Last Thursday, while waiting for Enmax to arrive I experienced a most profound moment as a Science teacher and Principal. At approximately 11 a.m. an important shipment of books was delivered to our school from Kendall Hunt Publishing Company: 192 Grades 1-8 By Design Science Textbooks, 8 sets of students workbooks + 8 Teacher’s Manuel’s. As I cut open the first box and I picked up the crisp, colorful, shiny Grade 8 By Design Science Textbook, tears filled my eyes. By Design textbooks were created by the North American Division of SDA for the purposes of equipping Adventist schools with a science resource that was infused with an Adventist, creation-based worldview. The publisher, Mr. Kendall Hunt (owner of Kendall Hunt Publishing), agreed to publish the books for the Adventist Church on condition that he personally be allowed to provide one million dollars towards the project so he could be given ‘rights’ to provide his children’s Catholic Schools with the resource! (Mr. Kendall Hunt is not a Seventh-day Adventist!)
And so as I held the brand new books in my hands, the realization of the significance of this shipment flooded over me and overwhelmed my emotions. As I dialed the phone number to the man who was responsible for the vision of Adventist schools receiving creation-based Science Textbooks (Dr. Larry Blackmer), I began to weep. For years as a Science teacher I had been required to use government-endorsed secular textbooks that were filled with evolution-based science. As I taught with the secular textbooks, I tried my best to augment the textbook with Biblical truth and to train my students to dismiss the deeply entrenched evolution teachings. But I always knew that the reality was that many of my students would believe the pervasive, foundational, anti-Christ messages of evolution found in every government-endorsed textbook science textbook. As a result, I knew that some of my students would leave high school with either a diminished interest in science because of the conflict they were faced with between creation and evolution or (even worse), some students would choose to believe that the Biblical account of creation was unsupported by scientific evidence because it could not be found in textbook after textbook and thus, dismiss other fundamental teachings of the Bible.
And so, as I continued to open each box, a great sense of relief and hope came over me. I was relieved and hopeful because for the first time ever, Adventist teachers would have a relevant resource, where they could teach freely the truths of science and attribute each truth to the Creator of Science! They could systematically present Creation-based science truths with pride and humility. Adventist teachers could be proud of the resource they were teaching from and intentionally strengthen the beliefs and faith of their students.
We serve a mighty God and He invites us, as teachers and parents, to train our children to believe and trust in God’s power and might! “For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:16, 17) I invite you, as parents, to pray earnestly for our teachers as they enter into a new ‘era’ of teaching government curriculum through the eyes of our Adventist worldview using a creation-based Science resource! I invite you, as parents, to praise God for His mighty hand in delivering these beautiful new textbooks to our school (for free, if you can believe that!) and for providing Dr. Blackmer with the vision and Kendall-Hunt Publishing with the tenacity to complete this God-honoring project! Lara Melashenko
CURRICULUM EVENING – Our Curriculum Night has been rescheduled for Thursday, September 25, at 7 p.m. in the CWAA gymnasium. Come out and meet your child(ren)’s teachers and talk about what your son or daughter will be learning this year. Learn how you can best help your child(ren) achieve their goals for excellence. We are proud to present our holistic program for your children and look forward to getting to know each one of you better!
SCHOOL BOARD INVITE: Our first Board meeting will be held tonight on Monday, September 15 at 7:00 p.m. All are invited to come and enjoy the fellowship of our committed School Board team of leaders and participate in our school operations & strategic planning!
ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT FUNDRAISER: SUPT BOOKS – This year our Athletic Department is raising funds to purchase new soccer nets! To help raise these funds Mrs. Dodds (our new Elementary PE Teacher) and Mr. Fowler (our Secondary PE Teachers and Athletic Director) have distributed one SUTP book to each student to take home and sell. The cost of the books are $20.00 and $10 from every sale may be kept by the Athletic Department! Thank you for supporting this worthwhile fundraiser! Happy selling! (Please return any unsold books to the office by Friday, September 19. Thank you.)
RANCHO-VIGNOLA NUTS & DRIED FRUIT 2014: Please find attached to your e-mail the cover letter and order form for this annual Grade 12 fundraiser. Thank you for your support.
TERRY FOX RUN – All parents, students and interested community members are invited to join CWAA in participating in The Terry Fox National School Run Day at CWAA on Wednesday, September 24. Be part of one of the biggest displays of solidarity against cancer on the planet…while setting an example of compassion, fostering school spirit, encouraging physical activity, and having fun! For more information contact Pr. Brent Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOOD BANK FRIDAY (LAST FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH) – The last Friday of every month is a casual dress day for all elementary and secondary students (Kindergarten to Grade 12) and teachers at Chinook Winds. We ask that each student and staff bring a canned or packaged food item to be donated to the Calgary Food Bank.
POLICE CHECKS FOR VOLUNTEERS – We want to remind all parent volunteers that CWAA requires police check clearance prior to volunteering at CWAA. If you require a police check letter, please contact the office. THANK YOU for your dedication and support of our school!
NUT ALLERGIES – CWAA strives to be a nut free environment due to serious allergies of some students and staff. Parents, please be vigilant to prevent any nuts from coming to school in your children’s lunches. If your child has an allergy, please also remind them to not to share lunch items. Thank you!
Adventist Education Online Survey – Our children deserve to have a quality Adventist education to equip them for faithful service to God and humanity. In an effort to improve the quality of Adventist education for all our children, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada is holding an Education Summit from November 23-26, 2014. We value your input in this process, and therefore solicit your participation in this survey! The online survey runs from September 15 to October 3, 2014. It will take about 15 minutes of your time. Your input is critical. On September 15, please go to http://catnet.adventist.ca, click SURVEY, and enter ADVENTIST as the password to begin.
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
Sept. 15 School Board Meeting 7 pm
Sept. 15-17 Grades 7 – 9 Camping Trips
Sept. 23 Grade 5 & Grade 9 Vaccinations
Sept. 24 Terry Fox Run
Oct. 8-12 Volleyball and Soccer Tournaments at Walla Walla University
Oct. 9 Calgary Corn Maze (Grades K – 3)
Oct. 13 Thanksgiving Day (No School)
Oct. 14 Picture Day
Oct. 20 School Board Meeting 7 pm
Oct. 27 Teacher Professional Day (No School)
Oct. 30 – Nov 1 CUC Music Festival (Gr 7 – 12 Choir)
As we begin a new school year, it is a great time to renew our focus on growing in our relationship with Jesus. We can also renew our focus on helping the kids in our families and school to grow in that relationship as well! The spiritual theme for this school year at CWAA is “Thrive.” The focus of this theme is on “digging deep” in our relationship with God and on “reaching out” to serve and share Jesus with others. Just like a healthy tree has deep roots (“digging deep”) and extensive branches (“reaching out”), we can “thrive” as we focus on these two aspects of growth in our lives!
Pastor Brent Wilson