I would like to share with you a story from one of our Alumni..
Think Twice Before Speaking
Written by a CWAA Student
Bullying, such a simple word, yet there is so much meaning and history and feeling behind it. Not just a word but, an action; a verb. It’s mixed up with emotions and pain that remains with people for the rest of their lives. What is it exactly you may ask? It’s those nasty rumors you hear roaming the halls between classes. It’s that kid you see getting pushed into the locker every day because he’s smaller than the rest of the boys. This week is one to reflect on the causes and effects of bullying. Bullying has become more alive and real, but this is how I feel about it.
This is a bit of a touchy topic for me, as it might be for other students and staff. I can’t get out of my head the fact that I was once a victim of bullying. From that point on I have never been the same and it has had a terrible after-effect. It started affecting how I interacted with other people. To this day, I’m not entirely healed because the pain led me to hurting more than I expected.
Grade 7, a naïve 12-year-old, with much anticipation I couldn’t wait to have another amazing year. But right away, things didn’t go smooth. I was teased about being “feminine” (for hanging out with boys), teased for my ethnicity, called horrible names. They thought it was “playful teasing” and so the playful teasing continued, day after day. Days turned into weeks, weeks into months. I questioned and wondered if it was teasing any longer because each word seemed to tear me down more and more. I was going through grief also, which packed on another load those kids couldn’t see. All the pain in my life, all packed on at the same time. I tried to leave it alone because I couldn’t stop anything. Grade 7 was horrible. I just hoped the next year would be better. But sad to say, things just got worse up to the point where it seemed uncontrollable. It was all too much. I now felt intimidated by the whole world. Each cruel word stuck with me and I would replay them over and over in my head. The names continued. I didn’t know how to handle situations and people. People became my enemy.
Now I am in a new school(CWAA). But I don’t know how to feel sometimes. The one thing I know to be truly reliable is to pray. Very cliché, but that’s the only thing that brought me comfort in the past. I am slowly healing. But the thing with scars is that although they heal, there will always be a mark left behind and it cannot be removed.
Bullies never remember what they do. They don’t realize how badly they hurt others. I have scars from 2 years of “playful teasing”. Everyone should realize that we need to think twice before we speak.
Chinook Winds Adventist Academy
JUNIOR HIGH PARENT/TEACHER INTERVIEWS: Grades 7 – 9 Parents, tomorrow evening, Tuesday, February 6th you are invited to attend Parent-Teacher Interviews. Our on-line sign-up is available to book your appointment time. You have access to this by using the button below. We look forward to seeing you here!
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CWAA ANTI-BULLYING AWARENESS WEEK BEGINS TODAY: This important event happening this week (February 5-9) is because we know our school (just like any other school) is not immune to bullying and we can make a difference through education and awareness. Parents, please join us in prayer as we use this event to continue building a culture of respect and compassion. Take time to speak with your children about this important topic.
PARENT SEMINAR TOMORROW EVENING: “Protecting your Children at Home and Beyond” by School Technology Specialist, Joel Melashenko. Joel has a passion for educating students and parents about responsible and safe technology use. Date: Tuesday, February 6, 2018 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm in Mrs. Kelloway’s classroom.
HOT LUNCH FEBRUARY 12: Monday, February 12 is Hot Lunch with the menu being Vegetarian Ginger Beef, Fried Rice, Caesar Salad, Mixed Berries with White Chocolate Sauce and Juice. The cost of the hot meal will be $7.00 and the cost of the drink will be $1.00. Order forms have been sent home or you can access one by clicking on the button below. Deadline for orders is this Wednesday, February 7. If you’re able to help on this date and have a current police check on file please email Mrs. Elias directly at email@example.com or text her at 403-830-8640.
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CWAA’S ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE: All interested families are invited to attend this Open House on Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 5-8 pm. Come meet our fantastic teachers, take a school tour, find out about CWAA’s vision & mission, see how CWAA is different from all other Calgary schools and mingle with other parents! There will be refreshments, door prizes and plenty of great things to learn! For more information, go to CWAA’s website, cwaa.net
CWAA’S ANNUAL FRIEND DAY: All interested students, Grades K-12 are invited to attend CWAA for Friend Day! Kindergarten students must be 5 years of age by September 30, 2018. This event happens on Friday, February 16, 2018 from 8:30 to 1:20 pm and will provide students with an authentic experience at CWAA. Open the button below to find a registration form.
COUNSELLING CORNER: Start this new Semester off on the right foot! Anna Goltz (our school counsellor) will be starting a lunch club in the coming weeks for the elementary students who are dealing with divorce or death in their families. For personal counselling student referrals, Junior/Senior high students are invited to request to see Miss Goltz or have a teacher or parent refer them. 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: The next meeting for praying parents will be this Thursday, February 8. This group meets at the beginning of the school day in the lobby. All are welcome to join this group as they share and pray together over our school community.
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 buses 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.
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IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
Feb 5-9 Anti-Bullying Awareness Week
Feb 6 Jr High PTI’s 4-8 pm
Feb 6 Parent Seminar (Protecting Your Children) by Joel Melashenko 6:30 – 8 pm
Feb 7 Social Studies Field Trip to Fusion Sushi, Grade 8
Feb 13 Grades 5-12 Awards Ceremony 9:30 am
Feb 15 Nursing Home Visit to Wentworth Manor Grade 1 & 4
Feb 15 Open House 5 – 8 pm
Feb 16 Friend Day (Grades K – 12)
Feb 19 Alberta Family Day No School K- Grade 12
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 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
“You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.” (Matthew 5:13, NLT)
Yesterday we had some friends over for the Superbowl. Our friend’s little daughter brought along a dress-up dress that had lots of glitter on it. My daughter was interested in the dress and put it on for awhile. Then our friend’s daughter wore it some as they played. A while later I went downstairs and noticed some glitter on the floor. It didn’t take long to realize that the glitter was from the dress. Given the fact that the girls played upstairs, there is probably glitter upstairs as well. In fact, our house probably has a lot of little pieces of glitter in the carpet and on furniture and toys and such right now
Glitter tends to get spread seemingly everywhere with virtually no effort. But much like glitter getting everywhere, we as followers of Jesus are called to be the salt of the earth. Jesus’ intention is not for us to just be a clump of salt, sticking together and not flavouring the world around us. He expects us to season the world with His good news
In what ways is Jesus calling you to be salt to the world around you? In what ways does He desire for you to spread out like glitter so that He can impact the world through your life?
Be like glitter!
Chinook Winds Adventist Academy