CWAA Breeze Newsletter April 24-28, 2017

Principal’s Message:

Extra Screen Time Hits Grades 

(Summary and excerpts from “Extra screen time hits GCSE grades’, BBC News,

A Cambridge University study suggests an extra hour a day of television, internet or computer game time is linked to poorer grades. The researchers recorded the activities of more than 800 Grade 8 students and analyzed their grades. Those spending an extra hour a day on screens saw a fall in grades, results equivalent to two grades overall. The researchers analyzed the habits of 845 pupils from schools in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk. They were asked to complete a questionnaire detailing the amount of time they spent on: homework, reading for pleasure, physical activity, watching TV, playing video games, non-homework time online. On average, the students said they spent four hours of their leisure time each day watching TV or in front of a computer.

The study findings concluded that students who did an extra hour of homework and reading performed better than their peers. Whereas, an additional hour of screen-time each day was associated with significant grade decline, the equivalent of dropping a grade in two subjectsTwo extra hours of screen-time was associated with dropping a grade in four subjects.

“We believe that programs aimed at reducing screen time could have important benefits for teenagers’ exam grades, as well as their health,” said Dr. Van Sluijs, of the Medical Research Council’s Centre for Diet and Activity Research at Cambridge University. The study is published in the International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity.

As parents, we have an awesome responsibility to create a home environment where our children will achieve their full potential and develop skills to responsibly manage their time. May God provide each one of us, as parents, with wisdom and guidance in supporting our children to make positive screen choices! “Thanks, be to God, who delivers us through Jesus Christ our Lord!” Romans 7:25

Lara Melashenko


Chinook Winds Adventist Academy


CHARACTER VALUE OF THE MONTH: For the month of April our school is emphasizing the character value of Patience.  Scripture verse: Be patient with each other and lovingly accept each other.” Ephesians 4:2  

GRADE 9 SWEET TREAT SALES: It is that time of year again . . . the Grade 9 class is looking forward to their “Sweet Treats” sale that they have traditionally organized to raise funds for their Year End Celebration.  They will be selling baked goods (cookies, cupcakes, donuts, etc.) and frozen treats (popsicles, freezies, ice cream, etc.) on Tuesdays to the Elementary at lunch time and to the Sr. High on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Sales will continue this Tuesday to the Elementary and Tuesday & Thursday to the Sr. High.  Prices are based on items available that varies from week to week, but are usually priced between $0.50 and $1.00.  Thank you for your support!


  • April 21        Secondary End of Term 3
  • April 25        Secondary Report Cards will be sent home
  • April 27        Parent -Teacher Interviews held from 4 pm – 8 pm

Grades 7 – 12 Parents, this Thursday, April 27th 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. We look forward to seeing you here!


2017-18 REGISTRATION AT CWAA IS OPEN FOR ALL NEW AND RETURNING FAMILIES: As a follow-up to all families who have not yet submitted re-registration forms for next year, we want to let you know that we have now opened registration to our new families and we’re hoping to reserve a spot for your child! If you’ve made a final decision regarding re-registering your child(ren) at CWAA for the 2017-2018 school year, please hand in your forms to the school office.

 CWAA USED UNIFORM SALE: On Thursday, May 25 CWAA will host a used uniform sale from the inventory on hand at the school. All prices will be reduced by 50% or more from the regular price. Hours of sale are 6 – 7 pm and opening again after the concert until 9 pm. Parent volunteers are needed for this event. If you’re available to help please contact the school office.

CWAA TALENT SHOW: Come and hear our students perform at this year’s talent show. The date has been changed from May 9th to May 10th at 9:35 am. Family and friends are welcome to attend.

HOT LUNCH: This Friday, April 28th Hot Lunch will be available for all prepaid orders made by staff and students. Parent volunteers are still needed and if you’re able to help and have a current police check on file please email Mrs. Rita Elias directly at

PRAYING PARENTS: Praying Parents will be meeting this Thursday, April 27th. Come join this group for prayer on Thursday morning in the school lobby. All are welcome!



Apr 25                 Secondary Report Cards will be sent home

Apr 25                 Sr High Badminton Tournament

Apr 27                 Jr High Badminton Tournament

Apr 27                 Secondary Parent/Teacher Interviews 4-8 pm

Apr 27                 Grade 10 Trip to Cochrane Ranch House

Apr 27                 Parent Seminar “The Impact of Excessive Media Use On Adolescent Development and Social Adjustment” by Joy Astolfi 6:30 p.m.

Apr 28                 Hot Lunch

May 1                  Burman University Acronaires Show at 8:30 am

May 3                  Grade 3 Nursing Home Visit to Wentworth Manor

May 4                  Kindergarten Field Trip to Butterfield Acres

May 10                CWAA Talent Show 9:35 am

May 10                Grade 6 Field Trip to Aerospace Museum

May 11-15           Grade 7-12 Concert Band & Choir Tour (Three Hills and Edmonton)

May 18                Kindergarten Year End Celebration

May 19                Teacher Professional Day No School (K – Grade 12)

May 22                Victoria Day No School

May 25                Spring Concert (K – Gr 12) at 7 pm

May 26                Annual Vespers and Baptism 7 pm

May 29-June 1     Grade 5/6 Outdoor School

June 3                 Concert Choir to Calgary Central Church

June 3                 Grade 12 Graduation Consecration 6 pm

June 4                 Grade 12 Graduation Commencement 12 noon

June 6                 Grade 9 Year End Celebration

June 8                 Kindergarten & Grade 10 Field Trip to Calgary Zoo

June 12               Grade 6 Year End Celebration

June 16               Prayer and Praise Service 7 pm

June 20               Elementary Sports Day, Afternoon

June 21               Grades K-6 Calaway Park Trip

June 23               Elementary Last Day of School

June 23               Elementary Award Ceremony 7 pm

June 29               Secondary Awards Ceremony 7 pm


Chaplain’s Message:

On Good Friday afternoon, I planted some seeds for our garden. My 5-year-old daughter even “helped” me some with the task! We planted the seeds in trays that I then put in the basement where they could sprout and grow in relative safety and warmth. I hung a light fixture to provide some artificial “sunlight.” Several days later, I noticed the first green seedlings sticking up out of the soil. Over the next several days, more and more small green seedlings became visible. In a number of weeks, many of these plants will be ready to transplant to our garden boxes in the back yard. But I had better not rush that process! Today, it snowed outside. The forecast is for potentially more snow tonight. We are still within that part of the year when there is a risk for frost. So I need to continue to wait until the conditions are right for me to transplant the young and tender plants outdoors where they will have to face the elements.

Patience. It is something that I need as I wait for the little seedlings to grow big enough and for the weather to be consistently warm enough for me to transition the plants outside. But patience is not limited to my gardening experience. I need patience with my family. I need patience in my work. I need patience as I wait on God’s timing in my life

I am thankful that God is patient with me. It is as if I am a fragile, minute seedling. God is carefully caring for me day by day. He provides the sun and the rain. He gives me room to grow. I definitely don’t reach maturity instantly, but thankfully God doesn’t give up on me!

“But you, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.” (Psalm 86:15, NLT)

Pastor Brent


Chinook Winds Adventist Academy