CWAA Breeze Newsletter March 10 – 13

Principal’s Message:

Seeking the True Mission of Adventist Education

This week I spent time with the 50+ SDA principals and superintendents across our great country. It was an inspiring time of sharing successes, dialoging about some serious challenges to our school system and revisiting the true and original mission of Seventh-day Adventist education. In his article, Apocalyptic Vision: A Journey Through Adventist Education, Dr. George Knight strongly asserts that the greatest threat to Adventist Education is the loss of our mission. After spending considerable time preparing to present on the topic of Adventist school mission and vision to my colleagues this past Friday afternoon, I was convicted, like never before, that now is the time to truly embrace the real purpose for which Adventist education was started. I have come to conclude that Dr. Knight’s warning is right. While Chinook Winds Adventist Academy has enjoyed some good years of enrolment growth, the growth story of Seventh-day Adventist education across North American has not followed the same trend. In fact, just this past week two more Adventist boarding academies in the US voted to close down. I believe it is indisputable that many of our schools are operating outside the real mission of the Adventist school system. And I believe Chinook Winds Adventist Academy has fallen in some ways, into this category. Over the past week I have been seriously challenged to rethink my own paradigm about how to deliver Adventist education in our own city, province, country, and secular, culturally polluted society. I believe it is time to critically re-evaluate deeply whether we are truly meeting the mission of our church. And as followers of God’s remnant church, it is also time to re-evaluate our own personal convictions, life choices, alignments, social patterns, priorities – to assess whether we still believe in the true mission of the Adventist revolution – at school, at church, and at home. I am praying fervently and constantly that God will bring us out of the woodwork and out of our slumber and together – as His people – we will seek His leading in our school and in our lives like never before.

Lara Melashenko

2015-2016 CWAA REGISTRATION CONTINUES: Thank you to all parents who have already submitted Re-Registration packages. If you have any questions about the application or application process, please do not hesitate to contact the office. Please have your registration package filled out and returned together with registration payment to the school office by Friday, March 27.

PIZZA N’ POPS CONCERT: On Sunday evening, March 15 at 6 p.m., the Junior/Senior High Concert Band and Choir will present an evening of popular music with pizza and refreshments for sale. Invite family and friends . . . come and enjoy 

ELEMENTARY PARENT/STUDENT CONFERENCES: Grades K-6 parents, we are excited to present to you an evening of Conferences with our teachers on Thursday, March 19 from 4-8 p.m.  The purpose of these Conferences will be to provide time for parents & students to engage in meaningful discussions with teachers about learning successes and future goals. We look forward to seeing you here! Please contact the office at 403-286-5686 or e-mail reception@nullcwaa.net to schedule your 15-minute appointment to meet with each of your child’s teachers.

CWAA’S FRIEND DAY:  On Friday, March 20, 2015, we will be hosting our annual Friend Day! Last year this event was a great success in providing an opportunity for students not attending CWAA to share an authentic experience at our school. CWAA students who bring a friend must fill out a sign-up form and submit this to the school office by Wednesday, March 18.  Friend Day will begin at 8:30 and end at 1:20 p.m. Please encourage your children to bring a friend to CWAA Friend Day!

FRIEND DAY SIGN UP FORM

 

 

CWAA GETS DIRTY! ALL parents are invited to join our students and staff in a fantastic community service opportunity at GROW CALGARY! On Monday, May 11 and Tuesday, May 12 our students & staff will be given the opportunity to spend two hours helping “Grow Calgary” plant seeds, water & weed! Grow Calgary is Canada’s largest urban agricultural farm located right down the road from us (behind the big parking lot beside the Victory Bible College)! The goal of Grow Calgary is to plant and grow fresh produce for the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank to ensure all Calgarians have access to healthy, local food. This year Grow Calgary has a goal of planting 5-6 million seeds this season, starting in May so our volunteer time will be useful in helping Grow Calgary reach their goal this year! We will be the first school group to come this year! (For more information about Grow Calgary, you can visit www.growcalgary.ca/.) Our proposed schedule for our students/staff/parents is as follows: Monday, May 11, Grades 7-9 from 10:30 a.m. -12:45 p.m. and Grades K-3 students from 12:50 – 3:10 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, Grades 10-12 from 10:30 a.m. -12:45 p.m. and Grades 4-6 students from 12:50 – 3:10 p.m. Students/staff/parent volunteers will be transported to/from the community garden by bus. If you would like to volunteer with your child’s teachers, please let us know! We will need parent volunteers for this community service to ensure we meet our 1:8 adult/student ratio. Parents with young siblings are also welcome to come! Come out on May 11 & 12 and get your hands dirty in God’s great soil and make a huge difference!

CWAA IS LOOKING FOR A VOLUNTEER CARPOOL COORDINATOR – CWAA is looking for a parent volunteer to coordinate carpooling opportunities for the families of CWAA for the 2015-2016 school year. The Carpool Coordinator is responsible for 1) receiving applications from interested families and keeping track of the information provided by families, 2) passing information on to interested families in the same areas, and 3) updating the list as families connect. The Carpool Coordinator is not responsible for arranging carpooling between families. This is the responsibility of the individual families. If you are interested in becoming a Carpool Coordinator, please contact Mrs. Melashenko (lmelashenko@nullcwaa.net) for more information!

MARCH CONSTITUENCY MEETING POSTPONED TO APRIL 21

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:

Mar 10-13            Spring Student Week of Prayer

Mar 11                Grade 11 Field Trip to Royal Tyrell Museum

Mar 12                Elementary Last Swimming Lesson

Mar 13                Elementary Term 2 ends

Mar 14                Calgary Youth Rally at CWAA

Mar 15                Pizza & Pops Music Concert 6 pm

Mar 16                School Board Meeting 7 pm

Mar 17                CWAA Constituency Meeting POSTPONED until April 21

Mar 18                Grades 7 – 9 Field Trip to Telus Spark Science Centre

Mar 18                Elementary Report Cards sent home

Mar 19                Hot Lunch (Jelly Modern Doughnuts)

Mar 19                Elementary Parent-Teacher Conferences (4 – 8 pm)

Mar 20                CWAA Friend Day

Mar 23                Grades 4 & 5 Field Trip to Glenbow Museum

Mar 24                Final Vaccinations for Grades 5 and 9

Mar 27                Last Day of Classes – Spring Break

Mar 29-Apr 9      Mission Trip to Dominican Republic

Apr 13                 Classes Resume

 

HOT LUNCHES: Go on-line and order at https://www.healthyhunger.ca

Orders must be received 5 days prior to lunch date.

March 19, April 23, May 7, May 21, June 4

 

CHOIR EVENTS:   April 25               Calgary Central SDA Church

                                  May 9                  Northwinds SDA Church

 

 

Chaplain’s Message

This week is a week of prayer for our secondary students. One of the great things about this week is that our speakers are students from our school! Please keep our secondary school family in your prayers throughout this week. Pray that God’s Spirit will be here and that He will work on hearts.

Pastor Brent Wilson

 

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