Q: What about kids and cold weather?

A: It is not uncommon for Alberta winter temperatures to become very cold. Safety is our number one priority and so we assess the weather conditions based on a number of factors when making a decision to have an indoor recess. Temperatures around -20 may be “pleasant” on a sunny day with no wind and students will benefit from the time spent getting exercise and fresh air. At other times, wind can make -20 unbearable.

We do not have a set temperature but assess the conditions before each “questionable” recess and then make a decision. Parents should ensure that their children have appropriate clothing for outside conditions. Snow pants, dry boots, gloves, a warm cap and scarf should all be part of their daily winter gear. Students should not expect to stay inside unless they have a note from a doctor indicating the health reason and the time duration.


Q: What is our Snow Day Policy?

A: Factors that initiate a snow day: wind-chill of approximately 2200 watts per square meter, visibility of less than 1 kilometer, reports from bus drivers and County Road Foremen that many rural roads are, or will soon be, impassable, and/or temperature of -40. When Parkland Transportation cancels bussing, those same hazards apply to non-bussed families and school staff.

We rely on the Parkland Transportation Department to make the bussing decisions related to hazardous weather conditions. If buses are not running due to hazardous weather or driving conditions, there will be no school at Living Waters.  We will be emailing our school families that school is closed. You may also check Parkland Transportation website (a link is provided on our webpage under transportation).


Q: Should my sick child come to school?

A: We encourage parents to keep your children home if they are showing symptoms of a communicable disease. Healthy children should be at school. Please do not keep your healthy children home as they miss important instruction.

Students are instructed not to share food or drink at school at any time and to wash their hands regularly. Children who contract the strep virus should be put on antibiotics immediately.

Q: Does LWCA offer the HPV vaccine through the school for Grade 5 and 9 students?

A: Living Waters Christian Academy is not allowing the vaccination for the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) to be offered at the school. However, the grade 5 students will receive their Hepatitis B vaccine as scheduled. Parent consent is required for the Hep B vaccine and those consent forms will be coming home after the health nurse has completed their Hep B education presentation to the grade 5 students. 

The board has determined that discussion with young children regarding vaccination for sexually transmitted diseases is the responsibility of parents. If parents wish to have their daughter vaccinated, it should be at their initiative, rather than part of a program promoted by the school. For those who wish to have their daughter vaccinated, the vaccinations (3 in the series) are available at no cost from the health unit or from their family physician (possibly with a fee).

Q: How does Living Waters handle Halloween?

A: The time leading up to Halloween can be very exciting for many kids as they anticipate dressing up and getting bags of treats.  For other families who have decided that the ghosts, witches, and skeletons that are so central in the commercial promotion of this holiday are disturbing, this holiday is uncomfortable. Other families feel that a holiday, which promotes or at least trivializes the devil, witches, and other evil, must be avoided completely by all Christians.

The position of the school is simple and clear. We do not promote Halloween within the school. Obviously, excited students will talk about their plans and costumes and, on the sugared day following, they will recount their exploits, but the school does not promote or participate in Halloween activities.

During the glorious months of autumn we will discuss the blessings of harvest, the changing of the seasons, even Pilgrims and Thanksgiving. At the older grades, teachers may discuss the history and present day context of this holiday if it is raised within the appropriate class.

There will always be a range of views regarding how Christians should engage their culture, their community, and their neighbours, being salt and light in a dark world. If you have any questions please speak with your child’s teacher or call the office.

Q: Will I receive an income tax receipt for donations I make to Living Waters?

A: As a not for profit school we have the ability to provide income tax deductable receipts for donations received. Donations received must assist us in accomplishing the mission and goals of the school. We may issue income tax deductable receipts for donations of cash, services, and goods. The value of the receipt issued for goods and services must be no more than fair market value. The best practice is for the donor to issue an invoice for goods or service that indicates that the value is being donated to the school. The school will issue payment and the donor signs the cheque back to the school.

Donations must be undesignated. This means that the use of the donation is determined by Living Waters, not the donor. Living Waters regularly has projects for which we receive generous support from parents, grandparents, and members of the community. The money received for these projects is used for those projects unless otherwise communicated.

Q: Will I receive an income tax receipt for the tuition I paid to Living Waters?

A: Education is considered to be the responsibility of the parent and as such it is not eligible for an income reduction receipt. Each year we calculate the amount of the “cost to educate” at Living Waters and determine if there is cost which is above the basic program requirements. This amount is considered a donation by revenue Canada and Living Waters issues receipts to the person who paid the full tuition for the amount of the tuition determined to be a donation.

Parents and grandparents (anyone) contributing to the school without designating the use of the amount to a particular students can receive an income tax receipt for the full value of the donation.

Q: How do I contribute to the Endowment Fund?

A: The Living Waters endowment fund was established to provide support for school programs through both scholarships and bursaries for students. Donations to the endowment fund are invested to produce revenue in perpetuity. We welcome donations to this fund at any time.

The endowment fund is a great way to invest in the future of Living Waters. The only money that is taken from the endowment fund is a percentage of the revenue from investments. This means that there will always be money in the endowment fund. The principal cannot be spent.

Anyone may contribute to the endowment fund. Just contact the office and let them know that your donation is for the endowment fund. You will receive an income tax deductible receipt for 100% of your donation.