October 31 - November 4, 2016
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Saint of the Month   
Christ the King

Virtue of the Month 
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All Saints' Day Celebration Join Us!

Please join us on Tuesday, November 1st for our annual All Saints' Day Celebration!

Jr. Kindergarten to Grade 3 students of will celebrate All Saints' Day in the Gymnasium. 
  • Jr. Kindergarten students will be in the gym from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. 
  • Kindergarten & Gr. 1 students will be in the gym from 12:30 - 1:45 p.m.
  • Grade 2 & 3 students will be in the gym from 1:45 - 3:00 p.m.
We are also asking all students to please donate a loonie for Mary's Meals or make a non-perishable food donation.
To make this event a success, we need approx. 30 parent volunteers. Please take a moment to review all the items listed on our VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP page and see how you are able to help. You are welcome to sign-up for more than one (1) shift if you are able to volunteer! If Questions? Please EMAIL  Tina Green.
Parent-Teacher Interviews

Parent-Teacher Interviews for all students in Jr. Kindergarten to Grade 12 will take place on  Thursday, November 10th from 2:30 - 9:00 p.m.

A letter including important details about Parent Teacher Interviews will be sent out on Monday. Please check your emails.
High School Information Session on November 16th

Students in Grades 7-11 and their parents are cordially invited and encouraged to attend our annual High School Information Session on Wednesday, November 16th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. 

Please RSVP by November 10th to Maria Velez.

For details, click HERE.

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Christian Ministry for children aged 3-12 years that is based on the Bible and liturgy of the church; it is inspired by the principles of Montessori education. This Ministry provides:
  • An opportunity for children to fall in love with Jesus, the Good Shepherd, in a child-friendly space called an atrium - located in a church or school.
  • Guided activity to aid meditation on Bible scripture and the mysteries of the Christian faith once a week - in small groups, facilitated by trained adults (catechists).
  • That each child's unique spiritual needs and abilities are respected and nurtured.
  The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program has been authorized by Bishop Henry for our diocese.  We hope that we may be able to invite the Junior Kindergarten classes into our atrium before Christmas. At present, we are collecting and creating materials and we are looking for donations. We are excited that we will be able to offer this program for our young  learners! 

In setting up our Atrium for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Program, Ms. Morrison and Miss Oliphant are looking for the following donations:

a low wooden coffee table to serve as a prayer table and for Nativity figures. 
- desk/table lamps (3-4)
- sacred art (framed or unframed)
- statue of the Good Shepherd (between 18" and 24" tall)
- child-sized cleaning tools: broom, mop, dustpan, hand brush, duster
- large leather-bound Bible (with text and images)
- holy cards (paper or plastic)
- candle snuffer (4-5)
- world globe
- nativity set made of non-breakable materials with figurines no larger than 8'' (3 sets needed) 

For the Out of School Care Program, we are looking for:

- used dress-up clothes that the children can use for play.

Donations may be dropped off to Keller Hall.
Thank you in advance for your help and generosity!
Play Holy-Mon GO!

Mr. Mansfield's Grade 5 Boys Class Piloting the Holy-Mon Go game.

Holy-Mon is back and it's better than ever! Do you remember those cards about the saints? Well this brilliant Holy-Mon card idea was created by our one and only Mrs. Mary Beth Manarey. She created Holy-Mon 18 years ago in 1998 because of all the hype with the Pokemon cards. 

The recent release of the well-known game "Pokemon GO" has sparked an idea by two of our Grade 9 boys: Chidiebere Okonkwo and Stephen Zymela. They have essentially created the same Pokemon GO game play but with the Holy-Mon twist. They wanted to create a "Holy-Mon GO" game that has some of the same elements as Pokemon GO. They hope that the game will be a way for students to have fun but also learn a little about the saints. 

Holy-Mon GO! kicked off on October 24, 2016, becoming an instant hit! The game was first piloted to the Grade 5 boys who gave the game rave reviews and couldn't wait to play again. With codes hidden all around the school campus, it definitely did raise suspense upon both students and teachers. Some CWA staff were quick to grab their phones to see what these mysterious codes might be, and in the end, found these codes to be a unique way to share our Catholic history in modern society to all age groups.

Students, parents, and teachers can now go around the school and look for little QR scan codes which you can scan and learn about the different saints. While the students are running the trial version of the game, we would like to ask for the utmost respect from students to please not move or destroy any of the QR codes. Thank you and have fun!

To participate, all you need to do is download an app called "QR Code Reader" or a similar alternative conveniently found on the App Store and Google Play Store. You can also see the Holy-Mon GO website for details. Have fun!
Holy Childhood Association Campaign 2016

Once again, Clear Water Academy will participate in the HCA campaign by asking students to collect money in boxes. Last year, we raised $1125.74. Boxes will be handed out to students next week.

For details, click HERE.
Advent by Candlelight
Save the Date!

Our annual Advent by Candlelight will be held on Thursday, November 24th

This event is a beautiful gathering organized by the Faith and Family Committee.  Its purpose is to allow CWA women to prepare their hearts for Advent while building friendships! 

Details to follow...

Our Remembrance Day Ceremony will be held in the gym at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 10th. We are honored to have Cpl. Laplante from 41 Service Battalion and retired Captain Sean Dunn in attendance this year. Students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 6 will be performing musical tributes. Parents and staff are invited to attend. 
We'd like to invite our Scouts, Guides, Cadets, and students in service organizations to be our flag party this year. We'd also like to invite parents/relatives in all service organizations to lay a wreath. Please EMAIL Mrs. Cathy Charlton-Brennan if you are able to help us with either of these requests.

An email was sent out on Thursday, October 27th to all families regarding the Semper Altius Financial Awards.

Each year, Clear Water Academy offers the Semper Altius Financial Bursary Program. 

The application deadline for the 2017-2018 school year is Friday, November 18th, 2016.

Questions? Please contact Silvana Poissant by EMAIL.

Advent and Christmas Concerts 2016
This year, the Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes are hosting their own special Advent concert! In lieu of the larger Christmas Concert, they will be performing on Thursday, December 1st at 9:15 a.m. in Athlone Hall. A pre-concert coffee will be available in Keller Hall until the doors of Athlone Hall open at 9:00 a.m.
The Christmas Concert this year will include Grades One through Grade Six. It will be held on Wednesday, December 14th at 1:00 p.m. in Bethany Chapel on Richardson Way. We look forward to performing for you! Stay tuned for more details...
Men's Silent Retreat
December 2 - 4, 2016

This silent retreat for men will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. The retreat will be at Entheos Retreat Centre located west of Calgary.

For details and to register, click HERE.

F unds raised through our on-going bottle drive will go towards High School Trips.  It's an easy way to participate and support our students in their apostolic work! 

We have placed a storage shed near the doors at Harvey Hall (gymnasium). If you have any recyclable items to return for deposit, please drop them off to the storage shed that will be unlocked daily at 8:00 am. If at all possible, please make every effort to rinse out your items before putting them in the shed. Thank you for your donations!       

Grade 8/9 Boys Volleyball - Thursday, November 3rd at 4:00 & 5:00 p.m. 
Outdoor Education
Grade 6 Boys & Girls - November 9th & 10th
Absolute Baseball

Help Wanted
We host 4 weekend athletic tournaments per year at CWA. Please contact Mr. DeLaval by EMAIL  if you are able to help out. Thank you!