PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN ONLINE
How can we as parents and teachers protect our children from the dangers of the internet (primarily cyberbullying, threats, sexual materials, sexual solicitations)? Experts say that the best way we can help reduce these dangers is by talking to our children about making safe, responsible decisions (along with excellent filters on our devices). There are 3 primary risks that we need to discuss with our children:
- Inappropriate conduct: The online world can feel anonymous. Kids sometimes forget that they are still accountable for their actions.
- Inappropriate contact: Some people online have bad intentions, including bullies, predators, hackers, and scammers.
- Inappropriate content: The online world is filled with pornography, violence, or hate speech online. Teaching our children to be discerning and wise in their viewing is critical.
There are four excellent websites that I would like to suggest as resources for parents and teachers to use in their discussion with children: www.protectkids.com, www.familylife.com, www.screenfree.org, www.fightthenewdrug.com. It is my prayer that as we discuss these important risks, God will give us wisdom and understanding to teach our children how they can experience freedom and peace in their social relationships online.
In His Service,
CWAA OCTOBER CHARACTER VALUE: Self-Control
A man without self–control is like a city broken into and left without walls. Proverbs 25:28 RSV
STUDENT ASSOCIATION SPIRIT DAY AT CWAA: Wednesday, October 21 is a Spirit Day at school. We encourage all students to participate by dressing up … choose from one of the following themes:
1) Animal or Insects
4) Biblical Characters
PRAYING PARENTS: Thursday, October 22 at 8:45 a.m. we are starting our praying parent group again. Come and join us in the school lobby as we gather and pray for the 2015-16 school year. All families and friends of our school are welcome to the prayer group. We are looking forward to this time of praising God through prayer for all that He does for our school.
STUDENT ATTENDANCE: All students (elementary and secondary) who arrive after 8:30 a.m. must enter the school through the main entrance doors and stop at the office to pick up a late slip to give to their teacher. Students who do not follow this procedure and enter their class without a late slip will have their attendance recorded as ‘Absent Unexcused’. Picking up a late slip from the office will ensure a correction is made on their attendance for the day.
If your child will be absent from school for the day the office must be informed. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call the school office. Your child’s attendance will be excused from record keeping done at the office (if you’re e-mailing the teacher please include the office e-mail as well).
CWAA BUS ROUTES: If your child rides on one of the four Bus Routes to CWAA please take time to familiarize yourself with the following important information:
- Your scheduled ‘pick-up time’ is the time when the bus will pull away from the stop. Your child should be at their stop 5 minutes prior to this time. The school bus is not able to wait for students who are late to their stop, as doing this will cause all students riding the bus to arrive late for school.
- Winter weather is just around the corner (bringing with it poor road conditions) so please be sure your children are dressed appropriately for the weather as they wait for the bus to arrive. The website myschoolbusmonitor.ca gives live updates on any bus running over 15 minutes late in the morning. Keep this website handy! There is a late bus line (403-398-6975) that you can call but Southland recommends using the website for faster response. CWAA staff are not provided with information from Southland on bus delays.
- If your child will not be riding the bus during the day or for a longer period of time it is your responsibility to inform Southland Dispatch (403-205-6688) or the bus driver directly.
- Southland Bus Company has their bus routes planned and in place during summer months. Southland determines bus stops according to route safety and congregated community stops (not front door service). Congregated stops are used in order to accomplish the route within contract hours.
- As routes are in place for the remainder of this year please know that if your family moves to a new address at anytime during this school year Southland provides no assurance that bus services will still be available at your new address. Using an existing bus stop that is closest to your location may be your only option.
CWAA SECONDARY REPORT CARDS: On Tuesday, November 10, Secondary Report Cards will be sent home. Parent Teacher Interviews will be held Thursday, November 12 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. To schedule an appointment to meet with each of your student’s teachers, email the office at email@example.com or call 403-286-5686.
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
Oct 19 School Board Meeting, 7pm
Oct 20 Fashions Class Field Trip to Northland Mall
Oct 21 SA Spirit Day
Oct 27 Grade 10 CALM Class Field Trip to U of C
Oct 28 Grade 10 Field Trip to War Memorial / Peace Bridge
Oct 28 Grade 12 Field Trip to Gimbel Eye Surgery
Oct 30 SA Class Challenge Day
Nov 5 K – Grade 5 Field Trip to Royal Tyrrell Museum, Drumheller
Nov 6 End of Term 1 For Secondary Students
Nov 9 Grade 10 – 12 Field Trip to Rosebud Theatre
Nov 10 Picture Retake Day
Nov 10 Remembrance Day Combined Chapel, Guest Speaker Terry Afflick
Nov 10 Secondary Report Cards sent home
Nov 11 Remembrance Day (No School)
Nov 12 Secondary Parent Teacher Interviews (4-8 p.m.)
Nov 13-15 Grades 7 – 9 FCA Volleyball Tournament, Edmonton
Nov 16 School Board Meeting 7 p.m.
Nov 19 Grades 9-12 Career Fair in Gymnasium 1 – 3 p.m.
Nov 16-20 Week in Spiritual Emphasis (WISE) Alan Perez
Nov 21 CWAA Seek and Serve Sabbath
Nov 21 Fall Fun Fest
Nov 23-27 Anti-Bullying Awareness Week
Nov 26 K – Grade 6 Skating at Crowfoot Twin Arena
Nov 26 – 29 Senior High Volleyball Tournament / BU Days
Nov 27 End of Term 1 Elementary
Take some time this week to read 1 Samuel 3. It is a story that you have probably known since you were a young child. Samuel takes the time to listen to God’s important message. Then he shares that important message with Eli. Like Samuel, God wants to use us to help share His important message for our world today. But in order to have something from God to share, we first need to take the time to listen to His message. You can’t share what you don’t have! This story from the life of the young boy Samuel can be a reminder to us to “Be Still” and allow God to speak to us so that we will be able to share His message with others at the right times!
Pastor Brent Wilson