Sunday | July 22, 2018

Lawrence Fish was born in Crowle, England in 1923. He was the eldest of four siblings. In school he went to seventh grade and then started to work in farming and driving trucks. Most of his childhood was spent working as well as helping with his siblings. In 1941, once he was old enough to enlist, he was sent to training camp and was then sent to North Africa and Italy to fight. He stayed in the British Army until 1946, where he finished his service as part of the army of occupation stationed in Austria and Greece. After returning to England Lawrence moved to Canada where he soon met his wife and later had five children. In 2016, he was interviewed by his granddaughter Angeline Dine, and in the summer he was visited by Scott Masters for a follow-up session.

June 13th, 2016

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Please have your children prepared for our rehearsal time on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. We will walk together to Lawrence Park Church on Monday (June 4th) and Tuesday (June 5th). Students must dress for the weather and wear appropriate walking shoes (runners would be perfect). ONLY students who play trumpet, baritone, alto and tenor sax, bass clarinet and trombone should put their instrument (not music book!) outside the grade 6 roundabout, on the top platform in the appropriate place. (Students who arrive late or do not follow instructions will carry their own instrument to rehearsal space). There will be signs indicating where the grade 5 and 6 instruments should be placed.

All students will carry their own music. Flute, clarinet and recorder players will carry their own instruments and music.

Thank you everyone. Your help and cooperation getting this massive event put together is noticed and appreciated.

-K. Davies

May 31st, 2018

Posted In: Lower School

The CSPA will be holding their spring Used Uniform Sale on May 1st – 3rd, 2018 in the primary music room.

Once more your donations are needed to make this sale a success!  Please only donate uniforms that are in good condition.  No stains, rips, holes or discolouration.

Kindly drop off your donations in the bins located at the front office foyer, car-pool canopy building and or the new front car-pool on Lawrence. 

Volunteers are alway required for a successful sale.  Please sign up at   

Thank you for your support!


–  Used Uniform Sale Team

April 12th, 2018

Posted In: Lower School

The CSPA will be holding their spring Used Uniform Sale on May 1st – 3rd, 2018 in the Music Room, located in the Primary building.

Once more, your donations are needed to make this sale a success!  Please only send uniforms that are in good condition. No stains, rips, holes or discolouration.

Kindly drop off your donations in the bins located at the front office foyer, car-pool canopy building and or the new front car-pool on Lawrence.

Volunteers are also required for the sale.  If you are interested please contact Jennifer at

Thank you for your support!


March 29th, 2018

Posted In: Lower School

Evelyn Bloom grew up in prewar Montreal, enjoying life near “her beautiful mountain”, while at the same time seeing the harsh realities of the Great depression.  When the war came, she and her sister decided to enlist.  They understood that Canada was under assault, and stories of U-Boats in the Gulf of St. Lawrence only confirmed their decision.  Evelyn joined the CWACs; she was at first deployed in Longeuil, but later was transferred to Ottawa, where she became a pioneer in the new computer technology being utilized by the Canadian military.  Evelyn’s job involved setting up the terminals, doing data entry, and keeping track of the materiel involved in Canada’s WW2 operations.  When the war came to an end, Evelyn was demobilized; she returned to Montreal, where she reconnected with a childhood acquaintance, a man by the name of Harry Bloom.  Harry had served in the Signals Corps during the war.  The two built their life together in postwar Montreal, where Evelyn became an art teacher.

We met Evelyn in her apartment at Baycrest Terraces in March 2018, where she was interviewed for this project by Arielle Meyer and Scott Masters.

March 26th, 2018

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Holiday Concert next Wednesday, December 13th at 7pm

Toronto Centre for the Arts


  1. Please remember to bring instruments and music books on MONDAY(Dec.11), TUESDAY(Dec. 12) and  WEDNESDAY(Dec. 13)  for all grade 4,5,6’s.
  2. We are walking to Lawrence Park Community Church for our dress rehearsals on Monday and Tuesday mornings. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes or boots and hats and gloves. Please carry your own music, recorders, clarinets and flutes.
  3. Grade 5 and 6 Baritone, Trombone, Alto and Tenor Sax, Trumpet, Bass Clarinet players ONLY- please drop off your instruments(not music books) at 8:50 outside the grade 6 doors in the designated spots on Monday and Tuesday mornings.
  4. We are rehearsing on the stage at the Toronto Centre for the Arts on Wednesday morning. The grade 4 bus leaves promptly at 8:55. Please be on time and have everything you need.
  5. On Wednesday evening, drop your child off at the stage doors of the Toronto Centre for the Arts at 6:40, in their full dress uniform.
  6. Find your seat, sit down and relax. Prepare to be amazed at the the beautiful music your children have prepared for you, the results of this term’s hard work and practice!!

December 8th, 2017

Posted In: Lower School

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Toronto Centre for the  Arts

5040 Yonge St./North York Blvd.


Dear Parents,

Crestwood School’s Grades 4-6 Music Program, along with the Primary and Junior  Choirs, would like to invite you to attend the Holiday Concert which will be held on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. All performers are expected to arrive by 6:40p.m.

Please join us for this special event which will take place at  the Toronto Centre for the Arts. You can order your tickets in advance by completing and returning to the school, the attached form, with your cheque (payable to Crestwood School) no later than Friday, December 8th. Tickets are $20 each, through the school, until December 8th and at the theatre box office after December 8th. Performers do not need tickets.

This concert is an important component of the music program, and the children have been practising hard to make this concert a success. We seek your cooperation in preparing for this event. Each child’s participation is an integral part of the group performance. We cannot stress enough the importance of having all students attend this event. If you anticipate a problem with attendance that cannot be resolved, please inform us by letter, no later than Wednesday , November 29th.

All students who are participating in the concert are required to wear the full school uniform, including a tie (grades 4,5,6),black shoes and school sweater. Girls should wear tights.

All students are required to stay for the duration of the concert. As audience members, we ask that you encourage the students’ efforts by staying for the duration, as well.

Please note that there is no videotaping or photography permitted in the theatre.

We will be travelling by bus to the theatre on the morning of Wednesday, December 13th for a rehearsal. We will  also be walking to Lawrence Park Community Church, 2180 Bayview (opposite Glendon College), to rehearse, on Monday, December 11th and Tuesday, December 12th. Please complete the attached permission form.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation and we look forward to a wonderful celebration of this festive season.

Yours sincerely,

Kathleen Davies                                             Ahbra Mink   

November 16th, 2017

Posted In: Lower School

Thank you to all parents who have donated gently used uniforms so far. We still have time to collect more before the Used Uniform Sale coming up on October 17-19th. Please drop off any donations at the school this week. The donation boxes are located in the foyer by the school office, underneath the canopy drop-off area at the primary building and by the new grade 6 drop-off area on Lawrence.

Thank you.


September 29th, 2017

Posted In: Lower School

CSPA Meeting Minutes   Sept 12, 2017

CSPA Executive Team…President – Melanie Morel…Co-Vice President – Pam Sulpizi

Co-Vice President – Renita Greener..Treasure – Maryann Francis.. Secretary – Linda Fata-Glover



A big welcome and thank you from Melanie Morel. Introductions of the CSPA team made. CSPA focus is to enhance our students learning environment through fundraising and community initiatives. The CSPA team is open to suggestions and encourages volunteers to come forward.

Dalia’s Update

Construction – ongoing, no new information since first day of school

Hot Lunch – new caterer Rose Reisman, everyone seems to be pleased

Garbage bins – poor location for the garbage bins, they are an eye sore and they consume a lot of space. Bins are located in front of the school facing Lawrence. York University unwilling to have bins placed in the back parking lot (old pickup area). Waste management came to assess. Their suggestion only took parking spots away from the school staff. Smaller bins and more frequent pickups suggested but bin capacity is compromised. Painting the bins in school colours or a theme suggested.

Curriculum night this week – Grade 6 curriculum night tonight. Grade JK-2 Wed Sept 13th and Grade 3-6 Thursday Sept 14th.

Welcome Back BBQ Sponsored By CSPA

Tuesday Sept 19, 2017 at 5:30 (1.5hr duration). Food and Music

Great way to meet the Crestwood community. Hotdogs, burgers, corn on the cob and mac/cheese will be served.

Food drive during this event- everyone is encouraged to bring a non-perishable item to the BBQ. Please check expiry dates on items. A bin for collecting items will be available at the BBQ.

Crestwood Cares – Patti Hektor

(Former Principal of Grade 4-6 at Crestwood)

Patti has agreed to return and lead this initiative. Crestwood Cares brings together our school’s CSPA, parents, students and staff in order to not only actively give back, and assist those in need, but to act as role models to help our children understand the importance of charitable endeavours.  Crestwood’s House Heads act as the leaders of many of our community service activities within the school, helping to inspire the involvement of our entire population.  These student leaders plan, advertise and run a number of fundraising activities throughout the year.  This year, the House Head programme at Crestwood is directed by Jennifer Krashinsky, (Grade 6 Teacher), and David Cooper, (Physical Education teacher).  Together, the Crestwood Cares team has put together a number of fundraising activities and caring endeavours in which our children will be involved throughout the year.  These will include Food Drives for the North York Harvest Food Bank, a “Skip It” Fundraiser in order to continue to help provide an education for Thomas, Gilo and Toni, three students living at the Tuleeni Orphanage in Tanzania,

(run by former Crestwood Lower School student, Ali Hanson), the MS Readathon, the Terry Fox Run, Pink Laces for Multiple Myeloma, letters to veterans and Holiday Baskets for 21 families, (one per class) in need.   Please join Crestwood Cares in supporting our children as they actively learn how they can make a difference.

Thanksgiving Food Drive– non perishable food will be collected by every classroom. Please check expiry dates. A bin will also be available at the sponsored CSPA Welcome Back BBQ on Sept 19th.

Holiday Sponsorship – an organization will be chosen, all 21 classes will receive a family to provide for. St. Felix Centre non-profit community centre was mentioned as a possibility. CSPA is open to suggestions.

Art Auction- Tama Sirkis

Great fundraiser for the school. Ms. Romanenko along with Crestwood parent volunteers head this fundraiser. A theme is chosen and each class is given a canvas to paint. The paintings are then sold at the Art Auction. Last year only primary grades participated because of construction in the main building. This year the auction may take place in the spring. More details to come.

Fundraiser Ideas- Melanie Morel, Pam Sulpizi and Renita Greener

The CSPA welcome your ideas! Please email them to , and

Parents at the meeting suggested a cupcake drive/bake sale. Also, Mr. Freeze Friday sale

Volunteer Signup

Forms are being gathered daily. Only 7 spots filled for the “class parent”. Each teacher will hand out signup forms during the curriculum night and explain the “class parent” role.

For the parents who have signed up for volunteer positions, you will be contacted with in the next week or two.

New Crestwood Cardigan

Available now for $80.00. Contact Paragon Blu Dave Cunningham 416-922-6400

Suggestion made that we can get samples from Dave regarding the cardigan so students can try them on for size.

Used Uniform Sale – Linda Fata-Glover, Jennifer Drevnig, Julie Cash and Sherry Adud and

Gently used uniforms priced at 50% off. Please contact Linda if you are interested in volunteering for this fundraiser. We continue to collect used uniforms that are in good condition. Please drop off at the front desk. All proceeds go back to enhance our children’s learning environment.

Pickup and Drop off

Students are to use the manned crosswalk near the front office at all times. Especially “After Care” students that are going to the canopy building.

More staff to man these key areas and maybe volunteers if needed.

Question of police officer to work during pickup and drop off. Paid duty officers are required to be paid for 4 hours and do not do split shifts. Hence cost prohibited.

Parents are advised to follow the guidelines mailed out to each family and to be patient. We all want our children to be safe.

Technology- Mr. Connors

Luke has organized a CSPA email address . You can now reach us with this email. Also coming soon “live streaming” for some of the Crestwood events.

Don’t forget to check out Crestwood on Instagram and Facebook!!

On behalf of CSPA thank you for attending our first meeting of 2017-18. We hope to see you again October 10, 2017 at 9am in the library for our next meeting.





September 15th, 2017

Posted In: Lower School

Dear Crestwood Parents,

The CSPA is looking for “gently used” uniform clothing donations for the sale coming up October 17-19th. If you have anything to donate that is in good condition (no holes or stains etc..), please drop the items off in one of the donation bins. The bins are located in the foyer area by the school office, underneath the canopy drop-off area at the primary building and by the new Gr.6 drop-off area on Lawrence.

Thank you from the CSPA.

September 14th, 2017

Posted In: Lower School

We met Liam Dwyer at the Castle Peak Retirement Suites in Bracebridge, where he presently lives.  Liam is one of several authors/editors who assembled At Your Age, a collection of stories of those who live there.  The residents felt it was important for them to record their stories, which serve as a great entry point into their generation’s collective experiences.  As a published author, Liam took the lead in the process, and the attention it generated north of the city caught the attention of the Crestwood community, leading Mr. Masters to investigate.

Liam served in the RCN during the Second World War.  He came of age and enlisted, and began his training right away, studying to be an engineer aboard ship.  His studies were cut a bit short though, as the Battle of the Atlantic had created pressing need, and Liam was called upon to serve.   He was posted to a minesweeper in the western part of the Atlantic and the Gulf of St. Lawrence, clearing the way for the many convoys passing through the region.  He recalled many tense times from that part of the war, and remembers the tremendous pressure the crews felt.  From there he was posted to the Sarnia, and he began convoy duty, patrolling the western reaches of the open ocean.  On one of those mission, Liam’s ship the Sarnia came upon the remains of the Esquimault, their sister ship; it had been torpedoed by a U-boat and had lost a good portion of its crew.  Liam’s ships helped with the rescue and the survivors, returning them to Halifax.  With the end of the war, Liam returned to his young family, and along with others of his generation, he fell into the new rhythm of civilian life, and helped Canada to forge its postwar identity.

June 2nd, 2017

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Dear parents,

Please take a moment to read over these simple instructions in preparation for next week’s Spring Concert.

Reminders for students:

  1. Please remember to bring instruments and music books on Monday (if you have class), TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY for all grade 4,5 and 6’s.
  2. We are walking to Lawrence Park Community Church for our dress rehearsals on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes (runners would be perfect!) Please carry your own music, recorders, clarinets and flutes.
  3. Grade 5 and 6 Baritone, Trombone, Alto and Tenor Sax, Trumpet, Bass Clarinet players – please drop off your instruments (not music books) at 8:50 to the designated spots on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.
  4. We are rehearsing on the stage at the Toronto Centre for the Arts on Thursday morning. The grade 4 Bus leaves promptly at 8:55. Please be on time and have everything you need.
  5. On Thursday, please drop your child off at the stage doors of the Toronto Centre for the Arts at 6:40, in their full dress uniform.
  6. Find your seat, sit down and relax. Prepare to be amazed at the beautiful music your children have prepared for you, the results of this year’s hard work and practice!!

-Kathleen Davies, Head of Music

May 25th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

“Digger” Gorman served in the Canadian Navy during the Second World War.  Originally from New Brunswick, the future geology student – that’s where the name “Digger” came from – Digger was deep in his studies when the war approached.  As a science/engineering student, Digger’s enlistment was originally deferred, but like many in his generation, he put school off, and went into the navy in the middle part of the war.  At first Digger was in Coverdale, site of the top secret naval decoding base, where he was assigned to the EOTVOS project, though his involvement was minimal.  From there his life aboard ship began, as he played his role in the Battle of the Atlantic, escorting convoys in the western part of the Atlantic and the Gulf of St. Lawrence.  Digger and his shipmates did their part in fighting the U-Boat threat.  With the war’s end, Digger was getting ready for the Pacific campaign, but when the A-bomb ended that possibility, he went back to school, pursuing his degree, all while resuming married life and having a young family.  He soon relocated to Toronto, where he emerged as an associate professor in the geology department.

We met Digger at the Sunnybrook Veterans Wing in March 2017, when he shared his story with Arielle Meyer and Scott Masters.

May 21st, 2017

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Janet Watt was one of so many women who entered the armed forces during the Second World War.  Janet chose to go in the navy, and she became one of the WRENs.  As Janet entered the services at the end of the war, her time in the military was limited, though her experiences are very illustrative of the period.  Having grown up out west, Janet’s war years were spent in the Toronto area; she remembers parading on Harbord, as she was being trained as a dental assistant, something very much needed for Canadian troops abroad.  She did her part, like so many others, and that continues to this day, as Janet volunteers her time at Sunnybrook, where she sings for the veterans to this day.

We met Janet there on a morning in February 2017, where Janet was interviewed by Arielle Meyer, Angelina Audette, and Michael Lim.

May 8th, 2017

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As of Monday, November 14th, students in Grades 3-6 (excluding 4A & 4B) can now be dropped off at our new turnaround located at the western most part of Lawrence Avenue, if you meet the following criteria:

  1. You can only drop-off students after 8:20 a.m.. (if you arrive prior to 8:20 a.m., you will continue to drop-off in front of the Primary Building as usual).
  2.  If your carpool consists of children who are only in Grades 3-6 (if there are children in your carpool who are also in JK-Grade 2, you will continue to drop-off everyone in front of the Primary Building as usual).

We trust that this will alleviate the congestion/wait times that occur in the morning when all students were dropped off in front of the Primary Building.

Yours truly,

Dalia Eisen, Director

November 11th, 2016

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

I am one of the few teachers who that have the pleasure of starting some of my days on our crosswalk greeting our students and starting their day with a smile. Along with getting to share some morning cheer, I get to begin the day with one of the most important activities we are entrusted with as teachers; ensuring the health and safety of our students.

We will never be able to remove all of the risk associated with crossing the street, but we can certainly do our part to prepare our students and help minimize additional risks.

Due to our location we often have vehicles passing through as they make the transfer from one side of Lawrence to the other. On occasion these drivers behave dangerously and although we do our best to stop them to remind them that their driving is unsafe, especially because there are children around, but from time to time they still speed through, honk and attempt to pass other vehicles.

The unfortunate part is that although their driving behaviour is not acceptable or welcomed, it is not what inspired this reminder about the safety issues sometimes forgotten.

Unfortunately, we also see members of our own school community behaving as dangerously, speeding through the school grounds, or stopping to let students out in the middle of the road instead of at a designated drop off location. The Crestwood community must display the behaviours we would like other drivers to adopt consistently. How else can we expect others to adapt their thoughts and driving habits in order to ensure the safety of our students?

Aside from the obvious problems with what high speeds or mid-road drop offs create, they also serve to infuriate and encourage drivers who are not part of our community to make choices that could negatively affect our students and school community.

As we move towards the winter months where the road conditions become more treacherous and the likelihood of accidents increase, we need to be even more diligent to ensure that our students can thrive!
Please remember to travel at safe speeds and always drop off students at the atrium drop off. If you want an alternative to the atrium drop off, you can park in one of the visitor spots in front of the main office or you can take advantage of the 30 minutes of FREE parking at Glendon during morning drop off and afternoon pickup. All you need is the Crestwood logo on your dashboard (If you need a Crestwood logo you can get one from Grace in the main office).

-Mr. Cooper

October 21st, 2016

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Gordon Hunter is from north Toronto, a graduate of Lawrence Park, where he finished his diploma at the midpoint of the war.  It was at that time that he was made aware of his military options, and Gordon opted for the RCAF.  He went into an extended period of training, where he settled on being a navigator.  Training took him to all parts of Canada’ where his open and optimistic personality led him to many interesting experiences, from New York City to the open nighttime skies of central and western Canada.  When Gordon was preparing to go overseas, he was diagnosed with swollen tonsils, and the medical leave that followed coincided with the final months of the war; Gordon was consequently not sent to Burma, as he’d expected.

We met Gordon Hunter at the Sunnybrook Veterans Wing, where he was interviewed in his room by Rory  Peckham and Scott Masters, in July 2016.

August 9th, 2016

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The safety of Crestwood students is always the most important consideration at school.  With that in mind, Crestwood staff would like to remind you of the routines and rules surrounding the drop off and pick-up of your children.

Before school:

All students should be dropped off at the atrium if they are arriving at school before 8:20 a.m.  Please do not drop your children at the atrium before 7:45 am.  Before Care begins at 7:45 a.m.  Teachers are not available to supervise your children until that time.

*  If your child has a before school appointment with a teacher in the Junior Building, please park in the visitor parking in order to enable your child to make their way to the front door safely.  Please do not drop children on the road that passes through the Crestwood parking lot.  This is a throughway like any other road, and when you stop and allow your children to exit the car there, they are exiting in the middle of the road.

*  If you are arriving at school to drop off your children after 8:20 a.m., please drop primary students, (Grades JK to 3) and Junior and Intermediate level students at the Atrium door.   Junior Intermediate students will then make their way to the crosswalk where there is a teacher on duty.  Please do not drop them off in the middle of the road.

* If you arrive late for school, please drop students from JK to Grade 2 at the Atrium door.   Students from Grade 3 to 7 should enter the main building through the front door and make their way to  the classes.  We ask that you park in the visitor’s parking so that your child is able to make his/her way to the building without crossing the road on their own.  If this is not possible, please park your car in the Glendon parking lot, (Glendon gives a 15 minute grace period for parking)  and escort your children to the appropriate school entry.  Please do not park in the designated teacher spots.

After School:

*  Parents picking up from the Atrium should join the single line of cars parked down the north side of Lawrence.  Your children will be escorted to your car as the line progresses past the front doors of the Atrium.  Please pull up to the end of the canopy if you are able.   We ask that you remain respectful of other parents by remaining in the single line and waiting your turn.   This will allow the teachers to bring all children to their cars as safely, quickly and efficiently as possible.

* Parents picking up from the back of the main building should park their cars in the designated spots in the back lot and walk to the pick up area.  Students or parents picking up must provide the on duty teacher with their carpool number before the student leaves this area.  This helps us to ensure that the right person is picking up students.  In addition, students are not allowed to cross through the lot to waiting cars without an adult escort.  This lot is also a throughway for cars coming from Glendon, as well as those parents exiting carpool after pick up.

Thank you for your attention to these very specific instructions, and for your cooperation in following through.  These procedures enable us to be as safe as possible during the “organized chaos” of pick up and drop off.

January 5th, 2016

Posted In: Lower School

Grade 6 students and parents who would like to find out more about Grade 7 Roots at Crestwood Lower School, please join us at Lower Crestwood on Thursday, October 22 at 7:00 pm in the gym.  There you will have an opportunity to learn about our Grade 7 Intermediate Roots programme, and the opportunities available to our Grade 7 students at Lower Crestwood.

Interested students in Grade 5 and Grade 6 will be spending the morning at Crestwood Preparatory College onWednesday, October 21st. They will have an opportunity to tour the school, meet some of the College’s students, spend time in some Grade 7 classes, and have lunch in the cafeteria.

Grade 7 students will be visiting the Young People’s Theatre on Friday, October 23rd.  There, they will see a performance of Hannah’s Suitcase, participate in a discussion with some of the cast and then have lunch at the St. Lawrence Market. That sounds like a great day for everyone involved.

This weekend, members of the Junior Choir and the Art Committee are participating in an Arts weekend at Camp Tawingo.  Accompanied by Ms. Neely, Ms. Romanenko, Mr. Cooper, Mr. Conn, Ms. Kim and Ms.Chiu, the students will be taking part in outdoor activities, as well as immersing themselves in their art.  Stay warm and enjoy the weekend!

On Tuesday, October 13th, students in Grade 1 – 7 took part in an assembly kicking off our “Be the Change”, campaign-raising money for Variety Village in Toronto.  Crestwood School’s Househeads initiated this fundraising event and their multimedia presentation included a guest speaker from Variety Village. Ask your children about the amazing and inclusive activities that take place at Variety Village and find out how the Crestwood Community can “Be the Change”.

Finally, on behalf of Crestwood School’s Junior and Intermediate Divisions…


I look forward to seeing everyone in their Blue Jay’s gear on Monday!

October 16th, 2015

Posted In: Crestwood News

Crestwood School, established in 1980, is a co-educational, non-denominational, private day school providing quality education to students in Junior Kindergarten through to Grade 6.

The school is located in the Bayview/Lawrence/Post Road area. The property, nestled in a picturesque wooded valley in the heart of the city, is comprised of several buildings spread over 3 1/2 acres of land.

Facilities include: smart boards in all classrooms; an art studio; two music rooms; a gymnasium; a library; a full-colour, state-of-the-art networked Macintosh computer lab, as well as a computer in every classroom starting in Kindergarten; two fully equipped playgrounds; and plenty of outdoor recreational space.

At Crestwood, we practise the traditional art of teaching. We challenge young minds to learn, and we structure experiences that make learning possible. At the same time, we are concerned with the “whole child.” We strive to maintain a balance of a child’s physical, social, and emotional development.

Small class sizes are maintained, allowing for individual attention and the fostering of effective communication between students and teachers in a friendly, caring and nurturing environment.

Our expectations are high, and we firmly believe this produces higher achievement from our students.

We offer a structured program, stressing basic skills.

Individualized programs are established for those students who may be advanced in certain subjects so that they do not become bored, and similarly for those students who may be experiencing difficulty with certain subjects so that they do not become frustrated.

Homework is considered an integral part of the students’ program, beginning in the early grades.

Organizational skills and the development of good work/study habits are stressed beginning in the early grades.

Crestwood strongly promotes cooperative attitudes and behaviour, and is committed to the preparation of self-confident, self-disciplined individuals who respect the feelings and rights of others.

Each teacher is the key. With a well-planned program, a positive rapport with each student, close communication between home and school, and a sense of commitment and dedication, our goals are met!

October 14th, 2015

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June Rudd was born in Northumberland, England and raised in Manchester in 1924. June shares her story of wartime life in England, including evacuations, air raid shelters and rationing. Like many young British women, June contributed directly to the war effort by serving as a WREN, or member of the Women’s Royal Naval Service, beginning in 1943. June’s service focused mainly on coding messages for Naval communication.  Her coding work would assist with the planning of Operation Overlord. In the months after D-Day, June would follow the Allies through liberated Europe.

June’s story sheds light on the integral role played by the WRENS in World War 2. She spoke with Grade 9 student Natalie Mercer in 2014.

June 10th, 2014

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In what turned out to be a riveting, and heart-breaking Saturday for Crestwood sports, both the U14 Girls Volleyball team as well as the U14 Boys Basketball team came within a heartbeat of taking CISSA Gold. The girls lost a close match to powerhouse Ridley College 2 -1, and our U14 Boys lost a heart-wrenching game to Sterling Hall with a last second buzzer beater from half court.

Our Junior Boys Basketball Team as well as our Junior Girls Volleyball teams also lost their semi-final matchups.

Great work Crestwood! Next year those banners will be ours!

March 5th, 2014

Posted In: Crestwood News

On Tuesday, November 20th, Crestwood Preparatory College held a Human Rights and Tolerance Symposium for over 200 students from seven Toronto area schools. Organized by Scott Masters and the History Department, the symposium provided an opportunity for students to engage in learning opportunities beyond their regular classroom instruction. Seventeen speakers participated in the event touching on such subjects as Human Rights Violations in Iran, the proliferation of hate on the Internet, Holocaust Survivor stories and the consequences of the historical abuses endured by the Aboriginal people.

The symposium provided students with the opportunity to contemplate the current state of world affairs, and the role of the individual in promoting tolerance. Through a mix of inspiring stories of personal triumph and gut-wrenching moments of brutal honesty, students were reminded that the choices we make have a lasting effect on ourselves and others.

Crestwood Preparatory College would like to thank all of the speakers for their contributions and stimulating discussion. We hope that the students of Appleby College, The York School, Havergal College, MAC College, Villanova and Marshall McLuhan Catholic School enjoyed their time at Crestwood Preparatory College and have gained from the experience of participating in the Human Rights and Tolerance Symposium.

November 22nd, 2012

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Crestwood Lower School (grades JK-6):

Oct.15 from 9:30-11:30am

Oct. 23 from 9:30-11:30am

Nov. 15 from 9:30-11:30am

411 Lawrence Avenue East

Toronto, Ontario M3C1N9

416 444 5858

For more information and interview opportunities, please contact

Dalia Eisen

Lower School Director at 416-444-5858.

Crestwood Preparatory College (grades 7-12):

Nov. 1st 7:00 pm

217 Brookbanks Drive

Toronto, Ontario M3A 2T7

416 391 1441

For more information and interview opportunities,

please contact Nanci Steinberg 416.391.1441 (Ext. 21).

October 9th, 2012

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Julie Hallett was born and raised in London, England. Before the war broke out, life was very good for Julie. She was an honor student at her private school and was given a scholarship to continue her studies there before the war. When the war broke out, she was evacuated with her school to a safe location and they stayed there for a while. Because of this Julie did not experience the bombing associated with the Battle of Britain. Later in the war she encountered some minor raids, when visiting friends in London. On those occasions they acted responsibly and took shelter. On the night of the first flying bomb raid V1’s Julie says they were more mystified than anything.

After that, Julie decided to join the WRNS Women’s Royal Naval Service. The WRENs had enough volunteers to more than meet their needs and did not require any conscripts. With so many applicants available they could afford to be choosey when selecting candidates. Julie considered it an honour to be accepted into their ranks.

Julie’s assignment in the Wrens was at the Marconi Research Laboratories near Chelmsford in Essex. There she was engaged in research into the propagation of short wave radio waves. She spent her first few months on watch i.e 24hr shift-work interpreting observations taken of the state of the ionosphere. Later she was transferred to daytime duty as assistant to one of the scientists, working on new projects.

She was interviewed for this project by Crestwood student Josh Stern.

July 9th, 2012

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Margaret Haliburton joined the RCN in WW2, where she served as a WREN. She has spoken at Crestwood for several years, and she has brought a number of other women with her, including her sister Barbara Yule and her friend Francis Todd. All three women give students an insight into life on the home front for Canadian women.

July 9th, 2012

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Crestwood Lower School (grades JK-6)

Open House:

October 26th, 2017 at 9:30-11 a.m.

November 21st, 2017 at 9:30 – 11 a.m.

January 15th, 2018 at 9:30 – 11 a.m.

February 7th, 2018 at 9:30 – 11 a.m.

April 11th, 2018 at 9:30 – 11 a.m.

To book a private tour please contact:

Dalia Eisen

Lower School Director at 416-444-5858

411 Lawrence Avenue East,

Toronto, Ontario M3C1N9

Crestwood Preparatory College

(grades 7-12)

Open House:

November 4th, 2017 from 11:00 until 1:00  

Mini Open Houses:

November 15th, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. (please rsvp)

November 29th, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. (please rsvp)

December 13th, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. (please rsvp)

January 10th, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. (please rsvp)

To RSVP or to book a private tour please contact:

Linda at 416 391 1441

217 Brookbanks Drive,

Toronto, Ontario M3A 2T7

CPC location


June 27th, 2012

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The decision to send your son or daughter to Crestwood represents a significant investment in many respects. The work and effort that the school and its staff will devote to your children’s success, and the sound management of all our resources by experienced administrators, will ensure a positive learning environment as well as the prospect of continued success for the young men and women that become members of our community.

Crestwood Preparatory College is currently offering bursaries for girls in grades 7 and 8 who join Crestwood for the 2017 -2018 school year. For more information please contact the main office to book a personal tour 416 391 1441.


Junior and Senior Kindergarten


Grades One and Two


Grades Three through Twelve






Tuition fees are payable in six installments.  Fees can be paid by credit card, cheque or cash. For alternate payment schedules please contact our office.

Crestwood is pleased to waive the new student fee and offer a 5% discount for siblings.

Program and Supplemental Fees

Instrumental Fee Grades 5 & 6


Instrumental Fee Grade 7


* Instrumental Fee Grades 8-12


Technology Fee


New Student Fee for JK and SK


New Student Fees for Grades 1-12 (except for siblings)


International Student Administration Fee


Fees updated 9/2017  

* Fee is based on course selection

Additional costs include the Crestwood uniform, books and school trips.

Optional costs include meals, co-curricular fees and the shuttle bus.

Lower School
Crestwood School
411 Lawrence Avenue East
Don Mills, Ontario M3C 1N9Tel: (416) 444-5858
Fax: (416) 444-2127
Upper School
Crestwood Preparatory College
217 Brookbanks Drive
Toronto, Ontario M3A 2T7Tel: (416) 391-1441
Fax: (416) 444-0949

June 27th, 2012

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Crestwood Lower School (grades JK-6)

Oct.23 from 9:30-11:30am

Nov.15 from 9:30-11:30am

411 Lawrence Avenue East

Toronto, Ontario M3C1N9

416 444 5858

For more information and interview opportunities, please contact

Dalia Eisen,

Lower School Director at 416-444-5858.

Crestwood Preparatory College (grades 7-12)

Mini Open Houses:

Jan. 17th 9:00 a.m.

Jan. 29th 9:00 a.m.

Do to limited space please RSVP to attend a mini open house 416.391.1441

217 Brookbanks Drive

Toronto, Ontario M3A 2T7

416 391 1441

Application Deadline for new students:

Feb 4th 2013

For more information and interview opportunities,

please contact Nanci Steinberg 416.418.1441(Ext. 21).

Tours are available by appointment. Please contact the office to set up an appointment.

June 27th, 2012

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Crestwood School is located in the Bayview and Lawrence/Post Road area. The property, nestled in a picturesque wooded valley, is comprised of several buildings spread over 3.5 acres of land.

Facilities include:

  • A gymnasium
  • A library
  • State-of-the-art Apple computer lab (in addition to a computer in every classroom starting in Kindergarten)
  • SMART boards in every classroom
  • Two music rooms
  • An art studio
  • Two fully equipped playgrounds
  • Plenty of outdoor recreational space

June 27th, 2012

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