CWAA Breeze Newsletter April 23-27, 2018

The Breeze

Principal’s Message:

History of the Lobby Re-Design and the Gallery of Jesus

Lobby Dedication Service, April 20, 2018

Our lobby has always been a beautiful space. When it was designed after the school burned down in the mid-80’s, a dedicated team of parents, teachers and students decorated the lobby with the beautiful embroidered quilting of the Chinook Winds Adventist Academy crest, a picture of Jesus, a scripture: “And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shallbe the peace of thy children.” Isaiah 54:13 and board which kept track of student mission projects. It was a well-thought-out plan (for the 80’s).

One of our dreams for the past six years has been to update our lobby with new furniture, new paint, and perhaps some updated wall hangings. We wanted our lobby to be an inspiring and relevant space for students, staff and visitors. But there was no money for a lobby redesign!

In July 2015, my husband and I met Nathan Greene at the General Conference meetings in San Antonio, Texas. As we stood transfixed at Nathan’s displayed paintings, a dream began to take shape. What if we could fill our lobby with inspiring paintings like these? I brought the idea back to our school and we dreamed together! But the reality was that we could never afford purchasing paintings of Nathan Greene’s caliber. Yet, moving forward on faith, over the Christmas holidays we stripped the walls of their coverings and waited for the next step.

In January 2016, less than one month later, a letter from NAD Education Office arrived stating that Nathan Greene, along with a generous donor, was offering all Adventist senior academy’s a free, framed painting of The Blessed Hope. We immediately RSVP’d and requested the painting! When it arrived, our vision for the lobby grew! After sharing the painting with the Board, two members stepped forward to help with the idea of a lobby redesign: Bob Gorbenko, offered to re-upholster the lobby furniture and Pastor Bermudez, offered to donate several paintings and subsequently suggested we could create a “Gallery of Jesus”, using Nathan Greene’s The Blessed Hope as a central theme in our gallery. In June 2016, we unveiled The Blessed Hope at our year-end Praise & Prayer service, sharing our vision for A Gallery of Jesus and praying for God to provide the direction and resources to complete the project. Though we didn’t have any money to purchase furniture or paintings, we trusted that if this was God’s vision for His school, He would provide.

Within the first week of school, in September 2016, an anonymous donor made a substantial donation of $20,000 to our school. This anonymous donor’s father had worked at CWAA at the time of the school fire in 1985 and had a special place in his heart for Adventist Education. The donor stated they wanted the money to be used to improve the facility. Since that generous donation was given, numerous people from our school community have been drawn together to complete the lobby re-design and the “Gallery of Jesus”:

  • Nathan Greene and Greg Olson provided generous discounts for their canvas prints.
  • Pastor Bermudez donated three of his own canvas paintings and stretched and framed all paintings (with Marco Suarez)
  • Sonia Harton, and her professional designer, coordinated our lobby furniture replacement. She selected and purchased the fabric and the feature light fixture in the main entrance.
  • Calvin Vandergaast stripped and refinished the wood frames on our old furniture.
  • Bob Gorbenko re-upholstered each piece of furniture.
  • Don & Phyllis Corkum contacted Nathan Greene and made arrangements for him to attend our Dedication service on April 20, 2018.

Words cannot express our gratitude to God for His faithfulness in the fulfillment of this dream, nor our gratitude to Sonia, Bob, Calvin, Pr. Bermudez, and Marco for their timeless volunteer hours to fulfill this project. May Jesus Christ be lifted up at Chinook Winds Adventist Academy and may all who walk through the lobby and hallways be drawn closer to Jesus: students, staff, parents, extended families, pastors, visiting church members.  And Jesus said, “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” John 12:32 (NIV)

Lara Melashenko
Chinook Winds Adventist Academy



  • April 24      Secondary Progress Reports will be sent home
  • April 26      Parent -Teacher Interviews held from 4 pm – 8 pm

Grades 7 – 12 Parents, on Thursday, April 26th Parent-Teacher Interviews will be held.  Our on-line sign-up is available to book all Interviews. You have access to this by using the button below, or using the button found on the homepage of our website We look forward to seeing you here!

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BURMAN UNIVERSITY ACRONAIRES PERFORMANCE:  The Acronaires are a performance-based acrobatics team and they attempt to impact the communities they tour by encouraging a healthy lifestyle and promoting athletic involvement among young people.  They will be sharing their performance with us at CWAA’s gymnasium on Monday, April 30 from  9:30  to 10:20 am.  All are welcome to attend!




GRADE 9 COOKIE CART SALES: The Grade 9 class is continuing to sell baked goods as a fundraiser for their Year End Celebration.  Item prices are between $.50 and $1.00. Thank you for your support!

  • Elementary – Thursday Lunch time
  • Secondary – Tuesday and Thursday Lunch time 

GRADE 12 GRADUATION: CWAA’s graduating Class of 2018 invite you to attend their graduation ceremonies at Chinook Winds Adventist Academy on June 2 and 3.  The Consecration Service begins at 6 pm on Sabbath, June 2; the Commencement Service begins at 12 noon on Sunday, June 3.  Come join us for this special and memorable occasion! 

MUSIC SPRING TOUR & CONCERT:  CWAA’s Secondary music students (making up our Concert Choir and Concert Band) will be touring in B.C. this spring over the long weekend in May.  Performances will be held in schools, churches and nursing homes in the Lillooet, Vernon, Kelowna and Hope areas.  On Thursday, June 7that 7 pm, they will share this performance at CWAA’s  Spring Concert, and all Elementary students will have a part in this musical event as well.  Mark this date on your calendar … invite family and friends! 



Apr 24                 Secondary Progress Reports sent home

Apr 26                 Praying Parents, School Lobby 8:30 am

Apr 26                 Secondary PTI’s, 4-8 pm

Apr 30                 Burman Acronaires Show at CWAA, 9:30-10:20 am

Apr 30                 Grade 10 Cochrane Ranch House 12:30 pm

May 1                  Kindergarten Graduation Pictures

May 3                  Grades 7-9 Theatre Calgary – Secret Garden 9:45 am

May 3                  Jr/Sr Kindergarten Butterfield Acres 9:45 am

May 3-6               FCA Flag Football Tournament, Fraser Valley Adventist Academy

May 11                Grade 10-12 Boys ‘World of Choices’ Career Expo at SAIT, 8:30 am

May 14                School Board Meeting 7 pm

May 16                Kindergarten Year End Celebration 4:30 pm

May 17-21           Concert Choir & Band Tour to British Columbia departing at 2:30 pm

May 18                Teacher Organizational Day (No School K-12)

May 21                Victoria Day(No School)

May 24                Grade 1-4 Heritage Park Field Trip, 9 am

May 26                Concert Choir to Calgary Central SDA Church

May 28-31           Outdoor School, Grade 5/6

June 2                 Grade 12 Graduation Consecration Service, 6 pm

June 3                 Grade 12 Graduation Commencement Service, 12 noon

June 4                 Grade 1-3 Field Trip to Calgary Zoo, 9:45 am

June 5                 Grade 9 Year End Celebration 7 pm

June 7                 K-12Spring Concert 7 pm

June 8                 Grade 6Springbank Airport Field Trip

June 11               Grade 6 Year End Celebration

June 14               Jr/Sr Kindergarten & Grade 10 Calgary Zoo Field Trip

June 16               CWAA Chorale & Praise Team to Strathmore SDA Church

June 18               School Board Meeting 7pm

June 19               Elementary Sports Field Day

June 20-28         Secondary Final Exams Week

June 21               Grades 1-4 Calaway Trip

June 22               Last Day for Elementary Students

June 26               Elementary Report Cards & Awards Ceremony 7 pm

June 28               Secondary Report Cards & Awards Ceremony 7 pm


Chaplain’s Message:

Congratulations to the three students who were baptized at the CWAA Dedication & Celebration Service on Friday night – Olivia, Sage and Cohen! May God protect and guide them as they continue to follow Him!

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me” (John 10:27–28 NLT)

Pastor Brent
Chinook Winds Adventist Academy


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