Sunday | July 22, 2018

Soccer

On Monday the Varsity Girls’ Soccer team traveled to Trafalgar castle where they continued their winning ways.  Right from the start the girls played hard immediately demanding control of the ball.  Ella and Jahnai began by putting Crestwood on the board with goals while the team showed their skill and patience.  In the end Crestwood won with a score of 7-2.  Good luck to the girls as they face their toughest opponent next week when they play Lakefield College school who is also undefeated.

Track & Field

On Thursday, the Varsity Track and Field team competed at the Bill Crothers meet in Unionville.  Congratulations to the team for setting some new personal bests out there!  Latasha running the 100m, Imani and Victor at the start of the 100m, Adam finishing the 100m, Kyra before the 1500m and Minh and Jacob before the 1500m.  Well done!

               

Rugby

Tuesday, the Crestwood U14 Rugby Team hosted Sterling Hall, Greenwood College and both Country Day squads, for a heart-pounding game of 7s Rugby.  Crestwood warmed up with a 7 – 0 win over Sterling hall, followed up with a 3 – 0 win against Country Day’s second squad.   As the afternoon progressed Greenwood was successful against Crestwood winning by one Tri with a score of 1 – 2.  In Crestwood’s final game against Country Day’s first squad, Crestwood was not able to defeat Country Day and lost 0 – 1.  Great performances by everyone on the team!  A special shout out to Adam Pearlman and Philippe Stroganov on their quick speed and impressive scoring.

               

The Junior Boys’ Rugby team travelled to HTS Tuesday to play three games. The boys came out flat in the first of their back to back games and took a beating from RSGC 26-14, but quickly bounced back and took it to Holy Trinity, crushing this opponent 31-0. The biggest contest of the day came in their last game versus the formidable Greenwood College, in which the boys played a fearless match and stunned their opponent 28-12. Coaches are proud of the huge tackles from Armin Selzner, big runs from Cam Frank, four tries from Jonas Weissland and a massive altogether team effort.  Excellent work Lions!

May 11th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Upper School

FINAL REMINDER!!!!

THE CLOCK IS TICKING!!!!!!

 PLEASE SEND IN YOUR RAFFLE TICKETS!!!

 Don’t miss your opportunity to participate! Tickets are only $25 each, sell the booklet of four and you will be eligible for the free year’s tuition raffle draw for Crestwood School.

 Silent Auction for Blue Jays Executive Box starts at 3:30pm. Bidding ends at 6:15pm

 The raffle prizes are as follows:

Crestwood One Year of Free tuition

Crestwood Valley Day Camp Free month

Leafs & Blue Jays tickets

End Table by Arrow Furniture

Free pizza lunch by CSPA

Scholastic Book Fair by CSPA

Birkenstocks

Orthotics

Tempur Orthopedic Pillow

One hour passes to Sky Zone

Skin care product basket

KitchenAid Immersion Blender

Birthday Party by How Cool Is That

Gift Cards – LCBO, Cineplex, Indigo, Toys’R’Us, Yorkdale, Spa Finder, The Keg

Gift certificates – Hair Salon, Facial Spa Treatment, Restaurant, Zoom! 

Voucher for “Introduction to Mindfulness Class”

Bluetooth Speakers

Sonicare Electric Toothbrush

Questions?  Please contact Luanne Pearlman at lupearlman@gmail.com or Debbie Ng-Perkell at ngdebbie@rogers.com

Tickets are due back on Monday, June 13th.

The winners will be drawn on Tuesday, June 14th at Family Fun Day.

Please send your cash or cheques (payable to the CSPA) to the office as soon as possible!

If you would like to purchase extra tickets, please contact Grace at the office or if you do not intend to purchase the tickets you currently have please return them to the office. We will sell them to other parents who wish to purchase more tickets.

Thank you again for supporting Crestwood School.

CSPA Fun Fair Committee

 

 

 

 

June 7th, 2016

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

REMINDER!!!!

 SEND IN YOUR RAFFLE TICKETS!!!

Don’t miss your opportunity to participate! Tickets are only $25 each, sell the booklet of four and you will be eligible for the free year’s tuition raffle draw for Crestwood School.

Questions?  Please contact Luanne Pearlman at lupearlman@gmail.com or Debbie Ng-Perkell at ngdebbie@rogers.com

 Tickets are due back on Monday, June 13th. 

 The winners will be drawn on Tuesday, June 14th at Family Fun Day.

So send your cash or cheques (payable to the CSPA) to the office as soon as possible!

If you would like to purchase extra booklet/tickets, please contact Grace grace.cruz@crestwood.on.ca at the office.

Thank you for your support

The Crestwood Raffle Committee

May 26th, 2016

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

The FUN starts here!

The Family Fun Day Raffle is a fun raising activity to support programs that directly benefit the Crestwood School community, including the Welcome Back BBQ, Family Fun Day, Scientist in the School program, iPads for the classrooms, Smart Board replacement and the Winter Carnival. Last year, the raffle raised over $20,000, we are hoping this year we can do the same or even better!

We thank the Crestwood community for supporting the Raffle with donations and Dalia Eisen has once again generously donated the Grand Prize, Free Tuition to the lucky winner for the 2016-2017 School Year. Now we need your help to find and donate the rest of the fabulous Raffle Prizes!

Popular Donations include:

  • Sports events, entertainment, travel and theatre tickets
  • Gift certificates to your favourite restaurant or retail location
  • Spa and esthetic gifts
  • Electronic equipment, games, etc.
  • Anything you have that is new and would be fun for another family

Donating is easy! You can fill in the donation form (click here) and return it, along with the donated item, to the office. Please submit all donations by May 18th.

Thank you for supporting your school community!

The Crestwood School Raffle Committee

Fun Fair Date: Tuesday June 14th, 2016

May 5th, 2016

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Dear Parents,

We would like to thank the following families and organizations for their generous donations towards our fun fair raffle:

Adud family: Furniture from Arrow Furniture

 Dr. Jordan Bender-Aurora Periodontal Centre: Sonicare Electric Toothbrush 


 Goldstein Family: Kitchen Aid Immersion Blender 


 Neil Lu & Family: Gift cards from LCBO & Toys R Us 


 Dr Lisa McCabe: Tempur Pillow, Custom Orthotics, Birkenstocks 


 Morel family: Private Executive Suite for Jays’ game, Maple Leafs 
Hockey tickets, Zoom! Teeth Whitening Session, Coquine Restaurant Gift Certificate 


 Maria Napolitano: Blue Jays Tickets 


 Veronica Takes: Mindfulness Class 


 Kevin Xu & family: Gift cards from Indigo, Cineplex, Toys ”R” Us 


 CRESTWOOD Valley Day Camp: “Free” Month of August 2016 

 CSPA: “Free” pizza lunch for the year , Scholastic Book Fair

 Birthday Party by “How Cool is That” 


 And the grand prize …… “Free” year of tuition from Dalia Eisen

There is still time for you to make a donation. Gift cards, tickets to sporting events, electronics are still needed.

The money raised from the fun fair goes directly into enhancing the experience of our children. The funds will be used to buy smart boards (some of them are obsolete), iPads and fund programs such as “Scientists in the School”. Please consider making a donation so that we can fund all these value added initiatives.

Donations can be dropped at the office. The last day is Wednesday May 18th, 2016 to make your donation.

Please contact Luanne Pearlman lupearlman@gmail.com or Lisa McCabe chiromccabe@aol.com for any questions.

Thank you for your continued support The CSPA committee

 

April 28th, 2016

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Raffaella DeSimone was born in Italy in 1943, in the midst of the Second World War.  As her parents were farmers, and there was no work, the family relocated to France, and then to Canada.  The family arrived in Halifax, at Pier 21, and they began to adapt to their new country, reaching out to family that had arrived earlier.  Raffaella’s memories of her early days were mostly positive ones, as she and her family were welcomed into and prepared to make their mark in Canada’s postwar history.

Raffaella was interviewed by her grandson, Crestwood student Michael DiBattista, in December 2015.

March 6th, 2016

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Sarah graduated from CPC in 2005. She is an author, educator, mindfulness practitioner, holistic nutritionist and certified Rainbow Kids Yoga teacher. She has written some amazing children’s books—see for yourself on her website! www.sarahkraftchuk.com

 

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January 29th, 2016

Posted In: Crestwood News, Upper School

“The international media have come and gone. The satellite is gone. The journalists are gone. The headlines have changed. But the situation hasn’t. Please don’t forget about Dadaab. Don’t forget about the thousands of children dying each day. Continue to tell the stories of the people you met here in Kenya. Continue to let people know that this humanitarian crisis is only deteriorating. You are the generation I have been waiting for and together we can be the change here in East Africa.”

Even after being home from Kenya for only one week, the ending lines of Mia Farrow’s speech still replayed constantly in my mind. When I returned in August for my second trip to Kenya, it was overwhelming to see how much had changed in just one year. The Horn on Africa was now struggling with drought and the United Nations had just declared a state of famine. A combination of drought, on-going conflict and escalating food prices had placed over 12.4 million people in need of aid relief. Over 2.5 million children under five were acutely malnourished and wasting away. All in just one year. I just knew that I somehow had to do something to help the situation in East Africa, a place where I quite literally owe my life.

When I first decided to travel on a Me to We trip with Spencer West in July 2010, all I wanted to do was go as far away as I could from everything I knew. To a place where I could run away from everything. Runaway from my family. Runaway from my friends. Runaway from my life. Runaway from me. What I found in Kenya was the exact things I was running from. But like everything lost, it always has to be found. I found community. I found family. I found friends. I found happiness. I found myself. I was lost, but I was found in Kenya.

On September 9th with only one week left for the Canadian government to match donations through the East Africa Drought Relief Fund, I began Rafikis4Africa, a one-week challenge to fundraise $5000 to build a clean water project with Free the Children. On my first trip, I truly realized that I was part of larger movement, working to change the world by providing a hand-up and not a handout. This is the mentality behind the Adopt-A-Village model to create long-term sustainable change. Not instant quick fixes, but change that can last.

I created my own website (www.rafikis4africa.com) with information about FTC, the drought, my goal, resources and my story, which linked to my online personal fundraising page with FTC. Through sending out emails, reaching out to people in my community and running Rafikis4Africa Week at my school, complete with a Change4Africa homeroom coin challenge and a $2 Grubs4Africa dress down day, I not only achieved my goal but I surpassed it. By Wednesday, the midpoint of the week, I reached $5055! I decided to change my goal a bit. I decided to donate the first $5000 to FTC’s immediate relief efforts to be matched by the government, resulting in $10 000 really being donated. Because of the success of the campaign so far, my new goal is to raise an additional $5000 in 1 month to go towards building a clean water project. Rafikis4Africa has raised $6167 in just one week to support both immediate and long-term relief in East Africa!

Through Free the Children and Me to We programming, as well as getting the opportunity to have such inspiring facilitators this past year has truly taught me the life lessons needed to actually motivate and empower me to start Rafikis4Africa. Something that both Kailea and Alex tried to drill in my brain is to just attempt and try because you never know unless you do. You have nothing to lose. People dream of succeeding and achieving great things, but success can’t be achieved without trying. I think that’s what really differentiates a dreamer and a do-er. A dreamer only thinks about what it would actually be like to do something great but a do-er actually takes the risk and tries to do whatever they want to achieve. They try to make their dreams a reality. I believe that’s why many of us who fee like we are apart of the movement consider ourselves to be shameless idealists because we know that we can do whatever we set our mind to, even though sometimes the goal seems insurmountable. We redefine our possible and redefine the goals people think can realistically be achieved. But the truth is, any goal, big or small, can be achieved. It’s always possible. You just have to believe in yourself first.

For more information on Rafikis4Africa and how to support the cause, please visit: www.rafikis4africa.com

June 28th, 2012

Posted In: Charity, Crestwood News

Harry Preston served in the Canadian army during World War Two.  He grew up in western Canada, in and around Winnipeg, where Harry and his family experienced the realities of the Depression.  Harry kept himself busy though, and with friends, he got involved in the militia and the Sea Cadets, where he was able to do training that would help him in the war to come.  Harry joined the Winnipeg Rifles with the coming of the war, but when the opportunity to specialize in artillery came, Harry took it.  He was trained as an anti-aircraft gunner, a process that intensified upon arrival in England.  Harry was often stationed in vulnerable areas as England was repeatedly bombed in the 1942-44 period; he defended radar stations, airfields, and coastal zones.  While in England, Harry  – like so many young Canadian soldiers – met an Englishwoman and fell in love, later marrying this Land Army worker and bringing her to Canada.  First, Harry endured the European campaign.  He was sent to France after D-Day, and now a member of a self-propelled gun crew, he and his team provided support to the advancing Canadian infantry as they moved through France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and into Germany itself.  With VE Day, Harry returned to England and once his wife was cleared for passage to Canada, they made the trip together, settling and building a life for themselves in the postwar period.

We met Harry at the Sunnybrook Veterans’ Wing in June 2018, where he was interviewed by Mr. Masters and a delegation of CPC students.

July 5th, 2018

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Have you ever wondered what life was like for the Early Settlers in the 1800’s? The Grade 3’s stepped back in time and spent a day at Black Creek Pioneer Village to find out.  The children and teachers dressed up in time period clothing to experience life in Upper Canada in the 1860s. We toured many of the village homes and shops and learned about the hardships of the pioneers.  We visited the one room schoolhouse, the doctor’s office, blacksmith, tinsmith, general store, and the rustic homes and barns.  The Grade 3 students ended the day by playing with some old-fashioned toys and making a pioneer craft.  As we travelled back to the future we reflected on our life today. We concluded that many things have changed and we gained an appreciation for our wonderful, modern life.
-P. Georgiou

– P. Georgiou

 

June 8th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Dear Crestwood Parents,

Today is the last day to send in your Family Fun Day forms, submit auction items and become a sponsor. 

Click here for your Wristband/Raffle Order Form and Sponsorship Package.

We look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday!!!

Thank you for your continued support.

The CSPA

June 8th, 2018

Posted In: Lower School

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018 from 3:30pm to 7:00pm

NEW ATTRACTIONS, activities, silent auction and delicious food! Bring your family and friends!

ADMISSION

All Access Children Wristbands are available for $30 each in advance ($35 at the door)

(This includes unlimited attractions, games, activities, snacks and dinner)

Adult Wristbands are $10 each in advance and include dinner ($15 at the door)

(Additional wristbands will be available at the registration desk the day of in case you have any extra guests)

RAFFLE TICKETS

For each ticket purchased, your name will be entered in to win:

FREE TUITION at Crestwood School (for one year)* **

1 MONTH FREE at Crestwood Valley Day Camp (for 2019 year)**

FREE PIZZA LUNCH for a year**

 

PRIZES VALUING OVER $30,000!!!

Tickets are $100 each or 2 for $175, 3 for $250, 4 for $325, or 5 for $400

Please make cheques payable to: CSPA

DISMISSAL OF STUDENTS ON JUNE 12TH

For your child’s safety, we must know how each student will be picked up on June 12th.

Please be sure to fill out the sheet attached and return to your child’s teacher.

Wristbands will be given out to the students by their teacher, so please make sure to pre-order.

*Free tuition is only applicable for Crestwood School (not Preparatory College) for the 2018/2019 school year.

**Prizes not redeemable for cash but are transferable to any Crestwood Family.

Draw occurring on Tuesday June 12th, 2018, attendance not mandatory to claim prize.

See you at Family Fun Day!

Please feel free to contact cspa@crestwood.on.ca with any questions or concerns.

 

 

May 22nd, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Rugby

Monday was an exciting day for the U14 Rugby Team.  Our U14 boys scored a total of 18 trys, during their 4 matches. Hosted by Sterling Hall, our boys played against Sterling Hall, both Appleby squads and Greenwood College.  In the first match, our U14 Rugby Team dominated Appleby College’s second squad with a 5 – 0 victory.   The second match faced our boys against Greenwood College which left us 3 trys short of a win with a score of 2 – 5.  The third match against Appleby College’s first squad ended in a tie of 1 – 1.  The final match against Sterling Hall left our boys with a dominating 10 – 0 victory.  A special shout out to: Adam Pearlman with 6 Trys , Philippe Stroganov with 3 trys, Jase Todd with 2 Trys, Ethan Li with 1 Try, Joshua Mayberry with 1 Try, Liam Wagner with 1 Try, Nathan Galansky with 1 Try, Noah Halili with 1 Try.

The Junior Boys’ Rugby team travelled to Rosseau Lake Wednesday to play Greenwood College and Lakefield College. The first game against the number one rivals from Greenwood, Joans Weissland scored an early try to go ahead 1-0 in the first half. After some silly mistakes and turnovers, the boys dropped the match 3-1 in the end.  The gents bounced back against Lakefield and had an excellent game. Congrats to Amir Rafati for a smart play off of a penalty and scoring his first try ever! Kudos go to both Callum Braund and Jacob Hanning for intelligent heads-up play at scrum-half.  The boys qualified for next week’s championships at Sunnybrook. Best of luck to them!

Track and Field

Tuesday, the U14 Track and Field team ran, jumped and threw at the York University meet.  Congratulations to Ethan, Josh, Steven, Ryder, William Ford and William MacInnis for proudly representing CPC despite the rainy weather.

Soccer

The U14 girls soccer team had their second game Monday afternoon at Appleby College. Unfortunately, Appleby scored a couple unlucky goals right off the bat in the first half. This early lead and Appleby’s various experienced players who were hard to stop, resulting in a high goal scoring game for Appleby. Yet, the Crestwood girls started to come together as a team and make some plays in order to tie Appleby’s second half goal count. Shoutouts go to Jordan Nikolov for scoring two goals, Amy Cai for scoring the third, and Isabelle Rigny for her consistent energy and determination.

May 17th, 2018

Posted In: Upper School

Soccer

A big congrats to the Varsity Girls’ Soccer team on their first very convincing win of the season.  Wednesday the ladies traveled to Port Hope to face Trinity College.  Despite the rain and cold the lady Lions started out quick with Julia Lee scoring our first two goals.  Jahnai Brown followed with 2 of her own before our newcomer Zakayla Day -Burrell wrapped it up with one of her own.  Congrats ladies!

Crestwood’s U14 Girls’ Soccer played their first game against the York School Wednesday night. Despite the rain and lack of substitutes, the girls maintained a positive attitude and excelled at teamwork. The York School ended up gaining two unlucky goals on us and claimed the 3-1 win. Shoutout to Jordan Nikolov for leading the girls! Game highlights include Chiara Codron’s incredible goal and Taylor Howell’s brave saves.

          

Rugby

The Junior Boys’ Rugby played four tough, wet, soggy matches at Cherry Beach Wednesday night, tying twice and losing the others.  Some of the boys had never played the sport of rugby in their lives, but came out flying, making quite an impression on their coaches and teammates. Kudos to Aidan Kay who was absolutely fearless on the field, hitting everything that moved and scoring multiple full field tries. Ege Kuseybat put on a great defensive display, knocking a variety of opponents out of bounds. Hats off to Callum Braund for controlling the field at scrum half and Jet Lam for his crushing hits.  Well done boys!

          

Ultimate Frisby

Wednesday Crestwood’s Ultimate team travelled to Albert College for their season opener. CPC’s Lions rose to the challenge and played an amazing game with skill and above all great sportsmanship. Even though we lost, the team made Albert work hard for every point; so hard in fact that we played a solid 8 minutes before a point was scored. The players on both sides were so  committed to the game that at one point we were even cheering for the other team! Now that’s a true demonstration of Spirit of the Game. We saw unbelievable catches from Russell Koffman, Joe Han and Ella Lee O’Rourke. Our handlers stepped up and made incredible tosses and a shout goes to Katie Tuns, Robert Muresan, Jamie Reinish, Anthony Radford-Grant, and Armani Mighty. We have to highlight the amazing defence from Peter Hull, Kayla Drummond, Samara Black, Imani Mighty, and Justin Soberman. Our next game is a home game here at Crestwood on Tuesday May 1st. Come out and see us in action!!

Softball

Wednesday, the U14 Boys’ Softball team opened their season on the road with a game vs. Albert College.  Playing on a picturesque field overlooking the lake, the boys stormed out to an early 7-3 lead.  The team used keen eyes to work the pitch count and get on base with walks, allowing Zack Graff and Samir Nejad to bring in five runs with timely hitting.  Zack also had a great debut pitching effort.  However, shoddy defence eventually caused the lead to evaporate.  Despite a valiant effort, the boys lost a nail biter 10-8.  Good luck to the team as they try to even their record with a game vs. Montcrest Monday afternoon.

April 26th, 2018

Posted In: Upper School

This past March, 21 students spent their break at the Chimborazo region in Ecuador. The students were excellent ambassadors of Crestwood, they learned how to shear a sheep for wool, assisted in the construction of the foundation of a new classroom for a local school, and practiced their crafting skill with the local ladies. Through the activities, leadership modules, and interactions with the locals, students further developed their sense of empathy and compassion.
India is… in the air.

April 19th, 2018

Posted In: Upper School

Basketball

The Crestwood Junior Boys’ Basketball team advanced to the CISAA championship game with a 75-67 semifinal win over a hot shooting Crescent team. The teams battled back and forth through the first half before Crestwood took a 35-31 lead into the break. The Lions pushed the lead to as much as 15 early in the 4th quarter before Crescent mounted a late comeback closing within 1 point with 3 minutes to play. The Lions would get a couple of key stops and were able to finish the game off from the free-throw line in the closing moments. Matthew Nelsons led the way with a season-high 42 points and several rim-rocking dunks, while K’Shawn Latty added 25 and a dunk of his own. The Junior Lions will take on St. Mike’s at home this Saturday at 12:00 in rematch of last year’s championship game. Please stop by and support if you have the chance!

               

They have done it again!!!   Our Senior Boys played Villanova Wednesday in their semi-final game and what a showing it was. From the initial jump ball, our Lions took a commanding lead and never looked back as they beat Villanova 81 -56.
The Senior Boys Select team is playing in the National Preparatory Basketball Championships this weekend trying to win our first National title. They started off strong Thursday night winning their tournament opener against St. Laurent School by a score of 90-64. The team plays GTA prep tonight at 8:00pm. All games are streamed on YouTube – Northpole hoops, check out the action!

What a nail biter. Wednesday, our Senior Boys’ DII team had the fight of their life against Bayview Glen but they come out victorious with a 56 to 53 win. This win was in large part due to the spectacular shooting of Dave McCall, the continuous hussle of Johan Eichler and the rebounding strength of Erik Usher, Kabier Izzeldin and Derek Boecker.  This Saturday our Senior Boys’ DII team will be playing in the finals hosted at Crescent at 9 am. Wish them luck or come out and support them on Saturday.  A huge thank you goes out the following members of the Senior Boys’ DII team as Wednesday was their last home game in the Lion’s Den before they head off to University.  Dave McCall, Logan Lim, Derek Boecker, Erik Usher, Joe Eisentraut, Cole Morrison, Aren Karshafian and Kabier Izzeldin.

               

Volleyball

In the opening round of the playoffs, the Junior Girls’ Volleyball team faced off against Albert College.  During the regular season, our girls lost both games that we played against them.  But this was now the playoffs and our ladies were determined not lose for a third time.  All matches were hard fought and extremely close with the scores being 25-23, 22-25, 25-23, and 25-23.  The key difference this time is that the score favoured our team and each team member played critical roles at different parts of the game to lead to our victory.

The Senior Girls’ Volleyball team travelled to Rosseau Lake College Monday and left victorious in straight sets to end their regular season. It was a complete team effort highlighted by spectacular serves from Audrey Melkoumov and Laura Chu. Jahnai Brown and Rachel Pape provided stellar offense with overpowering spikes that were only possible by the accurate sets provided by Alex Sanders. The team played a great defensive game, anchored by the strong play of Sacha Snyder, Julia Lee, Sydney Major and Willa Easton. Great job ladies!

The Senior Girls’ Volleyball team won their quarterfinals playoff game Tuesday at Trafalgar School in five tightly contested sets. They managed to pull out the victory with a 16-14 final score in their last set. The ladies look to continue their fantastic play this weekend in the semifinals at TMS. Let’s wish them luck!

March 2nd, 2018

Posted In: Upper School

Swimming

Our U14 Swim Team achieved their absolute personal best time during last Thursday’s CISAA championship.  James Gillingham won 4 points for the school with his 50m Freestyle, 3 points by  Amy Cai with her 50m Breaststroke, and Jordan Nikolov and Zachary Black both won 1 point each for their 50m Breaststroke as well.  The highlight of the day was when our relay team of Benjamin Davidson, Jordan Nikolov, Amy Cai, and our anchor James Gillingham placed first in their heat.  Coaches Hecock, Koaich, Wappel, and R.Lee would like to congratulate all our swimmers for yet another impressive season.  We may be a small team, but we are a great one.  Great job, swimmers!

               

     

Basketball

The Junior Boys’ Basketball team traveled to Crescent last Wednesday afternoon for their final regular season CISAA game. After a slow start, the Lions trailed 22-23 at halftime. However, the Lions clamped down on defense in the second half and ran off to a 53-37 victory.  Matthew Nelsons led the way with 21 points, while K’Shawn Latty added 16. Caiden Oshinowo hit a couple of big 3s in the second half to pitch in 6 points. Big shout out to the entire team on their defensive effort in the second half, as they held Crescent to only 14 points. With the win, the Crestwood Juniors claim the regular season CISAA title with a 12-0 record. Playoffs start on Wednesday as the Lions will host the 4-seed.

Last Wednesday our Senior Boys’ DII Basketball team played a difficult game against Country Day School.  The boys kept their composure despite never having the lead through out the game. With this loss of 77 to 49 to Country Day School, our Lions fall from 2nd place to 4th place.  Special mention goes to Derek Boecker, Cole Morrison and David McCall for their team effort from the tip off to the final whistle of the game.

 

Volleyball

A big shoutout goes to the five all-star members of the U14 Girls Volleyball team who played the shorthanded game against Trafalgar this past Wednesday: Ella Lee-O’Rourke, Tinamarie Otchere, Saleah Joseph, Isabelle Rigny, and Chiara Codron. The girls came together and demonstrated what they have been practicing; winning points with amazing serves and powerful three hits. The Lions won the matches: 25- 16, 25-20, and 25-10. Way to go, ladies! Thanks for the great season.

               

Curling

Crestwood’s U14 and Varsity Boys’ teams were in competition last Tuesday night at the Toronto Cricket Club, in the first stage of the CISAA curling playoffs. The U14 squad was in a sudden death match-up against the team from TMS, with the winner advancing to the semi-finals next Friday. Skip William MacInnis called a fantastic game, and spot on shots from Tony, Cole and Arjun helped Crestwood jump to an early 5-1 lead. The TMS squad tried to make it interesting in the final ends, but the Crestwood U14s held them back and finished the game 6-3.

The Varsity Boys squad had a chance to advance directly to the finals in their match against the 1st place squad from St. Andrews. Despite curling shorthanded, and falling behind early, Adam, Jacob and Gaby kept themselves in the game and mounted a comeback in the second half. Unfortunately, they ran out of ends before the comeback could be completed. Thankfully, the Varsity Team will have another chance this week, as their high rank in the overall standings gives them a berth in this week’s semi-finals.


With only 1 week left in league play this winter athletic season, CPC has had some very impressive results!  We would like to congratulate a few teams that have finished at the top of their leagues;

Sr Boys basketball – 1st place and undefeated

Jr. Boys basketball – 1st place and undefeated

U14 Boys basketball – 1st place and undefeated

Varsity Boys hockey – 1st place with only 1 loss all season

Both our Jr and Sr Girls are moving on to playoffs as well.

Finally, we would like to wish the best of luck to a few students that will be representing CPC at OFSAA in March;

Swimming- Mohamed Basha

Boys Curling team – Spencer Arshinoff, Gaby Croitoru, Joseph Eisentraut, Adam Golden, Malcolm Leask, Jacob Reinish

 

February 26th, 2018

Posted In: Upper School

Dear Parents:

Friday, February 9th is Ski Day for Grade 4-6 students.

Here are a few last minute reminders:

DRESS IN LAYERS, NECK WARMERS, SUN SCREEN, GLOVES AND HOT PAWS.

The long range forecast for Flesherton calls for a mix of sun and clouds -10C. Please tell your children that when they are cold they should make their way into the chalet where there will be teacher supervision throughout the day.

Arrive at Sunnybrook Park. The entrance is 1132 LESLIE STREET. (just north of Eglinton)

The drive is approximately 1 KILOMETER in from Leslie Street.

Keep to the right as you enter the park and follow the signs until you reach

Parking lot #3. (there is a small sign on the right hand side of the road)

THE PARKING LOT IS THE SECOND LOT ONCE YOU ENTER THE PARK AND JUST PRIOR TO THE MAIN CEMENT PILLARS.

Parents and teachers, you may leave your car in the lot but please display the Crestwood logo.

Arrive at Sunnybrook Park by 6:50am. All buses will leave at 7:00 am SHARP. We will not wait for latecomers.

Buses arrive at Beaver Valley Ski Club @ 9:00am

Arrive back at Sunnybrook Park, traffic considered, at approximately 5:45pm

If your child is sick and not attending Ski Day, you MUST call Mrs. Brenzel’s cell at 416-786 3445 BEFORE 6:30 am.

Each student has been assigned a bus number for the trip, there will be no changes made.

Parents arriving at Beaver Valley Ski Club on their own must meet Mrs. Brenzel inside the lodge cafeteria to obtain their tow tickets.

Please send a lunch and snacks or money with your child.

Students NOT participating in Ski Day are expected to be at school at the regular time and in uniform. Arrangements have been made for them.

No ski boots are to be worn on the bus.

No student will be permitted to begin skiing until a Beaver Valley Ski Club instructor has tested him or her.

Ski lessons will take place all day if required.

Teachers will be on the slopes and are assigned to various checkpoints around the resort, at the base, on the trails, and in the chalet to assist the students.

Students must ski with a buddy.

Helmets are mandatory.

Any student leaving Beaver Valley Ski Club and not returning on the bus must speak DIRECTLY with Ms. Badler.

THE LAST RUN IS 2:30 PM. The tow supervisor will not allow any Crestwood student back on the lift. The buses leave at 3:00 pm SHARP. Students must be back on their assigned bus.

Beaver Valley and Crestwood School are not responsible for any lost electronic devices, i.e. Ipod’s, cell phones.

BEAVER VALLEY SKI CLUB IS A PRIVATE CLUB AND WE MUST BE RESPECTFUL OF THEIR RULES.

We are looking forward to a wonderful and safe ski day. The Crestwood Staff

February 2nd, 2018

Posted In: Lower School

Harry Sanders sailed the oceans of the world during the Second World War.  Born in the small seaside community of South Shields, in Great Britain, he answered a Marconi company ad on the topic of wireless operators, and soon his training was underway, as he left school and South Shields behind him.  Soon named a junior radio officer, his adventures began, as he would move from one ship to the next in subsequent years, joining one convoy after the next.  Harry crossed the Atlantic on many occasions, seeing ports of call everywhere in the world.  Along the way he and the men and women of the merchant marine sustained the war effort, bringing crucial supplies to Britain in her hour of need.  And Harry did pay the price:  one of his ships was torpedoed on the south Atlantic, where Harry was lucky to survive, clinging to a raft and following the current ashore to Sierra Leone.  Shipped back to England, it was on to the next adventure, which included an assignment to an Allied troop ship, ferrying the men to Omaha Beach once D-Day was underway.  In the final days of the war, he brought supplies to the men fighting the Battle of the Bulge, and to the Dutch survivors of the “Hunger Winter”.

Harry came to our attention as the result of an article in the Toronto Star, and Tillsonburg Mayor Stephen Molnar helped put Mr. Masters in touch, and Mr. Masters visited Harry in his home in early January 2018.

February 2nd, 2018

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The U12 Girls Volleyball team played three great games in their St. Clement’s mini meet yesterday. They won their second set against Trafalgar, but fell to St. Clement’s and Hawthorne.  As the meet progressed, the ladies showed improved teamwork, more accurate bumping, and excellent serves. Mikayla, Andrianna, Izzy, Amy, and Judy all hit aces that we’re un-returnable by their opponents. Viana, Mckenzie, Selene, and Chloe all had excellent bumps and digs.  The ladies take on Branksome Hall next Thursday and appreciate all the support of the parents who are always there to cheer us on!

-​Coaches Suckstorff and Parsons​

 

January 17th, 2018

Posted In: Lower School, Sports

Curling

Our U14 curling team defeated TMS Wednesday in a close first game at the Royal Canadian Curling Club. Our boys came back from behind to tie it up in the sixth and final end, causing an exciting draw-to-the-button tie-breaker shot. William MacInnis threw a perfect stone which was also swept to perfection by his team (Tony Qi, Tony Qu, and Cole Luepann), stopping dead centre on the button and taking the game!

Crestwood debuted two new skips in Bradford Wednesday against SAC. Adam Golden, a five year veteran of the Crestwood curling program, took the helm for Crestwood’s Varsity Boys’ Team. Meanwhile, Will Dennison called the shots for Crestwood’s Open Team. While Saint Andrews prevailed in both games, the future looks bright for Crestwood’s curling program.

Volleyball

The U14 Girls’ Volleyball Team had their first game Wednesday, at Crestwood, against St. Johns-Kilmarnock School.  After losing the first set 12-25, the girls started to get a handle on the second set by upping their communication, passing, and serving game resulting in a closer score of 18-25. Considering it was their first game, the girls played well and demonstrated great teamwork. Shoutouts go to Ella Lee-O’Rourke for her fierce serves and sneaky tips and Ryann Hiltz for hustling to get every ball. Good luck on your mini tournament Monday, ladies!

               

This Wednesday, the Junior Girls’ Volleyball Team faced off against SJK.  Coming off a season opening loss, the ladies were really focused on showing their real potential on the court.  The first game was back and forth with our ladies winning a close 25-21 affair.  The next two games were an amazing display of serving and relentless defense as Crestwood won them 25-6 and 25-11.  Special acknowledgments must go out to the serving of both Latasha Lattimore and Zakayla Day-Burrell who both served for more than 10 points in a row in both of the last two games.  Also, the accurate passing of Maya Berger enabled our setters to make precision passes for our hitters.  Great job ladies.

               

The Senior Girls’ Volleyball Team won their first game of the season on Monday December 4th with a convincing straight set victory over Bayview Glen. It was a complete team effort that was highlighted by great serves by Alex Sanders, Winnette Walters and Areej Burgonio, great defence by Sacha Snyder and Jahnai Brown as well as dominant attacks by Rachel Pape. Great job CPC, let’s keep it up.

Hockey

The U-14 Hockey Team had their first game Monday vs. Greenwood, dropping their season opener 6-5. The team came out with a very slow start, falling 3-0 in the first period. A heroic effort by Eric Chen rushing from the defensive position scored 4 miraculous unassisted goals, with Mateo Rocha popping in a beauty wrist shot from the slot. Tied 5-5, the effort fell just short as Greenwood snuck in a scramble in front of the net to win the game in the dying minutes of the third.  Great effort boys, we will get them next time!

The U-14 Lions’ Hockey Team had a beautiful 6-3 win over De La Salle Wednesday night, with the entire team coming together with a fantastic all around effort. Our defensive line had a huge offensive game with Eric Chen scoring 2 and Phillipe Stroganov popping in one and an assist! Goalie Jayden Bennet was able to gobble up a whole bunch of pucks, ensuring no rebounds and keeping shots out of the net. Great efforts by Noah Halili, Mateo Rocha, Aidan Takes and Dylan Wilkinson, who all found their way onto the score sheet. Awesome work boys. Our next match is on Monday when we travel to Appleby. Keep up the good work!

               

The Varsity Hockey Team took to the ice Wednesday in their first game of the regular season and did not disappoint.  Right from the get go, the team used their speed, skill and determination to take a commanding lead and never looked back in their 10-1 defeat of RSGC.  Get play by all, saw the entire team make the score sheet with either a goal or an assist.  Special mentions goes out to Roy Pecjinovski for another spectacular game in net and to Cole Eichler, Sam Li, Christian Campanelli, Andrew Haynes, Sean Zelman and Lorenzo Mancini for multi-point games.  Keep up the good work, your coaching staff is very proud of you.

Swimming

Our U14 swimmers made a splashing debut into the world of swim meet.  This is the first time where not a single swimmer was disqualified after their event.  Amy Cai took the diving block like a champ.  Our relay team of Chloe Werkin, Ben Davidson, James Gillingham, and Zach Black swam their best and beat last year’s team time.  We may be a small team but we are mighty.  Great job, swimmers!

               

Basketball

Tuesday afternoon, Crestwood’s U14 Boys’ Basketball Team traveled to St. Michael’s College and returned with their second win of the season defeating St. Mike’s 67-46. Both teams worked hard, but the Lions closed in and worked together to take over the court. Special mention to Mikkel Tyne for some amazing steals and impressive moves through the game. Come out and support our team next Wednesday for our home game against Hillfield after school. Go Lions!

The Crestwood Junior Prep Boys’ Basketball Team finished as runners-up of the Thornlea Thunder Junior Invitational this past weekend with a record of 4-1. The Juniors won pool B on Friday with wins over John Polanyi 58-46, Jean Vanier 81-54, and Martingrove 88-35. In the semifinals on Saturday, the boys pulled out a big 75-67 win over St. Mike’s before falling to the hosts, Thornlea, 68-55.  The boys welcomed two new players to the squad; Zack Graff and Jonas Weissland who put up high point totals of 8 and 5 against Martingrove, while Pharaoh Wendt added 2 points and a sweet behind the back assist to Zack Graff. Imani Mighty and Armani Mighty put up career highs of 8 and 12 against Jean Vanier, and Caiden Oshinowo provided great depth off the bench and scored in 3 of our 5 games. Our starters, Matthew Nelsons, K’Shawn Latty, Jaden Langley-Thomas, Elijah Fisher, and Mikkel Tyne each scored in double figures multiple times over the course of the weekend and wowed the crowd many times with several dunks, an alley-oop, crossover step-backs, and a variety of other big plays. A big congratulations goes out to Jaden Langley-Thomas who was named co-MVP of the tournament.

The Junior Boys’ CISAA Basketball Team won 67-43 over Upper Canada College in the second game of their CISAA D1 season Monday evening. The boys got off to a hot start and led 39-18 at the break, before increasing the lead to as much 30 in the 2nd half. K’Shawn Latty led the way with 18 points, while Jaden Langley-Thomas added 17, and Matthew Nelsons pitched in 12 despite all 3 not playing in the 4th quarter. Other starters, Caiden Oshinowo and Armani Mighty added 5 points and 1 point respectively, while Imani Mighty added 2 points off the bench. Four players scored their first points of the season, with Michael Kim and Michael Steinberg both hitting 3-pointers, Peter Peng adding 4 points inside, and Denny Deng with a 2 point putback.  The win moves the Junior squad to 2-0 on the season. The boys will head to Appleby College next Monday in hopes of winning their third straight game.

The Senior Boys’ Division II Basketball Team started off their season Wednesday. The boys got off to a slow start against an experienced Holy Trinity school down 26-23 at halftime. Crestwood tied up the game heading into the fourth quarter. They had a slow start to begin the fourth quarter, falling down 12 points with just under 4 minutes to play. They continued to battle but ultimately fell short with a final score of 56-50 in favour of Holy Trinity School. Shoutouts go to Kabier Izzeldin who was a defensive presence all game, Aren Karshafian for his clutch three pointers, Michael Di Battista for his hustle plays and David McCall who scored a game high 21 points. Next Monday, they play their first home game of the season.

The Crestwood Boys’ Prep Team went 2-3 at the NPA Prep League session #1 in Ottawa. It was Jahcobi Neath’s first game back while Franco Miller Jr led the team in scoring and Luis Pacheco Jr led in rebounding. Crestwood will be hosting the NPA Prep League session#2 in Toronto Jan 3-6. The Boys’ Prep Team recently played their first NPA Prep League South Division game vs TBA Academy to 87-80 lost. They bounced back on Wed Nov 29th when the Sr Elite team beat rival St Mike’s for the first time in the school’s basketball history. Great job, more to come!

          

 

 

December 6th, 2017

Posted In: Upper School

The Senior Robotics’ Team has been working hard the last couple of months to build a bluetooth controlled soccer playing robot. With many late nights in the lab and battles through many setbacks, the team pulled through and created two incredible robots and demonstrated what they can do with a little bit of dedication and perseverance. Using a 3D printer with PLA plastic, the team built and programmed two Arduino powered robots that are controlled by an Android app. It is an excellent start, but the team still has ways to go. Their goal is to create autonomous soccer playing robots.

Click here to check out their progress.
Team leads: Logan Lim (’18) and Alex Wang (’19)
Team members: Haotong Zhang (’19), Sean McNamara (’19), Amirreza Rafati (’20), and others.

December 1st, 2017

Posted In: Upper School

Richard Ratcliffe was born on the 16th of June 1928, in Haileybury, Ontario. After his father died in 1938 his family moved to St.Catharines, Ontario. He joined the Navy in 1945 when he was 17 years old. He went to Naval College in Royal Rhodes in BC and graduated as a midshipman. He went to the Royal Naval College in Greenwich, England. He finished his studies in 1950 and came back to Canada and got married. Months later we was placed in a destroyer named HMCS Nootka en route to Korea, where he was stationed for 9 months. He continued to serve in the Navy until his retirement. He is a father and grandfather.
He was interviewed by Amir Rafati, Aaron Greenspan and Yoshie Ishikawa on September 22, 2017.

December 1st, 2017

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Genya Baskin is a the Holocaust survivor. She was born in Poland in 1932 and lived with her parents, siblings and grandmother. When she was about five years old, she and her family had to leave Poland when the Germans invaded. Genya and her family had moved to different places during the war, spending most of their time in Siberia. After the war, Genya got married, having two daughters and three grandkids.  She raised her family in the USSR, later choosing to emigrate.  Genya came to Canada in 1980 with government’s guarantee.
Crestwood students Sally Li, Cindy Wang, Georgia Gardner, David Huang and Amir Rafati interviewed Genya at Baycrest in September 2017.

October 30th, 2017

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Another Big Hit for the PA!

“Spacco” was the site of much fun and merriment last night. About two hundred members of the The Crestwood Preparatory College community once again enjoyed an evening of “friend raising”, brought to us by the ever talented, dedicated and versatile members of our Parents’ Association. Only one day after the bake sale of all bake sales, PA organizers were once again busy bringing the community together as well as raising funds for a variety of equipment and experiences for our kids.
Along with the usual wining and dining, typical of these affairs, participants could also play a game of pool, watch the Leaf game or chat it up with friends. It was  the “hippest” group yet assembled at one of these affairs, although lessons in pool would be a welcome addition to proceedings next year. Raffles and prizes added excitement and suspense to the evening. The ladies in the PA made sure everyone had a good time. The laughter and camaraderie made it a special event all around. I sat at a table looking out onto the floor for a few minutes and was very proud to see our parents come together like this. It is the kind of spirit that is invariably passed down to the kids. There must have been some very tall billiard stories at breakfast this morning. Great fun all around, and lasting memories to go with it.
The PA continues its remarkable work. The members are an enthusiastic group of people dedicated to enriching the lives of everyone at the school. The excellent support they have been receiving for their initiatives is wonderful. Last night was a big hit. Thanks to all who attended. Supporting the PA enriches our school community in many important respects. Please continue to involve yourself in the PA projects throughout the year. I know your kids themselves must take pride in your participation.
From all of us to the PA… thank you very much for “Spacco” and everything else you do for us. We would be a less inspired bunch without you.
Vince Pagano

October 27th, 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.

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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

Eugene Katz was born in Dyszna, Poland in in 1927.  He was one of five children, growing up in a Jewish family not too far from Vilna; he recalls a difficult life, beset by hunger and poverty, but also filled with family and friends.  When war came in 1939, Eugene’s family was in eastern Poland, the part of the country assigned to the USSR in the infamous 1939 Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact.  The family suddenly found itself under Soviet domination; as big a change as this was, life continued, though clear signs of Soviet communism began to enter their lives.  1941 saw the real change though…Germany initiated Operation Barbarossa, and within a matter of days Eugene’s family was under the heel of the Nazi regime.  The family was quickly put in a ghetto, and Eugene’s oldest sister Sophie was murdered.  Life became increasingly difficult in the ghetto, as the young Eugene and his family struggled to survive.  Then the darkest of days arrived, with the liquidation of the ghetto by the Einsatzgruppen.  Most of Eugene’s family was taken to a killing site and murdered.  Eugene was there, witnessing these terrible events, but he and his brother escaped, taking advantage of the fog and running into the forest.  Now a teenager, Eugene joined the Russian partisans, and he managed to survive four intense years of warfare, often the victim of political intrigue and anti-Semitism in the Red Army.  Very crafty and clever and willing to do what he had to, Eugene made it, the only member of his family to survive the war and the Shoah.  He began to rebuild his life, marrying and working in Riga, and in the 50s he made it to Poland, and from there Canada.  Every step of the way his survival instinct kept him afloat, and he went on to create a prosperous business in postwar Canada, helping to build the country we know today.

Eugene Katz was interviewed at his home in July 2017, by Crestwood teacher Scott Masters.  The interview was set up courtesy of the Jewish War Veterans Association of Toronto.

October 11th, 2017

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Cross Country

The Varsity Cross Country team had a great day Wednesday in Durham Forest racing the trails. Congratulations to all our members who ran: Kyra Grossman, Samara Black, Jennifer Wang, Tommy Zheng, William Dennison, Jimmy Liu and Yale Zhang. Special mention to Kyra who placed 6th in her midget girls division and to Jennifer Wang who also ran a great race yesterday at Durham Forest. She was a super trooper.  Great job everyone!

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Basketball

The U14 Lady Lions continued in their winning ways Wednesday night defeating BSS 56-29.  The Lady Lions started off slow, once again, but were able to find their rhythm which resulted in them taking the lead and never looking back. Strong defense, keeping BSS to only 9 points in the second half and explosive offense, scoring 36 consecutive points, resulted in a very convincing second win of the season.  Great play by all on both sides of the court with special mention going to Saleah Joseph who dropped 27 points!!!  Keep up the good work!!!

Monday our Sr. Girls’ Basketball team travel to Villanova College for a very exciting game.  Going into the 4th it was just a two-point game, but led by the sharp shooting of Shayeann Day-Wilson and Areej Burgonio, CPC was able to secure the win.  The final score was 69-50 Crestwood.  Shayeann Day-Wilson led all scorer with 29 points.

Volleyball

The  U14 Boys’ Volleyball team had their second game last Friday at UCC. The boys looked more united as a team and were serving up a storm.  Unfortunately, despite Crestwood’s focus and improvement on bumps and good passes, UCC beat them out with some great three hit volleyball.  Shout out to Cole Luepann and Robert Dumoulin-White for their determined digs.

The boys on the U14 Volleyball team looked like a completely different team on the court while playing against The York School Monday.  The hustle to get every ball was real and was matched with an equal level of communication. Even the coach at The York School was amazed with how the Crestwood boys were putting in 100% to get every ball. Crestwood won their first game in the set and had close scores in the other three games such as; York-25 and Crestwood 21. Sadly, all the effort did not amount to an overall win but they can be proud of their accomplishments thus far.  Shout outs go to Gabriel Pogrin for his killer serves and Josh Deng for his consistent passes.  Way to go boys, good luck next week!

The Junior Boys’ Volleyball team continued their season games Monday night here at CPC.  The boys started off strong, and won the first set against TYS 25-15.  Great plays at the net were seen by middle players Cameron Frank and Anthony Radford-Grant, while Max Wolburgh showed off his consistent serves!  Even with the fantastic start, TYS clawed their way back to win the next three sets, which won them the game.  Coaches Hann and Wappel are proud of the improvement they’ve seen within the team so far, and are looking forward to what the rest of the season will bring.
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Soccer

Monday the U14 Boys’ Soccer team, hosted their first home game versus The Toronto York School.  The Lions started out strong,  taking the lead with Adam Pearlman lacing one by the keeper in the first 20 minutes of the game. The York School was resilient, and in the second half, after a few of our Lions went down with injuries. TYS saw this opportunity to take the lead scoring 2 quick goals. Showing great adversity, CPC battled back to tie the game with a beautiful goal by Zack Graff. However, with 15 minutes left in the game, TYS got a penalty kick and won the game 3-2.

On Wednesday, the Junior boys’ soccer team faced off against Greenwood.  It was a battle of two very good teams right from the beginning.  The chances were very limited as both defenses were able to shut down most of the attacks.  Unfortunately, Greenwood was able to capitalize on the few opportunities that they had.  Ege Kuseybat scored our lone goal as we were defeated this time 3-1.  The season is still young and this team will surely bounce back next game.

The Senior Boys’ Soccer club opened up its season away from home at Toronto French School.  The game itself proved to be a battle from the get-go as CPC cut TFS’ lead to 1 goal on FOUR separate occasions during what turned out to be a roller coaster of a game. The game went from 1-0 TFS to 1-1 to 2-1 to 3-1 to 3-2 to 4-2  and to 4-3. At 4-3 Sam Douey motivated CPC even more by saving a direct kick with the game on the line.  But TFS was not too denied on this day and despite some good pressing on our part, TFS went up 5-3 to put the game out of reach.  Making the final 6-3 TFS.  Honorable mentions go to our goal scorers David McCall, Jesse Codron, and Joseph Eisentraut. And a special shout-out goes to Alex  Korda and Jesse Codron who got the chance to play with the senior team and did not disappoint.

The Senior Boys’ Soccer team entered its home opener against Greenwood Wednesday afternoon with high expectations… and at times did not disappoint. Periodic displays of focused pressing, precision passing, and effective shooting account for the team’s two goals on the day, courtesy of Charlie Nogas and Aren Karshafian.  However, some untimely turnovers and shoddy defending undid the team as it dropped its second game of the year 4-2.  The team’s next game is at home to Lakefield on October 11th.

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October 5th, 2017

Posted In: Upper 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

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