GOD’S EYE IS ON YOU!
Two weekends ago I was privileged to visit my best friend’s brand new granddaughter in Kelowna, BC. It was an incredible sight to watch my best friend (and her daughter) fixate on baby Wilson’s every breath, movement, facial expression and sweet noise. The experience of witnessing a mommy’s acute attention to her baby’s complete helplessness made me reflect on our heavenly Daddy’s acute attention to you and I. As God’s human ‘babies’, you and I are completely helpless in so many capacities. We cannot control our heartbeat, our digestive processes, our temptations, sometimes our emotions, our salvation, our aging. And yet, inspite of our helplessness, we can trust that God knows our every need: our tears, our joys, our sorrows, and our wants. And we can praise God that His eyes are continually on us and He will never leave us alone. As our Teacher, Leader, and Savior, we can with confidence trust Him completely to care for us because He is our Creator. “We are indebted to (God) for every moment of existence, and for all the comforts of life. The powers and abilities that elevate man above the lower creation are the endowment of the Creator. He loads us with His benefits. We are indebted to Him for the food we eat, the water we drink, the clothes we wear, the air we breathe. Without His special providence, the air would be filled with pestilence and poison. The power of God is manifested in the beating of the heart, in the action of the lungs, and in the living currents that circulate through the thousand different channels of the body. He is a bountiful benefactor and preserver. The sun which shines upon the earth, and glorifies all nature, the weird, solemn radiance of the moon, the glories of the firmament, spangled with brilliant stars, the showers that refresh the land, and cause vegetation to flourish, the precious things of nature in all their varied richness, the lofty trees, the shrubs and plants, the waving grain, the blue sky, the green earth, the changes of day and night, the renewing seasons, all speak to man of his Creator’s love. He has linked us to Himself by all these tokens in heaven and in earth. He watches over us with more tenderness than does a mother over an afflicted child. ‘Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear Him.’ ” (Review and Herald, Sept. 18, 1888.)
STUDENT ASSOCIATION SPIRIT WEEK: November 17-21 has been designated by the SA as Spirit Week.
The theme for each day is as follows:
Monday — Occupation Day
Tuesday — Crazy Hair Day
Wednesday — Cultural Day
Thursday — History/Imitation Day (a historical figure)
Friday — Class Theme Day
School’s dress code and standards are to be followed for Spirit Week. There are prizes for classes with the most participation.
FALL FUN FEST 2014 DATE CHANGE: Has changed from November 8 to November 22. So save the date for Saturday evening, November 22, from 7 – 10 pm! Chinook Wind’s annual Fall Fun Fest will be an enjoyable evening of fellowship, food, fun and games … if you wish to have a booth please contact the school office at 403-286-5686. Please note there is no kitchen facility at CWAA for food preparation so all food booths must plan with this in mind.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD: CWAA is participating in Operation Christmas Child this year. OCC is a project run by Samaritan’s Purse that shares the love of Jesus with underprivileged children in the world by giving them shoeboxes packed with gifts. The goal here at CWAA is to collect 200 filled shoeboxes by the November 17 to 23 collection week. If you would like to fill one or more shoeboxes to help us reach our goal, please get a box from Pastor Brent Wilson. For more information about this project, visit http://www.samaritanspurse.ca/operation-christmas-child.aspx#.VFfP8odaSDo.
POINSETTIA FUND RAISER: Starting today November 12, you can order your Poinsettia plants for the Christmas season. Average plant sizes are 14-16” in height and come in the colors of red, pink and white. They are wonderful as decorations or to give as gifts. The cost is $13 each. Orders are due November 24 with delivery December 3, 2014. See order form button below.
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ELEMENTARY PARENT/STUDENT CONFERENCES: Grades K-6 Parents, we are excited to present to you an evening of Conferences with our teachers on Tuesday, December 9 from 4-8 p.m. The purpose of these Conferences will be to provide time for parents & students to engage in meaningful discussions with teachers about learning successes and future goals. We look forward to seeing you here! Please contact the office at 403-286-5686 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your 15-minute appointment to meet with each of your child’s teachers during the hours of 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm and 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm on December 9.
CALGARY FLAMES STUDENT NIGHT: Tuesday, December 2 at 7 pm Flames vs Arizona Coyotes at the Saddledome. Cost is $35 a ticket for student or adult. $10 from each ticket sold will be donated to the school for Fundraising initiatives. Deadline to order and pay for the tickets is Wednesday, November 26. Contact Mr. Fowler at 286-5686.
UPDATE ON PARKING LOT RENOVATIONS: City Wide Excavating is scheduled to be at our school on November 19 (weather permitting of course) to remove the current asphalt on our driveway and prepare the base and install gravel. Once the base and gravel are in place, the road will be accessible (like a gravel road). City Wide Excavating will complete the base prep/gravel project in two weeks of the start date. In the spring, once the snow melts, the road (and the square gravel patches in our parking lot) will be paved and parking curbs will be installed. We praise God for His continued care and direction in our school as we continue to work towards school-wide improvement. We want to thank all parents and staff for their patience during the slow pace renovation process to our parking lot!
CWAA PARENT SEMINAR: On November 27, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., CWAA will be hosting an parent seminar entitled “Setting Healthy Boundaries with Children and Empowering Children and Parents to Address Issues Related to Child Sexual Abuse” by the Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse.” Presenter Montana Cameron, Sexual Assault Worker/Educator, will be providing parents with information concerning the issues of child sexual abuse, indicators of sexual abuse, how to talk to their children about abuse and how to respond to disclosures. Montana Cameron will also be presenting information on the elementary program entitled “Who Do You Tell?”, as CWAA will be engaging Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse to speak to our Elementary students about setting healthy boundaries in relationships and issues regarding sexual abuse.
PRAYING PARENTS: Remember parents this is a short week so we meet next Thursday morning, November 20th in the lobby at 8:30 am.
SHOES FOR ORPHANS: If you have shoes that are in good condition and would like to donate them to this worthy cause please send them to the school between November 3 to December 1. These shoes will be sent to International Children’s Care to be delivered to the orphaned children in time for Christmas. Any questions contact Marilyn Kelloway or Juana Galdamez at the school 403-286-5686.
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
Nov 14 Secondary Report Cards Sent Home
Nov 14 – 16 Junior High Co-ed FCA Volleyball Tournament in Lacombe
Nov 15 Seek & Serve Ministry (Secondary Students) 10 am – 5 pm
Nov 17-21 Spirit Week
Nov 20 Kindergarten & Grade 9 Valley Ridge Fire Station Trip 9:45 – 11:30 am
Nov 22 Fall Fun Fest 7 – 10 pm
Nov 24 Grades 5 & 9 Vaccinations with School Nurse
Nov 25 Picture Retakes
Nov 25 Parent/Teacher Seminar: Child Sexual Abuse( See above write up)
Nov 27 Elementary Skating Day at Crowchild Twin Arena 1 pm – 2:45 pm
Nov 28 End of Term 1 Elementary
Dec 2 Flames vs Arizona Coyotes Hockey Game
Dec 5 Elementary Report Cards Sent Home
Dec 9 Elementary Parent/Teacher Interviews 4-8 pm
Dec 11 Christmas Concert
Dec 12 CWAA Christmas Choir & Concert at Covenant Nursing Home 7 pm
Dec 15 School Board Meeting 7 pm
Dec 19 Last Day of Classes-Christmas