Tuesday | October 24, 2017

Over the last couple of weeks, the Grade 7 weekly “Power Hour” has focused on philanthropy.  “To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own.”  – Abraham Lincoln

We discussed children throughout the world who are less fortunate than we are, and what we could do to alleviate their struggles.  We chose to undertake an endeavour to provide clothing to underprivileged children in the Philippines.  As a group, the students sorted and packed the clothing.  Thank you to the CSPA for providing the clothes.  A special thank you goes to the Solomon family, for covering the cost of shipping two huge boxes to the Philippines.

-Ms. Joy Badler

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November 13th, 2015

Posted In: Crestwood News

On Thursday, Grade five and six had a special guest speaker pay a visit to Crestwood School as part of their Social Studies units.  Grade Five is currently studying Aspects of Canadian Government and Grade Six are focusing on the Canadian experience. Jennifer Blitzer is a lawyer who has worked for the Provincial Government including the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration and the Ministry of Education.  Jennifer shared some of her work experiences with the students.  Her presentation covered immigration programs, the process of lawmaking and some interesting legal cases involving the government. The students were eager to learn more about Jennifer’s career and asked some thought provoking questions. It was a wonderful afternoon and we all walked away with a better understanding of how government works.

 

October 24th, 2014

Posted In: Guest Speakers

Basketball

In their first and only home game of the season, the U14 Lady Lions finished off the regular season with a convincing 46-28 victory over HSC.  The Lady Lions took a commanding lead and never looked back.  With great play on both sides of the ball by all, the Lady Lions had their best team performance of the season.  Special mention goes out to Saleah Joseph, who dropped 32 points in the game and Ella Lee-O’Rourke who grabbed a whopping 10 rebounds.  The Lady Lions will now wait and see to find out who their opponents are for next week’s playoff game.

Monday our Junior Girls’ Basketball Team played an away game against Havergal School.  Going into the game, both teams were undefeated and the pressure was on to keep our winning streak.  It was an exciting start with both teams working hard to keep the score even. Seven Crestwood players against over fifteen for our competitors, our girls worked hard the entire game with little to no breaks and took over the court!  Special mention to Tianna Bailey, Zakayla Day-Burrell and Jadaia Reid for amazing leadership.  We remain undefeated, with a final score of 67-44.  Go Lions!

Monday our Senior Girls’ Basketball Team travelled to Havergal College for their fourth game of the season.  After a slow start, the girls picked up the intensity and showed why they were undefeated coming in.  The energy carried over to the second half which saw the final score being CPC 68 – HC 46.

Wednesday night our Senior Lady Lions took on a very physical Ridley College team.  We were able to take an early lead which allowed us to cruise throughout the rest of the game.  Areej Burgonio led all scorers with 19 points.

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Soccer

On a chilly October afternoon in Toronto, the U14 Boys’ Soccer Team struck early and often, as they ran away from the visiting Sterling Hall School on Monday afternoon by a 7-3 score.  Just nine minutes in, Adam Pearlman opened the scoring early for his team, with a brilliant well placed strike to put the Lions ahead early. Adam would later go on to net 2 more before the game was done. Not 7 minutes later, Mahmoud Elfeki laced one by the keeper, leaving Sterling Hall feeling defeated.  The game continued with dominance from the Lions, until the second half when Sterling Hall’s player was able to get himself a hat trick. Closing the gap slightly between the two teams. Striker Zack Graff also contributed to scoring twice with 2 beautiful goals.  Special shout out to Hussein Elfeki who chalked up his first CISAA goal.  Monday’s win should guarantee their spot in playoffs.  Mrs. O’Connor and Mr. Koaich were pleased with the team effort in Monday’s game.

On Wednesday, the Junior Boys’ Soccer Team faced off against Bayview Glen.  The team played exceptionally well as a unit as they minimized the chances from the opposition.  Even when Bayview Glen had shots on net, the incredible saves from our keeper Tim Kufner shut them down.  Goals from Alex Korda and Jesse Codron and an amazing 3 goals from Ege Kuseybat led us to a convincing victory.  The boys will finish off their regular season with a game against UCC next Tuesday.

Wednesday afternoon Bayview Glen visited Crestwood to play our Senior Boys’ Soccer Team. Despite conceding an early goal in the first half, CPC battled back to tie the game on the heels of Joseph Eistentraut’s goal. CPC then dominated the play for the remainder of the first half, creating several close chances to score. Unfortunately, Crestwood’s inability to capitalize on its chances cost them in the second half as BVG scored early in the second frame and never looked back. The game ended 4-1 in BVG’s favor. Shout outs go to the junior players who joined the team for Wednesday’s game and who performed admirably: Jonas Weissland, Ege Kuseybat, and Lorenzo Mancini. The team plays its last game of the season away against UCC next week.

Volleyball

After a rough start at the beginning of the week, the U14 Boys were more determined than ever for their game against Greenwood Wednesday afternoon. Although this determination did not result in a win, both coaches Ms. Letham and Ms. Reinsma are super proud of the way the boys played and the skills their improvement.  The last two matches were close games and consisted of many three-hits. Shout outs go to Thomas Ellinidis for his consistent serves as well as Jamey Luepann for his amazing digs and serves.

The Junior Boys’ Volleyball Team continued their season Monday at the Toronto Montessori School. The boys had a rough start, and unfortunately, did not find their momentum until the second set. Even with Armani Mighty blocking almost everything at the net, and Anthony Radford-Grant making jumpless attacks, the boys could not overtake TMS. Other special mentions go out to Imani Mighty for great digs and plays at the net, and Kian Torabi for tough and consistent serves.

The Junior Boys’ Volleyball Team traveled to Greenwood College Wednesday for their second game of the week. Although there were some great serves, plays, and attacks, ours boys could not overtake the home team. The referee of the game spoke to coaches Hann and Wappel, and shared his thoughts on our Lions. He noticed great talent and technique, but said that in order for our boys to win, they need to loosen up and have some fun!

The Senior Boys’ Volleyball Team traveled to the Toronto Montessori School Monday to challenge the Titans. After many hard fought points, the lions came out winning three sets to none. Special shout out to Somachi Agbapu for his huge blocks and hits, Erik Usher for his on court energy and leadership, and to our newest member Juliu De Gauw for his powerful serves.

U14 Boys Volleyball vs GCS (1)     U14 Boys Volleyball vs GCS (3)     U14 Boys Volleyball vs GCS (5)     U14 Boys Volleyball vs GCS (4)

October 20th, 2017

Posted In: Upper School

Basketball

In their first and only home game of the season, the U14 Lady Lions finished off the regular season with a convincing 46-28 victory over HSC.  The Lady Lions took a commanding lead and never looked back.  With great play on both sides of the ball by all, the Lady Lions had their best team performance of the season.  Special mention goes out to Saleah Joseph, who dropped 32 points in the game and Ella Lee-O’Rourke who grabbed a whopping 10 rebounds.  The Lady Lions will now wait and see to find out who their opponents are for next week’s playoff game.

Monday our Junior Girls’ Basketball Team played an away game against Havergal School.  Going into the game, both teams were undefeated and the pressure was on to keep our winning streak.  It was an exciting start with both teams working hard to keep the score even. Seven Crestwood players against over fifteen for our competitors, our girls worked hard the entire game with little to no breaks and took over the court!  Special mention to Tianna Bailey, Zakayla Day-Burrell and Jadaia Reid for amazing leadership.  We remain undefeated, with a final score of 67-44.  Go Lions!

Monday our Senior Girls’ Basketball Team travelled to Havergal College for their fourth game of the season.  After a slow start, the girls picked up the intensity and showed why they were undefeated coming in.  The energy carried over to the second half which saw the final score being CPC 68 – HC 46.

Wednesday night our Senior Lady Lions took on a very physical Ridley College team.  We were able to take an early lead which allowed us to cruise throughout the rest of the game.  Areej Burgonio led all scorers with 19 points.

IMG_1946     IMG_1964     IMG_2028     IMG_1958

Soccer

On a chilly October afternoon in Toronto, the U14 Boys’ Soccer Team struck early and often, as they ran away from the visiting Sterling Hall School on Monday afternoon by a 7-3 score.  Just nine minutes in, Adam Pearlman opened the scoring early for his team, with a brilliant well placed strike to put the Lions ahead early. Adam would later go on to net 2 more before the game was done. Not 7 minutes later, Mahmoud Elfeki laced one by the keeper, leaving Sterling Hall feeling defeated.  The game continued with dominance from the Lions, until the second half when Sterling Hall’s player was able to get himself a hat trick. Closing the gap slightly between the two teams. Striker Zack Graff also contributed to scoring twice with 2 beautiful goals.  Special shout out to Hussein Elfeki who chalked up his first CISAA goal.  Monday’s win should guarantee their spot in playoffs.  Mrs. O’Connor and Mr. Koaich were pleased with the team effort in Monday’s game.

On Wednesday, the Junior Boys’ Soccer Team faced off against Bayview Glen.  The team played exceptionally well as a unit as they minimized the chances from the opposition.  Even when Bayview Glen had shots on net, the incredible saves from our keeper Tim Kufner shut them down.  Goals from Alex Korda and Jesse Codron and an amazing 3 goals from Ege Kuseybat led us to a convincing victory.  The boys will finish off their regular season with a game against UCC next Tuesday.

Wednesday afternoon Bayview Glen visited Crestwood to play our Senior Boys’ Soccer Team. Despite conceding an early goal in the first half, CPC battled back to tie the game on the heels of Joseph Eistentraut’s goal. CPC then dominated the play for the remainder of the first half, creating several close chances to score. Unfortunately, Crestwood’s inability to capitalize on its chances cost them in the second half as BVG scored early in the second frame and never looked back. The game ended 4-1 in BVG’s favor. Shout outs go to the junior players who joined the team for Wednesday’s game and who performed admirably: Jonas Weissland, Ege Kuseybat, and Lorenzo Mancini. The team plays its last game of the season away against UCC next week.

Volleyball

After a rough start at the beginning of the week, the U14 Boys were more determined than ever for their game against Greenwood Wednesday afternoon. Although this determination did not result in a win, both coaches Ms. Letham and Ms. Reinsma are super proud of the way the boys played and the skills their improvement.  The last two matches were close games and consisted of many three-hits. Shout outs go to Thomas Ellinidis for his consistent serves as well as Jamey Luepann for his amazing digs and serves.

The Junior Boys’ Volleyball Team continued their season Monday at the Toronto Montessori School. The boys had a rough start, and unfortunately, did not find their momentum until the second set. Even with Armani Mighty blocking almost everything at the net, and Anthony Radford-Grant making jumpless attacks, the boys could not overtake TMS. Other special mentions go out to Imani Mighty for great digs and plays at the net, and Kian Torabi for tough and consistent serves.

The Junior Boys’ Volleyball Team traveled to Greenwood College Wednesday for their second game of the week. Although there were some great serves, plays, and attacks, ours boys could not overtake the home team. The referee of the game spoke to coaches Hann and Wappel, and shared his thoughts on our Lions. He noticed great talent and technique, but said that in order for our boys to win, they need to loosen up and have some fun!

The Senior Boys’ Volleyball Team traveled to the Toronto Montessori School Monday to challenge the Titans. After many hard fought points, the lions came out winning three sets to none. Special shout out to Somachi Agbapu for his huge blocks and hits, Erik Usher for his on court energy and leadership, and to our newest member Juliu De Gauw for his powerful serves.

U14 Boys Volleyball vs GCS (1)     U14 Boys Volleyball vs GCS (3)     U14 Boys Volleyball vs GCS (5)     U14 Boys Volleyball vs GCS (4)

October 18th, 2017

Posted In: Upper School

Zhao Zong Ren is a Chinese citizen who was a victim of Japan’s system of forced labour during the Second World War.  He is actively seeking justice for the ways in which he was exploited and harmed during that distant conflict.  Mr. Zhao  – only 14 at the time – recalls being tortured by the Japanese, and he remembered a powerful incident where the many slave labourers stood up to the Japanese, threatening to go on strike to improve their situation.  As the war was drawing to a close, the Japanese agreed to their terms, a recognition of the wrongness of their system.  Still, Mr. Zhao feels that he and the other victims deserve more, something he continues to fight for as the Vice President of the Chinese Slave Laborer Association.

Mr. Zhao spoke to participants on the Alpha Education Peace and Reconciliation Tour in July 2017, with the hope that his story carries a message of social justice to future generations.  Translation was facilitated by Shelby Song, one of the tour participants.

In July 2017 Crestwood teacher Scott Masters took part in Alpha Education’s Peace and Reconciliation Tour.  Seventeen educators, activists, lawyers, and documentarians toured China and Korea, learning about the Asian perspective on the Second World War, and exploring ways to raise awareness of this side of the war to a non-Asian audience.  The tour was organized by Don Tow, as part of his ongoing efforts to stimulate social justice education and to improve Asian-American understanding and relationships.

Please note that this interview is in Chinese, with the English translation at the end of each segment.

October 11th, 2017

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Kim Han Soo was born in northern Korea in 1918, during the time of Japanese occupation.  When the Japanese invaded the Chinese in 1937, Mr. Kim remembers an offhand remark from a Japanese officer, bragging about a Chinese girl he had raped and murdered.  It would prove to be a powerful lesson for Mr. Kim, setting him on a path to righteous behaviour.  Like many Koreans of his generation, Mr. Kim was conscripted for the Japanese war effort.  First, he worked for a salt concern Korea’s north; later he was tricked by the Japanese into thinking he was needed for a lumber work project.  He ended up in Pusan, and from there he was sent to Nagasaki, Japan, where he worked in the city’s shipyards.

Mr. Kim spoke to participants from the Alpha Education Peace and Reconciliation Tour in July 2017, with the hope that his story carries a message of peace to future generations.   Translation was facilitated by Ahn Minseob, a graduate of Crestwood’s Class of 2012, and one of Mr. Masters’ former students.

In July 2017 Crestwood teacher Scott Masters took part in Alpha Education’s Peace and Reconciliation Tour.  Seventeen educators, activists, lawyers, and documentarians toured China and Korea, learning about the Asian perspective on the Second World War, and exploring ways to raise awareness of this side of the war to a non-Asian audience.  The tour was organized by Don Tow, as part of his ongoing efforts to stimulate social justice education and to improve Asian-American understanding and relationships.

Please note this interview is in Korean, with English overdubs.

October 11th, 2017

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I joined the Crestwood community last spring and I am currently teaching 3B. I seek to foster curiosity, discovery, and confidence by utilizing teaching strategies that are participatory, engaging, and fun. ​I graduated from the Master of Teaching Program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education with a major research paper on Inclusive Education Strategies. Additionally, I am a qualified Special Education and French as a Second Language teacher. My past academic pursuits include an Interdisciplinary Studies degree in Sociology, Women’s Studies and First Nations Studies from the University of British Columbia. I bring 7 years of professional experience at Toronto-based, independent and alternative schools where I taught grade 2-8 students in Literacy, Math, Science, Social Studies, Drama, Visual Art and Core French.  As a certified national level coach, I taught gymnastics for over 10 years. I also worked as an educational consultant, designing a province-wide workshop series on inclusive education. I always work to cultivate a safe and empowering environment for student growth. It brings me great joy to help my students become strong, resilient and motivated learners.

September 20th, 2017

Posted In: Lower School

Wednesday, June 21st is recognized across Canada as National Aboriginal Day; an opportunity for Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast to acknowledge and celebrate the enduring contributions that Canada’s indigenous population has made to the nation’s history and culture. 

Crestwood Preparatory College has worked to specifically to heighten student awareness of important indigenous issues throughout this past school year. The following events, lessons, and workshops are a few of the ways CPC has brought these issues to the forefront:

  • Crestwood staff members attended the Na-Me-Res Traditional Pow-Wow in June and the Native Child and Family Services Pow-Wow in September, using the opportunity to learn, network, and develop important contacts within the local indigenous community.
  • Crestwood students from the Me to We/YARRD club were among the first in Canada to hear songs from Gord Downie’s Secret Path when they attended We Day this past October. Students in Mr. Tanev and Mr. Hawkins’ Grade 10 Civics classes also had the opportunity to view the film version of Secret Path in class, as part of a unit on the topic of Truth and Reconciliation.
  • At the annual meeting of all Council of Independent Schools, English department heads, Mr. Jull helped facilitate a discussion of the place of literature by First Nations authors in our schools’ curriculum.  Crestwood was also recognized at the conference for the strong presence of indigenous voices in our Canadian Literature course. 
  • Crestwood hosted Towards Reconcilation, a symposium that gathered over 400 GTA high-school students and educators, and received official recognition from the heads of all three levels of government. The event was not only an important experience for the attendees, but also helped further Crestwood’s contacts and reputation amongst important organizations and members of the local indigenous community. 
  • During the symposium, Mr. Masters coordinated Oral History Project interviews with many of the attending speakers and workshop leaders. These interviews form the basis of the new First Nations section of the Oral History Project website (www.crestwood.on.ca/OHP)
  • Ms. Young and the Crestword editorial staff devoted an entire issue to coverage of Towards Reconcilation, and topics related to indigenous issues, helping to spread lessons of the symposium within the broader Crestwood community.  
  • As part of an interdisciplinary project, Grade 10 English and Civics students drafted letters to their elected representatives in Ottawa and Queen’s Park on the topic of Truth and Reconciliation.
  • While continuing its partnership with Haliburton-Kawartha Family Services, Crestwood Gives added Native Child and Family Services of Toronto as a recipient of the annual holiday giving drive.
  • Students in Mrs. O’Connor, Mr. Birrell, and Ms. Williamson’s Grade 8 Canadian History classes participated in a variety of lessons and activities incorporating indigenous perspectives, including a class visit from a survivor of the Residential School system.
  • Many Grade 10 Career Studies students chose to research and represent charities working with Toronto’s indigenous community for their Youth Philanthropy Initiative presentations, with the group representing Native and Child Family Services Toronto winning in the finals. Crestwood and YPI sponsored a $5000 grant to the winning charity, which will be put to use helping send foster children in the care of NCFST to summer camp this year.
  • In May, cultural workers from Native Child and Family Services led workshops for Ms. McCourt’s Grade 12 drama students on traditional drumming and “myth-busting” common cultural stereotypes regarding Canada’s indigenous population. Also, much tinier visitors from the NCFS daycare attended Ms. McCourt’s Grade 10/11 drama class to serve as an audience for a morning of student-produced puppet shows.
  • Mr. Masters and Mr. Hawkins were invited to present the story of Crestwood’s Oral History Project, and their vision for its role in reconciliation, to the Ontario Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation’s annual All Staff Meeting and Circle of Honour Awards. 

Building better relationships with our Aboriginal population is a challenge that will, in many ways, shape Canada’s coming years and decades. At Crestwood, we are confident that our students are being outfitted with the skills and awareness to tackle this- and all- future challenges.

June 23rd, 2017

Posted In: Upper School

 

Summer Writing Workshop

Do you love to write?  Does the idea of using the power of words to express who you are and deepen your creativity sound amazing? If this sounds like you, you may want to register for “Through My Eyes” a week long summer writing workshop for teens offered by Firefly Creative Writing www.fireflycreativewriting.com.  See your English teacher or Ms. Hann for more information.

 

June 1st, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Upper School

Rugby

The U14 Rugby Team competed in their first tournament at Cherry Beach. The boys played a fantastic three games, improving as a team as the day grew on. Samir Bagher Nejad scored CPC’s first try, as he literally plowed through the opposing team. Although the boys had possession of the ball 80% of the time, Greenwood College prevailed and won the first game.

The second game was an exciting match, where Samir scored two more tries. The opposing team was not immune to the infamous “Jet Lam Attack”, where Captain Jet Lam made some hard tackles. Even with these great plays, the boys still came up short and lost to RSGC.

The final game of the day was one for the books. Tries were scored by Mateo Rocha and Jet Lam, making the final score against Sterling Hall 15-10 for Crestwood.

 

 

The Junior Boys Rugby Squad also had their first games at Cherry Beach, showing some incredible feats of athleticism. The boys played three very tough matches, winning their first game with miraculous tries and impeccable defense. A hard fought game against a massive team from Ridley College saw them fall short of a win, but with huge hits from Adam Bounsell and Rhys Malisch, the boys held proudly.

The final match was extremely close, just barely letting the win slip through their fingers on a goal line stand off a penalty play. Hats off to Jonas Weissland for his plethora of full field tries and acts of heroism!

 

The senior boys rugby team started off their season with 4 solid games at home.  All games were hard fought, close battles.  Tries were scored by Ryan Mann, Braden Harris, John Mainprize, and Ty Ellis.

    

 

 

Ultimate Frisbee

Our Lions faced off against the co-ed combo of Crescent and Havergal. After a rocky start, Crestwood regrouped and made some excellent plays. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to secure a win against such an experienced team. We saw some fantastic defensive plays by Norris Chung, Joseph Zuckerman and Faith Joseph. Our strong offensive game was lead by Laura Chu, Ella Lee-O’Rourke, Alex vonWersbe, and Mohamed Basha.

 

Badminton

The Senior boys Badminton Team won all their matches against the Crescent Badminton team at Crescent school.

Congratulations to all our determined players who put a fierce pressure on their opponents smashing through their defense.

Boys single 1 Gavin Wei won 2 matches to 0

Boys single 2 David Huang won 2 matches to 0

Boys Double 1 Sunny liu and Jerry Shen won 2 matches to 0

Boys double 2 Richard Chen and Dean Sun who fought in a nerve-shredding deciding match defeating the other team 2 games to 0

Softball

The U14 Boys Softball team opened their season in style, with a big 18-3 victory over Albert College.

Alex Korda powered the offence with a 5 RBI day, including a home run.  Ethan Adler, Ethan Gazer, and Josh Moozer provided excellent defense throughout the game.

Great win boys!

 

Soccer

The Varsity girls soccer team opened up the season in thrilling fashion, as they picked up a point against the visiting Toronto French School 4-4.

Once the Lions settled into their positions, they were able to generate some brilliant attacks. Opening up the scoring was Julia Lee, who laced a shot by the TFS keeper just a few minutes into the game. TFS picked up momentum and was able to keep the score close. Until Areej Burgonio rifled a shot near post, too hot to handle for any keeper, brought us back into the game. Sam Mintz, also found her way into the 18 yard box, to tie things up for CPC once more. However, TFS quickly countered to make the score 4-3. With just 2 minutes left, Julia Lee was able to bend it like Beckham into the net, off of a corner kick to finish the game 4-4.

Coaches Williams and O’Connor were impressed with the resilience in the face of adversity and ability to remain competitive throughout the entire game. They look forward to our next home game on Wednesday, May 3rd vs. Trinity College School.

 

The U14 Girls soccer team kicked off their season yesterday afternoon with a convincing 5-1 win over visiting Montcrest. Our girls pressed well and created turnovers in the opposing end, allowing our attackers good scoring opportunities. Ella Rival netted four goals on the day, while Kyra Grossman scored once.

Kudos to all the team, from front to back, on an impressive debut!

The team’s next match is on Thursday away at Holy Trinity School.

Go CPC!

 

Track and Field

The Crestwood Track and field team had a great day at the Campion track meet in Etobicoke on Thursday. The sun was shining and the team performed very well. Highlights included the senior boys hurtling the water barrier in steeple chase, Josh Haughton winning two bronze and one silver medal in senior boys high jump, triple jump and long jump and Alexa Gibson winning gold in Jr. girls javelin while setting a new competition record with a throw of 31.48 meters!

   

April 28th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News

We met Eve Jones at the Castle Peak Retirement Suites in Bracebridge, where she presently lives.  Eve is one of several authors/editors who assembled At Your Age, a collection of stories of those who live there.  The residents felt it was important for them to record their stories, which serve as a great entry point into their generation’s collective experiences.

Eve’s own story very much centres around her artistic ambitions; born in Winnipeg, Eve had a powerful voice that led her to a career in song.  She worked her way to the Toronto Conservatory, and was among Canada’s top stars of the 50s.  She ventured across the country and performed with the likes of Robert Goulet.  From there, she settled in the Toronto area, where she and her husband raised their family, and she stayed in the arts, teaching piano, including the song “Chopsticks”, subject of a motif here.

April 25th, 2017

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What would you do if you saw a bank being robbed? Or a house on fire? Or a car go off the road? It might not be safe to rush into the scene, but you’d call 9-1-1, right? It’s like that when you see bullying. It might not feel safe to jump into the situation at the moment, but you can still help the person being bullied. How? Tell an adult, be a friend to the kid being bullied, convince others to stand up against bullying. What other ideas do you have? Heroes and heroines don’t need super powers. They just need to do what they can—even a small step behind the scenes—to help make a difference.

Feb. 22 was Pink Shirt Day, a day to show that the CPC community stands against Bullying.  On Feb. 22, 2007 Travis Prince and David Sheppard 2 grade 12 students decided to stand up for a grade 9 boy who was being bullied by his classmates for wearing a pink shirt.  This small gesture has turned into a national symbol of anti-bullying.   If you would like to get involved, or learn more about this national initiative, visit www.pinkshirtday.ca

 

 

 

February 24th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Upper School

The U12 Hockey team travelled to York Mills Arena to take on the Crescent Coyotes on Wednesday. Crestwood took an early 1-0  on a nifty backhander by Willy Wu. The bigger and faster Crescent team stormed ahead with three consecutive goals and had our team back on their heels. After trading some chances back and forth we were able to pull within one goal with a power play marker by Beckett Sennecke. Crescent cruised ahead 4-2 with another goal before Willy Wu’s deflected shot bulged the twine and brought us to within one once again. Crescent would not be denied on this day. They continued to skate hard and get pucks towards our goal. Josh Paquin stood tall in our net and made many difficult saves throughout. The game ended with a 6-3 score.

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February 3rd, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School, Sports

The U12 Girl’s Volleyball team had an amazing win Thursday night against Toronto French School, playing what was undoubtedly their best game of the season.  The ladies won all three sets against TFS through fantastic team-work, determination, and much-improved volleyball skills.

Kitty, Zoe, Chiara, and Tira demonstrated unstoppable serving with countless aces between the four of them.  In addition, Abby, Jessie, and Ruby made many picture-perfect bumps that were un-returnable.  Taylor debuted a powerful overhand serve resulting in an ace, and Jordan, acting as team-captain, demonstrated perfect volleys that won the team many points.  Finally, Molly was a fierce competitor in all aspects of the game, and put forth 110% effort despite feeling under the weather.

Coaches Calway and Suckstorff are incredibly proud of these ladies and the progress they’ve made in just a few short weeks.  The team would like to thank Ethan for scorekeeping and Viana for her support.  They have just two games left in their regular season, and take on Branksome Hall on February 15th.

Congratulations, U12 Girl’s Volleyball!

-Coaches Calway & Suckstorff

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February 3rd, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School, Sports

On Monday, the U12 girl’s volleyball team played two tough rounds of volleyball against SMLS and Montcrest.  The ladies lost a hard-fought match against SMLS, but reigned victorious in their match-up with Montcrest.  Coaches Calway and Suckstorff were especially impressed with the dedication and grit the ladies showed during their third set tiebreaker with Montcrest.  Powerful serving and consistent bumping were demonstrated by Kitty, Molly, Zoe, Jessie, Abby, and Ruby, which helped pull the team out of a few deficits.  Additionally, Chiara, Tira, Jordan, and Taylor showed great improvement throughout the two games and made some fantastic serves, digs, and volleys.  The whole team would like to thank Alessandra and Ethan for score keeping, Mr. Cooper and Mrs. Brenzel for helping to organize and set-up the tournament, and Mrs. Krashinsky for coming out to support the team.  Great job, U12 girl’s volleyball!

-Coaches Calway and Suckstorff

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January 30th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

The U12 girl’s volleyball team took on The York School last night in three tough rounds of volleyball.  They faced powerful overhand-serves and incredible passing from the York School, and put up a great fight.  Although Crestwood couldn’t pull out the win, the ladies have made great gains with their bumping, serving, and volleys.  Coach Calway and Coach Suckstorff are very proud of this team and all their improvements.  They want to give a special shout-out to Kitty Wang for her phenomenal and consistent serving yesterday.  The girls take on BSS and Montcrest next Monday at Glendon.  Come out and show your support!

Coaches Calway and Suckstorff

January 19th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

It was a stellar week for the Crestwood Lions this week who dominated in every event!

Curling

The Crestwood Open Curling Team traveled to Leaside Memorial Gardens for a match against the team from Crescent. The team got off to a rocky start, falling behind 5-0 after the first three ends. However, after changing their strategy at the midway point, the team stormed back, taking 1 in the 4th end, stealing 2 in the 5th end, and finishing the game off with a big steal of 3 in the 6th end to cap off the comeback. Final score- Crestwood 6- Crescent 5. Congrats to Will Dennison for consistently setting perfect guards, Aaron Greenspan for his determined sweeping, Bowen Ouyang for his critical late shots, and skip Daven Siu for securing the comeback with a combination of great shots and great strategy.

 

Basketball

Our Jr. boys basketball team went up against a very good Cresent School.  After a slow start, the Lions began to take over the game with their ferocious defense, and tremendous speed in transition to bring home the victory.  The Lions were led by K’shawn Latty and Jonas Weissland in a game that saw great team play from all the members.  Special shouts out to Noah Lerner and Jacob Newman who were great from the 3 point line.

The U-14 Boys Basketball team traveled to Crescent to play in their first game of the new year  The boys had a tough first quarter but with great ball control from Jaden Langley Thomas and Elijah Fisher the boys took a lead and never looked back. Jaden drained 34 pts, Jesse Codron played a strong defensive game, and Shaan Kapur and James Gillingham with a great effort on both ends of the court. The boys pulled out a big win remaining undefeated going into their next game.

The U-14 Crestwood Lions also traveled to St. Mikes for a much-anticipated game against the Kerry Blues. The crowd was definitely not in our favor and they let us know it. But as Lions do, they silenced the crowd with their fierce determination and strong play. Elijah Fisher and Jaden Langley Thomas contributed with a strong performance scoring 34 points respectively, Jesse Codron played a very strong game on the boards, and Ethan Gazer brought his tenacious defense, scoring his first basket of the season. Special mention must go out to James Gillingham, Liam Macinnis and Shaan Kapur for their strong play as well. The team dedicated this win to our headmaster Mr. P, and remain undefeated as they go into their next game on Monday.

Your Senior Crestwood Lions had a huge victory over UCC, making it a clean sweep for all three boys basketball teams.  Final score was CPC 69, UCC 39.  Shout outs to Dusan Prelo for his game dunk, Kabier Izzeldin for a huge defensive game, and Emre Demirsu who is our team’s leading rebounder at the 5’9″.

 

Volleyball

Congratulations to the Senior Girls Volleyball team on their win at Hawthorn. The girls started off strong with powerful serves by Rachel Pape and an overall stellar team performance. The team remained in the lead for all three sets and had continuous spikes and volleys. Catch these girls in action next Thursday for Spirit week as they battle The York School in what will be another exciting game. Ms. Wills and Dr. K are very proud, keep up the great work girls! Go Lions Go!

 

Swimming

The Crestwood U-14 swim team had a great meet yesterday. Andy, Sydney, Alice, Danny and Snow all had time drop in at least one of their events, while Mathew Laslop brought home two 1st place finishes. A special shout out goes to Grace Geng for her first race ever!

The Varsity Swim Team had their first meet of 2017 at the Markham Pan Am Pool, and did CPC proud.Congratulations to Kaitlyn Balter for her 100 Free, and Elizabeth Keane for her 50 Free. Both ladies have had difficulty reaching their personal bests in these events, but posted best times yesterday! Max Dolman and Sam Douey continued to drop time in their events. Both boys are now sitting at 33 seconds for their 50 Free. Grade 9 student, Justin Soberman, dropped an astounding seven seconds in his 50 Breaststroke, clocking in at 47.5 seconds. Swim of the meet goes to Joseph Zuckerman for his 50 Breaststroke. He dropped 1.5 seconds, his time now hovering just above 40 seconds.  Great work swimmers!

January 19th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Upper School

Iskwé was born and raised in Winnipeg, and is currently living in Toronto after stints in Los Angeles and New York. Iskwé is an upcoming force in the music scene, who has been called “one to watch” by The Grid, and “one of the top 10 Canadian musicians you need to know” by CBC Music.  Her name (pronounced iss-kway) means “woman” in her native language, and her debut album weaves together Irish and Cree/Dene roots with hip-hop breakbeats, left-field R&B, and traces of piano pop.

IsKwe took part in Crestwood’s “Towards Reconciliation” Symposium on Nov. 10, 206, when she held a workshop for students, and also did an oral history interview.  Students were mesmerized by her music, as she brought the day to a powerful conclusion, illustrating the connection of music and social justice.

December 8th, 2016

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On Thursday, November 10th Crestwood hosted a symposium entitled “Towards Reconciliation” aimed towards exploring pathways of reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples. The day opened with a prayer by Chief Stacey Lafaorme, Chief of the Mississauga of the New Credit First Nation, on whose traditional land Crestwood lies. Students heard from outstanding and powerful speakers and performers and participated in workshops throughout the day. All participants were commissioned and sent off by Michael Etherington from the Native Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto, who implored us to not let today be the end of our discussion about reconciliation, but rather a part of a national conversation aimed at healing. This is, Etherington reminded us, the challenge and problem of our generation and today we took a big first step towards a solution.

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November 11th, 2016

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The Grade 6’s went to Mars on Thursday–and everyone came back unscathed!  Our trip to the Science Centre was full of excitement and all sorts of space activity.  We saw a great IMAX movie and explored the museum’s space exhibit, but the highlight of the trip was our Mission to Mars simulation.  Two groups of students, Mars Control Crew and Spacecraft Crew, had to work together to complete a series of tasks.  These included entering Mars’ orbit, launching two satellite probes, landing on Mars, doing a crew switch, lifting off from Mars, and reconnecting with the mother-ship.  Student jobs included Communication, Data, Isolation, Navigation, Medical, Life Support, Probe, and Media.  Students had to communicate, problem-solve, follow very technical instructions, and most importantly, work together.  They persevered through increased levels of carbon dioxide in the spacecraft, a solar storm, and a dust storm on Mars’ surface.  It was a fantastic experience and a powerful extension of our space curriculum.

-Gr.6 Math and Science, Ms. Sara Suckstorff


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November 4th, 2016

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

On Wednesday Crestwood students travelled to the Air Canada Center to join 20 000 other students and teachers in celebration of global service and citizenship at WE Day. Activists, celebrities, students and teachers shared stories of experiences and initiatives that were started to make the world a better place. Topics ranged from bullying and stopping girl-on-girl hate to Truth and Reconciliation with our first Nations and water and education initiatives in developing countries.

Some highlights include guest speakers Nellie Furtado, Olympian Penny Oleksiak, Paula Abdul, Spencer West and Margaret Trudeau. As well as powerful, performances by Lilly Singh, Hedley, Macklemore, Jason Derulo and Gord Downie performing a song from his new album The Secret Path which tells the story of Chanie Wenjack, a First Nations man you died escaping a residential school in the dead of winter.

Students were left with incredible memories and the inspiration to take what they’ve heard and do some good in the world.

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October 21st, 2016

Posted In: Crestwood News, Upper School

The U12 Girls Basketball team had a busy week of games! On Monday, the team traveled to Montcrest and, unfortunately, was defeated by a more powerful team, many of whom towered over our players. Special thanks to Coach Conn who was the guest coach for the game! On Tuesday, the team bounced back and played against The York School at the Glendon gym. The game was close all the way through, but with a clutch basket at the end by Jessie, we were able to come out on top and won by 4 points. The final score was 18-14. All the girls played their hearts out, and stayed positive throughout the intense match. We have our final season game on Monday at Glendon, and then our final tournament next weekend. Looking forward to ending our season strong! Way to go girls!

-Coach Fuller

October 19th, 2016

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

It was a busy and successful week to Crestwood Athletics this week! Read on to see pictures and outcomes for this week’s games:

Cross Country

The U14 cross country team had a great race at the Sunnybrook Cross Country meet. The team ran well with many personal bests.  Special mention to Kyra Grossman who came 2nd in her race! Congratulations to the whole team!

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Volleyball

The Lions traveled to Country Day School and faced one of the strongest teams yet. This team appeared to have many talented players, but the Lions did not make this win easy for CDS. At one point in the second set, they recovered from a 10 point deficit and narrowly lost the set. Although the Lions battled hard, they dropped the game in 3 close sets. The Lions will have to shake this off quickly though, as they are playing host to Holy Trinity School. Come cheer on your squad! Go Lions!

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The Junior Boys Volleyball Team did it again! The boys traveled north to Country Day School, and won the match 3 sets to 0. Our shout-outs go to Kian Torabi for his killer serves that CDS had trouble returning, Sean McNamara for his leadership on the court, and Matthew Nelsons for a fantastic dig and great serves. Keep up the awesome work boys!

Basketball

Wednesday afternoon the Senior Girls Basketball team played their third game of the season against Pickering College. The girls picked up where they left off last game playing a very strong two way game.  The offense was controlled by Areeg Burgonio scoring 34 pts, Willa Easton with 4 pts, Jahnai Brown with 10 pts, and Sydney Steinman scoring 6 pts. On the defensive side of the floor Samantha Mintz was unstoppable- her hustle and strong rebounding contributed to the victory. The girls go into their next  game with a 2-1 record and are heating up at the right time.

The U14 girls basketball team travelled to Hamilton to play Hillfield Strathallan College.  Once again the girls showed up ready to play and dominated the game from start to finish.  CPC won the game 56-31 with special mention going to Shayeanne Day-Wilson who scored 23 points and to Schymera Samuels who scored 18.  Great work girls!

 

Soccer

The U14 Boys soccer team played its first home game of the season – and what a memorable game it was! The boys triumphed over the visiting Crescent team 8 goals to 1, as it pressed Crescent relentlessly, creating several turnovers which our attack of Jesse Codron, Mateo Rocha and Dustin Silverberg took full advantage of. At the end of the game Jesse scored four of our goals while Mateo and Dustin notched two apiece.

The midfield, defense and goaltending were no less spectacular employing simple measures to keep the ball upfield and the visitors off the scoresheet. A special thanks to all those in attendance, including students, family and friends and teachers.The team’s next game is against the York School on the 13th. Go CPC!!!

The senior boys soccer played against their York Mills rival Bayview Glen. Despite CPC’s dominating possession style game, Bayview Glen scored first off a quick counter attack. CPC rallied together to create numerous scoring opportunities but wasn’t until Spencer Cohen showed poise and skill in the 18 yard box to put one away and tie the game 1-1. Shout outs go to Aren Karfashian and Cole Morrison, for their powerful presence and Julia Lee for her masterfully placed crosses. CPC’s next game is vs. the leagues top ranked team UCC on Monday October 17th, be sure to come out and support our team!

October 7th, 2016

Posted In: Crestwood News, Upper School

The Crestwood School Parents’ Association would like to invite you to a viewing of the documentary SCREENAGERS.

ABOUT THE FILM:

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well. 

In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

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Since the film premiered in January, it has been featured on Good Morning America, Education Week, Forbes, the New York Times and Dr. Oz. This is clearly an issue of growing social concern.

We feel strongly that the content of this movie is extremely important for all parents with children of any age, and, in agreement, the parent council have decided to fully subsidize this screening. Admission will be free. We hope that you can make the time to attend and we encourage you to bring friends.

When: Thursday, October 27th, 2016 in the Lower School Gymnasium.

Time: 7:30pm

Kindly RSVP to grace.cruz@crestwood.on.ca or michele.mandel@crestwood.on.ca by October 24, 2016.

September 28th, 2016

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Crestwood Preparatory College and the Crestwood Preparatory College’s Parents’ Association would like to invite you to a viewing of the documentary SCREENAGERS 

ABOUT THE FILM:

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well. 

In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

http://www.screenagersmovie.com/

Thursday, October 6th, 7:30pm

Please rsvp for this event at rsvp@crestwood.on.ca

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September 23rd, 2016

Posted In: Crestwood News, Upper School

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The Junior Boys Volleyball Team had their first game on Wednesday, and dominated the court at The York School. The boys won the game in 4 sets, winning 3 of them with scores of 25 to 9, 25 to 7, and 25 to 19.

A special mention goes out to our setters, Grade 7 Kian Torabi and Grade 9 K’Shawn Latty. Without their excellent sets and control on the court, we wouldn’t have seen any of our fantastic plays.
Congrats to one of our veteran players, Grade 10 Sean McNamara, for his consistent serving. During the third set he served almost ten in a row, which helped us secure the win.
Finally, a shout out goes to the captain of the team, Grade 10 Juliu Holanda, for his killer hits, powerful serves, and great leadership.
Coach Postma and Wappel are proud of all the boys for this fantastic first game! See you all tomorrow morning at 8am for practice.

September 22nd, 2016

Posted In: Crestwood News, Upper School

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September 21st, 2016

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We are so excited to present you a screening of Screenagers that we goofed on the day! Please note the corrected date below, and that the screening is scheduled for Thursday, October 6th at 7:3opm. Please note that this is a parent screening; students will be viewing the film during the school day on Friday, October 7th.

ABOUT THE FILM:

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well. 

In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

http://www.screenagersmovie.com/

Thursday, October 6th, 7:30pm

Please rsvp for this event at rsvp@crestwood.on.ca

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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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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

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