Tuesday the Ultimate Frisbee team hosted their first tri-meet, and got to play two excellent games. Their first game against Rosseau Lake College was a big win for our Lions with a score of 14-5! Our second game against TYS was more challenging but we showed a lot of determination and played with heart. We saw amazing defensive blocks by Matthew Neretlis, Josh Carter, and Faith Joseph. Amazing and near impossible grabs were made with extra sticky fingers by Russel Kaufman, Saleah Joseph and Parsa Bondar Sahebi. Of course we couldn’t have scored many points without excellent handling skills by Ella Okubasu, Katie Tuns, and Robert Dumoulin-White. Special mention goes out to Robert Muresan for scoring his first point this season! Great job team!
On Wednesday the Ultimate Frisbee team met at CDS for our 2nd tri meet this week. Valiant effort from our Lions but unfortunately windy conditions got the better of us. Quick mention to our defensive stars Faith and Saleah Joseph with 3 D’s each and skying over their opponents, and Matthew Neretlis with 2 D’s and a fantastic hand block. A shoutout to our offensive stars Steven Lazar with 5 goals and 1 assist, and Ella Okubasu with 2 assists.
Our U14 Girls’ Soccer team kicked off its regular season campaign against Trinity Monday afternoon. Despite playing with only 9 players, the girls showed a lot of heart and grit as they kept the fully staffed Trinity squad to 2 goals by half time. Unable to cut Trinity’s lead in half in the second half, the girls fell 4-0 by game’s end. Kudos to the entire team for braving the wintery elements and the depleted numbers. The team’s next game is on Monday against TFC.
Monday night the Varsity Girls’ team played The York School in their first home game of the season. Despite a 2-0 loss Crestwood had some great chances but just couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net. Excellent goaltending by Alexa Gibson helped us keep the score low. Great effort on your first game, girls.
The Junior Boys’ Rugby team went 1-1-1 in their 3 game tournament Monday night, showing an impressive amount of athleticism and grit in their first games of the season! Outstandingly, out of the 9 players on the team, only 4 had ever played in a rugby game in their lives. The boys made huge tackles and scored impressive tries, showing their determination and tenacity. Samir Nejad carried almost an entire teams defence on his back through pure strength and determination, backed up by incredible runs and scores by Jesse Codron, Lorenzo Mancini and Christian Campanelli. Well done gentlemen!
Wednesday the CPC Varsity Track and Field team braved terrible weather to compete in the Andre Hamilton Relays. The wind and rain didn’t let up all day but neither did CPC! Junior Girls Kyra and Ella both posted great times in a 3000m in terrible conditions! Our Boys’ relay teams of Will, Hayden, Ethan, Liam, James and Shane competed in both the sprint medley and the 4×400. Our Girls’ relay team of Zakayla, Aalayah, Anjali and Sophia ran a great sprint medley, coming from behind to win their heat in dramatic fashion and place an amazing 4th overall. Special mention goes out to Alexa Gibson for continuing her dominance in Sr. Girls Javelin, winning with a throw of 28.50, Aalayah Edwards for winning the 400 meter hurdles and to Ethan Li, for braving hypothermia splashing through the water pit in the boys steeplechase. Great work everyone!
The Senior Badminton team competed Wednesday at Crescent School. The team has continued to show improvement with wins yesterday from our doubles team of Danny He and Jacob Newman winning in a 2 game sweep. Our mixed doubles team of Aries Wang and Greg Quon took on an boys doubles team in exhibition play and came away with their first win of the season. Kudos to all of our badminton players for a good showing.
On Tuesday the Crestwood Production of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe premiered. The cast gave two excellent performances of this ambitious play. The cast, which included students from grades 7 to 11, impressed their audiences with both their talent and their dedication. The play was distinguished by memorable performances, creative make-up and impressive feats of theater tech. Both shows were hugely successful and left the cast and crew feeling proud of their accomplishment. Thank you to all who came to watch this magnificent performance!
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As part of our Character Education initiative, April was Kindness Month here at CPC! To help promote and encourage our students to show kindness, all homeroom classes played KINDO. Each homeroom class had a kindness themed bingo card, filled with random acts of kindness that could be completed around the school and community. Some of these tasks were as simple as thanking a teacher after a class, letting someone ahead of you in the cafeteria line, or giving your seat to someone on the TTC. The students participated all month, learning by experience that by doing a kind act for someone else, they were simultaneously increasing that person’s happiness, as well as their own! It is our hope that the lessons learned this month will stay with our students so that kindness will continue to spread throughout our community.
This past Monday, three groups from the Grade 10 Careers class competed in the YPI (Youth Philanthropy Initiative) Finals to win $5000 for a charity they have researched. Since March Break, all Careers students have had the opportunity to go out into the community and research a local commune based charity that supports a social issue. All groups presented in their classes and three were selected by their teachers to compete for the $5000 grant. This year’s winners were Yael Haas, Anjali Juneja, and Peter Hull representing the Sojourn House. This charity supports refugees in Toronto.
This has been a great opportunity for students to learn about different philanthropic initiatives and get out in the community to support local charities. Congratulations to all participants on your hard work and support of your charities!
“YPI is a Philanthropy Initiative project which gives students the opportunity to play a direct role in making our community better by winning a grant for a local charity/organization of our choice. We got to pick a topic that we were interested in learning more about and supporting.
As a group we chose the Sojourn House which gives shelter, safety, support, supplies to refugees coming in to the Toronto area. We saw this as a opportunity to give support to this important cause. When we visited the Sojourn House we made personal connections to the residents and learnt how big of a impact the Sojourn House has on people’s lives. We believe that this project was the start of something big for us and we are very grateful for this experience.”
– Yael Haas (’21), 2019 YPI Grant Recipient
Congratulations to Georgia Gardner who was shortlisted for consideration in the Wayne Fairhead New Play Award (WFNP) category of the NTS Drama Festival – Ontario, 2019, for her play The Deliberation Room.
This season there were 19 entries in the new play category and only five were shortlisted.
This year’s Outstanding WFNP Award ($500) will be announced during the Awards Ceremony at Brantford Collegiate Institute after the final performance. The recipient may be given a professional reading at the SummerWorks Performance Festival in August. Congratulations Georgia on this huge accomplishment!
Our next Parents’ Association meeting is this Thursday, May 9 at 8:45 am in the main boardroom. This is our Annual General Meeting and the final meeting for the school year, so please join us to learn more about plans for 2019 / 2020. Coffee, tea and muffins will be available at 8:30 a.m. All Crestwood parents are welcome.
This week’s spring bake sale was a huge success. Volunteer bakers, buyers and sellers provided a colourful and delicious array of treats. Thank you to all volunteers and customers for your support. Special thanks to Lisa Bloom for managing the team and creating such successful and fun bake sales this year.
This past Monday, students in Mr. Masters’ Politics 12 class, along with students from the Crestword, were visited by Dwight Drummond, Toronto’s CBC anchorman – and a Crestwood parent. Mr. Drummond shared his own story, as well as his thoughts on the role of the media in present-day Toronto and Canada. Stay tuned for Hayden John’s article in the Crestword and the upcoming Oral History Project!
Dr. Elliott Schwartz, a paediatric dentist, did wonderful presentations for JK – Gr. 2 today. He left a gift bag of goodies for each child to help them practise good hygiene. His 3 grandchildren, Logan, Cole, and Ripley were proud to have their grandfather visit their school.
Thank you, Dr. Schwartz.
Thursday night the CPC community was treated to another spectacular Art’s Festival! The students and faculty organized various displays and interactive activities that were enjoyed by all who attended. Guests enjoyed listening to Crestwood Voices sing melodies from Phantom of the Opera, made their own creations on our 3-D printer, rocked out with the Crestwood Rock Band, helped create a collaborative art piece, watched the performances by the senior drama classes, battled with the remote-controlled Soccer Robots built by our Robotics Club, and took embarrassing photos at the Photography Club’s photobooth. Students, parents and teachers all enjoyed the night, and all of the hard work put on by the students and teachers definitely showed! Thank you to all for another very successful Arts Night!
Congratulations to all the varsity athletes that competed in Thursday’s track meet. Special mention to Alexa Gibson who won javelin with a throw of 29.70m, and Kyra Grossman who placed third in her first ever 1500m steeplechase.
Tuesday, the U14 Boys Softball team opened their season with a game vs. Royal St. George’s College. The team had a good start, paced by excellent pitching from Sean Doherty, and clutch hitting from Patrick Shain and Jack Van Volsen. After losing their early lead in the middle innings, the boys clawed back, and went into the final frame with a 10-9 lead. Unfortunately, a series of defensive gaffes in the final inning allowed RSGC to take a small lead, which they held onto in the bottom of the inning. Final score was RSGC 12, Crestwood 10. The boys continue their season next Wednesday with a home game vs. St. Andrew’s College. Come out and cheer them on!
On Wednesday, CPC had their 2nd annual Because I Am a Girl Day. It was a day to inspire young women to reach for the stars. We heard from a number of influential females who have broken barriers professionally and excelled in male-dominated professions.
Guest speakers included:
Director of Marketing at Muskoka Brewery, who has also worked with brands like Burt’s Bees, ME to WE, Brita, John Frieda. She goes against the grain and is a bit of a corporate rebel and that’s what won her the Top 30 under 30 award. Sarah went into Marketing as a career because she always wanted to be a storyteller. Growing up, she was always the underdog and was never expected to win and that’s the best thing that’s ever happened to her because it made her resilient in today’s world.
Dr. Marian Hettiaratchi is a researcher at the University of Toronto in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, where she works in the laboratory of Professor Molly Shoichet. Marian completed her undergraduate degree in chemical engineering at the University of Calgary and a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. She is passionate about using engineering to develop new technologies to improve human health. In Atlanta, she worked on making new materials to repair large bone fractures and is now working on making similar injectable materials to repair the brain after stroke injury. She will be starting a job as a professor of bioengineering at the University of Oregon next year.
Dr. Kelly Lyons is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Academic in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. She worked at IBM from 1985 to 1987 at which time she left to complete her Masters and PhD in Computing and Information Science at Queen’s University. She rejoined IBM in 1994. Prior to joining the Faculty of Information as a professor at the University of Toronto in 2008, she was the Program Director of the IBM Toronto Lab Centre for Advanced Studies (CAS). Kelly is very interested in promoting Women in Technology initiatives and has given several presentations to young people and teachers on this topic.
Julia is a Crestwood Alumni and a recent graduate from Dalhousie University. While at Dalhousie she studied Computer Science. Julia is passionate about encouraging a young woman to pursue nontraditional fields of study. She spent time visiting local high schools in Halifax promoting STEMM (Science Technology Engineering Math and Medicine).
A Leadership professional with over 10 years of experience within the dental consulting space. Proven performance in linking corporate vision with the delivery of desired results through empowerment, development, and utilization of people, process and technology. Sarah is a strong leader, Captain of Team Canada Women’s Soccer at 16 years of age, winner of the Golden Boot Award at 1999 PAN AM games, health-conscious fitness fanatic, corporate team player with effective leadership, communication, decision making, problem solving and interpersonal skills, together with a corporate focus and a results-driven attitude. An athlete who commits 14 hrs per week to fitness and an equal amount to continuing education related to business management.
In addition to these amazing speakers 4 CPC students, Raeleigh Gillingham, Rachel Mintz, Caroline Spitzer, and Rylie Tishler gave a presentation summarizing their Me to We experience in India this March Break. They spoke about the tragedy and impact of child marriage and called on everyone to care about girls all over the world not just in Canada.
This was an important day at Crestwood because it is necessary that we are fostering an environment for women to support other women: where we can celebrate the successes of our female counterparts, unconstrained by unrealistic gender images from an outdated era. We embrace all aspects of our identity and recognize the importance of celebrating each other in respectful and positive spaces.
While the girls were in the gym listening to these speakers the male students participated in their own exercise titled, “Re-Defining Masculinity.” In this workshop, male students have the opportunity to think critically about narrow ideas of what it means to “be a man.” Today, male students worked in mixed grade groups to leave behind toxic traits of masculinity and embrace it as the embodiment of compassion, vulnerability and kindness. As we celebrate, “Because I am A Girl Day,” it is important to remember that the celebration of girls and women is not had at the expense of men and boys, but best shared with all our classmates as a celebration of equality and the dream we all have of reaching our full potential.
Though this event was only one day, we want the message to remain with our students beyond today. In order to demonstrate why this day is so important for all of us, we placed shocking statistics and graphics on the discrimination that women still face today all over school lockers. We hope that by doing this, we put this day into perspective, and remind ourselves that our experiences are valid, and not to be diminished. We hope that this inspires us all to continue standing up for justice and equality in the workplace, in school, and elsewhere in the world.
At Crestwood’s debut at the York Region Robocup Junior, which featured 4 schools, 20 teams and 3 events, our team secured second place in the soccer lightweight competition.
This was only possible because of the dedicated hard work of our students during their after school hours, lunch times, and even long weekend!
Please congratulate them on their tremendous accomplishments!
One of the new students at Crestwood in September 2018 was Joseph Gamus-Rayson (aka Just Real) – 5B (Mr. Munro’s class). He loves the community of Crestwood from Ms. Eisen and Ms. Badler to his fellow students, his teachers and to the staff. He appreciates not only the academics but the many activities offered here. Many of you can also see him dancing in the hallways. When Joseph is not dancing here, he can be found most of the week after school and on the weekends at Simply Swagg Dance Studio which is run by Paul “Kaze” Thurton. This is where Joseph feels the love of the urban dance community in Hip Hop, Break Dancing and Krump. Joseph is part of a Hip Hop crew – the Sigmaz – the consistent number one winning mini competitive group as well as a Solo Krump winner at 7 Starr’s Annual Krump Competition in Montreal, Quebec. Joseph has been trained by Big Mijo – one of the founders of Krump who was also recently on tour with Madonna and Beyonce as well as by Konkrete – from World of Dance 2018. Joseph was also lucky that Kaze and Konkrete gave Joseph his dance name – Just Real. Joseph is offering to share his love of dance and the community feeling that emanates from it with a handful of younger students – if one of your children is interested, please email email@example.com
-Joy Badler, Principal
Run, pass, shoot and most importantly have some fun. The four staples of our Co-Ed Intramural Ball Hockey League. We pride ourselves on participating in a competitive league primarily run by our student players. As the Spring sun creeps upon us some take a stroll in the park, others perhaps head to the beach…we drag out the nets, strap on the pads and snipe some snapshots. We launched our league today at lunch and had close to thirty boys and girls attend. We will continue on every Tuesday and Thursday moving forward until the end of the year. Players are reminded to bring their equipment, water and a positive attitude to all CBHL events. #hockeyhockeyhockey #crestwoodathletics #runpassshoot #crestwoodballhockeyleague #CBHL
Congratulations to all members of the under 14 Co-ed Badminton team who played at home against the York school Monday! They all showed fair play and determination. Congratulations in particular to Jack Wu, William Wu, Max Spillner, Aydin Ansari and Helena Wang who won all their matches.
The Senior Boys’ Badminton team competed in their first match Monday. The team played well versus a more experienced team at York School. Congratulations to Will Chen for winning his match in 2 games straight!
Our grade 11 biology students recently spent a week at the Huntsman Marine Science Center in St. Andrews, New Brunswick. The research facility, located at the mouth of Fundy Bay, is the perfect place to study incredibly diverse ecosystems that thrive among the highest and most powerful tides in the world. Here, our young biologists explored the many marine life forms on the beach and deep ocean floor, investigated the characteristics and behaviours of these organisms, and presented their findings to their peers, teachers, and Huntsman staff. Students learned first-hand that sea stars can hold twice their body weight, barnacles are “hungriest” at 15°C, and that most “baby” invertebrates look like something out of science fiction, just to name a few. We hope that everyone left with a greater awareness of the diversity in our Canadian waters, a sense of stewardship towards the environment, and a lasting curiosity for the sciences.
After school on Tuesday, April 16th, Grade 7 and Grade 8 students from the Crestwood community had the opportunity to visit the Playdium entertainment complex for an exciting evening of thrills, and special time with friends.
Our visit to Playdium was a very successful event, organized by Crestwood’s Junior Prefects. The students enjoyed arcade games, rides, roller-coaster simulators, and collecting lots of prizes! The staff enjoyed seeing the happy, smiling faces of the students!
Prom tickets are now available for purchase. It will be a fun night filled with dancing, good food and amazing music! Students may purchase tickets in room 201. Hope to see you all there!
Come out to support your son/daughter’s school friends and classmates. Our annual musical promises to be an evening of family fun and fantastic entertainment.
Date: Thursday, May 16th, 2019
Place: Ryerson Theatre (43 Gerrard Street E)
Tickets now available – please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Please encourage your child to reduce, reuse, and repurpose when planning their outfit to reduce our carbon footprint!
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.)
Tuesday: Wear green for the plants and forests.
Wednesday: Wear blue for water and oceans.
Thursday: Wear yellow, orange and/or red for the sun and climate.
Friday: Wear animal print or animal-themed for endangered animal (For example, a shirt with an animal on it)
There will be an Earth Day Assembly on Friday with presentations from the Eco-Team. We are looking forward to building awareness, making a difference and taking action to protect our wonderful Earth.
-K. Patton and K. Campbell
Congratulations to Crestwood’s Samuel Li (’21) who played for Team China in the IIHF World Championship Division II Group B, U18 and won silver! A huge accomplishment, well done Samuel! Please click here to read a congratulations letter from the Beijing Ice Hockey Association.
The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto is launching a series of summer programs: DigiFab & Bootcamp.
The theme for this summer’s youth programs (Bits & Bytes & DigiFab) is Drones in the City. We will explore the potential of this disruptive technology and how city design might respond to this potential. Participants will design a city collectively, and will build drones that they will be able to take home. These programs are ideal for youth with an interest in design, technology, art, science, and engineering. More info can be found at the links below:
DigiFab is designed for youth aged 12-14 years old (grades 7-9).
We also have a new program for high school and undergraduate students introducing them to the architecture discipline.
Bootcamp: Exploring Careers in Design is designed for late high school (grades 11-12) and undergraduate students.
The spring bake sale is this Wednesday! Please come out to support the Parents’ Association and enjoy some sweet treats.
The schedule for Spring sports has now been updated and posted onto the school website. Click here to view the schedule on the school website now!
Are you in Grade 4 or Grade 5 and interested in applying to be a House Head next year? Do you think you have what it takes to inspire your fellow students to greatness? Are you organized? Can you work independently? Do you like to do things that help others and make a positive impact on their lives?