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!
Congratulations to Aaliyah Edwards who has been chosen as 1 of 6 Canadians to participate in the Basketball Without Borders Global Camp as part of the NBA All- Star festivities in Charlotte, North Carolina this weekend.
CPC’s Queer-Straight Alliance hosted a successful Pride Week this week, filled with fun activities aimed at empowering students to be their true selves. The QSA, with the support of YARRD, hosted a moving Town Hall on Wednesday, featuring a talk by CPC alumna Lindsey Swartzman who courageously shared her coming out story with our school’s community. Additionally, throughout the week, the QSA screened the award-winning film Love, Simon, a romantic comedy about the struggles of coming out as gay in a heteronormative world. Pride Week culminated in rainbow-themed toonie grub day, with proceeds going to support Native Child and Family Services, and a celebration during Thursday’s lunch, where QSA and YARRD members set up a booth in the foyer, selling rainbow-coloured baked goods and encouraging students to write a message explaining what pride means to them. Happy Pride, CPC! And remember, love is love!
The Crestwood Junior Boys’ basketball team won the 64 team Kawartha Classic over the past weekend, winning 5 games over the course of two days. The boys got off to a hot start last Friday with wins over Crestwood Secondary School out of Peterborough and Maxwell Heights. On Saturday, the Lions defeated WC Kennedy in the morning before taking down a tough Notre Dame Ajax team in the semi-finals. The finals set up a rematch with Pine Ridge, who the Junior Lions defeated 111-96 in an NJC game a month ago. The championship game was back and forth until a big Crestwood run at the end of the 3rd quarter put Lions up 4 heading into the 4th quarter. The Lions built their lead to double-digits and then held on for an 83-72 win. The win was highlighted by back-to-back dunks by Elijah Fisher and Immanuel Oludele in the final minutes of the game. The Lions were led by Elijah Fisher’s 29 points and Immanuel Oludele’s 20. Kailon Nicholls added 15 points along with some terrific defense, while Matai Baptiste pitched in 12. The championship was a complete team victory as many players put in big minutes over the course of the weekend. Let’s go Lions!
The U14 D1 Boys basketball team hosted UCC Wednesday. The Lions came out to a strong start that led to 19-7 first quarter. The lions were fuelled by intense full court pressure and great ball movement, which helped the lions walk into halftime with a score of 33-15. The boys continued to play great defence and share the ball throughout the second half, which helped propel them to a 61-33 victory over UCC. Lions were led by Mikkel Tyne’s 18 , Marcus Green’s 16 and Jack Wu’s 8 points. This was a great team win for the Lions, almost every player got on the scoresheet, and the boys that did not, found other ways to impact the game. The U14 Boys hold a 6-0 record and hope to remain undefeated throughout the remainder of the season.
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 Thursday, February 7, 2019, the CPC English Department hosted the final round of the third annual “Poetry in Voice” Competition. Last term, all Grade 9 students participated in a class-wide poetry recitation competition; students selected a poem to analyze, annotate, memorize and, finally, recite in front of the class. This week, the Grade 9 finalists faced-off against one and other in our school-wide stage of the competition. This year’s finalists included Robert Dumoulin-White, Hayden John, Jamie MacGregor, Isabel Dantzer and Angele Foroughe. We had a great bunch of staff and student judges, including Ms. Winograd who took a break from her maternity leave to join us! A big thank you to all of this year’s finalists, but a BIG congratulation to Robert Dumoulin-White for winning this year’s competition! Robert will now go on to create a video of his recitation to submit as part of CPC’s entrance in the “Poetry in Voice” Online Semi-Finals. Good luck to Robert as he prepares for the next phase of the competition!
As a part of our character education for February – Acceptance – Wednesday, February 27th will be pink shirt day, a day about standing up to bullying! Students will be able to order pink shirt day t-shirts, which cost $12 and come in youth and adult sizes. If you would like to order one please see Ms. Newton, the deadline to order will be Wednesday February 13th.
The U14 Boys Basketball team played in a exciting game vs St. Michael’s College. The boys came out with a bang, that was generated by great full court pressure that led to easy transition opportunities. The St. Michael’s Boys went on a mini run of their own but our boys were able to weather the storm and go on a 13-2 run in the second quarter, which sent them into halftime with a score of 39-26 for the Lions. The boys continued to play great defence throughout the second half, which helped propel them to a 73-47 victory over St Michael’s. The Lions were led by Mikkel Tyne’s 29 points and Marcus Green’s 10 . The Lions also had great contributions from Kyle Little, Jack Wu and Ted Grant who provided some scoring and stellar defence. The U14 Boys hold a 5-0 record and hope to continue their success throughout the remainder of the season.
The Crestwood Junior Boys D1 Basketball team picked up their 9th CISAA victory of the year with a 73-34 victory over Upper Canada College. The Lions came out roaring to an 11-0 lead and led 38 to 21 at the half. The 2nd half was even more impressive as the Lions out-scored UCC by a score of 35 to 13. Caiden Oshinowo was hot from deep, hitting four 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 14 points. Kailon Nicholls added 12, while our trio of posts: Hayden John, Chadwell Knight-Seucharan, and Liam MacInnis combined for 17 points. Elijah Fisher and Matai Baptiste each pitched in 8 points in limited minutes. The Crestwood Juniors have only two CISAA games remaining before playoffs, and they will take on UCC again in a road contest on Tuesday afternoon.
Thursday night the Junior Boys DII basketball team completed their season at home against Greenwood College. Greenwood College started well and quickly built an imposing lead. However, Crestwood never gave up and battled back to within 8pts at half time, to trail 28-20. In the second half, the ball just wouldn’t go in for Crestwood and a few mistakes lead to Greenwood extending their advantage and eventually winning 63-38. Many of the team had their best game of the season, and showed that their hard work in practice is paying off. Rocky Wang continued his great season to lead all scorers with 19pts and managed to score in double digits every game this season. Rohin Juneja also had a strong game for the Lions scoring 7pts. Mr Manners is proud of the character, improvement, and togetherness you have all shown this year.
The U-14 Curling team took to the ice on Monday afternoon at The Donalda Club against Toronto Montessori School. It was a tight game, with teams exchanging single points through the first few ends. Down one with last rock in the final end, TMS scored two points to secure a 3-2 win.
Our Open Curling team played an intense roller-coaster of a game against TFS Monday. After losing 3 points in the second end, we fought back with our own 3 points in the 3rd end, and then traded points for the rest of the game. Both teams fought hard and were in it right until the final skip’s stones in the final end. With pressure running high, we had the stone positions we needed and came within one shot of stealing the needed points in the final end, but had to settle for a loss. Special mention goes to Lyndsay’s improving line calling and everyone’s good shots and excellent sweeping in the second half which placed our stones where they needed to be. Nice work, team!
The Varsity Boys and Open Curling teams travelled to Donalda Club Thursday for a pair of games against the squads from Bayview Glen. The Open team fell behind in the first end, but roared back- led by great play on the front end by Yuka Fan and Cindy Wang with a huge 4 point 2nd end. Skip Lyndsay McCulloch and Vice Peter Gelgor both played their best game of the season, and some solid work by Sophia Ren as a second half substitution, helped seal a big win for the Open squad. The Boys’ team fell behind by 6 after their first three ends, but the boys played hard and did not give up. While victory was ultimately out of reach, the boys had a great 2nd half- including a massive 4 point 5th end. Special shout out to Oliver Smith, who was a model of consistency and accuracy at lead. Both the Boys and Open teams will be in action next Monday and Wednesday as they fight for playoffs spots.
On Monday, the Senior Girls’ Volleyball team travelled to Trafalgar Castle for a tri-meet. In their first game against a strong team from Trafalgar, the girls played their best team game and dominated the opposition winning in two straight sets. In the second game, we faced off against the top team in the league from TMS. Although we lost this game, the gap between our team and TMS is now much closer than during our last encounter. The ladies head off to Rosseau College today to take part in another tri-meet.
The Senior Girls’ Volleyball team travelled to Rosseau Lake College Tuesday for a double header. The team started off slow, but managed to win the first game against RLC 2 sets to 1. In a much improved effort, the girls beat TRAF in the second game in straight sets. Special mention goes to Faith for her pinpoint sets, Willa and Rebecca for their incredible serves, Sophia, Audrey and Sydney for their intimidating attacks and Jadaia, Rachel and Marta for their great overall play. Well done ladies!
The Varsity Swim Team had their final in-season meet Monday at the Markham Pan Am Centre. Great swims were seen all day, but a few deserve special recognition. Sam Douey broke 30 seconds in his 50 free, clocking in at 29.79. Derek Xu raced his first ever 100 IM, a very difficult event that not many attempt. Sydney Zuckerman dropped another 3 seconds in her 50 breaststroke, while Will Magan was sure to beat his brother’s 100 free time, racing it in a minute flat. Finally, there was a great duel in the pool between James Gillingham and Terry Wu during their 100 freestyle, with both boys dropping time from the last meet. Our Championship meet is on February 20th.
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.
REMINDER: Course Selection due for 2019/2020 Academic Year
Students in grades 9, 10 and 11 will complete course selection online using the website www.careercruising.com. Students must then print off their course selection sheets directly from their career cruising account and submit the parent signed course selection sheet to Ms. Hann or Mr. Mitz in the guidance office ASAP.
Students in grades 7 and 8 have been given a course selection form by guidance that must be returned to Ms. Hann immediately as the due date has passed
The University of King’s College Information Session
Where: Where: Bloor/Gladstone Library – 1101 Bloor St. West, Toronto, ON (doors open at 6:30 pm)
When: Monday, February 18th 7-8 pm
This event is a great opportunity to learn about King’s programs, campus life, clubs, societies, athletics programs, and living in Halifax. Grade 12 students who attend the event are entitled to a free application to King’s in the month of February. Students can learn more or RSVP Online.
UTM: Science Night for High School Students
Where: University of Toronto Mississauga
When: February 21st, 2019 6:30pm-9:00pm
What: High school students are invited to an educational, fun-filled, and cost-free evening to spend time in the labs with Chemists, Earth Scientists, and Physicists to perform university-level labs. For more information and registration, visit uoft.me/sciencenight2019
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.
January’s character education theme was compassion, so it was very meaningful to end the month with Mental Health Awareness Week. The stressors of school and an overwhelming schedule can put pressure on mental health so it is important to have a community that provides a support system on which to lean. Students are learning to recognize signs of stress and anxiety in themselves and others. They are given tools to start meaningful, supportive conversations to build a sense of self and resilience to help manage life’s highs and lows.
Many activities took place at Crestwood this week for Mental Health and Awareness week. Starting on Monday, students and teachers took the opportunity to de-stress, relax and embrace their creativity during an Art Mindfulness session. The goal of the session was for students to recognize how they are feeling through mindfulness and express those feelings with colours on paper.
Unfortunately, due to the snowstorm on Tuesday, we had to cancel our Jack Talk that was scheduled for the whole school. This talk focused on Mental Health Awareness, ending stigma, identifying warning signs, and methods and resources for helping those in need of support. A rescheduled date will be announced as soon as it has been booked.
On Wednesday we had three very friendly dogs join our CPC family during both lunch hours. Students were able to spend time socializing and relaxing with our furry friends and their other peers. The overall mental health benefits of this activity include lifting spirits and lessening depression, providing comfort, increasing socialization, and reducing anxieties and loneliness. Our students certainly took advantage of this by spending an hour with Babe, Butler, and Tessa!
On Thursday morning the Mental Health Committee made nutritional smoothies for CPC students before school started. Loving yourself, or self-compassion, is so important to one’s mental health. There is nothing better for one’s state of mind than a healthy breakfast to start off your day.
There are a few things that are important for all of us to recognize, not only during Mental Health Week, but throughout our daily lives. It is important to be able to recognize within yourself when you are stressed or struggling, without becoming judgmental or over-reactive. In addition, always be compassionate, supportive and understanding towards others when they are experiencing a difficult time. Ultimately, remember that everyone makes mistakes and experiences difficulties at some points in their lives. We are never alone!
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.
Come and celebrate Chinese New Year with us! Join us for good food, drinks and performances from CPC’s students. Tickets can be purchased online at the Crestwood Store.
Congratulations to all swimmers who participated in Wednesday’s meet at the Markham Pan Am Centre. With even less swimmers than normal, CPC still had 13 personal best swims, and many that were just a few tenths off. Shout out goes to Terry Wu who swam a best time in his 50 free, and posted a very fast time for his first ever 100 free. Megan Pearlman swam great once again, posting times well under the OFSAA time standard. Sarah Douey had two great free races, dropping time in both of them. Our final in-season meet is next Tuesday, with the championships on February 20th!
The Crestwood Junior Boys DI Basketball team won a tough road contest against Appleby College 69-61. The Lions had a hard time shaking Appleby, despite leading by double-digits several times throughout the game. Kailon Nicholls led the way with 27 points, while Matai Baptiste added 11 and Immanuel Oludele 10. Zack Graff earns player of the game honors with his tremendous effort, forcing 5 steals, and hitting a huge 3-pointer late in regulation. The Crestwood Junior boys will be back in action at home against St. Andrew’s College this coming Monday. Tip-off is set for 3:30pm.
On Wednesday, the Senior Girls’ Volleyball team travelled to Belleville to play two matches. In their first game against Albert College, the girls seemed very weary from the long bus ride and lost in straight sets. In the second game, the girls faced a much stronger team from Hawthorne. In a much improved effort, the girls pulled together behind the impressive serving from Audrey Melkoumov and the defence of Willa Easton to come away with a 2-1 victory. With a record of 6 wins and 2 losses, the girls look to further improve their record as they play 4 games next week.
We heard our CPC Lions roar this week!!! The Athletic Council put together another awesome spirit week again this year. The week was filled with fun theme days, staff vs student challenges, senior CISAA games, and a great spirit rally to end the week. Students could be seen walking the halls in PJ’s, Beach gear, Crestwood Spiritwear, LivWise gear, 70’s/80’s/90’s and futuristic wear and grade colours.