The Breeze

CWAA Breeze Newsletter October 17 -21, 2016

Principal’s Message:

True or False – Digital Heroin?

The digital age exploded in our lives when my two boys were young, and my husband and I were young parents. It was an exciting time of exploration and we wanted our children to be a part of the new digital age. We also wanted to make them happy and it quickly became evident that technology seemed to bring them great happiness. During our boy’s growing up years we allowed our home to be accessorized with many digital devices such as home computers, hand-held electronic gaming devices, electronic gaming systems, tablets, cell phones, etc. We put little thought into the potential harm of such digital devices. Sure, we were often annoyed at how easily digital technology could consume our children’s time. And we worked relentlessly to help them develop self-control and restraint when it came to technology use. We set time limits and reinforced lessons around appropriate content. But we had no idea of the true long-term impact of digital technology on our children’s development – physically, socially, academically and spiritually. It is only now that they are grown, that we understanding the deep impact of technology over-use on our children. Scientists, physicians, psychologists and researchers are now sounding the warning bells to parents, trying to inform them before unhealthy patterns are set and permanent damage is done.

I would like to share an article that portrays the powerful impact of digital technology on our children’s brain, from a scientific perspective. The article entitled, “Digital Heroin: How Screens Turn Kids Into Psychotic Junkies” is written by Dr. Nicholas Kardaras, executive director of The Dunes East Hampton, one of America’s top rehabs and a former clinical professor at Stony Brook Medicine. The article can be found at

As parents, we have an awesome responsibility to raise healthy, responsible and self-controlled children. Thankfully, God is the “better parent” in our homes and when we choose to partner with Him, He will provide us with wisdom and guidance in managing the challenges of technology use in our homes. “Thanks be to God, who delivers us through Jesus Christ our Lord!” Romans 7:25

Lara Melashenko


CHARACTER VALUE OF THE MONTH: For the month of October the school is emphasizing the character value of Protecting Others.

CWAA PICTURE DAY: Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 18 will be Picture Day at school! Remember to wear your chapel uniform for the pictures.

ROOTS OF EMPATHY PROGRAM: Looking for “Roots of Empathy” family participant. Do you have a baby born between July 1 and August 15, 2016? CWAA is looking for 2 families with a young baby to participant in the Roots of Empathy program.  The Roots of Empathy program connects a class with a baby in a structured and safe environment and allows interaction and observation of the baby to open conversations around empathy, emotional intelligence, communication, safety, etc.  The baby and parent would need to be available to visit the classroom 9 times through the school year.  Please contact Melanie Babbitt, Roots of Empathy Instructor, if interested at

MICROWAVE WANTED: Two weeks ago the microwave in our Grade 10 class retired! If any kind parent or donor has an extra microwave that they would be willing to donate, please contact CWAA Office.

BAGS FOR BANGLADESH: Do you have any re-usable cloth shopping bags that you would be willing to donate? Why not help our elementary students collect bags to send to an orphanage in Bangladesh with Ms. Anna Goltz at the end of November? These bags will be decorated by our elementary students and sent to Bangladesh with Ms. Goltz, where she will fill them with food to take to a special orphanage. Send your re-usable cloth shopping bags with your children to the school office! Deadline: November 10.

CITRUS FRUIT COMING BACK TO CWAA: Do you enjoy juicy oranges and grapefruit? Do you want to support the 2017 CWAA Mission Trip? Get your citrus orders turned into the CWAA office by 4 PM on Monday, October 31. The fruit should arrive November 10th -13th. Click the button below to access an order form.

Citrus Fruit Order Form

OKANAGAN APPLES: There will be two more apple orders placed this fall: a Friday, October 21 order deadline for delivery October 24 to 28; and a Friday, November 4 order deadline for delivery November 7-11. Variety availability may change from order to order. Click the button below for the current order form or pick one up from Pastor Brent’s bulletin board. Thank you for your support of the 2017 CWAA Bolivia Mission Trip!

Apple Order Form

FALL FUN FEST:  Please notice a date change for Fun Fest. Fun Fest will be held on Saturday night, November 19, from 6-9:00 pm in the school gymnasium.  Come out to the school to socialize, enjoy good food and fun games.  Contact the school office if you are interested in having a booth.  An applications form is available on the button below. Plan to bring family and friends!

FunFest Application

PRAYING PARENTS: All are welcome to join this group as they meet together for prayer on Thursday mornings after school begins in the school lobby. Please note that this group will not meet on short school weeks following a long-weekend.

2017 CWAA MISSION TRIP: The 2017 CWAA Mission Trip to Bolivia will take place from March 26 to April 6, 2017 (during CWAA Spring Break). This trip is open to all CWAA students in grades 10 to 12. A mission trip application is available. The deadline for students to turn in their application was October 13th, 2016 – if you have not turned yours in yet, please t hand it in right away!!! Watch for an announcement regarding a parent information meeting.

Access Mission Trip Application


Oct 17                 School Board Meeting 7 pm

Oct 18                 Picture Day

Oct 18                 Fashions Field Trip to Fabricland, Options Class

Oct 20                 Gr K – 4 Field Trip to Calgary Corn Maze

Oct 22-24             Burman Experience, Grade 12

Oct 24                 Elementary Science Presentation w/ Ben Roy in gym 12:50 – 1:35

Oct 25                 ADRA Canada Chapel, Heather Grbic

Oct 27                 War Memorial Field Trip to Peace Bridge, Grade 10

Nov 1                  Field Trip to Museum of the Regiments, Grade 9

Nov 3                    Royal Tyrell Museum, Drumheller, Grades K-5 & Biology 20

Nov 4                    End of Term 1 Secondary

Nov 4-6                Jr High FCA Volleyball Tournament, Lacombe

Nov 8                    Picture Retake Day

Nov 11                 Remembrance Day (No school)

Nov 14-17            Fall Student Week of Prayer

Nov 15                 Secondary Report Cards Home

Nov 16                 Gr 10-12 Career Fair in Gym 1-3 pm

Nov 17                 Secondary Parent/Teacher Interviews, 4-8 pm

Nov 19                 Fall Fun Fest, 6 pm

Nov 21                 School Board Meeting 7 pm

Nov 22                 Gr 1- 4 Music trip to Jack Singer (Calgary Philharmonic)

Nov 23                 Gr 1 Nursing Home Visit to Wentworth Manor

Nov 23                 Gr 10-12 Trip to Rosebud Theatre ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ Production

Nov 23, 28, 30 Dec 6 Operation Christmas Child Service Opportunity (for students age 14 and up) 4:30 – 9:30 pm

Nov 24 – 27          Senior High Volleyball Fall Classic, Burman University

Nov 25                 End of Term 1 Elementary

Nov 28 – Dec 2     Anti-Bullying Awareness Week

Nov 29                 Elementary Report Cards Home

Dec 1                   Elementary PTI’s (4 -8 pm)

Dec 2                   Grade 5 & 9 Vaccinations

Dec 7                   Grade 11 Trip to Central Church, Senior’s Christmas Dinner, 12 pm

Dec 8                   CWAA Christmas Concert

Dec 16                  Last Day of Classes (Christmas Break)


Chaplain’s Message:

Stop! Take a moment to think about what God has done for you today. Even on the worst day, you can think of things that God is doing for you if you think hard enough. Why not tell someone about what God is doing? “Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!” (Psalms 105:1 ESV)

 Pastor Brent


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