The CSPA would like to thank the parent volunteers Hayley Wine and Alison Waldenberg who assisted Ms. Bafaro in coordinating our recent Scholastic Book Fair. This was our most successful fair to date and we know many children came home excited to dive into their new books.
All of our Teachers created “wish-lists” to expand their classroom libraries. The CSPA wanted to thank the parents who purchased books because as these gifts are really appreciated by the teachers and students alike. At the end of the event, the CSPA reviewed the unfulfilled Teacher’s Wish Lists; and funds to ensure every classroom received the gift of new books. Next year we will ensure the Teacher’s Wish List will be delivered to parents electronically so this information can be easily accessible.
This week, children in classes’ 4C and 4D had a lesson on habitats from the Scientists in the School! During an extremely engaging and hands-on lesson the children had the opportunity to explore one particular habitat as part of a group. Amongst many activities, they had the challenge of investigating animal furs and skulls, creating food webs and even played a game of ‘Habitat Jenga’. It was great to see the children apply the knowledge they had built up about habitats to new situations and the lesson really put their communication and collaboration skills to the test!
-Mr. Pembridge & Ms. Kanfi
Being on a team, is more than just dawning a team jersey and taking to the field or court. It is competing to the best of your ability, working with your teammates on and off the field, performing plays that your coach has fostered throughout countless practices, and then being present and accountable during the championship games, no matter what the circumstances or weather conditions might be. That is just what happened this past weekend. Memories and bonds were created that will last a lifetime for all that participated.
The buzz and smiles of students, parents, and coaches has been front and center this entire season. Congratulations to all Crestwood Soccer team members and coaches. Special mention goes to both the U10 and U12 Soccer teams for bringing home the division banner and trophy this past weekend, in less than ideal weather conditions. As for the Cross Country team…you know your coaches are proud of your extraordinary accomplishments this season. Your results speak for themselves.
The U12 girls Basketball team improved all season long. The girls honed their skills and their confidence grew with each practice and game. They competed with pride in the new Crestwood gymnasium, to a crowd of enthusiastic onlookers.
We can’t wait for the winter season to begin.
U12 Hockey ~ tryouts begin Thurs., Nov. 8th, 2018, 3:15-4:15pm
Transportation is provided to and from York Mills arena. Please bring your hockey equipment to school in the morning and leave the bags and sticks in a neat pile in the atrium.
U12 Basketball ~ tryouts begin Monday, November 12th. 3:40-4:40pm
U11 Basketball ~ tryouts begin Wednesday, November 14th. 3:40-4:40pm
U10 and U9 basketball ~ lunchtime practices begin Mon. Nov. 12th.
Times/days will be highlighted in the weekly Crestwood newsletter.
U12 Girls Volleyball ~ tryouts begin Tues. Nov.13th ~3:40-4:40pm
U12 Badminton ~ tryouts begin Friday, November 16th ~11:50-12:20pm
With primary skating, Burgerball at the College, our annual LCC Hockey and Basketball Tournament in Montreal, and finally our school ski day, Crestwood coaches and teachers are ready to go. For more information please check our weekly Crestwood newsletter under the heading SPORTS WEEK AHEAD and Edsby for regular updates, game and practice schedules.
On Saturday October 27th, the U-10 soccer team participated in our final tournament at Crescent School. Despite the rain and cold weather the team was ready to go!
Our first game was against CDS. We quickly took the lead with an amazing goal from George. Soon after, both Mahdi and Mikhail scored goals for Crestwood. Luckily, we were able to hold onto our lead and won our first game 3-1.
Our second game was against Crescent School. Unfortunately, Crescent scored the first goal; however, we were able to quickly come back with a beautiful goal from Sebastian. We had a great second half with Ben scoring 3 goals for Crestwood. Additionally, Harrison scored his first goal of the season! The whole team made sure to help out on defence, and we were able to finish the game off with a win. The final score was 5-3.
The final game was against The York School. We knew this was going to be our toughest battle yet, as they had also won their first two games. In the first half, Mikhail, Nathan, and Ben scored amazing goals for Crestwood. We were going into the second half with a score of 3-1. We knew it was important to keep our lead, as The York School was fighting back hard. In the second half, we had goals from Ben and Graeme. We also had two goals from George. With everyone playing a part in this tough battle, we won our final game 7-4!!
The Crestwood U-10 soccer team are officially your tournament champions! We are so proud of the whole team. We had such an incredible season! We learned how to work together as a team, and that made us come out on top. Both Coach Offman and Coach Hebscher could not be more proud. Congratulations to the U-10 soccer team!
-Coaches Hailey Offman & Carly Hebscher
The Crestwood U12 Team travelled to Branksome Hall to compete in the final, weekend tournament of the season. The girls got off to a hot start in the first game against Kingsway College, opening with a 6-2 run. By halftime, the team was rolling along with a 12-8 lead. The girls continued their excellent play into the 2nd half moving the ball with precision and making smart decisions on the court. The final score was 24-16 for Crestwood and the girls were off to the Championship Game against Branksome Hall.
The girls put their game faces on knowing they were up against stiff competition in the Athletic Centre. It was a back and forth first half with the girls giving it their all. The U12’s were up by 1 point at the break, as a result of a solid team effort. As the game wore on, the girls lost steam sprinting across the bigger court. The final score was 36-27 Branksome Hall.
We could not be more proud of the dedication and growth the U12 Girls showed this season! They played like a true team and learned how to trust each other and their own abilities. We hope the girls’ love of basketball will continue in the years to come!
Coaches Amy Fuller & Courtney Kanfi
The Grade 6 soccer team attended our end of season finals at De La Salle on Saturday. Placed on the strong side of the draw the odds of making the final were against us.
Our opening game against Pickering College showed how our team was determined to end our season on a high. Three goals and a clean sheet were enough to claim a victory. Crestwood 3 – 0 Pickering
The second game was against the hosts and favourites for the tournament. This would be our toughest test. With some tough lucks and questionable calls we had a high hill to climb. After a timeout, Crestwood regrouped and rallied. We fought our way back into the game with an equalizer. Soon after we gained the advantage with the goal of the season. A wonderful cross from Johnny for Griffyn to jump and head the ball home. Crestwood 2 – 1 DLS.
The final was against Crescent B. Crestwood came out fast and was quickly in the lead. But Crescent struck back with two breakaway goals. 1 – 2 advantage Crescent at the half. The second period was frustrating for Crestwood as chance after chance narrowly missed. Then the breakthrough goal to tie the game and the confidence came back. Two more goals sealed the well-deserved win. Crestwood 4 – 2 Crescent B.
Our Crestwood Champions are:
Thank you to all the players and parents for helping during the season.
-Coaches Kevin Greenacre & Patrick Munro
Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association
Respect… rules, officials, opponents, team, self
Honour the game!
Parents’ Workshop Invitation
The Conference of Independent Schools’ Athletic Association will be proudly presenting a very informative workshop for parents of our male and female student/athletes. The workshop will be hosted on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018 from 7:00-8:15pm in George Weston Hall (Upper Canada College Preparatory School – see map link below). Best of all, there will be no cost to attend.
“The Second-Goal Parent: Developing Winners in Life Through Sports” (75 minutes)
This interactive workshop explores the role of a Second-Goal parent, supporting their child so that he or she enjoys a positive experience in sports.
Topics discussed include:
RSVP is required as booklets for all participants need to be ordered. ALL are welcome – please feel free to invite a friend or coach from the neighbourhood.
Please click on the link below to register.
A friendly reminder that there is absolutely no parking/idling/leaving your vehicle at any time in Atrium or Junior loop during pick up or drop off.
Grade parents are now collecting holiday/end of year contribution fees. Please submit them at your earliest convenience.
Any questions contact email@example.com
I am delighted to inform you that Dalia Eisen and I have invited the administrative team from Crestwood Upper School to attend an evening at our Lower School location on November 1, 2018.
The Upper School Team will explain what the transition from the Lower School to the Upper School would look like for your child. As well, they will be available to answer any questions you may have regarding entry into Grade 7.
Date: November 1, 2018
Venue: Lower School Cafeteria
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Snacks and wine will be served. Please don’t hesitate to contact me should you have any further questions.
We would like to remind parents that our Crestwood School Day begins at 8:50am. All “lates and absences” are documented on your child’s report card.
The children who arrive at school by 8:45am have an opportunity to unpack and check-in with their teacher and peers. It is clear that these children feel more empowered and prepared for their day.
Knowing this, please try to ensure that you give your child the best possible start to his/her day by getting them to school prior to 8:50. It is extremely disruptive to the class and the teacher when a student arrives late.
Thank you so much for your consideration,
Sharon Liebenthal and Joy Badler
The Scholastic Book Fair begins next week! Parent volunteers are still needed for Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.
Please go to http://www.volunteersignup.org/JLWFQ to sign up and help out at this fun event!
For some, the cool fall weather calls for crawling indoors and curling up under a blanket. For others, it takes us to running the final run of our cross-country season. Though there wasn’t any snow on the ground, the course took our Crestwood runners onto the chilly trails competing against a backdrop of changing leaves at Centennial Park. Our young athletes had their final opportunity to meet fellow runners, take part in a fun competition among peers, and create their own Cross Country memories. Congratulations to our nine competitors: Angus, Sanad, Dara, Cooper, Tate, Daniel, Jameson, Thato, and Tyler. The Cross Country Coaches are proud of every single member of the team that dedicated their time to practice, exercise, train, and run! What a finish to a wonderful running season!
-Coach Paula Georgiou
We look forward to viewing all of the creative costumes during Wednesday’s Halloween celebrations.
Primaries (JK-3) are welcome to arrive in costume while Junior students (Gr.4-6) are required to carry their costumes to school and change at lunch recess.
Please be reminded that we are a nut free school.
Also, please do not bring in any fruit that you have cut up at home. If anything needs to be cut, we will do so at school.
Thank you for keeping the safety of our children in mind.
A penalty kick, plus a hat trick from open play by Johnny and some more glorious goaltending from Mikel was enough to take Crestwood to victory.
A slender squad of just 9 players from grade 6 set out with much vigor and dominated much of the first half play to take a 4-goal lead. After the interval, the game became more balanced and Crestwood once again relied on their superb goalkeeper to keep the visitors at bay. Final score Crestwood 4 – 1 Crescent.
The Grade 6 soccer squad finishes up their season with a tournament on Saturday at De La Salle College. Good luck lads.
-Coach Kevin Greenacre
On Monday the U-10 soccer team travelled to Crescent School where we participated in a mini tournament. Our first game was against Country Day School. George, Ben, and Nathan all scored, which lead us to win our first game 3-0! Next, we played against Crescent School. Both teams battled hard, but our goalies George and Harrison were not letting anything past them. The final score was 0-0! Next, we played another team from Country Day School. We battled through our tiredness, and managed to keep another 0-0 tie throughout the whole game. Our final game was against another team from Crescent School. We went into the final quarter with a 0-0 tie, until Nathan took the lead for Crestwood with an unbelievable goal. The final score was 1-0 for Crestwood! We are so proud of each and every team member. We have improved tremendously throughout our season. We are looking forward to our last regular season game on Thursday, and our final tournament on Saturday. Way to go team! Keep up the great work!
Congratulations to the U-10 soccer team for finishing their regular season with a big win at UCC yesterday! Coach Hebscher and I are so proud of each and every one of you! Shoutout to Nathan who scored an awesome goal for us, and Ben who scored two! Lastly, a huge shoutout to Sebastian who scored his first goal from a corner kick!! We are looking forward to our tournament tomorrow at Crescent School. See you all tomorrow morning at 9:30 am. Way to go team!
-Coach Hailey Offman
The Grade 5 and 6 students participated in Student Vote Day today, casting their votes for who they believe would be the best mayor for the City of Toronto. Students prepared for this vote by researching the mayoral candidates, and learning about the major issues being addressed and debated in Toronto. Students enjoyed experiencing the process of voting, and developed an understanding of the democratic process, as well as the important responsibility we carry as citizens. Thank you to all students and teachers who participated so enthusiastically in this program. We look forward to hearing the election results on Monday, October 22nd.
Community Service has long been an important part of student life at Crestwood and the Crestwood Cares Community Service team would like to thank you for your unwavering support.
Our latest fundraiser supports children In Tanzania where many are left helpless, hopeless, and without care because their parents have died or cannot take care of them. In support of Neema International and their goal to help these children we have launched our “Skip It” campaign, which will run between October 19th and November 2nd.
Neema International is a non-profit organization that supports nearly 200 orphaned/vulnerable children. This project is close to our hearts because Crestwood graduate Ali Hanson is the assistant director of Neema International.
The Crestwood Cares community service team is challenging Crestwood students to “SKIP IT”. Students choose to forgo one or more treats or privileges that would have cost money, and to donate that money to the fundraiser instead.
The dollar value of the donation is not the greatest priority; rather, the opportunity for students to choose to make a personal gift to people in need is the emphasis of this fundraising strategy.
For example, a student could skip:
*a trip to the movie theatre
*spending this week’s allowance
*a family take-out dinner
Each child who participates in SKIP IT should fill out the leaf, attached to this letter, with his or her name, class, and the treat or privilege skipped.
Please do not record the donation amount on the leaf.
The leaf must be submitted, along with the donation, to your child’s classroom teacher by Friday, November 2nd, 2018.
These leaves will be added to the giving tree to recognize and celebrate these acts of giving. The Crestwood Cares team will assemble and display a SKIP IT giving tree for all to see.
Thank you again for your support!
-The Crestwood Cares Community Service Team
The U12 Girls Basketball picked up two wins this week. We traveled to Pickering College on Monday, October 15th for their 5th game of the season! The girls were eager and ready to play from the sound of the first buzzer. Once again, it was a close game throughout, but the Crestwood Cubs managed to maintain the lead for almost the entire game. Finally, in the last shift of the game, our defence stepped it up a notch, and our offence took over, finally pulling ahead for the win. The final score was 26-21. A special thanks to our fans that drove out to Newmarket to cheer us on! We are focused and ready to continue to improve and succeed as a team. Go Crestwood!
Yesterday the U12 Girls came out strong against Havergal for their 7th and final game of the season. They showed how hard they have been working and demonstrated what the Crestwood U12 Girls Team is all about: crisp passes, quick ball movement and dominant rebounding. By the second half, the girls were up 22-12 and continued their excellent team play, working on help defence, taking smart shots and getting open on the court. The Cubs maintained the lead throughout the game with a final score of 40-19. The team is looking forward to their last week of practices and the CISAA Tournament on Saturday, October 27th.
Congratulations to the team on a great regular season!
-Coaches Amy Fuller & Courtney Kanfi
On Thursday, October the 18th the Grade Two classes traveled to the R.O.M to explore the variety of animals on our amazing planet! We visited the hands-on biodiversity, and birds galleries , and experienced a real bat cave. Through close observation, questioning and discussion we discovered what makes each group of animals distinct. The dinosaur exhibit was a HUGE hit and we even got a sneak peek at the new dinosaur – the Wendiceratops that has been discovered by the R.O.M and will soon be on display.
School has only been in session for 6 weeks and we already have an inordinate amount of lost clothing items in our lost and found box in the main building. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to return these lost items to their owners, as the items do not have nametags sewn into them. Please keep in mind that because the kids wear uniforms, every sweatshirt, every pair of grey pants, every polo shirt etc.etc. look the same! If these items had nametags, you would likely get these items back…it would be a good idea if you could please sew nametags into your child’s uniform items. Nametags are way less expensive than having to buy another sweater, sweatshirt etc.
The Grade 3 classes jumped onto a school bus and travelled downtown on Tuesday. Our first stop was the CN Tower in the heart of Toronto. We took the elevator up to the viewing gallery in less than one minute. At a height of over 500m we witnessed the urban sprawl that is happening in our city. Skyscrapers, businesses, homes, roadways, and parkland make up our beautiful city. We then visited Riverdale Farm which is a depiction of a rural community. The students saw barns, silos, livestock, tractors, and lots of open space. Thank you to our wonderful parent volunteers for accompanying us on this city and country life adventure.
The Scholastic Bookfair 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!
Our final qualifying meet took place at Crescent this past Wednesday. With laces tight, our runners took off running through the fall trails. Many of our team members conquered the muddy, hilly terrain obtaining personal best scores. James, Jordyn and Davis all placed in the top 10 category for Under 9s. Congratulations to all of our racers Johnny, Cooper, Daniel, Tate, Jameson, Tyler, Natasha, Dara, and Sanaad and a special thank you to Aiden for coming out to support the team as he recovers from an injury. The Cross County Finals take place next week at Centennial Park. Go Crestwood Go!!
-Coach Paula Georgiou
The U12 Girls Basketball team traveled to Pickering College on Monday, October 15th for their 5th game of the season! The girls were eager and ready to play from the sound of the first buzzer. Once again, it was a close game throughout, but the Crestwood Cubs managed to maintain the lead for almost the entire game. Finally, in the last shift of the game, our defence stepped it up a notch, and our offence took over, finally pulling ahead for the win. The final score was 26-21. A special thanks to our fans that drove out to Newmarket to cheer us on! With one game left on Thursday at Havergal, we are focused and ready to continue to improve and succeed as a team. Go Crestwood!
-Coach Amy Fuller
The U-10 Soccer team hosted their second home game of the season yesterday against Bayview Glen. Despite the cold weather, we pushed through and played an awesome game. Both Harrison and George made unbelievable stops in net. Congratulations to Ben who scored a breakaway goal for Crestwood. We are looking forward to our next two games on Monday! Way to go team!
-Coach Hailey Offman
The U11 soccer team put in a great performance away to Bayview Glen last night! On a cold, windy afternoon the team showed a true battling spirit and really grew into the game after falling behind. Thato scored a majestic goal with a chip of the opposition goalkeeper to cap a great 2nd half. The result really sets us up for the games and tournament next week.
-Coach Paul Pembridge
It was another close game for the Grade 6 Soccer team but ultimately another defeat. The long road trip north to Newmarket to play Pickering College caused the team to have some ‘bus legs’ as we got off to a slow start and quickly fell behind 3-0. Some magnificent goalkeeping from Mikel kept the lead at 3 and the team rallied in the second half bringing the game back to 3 -2 but we could not find the equalizing tally. Good effort team.
-Coach Kevin Greenacre