HE CAN AND WILL DELIVER
The story of the blind man named, Bartimaeus gives me hope! “A blind man was sitting by the side of the road begging. His name was Bartimaeus. He heard that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by so he began to shout, “Jesus! Son of David! Have mercy on me!” Many people commanded him to stop. They told him to be quiet. But he shouted even louder, “Son of David! Have mercy on me!” Jesus stopped and said, “Call for him.” So they called out to the blind man, “Cheer up! Get up on your feet! Jesus is calling for you.” 50 He threw his coat to one side. Then he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to be able to see.” “Go,” said Jesus, “Your faith has healed you.” Right away he could see.”(Mark 10:46-52)
Without Jesus we are spiritually blind and our blindness comes in many forms: selfishness, pride, discontentedness, anger, jealousy, lust, addiction, lying, stealing, depression, suicidal thoughts, etc. Yet the story of Bartimaeus gives us hope because it reminds us that when we call out to Jesus with the same determined urgency as Bartimaeus, He will stop and tend to our need. But we first have to want freedom from our darkness and desire to receive healing, and we have to make the choice to call out to Jesus from our darkness. I praise God that when we do call out to Him, He will save! There is power in the name of Jesus, “for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12) The same Jesus that stands beside you and me today – on our dirty road in our spiritual blindness – is the same Jesus that healed Bartimaeus. And He can and will deliver us from our spiritual darkness. All we have to do is say, “Jesus! Son of David! Have mercy on me” and He can and will deliver!
CHARACTER VALUE OF THE MONTH: For the month of January our school is emphasizing the character value of Perseverance. Scripture verse: “And we also have joy with our troubles because we know that these troubles produce patience. And patience produces character, and character produces hope.” Romans 5:3-4
CWAA STUDENT ASSOCIATION CASUAL DAY TOMORROW, TUESDAY, JANUARY 24: Why? To raise funds for the homeless, a simple but impacting initiative taken by our very own Rachel Sikhosana in grade 3. Student Contribution: a loonie, toonie, or more if students wish. Any amount will be accepted. For those who bring a contribution casual wear is in place.
CWAA FOOD BANK FRIDAY, JANUARY 27: This Friday is casual wear for those students who bring a Food Bank Donation.
GRADES 7, 8 & 9 PARENT-TEACHER INTERVIEWS: Sign up now!
- Thursday, February 2 Secondary Report Cards will be sent home
- Tuesday, February 7 Parent -Teacher Conferences held from 4 – 8 pm
Junior High Parents, we are excited to present to you an evening of Conferences with our teachers on Tuesday, February 7th. The purpose of these Conferences will be to provide time for parents to engage in meaningful discussions with teachers about student’s learning successes and future goals. An improvement that we have added this year is our on-line sign up to book all Interviews. You can access this by using the button below. We look forward to seeing you here!
CWAA OPEN HOUSE ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2017 FROM 5-8 PM: We are excited about the future and would like to invite all interested families and students to attend our Annual Open House on Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. This Open House event is intended for our current families to bring new, interested families to check CWAA out! Our Open House will give families an opportunity to tour the school, visit classrooms, talk to teachers and hear about CWAA’s vision for the future. Mark your calendars!
As an incentive for our current families to bring new families to our Open House we will be entering your name into a draw for free prizes (Registration Fee Vouchers, iPad Mini, engraved Bible, and gift certificates)! In addition, we would also like to remind you that CWAA has a Referral Tuition Incentive Program. Families that are instrumental in bringing a new family to CWAA will receive a $250 tuition discount per newly enrolled family!
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PLEASE NOTE: Our 2017-2018 Application Packages will be available at Open House.
CWAA’S ANNUAL FRIEND DAY FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2017 8:30 TO 1:20 PM: Students interested in attending CWAA for the 2017-18 school year are invited to come for the day! This event will provide Grades K-12 students with an authentic experience. Please call (403) 286-5686 to register.
ALBERTA EDUCATION ACCOUNTABILITY PILLAR SURVEY: It’s that time of year where 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. Survey results will be available to school authorities in May 2017. Thank you for your participation in this important process!
PRAYING PARENTS: Praying Parents Group meets this Thursday, January26th. Come join this group for prayer on Thursday mornings in the school lobby. They meet to pray for our school, our staff, our students and our families. All are welcome!
ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE PROSSER FOUNDATION: “Once again, we are pleased to offer the Parent’s Choice Bursaries for the 2017/18 school year. This year our intention is to award a total of 450 bursaries (renewals and new bursaries) across Calgary. The parameters for the program can be found on our website, www.theprossercharitablefoundation.ca. We anticipate an increase in the number of applications we will receive and ask that they be fully completed and accompanied with back-up income documentation before submission. Applications will be accepted from February 1, 2017 to March 25, 2017. We look forward to working with you again this year.” For more information on the Parent’s Choice Bursaries through the Prosser Charitable Foundation, please contact CWAA’s Business Manager, Millicent Adede
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
Jan 23-30 Secondary Midterm/Final Exams
Jan 24 SA Casual Dress Day for donation to Homeless
Jan 27 Food Bank Friday (Casual Wear)
Jan 30 Secondary End of Term 2
Jan 31 Teachers Organizational Day (No School Kindergarten – Grade 12)
Feb 1 Semester Break (No School Grades 7 – 12)
Feb 2 Secondary Report Cards home
Feb 2 Secondary Semester 2 Begins
Feb 3 Syrian Refugee Calgary Group coming to Gr 11 Class, 10:10 am
Feb 6 Grades 4 – 6 Trip to Telus Sparks Science Centre
Feb 6 Grade 12 Physics Trip to Rothney Astrophysical Observatory
Feb 7 Junior High Parent-Teacher Interviews 4 – 8 pm
Feb 8 Grade 2 Nursing Home Visit to Wentworth Manor
Feb 9 Mission Trip Meeting # 4, 4 pm
Feb 13 Grade 8 & 9 Trip to National Geographic Live at Jack Singer Concert Hall
Feb 15 Grade 12 Physics / Biology Trip to Telus Spark / Gimbel Eye Surgery
Feb 15 Grades 5 & 9 Student Vaccinations
Feb 16 CWAA Open House 5 – 8 pm (2017-18 Registration Begins)
Feb 17 Friend Day at CWAA 8:30 am – 1:20 pm
Feb 17-18 Calgary Area Teen Youth Rally
Feb 20 Alberta Family Day (No School Kindergarten – Grade 12)
Feb 21-22 Teacher Convention (No School Kindergarten-Grade 12)
Feb 21 School Board Meeting 7 pm
Feb 23 Mission Trip Meeting # 5, 4 pm
Feb 28 Grades K-6 Swimming Lessons begin, Shouldice Pool
A river brings joy to the city of our God, the sacred home of the Most High.
God dwells in that city; it cannot be destroyed. From the very break of day, God will protect it.
The nations are in chaos, and their kingdoms crumble!
God’s voice thunders, and the earth melts!
The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress.
(Psalm 46:4–7, NLT)
You don’t have to spend much time watching the news or scanning through your social media feed to realize that our world is messed up! Fighting. Strong opinions. Protest. Politics. Pain. The sentiments of the Psalmist seem fitting: “The nations are in chaos, and their kingdoms crumble!” (Psalm 46:6a NLT). But we can take heart because the Psalmist doesn’t leave it there: “The LORD of Heaven’s Armies is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress” (Psalm 46:7a NLT).
Pastor Brent Wilson
Chinook Winds Adventist Academy