December 5 - 9, 2016
In This Issue
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Saint of the Month   Our Lady of Guadalupe

Virtue of the Month 
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Clear Water Academy
2521 Dieppe Ave SW
CALGARY, Alberta T3E 7J9
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Enrollment for Current Students for 2017-2018 is Now Open!

An email was sent out a couple of weeks ago to all families about Enrollment for the 2017-2018 School Year. If you did not receive this email, please check your junk/spam folders, and if not there, please make sure to contact the Admissions Office as soon as possible.

You can also find the Enrollment Information and Agreement on the parent portal of the school's website. Click on Parent Login to access.
Super Bowl Raffle 2016
Buy Your Tickets Today!

The long-awaited Super Bowl Raffle is here!  Tickets are now on sale - p roceeds raised will go towards the Semper Altius Financial Awards Program. We have sold nearly half the tickets already! 
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!
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.

Second week of Advent - Week of Dec. 5th 
Discover shepherd in coat closet -g athering children's winter clothes (new or gently used) for students at Sacred Heart School in downtown Calgary (mittens and hats are especially needed).

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! 

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!

Student Council is hosting a Winter Formal Dance for students in Grades 7-12 on Saturday, December 17 th  from  6:00 - 11:00 p.m.  The dance will take place at Heritage Park (Wainwright Hotel) and tickets are $45 each. Ticket sales will begin on Thursday, December 1 st. 

The ticket price includes a 3-course meal, followed by a dance. The dress code is semi-formal. Students in Grades 10- 12 will be allowed to bring a date from another school. Please see Miss Perri for more details about this. More information will be sent out next week. 

Questions ?  Contact Miss Perri by EMAIL.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration

You are invited to participate in the Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration to held in the Athlone Hall Auditorium on 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.

In honour of Our Lady of Guadalupe, whose Feast Day is celebrated on December 12th, the following Masses will be celebrated in Spanish:
  • Our Elementary Mass at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, December 9th. 
  • 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! 

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Our Kindergarten to Grade 6 Christmas Store will open for business on December 6th and run until December 8th in the Athlone Hall Auditorium. The Christmas Store provides a safe and affordable shopping experience for our younger students to shop for their friends and family "secretly." It is a great CWA tradition and lots of fun for the kids.

In order for this event to be successful, we need your help! We are looking for volunteers (teams or individuals) to help out with the Store. Volunteer roles include: set-up, take-down, greeting and assisting shoppers, and more! To sign-up to volunteer, please click HERE.

Questions? Please contact Teresa Reilly or Christine Dooley.

Thank you to our loyal Instagram followers! We are almost at 200 followers and we want to keep that number growing.

Our Instagram page showcases Integral Formation in Action (IFIA); the intellectual, human, spiritual, and apostolic aspects at Clear Water Academy.

Please follow us and tell your friends and family to follow us too!
Poutine/Chicken Tuesdays and Pizza Wednesdays

Our student-led fundraising lunch program in support of the High School trips is in full swing!

Parents - please keep track of the days that your child has ordered lunches and make sure to pack them a lunch on the days they haven't ordered anything. Thanks!

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!