Friday | June 23, 2017

Here comes Summer

I always thought the end of a school year was hot and cold, like this spring’s weather. I had nothing much to do during summers until I began working, and then the end of the school year couldn’t come soon enough. That was over two generations ago. But the anticipation of just being free and easy, whether true or not, has been too strong a sensation and an all too prominent ambition to avoid. Even people and institutions far removed from school or schooling have now joined hands with students and educators to celebrate the short Canadian summer.
For the most part, summer holidays now are either packed with fun and sun, or at least anticipate unique summer opportunities. Take advantage of them all.
 It’s been a long year. Students and teachers, like a good conductor and an orchestra, have performed pieces beyond anyone’s expectations. Parents have supplied all the inspiration and materials required to complete the program. A big thanks to everyone involved in this collection of minds and ambitions. We are proud to have had such an important part in bringing another school year, and all that implies, to a successful conclusion.
Congratulations to all. To the graduates, we wish you all a wonderful and propitious start to your university career. To the rest, see you in September.
Best to all:
Vince Pagano
Headmaster
Crestwood Preparatory College

June 21st, 2017

Posted In: Upper School

Mr. Scott Masters has been awarded a study grant to take part in the Peace & Reconciliation Study Tour, sponsored by ALPHA Education

Educators from all over the world have joined this life changing journey from visiting historical sites and museums to meeting with experts, educators, curators, and survivors. Through stories and personal reflections, educators have been able to bring a more humanized perspective to issues related to WWII in Asia back into the classroom.  
 
The 2017 Peace and Reconciliation Asia Study Tour takes place from July 14-27, 2017.  It is a two-week immersion program in the history of WWII in Asia, focusing on the atrocities experienced by the Chinese and Koreans.  Participants will visit Shanghai, Quzhou, Nanjing, Beijing, Harbin, and Seoul, South Korea.

The 16 participants this summer are from the U.S., Canada and Hong Kong, and cover the following professions:  teachers/educators, film makers, historians & researchers, lawyers, community leaders, and activists.

June 21st, 2017

Posted In: Upper School

The uniform shop’s summer hours are now available to view on the Crestwood Preparatory College website.  To go to the page to view these documents, you may click on the link below.

 

June 21st, 2017

Posted In: Upper School

Have a fantastic summer everyone!

June 16th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News

Summer school classes will begin on Monday, June 26th at 9:00 am.  Teachers will be contacting students next week regarding textbooks for the classes.

June 16th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News

The Main Office will be open during the summer with revised hours.  The summer office hours will start Friday, June 23rd, 2017 and will be from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.

June 16th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News

The Senior Kindergarten class is looking forward to presenting their musical “The Little Engine That Could Sing” before their graduation ceremony on Wednesday, June 14th.  It will be at 1:30pm in the primary music room.  We hope to see you there!

-Ms. Spigott

June 11th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

The junior choir recently finished their year with a performance at Canada’s Wonderland Festival of Music.  They performed three songs for an adjudicator who gave them great feedback and afterwards were able to spend the afternoon enjoying the rides.  Ms. Spigott would like to acknowledge and thank all of the members of Crestwood’s primary and junior choirs for an excellent year of singing!

-Ms. Spigott

 

June 11th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

The Grade 2’s visited the Kortright Centre on Thursday, June 8th. We learned all about following the path of water through the water cycle using hands-on activities. We were also able to investigate the visible effects of air and water, and learn how they affect all living things. We had a great time!

-Mrs. Robinson

June 11th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Dear Parents,

Our Family Fun Day takes place on Tuesday and we are looking forward to seeing everyone for a fun filled afternoon. Please submit all order forms for wristbands and raffle tickets to the office as soon as possible. Silent auction items and sponsorships are still being accepted.

Please click here to download our FFD Package.

June 11th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Parent Book Exchange

On Tuesday June 20th, 2017 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am the Parent book exchange will take place.   Parents will be able to meet in the cafeteria to sell their books to other parents or purchase books from other parents. The prices are to be negotiated between the individuals involved.


Alpha Textbooks

Alpha Textbooks will facilitate our used book exchange to accompany the regular supply of new and used books to the student population. Their book return will take place on Wednesday June 21st, 2017 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and will work as follows:

  • Alpha Textbooks staff will take in the books and credit your account accordingly
  • When you order your new or used books over the summer the credit will be applied to your order.
  • For Grade 12 students and students not returning, Alpha Textbooks will mail you a cheque for the texts returned, or you may call them directly.
  • You can also sell your books to Alpha Textbooks anytime at their store located at 3709 Chesswood Drive if you cannot come to the book drop off. Please check their website for seasonal hours.
  • Textbooks are usually credited between 40% – 50% of their used value. Paperbacks are usually credited between 10% – 25% of their used value. Books that are heavily worn/damaged would receive a lower value or be rejected completely.
  • Alpha Textbooks does not accept any used workbooks.
  • It is possible that some of the books used this year will become obsolete or will no longer be used by Crestwood next year. Alpha Textbooks will try to inform you of this information at the time of your book return.  These books might not have any resale value.

Last year was a success and we are confident that this system was more efficient and served our population well.  If you have any further questions please feel free to email Alpha Textbooks at julie@alphatextbooks.com.

June 8th, 2017

Posted In: Upper School

On Friday, June 2nd, Josh Haughton traveled to Belleville to compete at OFSAA.  Overall, he placed third in triple jump on his very last attempt, moving up from 6th place!  Well done Josh!

June 8th, 2017

Posted In: Upper School

This past Tuesday, Crestwood’s Oral History Project was on display at the Ontario Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation’s All-Staff Gathering and Circle of Honour Awards. The theme of the day was “Storytelling”, and Mr. Masters and Mr. Hawkins were invited to tell the story of Crestwood’s Oral History Project. A short video on the history of Crestwood’s Oral History Project, and a brief presentation on future plans and directions for the project were shared with the entire ministry staff, including Minister David Zimmer. The presentation was extremely well received, and important contacts were made. To be invited to speak at an event of this nature was a great honour, and shows just how respected the Crestwood Oral History project is by the community at large. Furthermore, this was a fitting end to the 2016-2017 school year for the Social Studies Department, which has committed itself to the national goal of reconciliation with Canada’s Indigenous population.

June 8th, 2017

Posted In: Upper School

The JK boys and girls have had an amazing experience watching the Life Cycle of the butterfly.

They arrived as tiny caterpillars.

Then they grew and grew!

Wrapped themselves into a cocoon (pupa or chrysalis)

They waited patiently until they emerged from the cocoons as beautiful butterflies!

All this is called “metamorphosis”

June 6th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

This week, Crestwood’s Community Service Team went to Sunnybrook’s Veterans Centre.  In the weeks leading up to this trip, the team had decorated small flower pots and planted pansies to bring as gifts.  Students met with veterans from World War 2 and the Korean War who shared their stories, experiences, and even some memorabilia.  The visit ended with a tour of the Veterans Centre, which includes a branch of the public library, a hair salon/barber shop, and lots of rooms for fun activities.

Thank you to the entire Community Service Team who has helped make our community an even better place throughout the year.

-Ms. Calway

June 6th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Dancing – it’s fun to do, it’s entertaining to watch and it’s a great way to exercise. And it’s at its best when done in a group. Crestwood School welcomed dance teacher Niky Johnson this past week.  Johnson travels throughout the CIS community delivering dance instruction to large and small groups alike. She believes dance is a celebration of the athletic, artistic, and creative talent of the students. “There’s the physical health benefits that come from dancing, and learning in terms of leadership and cooperation,” says Johnson. It was an exciting three days of dance during the Physical Education classes.

 

 

June 2nd, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Today the grade 3 classes visited Black Creek Pioneer Village to further investigate Communities in Canada from 1780-1850. Students participated in a highly interactive workshop called “Hands on History” where they explored how to card wool, operate a loom and produce on the printing press. Immediately following the workshop students had time to visit the many interesting historical buildings and exhibits Pioneer Village has to offer. The grade 3 teachers and parent volunteers were impressed with the enthusiasm and engagement the grade 3’s brought to the experience.

-Mrs. P. Georgiou

June 2nd, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

How Quality and Quantity of Sleep Impacts Academic Performance

June 2nd, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News

Grade 8 Graduation

  • Wednesday, June 21st, 2017
  • 4:30pm – Graduate arrival
  • 5:00pm – Ceremony begins
  • Graduates are expected to be in school uniforms

Grade 12 Graduation

  • Thursday, June 22nd, 2017
  • 4:15pm – Graduate arrival
  • 5:00pm – Ceremony begins
  • Graduates will be provided with robes

June 2nd, 2017

Posted In: Upper School

The Crestwood Cafe is now closed for the remainder of the school year.  We will be re-opening again in September.

June 2nd, 2017

Posted In: Upper School

If you are interested in information about Crestwood’s carpool and bus services for the 2017/2018 school year please contact our main office.  If you have any questions or inquiries you may speak with Administrative Assistant, Victoria Escamillan, at extension 4321.

June 2nd, 2017

Posted In: Upper School

These are just a few of our amazing Sports teams/Co-curricular groups from this year

               

Crestwood staff in their alumni wear for Thursday’s University themed Grade 12 grub day!

June 2nd, 2017

Posted In: Upper School

 

Summer Writing Workshop

Do you love to write?  Does the idea of using the power of words to express who you are and deepen your creativity sound amazing? If this sounds like you, you may want to register for “Through My Eyes” a week long summer writing workshop for teens offered by Firefly Creative Writing www.fireflycreativewriting.com.  See your English teacher or Ms. Hann for more information.

 

June 1st, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Upper School

June 1st, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News

This week the JK, SK and Grade 1 students had an author visit with a very special author…. a Crestwood parent!  Leslie Prowse Zemla shared her book “My Home is My Castle” with the students and explained the story behind her story, as well as the process of publishing a book.

For more information or to buy a copy, please visit:    myhomeismycastlebook.com

 

 

June 1st, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Dear Crestwood Parents,

As Crestwood’s 25th annual Family Fun Day is fast approaching on Tuesday June 13th, we wanted to say thank you to all the families who have generously sponsored and donated to our event. We truly appreciate it!!! 

This is just a reminder that there is still time to sponsor and donate items. Every donation large or small helps make the event a huge success and goes towards our children’s environments and initiatives. 

Please click here to view the donation form should you wish to participate.

Thanks in advance! 

June 1st, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Final Examination Details

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Final Examinations begin on Friday, June 2, 2017.  The last day of exams will be on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

Here are a list of some general reminders:

  • Morning exams begin at 9:00 am and afternoon exams begin at 1:00 pm
  • Students should be at their exam location 15 minutes prior to the exam start time as attendance will be taken
  • Grade 7 – 10 exams are 1.5 hours in length and Gr 11 & 12 exams are 2 hours
  • Students receiving accommodations such as Extra time and Use of a Computer will still receive these on the exams and will be writing their exams in a specific location
  • Students receiving Extra time accommodations will have an additional 45 minutes for Grades 7 – 10 and additional 1 hour for students in Grades 11 & 12
  • Students should check the screen in the main lobby to find out their writing location each day
  • Students should bring all writing materials, calculators etc in a clear zip lock bag (no pencil cases)
  • Students are to be in proper summer uniform including shoes in order to be able to write their exam
  • Following your exam, you are asked to quietly leave the school as other classmates may still be writing their exam.
  • Students are not expected to be at school unless they are writing an exam that day
  • If you have misplaced your personalized exam schedule you can download a general schedule from the Documents page of the website 
  • http://www.crestwood.on.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/June-2017-Final-Exam-Schedule1.pdf

June 1st, 2017

Posted In: Upper School

Thank you parent volunteers!
As another school year draws to a close, we really want to extend a giant THANK YOU to all of our Crestwood parent volunteers.  Your work behind the scenes and at Mane Essentials, pizza lunches, bake sales, spirit week and during many school events is truly appreciated.  Your contributions help make Crestwood a happy place.  Thank you!

June 1st, 2017

Posted In: Upper School

There are only a few more exam days left.  The last day of exams will be on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.  A general schedule is available on the website under the documents tab. You may also view the schedule below.  During the exam period the cafeteria will not be open and students will not have the use of their lockers.

Here are a list of some general reminders:

  • Morning exams begin at 9:00 am and afternoon exams begin at 1:00 pm

  • Students should be at their exam location 15 minutes prior to the exam start time as attendance will be taken

  • Grade 7 – 10 exams are 1.5 hours in length and Gr 11 & 12 exams are 2 hours

  • Students receiving accommodations such as Extra time and Use of a Computer will still receive these on the exams and will be writing their exams in a specific location

  • Students receiving Extra time accommodations will have an additional 45 minutes for Grades 7 – 10 and additional 1 hour for students in Grades 11 & 12

  • Students should check the screen in the main lobby to find out their writing location each day

  • Students should bring all writing materials, calculators etc in a clear zip lock bag (no pencil cases)

  • Students are to be in proper summer uniform including shoes in order to be able to write their exam

  • Following your exam, you are asked to quietly leave the school as other classmates may still be writing their exam.

  • Students are not expected to be at school unless they are writing an exam that day


June 1st, 2017

Posted In: Upper School

The U14 Rugby Team finished their season at CDS on Friday, May 26. The competition was tough and relentless, but in each of our three matches, the boys stuck together and worked hard to gain points.

Tries of the day were scored by Jaden Zelyuk, Mateo Rocha, Aidan Takes, MVP Jet Lam, and Samir Bagher Nejad. Special mention also goes out to MIP Gabe Pogrin for great tackles throughout the day.
Coaches Birrell, Newton, Peerenboom, and Wappel are proud of the entire team. Thanks for the fun season! See you next Spring!
               

June 1st, 2017

Posted In: Upper School

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