Wednesday | October 17, 2018

CSPA October Meeting 2018

A new initiative for used uniforms (ones that are ripped and unsellable at the sale). We can collect and donate to Value Village who will shred and sell them for auto body shops as rags (etc.) We can collect any textiles for this. – staff contact Ms. Patton


Dalia’s Dish

Pot Holes

Pot Holes were filled prior to the beginning of the school year but people are reporting there are still pot holes in the back lot

Dalia will investigate getting them filled again

Guest Speakers

Dalia strongly urges attendance especially the parenting session –       Ron Moresh – October 25, 2018

Dr. Alex Russell – November 8, 2018


Mrs. B Guest Speaker Update

Lee Davis (Yoga Therapist) will do a basic 15 min assessment to share with teachers  She will be assessing “tone” and function.

Yoga will commence in the Primary division in November. The Junior divison will follow.

Lee brought the mindful yoga; she is a Occupation Therapist and Neurosensory OT

Connection between the brain and body

Provide advice for “in the classrooms” to allow teachers to support student needs.

Results will be shared with parents

All students throughout Crestwood will receive a 8-week Sensory Yoga class

ACTION – List of classes receiving Yoga will be provided to Melanie


Patti Hektor Crestwood Cares

Crestwood Cares; is going to have a student community service committee (vs just the house heads). This will provide more leadership opportunities tfor students in Grade 5 and 6

Many teachers have volunteered to be involved

Dave Cooper put together a list of possible ideas

ACTION – CSPA to provide a list of possibilities too


The Community Service Committee will determine which charities Crestwood School will support.

We currently support three orphans in Tanzania

We support their education and wellbeing through fundraising “Be the Change”

Food drives off the holiday seasons

Warm clothing drives and holiday collections

Possible events for this year – Veterans Tea

ACTION – Request for the CSPA to fund it

Skip It

(Provide funds which otherwise would have spent on McDonalds etc)

Holiday Gift

We decided $150 per child which will cover both Winter Holiday gift and year end gift

We (CSPA) will provide a letter to be sent out to parents by the Grade Parents. Grade Parents will collect the funds from their parent community.



Dave said we will have the new uniforms for about October 20th (maybe as early as the 15th). He was waiting for the shipment of the textiles

We requested a long sleeve gym shirt AND for House Colour Shirts

Many parents were upset that all uniforms were not available for the beginning of the year

Especially for new parents/children who feel out of place ecause house shirts or uniforms were unavailable

Some of the ‘customer service’ we have enjoyed in the past has diminished; need to call him a number of times

NOTE – If there are issues please contact Grace or Dalia and they will contact Dave

Needs better planning for stock

ACTION – Melanie – Speak with Dave regarding better planning for having new uniform available when they are needed.

There is some uncertainty regarding what is permitted for after the Thanksgiving uniform switchover

We need to ensure some continuity for the community regarding seasonal uniform expectations

ACTION – Dalia to provide clarity to Melanie


Grade Parents

JK Yaz Hobooti

SK Somayeh Walton

1 Hayley Wine

2 Melanie Morel

3 Lorna Kyprianou

4 Hayley Wine

5 Julie Dergal/Elissa Gamus

6 Tama Sirkis


New program

Grade parents will contact their classes within the next two weeks as a greeting, then send over the request for money for teachers gifts


Used Uniform Sale


Donation Philanthropy

We earned $4,400

We had 26 bins of used clothes

After the sale we had only 11 bins left

Volunteers were super helpful – Thank you!


ACTION – For the May Sale we are going to work with Dave to have new stock there in addition to the used ones (ties etc.)


ACTION – Send off uniforms for donations. We have enough to cloth a whole school

Last year Lee paid for the transport for the clothes

we need to consider this cost for the donation this year


Ideas for locations

Native reserve in Canada (Ontario)

India (Lee sends donations to a specific school)

Connection to Kenya

We will decide on a firm location and transport costs soon


Hallowe’en Costume Protocol

Little kids get to use their costumes all day

Older students can wear costumes for half day after lunch

A letter will come home from the school with any costume restrictions for Hallowe’en

It is a hard day for teachers as the kids are super distracted and excited

Parents are not welcome to the Halloween event at school


Scholastic Book Fair (Allison, Hayley)

At the end of October (Oct 29-Nov1)

Each class get an email detailing their classes scheduled walk through and shoppig time


Class parents and Weekly Newsletters will request parent volunteers

Usually we are ok with volunteer numbers


Parking Protocol

The committee has some suggestions and Dalia will approve

Glendon’s right of way must always be maintained

Cones were put out and cars coming from Glendon were redirected around the building – we are not allowed to block the right of way from Gendon

Cones will no longer be there

People who know the correct way will continue but we cannot be everywhere

A one-way sign may be necessary for the road leading to the terminus of Lawrence

Out has the right of way (this is not a two way street)

Overall more signage is needed (Caution Children etc)

Reflective tape


Gala Update (Teresa)

Forming a committee very soon

Date for late October (before Halloween)

Looking for venues

Possible Thursday night event

Parents would rather not have to give up their weekend night time vs weekday

Information will be sent out in the future

May split people into sub-committees (Florals, auction)


Holiday Initiatives

Wrapping Paper

We cannot find a vendor for this as this is an easy sale

Purdy’s Chocolate

Received samples and info on their fundraisinging

25% profits


We have a school printer who can make the books

Tight timeline but possible

“Crestwood Family Favourites”

Sold for the holiday season

There are companies which do this

Money making initiatives
Holiday Baskets / Recipient/Organization

Last year St Felix and we are looking for something new…

Some groups sponsor families but you need to sign up soon


Holiday Shopping Party

Evening Shopping night, proceeds go to school

Held in the gym

Early stages of planning

Wine and Cheese

Parents can come and shop

Throw it out to the community to sign up as a vendor

We are not going to sell tickets

We are unsure if we will charge a vendor fees

We will get a % of profits

Unsure of dates (November) before other schools do theirs

Do it on a school night

CSPA has old binder with vendors (we had approx 25 in the past)


ACTION – Theresa – Need to select a date and lock in vendors

Possible Dates- November 19, 20 or 21st

Jessica will help organize this initiative



2019 Treasurer

PIzza Co-ordinator

You don’t need to be an accountant

All books on Quicken

We want to be able to train the person prior to year end


October 12th, 2018

Posted In: Lower School

Anxiety disorders among children are on the rise: more medications are being prescribed, new disorders are appearing and children are struggling to take on the world around them. Taking a health perspective, Dr. Russell will help us understand how to shift the burden or responsibility to children, something that helps them take on anxiety.

Returning to the Crestwood Community for an evening of thought provoking discussion on how to best help kids thrive in anxious times. Come ready to learn common sense strategies to help children navigate ‘That Big Bad World’.


Date: Thursday, October 25th, 2018

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Place: Crestwood Lower School


Kindly RSVP to Grace by October 18th, 2018


Friends welcome!

October 12th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School, Sports

The Crestwood Cross Country Team participated in a meet hosted by UCC at the Norval Outdoor Education Center in Halton Hills on Thursday.  Our runners were faced with a challenging course through the leaf-covered trails in the forest.  All of the Crestwood athletes paced their run to came through the finish line successfully.  Congratulations to our 11 participants:  Johnny, Sophie, Tyler, Daniel, Tate, Cooper, Thato, Sanad, Bonolo, Natasha, and Davis.  Cross Country Team keep training to get ready for our last qualifying meet next week at Crescent School.
-Coach Georgiou

October 12th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School, Sports

Come hear Ron Morrish speak to the Crestwood Community.  From the foundation-setting of early childhood to the complexity of adolescence, he will provide you with a host of practical, common-sense strategies for raising responsible children.  You will go home with many great ideas that you can start using immediately.


Date: Thursday, November 8th, 2018

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Place: Crestwood Lower School


Kindly RSVP to Grace by November 1st, 2018

Friends welcome!


“Having heard Ron Morrish speak on several occasions, I strongly urge you to attend this extremely informative meeting. I’m certain you will not only enjoy it, but leave feeling inspired and readily able to apply practical parenting strategies.” -Dalia Eisen

October 11th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Last week the Grade 6 students participated in Crestwood’s first annual “Drop Zone Contest.”

Students put their knowledge of gravity, drag and air pressure to the test and built their own custom parachutes. Each group collected and used recycled materials such as grocery bags and plastic dry cleaning covers. After completing the project, students attached their parachute to a miniature paratrooper.

Finally, each paratrooper+parachute was put to the test and dropped from the top of the Gym. The grade 6s had a blast and learned a lot in the process!

-Adam Conn


October 11th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

A brace from Griffyn was not enough as Crestwood grade 6 soccer team conceded two penalty kicks in a tough loss to Montcrest School. On an unseasonably hot day, the boys started slowly and were behind inside 5 minutes, more goals against followed and the team found themselves 4 goals down at half-time and fading fast. A spirited second-half performance most notably from Nicolaas and Griffyn brought Crestwood back into the game, but it was not enough. Final score Crestwood 3 – 5 Montcrest.

-Coach Greenacre

October 11th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School, Sports

The U-10 soccer team hosted their first home game of the season against Montcrest School. We are so proud of the team for putting in their best effort this game! We showed major improvement from our first game and we can’t wait to play again next week. It was a very close game with Ben and George both scoring goals for Crestwood. Way to go team!

-Coach Hebscher

October 11th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School, Sports

The U9 soccer team hosted our first at home game against Montcrest School this past Tuesday, October 9th. It was an exciting game and we got our first win of the season! Everyone played hard and had fun! A special shout out to Mark and Zachary for scoring our goals. We ended the game with a final score of 6-4. We are excited for our next game at Bayview Glen. Thanks to all the parents and teachers who came out to cheer us on!

-Coaches Robinson & Solski

October 11th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School, Sports

The U12 Girls basketball team played their 3rd game of the season on Tuesday, October 9th in their home gym against Montcrest School. It was a nail biter of a game from start to finish! We started off slow with a deficit of 7-0 in the first quarter, but we stayed positive, knowing our shots would start falling. We started to make our comeback and with numerous lead switches throughout the first 3 quarters, the team stayed focused and confident into the 4th quarter. With the help of a few clutch baskets in the 4th quarter, Crestwood celebrated their first victory of the season with a final score of 26-19. We are so proud of the improvement the team has demonstrated into the second week of their season. We are looking ahead to our first away game on Thursday, October 11th against Villanova. Congratulations to the team (and fans) for a fantastic first win!

-Coach Fuller

October 11th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School, Sports

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Crestwood School from Tuesday, October 30 – Thursday, November 1.  Please watch your emails for a message inviting you to volunteer to help out.
Also check your child’s backpack for a flyer with more details.  See you at the fair!
-Lara Bafaro

October 10th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

The Cross Country Team laced up on a beautiful fall afternoon to conquer the trails at Sunnybrook Park. Our Grade 3s set off running first and many of our students placed top 10 in the Under 9 category. Way to go James, Jordyn, Aiden, George, Dimitri, Natasha and Davis! Next, our Grade 4s zoomed through the finish line. Again, Crestwood had some top 10 racers. Well done Angus, Nathan, Fergus, Dara, and Sanaad. We ended our afternoon meet when the Grade 5 and 6 team members took off at a steady pace and completed a challenging 2 km run. Jameson, Daniel, Cooper, Tate, Noah, Elle, and Johnny all came across the finish line with a smile. Keep challenging your personal best Crestwood Cross Country Team. Your coaches and parents can’t wait to cheer you on at our next meet on Thursday!

-Coach Georgiou

October 5th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School, Sports

Please take a moment to watch our Crestwood Terry Fox Run recap video with your son/daughter.

You can find it at this link:

All students must hand in their envelopes no later than Friday, October 19th. Thank you for your cooperation and support.
-Mr. Cooper

October 4th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News

Any Grade 4-6 students interested in Crestwood’s Annual “School Musical” please meet with Bobby on Tuesday, October 16th in the library between 11:50 – 12:50pm to setup an audition appointment.

-Bobby Freeman

October 4th, 2018

Posted In: Lower School

Thank you to Somayeh Walton for organizing another successful used uniform sale. Also a big thank you to all of our volunteers – without your help we would not be able to hold such a successful event. Your efforts are much appreciated.

A reminder that the CSPA meets on Tuesday at 9AM in the library. We encourage all parents to attend.

For all those parents who have ordered new uniform pieces – these items will be delivered to school no later than Monday, October 22nd.

-CSPA Executive

October 4th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

The U12 Girls basketball team had their first game of the season on Tuesday, October 2nd. Not only was it the first game of our season, but it was the first game ever played in our brand new gym! The excitement in the air from the team, the coaches, and all their fans was extraordinary! We were so impressed with the improvement the players have made since last season, and they hustled their way to an almost victory. It was an extremely close game through all four quarters, ending in a 3 point deficit for the Crestwood Cubs. Multiple players scored baskets, and we witnessed some beautiful assists and intense defence. Coach Fuller and Coach Kanfi are so proud of the teamwork and sportsmanship displayed by all the athletes.

Thank you to our scorekeeper – Carly Sherman. Our next game is this Thursday, October 4th, in our home gym once again! Hope to see you there!

-Coach Fuller


October 3rd, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School, Sports

Goals for Grifyn and Christopher were not enough as the Grade 6 Soccer team lost 3 – 2 against TFS. On a rain-soaked evening, Crestwood started the game slowly and was quickly behind by two. The boys rallied in the second half and brought the game level, but with only one minute remaining TFS stole the victory.

-Coach Greenacre

October 3rd, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School, Sports

On Monday, September 24th our very own primary music teacher, Ahbra Mink, had the privilege of singing on stage at Princess of Wales Theatre for the Mirvish Season Opener. This promotional event was invite-only for Mirvish subscribers and open to all members of the media. Singing as part of SoundCrowd Choir, she backed up Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen alumnus Colton Ryan as they sang the hit number “You Will Be Found” in front of a packed house to introduce the musical to the Mirvish line up. Ms. Mink brings her experience on stage into the classroom to prepare students for their own performances as part of the choir program and the grade 1-3 musicals. Check out the video below to see a clip! Can you find Ms. Mink?

Click on image


October 3rd, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News

Congratulations to all Crestwood students and parents who took part in our annual Terry Fox Run this past Thursday. To date online we have raised almost $2400.00 in addition to the paper pledges that continue to come in daily. We are well on our way to our $10,000.00 goal. In addition, we’d like to thank the following students that accompanied Ms. Lisa Newton from our Upper School, Megan Pearlman, Taylor Howell, and Abby Mintz, you were a big help.

Please continue your fundraising efforts.

The deadline for your forms to be in, is Friday, October 19th, 2018.

-Sherri Brenzel

September 28th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

The Grade 3’s were visited by a Dairy Farmer today. We discussed all of the different regions in Ontario and how the Dairy Industry is vital to the industry of the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Lowlands.  Dairy Farms are located in rural communities where farmers, lab technicians, bulk tank carriers, veterinarians, and nutritionists, all work together or “cow”-operate to bring healthy dairy products to urban centers.  The Dairy Farmer explained the milking process as well as how every sample is tested, packaged, and sent to our grocery stores. We learned that different parts of Ontario have different kinds of jobs and how people depend on each other and the land for many different reasons like agriculture, business, residential, transportation and recreational uses.  Ontario is definitely a great place to live, work, and play in!

-Paula Georgiou



September 28th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

For any parent that requires to get in touch with our Aftercare team please add their phone number to your contacts…647-669-3919

Aftercare runs from 4pm – 6pm every school day.

Thank you.

-Aftercare Team

September 28th, 2018

Posted In: Lower School

Our beautiful new studio has provided us with the perfect space to create, explore and experiment with new materials! We are currently working on salt mandalas and students are finding the experience both meditative and exciting!
A mandala (literally means “circle”) is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the universe. In common use, “mandala” has become a generic term for any diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe. – Kids Encyclopedia Facts
We are looking forward to creating many more magical art memories!
-Anya Romanenko

September 28th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

The U9 soccer team had their first game against Sterling Hall School this past week. Fun was had by all! Special shout outs to Blake and Joey who each scored a goal. We finished with a final score of 5-2 for Sterling Hall. Even though we didn’t win, all players were stars on the field-Your coaches are very proud of you!

-Coach Robinson

September 27th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Sports

Thank you very much to the Crestwood School Parents Association, particularly Pam Sulpizi, Teresa DeGasperis and Melanie Morel for hosting a fabulous wine and cheese meet and greet after Curriculum Night. A huge thank you goes to Andrew And Teresa DeGasperis for so generously donating Vineland Estates wine for both the primary and junior Curriculum Night evenings.

-Dalia Eisen


September 27th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

The Grade 6 soccer team started their season yesterday with a 6 – 0 win over Sterling Hall ‘B’ team. The goals were shared around amongst the boys and some fine goalkeeping kept the opposition off the score sheet.

Only eight Grade 6 players were available to play so we needed help from the Grade 5 team to make up the numbers. Thanks to the Grade 5 players that helped our team secure our first win of the season. Grade 5: Max, TJ, Liam and Thato!

Grade 6 team: Mikel, Johnny, Adam, Christopher, Romeo, William, Griffyn and Nicolaas.

-Coach Greenacre

September 27th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

The Crestwood Cross Country team participated in their first meet this week at Centennial Park. Our Grade 3 and 4 runners laced up first and zoomed quickly across the finish line. Angus and Nathan placed top 10 in over 100 competitors in their age category. Our Grade 5 and 6 athletes hit the terrain next.  They were challenged by a long, steady course that took them around a hill, through the fields and across the park. Congratulations on completing your first race Cross Country Members. See you at practice later this week team!

-Coach Georgiou

September 27th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Dear Parents,

Please join us next week to meet your class parents/caregivers, grade parents and CSPA members.

JK-2 on Tuesday, September 25th, 8-9PM in the Atrium directly after Curriculum Night.

Grade 3-6 on Wednesday, September 26th, 8-9PM in our new Cafeteria directly after Curriculum Night.

Wine and cheese, compliments of the CSPA.

CSPA Executive Team

September 21st, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

At Crestwood we are proud of the commitment we’ve made to Community Service. We are beginning the 2018-2019 school year with our annual Terry Fox Walk/Run, which will take place during the afternoon of THURSDAY, September 27TH, 2018 at the Glendon field.

Students should be in their House t-shirts, Crestwood gym shorts or track pants and running shoes.

The goals of our Terry Fox Walk/Run are fun, fitness and fund raising for the Terry Fox Foundation. Last year we raised $5,659.75. Our goal as a school this year, is to reach $10,000.00. Let’s make it happen CRESTWOOD!

Since 1995 we have raised $ $200,650.05 for Cancer research.

All parents and guardians are invited to participate in this event. If you choose to participate with your child, please arrive by 2:40pm and either walk up with your child’s class or meet us up on the Glendon field. We are scheduled to begin at 2:45pm.

September 21st, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

We are excited to announce that we currently have close to 300 active parents on our Edsby system. Thank you for your participation and please keep an eye out for any Edsby groups/teams that you and your children have been added to as the Fall term gets rolling. For those of you not yet familiar with Edsby, it provides a modern way for parents and guardians to track their child’s homework and assignments, daily schedules, view our daily news, receive school updates and much more. You should have received an email from Edsby on Wednesday, Sept. 14th that will allow you to setup your own personal Edsby password and link you to your child(ren)’s information. Students and parents are able to access Edsby through any browser and/or through the “on the go” free Edsby App.

Any issues please do not hesitate to contact


September 21st, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

The Crestwood School Parents’ Association is only as effective as its volunteers and we have been extremely lucky to have met many great people over the past few years. Maryann, Pam and Melanie would like to specifically thank Linda Fata-Glover and Renita Greener for their extraordinary contributions as members of the CSPA 2016/2017/2018.  We were a success as a team, and thank you for the many volunteer hours and contributions you dedicated to Crestwood’s success.  We wish you well as you pass on the torch to Melissa Arbesman and Teresa DeGasperis, who we warmly welcome to the current team!

The Safety Committee is seeking volunteers to help direct traffic during the busy pick-up and drop-off times. Come on out for 20 – 30 minutes to keep traffic moving safely. Go to this website to sign up:

The Used Uniform Sales Team is also in need of volunteers. Please click link below if you are available to help out.

Thank you for your continued support!

September 14th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Welcome to the 2018/19 school year for both new and returning families. We are looking forward to a great year.

We encourage all parents from our Crestwood community to attend our first Crestwood School Parents Association meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 12th @9AM in the library.

Please be sure to SAVE this DATE: October 1st – 3rd for our Fall Used Uniform Sale in the Main Building (Room#8) More details and info to follow. Please check the CSPA bulletin boards for updates. We are also taking used uniform donations. You can drop these items in front office or in bins located at student morning drop offs.

The Welcome Back BBQ will take place on Monday Sept.17th @5:30PM in the Primary playground area.

The CSPA is accepting volunteer forms to participate in community events and initiatives throughout the year. Feel free to hand into head office anytime.

September 7th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News

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