CWAA Breeze Newsletter June 1-5, 2015

Principal’s Message:

Graduation Reflections

As I reflect back on the weekend events of our Grade 12 graduation I am filled with gratitude. I am grateful, not only because I was able to participate in the ceremonies as a mom, but grateful because I was able to witness 15 children reach the end of their childhood education journey. As I watched the graduates march boldly up onto the stage, I contemplated the unfolding plans God has in store for each of our graduates! Our graduates are heading off to study a variety of programs, skills and trades at Burman University, University of Calgary, The Alberta College of Art & Design, Southern Institute of Technology, Mount Royal University.

We thank God that He has provided each of our graduates with gifts and talents that will be uncovered in the coming years. Ellen White says, “The specific place appointed us in life is determined by our capabilities. Each should aim just as high as the union of human with divine power makes it possible for him to reach.” (Education, p 268) As our graduates leave our school, we pray that they will aim high and engage in the great law of life – the law of “service”. We pray that God will continue to equip them to do their best at whatever “lies nearest”. Finally, regardless of their chosen lifework or pursuits, we pray that each will follow the great commission command to “Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15) Congratulations 2015 CWAA Graduates: Isaac Abelida, Janelle Ali , Neil Adrian Banaag, Peter Dodds, Spencer Edgson, Martin Gospodinov, Stephanie Hiltz, Svetlin Kazandzhiev, Kisella Kopcuik, Carilee Lessard, Jonathan Melashenko, John Minkov, Daniel Park, Jakob Puedivan, Jessica Van De Brand! Boldly go forward to your appointed place!

Top 7 Reasons Why We Educate Children at CWAA!

  1. We want our children to hear the same message at home, church and school about God’s love, His Son Jesus, the Salvation story and the soon return of Jesus!
  2. When our children face temptation, we want them to be surrounded by Christian teachers and peers to help influence them to make positive choices.
  3. We want our children to be taught to view the world through God’s eyes.
  4. We want our children to build their values and beliefs on the Bible alone.
  5. We want our children to be given opportunities to serve others – for the purpose of pleasing God – not man!
  6. We want our children to worship God freely – in spirit and in truth every day openly with their peers.
  7. We want our children to be well-prepared for post-secondary education – not for the purpose of getting a career so they can get rich and live comfortably in this world – but so they can live a life of service to Jesus Christ.

Lara Melashenko 

SPRING CONCERT: This Thursday evening, June 4 at 7 pm everyone is invited. The Elementary Choir will present ‘Down by the Creekbank’ and the High School Concert Choir and Band will present selections from their Spring Music Tour. The Elementary Bands (Grade 5 & 6) will also perform.

Please note the following Spring Concert information:

(1) After school, buses will depart at 3:25 pm. on Thursday, June 4. Parents, thank you for promptly picking your children up after school so that they may eat supper, change clothes and return to school for the concert.

AS PER SCHOOL POLICY: It is not permissible for students to remain at CWAA without direct adult supervision and there will be no teacher supervision for students at CWAA between 3:45 pm and 6:30 pm. Any students who remain at CWAA after 3:45 regardless of age will be provided with paid-after school care service at the rate of $5/ hour per child.

(2) All students are to be back at the school by 6:30 pm.  Elementary students are to meet their teacher in their classroom. High School Band members are asked to be in the music room by 6:15. High School Music students are to wear your formal music uniform for the concert.

(3) Elementary Students are asked to wear western wear for the concert. Examples: Plain t-shirt of any colour(no writing or graphics) or a plaid button-down shirt, a bandana around the neck, denim bottoms (jeans, overalls, shorts, or a skirt). Optional would be cowboy boots or pig tail hair braids with ribbons on the bottom.

CWAA REGISTRATION UPDATE: Just an exciting update that we have achieved 175 students enrolled to date and we are still waiting on a few late registrations!

UPDATE ON THE DRIVEWAY REPAIRS: We are pleased to report that the parking lot renovations will continue in the month of July. The CWAA Board has secured a contract with a paving company to ensure the driveway (leading up from the entrance) is repaired and the parking gravel patches will be paved. Additionally, we will be placing curbing around the periphery of the parking lot. We want to thank all parents for their patience (and vehicle endurance) as we have sought the very best solution for our school.

GRADE 9 CLASS FUNDRAISER: Selling “Baked Goods & Frozen Treats” every Tuesday to Elementary students and every Tuesday & Thursday to Junior/Senior High students.

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June 1                 Kindergarten and Grade 6 Graduation

June 2, 8, 16,17    Calgary Food Bank Volunteer Service Opportunities

June 2                 School Group Outdoor Photo 9:30 am

June 3                 Grade 9 PARTY Program Foothills Hospital

June 4                 K-12 Spring Concert 7 pm

June 12               Grade 8 Class Trip Laser Quest

June 15               CWAA Board Meeting 7pm

June 12 -24          Secondary Final Exams

June 18               Kindergarten Field Trip to Calgary Zoo

June 18               Grades 1 – 3 Discovery Wildlife Park Field Trip

June 18               Grade 9 Year End Celebration 7-9 pm

June 22               Grades 1 – 3 Calaway Park Field Trip

June 20               High School Choir and Grade 9 Boys at Parkdale Church

June 24               Elementary Report Cards sent home

June 24               Last Day of School Grades K – 8, 10, 11 and 12 (noon dismissal)

June 24               Elementary Awards Ceremony 7 pm

June 25               Grade 9 Noon Dismissal

June 26               Grade 9 Noon Dismissal

June 26               Secondary Report Cards home

June 26               Secondary Awards Ceremony 7 pm                              


Chaplain’s Message:

“It is true that there may be an outward correctness of deportment without the renewing power of Christ. The love of influence and the desire for the esteem of others may produce a well-ordered life. Self-respect may lead us to avoid the appearance of evil. A selfish heart may perform generous actions. By what means, then, shall we determine whose side we are on?

“Who has the heart? With whom are our thoughts? Of whom do we love to converse? Who has our warmest affections and our best energies? If we are Christ’s, our thoughts are with Him, and our sweetest thoughts are of Him. All we have and are is consecrated to Him. We long to bear His image, breathe His spirit, do His will, and please Him in all things.”

(Ellen White, Steps to Christ, p. 58).

As a Seventh-day Adventist Christian school, Chinook Winds has the duty of partnering with parents and churches to train students to not only act like Christians, but to actually be Christians at the heart level! What an enormous responsibility! It is only by God’s grace and power that we can be successful!

May all that we do, say and think be consecrated to Christ!

Pastor Brent Wilson