Tuesday | December 11, 2018

This year the art committee’s enthusiasm and dedication has been keeping them busy without rest!

The first backdrop of the year was a great success during the grade 1 production. Congratulations to the very talented art committee!

Looking forward to seeing the beautiful programs that are being currently designed for the winter music concert!

-Anya Romanenko

December 7th, 2018

Posted In: Art, Lower School

The U12 hockey picked up a victory yesterday with a convincing win against the Pickering College Pumas at York Mills Arena. Crestwood used swift skating, crisp passing and an overall team game to dominate the game from puck drop to the final whistle. Goalies Jayin Vohra and George Zhou were solid when called upon. All 9 of our skaters were efficient and hardworking throughout. Congrats to Sharkey Chen, Ben Maharaj, Daniel Rauchwerger, Hannah Hurwitz, Brayden Cox, Luke Hristovski, Mars Sun, Leslie Qiao and Brendan Barton. The U12 squad hits the road next week as we will be travelling to face Upper Canada College on Thursday @4PM.

-Luke Connors

December 7th, 2018

Posted In: Lower School, Sports

Concert tickets will be sent home in your child’s bag this evening.  The tickets are being processed, so please be aware that if they’re not in there tonight, they will be by Tuesday, December 11th, by the latest.
Please contact michele.taub@crestwood.on.ca for any ticket inquiries.

December 7th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Please remind all students to bring their instruments and music to school on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Our Holiday Concert is Wednesday night at 7PM. Please be sure to attend our performance in full dress uniform.

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Concert tickets will be sent home in your child’s bag this evening.  The tickets are being processed, so please be aware that if they’re not in their bag tonight, they will be by Tuesday, December 11th, by the latest.
Please contact michele.taub@crestwood.on.ca for any ticket inquiries.

December 7th, 2018

Posted In: Lower School

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.

-Amy Fuller

November 30th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower 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!

-Paula Georgiou

November 30th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

It’s space week in Senior Kindergarten!

Planets, planets they are great!
Do you know that there are 8?
Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars.
Lots of planets lots of stars.
Jupiter, Saturn, the big 2, Uranus and Neptune too!
Here is our joke of the week:
How do you know when the moon is finished dinner?
(It’s full!)
We are out of this world!
-Julie Fox & Carly Hebscher

November 30th, 2018

Posted In: Lower School

The U12 Co-Ed Hockey team began their season yesterday by hosting the TFS Tigers at York Mills Arena. The game was tightly contested for the first period with both teams working very hard at both ends. TFS broke through with the first goal before Crestwood bounced back with a nice individual effort by defenceman Sharkey Chen who wheeled wide before snapping it upstairs shortside to tie the game. After that it was all Toronto French as they rolled shift after shift and wore down the home squad. George Zhou made many spectacular saves throughout the contest and our players never gave up but the opposition proved to be too much on this day. The Crestwood Cubs hit the ice next Thursday to play Pickering College. Game time is 3:15PM at York Mills Arena.

-Luke Connors

November 30th, 2018

Posted In: Lower School, Sports

Dear Parents

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.

Sincerely,

Crestwood Cares

November 30th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Dear Parents:

This year our Grade 6 students will be given the opportunity to visit Niagara Falls on June 5th through to June 7th 2019.  This 3 day excursion, which will be completely supervised by school staff members, will be a guided motor coach tour and will involve 2 nights of overnight accommodation.

Keating by Explorica has been leading educational tours for over 50 years.  They are one of the pioneers who started educational travel here in Canada. All Keating by Explorica tours include: round trip transportation by motor-coach, overnight accommodation, breakfast and dinner daily, guided sightseeing tours, the full time services of a professional tour director, 24-hour emergency service and overnight security chaperones.  

To show you more specifically what the trip involves, a presentation for parents and students will be held at the school on December 5th 2018 at 7 PM.  Any questions you might need answered, how to register your child and additional information you might require will be provided.

 

Date: Wednesday, December 5th

Time: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Place: Crestwood School Cafeteria (Upstairs next to the gym)

Who: Parents and Students

What: Grade 6 Overnight Extended Trip Information

 

This is an important opportunity to learn about this amazing trip and how to register your child using the Explorica website. We look forward to seeing you there. Please RSVP via email to kevin.greenacre@crestwood.on.ca

Sincerely,

Mr K.J Greenacre

November 26th, 2018

Posted In: Lower School

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.

-Paul Pembridge

November 22nd, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

The Grade 5 and 6 students participated in an eye opening workshop on Wednesday about the impact the fashion industry is having on our environment and the world abroad. The workshop was organized by the Eco Team, in an effort to help Crestwood students become more educated in how to be responsible consumers of fashion. Students learned about the environmental impact of “Fast Fashion”, driven by low prices, low quality, and exploiting low wage workers in other countries. Students discovered the 7R’s of responsible fashion including reducing our consumption, and reusing clothes through hand-me-downs or second hand shopping. As well, students were most excited about repurposing old T-shirts into tote bags, using only a pair of scissors! It was incredible to see the passion it ignited in our student body to be more responsible shoppers and become more active global citizens. Thank you Eco team for organizing this incredible workshop.

-Amy Fuller

November 22nd, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

On Monday, the Grade 3’s visited the Ontario Science Center.  We participated in a Structures Workshop where we learned building basics.  In different groups, we investigated the strength and stability of structures. We experimented with compression, tension and load and how these all affect the stability of a structure. We also designed and built bridges, towers and arches using various materials.  We learned that all human and natural structures have structural limits and that builders must keep this in mind! Last, we explored the different galleries.  Take a look at all of the hands-on activities that were available to us at the Ontario Science Center.

-Paula Georgiou

November 22nd, 2018

Posted In: Lower School

On behalf of the CSPA,

We would like to thank everyone for coming out and supporting our first annual Holiday Wine, Cheese & Shopping Sprees Event!

It was a day of festivities, excitement and community involvement all benefiting our children.

Thank you to all of our generous vendors who donated 20% of all their sales back to the school.  Due to the inclement weather some vendors have graciously extended their donation period through the weekend!  Be sure to visit North Boys (Boys Clothing, Dress Clothes, Shoes & Accessories) at the Shoppes at Don Mills; Blooms Plus (Florist) on Yonge Street just north of Lawrence; Beauty Counter (Beauty products, Makeup, Accessories) online at beautycounter.com/en-ca/katiehenderson  through Katie Henderson, Director.  Please be sure to mention you are from Crestwood!  

Next we would like to thank all of our volunteers & staff who helped decorate, set-up, man the Crestwood booth, assist with children shopping, orientation, and take down at the end of the night!  Your assistance was invaluable!!! 
Thanks to all for making the day a success and we look forward to seeing you all back again next year!
Sincerely,
The CSPA

November 16th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Grade 3A has been busy learning all about the engineering process.  Did you know that a structure’s stability determines how balanced and strong its base is?  We investigated this theory by creating towers of cards and designing towers of our own.  We learned that all structures need a wide, deep base.  Our towers of cards did not stand up for very long but our tube towers were able to both support a load and withstand the force of wind.  Take a look at our wonderful structures.
-Paula Georgiou

November 16th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Our Parent Teacher Conferences will take place on Thursday, November 22nd. Please consider other parents and arrive and end your interviews on time. If you need more time with a particular teacher, arrange a separate meeting or phone call. The smooth running of our event relies on all parents and teachers keeping to the timetable.

Thank you in advance.

November 16th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Crestwood students “skipped” their hearts out again this year for Neema International!  120 students chose to skip a treat or privilege, instead donating the treat’s value to this organization that provides a home and education to many Tanzanian students whose families are unable to care for them. Altogether, 120 students “skipped it” and raised a total of $1824.30!  Ali Hanson, a Crestwood alumna and director at Neema International, will be visiting us in December to share the exciting developments at Neema and the ways in which our support is making a difference.
-Community Service

November 9th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

This week the grade 3 classes hosted Scientists in the Schools. The students expanded their knowledge of strong and stable structures with a ton of hands-on activities. We built towers, bridges and more! It was an excellent opportunity to build a solid foundation in science! Thank you to our parent volunteers!

-Ms. Patton

November 9th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

The Grade 5 students had the pleasure of traveling to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario this week, to support their Social Studies curriculum about Canadian Government. Students had the opportunity to participate in a role play, experiencing the democratic process of creating new laws. We also had the chance to stand right on the chamber floors and learn about the history of the architecture and artwork created over 150 years ago. The students were excited to have their Social Studies classes come to life on this enlightening field trip!

-Ms. Fuller

November 9th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

On Wednesday, November 7, the Grade 6 classes headed to Harbourfront Centre for a hands-on printmaking session. Inspired by Indigenous printmakers, students looked to their personal environments for inspiration, then moved through the sketching, transfer, etching, and printing processes to create a series of linoleum prints. Their final pieces are stunning! This workshop was the springboard for subsequent printmaking work they’ll be creating with Ms. Romanenko in Art class later this term.
-Ms. Krashinsky

November 9th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Wow! We registered over 300 bookings today. If you have yet to login and schedule a meeting you have plenty of time.
In order to book your Parent Teacher conference you must be able to access your Crestwood Edsby Account. An invitation was sent out to all parents at the beginning of the school year from Edsby.
Click here for the instructions on how to book your meeting.
If you are having difficulty logging into your Crestwood Edsby account please contact luke.connors@crestwood.on.ca and we will get you setup.
FYI – Grade 6C and 6D parents please select Ms. Krashinsky to book both her and Mr. Conn for a 20 minute interview on either Wednesday or Thursday. They will meet you together.
Thank you

November 9th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

The CSPA would like to thank the parent volunteers Hayley Wine and Alison Waldenberg who assisted Ms. Bafaro in coordinating our recent Scholastic Book Fair. This was our most successful fair to date and we know many children came home excited to dive into their new books.

All of our Teachers created “wish-lists” to expand their classroom libraries. The CSPA wanted to thank the parents who purchased books because as these gifts are really appreciated by the teachers and students alike. At the end of the event, the CSPA reviewed the unfulfilled Teacher’s Wish Lists; and funds to ensure every classroom received the gift of new books. Next year we will ensure the Teacher’s Wish List will be delivered to parents electronically so this information can be easily accessible.

-CSPA

November 9th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

This week, children in classes’ 4C and 4D had a lesson on habitats from the Scientists in the School! During an extremely engaging and hands-on lesson the children had the opportunity to explore one particular habitat as part of a group. Amongst many activities, they had the challenge of investigating animal furs and skulls, creating food webs and even played a game of ‘Habitat Jenga’. It was great to see the children apply the knowledge they had built up about habitats to new situations and the lesson really put their communication and collaboration skills to the test!

-Mr. Pembridge & Ms. Kanfi

 

November 9th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Being on a team, is more than just dawning a team jersey and taking to the field or court. It is competing to the best of your ability, working with your teammates on and off the field, performing plays that your coach has fostered throughout countless practices, and then being present and accountable during the championship games, no matter what the circumstances or weather conditions might be. That is just what happened this past weekend. Memories and bonds were created that will last a lifetime for all that participated.

The buzz and smiles of students, parents, and coaches has been front and center this entire season. Congratulations to all Crestwood Soccer team members and coaches. Special mention goes to both the U10 and U12 Soccer teams for bringing home the division banner and trophy this past weekend, in less than ideal weather conditions. As for the Cross Country team…you know your coaches are proud of your extraordinary accomplishments this season. Your results speak for themselves.

The U12 girls Basketball team improved all season long. The girls honed their skills and their confidence grew with each practice and game. They competed with pride in the new Crestwood gymnasium, to a crowd of enthusiastic onlookers.

We can’t wait for the winter season to begin.

U12 Hockey ~ tryouts begin Thurs., Nov. 8th, 2018, 3:15-4:15pm

Transportation is provided to and from York Mills arena. Please bring your hockey equipment to school in the morning and leave the bags and sticks in a neat pile in the atrium.

U12 Basketball ~ tryouts begin Monday, November 12th. 3:40-4:40pm

U11 Basketball ~ tryouts begin Wednesday, November 14th. 3:40-4:40pm

U10 and U9 basketball ~ lunchtime practices begin Mon. Nov. 12th.

Times/days will be highlighted in the weekly Crestwood newsletter.

U12 Girls Volleyball ~ tryouts begin Tues. Nov.13th ~3:40-4:40pm

U12 Badminton ~ tryouts begin Friday, November 16th ~11:50-12:20pm

With primary skating, Burgerball at the College, our annual LCC Hockey and Basketball Tournament in Montreal, and finally our school ski day, Crestwood coaches and teachers are ready to go. For more information please check our weekly Crestwood newsletter under the heading SPORTS WEEK AHEAD and Edsby for regular updates, game and practice schedules.

November 2nd, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School, Sports

On Saturday October 27th, the U-10 soccer team participated in our final tournament at Crescent School. Despite the rain and cold weather the team was ready to go!

Our first game was against CDS. We quickly took the lead with an amazing goal from George. Soon after, both Mahdi and Mikhail scored goals for Crestwood. Luckily, we were able to hold onto our lead and won our first game 3-1.

Our second game was against Crescent School. Unfortunately, Crescent scored the first goal; however, we were able to quickly come back with a beautiful goal from Sebastian. We had a great second half with Ben scoring 3 goals for Crestwood. Additionally, Harrison scored his first goal of the season! The whole team made sure to help out on defence, and we were able to finish the game off with a win. The final score was 5-3.

The final game was against The York School. We knew this was going to be our toughest battle yet, as they had also won their first two games. In the first half, Mikhail, Nathan, and Ben scored amazing goals for Crestwood. We were going into the second half with a score of 3-1. We knew it was important to keep our lead, as The York School was fighting back hard. In the second half, we had goals from Ben and Graeme. We also had two goals from George. With everyone playing a part in this tough battle, we won our final game 7-4!!

The Crestwood U-10 soccer team are officially your tournament champions! We are so proud of the whole team. We had such an incredible season!  We learned how to work together as a team, and that made us come out on top. Both Coach Offman and Coach Hebscher could not be more proud. Congratulations to the U-10 soccer team!

-Coaches Hailey Offman & Carly Hebscher

November 2nd, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School, Sports

The Crestwood U12 Team travelled to Branksome Hall to compete in the final, weekend tournament of the season. The girls got off to a hot start in the first game against Kingsway College, opening with a 6-2 run. By halftime, the team was rolling along with a 12-8 lead. The girls continued their excellent play into the 2nd half moving the ball with precision and making smart decisions on the court. The final score was 24-16 for Crestwood and the girls were off to the Championship Game against Branksome Hall.

The girls put their game faces on knowing they were up against stiff competition in the Athletic Centre. It was a back and forth first half with the girls giving it their all. The U12’s were up by 1 point at the break, as a result of a solid team effort. As the game wore on, the girls lost steam sprinting across the bigger court. The final score was 36-27 Branksome Hall.

We could not be more proud of the dedication and growth the U12 Girls showed this season! They played like a true team and learned how to trust each other and their own abilities. We hope the girls’ love of basketball will continue in the years to come!

Coaches Amy Fuller & Courtney Kanfi

November 2nd, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School, Sports

The Grade 6 soccer team attended our end of season finals at De La Salle on Saturday. Placed on the strong side of the draw the odds of making the final were against us.

Our opening game against Pickering College showed how our team was determined to end our season on a high. Three goals and a clean sheet were enough to claim a victory. Crestwood 3 – 0 Pickering

The second game was against the hosts and favourites for the tournament. This would be our toughest test. With some tough lucks and questionable calls we had a high hill to climb. After a timeout, Crestwood regrouped and rallied. We fought our way back into the game with an equalizer. Soon after we gained the advantage with the goal of the season. A wonderful cross from Johnny for Griffyn to jump and head the ball home. Crestwood 2 – 1 DLS.

The final was against Crescent B. Crestwood came out fast and was quickly in the lead. But Crescent struck back with two breakaway goals.  1 – 2 advantage Crescent at the half. The second period was frustrating for Crestwood as chance after chance narrowly missed. Then the breakthrough goal to tie the game and the confidence came back. Two more goals sealed the well-deserved win. Crestwood 4 – 2 Crescent B.

Our Crestwood Champions are:

Christopher

Mikel

Romeo

Tyler

Noah

William

Daniel

Lindon

Griffyn

Johnny

Adam

Nicolaas

Thank you to all the players and parents for helping during the season.

-Coaches Kevin Greenacre & Patrick Munro

November 2nd, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School, Sports

Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association

Respect… rules, officials, opponents, team, self        

Honour the game!                                                                                       

 

 CISAA

Parents’ Workshop Invitation

2018

 

The Conference of Independent Schools’ Athletic Association will be proudly presenting a very informative workshop for parents of our male and female student/athletes. The workshop will be hosted on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018 from 7:00-8:15pm in George Weston Hall (Upper Canada College Preparatory School – see map link below). Best of all, there will be no cost to attend.

 

“The Second-Goal Parent: Developing Winners in Life Through Sports” (75 minutes)

This interactive workshop explores the role of a Second-Goal parent, supporting their child so that he or she enjoys a positive experience in sports.

 

Topics discussed include:

  • Assessing your children’s goals and desires in youth sports in comparison with your own.
  • How to talk with your child about practices, games and what they are learning through sports.
  • How to enact and reinforce PCA’s major principles: Mastery of Sport (Not Just Scoreboard Results), which values effort, learning and bouncing back from mistakes and adversity; Filling Emotional Tanks, with the correct mix of truthful, specific praise and constructive criticism; and Honouring the Game through appropriate sideline behaviour and interaction with coaches.

 

RSVP is required as booklets for all participants need to be ordered.  ALL are welcome – please feel free to invite a friend or coach from the neighbourhood. 

Please click on the link below to register.

 

Registration Link

Link to Campus Map

November 1st, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School, Sports

The art committee is putting up our first installation of the year. The “Haunted Hallway” on the second floor between the music and the art room. Collaborative work by students grades 3 to 6 will be a part of the expose. See you there!
-Anya Romanenko

October 26th, 2018

Posted In: Lower School

A friendly reminder that there is absolutely no parking/idling/leaving your vehicle at any time in Atrium or Junior loop during pick up or drop off.

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Grade parents are now collecting holiday/end of year contribution fees.  Please submit them at your earliest convenience.

Any questions contact melaniemorel@outlook.com

October 26th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

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