What’s Your Destination?
Road trips are awesome! A few years ago our family journeyed along the coast of Washington & Oregon on our way to Disneyland. It was a long drive, over 2540 km. When we began our trip we were so excited! We had dreamed of driving our kids to Disneyland for years. We planned to stop in Seattle, Haystack Rock, Sand Dunes, Redwood Forest, San Francisco and finally Anaheim. Yet as we drove, we tired of the hours and hours of sitting. Much of the trip was actually quite boring. We often didn’t find exactly the right restaurants or hotels and we got lost a few times. There were many moments of feeling bored and trapped inside a van. The longer we drove, the more we dreamed of arriving at the “Happiest Place on Earth” and ending our drive. As I reminisce on that experience I realize that the most valuable part of the trip was actually the drive to Disneyland. The destination was far less memorable than the experiences along the way. Disneyland was not actually the Happiest Place on Earth! The crowds, heat, endless lines, and outrageous cost of even the smallest of items, made the destination less glittery and satisfying than expected.
For many children, school can feel like an extraordinarily long and trapping journey. Indeed, the journey from Kindergarten to Grade 12 is long and tedious. It’s easy for our children to feel that what they do today is less important than what they will do when they arrive at the end of Grade 12. And yet, we need to remind them that the journey is just as important as their destination. Each mundane daily task, each conversation, assignment completion, quiz and test, each commitment is valuable and pleasing to God.
As we enter the second half of the year, may we continually encourage our children to reach their absolute best in each class, to be a friend and forgive easily, to explore their talents and get involved. May we encourage them to embrace each day as a unique opportunity and choose to make an eternal difference each day. Galatians 6:4 says, “Make a careful exploration of who you are and the works you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.” (Msg Bible)
CHARACTER VALUE OF THE MONTH: For the month of February our school is emphasizing the character value of Forgiveness. Scripture verse: And Christ became a human being and lived here on earth among us and was full of loving forgiveness and truth. And some of us have seen His glory—the glory of the only Son of the heavenly Father! John 1:14 (Living Bible)
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- Thursday, February 2 Secondary Report Cards will be sent home
- Tuesday, February 7 Parent -Teacher Conferences held from 4 – 8 pm
Junior High Parents, we are excited to present to you an evening of Conferences with our teachers on Tuesday, February 7th. The purpose of these Conferences will be to provide time for parents to engage in meaningful discussions with teachers about student’s learning successes and future goals. An improvement that we have added this year is our on-line sign up to book all interviews. You can access this by using the button below. We look forward to seeing you here!Sign Up for Jr. High PTI
CWAA ANTI-BULLYING AWARENESS WEEK: February 6 – 10 CWAA is proud to be participating in a week of Anti-Bullying Awareness. We are participating in this important event 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. Because bullying is a community issue (and not solely a school problem) we invite all community members (parents, pastors, community partners) to join us. We intend to use this week to build relationships among our students, educate our community (students and parents) about bullying behaviors and how to stop bullying, and engage in acts of compassion. In addition to the events on the following day, classes will be paired up to build relationships during homeroom devotions, PE classes, LA classes and RS classes to study the Bible, read and talk together. Additionally each class (K-12) will be spending time during the week addressing various aspects of bullying.
Our daily events include:
- Monday (8:25 am – 8:40 am) – Kick-off Anti-Bullying Assembly
- Tuesday – Stand Up To Bullying! Chapel
- Wednesday – “Caught Filling a Bucket” Day (students participate in acts of kindness)
- Thursday – “White Day” (student and staff will dress in white as an act of solidarity for safety & purity)
- Thursday – Free Hugs Day & Anti-Bullying Graffiti Wall
- Thursday (6:30 pm) – Parent Seminar: “Bullying – What Parents Need to Know and Do” by Dr. Scheila Cordazzo (Registered Psychologist, Eckert Psychology & Education Centre)
- Friday – Wrap-Up Anti-Bullying Pledge Assembly
Parents, join us in pray as we use this event to continue building a culture of respect and compassion at CWAA! Please take the time to speak with your children about this important topic.
CWAA OPEN HOUSE ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2017 FROM 5-8 PM: We are excited about the future and would like to invite all interested families and students to attend our Annual Open House on Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. This Open House event is intended for our current families to bring new, interested families to check CWAA out. Our Open House will give families an opportunity to tour the school, visit classrooms, talk to teachers and hear about CWAA’s vision for the future. Mark your calendars!
As an incentive for our current families to bring new families to our Open House we will be entering your name into a draw for free prizes (Registration Fee Vouchers, iPad Mini, engraved Bible, and Gift Certificates). In addition, we would also like to remind you that CWAA has a Referral Tuition Incentive Program. Families that are instrumental in bringing a new family to CWAA will receive a $250 tuition discount per newly enrolled family.
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PLEASE NOTE: Our 2017-2018 Application Packages will be available at Open House.
CWAA’S ANNUAL FRIEND DAY ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 8:30 TO 1:20 PM: Students interested in attending CWAA for the 2017-18 school year are invited to come for the day! This event will provide Grades K-12 students with an authentic experience. Please click on the button below to open a Friend Day Registration Form and submit this to the school office.
FEBRUARY FUNDSCRIP ORDER: Please turn your February FundScrip gift card orders in to the office with cash or cheque payment by Thursday, February 23. Buy gift cards at face value for the grocery stores, gas stations, clothing stores, and restaurants that you normally visit. FundScrip gives Chinook Winds a percentage of the value of the gift card. This fundraiser doesn’t cost you anything extra and is a great way to help us raise money for the 2017 CWAA Bolivia Mission Trip. Your gift cards will be delivered to CWAA within 1 week after the order deadline. Click the button below to access an order form.
ALBERTA EDUCATION ACCOUNTABILITY PILLAR SURVEY: It’s that time of year where Alberta Education is seeking your input about the education we are delivering at CWAA! From January to the end of February, Alberta Education will be conducting its annual “Accountability Pillar Survey”. The Accountability Pillar Survey assesses various aspects of quality; student outcomes, provincial assessments of student learning, community engagement and satisfaction, school experience, etc. Within the next few weeks, all CWAA parents will receive a survey from Alberta Education in the mail. In February, CWAA students and all teachers will be completing their surveys online at school. All surveys are anonymous. In addition to English and French, the parent survey is available in Chinese, Punjabi, Arabic, Blackfoot, Cree, Korean, Spanish and Tagalog. Your participation in the survey helps provide important information on the quality of education your child is receiving at CWAA, so we encourage you to return your survey promptly. Survey results will be available to school authorities in May 2017. Thank you for your participation in this important process!
PRAYING PARENTS: Come join this group for prayer on Thursday mornings in the school lobby. They meet to pray for our school, our staff, our students and our families. All are welcome!
ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE PROSSER FOUNDATION: “Once again, we are pleased to offer the Parent’s Choice Bursaries for the 2017/18 school year. This year our intention is to award a total of 450 bursaries (renewals and new bursaries) across Calgary. The parameters for the program can be found on our website, www.theprossercharitablefoundation.ca. We anticipate an increase in the number of applications we will receive and ask that they be fully completed and accompanied with back-up income documentation before submission. Applications will be accepted from February 1, 2017 to March 25, 2017. We look forward to working with you again this year.” For more information on the Parent’s Choice Bursaries through the Prosser Charitable Foundation please contact CWAA’s Business Manager, Millicent Adede at firstname.lastname@example.org
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
Jan 31 Teachers Organizational Day (No School Kindergarten – Grade 12)
Feb 1 Semester Break (No School Grades 7 – 12)
Feb 2 Secondary Report Cards home
Feb 2 Secondary Semester 2 Begins
Feb 3 Syrian Refugee Calgary Group coming to Gr 11 Class, 10:10 am
Feb 6 Grades 4 – 6 Trip to Telus Sparks Science Centre
Feb 6 Grade 12 Physics Trip to Rothney Astrophysical Observatory
Feb 6-10 Anti–Bullying Awareness Week
Feb 7 Junior High Parent-Teacher Interviews 4 – 8 pm
Feb 8 Grade 2 Nursing Home Visit to Wentworth Manor
Feb 9 Mission Trip Meeting # 4, 4 pm
Feb 13 Grade 8 & 9 Trip to National Geographic Live at Jack Singer Concert Hall
Feb 14 Grade 5-12 Awards Assembly 9:30 am
Feb 15 Grade 12 Physics / Biology Trip to Telus Spark / Gimbel Eye Surgery
Feb 15 Grades 5 & 9 Student Vaccinations
Feb 16 CWAA Open House 5 – 8 pm (2017-18 Registration Begins)
Feb 17 Friend Day at CWAA 8:30 am – 1:20 pm
Feb 17-18 Calgary Area Teen Youth Rally
Feb 20 Alberta Family Day (No School Kindergarten – Grade 12)
Feb 21-22 Teacher Convention (No School Kindergarten-Grade 12)
Feb 21 School Board Meeting 7 pm
Feb 23 Mission Trip Meeting # 5, 4 pm
Feb 28 Grades K-6 Swimming Lessons begin, Shouldice Pool
God calls a man by the name of Jonah to go to the great enemy city of Nineveh to let them know that God would be destroying their city after 40 days because of their wickedness. Jonah doesn’t want to, so he tries to run from God’s call. After a series of events Jonah receives a second chance when God again calls him to go and give His message. This time Jonah obeys. But when the people of Nineveh repent God decides to show mercy and not destroy them. Jonah is ticked off!
When God saw what they had done and how they had put a stop to their evil ways, he changed his mind and did not carry out the destruction he had threatened. This change of plans greatly upset Jonah, and he became very angry. So he complained to the Lord about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people.” (Jonah 3:10–4:2, NLT).
How often do we, like Jonah, get upset at God’s mercy toward others whom we judge to be worse than us? How often are we selfish with the goodness and blessings of the Lord in our own lives? May we learn from the story of Jonah. May we allow God to transform us to be better able to share His mercy and blessings with the people around us!