CWAA Breeze Newsletter May 7-11, 2018

Principal’s Message:

Correction to April 30 Breeze Principal’s Message on CWAA’s Ranking by the Fraser Institute84.2% (and not 2%) of CWAA students are eligible for the Rutherford ‘Scholarship (vs 61.2% province) 

Parents Response to April 30 Breeze Principal’s Message on CWAA’s Ranking by the Fraser Institute:

“I wanted to take a moment to say “Thank-you” for your response in “The Breeze” newsletter re your philosophy on the Fraser Institute Report and standardized tests. Coming from the perspective of a former classroom teacher and now parent, I concur that standardized tests CANNOT measure initiative, creativity, imagination, conceptual thinking, curiosity, effort, judgment, commitment, nuance, good will, ethical reflection, character, or a host of other valuable dispositions and attributes. When Dave and I were considering a change in schools for our daughter, our school selection was based on a school that honoured the WHOLE child, and one that had a genuine culture of caring and dare I say LOVE within its walls. We have seen teachers at CWAA write notes to our child, engage her, have lunch with her, respond to her heart. Teachers that listen carefully to what kids say and remember details about their lives. Teachers and staff that expect this of themselves and their students as well. This school has shown our daughter that relationships, connection, community and a feeling of “we care about you…..” is what they value. They push their students to reach their potential, yes, expectations are definitely there, but they do not “teach to the test”, thank goodness! That has been our experience this past year.  If school selection is based solely on test results you’re not getting a valid picture of learning, you’re getting a reflection of students having been drilled to beat a particular test.” Anne-Marie (parent of Grade 6 student)

“Thanks for sharing in this week’s BREEZE. It’s a valid question from parents on what kind of academic education our kids are receiving. You nailed it with looking at the WHOLE picture. And the stats were nice to know as well.” Jeremy (parent of Grade 2, 4, 7 students)

Lara Melashenko
Chinook Winds Adventist Academy


GRADE 9 & GRADE 11 PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT ON 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 (

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 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( if you’re able to attend this session.

GRADE 1-4 HERITAGE PARK FIELD TRIP:  On May 24thGrades 1-4 will be spending the day at Heritage Park visiting the old villages of Alberta (part of Social Studies curriculum). Please open the button below to find a permission form for this trip.



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 3rdTheConsecration 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. this spring over the long weekend in May.  Performances will be held in schools, churches and nursing homes in the Lillooet, Vernon, Kelowna and Hope areas.  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 are 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. Parent volunteers are needed for this event. If you can help please let the school office know.

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 on 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 ( 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 hourafter 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 7-9students who leave the school may do so with written parental permission.
  • Regular uniforms are to be wornon all exam and tutorial days (except for Grade 12 students writing Diploma Exams).
  • Early Noon Dismissalon 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.


IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:                                 

May 11                Grade 10-12 Boys ‘World of Choices’ Career Expo at SAIT, 8:30 am

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                 K-12Spring Concert 7 pm

June 8                 Grade 6Springbank Airport Field Trip

June 14               Jr/Sr Kindergarten & Grade 10 Calgary Zoo Field Trip

June 15               Jr/Sr HighSpring 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 20               Grade 6 Year End Celebration, 6:30 pm

June 20-28           Secondary Final Exams Week

June 21               Grades 1-4 Calaway 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


Chaplain’s Message:

“When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son.” (Romans 5:6–10 NLT).

Do you know the Son? If not, why not make the choice to get to know Him today!

Pastor Brent
Chinook Winds Adventist Academy