The Fruit of Generosity
During our spring break I had the privilege of accompanying 32 of our Grades 10-12 students, along with 7 sponsors, to the Dominican Republic. For six days our team worked at various sites including the construction of a retaining wall and sidewalk at an Adventist School, painting a newly constructed Maranatha Adventist Church, ministering to children and adults at a medical clinic in a small town called Higuey, conducting VBS programs at a school and church and participating in an evening evangelistic series. On our last night of our mission trip Pr. Wilson asked each member of our team to reflect on an experience during the trip that had made a significant impact on us personally during our time in the Dominican Republic. As I reflected back on our trip what stood out to me was the outstanding generosity of our students. I was inspired and blessed by the tremendous effort each student gave in looking out for the needs of others. Whether they were shoveling cement, picking up garbage, braiding hair, singing songs, preaching, translating a message, tending to the wounds of a team mate, sharing a craft, pushing a wheel barrel full of rocks, donating money to fix the toilets or blackboards in the school, our students were kind-hearted and generous and they brought their best efforts forward. In Galatians 5:22-23, Paul defines the fruit of the Spirit as “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control”. I am grateful for the opportunity God gave us in the Dominican Republic to demonstrate the heart of Jesus and the fruits of His Spirit! It is my prayer that the fruit of generosity will continue to be evident in our students as we continue our journey of being transformed into God’s image at Chinook Winds Adventist Academy.
GRADE 9 CLASS FUNDRAISER: The Grade 9 class will be selling every Tuesday to the Elementary and every Tuesday & Thursday to the Jr. & Sr. High “Baked Goods & Frozen Treats” for prices of $0.25 to $1.50 depending on the treat. This will help the class raise funds for their Year End Celebration. Thank you for your support!
BADMINTON: Junior High Badminton Wednesday, April 15 and Senior High Badminton Thursday, April 16, 8 am to 4 pm at the Sunridge Badminton Centre.
CWAA GETS DIRTY! ALL parents are invited to join our students and staff in a fantastic community service opportunity at GROW CALGARY! On Monday, May 11 and Tuesday, May 12 our students & staff will be given the opportunity to spend two hours helping “Grow Calgary” plant seeds, water & weed! Grow Calgary is Canada’s largest urban agricultural farm located right down the road from us (behind the big parking lot beside the Victory Bible College)! The goal of Grow Calgary is to plant and grow fresh produce for the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank to ensure all Calgarians have access to healthy, local food. This year Grow Calgary has a goal of planting 5-6 million seeds this season, starting in May so our volunteer time will be useful in helping Grow Calgary reach their goal this year! We will be the first school group to come this year! (For more information about Grow Calgary, you can visit www.growcalgary.ca/.) Our proposed schedule for our students/staff/parents is as follows: Monday, May 11, Grades 7-9 from 10:30 a.m. -12:45 p.m. and Grades K-3 students from 12:50 – 3:10 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, Grades 10-12 from 10:30 a.m. -12:45 p.m. and Grades 4-6 students from 12:50 – 3:10 p.m. Students/staff/parent volunteers will be transported to/from the community garden by bus. If you would like to volunteer with your child’s teachers, please let us know! We will need parent volunteers for this community service to ensure we meet our 1:8 adult/student ratio. Parents with young siblings are also welcome to come! Come out on May 11 & 12 and get your hands dirty in God’s great soil and make a huge difference!
CWAA MUSIC TOUR: The CWAA Music Tour to Winnipeg will include Grades 7-12 Concert Choir and Band members. The tour will take place from May 13 to May 18 and will include stops in Medicine Hat, Regina, Portage la Prairie, Moose Jaw and Swift Current. We are excited that we get to give concerts to new audiences and see parts of Canada that we don’t often get to see. There are 6 concerts on our itinerary and we know that many people will be blessed as a result of the music that we will share.
Mrs. Miranda is looking for volunteers to join the group as chaperones for this trip. If you are interested in going please contact her ASAP. All volunteers must have a valid criminal record check on file at CWAA. If you require a letter to request this please notify the school office.
JUNIOR/SENIOR HIGH PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES: Grades 7-12 Parents; we are inviting you to an evening of conferences with your student’s teachers on Thursday, April 30 from 4-8 pm. We look forward to seeing you here! Please contact the office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 403-286-5686 to schedule your 15 minute appointment to meet with your student’s teachers.
SEEK AND SERVE MINISTRY: Will NOT be held during the month of April. Meetings will resume in May.
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IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
Apr 20 Teacher Professional Day/No School for Students
Apr 20 CWAA Board Meeting 7 pm
Apr 21 CWAA Constituency Meeting 7 pm
Apr 24 End of Term 3/Secondary
Apr 25 Concert Choir at Calgary Central Church
Apr 28 Kindergarten Grad Photos
Apr 28 CUC Acronaires Show at 9:30 (Secondary Chapel time)
Apr 29 Secondary Report Cards Sent Home
Apr 30 Secondary Parent Teacher Interviews 4-8 pm
May 9 Concert Choir at Northwinds Church
May 11 CALGARY GROW!
May 12 CALGARY GROW!
May 13-18 Grade 7-12 Concert Band & Choir Tour
May 18 Victoria Day/No School
May 19 CWAA Board Meeting 7 pm
May 24-27 Grade 5/6 Outdoor Education School
May 30-31 Grade 12 Graduation
June 1 K/Grade 6 Graduation
June 4 K-12 Spring Concert 7 pm
June 15 CWAA Board Meeting 7 pm
June 18 Grade 9 Year End Celebration 7-9 pm
I hope you had a safe and restful spring break! Many staff and students in our school family travelled extensively during the break. I am thankful for God’s protection on each of us – whether we went to a far-away destination or stayed here in Calgary!
“The Lord is my light and my salvation—so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?” (Psalm 27:1 NLT).
Pastor Brent Wilson