THE TENDEREST EARTHLY TIE
“The tenderest earthly tie is that between the mother and her child.. a strong & tender bond of union unites them.” (Ellen White, AH, p 249)
My mom, Donna Jean Jackson (nee Turner), is intelligent, beautiful and gifted. She possesses an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, she is insightful, highly creative, an extraordinary (4-D!) critical thinker and problem-solver, a multi-faceted thinker and organizer, an excellent writer and communicator, a remarkable listener, pianist, cook, world-traveler, decorator, lover of people, etc. My mom is a priceless treasure and the most remarkable woman I have ever known. She is the greatest cornerstone and influencer in my life.
Of all my mom’s attributes though, I most admire and respect her faith and trust in Jesus Christ. From the youngest of age, my mom presented me with a picture of Jesus which was attractive, simple, and grace-focused. One of my earliest memories of my mom was waking up in the morning to find her kneeling in prayer, Bible open on the couch. As my mother raised me I watched her unselfishly serve others, unconditionally and persistently love, constantly search for a greater and more complete understanding of God and His universe, default to what the Bible said, live humbly and in acceptance of God’s grace and forgiveness in her own life, continuously extending forgiveness and grace to others. She taught me how to be a follower of Jesus Christ – how to be regulated by Him. (My father had an equally powerful influence in my life.. but this is a tribute to my mom for Mother’s Day!)
There have been numerous times, since I made the decision to follow Jesus myself, that I have reached out to my mom to seek her counsel on how to move through my own faith failures or live experiences. And over the year she has faithfully and consistently pointed me to Jesus. “Go to the Rock, Lara” (Psalms 61:2 – “I call to You when my heart is faint; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”) “I wonder what Jesus would do in this situation?” Once in a time in which I was really discouraged over a personal faith failure she responded in an email: “Lara love.. ‘So you failed. Big deal. Did you think you wouldn’t? Welcome to the world. Welcome to grace’ (Tony Campolo) … I still comfort myself with the Corinthians text, ‘If your heart condemns you then God is greater than your heart.’” (1 John 3:20)
Truly, I have experienced the wise words of Ellen White, “Next to God, the mother’s power for good is the strongest known on earth. Her smile, her encouragement, may be an inspiring force. Her influence will reach on through time into eternity.” (Ellen White, AH, p 240) I can only hope to be the kind of mother to my children that will inspire them to follow Jesus, as my mom did for me – for there is no greater life-long impact on the life of a child.
Chinook Winds Adventist Academy
NO SCHOOL THIS FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018: Teachers have an Organizational Day this Friday and there will be no school for students. Students will return to school next Tuesday, May 22. Enjoy the long weekend with your family!
GRADE 9 & GRADE 11 PARENT INFORMATION TONIGHT, MONDAY, MAY 14th: To help inform and equip parents for their child’s transition years (Grade 9, from Junior High to Senior High and Grade 11, to their final year of High School), we would like to invite our parents to an information meeting to discuss: Course Selections & Timetabling, Homeroom Routines and High School Expectations, Course Evaluation, Uniforms, Athletic and Non-Athletic Extra-Curricular participation, Alberta Government High School Diploma Requirements and CWAA Graduation Requirements (Gr 11), Graduation, Post-Secondary Applications, Scholarships and Bursaries (Gr 11).
- Grade 9 Parent meeting will be held from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm.
- Grade 11 Parent meeting will be held from 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
For more information please contact Mr. Elias (firstname.lastname@example.org).
GRADE 6 PARENT INFORMATION SESSION: A meeting will be held to help inform and equip you and your child for their transition into Junior High School. We would like to invite you to this informational meeting in Mrs. Brown’s classroom (Grade 7 Homeroom Teacher) after school, tomorrow on Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 from 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. We will discuss the following items: Course Selections & Timetabling, Homeroom Routines and High School Expectations, Course Evaluation, Uniforms, Athletic and Non-Athletic Extra-Curricular Programs at CWAA, etc. Please RSVP to Mrs. Brown (email@example.com) if you’re able to attend this session.
CWAA SPIRIT DAY: On Wednesday, May 23 the Student Association is asking all students to participate in a Spirit Day with the theme being “Occupations”. Choose a career and dress up!
GRADE 9 COOKIE CART SALES: The Grade 9 class is continuing to sell baked goods as a fundraiser for their year end celebration. Item prices are between 50 cents to $1.00. Thank you for your support!
- Elementary – Thursday Lunch time
- Secondary – Tuesday and Thursday Lunch time
GRADE 12 GRADUATION WEEKEND: CWAA’s graduating Class of 2018 invite you to attend their graduation ceremonies at Chinook Winds Adventist Academy on June 2ndand 3rd. The Consecration Service begins at 6 pm on Sabbath, June 2; the Commencement Service begins at 12 noon on Sunday, June 3. Come join us for this special and memorable occasion!
MUSIC SPRING TOUR & CONCERT: CWAA’s Concert Choir and Concert Band (secondary music students) will be touring in B.C. over this coming long weekend, May 17 to 21. Performances will be held in schools, churches and nursing homes in the Lillooet, Vernon, Kelowna and Hope areas. Please keep them in your prayers.
On Thursday, June 7that 7 pm, they will share this performance at CWAA’s Spring Concert, and all elementary students will have a special part in this musical event as well. Mark this date on your calendar … invite family and friends!
CWAA USED UNIFORM SALE: On Thursday, June 7thCWAA will hold a used uniform sale from the inventory on hand at the school. All prices will be reduced by 50% or more from regular prices. Hours of sale are 6 – 7 pm and opening again after the Spring Music Concert until 9 pm.
ELEMENTARY FIELD DAY: Our Elementary PE Teacher, Mrs. Dodds, is planning a FIELD DAY with all the elementary students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6. This will take place in the afternoon of Tuesday, June 19th. The purpose of this event is to encourage students to enjoy physical activity, be challenged to do something different, to learn cooperation skills with peers and students of different age groups, and to have a year-end celebration!
There will be a circuit of stations set up outside and the students will complete different physical activities at each station. Mrs. Dodds will need parent volunteers (with police-clearance on file) to help out with the following:
- Supervise/distribute at the water table
- Making signs for each station
- Setting up of stations and tearing down afterwards
- Coach or lead teams around the circuit
- Man one of the stations and explain the activity to the teams
- Time keeper – blows the whistle when it’s time to rotate
- And much, much more…
Please let her know (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you’re able to volunteer!
GRADES 7 – 12 FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE: Important reminders for Final Exams.
- Exam Weighting: All final exams are cumulative and will cover material from the beginning of the year. Grade 7-9 Finals will be weighted at 20% of the Term 4 grade. Grade 10 – 12 Final Exams will be weighted at 30% of the final grade.
- During exam and tutorial days all students must arrive at regular time (8:30 am).
- Students must remain in their classrooms for a minimum of 1 hour after the exam start time.
- Grades 10-12 students are allowed to leave the school after exams/tutorials are completed to go home and prepare for their next exam. Students who remain at school will be provided with a supervised room for quiet study.
- Tutorials for Grades 7-9 core classes (LA, SS, MATH, SCI) will be in the afternoons and will be optional attendance. Gr 7-9 students will need written parental permission to leave the school.
- Regular uniforms are to be worn on all exam and tutorial days (except for Grade 12 students writing Diploma Exams).
- Early Noon Dismissal on June 22, 25, 26, 27, and 28. Buses will depart CWAA at 12:10 pm on these days.
Please open the button below to find our Final Exam Schedule for Grades 7-12 students.JUNE 2018 EXAM SCHEDULE
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
May 14 School Board Meeting 7 pm
May 14 Grade 9 Parent Info Night, 6:30 pm
May 14 Grade 11 Parent Info Night, 7:30 pm
May 15 Grade 6 Parent Info Night, 3:45 pm
May 16 Kindergarten Year End Celebration 4:30 pm
May 17-21 Concert Choir & Band Tour to British Columbia departing at 2:30 pm
May 18 Teacher Organizational Day (No School K-12)
May 21 Victoria Day (No School)
May 24 Grade 1-4 Heritage Park Field Trip, 9 am
May 26 Concert Choir to Calgary Central SDA Church
May 28-31 Outdoor School, Grades 5 & 6
June 2 Grade 12 Graduation Consecration Service, 6 pm
June 3 Grade 12 Graduation Commencement Service, 12 noon
June 4 Grade 1-3 Field Trip to Calgary Zoo, 9:45 am
June 5 Grade 9 Year End Celebration 7 pm
June 7 Used Uniform Sale 6 pm
June 7 K-12 Spring Concert 7 pm
June 8 Grade 6 Springbank Airport Field Trip
June 14 Jr/Sr Kindergarten & Grade 10 Calgary Zoo Field Trip
June 15 Jr/Sr High Spring Soccer Tournament, Lacombe, 9:30 am
June 16 CWAA Chorale & Praise Team to Strathmore SDA Church
June 18 School Board Meeting 7pm
June 19 Elementary Sports Field Day (afternoon)
June 19 Jr Kindergarten Year End Celebration
June 20 Grade 6 Year End Celebration, 6:30 pm
June 20-28 Secondary Final Exams Week
June 21 Grades 1-4 Calaway Park Trip
June 22 Last Day for Elementary Students
June 26 Elementary Report Cards & Awards Ceremony 7 pm
June 28 Secondary Report Cards & Awards Ceremony 7 pm