The Light in Our Darkness
When I was a young child I was afraid of driving in a vehicle at night. The lights of oncoming cars blinded me and it frightened me that we might crash. Yet my dad seemed to be completely unaffected by the blinding lights. He never seemed to be afraid of anything while driving in the dark. I was convinced that my dad had special eyes.
The Bible says that when God created the earth, He created the sun (light) so His creatures could see and be productive during the day and He created the darkness (night) so His creatures could rest. God did not design us to live in complete darkness. Yet when sin entered the world, humans became covered in spiritual darkness. When Eve believed the words of the serpent, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:4-5, and then she ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, she fell into total spiritual darkness. She no longer could see God’s pure and beautiful heart and character. And ever since that time, the human family has struggled to see God for who He really is. Satan has continued to lie to humans about God – to convince them that God cannot be trusted and that He does not have humans’ best interest at heart. Satan has distorted God’s character and love.
God knows every single one of us intimately. He knows our personal darkness – our unseen thoughts and actions, what we try hide from all other humans. And He longs that all of us should be brought into the light – the truth of His character and love. He sent Jesus to earth, as the light of the world, to shows us a truthful picture of God’s love and intentions – “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12) God longs to give us peace, forgiveness and freedom. He longs for us to know His intentions and His love. He longs to teach us about His truth character and how we can live with integrity, joy, and hope. But we first must recognize that we are in darkness and be willing to seek the Light of Life, Jesus Christ. Just like I believed my dad had special eyes to see the light in the darkness, I believe Jesus has special abilities to help us navigate in the dark and safely return Home. May we embrace Truth and live in the Light!
Chinook Winds Adventist Academy
2018 ELEMENTARY SWIMMING PROGRAM: Tomorrow all elementary students will begin their swimming lessons at the Shouldice Swimming Pool. On Swimming days students are asked to dress in casual attire. Students will be transported to/from the pool by bus 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.
VOLUNTEERS ARE STILL NEEDED! If you are 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. Please note all volunteers must have submitted a current police check letter.
2018-2019 REGISTRATION OPEN FIRST TO CWAA FAMILIES UNTIL THURSDAY, MARCH 1: Re-Registration packages have been sent home. Please note that our space is limited in some classes and we will be giving our current families first priority in registering until this Thursday, March 1. New family admissions will be open at the end of this week. Please note that fully completed applications will be processed in the order that they are received. If you have any questions about registration, please feel free to contact the office. Our class sizes will be capped at 25 for Grades 1-12 and 20 for Kindergarten. (Note: Current enrollment numbers include: 16 – Kindergarten, 23 – Grade 3, 19 – Grade 4, 20 – Grade 8)
PIZZA ‘N POPS CONCERT: On Sunday, March 11 at 5:30 pm, the Junior/Senior High Concert Band and Choir will present a concert of popular music. Pizza and refreshments are for sale. Mark your calendar, invite family and friends … come and enjoy!
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.
GRADE 9 COOKIE CART 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 on Thursdays to the Elementary students at lunchtime and to the Sr. High students on Tuesdays and Thursdays lunchtime. 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!
ELEMENTARY REPORT CARDS & PARENT-TEACHER INTERVIEWS:
- March 16 Elementary End of Term 2
- March 20 Elementary Report Cards will be sent home
- March 22 Parent -Teacher Interviews held from 4 pm – 8 pm
All Elementary Parents, on Thursday, March 22nd 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 cwaa.net. We look forward to seeing you here!
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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 join us as we share a 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
PRAYING PARENTS: Praying parents will meet this 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.
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
Feb 27 Grades Jr K – 6 Swimming Program begins at Shouldice Pool
Mar 1 Grade 7 Science Field Trip (Telus Spark)
Mar 1 Elementary Swimming Program 12 – 3 pm
Mar 5 Grade 8 Trip to Rothney Astrophysical Observatory
Mar 5-9 Student Led Week of Prayer
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 19 School Board Meeting 7 pm
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
Next week (March 5 to 9) is the second Week In Spiritual Emphasis (WISE) of the school year! This WISE will feature two student speakers each day! The elementary students will be focusing on the theme of “Why I Believe In Jesus” and the secondary students will be focusing on the theme of how God takes the pieces of our hopeless moments and creates something beautiful and hopeful from those pieces. Please pray that God’s Holy Spirit will move in a powerful way here at CWAA next week! Pray for me and the students who are helping with planning and preparing for next week. And please pray for the student speakers as they think about what they will share and prepare to share with their peers.
Chinook Winds Adventist Academy