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!
On behalf of all Crestwood School coaches we would like to sincerely thank you for outfitting all of us in our new coaching gear. We represent the entire Crestwood School community when hosting or visiting other CIS schools and our new coaching apparel adds another layer of professionalism and pride. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Your donation is much appreciated.
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.
The U-11 boys basketball team had another good showing at their game on Monday night against Crescent. The boys started strong and took an early lead over their skilled opponents. They demonstrated a both a strong offence and defence! The game was neck and neck until the middle of the 7th period, when Cresent pulled together a quick 8-0 run and never looked back.
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!
On Wednesday evening our basketball boys lost another tough test versus Sterling Hall Sharks. It is the second time in a week we have lost to this team and both contests were close. Great all around play from Jay Codron and rabid rebounding and playmaking from Romeo DiBattista would not be enough as the Cougars would drop the game by one point.
The next day the Cougars were back at it with a dominant effort in a big win over The Moncrest School. The entire team worked well throughout the game; moving the ball efficiently, rebounding and finishing at the hoop. We are working hard on improving every game and have a big weekend coming up as we travel to Montreal for the Lower Canada College Invitational basketball Tournament.
Members of the Crestwood badminton team travelled to Branksome Hall on Thursday for doubles club play. Our athletes played hard in several matches each, strengthening their skills and strategy along the way. We’re looking forward to hosting Branksome Hall in February!
The U12 hockey team continues to progress through their season as they traveled to RINX on Wednesday set to tangle with some Sharks from Sterling Hall. The Cougars hit the board early when Bert slammed a slapper past the Sterling stopper. The Sharks charged ahead 2-1 before Brayden slipped home a perfect pass in the slot from Hannah. The Cougars continued to pressure before rookie Ben Maharaj scored a beauty off the rush sliding home a short side snipe. Mars made it 4-2 with a darting solo effort before roofing his rifle release. We held on for 4-3 win as George and Jayin combined for another win. Nice work guys n gal. Next stop la belle province for Lower Canada College Invitational Hockey Tournament!
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 Girls volleyball team dropped three close games to the Bayview Glen Gryphons on Tuesday. It was the first competition for the girls and despite the result our team showed much improvement throughout. Hannah Hurwitz and Olivia Rock bumped and passed in control while the Baker sisters hit multiple winners to keep the contest close. The volleyball girls are back in action on Thursday as we host a mini-meet with Pickering College, Montcrest and Bishop Strachan.
The u10 basketball team played another great game to achieve a 38-22 victory at Bayview Glen. After a nervy opening few minutes, the Crestwood team took the lead through a basket from Jordan Mao. From there they never looked back. Through showing great teamwork, commitment and skill the side extended their lead, helped by big basket contributions from Mikhail Zaidi and Ben Maharaj. We look forward to taking this form into our next game at Crescent School.
Last night the u-11 boys basketball team was able to capture their first victory of the season over Bayview Glen. The boys moved the ball effectively and were able to establish an early 12-nothing lead. They displayed tremendous team work and strong defensive positioning, which allowed them to steadily build their lead as the game progressed.
Big congratulations to the boys on a game well played.
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.