THE SHEPHERD OF THE TWENTY-THIRD PSALM
There once was a leading actor who was honored at a banquet. After the dinner ceremonies the actor was asked to recite a passage for the pleasure of his guests. He consented, and asked if there was anything special anyone in the audience would like to hear. There was a moment’s pause and then an old clergyman spoke up. “Could you, sir,” he said, “recite the Twenty-Third Psalm?” A strange look came over the actor’s face, but then he said, “I can sir – and I will, on one condition. After I have recited, you my friend, will do the same.” “I?” replied the surprised clergyman, “If you wish, I will do so.” Impressively the actor began the Psalm, holding his audience spellbound. As he finished a great burst of applause broke from the guests. After the applause had ceased the old clergyman arose. The audience sat in intense silence. The Psalm was recited and when it was done there was not the slightest ripple of applause, but those in the audience whose eyes were dry had their heads bowed. The great actor, with his hand on the shoulder of the clergyman, his voice trembling, exclaimed, “I reached your eyes and ears, my friends, but this man has reached your hearts. I know the Twenty-Third Psalm; this man knows the Shepherd.”
Praise God that our Shepherd has made Himself known to us and He has invited us into an intimate relationship with Him. May we know His peace this week as we seek Him, follow Him and love Him.
“God, my shepherd! I don’t need a thing. You have bedded me down in lush meadows, you find me quiet pools to drink from. True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction. Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I’m not afraid when you walk at my side. Your trusty shepherd’s crook makes me feel secure. You serve me a six-course dinner right in front of my enemies. You revive my drooping head; my cup brims with blessing. Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life. I’m back home in the house of God for the rest of my life.” Psalms 23 (The Message)
CHARACTER VALUE OF THE MONTH: For the month of October the school is emphasizing the character value of Protecting Others.
ROOTS OF EMPATHY PROGRAM: Looking for “Roots of Empathy” family participant. Do you have a baby born between July 1 and August 15, 2016? CWAA is looking for 2 families with a young baby to participate in the Roots of Empathy program. The Roots of Empathy program connects a class with a baby in a structured and safe environment and allows interaction and observation of the baby to open conversations around empathy, emotional intelligence, communication, safety, etc. The baby and parent would need to be available to visit the classroom 9 times through the school year. Please contact Melanie Babbitt, Roots of Empathy Instructor, if interested at firstname.lastname@example.org
FOOD BANK FRIDAY: Friday, October 28 is a casual dress day for all students and teachers. We ask that each student and staff bring a canned or non-perishable food item to be donated to the Calgary Food Bank. Let’s see how much food we can collect for this important local charity. Thank you for your participation!
MICROWAVE WANTED: The microwave in our Grade 10 class has retired! If any kind parent or donor has an extra microwave that they would be willing to donate, please contact CWAA Office.
BAGS FOR BANGLADESH: Do you have any re-usable cloth shopping bags that you would be willing to donate? Why not help our elementary students collect bags to send to an orphanage in Bangladesh with Ms. Anna Goltz at the end of November? These bags will be decorated by our elementary students and sent to Bangladesh with Ms. Goltz, where she will fill them with food to take to a special orphanage. Send your re-usable cloth shopping bags with your children to the school office! Deadline: November 10.
CITRUS FRUIT COMING BACK TO CWAA: Do you enjoy juicy oranges and grapefruit? Do you want to support the 2017 CWAA Mission Trip? Get your citrus orders turned into the CWAA office by 4 PM on Monday, October 31. The fruit should arrive November 10th -13th. Click the button below to access an order form.Citrus Fruit Order Form
FALL FUN FEST: Please notice a date change for Fun Fest. Fun Fest will be held on Saturday night, November 19, from 6-9:00 pm in the school gymnasium. Come out to the school to socialize, enjoy good food and fun games. Contact the school office if you are interested in having a booth. An application form is available on the button below. Plan to bring family and friends!FunFest Application
PRAYING PARENTS: All are welcome to join this group as they meet together for prayer on Thursday mornings after school begins in the school lobby. Please note that this group will not meet on short school weeks following a long-weekend.
2017 CWAA MISSION TRIP: The 2017 CWAA Mission Trip to Bolivia will take place from March 26 to April 6, 2017 (during CWAA Spring Break). This trip is open to all CWAA students in grades 10 to 12. A mission trip application is available. The deadline for students to turn in their application was October 13th, 2016 – if you have not turned yours in yet, please hand it in right away!!! Watch for an announcement regarding a parent information meeting.
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
Oct 25 ADRA Canada Chapel, Heather Grbic
Oct 28 Food Bank Friday
Nov 1 Field Trip to Museum of the Regiments, Grade 9
Nov 3 Royal Tyrell Museum, Drumheller, Grades K-5 & Biology 20
Nov 4 End of Term 1 Secondary
Nov 4-6 Jr High FCA Volleyball Tournament, Lacombe
Nov 8 Picture Retake Day
Nov 11 Remembrance Day (No school)
Nov 14-17 Fall Student Week of Prayer
Nov 15 Secondary Report Cards Home
Nov 16 Gr 10-12 Career Fair in Gym 1-3 pm
Nov 17 Secondary Parent/Teacher Interviews, 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 Nursing Home Visit to Wentworth Manor
Nov 23 Gr 10-12 Trip to Rosebud Theatre “Miracle on 34th Street” Production
Nov 23, 28, 30 Dec 6 Operation Christmas Child Service Opportunity (for students age 14 and up)4:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Nov 24 – 27 Senior High Volleyball Fall Classic, Burman University
Nov 25 End of Term 1 Elementary
Nov 28 – Dec 2 Anti-Bullying Awareness Week
Nov 29 Elementary Report Cards Home
Dec 1 Elementary PTI’s (4 -8 pm)
Dec 2 Grade 5 & 9 Vaccinations
Dec 7 Grade 11 Trip to Central Church, Senior’s Christmas Dinner, 1:30 am -3:00 pm
Dec 8 CWAA Christmas Concert
Dec 16 Last Day of Classes (Christmas Break)
“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:19 NLT)
Pastor Brent Wilson