Sing the Song This Week!
Two weeks ago our Grade 11 students were inspired to take the time to write encouragement notes on yellow sticky pages and paste them to the lockers of our high school students and all teacher classroom doors. As I received the precious note from one of the students my tears began to flow. It was such a simple act of kindness that brought such reassuring words of love.
As inhabitants of this sinful earth we are often confronted with troubles and temptations. We often are burdened by the continuous ‘bad news’ around us. Or we often remain keenly aware of our disappointments, failures or hurts. But the compassionate acts of our Grade 11 students remind us that we have a choice each day in what we choose to focus on. Ellen White says, “My brethren and sisters, God is your strength, and He does not want you to go crippling along in this life! Keep your mind upon the better country, even the heavenly. Learn to sing the song here upon this earth. The best song you can learn is to speak kindly to one another, for in heaven the business of the inhabitants is to please one another.” (Sermons and Talks, Volume I, p 43) Thank you Grade 11 students for singing the song of heaven through your acts of kindness!! “Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works!” (Hebrews 10:24)
It is my challenge for us all to take up the example of our students to sing a similar song of heaven in our interactions with our children, friends, family, teachers, and even strangers! May God’s encouragement flood our week!
HERITAGE PARK FIELD TRIP: The grade 1-4 classes are going to Heritage Park on Thursday, November 6th. Each class will be attending two workshops that are related to our social studies curriculum.
STUDENT ASSOCIATION SPIRIT WEEK: November 17-21 has been designated by the SA as Spirit Week.
The theme for each day is as follows:
- Monday — Occupation Day
- Tuesday — Crazy Hair Day
- Wednesday — Cultural Day
- Thursday — History/Imitation Day (a historical figure)
- Friday — Class Theme Day
School’s dress code and standards are to be followed for Spirit Week. There are prizes for classes with the most participation.
SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: “A great big thanks!” to all of our school volunteers. You really make a positive difference in the lives of our students and we do appreciate you! If you haven’t had opportunity to volunteer at CWAA recently we are urging you to consider joining us. CWAA requires that each volunteer have a police clearance letter on file. At this time we find our list of parents with record checks to be quite short and we are at risk of cancelling a number of upcoming trips due to this. If you’d like a letter to present at your local police station when applying for a criminal record check please call or e-mail the school office to have this e-mailed to you. By submitting your receipt to the school office we’re happy to reimburse you for this expense. Thanks for supporting your school by becoming a volunteer!
NO SCHOOL DATES – There is no school for all Elementary and Secondary students at Chinook Winds Academy on the following dates:
- Monday, November 10 – Teachers have a Professional / Organizational Day
- Tuesday, November 11 – Remembrance Day (School Holiday)
FALL FUN FEST 2014 DATE CHANGE: Has changed from November 8 to November 22. So save the date for Saturday evening, November 22, from 7 – 10 pm! Chinook Wind’s annual Fall Fun Fest will be an enjoyable evening of fellowship, food, fun and games … if you wish to have a booth please contact the school office at 403-286-5686. Please note there is no kitchen facility at CWAA for food preparation so all food booths must plan with this in mind.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD: CWAA is participating in Operation Christmas Child this year. OCC is a project run by Samaritan’s Purse that shares the love of Jesus with underprivileged children in the world by giving them shoeboxes packed with gifts. The goal here at CWAA is to collect 200 filled shoeboxes by the November 17 to 23 collection week. If you would like to fill one or more shoeboxes to help us reach our goal, please get a box from Pastor Brent Wilson. For more information about this project, visit http://www.samaritanspurse.ca/operation-christmas-child.aspx#.VFfP8odaSDo.
SECONDARY WEEK OF PRAYER:
Pastor Lyle Notice was the speaker for our Secondary Fall Week of Prayer from October 20 to 24. Pastor Notice is the Associate Youth Director for the Alberta Conference. The theme he spoke on was Thrive. On Friday, the final day of week of prayer, many of our students responded to the appeal that Pastor Notice gave. Thirty-five students indicated that they feel like they are far from God and they want to get closer to Him. Thirty-three students indicated that they are struggling with an issue in their life and would like prayer. Twenty-one students indicated that they choose to give their life to Christ. Please keep these students in your prayers.
PRAYING PARENTS: For those who are interested in joining a prayer group in support of our school, staff and students, plan to meet in the school lobby Thursday, Nov 6th at 8:30 am. This group meets every Thursday morning when it’s a full 5-day school week. All are invited!
OCTOBER CAMPUS MINISTRIES NEWSLETTER: Please click the button below to read the October Campus Ministries Newsletter.
Please find attached your October copy of the Alberta Adventist Education Communication.
SHOES FOR ORPHANS: If you have shoes that are in good condition and would like to donate them to this worthy cause please send them to the school between November 3 to December 1. These shoes will be sent to International Children’s Care to be delivered to the orphaned children in time for Christmas. Any questions contact Marilyn Kelloway or Juana Galdamez at the school 403-286-5686.
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
- Nov 6 Grades 1 – 4 Heritage Park Field Trip 9 am – 3 pm
- Nov 7 End of Term 1 Secondary (Report Cards Nov 14)
- Nov 10 Teacher Professional/Organizational Day (No School)
- Nov 11 Remembrance Day (No School)
- Nov 14 Secondary Report Cards
- Nov 14 – 16 Junior High Co-ed FCA Volleyball Tournament in Lacombe
- Nov 15 Seek & Serve Ministry (Secondary Students) 10 am – 5 pm
- Nov 17-21 Spirit Week
- Nov 20 Kindergarten & Grade 9 Valley Ridge Fire Station Trip 9:45 – 11:30 am
- Nov 22 Fall Fun Fest 7 – 10 pm
- Nov 24 Grades 5 & 9 Vaccinations with School Nurse
- Nov 25 Picture Retakes
- Nov 27 Elementary Skating Day at Crowchild Twin Arena 1 pm – 2:45 pm
On Tuesday evening, I will be leaving for the Dominican Republic where I will be working to make some arrangements for the 2015 CWAA mission trip. I am blessed to be able to have my wife and daughter accompany me on this trip (thanks in part to frequent flyer miles, etc.). While I am on this trip, I hope to update the mission trip blog from time to time. So feel free to check out the blog at missiontrip.cwaa.net/blog for updates and photos during my time in the DR. Please also keep my family and I in your prayers as we explore and negotiate in preparation for the mission trip. Pray that the details work out and that we stay safe on this trip. I believe that the mission trip (March 29 to April 9, 2015) will be a great opportunity for many of our grade 10 to 12 students to be the hands and feet of Jesus as they serve those in the DR. The 2015 CWAA Mission Trip is a short-term mission project arranged between Chinook Winds Adventist Academy and Maranatha.
“Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”” (Matthew 28:18-20 NLT).
Pastor Brent Wilson