“Undeniable talent from the art students”, “creative and touching drama performances”, “catchy and beautiful music displayed by both the bands and the Crestwood Voices”, and “amazing poetry recitations” are all responses heard after the Crestwood Winter Festival of the Arts.
This Thursday, December 11th, the Crestwood community hosted our Winter Festival of the Arts. Students and teachers from Visual Art, Music, Drama, Technology, and English classes created an amazing program to showcase their many talents. The evening was unlike any event held at Crestwood before; guests were invited to visit various spaces around the school to either participate in a painting session, interact with various technology activities, listen to the bands and poetry, and watch various drama performances. The only complaint heard was that it was nearly impossible to see everything in one night! The good news is that you will have another opportunity to experience and witness the talents of Crestwood’s students again in the spring for the Spring Festival. Stay tuned!
This past Wednesday, the Senior Girls’ Volleyball team had their season opener at Pickering College. There was nervous energy throughout the game as the girls tried to apply what they have been practicing into a real game situation. Our talent level overcame some early season errors, as we won in pretty convincing fashion with a score of 3-1. Sydney Major and Rebecca Demeke led the team with great serving, passing, and hitting. Faith Joseph was able to scramble all game to set up our hitters with some precise sets. Great job ladies.
The Junior Girls’ Volleyball team had their first game of the season Wednesday. Our lady lions came out roaring and dominated the first match. St. Clements had to rally to deliver a competitive game, and our CPC ladies kept up the hard work showing excellent skills and sportsmanship. It was a nail biter during the fifth and final set, the tiebreaker between the two schools, being the toughest match yet. We saw amazing serves by Ella Okubasu and Ella Lee O’Rourke, and great setting by both Lexy Peerenboom and Isabelle Rigny. Not to mention some serious hustle on the court by Saleah Joseph, while Christine Kong and Sylvia Zhang got under some hard serves to dig up the ball and keep it in play. Both Ms. Letham and Ms. Belanger are super proud of our girls even though the opposing team took the final game for the win. Great start to the season ladies!
This past weekend our Prep Girls’ Basketball team traveled to Detroit Michigan where they took on the top 3 teams in the state. After 3 difficult games, the Lady Lions finished the day 3-0. Notable victory against Detroit Edison who is ranked #1 in the state of Michigan and #7 nationally. Standouts for the weekend were Latasha Lattimore, Aaliyah Edwards, Rebecca Demeke, and Shayeann Day-Wilson.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Junior Boys D1 Basketball team defeated Appleby College by a score of 83-28 to move their CISAA record to 2-0. After a slow start, the Lions got on a roll with a 27-4 2nd quarter which pushed the lead to 45-14 at the half. The boys continued their great effort through the 2nd half and finished strong. All 10 players who suited up got into the scorebook with Immanuel Oludele leading the way with 21 points. Elias Papaconstantinos scored 12 points, while Hayden John pitched in 11 points. Zack Graff had 9 points in the 1st half and added some great driving assists in the 2nd half. Great defensive presence was shown by Liam MacInnis, who brought the crowd to their feet several times with 4 big blocks. The Junior Lions will be back in action next Wednesday as they have their first CISAA road test of the season at St. Andrews College.
Wednesday night the Varsity Hockey team traveled to RSGC to take on a very quick and experienced team. Although the team had plenty of opportunities to play with a lead in the game, we always found ourselves playing from behind, until a crucial penalty was taken midway through the 3rd period and CPC was able to capitalize and finally take the lead. Great play by all with special mention going to Jayden Bennett who kept us in the game once again and to Sam Li, Christian Campanelli, and Cole Eichler who each had multipoint nights.
This year the art committee’s enthusiasm and dedication has been keeping them busy without rest!
The first backdrop of the year was a great success during the grade 1 production. Congratulations to the very talented art committee!
Looking forward to seeing the beautiful programs that are being currently designed for the winter music concert!
Over the past two weeks, Crestwood families have been generously donating toys, clothes, books, and other items to support 11 families from the Durham Children’s Aid Society. As in previous years, our Crestwood community stepped up to the task and we saw over 20 bags of goods sent off to make a special Christmas for 27 children. These items will change the lives of families this holiday season and we are grateful to have such an amazing and supportive community at Crestwood.
Greetings from Glion Institute of Higher Education!
What is your child going to do next summer? Would they maybe like to spend a week, or two, with like-minded young people from all over the world in Switzerland or the UK? If your child is interested in Hospitality Business, this is their opportunity to win an unforgettable experience. Find out about: dates, applications and details for Swiss and UK Summer Program.
The Glion Summer Program will give your child a perfect insight into the world of luxury hospitality and a taste of what our undergraduate business degree students learn. They will have the opportunity to study in a great location, while meeting people from everywhere around the globe and making lifelong international friendships.
All your child needs to do is fill out this registration form and send us a 1-minute video (to firstname.lastname@example.org) stating why they would like to participate in our Summer Experience in Switzerland, the UK or both locations. Deadline of submission is January 15th 2019.
We are looking forward to receiving your child’s application and are happy to answer any questions or remarks you might have regarding our Summer Program.
How does a ‘B student’ in high school get into Harvard, and what are 3 things you can do to maximize your academic experience and boost your success no matter where you end up studying?
Join us for a special presentation by Harvard trained author, Elan Divon, and learn what it takes to succeed as a student in today’s uncertain and competitive world.
Saturday, December 8th 10:00am – 11:30am
York University Glendon Campus
Register at: www.prepskills.com/Divon
The U12 hockey picked up a victory yesterday with a convincing win against the Pickering College Pumas at York Mills Arena. Crestwood used swift skating, crisp passing and an overall team game to dominate the game from puck drop to the final whistle. Goalies Jayin Vohra and George Zhou were solid when called upon. All 9 of our skaters were efficient and hardworking throughout. Congrats to Sharkey Chen, Ben Maharaj, Daniel Rauchwerger, Hannah Hurwitz, Brayden Cox, Luke Hristovski, Mars Sun, Leslie Qiao and Brendan Barton. The U12 squad hits the road next week as we will be travelling to face Upper Canada College on Thursday @4PM.
Please remind all students to bring their instruments and music to school on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Our Holiday Concert is Wednesday night at 7PM. Please be sure to attend our performance in full dress uniform.
Results are in!
The Grade 5 students travelled to the Ontario Science Centre today to explore a variety of science concepts such as matter, forces and structures and the human body. Students had a chance to explore the various exhibits and participated in a workshop titled “Fun with Chemistry”. We also had the opportunity to see an incredible IMAX film about an initiative to breed pandas and release them into the wild. It was a fabulous day of exploration, excitement and innovation. We are looking forward to sharing our various learning experiences when we return to school.
On Monday, November 26th 2018, Alex Korda traveled to Ryerson University to take part in “A Discussion with Andrew Scheer and Kevin O’Leary”. In order to take part in this event, Alex had to submit an application that was reviewed by Ryerson and was selected based on his accomplishments, achievements and strong political views on the government in Canada. Alex was one of two high school students selected to participate. The event included the Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer and business mogul Kevin O’Leary. The discussion was an opportunity to talk with both politicians first hand and allow youth to share their views and perspective as an adolescent in Ontario. Congratulations Alex.
You all know the story of the Three Little Pigs, right? Well, Grade 3A used their engineering brains to plan and construct a house for the 4th Little Piggy. As we already know, any structure including a house needs a strong and stable base or foundation. But after the foundation, the frame is next most important part of a house’s design. The frame holds the shape of a house together, preventing the house from falling or getting destroyed. Without a good frame, walls or a roof won’t matter. We worked in teams to construct a house that a 4th little piggy could use to withstand the wrath of the “BIG BAD BLOW DRYER”. All of our houses were reinforced with triangles, struts, and ties and survived the challenge! Congratulations to all of the Junior Engineers in 3A!
It’s space week in Senior Kindergarten!
Please join us at Crestwood’s Winter Festival of the Arts
The Senior Boys’ Hockey Team travelled to Greenwood College School on Wednesday to open the 2018-2019 season. In a game that was highly anticipated, both teams did not disappoint with their play. In a game that saw both teams have a number of scoring opportunities, Greenwood prevailed and was able to squeak out a 1-0 victory. The team played extremely well at both ends of the ice, especially Jayden Bennett, who played lights out and made over 25 saves in net, as well as Cole Eichler and Christina Campanelli who had every opportunity to score but just couldn’t buy a goal. The team’s next game is Wednesday, December 5 when they take on Royal St. George College School.
The Varsity Swim Team had their first meet of the season Tuesday, and it was an absolute success! All athletes challenged themselves and swam multiple events, some that were very outside of their comfort zones. We came home with a total of twelve personal bests, and fourteen top-eight finishes. Our siblings on the team deserve some special recognition. Sarah Douey swam two personal bests, winning a bronze in the 50 back, and Sam Douey raced three personal bests, finally breaking 30 seconds in the 50 free. Newcomers Jack and Will Magan, also posted some extremely fast times, dominating their 50 free and 100 IM events. All swimmers should be very proud of their first meet of the season.
The Crestwood Junior Prep Boys’ Basketball team finished 4-0 over the weekend in the first ever National Junior Circuit session held at Thornlea Secondary School. The Lions faced off against some of the top teams in Canada, defeating D’Youville, Bill Crothers, Michael Power, and Canada Topflight Academy. Elijah Fisher received Game MVP honours against D’Youville and Canada Topflight, Mikkel Tyne received an MVP against Bill Crothers, and Kailon Nicholls got the MVP nod against Michael Power. The team showed a lot of improvement over the weekend, and all players were vital to the 4-0 mark.
Monday our Lady Lions traveled to Brantford, Ontario to take on a very good TRC Academy. After an excellent warm up the Lions wasted no time getting down to business. By halftime, our Lions were up by more than 20 points. The final score was 88-59. The Lions were led by Aaliyah Edwards who exploded for 38 points. This is the second game in a row one of our Lions has cracked the 30 point marker. Previous was Latasha Lattimore who had 35 last week versus J. Addison College. The Lady Lions are currently 6-0 in OSBA play!
The Crestwood Junior DI Boys’ Basketball team defeated Trinity College School 72-21 in their first CISAA game of the season. The Juniors got off to a quick 24-2 lead after the first quarter and never looked back. All 12 players scored in the game with Hayden John and Jesse Codron leading the way with 10 points a piece. Elias Papaconstantinos scored 9, Christian Gheoculet had 8, and Caiden Oshinowo pitched in 7. The defensive presence was fantastic all game, with Zack Graff leading the effort up top. The Lions held TCS to only 2 points in both the 1st and 3rd quarters. The Juniors will be back in action next Wednesday with a home match-up versus Appleby College. Tip-off is set for 4:30pm.
The U12 Co-Ed Hockey team began their season yesterday by hosting the TFS Tigers at York Mills Arena. The game was tightly contested for the first period with both teams working very hard at both ends. TFS broke through with the first goal before Crestwood bounced back with a nice individual effort by defenceman Sharkey Chen who wheeled wide before snapping it upstairs shortside to tie the game. After that it was all Toronto French as they rolled shift after shift and wore down the home squad. George Zhou made many spectacular saves throughout the contest and our players never gave up but the opposition proved to be too much on this day. The Crestwood Cubs hit the ice next Thursday to play Pickering College. Game time is 3:15PM at York Mills Arena.
In celebration of the upcoming holiday season, Crestwood Cares, with the help of the Crestwood School Community, plans to share some of the warmth and excitement of this time of year with the current residents of St Felix House. In addition, we believe it is important for Crestwood children to help other children. With this in mind we would like to make a financial contribution to Covenant House during this holiday season. Covenant House provides shelter, food, and crisis care to up to as many as 300 homeless youth in Toronto each day. Follow-up care, providing stability, guidance and opportunity is also made available..
The St Felix Centre supports the most marginalized and vulnerable members of the community. They provide transitional housing, meals, clothing, recreation activities, support groups, housing help, and an overall sense of community and acceptance. Last year, with the help of the CSPA and our parent community, Crestwood Cares provided individualized gift baskets for each of the residents. In response, we received letters of heartfelt gratitude, one of which is attached.
This year, with your help, Crestwood Cares would like to make a financial contribution to the St. Felix holiday dinner as well as providing a modest gift for each of the 20 residents. In order to accomplish this and make a financial donation to Covenant House, we ask parents to contribute a minimum of $20.00 to this philanthropic endeavour by Friday, December 14th (All cheques payable to Crestwood School). The Crestwood Cares committee will use half of your financial contributions to purchase much needed items and small treats for the twenty women of St. Felix House, and make a donation to their holiday dinner. The other half of the Crestwood Cares collection will be donated to Covenant House.
Crestwood Community Service students will help to assemble and wrap the presents for St. Felix House.
We kindly ask that parents and students join us in helping to share our community’s good fortune with others. Thank you very much for helping Crestwood Cares in making this holiday season a happy one for others.
This year our Grade 6 students will be given the opportunity to visit Niagara Falls on June 5th through to June 7th 2019. This 3 day excursion, which will be completely supervised by school staff members, will be a guided motor coach tour and will involve 2 nights of overnight accommodation.
Keating by Explorica has been leading educational tours for over 50 years. They are one of the pioneers who started educational travel here in Canada. All Keating by Explorica tours include: round trip transportation by motor-coach, overnight accommodation, breakfast and dinner daily, guided sightseeing tours, the full time services of a professional tour director, 24-hour emergency service and overnight security chaperones.
To show you more specifically what the trip involves, a presentation for parents and students will be held at the school on December 5th 2018 at 7 PM. Any questions you might need answered, how to register your child and additional information you might require will be provided.
Date: Wednesday, December 5th
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Place: Crestwood School Cafeteria (Upstairs next to the gym)
Who: Parents and Students
What: Grade 6 Overnight Extended Trip Information
This is an important opportunity to learn about this amazing trip and how to register your child using the Explorica website. We look forward to seeing you there. Please RSVP via email to email@example.com
Mr K.J Greenacre
The TTC has been working closely with our school to provide complimentary PRESTO cards to all students. The purpose of this initiative is to help students make the transition away from TTC passes and tickets, to the PRESTO fare card as smooth as possible. While children up to 12 years old will continue to ride the TTC for free, children 6 to 12 years of age will be required to tap a PRESTO card every time they enter a subway station and whenever they board a bus or streetcar. Tapping validates their card as being a child card (no fare will be deducted) and will provide the TTC with helpful service planning data.
Each PRESTO card will come with an information brochure that explains more about PRESTO and how you can load money or a monthly pass onto your child’s card.
Students in grades 7 and 8 will receive adult cards, which they will need to take to a Shoppers Drug Mart, along with their government issued ID, to have their card programed to a child or youth card. All other students will receive a pre-set card with a child or youth fare type on it. This pre-set fare type will expire on December 31, 2019. Children and youth will need to present their child or youth card to a Shoppers Drug Mart location prior to December 31, 2019, along with government issued ID, to have the card set to their birthday.
Cards are expected to arrive at our school in the coming weeks and we will work with our staff to distribute them to each student. Attached you will find some information about PRESTO on the TTC and the different ways you can pay a fare using PRESTO. An information brochure, containing similar information as this flyer, will also be provided with each PRESTO card.
To learn more about PRESTO on the TTC you can visit ttc.ca/presto.
Holiday of Hope is a community initiative we take part in to help the less fortunate in the community during the holiday season. This year we are working with Durham Children’s Aid and supporting 11 families in need. The Durham Children’s Aid Society is responsible for providing child protection services to children under the age of 16 and their families.
Most of the families have asked for gift cards to grocery stores so they can feed their families throughout the winter. They have also asked for holiday gifts for their kids. These families can benefit from the simplest things such as a grocery gift card, toothbrush, toothpaste and simple hygiene products. For many of these families, this is the only opportunity they will get to provide gifts for the children. The children in each family ranges from 1 to 12 years old. Each homeroom has been assigned a family who have a list of their needs and wants this holiday season. As a part of the Crestwood community we are asking for your support for these families.
November has been a very busy month for members of Crestwood’s Problem Solving Club. On November 8th, 10 students participated in the Canadian Open Mathematics Competition (the COMC). This math contest had students discover and explore mathematics and problem solving with some very challenging and unique problems
Also, over the past two weeks, Crestwood’s Grade 7-10 Computer Scientists wrote the Beaver Computing Contest. This online contest run by the University of Waterloo gave students real life examples of logical problems that Computer Science helps us solve. We had 4 students place on the honour roll and will be recognized at the next town hall in December.
Finally, on November 21st, 24 problem solvers from grades 8 to 12 participated in the University of Waterloo’s Canadian Intermediate and Senior Math Contest. Students of the Problem Solving club had fun developing their skills with this 9 question contest that required them to get creative and show determination and persistence to prove their solutions.
Stay tuned for the results in the coming weeks!
This past weekend our Lady Lions traveled to Ottawa to take our division rivals, Capital Courts Academy. CCA came out very energetic and aggressive, which put CPC in a hole. But with the spectacular frontcourt play of Aaliyah Edwards, Latasha Lattimore, and Kayla Drummond, we were able to forge a massive comeback which was enough for the win. The final score was 80-78. On day two we went up against Louis Reil who was clearly outmatched. The final score of that game was 58-44.
The Crestwood Junior Prep Boys’ Basketball team finished in 4th place at the 12 team Junior Crusader Classic held at Henry Carr. On Thursday, the boys split their two games, beating Vaughan 77-68 and losing to d’Youville 73-67. In a weird turn of events, all teams went 1-1 in the 3-team pool, and Crestwood won the tie-breaking. This sent the Lions into the semi-finals against an undefeated Thornlea team. The Junior Boys trailed by 18 at half to Thornlea before roaring back to close the gap to 1 point with 15 seconds left. After a foul, Thornlea made one of two free-throws to lead by 2 with 5 seconds remaining. Mikkel Tyne raced down the court and got a shot off before the buzzer, but it was not meant to be as it bounced off the back of the rim. In the 3rd place game, the Lions struggled to get going and fell 71-49 to Oakwood. Mikkel Tyne was named an all-star for the 2nd straight tournament after averaging 21 points per game. Immanuel Oludele added 11 points per game, while Kailon Nicholls added 10 points per game. The Lions will be back in action today and Saturday at the first ever National Junior Circuit event. The NJC will feature the best junior teams from across Canada. Games will be played at Thornlea Secondary School.
On Tuesday November 20th, 13 Senior Art students, along with Ms. Belanger, travelled to the Science Center to participate in the Creative Futures Expo sponsored by the Applied Arts Magazine. The Expo provided students with an opportunity to meet young creative professionals, and learn what opportunities exist for those interested in pursuing creative careers. Universities and colleges that offer creative degree programs had representatives present to answer questions and provide students with information. Information included what kind of supports they offer to students to ensure their future success, or what kind of classes they offer and the requirements needed to get into them. There were a small group of university and college students who had their portfolios on display and spoke with students about the courses they were taking, and what their careers as art students would look like. The most important part of the day for our Crestwood students was the new knowledge that as Art students, they could pursue their creative dreams and know they have a bright and shining future ahead.
On Monday, the Grade 4 students visited the Kortright Centre. The trip was arranged as the culmination of their unit on Habitats and was a great chance for them to put their knowledge on the subject to the test! The day started with a talk about the different animals that lived at the Kortright centre and the children had the challenge of identifying animals from their skulls and furs. Next, we had a tour of the Centre, during which they studied the woodland habitat in real life. They matched trees and leaves, participated in an animal detective game and also played a game called ‘Camouflage’. The day ended in a huge food chain game in which the children found out what it was like to be part of a real woodland habitat. A wonderful day was had by all and the teachers were very proud of the way the Grade 4s conducted themselves throughout the day.
The Grade 5 and 6 students participated in an eye opening workshop on Wednesday about the impact the fashion industry is having on our environment and the world abroad. The workshop was organized by the Eco Team, in an effort to help Crestwood students become more educated in how to be responsible consumers of fashion. Students learned about the environmental impact of “Fast Fashion”, driven by low prices, low quality, and exploiting low wage workers in other countries. Students discovered the 7R’s of responsible fashion including reducing our consumption, and reusing clothes through hand-me-downs or second hand shopping. As well, students were most excited about repurposing old T-shirts into tote bags, using only a pair of scissors! It was incredible to see the passion it ignited in our student body to be more responsible shoppers and become more active global citizens. Thank you Eco team for organizing this incredible workshop.
On Monday, the Grade 3’s visited the Ontario Science Center. We participated in a Structures Workshop where we learned building basics. In different groups, we investigated the strength and stability of structures. We experimented with compression, tension and load and how these all affect the stability of a structure. We also designed and built bridges, towers and arches using various materials. We learned that all human and natural structures have structural limits and that builders must keep this in mind! Last, we explored the different galleries. Take a look at all of the hands-on activities that were available to us at the Ontario Science Center.