Salut, my name is Mlle Phardis and I am teaching grade 4 and 5 French this year at Crestwood School. At the junior level I am focusing on increasing student’s ability to communicate in French by building on their ability to speak, write, listen, and read in a second (or even third) language. I motivate students to bring a positive attitude to class so they can have a great experience and actively participate in daily routines and activities.
My passion for French started coincidently enough when I was in grade 4. It was through this exposure to French that I found my talent for learning languages. Since then, it has been my goal to teach French to other students living in Toronto and to share my love for language and culture. To accomplish this goal I completed an Honors French program at York University, studied in Toulouse, France, and am currently working on completing my Specialist AQ in FSL (French as a Second Language). Although English is my mother tongue (as I was born in Toronto), I grew up speaking Greek at home, and eventually grew a liking to Spanish as well. For me, language teaching and learning is a pleasure and I enjoy sharing my passion with others.
Aside from language, this year at Crestwood I’ve already started coaching U10 Soccer, and I look forward to incorporating some Zumba and hip-hop dance into spirit days, to participate in this year’s Carnaval and to even have a French Café at the end of the year!
My name is Sara Suckstorff, the new grade 6 and 7 math and science teacher. I recently moved to Toronto from Charlotte, North Carolina. I taught grade 6 math and science for seven years at an International Baccalaureate middle school in Charlotte. Before that, I was born and raised in Michigan and attended the University of Michigan, majoring in Education. I also hold a Master of Arts in Education through Michigan State University. I feel very lucky to be welcomed so warmly to Crestwood and to Toronto, and I look forward to a great year of learning and discovery!
Join us for a welcome back coffee at 9:30am in the cafeteria and a BBQ for all grades at 11am. We are Looking forward to seeing you all on Tuesday. Have a great long weekend!
Beginning this week, the guidance department began its visits to grades 8 through 11 English classes to speak on course selections for the 2012-2013 school year. Visits will continue into next week. The staff is discussing elective options, the importance of community service, and backwards mapping with each grade level. Every student will be taking home a course selection package which includes a course selection sheet, a list of courses offered, requirements for graduation and a credit summary (of courses completed to-date).
These presentations will supplement the Grade 9 and 10 Course Selection Meeting taking place at the school on Thursday, January 26th, 2012. Subject selection sheets are due on Friday, February 10th. Enrollment forms must be submitted to the office prior to the acceptance of subject selection sheets.
Parents who have questions about the materials provided to their son(s) or daughter(s) may contact at member of the guidance team.
Marilyn Philip, ext. 29 email@example.com
Ivan Aalto, ext. 38 firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicole Bryant, ext. 85 email@example.com
It’s hard to believe it, but it’s that time of year again – the beginning of a new school year! Welcome back! And for those of you who are new to our school we would like to extend a special welcome – we are delighted that you have joined our Crestwood community!
Our outstanding teachers and staff will provide direction and guidance to your child and encourage them to strive for and reach their highest potential. Working together we can achieve wonderful things!
There’s much excitement ahead of us and we will keep you posted on events and activities as they arise. Please check the website calendar often for updates.
Thank you for your commitment to your child’s education. We ask that you embrace the moment. Together we can make this a rewarding and fulfilling year!