CWAA Breeze Newsletter February 25 - March 1, 2019
 
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   CWAA NEWSLETTER FOR THE WEEK OF February 25 - March 1, 2019

 

 

 

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CHOOSE KINDNESS: KICKING OFF OUR ANTI-BULLYING AWARENESS WEEK

Imagine what CWAA would be like if we only used kind words, acted with kindness all the time, asked for forgiveness when we hurt others, included others, acted humbly and we all lived by the Golden Rule! This week at CWAA we will be focusing on the theme: “Choose Kindness”! In our past Anti-Bullying Awareness Weeks, we have focused on bullying behaviours for the purpose of creating awareness and knowledge. This year, however, we would like to focus on building a positive culture - based on kind words and actions. 
Why did we choose a kindness theme? Kindness can help lift others up when they‘re down. No-one ever knows the struggles people are going through inside. Kindness will never come back to hurt you! Kindness is good for your health (releases oxytocin which lowers blood pressure and helps you feel happy and confident). Kindness reduces bullying and disruptive behaviour and increases a sense of safety and security at school. Kindness creates positive relationships. Finally, kindness improves student participation, confidence, leadership and increases social and emotional wellbeing.
This morning we launched our “Choose Kindness” challenge in our Kick-off Assembly. We ended with students and staff, wearing the colored Odd Socks, meeting together in cross-grade pairings (5/12, 2/6/11, 1/10, K/9, 4/8, 3/7) to receive their yellow bracelets (yellow represents  happiness, positivity, honor, & joy), “Ripple Kindness Cards” (paying kindness forward), picking specific acts of kindness from the list of “100 Acts of Kindness”, and praying with one another. Tuesday we will dress in yellow and enjoy a Chapel with the focus on “High Places”. Wednesday we will enjoy cross-grade devotions and Crazy Hair Day. Thursday, we will wear Pink shirts (pink represents kindness, love, playfulness, tenderness), enjoy cross-grade devotions, and a Poetry Competition. Friday we will wrap-up our week with a Kindness Commitment. 
As we focus on this week of kindness, may we all commit to the words found in 1 Thessalonians 5:10-11 “So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you‘ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind.” (Message Bible)
Lara Melashenko
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ANNOUNCEMENTS ...
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REGISTRATION FOR 2019 - 2020 OPENS AT CWAA:

Registration Packages were sent home February 14 and 15 to all our currently enrolled families.  As you know, our Open House was held on February 12th and has generated a lot of interest and new student applications have started coming into the office for next school year of 2019-2020.  The deadline for our current school families to register will be March 8, 2019 after which we will start filling classes with new applications.  Grades K, 5, 6, 9, and 10 are large classes so it is critical if you want to retain your child's spot in their classroom to submit your completed re-registration forms along with your payment of $100 per student before March 8.  

JUMP ROPE FOR HEART - FUNDRAISER UPDATE:

As of this morning - February 25 - the elementary students have raised $315 online and $50 in cash for a total of $365!  That is only $10 short of the half-way point to our goal. ($750)  Way to go!  This is excellent progress.  We have only one week left.   The last day to donate is Monday March 4.  Remember, if students raise $500 by this date, they get to mummify a teacher with toilet paper.  If they raise $750, Mrs. Dodds promises to kiss a real live goat!
Please help support your child’s fundraising efforts by registering them online at jumpropeforheart.ca and send out donation request emails to friends, family and colleagues. Online fundraising is the quickest way to reach all of your contacts and online donors receive an automatic tax receipt. Plus, when students raise money online they can earn bonus prizes including a skipping rope, and gift cards from Chapters/Indigo, Canadian Tire, Mastermind Toys and Amazon.ca! 

Thank you for your support in this worthy cause.
Sandra Dodds
Elementary PE Teacher

STUDENT LED WEEK OF PRAYER:

We are having the Elementary & Secondary students lead out in Week of Prayer March 4-8, 2019, culminating with the Special Vespers/Baptism Friday evening.  Please pray for God’s outpouring on our students and staff as our young people share Jesus.  

BAPTISM NEWS:

For the past 2 months Pastor Antunes has been doing bible studies with the grade 5 & 6’s, which has been wonderful.   This past Friday as they were talking about baptism, he handed out a decision card in which 20 students decided for baptism.  PRAISE THE LORD! 

We also had a youth retreat on February 8 & 9, 2019 with speaker Nwamiko Maden and 3 more students from high school gave their lives to Christ and are preparing for baptism. 

Special Vespers/Baptism will be Friday March 8, 2019 at CWAA at 7 pm.  Please come out and join us as we celebrate the decisions our young people have made in following Jesus.  


GRADES K - 6 PARENT-TEACHER INTERVIEWS:

March 15       End of Term 2 for Elementary
March 19       Elementary Report Cards will be sent home
March 21       Gr K - 6  Parent -Teacher Interviews 4 pm – 8 pm 

On Thursday, March 21, Parent-Teacher Interviews will be held from 4 pm to 8 pm. Click the button below to sign up for parent-teacher interviews or go to cwaa.net/PTI. If meeting with more than one teacher, please make sure not to double book yourself. If you need to cancel, please contact the office. Forms will be live until March 20, at 4 pm or when teachers become fully booked.
  


ANNUAL CONSTITUENCY MEETING:

All parents, pastors, board members, church members and staff are invited to join us on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. as we celebrate the past, present and future blessings of God on our school! Come out and enjoy a time of fellowship and sharing as we plan for the future of Chinook Winds Adventist Academy.

REPORTING YOUR CHILD'S ABSENCE:

A reminder to parents, when your child(ren) will be absent it's important to let the school office know. You can go to the school website (cwaa.net) and on the homepage look for the “Report an Absence” link (found on red border at top of page).  Fill out the form and submit. Simple and quick … thanks for using this efficient method!

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

MISSION TRIP FUNDRAISERS:

Please help our Mission Team reach their fundraising goal of $2400 for each student to participate in the Belize Mission Trip from March 24 - April 4, 2019.  
 
Help support this Mission Trip with your prayers and financial donations. We are able to give a tax deductible receipt for any donation over $20. Your contribution can be left at the office. Thank you for your generous support!  

Belize Mission Trip Bottle Drive:   Consider donating your recyclable bottles and cans.  They can be dropped off beside the Junior/Senior High entrance anytime till March 21.  Thank you!    

PRAYING PARENTS:

Come join our group of "Praying Parents" this Thursday, February 28.  We meet in the lobby at the beginning of the school day to pray for our school.  All are welcome!

 

 

 

A MESSAGE FROM OUR CHAPLAIN...

CONTROLLING THE TONGUE - ANTI BULLYING WEEK

Over the years I have come across many complex issues, all of which can be traced quickly back to the truth taught here in James 3:7-9  " People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish,  but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison.  Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God.”  And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! 
 
The word of God is so poignant in describing the reality of our tongues when not surrendered fully and daily to God.   
 
As followers of Jesus we are taught in Colossians 3:12-15 how we should use our tongue.
 
"Since God chose you to be the holy people He loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.  Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful."
 
May we together focus on Jesus and His living word, and as we do He will transform us from within and as such what will come out of our tongues will be BLESSINGS, rather than cursings. 
 
God bless and keep each of us as we ask God to align our hearts to His.   
Your brother in Jesus,
Paul Antunes
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UPCOMING EVENTS...
 
Feb 25-Mar 1  Anti-Bullying Emphasis Week
March 2           Concert Choir Bridgeland Church
March 4-8       Spring Student Week of Prayer
March 8           CWAA Special Vespers/Baptism, 7 pm
March 13         Hot Lunch Pizza (Mission Trip)
March 15         End of Term 2 Elementary
March 18         School Board Meeting, 7 pm
March 19         Elementary Report Cards 
March 19         Constituency Meeting, 7 pm 
March 21         Elementary PTI's 4 - 8 pm
March 22         Last Day of Classes, Spring Break
April 8              Classes Resume  


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.