THE 8 BLESSINGS OF MATTHEW 5
In Matthew 24, Jesus predicted that in the time just preceding His 2nd coming there would unparalleled turmoil and uncertainty in the world. He predicted there would be wars and rumors of wars, nations & kingdoms would rise up against one another, there would be famines and earthquakes, many would betray one another and hate one another, lawlessness would increase, and the love of many would grow cold towards others.
Whether we like to believe it or not, our children are keen learners and observers. They are aware of the stress and anxiety around them. They are aware of the horrific violence and the hateful acts in the world. They are aware of the immorality and lawlessness and the absence of love. Many of our children are even personally facing stressful situations in their friend circles or homes in which they feel powerless. Many, at tender ages, are being exposed to social situations in which they are ill equipped to know how to make good decisions, or to advocate for themselves. Many of our children are facing stress, anxiety, depression and even suicide ideation at younger and younger ages. It is undeniable that we are living in a world in which the absence of peace and joy abounds and our children are being deeply impacted.
It is for this reason that we have made the decision, as a school, to focus our year-long school-wide character education plan on finding inner joy and peace in the midst of a tumultuous and self-serving world. We will be focusing on a monthly “blessings” or “beatitude” that Jesus promised in the ‘Sermon on the Mount’ (Matthew 5:3-10). Each month we will focus our class devotions, chapel themes, and student reflections on a specific beatitude. It is our desire that as we focus on the beatitudes we will learn how to live radically different from the world – in harmony with the values and ethics of God’s kingdom and that we will experience God’s blessing and achieve true inner happiness, joy and peace.
Our September beatitude is “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven”. (Matt 5:2-3). Poor in spirit means to be humble, not proud and not attracted to status or material things. Those who are humble rely on God for help. For more information on this important beatitude, go to www.whiteestate.org/books/mb/mb2.html.
Chinook Winds Adventist Academy
SEPTEMBER 22 IS A REGULAR SCHOOL DAY: All Secondary Students, Grade 7 to 12 will have regular school this Friday.
ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT FUNDRAISER – ADMAZING COUPON BOOKS: Our Athletic Department is raising funds to purchase new athletic equipment and sports uniforms. Mrs. Dodds and Mr. Fowler have distributed one book to each student to take home and sell. The cost of the book is $20.00 and $10 from every sale is kept by the Athletic Department. Thank you for supporting this worthwhile fundraiser. Please return money from sales or any unsold books to the office by Friday, September 29. Thank you!
HOT LUNCH: On Monday, September 25 we will hold our first hot lunch of the year – veggie burgers, chips, cookie and juice. The cost of the hot meal will be $7.00 and the cost of the drink will be $1.00. Please find an order form below to place your order. Deadline for all orders to be in is this Wednesday, September 20.Hot Lunch Order Form
NUT ALLERGIES: Due to serious allergies of some students and staff, CWAA strives to be a nut free environment. Parents, please be vigilant to prevent any nuts from coming to school in your children’s lunches. If your child has an allergy, please remind them not to eat any shared lunch items. Thank you!
TERRY FOX RUN: The CWAA Terry Fox Run is scheduled to take place on Thursday, September 28, starting from the school parking lot. Check The Breeze next week for the time of the event. Students will be receiving pledge sheets this week and will be encouraged to ask for donations from their family, friends, neighbours (with parent’s permission), etc. The fundraising goal for the 2017 CWAA Terry Fox Run is $2500. Donations of $20 or more can receive a tax receipt from the Terry Fox Foundation. Please make sure all cheques are made out to the Terry Fox Foundation.
FOOD BANK FRIDAY (LAST FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH): Next Friday, September 29, all students are invited to bring a non-perishable food item for the Food Bank and wear casual clothes for the day. Thanks for contributing!
PRAYING PARENTS: Praying parents are meeting this Thursday, September 21, after morning drop off in the lobby. Please come and join us!
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
Sept. 18 School Board Meeting 7 pm
Sept. 22 Grade 3-6 Field Trip to COP
Sept. 25 Hot Lunch
Sept. 26 Anti-Bullying Chapel—Constable Damian Price
Sept. 28 Terry Fox Run
Oct. 3-5 Gr 7-9 Outdoor Education School
Oct. 5 Cobbs Corn Maze (JK – Gr 4)
Oct. 9 Thanksgiving Day (No School)
Oct. 16 School Board Meeting 7 pm
Oct. 17 Picture Day
Oct. 17 Elementary Chapel (School Nurse presentation)
Oct. 19-22 JH CASA Flag Football Tournament, Kelowna
Oct. 20 Nursing Home Visit Grades 1 & 3, 9:30-11:30 am
Oct. 22-24 Burman Experience (Grade 12’s)
Oct. 27-29 JH FCA Volleyball Tournament
Aaron Nakamura was the speaker for our Week In Spiritual Emphasis which took place from September 11 to 15. The decision was made to hold the WISE week earlier in the school year as a way to start the year off with a spiritual focus. And what a great way to kick off our school year! Aaron had many neat illustrations and object lessons as he shared with our students and staff! In our secondary chapels, Aaron talked about identifying things in our life that bother God, choosing to let God lead us, the importance of the Bible, prayer, and putting the past behind us. In elementary, Aaron dealt with some of the same themes as he told stories and shared illustrations with our younger students. Please pray that the lessons, stories, illustrations, and times of worship that our school family experienced during this Week In Spiritual Emphasis will have a lasting impact as we go through this school year here at Chinook Winds Adventist Academy!
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