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February 15th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News

On Wednesday, February 14th, Crestwood students are invited to don their red, white, and pink to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Please bring a toonie to contribute to Community Service’s ongoing fundraising drive in support of Neema International.

February 11th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Crestwood students left no sofa cushion unturned this past week in their quest to gather stray coins to contribute to our Be the Change classroom challenge. Community Service students diligently collected, sorted, tallied, and rolled the tsunami of coins generously donated by students and their families.

We collected an incredible $4414.76 that we will use to continue our support of Thomas, Gilo, and Toni, the Tanzanian students Crestwood sponsors through Neema International.

http://neemainternational.org/

Congratulations to 2A who led the Primary division with an average of $29.36 raised per student, as well as to 4D, whose students brought in a whopping $42.17 per student. Your free grub day is on the way!

Thank you to all who supported this worthy cause.

– Ms. J. Krashinsky

February 11th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Dear Parents,

On Tuesday Jan. 30, all basketball players from Grades 4 through 8 are invited to attend our fifth Annual Crestwood Co-ed Basketball Event at Crestwood Preparatory College. Competitors will take an exciting multi-grade exhibition basketball game at approximately starting at approx. 3:45pm. During half time the Lower School will be honorary judges for a slam dunk competition.

All students who were or currently are members of a Crestwood Basketball team this year are invited to participate in the event (all male and female U9-U12 players at the Lower School and all male and female U14 players at the Upper School).

Following the game all players and spectators (parents, siblings) are invited to a join us in the cafeteria for a burger and drink.

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All players and their coaches from the Lower School will travel by bus to the Upper School (depart 3:15). All students should be picked up from the Upper School by parents at approximately 5:30pm.

All participants and spectators are asked to RSVP by email to either Sherri Brenzel (Lower School) and / or Lisa Newton (Upper School) by Monday January 29, 2018. Your response is required in order to assist us in organizing the buses and dinner. Please indicate in your response;

  • Students name
  • Grade
  • If they require transportation to the Upper School
  • Number of individuals staying for the BBQ (players, parents, siblings)

If you have any questions about the event please feel free to contact Lisa Newton or Sherri Brenzel for more information. We hope to see you all there!

Sincerely,

Lower School Responses                  Sherri Brenzel             sherri.brenzel@crestwood.on.ca

Upper School Responses                   Lisa Newton                lisa.newton@crestwood.on.ca

January 28th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School, Sports

The U12 Co-Ed Hockey won three exciting games on Saturday to capture the Boyd Caldwell Invitational Consolation Hockey Championship. The path to the plaque was not an easy one. We recruited Grade 3 student George Zhou to play goal for us in the semifinal and went on to defeat Selwyn House (Montreal) 2-1 on a beauty move by Sharkey Chen just 10 seconds into overtime. The final was another tough game but every player on our shorthanded bench was up to the task. Hard work, spirit, skill and sportsmanship won the day! Congrats to all players and a big thank you to our many parents who supported our team in many ways for the entire event. We are back at it tomorrow as we travel to Bill Bolton Arena for an afternoon tilt vs Royal St. George’s College. Details below.

January 14th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School, Sports

A representative from ‘Keating Explorica’ will be visiting the Crestwood School library on Tuesday, January 16th at 7 pm to present information regarding our 2018 Grade 6 Ottawa 3-day Spring Tour. All parents of Grade 6 students are encouraged to attend in order to gain valuable insight into the tour’s itinerary, costs and procedures for online registration.

January 11th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Lisa Newton (Crestwood Preparatory College VP and Director of Athletics) along with some grade 7 students travelled to Crestwood School this morning. They provided our grade 6’s with an excellent picture of daily life as a CPC student. The friendly presentation covered a whole host of items from transportation to and from school, to course selection, athletics, clubs and most importantly, “What’s for lunch?” Many questions were asked and answered and we would like to thank Adam, Chiara, Nathan and Taylor for sharing some of their experiences with our students this morning.

December 15th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

The U12 Co-Ed Hockey had an exciting start to their season yesterday in front of a fan filled York Mills Arena. Crestwood and Sterling have had many epic puck contests in the past few years and yesterday was no different. The home side took the lead early and quickly added two more to build a comfortable 3-0 advantage in the second period. SHS struck back for four straight goals and had our players back on their heels midway through the last period. Grade 6 forward William DiIulio finally turned the tide as he slipped one past the Sharks goalie to tie the game at 4. With the momentum behind us we proceeded to fire home two more quick goals to finish our finned foes and post our first victory of the 2017/18-hockey season. Congrats to all members of the team. We are back in action on the first Friday back to school after the holiday break as we travel to the UCC Early Bird tournament.

-Coach Connors

 

December 15th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School, Sports

The Grade 3’s visited the Gardiner Ceramic Museum this week.  We started off with a tour of the beautiful galleries where the students looked at various art pieces and discussed their components.  We played a game of “Eye Spy” as we tried to spot as many animals as we could on ceramic bowls, cups, and sculptures.  After our tour, we headed to the workshop rooms where we created our own clay creations inspired by animals.  Take a look at some of these wonderful pictures of our clay art. ​

-Paula Georgiou

 

December 15th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

The Grade 3 Classes had a “Scientists in Schools” workshop this week on the topic of Strong and Stable Structures. This connects to their unit in science, where students have been learning about the skills engineers use when creating structures we use every single day. The students were immersed in a hands-on morning and afternoon where they learned about the fundamental concepts of structures.

December 8th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

On Monday, December 4th, the Grade 5 students traveled to Imagine Cinemas to have a VIP movie experience to watch Wonder. The movie really captured the essence and theme of the novel; choose to be kind. Students were very moved by the film and we look forward to them embodying the idea of always choosing to be more kind than necessary; making the world a more WONDERful place to live

-Amy Fuller

December 8th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Dear Parents,

Just a friendly reminder that we are still collecting items for your children’s classes for the St. Felix Centre.  Please send in donations to with your children to their homerooms up until Tuesday December 12th.  Should you have any questions please email us at cspa@crestwood.on.ca

Thanks for your generosity!

Crestwood Cares and the CSPA     

December 8th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

The Grade 3’s had a visit from a team of builders from TRIDEL on Thursday.  This hands-on presentation reviewed some facts that we have learned about structures:  both people and animals build structures, and both people and animals need their structures to be strong and stable and to last a long time.

We looked at models of condos that are being built in Toronto and explored their strength and stability.  The students also had the opportunity to try on some hardhats, steel toed boots, and safety harnesses.  We resembled real builders and engineers.  We are so grateful to Liam Hetherington’s mom, Andrea and her team of builders from Tridel for this learning opportunity.

-Paula Georgiou

December 1st, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

WHEN: November 28, 2017

TIME: 7:00PM

WHERE: Crestwood School in the Library

Dr. Berzen, a pediatrician and faculty member of the Clinicaland Metabolic Genetics Department at the Hospital for Sick Children, has recently published a book, “LIMIT(LESS)”. “LIMIT(LESS)” discusses Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and explains how a life that is limitless should be the ideal for anyone with ADHD. On November 28, 2017,

Dr. Berzen will be giving a presentation at Crestwood School in the Library. At 4pm he will share his logical, practical approach with Crestwood faculty, and provide the teachers with a guide to help facilitate diagnosis, optimize support, and navigate management.

At 7pm, Dr. Berzen will meet with our Crestwood families to help us all better understand how to maximize the limitless potential of students with ADHD. Dr. Berzen’s book, “LIMIT(LESS)”, will be available for purchase. Anyone wishing to read the book prior to the presentation can purchase a copy by following this link:

www.cavershambooksellers.com/search/0995862001

Please contact joy.badler@crestwood.on.ca to reserve a spot.

November 26th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Dear Crestwood Parents,

In celebration of the upcoming holiday season, Crestwood Cares in partnership with the CSPA, would like to provide some seasonal happiness to those most deserving this time of year. This year we have decided to partner with the St. Felix Centre, a non-profit community centre, located in downtown Toronto.

The St. Felix Centre is a multi-service agency that supports the most marginalized and vulnerable members of our community, inclusive of all religions, genders, cultures and abilities. They provide meals, clothing, recreation activities, support groups, housing and an overall sense of community and acceptance to over 200 individuals and families yearly. In addition, they provide transitional housing for up to 14 women through St Felix House.   These women are given the opportunity to develop new employment skills, computer and math classes, assistance in finding independent housing, legal support, health services, counselling, all while beginning to restore their self-esteem and sense of security.

Crestwood Cares and the CSPA would like to share some of the warmth and excitement of the holiday season with the current residents of St. Felix House, by collecting both needed items and “treats” to assemble in gift baskets. Classes will be assigned a gift basket recipient along with a suggested list of items to be gifted for the baskets. Crestwood’s class parents, the CSPA and teachers will help us to monitor the list as your generous contributions arrive, ensuring that each recipient receives the items they need and could only wish for to make their holiday season special.

All unwrapped gifts for the Holiday Gift Baskets should be delivered to the classrooms by Tuesday, December 12th, 2017.

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 and the CSPA in making this holiday season a happy one.

Sincerely,

Crestwood School

For more information on the St. Felix Centre please visit www.stfelixcentre.ca

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 23rd, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

This week, the Eco-Team hosted a guest speaker for grade 2,3 and 4 classes. Professor Pricklethorn is an internationally certified arborist who facilitates exciting workshops for kids about the importance of trees in urban environments. We participated in the “Trees Please and Thank You PEP Rally.” It focuses on photosynthesis, tree facts and explore the benefits of trees in our lives. It was a dynamic, fun and informative presentation! Thank you to all member of the Eco-Team for your hard work! And thank you Professor Pricklethorn- you are “tree-rific”!

– Eco-Team

November 23rd, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Baubles, bangles, beads and shoes and clothes and wine and cheese and more!!  What a fabulous evening it was! Many thanks to Teresa DeGasperis (4B) who so graciously invited us into her home, Alicia Gouviea (6B) for all of her efforts and to Pam Sulpizi (2B) for organizing such a lovely evening. The parent turnout was amazing and from what I could see, lots of retail therapy was taking place! A portion of all sales goes back to Crestwood School through the CSPA, so many thanks to all the parents who shopped and bought. If you couldn’t come this time, make sure you come the next time an evening like this is planned…you won’t be sorry!

– Dalia Eisen

November 23rd, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

WHEN: November 28, 2017

TIME: 7:00PM

WHERE: Crestwood School in the Library

Dr. Berzen, a pediatrician and faculty member of the Clinical and Metabolic Genetics Department at the Hospital for Sick Children, has recently published a book, “LIMIT(LESS)”. “LIMIT(LESS)” discusses Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and explains how a life that is limitless should be the ideal for anyone with ADHD.

On November 28, 2017, Dr. Berzen will be giving a presentation at Crestwood School in the Library. At 4pm he will share his logical, practical approach with Crestwood faculty, and provide the teachers with a guide to help facilitate diagnosis, optimize support, and navigate management.

At 7pm, Dr. Berzen will meet with our Crestwood families to help us all better understand how to maximize the limitless potential of students with ADHD. Dr. Berzen’s book, “LIMIT(LESS)”, will be available for purchase. Anyone wishing to read the book prior to the presentation can purchase a copy by following this link:

www.cavershambooksellers.com/search/0995862001

To RSVP please contact joy.badler@crestwood.on.ca

 

November 20th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

The Grade 3’s visited the Ontario Science Center this week to assess the effects of strong and stable structures on society and the environment.  We reviewed the fact that a structure is a supporting framework, with a definite size, shape, as well as purpose, and that a structure holds a load.  We were able to identify structures in the natural environment and in the built environment.  Can you sort the following into natural structures and human made structures:  nest, towers, flag pole, tree, bridge, beehive.  All structures must have the ability to maintain balance and stay fixed in one spot.  Our Grade 3 engineers used all of this knowledge to build bridges and towers.  Take a look at our Strong and Stable structures.

 -P. Georgiou

November 10th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Congratulations to the Crestwood School community on our recent “Skip It” Initiative. We raised 1167.05$ in total as we had 97 students skipping their favourite things to do in order to help others. All monies go towards the Red Cross International Disaster Relief Fund. Cedar House led the way with 23 skippers. Great job!

– J. Krashinsky

 

 

November 3rd, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Thank you to all of the parent volunteers at the Scholastic Book Fair!  We sold over $11,000 worth of books this week, which translates into more reading children, as well as funds raised for the library to host author visits and buy more books.

A special thank you to Hayley Wine and Jen Hastings for chairing this successful event!

November 3rd, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

On Thursday, the Grade 3’s went on their first school field trip.  As an extension to our Social Studies Unit, Living and Working in Ontario, we jumped on a bus ready to explore our great city.  Our first stop was the CN Tower in downtown Toronto.  We rode the elevator up to the top to witness the urban sprawl, we compared protected green spaces and commercial spaces, and we even spotted the work place of our mayor.  For fun, some of us walked on the glass floor and we walked along the outdoor portion of the observation deck. Our next stop was Riverdale Farm.  There we explored the farm buildings and enjoyed viewing the animals on display.  We discussed how Riverdale Farm is a true representation of a rural community but on a much smaller scale. We have learned through this unit how Ontario is truly a great place to live!

-P. Georgiou

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October 27th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

We can’t wait for the winter season to begin. With primary skating, our annual U12 Hockey and Basketball Tournament in Montreal, and our school ski day for all students in grades 4-6, Crestwood coaches and teachers are ready to go!

Take a quick peek at our upcoming Winter Sports Team tryout schedule.

U12 Co-ed Hockey (grade 4-6) Practices held on Thursdays

~ Second and final try-out takes place on November  9th @ York Mills Arena; ice time 3:15-4:15pm

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U12 Boys Basketball (grade 6) Practices held on Monday and Wednesday

~ Try-outs take place on Mon. Nov. 13th and Wed. Nov.15th @ the Glendon Gym 3: 40-4:40pm

U11 Boys Basketball (grade 5) Practices held on Monday and Wednesday

~ Try-outs take place on Monday November 20th @ the Glendon Gym 3: 40-4:40pm

U10 Co-ed Basketball (grade 4) Practices held on Thursdays

~ First practice is on Thursday November 16th @ the Glendon Gym 3: 40-4:40pm

U9 Co-ed Basketball (grade 3) Practice held on Thursdays

~ First practice is on Thursday November 16th @ the Glendon Gym 3: 40-4:40pm

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U12 Girls Volleyball (grade 5-6) Practice held on Tuesdays

~ Try-outs take place on Tuesday, Nov, 14th and 21st @ the Glendon Gym 3: 40-4:40pm

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U12 Co-ed Badminton (grade 4-6) Practice held on Tuesdays

~First practice is on Tuesday, November 14th @ the Glendon Gym 3: 40-4:40pm

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Any questions please contact sherri.brenzel@crestwood.on.ca

October 26th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School, Sports

Preserve your child(ren)’s masterpiece on a variety of keepsakes. The works of art are coming home in the next week!!

Read the instructions on the order form (see below), choose as many products as you would like and please make cheques payable to Crestwood School Parents Association (CSPA) – one cheque per child!!

ORDER FORMS – DUE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7th

All items will be received before the holidays – makes great gifts!!

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October 26th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Please remember that pumpkins are still for sale at the atrium with ALL proceeds going directly to benefit your children. For those of you who have been asking, ALL of the funds generated from the pumpkins are going towards the purchasing of 20 new iPads and other technological enhancements in our children’s classrooms.

If you have already bought pumpkins for your home but would like to participate in our fundraiser, we have decided to partner with The Bob Rumball Foundation for the Deaf, and will be donating pumpkins to their residents for their Halloween party.  You can therefore still purchase a pumpkin and we will then donate them in your family name to The Bob Rumball Centre to brighten their Halloween!

Please send cash or cheques to your classrooms, to the office or to faculty at pick-up or drop off and indicate if you would like the pumpkin for home or to donate.

Thanks for your continued support!

– CSPA

October 26th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Dear Crestwood Families,

Community Service has long been an important part of student life at Crestwood; students embrace opportunities to support global and local causes because they know that their efforts can make a difference and help others in need.

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria caused widespread damage in the Caribbean and southern United States this fall; many people remain displaced and in need of supplies and support. Confident that Crestwood students would want to help, the Crestwood Cares Community Service group has organized a SKIP IT fundraiser whose proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross International Disaster Relief Fund.

This is how SKIP IT works: between October 20-30, the Crestwood Cares community service group is challenging Crestwood students to choose to forgo one or more treats or privileges that would have cost money, and to donate that money to the fundraiser instead. For example, a student could skip:

*a trip to the movie theatre

*spending this week’s allowance

*a stop for hot chocolate

*a family take-out dinner

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.

To recognize and celebrate these acts of giving, the community service group will assemble and display SKIP IT giving trees. 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 can be submitted, along with the donation, to your child’s classroom teacher by Monday, October 30, 2017.   These leaves will be added to the giving trees, and donations will be forwarded to the International Disaster Relief Fund of the International Red Cross.

Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

Jen Krashinsky, Grade 6 Teacher                                   

Sharon Liebenthal, Primary Principal                         

Joy Badler, Junior Principal     

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October 20th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

The Book Fair is a great opportunity to stock your home with some new, interesting books for your kids.  This is also a great opportunity to shop ahead for the holidays – and what better place to shop than our own Crestwood library where a portion of the Book Fair sales will go back to our children’s library.  The Book Fair will run from Monday, October 30 – November 2nd.  Please sign up on the link below to volunteer at this terrific event.  It is a fun way to see what books and merchandise are available, see your child(ren) and help make this great event a success.  The book fair cannot run without volunteers.

Thanks very much!

https://www.volunteersignup.org/8C8JK

– Lara Bafaro, Hayley Wine and Jen Hastings 

October 20th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

The Grade 6 Soccer team travelled up the hill to play Crescent on Friday evening. The boys were once again evenly matched with their opposition, with both sides sharing possession and creating scoring opportunities. A goal apiece from Max B and Max S and an amazing save in the final seconds of the game by Patrick S, was enough to seal the 2 – 1 victory!

The schedule is coming thick and fast with a game today at Glendon verses SHS. Come and cheer on the team, Kick off at 4 pm.

– K. Greenacre

October 16th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School, Sports

What better way to start off the school then by going to camp? That’s exactly what Crestwood’s Grade 7 students got to do. Lead by the fearless Mr. Wan and Ms. Belanger, the students spent 3 days and 2 nights at Spirit Point located in the beautiful northern setting of Nipissing, Ontario. For some of our students this was their first experience sleeping away from home, and a true camp experience.
Students were given the opportunity to truly grow and gain new skills through hands on learning experiences. Small groups worked together to use flint and steel in order to start camp fires, using only natural materials of birch bark and small twigs. All students loved the chance to canoe and had to work in threes to paddle and steer around the lake. One of their most favorite activities were the many team obstacles, especially the low ropes and team wall.
Of course, the very best part of the trip for our teachers was watching the growth of new friendships and memories the students created!
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September 22nd, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Upper School

Have a fantastic summer everyone!

June 16th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News

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