Monday | March 18, 2019

Energy helps us in so many ways and it very important to conserve it. Here are some tips from the Eco-Team to help us reduce energy use. First of all, you can turn down the heat and wear a cozy sweater at home. It is also important to remember to bring your Crestwood sweater to school so you can stay warm all day long. Next, you must turn off the lights when you leave a room. It is a small thing that can make a big difference for the environment! Also, it is important to keep doors closed, especially in the winter. We need to keep doors closed so it does not get too cold and the heating system does not need to work too hard. This way we can conserve heat energy. Finally, when you are done with your electronics, make sure to turn it off completely. This helps to save energy because it uses less electricity.  I hope this article will empower you to be more eco-friendly every day! The Eco-Team thanks you for your help! Stay leafy!

January 11th, 2019

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

The Girls volleyball team dropped three close games to the Bayview Glen Gryphons on Tuesday. It was the first competition for the girls and despite the result our team showed much improvement throughout. Hannah Hurwitz and Olivia Rock bumped and passed in control while the Baker sisters hit multiple winners to keep the contest close. The volleyball girls are back in action on Thursday as we host a mini-meet with Pickering College, Montcrest and Bishop Strachan.

-Coach Parsons

January 11th, 2019

Posted In: Lower School, Sports

The U12 basketball took their first defeat of the season yesterday as they dropped a 12 point decision to the York School to open their entry into the UCC Invitational basketball tournament. It was a hard fought game from the opening whistle with the Cougars chasing the lead for the entire match. Ryan Michaels and Jay Codron led Crestwood with some accurate passing and many long bombs to keep the game close. Johnny Musson grabbed double digit boards as he battled hard for the entire game. The Cougars are back in action today at 3PM when they face Sterling Hall and The Priory School from Montreal in back to back games.

-Coach Brenzel

January 11th, 2019

Posted In: Crestwood News

The u10 basketball team played another great game to achieve a 38-22 victory at Bayview Glen. After a nervy opening few minutes, the Crestwood team took the lead through a basket from Jordan Mao. From there they never looked back. Through showing great teamwork, commitment and skill the side extended their lead, helped by big basket contributions from Mikhail Zaidi and Ben Maharaj. We look forward to taking this form into our next game at Crescent School.

-Coach Pembridge

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Last night the u-11 boys basketball team was able to capture their first victory of the season over Bayview Glen. The boys moved the ball effectively and were able to establish an early 12-nothing lead. They displayed tremendous team work and strong defensive positioning, which allowed them to steadily build their lead as the game progressed.

Big congratulations to the boys on a game well played.

-Coach Maalouf

January 10th, 2019

Posted In: Lower School, Sports

On Wednesday, Crestwood alumna Ali Hanson of Neema International visited our school. Ali is Managing Director at this organization, which currently educates and supports 75 students in Tanzania.  At our assembly, she shared photos and updates about the students we sponsor, as well as exciting news about the recent construction of three classrooms. This fall, the Crestwood Community Service team raised $2419 toward our commitment to Neema International through the Skip It Campaign and the December Toonie Tuesday.
-Jennifer Krashinsky

December 20th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School


On November 27th, 2018, Crestwood Cares launched a drive to collect money to be donated in the form of holiday gifts to the women sheltered at the St. Felix Centre and money to be donated to Covenant House.
Thanks to the generosity of the Crestwood Community, Crestwood Cares collected $ 2460. 00.  This enabled Crestwood Cares to purchase gifts in the amount of $ 1043. 65 for the women of St. Felix Centre. These included matching scarves, hats and gloves, chocolates, small purses, candles,  Visa gift cards and bracelets all packaged in tupperware storage containers. In addition, we provided St Felix Centre with a $400.00 contribution towards their holiday festivities. Crestwood School will also be sending a donation of $ 1000.00 to Covenant House on behalf of Crestwood Cares.
This afternoon, (Wednesday, December 19th,), Joy Badler and I had the pleasure of representing the Crestwood community by delivering gifts to the women of the St. Felix Centre.  Needless to say, these gifts were greeted with much happiness and appreciation.
Crestwood Cares would like to express appreciation to Mrs. Paris and her student beading club for their kind donation of the beaded bracelets and to Mrs. Liebenthal for her donation of two Cookie Christmas trees for the St Felix Christmas celebration. Most of all we would like thank the parents, students and staff of Crestwood School for making this extremely meaningful initiative possible.  In delivering the gifts this afternoon, it was very clear to Mrs. Badler and I that these gifts meant the world to the people of the St Felix Centre.
-Patti Hektor

December 20th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

On Tuesday the U12 Basketball and Hockey teams travelled to Royal St George’s College to compete in their last game before the New Year. The hockey team was dominant from puck drop until the final whistle. George, Jayin and our four defensemen combined to stymie any offensive threat from the opposition while our forwards held possession of the puck for the majority of the game. Our offense was led by Grade 4 rookie pivot Ben Maharaj who finished with two goals and a beautiful assist for a tap in by Brayden Cox. Great job guys and girls.

The basketball Cubs came out on the first shift not looking their best but for the rest of the game looked strong. Jay Codron led the way with 14 points. Downtown Griffin Brown had an outstanding game with his second game back from injury. Johnny, Daniel, and Fraser were extremely vicious on the boards and combined for 16 rebounds! Ryan and Romeo had a great game and combined for 18 assists. The Cubs 6th shift was probably the strongest shift of the game. Jay Codron and Johnny Musson came out strong and lead the team to a seven-point lead. With Jay’s hoop and one and Johnny’s rebounds the team established a lead that would not be caught. The next shift Ryan and Romeo extended the lead even more to make it good enough for the eighth shift to close the game up. The Cubs this year are looking better than ever! They are 3-0! Let’s go Cubs!

Both teams resume their schedules in the New Year with their participation in the Boyd Caldwell Classic, beginning at the end of our first week back to school.

-Gr.6 student, Jay Codron

December 19th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Many of us receive new books as holiday gifts. As you’re clearing space for these new titles on your bookshelves, consider donating books you no longer need to our children’s book drive!

In January, Crestwood’s Community Service students will begin collecting books for the Children’s Book Bank. We’re looking for donations of new or gently used books that are suitable for babies and children up to age twelve. They should have a print date of 2007 or later.  Look for our donation bins in the Atrium and in the Main Office foyer in the new year.

The Children’s Book Bank is an organization that provides free books to children in low-income Toronto neighbourhoods. They have a beautiful storefront location at Gerrard and Parliament where teachers may bring their classes and families come to browse; all children may take home a free book when they visit. Crestwood is proud to support this organization that does so much to promote literacy in Toronto.

http://www.childrensbookbank.com

-Jennifer Krashinsky

December 19th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

The U10 basketball team got their season underway with a comprehensive 52-30 victory over Sterling Hall. The team got off to a storming start, scoring 7 baskets without reply. From there the game settled down into a much more even affair, but Crestwood stayed ahead by showing great skill, effort and determination. Most pleasing was the excellent teamwork that was on display. This was exemplified by every student on the Crestwood team scoring a basket! We look forward to taking this form into the next game.

-Paul Pembridge

December 14th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School, Sports

The U12 hockey and basketball teams traveled to Upper Canada College yesterday afternoon.  The hockey squad had a date with the Blues’ Grade 5 Hockey Team. The game was fairly even through the first 10 minutes with scoring chances being traded back and forth and both goalies making some solid saves. Late in the first frame Sharkey Chen lit the lamp after being set up by centreman Mars Sun. Chen then bagged another beauty early in the second to get things really rolling for the Cubs. Bert Wen then scored a gorgeous goal where he used his patented toe drag move before depositing the disk under the bar on the short side. Berty was back! We kept the pressure on with our hard working rookies Brayden Barton and Daniel Rauchwerger pressuring all over the ice. Our dominant power shift of Brayden Cox, Hannah Hurwitz and Luke Hristovski were effective in rolling around in the offensive end throughout the game. Defenceman Leslie Qiao then got into the act and scored the next three goals to cap a 6-3 victory for the visitors. George Zhou and Jayin Vohra were both steady in goal when called upon.

The basketball game was an amazing team effort. Jay Codron led the way with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Romeo also chipped in with 12 points. Johnny Musson and Fraser Bryant crashed the boards with 12 rebounds and 6 points while Ryan Michaels, Noah Kassam, and Griffyn Morgan led the defensive charge with 11 steals combined. Griffin Brown played amazing, making his debut after an injury. Mikel, Daniel and Eddie splashed some long bombs to help separate the score. The Crestwood Cubs are on a roll as they haven’t lost a game this season. Final Score 53-14. Lets Go Cubs!

Both teams travel to Royal St. George’s College on Tuesday as the schedule wraps up until the New Year.

December 14th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School, Sports

This year the art committee’s enthusiasm and dedication has been keeping them busy without rest!

The first backdrop of the year was a great success during the grade 1 production. Congratulations to the very talented art committee!

Looking forward to seeing the beautiful programs that are being currently designed for the winter music concert!

-Anya Romanenko

December 7th, 2018

Posted In: Art, Lower School

The U12 hockey picked up a victory yesterday with a convincing win against the Pickering College Pumas at York Mills Arena. Crestwood used swift skating, crisp passing and an overall team game to dominate the game from puck drop to the final whistle. Goalies Jayin Vohra and George Zhou were solid when called upon. All 9 of our skaters were efficient and hardworking throughout. Congrats to Sharkey Chen, Ben Maharaj, Daniel Rauchwerger, Hannah Hurwitz, Brayden Cox, Luke Hristovski, Mars Sun, Leslie Qiao and Brendan Barton. The U12 squad hits the road next week as we will be travelling to face Upper Canada College on Thursday @4PM.

-Luke Connors

December 7th, 2018

Posted In: Lower School, Sports

Concert tickets will be sent home in your child’s bag this evening.  The tickets are being processed, so please be aware that if they’re not in there tonight, they will be by Tuesday, December 11th, by the latest.
Please contact michele.taub@crestwood.on.ca for any ticket inquiries.

December 7th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Please remind all students to bring their instruments and music to school on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Our Holiday Concert is Wednesday night at 7PM. Please be sure to attend our performance in full dress uniform.

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Concert tickets will be sent home in your child’s bag this evening.  The tickets are being processed, so please be aware that if they’re not in their bag tonight, they will be by Tuesday, December 11th, by the latest.
Please contact michele.taub@crestwood.on.ca for any ticket inquiries.

December 7th, 2018

Posted In: Lower School

The Grade 5 students travelled to the Ontario Science Centre today to explore a variety of science concepts such as matter, forces and structures and the human body. Students had a chance to explore the various exhibits and participated in a workshop titled “Fun with Chemistry”. We also had the opportunity to see an incredible IMAX film about an initiative to breed pandas and release them into the wild. It was a fabulous day of exploration, excitement and innovation. We are looking forward to sharing our various learning experiences when we return to school.

-Amy Fuller

November 30th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

You all know the story of the Three Little Pigs, right?  Well, Grade 3A used their engineering brains to plan and construct a house for the 4th Little Piggy.  As we already know, any structure including a house needs a strong and stable base or foundation. But after the foundation, the frame is next most important part of a house’s design. The frame holds the shape of a house together, preventing the house from falling or getting destroyed. Without a good frame, walls or a roof won’t matter.  We worked in teams to construct a house that a 4th little piggy could use to withstand the wrath of the “BIG BAD BLOW DRYER”.  All of our houses were reinforced with triangles, struts, and ties and survived the challenge!  Congratulations to all of the Junior Engineers in 3A!

-Paula Georgiou

November 30th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

It’s space week in Senior Kindergarten!

Planets, planets they are great!
Do you know that there are 8?
Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars.
Lots of planets lots of stars.
Jupiter, Saturn, the big 2, Uranus and Neptune too!
Here is our joke of the week:
How do you know when the moon is finished dinner?
(It’s full!)
We are out of this world!
-Julie Fox & Carly Hebscher

November 30th, 2018

Posted In: Lower School

The U12 Co-Ed Hockey team began their season yesterday by hosting the TFS Tigers at York Mills Arena. The game was tightly contested for the first period with both teams working very hard at both ends. TFS broke through with the first goal before Crestwood bounced back with a nice individual effort by defenceman Sharkey Chen who wheeled wide before snapping it upstairs shortside to tie the game. After that it was all Toronto French as they rolled shift after shift and wore down the home squad. George Zhou made many spectacular saves throughout the contest and our players never gave up but the opposition proved to be too much on this day. The Crestwood Cubs hit the ice next Thursday to play Pickering College. Game time is 3:15PM at York Mills Arena.

-Luke Connors

November 30th, 2018

Posted In: Lower School, Sports

Dear Parents

In celebration of the upcoming holiday season, Crestwood Cares, with the help of the Crestwood School Community, plans to share some of the warmth and excitement of this time of year with the current residents of St Felix House. In addition, we believe it is important for Crestwood children to help other children. With this in mind we would like to make a financial contribution to Covenant House during this holiday season. Covenant House provides shelter, food, and crisis care to up to as many as 300 homeless youth in Toronto each day. Follow-up care, providing stability, guidance and opportunity is also made available..

The St Felix Centre supports the most marginalized and vulnerable members of the community. They provide transitional housing, meals, clothing, recreation activities, support groups, housing help, and an overall sense of community and acceptance. Last year, with the help of the CSPA and our parent community, Crestwood Cares provided individualized gift baskets for each of the residents. In response, we received letters of heartfelt gratitude, one of which is attached.

This year, with your help, Crestwood Cares would like to make a financial contribution to the St. Felix holiday dinner as well as providing a modest gift for each of the 20 residents. In order to accomplish this and make a financial donation to Covenant House, we ask parents to contribute a minimum of $20.00 to this philanthropic endeavour by Friday, December 14th (All cheques payable to Crestwood School). The Crestwood Cares committee will use half of your financial contributions to purchase much needed items and small treats for the twenty women of St. Felix House, and make a donation to their holiday dinner. The other half of the Crestwood Cares collection will be donated to Covenant House.

Crestwood Community Service students will help to assemble and wrap the presents for St. Felix House.

We kindly ask that parents and students join us in helping to share our community’s good fortune with others. Thank you very much for helping Crestwood Cares in making this holiday season a happy one for others.

Sincerely,

Crestwood Cares

November 30th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Dear Parents:

This year our Grade 6 students will be given the opportunity to visit Niagara Falls on June 5th through to June 7th 2019.  This 3 day excursion, which will be completely supervised by school staff members, will be a guided motor coach tour and will involve 2 nights of overnight accommodation.

Keating by Explorica has been leading educational tours for over 50 years.  They are one of the pioneers who started educational travel here in Canada. All Keating by Explorica tours include: round trip transportation by motor-coach, overnight accommodation, breakfast and dinner daily, guided sightseeing tours, the full time services of a professional tour director, 24-hour emergency service and overnight security chaperones.  

To show you more specifically what the trip involves, a presentation for parents and students will be held at the school on December 5th 2018 at 7 PM.  Any questions you might need answered, how to register your child and additional information you might require will be provided.

 

Date: Wednesday, December 5th

Time: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Place: Crestwood School Cafeteria (Upstairs next to the gym)

Who: Parents and Students

What: Grade 6 Overnight Extended Trip Information

 

This is an important opportunity to learn about this amazing trip and how to register your child using the Explorica website. We look forward to seeing you there. Please RSVP via email to kevin.greenacre@crestwood.on.ca

Sincerely,

Mr K.J Greenacre

November 26th, 2018

Posted In: Lower School

On Monday, the Grade 4 students visited the Kortright Centre. The trip was arranged as the culmination of their unit on Habitats and was a great chance for them to put their knowledge on the subject to the test! The day started with a talk about the different animals that lived at the Kortright centre and the children had the challenge of identifying animals from their skulls and furs. Next, we had a tour of the Centre, during which they studied the woodland habitat in real life. They matched trees and leaves, participated in an animal detective game and also played a game called ‘Camouflage’. The day ended in a huge food chain game in which the children found out what it was like to be part of a real woodland habitat. A wonderful day was had by all and the teachers were very proud of the way the Grade 4s conducted themselves throughout the day.

-Paul Pembridge

November 22nd, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

The Grade 5 and 6 students participated in an eye opening workshop on Wednesday about the impact the fashion industry is having on our environment and the world abroad. The workshop was organized by the Eco Team, in an effort to help Crestwood students become more educated in how to be responsible consumers of fashion. Students learned about the environmental impact of “Fast Fashion”, driven by low prices, low quality, and exploiting low wage workers in other countries. Students discovered the 7R’s of responsible fashion including reducing our consumption, and reusing clothes through hand-me-downs or second hand shopping. As well, students were most excited about repurposing old T-shirts into tote bags, using only a pair of scissors! It was incredible to see the passion it ignited in our student body to be more responsible shoppers and become more active global citizens. Thank you Eco team for organizing this incredible workshop.

-Amy Fuller

November 22nd, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

On Monday, the Grade 3’s visited the Ontario Science Center.  We participated in a Structures Workshop where we learned building basics.  In different groups, we investigated the strength and stability of structures. We experimented with compression, tension and load and how these all affect the stability of a structure. We also designed and built bridges, towers and arches using various materials.  We learned that all human and natural structures have structural limits and that builders must keep this in mind! Last, we explored the different galleries.  Take a look at all of the hands-on activities that were available to us at the Ontario Science Center.

-Paula Georgiou

November 22nd, 2018

Posted In: Lower School

On behalf of the CSPA,

We would like to thank everyone for coming out and supporting our first annual Holiday Wine, Cheese & Shopping Sprees Event!

It was a day of festivities, excitement and community involvement all benefiting our children.

Thank you to all of our generous vendors who donated 20% of all their sales back to the school.  Due to the inclement weather some vendors have graciously extended their donation period through the weekend!  Be sure to visit North Boys (Boys Clothing, Dress Clothes, Shoes & Accessories) at the Shoppes at Don Mills; Blooms Plus (Florist) on Yonge Street just north of Lawrence; Beauty Counter (Beauty products, Makeup, Accessories) online at beautycounter.com/en-ca/katiehenderson  through Katie Henderson, Director.  Please be sure to mention you are from Crestwood!  

Next we would like to thank all of our volunteers & staff who helped decorate, set-up, man the Crestwood booth, assist with children shopping, orientation, and take down at the end of the night!  Your assistance was invaluable!!! 
Thanks to all for making the day a success and we look forward to seeing you all back again next year!
Sincerely,
The CSPA

November 16th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Grade 3A has been busy learning all about the engineering process.  Did you know that a structure’s stability determines how balanced and strong its base is?  We investigated this theory by creating towers of cards and designing towers of our own.  We learned that all structures need a wide, deep base.  Our towers of cards did not stand up for very long but our tube towers were able to both support a load and withstand the force of wind.  Take a look at our wonderful structures.
-Paula Georgiou

November 16th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Our Parent Teacher Conferences will take place on Thursday, November 22nd. Please consider other parents and arrive and end your interviews on time. If you need more time with a particular teacher, arrange a separate meeting or phone call. The smooth running of our event relies on all parents and teachers keeping to the timetable.

Thank you in advance.

November 16th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Crestwood students “skipped” their hearts out again this year for Neema International!  120 students chose to skip a treat or privilege, instead donating the treat’s value to this organization that provides a home and education to many Tanzanian students whose families are unable to care for them. Altogether, 120 students “skipped it” and raised a total of $1824.30!  Ali Hanson, a Crestwood alumna and director at Neema International, will be visiting us in December to share the exciting developments at Neema and the ways in which our support is making a difference.
-Community Service

November 9th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

This week the grade 3 classes hosted Scientists in the Schools. The students expanded their knowledge of strong and stable structures with a ton of hands-on activities. We built towers, bridges and more! It was an excellent opportunity to build a solid foundation in science! Thank you to our parent volunteers!

-Ms. Patton

November 9th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

The Grade 5 students had the pleasure of traveling to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario this week, to support their Social Studies curriculum about Canadian Government. Students had the opportunity to participate in a role play, experiencing the democratic process of creating new laws. We also had the chance to stand right on the chamber floors and learn about the history of the architecture and artwork created over 150 years ago. The students were excited to have their Social Studies classes come to life on this enlightening field trip!

-Ms. Fuller

November 9th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

On Wednesday, November 7, the Grade 6 classes headed to Harbourfront Centre for a hands-on printmaking session. Inspired by Indigenous printmakers, students looked to their personal environments for inspiration, then moved through the sketching, transfer, etching, and printing processes to create a series of linoleum prints. Their final pieces are stunning! This workshop was the springboard for subsequent printmaking work they’ll be creating with Ms. Romanenko in Art class later this term.
-Ms. Krashinsky

November 9th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

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