Saturday | August 17, 2019

What a year! What a day! What a family fun day! This event was a terrific celebration of our 2018/19 school year. Many thanks to our many volunteers and especially to our sponsors because without you this day would not be possible. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Paul & Dhurata Marku “McCarthy’s Southside Grill”

Lam & Ma Family

Ryan Chow’s Family

Kontos Family

Russell/Crozier Family

Ping/Ren Family

Perry Family

Hurley Family

DeGasperis Family

Kelly & Melanie Morel & Family


June 12th, 2019

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Dear Crestwood School,

Thank you for your donation to SickKids. Your gift matters to us, and to patients like Cierra who had two brain surgeries here to remove a brain tumour. Today, she is recovered and gets to be a kid again, playing dress up with her little sister and watching Disney movies.

Your recent donation of $1,410.00 is going to help us take on our biggest challenge yet, building a new SickKids, so kids like Cierra and their families can continue to depend on us.

Thanks for funding the fight.


Ted Garrard
Chief Executive Officer
SickKids Foundation

June 12th, 2019

Posted In: Lower School

Last week, an important meeting of the minds took place in the cafeteria. Grade 6 “delegates” represented selected NGOs at our Global Issues Conference. Their informative displays shared NGO mandates and connections to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN’s Millennium Goals.
Each delegate had $100 (in “Crestwood currency”) to donate at the end of the conference. Students grappled with the real-world conundrum of only being able to support a limited number of initiatives in the face of great global need.
Teachers were very impressed by the professionalism of the delegates and the thoughtful process behind their donation decisions.
-Kristin Campbell & Jennifer Krashinsky

June 11th, 2019

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Many children still have Crestwood library books signed out.  Parents please help them find all of their books and send them back into school on Monday morning.

Thank you

-Lara Bafaro

June 7th, 2019

Posted In: Crestwood News

Crestwood Cares is very proud of our school’s tradition of community service.  Whether it be the Terry Fox Run, food drives, holiday gift drives, the MS Readathon or Jump Rope For Heart, our students, supported by their parents, take part in all of our charitable initiatives throughout the school year with generosity and enthusiasm.  Community Service can take place in a number of ways at Crestwood; through school led charitable initiatives, participation in our school’s Eco Team, and through the year long Grade 4 endeavour, Project Give Back.  However, we are particularly pleased when individuals take the initiative to propose, plan and carry out their own charitable fundraising initiative to help those in need. This year Crestwood Cares would like to recognize four grade 4 girls who planned and successfully participated in the Colour to Conquer Cancer fundraiser that runs throughout the month of May.

Kendall Morel, aged 9,  Sarah Markusson, aged 9, Jessica Katz, aged, 10 and Lilah Lewis Wine aged 10 decided to take part in the Colour to Conquer Cancer initiative because they believe that “little things can make a difference”, and they wanted to help people fighting cancer and  work toward finding a cure in our lifetime. These four young philanthropists set a goal of raising $1000.00 to help cancer sufferers. They established a web site and were soon on their way to help to “change the world”.  The girls gathered pledges carefully from family and friends throughout the month of May. By month’s end, Kendall, Sarah, Jessica and Lilah not only met their fundraising goal, they surpassed it, raising close to $2000.00!   This outstanding success enabled the girls to fulfill the promise made to their sponsors. They pledged to adopt a “bold new hairdo” to celebrate reaching their fundraising goals. On Wednesday, June 5, this fundraising team went to the hairstylist and emerged sporting flashy new hair colours as promised.  Watch for Kendall, Sara, Jessica and Lilah in the halls at school or on Family Fun Day, spot their “flashy new dos”, and congratulate them for following through on their pledge to help others and make a difference. Crestwood Cares is very proud of the girls for their commitment and dedication to helping others.

-Patti Hektor

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Click here for full Position Statement.

As an extension to our unit on Early Settlers in Upper Canada this term, the Grade 3’s visited Black Creek Pioneer Village on Tuesday, June 4th. The students all came dressed in time period clothing ready to experience life as it was in the 1800’s.  During the day, we participated in a hands-on program.  The workshop was called “Many Hands” where we were able to work in an authentic heritage log house! We prepared cookies and cake that were cooked on a real wood stove, churned  butter, carded wool, and learned to use a spinning wheel. In the workshop we also learned to weave on a barn loom, engaged in wood working and explored various tools. The second half of the day was spent exploring select buildings in the historic village. Travelling back in time was fun for all of us but we were certainly happy to land back at Crestwood with all of our modern conveniences.
-Paula Georgiou

We have an inordinate amount of lost clothing items in our lost and found boxes throughout the school. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to return these lost uniform items to their owners, as the items do not have name tags sewn into them.  In addition to the uniform items are many new name brand clothes that unless claimed by the end of the school year will be donated. Name tags are way less expensive than having to buy another sweater, sweatshirt etc. Please drop by the school to claim any missing clothes. We have one lost and found box in the Atrium and another upstairs outside our gymnasium.

Thank you for your cooperation.


On Monday, the Grade 3’s had their final Track and Field Meet at Crescent School. We rotated through running and field events as a group.  At our friendly competition our athletes participated in hurdles, relays, and 100 meter dashes. Great fun was had in high jump, triple jumps, javelin, and discus.  Crestwood coaches are very proud of the skill development and sportsmanship displayed by our Grade 3 students this year.

-Paula Georgiou

May 31st, 2019

Posted In: Lower School

Dancing – it’s fun to do, it’s entertaining to watch and it’s a great way to exercise. And it’s at its best when done in a group. Crestwood School welcomes dance teacher Niky Johnson this coming week.  Johnson travels throughout the CIS community delivering dance instruction to large and small groups alike. She believes dance is a celebration of the athletic, artistic, and creative talent of the students. “There’s the physical health benefits that come from dancing, and learning in terms of leadership and cooperation,” says Johnson. It will be an exciting five days of dance during the Physical Education classes.

A special thanks to the CSPA for supporting this initiative.

-Sherri Brenzel

May 24th, 2019

Posted In: Lower School

The Grade 3 students went on a field trip to “Baskits” this afternoon.

Robin Kovitz, a Grade 3 parent, is the proud owner of Baskits. For over 30 years, Baskits has had the privilege of serving thousands of loyal customers on a regular basis. Baskits was founded on, and is motivated by, the kind and thoughtful act of giving; a core value that is the heart of their efforts and the reason for supporting our country and community in return.

As a grade, we travelled to Baskits to create Birthday Boxes for the Northern Birthday Box Project.  This is an organization created to assist in bringing birthday fun to children aged 1-17, living in remote and Northern Canada. Baskits will provide, sponsor and ship 18 boxes to children in a First Nations community in Ontario.   Crestwood’s Grade 3 students packed the boxes with themed plates, cups and party hats, as well as cake mix, icing, candles, streamers and balloons.  It was a great opportunity for the children to give back to Canada’s Aboriginal Community as we learned about their hardships in Early Canada.

Please see the following links for further information:

-Paula Georgiou

May 24th, 2019

Posted In: Lower School

The Grade 4’s had a visit from a knight straight from the Middle Ages. He explained the complicated armour that a knight had to wear daily to be worthy of the title of knight. The Grade 4’s loved hearing about epic Medieval battles and the journey from page, to squire, to knighthood. The best part was getting to dress the part of an authentic knight, yielding weapons and donning a suit of armour.


May 24th, 2019

Posted In: Lower School

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Your teachers at Crestwood School are excited to offer the opportunity to purchase your school supplies through School Start for the 2019/2020 school year. This process will save you both time and money.

There are a few simple steps to ensure your child will receive standardized brand name products (specified by each teacher).  

Your school is eligible to receive $5/kit back!  

1. We will be sending you a specific grade level supply list order form.

2. This order form has a Starter Package (consumable items) as well as a list of other Required Items. The Required Items are mandatory by each teacher; they include items such as pencil cases, sharpeners, and calculators. These products do not need to be purchased on a year to year basis if you already have them.  

3. You can place your order online at  Visa & MasterCard are accepted.   

Place your order online in May or June and you will automatically be entered for a chance to win a $1000 cash draw!  

When using e-commerce sites, please ensure your browser is Internet Explorer 10.0 or later, Firefox or Chrome   

4. Late orders will be accepted online until October 1, 2019 ($5 late fee will apply after August 1, 2019). 

5. The supplies will be packaged and delivered directly to the school in August before your child arrives, labeled with his/her name on the School Start Package. 

If you have any questions, please contact School Start: Ph: 1-800-580-1868 Fax: 1-800-580-1890 

Dear Parents,

I invite you to participate in an online survey on private/independent school choice for a chance to win 1 of 3 $200 prizes.

This survey is part of an ongoing doctoral project in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto. 

All information is strictly confidential and anonymous, and the research has been approved by the Research Ethics Board at the University of Toronto.

The survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and will ask you about the schools you are considering or considered, how you rank different factors when evaluating schools, your values, the qualities you hope a school will foster in your children and a few sociodemographic questions.

All participants will receive a report summarizing the findings of the research.

All participants will also be entered into a random draw to win 1 of 3 $200 prizes – either as a gift card or as a charitable donation in your name to the charity of your choice.

For more information and to take the survey, please visit:

Thank you in advance for your consideration and best regards,

Jean-François Nault

PhD Candidate in Sociology / Candidat au doctorat en sociologie,

University of Toronto / Université de Toronto


May 23rd, 2019

Posted In: Lower School

The Teacher Appreciation Lunch is being hosted Monday, June 3rd.  As per tradition, we are calling on our community to participate in this gesture of appreciation.  Calling all bakers! If you would like to contribute a dessert to this event, please drop off a NUT FREE homemade/store bought item to the front office or Atrium music room by 10 am Monday June 3rd.  Clearly mark the contributor, ingredients (homemade) and a note if you wish.

Please RSVP your contribution and/or any questions to

Thanking you in advance.


May 22nd, 2019

Posted In: Lower School

Today, the Grade 6 Book Bank Crew loaded up Crestwood’s donations of gently used books to prepare for their delivery to the Children’s Book Bank.  We filled the trunk and backseat! Thanks to all the families who donated; your generosity helps the Children’s Book Bank to fulfill  their mission to provide books to and promote literacy among children in low-income Toronto neighbourhoods.
-Jennifer Krashinsky

Please take a moment to drop by the main office and sign the petition for a stop sign on Post Road at park Lane Circle.

Thank you for your support.


May 16th, 2019

Posted In: Lower School

The Grade 2 classes had a fantastic day at the Kortright Centre on Wednesday, 15th May! They had the opportunity to examine air and water in the natural environment. Students developed an appreciation of the size and power of the water cycle; the importance of water in our lives and the environment; and the value of conserving water and keeping water clean. It was a beautiful day to be outdoors!
-Mrs. Solski and Ms. Ingram

May 15th, 2019

Posted In: Crestwood News

Thank you to the entire Crestwood community for supporting yet another Used Uniform Sale success story. We continue to receive excellent pieces of clothing enabling us to recycle these items back into our community while at the same time raising some money for future school endeavours.

Thanks again.









May 15th, 2019

Posted In: Crestwood News

The Grade 3 students had a wonderful time today exploring plants and soil at the Toronto Botanical Gardens. Through fun and interactive learning experiences we looked at how soil decomposes and how important dirt is to the environment. Inside the Children’s Centre we handled worms and explored the organic materials that make up soil.

-Mallory Parsons












May 14th, 2019

Posted In: Lower School

Two award winning Canadian authors are visiting Crestwood School this coming week.  Cary Fagan will be visiting the grades 3/4 classes on Wednesday, May 22 and Eric Walters will be visiting the grades 5/6 classes on Thursday, May 23.  Cary Fagan will be selling books for between $10-$15 and will have the following titles available:  Mort Ziff is Not Dead, Danny Who Fell in a Hole, Banjo of Destiny, Mr. Karp’s Last Glass, Wolfie and Fly, Wolfie and Fly: Band on the Run, The Hollow under the Tree.  Please see Cary Fagan’s website for more details:  The grade 5/6 students have already placed orders for Eric Walters’ books and they will be distributed the day of the visit.  The students are welcome to bring in books that they already own to be autographed.  We are all looking forward to inspiring presentations about reading and writing!

-Lara Bafaro

Social Media expert Paul Davis is coming to Crestwood School (hosted by the Crestwood School Parents’ Association) on Tuesday June 4th @9:15am. All parents are welcome. If you are interested in learning more about social media/image sharing/ cyber bullying/ smartphones/ privacy/ digital trails etc. and would like to reserve a spot, please contact by Friday May 31st.

-Crestwood School Parents’ Association

Congratulations to all students and teachers who did so much to make our beautiful art show such a success!! The art room has not been resting since, as the Art Committee has just finished the stage set for the grade 3 musical; Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory! The props for Matilda, this years school play, are coming to life with the help of grade 5 and 6 students and the art committee. We cannot wait to show you the final product!

-Anya Romanenko

May 10th, 2019

Posted In: Crestwood News

On Monday, May 13 the JK to Grade 2s are having an author visit with Phyllis Bordo.  Her book, Lilly Esther Conquers the Worries, addresses the issues of anxiety and worrying in children. For more information about the book:

If you would like to purchase a copy of the book, please send in $15 with your child.  Thank you.

On Tuesday May 7, Grades 1A & 1B visited Harbourfront Arts Centre for the day. It was a spectacular day!! The morning was spent with our fabulous teacher Anne discovering the world of puppet making. Every student worked diligently creating one of a kind sock puppets using materials like : felt, buttons, pipe cleaners, wallpaper scraps, feathers and much more for embellishment.
After lunch, the multi talented teacher Blaise introduced us to the fascinating world of hip hop dance. Students were actively engaged in creating partner, large & small group dance ensembles. Each group picked their favourite song and incorporated specifically designated dance moves into their unique performances. The Grade Ones all had an incredibly interactive and exciting experience and LOVED our day at Harbourfront Arts Centre.

-Mary Hodgson & Esther Alter

Dr. Elliott Schwartz, a paediatric dentist, did wonderful presentations for JK – Gr. 2 today. He left a gift bag of goodies for each child to help them practise good hygiene. His 3 grandchildren, Logan, Cole, and Ripley were proud to have their grandfather visit their school.

Thank you, Dr. Schwartz.

May 2nd, 2019

Posted In: Crestwood News

One of the new students at Crestwood in September 2018 was Joseph Gamus-Rayson (aka Just Real) – 5B (Mr. Munro’s class).  He loves the community of Crestwood from Ms. Eisen and Ms. Badler to his fellow students, his teachers and to the staff.   He appreciates not only the academics but the many activities offered here.  Many of you can also see him dancing in the hallways.  When Joseph is not dancing here, he can be found most of the week after school and on the weekends at Simply Swagg Dance Studio which is run by Paul “Kaze” Thurton.  This is where Joseph feels the love of the urban dance community in Hip Hop, Break Dancing and Krump.  Joseph is part of a Hip Hop crew – the Sigmaz – the consistent number one winning mini competitive group as well as a Solo Krump winner at 7 Starr’s Annual Krump Competition in Montreal, Quebec.  Joseph has been trained by Big Mijo – one of the founders of Krump who was also recently on tour with Madonna and Beyonce as well as by Konkrete – from World of Dance 2018.  Joseph was also lucky that Kaze and Konkrete gave Joseph his dance name – Just Real.  Joseph is offering to share his love of dance and the community feeling that emanates from it with a handful of younger students – if one of your children is interested, please email

-Joy Badler, Principal

April 25th, 2019

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Run, pass, shoot and most importantly have some fun. The four staples of our Co-Ed Intramural Ball Hockey League. We pride ourselves on participating in a competitive league primarily run by our student players. As the Spring sun creeps upon us some take a stroll in the park, others perhaps head to the beach…we drag out the nets, strap on the pads and snipe some snapshots. We launched our league today at lunch and had close to thirty boys and girls attend. We will continue on every Tuesday and Thursday moving forward until the end of the year. Players are reminded to bring their equipment, water and a positive attitude to all CBHL events. #hockeyhockeyhockey #crestwoodathletics #runpassshoot #crestwoodballhockeyleague #CBHL

-Luke Connors

April 18th, 2019

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

The Crestwood track team travelled to York University on Tuesday, April 18th for their first track meet of the season! The students were energized and excited to compete in the various running, jumping and throwing events.
Although our team had a few sick and injured athletes, we continued to compete and tried to perform our personal bests. One of the highlights of the day was watching the U10 boys compete in the relay at the end of the
Congratulations to all the athletes!
-Amy Fuller

April 17th, 2019

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Come out to support your son/daughter’s school friends and classmates. Our annual musical promises to be an evening of family fun and fantastic entertainment.

Date: Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Time: 7:00PM

Place: Ryerson Theatre (43 Gerrard Street E)

Tickets now available – please contact


April 16th, 2019

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

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