Staying Safe Online
(Summary and exerpts of article, “Caught in the Net” from The Journal of Adventist Education, April/May 2016, http://jae.adventist.org)
The Internet provides opportunities for children and young adults to browse, search and research topics of interest, share images with friends, post and watch videos, network socially, play games or chat on message boards and forums through online games, game consoles, webcams or apps. These activities, while entertaining and enjoyable, can also expose children and young adults to a variety of dangers online, many of which result from online behaviors such as friending individuals they don’t know or sharing personal information online. Internet users are easily exposed to inappropriate, explicit content, sexual predators seeking to groom them, identity theft, cyber-bullying, cyber-stalking and more. In addition to being detrimental to families and friendships Internet use can result in damaged reputations, victimization and even violent acts committed against users. The Websites below provide helpful tips schools can share with parents through e-newsletters, letters sent home and parent-teacher association meetings.
- What Risks Do Children Face Online? The NetSmartz411 Website clearly outlines the dangers children face online and what can be done to protect them: www.netsmartz411.org/NetSmartz411/KnowledgeDetail.aspx?id=400232.
- National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children gives several tips on how to talk to children and young adults about online safety as they use social media and devices such as mobiles, Smartphones, tablets and more: www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/
- Stay Safe Online Teen and Young Adult Resources provides links to resources designed to help older teens manage online reputation, privacy on mobile apps and in social networks and avoid sexting, sextortion and cyber-bullying: http://staysafeonline.org/stay-safe-online
- Microsoft Youth Spark Hub Resources and Research shares a variety of resources to help teachers and parents teach students how to be safe online, protect their identity and text or share photos safely: www.microsoft.com/about/philanthropies/youthspark/youthsparkhub/programs/onlinesafety/resources/.
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 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!
PLEASE NOTE: Our 2017-2018 Application Packages will be available at our 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!
CWAA SPRING VESPERS & BAPTISM: A vespers and baptism service is scheduled for Friday, April 28 at 7 PM. If you are aware of any CWAA students who are interested in publicly demonstrating their commitment to Jesus through baptism, please let Pastor Brent know (firstname.lastname@example.org).
MANDATORY MISSION TRIP MEETING: There will be a mandatory mission trip meeting at CWAA this Thursday, January 19 at 4 PM. All participants of the 2017 CWAA Bolivia Mission Trip should be at this meeting.
GIFT CARDS: The next FundScrip gift card order deadline is Thursday, January 19. 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 extra and is a great way to help us raise money for the 2017 CWAA Bolivia Mission Trip. Please turn your orders in to the CWAA office with cash or cheque payment by the order deadline. Your gift cards will be delivered to CWAA within about 1 week after the order deadline. Click the button below to access an order form.
PRAYING PARENTS: Praying Parents Group meets this Thursday, January 19th. 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!
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
Jan 16 School Board Meeting 7 pm
Jan 18 Gr 10 Spanish Field Trip to Salt & Pepper Restaurant
Jan 19 Mission Trip Meeting # 3, 4 pm
Jan 23-30 Secondary Midterm/Final Exams
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 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
One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” And they left their nets at once and followed him. (Mark 1:16–18, NLT)
Jesus told Simon and Andrew to follow Him. They did! They had a career and were involved with a small business, but they were willing to walk away from it to become disciples of Jesus!
We are also called to be disciples of Jesus. That may not mean that we need to dress up in Bible skit costumes, wear sandals, and walk around in a group of 12 people. It may not mean that we should give up our career or business. But it will require sacrifice. Simon and Andrew “left their nets at once and followed him” (Mark 1:18 NLT). How might Jesus be calling you to sacrifice for His glory? How might He be calling out to you to follow Him?
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