CWAA Breeze Newsletter December 3-7, 2018
 
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   CWAA NEWSLETTER FOR THE WEEK OF December 3 - 7, 2018
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PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN ONLINE

How can we as parents and teachers protect our children from the dangers of social media (primarily cyberbullying, threats, sending/receiving sexual materials, sexual solicitations)? Experts say that the best way we can help reduce these dangers is by talking to our children about making safe, responsible decisions (along with excellent filters on our devices). There are 3 primary risks that we need to discuss with our children: 
Inappropriate conduct: The online world can feel anonymous. Kids sometimes forget that they are still accountable for their actions.
Inappropriate contact: Some people online have bad intentions, including bullies, predators, hackers, and scammers.
Inappropriate content: The online world is filled with pornography, violence, or hate speech online. Teaching our children to be discerning and wise in their viewing is critical. There are several excellent websites that I would like to suggest as resources for parents and teachers to use in their discussion with children: https://staysafeonline.org/, www.safesurfingkids.com/, www.screenfree.org, www.fightthenewdrug.com.
It is my prayer that as we discuss these important risks, God will give us wisdom and understanding to teach our children how they can experience freedom and peace in their social relationships online.

10 Ways to Extend Your Digital Reach

1. Use Internet filtering software on your computers.
2. Use parental controls on your computer and tablets.
3. Know your child’s privacy settings on social media sites.
4. Spend time together with your child online.
5. Sign an Internet safety agreement with your child
6. Teach your child to never give out personal information.
7. Explain why your child shouldn’t chat with anyone he or she doesn’t know.
8. Discuss the appropriate use of the Internet with your children.
9. Show your child what to do if he or she stumbles onto inappropriate sites.
10. Frequently check your child’s digital footprint.
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GRADE 9 COOKIE CART SALES:

The Grade 9 class will be selling "Cookie Cart Sales" this week. This is a fundraiser for their year end celebration. Item prices are between 50 cents to $1.00. Thanks for your support!  Sales will be on:

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


PARENT ADVISORY COUNCIL -- THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6:

The Parent Advisory Council would like to invite CWAA parents to attend our first meeting this Thursday evening, December 6th at 7 p.m.  Come to the school to meet fellow parents and hear about the PAC’s plans for the school! We will be planning a parent social for February and would love to share ideas, resources, and tasks with you. Please contact the office, or Melanie Gilbert Chiu (call or text 403-608-6767) for more information. 


CLASS CHALLENGE -- FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7:

CWAA's Student Council will hold "Class Challenge" for all grades on Friday, December 7.  They have organized games for all classes in the gymnasium. Elementary students will take part Friday morning and Secondary students in the afternoon.       


PIZZA HOT LUNCH - MISSION TRIP FUNDRAISER   -- WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12:

Sign up now for Hot Lunch!  Deadline to be included in the count is Friday, December 7.  Menu is cheese pizza, carrot sticks and cucumber slices with ranch dip, and a cookie. Use the button below to find an order form to hand in at the school office (along with payment).


CWAA ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT -- THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13:

Our Annual CWAA Christmas Concert will take place in the CWAA Gymnasium on Thursday, December 13 at 7pm. All of the students in Grades K-6 will perform in the concert as well as the Concert Band and Choir Gr. 7-12. The title of this years program is "On This Christmas Day" and will remind us of the special gift of Jesus, our Saviour.  A free-will offering will be taken to support a local charity along with a Bake Sale to support the music program.  All are welcome to attend!


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. 


FUNDSCRIP GIFT CARDS FOR SALE:

If you have not ordered gift cards from Fundscrip and still want to pick some up please contact Pastor Antunes at pantunes@cwaa.net. There are still some available to purchase at the school.  They make wonderful gifts! By opening the button below you will see what is available.   


EARLY DISMISSAL - DECEMBER 21:

Christmas Break begins at 12 noon on Friday, December 21.  Busses will depart at 12:10 pm and children will arrive early to their stops.  Thank you for your promptness in picking up your child from school that day.  Extracurricular School Club will end at 3:30 pm.


PRAYING PARENTS:

"Praying Parents" will meet this Thursday, December 6.  This group gathers in the lobby at the beginning of the school day.

 

 

 

A MESSAGE FROM OUR CHAPLAIN...

                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Dear Chinook Family,
            In Isaiah 41:10 we read “Fear not, for I am with you;  Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ 
            I know all of us face moments of uncertainty that cause doubt, fear and stress to take over.  That’s why I often come back to this verse that reminds me that although life has it’s challenges God promises that He will strengthen, help, and hold us with His righteous right hand.   
            I encourage you to lead your family to daily seek our precious Lord for His peace and guidance.  As we do we will learn to not fear, but to trust Him to guide us through life's moments.
 God bless and keep you.  
In Christ,
Paul Antunes  
 

Your Brother in Christ,
Paul  

Pr. Paul Antunes has personal music CD’s for sale (20$), with each CD sold 50% of the proceeds will support the Mission Trip.  To purchase a CD please contact  Pastor Paul at pantunes@cwaa.net, or call him at 403-286-5686 or find him at the school.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Dec 6.              Parent Advisory Council 1st Mtg, 7 pm
Dec 7               Class Challenges
Dec 8               Concert Choir Mtn View Church, 6 pm
Dec 12             Hot Lunch (Pizza) Mission Trip
Dec 13             Christmas Concert, 7 pm
Dec 15             Concert Choir Central Church, 11 am
Dec 21             Last day of classes (Noon Dismissal)
Jan 7                Return to School
Jan 16             Hot Lunch (Pizza) Mission Trip
Jan 21             School Board Meeting, 7 pm           


For the full calendar of events, visit  https://cwaa.net/calendar
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