I have a dream for Chinook Winds Adventist Academy. My dream is to incorporate a manual training program into our academic program. I don’t know how to do it, or how to secure the resources needed to be successful, but it remains a dream! And here’s why I dream of a manual labor program at CWAA.
Ever since the time of creation, God appointed work to man. He gave Adam and Eve useful, meaningful work as a blessing. After the fall, God again appointed Adam and Eve to work. Through their work Adam and Eve learned that honest toil brought them a sense of self-respect, dignity and purpose. Like Adam and Eve, children and young people need to be assigned meaningful work. For even Jesus worked as a carpenter, Paul was a tentmaker, Dorcas was a seamstress, Peter was a fisherman, the boy who brought 5 loaves was used by Jesus to feed the multitude. Ellen White says, “As a rule, the exercise most beneficial to the youth will be found in useful employment. That which trains the hand to helpfulness, and teaches the young to bear their share of life’s burdens, is most effective in promoting the growth of mind and character. The children and youth need to be taught that life means earnest work, responsibility, care-taking. They need a training that will make them practical.” (Education, p 215)
My dream is to augment our academic and spiritual program with a manual training program. More and more of our students are ‘graduating’ without knowledge of practical skills. They leave school with a ‘head knowledge’ but little common sense, life experience or practical knowledge. They leave school without the experience of contributing in a meaningful way to their society. If indeed the point of education is to “teach students that life’s true aim is not to secure the greatest possible gain for themselves, but to honor their Maker in doing their part of the world’s work, and lending a helpful hand to those weaker or more ignorant” (Education, p 221), students should be taught the lessons of self-help, financial and business management, economy, industry, self-denial, and commitment and responsibility-taking. Students should be trained in a useful skill or two prior to becoming adults. They should be given the experience of doing their part in the world’s work.
Imagine if Chinook Winds Adventist Academy became a useful training ground – incorporating programs such as agriculture, mechanics, cooking, sewing, medical treatment, computer technology, design, floor laying, construction, etc? Such training could enable each student to occupy an occupation upon completing high school or support themselves while pursuing higher education (instead of depending on their parents or student loans to support their higher education costs!).
What is your dream for Chinook Winds Adventist Academy? What would it take to make our collective dreams come true?
FLU SEASON IS HERE! Every fall the Enterovirus D68 hits schools across Alberta and wreaks havoc on the health of children! The Enterovirus D68 is a common group of viruses that can cause various types of illness, including respiratory illness that affects the nose, throat and lungs. In recent weeks, the Enterovirus D68 has made the media because there have been more cases than usual this year. (Last Monday, there were 18 children diagnosed with D68 in Alberta, 10 of which were in Calgary. This is an increase from last year at this time.) Protecting our students from the Enterovirus takes three simple precautions:
1) Wash hands thoroughly with soap & water (especially after coughing, sneezing, using tissues or the washroom, and before eating or preparing foods).
2) Cover nose and mouth with a tissue when sneezing or coughing or into a sleeve (never hands!) and throw away tissues.
3) Stay home if sick with symptoms of fever, cough, runny nose or sneezing.
For more information about the D68 Enterovirus, visit Alberta Health Services at www.albertahealthservices.ca/10418.asp
CWAA IS HIRING SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS! If you have a passion to educate children for Jesus and hold a valid teaching certificate please send your resume to Principal Lara Melashenko at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax at 403-247-1623.
SUTP BOOKS: The deadline for returning unsold books or payment for books sold is this Wednesday, October 1, 2014, leaving tomorrow the last day for selling books! One SUTP book was sent home with each student early this month. The cost of the book is $20.00. This has been a great annual fundraiser for our Athletic Department as $10 from every sale will help to purchase new soccer nets for CWAA. Thank you for your support!
CALGARY CORN MAZE FIELD TRIP: On Thursday October 9th, Kindergarten – Grade 4 Classes will be going on a field trip to the Calgary Corn Maze. They will be able to have a closer look at Alberta agriculture and get to be up close with many different farm animals. We are in need of parent volunteers to come along with us. If you have a police check on file with the office and are able to come with us, please let your child’s teacher know. Below you’ll find a link to open a permission form for this trip. This form is due back by Monday, Oct 6, 2014.
2015 CWAA MISSION TRIP: The mission trip this school year will be to the Dominican Republic from March 29 to April 9, 2015. This is a short-term mission project arranged between Chinook Winds Adventist Academy and Maranatha Volunteers International. Current CWAA students in grades 10 to 12 are invited to participate in this great adventure! For more information and the application, go to missiontrip.cwaa.net. Application deadline is September 30.
FASHION CLASS NEEDS MACHINES: If you have a reliable sewing machine that you may not be using and would like to donate it to the sewing class, please contact Marilyn Kelloway at email@example.com
POLICE CHECK 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!
PRAYING PARENTS: For those who are interested in joining a prayer group (made up of parents who come together once a week to pray for our school, staff and students) you’re invited to meet in the school lobby every Thursday morning at 8:30.
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. Please go to http://catnet.adventist.ca, click SURVEY, and enter ADVENTIST as the password to begin.
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
Oct 5 Exhibition Soccer / Volleyball Match versus PAA in Lacombe (2-4pm)
Oct 7 Library program begins
Oct. 8-12 Volleyball and Soccer Tournaments at Walla Walla University
Oct. 9 Calgary Corn Maze (Grades K – 4)
Oct. 13 Thanksgiving Day (No School)
Oct. 14 Picture Day
Oct. 20 School Board Meeting 7 pm
Oct. 27 Teacher Professional Day (No students at school)
Oct. 30 – Nov 1 CUC Music Festival in Lacombe (Gr 7 – 12 Choir)
This school year, our Grade 10 to 12 students have the opportunity to be a part of a mission trip during Spring Break. The mission trip will go to the Dominican Republic where our group will help to build a church and participate in other service/outreach projects. As you may recall, our spiritual theme this school year at CWAA is Thrive – Digging Deep and Reaching Out. This mission trip gives a number of our secondary students the opportunity to reach out in service and sharing in an exciting and challenging foreign environment as they seek Jesus Christ and act compassionately! Please keep this trip in your prayers. Especially pray for the students as they decide whether or not they will be going and how they are going to raise the needed money for the trip.
If you would like to learn more about the 2015 CWAA Mission Trip (which is a short-term mission project arranged between Chinook Winds Adventist Academy and Maranatha), go to missiontrip.cwaa.net.
“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).
Pastor Brent Wilson