Next week is Earth Week! The Eco-Team has some great activities planned for Crestwood students throughout the week. Every day, students are encouraged to wear outfits inspired by our beautiful planet. Please encourage your child to reduce, reuse, and repurpose when planning their outfit to reduce our carbon footprint!
The Eco-Team will also facilitate themed games and activities at recess inspired by important ecological issues. The games will be optional and students who choose to participate will earn house points.
Here is the Themed Outfit Schedule:
(Please note: The same expectations as casual days apply.)
Tuesday: Wear green for the plants and forests.
Wednesday: Wear blue for water and oceans.
Thursday: Wear yellow, orange and/or red for the sun and climate.
Friday: Wear animal print or animal-themed for endangered animal (For example, a shirt with an animal on it)
There will be an Earth Day Assembly on Friday with presentations from the Eco-Team. We are looking forward to building awareness, making a difference and taking action to protect our wonderful Earth.
-K. Patton and K. Campbell
Are you in Grade 4 or Grade 5 and interested in applying to be a House Head next year? Do you think you have what it takes to inspire your fellow students to greatness? Are you organized? Can you work independently? Do you like to do things that help others and make a positive impact on their lives?
Today, 4A and 4B participated in “Sound is Music to My Ears”. In the workshop, the students learned how sound waves travel. They experimented with many items testing the properties of sound including volume, pitch or frequency, sound quality, movement and speed. One of the kids favourite activities was called the “Laughing Chicken”, where they used a cup and string to demonstrate the amplification of sound, which closely resembled a chicken laughing. The students had a lot of fun and it was an excellent way to launch our Light and Sound unit.
Please donate books next week that are new or gently used and published in the last ten years. We will be delivering our donations to the Book Bank at the end of the week. The books should be for ages 12 and under. They should be new or gently used. The Book Drive Boxes are located in three locations: the Junior morning drop off area, the Library, and in the Atrium. For more information about The Children’s Book Bank, go to childrensbookbank.com.
On Tuesday, the students from 4C and 4D took part in ‘Fractions in Action’. The workshop was a fantastic chance to take a hand-on look at fractions, and a great time was had by all. The students had the chance to solve mystery fractions, draw their very own ‘fraction flags’ and play a game of ‘Fraction War’. The lesson culminated in the students applying their knowledge to mix a special ‘Fractions Potion’. The few brave souls who dared to drink it said it was delicious!
-Courtney Kanfi & Paul Pembridge
The Art Committee just finished another big project. We created the set for the grade 2 musical. Thank you for your dedication and hard work and a special thank you to the lead artist on the project, Violet McBeath Cohen. To the talented grade 6 crew: Sean Lopes Fitzgerald, Lily Duckman, and Sophie Hawker, thank you for never missing a session and working so well together to make this project such a success. The grade 4 students who played such a pivotal role in creating the beautiful design; Noah Haber, Riley Cash, Justin Lopes Fitzgerald, Jordan Mao, Lily Reinish, Charly Gelb, Divya Ghanekar, and Leyli Shakeri-Rad, thank you for being always ready to offer time and work extra.
The Art Show is coming soon and all students are working hard on finishing their projects. This year the grade 6s will present interactive art installations that will showcase their artistic learning. There will be a number of art sections showing Fashion Design, Plasticine art, Shadow and puppet theaters, Optical illusions and more… We are very excited! Stay Tuned!
This afternoon, Grade 2 put on an incredible performance of Character Street. This musical teaches us about respect, responsibility, self-discipline, and kindness. These students have spent the last 3 months preparing for this musical and it did not disappoint!
We would like to thank Ms. Romanenko and the art committee for the beautiful sets!
This is your last chance to submit your recipe to our Crestwood Family Favourites 2018/2019 Cookbook. We will accept submissions up until Monday, April 1st. Thank you to the many parents who have submitted your recipes.
We’ve made it very simple for your family to contribute to this lovely culinary legacy.
The hard part will be picking a family favourite! Please ensure all the details to your culinary delight are included.
We have entered our final leg of the school year, thus, making this initiative time sensitive, we are hoping for a full scale Crestwood community contribution, as it will be a timely piece used in kitchens for generations to come!
On behalf of the entire CSPA team, we thank you for your time and support.
In 2010, I was diagnosed with MS at the age of 22. Since then, I have gathered together with friends and family to join the MS Walk each year. Since 2011, my family and I have been overwhelmed with all of the generous support and love we received from our friends, family and community. With all of their help, we were able to achieve an incredible feat by raising over $200,000 the past years and becoming one of the top fundraisers in Toronto. I look forward to taking on this challenge again and exceeding my results from the previous years.
As a top fundraiser, I will be representing Team Canada in the MS Walk of Champions this weekend in Los Angeles, California. When I return, my team Kaki’s Krew, will be walking in the Toronto MS Walk, which will be taking place at Downsview Park on Sunday, May 5, 2019. I am hoping to raise over $10,000 this year. If you wish to donate to my team or join me and walk for Kaki’s Krew, you can do so by using this link.
Please feel free to share this event page with whomever. Thank you all in advance for your support, as I could not get through this without you!
Jaclyn Amar, 4B Teacher
On Thursday March 28 and Friday March 29, the Grade One classes had their annual visit with Scientist Kathy from Scientists in the School. The topic of the day was “Structures: Under Construction!” The Grade Ones learned that a structure is an object that has a definite size and shape and serves a definite function or purpose. We also learned that structures can be human or nature made. 5 amazing experiments were completed using fasteners, different materials (plastic, fabric, paper, rubber glass and metal), and we learned which ‘shapes’ around us are the most solid and reliable when building a structure. Then, we worked together to build a structurally sound ‘creation’ using only NEWSPAPER and MASKING TAPE! We all had a great time together and made some fascinating discoveries!!
A huge thank you to Scientist Kathy and to 1A’s amazing parent volunteers (Laura Stern, Yvonne Zou, Wei Xi and Hayley Wine) and to 1B’s amazing parent volunteers (Maggie, Zhang, Mel Schembri, Jenny Ho and Karrie Singer) for a fabulous and very informative day!
-Mary Hodgson & Esther Alter
On Wednesday, April 10, Canadian writer and illustrator Ruth Ohi will be visiting with the JK-Grade 2 students. We have been enjoying her books and completing related activities in library class. Unfortunately Ruth is unable to bring in books for sale, but will gladly autograph books that the children may bring from home. Please see her website for more details: http://www.ruthohi.com/books-recent
Grade 3-6 author visits coming soon!
World Autism Awareness Day is recognized on Tuesday, April 2nd. We recognize this day to bring to light people who live with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
To learn more, please visit www.autismontario.com.
The Toronto and Region Conservation monitors hazardous ice conditions as thaw begins and are reminding everyone to be very careful around all bodies of water. The first hint of warming weather and the promise of spring thaw can bring extreme danger to the shores and surfaces of streams, rivers, ponds and lakes, according to Toronto and Region Conservation.
As warmer temperatures arrive, stream banks become increasingly slippery and unstable. Lake and river ice weakens, becoming thinner or with higher flows breaking with little or no warning. During this time, the potential for flooding and ice jamming is high.
Higher, faster-flowing water and extreme cold temperatures combine to create increased dangers on or near rivers, streams and ponds for people wishing to enjoy the seasonal changes. Parents and caregivers are being asked to keep children away from stream banks, ponds and lakes.
On Thursday the Grade Two classes participated in a Scientists in the School workshop all about the changing states of matter. We ran our own chemistry experiments and explored what happens when solids and liquids get together. Using a real thermometer we investigated the conditions necessary to change a solid to a liquid. We created a way to change a liquid into a solid and we were able to eat what we made! We took on the challenge to produce the world’s biggest bubble and explored buoyancy. Everyone had fun while learning!
-Angela Ingram and Aimee Solski
On Tuesday, 4C and 4D participated in “Sound is Music to My Ears”. In the workshop, the students learned how sound waves travel. They experimented with many items testing the properties of sound including volume, pitch or frequency, sound quality, movement and speed. One of the kids favourite activities was called the “Laughing Chicken”, where they used a cup and string to demonstrate the amplification of sound, which closely resembled a chicken laughing. The students had a lot of fun and it was an excellent way to launch our Light and Sound unit.
-Courtney Kanfi & Paul Pembridge
Looking for a fun-filled summer camp to help your child read while using O-G multisensory activities to enhance decoding, encoding, comprehension and writing skills. We are offering an Orton-Gillingham based language arts camp in the last two weeks of June at Crestwood School. Click on the attached docs for more information.
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The Spring Sports season is warming up here at Crestwood School and the Sign Up Sheets are filled with names of our student/athletes. The U12 Co-Ed softball and Junior Track and Field teams will both get started next week. Junior Track (Gr.3-6) and U12 softball practices will take place on Mondays and Thursdays after school. This week only the second tryout will be on Wednesday.
Athletes interested in Monday’s softball try-outs, please make sure you have your softball glove and running shoes ready to go! Junior track members please be sure to pack your running shoes, water bottle and any other athletic gear needed.
Also all students in the Junior Division are invited to join our intramural ball hockey league. Please sign your name to the list outside the gym. This league will begin when the warmer temperatures arrive and will run at lunch recess on Tuesday and Thursday. All players will be required to supply their own helmet with faceguard, hockey gloves and a stick.
The JK and SK boys and girls had an amazing time participating in the skating lessons at York Mills Arena. They made great progress over the 8 weeks of lessons and had tons of fun. We are so proud of all our kindergarten skaters.
The U12 Co-Ed hockey team captured the Silver Cup Championship on Friday with a 5-1 win over the UCC Gr.5 squad. Our team defeated Sterling Hall and Country Day School earlier in the day earning our way to the final. Upper Canada College took an early lead in our last game but we eventually found our legs and dominated play in the second and third periods. This is our second Next6 title in two years and our third in four. Congratulations to all of our players…George Zhou, Ben Maharaj, Daniel Rauchwerger, Jayin Vohra, Luke Hristovski, Brayden Cox, Bert Wen, Leslie Qiao, Mars Sun, Brendan Barton, Sharkey Chen and Hannah Hurwitz. Special thanks to coaches Sandy and Sherri Brenzel for their help throughout the winter season.
The U-11 Basketball team dominated their final tournament and won the championships this weekend at Country Day School. The boys, moved the ball effectively, played tenacious defence, and made big buckets when they mattered most. They came together as a team, and their stellar play lead them a 4-0 record and a championship banner, which will hang proudly in the gym.
Thank you boys for an amazing season!
-Coaches Butler and Maalouf
Please be advised that the one-way road which leads to the Proctor Field House will be closed for river embankment work from Monday, March 4 to Friday, March 15, inclusive.
Thank you for your cooperation and we regret any inconvenience. For further information, please contact Paula Rodriguez, Project Coordinator,
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This coming Wednesday (February 27th, 2019) we will be recognizing Pink Shirt Day!
If you want to check out the story of how pink shirt day began you can look down below (point down) in the description area for the link!
The Grade Ones were treated to a workshop on Energy this week. Scientists in the School visited our classrooms and taught us all about Solar Energy, Sources of Energy, Heat Energy, Light Energy, and Conservation of Energy. Through many hands on activities, we learned that the Sun gives us energy, heat and light and can make things go, grow, blow, and flow. A very big thank you to all the parents who were able to help out. We couldn’t have had so much fun without you!!
This Saturday February 23rd, 2019 Crestwood will be hosting it’s first ever CISAA final tournament. We are excited to be hosting 5 other schools as our U10 Basketball team battles for supremacy on the court.
We are also excited to be attempting our first Live Stream of a sporting event. The link is available below and will also be available on Edsby at the top of the main page.
If you are interested in watching the U10’s play this Saturday the stream will be live at 9:00am and again at 11:00am for their first two games and should they make it to the finals they will go live again at 12:30pm.
See you on the stream!
The Art Committee is working on a new project! We are creating props for the school play Matilda!!! So proud and excited for this journey!
It is also the first time for the Art Committee participants to take part in a daily art challenge. Every day, for the next two weeks a new challenge will be announced during morning announcements and placed on the art room door. At the end of the challenge, the work created by committee members will be exhibited for all to see!
The Grade Two classes visited the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre on Wednesday, February 20th. We had a fabulous day learning Japanese dances, playing games, hearing traditional Japanese stories and dressing up in traditional Japanese dress. We even got to put on a fashion show and play with some ancient toys. It was a fun filled day immersing ourselves in Japanese culture!
The Grade 6’s went to Mars last week and we are happy to announce that everyone returned. Our trip to the Science Centre was full of excitement and all sorts of space activity. We saw a great IMAX movie and explored the museum’s space exhibit, but the highlight of the trip was our Mission to Mars simulation. Two groups of students, Mars Control Crew and Spacecraft Crew, had to work together to complete a series of tasks. These included entering Mars’ orbit, launching two satellite probes, landing on Mars, doing a crew switch, lifting off from Mars, and reconnecting with the mother-ship. Student jobs included Communication, Data, Isolation, Navigation, Medical, Life Support, Probe, and Media. Students had to communicate, problem-solve, follow very technical instructions, and most importantly, work together. They persevered through increased levels of carbon dioxide in the spacecraft, a solar storm, and a dust storm on Mars’ surface. It was a fantastic experience and a powerful extension of our space curriculum.
The Crestwood School U12 Co-ed hockey squad dropped a 7-3 decision to the Crescent Coyotes on Monday. The game began well for the visiting squad as we built a quick 2-1 lead on goals from Sharkey Chen and Mars Sun. The Coyotes bit back in the second frame and never took their foot off the gas the rest of the way. Crestwood responded in the third with some pressure that resulted in another goal by Chen. Player of the game for the Cougars was George Zhou. George stood tall throughout the game and was faced with 50 plus shots. Well done lad! The boys and girls are back at it next week when they travel to Upper Canada College next Thursday for their final regular season game.