One of the greatest joys of this year for me personally has been to teach Bible to our Grade 11 students. Since September we have studied the books of Romans and Daniel, we have engaged in dozens of discussions about SDA values & beliefs, and we have served in many capacities. Last month I invited my students to participate in a 60-day challenge to take on the mind of Christ so they could experience a transformation in their lives. In our discussions many students expressed a desire to experience more power and victory in their lives over their daily challenges. So I challenged my students to set aside daily time to ‘watch and listen to Jesus’. I too joined in the challenge. We are nearly half way through with March 7 being the end date! I have been praying daily that God will pour out His power on each student who is participating. I have seen God’s hand at work – not only in my life but in the lives of my students.
How do we take on the mind of Christ? According to Paul, we can actually have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16) and it’s not even that difficult! In order to have the mind of Christ we must simply get to know Him by watching & listening to Him. As we watch & listen to Him our lives will come under His influence and the Holy Spirit will dwell in us, instruct us, and fill us with wisdom and we will take on the mind of Christ. The only way we can experience this is to commit to meeting with Jesus each and every day to study Him. (Think of it as a ‘coffee date’ with Jesus every day!) If we’re serious about taking on His mind, we must get to know Him in an intentional way.
I would like to invite you – our parents – to join the Grade 11 class in this challenge to “be transformed by the renewal of your mind” (Romans 12:2). Commit to spending daily time with Jesus directly and take on the mind of Jesus. On March 7 join my students and I in our celebration of God’s transforming power!
CWAA CHARACTER VALUE FOR FEBRUARY: During the month of February we are focusing on the character of God – FORGIVENESS. “Whoever forgives someone’s sin makes a friend.” Proverbs 17:9
TERM 2 SECONDARY REPORT CARDS: Are being sent home today, Monday, February 1, 2016. We look forward to sharing the progress each child has made in this first half of the school year. If you have any questions about your child’s academic progress, please do not hesitate to contact teachers directly by email, phone or personal appointment.
JUNIOR HIGH PARENT-TEACHERS CONFERENCES: On February 2, 2016 from 4-8 p.m., all Grades 7-9 parents are cordially invited to book a time to discuss their child’s mid-year progress with their child’s teachers. Please contact the office at 403-286-5686 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment. Thank you for your support and interest in your child’s academic progress!
CWAA ANTI-BULLYING AWARENESS WEEK: February 1-5, 2016 CWAA is proud to be participating in an Anti-Bullying Awareness Week. We are participating in this important event because we know our school (just like any other school) is not immune to bullying and we can make a difference through education and awareness! Bullying is a community issue (and not solely a school problem), so we invite all community members (parents, pastors, community partners) to join us! We intend to build relationships among our students, educate our community (students and parents) about bullying behaviors and how to stop bullying, and engage in acts of compassion during this week! Some of the activities that we will be doing include classroom pairings to build relationships and empathy skills, Anti-Bullying Chapels, Dress Up Day! (Thursday), and wear ‘Stand Up To Bullying’ Bracelets. Parents, please join us in prayer as we use this event to continue building a culture of respect and compassion at CWAA! Please take the time to speak with your children about this important topic.
GRADES 5-12 AWARDS ASSEMBLY ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2016: All parents are invited to come out and celebrate our academic award recipients (Principal’s List, Honors with Distinction and Honors) and student nominees for Christ-like Character, Citizenship, Personal Best, Most Improved, Athletes of the Term and Perfect Attendance Awards. Our Awards Assembly will take place during our Secondary Chapel time (9:30 – 10:20 a.m.). For those parents who are unable to attend, we will also be conducting an evening Awards Ceremony at the end of the year to recognize all students who achieved academic excellence and other areas of excellence during the 2015-2016 school year.
CWAA HIRING FOR THE POSITION OF BUSINESS MANAGER: Are you seeking to use your financial and leadership skills in a dynamic, team-centered Seventh-day Adventist education environment? Do you possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills? Do you have bookkeeping, secretarial and management experience? If so, submit your resume with references to Principal Lara Melashenko at email@example.com or call 403-286-5686. The successful candidate will possess basic accounting skills and knowledge of bookkeeping procedures, be highly proficient in the use of word processing software, spreadsheet software, internet and email. Additionally, the successful candidate will hold a Diploma or Certificate from a recognized institution in Bookkeeping and Office Administration/Management (or equivalent job training and experience). Applicants must hold a valid Alberta Driver’s License, submit a Criminal Record Check and hold a CPR Certificate. Come join us on our quest to create a center of excellence at Chinook Winds Adventist Academy! Deadline for Applications: February 17, 2016.
STUDENT ASSOCIATION ACTIVITES:
1) Submit your order for Candy Grams, Roses and Secret Messages by Wednesday, February 10. Deliveries will be on February 12. Please find an order form by opening the button below.
2) Valentine Spirit Day is on Friday, February 12. All students are encouraged to dress in red or pink!
CWAA OPEN HOUSE: Coming up! On Thursday, February 18, CWAA will be hosting our annual Open House from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. We invite all current families to bring interested friends and family members to check us out. All CWAA families have been sent three Open House Invitation Cards to give out to personal friends. Please partner with us in promoting our great school and give those Invitation Cards out. There will be Door Prize draws for both new families and current families who accompany them. We look forward to seeing you!
SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR: Will take place February 18-24 in the Lobby! Volunteers are needed to help at the cash register, assist students, decorate, and help with set-up/take down. The Book Fair will be open during the day from 8:15 am to 12:30 pm and again from 3:15 to 4:15. On the evening of Feb 18, the Book Fair will be open until 8:00 pm for the Open House. If interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact the office or email firstname.lastname@example.org with the dates and times you would be available.
CWAA HOSTS THREE UPCOMING PARENTING WORKSHOPS:
1) “Tools for Setting Boundaries and Connecting with your Kids?” – Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Are you looking for an informative, fun workshop that can help you develop parenting strategies to bring out the best qualities in your child? Come out to CWAA and participate in an interactive and collaborative learning experience with Christian psychologist Tara-Anne Powell (M.A., R. Psych.) For the past 10 years Tara has worked with parents and their children in Christian schools and numerous other settings. She brings a wealth of rich and varied experience in areas of relationship building, social anxiety, depression, learning disabilities (ADHD/ADD), dealing with grief or life changes, etc. Tara runs her owns private practice and through the use of humor, respect, compassion and patience, Tara provides practical guidance to parents and children. Come on out and benefit from an evening of discussion and collaborative learning with Tara-Ann Powell! All are welcome! Call Lara Melashenko (CWAA Principal) for more information.
2) “The Impact of Excessive Media Use on Adolescent Development and Social Adjustment” by Counsellor Joy Astolfi (March 10, 2016).
3) “Protecting your Children at Home on your Technology Devices” by Education Technology Specialist, Joel Melashenko (April, 2016).
PRAYING PARENTS: This group meets every Thursday morning at 8:45 a.m. in the lobby. Come join in for a time of praise and prayer.
FUNDSCRIP ORDER DATES: Please remember to support our FundScrip mission trip fundraiser. Buy gift cards at face value for the grocery stores, gas stations, clothing stores, and restaurants that you normally visit. FundScrip pays Chinook Winds a percentage of the value of the gift card. This fundraiser doesn’t cost you anything, and is a great way to help us raise money for the 2017 CWAA Mission Trip to Bolivia. Please turn your orders in to the CWAA office with cash or cheque payment by the following dates: February 8 and/or March 7. You will receive your gift cards within about 1 week after the order date. To access the order form, go to http://missiontrip.cwaa.net/fundraising/ and click the “FundScrip Order Form” button near the bottom of the page.
ALBERTA EDUCATION ACCOUNTABILITY PILLAR SURVEY: It’s that time of year when Alberta Education is seeking your input about the education we are delivering at CWAA! From January to the end of February, Alberta Education will be conducting its annual “Accountability Pillar Survey”. The Accountability Pillar Survey assesses various aspects of quality; student outcomes, provincial assessments of student learning, community engagement and satisfaction, school experience, etc. Within the next few weeks, all CWAA parents will receive a survey from Alberta Education in the mail. In February, CWAA students and all teachers will be completing their surveys online at school. All surveys are anonymous. In addition to English and French, the parent survey is available in Chinese, Punjabi, Arabic, Blackfoot, Cree, Korean, Spanish and Tagalog. Your participation in the survey helps provide important information on the quality of education your child is receiving at CWAA, so we encourage you to return your survey promptly and directly to Alberta Education. Survey results will be available to school authorities in May 2016. Thank you for your participation in this important process!
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
Feb 1 Secondary Report Cards sent home
Feb 1-5 Anti-Bullying Awareness Week
Feb 1-5 Grade 6 City Hall School
Feb 2 Grades 7–9 Parent-Teacher Meetings (4-8 pm)
Feb 4 Grade 8 Japan Culture Field Trip
Feb 9 Grades 5-12 Awards Assembly
Feb 15 Family Day (No School)
Feb 16-17 Teacher Professional Days (No School)
Feb 16 School Board Meeting 7 pm
Feb 18 CWAA Open House 5 – 8 pm
Feb 18-24 Scholastic Book Fair (8:15 to 12:20 & 3:15 to 4:15)
Feb 19 Grades 4 & 5 Telus Spark Science Centre
Feb 19 Grade 10 – U of C “Let’s Talk Science”
Feb 20 Seek and Serve Ministry
Feb 23 Swimming Program Grades K- 6
Feb 25 Swimming Program Grades K – 6
Feb 29 Grades 4 & 5 Telus Spark Science Centre(Date changed from Feb 19)
In the Chaplain’s Message last week I asked some personal reflection questions about what type of soil our lives are for the seed of God’s kingdom to grow in. If you missed that post, check it out here. Jesus told a parable about seed falling on different types of soil and the result. But what can we do to make sure the soil of our kids’ lives is good so that God’s kingdom can grow in them? The truth is that we can’t force our kids to have good soil. We can try to provide a quality Christian environment for them to mature in. We can try to prayerfully work with them to pull out some of the weeds that seem so obnoxious and obvious in their lives. We can help to provide the spiritual nutrients and water that will help the seeds to grow healthfully. But ultimately it is God’s Holy Spirit who does the real work in their lives.
Regarding the sharing of the gospel with the Christians in the city of Corinth, Paul said:
“I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.” (1 Corinthians 3:6-7 ESV).
May we do our part to plant and water the seeds of God’s kingdom in our kids. But may we also lift our kids up in prayer, asking for the power of the Holy Spirit to work the miracle of spiritual growth in their lives!
Pastor Brent Wilson