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Major Olivier Lefrancois  joined the Canadian Forces in 1997, having made the decision to attend Royal Military College.  After initial training, he was deployed in Quebec, where he helped in the recovery efforts after the ice storm.  From there, Major Lefrancois was stationed in different parts of Canada, including North Bay, Resolute Bay and Cold Lake, and the United States, where he served in a NATO command in Oklahoma City.   He has as well been part of several overseas deployments, serving in Qatar, Afghanistan and Kuwait.

In May of 2017, Major Lefrancois visited Crestwood as part of a delegation from the Canadian Forces College, where he was studying at the time. He spoke with Careers 10 students about the reality of life in the Canadian military.

June 12th, 2017

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This letter was received over the summer from the TDSB’s Student Nutrition Program.

Dear Crestwood School

I would like to thank you for the continued support of Kensington Community School in helping to provide much need funds for the Student Nutrition Program through the Toronto Foundation for Student Success.

Last year alone, your students helped to raise a total of $3,257.00. The commitment your students and staff have made since 2010 in total dollars raised is $16,484.00. This astounding achievement is a shining example of community giving and comes with much appreciation.

The tireless efforts and dedication your students bring truly shows in the smiles of happy children as they enjoy a new healthy nutritious food. With your support, the school took the courageous leap to go from serving a few students breakfast , to feeding the entire school population a three food group meal in the classroom five days a week. The funds have now stretched into our everyday lunch program.

On behalf of the Kensington Community School I would like to enclose a Certificate of Appreciation as a gesture of thanks in helping to make a difference in the lives of each and every student, every day.

Sincerely,

Mena Paternostro, Coordinator, Student Nutrition Program

January 25th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Calling all bakers!
The Parents’ Association’s next bake sale is Wednesday, December 14th. If you can bake or help sell, please contact Justine Codron, our Bake Sale Coordinator at justinecodron@gmail.com . It’s a fun and festive way to get involved and the funds raised go towards school activities and initiatives.
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Pizza Lunch
Don’t forget! Pizza lunch is this Friday, December 9th.

December 2nd, 2016

Posted In: Crestwood News, Upper School

Crestwood Gives

The Crestwood Parents’ Association recently donated some much needed school supplies to students at Gosford Public School in Toronto. The supplies, which included binders, paper, pens, pencils, erasers and a variety of other items, were leftover from the supply bundles previously sold by the PA.  Much thanks goes to Luanne Pearlman and her family for organizing and delivering the donation to the school.

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Used Uniforms

Do you need more uniform pieces?
If you don’t want to buy brand new and can’t wait until the spring used uniform sale or you have pieces you’d like to donate,
please contact our used uniform coordinator, Shannon Nevison at
gary.shannon.nevison@gmail.com.

November 25th, 2016

Posted In: Crestwood News

Parents’ Association Nominations
The Parents’ Association has board positions open for the 2017 / 2018 school year.  The PA provides a great opportunity to get involved and make a positive contribution to the Crestwood community.  It’s a supportive and casual environment where everyone pitches in and there is always back-up.  The time commitment is very manageable.  We are looking for nominations to fill the following positions for next year:
President
Vice President
Secretary
Volunteer Coordinator
Pizza Lunch Coordinator
The job descriptions and nomination form are posted on Edsby in the library section of the Parent Community.  If you would like more information, please contact Marianne Eaves at mhneaves@gmail.com.
We’d love to have you join us!

November 18th, 2016

Posted In: Crestwood News, Upper School

The Scholastic book fair at Crestwood was a huge success!  Over $12,500 worth of books were sold in 3 days!  The students bought some great books and the library earned some great rewards:  new books, a credit with Scholastic, and cash back to spend on author visits and MORE books.  A big thank you goes out to our CSPA book fair coordinators:  Jen Hastings and Hayley Wine!  These two women worked tirelessly this week in addition to putting in time over the past little while to prepare for the fair.  Thank you also to all of the parents who volunteered to set up, pack up, and work at the fair.  We couldn’t do it without you.  Happy Reading!

-Teacher/Librarian Lara Bafaro

November 4th, 2016

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

At Crestwood we are proud of the commitment we have made to Community Service in the past. We are beginning the 2016-2017 school year with our annual Terry Fox Walk/Run, which will take place during the afternoon of THURSDAY, September 29TH, 2016.

Students should be in their House t-shirts, Crestwood gym shorts or track pants and running shoes that will be required for the walk/run in the afternoon. Jeans will not be permitted.

For the Terry Fox Run and Walk there will be two routes, a shorter one for our Primary Division students, and a longer one for the Junior Division students. All classes will participate with their teachers and all participants will receive a certificate of completion for their run.

The goals of our Terry Fox Walk/Run are fun, fitness and fund raising for the Terry Fox Foundation for Cancer Research. Last year we raised $5,370.95

Since 1995 we have raised $ 187,228.30 for Cancer research.

Instructions For Parents to donate on line: (or you may use the pledge sheet attached to this letter)

Go to: http://www.terryfox.ca/CrestwoodSchDonMillsON

-click-on “SPONSOR US”

-follow the prompts to complete your donation with a credit card

-following these steps you will be able to print out your receipt

Students must be reminded that while collecting pledges is an important part of this activity, they should ask family members and friends and not strangers for a commitment. The amount of the pledge is not important; a contribution of a loonie is just as meaningful.

All parents and guardians are invited to participate in this event. If you choose to participate with your child, please arrive at your child’s classroom by 2:35pm. The run will start and finish on the Glendon College field, and we are scheduled to begin at 2:45pm. Please be mindful of bringing your dog to this event. There will be over 300 children running/walking through a tight course.

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, September 29th, 2016.

Sincerely,

Sherri Brenzel, Event Co-ordinator

September 23rd, 2016

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

At Crestwood we are proud of the commitment we have made to Community Service in the past. We are beginning the 2016-2017 school year with our annual Terry Fox Walk/Run, which will take place during the afternoon of THURSDAY, September 29TH, 2016.

Students should be in their House t-shirts, Crestwood gym shorts or track pants and running shoes that will be required for the walk/run in the afternoon. Jeans will not be permitted.

For the Terry Fox Run and Walk there will be two routes, a shorter one for our Primary Division students, and a longer one for the Junior Division students. All classes will participate with their teachers and all participants will receive a certificate of completion for their run.

The goals of our Terry Fox Walk/Run are fun, fitness and fund raising for the Terry Fox Foundation for Cancer Research. Last year we raised $5,370.95

Since 1995 we have raised $ 187,228.30 for Cancer research.

Instructions For Parents to donate on line: (or you may use the pledge sheet attached to this letter)

Go to: http://www.terryfox.ca/CrestwoodSchDonMillsON

-click-on “SPONSOR US”

-follow the prompts to complete your donation with a credit card

-following these steps you will be able to print out your receipt

Students must be reminded that while collecting pledges is an important part of this activity, they should ask family members and friends and not strangers for a commitment. The amount of the pledge is not important; a contribution of a loonie is just as meaningful.

All parents and guardians are invited to participate in this event. If you choose to participate with your child, please arrive at your child’s classroom by 2:35pm. The run will start and finish on the Glendon College field, and we are scheduled to begin at 2:45pm. Please be mindful of bringing your dog to this event. There will be over 300 children running/walking through a tight course.

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, September 29th, 2016.

Sincerely,

Sherri Brenzel, Event Co-ordinator

September 23rd, 2016

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Lions and Tigers and Maasai Warriors, oh my! Crestwood is excited to once again be partnering with the We organization (formally Me to We) to journey to Tanzania and bring an incredible travel, educational and service opportunity to our students. Following the success of our previous trips to Ecuador and Nicaragua, Crestwood is expanding our global citizen education in the communities of Tanzania, Africa.

Crestwood Preparatory College and We share similar goals- we aim to inspire youth to play an active role in their local and global communities and to provide an opportunity for students to further develop their leadership potential in a safe and experiential atmosphere.

There will be a Parents Information Meeting with the trip leaders and coordinators, including our representative from We, on Thursday, September 22, at 5pm in the Learning Commons.

Trip Highlights:

The trip will take place March Break 2017 (March 9th-20th)

Available to all students in grades 10-12

Experience, learn from and work with other cultures

Earn community service hours

Parent information night is September 22nd at 5pm in the Learning Commons

Contact Ms. McCourt (christina.mccourt@crestwood.on.ca), Ms. Postma (cassy.postma@crestwood.on.ca), or Mr. Wan (ronny.wan@crestwood.on.ca) for more information  

September 15th, 2016

Posted In: Crestwood News, Upper School

Parent Volunteer Campaign

“ALONE WE CAN DO SO LITTLE, TOGETHER WE CAN DO SO MUCH” – Helen Keller

Volunteering is a great way to get to know the school from a different and rewarding perspective, and our Parent Volunteer Campaign is in full swing! Our children are getting settled into their routines and the Crestwood Preparatory College Parents’ Association is in the midst of their annual Parent Volunteer Campaign. This year Terry McNamara is the Volunteer Coordinator and her goal is to double the number of parent volunteers we had last year. There are many opportunities to volunteer and we are looking forward to reaching out to all the new families that have joined us this year.

Volunteer forms were sent out by mail before school started. If you have already sent yours in, thank you so very much! Someone will be reaching out to you over the next two weeks if they have not already.

There is always time to volunteer with the school, but September is usually the time where we really need parents to come forward.

The Used Uniform coordinator and the Mane Essentials (the school store) coordinators have already had sales and are on the look out for more volunteers to help out. It is a BUSY time for them right now. The Parent Social planning team still needs many parent volunteers in preparation for October 27th, and the Pizza Lunch organizer and Bake Sales organizer are in the process of getting ready for their programs to start which are just a few short weeks away. Both of these organizers are looking for help on the days that Pizza and Bake Sales are held.

We are looking for parents who can help with the communications and secretarial responsibilities of the PA. These are positions that are considered backup roles and would require a few hours of your time each month. Parent Grade Reps are required for each grade and the role consists of periodically sending out emails to a specific grade. With the evolving demographics of the school, it would be very much appreciated if we could have volunteers who are strong in another language and are willing to practise their English. (We are a wonderfully diverse community.)

Please consider volunteering. A link to the online Parent Volunteer Form can be found here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfpOkxrHQxhPmAsWpGmujQFYZQTzIFTKRtdK0jEaO-NW42EPA/viewform?usp=send_form

Further volunteer descriptions can be found on Edsby in the Parent Community Group (Under the Groups Section located on the right-hand side of the webpage)

If you have any questions or ideas, by all means please contact Terry McNamara Volunteer Coordinator at terrymcnamara@rogers.com

 

Friends at Fabbrica Evening

In addition, we are thrilled to host our annual Friends at Fabbrica Evening. Please click on the image below for details, and to print of a PDF of the ticket form.

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September 15th, 2016

Posted In: Crestwood News, Upper School

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CRESTWOOD PREPARATORY COLLEGE
in partnership with GRASSROOTS ELITE CANADA

Crestwood Prep Basketball in the 6 Summer Camp

June 27 – July 22, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Four One Week Sessions
Register for one or all 4 weeks!

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Come learn from some of Toronto’s best coaches, led by Crestwood’s Ro Russell who worked with the NBA’s Tristan Thompson, Cory Joseph, Andrew Wiggins, Dwight Powell, Nik Stauskas, among others. Guest instructors will feature players/coaches from the NCAA, the Canadian National Program and the NBA.

Camp instruction for boys and girls of all ability levels ages 8 -18:

  • from basic fundamentals to elite-level skills
  • strength conditioning
  • nutrition
  • an educational component

Week 1 – June 27-30, 2016 (4 days)
Week 2 – July 4-8, 2016
Week 3 – July 11-15, 2016
Week 4 – July 18-22, 2016

FEES:
Fees include daily lunch and camp T-shirt

Week 1 $240.00
Weeks 2-4 $300.00/week

Register Now

Crestwood Preparatory College Hires Canadian Basketball authority Ro Russell

Crestwood Preparatory College named well-known Toronto basketball coach Ro Russell Head Coach of their Senior Boys Basketball program and Coordinator for Basketball. As Basketball Coordinator, Russell will be responsible for overseeing player and program development. Russell will begin coaching the Lions in the fall of 2016 and will look to field a strong, competitive team to compete in The Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario (CISAA). Throughout the season, Russell’s team will also be competing in various U.S showcases and exhibition games to gain experience and play against elite competition south of the border. Additional initiatives will include March Break and Summer camps commencing in June 2016.

In 1990, Russell pioneered Canadian basketball with the formation of his organization Grassroots Canada Elite. Grassroots Canada has fielded many of Canada’s top professional players, such as the Cleveland Cavalier’s Tristan Thompson, Toronto Raptors Cory Joseph, Minnesota Timberwolves Andrew Wiggins, Dallas Maverick’s Dwight Powell, and the Philadelphia 76ers’ Nik Stauskas. In 2008, his Grassroots Canada team became the first Canadian organization to win a Major AAU tournament in the Las Vegas Super ’64 Tournament.

Russell has played an instrumental role in Canadian basketball community. To date, he has aided over 400 high school female and male athletes secure basketball scholarships to over 100 schools in North America.

In a statement released following his appointment Russell stated, “I am extremely pleased to accept this position, and would like to thank the Administration at Crestwood Vince Pagano, Phil Santomero, Dave Hecock and Lisa Newton and the rest of the Crestwood family in their support throughout this process. I am confident that my staff and I will provide the leadership, guidance, and management necessary to help develop Crestwood into a Canadian basketball powerhouse in the near future.”

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June 25th, 2016

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Major Dias joined the Canadian Forces as a reserve Radio Teletype Operator with 745 (Edmonton) Communication Squadron in 1993. While he was attending the University of Alberta, he was accepted into the Reserve Entry Scheme for Officers and was commissioned in 1996. While at 745 Comm Sqn he served in a variety of positions: Troop Commander, Recruiting Officer, Assistant Operations Officer, Course Officer and finally Deputy Commanding Officer. During his time in the Reserves, Maj Dias had the opportunity to deploy on domestic operations including Northern Canadian deployments in support of Sovereignty Operations and OP ABACUS (Y2K).  He was also fortunate to serve overseas twice as a Reservist in Bosnia on OP PALLADIUM as part of a Multinational Headquarters.

Maj Dias transferred to the Regular Force in 2005, where he was immediately posted as the Operations Officer for 1 CMBG HQ and Signal Squadron. He deployed with the Squadron as part of Op ARCHER to Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2006. This mission was in support of the Multinational Brigade (Regional Command – South) Headquarters and Signal Squadron, part of the US led Op ENDURING FREEDOM.  He was awarded the CEFCOM Commander’s Commendation for his work with the Afghan Mission Network, which connected coalition partners on a shared network, providing mission critical information to those who needed the most. He was then deployed on Op PROTEUS, Jerusalem as a projects staff officer and Deputy J6 in the US Security Coordinator in support of the Middle East Peace Process.

Major Dias visited Crestwood in February 2016, when a number of Grade 10 history students interviewed him for this project.

June 9th, 2016

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Crestwood Preparatory College named well-known Toronto basketball coach Ro Russell Head Coach of their Senior Boys Basketball program and Coordinator for Basketball. As Basketball Coordinator, Russell will be responsible for overseeing player and program development. Russell will begin coaching the Lions in the fall of 2016 and will look to field a strong, competitive team to compete in The Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario (CISAA). Throughout the season, Russell’s team will also be competing in various U.S showcases and exhibition games to gain experience and play against elite competition south of the border. Additional initiatives will include March Break and Summer camps commencing in June 2016.

In 1990, Russell pioneered Canadian basketball with the formation of his organization Grassroots Canada Elite. Grassroots Canada has fielded many of Canada’s top professional players, such as the Cleveland Cavalier’s Tristan Thompson, Toronto Raptors Cory Joseph, Minnesota Timberwolves Andrew Wiggins, Dallas Maverick’s Dwight Powell, and the Philadelphia 76ers’ Nik Stauskas. In 2008, his Grassroots Canada team became the first Canadian organization to win a Major AAU tournament in the Las Vegas Super ’64 Tournament.

Russell has played an instrumental role in Canadian basketball community. To date, he has aided over 400 high school female and male athletes secure basketball scholarships to over 100 schools in North America.

In a statement released following his appointment Russell stated, “I am extremely pleased to accept this position, and would like to thank the Administration at Crestwood Vince Pagano, Phil Santomero, Dave Hecock and Lisa Newton and the rest of the Crestwood family in their support throughout this process. I am confident that my staff and I will provide the leadership, guidance, and management necessary to help develop Crestwood into a Canadian basketball powerhouse in the near future”.

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May 27th, 2016

Posted In: Crestwood News, Upper School

Crestwood Preparatory College Hires Canadian Basketball authority, Ro Russell

Crestwood Preparatory College named well-known Toronto basketball coach Ro Russell Head Coach of their Senior Boys Basketball program and Coordinator for Basketball. As Basketball Coordinator, Russell will be responsible for overseeing player and program development. Russell will begin coaching the Lions in the fall of 2016 and will look to field a strong, competitive team to compete in The Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario (CISAA). Throughout the season, Russell’s team will also be competing in various U.S showcases and exhibition games to gain experience and play against elite competition south of the border. Additional initiatives will include March Break and Summer camps commencing in June 2016.

 

In 1990, Russell pioneered Canadian basketball with the formation of his organization Grassroots Canada Elite. Grassroots Canada has fielded many of Canada’s top professional players, such as the Cleveland Cavalier’s Tristan Thompson, Toronto Raptors Cory Joseph, Minnesota Timberwolves Andrew Wiggins, Dallas Maverick’s Dwight Powell, and the Philadelphia 76ers’ Nik Stauskas. In 2008, his Grassroots Canada team became the first Canadian organization to win a Major AAU tournament in the Las Vegas Super ’64 Tournament.

 

Russell has played an instrumental role in Canadian basketball community. To date, he has aided over 400 high school female and male athletes secure basketball scholarships to over 100 schools in North America.

 

In a statement released following his appointment Russell stated, “I am extremely pleased to accept this position, and would like to thank the Administration at Crestwood Vince Pagano, Phil Santomero, Dave Hecock and Lisa Newton and the rest of the Crestwood family in their support throughout this process. I am confident that my staff and I will provide the leadership, guidance, and management necessary to help develop Crestwood into a Canadian basketball powerhouse in the near future.”

 

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Crestwood Prep Basketball in the 6 Summer Camp

 

To join us this summer please sign up online or download and print the form.

Online Registration:

Paper Registration:

 

May 26th, 2016

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John Vassair  served in the Canadian Forces during the Cold War era, and as such he participated in a number of peacekeeping missions from the period. Most notably John was deployed in Korea and the Suez in the 50s, during and after the conflicts in both of those nations. As such John followed the actions of the initial UN forces, helping to consolidate Canada’s role in this area.  From there, John was deployed in both West Germany and the United States, working with NATO forces.  John did this interview with Scott Masters in the summer of 2015, where he discussed the context and the difficulties associated with the UN peacekeeping process; the interview took place at his home.  The interview was developed by the Grade 9 Tech classes during the 2015-16 school year.

May 13th, 2016

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Crestwood sends a big congratulations to all of the Crescent Science Olympics participants last weekend: Quinn, Farnood, and Spencer in grade 4, Lindsay, Molly, and Raymond in grade 5, and Tamara, David, and Jordan N. in grade 6.  The students showed amazing team work and science skills through intense challenges involving lasers, anatomy, forensics, electricity, diseases, building boats and bridges, and much more.  We must also recognize the great work from David, Tamara, and Jordan who placed first among the nine schools in the competition.  Crestwood is so proud of you…great job by everyone!

-Math & Science Head Sara Suckstorff

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May 10th, 2016

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

End of season games and OFSAA qualifiers. It was an exciting week in sports!

Varsity Swimming

On Wednesday, the Varsity Swim Team had a fantastic meet at the CISAA Championship at U of T. With over half of the swims being best times, our swimmers proved they were competition in the water.

Our swim of the day goes to our Open Boys Medley Relay Team, consisting of Matti MacLachlan, Andrew Gdanski, Justin Lim, and Joseph Zuckerman. They smashed their previous time from Brock University, dropping a full four seconds. The boys qualified for the OFSAA Championship in Windsor with this swim, and earned themselves a silver medal. Great job boys!

We also had two swimmers individually qualify for OFSAA. Matti MacLachlan performed season best times in his 100 Free and 100 back, earning himself 3rd and 1st place. Justin Lim crushed his previous times with CPC, winning his 100 Fly and placing 2nd in his100 IM.

Special recognition goes to Sarah Douey for winning a silver medal in her 50 back and placing 5th in her 100 free, Audrey Melkovmov for a 6th place finish in her 200IM, and Alexa Gibson for placing 5th in her 50 free.

Congratulations to all swimmers. It was an exciting meet, a fun day, and a tremendous season!

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U14 Hockey

On Wednesday the U-14 Hockey Team travelled to Appleby College to finish off their regular season and came out with a victory. Aaron Little led the team with 4 goals and 1 assist and Alexa Gibson played another great game in net to give us the 6-5 win. The team now awaits for the rest of the league to finish off their final games to determine if the team heads to the playoffs. Great play all season long by everyone, especially the Grade 8’s; Aaron Little, Jordan Sigel, Jacob Hanning, Aidan Kay, Adam Bounsall, Vanessa Kozik, Peter Keane and James Gilday. Coaches T, V and Katz thank you for a great season.

 

Senior Basketball

On Thursday afternoon the Senior Boys Basketball team travelled to DeLaSalle for their last regular season game. This game being a must win the boys knew the importance of it and came out strong and played a very consistent offensive and defensive game . Strong play by Sultan Salih, Ahmed izzeldin. Tristan Lim, Matt Cohen, Josh Zweig  Anthony Audette, Matthew Hirshberg, Matthew Gionnas and Ted Kang. The boys came out on top 50-43. Congratulations on the great game. The boys are looking forward to some good news over the next couple of days regarding the playoffs.

 

Chess

Members of Crestwood’s Chess Club made chess part of their holiday plans this long weekend, as they travelled to St. Matthias Catholic School in North York to participate in the Junior Grand Prix tournament. This tournament saw over 100 players from the ages of 6-17 compete for qualification spots at the Canadian Youth Chess Championships.

Our team of Sean McNamara, Russell Kaufman, Aaron Greenspan and Daven Siu were participating in the tournament to update their chess ratings and earn valuable tournament experience ahead of the provincial high school championships this spring.

Sean was our top player on the day, earning two wins and coming very close to a third, which would have qualified him for the national championships.

 

Reach For The Top

Crestwood’s interschool Reach for the Top teams continued league play Thursday afternoon at Senator O’Connor Catholic School.

Our junior team, captained by Spencer Arshinoff, continued their undefeated league season with wins over Loretto Abbey and Brebeuf College.

Crestwood’s senior team, captained yesterday by Daven Siu, who was filling in for the ill Abhishek Chandaria, recovered from a first-game loss to Brebeuf College to defeat Loretto Abbey 220-160 in their second game.

League play continues next week. Great job team!

February 19th, 2016

Posted In: Crestwood News, Upper School

With only two weeks left before the holiday break, what better way to come together and celebrate than with food, friends and family! On Wednesday, Bake Sale Coordinator Coco Ke hosted our December Bake Sale. It was a wonderful day! Students and parents baked delicious and creative treats. Snowmen were everywhere–on cookies, on cupcakes, and even on sticks! There was tremendous participation from the whole Crestwood community, so thank you for getting involved!

Our next community event is this Sunday at Castle Board Game Cafe. All grades are welcome, so please join us if you are able. Click on the flyer for more details! CASTLE

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December 11th, 2015

Posted In: Crestwood News, Upper School

WHAT A NIGHT!
The restaurant was at capacity with parents, staff, and an extremely funny magician on Thursday night at our annual FRIEND RAISER! It was a great night to connect with members of our community. Special thanks to everyone who helped make the night possible and such a fabulous success. The school, the Fabbrica team, the PA, the raffle prize donators, and EVERYONE who attended, made the night a very special one. If anyone took pictures, please forward them to Terrymcnamara@rogers.com so we can post them to Facebook for everyone to enjoy.

October 30th, 2015

Posted In: Crestwood News, Upper School

Bill King served in the Canadian Forces from 1951-56.  Bill  grew up in Nova Scotia, against the backdrop of WW2.  He remembers well the sacrifices of other family members who served in that conflict, and he considers them the real veterans.  Bill’s service coincided with the Korean War, and although he did not go to Korea, he was decorated by the Korean government, for his role in the transhipment of supplies through his European base.  Bill’s service took place in Europe, in both France and Germany, just as the Cold War was heating up.  He has fond memories of his time in both nations, and considers himself lucky to have served alongside other NATO forces.  At the end of his term, Bill resumed his life in Canada, taking a job with CP in Toronto.  He remains active in the Legion, and we thank Helen Pearce and Legion Branch 11 for hosting this interview.

October 26th, 2015

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On Tuesday March 31st, cast and crew members of the Sears Ontario Drama Festival, attended the Toronto North Awards Night at L’Amoreaux. Taking home an Award of Merit for Performance, was Grade 12 student Sam Downey, for his performance as Captain English in “S.S. Ethie.” The show was performed as a part of the Festival earlier in March.

Congratulations to the entire cast and crew for their hard work and dedication!

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(In photo, left to right: Adjudicator Matt White, Sam Downey, and Toronto Regional Coordinator Jennifer Burak)

April 2nd, 2015

Posted In: Crestwood News

The PA is starting to plan for next year. We are looking for feedback from the parents.  The School Bundles Coordinator is preparing for next year and is also looking for some feedback. Would you like to see parent mornings with special guest speakers? A walking club? A Crestwood Prep Blue Jays Game? A Facebook page dedicated to Crestwood parents? Your suggestions and comments are important to us. Email cpcpa@crestwood.on.ca  if you would like to help out too, we’d love for you to join in.

February 27th, 2015

Posted In: Crestwood News

At a very early age, our kids are getting introduced and exposed to technology and social media and the challenges they present.  As parents, we need to be educated and aware of what’s out there, so we can help our children navigate this new world; keeping them safe while they explore all technology has to offer.

Please join us for an informative and insightful evening with leaders from across the field of safety and technology.

WHEN:    Tuesday, February 24, 2015

WHERE:  Crestwood Gym

TIME:      7:30pm

Panelists will include:

Robert ReichmanFOUNDER/CEO; VISR – EARLY DETECTION TECHNOLOGY  FOR CHILD SAFETY

Laurie McCannTORONTO POLICE; COMMUNITY SAFETY COMMAND

Dan Flatt – SENIOR MANAGER, ENTERPRISE SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGY; BELL CANADA

Meagan Solomon – YOUTH OUTREACH CO-ORDINATOR AND PSYCHOTHERAPIST, JACS TORONTO

February 20th, 2015

Posted In: Crestwood News, Guest Speakers

This week the PA starts their volunteer drive for the remaining 2014-15 school year and the upcoming 2015-16 school year.

If you happen to have some time, be it an hour or so on a weekly, monthly or yearly basis… Come join us. We have something for everyone. Larger role, volunteer positions are clearly defined and posted in the PA section of edsby. All interested parties for any volunteering opportunities, please contact Erica Cooke @cookegande@rogers.com or Michelle Aitken @ mdcaitken@rogers.com who are coordinating the volunteers.

“This year is my family’s first year at Crestwood and I have to tell you, ordering a school bundle was such a wonderful way to make sure my son had everything he needed to have a great start. Erica, who coordinated the bundles last year, was my first Crestwood parent contact. She welcomed my family to the Crestwood Community, encouraged me to get involved at any level that I was comfortable with.”- Terry McNamara

Michelle has taken on the Bundles Coordinator role this upcoming year and is looking for a few helpers to assist on occasion. It’s a very short term volunteer opportunity and a nice way to be involved and meet some really lovely parents. The new parents really appreciate it!

Over the next few weeks, we will be highlighting the various who, what, where, when and how parents volunteer within our Crestwood Community.

And if you happen to have a wonderful new idea or suggestion that you think would further enhance the community, drop us an email at cpcpa@crestwood.on.ca. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

February 20th, 2015

Posted In: Crestwood News

Mark your calendars. The countdown is on! The Holiday Bake Sale is Tuesday December 9th and will run before and after school as well as during the lunch hours. Special thanks to Megan and all her volunteers who baked and sold the treats during our very successful Halloween Bake Sale. We raised $380.00 which goes directly back into the school, helping to subsidize various initiatives such as ice skating days. Want to get involved but don’t know how? Please contact the Bake Sale Coordinator, Megan Gibson at kiwimegan@rogers.com

December 5th, 2014

Posted In: Crestwood News

Mark your calendars. The countdown is on! The Holiday Bake Sale is Tuesday December 9th and will run before and after school as well as during the lunch hours. Special thanks to Megan and all her volunteers who baked and sold the treats during our very successful Halloween Bake Sale. We raised $380.00 which goes directly back into the school, helping to subsidize various initiatives such as ice skating days.  Want to get involved but don’t know how?  Please contact the Bake Sale Coordinator, Megan Gibson at kiwimegan@rogers.com

November 28th, 2014

Posted In: Crestwood News

The Scholastic book fair at Crestwood was a huge success!  The students were thrilled to buy new books and it was a pleasure to see children so excited about reading.  Due to the success of the book fair, we now have many new books and a Scholastic credit to purchase books throughout the year.  Thank you to all of the parent volunteers who helped set up, work at and pack up the fair.  The book fair would be impossible to run without their help.  A special thank you to Valerie Kirkconnell, the CSPA book fair coordinator.  Her organizational skills and enthusiasm were greatly valued!

November 14th, 2014

Posted In: Book Drive

The Parents Association would like to congratulate Terry McNamara in becoming Crestwood Preparatory College Parents’ Association’s new Communications Coordinator. Thanks for volunteering Terry – it is much appreciated.

November 7th, 2014

Posted In: Crestwood News

The first PIZZA LUNCH will be held on Friday October 3rd. For further information check the P. A. section on your student’s home Edsby page.

Please join us for the next P.A. meeting on Thursday October 2nd in the 2nd floor staff room. Casual coffee will be at 8:30 a.m. followed by the meeting at 8:45 a.m. All welcome!

THANK YOU to all those VOLUNTEERS who have signed up to assist with the many P.A. programs and projects, such as Pizza Lunch, Mane Essentials (our store), bake sales, fundraiser events, used uniform sales, student events such as Spirit Week and many others! Your time and commitment are greatly appreciated and the various volunteer convenors and co-ordinators will be in touch with you shortly!

September 26th, 2014

Posted In: Crestwood News

The Parents’ Association is bringing back Pizza Lunches for the 2014-15 school year!

Pizza lunches will run on the following dates: Friday October 3, 2014, Friday November 14, 2014, Friday December 12, 2014, Friday January 9, 2015, Friday February 20, 2015, and Friday April 10, 2015.

The total cost for the 6 pizza lunches is $55 per student. This price includes 3 slices of cheese pizza from Pizza Pizza, a bag of chips, and a juice box per lunch.

To participate please complete the Pizza Lunch Form and submit it, along with a cheque payable to the “Crestwood Preparatory College Parents’ Association”, TO THE SCHOOL OFFICE, and not to your child’s classroom teachers, by Friday, September 15 2014. Please also indicate if you would like to volunteer for Pizza Lunches.

If you have any questions, you may contact the Pizza Lunch Coordinators:

 Ruba Abboud at rubatta@rogers.com or 416-558-5556

Jenny Gold at jennygold@sympatico.ca or 416-787-3774

May 28th, 2014

Posted In: Crestwood News

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