CWAA CHARACTER VALUE FOR JANUARY: During the month of January we are focusing on the character of God – Perseverance. ‘Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us.’ Hebrews 12:1
NO SCHOOL FOR GRADES 7-12 STUDENTS on Thursday, January 28, 2016. Semester 2 will begin on Friday, January 29, 2016.
TERM 2 SECONDARY REPORT CARDS: will be sent home on 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! 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, and engage in acts of compassion! Some of the activities that we will be doing during the week 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.
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 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. 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 8:15am to 12:30pm and again from 3:15 to 4:15. On the evening of Feb 18, the Book Fair will be open until 8:00pm for the Open House. If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact the office or email email@example.com with the dates and times you would be available.
PRAYING PARENTS: Meet every Thursday morning at 8:45 a.m. in the lobby. Come join in for a time of praise and prayer.
MEASLES IMMUNITY: Please find a letter from Alberta Health Services in regards to Immunization for Measles by clicking on the button below.
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:
Jan 21 – 27 Secondary Midterm / Final Exam Week
Jan 27 End of Term 2 Secondary
Jan 28 Grades 1 – 4 Music Field Trip (Calgary Philharmonic)
Jan 28 Grades 7 –12 Nakiska Ski Trip
Jan 29 Semester 2 begins (Secondary)
Jan 30 Jr/Sr High Choir at Airdrie SDA Church
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
Recently, I have been doing some reading about gardening. This year I hope to get our backyard finished up and put in some garden boxes where my family and I can plant some vegetables and
other plants. With the cost of produce these days, growing some of our food makes a lot of sense! But in our short Calgary area growing season, it is important to make sure that the soil and growing conditions are ideal so that our future garden will yield abundant results!
But how about the soil of your life and my life? Are the growing conditions optimum in our lives so that the truth of God’s kingdom is able to grow? Or is the soil too shallow and rocky or packed down or full of thorns? I invite you to take some time this week to Be Still and read Matthew 13:1-9 and 13:18-23 and think about the type of soil that your life produces. Ask God to work in your life to make your soil into the good soil that will allow His kingdom to grow abundantly in your life!
Pastor Brent Wilson