On Wednesday, CPC had their 2nd annual Because I Am a Girl Day. It was a day to inspire young women to reach for the stars. We heard from a number of influential females who have broken barriers professionally and excelled in male-dominated professions.
Guest speakers included:
Director of Marketing at Muskoka Brewery, who has also worked with brands like Burt’s Bees, ME to WE, Brita, John Frieda. She goes against the grain and is a bit of a corporate rebel and that’s what won her the Top 30 under 30 award. Sarah went into Marketing as a career because she always wanted to be a storyteller. Growing up, she was always the underdog and was never expected to win and that’s the best thing that’s ever happened to her because it made her resilient in today’s world.
Dr. Marian Hettiaratchi is a researcher at the University of Toronto in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, where she works in the laboratory of Professor Molly Shoichet. Marian completed her undergraduate degree in chemical engineering at the University of Calgary and a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. She is passionate about using engineering to develop new technologies to improve human health. In Atlanta, she worked on making new materials to repair large bone fractures and is now working on making similar injectable materials to repair the brain after stroke injury. She will be starting a job as a professor of bioengineering at the University of Oregon next year.
Dr. Kelly Lyons is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Academic in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. She worked at IBM from 1985 to 1987 at which time she left to complete her Masters and PhD in Computing and Information Science at Queen’s University. She rejoined IBM in 1994. Prior to joining the Faculty of Information as a professor at the University of Toronto in 2008, she was the Program Director of the IBM Toronto Lab Centre for Advanced Studies (CAS). Kelly is very interested in promoting Women in Technology initiatives and has given several presentations to young people and teachers on this topic.
Julia is a Crestwood Alumni and a recent graduate from Dalhousie University. While at Dalhousie she studied Computer Science. Julia is passionate about encouraging a young woman to pursue nontraditional fields of study. She spent time visiting local high schools in Halifax promoting STEMM (Science Technology Engineering Math and Medicine).
A Leadership professional with over 10 years of experience within the dental consulting space. Proven performance in linking corporate vision with the delivery of desired results through empowerment, development, and utilization of people, process and technology. Sarah is a strong leader, Captain of Team Canada Women’s Soccer at 16 years of age, winner of the Golden Boot Award at 1999 PAN AM games, health-conscious fitness fanatic, corporate team player with effective leadership, communication, decision making, problem solving and interpersonal skills, together with a corporate focus and a results-driven attitude. An athlete who commits 14 hrs per week to fitness and an equal amount to continuing education related to business management.
In addition to these amazing speakers 4 CPC students, Raeleigh Gillingham, Rachel Mintz, Caroline Spitzer, and Rylie Tishler gave a presentation summarizing their Me to We experience in India this March Break. They spoke about the tragedy and impact of child marriage and called on everyone to care about girls all over the world not just in Canada.
This was an important day at Crestwood because it is necessary that we are fostering an environment for women to support other women: where we can celebrate the successes of our female counterparts, unconstrained by unrealistic gender images from an outdated era. We embrace all aspects of our identity and recognize the importance of celebrating each other in respectful and positive spaces.
While the girls were in the gym listening to these speakers the male students participated in their own exercise titled, “Re-Defining Masculinity.” In this workshop, male students have the opportunity to think critically about narrow ideas of what it means to “be a man.” Today, male students worked in mixed grade groups to leave behind toxic traits of masculinity and embrace it as the embodiment of compassion, vulnerability and kindness. As we celebrate, “Because I am A Girl Day,” it is important to remember that the celebration of girls and women is not had at the expense of men and boys, but best shared with all our classmates as a celebration of equality and the dream we all have of reaching our full potential.
Though this event was only one day, we want the message to remain with our students beyond today. In order to demonstrate why this day is so important for all of us, we placed shocking statistics and graphics on the discrimination that women still face today all over school lockers. We hope that by doing this, we put this day into perspective, and remind ourselves that our experiences are valid, and not to be diminished. We hope that this inspires us all to continue standing up for justice and equality in the workplace, in school, and elsewhere in the world.
At Crestwood’s debut at the York Region Robocup Junior, which featured 4 schools, 20 teams and 3 events, our team secured second place in the soccer lightweight competition.
This was only possible because of the dedicated hard work of our students during their after school hours, lunch times, and even long weekend!
Please congratulate them on their tremendous accomplishments!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
-Joy Badler, Principal
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
Congratulations to all members of the under 14 Co-ed Badminton team who played at home against the York school Monday! They all showed fair play and determination. Congratulations in particular to Jack Wu, William Wu, Max Spillner, Aydin Ansari and Helena Wang who won all their matches.
The Senior Boys’ Badminton team competed in their first match Monday. The team played well versus a more experienced team at York School. Congratulations to Will Chen for winning his match in 2 games straight!
Our grade 11 biology students recently spent a week at the Huntsman Marine Science Center in St. Andrews, New Brunswick. The research facility, located at the mouth of Fundy Bay, is the perfect place to study incredibly diverse ecosystems that thrive among the highest and most powerful tides in the world. Here, our young biologists explored the many marine life forms on the beach and deep ocean floor, investigated the characteristics and behaviours of these organisms, and presented their findings to their peers, teachers, and Huntsman staff. Students learned first-hand that sea stars can hold twice their body weight, barnacles are “hungriest” at 15°C, and that most “baby” invertebrates look like something out of science fiction, just to name a few. We hope that everyone left with a greater awareness of the diversity in our Canadian waters, a sense of stewardship towards the environment, and a lasting curiosity for the sciences.
After school on Tuesday, April 16th, Grade 7 and Grade 8 students from the Crestwood community had the opportunity to visit the Playdium entertainment complex for an exciting evening of thrills, and special time with friends.
Our visit to Playdium was a very successful event, organized by Crestwood’s Junior Prefects. The students enjoyed arcade games, rides, roller-coaster simulators, and collecting lots of prizes! The staff enjoyed seeing the happy, smiling faces of the students!
Prom tickets are now available for purchase. It will be a fun night filled with dancing, good food and amazing music! Students may purchase tickets in room 201. Hope to see you all there!
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
Place: Ryerson Theatre (43 Gerrard Street E)
Tickets now available – please contact email@example.com
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
Congratulations to Crestwood’s Samuel Li (’21) who played for Team China in the IIHF World Championship Division II Group B, U18 and won silver! A huge accomplishment, well done Samuel! Please click here to read a congratulations letter from the Beijing Ice Hockey Association.
The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto is launching a series of summer programs: DigiFab & Bootcamp.
The theme for this summer’s youth programs (Bits & Bytes & DigiFab) is Drones in the City. We will explore the potential of this disruptive technology and how city design might respond to this potential. Participants will design a city collectively, and will build drones that they will be able to take home. These programs are ideal for youth with an interest in design, technology, art, science, and engineering. More info can be found at the links below:
DigiFab is designed for youth aged 12-14 years old (grades 7-9).
We also have a new program for high school and undergraduate students introducing them to the architecture discipline.
Bootcamp: Exploring Careers in Design is designed for late high school (grades 11-12) and undergraduate students.
The spring bake sale is this Wednesday! Please come out to support the Parents’ Association and enjoy some sweet treats.
The schedule for Spring sports has now been updated and posted onto the school website. Click here to view the schedule on the school website now!
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?
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.
Six members of the problem solving club travelled to the University of Waterloo on April 9th to compete in the Canadian Team Math Contest. Students were challenged to answer questions individually, as a team, and in a relay!
Claire Zhang achieved a perfect score on the individual component and the team, comprised of Hao Zhang, Vicky Zhang, Chloe Wu, Claire Zhang, Alex Wang, and Mark Zhao, placed 4th! This score automatically qualifies Crestwood for the competition again next year!
Spring is here, and that means it’s time for spring cleaning! Crestwood School is taking part in The Children’s Book Bank Book Drive! Please donate books that are new or gently used and published in the last ten years. 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 childrensbookbank.com.
-Rylee and Eve, 6D
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
Today CPC students and staff participated in a Jack Talk, presented by jack.org. They are a charity that is training and empowering young leaders to speak with other youth regarding mental health and mental illness. We learned how important it is to be educated on these topics as 1 in 5 Canadians will struggle with their mental health in any given year, but only 1 in 4 will seek help. We were all reminded that it is okay to struggle, and that we should talk to a friend or trusted adult when needed. Sometimes just vocalizing our struggles can be a relief.
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!
This past weekend 8 Crestwood students were invited to participate at the Biosteel All-Canadian High School Basketball games. It was a weekend of showcasing skills with the best high school players all across Canada. On Saturday both Elijah Fisher and Immanuel Oludele were selected to play in the Future Stars game which displayed the talents of up and rising high school players. Both players had fantastic games and Elijah Fisher was selected as the MVP of the game. Also on Saturday was the skills competition, and Jahcobi Neath brought the house down with some amazing dunks – he was crowned the champion of the slam dunk competition – you may have seen his dunk as the Highlight of the Night on TSN. Sunday was the male and female All-Star game. Crestwood was the strongest represented high school in all of Canada. In the Girls game – Shayeann Day-Wilson, Rebecca Demeke, Kayla Drummond, Aaliyah Edwards and Latasha Lattimore were all selected to play. Jahcobi Neath represented Crestwood in the boys game. Jahcobi was also selected as the game MVP for his team. Congratulations to everyone who competed this past weekend and made Crestwood proud.
On Friday evening Crestwood hosted its first ever student-produced Fashion Show. The night was a huge success and everyone in attendance had an amazing time. We were blown away by Samantha Gardner’s designs, the beatboxing talents of Scott Jackson, and a dancing duet. In addition to excellent fashion and entertainment, this evening was put on in honour of the late Roy Pejcinovski. Over 30 members of Roy’s family and friends were here to share in this evening with us. Members of the Crestwood hockey team walked in Roy’s honour and spoke words of remembrance. Due to generous donations, this event raised over $15, 000 for the Roy Pejcinovski foundation. A huge congratulations to Samantha Gardner for putting together the entire event!
If you were unable to attend the fashion show but would still like to contribute to the Roy Pejcinovski scholarship fund, please click here to donate online.
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Wednesday, the Varsity Track and Field team competed in the first meet of the year at York University.
Congratulations to everyone for a strong start to the season. CPC had several athletes place in the top three in their events.
Special shoutout to Hayden for his win in the 1200m, and to Zak for her win in the 60m dash.