Praise Him From Where The Sun Rises To Where It Sets!
Happy New Year dear friends and welcome back to school! As we begin this new year I would like to testify of God’s goodness and praise Him, as David praised Him in Psalms 65:1-4: “God our Savior. People everywhere on the earth and beyond the sea trust you. You made the mountains by your strength. You have great power. You stopped the roaring seas, the roaring waves and the uproar of the nations. Even those people at the ends of the earth fear your miracles. You are praised from where the sun rises to where it sets.” Psalms 65:1-4
There are so many reasons to praise God as a school community. Immediately what comes to mind is – Mrs. Shelda Fowler is still alive! Mr. Elias & Ms. Dingman were engaged over the holidays! Our families and staff members traveled safely – despite the winter driving/flying conditions – and were able to spend special time with family – renewing, deepening or forming new relationships.
Yet as we enter a new year, truly the greatest reason to praise God is found in the free gift of Jesus Christ – our risen Savior – who is alive and who lives to intercede for us daily. (Heb 7:25 – “He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them.”) Above all, we can praise God that He has provided us with a hope and a future through Jesus Christ. What a marvelous reality that Jesus is with us – and intercedes for us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days each year! According to Hebrews, there is not a nanosecond of time that elapses when we are not on His mind! (“He always lives to intercede for us!”) He calls us by name, He knows our needs, He understands our spiritual dryness, our thirst, our emptiness, He covers us with His armor, and He knows how to water, quench and fill us up (thoughts from “If My People Pray” by Randy Maxwell).
As we move into a new year of life – may we grow closer to Jesus – may we be drawn deeper into a love relationship with Him and may our lives be transformed into His image. May we continually praise God – from where the sun rises to where it sets – that we are covered by the prayers and intercessions of our Mighty Friend and Savior, Jesus Christ
Chinook Winds Adventist Academy
CWAA STAFFING UPDATE:
- Pastor Brent going part-time & pastoral practicum student from Burman University joining CWAA – At the beginning of January, Pr. Brent will be switching to a part-time chaplaincy role to finish out the school year at CWAA. Pr. Brent will be working at the school on average about 2.5 days per week. Also during the month of January we will be welcoming a Religious Studies practicum student from Burman University, Benjamin Amoah. Benjamin will be at CWAA 1-2 days per week and two weekends per month. Benjamin will be working closely with both Marc Andrade & Pr. Wilson to provide spiritual guidance and opportunities for student growth.
- CWAA has a new Counsellor! We are thrilled to announce that Ms. Anna Goltz will be back into our school – not as a teacher, but completing a Counselling practicum at CWAA from January until June, 2018. Anna will be at CWAA 2-3 days per week. Since leaving her teaching position at CWAA in 2016, Anna has been completing a Master of Counselling degree. Anna will be offering our students the following services: one-on-one student counselling, group counselling (either with students or with families), running recess and lunch clubs (themes may include: social skills, self-esteem building, study habits, managing stress, self-care, dealing with loss, eg. death or divorce, anxiety, depression, or anything related to mental health). Anna will be working under the supervision of Registered Psychologist, Kim Bially (wife to Pr. Adam Bially, Central SDA Church Youth Pastor)!
GRADE 6 FAMILIES: Did you know that all Calgary students registered in Grade 6 receive a FREE YMCA Calgary Membership for the school year?! For more information go to https://www.ymcacalgary.org/programs-locations-and-membership/grade6
ELEMENTARY SKATING DAY: We are excited that again this year we can take the students skating on Thursday, January 11. Please return your child’s permission form to your child’s classroom teacher by this Friday, January 5.
PRAYING PARENTS: Praying parents will begin meeting again next week on Thursday, January 11, 2018. All are welcome to join this group as they share prayer together over our school. They meet at the beginning of the school day in the lobby.
SECONDARY SEMESTER 1 EXAMS: Grades 7-12 students will write midterm exams (Gr 7-9) and final exams (Gr 10-12) from Wednesday, January 24 to Monday, January 29. All exams will be cumulative (covering material from the beginning of the year). The Gr 10 -12 final exams will be weighted at 30% of the final course grade and the Gr 7-9 midterm exams will be weighted at 20% of the Semester 1 course grade. All students are encouraged to go home after their tutorials/exams to prepare for their next exam. However, students who remain at the school after tutorials (and exams) will be provided with a supervised room where they may quietly study. Gr 7-9 students must provide WRITTEN parental permission to leave school at noon. Grades 7-9 students who remain at the school are required to attend afternoon tutorials. Regular uniforms are to be worn on all exam and tutorial days except for Grade 12 students writing Diploma Exams.
NO SCHOOL FOR GRADES K-12 STUDENTS – on Tuesday, January 30 (Organizational Day for Teachers) and NO SCHOOL FOR GRADES 7-12 STUDENTS – on Wednesday, January 31 (Secondary Semester Break).
CALGARY FOOD BANK CASUAL DRESS DAY: Friday, January 26 will be a casual dress day with a donation of a non-perishable food item. Let’s see how much food we can collect for this important local charity. Thank you for your participation!
CWAA ANTI-BULLYING AWARENESS WEEK, February 5-9 – 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. Because bullying is a community issue and not solely a school problem, we invite all community members (parents, pastors, community partners) to join us! We intend to use this week to build relationships among our students, educate our community (students and parents) about bullying behaviors and how to stop bullying, as well as engaging in acts of compassion. Some of our activities could include: “Caught You Caring Campaign”, classroom pairings to build relationships and empathy skills, Anti-Bullying Assembly, Dress Up Day and ‘Stand Up To Bullying’ Bracelets. Parents, join us in pray as we use this event to continue building a culture of respect and compassion at CWAA! Please take time to speak with your children about this important topic.
OPEN HOUSE COMING UP: On Thursday, February 15 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 will be receiving five 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. Free door prizes for all families who bring new families! Re-Registration for the 2018-2019 school year will begin at our February 15 Open House. We look forward to seeing you!
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
Jan 11 Praying Parents Meets 8:30 am
Jan 11 Kindergarten – Gr 6 Skating Day to Crowfoot Twin Arena, 12:45 – 2:45 pm
Jan 11 Spanish Field Trip to Salt & Pepper, Grade 10
Jan 15 School Board Meeting 7 pm
Jan 19 Nursing Home Visit to Manors of Signature Park, Grades 5 & 6
Jan 24-29 Secondary Midterm/Final Exams
Jan 29 End of Term 2 Secondary
Jan 30 Teacher’s Organizational Day, No School K- Grade 12
Jan 31 Semester Break, No School Grades 7-12
Feb 1 Semester 2 begins
Feb 1 Secondary Report Cards
Feb 5-9 Anti-Bullying Awareness Week
Feb 15 Open House 5 – 8 pm
Welcome to 2018! What are your hopes and goals for this year? Maybe you want to get better grades or pass that challenging class that you are taking. Maybe you want to make some money or pay off some debt. Maybe you want to make more friends or seek healing in a difficult relationship. Perhaps you see the start of a new year as something like a reset button – a chance to start over with a clean slate!
It is great news that as Christians we can know that we don’t have to wait until January 1 to hit reset! It is true that we make mistakes and fall short and mess up all the time. But we have a God who is gracious and anxious for us to run to Him for forgiveness and cleansing and truly lasting change! May we remember to experience God’s mercies each day!
“The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The LORD is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!”” (Lamentations 3:22–24 NLT)
Happy New Year! Happy New Day!
Chinook Winds Adventist Academy