Thursday | April 26, 2018

All of the Grade 3 student’s became pedologists this week as we investigated the importance and the make up of soil. A pedologist is a soil scientist and boy, did we get our hands dirty with soil and wriggly creatures. We learned that good, rich soil is made up of organic matter and plenty of nutrients.  We ran experiments through different soil types and investigated why plants need healthy soil in order to grow. Through different centres, we explored erosion, made soil profiles, and learned how to identify sand, clay, and loam.  Our Grade 3 pedologists also handled some earthy creatures such as worms and beetles.  We came to the conclusion that these little critters are friends of the soil and help to create a wonderful environment for the plants growing in our world.

 

April 24th, 2018

Posted In: Lower School

The Crestwood Ball Hockey League will launch on Tuesday, April 24th at lunch recess. We held a short meeting today to see how many players were interested and ended up with close to twenty boys and girls. Each player is asked to bring in their helmet, stick and gloves in order to protect themselves during games. The CBHL has been running for over 5 years now and focuses on participation, competition, and primarily fun. We will see everyone on Tuesday.

-L. Connors

April 20th, 2018

Posted In: Lower School, Sports

The message was loud and clear in this morning’s all school assembly. Each and every one of us can and needs to do more in order to protect and sustain the planet on which we live each day. The grade 5 classes did an excellent job in conveying to their audience that the current issues of pollution, deforestation, climate change and endangered animals are all linked and must be acted upon immediately. We finished up the assembly with a “Trashion Show”. Congrats to our eco-team and all of the grade 5 students for the hard work put into this entertaining and educational assembly.

April 20th, 2018

Posted In: Lower School

Congratulations to both Selene Wen and Judy Zeng on being selected as Crestwood School’s Artist of Month.

Hello, my name is Judy Zeng. I am 10 years old and I am in 6C. My homeroom teacher is Mrs. Krashinsky. My favourite classes are Language, P.E., Math, Science and Art. I play the piano and clarinet. My hobby is drawing. I draw different characters (ex. anime), things (ex. still life), paintings (ex. watercolour or regular paint), pastel colouring (ex. oil pastels) and some imaginative creatures (ex. dragons, phoenixes…)

My name is Selene Wen. I am in class 6C. My favourite colour is blue,, silver, black and white. My favourite classes are Art, Math and Gym. I draw random stuff a lot. I use pencil to draw a lot of different things in cartoon styles. I am in the choir as well as the girl’s basketball and volleyball teams this year.

 

April 19th, 2018

Posted In: Lower School

The Senior Boys’ basketball program had a number of NCAA DI scouts attend the team’s workouts over the last couple of weeks.  Several team members received scholarship interests and offers from these visits.  Crestwood is presently able to assist student athletes with growing exposure opportunities.  Loyola University at Chicago, University of Texas at El Paso, University of Oregon, University of Minnesota, Ole Miss (University of Mississippi), Drake University, University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV) were all institutions that visited our student athletes over the past couple of weeks.  Stay tuned for updates on which academic institutions our Crestwood athletes will be accepting scholarships to.

April 19th, 2018

Posted In: Upper School

Crestwood will be hosting our annual Athletic Banquet on Thursday May 24th, 2018.  The banquet will be a night of celebrating the accomplishments of all our student athletes, as well as lots of eating and dancing.  The banquet will take place on the Empress of Canada boat, which will depart from the Toronto harbour at 5:45pm and sail around Lake Ontario until 10:00pm.  Transportation will be provided to and from the banquet, or students can be dropped off at the boat at 11 Polson St.

 

Tickets will first be released to CPC students who played for a school team and paid their athletic fee.  These athletes MUST sign up for the banquet in the PE office next week to reserve a spot on the boat.  The deadline to sign up for the banquet is Thursday May 17th, 2018.  After May 17th we will open up ticket sales to Crestwood students who did not play on a school team.  The cost of a ticket for students who did not pay the athletic fee is $55.

April 19th, 2018

Posted In: Upper School

Yesterday afternoon, Scott Master’s was presented with the Dahlgren Award.  This award is given by the Sampe Foundation which promotes education and innovation on a global basis.  This award recognizes outstanding teachers such as Scott Masters, for inspiring students.  Congratulations Mr. Masters!

April 19th, 2018

Posted In: Upper School

It was an excellent day for Crestwood’s Track and Field team yesterday. The team participated in 50m sprint, 200m dash, hurdles, javelin, high jump, long jump, and more. Congratulations to all the runners at yesterday’s meet, as they truly did their best. The U10 relay team came 2nd place. Congratulations to Grade 4 students, Aidan Tatuch, Jayin Vohra, Ben Perenbroom, and Daniel Hayeems. Give those students a round of applause. In the U11, we had a mix of U10s and 11s. They came last unfortunately but amazingly faced all U12 runners! It wasn’t very fair, but the U10 and 11 runners did just as well with Oliver starting the relay and Max ending it. Remember, first isn’t the goal. The goal is to have fun, participate and compete. Congratulate Gr 4 students, Oliver and Max Turnbull, and Gr 5 students, Noah Kassam and Tyler Elwood! In the U12 race, there was another mix! They tied first, with Kamni starting the relay and Christopher ending it! The final congrats are to Gr 6 students, Kamni Akodi, Coen Rocha and Ben Aspden, and in grade 5, to Christopher Bar. Another round of applause! In the other races and activities, everyone did a superb job. But also big thanks to Coaches Fuller, Brenzel, Kanfi, and Davies who helped because we could not have done it without you.

-Gr.5 student Christopher Bar

April 19th, 2018

Posted In: Lower School, Sports

This past Tuesday, Judy (Stephanie) CPC’s Security Officer, received the 2018 Annual Volunteer Service Award from Premiere Kathleen Wynne.  Judy, as well as other volunteers and members of a grass-roots network, Friends of Flemingdon Park, created a forum to bring residents and agencies together to promote collaboration and support initiatives that promote social justice and equity.  With the work that Judy has done in her community, she and other volunteers were able to raise $536,000 to go towards infrastructure upgrades to their local arena, the Angela James Arena.  Judy has also helped organize a mural project involving youth in the community, as well as renovating the local basketball courts in the community.  We are very fortunate to have such a dedicated member of the local community a part of our own Crestwood community.  Congratulations Judy!

Please click here to view an interview of Judy on Breakfast Television.

               

 

April 19th, 2018

Posted In: Upper School

Crestwood School’s Musical Theatre students have been working extremely hard to put on the BEST GREASE YET! This production is for all Crestwood students, families, and friends so please pass on the word to any and all theatre enthusiasts. We hope you can join us for this “Must See Show” on Thursday, May 17th @ Ryerson Theatre.

For all ticket information please contact michele.taub@crestwood.on.ca

Also available by phone at (416)444-5858

 

April 19th, 2018

Posted In: Crestwood News, Lower School

This past March, 21 students spent their break at the Chimborazo region in Ecuador. The students were excellent ambassadors of Crestwood, they learned how to shear a sheep for wool, assisted in the construction of the foundation of a new classroom for a local school, and practiced their crafting skill with the local ladies. Through the activities, leadership modules, and interactions with the locals, students further developed their sense of empathy and compassion.
India is… in the air.

April 19th, 2018

Posted In: Upper School

The University of Waterloo Grades 9 – 11 Contest Results

The 2018 University of Waterloo Math Contest results for Grade 9 (Pascal), 10 (Cayley), & 11 (Fermat) are finally in.  They were written by more than 65,000 students from over 1600 schools all across Canada.  The following students all received a Certificate of Distinction for ranking in the top 25% of all contestants across Canada in each contest.

Grade 9 – Pascal Contest :

  • Alex Li  –  Top mark in the school
  • Vera Wang
  • Stian Klaassen

Grade 10 – Cayley Contest :

  • Ken Wu –  Top mark in the school.
  • Will Chen (grade 9)
  • Beverly Sai
  • Danny He
  • Denny Deng
  • Irena Wang
  • Selina Zhao

Grade 11 – Fermat Contest :

  • Alex Wang – Top mark in the school
  • Miranda Miao
  • Chloe Wu
  • Steven Ren
  • Vincent Zhang
  • Yuka Fan
  • Maggie Ma

Congratulations to all !!

April 19th, 2018

Posted In: Upper School

New York, a city so big, I get lost just trying to figure out where to start! How about 10 hours in?

After a lengthy bus ride, Ms. Sawka’s Grade 12 Art class and Mr. Fong’s Grade 11 and 12 Music class, arrived in the Big Apple, New York City. A city that oozed with character and culture from every corner and every face.

As we travelled around New York we were given the opportunity to visit various museums, in all corners of the city, including the acclaimed Met gallery and Whitney museum, or the more lowkey Brooklyn Art Library. It was in these buildings that we discovered works of past, present, and the modern art just coming into play. Witnessing pieces like Jackson Pollock’s famous “One: Number 31, 1950” was enlightening, and nothing I’d ever seen before.

Getting the opportunity to travel from area to area, Brooklyn to Soho, all the way back to Times Square, was an amazing part of this trip as it exposed us to the various art forms, people, culture, and difference in architecture all around the city.

The insight and knowledge that New York holds for us art students is amazing and we are so lucky to get to experience that first hand.

By: Josh Moshenberg

                                                            

 

April 13th, 2018

Posted In: Upper School

1) University of Cambridge Event – Wednesday May 9

6:30pm – 8:30pm Undergraduate Information Event, University of Toronto Schools

Information Session for students and parents

Representatives will give an insight into student life at Cambridge, including information on Colleges, courses and extra-curricular activities as well as outlining the admissions process and what makes a competitive application. Interested students should register through the link above.

2) Brookbanks Park Clean Up – Sunday April 22

What: Brookbanks Park Clean Up

When: Sunday April 22 10:00am to Noon

Where: Meet at entrance of Fenside and Brookbanks Drive

Please wear suitable clothing, rubber boots, work gloves. Bottled water, rubber gloves, and garbage bags will be provided. For more information go to www.facebook.com/DVERR

3) Important Reminder for Grade 12 Students and Parents

The April OUAC submission will be uploaded next week.  This will be the final submission on which schools will base acceptance decisions on.  Students have until June 1st, 2018 to accept an offer through OUAC.  Ms. Hann recommends that students accept the admissions offer by May Friday May 25th.

Please note that the deadline to accept an offer for any Ontario college program as well as McGill University is May 1st, 2018.

April 13th, 2018

Posted In: Upper School

Dear families,

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. 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.

Monday: Wear green for the plants and forests.

Tuesday: Wear yellow, orange and/or red for the sun.

Wednesday: Wear blue for water.

Thursday: Wear animal print or animal-themed for endangered animals.

Friday: Wear rainbow for unity.

There will be an Earth Day Assembly on Friday with presentations from the Eco-Team and our Grade 5 classes. We are looking forward to building awareness, making a difference and taking action to protect our wonderful Earth.

-K. Patton

April 13th, 2018

Posted In: Lower School

Today, Crestwood students will be receiving their MS Readathon package. Earlier this week we conducted an assembly introducing our students to this important endeavor. Each package explains the process for raising funds. All money will be collected up until Monday, April 30th. We will be conducting a school “Read In” on Tuesday, April 24th where each class will dedicate an hour of reading to this worthy cause. Thank you for your continued support.

-J. Amar

 

April 13th, 2018

Posted In: Lower School

On Thursday April 12, 1A had a visit with Scientist Kathy from Scientists in the School.  Our topic of the day was “Structures: Under Construction!” A structure is an object that has a definite size and shape and serves a definite function or purpose. We learned that structures can be human or nature made.  5 amazing experiments were completed using fasteners, different materials (plastic, fabric, paper, rubber glass and metal), and we learned which ‘shapes’ around us are the most solid and reliable when building a structure.  Then, we discovered how to build a structurally sound table using NEWSPAPER and masking tape!  We had a great time together and made some incredible discoveries!! Thank you Scientist Kathy and our parent volunteers (Melanie Morel, Alison Waldenberg, Somayeh Walton and Renita Greener) for an amazing day!

-M. Hodgson

April 13th, 2018

Posted In: Lower School

Spring Bake Sale

It’s time!  The bake sale is this week!

April 13th, 2018

Posted In: Upper School

Crestwood will be holding its annual Grandparents Breakfast on Monday, May 7 this year.  The event will take place in the gym starting at 9:45am and concluding at 11:45am.  It is a well attended event where we thank the many veterans and survivors who have shared their stories with us over the years.
Please RSVP to Scott Masters by April 28 if you would like to attend – you can reach him at scott.masters@crestwood.on.ca or 416-391-1441 x3369.

April 13th, 2018

Posted In: Upper School

The Crestwood hockey team joined forces with the Crestwood Lower school this past Tuesday for a fun filled hockey tournament at Scotiabank Pond. Crestwood divided their grade 5-8 hockey players onto two teams to face off against some very talented opponents from Blyth’s Hockey Academy.

It was a beautiful sight to see the lower and upper school players working together and having fun on the ice, dancing, singing, skating and scoring with – and against – each other. The camaraderie, teamwork and displays of skill between the two schools on Tuesday is a great indication of the things to come in Crestwood hockey!
               
     

April 13th, 2018

Posted In: Upper School

On Wednesday, April 11, students enrolled in Grade 12 Law traveled downtown for their annual Law in Action field  trip.  The day began with a visit to the Superior Court of Justice, where the students were treated to a fascinating conversation with a judge and crown/defense attorneys.  After visiting courts in session, the students then traveled to Queen’s Park to see how laws are made and to discuss the importance of the legislative process.  It was an entertaining day and an excellent opportunity to see how law functions on a daily basis.

April 13th, 2018

Posted In: Upper School

With the Art Auction quickly approaching, every class is busy creating their masterpiece canvases! Ideas are brewing, and so far the pieces look great! We are all very excited to showcase our finished products alongside our first ever mandala colouring book!

-A. Romanenko

April 12th, 2018

Posted In: Lower School

Crestwood School and Crestwood Preparatory combined forces to take on Blyth Academy in some exciting exhibition hockey games at Scotiabank Pond this past Wednesday. Players from Grade 5, 6, 7 and 8 were invited to participate and we created two equal teams to take part in three games. Our final game was fantastic as the two Crestwood squads battled to a 7-7 tie. It was a beautiful sight to see the lower and upper school players working together and having fun on the ice, dancing, singing, skating and scoring with – and against – each other. The camaraderie, teamwork and displays of skill between the two schools on Tuesday is a great indication of the things to come in Crestwood hockey! We would like to thank Principal Adam Hurley and the Blyth Academy for their hospitality (including a delicious lunch) and all of our participating players and supporting parents.

Special thanks to Lee Grunberg and Joe DiIulio for you help.

April 12th, 2018

Posted In: Lower School, Sports

It might have been a dark, dreary day yesterday, but the Grade Twos were bright and cheery at the Harbourfront Centre!! We were happy to participate in two different workshops. Half of the day was spent creating original sock puppets. We can’t wait to perform with them! For the second part, the children learned printmaking techniques using ink and rollers. We were inspired by the printmaking of Inuit artists.

-E. Alter

April 12th, 2018

Posted In: Lower School

The CSPA will be holding their spring Used Uniform Sale on May 1st – 3rd, 2018 in the primary music room.

Once more your donations are needed to make this sale a success!  Please only donate uniforms that are in good condition.  No stains, rips, holes or discolouration.

Kindly drop off your donations in the bins located at the front office foyer, car-pool canopy building and or the new front car-pool on Lawrence. 

Volunteers are alway required for a successful sale.  Please sign up at www.volunteersignup.org/8PQCT.   

Thank you for your support!

CSPA

–  Used Uniform Sale Team

April 12th, 2018

Posted In: Lower School

We were very lucky to have one of our alumni return as a guest speaker to all the grade 12 biology students.  Jackie Leonard, who graduated from Crestwood 10 years ago came for a visit to discuss her career and journey since Crestwood.  In the years, she has been away from Crestwood, Jackie has earned two Masters Degrees and is now working as a Genetic Counselor at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Jackie was able to explain the requirements of her career and also walk students through some of the specific cases she has dealt with so far in her career.  It was a pleasure to see a former graduate come back to share her successes with the current students.

April 6th, 2018

Posted In: Upper School

The success of Crestwood’s student-athletes is being seen during play and study.   April 4, 2018, Crestwood Preparatory College had the honour to have a Guinness Book of World Records holder and Harlem Globetrotter, Zeus McClurkin visit our very own Elijah Fisher and the entire grade 7 and 8 student body.  This was a welcomed surprise that centred around the importance of building a positive attitude and a resilient personality.  The iconic Harlem Globetrotter’s new community outreach program, “The ABCs of Bullying Prevention,” is designed to support the globe push to end bullying and violence in all forms.

Zeus spoke candidly about his struggle, he was always smaller teen which led to him being cut from every basketball team he tried out for from grades 7 to 10.  His college career lacked lustre. He played limited minutes in a Division 2  program and then had to beat out 30 other athletes as a walk-on at  North Caroline A&T State University where he earned his undergraduate degree in business management and a master’s degree in marketing and communication from Franklin University.

Now, despite being 6’8″, Zeus has been diagnosed with exercise-induced asthma, a narrowing of the airways in the lungs that is triggered by strenuous exercise.  This diagnoses would leave many to only dreaming of playing any sport at a competitive level nevermind professionally, yet Zeus’ plays on.  Zeus is an example that a fighting spirit in the midst of adversity cannot be defeated.   Each student was encouraged to join the Harlem Globetrotters as Ambassadors of Goodwill, the program focuses on ACTION, BRAVERY and COMPASSION.
                                   

April 6th, 2018

Posted In: Upper School

      During the second week of March Break, when many Crestwood students were sunning themselves on tropical beaches, Coach Hawkins and the members of the Varsity Boys Curling team travelled north to compete in the OFSAA provincial curling championships. This year’s tournament was held in Fort Frances, Ontario- located approximately 1,700 KM northwest of Toronto, close to the Ontario-Manitoba border.

                Adam Golden, Spencer Arshinoff, Malcolm Leask, Joseph Eisentraut and Jacob Reinish represented Crestwood against the top high school curling teams in the province. Facing stiffer competition than they had ever seen before, Crestwood’s boys did not wilt under the pressure and played competitively in all of their round-robin matches. The highlight of the tournament came for the boys in a late-night draw against Etobicoke’s Bishop Allen Academy. Shortly after midnight Central Standard Time, the boys capped off a dominating 11-4 victory. This makes the Crestwood Varsity Boys one of the small handful of CISAA teams to have ever won a game at OFSAA curling.

                When not busy with curling, the boys had the opportunity to explore the town of Fort Frances. The boys joined the locals for Wing Night at La Place de Rendezvous, climbed the town’s fire lookout tower, and learned about the historical role of the logging industry in the town. The boys also had a unique opportunity to experience the natural beauty of the region while staying at their accommodations in a cabin on Rainy Lake.

                While the boys did not advance past the round robin stage of the tournament, in terms of having fun and making memories, they were gold medalists. Coach Hawkins and the boys would like to thank Coach Scott Walker for his assistance with the curling program this year, Chris Jull for his work as CISAA Curling convener, Mr. Pagano and the administration for their support, and Mrs. Carol Lyons for hosting the boys during the tournament. Coach Hawkins would also like to give a special thank you to the team members, all of whom will be graduating this year.

               

     

April 6th, 2018

Posted In: Upper School

Founder of Neema International, Canada and Crestwood School graduate, Ali Hanson, stopped by this morning to share a presentation with our student body about her work in Tanzania. She described in detail the daily routines of the two schools she runs (plans for a third) and how our contributions through our Crestwood Cares community service initiatives help to serve our four students each and every day. We have donated close to $6000 dollars to date. Our contributions allow Ali and her team to provide an exciting and supportive education to the most needy children in this area of Africa. Thank you Ali and all the best from Crestwood School!

 

April 6th, 2018

Posted In: Lower School

Pizza Lunch
Don’t forget, the next pizza lunch is on Friday, April 13.
Spring Bake Sale
It’s almost bake sale time!  The spring bake sale is on Wednesday, April 25.  Mmmm…
P.A. Nominations
The Parents’ Association has board positions open for the 2018/2019 school year.  The PA provides a great opportunity to get involved and make a positive contribution to the Crestwood community.  It’s a supportive and casual environment where everyone pitches in and there is always back-up.  The time commitment is very manageable.  We are looking for nominations to fill the following positions for next year;
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Bake Sales Coordinator
  • Communications Coordinator
  • * Middle School Class Representative Coordinator *
* This is a new position and the parameters of the role have not yet been fully defined.

April 6th, 2018

Posted In: Upper School

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