CURRICULUM EVENING: We would like to extend a warm invitation to all parents and students for our Curriculum Night this Thursday evening, September 15, at 7 p.m. in the CWAA gymnasium. Come out and meet your child(ren)’s teachers and talk about what your son or daughter will be learning this year. Learn how you can best help your child(ren) achieve their goals for excellence. We are proud to present our holistic program for your children and look forward to getting to know each one of you better!
PRAYER PARENTS: It has been refreshing and encouraging to carve out time to be together and pray over specific requests for our school and community. A small group of parents formed this group in September of 2014 and we have prayed consistently over the last few years for our staff, student body and different projects and events involving CWAA. We have seen and heard of so many answered prayers. We meet every Thursday morning after drop off in the school lobby. Upcoming dates are September 15, 22, and 29. We invite you to join us weekly for prayer.
BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CARE: We are pleased to offer our families both Before and After School Care! Mrs.Valerie Robertson is our Care provider. The hours of the Before/After School Care Program are 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. (Monday – Friday) and 3:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Monday – Thursday) and 1:45 – 3:30 p.m. (Friday). Before and After School Care cost is $5.00 per hour. If a child is in the program for any portion of an hourly session, they are charged a flat rate of $5.00. Fees are not pro-rated by the minute (or increments of minutes). We ask that all interested families officially register their children in the program. Please note: If an elementary student is left at CWAA unattended outside school hours, CWAA is obligated to provide supervision for that child until the parent arrives. CWAA must pay to provide this supervision and the parent will be charged accordingly.
READING VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: CWAA is looking for volunteers that currently hold a valid police check to help with the Reading Program. The program pairs an elementary student needing help with reading comprehension to a parent volunteer. Volunteers that can commit to between 30-60 minutes per week are encouraged to email Holly Hoffmann at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the school at 403-286-5686.
ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT FUNDRAISER SUTP BOOKS: This year our Athletic Department is raising funds to purchase new athletic equipment and sports uniforms. To help raise these funds Mr. Fowler (our Secondary PE Teacher and Athletic Director) has distributed one SUTP book to each student to take home and sell. The cost of the book is $20.00 and $10 from every sale will be kept by the Athletic Department. Thank you for supporting this worthwhile fundraiser! Deadline for selling all books is September 30 … happy selling!
SCHOOL BOARD INVITE: On the third Monday of each month, members of our School Board meet to discuss important strategic plans for the school. The meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. and typically run for 1.5-2 hours. The official (voting) members of our School Board include delegates who have been nominated by their Church Boards to serve a defined term. The School Board Meeting may be attended by any parent or Calgary SDA Church constituent member. Our first Board meeting will be held on Monday, September 19 at 7:00 p.m. All are invited to come and enjoy the fellowship of our committed School Board team of leaders and to participate in our school operations and strategic planning.
MORNING ROUTINE & LATE STUDENTS: This is a reminder to all parents that students who are dropped off between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m. should go directly to the supervised Homework Room (Elementary Students) or Secondary Hallway (Junior and Senior High Students). Students arriving after 8:30 a.m. are considered late and must check-in at the office and receive a late slip prior to entering their classroom. Each late is recorded in our student information system and students who do not pick up a late slip will not have their attendance corrected from an unexcused absence. Please note: Students should not be dropped off prior to 8:00 a.m. or picked up later than 3:45 p.m. unless involved in sports/music practices or registered in the Before/After School Care Program.
STUDENT ABSENCES: If your child will be absent, please ensure you call (leave a message if necessary) or email the office, not classroom teacher, prior to 8:30 a.m. This will allow our office staff to communicate to all your child’s teachers. Students must sign-out and sign-in at the office if they are leaving the school campus for reasons other than a school activity.
QUIET ZONES: To provide the best learning environment for our students, and to encourage independence and responsibility in our students we request all parents exit the Elementary and Secondary hallways by 8:30 a.m. (unless you are volunteering in a classroom). At the end of school day wait in the main lobby until the 3:15 p.m. bell has rung.
PRACTICE EMERGENCY DRILLS: We practice emergency drills to protect and keep safe the students and adults in our school. There are two primary drills we conduct during the school year: evacuation and lockdown. The primary difference between the evacuation drills (which include bomb and fire drills) and lockdown drills is that evacuation drills are designed to prepare people to leave the building quickly in a pre-planned organized fashion, when conditions outside the building are safer than the conditions inside the building and in a lockdown drill, students are to clear the halls and report to the nearest available classroom where they are to hide and stay as silent as possible. Over the upcoming months we will also engage in practice lockdown drills at different times of the day and without pre-announcement (for example, during lunchtime or recess, during classes, or during drop-off or dismissal), to give students and staff the opportunity to practice what to do in different scenarios. During the school lockdown drill, the following procedures are practiced:
- Doors to classrooms are closed and locked.
- Students are moved to the safest part of the room on the floor, away from windows and doors, to the interior walls, out of line of vision from the door.
- Any windows in doors are covered to prevent an intruder from seeing into the room.
- Classroom lights are turned off.
We would encourage all parents to take the time to develop emergency procedures within the home, as well as discuss the lockdown procedures practiced at school. We are proud to say that all of our emergency procedures have been designed with input and assistance from our Community Resource Officer from Calgary Police Service, Constable Dylan Harris.
FOOD BANK FRIDAY (LAST FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH): The last Friday of every month is a casual dress day for all students and teachers at Chinook Winds. We ask that each student and staff bring a canned or non-perishable packaged food item to be donated to the Calgary Food Bank.
POLICE CHECKS FOR VOLUNTEERS: We want to remind all parent volunteers that CWAA requires police check clearance prior to volunteering. This is kept on file at CWAA for two years from the date of issue. If you require a police check letter please contact the office. THANK YOU for your dedication and support of our school!
NUT ALLERGIES: CWAA strives to be a nut free environment due to serious allergies of some students and staff. Parents, please be vigilant to prevent any nuts from coming to school in your children’s lunches. If your child has an allergy, please also remind them not to eat lunch items that may be offered to them by classmates. Thank you!
“WHO DO YOU TELL” K-6 PARENT IN-SERVICE: Please join us on Wednesday, September 28 at 6:30 p.m. to receive information about the “Who Do You Tell” Program at CWAA starting October 13. Come out, learn and ask questions. The session will be held in Room 24 (previously the Library).
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
Sept 14 Career Fair Gr 11 & 12, 2-3:15 pm
Sept 15 Curriculum Night 7 pm
Sept 19 School Board Meeting 7 pm
Sept 20-22 Grades 7-9 Outdoor Education School
Sept 20-22 Grades 10-12 Camping Trip
Sept 23 Grades 7-12 (No School)
Sept 25 Softball Tournament Gr 8-12, Edmonton
Sept 26 Grades 5 & 9 Immunizations
Sept 28 ‘Who Do You Tell’ Parent In-Service 6:30 pm
Sept 29 Terry Fox Run
Oct 2 Soccer/Volleyball Exhibition, Lacombe
Oct 5-9 Walla Walla University Fall Classic
Oct 10 Thanksgiving Day (No School)
Oct 13 ‘Who Do You Tell’ Program Begins
Oct 17 School Board Meeting 7 pm
Oct 18 Picture Day
Oct 20-23 Flag Football Gr 7-10, Kelowna
Oct 22-24 Burman Experience Gr 12
Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13, ESV). Have you ever tasted food that didn’t have enough salt? I had some soup recently that didn’t have enough salt in it. So I added more salt in order to make it taste better. The next week, when we had some of the leftover soup, my wife added more salt before we served it into our bowls. It tasted much better that time without the need for me to add additional salt! If we are the salt of the earth, what kind of flavour are we bringing to the world around us? Are we spreading the salt of God’s love and truth to the people we spend time with? Or are we so much like the world around us that we don’t bring the unique and life-giving flavour of the gospel to others?
Let HIS Light Shine!
Chinook Winds Adventist Academy