MENTAL HEALTH WEEK, MAY 1-7
Did you know that 3.2 million youth, ages 12-19 are at risk for developing depression? Did you know that suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for young people, after accidents? Did you know almost 1 in 5 teenagers live with a mental disorder but only 1 in 5 Canadian children who need mental health services ever receive help? Did you know that 50% of all mental disorders develop by age 14?
This week is Canada’s annual Mental Health Week. The purpose of the week is to encourage discussion, learning, reflection and engagement with others on all issues relating to mental health. It’s an important week for us at CWAA because over the past 5+ years we have seen an alarming increase in the incidence of anxiety and depression, especially among younger and younger children. It is important for parents and educators to recognize the signs of depression and anxiety and offer early intervention.
Common Symptoms of Anxiety/Depression:
- Extreme fears or anxiety that seem “out of proportion”
- Difficulty concentrating and/or sudden irritability
- Lack of motivation for a prolonged period of time
- Persistent feelings of helplessness or hopelessness
- Loss of interest in activities previously enjoyed
- Extreme high/low mood swings, reckless behavior
- Unexplained symptoms (nausea, trembling, fatigue, headache)
- Disruption in sleep and/or eating habits
- Talk or thoughts of suicide
Risk Factors that can increase the chance of depression and suicide in teenagers:
- Prolonged stress
- Problems at school
- A breakup with a boyfriend or girlfriend
- Relocating to a new community
- The death of a loved one
- Major family conflict, or a divorce
What should Parents do if they suspect their children may be suffering from depression and/or suicidal thought:
- Be willing to ask tough questions and listen empathetically.
- Alert key adults in your child’s life—family, friends, teachers, coaches, youth pastor—that your child or teen is going through an emotionally difficult time and is in need of additional understanding and support.
- Take it seriously. Don’t dismiss comments like: “I want to die”, “I want to kill myself,” “If anything happens to me, I want you to know ….” “I won’t be a problem much longer”.
- Trust your instincts. If you think the situation may be serious, seek immediate help by calling your local hospital’s emergency room.
Where to Get Help?
- Mental Health Help Line – 1-877-303-2642
- Connecteen – 24 hour: 403-264-TEEN, Text: 587-333-272, calgaryconnecteen.com
- Distress Centre – distresscentre.com
- Alberta Children’s Hospital – 24 hour urgent care facility for life threatening situations. Phone: 403-955-7211, Address: 2888 Shaganappi Trail NW, Calgary, AB T3B 6A8
- Eastside Family Centre – drop-in crisis centre, no appointments needed, 1-8 pm M-F, 11-2 pm F). Phone: 403- 299-9696, Address: Rm 255, 495 36th St NE
- Sheldon M. Chumir – 24-hour urgent care facility for non-life threatening situations. Phone: 403-955-6200, Address: 1213 4 Street SW
- South Calgary Health Centre – 24-hour urgent care facility for non-life threatening situations, 8 am – 10 pm. Phone: 403-943-9300, Address: 31 Sunpark Plaza SE
- Westside Family Centre – urgent care facility for non-life threatening situations, 2-5 pm Tue by appointment only. Phone: 403- 288-3313, Address: 36, 7930 Bowness Rd
As we spend time this week reflecting, listening, teaching and learning about mental health issues, may we look out for one another, speak encouraging words, and build up hope so no one will be left out or left behind. (1 Thess 5:10-11)
Chinook Winds Adventist Academy
CHARACTER VALUE OF THE MONTH: During the month of May we are focusing on the character of God – HUMILITY. The Bible says, “Be humble and give more honor to others than to yourselves.” (Philippians 2:3) So, how do we show humility? “A Christian reveals true humility by showing the gentleness of Christ, by being always ready to help others, by speaking kind words and performing unselfish acts, which elevate and ennoble the most sacred message that has come to our world.” (Ellen White)
GREAT PARENT SEMINAR: In our seminar last Thursday by Joy Astolfi on “The Impact of Excessive Media Use on Adolescent Development and Social Adjustment” we were incredibly blessed by Ms. Asolfi’s professional, thorough and research-based seminar. Ms. Astolfi’s engaging and informative presentation included: Identifying the Problems with Excessive Media Use (ex: Depression Risk for Teens from Social Media, Effects of Sexually Explicit Online Materials on young children, Effects of Scene Changes on Attention, Gamma Waves and Why GAMMA brainwaves are important, How TV Affects Brainwaves, TV Watching and Violence Rates.) Ms. Astolfi presented numerous critical resources including “Reset Your Child’s Brain” by Dr. Dunckley. Dr. Dunckley is a psychiatric doctor who has researched Electronic Screen Syndrome (ESS) and has determined ESS accounts for the majority of the increase in psychosocial and neurodevelopment issues in children. In her book, Dr. Dunckley describes the symptoms of ESS and prescribes a strict electronic fast and presents her findings. Another resource Ms. Astolfi produced was “Your Brain on Porn”, Internet pornography and the emerging science of addiction. Ms. Astolfi ended the seminar on the following encouragement for parents: 1. Persevere, God will honour your sincere efforts, 2. Ask for wisdom – James 1:5, 3. You are not alone – support each other, form a prayer group – Heb. 13:5. “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8) (The notes from this presentation can be downloaded at http://cwaa.net/information/news/resources/parent-seminar-documents/)
HOT LUNCH SUCCESS: Thank you to Rita Elias and all parent volunteers for the fantastic hot lunch on Friday! We look forward to our next hot lunch at the end of May. Watch for the upcoming announcement for the menu and date.
GRADE 9 SWEET TREAT SALES:
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 Student
GRADES 6, 9 & 11 PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT: On Monday, May 15, 2017, to help inform and equip parents for their child’s transition years (Gr 6 – Elementary into Junior High, Gr 9 – Junior High to Senior High, Gr 11 – final year of high school), we would like to invite our parents to an information meeting.
- Grade 6 parents are invited to attend a meeting with Mrs. Brown (Grade 7 Homeroom Teacher) from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
- Grade 9 parents are invited to attend a meeting with Mrs. Kelloway and Mr. Elias (Guidance Counsellor and Vice-Principal) from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
- Grade 11 parents are invited to attend a meeting with Mrs. Kelloway and Mr. Elias (Guidance Counsellor and Vice-Principal) from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Agenda items to be covered include: Course Selections & Timetabling, Homeroom Routines and High School Expectations, Course Evaluation, Uniforms, Athletic and Non-Athletic Extra-Curricular participation, Alberta Government High School Diploma Requirements and CWAA Graduation Requirements (Gr 11), Graduation, Post-Secondary Applications, Scholarships and Bursaries (Gr 11). For more information please contact Mrs. Melashenko.
RE-REGISTRATION UPDATE: Thank you to all parents who have submitted Re-Registration packages! We are pleased to report that we have achieved 60% pre-enrolment to date. For your information, Grades 1-12 class sizes will be capped at 24 students and our 4-day Kindergarten program will be capped at 20 students (we currently have 15 registered). We value your partnership and welcome your feedback and suggestions on how we can serve you and your children better. If you have any questions about the application process please do not hesitate to contact the office.
CWAA SPRING MUSIC CONCERT: The CWAA Music Department will present “The Secret of My Success- Building Futures on the Rock” on Thursday, May 25 at 7pm in the Gymnasium. The concert will feature selections by the K-6 Choir and Grade 5 and 6 Bands. The Concert Band and Concert Choir will present selections from the ACSI Spring Musicale and Music Tour to Three Hills/Edmonton. All are welcome to attend
CWAA USED UNIFORM SALE: On Thursday, May 25 CWAA will host a used uniform sale from the inventory on hand at the school. All prices will be reduced by 50% or more from regular prices. Hours of sale are 6 – 7 pm and opening again after the Spring Music Concert until 9 pm. Parent volunteers are needed for this event. If you’re available to help please let the school office know.
CWAA TALENT SHOW: Come and hear our students perform at this year’s talent show on May 10th at 9:35 am. Family and friends are welcome to attend.
PRAYING PARENTS: Praying Parents will be meeting this Thursday morning, May 4. Come join the group for prayer in the school lobby. All are welcome!
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
May 2 Kindergarten Graduation Pictures
May 3 Grade 3 Nursing Home Visit to Wentworth Manor
May 4 Kindergarten Field Trip to Butterfield Acres
May 10 CWAA Talent Show 9:35 am
May 11-15 Grade 7-12 Concert Band & Choir Tour (Three Hills and Edmonton)
May 15 Grade 6, 9 & 11 Parent Information Night
May 18 Kindergarten Year End Celebration
May 19 Teacher Professional Day No School (K – Grade 12)
May 22 Victoria Day No School
May 25 Spring Concert (K – Gr 12) at 7 pm
May 25 Used Uniform Sale
May 26 Food Bank Friday (casual wear)
May 26 Annual Vespers and Baptism 7 pm
May 29-June 1 Grade 5/6 Outdoor School
June 3 Concert Choir to Calgary Central Church
June 3 Grade 12 Graduation Consecration 6 pm
June 4 Grade 12 Graduation Commencement 12 noon
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 16 Prayer and Praise Service 7 pm
June 17 CWAA Concert Choir Southside Church
June 20 Elementary Sports Day, Afternoon
June 21 Grades 1-4 Calaway Park Trip
June 23 Elementary Last Day of School
June 23 Elementary Award Ceremony 7 pm
June 29 Secondary Awards Ceremony 7 p
As for Philip, an angel of the Lord said to him, “Go south down the desert road that runs from Jerusalem to Gaza.” So he started out, and he met the treasurer of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under the Kandake, the queen of Ethiopia. The eunuch had gone to Jerusalem to worship, and he was now returning. Seated in his carriage, he was reading aloud from the book of the prophet Isaiah. The Holy Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and walk along beside the carriage.” Philip ran over and heard the man reading from the prophet Isaiah. Philip asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” The man replied, “How can I, unless someone instructs me?” And he urged Philip to come up into the carriage and sit with him. (Acts 8:26–31, NLT)
Philip was a deacon in the early Christian church. He received a message from an angel to go down a certain road out in the desert. Seems kind of random! But Philip obediently heads to the area. The Holy Spirit tells Philip to go over to the chariot. Again, Philip is obedient. Because of his obedience, Philip is able to share truth from God’s word with (and baptize!) someone.
How many times do we receive promptings from the Holy Spirit in our own lives? Do we sometimes think the promptings are so random or strange that we just ignore them? Have we ever missed an opportunity to share Jesus with someone because we weren’t willing to step out in faith as the Holy Spirit led us?
May we hear, recognize, and follow the prompting of the Holy Spirit today!
Chinook Winds Adventist Academy