November 28 - December 2, 2016
In This Issue
 
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Saint of the Month   Our Lady of Guadalupe

Virtue of the Month 
Evangelization
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Enrollment for Current Students for 2017-2018 is Now Open!

An email was sent out last week 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.
Women's Journey to Joy

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

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).
Upcoming Information Session For Jr. Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Our next Jr. Kindergarten & Kindergarten Information Session will be held on Tuesday, November 29th @ 9:15 a.m.  This information session is intended for parents of prospective students. 

We encourage our current Clear Water Academy families to share the gift of our school with their friends, family members, and/or colleagues. You may qualify for our Family Referral Gift. Contact Mary Beth Manarey for details.

To RSVP: Call 403-240-7901. 
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.

First week of Advent - Week of Nov 28th 
Discover the shepherd in the kitchen pantry
gathering food items for St. Vincent de Paul.

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! 

A Special Message from Deacon Michael O'Connor

Please take the time to read this very special message from Deacon Michael O'Connor, Formation Instructor for Boys at Clear Water Academy. Deacon Michael will be ordained a priest in Rome on December 10th, 2016. Please keep him in your prayers.

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, our Masses will be offered in Spanish on Friday, December 9th and Monday, December 12th. All families are invited to attend.
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.



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 1 - 6. It will be held on Wednesday, December 14th at 1:00 p.m. 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.
 

A huge THANK YOU to our Clear Water Academy students, families, and staff, as well as many generous donors within the community of Calgary for your support of Mary's Meals !  We presented Mary's Meals Canada with the donations collected from our event in late September which totaled $7,047.20!  It is amazing that our efforts will feed 479 children for an entire year in Malawi!  

We hope to make this an annual event, including a visit with Magnus from Scotland.  Together with the funds raised in May 2016 of $2,784.69, we have almost reached our school's goal of sponsoring a school in Malawi!  We are blessed to have this connection of our students helping to feed other students in our world!
 
Please consider spreading the good works of Mary's Meals by purchasing your Christmas cards at the front office of Bessborough Hall. Or, email  info@marysmeals.ca to place your order.  A pack of 10 costs $15, with part of all sales donated to Mary's Meals.  

THANK YOU!
Deadline to Order is Tonight, Friday, November 25th!

Once again, our popular Christmas Fundraiser through Purdy's Chocolates is being offered! These beautiful, and delicious, chocolates make great Christmas gifts. Funds raised will go towards purchasing additional Chromebooks for our students.

The deadline to order is tonight, Friday, November 25th. 

ORDER ONLINE (CLICK LINK). Enter our Group Order #15108.

Orders will be ready for pick-up at Keller Hall on Monday, December 12th.

Questions? Contact Sandee Johnson by EMAIL.

Our Lost & Found Bin is overflowing with items, particularly uniform items! Please make sure to swing by Bessborough Hall and have a look... you may be surprised to find your child(ren)'s items in the bin!

See Mrs. Moya at reception and she will bring you to the Lost & Found area.

All items that remain before the Christmas break will either be donated to charity or to our Used Uniform Store.
   


Basketball
Please visit the CRUSADERS WEBSITE for updated basketball information.
 
Outdoor Education
- Grade 9 Girls at Camp Kasota on November 28th & 29th.
 
- Grade 5 Girls and Boys at COP for skiing on December 13th.