Thursday | April 27, 2017

The Grade 3’s visited the natural community at Evergreen Brickworks last week.​

We learned that all living things, including plants,​ need food, water, shelter, and space and how the interaction of elements in a strong human community represents a healthy ecosystem. The Living City introduced students to Toronto’s surprising abundance of living things—fox, deer, coyote, rabbit, and a host of birds, insects and plants—and how close these live to our communities of homes, streets, grocery stores and schools. We discovered​ how all plants, water, and animals interact in the natural environment, right here in the heart of the city.

​We played a great game where we ​learned​ about food webs that connect the different creatures living in the Don Valley and what happens when humans affect their balance. Students also got down and dirty with some vermi-composters​ to get a firsthand look at how decomposers contribute to a healthy environment. So think about all of this as you plant your gardens this spring and do your part to make all of Toronto a Living “Green” City.​

-Mrs. P. Georgiou


April 26th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

On Monday all of Crestwood’s primary students travelled to Roy Thomson Hall to hear the Toronto Symphony Orchestra present a show entitled “The Hockey Sweater” which was a musical celebration of Canada.  The orchestra performed many selections of music honouring different provinces and territories.  We were able to see and hear all of the different orchestral instruments and watch a narration of the book “The Hockey Sweater” read by the book’s author Roch Carriere.  It was a wonderful morning!

-Ms. Sara Spigott

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April 24th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School


The U14 Girls and Boys Badminton teams started off their season with a great deal of courageous effort in their matches against Bayview Glen on Wednesday, April 19th. A big congrats to Josh Deng who won a hard fought singles match. While his was CPC’s only win of the day, our teams played hard and had a blast!

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Ultimate Frisbee

The Ultimate Frisbee team played their first regular season game yesterday afternoon. As a new team who is still learning, we played with a lot of heart and determination. We had some excellent defensive plays by Norris Chung, and Megan Pearlman as the Lions made Bayview Glen work for every point. Unfortunately, we lost in the end but enjoyed a well-played game.

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The U14 Track team competed at Upper Canada College this afternoon. The team performed well, setting my personal records on both the track and the field. Well done everyone!




April 21st, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News

Outward Bound Canada provides programs to a variety of youth in order to cultivate resilience, leadership, connections and compassion through inspiring and challenging journeys of self-discovery in the natural world.  They are excited to announce a new program this summer: Cultural Connections.

Cultural Connections aims to bring together youth from three of our youth program areas (indigenous youth, public school students, and private school students). The goal is to foster connections between the youth while exploring issues of culture, identity, and indigenous heritage. The program will combine both urban and wilderness programming and expeditionary travel.  While participating in the program students will work toward a high-school credit in Interdisciplinary Studies (IDC4O/U) combining Healthy Active Living, Environment and Resource Management, and Aboriginal Voices courses.

To learn more about this unique opportunity, visit or speak to Ms. Jenn Hann in guidance or by email at


April 21st, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News

Our fantastic volunteers and happy customers made the Spring Bake Sale a record-breaking event.  The amazing variety of baked treats created a beautiful display of tasty spring colours.  Thank you to Justine Codron and the whole team for making our Spring Bake Sale a huge success.
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April 21st, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News

Please join the staff and students at Crestwood in wishing the following students the best of luck in their participation in the annual Science Olympics hosted by Crescent School on April 29th. The students will be accompanied by Grade 6 Science teacher, Ms. Sara Suckstorff.

Grade 4

Daniel Markusson

Noah Kassam

Brody Goldman

Grade 5

Farnood Tajbakhsh

Liam Tissot

Riya Savundranayagam

Grade 6

Spencer Rothberg

Raymond Liu

Molly Hektor


April 21st, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

It goes without saying that fuelling for a competition is incredibly important to an athlete’s success. We’ve prepared a list of food to help optimize their performance.

The pre-event meal must be high in carbohydrate (65-70% of total calories consumed). Fat and protein, which take longer to digest, should be consumed in smaller amounts.


Cereal — with low-fat milk

Yogurt — low-fat, plain or fruit


French toast and/or pancakes – with no added butter or margarine

Egg dishes — not fried

Ham or steak — if lean/not fried (small amounts)

Potato — not fried

Rice — not fried

Noodles, pasta

Toast — with limited amounts of butter/margarine

Muffins — try jam or jelly, not butter

Beverages —Athletes should drink plenty of fluid!

Bottled water

Fruit juice — fresh, canned, cartons

Skim milk, Ovaltine


Cheese — in moderation

Fruit and vegetables, fruit and vegetable juices — fresh, canned, cartons

Cold cuts — turkey, chicken, lean beef, lean ham (reasonable portions)

Salads — bean, peeled fresh vegetables, fruit salad, low-fat cottage cheese (small amount of dressing)


Meat, fish, poultry — broiled, roasted, baked, barbecued, poached (reasonable portions; trimmed fat; skin from chicken removed)

Meat alternatives — beans, peas, and lentil dishes if these are familiar foods; gas produced when these foods are not part of the usual diet can cause discomfort.

Potatoes — baked, boiled, mashed (without butter/margarine)

Rice – steamed, plain

Noodles – plain

Pasta – plain/tomato/vegetable sauce

Bread- rolls, crackers, all breads

Pre-event nerves may upset the stomach; therefore we recommend that your athletes test the meals before, preferably in pre-exercise or training conditions. 

April 21st, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School, Sports

Check out Crestwood’s own Cody Black in this unsettling drama from English playwright Dennis Kelly (co-writer Matilda the Musical), ORPHANS, which premiered at the Traverse Theatre Edinburgh in 2009, is a gritty urban tale that questions morality, loyalty, and family while trying to keep quiet the violence and evil that lurks inside everyone.



April 20th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Crestwood Parents,

Volunteer are still required for our Used Uniform Sale held April 25th-April 27, 2017.

Your participation would be much appreciated. If you are interested, please click on the following web link to sign up.

Thank you,

April 20th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Dear Parents

Just a reminder that tickets are selling out fast for Crestwood’s day at the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday, May 13th. Please submit order forms as soon as possible, as the deadline to purchase tickets is Friday April 28th. Don’t miss out on cheering for our Toronto Blue Jays and seeing Crestwood’s name in lights on the Jumbo-Tron!!! A reminder it is a Junior Jays Saturday, so there are activities for the kids as well as an opportunity to run the bases.

Go Jays Go!


Crestwood School’s Parent Association (CSPA)

April 20th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School


The senior boys and girls badminton teams traveled downtown yesterday to play against the York School. The squad participated in a series of matches that lasted for a few very competitive hours. All the teams played very well and in the end, both schools were equally matched and tied 6 matches to 6.
Next week is a busy week with senior practices and games. Crestwood will host the next match Wwednesday, April 19th at 3:30 in the Crestwood gymnasium when we welcome the senior girls’ team from Trafalgar Castle School. Come by on Wednesday to see your senior girls play!


Crestwood’s Varsity Ultimate Frisbee Team got their first taste of true league play this week. With many new players joining the Lions this year it was a fabulous opportunity to learn about the game, and put all the theory they learned into practice.

The fast paced game was exciting to watch, and even though it took a couple of games for us to score our first point we played with heart. Some game highlights were fantastic defensive plays by Zoe Shen, Daven Siu, Ella Lee-O’Rourke, Laura Chu, and Kelly Chu. Special mention goes out to Faith Joseph and Joseph Zuckerman who put points on the board thanks to assists from Alex Von wersebe and Mohammed Basha.

April 13th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News

The JK and SK’s had a fun visit to the “BIG” (Don Mills Public) library.

We learned about all the different kinds of books they have!

Books about people, places and animals.

Books in different languages; we even saw a book in Braille!

We all had a good time picking books off the shelves to look at – but we all love Miss Bafaro’s library the best!

-Ms. Young & Ms. Sandler

April 13th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Our Spring Bake Sale is Friday, April 21st, before school, during lunchtime and after school, so don’t forget your loonies and toonies next Friday. Every day is better with a cupcake!

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April 13th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News

Overseas and Summer Program Information Sessions

Current grade 10 or 11 students interested in learning more about undergraduate studies at Oxford University should take note that Dr. Eleanor Parker of the admissions department at Oxford University will be presenting at University of Toronto Schools (UTS) on Tuesday April 18th at 7- 8:30pm.  Interested students should sign up to attend using the following link:

Do you think pursuing a Bachelor of Architectural Studies might be in your future?  If so, you may want to participate in the Carleton University’s Imagine Architecture High School Summer Program this July.  The program consists of fun and intensive workshops designed for grade 10-12 students interested in learning creative design thinking.  For more information, check out the program website at

April 13th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News

Mr. Scott Masters and the Staff and Students at CPC extend an invitation to you and a family member or caregiver to attend a Thank You Breakfast, to be held in honour of the many Veterans and Survivors and Family and Community Members who have contributed their stories to Crestwood’s Oral History Project.  If you haven’t seen it lately, please visit the webpage at  The event, including the meal and entertainment, is scheduled to begin at 9:45 A.M. on the morning of Tuesday, May 16.  It would mean so much for us to be able to thank you for your important contributions.  We hope that you and your guest(s) will be able to attend.  This is a very well-attended event, so please RSVP soon (preferably by e-mail) to Scott Masters at, or call 416-391-1441 ext. 3369 as soon as possible (hopefully by April 28).


April 13th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News

Do you know what a “pedologist” studies?  The Grade 3’s became pedologists this week and got down and dirty with a variety of soil types. We discovered that soil is composed of earth materials and decaying organisms. We investigated the ability of different types of soil to hold water, as well as the factors that cause erosion.  We finished off our Scientists in the Schools workshop by building a soil profile and learning about decomposers by making friends with some earthy creatures.  Can you guess what little squiggly friends we made? Worms!  Worms are great friends of soil.

-Mrs. Georgiou, Gr.3 Teacher

April 12th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Track and Field

Congratulations to the members of the Varsity Track team that competed in the York University Indoor Meet.

The team all performed very well and had a great start to the season.

Some highlights of the day include Gr. 9 girl, Zakayla Day-Burrell placing 2nd in the 60m dash with a time of 8.96 seconds, then placing 2nd in the 200m dash with a time of 29.06 seconds. Also, senior boy Josh Haughton placed 1st in the long jump, jumping 5.77 meters.

Congratulations to the whole team! Well Done!



The Senior Boys Soccer team played the Mississauga High School Senior Tournament this week.

The Lions were placed in group C along the strong teams of Lester B Pearson High School and North Park and Abbey Park Secondary Schools.
Our boys played a strong first game against Lester B Pearson High School and were able to keep their goal clean until the last 10 minutes of the game when the physically strong Lester Pearson team found the net 3 times.
The second game was a more disputed game when a fast counterattack was finished with a goal and a promposal celebration from John Mainprize. North Park secondary came back really strong after conceding the goal and took the lead with two consecutive goals from corner kicks.
The third and last game of the tournament was against Abbey Park SS and Crestwood took the lead after a great combination goal scored by Spencer Cohen. The boys successfully defended the lead until the last 5 min of the game when Abbey Park were able to score two great goals. The team had a good tournament facing strong teams which will be participating in OFSAA at the end if the month.
Great job Lions!

April 7th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News

Come by and see what the lovely ladies at the Crestwood Cafe are cooking up this week!

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April 7th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Upper School

Are you looking to help the community or are you just in need of some volunteer hours?  Look no further! On Saturday, April 29th, the Don Valley East Residents and Ratepayers (DVERR) is hosting the Brookbanks Park Clean Up. The event will take place from 9:30am to 11:30am and you should meet directly across from the school at the entrance to Brookbanks Park.  For more information see Ms. Hann in the guidance office.  Put the date in your calendar now to make sure you don’t miss out on this great community event!

April 7th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Upper School

Meet Justine Codron
We’d like to introduce you to Justine Codron.
You may not have met her in person, but you may have heard good things about her.  Along with pitching in at activities throughout the year, Justine runs the Parents’ Association bake sales.  With great enthusiasm and creativity, Justine and her team consistently host delicious, successful bake sales. Thank you to Justine for her excellent work and great spirit!
Our Spring Bake Sale is Friday, April 21st, before school, during lunchtime and after school.  Mmmm…
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April 7th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Upper School

The Prom is approaching quickly and tickets are now officially on sale.

This year’s Prom is on Friday, May 12th which means you have exactly 21 school days to purchase your tickets !!!!

Tickets are available from Mrs. Santomero in room  # 201.

If you are bringing an “outside” guest you will also need to obtain, and fill out, a “Guest Form” and return it to Mrs. Santomero as soon as possible (no later than May 8th).

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April 7th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Upper School

Last week five top members of the Crestwood Chess Club travelled to St. Michael’s College for a marathon day of chess matches.  The teams played four two-hour matches over the course of the day.  Our team came into the tournament ranked 8th in our division, and our goal was to perform better than our ranking.  After a tough opening match to Glenforest S.S. from Peel Region, our team rebounded with strong performances against Marc Garneau C.I., St. Basil the Great C.H.S. and York Mills C.I., with all of our team members contributing wins.  Overall, we finished 6th in our division and feel like we acquitted ourselves well.

Congratulations to Owen Salter, Alex Comanita, Daven Siu, David Huang and our team captain Sean McNamara.

The sign-up sheet for next week’s ladder matches will be up on Wednesday.  Only two more weeks to qualify for our in-house Great Crestwood Chess Tournament!

April 7th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Upper School

On Thursday, award-winning author/illustrator Barbara Reid visited with the JK-Grade 2 classes. The children were incredibly excited to meet Barbara and learn about how she creates her incredible plasticine illustrations.  We learned that she often gets her inspiration from nature while out on walks with her dog, Ruby, who appears in many of her stories.  Once she has an idea, she sketches it and then creates it out of plasticine on cardboard, and finally it’s photographed and sent to her publisher.  We learned that it’s a long process, but that she enjoys her work immensely!  Please ask your children about this visit and get creating with plasticine this weekend!  Look for her new book, “Picture a Sky” in fall 2017.

-Teacher/Librarian Lara Bafaro

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April 7th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

On Wednesday night the CSPA hosted a meet and mingle event for parents and staff. The turn out was phenomenal and we all had a great time. We would like to thank all of those who were able to join us. Thank you for cheering on your fellow axe throwers. Thank you for your laughter and participation. Thank you for connecting and meeting fellow parents. Thank you for making this event a success.

They say a picture says a thousand words so below are some pictures that captured the essence of the night, to give you a flavour of this event.

We look forward to hosting many more social get togethers for parents and teachers so if you are experiencing FOMO (fear of missing out) stay tuned for our next event.

-Your CSPA Social Committee 

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April 7th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

All of our students in Grade 3-6 are busy creating a Labyrinth of Art with Ms. Romanenko for Crestwood School’s annual Art Show. We are extremely proud to present this year’s Art Show as it will be one like no other. The Art Room will be transformed with self-portraits, sculptures, and masks which will all be on display, in addition to many other treasures created by students.

This show is for parents and students and it will run on both April 26th and April 27th. Please take a few minutes to walk through the exhibit before or after you attend the Curriculum Night presentation in your child’s classroom.

We hope to see you there. This is something not to be missed.

Jacob Lichtblau, Grade 5 student

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April 7th, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

Community Service Hours Deadline

A reminder to all Grade 12 students who have not yet handed in all their community service hours to get them into Ms. Hann as soon as possible. Students must have completed 40 hours of community service in order to graduate and receive their Ontario Secondary School Diploma. These must be received by Ms. Hann in Guidance or Ms. Gironda in the main office by June 1st, 2017.

For those students working towards their Crestwood Preparatory College Diploma, you have until July 1st to hand in all community service forms.

March 31st, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Upper School

Jambo! This past March Break 24 Crestwood Students and 4 teachers traveled to Arusha Tanzania, in partnership with Me to We and Free the Children. Students and teachers spent 10 life-changing days in the Masaai Mara, learning about and working with the Masaai people of Engutukoiti.

The week started with a Masaai warrior guided safari. Elephants, ostriches, warthogs, baboons, impalas and monkeys enchanted students from afar, and close up. Lunch in the presence of monkeys is a bit of an adventure in itself: keep an eye on your things! Students camped and lived outside in the gorgeous Tanzanian outback nestled between Mt. Meru and Mt. Kilimanjaro. There were challenging days spent at a school in Engutukoiti where students dug and constructed the foundation for a new school classroom. Students were rewarded by getting to meet the teachers, parents and especially children of the community in a large celebration full of games, songs and new friendships. The students learned how to bead jewelry with the Masaai mamas and how to smear (repair a house using a mixture of cow dung, sand and ash) a home in one of their bomas (family settlement). One of the toughest and most rewarding moments was the “water walk”, where, with guidance from the mamas, students carried water from the local source, the closest Boma. This

One of the toughest and most rewarding moments was the “water walk”, where, with guidance from the mamas, students carried water from the local source, the closest Boma. This 2-mile walk is one which young women in the community have to do several times a day. Students tested their strength and skill during Masaai warrior training and nature walks. Learning how to shoot a bow and arrow, throw a conga and learning which trees were used for medicine or tooth picks brought a whole new meaning to experiential learning. Another highlight was a trip to the local market, where students had the task of buying certain items with the income of a Tanzanian family. Students were welcomed by, learned from and bartered with locals in the bustling, colourful market in preparation for their final celebration with the staff and community members who they had shared so much with. Dancing, laughing, and a bit of crying ended an emotional, educational and exciting experience that educators and students will remember for a lifetime.

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March 31st, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Upper School

April P.A. Meeting
Please join us for coffee and conversation at our next meeting on Thursday, April 6 at 8:45 a.m.  The meeting will be held in the boardroom near the main entrance.  Everyone is welcome.

March 31st, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Upper School

Come by and see what the lovely ladies at the Crestwood Cafe are cooking up this week!

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March 31st, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Upper School

Hello! My name is Judy H. Zeng. I am in class 5D and I am 10 years old. My favourite colours are black and white and my favourite classes are Language, Art, P.E., Math and Science. I like drawing, sketching, painting and doing cartoon characters (animates). I come from China and I have been living in Canada for 4 years.

– Gr.5 student, Judy Zeng

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March 31st, 2017

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

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