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.
With your assistance, Crestwood School’s Community Service Committee is initiating a two-week food drive to assist those in need in the Don Mills area. We will be collecting non-perishable food items to contribute to the Community Care Food Bank beginning Monday, February 11th and running until Monday, February 25th.
The Community Care Food Bank provides a variety of food support services throughout the Don Mills area. With over 30% of Food Bank users in the GTA being children, this food drive is especially significant to Crestwood Cares. We want all children in the Don Mills community to be able to attend school daily with enough food to be healthy and successful.
Food suggestions can be found on the flyer attached. These small items will make a difference in the lives of many families.
Please send your food donations to your child’s classroom where community service members, together with students, will check “best before dates” and tally all contributions. The entire student population will be working together to collect food donations that will assist the Community Care Food Bank. As we know, “Together Everyone Achieves More” and so, students will be working together to accumulate points toward achieving “recognition of generosity” for the entire school in the form of a grub day, a homework free day and extra recess time. Watch for Mrs. Badler’s updates of our progress on Crestwood’s Instagram.
Please consider the nutritional value of your donations. Items requiring refrigeration or beyond expiration dates should not be donated.
Thank you for helping Crestwood students with this worthwhile endeavour.
The Crestwood u10 basketball team came up with another resounding victory against Country Day School on Thursday. The game started slowly, but was ignited by a 3 basket-scoring streak from Sebastian Volkenborn. The team played some dazzling basketball in possession, including an impressive points tally from Ben Maharaj. Harrison Strasler and Eric Zhang led the way in keeping out the opposition on defence. The team are looking forward to their upcoming tournament against Crescent and Montcrest.
On Monday, the grade 4 students participated in “Don’t Take Rocks for Granite”. The students acted as geologists studying the three kinds of rocks, as well as the common minerals found in Ontario. They learned how rocks move through the rock cycle, for example, igneous and sedimentary rocks morph into metamorphic rocks and the minerals that make up the items we use on a daily basis. The students had a great time exploring all the materials brought in and are looking forward to learning more about rocks and minerals in our unit.
The Crestwood Badminton team hosted Branksome Hall for club play on Monday. Ethan, Joanne, Julia, Christopher, Yolanda, Chloe, Piru, Tyler, Justin, and Sean played hard and with heart. Coaches Butler and Krashinsky are proud of your skill, badminton etiquette, and sportsmanship! While the inter-school matches have concluded, the team will still play together at 12:20 on Fridays until the break.
The CSPA and Crestwood Staff would like to wish all of those celebrating Chinese New Year next week a Happy Lunar New Year!
Crestwood School has generously been gifted two Mandarin plants, daffodil arrangements and Chinese New Year decorations by Connie Wu, assisted by Jasmine (Yimin) Lu in procuring and delivering these items to the school. Mandarin plants traditionally bring good luck, health and good fortune, while the daffodils bring energy and long life.
On Tuesday February 5th, at 10am the entire school will be treated to a Dragon dance performance and the children will be given traditional red envelopes symbolizing good luck. These have too been generously donated by Yvonne Zou. Parents and family members are welcome to come and join students in the gym to share in the festivities!
Thank you to the Crestwood Community for your support and Gong Hei Fat Choy!!!!
This week, our grade 3 students welcomed a real life scientist to teach us all about Forces. We made predictions and used our observation skills. We used catapults and Newton meters to measure forces. We also learned about the importance of seat belts through a hands-on experiment with toy cars. Our exploration of magnetism and static-electric force was electrifying! It was a wonderful experience! Thank you to our scientist and parent volunteers for coming to help!
During the month of December, Crestwood parents, children and staff generously donated over two thousand dollars to help make the holiday season brighter for the residents of St Felix House and Covenant House. Below, is the heartfelt thank you that Crestwood Cares received from St Felix House administrator, Zena Gopal.
Many thanks to all those who participated in making it possible for Crestwood Cares to make such a profound difference in many people’s lives. Look for the individual messages of appreciation in future newsletters. I will have them included as we receive them. Thank you again.
The Crestwood Cares February Food Drive will begin on Monday, February 11th and run for 2 weeks. A list of preferred food donations will be provided.
The Crestwood Preparatory College Foundation is pleased to present an early auction item.
Leafs vs Oilers
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 @ 7pm
Section 121 Row 22 Seats 1 & 2
Theses tickets are valued at $1000.00.
Please submit your bid directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bidding closes on Wednesday, February 6th, 2019 @ 1pm.
Please visit www.cpcauction.ca to review this year’s Silent Auction items.
To purchase tickets to this year’s Trivia Night, please visit the Crestwood Store.
We are now into the second term of our 2018/2019 school year, and while the majority of parents and guardians are to be commended for diligently following the school’s procedures for dropping off and picking up students, there is a minority who requires a reminder of our policies that are in place for the safety of all your children.
Our Crestwood School General information Handbook for Parents and Students, which was given out at the beginning of the school year, clearly defines the procedures.
(If you require a copy, please see Michele or Grace at the front office).
Some points to note on pages 2 and 3 of our handbook that have become a concern include;
The drop-off area is for stopping to let the children out of the car only. The driver should never get out of the car.
Junior Pick-Up (Gr. 4 – 6) at the Glendon back parking lot (behind the Junior building … see map)
The Beading Club donated 150 necklaces and bracelets to the Tanzanian orphanage that our Crestwood community supports. Below is a photo of the optimistic smiles and hopeful glances of some of the recipients of the jewellery that the Crestwood students made. This is one example of how a community built on caring for others can make a difference in a community on the other side of our planet.
Can you answer these questions? Our Kids’ Lit Quiz team can!
What plant provided a pathway to a giant’s home? What was the name of the long green snake belonging to Voldemort? Who was the sour and stingy old man in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens?
On Monday, January 21 the Kids’ Lit Quiz team is travelling to Armour Heights for a literary trivia contest. For more details about this international competition please visit kidslitquiz.ca. Best of luck to the team!
The U12 co-ed hockey team started their annual Boyd Caldwell tournament with a 3-3 comeback tie versus our host UCC Blues. It was a tight affair from puck drop with many great saves made by both goalies. The Blues took a 3-1 lead into the third before Luke Hristovski cut the lead in two with a slot snipe. We kept the pressure on and were able to tie the game when Ben Maharaj poked in a rebound with less than 2 minutes remaining to play. George Zhou starred in nets and Sharkey Chen slammed home a slapper in the first on a powerplay. In our next game we ran up against John Ross Robertson school and we knew we were in for a fight. JRR came out strong and built a 2-0 lead but we were determined to battle back. We took over the game in the second period and peppered their goalie with shots but were only able to squeeze one puck past their determined netminder. Our goalie tandem of Jayin Vohra and George Zhou kept us in the game with some spectacular saves. Next game @6PM tonight vs. Lower Canada College from Montreal.
Energy helps us in so many ways and it very important to conserve it. Here are some tips from the Eco-Team to help us reduce energy use. First of all, you can turn down the heat and wear a cozy sweater at home. It is also important to remember to bring your Crestwood sweater to school so you can stay warm all day long. Next, you must turn off the lights when you leave a room. It is a small thing that can make a big difference for the environment! Also, it is important to keep doors closed, especially in the winter. We need to keep doors closed so it does not get too cold and the heating system does not need to work too hard. This way we can conserve heat energy. Finally, when you are done with your electronics, make sure to turn it off completely. This helps to save energy because it uses less electricity. I hope this article will empower you to be more eco-friendly every day! The Eco-Team thanks you for your help! Stay leafy!
The U12 basketball took their first defeat of the season yesterday as they dropped a 12 point decision to the York School to open their entry into the UCC Invitational basketball tournament. It was a hard fought game from the opening whistle with the Cougars chasing the lead for the entire match. Ryan Michaels and Jay Codron led Crestwood with some accurate passing and many long bombs to keep the game close. Johnny Musson grabbed double digit boards as he battled hard for the entire game. The Cougars are back in action today at 3PM when they face Sterling Hall and The Priory School from Montreal in back to back games.
On Tuesday the U12 Basketball and Hockey teams travelled to Royal St George’s College to compete in their last game before the New Year. The hockey team was dominant from puck drop until the final whistle. George, Jayin and our four defensemen combined to stymie any offensive threat from the opposition while our forwards held possession of the puck for the majority of the game. Our offense was led by Grade 4 rookie pivot Ben Maharaj who finished with two goals and a beautiful assist for a tap in by Brayden Cox. Great job guys and girls.
The basketball Cubs came out on the first shift not looking their best but for the rest of the game looked strong. Jay Codron led the way with 14 points. Downtown Griffin Brown had an outstanding game with his second game back from injury. Johnny, Daniel, and Fraser were extremely vicious on the boards and combined for 16 rebounds! Ryan and Romeo had a great game and combined for 18 assists. The Cubs 6th shift was probably the strongest shift of the game. Jay Codron and Johnny Musson came out strong and lead the team to a seven-point lead. With Jay’s hoop and one and Johnny’s rebounds the team established a lead that would not be caught. The next shift Ryan and Romeo extended the lead even more to make it good enough for the eighth shift to close the game up. The Cubs this year are looking better than ever! They are 3-0! Let’s go Cubs!
Both teams resume their schedules in the New Year with their participation in the Boyd Caldwell Classic, beginning at the end of our first week back to school.
-Gr.6 student, Jay Codron
Many of us receive new books as holiday gifts. As you’re clearing space for these new titles on your bookshelves, consider donating books you no longer need to our children’s book drive!
In January, Crestwood’s Community Service students will begin collecting books for the Children’s Book Bank. We’re looking for donations of new or gently used books that are suitable for babies and children up to age twelve. They should have a print date of 2007 or later. Look for our donation bins in the Atrium and in the Main Office foyer in the new year.
The Children’s Book Bank is an organization that provides free books to children in low-income Toronto neighbourhoods. They have a beautiful storefront location at Gerrard and Parliament where teachers may bring their classes and families come to browse; all children may take home a free book when they visit. Crestwood is proud to support this organization that does so much to promote literacy in Toronto.
The U10 basketball team got their season underway with a comprehensive 52-30 victory over Sterling Hall. The team got off to a storming start, scoring 7 baskets without reply. From there the game settled down into a much more even affair, but Crestwood stayed ahead by showing great skill, effort and determination. Most pleasing was the excellent teamwork that was on display. This was exemplified by every student on the Crestwood team scoring a basket! We look forward to taking this form into the next game.
The U12 hockey and basketball teams traveled to Upper Canada College yesterday afternoon. The hockey squad had a date with the Blues’ Grade 5 Hockey Team. The game was fairly even through the first 10 minutes with scoring chances being traded back and forth and both goalies making some solid saves. Late in the first frame Sharkey Chen lit the lamp after being set up by centreman Mars Sun. Chen then bagged another beauty early in the second to get things really rolling for the Cubs. Bert Wen then scored a gorgeous goal where he used his patented toe drag move before depositing the disk under the bar on the short side. Berty was back! We kept the pressure on with our hard working rookies Brayden Barton and Daniel Rauchwerger pressuring all over the ice. Our dominant power shift of Brayden Cox, Hannah Hurwitz and Luke Hristovski were effective in rolling around in the offensive end throughout the game. Defenceman Leslie Qiao then got into the act and scored the next three goals to cap a 6-3 victory for the visitors. George Zhou and Jayin Vohra were both steady in goal when called upon.
The basketball game was an amazing team effort. Jay Codron led the way with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Romeo also chipped in with 12 points. Johnny Musson and Fraser Bryant crashed the boards with 12 rebounds and 6 points while Ryan Michaels, Noah Kassam, and Griffyn Morgan led the defensive charge with 11 steals combined. Griffin Brown played amazing, making his debut after an injury. Mikel, Daniel and Eddie splashed some long bombs to help separate the score. The Crestwood Cubs are on a roll as they haven’t lost a game this season. Final Score 53-14. Lets Go Cubs!
Both teams travel to Royal St. George’s College on Tuesday as the schedule wraps up until the New Year.
This past Wednesday, the Senior Girls’ Volleyball team had their season opener at Pickering College. There was nervous energy throughout the game as the girls tried to apply what they have been practicing into a real game situation. Our talent level overcame some early season errors, as we won in pretty convincing fashion with a score of 3-1. Sydney Major and Rebecca Demeke led the team with great serving, passing, and hitting. Faith Joseph was able to scramble all game to set up our hitters with some precise sets. Great job ladies.
The Junior Girls’ Volleyball team had their first game of the season Wednesday. Our lady lions came out roaring and dominated the first match. St. Clements had to rally to deliver a competitive game, and our CPC ladies kept up the hard work showing excellent skills and sportsmanship. It was a nail biter during the fifth and final set, the tiebreaker between the two schools, being the toughest match yet. We saw amazing serves by Ella Okubasu and Ella Lee O’Rourke, and great setting by both Lexy Peerenboom and Isabelle Rigny. Not to mention some serious hustle on the court by Saleah Joseph, while Christine Kong and Sylvia Zhang got under some hard serves to dig up the ball and keep it in play. Both Ms. Letham and Ms. Belanger are super proud of our girls even though the opposing team took the final game for the win. Great start to the season ladies!
This past weekend our Prep Girls’ Basketball team traveled to Detroit Michigan where they took on the top 3 teams in the state. After 3 difficult games, the Lady Lions finished the day 3-0. Notable victory against Detroit Edison who is ranked #1 in the state of Michigan and #7 nationally. Standouts for the weekend were Latasha Lattimore, Aaliyah Edwards, Rebecca Demeke, and Shayeann Day-Wilson.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Junior Boys D1 Basketball team defeated Appleby College by a score of 83-28 to move their CISAA record to 2-0. After a slow start, the Lions got on a roll with a 27-4 2nd quarter which pushed the lead to 45-14 at the half. The boys continued their great effort through the 2nd half and finished strong. All 10 players who suited up got into the scorebook with Immanuel Oludele leading the way with 21 points. Elias Papaconstantinos scored 12 points, while Hayden John pitched in 11 points. Zack Graff had 9 points in the 1st half and added some great driving assists in the 2nd half. Great defensive presence was shown by Liam MacInnis, who brought the crowd to their feet several times with 4 big blocks. The Junior Lions will be back in action next Wednesday as they have their first CISAA road test of the season at St. Andrews College.
Wednesday night the Varsity Hockey team traveled to RSGC to take on a very quick and experienced team. Although the team had plenty of opportunities to play with a lead in the game, we always found ourselves playing from behind, until a crucial penalty was taken midway through the 3rd period and CPC was able to capitalize and finally take the lead. Great play by all with special mention going to Jayden Bennett who kept us in the game once again and to Sam Li, Christian Campanelli, and Cole Eichler who each had multipoint nights.
The Grade 5 students travelled to the Ontario Science Centre today to explore a variety of science concepts such as matter, forces and structures and the human body. Students had a chance to explore the various exhibits and participated in a workshop titled “Fun with Chemistry”. We also had the opportunity to see an incredible IMAX film about an initiative to breed pandas and release them into the wild. It was a fabulous day of exploration, excitement and innovation. We are looking forward to sharing our various learning experiences when we return to school.
You all know the story of the Three Little Pigs, right? Well, Grade 3A used their engineering brains to plan and construct a house for the 4th Little Piggy. As we already know, any structure including a house needs a strong and stable base or foundation. But after the foundation, the frame is next most important part of a house’s design. The frame holds the shape of a house together, preventing the house from falling or getting destroyed. Without a good frame, walls or a roof won’t matter. We worked in teams to construct a house that a 4th little piggy could use to withstand the wrath of the “BIG BAD BLOW DRYER”. All of our houses were reinforced with triangles, struts, and ties and survived the challenge! Congratulations to all of the Junior Engineers in 3A!
In celebration of the upcoming holiday season, Crestwood Cares, with the help of the Crestwood School Community, plans to share some of the warmth and excitement of this time of year with the current residents of St Felix House. In addition, we believe it is important for Crestwood children to help other children. With this in mind we would like to make a financial contribution to Covenant House during this holiday season. Covenant House provides shelter, food, and crisis care to up to as many as 300 homeless youth in Toronto each day. Follow-up care, providing stability, guidance and opportunity is also made available..
The St Felix Centre supports the most marginalized and vulnerable members of the community. They provide transitional housing, meals, clothing, recreation activities, support groups, housing help, and an overall sense of community and acceptance. Last year, with the help of the CSPA and our parent community, Crestwood Cares provided individualized gift baskets for each of the residents. In response, we received letters of heartfelt gratitude, one of which is attached.
This year, with your help, Crestwood Cares would like to make a financial contribution to the St. Felix holiday dinner as well as providing a modest gift for each of the 20 residents. In order to accomplish this and make a financial donation to Covenant House, we ask parents to contribute a minimum of $20.00 to this philanthropic endeavour by Friday, December 14th (All cheques payable to Crestwood School). The Crestwood Cares committee will use half of your financial contributions to purchase much needed items and small treats for the twenty women of St. Felix House, and make a donation to their holiday dinner. The other half of the Crestwood Cares collection will be donated to Covenant House.
Crestwood Community Service students will help to assemble and wrap the presents for St. Felix House.
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 in making this holiday season a happy one for others.
On Monday, the Grade 4 students visited the Kortright Centre. The trip was arranged as the culmination of their unit on Habitats and was a great chance for them to put their knowledge on the subject to the test! The day started with a talk about the different animals that lived at the Kortright centre and the children had the challenge of identifying animals from their skulls and furs. Next, we had a tour of the Centre, during which they studied the woodland habitat in real life. They matched trees and leaves, participated in an animal detective game and also played a game called ‘Camouflage’. The day ended in a huge food chain game in which the children found out what it was like to be part of a real woodland habitat. A wonderful day was had by all and the teachers were very proud of the way the Grade 4s conducted themselves throughout the day.