The Breeze – November 13, 2013

ELEMENTARY STUDENT- LED CONFERENCES!  Grades Kindergarten to Grade 6 parents are warmly invited to attend our Student-Led Conferences tomorrow, Thursday, November 14 from 4-8 p.m.  The purpose of the Student-Led Conferences is to allow your child to tell the story of their own success and to show what they are learning!  Please come to this conference prepared to listen, acknowledge your child’s effort and growth, and ask questions of your child.  You will also be asked to help complete goals and develop a plan to achieve them.  Please contact the office or email reception@nullcwaa.net to schedule a convenient time during these hours.  We look forward to seeing you here!  Remember – successful students are supported by involved parents!

SECONDARY REPORT CARD NOTICE  – This is a reminder that on Friday, November 15, we will be sending out PAPER COPIES of Term 1 Grade 7-12 Student Progress Reports home. The reason we will be sending Progress Reports instead of our traditional Report Cards is because unfortunately, PowerSchool was not able to complete the design for our new report card by the end of our Term 1. We anticipate we will be able to send a regular Report Card by Term 2. We anticipate we will be able to provide all students and parents with access to PowerSchool very soon. Thank you for your continued patience as we make this transition from RenWeb to PowerSchool. If you have any questions, please contact Lara Melashenko.

FCA(Fellowship of Christian Athletes)JUNIOR HIGH CO-ED VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENTNov 15-17 is being held here at CWAA and Bearspaw Christian School.  This is a tournament that includes schools from all over the Alberta Conference.  Please take this opportunity to support your students and school by coming to the games with your students.  Help is needed with billeting students from outside the city and in the kitchen for meals for the weekend. Please contact Rick Fowler, Athletic Director as soon as possible at rfowler@nullcwaa.net or at the school office 403-286-5686.

CWAA PARTICIPATES IN NATIONAL ANTI-BULLYING AWARENESS WEEK, NOVEMBER 18-22  – CWAA is proud to be participating in the National Anti-Bullying Awareness Week.  We are participating in this important event because we know our school (just like any other school) is not immune to bullying and we can make a difference through education and awareness! Because bullying is a community issue (and not solely a school problem), we invite all community members (parents, pastors, community partners) to join us!  We intend to use this week to build relationships among our students, educate our community (students and parents) about bullying behaviors and how to stop bullying, and engage in acts of compassion! In addition to the following day events, the older classes will be paired up with the younger classes to build relationships. They will meet together during homeroom devotions to worship, PE classes to play together and LA and RS classes to study the Bible, read and talk together. Our daily events include:

  • Monday (8:25 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.) – Kick-off Anti-Bullying Assembly
  • Tuesday – Guest speakers for Chapel to talk to students about bullying
  • Wednesday – “Caught You Caring Day” (students caught in caring acts will be recognized)
  • Thursday – “Blue Day” (student and staff will dress in blue as an act of solidarity for peace)
  • Thursday – evening Parent Seminar on helping children face conflict and equipping them to deal with bullies (presented by Psychologist Corrinne Mandin from Master’s Counseling Services)
  • Friday – Wrap-Up Anti-bullying Pledge Assembly

As we prepare for this week we ask all parents to pray for us as we use this event to continue building a culture of respect and compassion at CWAA!  Thank you for your participation. For more information on CWAA’s Anti-Bullying Policy, go to www.cwaa.net/registration/forms/.

PICTURE RETAKE DAY – Is scheduled for November 26th.  The student can have a retake if they bring their picture order form with the retake policy portion signed by the parent. 

CONSTITUENCY MEETING POSTPONED UNTIL MARCH 2014 – At our last Board Meeting it was decided that our annual Constituency Meeting would be moved from December 5 to March 2014.  The reason for this change was to allow the constituent members to have more input into the budget for the upcoming year. (The budget that is typically approved in December is the budget for the current school year therefore, the constituent members have effectively no input in the design of the actual budget.) Since all CWAA parents are constituent members, all parents are invited to participate in our Constituency Meeting in March!

LIBRARY – CHRISTIAN BOOKCLUB – Bookworm Jr. flyers will be handed out again over the next week.  A selection of available titles will be in the flyer, however, if you go to the website www.bookwormjunior.com you can view the full selection.  On the website you can see many items under $5 and under $10 – a great idea for Christmas gifts!  You can print an order forms from the website or you can use the form on the back of the flyer.  Please note there is NO CHARGE for shipping for school orders.  All orders go towards purchasing new books for our school library.  Please return the order forms with payment to the school office by Wednesday November 20, 2013. Thank you for your support!

CWAA JOINS ADRA IN PROVIDING RELIEF FOR SUPER TYPHOON HAIYAN IN PHILIPPINES. Our hearts have been heavy with sadness over the past five days as we have heard and seen the reports from the devastating Typhoon Haiyan: 2,275 people killed (only confirmed deaths), 80,000 homes destroyed, 582,000 people homeless, 2 million people without clean water and food. Our hearts are moved to compassion to see images of desperate families searching for their lost, unimaginable hunger, desperation for a clean drink of water. As a Christian community, we would like to extend our hands and hearts to the people of the Philippines and help. We would like to invite all students and families to partner with ADRA to raise money for the relief efforts in the Philippines. The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is a humanitarian agency operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church for the purpose of providing individual and community development and disaster relief. Yesterday ADRA Canada announced that they (along with other non-profit Canadian disaster relief organizations) would receive a matching grant from the Canadian Government. ADRA Canada is currently working with ADRA Philippines and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) to address victims’ immediate needs. To make an on-line donation, please go to www.adra.ca/news/super-typhoon-haiyan. We encourage all families to give generously during this painful and tragic loss. Let us remember the words of Jesus, “For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me..’Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’” (Matthew 25:35-40)

CWAA FAMILY STARTS PERSONAL MISSION TO RAISE MONEY FOR PHILIPPINES – When Isabelle Alivia (new Grade 4 student at CWAA) heard about the tragedy in the Philippines she told her mom, “the people back home need money from selling spring rolls.” Isabelle’s mom, Alma, said that she and her whole family felt moved by Isabelle’s request and the Holy Spirit inspired them to sell home-made spring rolls to raise money for the Canadian Red Cross. Isabelle and her sister, Patricia (Grade 2 student at CWAA) made posters and shared them with local businesses (RBC, Goodlife, Dental offices) and their neighbors. To date, the Alivia family has received 75 spring roll orders! No doubt, their home has been turned into a serious and joyful production line! “We hope our mission will inspire other children and families to participate!” said Alma Alivia. Thank you for sharing your inspiring story of giving! If you would like to know more about this fundraiser or if you have a personal story to share of how your family has participated in raising awareness or money for the Philippines, please email Lara Melashenko, CWAA Principal!
REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONY Last week CWAA joined students from across our great nation to remember our veterans and to reflect on the sacrifices of those who have gone before us. Our ceremony started off by singing “O Canada” and then we watched an impactful multimedia presentation about a personal story of one man learning to say thank you to his own Grandfather. We were then blessed with a special song performed by our Grade 5-12 Choir and Mrs. Miranda, “In Flanders Field”. Pr. Wilson presented a Remembrance Day message and Ms. Stacey (our Grade 6 teacher) played trumpet solos (“Last Post” and “Rouse”). The ceremony closed with observing one minute of silence and congregational singing of “Abide With Me”. We would like to thank Pr. Wilson for his coordination and all the participants in this important ceremony.

SHOES FOR ALL GOD’S CHILDREN – We would like thank all of our families for contributing shoes for school-aged students Kenya! The project has come to an end and the shoes will be shipped to Kenya shortly. Thanks CWAA!

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:

  • Nov 14                       Term 1 Elementary Student-led Conferences, 4-8 pm
  • Nov  15                      Secondary Report Cards
  • Nov 15-17                 Junior High FCA Volleyball Tournament
  • Nov 18-22                 Anti-Bullying Awareness Week
  • Nov 18                       School Board Meeting, 7 pm
  • Nov 25-29                 Student Led Week of Prayer
  • Nov 26                       Picture Re-take Day
  • Nov 29                       End of Term 1 Elementary (Report Cards Dec 6)
  • Dec 12                       Christmas Concert

Chaplain’s Message

This weekend will be the FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) Volleyball Tournament hosted by CWAA. It is a gathering of primarily Junior High students from various Adventist schools in Alberta. During the Sabbath hours, there will be spiritual programming before the actual tournaments that start on Saturday night and finish on Sunday. The spiritual theme for the weekend is Teamwork! We will be looking at the importance of Teamwork With God, Teamwork With Others, and Teamwork In Service. God gives us the opportunity to be on His team, not because of how good we are, but because of how great He is! God also wants us to work in harmony with others as we serve Him. What ways is God reminding you of the importance of being on His team? What are some ways that you can team up this week to serve others? What about helping out a food bank? Serving the homeless? Giving to the relief efforts after the typhoon in the Philippines? Encouraging someone who is having a difficult day?

“Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude.” (1 Peter 3:8 NLT)

Pastor Brent

POINSETTIA ORDERS – Once again, it’s time for our annual Poinsettia Fund Raiser at Chinook Winds Adventist Academy. Proceeds from these sales will be used for the Grade 12 Educational Tour.

These beautiful Poinsettia plants are the large 6.5 “ pot size and come in red, pink or white.  The premium quality of these plants is assured.  They make lovely gifts as well as brightening any area in a truly festive way.

The cost is $13.00 per plant.  Please pay by cash or cheque made payable to Chinook Winds Adventist Academy (CWAA).

The order deadline is Monday, November 25 with delivery of the Poinsettia orders on Wednesday, December 4th.

Please use the order form on line, email Mrs. Kelloway at mkelloway@nullcwaa.net or call the school office at 403-286-5686.  Thanks for your support!

Poinsettia Order Form
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