Saturday | August 17, 2019

Congratulations to Crestwood’s Aaliyah Edwards (’20) who as a 16-year-old has been named to the Senior Women’s National team and will join the team later this month for a five-game European exhibition tour. Canada will be playing in Belgium (June 14-16) and Great Britain (June 18-19).


Edwards is the youngest of 12 players member of Team Canada, which includes players who compete in the WNBA, NCAA and for European club teams.

According to Basketball Canada, the exhibition games will help Canada prepare for a summer schedule that will see the team participate in the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2019 and the 2019 Pan-Am Games in Lima, Peru, as well as the FIBA Women’s Pre-Qualifying Tournaments in the Americas region this fall.

Edwards could also play this summer for the U19 women’s team at the FIBA U19 Women’s World Cup 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand, July 20-28.

In November, Canada will play in one of two FIBA Women’s Pre-Qualifying Tournaments in the Americas region to qualify for one of the four global FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2020, taking place in February 2020. Canada will qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with a top-three finish in its group in the FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2020.

Team Canada is currently ranked fifth in the world.

Congratulations Aaliyah, we cannot wait to follow your year ahead and to cheer you on along the way!!!


June 13th, 2019

Posted In: Crestwood News, Upper School

What a year! What a day! What a family fun day! This event was a terrific celebration of our 2018/19 school year. Many thanks to our many volunteers and especially to our sponsors because without you this day would not be possible. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Paul & Dhurata Marku “McCarthy’s Southside Grill”

Lam & Ma Family

Ryan Chow’s Family

Kontos Family

Russell/Crozier Family

Ping/Ren Family

Perry Family

Hurley Family

DeGasperis Family

Kelly & Melanie Morel & Family


June 12th, 2019

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Last week, an important meeting of the minds took place in the cafeteria. Grade 6 “delegates” represented selected NGOs at our Global Issues Conference. Their informative displays shared NGO mandates and connections to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN’s Millennium Goals.
Each delegate had $100 (in “Crestwood currency”) to donate at the end of the conference. Students grappled with the real-world conundrum of only being able to support a limited number of initiatives in the face of great global need.
Teachers were very impressed by the professionalism of the delegates and the thoughtful process behind their donation decisions.
-Kristin Campbell & Jennifer Krashinsky

June 11th, 2019

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Many children still have Crestwood library books signed out.  Parents please help them find all of their books and send them back into school on Monday morning.

Thank you

-Lara Bafaro

June 7th, 2019

Posted In: Crestwood News

Crestwood Cares is very proud of our school’s tradition of community service.  Whether it be the Terry Fox Run, food drives, holiday gift drives, the MS Readathon or Jump Rope For Heart, our students, supported by their parents, take part in all of our charitable initiatives throughout the school year with generosity and enthusiasm.  Community Service can take place in a number of ways at Crestwood; through school led charitable initiatives, participation in our school’s Eco Team, and through the year long Grade 4 endeavour, Project Give Back.  However, we are particularly pleased when individuals take the initiative to propose, plan and carry out their own charitable fundraising initiative to help those in need. This year Crestwood Cares would like to recognize four grade 4 girls who planned and successfully participated in the Colour to Conquer Cancer fundraiser that runs throughout the month of May.

Kendall Morel, aged 9,  Sarah Markusson, aged 9, Jessica Katz, aged, 10 and Lilah Lewis Wine aged 10 decided to take part in the Colour to Conquer Cancer initiative because they believe that “little things can make a difference”, and they wanted to help people fighting cancer and  work toward finding a cure in our lifetime. These four young philanthropists set a goal of raising $1000.00 to help cancer sufferers. They established a web site and were soon on their way to help to “change the world”.  The girls gathered pledges carefully from family and friends throughout the month of May. By month’s end, Kendall, Sarah, Jessica and Lilah not only met their fundraising goal, they surpassed it, raising close to $2000.00!   This outstanding success enabled the girls to fulfill the promise made to their sponsors. They pledged to adopt a “bold new hairdo” to celebrate reaching their fundraising goals. On Wednesday, June 5, this fundraising team went to the hairstylist and emerged sporting flashy new hair colours as promised.  Watch for Kendall, Sara, Jessica and Lilah in the halls at school or on Family Fun Day, spot their “flashy new dos”, and congratulate them for following through on their pledge to help others and make a difference. Crestwood Cares is very proud of the girls for their commitment and dedication to helping others.

-Patti Hektor

Digital media are integrated into the everyday lives of children and adolescents, with potential benefits and risks for learning, mental and physical health, and for social life. This statement examines the cognitive, psychosocial, and physical effects of digital media on school-aged children and adolescents, with a focus on family routines, context, and activities. Evidence-based guidance for clinicians and families involves four principles: healthy managementmeaningful screen use, positive modelling, and balanced, informed monitoring of screen time and behaviours.

Click here for full Position Statement.

As an extension to our unit on Early Settlers in Upper Canada this term, the Grade 3’s visited Black Creek Pioneer Village on Tuesday, June 4th. The students all came dressed in time period clothing ready to experience life as it was in the 1800’s.  During the day, we participated in a hands-on program.  The workshop was called “Many Hands” where we were able to work in an authentic heritage log house! We prepared cookies and cake that were cooked on a real wood stove, churned  butter, carded wool, and learned to use a spinning wheel. In the workshop we also learned to weave on a barn loom, engaged in wood working and explored various tools. The second half of the day was spent exploring select buildings in the historic village. Travelling back in time was fun for all of us but we were certainly happy to land back at Crestwood with all of our modern conveniences.
-Paula Georgiou

We have an inordinate amount of lost clothing items in our lost and found boxes throughout the school. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to return these lost uniform items to their owners, as the items do not have name tags sewn into them.  In addition to the uniform items are many new name brand clothes that unless claimed by the end of the school year will be donated. Name tags are way less expensive than having to buy another sweater, sweatshirt etc. Please drop by the school to claim any missing clothes. We have one lost and found box in the Atrium and another upstairs outside our gymnasium.

Thank you for your cooperation.


Dear Parents/Guardians:

Your teachers at Crestwood School are excited to offer the opportunity to purchase your school supplies through School Start for the 2019/2020 school year. This process will save you both time and money.

There are a few simple steps to ensure your child will receive standardized brand name products (specified by each teacher).  

Your school is eligible to receive $5/kit back!  

1. We will be sending you a specific grade level supply list order form.

2. This order form has a Starter Package (consumable items) as well as a list of other Required Items. The Required Items are mandatory by each teacher; they include items such as pencil cases, sharpeners, and calculators. These products do not need to be purchased on a year to year basis if you already have them.  

3. You can place your order online at  Visa & MasterCard are accepted.   

Place your order online in May or June and you will automatically be entered for a chance to win a $1000 cash draw!  

When using e-commerce sites, please ensure your browser is Internet Explorer 10.0 or later, Firefox or Chrome   

4. Late orders will be accepted online until October 1, 2019 ($5 late fee will apply after August 1, 2019). 

5. The supplies will be packaged and delivered directly to the school in August before your child arrives, labeled with his/her name on the School Start Package. 

If you have any questions, please contact School Start: Ph: 1-800-580-1868 Fax: 1-800-580-1890 

Today, the Grade 6 Book Bank Crew loaded up Crestwood’s donations of gently used books to prepare for their delivery to the Children’s Book Bank.  We filled the trunk and backseat! Thanks to all the families who donated; your generosity helps the Children’s Book Bank to fulfill  their mission to provide books to and promote literacy among children in low-income Toronto neighbourhoods.
-Jennifer Krashinsky
The Grade 2 classes had a fantastic day at the Kortright Centre on Wednesday, 15th May! They had the opportunity to examine air and water in the natural environment. Students developed an appreciation of the size and power of the water cycle; the importance of water in our lives and the environment; and the value of conserving water and keeping water clean. It was a beautiful day to be outdoors!
-Mrs. Solski and Ms. Ingram

May 15th, 2019

Posted In: Crestwood News

Thank you to the entire Crestwood community for supporting yet another Used Uniform Sale success story. We continue to receive excellent pieces of clothing enabling us to recycle these items back into our community while at the same time raising some money for future school endeavours.

Thanks again.









May 15th, 2019

Posted In: Crestwood News

Two award winning Canadian authors are visiting Crestwood School this coming week.  Cary Fagan will be visiting the grades 3/4 classes on Wednesday, May 22 and Eric Walters will be visiting the grades 5/6 classes on Thursday, May 23.  Cary Fagan will be selling books for between $10-$15 and will have the following titles available:  Mort Ziff is Not Dead, Danny Who Fell in a Hole, Banjo of Destiny, Mr. Karp’s Last Glass, Wolfie and Fly, Wolfie and Fly: Band on the Run, The Hollow under the Tree.  Please see Cary Fagan’s website for more details:  The grade 5/6 students have already placed orders for Eric Walters’ books and they will be distributed the day of the visit.  The students are welcome to bring in books that they already own to be autographed.  We are all looking forward to inspiring presentations about reading and writing!

-Lara Bafaro

Social Media expert Paul Davis is coming to Crestwood School (hosted by the Crestwood School Parents’ Association) on Tuesday June 4th @9:15am. All parents are welcome. If you are interested in learning more about social media/image sharing/ cyber bullying/ smartphones/ privacy/ digital trails etc. and would like to reserve a spot, please contact by Friday May 31st.

-Crestwood School Parents’ Association

Congratulations to all students and teachers who did so much to make our beautiful art show such a success!! The art room has not been resting since, as the Art Committee has just finished the stage set for the grade 3 musical; Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory! The props for Matilda, this years school play, are coming to life with the help of grade 5 and 6 students and the art committee. We cannot wait to show you the final product!

-Anya Romanenko

May 10th, 2019

Posted In: Crestwood News

On Monday, May 13 the JK to Grade 2s are having an author visit with Phyllis Bordo.  Her book, Lilly Esther Conquers the Worries, addresses the issues of anxiety and worrying in children. For more information about the book:

If you would like to purchase a copy of the book, please send in $15 with your child.  Thank you.

On Tuesday May 7, Grades 1A & 1B visited Harbourfront Arts Centre for the day. It was a spectacular day!! The morning was spent with our fabulous teacher Anne discovering the world of puppet making. Every student worked diligently creating one of a kind sock puppets using materials like : felt, buttons, pipe cleaners, wallpaper scraps, feathers and much more for embellishment.
After lunch, the multi talented teacher Blaise introduced us to the fascinating world of hip hop dance. Students were actively engaged in creating partner, large & small group dance ensembles. Each group picked their favourite song and incorporated specifically designated dance moves into their unique performances. The Grade Ones all had an incredibly interactive and exciting experience and LOVED our day at Harbourfront Arts Centre.

-Mary Hodgson & Esther Alter

Dr. Elliott Schwartz, a paediatric dentist, did wonderful presentations for JK – Gr. 2 today. He left a gift bag of goodies for each child to help them practise good hygiene. His 3 grandchildren, Logan, Cole, and Ripley were proud to have their grandfather visit their school.

Thank you, Dr. Schwartz.

May 2nd, 2019

Posted In: Crestwood News

One of the new students at Crestwood in September 2018 was Joseph Gamus-Rayson (aka Just Real) – 5B (Mr. Munro’s class).  He loves the community of Crestwood from Ms. Eisen and Ms. Badler to his fellow students, his teachers and to the staff.   He appreciates not only the academics but the many activities offered here.  Many of you can also see him dancing in the hallways.  When Joseph is not dancing here, he can be found most of the week after school and on the weekends at Simply Swagg Dance Studio which is run by Paul “Kaze” Thurton.  This is where Joseph feels the love of the urban dance community in Hip Hop, Break Dancing and Krump.  Joseph is part of a Hip Hop crew – the Sigmaz – the consistent number one winning mini competitive group as well as a Solo Krump winner at 7 Starr’s Annual Krump Competition in Montreal, Quebec.  Joseph has been trained by Big Mijo – one of the founders of Krump who was also recently on tour with Madonna and Beyonce as well as by Konkrete – from World of Dance 2018.  Joseph was also lucky that Kaze and Konkrete gave Joseph his dance name – Just Real.  Joseph is offering to share his love of dance and the community feeling that emanates from it with a handful of younger students – if one of your children is interested, please email

-Joy Badler, Principal

April 25th, 2019

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Run, pass, shoot and most importantly have some fun. The four staples of our Co-Ed Intramural Ball Hockey League. We pride ourselves on participating in a competitive league primarily run by our student players. As the Spring sun creeps upon us some take a stroll in the park, others perhaps head to the beach…we drag out the nets, strap on the pads and snipe some snapshots. We launched our league today at lunch and had close to thirty boys and girls attend. We will continue on every Tuesday and Thursday moving forward until the end of the year. Players are reminded to bring their equipment, water and a positive attitude to all CBHL events. #hockeyhockeyhockey #crestwoodathletics #runpassshoot #crestwoodballhockeyleague #CBHL

-Luke Connors

April 18th, 2019

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

The Crestwood track team travelled to York University on Tuesday, April 18th for their first track meet of the season! The students were energized and excited to compete in the various running, jumping and throwing events.
Although our team had a few sick and injured athletes, we continued to compete and tried to perform our personal bests. One of the highlights of the day was watching the U10 boys compete in the relay at the end of the
Congratulations to all the athletes!
-Amy Fuller

April 17th, 2019

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Come out to support your son/daughter’s school friends and classmates. Our annual musical promises to be an evening of family fun and fantastic entertainment.

Date: Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Time: 7:00PM

Place: Ryerson Theatre (43 Gerrard Street E)

Tickets now available – please contact


April 16th, 2019

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Dear families,

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

April 16th, 2019

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

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?

If this sounds like you then make sure you come on out to the meeting with Mr. Cooper on Tuesday at 11:50am in the gym.
See you there!
-David Cooper

April 12th, 2019

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

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.

April 12th, 2019

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

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

Thank you.

April 12th, 2019

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

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


April 12th, 2019

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

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!

-Anya Romanenko

April 5th, 2019

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

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!

-Ahbra Mink

April 5th, 2019

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

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. 

Click here to view our digital form. 

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! 

Any questions, please contact or 

On behalf of the entire CSPA team, we thank you for your time and support.  

April 4th, 2019

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

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