge success this year. The theme this year was Sir Read-a-lot's Castle: Kingdom of Books. Thanks to our wonderful volunteers, the elementary library was decorated like the entrance to a castle complete with a drawbridge, horse, and knights. All students PK3-6th grade were able to visit and shop throughout the week. The PTF provided gift certificates for our Summer Reading Champions. We had a huge jar full of mints with a sign that read" How many mints does it take to freshen a dragon's breath?" William Kilpatrick in Mrs. Duncan's class won a $5 Scholastic gift certificate for guessing the correct number of mints in the jar. Finally, many wonderful books were purchased by students, staff, and family members. Because of the tremendous success, we were able to purchase many books to add to our shelves in both libraries. Thanks to everyone who helped to make this year's


Scholastic Book Fair a success. More Photos.



Reading Buddies

One of the benefits of having PK3 through 12th grade students together in one building is the opportunity to build relationships between older and younger students. Younger students, PK3 - 3rd graders, have the opportunity to have an older student, 4th graders and older, read with them for 10-15 minutes a week. When possible, the students are paired 1:1 to read together. The students spend time reading and discussing the book and getting to know each other.


According to the Family Literacy Foundation, "Having a parent or other caring person read aloud with their children helps children learn listening skills, vocabulary and language skills, as well as, develop imagination and creativity." With the influx of technology, fewer families are spending time reading to their children. Every student, regardless of age, benefits from the time spent reading and the bond formed between the students is lasting. The goal of the ELCA Libraries for each ELCA student is to experience both having a reading buddy and being a reading buddy. More Photos.

Grandparent Round-Up
Grandparents' Day 2014

ELCA welcomed grandparents from all across the country Friday, September 5, as we celebrated Grandparents' Day. Students in preschool, kindergarten and first grade performed in the cafe while grandparents enjoyed breakfast provided by the PTF. Later, the 2nd thru 5th graders performed in the Worship Center...complete with corn patch jokesters! 

Grandparents seemed to completely enjoy the time spent with their grandchildren in their classrooms and students loved presenting their grandparents with the gifts they had prepared.

Oldest Grandparent - Beulah Boozer - 89 years young

Most Grandchildren - David & Charlotte Mussell - (51 grandchildren!) GREAT Grandparents to the Colin children. 

Middle School Students Go to the Wilds

The WILDS Spiritual Emphasis Week was once again a wonderful success. The camp's mission is to serve our school by presenting the Truth of God with the love of God to our students. Among the various activities and programs we experienced at the WILDS are following.


* Solid Bible preaching

* Inspiring music

* Fun and godly staff members

* Good food

* A wide variety of thrilling, out-of-the-ordinary activities like the Giant Swing, the Land Trolley, the Summit (team-building ropes and wires course), THE WILDS Links (mini golf), Cool Beans Coffee Shop, Lake activities, paintball, and much more.


Extra benefits that naturally come as a result of being together as a student body include:

* Opportunities for students to see their teachers as "real people"

* Daily scheduled opportunities for teachers/sponsors to spiritually mentor a small group of students through follow-up discussions and cabin devotions

* School testimony times


Designed carefully and scheduled strategically, Spiritual Emphasis Weeks are a great way to get the school year on the right track. For the past ten years, by God's grace, we have seen our students make life changing decisions for God through a week at The WILDS.

Coming Soon....
The PTF Christmas Shoppe is coming in December! Make plans to stop by the elementary library and shop December 2-5. There will be a variety of Christmas gifts for children and adults of all ages as well as free gift wrapping. Please make plans to sign up to volunteer and allow your child to shop for their Christmas presents. More information to come in the next newsletter.
Outstanding Charger Athletes
Daz Cameron's USA baseball team won the Gold in the 18U COPABE Pan American Championship in La Paz, Mexico last month  The team finished with a perfect record of 10-0, outscoring their opponents 110-5!


Daz had an amazing series. He hit 2 homeruns, one of which was a grand slam.  He had 7 RBIs for that game which tied a 2004 record for the number of RBIs in a game.  Three players broke the previous RBI record of 18 set in 2010. Daz and another player had 19, but a teammate surpassed that with 24.  This qualified their team to play in the world championship games which will be held next August in Japan.

Jeffrey Uzzell was invited to participate in the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing China. He left on August 13th and was there for 16 days (8/13-8/29). There were 3700 athletes from 204 countries competing in the Olympics. He earned his spot on Team USA through his involvement with USA Track & Field (USATF) which is the National Governing Body for track & field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world'd oldest organized sports, the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the number 1 high school and junior high school particpatory sport and more than 30 mission adult runners in the US. While in Nanjing, Jeffrey not only participated in the track and field athletic competitions but also in cultural and educational programs. 

Way to go, guys! We are proud of you!
Kudos in the Alumni Corner

Class of 2014 graduate, Braxton Harris, student at Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, has graduated from the Army ROTC Leader Training course at Fort Knox, Ky. Harris, the son of Linda Harris of McDonough. Congratulations, Braxton!

 Register for the Driver's Education Program at ELCA.
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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 www.elcaonline.org/news. Also, breaking news updates and reminders will be posted on our social media venues.  





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