CWAA Breeze Newsletter September 4-8, 2017

Principal’s Message:

The Powerful Connection between Faith and Learning

My summer was awesome! The best part of my summer was spending uninterrupted time with my husband, children, parents, and siblings. The other best part of my summer was that I read and learned! I read the Gospel of John, Psalms, Thoughts from the Mount of Blessings, The Ministry of Healing, Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire, Helping Boys Succeed in School, and Qualities of Effective Principals. Additionally, as my husband and I drove out to the Pacific Ocean twice, we listened to dozens of awesome TedTalks. (Some highlights included: Why Our Screens Make Us Less Happy by Adam Alter, The Refugee Crisis is a Test of Our Character by David Miliband, There’s No Shame in Taking Care of Your Mental Health by Sangu Delle, What You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer’s by Lisa Genova, How Racism Makes Us Sick by David R. Williams, Addiction Is A Disease, We Should Treat It Like One by Michael Botticeli, Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator by Tim Urban, Lead Fearlessly, Love Hard by Linda Cliatt-Wayman, Every Kid Needs a Champion by Rita F. Pierson, A Simple New Blood Test Can Catch Cancer Early by Jimmy Lin, Why We Laugh by Sophie Scott, How a Handful of Tech Companies Control Billions of Minds Every Day by Tristan Harris, What Happens in Your Brain When You Pay Attention? By Mehdi Ordikhani-Seyedlar)

I’m convinced that my summer was awesome because I left my laptop at home (and therefore, was present and available to strengthen my relationships with my family) and also because I spent considerable and focused time drawing close to God through His Word and the inspired writings of several authors. I find it interesting that the outcome of strengthening my relationship with God was that my curiosity for knowledge and learning increased!

There is a powerful connection between our relationship with God and our learning. The Bible says that true education is learning from the “Infinite One in whom are hid all treasures of wisdom” (Colossians 2:3). In the book, Ministry of Healing (p 265), we are encouraged to make God our wisdom: “cling to Him who is infinite in knowledge, who can reveal the secrets hidden for ages, who can solve the most difficult problems for minds that believe in Him.”

As we enter into a new school year, may we encourage our children to make it a priority to draw close to God, not only because He is worthy to be loved and known, but also because the benefits can be an improvement in learning and development! (Check out the studies which prove that when students enrich themselves from Scripture, have a consistent prayer life, follow their church teachings, their overall health improves and their academic performance responds positively!

Lara Melashenko


Chinook Winds Adventist Academy

CURRICULUM EVENING: We would like to extend a warm invitation to all parents and students for our Curriculum Night on Thursday, September 14, 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!

PARENT SEMINAR: “Protecting your Children at Home on your Technology Devices” on Thursday, September 14, at 8 p.m. by Education Technology Specialist, Joel Melashenko.

WEEK IN SPIRITUAL EMPHASIS (WISE): The first WISE this school year takes place next week (September 11 to 15). Our guest speaker will be Aaron Nakamura. Mr. Nakamura is currently the CFO for Milo Adventist Academy in Oregon. He has been involved in numerous teen mission trips, is a gifted musician, and has had many opportunities to speak to audiences of youth and young adults. For more information about the WISE week, you may contact Pastor Brent Wilson (

ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT FUNDRAISER – ADMAZING COUPON BOOKS: This year our Athletic Department is raising funds to purchase new athletic equipment and sports uniforms. To help raise these funds Mrs. Dodds and Mr. Fowler have distributed one book to each student to take home and sell. The cost of the book is $20.00 and $10 from every sale is kept by the Athletic Department! Thank you for supporting this worthwhile fundraiser! Happy selling! (Please return any unsold books to the office by Friday, September 22. Thank you.)

FIRST HOT LUNCH OF THE YEAR: On Monday, September 25 we will hold our first hot lunch of the year – veggie burgers, chips, cookie and juice. The cost of the hot meal will be $7.00 and the cost of the drink will be $1.00.  If you are able to help on this date and have a current police check on file please email Mrs. Elias directly at or text her at 403-830-8640.

CLASSROOM LUNCHES: Parents are encouraged to send lunches in thermos containers rather than sending lunches requiring microwave heating. This will allow children to spend their 20-minutes eating their lunches instead of waiting in line to heat their lunches and not being able to finish eating before outside recess time. Please also remember to provide microwavable containers for lunches that require heating.

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 remind them not to eat any shared lunch items. Thank you!


  • All students (elementary and secondary) who arrive after 8:30 am should come through the main entrance doors and stop at the office to pick up a late slip. Students who arrive late and enter through any side doors already have their attendance recorded as “Absent Unexcused” in the classroom. Attendance corrections are done at the office as the student picks up a late slip.
  • Please inform the office when your child will be absent from school by e-mailing or calling the office. Your child’s attendance will be excused teachers will see a comment giving the reason why. If you’re e-mailing the teacher, please include the office so that an excused absence can be given.

TERRY FOX RUN: All parents, students and interested community members are invited to join CWAA in participating in The Terry Fox National School Run Day at CWAA on Thursday, September 28. Be part of one of the biggest displays of solidarity against cancer on the planet…while setting an example of compassion, fostering school spirit, encouraging physical activity, and having fun! For more information contact Pr. Brent Wilson at More information to come!

BEFORE/AFTER SCHOOL CHILD CARE PROGRAM: CWAA is pleased to announce that Valerie Robertson (CWAA Educational Assistant) has been hired to provide Before/After School Care for a limited number of children. To register for the program contact the office. The hours of the Before/After School Child Care Program are from 7-8 am (M-F) and 3:45 pm to 5:30 pm (M-Th) and 1:45 pm to 3:30 pm (Fri). The cost is $6.00 per hour or $1.50 per 15-minute period.

SCHOOL BUS INFORMATION: For all families who require school bus service please take time to familiarize yourself with the following important information:

  • Please keep in mind that the time posted for AM pick-up on your bus schedule is the time the bus will leave the stop so children should be there 5 minutes ahead.
  • If your child will not be riding the bus at anytime (morning / afternoon or for a longer period of time) it is your responsibility to inform Southland Dispatch (403-287-1335) or the bus driver directly.
  • All buses running over 15 minutes late are posted and updated on the website  Keep this website handy when road conditions are bad due to winter weather.

THANK YOU TO OUR VOLUNTEERS: On behalf of the staff and Board, we would like to say a BIG thank you to all parents who came out to our Cleaning Bee on Sunday, August 27. We had around 30 volunteers (parents, students and teachers) come to donate their time to help prepare our school for the new school year! It was an exciting event!

We would like to say a huge thank you to Sonia and her parent team for hosting our Back to School Watermelon & Cookie Feast on our first day of school. It was a fabulous way to kick off our year! Finally, thank you to all parents who offer their time on a regular basis to help make our school operate efficiently. You make a huge difference in our classrooms, hallways, gyms, field trips and community-at-large! We look forward to a GREAT year of partnering with you!

POLICE CHECKS FOR VOLUNTEERS: We want to remind all parent volunteers that CWAA requires police check clearance prior to volunteering at CWAA. If you require a police check letter, please contact the office. THANK YOU for your dedication and support of our school!

FOOD BANK FRIDAY (LAST FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH): On Friday, September 29 we will hold our first casual dress day of the year. To participate in the casual dress day we ask that each student and staff bring a canned or packaged non-perishable food item to be donated to the Calgary Food Bank.

FACILITY UPGRADES OVER THE SUMMER: We are happy to announce that over our summer months many spaces in our school facility received upgrades! If you are an elementary parent, you may have noticed that the Grade 5 & 8 classrooms were moved as we made room for our new Junior Kindergarten program! Other great changes that you may notice if you take a tour of our facility include: new furniture in our lobby (thank you Bob Gorbenko & Calvin Vandergaast), light fixture installed in our entrance (thank you Sonia Harton), light switches installed in all classrooms, security surveillance system installed, flowerbeds in front of our school received a landscaping upgrade (beautiful rocks), classrooms and hallways received new paint, and our elementary playground will soon be enhanced with a hopscotch trail and tetherball. We thank God for the awesome building that He has provided and people to continue to beautify and improve our facility!

PARENT COUNCIL:  Are you interested in becoming more involved in our school community? What about initiating school wide improvements? Do you dream of creative solutions to problems or great ideas to implement at CWAA? Are you interested in taking on a leadership role to mobilize parents to support student learning and teachers at CWAA? If you answered YES to any of these questions, and you are willing to serve in a leadership role, please contact the Principal. It has been a number of years since we have had an official Parent Council and we would like to seek your help in implementing this once again this year. Thank you in advance for prayerfully considering becoming involved in this important endeavour!

PRAYING PARENTS: Praying parents will resume next Thursday, September 14, after morning drop off in the school lobby. For those who are new, Praying Parents is a small group of parents, friends & pastors that meets every Thursday morning in the school lobby to pray for our school. Please come and join us for a short prayer & fellowship session. It has been a blessing for the past 6 years to pray and praise God for our school and see Him work!

NEW ENCOUNTER BIBLE PROGRAM:  We are excited to share the news that our school will be implementing a new Bible program this year called “Encounter”. The purpose of the new Bible program is to lay the foundation for a solid, deep, and personal knowledge of the truths of the Bible, to respond to Christ’s invitation to live in a lifelong, vibrant relationship with Him; and to be passionate about the salvation of others. For more information on the program, please click the button below to see an attached letter from Dr. Carol Campbell, North American Division of Adventist Education Director of Elementary Education.

 Encounter Bible Curriculum 


Sept. 11-15           WISE with Aaron Nakamura

Sept. 13               Adventist College Fair (Grades 11 & 12) 2 pm

Sept. 14               Curriculum Night 7 pm

Sept. 18               School Board Meeting 7 pm

Sept. 20-22           Grade 10-12 Camping Trip to Kananaskis

Sept. 22               Grade 3-6 Field Trip to COP

Sept. 26              Anti-Bullying Chapel—Constable Damian Price

Sept. 28               Terry Fox Run

Oct. 3-5              Gr 7-9 Outdoor Education School

Oct. 5                 Cobbs Corn Maze (JK – Gr 4)

Oct. 9                 Thanksgiving Day (No School)

Oct. 16               School Board Meeting 7 pm

Oct. 17               Picture Day

Oct. 19-22           JH CASA Flag Football Tournament, Kelowna

Oct. 20               Nursing Home Visit Grades 1 & 3

Oct. 27-29           JH FCA Volleyball Tournament


Chaplain’s Message:

The spiritual theme here at Chinook Winds Adventist Academy for the 2017/2018 school year is “Servants of Life.” We will be spending some time focusing on the ultimate example of Jesus as a servant, and how God is calling each of us to serve.

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. (Philippians 2:3–8, NLT)

Pastor Brent


Chinook Winds Adventist Academy