Principal’s Message: Giving with all our Mites!
I have a dream for 2017! My dream is that CWAA would become known as the school in Calgary that really cares about our neighbors. I have a dream that we would be watching and listening for needs in our community and immediately taking action. Imagine the difference we could make if we heeded the counsel of John, “If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, then the love of God is not in that person. Children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” (1 John 3:17)
Last week in Chapel I challenged our students to think of ways they could be better neighbors. I shared with the students some of our immediate needs in Calgary (www.faceitcalgary.com/facts/) such as:
- On any given night, there are over 3,500 homeless people on our streets – including 300 children
- On any given night, 160 families sleep in Calgary shelters
- Each year between 15,000 and 17,000 different people use an emergency shelter in Calgary
- Each year there are over 200,000 families and individuals that receive Emergency Food Hampers (43% children) and there are over 3,000,000 meals provided by the Calgary Food Banks
- 16% of children living in Calgary go to bed hungry and do not have enough food at school
- 14,000 Calgary households are at risk of becoming homeless and having their lives changed forever
A few hours after the challenge was given Rachel Sikhosana, Grade 3 student, approached me and made a special request. Rachel said, “I want to try to raise money so we can try and find some places for homeless people so they can have a better life. So that’s why I’m asking if we can get a little box and the whole school can get a lot of money in it. Then I’ll ask the high school to try to find some homeless people and we can bring them to a homeless shelter like the Calgary Dream Center, Mustard Seed and some of the other ones.” When I asked Rachel why she wanted to do this she said, “I want to be a really good neighbour.”
Truly a little child will lead! I realize that the month of January can be a very challenging time to give money to any cause. Many of us are just managing our basic bills after overspending during the Christmas holidays. But imagine the joy it would give Jesus to know that we are being led by a little child – to give unselfishly to those who are truly in need. When I asked Rachel how much money she thought we could raise she said, “I think we can raise $4.52!” Rachel’s target amount made me think of Jesus beautiful words about the widow who gave her two mites, “That poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these other people gave a lot because they are rich. But even though she is poor, she put in everything. She had nothing left to live on.” (Luke 21:3-4) Let’s make Jesus proud in 2017 by giving with all our mite(s) and looking out for our neighbours!
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!
CITRUS FRUIT: There will be no more citrus fundraising orders this school year. Thanks for your support of our November order!
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 on Tuesday, January 10 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 12th. 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 10 Mission Trip Meeting # 2, 4 pm
Jan 11 Grades K-6 Skating Day to Crowfoot Twin Arena 12:30 – 2:45 pm
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 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
How much perseverance do you have? Are you willing to stick with a project or a trip or your faith no matter how difficult things get? The the Old Testament, Nehemiah sets out to provide leadership for the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem. It doesn’t take long before opposition hits. There are false rumours and threats. But Nehemiah has perseverance. And the walls are rebuilt – in only 52 days! Because of Nehemiah’s perseverance, God was able to work through him and the many others who helped to rebuild the walls! Are you willing to show perseverance as you follow God’s leading? Even when the enemy threatens you? Hang in there! As you hang on to God with perseverance, He is able to accomplish His will in your life!
“So on October 2 the wall was finished—just fifty-two days after we had begun. When our enemies and the surrounding nations heard about it, they were frightened and humiliated. They realized this work had been done with the help of our God.” (Nehemiah 6:15-16 NLT)
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