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keeping parents informed

Volume 16 Issue 6

January 18, 2013



ven though the second term has just started, we are already well on the way in planning the next academic year. It will soon be time to let us know whether or not your son(s) will be joining us in 2013/2014. It is time for re-registration. You may remember from last year that the process is now completely electronic. On Monday, Jan. 28 you will receive an email with a link to the online forms which you must complete, and then arrange payment options in order for us to ensure that there will be a space for your son at Crescent in September. You will only have a two and a half week window in which to complete your forms and forward payment to the School. Crescent has been extremely fortunate in that we continue to have a very healthy admissions outlook. More and more families are looking to Crescent as the school of choice for their sons. We are also blessed with an extremely low attrition rate. We thank you, our current families, for this success. Your referrals and great testimonials are spreading and our admission numbers are very strong—more boys of promise than ever are knocking at our door. For our Admissions Office, however, this is a mixed blessing. We strive to offer an appropriate number of students admission for the 2013/2014 school year. In order to do this (on

the independent school’s common admission offer date of Friday, Feb. 22), we need to know exactly how many spots we will have available at each grade level. This is where re-registration comes in. We currently know how many new spots there are at each grade level. The great unknown is the few spots which become available when families must relocate, or for other reasons move their sons out of Crescent. We would like to have accurate numbers so that we can make offers to all of our top candidates in the first round. The independent school admissions arena is so competitive that we may not get a chance in round two. We will be asking that the re-registration forms and initial payments be completed by Wednesday, Feb. 13 so that we are able to optimize the offer process the following week. We will send you email reminders throughout the two and a half week window, and encourage you to set aside a half hour to complete the process sooner rather than later. There will be contacts listed in the email to assist you should you have any questions or concerns. Please mark the due date of the13th of February in your calendars! —Chris White, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid


• Takes place on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at noon at the Granite Club. • A wonderful way to connect with Crescent friends, and meet new parents at the School.

• Parents are seated by grade. • Speaker Margaret Wente, Editorial columnist for The Globe and Mail, will discuss: Boys will be Boys, and Why Society Won’t Let Them.

• Purchase your tickets through the Green Room. • Please park at Crescent.

We look forward to seeing you there! CRESCENT SCHOOL | 2365 Bayview Ave. Toronto, ON M2L 1A2 | 416.449.2556 |



arent Annual Giving is an admirable tradition at Crescent, made stronger by the added impetus to the Great Boys campaign. On January 28, parents will receive the 2013/2014 re-registration package via email, and with it, an invitation to support Parent Annual Giving. With tuition covering the cost of operations, funds raised through Parent Annual Giving have contributed to many special projects over the years. The Field House, the CCL and the Bayview Avenue traffic light are enhancements that exist thanks to the generous, charitable support of parents and the Crescent community. For the life of the Great Boys campaign, Parent Annual Giving supports the $30 million campaign goal. With the fundraising total now reaching $22 million, the 2013/2014 Parent Annual Giv-

ing campaign will be more important than ever. In order to break ground on the new Library in June this year, 60 per cent of the $13 million Library and Commons project cost, or $7.8 million, must be raised by April, so as to allow adequate preparation to commence construction in June. If construction does begin then, the Library and Commons will be completed by September 2014. Reaching the campaign goal, and the immediate need to break ground on the Library, will take the commitment of all families at Crescent.

Your one-time or monthly gift to Parent Annual Giving, or a multi-year major gift pledge, will ensure the construction of a much-needed, 21st century Library, and enhanced university counselling and student services in the Commons. Let’s work together to see these new buildings take shape as soon as possible at Crescent. Your son, and all Crescent students, stand to benefit.

The suggested Parent Annual Giving donation amount is $2,000 per son at Crescent, and we are asking families to consider doubling or tripling that amount in order to meet the Great Boys goal. Many families have also made a one-time major gift or a multi-year pledge. More

Look for your re-registration package via email on January 28. For questions regarding Parent Annual Giving or the Great Boys campaign, please call Jill Palmer, Director of Advancement at 416-4492556 x288 or email jpalmer@crescentschool. org. We are appreciative of your support.

WATCH FOR ELECTRONIC DONATION RECEIPTS Crescent’s Advancement Office has replaced its paper charitable tax receipts, and will now be issuing electronic receipts by email. When you make a gift (online, by phone or by mail) an e-receipt will be issued. Paper receipts will continue to be issued for those who specifically request them, and to those for whom we do not have an email address. For any questions about e-receipts from Crescent School, please call Lizz Armstrong in Advancement at 416-449-2556 x265 or via email at


than 100 families have pledged $50,000 or more, with 53 of those pledging $100,000 or more. All gifts are welcome, and will assist us in reaching our goal.

Men of Character from Boys of Promise


Thanking Crescent's Parent Volunteers

he names below speak volumes about the amazing commitment and generosity of the Crescent family. The names number in the hundreds, and this is just the parents and past parents who volunteered. There were also friends, neighbours, siblings, alumni, grandparents, staff and students who enthusiastically assisted in the events which took place during the Fall Term. But what is absolutely incredible is the number of volunteer hours represented by the people on this list; it is well into the thousands! That is time taken from work, family life, hobbies and relaxation to help out at your son's school. Think of the man-hour money this represents at even minimum wage! As an organization, Crescent is blessed with an unparalleled generosity of time and talent by its constituents. We are extremely grateful for everything our volunteers do to help us provide the best possible educational environment for our young men. Thank you!

Board Governorsof

Bill Fielding—Chair Bryan Kerdman—Vice Chair Michael Donnelly Sam Duboc Andrew Flynn ’88 Jane Freund Barry Gordon May Lee Kate Lisus Stuart Raftus David Sculthorpe Glenn Shyba Gordon Stein Paul Tompkins Amanda Walton Mary Wellner Andrew Williams ’83 Bill Young

BOARD COMMITTEE VOLUNTEERS Barb Black Gavin Higgs Greg Rudka Janet Griffin Chris Sexton


DIRECTORS Barry Gordon—Chair Michael Donnelly Bob Livingston Nancy MacKellar

Jason Melbourne W. Ian Palm Jonathan Pollack Tim Wiggan

Centennial Celebrations

Diana Allion Nancy Baker Francoise Brown Catherine Carl Sebastien Centner Ivy H. Chan Elaine Chan Ko Florence Chapman Ingrid Faber Stein Lori Fisher Elizabeth Flekei Julie Forkan Jane Freund Nancy Fullerton Fiona George Lisa Gnat Buck Vivian Greenberg Cindy Halperin Toba Hamersfeld Karen Hardie Karen Holland Sharon Hudson Michele Jaques Elizabeth Kennedy Irene Kou Sylvia Kwan Allyson Landy Katherine Lisus Carol Lloyd Pinnington

Wendy Mandelbaum Alison Metrick Laura Metrick Stenn Sharon Miller Stephanie Paikin K. Ann Pearce Angela Potts Samantha Rakusin Natasha Rockandel Graham Rotenberg Valerie Salvati Shannon Schneider Jody Scotchmer Krissy Smith Alison Smith Matilda Sos Mavroudis Wendy Southall Julia Thomson Tina Wiebe Carl Andrea Wolff Nancy Wright Charlotte Youngson Melinda Sanderson Kirby

Men of Character from Boys of Promise

Coyote Kickoff Elizabeth Kennedy— Convenor Diana Allion Rachel James Irene Kou Rita Mok Susan Silma Amanda Walton Ann Williams


COMMITTEE Mary Wellner—President Tara Borg—Vice President Anne Marie Mayne—Past President Lynn Porter Zechner Maria Davidson Sylvia Baumann Laurie Foote Jennifer Ferguson


Ivy H. Chan Sheila Centner Elizabeth Kennedy Florence Chapman Sally-Ann Main

COFFEE IN THE COURTYARD Irene Kou—Convenor Sylvia Baumann Sheila Centner Elizabeth Kennedy Mary Wellner

COAT & BOOT DRIVE Elizabeth Kennedy— Convenor Diana Allion Tara Borg Eva Hui Patricia McLean Carolina Melis Shonda Pierce Ariane Teubner Mary Wellner


Jennifer Ferguson—Convenor Pam Binns—Used Uniforms Diana Allion Deborah Bell Francoise Brown Anne Conlin Christine Corolis Hillary Cumming Jean Davidson Catherine Demeroutis Daryl Erdman Ingrid Faber Stein Sharon Fielding Regan Fitzpatrick Sheliagh Flynn James Domenica Ganguli Michelle Gill Wendy Gordon Vivian Greenberg Elizabeth Anne Hersen


Sandra Higgins Megan Hill Karen Holland Nina Jain Michele Jaques Kendall Kilburn Allyson Landy Helén Lerberg Carol Lloyd Pinnington Sara Marino Carolina Melis Hedieh Mousapoor Andrea Murnaghan Caroline Murphy Chantelle Nadolny Carol Port Tina Riley Alexandra Risen Margot Roberts Natasha Rockandel Donna Sauntry Silvia Shibuya Ann Stewart Carrie Stinson Sujatha (Sue) Sundaram Anne Marie Tompkins Marci Trachter Shane Ayca Uzumeri Lora Valoppi Amanda Walton Karen Weisz Tina Wiebe Carl Shannon Wiggan Andrea Wolff Pam Yoannou Amanda Young Lauren Zhan Jessica Zufferli


Tara Borg—Convenor Deborah Bell (Liaison) Sheila Centner (Liaison) Lori Fisher (Liaison) Natalie Williams (Liaison) Sherrie Berdusco Kathy Besse Francoise Brown

Carolyn Christodoulou Joelle Corona Clare Davenport Michelle DeBresser Fiona George Vivian Greenberg Ritu Gupta Karen Hannaford Helen Klassen Helén Lerberg Nita Major Anita Mason Carol Port Jennifer Roberts Logan Cee Cee Robertson Valerie Salvati Shannon Schneider Susan Silma Sujatha (Sue) Sundaram Nicole Swadron Nicole Swales Anne-Marie Tompkins Tina Wiebe Carl Louise Woollcombe

Michelle Gill Lisa Gnat-Buck Irina Gross Dana Heitner George James Nina Kachura Julie Law Chantelle Nadolny Andrea Newell Catherine O’Brien Scarlett Samantha Rakusin Cee Cee Robertson Laurie Robinson Camalita Singh Michelle Skurka Renee Stoute Jean Sy Karen Weisz Tina Wiebe Carl Shannon Wiggan Jessica Zackheim Li Zhou Jessica Zufferli

MAGAZINE, GIFT WRAP & PLANT SALE Theresa Burke—Convenor Kathy Besse Sheila Centner Laurie Foote Danna Heitner Kendall Kilburn Christina Turner

HALLOWEEN PARTY Joelle Corona—Convenor Kelly Haskins—Convenor Kristina Bates Sylvia Baumann Tara Borg Sheila Centner Clement Cheng Matthew Cheng Andria Coppa Nancy Elliott Sheliagh Flynn James Jennifer Frankfort

Men of Character from Boys of Promise


Laurie Foote—Convenor Alison Smith—Convenor Diana Allion Kristina Bates Sylvia Baumann Sara Bellamy Tara Borg Lisa Boyd Loraine Burt Rita Caporiccio Catherine Carl

Bordeaux Chan Florence Chapman Chia Hui Cheng Diana Clifford Catherine Code Andria Coppa Lisa Dale Maria Davidson Beth Foley Arleene Fowlie Fiona George Willa Gerlings Nadine Gilchrist Wendy Gordon Mardi Grant Vivian Greenberg Willa Griffin Denise Guerriere Danna Heitner Karen Hunter George James Michele Jaques Nina Kachura

Carmen Kondrat Karen Kornovski Kar Hing Kung Jennifer Lambert Julie LeBlanc Brad Limpert Ivy Lit Christine Lomax Doris Loo Ying Ma Jill MacCurdy Liza Mark Anne Marie Mayne Nicole McBurney Mary Helen Mehta Cathy Meyer Gouri Mukerjee Laura Nadalini Bayer Tori Newall Rebecca Pardy Shonda Pierce Tracey Raftus Samantha Rakusin Shaki Ravindran Cee Cee Robertson Laurie Robinson Meme Seto Susan Silma Camalita Singh Matilda Sos Mavroudis Andrea Stephen Nicole Swales Karen Tang Julia Thomson Grace Hoi Sze Tsang Amanda Walton Lea Anne Watt Mary Wellner Tina Wiebe-Carl Shannon Wiggan Ann Williams Andrea Wolff Pam Yoannou Mary Jane Yule Alison Reid

Den Table

Francoise Brown Christine Corolis Jean Davidson Sharon Fielding Sheliagh Flynn James Domenica Ganguli Michelle Gill Sandra Higgins Megan Hill Carolina Melis Hedieh Mousapoor Carol Port Carrie Stinson Marci Trachter Shane Ayca Uzumeri Jessica Zufferli


Florence Chapman— Convenor Nancy Baker Chia Hui Cheng Anne Conlin Michelle Hayward May Wah Lau Mary-Martin Morris Meme Seto Helen-Claire Tingling



Domenica Ganguli— Convenor Bordeaux Chan Sheliagh Flynn James Jennifer Frankfort Fiona George Irina Gross Valerie Kirkconnell Regina Kuo-Lee Cherry Lee Ivy H. Chan Chandika Makanjee Hollie Shapiro Li Zhou

Lower School Choir Anne Conlin Elizabeth Hersen


Carol Port Karen Holland Lori Fisher Helen Lerberg Robert Montgomery Sheila Centner


Sharon Fielding— Convenor

Pam Binns

Men of Character from Boys of Promise


From the Lower School



n Monday, Jan. 7, the staff and faculty returned to school one day ahead of the students in order to participate in professional development activities. Apart from grade and subject and curricular meetings, the Lower School faculty was fortunate to have a workshop with Dr. Debra Pepler of York University. Dr. Pepler is a Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health, at York and is a co-director of PrevNet, a national network designed to “promote healthy relationships for all Canadian children and youth.” The purpose of our session was to review with Dr. Pepler, the most current and supportive strategies to promote healthy relationships with boys in the elementary grades. I thought it would be interesting to share some of the key components we learned from Dr. Pepler’s wisdom. There are several guiding principles to understanding the social-emotional development of students at this age. One of the strongest motivators for students between ages of 6-13 is to have friends and belong in a peer group. This is a driving force behind most of their behaviour, and can be stronger than almost any other force in play. Self-regulation skills are the key to healthy relationships, at this age, and beyond. Parents and educators of children in Grades 3-6 are afforded a perfect time to develop these skills. (Where am I going? What do I need? Did what I just said (or did) make the situation better or worse? Make the other person feel better or worse? What could I do to make this situation improve? How can I help?... and so on). This is a lifelong process, where missteps/mistakes form the building blocks of learning. At school, making expectations clear within a supportive environment allows us to reinforce the high expectations of our core values consistently and work with our boys to reflect upon the relationship choices they make with an eye towards making better choices in the future. Relationships are by their very nature organic, requiring the development of sophisticated “radar” to interpret the fluctuating emotions of others. This is where the “mentoring” work of our teachers provides such a valuable learning opportunity for our boys: we can observe the boys as a group and with them develop positive strategies to suit their personalities.

skills and themes are introduced in our Health classes: Grade 3: Friendships Grade 4: Organization Grade 5: Relationships Grade 6: Leadership Outside of the traditional classroom, it is one of our co-curricular goals for our teams to provide an environment to coach and compete with character. We were reminded that it is common for boys in these grades to, at times, test issues of power in all aspects of their lives. This results in both positive and negative social outcomes, especially as the boys seek to find a “home” or peer group in which they feel they belong. Guiding the boys to identify the strengths of their peers, supports a school culture where everyone knows that everyone is good at something. In the same way the boys identified the ways in which they are smart with the multiple-intelligences surveys at the start of the year, really getting to know the boys in their form/grade builds identity, community and belonging. Dr. Pepler advocated having specific class meetings devoted to guiding the boys to develop their own, age appropriate language to use to stop “chirping” or any behaviour that has crossed the line. The language can be developed for the victim and for the bystanders, and, once established, can be used by any boy as needed. Ultimately, Dr. Pepler advocated celebrating the potential in each boy, so that the benefits of the positive behaviour that builds healthy relationships becomes a stronger pull than the negative power gained from unhealthy relationships.

Crescent School is fortunate also to have specialists teach curricular Drama, so important life skills like “role play” are formally taught.

Working with Dr. Pepler was a wonderful way for us to begin the Winter Term and we will continue our work to support the emotional and social growth of our boys.

Our curricular athletics program is also helpful here: specific

—Dr. Boyes, Head of Lower School


Men of Character from Boys of Promise


From the Middle School


ionel Messi just deservedly won the FIFA’s World Player of the Year award for the forth year running. It has never been done before. He is the biggest thing in the planet’s biggest sport. Messi is a skinny five foot seven, acutely shy, very private man. He rarely gives interviews and after every home game he retreats immediately to his house on the beach where he walks his dogs; his parents living next door to him.

play it as a boy on the street with your friends. He is all tricks and flicks, he does thing fast and with no obvious care about the conventions of the game—he just want to attack. And rumour has it he still carries his ball to training. Do you remember how you viewed a challenge when you looked at life like that, when you adored what you did? You didn’t

veloped. He learned to be strong within the framework of who he was.

even see the challenge as a challenge but something you looked forward to taking on—it was fun.

themselves but doubt themselves at the same time; they will receive all manner of advice and guidance.

Secondly, he was understood, he was believed in. No one at Barcelona school tried to change his personality, but rather his coaches worked with it. But neither did the school excuse him from the journey. He played the games where he got kicked the whole match, he was dropped when he played poorly, he received good grades and bad grades but all the while he was believed in, his gentle spirit was known. He was not changed; he was de-

My hope for our boys as 2013 begins is that they know they are understood and believed in and remain who they are, that they develop rather than change. And more powerfully, that they find a way to love what they do and that therefore the challenges that come their way look exciting, not daunting.

The next couple of terms take us into the business end of the year, and it can feel bumpy for our boys. They think about grades and interpret success in all manner of ways. They worry about their peers and relationships. They want to be

As a 12-year-old he was asked to attend Barcelona’s famed soccer school. At 12, he was even smaller and shyer than he is today, prone to tears and withdrawing… and he is Argentinian, so he wasn’t just being asked to move around the corner. But it is said that he just loved to play soccer—I mean he loved it, adored it, carrying his ball everywhere, always ready to play, it consumed him and it was fun for him—and the prospect of going to the best academy in the world, and playing soccer, was enough for him to manage to overcome his painful shyness. So what happened between then and now that has allowed Messi to grow to be man who still seems to be the same as he always was, but has the depth of self assurance, the inner steel, that you surely need to handle the immense pressures of life as the best player in the world. How does a scrawny wee man, who looks the farthest thing from an elite athlete, take on the best, and beat them again and again, and with such unique genius that you laugh with joy when you watch him. It defies logic. Firstly, he remained in love with soccer. The Barcelona school understood what he was and fed it, and he lapped it up. You don’t need to know much about soccer to see that Messi plays the game today much the same way as you would

Men of Character from Boys of Promise

—David Young, Head of Middle School


From the Upper School


s we enter course selection season, I want to talk about one of the more striking changes that we have noted, and that has occupied some significant internal thought and focus at Crescent: the increasing importance of second language acquisition. Traditionally, throughout the States and Canada, in general, second language education has not received the same emphasis as in Europe or Asia. Historically at Crescent, about half of our students would drop a second language as soon as possible, which is at the end of Grade 9, and our experience in not unusual. However, over the past few years this has begun to change and the momentum is accelerating. A brief excerpt from the admissions material of a representative American Liberal Arts College: “The typical entering first-year student will have had four years each of English, foreign language, mathematics, social science and three to four


years of laboratory sciences.” Similarly, some of the more selective programs at Canadian universities, particularly professional faculties, have started to recommend a second language, along with increasing their emphasis on exchanges abroad. Anecdotally, I was talking with a visiting young alumnus just before the Winter Break; he is in a highly regarded Canadian undergraduate business program. We were talking about his exchange to France and he emphasized how valuable the French program at Crescent was in terms of the quality of his experience on the exchange. Universities and schools— including Crescent—are responding to the realization that the world in which our students will need to work is becoming increasingly compact and complex. Familiarity with other cultures, together with at least an awareness of the basic structures of the language, if not fluency in a second language, are increasingly prized by employers

and recognized as valuable for success.

tract and hire talented, young language teachers, and we are working closely with them to provide the best possible educational program. As always, our focus is to do all we can to position our boys to thrive in a rapidly evolving landscape.

In recognition of this reality, we have added Mandarin to our language offerings and have been working to strengthen and broaden our programs in French and Spanish. We have PREPARE worked hard, FOR THE SAT! For the past twleve years, The Princeton Review, the world’s largest and mostHead successful provider —Colin Lowndes, of of SAT and have been very fortunate, prep courses, books and online services, has provided SAT courses onsite at The Crescent School. The Princeton Review is pleased to offer the following course for our Upper fourteenth yearSchool at The Crescent School. over the past few yearstuition tois atThe program $799+HST and includes all materials and free extra-help outside of scheduled class hours.

Crescent School students receive a $50 discount off the course price.

Preparation for the May 4, 2013 SAT The Crescent School 2365 Bayview Avenue

COURSE # To Be Determined Test 1

Sat Feb 9


Class 1 Class 2

Thu Feb 14 Thu Feb 21

5:30-8:30pm 5:30-8:30pm

Class 3

Thu Feb 28


Class 4

Thu Apr 4


Test 2

Sat Apr 6


Class 5 Class 6 Test 3 Class 7 Test 4 Class 8

Thu Apr 11 Thu Apr 18 Sat Apr 20 Thu Apr 25 Sat Apr 27 Thu May 2

5:30-8:30pm 5:30-8:30pm 9:00am-1:00pm 5:30-8:30pm 9:00am-1:00pm 5:30-8:30pm


This course is ideal for grade eleven students writing the SAT in May. This is a popular time at which to take the test since it conflicts less with finals and leaves the June and early fall test dates for writing the SAT Subject Tests. This schedule starts early and allows students more time to do the necessary homework. NOTE: Saturday morning tests will take place at The Princeton Review office at 1255 Bay Street, Suite 550 (Bay and Bloor area).

About the SAT preparation course 4 Practice Tests:

Introduce students to the format and content of the SAT and give them opportunities to apply what they’re learning in class. Students receive scores and feedback form their instructors after every test!

8 Classes:

Cover all aspects of the SAT, including all necessary review and, more importantly, The Princeton Review’s proven techniques for cracking the SAT, including the writing section.

To enroll call 1-800-273-8439, ext 1207 or visit

MATH LEAGUE RESULTS This year’s third Math League contest was held with a very impressive participation of 36 students. 800.2Review *Not affiliated with Princeton University Here are the current top 13 overall standings for this math contest: 1. Kevin Chien, Grade 12 1. S. Whittaker Lee, Grade 12 3. Warfa Jibril, Grade 12 3. Max Lui, Grade 10 5. Chester Davison Grade 12

15 15 13 13 11

5. Nicholas Lao, Grade 12 7. Nicholas Mehta, Grade 12 7. Jorgen Wong, Grade 12 7. Quinton Yau, Grade 12 10. Sean Chung, Grade 11

11 10 10 10 9

10. Jake Fisher Grade 11 10. Jack Hayward, Grade 12 10. Winston Xing, Grade 10

9 9 9

In terms of House standings, Cartier is taking the lead with 64 points. The three leading Houses are: 1. CARTIER: 64 Points

2. MASSEY: 60 Points

3. HUDSON: 58 Points

The Math League is a great way not only to improve in math, but to also find enjoyment in solving problems. The fourth Math League contest took place on January 14—look for updated standings in the February issue of Crescent Times!

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