CWAA – NOT JUST “ANOTHER SCHOOL” IN CALGARY!
The Bible tells us that God created man and woman in His very image: physically perfect, with divine wisdom and understanding placed deep within their minds. They were given the power to think like God and to “discern the wonders of the visible universe”. They were also created with a character which reflected “the glory of their Creator”. The Bible says, Adam and Eve were crowned with glory and honor and made a little lower than the angels. (Hebrews 2:7) But Adam and Eve’s choice to distrust God’s authority changed everything. Adam & Eve lost their ‘likeness’ to God – they became mentally confused, spiritually blind. Their physical powers and mental capacity were forever diminished. No longer did they have a character that reflected God, but they had a nature irresistibly bent towards bad choices. Without God’s intervention, they were hopelessly lost and forever doomed to deterioration and self-destruction. But God did not leave His “crown of creation” without hope. He put a plan of restoration in place – through Jesus Christ. Jesus came to earth to take on our nature and live in our shoes – amidst mental confusion and spiritual blindness – to allow us to begin that long road ‘back home’ to His image.
Chinook Winds Adventist Academy is not just “another school” in Calgary. It is the only school in Calgary that exists for a very unique and specific purpose. It’s primary purpose is to lead children into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. We believe Seventh-day Adventist education is a part of God’s great plan of redemption and it’s role is to help bring children back to one-ness with God. There is no other school system that proclaims a purpose like a Seventh- day Adventist school. Dr. George Knight in his article, “Redemptive Education Part I: Implications for Philosophy for Adventist Education, says, “The fundamental aim of education is to restore the broken relationship between God and the student. This sets our educational agenda and curriculum. All the other purposes of education are enlightened and molded by this primary purpose. There can be no more important work than the proper education of our youth. No work ever undertaken by man requires greater care and skill than the proper training and education of youth and children.”
The teachers and staff at Chinook Winds Adventist Academy have accepted the sacred calling to enter into the work of restoration. Though we are all imperfect, and continuing to be restored into God’s character, we have accepted this call because we believe Jesus is going to return soon and we believe the salvation of our children is the most important work. We must never forget that we “are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9) We would like to sincerely thank the parents of Chinook Winds Adventist Academy for your loving partnership and support. May Jesus return this year and may our lives be a sweet perfume to Him as He prepares to come take us home. And may God bless us all as we continue seeking restoration in our own personal lives as followers of Jesus Christ. “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.” Psalms 150:6
Lara Melashenko Principal
“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 your questions! The session will be held in Room 24 (previously the Library).
BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CARE: We are pleased to once again be able to offer our families both Before and After School Care! Mrs.Valerie Robertson is our Before/After School Care provider. The hours of the Before 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). The cost of attending either morning or after school care is $5.00 per hour. 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. Because CWAA must pay to provide such supervision, 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 struggling with reading comprehension with 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.
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 the Cleaning Bee on Sunday, August 28. Approximately 25 volunteers came to donate their time to help prepare our school for the new school year. A huge thank you also to Sonia Harton for coordinating our Back to School Watermelon & Cookie feast! It was a fantastic success! We would like to say thank you, in advance, to all our 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!
CURRICULUM EVENING: We would like to extend a warm invitation all parents and students to our Curriculum Night on Thursday, 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!
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) will be distributing one SUTP book to each student to take home and sell. The cost of the book will be $20.00 and $10 from every sale may be kept by the Athletic Department! Thank you for supporting this worthwhile fundraiser! 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 participate in our school operations & strategic planning.
MORNING ROUTINE & LATE STUDENTS: This is a reminder to all parents and students 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. 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 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-in and sign-out 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 at CWAA to protect and keep as safe as possible the students and adults in our school from a potential emergency. There are two primary drills we conduct during the school year: evacuation and lockdown drills. 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 and in a pre-planned and organized fashion, when conditions outside the building are safer than the conditions inside the building. 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, away from windows and doors, to the interior walls, out of the line of vision from the door, on the floor.
- 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 our emergency procedures have been designed with input and assistance from our Community Resource Officer, Constable Dylan Harris, from Calgary Police Service.
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-persihable 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 at CWAA. 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 shared with them. Thank you!
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
Sept 15 Sept 19 Sept 20-22 Sept 20-22 Sept 23 Sept 26
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 26 Grades 5 & 9 Immunizations
Sept 28 ‘Who Do You Tell’ Parent In-Service 6:30 pm
Sept 29 Terry Fox Run
Oct 5-9 Walla Walla University Fall Classic
Oct 10 Thanksgiving Day (No School)
Oct 11 Picture Day
Oct 13 ‘Who Do You Tell’ Program Begins
Oct 17 School Board Meeting 7 pm
Welcome back to another school year! Our spiritual theme here at Chinook Winds Adventist Academy this school year is “Let HIS Light Shine!” Speaking of Himself, Jesus said, “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12, ESV). He wants His light of love, goodness and truth to shine in the world and to shine in each of our lives. But Jesus also said, “You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14, ESV). He desires for each of us to allow His light to shine through our lives to the world around us! May each of us experience His light and reflect His light to others!
Chinook Winds Adventist Academy