December 12 - 16, 2016
In This Issue
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Saint of the Month   Our Lady of Guadalupe

Virtue of the Month 
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Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration Tomorrow

You are invited to participate in the Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration to held in the Athlone Hall Auditorium tomorrow, Saturday, December 10th from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Feel free to drop by anytime during these hours.

For details, please view the POSTER.
Super Bowl Raffle 2016
Don't Miss Out!

We are more than half sold-out! Buy your raffle tickets today for chance to win tickets to Super Bowl 2016.

Proceeds raised will go towards the Semper Altius Financial Awards Program. 
We will have two separate draws (100 tickets printed per draw) to be held on Tuesday, December 20th at Clear Water Academy's Main Office in Bessborough Hall at 4:00 p.m. Each draw will be for Two (2) tickets to Super Bowl LI on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas at the NRG Stadium.
Tickets are $100/each and may be purchased through Karin Vetter or Erlynn Gococo in Bessborough Hall, Lower Level  (*Must be 18 years old to purchase).   Payment may be made by cash, cheque (payable to Clear Water Academy), or credit card (Visa or Mastercard only).
If you have friends, colleagues, neighbours, etc. that would like to purchase tickets, you must collect their personal information (see ticket stub below for details) and money in advance as we will not issue raffle tickets without payment. We appreciate your understanding.
Thank you for your on-going support of Clear Water Academy!

Tomorrow, on Saturday, December 10th, Deacon Michael O'Connor will be ordained a priest in Rome. Please continue to keep him in your prayers as he joins 36 other men chosen by God to mount the steps of St. John Lateran Basilica to be ordained to the eternal priesthood of Jesus Christ by Cardinal Pietro Parolin. 

If you would like to watch the celebration streamed live online (at 2:00 a.m.), please click HERE.

Clear Water Academy is pleased to offer, once again, our Men's Breakfast Series. Elements of Inspired Leadership provides a forum for men to help them in their formation and leadership as husbands, fathers and leaders in their work.
Our next breakfast will take place on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 7:30 a.m. at the Petroleum Club.
We are pleased to welcome back Fr. Shawn Aaron LC as our special guest speaker - we hope that you will be able to join us! We as that you please RVSP to Bill Tomiak so that we can ensure there is enough breakfast for everyone.
Thanks to all of the men who came out to our last breakfast - I encourage you to bring someone with you for the next breakfast.
We look forward to seeing you on December 13th!
Women's Journey to Joy

Join us for Journey to Joy on the 7 Sorrows of Mary led by Fr. Daniel Brandenburg, LC.  

Nursing babies only please - child care may be arranged by contacting Margaret Matthews: 403 240-7917. 

Journey to Joy will take place on Tuesday mornings (Dec. 13, Jan. 24, Feb. 28, Mar. 28, Apr. 25, May 23, & Jun. 6) at 9:00 a.m. in the Athlone Hall Auditorium. 

REGISTER NOW! (click link).
Cornerstone Weekend Retreat For Men

"Let God help you become a better man." 

Register for the Clear Water Academy Men's retreat - taking place January 27 - 28, 2017 at King's Fold Retreat Centre. Space is limited, so register soon! Questions? Call Margaret Matthews: 403 240-7917. 

Advent Campaign 2016
Shepherds on the Search

The objective of our annual Advent Campaign is to  prepare our hearts and homes to celebrate the birth of Christ throughout Advent. 

Throughout the week, students will gather the specified items and bring them to their class. For every item donated, a staff will be hung on a wool line in their classroom. The goal for the class is to hang every staff (essentially two items per student/week) each and every week.  If a goal is exceeded for a week, congratulations are in order! The count on the line restarts each week.
If a class meets their shepherd staff goal for the week, they will be able to participate in a dress-up day on the Tuesday, following the weekend. Homeroom teachers will keep you updated with regards to dress-up days and details.

Third week of Advent - Week of Dec. 12th 
Discover shepherd in the bathroom - to collect toiletries (tooth brushes, toothpaste, soap, lotion, etc.) for those who are homeless. (Please do not send any liquids such as mouthwash, or sharp objects such as razors, though.) These items will be donated to the Mustard Seed Ministry, at their downtown location in Calgary.

For details on this week's mission, click HERE.

Questions? Please contact Mrs. Smerdely.

In preparartion for the season of Advent, we encourage our staff and families to watch Best Advent Ever ™, a daily video series produced by Dynamic Catholic. Each day they issue, via email to their subscribers, a 2 minute video - informing and inspiring us to live Advent to the fullest! 

In honour of Our Lady of Guadalupe, whose Feast Day is celebrated on December 12th, the following Mass will be celebrated in Spanish:
  • Our Class Mass at 10:45 a.m. on Monday, December 12th.
All families are invited to attend.

Christmas Concert 2016
Our annual Christmas Concert will be held on Wednesday, December 14th at 1:00 p.m.  (Grades 1-3) and 2:00 p.m.(Grades 4-6) in Bethany Chapel on Richardson Way. The students are looking forward to performing for you! 

A BIG thank you to all 35 parent volunteers and the entire Jr. and Sr. High student body that helped bring our Christmas Store to life! The joyous smiles of our Kindergarten to Grade 6 students are signs of how treasured this annual tradition holds dear. The School Council appreciates your support in making this event a huge success. Thank you!

Please visit our Instagram page to see more photos!

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." ~ Helen Keller

In support of our High School trips, we are selling the popular ADmazing (formerly SUTP) coupon book! Using just a few of the coupons will pay for the book!

Only 20 books available for $20/each. First-come, first-served. If you would like to buy a book, please go to Bessborough Hall reception. Thanks for the support!

Basketball Info can be found on the Crusaders website.
Outdoor Education
December 13th - Grade 5 Boys and Girls will be skiing at COP.

Team Manager Volunteer Opportunities
We have many opportunities for parents to get engaged with the CWA Crusaders!  As we kick off the basketball season, we are looking for parents to volunteer as Team Managers. 

The role entails working with the Coaches and/or Teacher Representatives and helping co-ordinate and/or organizing various activities throughout the season for the team(s).  

If you are interested in helping out, please contact Greg DeLaval and he will connect you with the appropriate team coach.  Thanks in advance for your consideration.  Let's build Crusader Spirit - come out and CHEER on our athletes!