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College News – May 2012

May 1, 2012

May Cafeteria Menu

The 15th Annual Western Pancake Breakfast will be held on June 7th from 8:00-9:30am.

We would like to show our appreciation for your support and involvement at Master’s by offering complimentary tickets to families from May 22-31. After this date, tickets will be sold at the door for $3.00 each. Tickets will be available at both the Academy and College offices.

Click here for more information on the project!

Over the years, Master’s Academy & College has partnered with HOPEthiopia, a registered charitable organization working to bring hope and restoration to the orphaned children and homeless retired pastors of Ethiopia. Our custodian of 15 years, Melaku Kassaye, asked us to join with him in providing a house for a family in Ethiopia. Imagine that an entire home can be provided for only $700 Canadian!

On November 17th, 2010, our Master’s College 2010 Jamaica Global Impact team organized a bottle drive to raise enough money to build at least one home in Ethiopia. We asked each family in the school to consider contributing one garbage bag full of bottles to be dropped off at the school. With your help, we were able to raise over $3,000 towards house-building in Ethiopia! $1,050 was raised from bottles, and the remainder from donations. Thank you so much for your support!

Justin Chow, Jesse Viehweger, Tomás Pearson are Grade 9 students here at Master’s and they are going on a summer missions trip to Jamaica. The description of their trip follows and is intended for families that might be interested in supporting their endeavor.

“We, Tomás, Jesse, and Justin, will be attending a ten day Youth Missions trip with our church, Westside King’s Church. We will be leaving for our missions trip on June 29. We will be traveling to Jamaica to construct homes for needy families in the community of Montego Bay. Besides theconstruction aspect of the trip, we hope to make an impact in the lives of the local people. We will be spreading the word of God and sharing how we have experienced His glory through our friends, family, and our school. By being involved with this mission trip we believe we can truly experience the power, love, and grace of God and be able to serve those who are not as fortunate. Our intention is to impact not just the people around us, but a community completely different and more diverse than ours.

Individually we need to raise $2,000 each to travel to Jamaica.

Families that wish to support our cause can donate through our church. A cheque can be written to “Westside King’s Church” with the subject “Youth Mission Trip – Funds raised for Chow/Pearson/Viehweger”. All cheque donations are tax deductible. Any amount of donation would be greatly appreciated. In addition to donations we will also need your prayers that our financial needs are met and your prayers that God will keep us safe, prepare us for our visit, and bless our efforts while we are there.

We thank you for considering this.
Justin, Tomás, and Jesse”

During the week of April 9-13, Master’s College held its semester two Spiritual Life Week.  Students were asked questions in a survey ahead of time and the week was planned with those results in mind – they were also given the opportunity to fill out a survey after the week for their opinions.  Separate 45-minute sessions were planned for Junior and Senior High for Tuesday-Thursday.

Tuesday’s theme was Freedom and Chris Primeau, a local youth pastor, gave his life story about how the Lord freed him up from thoughts and experiences that caused him to not see himself as God saw him, and he illustrated the bondage by trapping himself inside a jail, and then breaking free. Wednesday’s theme was Wonder and Michael Larson, a worship leader at a Calgary church, performed some worship choruses for the students and gave an overview on how worship can help us sense the wonder and amazement of God. Thursday’s them was Empower and the students watched a video from David Nordvedt who is intentionally living amongst the poor in Kolkotta, India so he can help them.  Students, who had volunteered, also gave their stories of how the Lord has helped them through the circumstances of their lives. Each day students sat in a Café setting with round tables and had a cookie and a drink with music playing, and then had an opportunity to discuss and react to what was presented.

On Thursday, we held a Parent Luncheon that also included interested students from the Student Council and Grades 10-12.  We had a panel of business leaders who gave their stories of how they lead and how their faith in God is integrated into their lives.  On Friday, the IPOD parent council organized a Service Day in the afternoon where 90+ students (even though they did not have to be at school that afternoon) dispersed to five Calgary locations to serve and help.  Thanks to all who helped to organize and participate in this week for the students.

Check out our Facebook page for more pictures from Spiritual Life Week!

Shannon Foster, a Career and Academic Counselor for Palliser Regional Schools, will begin to visit and be available to the College for half a day every two weeks beginning in May. This will continue in the fall as well. Shannon will be available for parents and students.

On Wednesday, May 16th, during the first 30 minutes of the morning Principal Chat only, Shannon will make a presentation to any interested parents about transitioning into high school and how the high school system works. All parents are welcome. She will then be speaking with the Grade 9-11 students at various times throughout the morning.

See Shannon’s bio below:

Hello! My name is Shannon Foster and I am a Career and Academic Counselor who works for the Palliser Regional School Division. I support numerous schools within Calgary, Alberta. As a Career and Academic Counselor I support administrators, teachers, students, and parents. My involvement is varied depending upon the school. It ranges from assisting Grade 9 students transition to High School, supporting students with High School completion, to helping Grade 12 students with post-secondary and scholarship applications. I have a depth of experience within the field of education and I am presently completing my Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology.

One of the ways that I work at delivering important information to students and parents alike is through the publication of a blog devoted to career and academic information. The blog is frequently updated with information regarding scholarships, events, and deadlines and can be found at

Additionally I would like to invite you to email or call me if you have any questions!


Shannon Foster
Career and Academic Counselor
Palliser Regional School Division


At the end of April, we held our second Spiritual Life Week for the year. Students participated in café style sessions with guest speakers on various topics. Session topics included:

  • Freedom and the Power to Choose
  • Wonder and the Power to Connect
  • Empower and the Power to Inspire

Students were challenged at the end of the week to respond to the individuals in our spheres of influence and around the world with compassion. As a close to the week, students were given the opportunity to serve in our local community and we are proud of their acts of compassion and generosity. Students completed a survey to provide feedback on the weeks events, and 40% of students said that they better understand how their lives can be lived more fully and “Alive”. 42% of students said they understand how to volunteer, lend a hand, and show compassion. We look forward to our next Spiritual Life Week.

Great job on our first Master’s Service Day!

On April 13th over 100 students, teachers, and parents, volunteered their afternoon to serve the Calgary community. Even the snow storm the night before did not stop them from cleaning, gardening, organizing, and did we mention CLEANING! The Grade 7’s did a great job cleaning the school and delivering all the donations that were generously donated by our Academy and College students. The Grade 8’s together with the Grade 9B class did some gardening at the seniors centre and presented each resident with a gift bag. The Grade 9A class visited the Children’s Cottage family shelter and cleaned everything from walls to windows. The Grade 10 and 100 students visited Inn from the Cold and did a great job cleaning and organizing in all areas of the shelter. The Grade 12’s volunteered at the Children’s Cottage Crisis Nursery sorting donations and cleaning.

Thank you to all who volunteered and donated to our Calgary community!

Our school has been profiled in the media a number of times in the last month! Check out these videos!
Calgary Sending Playgrounds to Cuba
Alberta Students Hold Parallel Vote

Congratulations to Steele Gibson (Gr. 12)! Steele is the proud recipient of the VP Marketing & Sales position for the Junior Achievement Company Program of Southern Alberta! Visit the Junior Achievement website for more information. Good work Steele!

We would like to recognize and celebrate with you the achievements of our students. If your son or daughter has be recognized or received an award, please contact the College Office so we may celebrate together as a school community.

I’m pleased this month to invite you, on behalf of the Board of Trustees, to a special Palliser event May 14, 2012.

This is a stakeholders’ meeting unlike any we’ve held in Palliser. We’re inviting the public, parents, students and other community leaders to join us for a Community Conversation from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Monday, May 14, 2012, at the Cultural Recreation Centre in Vulcan.

One of the unique aspects of this gathering is it will be the first stakeholders’ meeting that brings all of Palliser’s communities under one roof at one time. From Coaldale to Calgary, we will share this experience together.

Palliser’s part in this is to listen to what participants have to say. You don’t need to have any particular expertise to contribute. You just need to be willing to participate in a conversation.

The doors that day will be open to any and all willing participants, but for planning purposes, we’d ask that you let us know in advance of your plan to attend.

Your school principal is co-ordinating a delegation, and there may be an opportunity to carpool with others from your school. If you’d like to attend, talk to your principal. You can also RSVP to Central Office by noon, Friday, May 4 by phone at 403-328-4111 or toll-free 1-877-667-1234 or by email to

This conversation will give participants a chance to share their school success story. Through conversation, we hope to identify the key factors to success that will help guide us moving forward.

I look forward to joining you in this Community Conversation May 14!

Kevin Gietz, Superintendent

Palliser Regional Schools


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