What is the Value of Adventist Education to You?
I’m frequently asked about the value of Adventist education, as compared to the value of other schools (perhaps ones which offer more specialized programs or better facilities). Many want to know how Chinook Winds Adventist Academy is different than other schools.
What is the value of Adventist education to you? Would you propose the value could be found in the ‘family’ atmosphere, the committed and caring staff and teachers, the positive spiritual environment, the extracurricular opportunities?
In my humble opinion I believe the reason Adventist education is critically important and valuable is very simple. Adventist education was started 144 years ago to support parents in the training of their children. Prior to that time parents were concerned that the public education system was teaching their children content contrary to the Bible and they feared that their children would not grow up committed to Jesus – committed to sharing in their passion for the proclamation of the soon coming of Jesus and the message of the Three Angels of Revelation. And so to provide parents with the support they desired, the Seventh-day Adventist church, under the direction of Ellen G. White (one of the founders of Adventism), initiated the soon-to-be global Adventist school system. Today the Adventist school system is the second largest religious system in the world (2nd only to Catholic). Seventh-day Adventist schools have been operating for over 144 years and currently provide an education to approximately 1.7 million students in 7,764 schools in over 100 countries (including 5,899 elementary schools, 1,748 secondary schools, 112 colleges/universities, 3 medical schools and 2 law schools). Adventist Education exists for two simple purposes: 1) Creating a restorative environment where children can become captured by God’s amazing grace and they can make the decision to follow Him, 2) Training children to be separate from the customs and practices of the world (“keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus”) and spread the message of hope of a soon-coming Saviour (3 Angels Message).
This past Sabbath evening we were blessed to host a baptism at CWAA – where six of our students (Ruby, Hayden, Julien, Kesh, Bryn, and Leal) and one child from Mountainview SDA Church publically declared their decision to follow Jesus through baptism. With over one hundred family and friends in attendance, each child shared their beautiful testimony – of choosing to follow Jesus as a result of the work of the Holy Spirit and the encouragement of their parents, pastors, teachers, and friends.
As we press forward at Chinook Winds Adventist Academy, in wrapping up another school year, and thinking forward to a new year, may we treasure the precious value of our partnership: home, church & school. May we praise God for the freedom we continue to have in our country – to educate our children together – in the knowledge of Jesus Christ.
On behalf of the Teaching and Support Staff and School Board at CWAA I would like to thank you for entrusting us with the honor and privilege of providing an environment where your child(ren) have been able to grow spiritually, emotionally, socially and physically during 2016-2017.
“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21
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CWAA CONSTITUENCY MEETING: A Special Constituency Meeting will be held at Chinook Winds Adventist Academy tonight, June 19 at 7:00 p.m. The agenda of the Special Constituency Meeting will be to vote on CWAA’s new Constitution and Bylaws.
ELEMENTARY OUTDOOR FIELD DAY: Tomorrow, Tuesday, June 20th, students in Kindergarten to Grade 6 will participate in various activities taking place throughout the afternoon. Students should dress casually for the day with proper footwear for outside events. Students should bring their own water bottles – labeled clearly with their name. Remember to send a hat and sunscreen for an afternoon filled with fun.
FOOD BANK FRIDAY AND EARLY DISMISSAL: June 23 will be our last Casual Dress Friday. We ask that each student and staff bring a canned or non-perishable packaged food item to be donated to the Calgary Food Bank. Let’s end the year off with a generous donation to our local Food Bank! All classes will be dismissed at 12 noon. Buses will leave the school at 12:10 pm (if your child rides the bus please expect them to arrive early at their stop).
YEAR-END AWARDS CEREMONY: All students, parents, and family members are invited to come out and celebrate the achievements of our students during this past school year at our Award Ceremonies held on the following evenings:
- Elementary Awards Ceremony on Friday, June 23, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
- Secondary Awards Ceremony on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
NEW JUNIOR KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM: Mrs. Cindy Mayo has accepted the position of Junior Kindergarten Teacher for the 2017-2018 school year. The new Junior Kindergarten program will be offered at the same time as our Senior Kindergarten program (Monday-Thursday, 8:30 am – 3:15 pm) in a different classroom. The age requirement for Junior Kindergarten will be 4.5 years old on or before September 1, 2017. For more information on this new program please contact the office.
PRAYING PARENTS: Praying Parents will be meeting for the last time this school year on Thursday, June 22.
RE-REGISTRATION CONTINUES: Thank you to all parents who have submitted Re-Registration packages! We are pleased to announce that we are currently at 82% of our 2016-2017 school enrollment! We are looking forward to seeing all re-registration packages return as soon as possible so we can continue to effectively plan for our 2017-2018 school year. If you require any additional admissions forms, please visit our website or call the office.
THANK YOU TO OUR VOLUNTEERS: On behalf of the Staff and Board, we would like to say a “Big Thank You!” to all parents who have generously offered their time on a regular basis to help make our school a better place during this school year! Thank you for making a huge difference in our classrooms, hallways, gyms, field trips and community-at-large! We look forward to another GREAT year of partnering with you during 2017-2018!
A NOTE OF THANKS TO CWAA BUS DRIVERS: We want to say “Thank You!” to our School Bus Drivers for their dedication and excellent service in bringing our students safely to school and home again each day. We are blessed to have such wonderful drivers.
Paul Howarth (Route 1),
Diane Anderson (Route 2),
Javier Zepeda (Route 3) and
Brenda Patterson (Route 4)
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
June 19 CWAA Special Constistuency Meeting 7 pm
June 20 Elementary Sports Day (afternoon)
June 21 Grades 1-4 Calaway Park Trip, 9 am to 3 pm
June 23 Elementary Last Day of School with Noon Dismissal
June 23 Elementary Awards Ceremony 7 pm
June 29 Secondary Awards Ceremony 7 pm
Six of our CWAA students were baptized at our Baptism & Praise Service on Sabbath evening, June 17. Praise God for these public declarations of the choice to follow Jesus! Part of our mission here at Chinook Winds Adventist Academy is to engage all students to follow God completely. The student baptisms were a beautiful testimony to that mission!
“Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”” (Matthew 28:18–20, NLT)
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