CWAA Breeze Newsletter Feb 20 – 23, 2018

The Breeze

Principal’s Message:


Each year, Canadians set aside a special time (month of February) to recognize and honour the stories, experiences and accomplishments of Black Canadians. This year CBC has highlighted a number of notable black Canadians who made major contributions to Canada’s culture and legacy. To check these stories out you can go to are some examples:

  •  Michaelle Jean – Governor General of Canada (2005- 2010), Secretary General of La Francophonie, social activist, journalist, documentary filmmaker
  •  Jean Augustine – First Black female MP and Cabinet minister (1993), social justice advocate, teacher, principal
  •  Lincoln Alexander (died 2012) – Lieutenant governor, lawyer, member of parliament, cabinet minister and war veteran, chancellor of the University of Guelph
  •  Donald Oliver – Civil litigator and educator, appointed to the Senate in 1990
  •  Michael Lee-Chin – Businessman and philanthropist, executive chairman of AIC Limited, chancellor of Wilfred Laurier University and the namesake of the Royal Ontario Museum’s ‘crystal’ wing
  •  Donovan Bailey – 1996 Olympian gold track and field medalist & 3-time world championship
  •  Rosemary Brown – MLA in BC for 14 years and candidate for the federal party’s leadership
  •  Anne Cools – First black person to become a Canadian senator & candidate for the Liberal Party
  •  Viola Davis Desmond – Civil rights protestor (in 1946 she refused to sit in the balcony of the Roseland Theatre in New Glasgow, N.S.)
  •  Mifflin Wistar Gibbs – Businessman and prominent black politician in Victoria, BC who encouraged members of the black community to become involved in politics.
  •  Sam Langford – Highly touted heavyweight boxer (though discriminatory policies prevented him from being allowed to contend for championships)
  •  Elijah McCoy – Invented a device that lubricated a train’s moving parts, the portable ironing boards, and held more than 50 patents in total.
  •  Willie O’Ree – First black player in the National Hockey League
  •  Mary Ann Shadd Cary – First female publisher in Canada and teacher of children of slaves
  •  Portia White – Acclaimed world-class concert singer and performer, and performer for the Queen at Charlottetown’s Confederation Centre in 1964
  •  Carrie Best – Poet, writer, journalist and activist, founder The Clarion, The Quiet Corner radio program, Officer of the Order of Canada
  •  Ferguson (Fergie) Arthur Jenkins – Professional baseball player (Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs), National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee (1991)
  •  Marie-Joseph Angélique – Notable slave who was accused and hanged for starting a 1734 fire that destroyed 46 buildings in Montreal (she confessed to the crime under torture and the evidence against her was circumstantial)

As we celebrate and honour the achievements of Black Canadians, let us reaffirm our commitment as a school community, to stand in solidarity with our Canadian brothers and sisters of colour in creating a more equitable Canada. Let us be solidly committed to the Biblical value that discrimination and racism has no place in our school, and no place in our church. As Paul aptly puts it, there is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for we are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28)

Lara Melashenko
Chinook Winds Adventist Academy

2018-2019 REGISTRATION OPEN TO CWAA FAMILIES FIRST UNTIL MARCH 1:  We are pleased to announce that our Re-Registration packages are ready and have been sent home with your children today. Please note that because our space is limited in some classes, we will be giving our current families first priority in registering until Thursday, March 1After March 1 we will be opening up admissions to new families. Please note that fully completed applications will be processed in the order that they are received. Our class sizes will be capped at 25 for Grades 1-12 and 20 for Kindergarten. If you have any questions about registration, please feel free to contact the office. (Note: Current enrollment numbers include: 17 – Kindergarten, 23 – Grade 3, 19 – Grade 4, 20 – Grade 8)

SUCCESSFUL OPEN HOUSE & FRIEND DAY: We want to share the awesome news that 22 new families came to check out our school on the evening of our Open House on February 15 and 45 students attended our Friend Day on February 16!  Many of our elementary classes were brimming over! We praise God for His leading in the success of both of these events and we look forward to Holy Spirit-led decisions for enrolment in 2018-2019. We want to thank each parent for their role in promoting our school for these two important events!

PROSSER FOUNDATION APPLICATION REMINDER:  CWAA’s deadline for the Parent’s Choice Bursary application is March 16, 2018.  Please fill out separate forms for each child attending CWAA and return all forms along with copies of both parent’s Income Tax Notice of Assessment.

FOOD BANK FRIDAY is this Friday, February 23.  All students may wear casual dress and bring a non-perishable food item as a donation for our School Food Bank.

2018 ELEMENTARY SWIMMING PROGRAM: As part of our Physical Education program at CWAA, all elementary students will be given the opportunity to take swimming lessons at the Shouldice Swimming Pool. Students will be transported to/from the pool by Willco Bus Company in two groups: Group 1 (Grades K-2): 1:00 – 1:40 p.m. and Group 2 (Grades 3-6): 1:40 – 2:20 p.m. The dates of the program are:

  • Tuesday February 27
  • Thursday March 1
  • Tuesday March 6
  • Thursday March 8
  • Tuesday March 13
  • Thursday March 15

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED! If you’re available to volunteer on any of our swimming dates with assisting students in the dressing room, please let your child’s homeroom teacher know which dates you may be available. There is a place on the permission form in which you can indicate your volunteer availability. Please note all volunteers must have submitted a current police check letter to CWAA. Please find the Swimming Form / Permission Form on the button below.



CWAA ANNUAL CONSTITUENCY MEETING:  All parents, pastors, board members, church members and CWAA staff are invited to join us on March 20, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. as we celebrate the past, present and future blessings of God on our school! Come out and enjoy a time of fellowship and sharing as we plan for the future of Chinook Winds Adventist Academy!



COUNSELLING CORNER:  Junior/Senior High students are invited to attend a Study Tips and Stress Management Workshop this Thursday at lunchtime in Ms. Galdamez’s room. For personal counselling referrals Junior High/High school students can request to see Ms. Goltz. Elementary students can be referred by a parent or teacher (with parental consent). To connect with Anna Goltz please email

PRAYING PARENTS: This group will not meet this week due to the shorter week. The next meeting for praying parents will be on Thursday, March 1. All are welcome to join this group, at the beginning of the school day in the lobby, as they share and pray together over our school community.

PARENT SEMINAR: Parents who missed the seminar, “Protecting your Children at Home and Beyond” by School Technology Specialist, Joel Melashenko, can find this presentation by opening this link



Feb 20                 School Board Meeting 7 pm

Feb 27                 Grades Jr K – 6 Swimming Program begins at Shouldice Pool

Mar 1                  Elementary Swimming Program 12 – 3 pm

Mar 6                  Elementary Swimming Program 12 – 3 pm

Mar 8                  Elementary Swimming Program 12 – 3 pm

Mar 11                Pizza & Pops Music Concert 5:30 pm

Mar 13                Elementary Swimming Program 12 – 3 pm

Mar 15                Elementary Swimming Program 12 – 3 pm

Mar 16                End of Term 2 Elementary

Mar 17                Concert Band & Choir at Garden Road Church, 11 am

Mar 20                Constituency Meeting 7 pm

Mar 20                Elementary Report Cards

Mar 21                Glenbow Museum Field Trip, Grades 4 & 5

Mar 21                Field Trip to City Hall, Grade 6

Mar 22                Elementary Parent Teacher Interviews 4-8 pm

Mar 23                Last day of Classes, Spring Break Begins

Apr 9                           Classes Resume


Chaplain’s Message:

What has God done for you today? How has He blessed you? How has He taken care of you? Have you taken some time to think about all that He has done for you? “If we would but think of God as often as we have evidence of His care for us we should keep Him ever in our thoughts and should delight to talk of Him and to praise Him” (Steps to Christ, p. 102).

Pastor Brent
Chinook Winds Adventist Academy