Tuesday | January 16, 2018

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

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.

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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.

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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

Dear Parents,

Our Family Fun Day takes place on Tuesday and we are looking forward to seeing everyone for a fun filled afternoon. Please submit all order forms for wristbands and raffle tickets to the office as soon as possible. Silent auction items and sponsorships are still being accepted.

Please click here to download our FFD Package.

June 11th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Rugby

The junior boys rugby team hosted a great day of rugby here at CPC.  The boys first game was a close match against Lakefield College.  Unfortunately we just ran out of time and fell short by one try.  Jonas Weissland scored 2 tries and Max Dolman scored 1 try, Jacob Hanning added 1 conversion in game 1.  The second game of the day saw our CPC lions face off against The Toronto French School.  The boys dominated the game from start to finish and won 14-7.  Jonas Weissland scored his second try of the day (which should have been his third!), and Callum Braund added an end to end try.  Jacob Hanning finished off both tries with 2 successful conversions.  The final game of the day the Lions faced the undefeated RSGC.  It was a tough first half but the boys finished strong with 2 more tries coming from Jonas Weissland.  Great job boys!

The U14 Rugby Team had their best tournament of the season at the Sterling Hall School. The boys showed good teamwork, quick thinking, and athleticism over their three matches. It took the boys a little bit of time to warm up, as they lost their first match, tied the second, but won their third match against SHS.  Every player made great contributions to the matches, but there are a few special recognitions. Mateo Rocha and Aedan Armstrong-Fogarty supported each other, and ran over half the field to score a try. Liam Wagner plowed through his opponents in the end zone, scoring his first try of the season. Jet Lam dodged through the other teams, scoring one try each game.  Coaches Birrell, Peerenboom, and Wappel are very pleased with a great day of rugby!

The senior boys rugby played an excellent day of rugby up at Holy Trinity School.  The boys finished with 2 wins over Ridley College and Holy Trinity.  Try scores were Ryan Mann with 3 tries; Aren Karshafian with 3 tries; John Mainprize with 5 tries; Mert Tutco added a try and Braden Harris had 1 try and multiple conversions.  Congratulations to the team on finishing in 2nd place in our division and making it to the final four!

                   

Soccer

The U14 Girls soccer team hosted the league-leading team from the York School and played its best game of the season.  Implementing a formation of 5 defenders, three midfielders and two strikers, our girls kept York’s scoring chances to a minimum, and generated our chances to go on the offensive.   While our girls trailed for most of the game, we came close to tying the game with two minutes left in the contest. In the end, our girls lost the game 3-2, but showed what it takes to work as a team and to battle for each and every ball.  Kudos goes to the entire team, with particular shout outs to Monica Altschuler who made some spectacular saves, Maddie Milberg and Merve Inan who battled the whole game on defense, midfielder Kate Harding, for being a thorn in the side of York all game, and the goal scorers, Kyra Grossman and Ella Rival.  It’s onto to the playoffs with our opponents to be announced shortly.  Go CPC!

The U14 Girls soccer team entertained the girls from Trafalgar Castle Monday afternoon.  Mr. D described the final result as a Dickens novel, since the it was the best and worst of times for our girls.  The good news is that we managed to score 4 goals, with 3 goals coming compliments of Ella Rival, and one goal from Kyra Grossman.  The bad news is that Trafalgar scored 8 goals to our 4, as our girls couldn’t find a way to contain their offensive attacks.

A big congrats to the Senior Girls soccer team on yet another win against Trafalger Castle.  Everyone played a great game, with special mention to Alexa Gibson our goalie who scored in the second half and Tiana Bailey for her two hard fought goals.

          

Slo Pitch

The Senior Boys slo pitch team was back at Fenside Park on Monday for their final regular season game vs. Bayview Glen. The game was a see-saw battle, with both teams racking up double digit scores. Crestwood’s David McCall led the way for the Lions with two grand slams, a 2-run homer and a ridiculous 10 total Runs Batted In. After falling behind in the top of the 7th, the Lions were able to put up 5 runs in the bottom of the 7th, leaving the game a 21-21 tie.

The U14 Boys Softball team got back into the win column with a dominating 18-1 victory over Montcrest School.  Despite a slow start, the boys’ bats came alive in the second inning, and kept pumping out runs at a relentless pace in the innings to follow.  Key to the offense was Alex Korda, who hit a 2-run home run, as well as Ethan Gazer, who had a bases clearing triple.  Ethan Adler also had a solid game on the mound, in an excellent bounce-back pitching performance.

Track & Field

The U14 track team travelled to St. Andrews College for a track meet.  The team had a great day, setting many personal bests in the varied events.  Congratulations everyone!

 

May 18th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Upper School

Rugby

What a day the Senior Boys Rugby Team had at Ridley College. The boys played four exciting matches, which ended in 2 wins against CDS and HTS, and 2 losses against Ridley College and HCS.

Cole “The Crusher” Morrison made hard tackles and smart plays, bringing many of his opponents down hard and fast.

Great leadership was presented by Braden Harris, who played all four matches, scored conversions, made great kicks, and kept the team spirit up on the field.

John Mainprize, Ryan Mann, Artie Shlykov, and Ty Ellis were quick AND fast, scoring eight tries throughout the four games.

Overall it was a fantastic day!

 

Track

Senior boy Josh Haughton competed in the Andre Hamilton Relays and had a great day.

After placing third in long jump in the morning, Josh won first place in the senior boys’ triple jump in the afternoon, setting a new competition record of 13.67.

Congratulations to Josh! Well Done!

 

Soccer

Congratulations to the Senior Girls Soccer Team on their win against Trinity College.  Special mention goes to Julia Lee on her hat trick and Sydney Steiman on her first goal to get us started.  All around great play by all team members.

 

Softball

The Senior Boys Softball team traveled to Lakefield last Friday afternoon for their first game of the season. Playing shorthanded, with a bench composed of call-ups from the U-14 team, Crestwood fell behind early to the big bats of Lakefield. Crestwood kept it close, with crafty baserunning, fantastic play on the mound and at the plate by Charlie Nogas, and a big 3-run triple in the 6th by Jonah Patel. Unfortunately, the boys were not able to develop a strategy to deal with Lakefield’s biggest bats, and after 7 innings, the final score was Lakefield 18, Crestwood 8.

May 4th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Upper School

Badminton

The senior boys and girls badminton teams traveled downtown yesterday to play against the York School. The squad participated in a series of matches that lasted for a few very competitive hours. All the teams played very well and in the end, both schools were equally matched and tied 6 matches to 6.
Next week is a busy week with senior practices and games. Crestwood will host the next match Wwednesday, April 19th at 3:30 in the Crestwood gymnasium when we welcome the senior girls’ team from Trafalgar Castle School. Come by on Wednesday to see your senior girls play!

Frisbee

Crestwood’s Varsity Ultimate Frisbee Team got their first taste of true league play this week. With many new players joining the Lions this year it was a fabulous opportunity to learn about the game, and put all the theory they learned into practice.

The fast paced game was exciting to watch, and even though it took a couple of games for us to score our first point we played with heart. Some game highlights were fantastic defensive plays by Zoe Shen, Daven Siu, Ella Lee-O’Rourke, Laura Chu, and Kelly Chu. Special mention goes out to Faith Joseph and Joseph Zuckerman who put points on the board thanks to assists from Alex Von wersebe and Mohammed Basha.

April 13th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News

Gerda Sless was born in Brussels and in her young life was raised by her mom, dad and her brother, along with her grandparents. Gerda and her brother shared a great bond and as siblings they had a positive relationship. One morning everything took a turn though – the war intruded upon their idyllic lives.  Gerda managed to escape the grip of the Nazis; she went into hiding in a convent, while her brother was taken to Auschwitz. Gerda’s story is the story of a teenaged girl on the run, trying to live her life against a backdrop of upheaval.  She was interviewed for this project in November 2016 by Amir Rafati, Arielle Meyer, Serena Iannucci, and Julian Silver.

April 6th, 2017

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Bernie Collins was an RCAF navigator during World War 2. He started out his life in Toronto, Ontario, the only son in a large extended family. He helped his grandfather in his auto-shop, working with tin and learning to use his hands. When he got the chance, Bernie joined the RCAF, knowing that he was soon to be conscripted as a soldier. During the war Bernie was stationed on a number of bases, mostly in different parts of eastern Canada. He had to do many things, from finding out why certain planes crashed, to travelling back from north Scotland with crazy Texans. When not involved in those adventures, he learned about aircraft maintenance and design. After the war he resumed his education, and became a dentist, retiring at the age of 80. Bernie was interviewed in February 2017 by Liam Gardner and Scott Masters.

March 28th, 2017

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Crestwood was pleased to send a delegation of students to the University of Toronto Model United Nations Assembly (UTMUN) this year.  UTMUN is held each February on the campus of the University of Toronto.  Crestwood’s delegates this year included Angelina Audette, Norris Chung, Aaron Greenspan, Sally Li, Queena Li, Jenny Li, Amir Rafati, Jessica Shen, Cheryl Situ, Zoe Shen, Gavin Wei, David Huang, Bora Kutun Artie Shlykov, Donna Dong, Georgia Gardner, Robert McHale, Alexander McLeod, Daven Siu, Viki Tao, Adam Tytel, Silva Xu, and Anbo Wang.
Over the four-day conference, the students participated in the various committees of UTMUN, including DISEC, ECOSOC, the UNHRC and so on.  On these committees, the students submitted and debated a number of resolutions, which were modeled on current international issues; as such, the students had to role play and had to be well-versed in the foreign policies of their respective countries, as well as the operations of the UN in general.  Even with all this, they managed to have fun at the same time.  All in all, it was a good experience, and Mr. Masters and Mr. Rachlis thank the delegates for their enthusiasm.
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February 16th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Upper School

Fred Roles was born in 1920s London, the son of a firefighting family.  He vividly remembers the beginning of the Blitz in 1940; when his neighbourhood was bombed, he and his mother had the good fortune to be at the back of the family home.  He vowed to shoot down those German planes as soon as he could, and he went on to join the RAF.  He wanted to be an air gunner, but the RAF needed communications specialists, so Fred was trained in Morse Code, and deployed to various RAF bases, where ho participated in the defence of Britain during the intense battles of 1940-41.  At the midway point of the war, Fred was deployed to Ceylon, where he joined the Wire Service, helping to decipher Japanese messages and working towards victory in the Pacific.

We met Fred at Sunnybrook veterans Wing in December 2016, where he was interviewed by David Huang and Scott Masters.

January 23rd, 2017

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Stan Dinney was born in New Brunswick in 1922, near Moncton.  His father moved the family to Windsor, Ontario for a few years when Stan was young, but he took the family back to Moncton with the coming of the Great Depression, when he secured employment at a family lumber mill.  Stan enjoyed his early life and teen years in New Brunswick, and in particular he excelled at baseball.  With the coming of the war, his athletic hopes were dashed though; he decided to join the RCAF, and by 1941 his training regimen was underway.  Stan was moved to various parts of Canada, where the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan put him through the motions, and Stan was prepared to be an armourer and member of the ground crew.  He was shipped overseas in 1941, and attached to numerous squadrons in Great Britain, where he serviced Beaufighters and Mosquitoes.  Stan remembers coming under attack by a Junkers 88 on one occasion, the closest he came to enemy fire.  Rather suddenly Stan was moved at the midpoint of the war, and after a journey through the Mediterranean and Indian Ocean, Stan was deployed on Ceylon, to the base at Koggala.  There he serviced the Catalina Flying Boats, playing a crucial role in the RAF reconnaissance flights over the Asian theatre of war.  Stan was there until April 1945, when he was returned to Canada.  He ended the war by demobilizing the RCAF’s Lancasters, stripping them of their guns.

We met Stan at the Sunnybrook Veterans’ Wing, where he was interviewed by David Huang and Scott Masters in december 2016.

January 10th, 2017

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CSPA MEETING – Tuesday December 6, 2016

1. Dalia’s Update

Mathletics- has been launched school wide. On-line math program monitored by child’s teacher.

Child can do easier work, at level or enriched. Children can compare and be motivated by

seeing his/her performance relative to kids around the world. Program very motivating- kids

love it.

Crestwood U12 ice hockey beat UCC for the first time in 12 years. A huge win! Three girls on

the Crestwood team! Just fabulous!

Reminder Concert tomorrow night.

Uniform Dave- people have had some difficulties. Emails not getting through. Dave

accommodating. Go Monday to Prep to get what you need.

Communication- the office/Dalia sent mail and two electronic updates about the back lot

changes to pick up. Still parents didn’t know where to go and the problem is parents/caregivers

are very reactive about “not knowing.” Don’t know what else school can do? Parents don’t

read anything?How to get parents to read? How to get parents not to be abusive? Constant

frustrating challenge.

2. Budding Artists

Jordanna and Tama- will be delivered this week. A successful project with good participation. 144

orders completed. Numbers at the next meeting.

3. Crestwood Cares- Pattie

Tons of Community Service going on at -many student initiated.

December:

Starting Friday “Be the Change”- coin drive. Going to Orphanage in Tanzania. Kids moved by

presentation by past Crestwood student who works with Orphanage.

Volunteers to roll change- Mary Ann, Tanya and Judith

Debbie- will ask the bank that hold CSPA $ if they have a “roll” service we can get. Also will

look into Canadian Tire “machine” for us to use.

January:

“Sock it to Me”- socks for homeless.

Food Drive for NY Harvest Food Bank- great need after Xmas. House Heads will be able to go

this year.

February:

Planning to organize a sponsorship of Syrian Refugee family needs. Items will be collected.

March/April:

Read-a-thon. Charity will be Autism based this year. In the past has been MS and Kidney

Foundation

May: Room for something.

June: Jump Rope for Heart.

Request: for in school signage to let everybody know about these programs.

Get a list going to have parent volunteers to sign up and help.

Melanie will look into a school sign board that updates can be put on. Will be located by the

Atrium doors.

4. Bagel Breakfast:

Goal to get more Primary parents involved in the CSPA and school community. Date January

10. Only adults. (Not clear who is running with this!)

5. Pizza Lunch:

Mary Ann taking over. Plan will be put in place when construction happens. TBD

6. Lisa McCabe- donated a Beckmann back pack to be raffled off at CSPA meeting. Names

drawn from bag. Thank-you!

The next CSPA meeting will be held on January 10, 2017 at 9am in the school library.

December 16th, 2016

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

In light of Thursday’s (Dec.15th) unexpected snowstorm, please review the information below.

  • If there is a heavy snowstorm overnight and it stops by approximately 5-6:00 in the morning, there should be no problem with the hill.  The city has us on their priority list and will plow the hill 2-3 times before 7:30.  We end up with the best plowed road in the city!

  • If there is a heavy snowstorm overnight and the snow doesn’t stop in time for the hill to be accessible, you will receive a phone call by 7:30 from a Crestwood staff member letting you know it’s a Snow Day.  This does not happen very often…in fact, over the 27 years that we have been in this location, we’ve had to close the school 6-7 times.

  • If a heavy snowstorm begins at 2-2:30 in the afternoon as it did yesterday,  the snow plow can’t get here in time.  We cannot arbitrarily decide to close school early as many parents wouldn’t be able to get here.  If you can get here and choose to pick up your child early, please call Grace or Michele and let them know you are coming early.  If you are stuck in traffic and are going to be late, rest assured that your children will be taken care of no matter how late your arrival may be.  In these circumstances, we do not send children to AFTERCARE… they will remain in their classrooms with a teacher until you arrive.

  • If the hill has not been plowed and you do not have snow tires, it is strongly suggested that you park at the top of the hill and walk down.  This will alleviate those of you without snow tires getting stuck on the hill and thereby causing a huge traffic jam.

  • For those of you who do drive down and are now ready to drive back up, please be patient and adhere to the instructions from the teachers who are directing traffic.  Things would run more smoothly if you wait until the car in front of you reaches the top of the hill (ie. one car at a time goes up the hill).  You are less likely to get stuck if you do not stop on your way up.  This is more easily accomplished if, as I already stated, there is only one car at a time going up the hill.

Let’s hope for no more untimely snowstorms this year.

Thank you for your attention to this.  Have a happy and safe holiday.

Yours truly,

DALIA EISEN

Director

December 16th, 2016

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

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

We were excited to host our Crestwood’s Grade 5s and 6s for a day of new experiences and community building as they attended classes and games at Crestwood Preparatory College. Lower school students had a chance to hang out with their Upper school counterparts while they built hovercraft, enjoyed lunch in the cafeteria, and flexed their problem-solving skills through games in the gym. Hope to see you all again soon!

 

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October 28th, 2016

Posted In: Crestwood News, Upper School

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