Principal’s Message: NOT JUST “ANOTHER SCHOOL” IN CALGARY!
The Bible tells us that God created man and woman in His very image: physically perfect, with divine wisdom and understanding placed deep within their minds. They were given the power to think like God and to “discern the wonders of the visible universe”. They were also created with a character that reflected “the glory of their Creator”. The Bible says, Adam and Eve were crowned with glory and honor and made a little lower than the angels. (Hebrews 2:7) But Adam and Eve’s choice to distrust God’s authority changed everything. Adam & Eve lost their ‘likeness’ to God – they became mentally confused, spiritually blind. Their physical powers and mental capacity were forever diminished. No longer did they have a character that reflected God, but they had an irresistible nature bent towards bad choices. Without God’s intervention, they were hopelessly lost and forever doomed to deterioration and self-destruction. But God did not leave His “crown of creation” without hope. He put a plan of restoration in place – through Jesus Christ. Jesus came to earth to take on our nature and live in our shoes – amidst mental confusion and spiritual blindness – to allow us to begin that long road ‘back home’ to His image.
Chinook Winds Adventist Academy is not just “another school” in Calgary. It is the only school in Calgary that exists for a very unique and specific purpose. Its primary purpose is to restore: to lead children into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. Seventh-day Adventist education is a part of God’s great plan of redemption or atonement. Its role is to help bring people back to at-one-ness with God, other individuals, one’s own self, and the natural world. There is no other school system that proclaims a purpose like a Seventh-day Adventist school. Chinook Winds Adventist Academy exists for the unique and specific purpose of partnering with the family and the Seventh-day Adventist church to restore children back to the image of their maker. Dr. George Knight in his article, “Redemptive Education Part I: Implications for Philosophy for Adventist Education, says, “The fundamental aim of education is to restore the broken relationship between God and the student. This sets our educational agenda and curriculum. All the other purposes of education are enlightened and molded by this primary purpose. There can be no more important work than the proper education of our youth. No work ever undertaken by man requires greater care and skill than the proper training and education of youth and children.”
The teachers and staff at Chinook Winds Adventist Academy have accepted the sacred calling to enter into the work of restoration. Though we are all imperfect, and continuing to be restored into God’s character, we have accepted this call because we believe Jesus is going to return soon and we believe the salvation of our children is the most important work. We must never forget that we “are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9) We would like to sincerely thank the parents of Chinook Winds Adventist Academy for your loving partnership and support. May Jesus return this year and may our lives be a sweet perfume to Him as He prepares to come and take us home. And may God bless us all as we continue seeking restoration in our own personal lives as followers of Jesus Christ. “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.” Psalms 150:6
CURRICULUM EVENING: Thursday, September 11 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. All parents are invited to attend an evening of learning at CWAA! Come out and meet your child(ren)’s teachers and learn about daily routines, long range course plans, assessment strategies, homework expectations, classroom management, parent volunteer opportunities, field trips, etc! We look forward to seeing you!
GRADES 7-12 CAMP-OUT PERMISSION FORMS: Parents, please return your child’s permission forms for our Sept 15-17 camp-outs no later than Wednesday, September 10. For more information, please contact the office or Dave Elias.
GRADE 7-12 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: On Monday, September 15 at 9:30 a.m., our secondary students will depart on a three-day adventure (returning on Wednesday, September 17 after school). Grade 7/8 students will go to Twin Lakes, Grade 9 students will go to Lake Abraham and our Grade 10-12 students will travel to Lower Lake Kananaskis Campground. The three groups will be transported by Southland Charter Bus. If you are able to help out for any portion of the three days (or all three days), please contact Dave Elias. (All volunteers must have a current criminal record check.)
SCHOOL BOARD INVITE: On the third Monday of each month, members of our School Board meet to discuss important strategic plans for the school. The meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. and typically run for 2 hours. The official (voting) members of our School Board include delegates who have been nominated by their Church Boards to serve a defined term. The School Board Meeting may be attended by any parent or Calgary SDA Church constituent member. Our first Board meeting will be held 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.
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
Sept. 15 School Board Meeting 7 pm
Sept. 15-17 Grades 7-12 Camping Trips
Sept. 23 Grade 5 & 9 Vaccinations
Sept. 24 Terry Fox Run
Oct. 8-12 Volleyball and Soccer Tournaments at Walla Walla University
Oct. 10 Calgary Corn Maze (Grades K-3)
Oct. 13 Thanksgiving Day (No School)
Oct. 14 Picture Day
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