Do you ever find yourself crying out to God, to save you (or your children) from a certain challenge or disaster? Do you ever feel as though God is far, far away – out of reach during a time of struggle? In the book, Thoughts from the Mount of Blessings (p. 118) Ellen White gives us a vivid and beautiful insight into just exactly where God is amidst our struggles. “Christ will never abandon the soul for whom He has died. The soul may leave Him, and be overwhelmed with temptation; but Christ can never turn from one for whom He has paid the ransom of His own life. Could our spiritual vision be quickened, we should see souls bowed under oppression and burdened with grief, pressed as a cart beneath sheaves, and ready to die in discouragement. We should see angels flying swiftly to aid these tempted ones, who are standing as on the brink of a precipice. The angels from heaven force back the hosts of evil that encompass these souls, and guide them to plant their feet on the sure foundation. The battles waging between the two armies are as real as those fought by the armies of this world, and on the issue of the spiritual conflict eternal destinies depend.”
It brings me such gratitude and peace to know that God sees exactly what we face. He knows the battles and the temptations that we face. And in our struggle He is always close by to aid, assist and help us avert danger. What an incredible day it will be when we can sit with God, one-on-one to review all the times in which He has directed angels to deliver us from the brink of destruction and plant our feet on a sure foundation. Praise God that we are never alone in our struggles. “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
CHARACTER VALUE OF THE MONTH: For the month of November the school is emphasizing the character value of Self Control.
STUDENT ASSOCIATION SPIRIT DAY ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10th:
- Gentleman – please wear your moustache for Movember (Prostate Cancer Month).
- Ladies – please wear your best pink scarf acknowledging Breast Cancer.
NOVEMBER 11TH REMEMBRANCE DAY: School holiday this Friday.
LIFETOUCH PICTURE PORTRAIT PACKAGES: The date for ordering your child’s Picture Portrait package through the school office is past (Nov 4). For all late orders please order online or mail your paper order form (including payment and handling fee) directly to Lifetouch Canada, Unit 1, 1410 Mountain Ave, Winnipeg, MB, R2X 0A4. Picture retakes are tomorrow, Nov 8th. Please send to the office the paper order form with ‘Retake Request’ checked if you want your child to be included in the retakes.
SECONDARY REPORT CARDS AND SECONDARY PARENT/STUDENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES:
Grade 7 – Grade 12
- November 15 Report Cards will be sent home
- November 17 Parent/Student-Teacher Conferences held from 4 pm – 8 pm
Secondary Parents, we are excited to present to you an evening of Conferences with our teachers on Thursday, November 17. 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. An improvement that we have added this year is our on-line sign-up to book all Interviews. You can access this by using the button below or you’ll find an access button on the home page of our website cwaa.net that will take you there. We look forward to seeing you here!Secondary PT Interview Sign-Up
REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONY: This week students from across our great nation will take time to remember our veterans and to reflect on the sacrifices of those who have given their lives for our freedoms. On Tuesday, November 8th, CWAA students and staff will gather together during Chapel for an all-school Remembrance Day Ceremony. We have a special guest speaker, Maria Hale, coming to address our students. All parents are invited to join us for this special ceremony on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
UPDATE ON OUR NEW KITCHEN: We are excited to announce that our Kitchen installation is finished! Our kitchen is now equipped with 3 stoves, 3 microwaves, 2 sinks, 2 fridges and plenty of cupboard and countertop space. We would like to say a huge thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Babbitt and Mr. Vandergaast for coordinating the completion of this important renovation project! Mr. Vandergaast installed the cabinets and sinks and Mr. and Mrs. Babbitt unpacked and washed all the kitchen supplies and filled each cupboard as well as installing the backsplash tile. We look forward to our students being able to enjoy a ‘Foods’ option class and to support various programs in which a kitchen is required.
ANNUAL CAREER FAIR AT CWAA: On Wednesday, November 16, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. our Grade 10-12 students will be provided with the opportunity to explore various careers at CWAA. Our Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Kelloway, has arranged to have numerous professionals from within our Calgary community set-up booths in our gymnasium and speak to students about potential career opportunities. Last year we were blessed to have the participation of 14 professionals from the following sectors: business, dentist, lawyer, dental hygiene, psychology, youth pastor, social worker, flight attendant, baker, educator, engineer, actor, construction and accounting. Following are some pictures from last year’s Career Fair. We look forward to seeing how God will use this special afternoon to bless our students with His direction and guidance!
FALL FUN FEST: Fun Fest will be held on Saturday night, November 19, from 6:00 – 9:00 pm in the school gymnasium. Come out to the school to socialize, enjoy good food and participate in many fun games. Plan to bring along family and friends!
LOST AND FOUND: Our Lost & Found is brimming over with student clothes! Please make sure you pick up any items that may belong to your child(ren). Each month unclaimed items are donated to the Salvation Army. The Lost & Found table can be found just inside the elementary entrance.
BAGS FOR BANGLADESH: Last call for re-usable cloth shopping bags! All bags will be decorated by our elementary students and sent to Bangladesh with Ms. Goltz at the end of November, where she will fill them with food to take to a special orphanage. Send your re-usable cloth shopping bags to the school office by this Thursday, November 10!
POINSETTIA PLANTS FOR SALE: Add a festive touch to your home this Christmas season with colorful premium poinsettias, mixed tropical planters and/or a live “Berries and Bows” wreath. These make wonderful Christmas gifts as well as brightening your own home. Thank you for supporting this special fundraiser! Open the button below to find an order form.Poinsettia Order Form
FUNDSCRIP GIFT CARD ORDER: 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 payment made by cash or cheque. Deadline is Tuesday, November 15th. Your gift cards will be delivered to CWAA within one week after that date. You can find an order form on the button below.FundScrip Order Form
PRAYING PARENTS: Come join us as we meet together for prayer on Thursday mornings after school begins in the school lobby. We meet to pray for our school, our staff, our students and our families. All are welcome!
MISSING SLEEPING BAG: One of our families has reported that they are missing a red sleeping bag, identified as C. Romeo. The identical sleeping bag was accidentally ‘switched’ when the students returned from their campout in September. Thank you for checking your camping supplies & returning the sleeping bag in exchange!
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
Nov 8 Picture Retake Day
Nov 8 Remembrance Day Chapel Service 9:30 am
Nov 11 Remembrance Day (No school)
Nov 14-17 Week in Spiritual Emphasis (Student-led Week of Prayer)
Nov 15 Secondary Report Cards Home
Nov 16 Career Fair in Gym 1-3 pm (Gr 10 – 12)
Nov 17 Secondary Parent/Student-Teacher Conferences, 4 – 8 pm
Nov 19 Fall Fun Fest, 6 pm
Nov 21 School Board Meeting 7 pm
Nov 22 Gr 1- 4 Music trip to Jack Singer (Calgary Philharmonic)
Nov 23 Gr 1 Service trip to Nursing Home, Wentworth Manor
Nov 23 Gr 10-12 trip to Rosebud Theatre ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ Production
Nov 23, 28, 30 Dec 6 Service trips to OCC Samaritan’s Purse 4:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Nov 24 – 27 Senior High Fall Classic at Burman University, Volleyball Tournament
Nov 25 End of Term 1 Elementary
Nov 28 – Dec 2 Anti-Bullying Awareness Week
Nov 29 Elementary Report Cards Home
Dec 1 Gr 7 trip to Heritage Park (Social Studies curriculum)
Dec 1 Elementary Parent/Student-Teacher Conferences, 4 – 8 pm
Dec 2 Gr 11 trip to Galaxy Land (Physics & Math curriculum)
Dec 5 Grade 5 & 9 Vaccinations (second round)
Dec 7 Gr 11 Service trip to Central Church for Senior Christmas Dinner
Dec 8 CWAA Christmas Concert
Dec 14 Gr 11 trip to Bow River (Language Arts curriculum)
Dec 15 Gr 6 Service trip to Drop-In Centre
Dec 16 Last Day of Classes (Christmas Break)
Please continue to pray for our upcoming Week In Spiritual Emphasis! Also please pray for our team of student class pastors who are helping to plan the WISE meetings. Pray that God will guide and bless each of them as they sacrifice some of their lunch break from time-to-time to meet and plan. Pray for those who will be speaking during WISE as they prepare to share the loving truth of God with our school.
“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns!” (Isaiah 52:7, NLT)
Chinook Winds Adventist Academy