The Assignment That Saved My Son’s Life
I grew up in a home where my parents were committed to the Adventist school-church-home partnership. Regardless of where we lived, all three of us kids were enrolled in Adventist schools. I enjoyed my school experience in my earlier years however in Grade 11, when my parents moved to Kelowna, they wanted me to attend the local Adventist school, Okanagan Adventist Academy. I was extremely unhappy about the switch in schools. Furthermore, I was tired of what I perceived to be, the restraining and close-minded thinking at Adventist schools. I wanted more freedom and independence, but my parents insisted that I attend and so I began the school year. By early October, I could no longer contain my discontentment and I quit school and moved out of my parents’ home, but during those short 5 weeks of school there were three teachers that made a deep impact on my life.
I don’t actually recall much about the content covered in the classes I was taught but I do remember how each teacher made me feel. Mrs. Smith was kind, humble, and took a keen interest in my life. Her optimism about life and infectious smile and cheerfulness made me feel loved and accepted. Mr. Kneller was an intelligent, wise, and humorous teacher who treated me with respect and dignity. He encouraged me to ask questions and taught me how to connect God to science. I felt wanted and empowered in Mr. Kneller’s class. Mr. Rose’s Bible class was the class that I least liked. On the first day of school Mr. Rose announced that we were going to read the Bible and Steps to Christ in Grade 11. He personally gifted each student with a maroon, hard-covered copy of Steps to Christ. His goal was for us to ensure that our beliefs were grounded in the Bible and that we would further develop our relationship with Jesus. On one particular day Mr. Rose gave us an assignment. He asked us to develop a Biblical rational for our personal opinion and then share our opinion in a class debate on the following hypothetical question, “What would you do if you were faced with an unplanned pregnancy? Would you choose abortion or keep your baby?” As I searched the Bible I became convinced that if I were to get pregnant, I would not abort because God created each human life fearfully and wonderfully after His own image and only He had the right to end life. Little did I know that at the very time I was searching the Scriptures for answers, I was already pregnant.
It is my belief that were it not for Mr. Rose’s Bible class I might have lacked the courage and foundation to keep my baby. And should I have made the choice to abort my baby I would have missed out on 28 years of being a mom to Andre – an incredibly compassionate, intelligent, kind-hearted, humorous, handsome, athletic, musical, technologically brilliant human being. And were it not for the loving teachers at Okanagan Adventist Academy, I may not have developed the loving and accepting picture of God which allowed me to return to my church, where I was surrounded with the kindness and compassion of His people. I praise God for the commitment of my parents to provide an Adventist education and I praise God for the godly teachers who loved and mentored me.
Chinook Winds Adventist Academy
FOOD BANK FRIDAY: This Friday, November 24th is Food Bank Friday. All staff and students are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for our Food Bank and dress in casual clothes.
FALL FUN FEST: Fun Fest at CWAA is this Saturday evening, November 25th, from 6 – 9 pm. Plan to come out to the school for lots of good food and fun games. Bring along family and friends for this enjoyable social evening and get to know your school family!
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOEBOXES: There is still time to get your Operation Christmas Child boxes filled and returned to the school! You can place your filled boxes on the table in the school lobby. If you want more boxes to fill, you can get more from Pastor Brent’s office. If you have any questions about this project, please go to samaritanspurse.ca/occ or contact Pastor Brent at CWAA.
ELEMENTARY PARENT-TEACHER INTERVIEWS ON NOVEMBER 30:
- November 24 Elementary End of Term 1
- November 28 Elementary Report Cards will be sent home
- November 30 Parent -Teacher Interviews held from 4 pm – 8 pm
Grades Jr K – 6 Parents, on Thursday, November 30th Parent-Teacher Interviews will be held. Our on-line sign-up is available to book all Interviews. You have access to this by using the button below, or using the button found on the homepage of our website cwaa.net. We look forward to seeing you here!
POINSETTIA PLANTS, PLANTERS AND LIVE WREATHS FUNDRAISING SALE:
CWAA Grades 11 & 12 students are fundraising for their Educational Tour. Poinsettias, seasonal planters, and live wreaths are of premium quality and add a festive touch to any area. Order deadline is this Friday, Nov 24th with delivery on Dec 4th. An order form showing all products can be opened on the button below.POINSETTIA ORDER FORM
PRAYING PARENTS: Praying parents will meet this week on Thursday, November 23. Come join us in the lobby as we pray for our school, our teachers, our students and our families right after school begins.
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
Nov 20 School Board Meeting 7 pm
Nov 21 Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Grades 1-4
Nov 23 Telus Spark Field Trip for Grades 9 & 11
Nov 24 Girls Career Day at MRU Grades 11 & 12 Girls
Nov 24 End of Term 1 Elementary
Nov 25 Fall Fun Fest 6-9 pm
Nov 28 Elementary Report Cards
Nov 28 Operation Christmas Child, Samaritans Purse 3:20 – 6:30 pm
Nov 29 Operation Christmas Child, Samaritans Purse 3:20 – 6:30 pm
Nov 29 Youth Link Forensics Lab Grade 6
Nov 30 Elementary Parent/Teacher Interviews (4-8 pm)
Dec 5 Operation Christmas Child, Samaritans Purse 3:20 – 6:30 pm
Dec 6 Operation Christmas Child, Samaritans Purse 3:20 – 6:30 pm
Dec 7 Christmas Concert 7 pm
Dec 13 Manor at Signature Park Trip, Jr and Sr Kindergarten classes
Dec 15 Last Day of Classes – Christmas Break Begins
Jan 2 Classes Resume for Students
“Prayer is the opening of the heart to God as to a friend. Not that it is necessary in order to make known to God what we are, but in order to enable us to receive Him. Prayer does not bring God down to us, but brings us up to Him.” (Ellen White, Steps to Christ, p. 93.)
May each of us take a break from the craziness around us to open our heart to our Great Friend. Today! Tomorrow! Everyday!
Chinook Winds Adventist Academy