Graduation Reflections, 2017
As I reflect back on the weekend events of our Grade 12 graduation I am filled with gratitude. I am grateful, not only because I was able to participate in the ceremonies as a mom, but grateful because I was able to witness 16 children reach the end of their childhood education journey. As I watched the graduates march boldly up onto the stage, I contemplated the unfolding plans God has in store for each of our graduates! Our graduates are heading off to study a variety of programs, skills and trades at Burman University, University of Calgary, Southern Institute of Technology, Mount Royal University, Ambrose University, University of Toronto, Walla Walla University, Oakwood University, etc.
We thank God that He has provided each of our graduates with gifts and talents that will be uncovered in the coming years. Ellen White says, “The specific place appointed us in life is determined by our capabilities. Each should aim just as high as the union of human with divine power makes it possible for him to reach.” (Education, p 268) As our graduates leave our school, we pray that they will aim high and engage in the great law of life – the law of “service”. We pray that God will continue to equip them to do their best at whatever “lies nearest”. Finally, regardless of their chosen lifework or pursuits, we pray that each will follow the great commission command to “Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15) Congratulations 2017 CWAA Graduates: Stephen Adede, Rebecca Alai, Claudette Banaag, Mark Basiliano, Wayne Basiliano, Gregory Brewster, Chelsea Diwa, Kanchana Bergonio, William Icard, Joel Navarrete, Felicia Outh, Dobrin Paskalev, Celeste Richardson, Ines Ruzindana, Alayna Schulze, Amanda Webster! Boldly go forward to your appointed place!
Chinook Winds Adventist Academy
RE-REGISTRATION: Thank you to all families who have completed their 2017-18 registration. For families that have not registered please keep in mind there is only three weeks of school left for you to secure a space for next school year.
CWAA GENTLY-USED UNIFORM SALE: Pick up your child’s uniform items for next school year at 50% off! Parents are encouraged to drop by the school to check out our inventory supply in the uniform cabinets. The office accepts payment by cash, debit, cheque or credit card.
CWAA OFFERS NEW JUNIOR KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM: The CWAA Board has made the decision to offer a new Junior Kindergarten program starting this next year. Our Junior Kindergarten program will be offered at the same time as our Senior Kindergarten program (Monday-Thursday, 8:30 am – 3:15 pm). The age requirement for the new Junior Kindergarten will be 4.5 years old on or before September 1, 2017. (The Senior Kindergarten age requirement is 5.0 years old on or before September 30, 2017.) The new Junior Kindergarten program will be offered in a different space, and taught by a different teacher! (The CWAA Board is working on these final details at this time!)
GRADE 9 SWEET TREAT FUNDRAISING SALES: This is the last week for baked goods and frozen treats on sale during lunch hour with prices varying between $.50 to $1.00 on the following days:
Tuesday – Elementary and Secondary Students
Thursday – Secondary Students
CWAA BAPTISM PRAISE SERVICE: Join us at 7 PM on Sabbath evening, June 17 as we celebrate the baptisms of several of our students and spend some time praising God for what He has done this school year at Chinook Winds Adventist Academy!
CWAA CONSTITUENCY MEETING: A Special Constituency Meeting will be held at Chinook Winds Adventist Academy on Monday, June 19, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. The agenda of the Special Constituency Meeting will be to vote on CWAA’s new Constitution and Bylaws.
PRAYING PARENTS: Praying Parents will be meeting this Thursday, June 8. All are welcome!
ELEMENTARY OUTDOOR FIELD DAY: On Tuesday, June 20, students in Kindergarten to Grade 6 will participate in an Elementary outdoor field day. Various activities will begin at 12 noon. Students should dress casually with proper footware. Remember to send a hat and sunscreen for an afternoon filled with fun.
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
June 6 Grade 9 Year End Celebration
June 8 Kindergarten & Grade 10 Field Trip to Calgary Zoo
June 12 Grade 6 Year End Celebration
June 17 Baptism & Praise Service 7 pm
June 17 Concert Choir at Southside Church
June 19 CWAA Special Constistuency Meeting 7 pm
June 20 Elementary Sports Day (afternoon)
June 21 Grades 1-4 Calaway Park Trip
June 23 Elementary Last Day of School with Noon Dismissal
June 23 Elementary Awards Ceremony 7 pm
June 29 Secondary Awards Ceremony 7 pm
As we approach the end of the school year, some of our students and families are probably experiencing some anxiety. There are exams coming up. There may be moves or transitions taking place over the summer. For our Grade 12 graduates, there is a whole world of university and career options coming up. Whatever might be bringing anxiety into your life at this time of the year, may you remember that God wants to give you His peace! May God “guard your hearts and minds” (Philippians 4:7 NLT) each day and hour and minute as this school year rapidly comes to a close.
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6–7, NLT)
Chinook Winds Adventist Academy