CWAA Breeze Newsletter January 14 - 18, 2019
 
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   CWAA NEWSLETTER FOR THE WEEK OF January 14 - 18, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS ...

PARENT ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING:

The PAC (Parent Advisory Council) is meeting tomorrow night, January 15 at 7 pm at CWAA and invites all interested parents to attend.  Our priority for this meeting is planning the Parent Social scheduled for January 26, 2019 at 6:30 pm. Please join us in organizing this fun opportunity to connect CWAA parents and extended family members.  Text Melanie at 403-608-6767 for more information.

PARENT SOCIAL, JANUARY 26, 2019:

The Parent Advisory Council (PAC) of CWAA is hosting an evening for parents to meet, have fun, and learn a bit more about CWAA and the PAC early in the new year. Join us on Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the CWAA gym and get to know fellow CWAA parents a little bit better in an atmosphere of fun, camaraderie and a little friendly competition ;)  Light refreshments and childcare is provided at no cost so RSVP‘s are required. RSVP‘s will be collected a week prior to the event via Google Survey sent by Mrs. Melashenko.  Please be sure to reply with the number of adults (extended family members welcome, too!) and children who are planning to attend! See you there!


ALBERTA EDUCATION ACCOUNTABILITY PILLAR SURVEY: 

It‘s that time of year where Alberta Education is seeking your input about the education we are delivering at CWAA! From January to the end of February, Alberta Education will be conducting its annual “Accountability Pillar Survey”. The Accountability Pillar Survey assesses various aspects of quality; student outcomes, provincial assessments of student learning, community engagement and satisfaction, school experience, etc. Within the next few weeks, all CWAA parents will receive a survey from Alberta Education in the mail. In February, CWAA students and all teachers will be completing their surveys online at school.  All surveys are anonymous. In addition to English and French, the parent survey is available in Chinese, Punjabi, Arabic, Blackfoot, Cree, Korean, Spanish and Tagalog. Your participation in the survey helps provide important information on the quality of education your child is receiving at CWAA, so we encourage you to return your survey promptly. Thank you for your participation in this important process!


JANUARY 2019 GRADES 7 - 12 MIDTERM & FINAL EXAMS:

Please open the button below to find a schedule showing Secondary student's exams this month.  There will be no school for Secondary student's on Wednesday and Thursday, January 30 & 31, as this is a semester break.



GRADES 7, 8 & 9 PARENT-TEACHER INTERVIEWS ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5:


January 23        Last Day of Regular Classes
January 24-29   Mid-term Exams 
February 1        Secondary Report Cards will be sent home
February 5       Parent -Teacher Interviews held from 4 pm – 6 pm 

Grades 7 – 9 Parents, on Tuesday, February 5, Parent-Teacher Interviews will be held. Sign up at cwaa.net/pti or click the button below.  We look forward to seeing you here!     

CALGARY WIDE YOUTH RALLY:

February 8 & 9, 2019 ~ Calgary Youth,  please join us as our speaker Nwamiko Maden shares about God’s insane love for His children.  This event will be held at Chinook Winds Adventist Academy.  

~  Friday Evening Vespers 7 pm  
~  Sabbath Morning 9:30 am (refreshments served) 
~  Worship Service 10:45 am
~  Free Lunch will be served for youth
~  Following Lunch indoor activities, 
~  Q & A
~  Vespers 5 pm
~  Pizza for dinner / Gym Night 6:30 - 9:30 pm
 

OPEN HOUSE TUESDAY, FEB 12:

 CWAA Open House runs as a drop in event from 5-8 pm.  Invite your friends and family to come check out Chinook Winds Adventist Academy! CWAA offers a quality K-12 SDA Christian education to children across Calgary and we want everyone to know. Registration for the 2019 - 2020 school year opens that evening, and re-registration packages for your family can be picked up there.  Please open the link below to find an invitation that you can share. 

FRIEND DAY, FRIDAY, FEB 15:

 CWAA’s Annual Friend Day is on Friday, February 15, 2019 from 8:15 am to 1:20 pm.  Students, invite your friends to come to school for the day! Grades K to 12 are welcome and we look forward to meeting them!  Please click on the link below to register.

GRADE 9 COOKIE CART SALES:

 "Cookie Cart Sales" are continuing. Item prices are between 50 cents to $1.00. Thanks for your support!  Sales are on:

      Tuesday - Elementary and High School lunchtimes
      Thursday - High School lunchtime
 


UPCOMING SEMINARS AT U OF C ON THE IMPACT OF GAMING AND SOCIAL MEDIA ON YOUTH:

The negative effects of excessive gaming, social media and technology use are well documented. But one group is especially at risk - teenagers. Addiction is a real danger as adolescent brains are most susceptible to the chemical overload that comes with continued screen overuse. Video game addiction is real. A tsunami is coming that parents, educators and health professionals are not prepared for. On January 22, 2019, from 7 - 9 pm, Cam Adair (leading expert and pioneer on video game addiction) will be presenting an evening on “How Gaming and Social Media are Designed to Keep Teenagers Hooked” at the University of Calgary. Then on January 23, 2019, from 10 am - 4 pm Cam Adair will be presenting a workshop "Video Game Addiction Masterclass” at the University of Calgary. Registration opens November 26. To register or learn more information, go to the Sinneave Family Foundation at www.sinneavefoundation.org. 


PRAYING PARENTS:

"Praying Parents" will meet this Thursday, January 17th.  This group gathers in the lobby at the beginning of the school day to pray for our school.  All are welcome!

 

 

 

A MESSAGE FROM OUR CHAPLAIN...

THE GOD WHO IS CLOSE TO US 

Hiding deep in the basement shelter of a large church was a grief stricken father with his 6-year-old daughter near him as bombs fell on the city of London that night during WWII.  Unfortunately the girl's mother and two brothers had died in one of the bombings led by Hitler's army just a short time before, and now the father and daughter were laying in the shelter while the earth above shook with the terrible bombings.  London was a mess and this frightened little girl asked her dad:  "Daddy, hold my hand." "Everything will be ok baby, now try and get some sleep." A few moments later another bomb fell overhead and she said: "Daddy, I'm afraid!  Please hold me!" After holding her again, he said: "Now, my dear, try to get some sleep."  As the bombs continued to fall the little girl finally looked up and said: "Daddy, I will only be able to sleep, if I know your face is turned my way."
 
In this world so full of suffering and pain that bombards us often, we can have the assurance of a present God who listens to our pleas and turns His face our way.  When God spoke to Moses through a burning bush, He stated that He knew what His people were going through:  "Then the Lord told him, “I have certainly seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their cries of distress because of their harsh slave drivers. Yes, I am aware of their suffering." Exodus 3:7 NLT
 
My brother, my sister God IS close to us and more than that He has promised that He is with us.  He is so close that He can hear when we seek Him in prayer.  King David once said: "Go away, all you who do evil,for the Lord has heard my weeping. The Lord has heard my plea; the Lord will answer my prayer." Psalm 6:8-9 NLT
 
Differently from other theories that present God as an absent, unreachable being, who is indifferent to our feelings and experiences, the Bible presents an eminent God, who is with us and who not only shares but experiences our joy, sadness and fear.  A God who is always available and approachable whenever we call on His name:  "For what great nation has a god as near to them as the Lord our God is near to us whenever we call on him?” Deuteronomy 4:7 NLT
 
Our God is not one who hides from His children as presented by some philosophers, but He is a God that is so close to us that we can touch Him through prayer; and feel his loving arms around us in our daily needs. 
 
Dear Friend I want you to have the assurance that you have a God who cares about you and is facing you even now.  Never forget that His hand is not concealed, and unable to save you; neither is His ear deaf, unable to hear your request.  Why not seek Him right now?  Why not share your heartache with Him in this moment through prayer?  As you reach out towards heaven with your prayers do not forget that "prayer is the key in the hand of faith to unlock heaven’s storehouse where are treasured the boundless resources of omnipotence”.   EGW STC 94, 95 
Pastor Paul Antunes
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UPCOMING EVENTS

Jan 15             PAC Meeting
Jan 16             Hot Lunch (Pizza) Mission Trip
Jan 21             School Board Meeting, 7 pm
Jan 23-29        Secondary Exam Week
Jan 26             Parent Council Social Evening, 6 - 9 pm
Jan 29             Elementary Swimming Shouldice Pool
Jan 30-31        Semester Break Gr 7-12 No School
Jan 31             Elementary Swimming Shouldice Pool
Feb 1               Second Semester Begins Gr 7-12
Feb 1               Secondary Report Cards
Feb 5               Jr High PTI's  4-6 pm
Feb 5               Elementary Swimming Shouldice Pool
Feb 7               Elementary Swimming Shouldice Pool
Feb 8-9            Calgary Wide Youth Rally
Feb 12             Elementary Swimming Shouldice Pool
Feb 12             Open House, 5 - 8 pm
Feb 14             Elementary Swimming Shouldice Pool
Feb 15             Friend Day
Feb 18             Family Day No School
Feb 19             School  Board Meeting, 7 pm
Feb 19-20        Non-Instructional Days, No School Grade K - 12
Feb 21             Telus Spark Science Centre Gr 1-3
Feb 21-24       Grade 12 Burman Experience

School For the full calendar of events, visit  https://cwaa.net/calendar
   Chinook Winds Adventist Academy
Engaging students to: Follow God completely, Serve Unselfishly, and Achieve Excellence.