Crescent School Welcomes You

Crescent has developed a re-entry strategy that is flexible, transparent, and prioritizes the health and safety of our community.

Welcome Back to School

Things will be a lot different this year. Please read the following information carefully.

Dear Crescent Family,

Every September with our boys is a time of promise and new beginnings. My traditional “welcome back” message has an extra meaning this year, as we reopen our campus for the first time since March.
 
As you know, our 2020/2021 school year will see many changes to our physical spaces, operating procedures, and academic schedules. In everything we do, the health, safety and wellbeing of our students, staff, and families is our utmost priority.
 
The information below will help you prepare for the first week back at school, whether your son will be returning on campus or in a remote setting. Please read it carefully. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to us. We are here to help.
 
The strength of the Crescent family allowed us to persevere while being “together but apart” in the spring. Our core values of Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, and Compassion are more important than ever as we strive to safely reopen and stay open. Our shared commitment and effort will be needed as we continue to navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic together. I trust that in doing so, we will all partner in living our mission, Men of Character from Boys of Promise.
 
Whether your son is a returning student or is new to the Crescent family, I hope you are as excited about the new school year as I am.
 
Sincerely,
Michael Fellin P’24
Headmaster
 
 
 
 

Don't Miss The CPA Message!

Scroll down to read the message from the Crescent Parent Association.

 

Before School Starts

Things to do to be ready for the first day of school.

List of 5 items.

  • Complete the COVID-19 Agreement and Declaration Form

    It is essential that parents read, understand, and abide by the health and safety guidelines and protocols that are found on our Safe Return to School web portal. You must complete the COVID-19 Agreement and Declaration to acknowledge your understanding of these guidelines and protocols.

    You will find the form on the yellow form notification banner in the Green Room.

    Please note that this is a different form from the Intention To Return form that families were also asked to submit.
  • Download Crescent's COVID-19 screening app

    All students, staff and visitors must complete a self-assessment before arriving on campus. The Crescent Safe screening app is available to download free of charge from the App Store and Google Play. Students learning on campus, and on-campus staff must complete the self-assessment every day prior to arriving on campus, even if the student/staff does not plan to be on campus on a given day.

    The instruction guide for the app can be found here.
    A paper version of the self-assessment is also available.
  • Prepare your son's school clothes

    Crescent's dress code has changed this year. Please see below for details about the new dress code requirements and how to order additional items from the Coyote’s Den, Crescent’s online store. 
  • Order Upper School textbooks

    Students in Grades 9-12 must purchase their textbooks. Please see the information below about Textbooks & School Supplies.
  • Update your contact information

    Please check the Green Room to make sure your contact information and privacy settings are complete and accurate. Each parent must sign into the Green Room separately to update his/her own contact information.

First Day of School

Please read carefully! First day of school instructions vary by grade.

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  • Lower School

    Grade 3 and Grade 6 boys start on Tuesday, September 8.
    Grade 4 and Grade 5 boys start on Wednesday, September 9.

    September 8:
    Grade 3s arrive to Courtyard at 8 a.m.
    Grade 6s arrive to Formal Garden at 8 a.m.
    (Grade 4 and 5 boys stay home.)
    The boys will practise the new school routines and have lunch and recess. Dismissal at 2 p.m. 

    September 9:
    Grade 4s arrive to Courtyard at 8 a.m.
    Grade 5s arrive to Formal Garden at 8 a.m.
    (Grade 3 and 6 boys stay home.)
    The boys will practise the new school routines and have lunch and recess. Dismissal at 2 p.m. 

    September 10 onward:
    All Lower School boys (Grades 3-6) attend school with a regular dismissal time. See the Academics - Lower School resource post for the timetable.
  • Middle School

    Orientation for new Middle School boys is on Tuesday, September 8.
    All Grade 7 boys start on Wednesday, September 9.
    All Grade 8 boys start on Thursday, September 10.

    September 8:

    New boys in Grades 7 & 8 arrive to the Manor Terrace (CCL Entrance) at 10 a.m.
    (Returning students stay home.)
    The boys will enjoy orientation activities until 12 noon dismissal (no lunch provided).

    At home, all students will participate in a Mentor meeting via Zoom from 1 to 2 p.m.

    September 9:
    Grade 7 students arrive to Manor Terrace (CCL Entrance) at 9 a.m.
    (Grade 8 boys stay home.)
    The boys will practise the new school routines and have lunch. Dismissal at 1:15 p.m.

    At home, all Grade 8 students will participate in Mentor groups via Zoom starting at 10 a.m.

    September 10:
    Grade 8 students arrive to Manor Terrace (CCL Entrance) at 9 a.m.
    (Grade 7 boys stay home.)
    The boys will practise the new school routines and have lunch. Dismissal at 1:15 p.m.

    At home, all Grade 7 students will participate in Mentor groups via Zoom starting at 10 a.m.

    September 11 onward:
    All Middle School boys attend regular classes. See the Academics - Middle School resource post for the timetable.
  • Upper School

    New Crescent School boys attend Upper School Orientation on September 8.
    All Upper School students are at school starting September 9.

    September 8:

    New boys arrive to the Courtyard at 9 a.m. for Orientation.
    They will be dismissed at 11 a.m. (no lunch provided).
    (Boys who were at Crescent School last year stay home today.)

    All students participate from home in Virtual Mentor Group. It starts at 1 p.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. (They will receive the Zoom link from their Mentors by email.)

    September 9:
    Students With Surnames Starting A-K: morning training for Course 1
    • Grade 9 students should arrive at 9:00 a.m.
    • Grade 10 students should arrive at  9:15 a.m.
    • Grade 11 students should arrive at  9:30 a.m.
    • Grade 12 students should arrive at  9:45 a.m.
    Faculty will meet students at the parking lot circle and direct them to either the Upper or Lower Loggia entrance.

    Each training session is 90 minutes long. Lunch will not be provided.

    Students will be dismissed at the following times:
    • Grade 9 dismissed at 10:30 a.m.
    • Grade 10 dismissed at 10:45 a.m.
    • Grade 11 dismissed at 11:00 a.m.
    • Grade 12 dismissed at 11:15 a.m.

    Students With Surnames Starting L-Z: afternoon training for Course 1
    • Grade 9 students should arrive at 12 noon
    • Grade 10 students should arrive at 12:15 p.m.
    • Grade 11 students should arrive at 12:30 p.m.
    • Grade 12 students should arrive at 12:45 p.m.
    Faculty will meet students at the parking lot circle and direct them to either the Upper or Lower Loggia entrance.

    Each training session is 90 minutes long. Lunch will not be provided.

    Students will be dismissed at the following times:
    • Grade 9 dismissed at 1:30 p.m.
    • Grade 10 dismissed at 1:45 p.m.
    • Grade 11 dismissed at 2:00 p.m.
    • Grade 12 dismissed at 2:15 p.m.

    September 10:

    Students With Surnames Starting A-K: morning training for Course 2
    • Grade 9 students should arrive at 9:00 a.m.
    • Grade 10 students should arrive at  9:15 a.m.
    • Grade 11 students should arrive at  9:30 a.m.
    • Grade 12 students should arrive at  9:45 a.m.
    Faculty will meet students at the parking lot circle and direct them to either the Upper or Lower Loggia entrance.

    Each training session is 90 minutes long. Lunch will not be provided.

    Students will be dismissed at the following times:
    • Grade 9 dismissed at 10:30 a.m.
    • Grade 10 dismissed at 10:45 a.m.
    • Grade 11 dismissed at 11:00 a.m.
    • Grade 12 dismissed at 11:15 a.m.
    Students With Surnames Starting L-Z: afternoon training for Course 2
    • Grade 9 students should arrive at 12 noon
    • Grade 10 students should arrive at 12:15 p.m.
    • Grade 11 students should arrive at 12:30 p.m.
    • Grade 12 students should arrive at 12:45 p.m.
    Faculty will meet students at the parking lot circle and direct them to either the Upper or Lower Loggia entrance.

    Each training session is 90 minutes long. Lunch will not be provided.

    Students will be dismissed at the following times:
    • Grade 9 dismissed at 1:30 p.m.
    • Grade 10 dismissed at 1:45 p.m.
    • Grade 11 dismissed at 2:00 p.m.
    • Grade 12 dismissed at 2:15 p.m.

    September 11:
    All students attend regular classes, Day A.
    All students should arrive between 8:30-8:40 a.m.
    Students with a Day A class on the 100 or 200 level should enter through the Lower Loggia doors.
    Students with a Day A class on the 300 or 400 level should enter through the Upper Loggia doors.
    Lunch will be served.
    Students will be dismissed at 3:15 p.m.

    See the Academics - Upper School resource post for the timetable.
  • Remote Learning Students

    Students who have opted for remote learning will be contacted by their Head of School with instructions about the first day of school.

Parking Lot Rules

Follow these rules to keep everyone safe in the parking lot.

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  • Pick-Up/Drop-Off Instructions

    Please click here for our parking lot instructions and map.

    New this year, there are designated drop-off spots in the parking lot for Lower, Middle and Upper School. These areas will be marked with banners. Please drop your son off in the appropriate spot. (For safety reasons, Lower School students can ONLY be dropped off and picked up at the Lower School drop-off zone).

    Due to safety protocols, parents/drivers are not permitted to exit their cars during drop-off or pick-up. 

    There are specific routes painted on the pavement to guide students to and from their school entrances. Students need to follow these routes to limit divisional mixing.


  • New Bayview Exit Lanes

    To ease traffic congestion, we have widened Crescent’s Bayview entrance to have three lanes of traffic exiting the school: two southbound and one northbound. Please use extra caution entering and exiting the school as we become accustomed to the new traffic flow.

School Uniform

Crescent's dress code has changed for the 2020/2021 school year.

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  • What To Wear

    The dress code at Crescent School for the 2020/2021 school year has been adjusted significantly to promote adherence to the strictest possible health and safety standards.

    The school uniform for all students now consists of the following:
    • Washable grey flannel or grey cotton pants (pants must have belt loops, no cuffs)
    • Black belt
    • Plain black closed-toe shoes (dress shoes, athletic shoes, deck shoes, Blundstones, etc.)
    • Crescent short sleeve or long-sleeved polo shirts OR Crescent-branded tops. This includes team, club or spirit wear as well as graduation hoodies (essentially anything purchased from the Den and branded “Crescent School”).
  • Shop at the Coyote's Den

    You can shop at the Coyote’s Den Online Store for uniform and gym items that students will require this fall.

    For more information about uniform requirements and procedures for returning/exchanging items, see the Coyote's Den resource post in the Green Room.
  • Returning/Exchanging Uniform Items

    You may return and exchange Coyote's Den purchases starting September 14, 2020. Items being returned or exchanged must be unaltered, unworn and tags must be intact. 

    Returns: 
    Contact coyotesden@crescentschool.org with the items you are returning. Then book an appointment online for a date and time to return the items. Please book the appointment a minimum of 48 hours after you send your exchange request. Put the items in a bag and list the items on the outside of the bag along with your name, son’s name, grade, email and phone number. Returns charged to credit cards will be reimbursed to your credit card. Please allow 14 days for processing.

    Exchanges:
    Contact coyotesden@crescentschool.org with the items you wish to exchange and the sizes you require. Then book an appointment online for a date and time to return the items. Please book the appointment a minimum of 48 hours after you send your exchange request.

Green Room Essentials

How to use Crescent's intranet for parents and students.

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  • How To Log In

    To access the Green Room, go to crescentschool.myschoolapp.com.

    Each parent and student has a personal username and password.
    • Parents: use the same username/password you used for enrolment/re-enrolment last year.
    • New students receive their Green Room username and password when school starts.
    • Returning students use the same username/password they used last year.
    If you can’t remember your username or password, click the “Forgot login or first time logging in” link on the login screen.
  • Calendar

    Click the Calendar tab to see the parent calendar. You can customize this using the options under the “My View” heading.

    Calendar Tips:
    • Add a live feed from the Green Room to a Google Calendar on a desktop or laptop computer: watch the video 
    • Add a live calendar feed from the Green Room to your Apple mobile, IOS device: watch the video 
  • News and Forms

    When you log in, you land on the News/Featured Content page. This is where important events and news are highlighted. If your son has any outstanding forms, these will appear in the yellow bar at the top of the page. The yellow bar remains until you submit the form (or the form expires).
  • Resources Posts

    Click the Resources tab to find information about different programs and activities. The posts are ordered alphabetically. Scroll down to find the topic you are looking for and then click the post for more details.

Health and Wellbeing

Keeping our boys healthy and safe

List of 5 items.

  • Boys with prevalent medical conditions

    If your son has a prevalent medical condition (asthma, diabetes, epilepsy and/or at risk of anaphylaxis), a Plan of Care form must be placed on your son’s file at the beginning of each school year. The Plan of Care form will be posted prior to the first day of school and can be accessed from the yellow forms notification banner that appears when you log into the Green Room. If your son has one of these conditions and you do not receive a Plan of Care form, contact nurse@crescentschool.org.
  • Make sure your son’s immunization record is up-to-date

    Parents are responsible for ensuring their children’s immunization records are complete and current. Students with out-of-date or incomplete immunization records are at risk of school suspension until records or a valid exemption form are provided. You can verify and update your son’s immunization records on Toronto Public Health’s immunization tracking website.

    Each year, Crescent School hosts immunization clinics conducted by Toronto Public Health for Grade 7 students. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted this practice. Boys who were in Grade 7 in 2019/2020 received their fall vaccinations but not the spring vaccinations. At this time, there are no immunization clinics scheduled for this year.

    Parents of boys in Grade 7 this year and boys in Grade 8 who did not complete their immunizations last year should discuss with their doctor whether to wait for the next public health clinic at Crescent, or to vaccinate at their doctor's office. Click here to read more about Grade 7 immunizations.

    Please see the Wellness Centre resource post in the Green Room for more information.
  • No Nuts! No Peanuts!

    Crescent School is an allergen-aware and nut-safe environment. This means there will be no foods or snacks served or brought to the school that are known to contain peanuts, peanut by-products, nuts or traces of nuts.

    Read Crescent's Anaphylaxis Policy here.
  • Concussion Care

    Crescent School has an agreement with Holland Bloorview Concussion Centre, a full-service concussion clinic. Concussion education and care are provided for all Crescent School boys by Holland Bloorview Concussion Centre.

    It is important to immediately notify the Crescent Wellness Centre of any boy who has suffered a concussion. The Wellness Centre will provide the family with a concussion package that will include a referral form for the Holland Bloorview Concussion Center to be completed by the family doctor. The Holland Bloorview Concussion Centre will manage, in collaboration with our school nurses, the ”return to learn” and “return to physical activity” plans for boys in recovery.

    Please visit the Wellness Centre resource post in the Green Room for information about Crescent's Concussion Policy.
  • Crescent Student Services

    Visit the Crescent Student Services resource post in the Green Room to learn how we support boys’ physical and emotional wellbeing to help them reach their full potential.

More Things to Know

Here is additional information that you may need.

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  • Lunch

    All students will participate in the lunch program for a two-week trial period. Each day, there will be meat, non-meat, and allergen-free (no dairy, gluten, seafood, soy, egg, shellfish, or nuts/peanut) options. Lunches will be delivered to the classroom, and boys will eat their lunches at their desks.

    Following the trial period, there are additional times during the academic year that students can opt-out of lunch.
    • For Lower School, these dates are: November 17, January 4, February 16, March 22 (after holiday breaks)
    • For Middle/Upper School, these dates are: November 9, January 25, April 12 (following each term)
    Before these dates, parents will be given the opportunity to opt out of their son's lunch program.

    Students who opt-out of lunch (or who are learning virtually) will receive a $125 refund per quadmester (except the first quadmester which will be $95 for those opting out after the 2-week trial).

    The refund will be applied to the student’s Sundry Account.
  • ID Cards & Lanyards

    Each student will be issued a photo ID card and a lanyard on their first day of school. Students must wear their ID cards on the lanyard at all times while at school.

    For all students, ID cards will not provide access to the school and entry will be strictly regulated by duty teachers. In the short term, students can only enter the school at their designated doors and must otherwise go to Reception for entry.

    The lanyards are washable and should be laundered daily along with students' masks.

    The ID cards are suitable proof for student fares on the TTC.
  • Masks Required For All Students

    Following public health guidelines, all students are required to wear masks when in school, including in the classroom.

    Teachers will organize "mask breaks" at lunchtime and when the boys can be outdoors and/or when physical distancing can be maintained.

    Please have your son practise wearing his mask before school starts to ensure he is comfortable with it.

    Families must ensure their sons have clean masks each day for school. Masks must be washed after they are worn.
    • Label your son's name on his masks.
    • Students should bring multiple masks to school.
    • Students should bring two Tupperware-like containers or Ziploc-type bags: one to store clean masks and a second to separately store soiled masks.
    Crescent will provide each student with a non-medical, washable mask on the first day of school. The small fee for this mask will be charged to his Sundry account. 

    You can purchase additional masks in the Coyote's Den, or supply your own.

    Please note:
    • Masks with valves are not recommended.
    • A face shield is not an alternative to a mask.
    • The evidence for "Gaiters" is not yet clear, and at this time we ask that your son wear a face mask.
    Please refer to the Toronto Public Health website for more details on choosing a mask for your son.
  • Reporting Absences

    If your son is going to miss school, you must report his absence in advance to the Attendance Office by email or phone. When reporting absences, please state the student’s name, grade and the date(s)/time(s) he will be missing school. Crescent staff will follow up on any unexplained absences not reported by phone message or email.

    Please use the appropriate email address for your son’s school and cc his Home Form teacher or Mentor:
    Parents can also reach the Attendance Office by calling (416) 449-2556, ext. 300 and following the prompts to direct your message. If you have sons in multiple divisions who will be absent, you need only leave one message.

    Please report all absences, even if you have indicated on Crescent's COVID-19 screening app that your son will not be attending school.
  • Textbooks & School Supplies

    Lower School: Your son will be given his textbooks during the first week of school. They do not need to be purchased. A homework diary will also be given to your son. A complete supplies kit (pencils, pens, etc.) and an agenda are provided to all Lower School students and will be charged to your son’s sundry account.

    Middle School: Your son will be given his textbooks during the first week of school. They do not need to be purchased. A complete supplies kit including binders and an agenda are provided to all Middle School students and will be charged to your son’s sundry account.

    Upper School: Read the message sent on July 16th for instructions for ordering textbooks. You can buy texts online through the Canadian School Book Exchange or purchase them from other sources if you wish. There have been some changes to the textbook list. If you have already purchased your books, please review the textbook list to make sure you have everything required.
  • Computing Devices

    Lower School: Students in Grades 3–6 are issued Chromebooks for use at school. We recommend that families provide reliable access to a computer at home for the boys in case they need it.

    Middle School: Students in Grades 7 and 8 participate in a Chromebook leasing program. The Chromebook is the only device that students may use in school. For students entering Grade 7, Crescent will provide you with a link that will allow you to choose from 3 different Chromebook models for your son. You will be billed directly by the provider and will work with them on maintenance needs. The devices will be set up and then shipped to Crescent for distribution when school starts. Students will use these Chromebooks for Grades 7 & 8. For students entering Grade 8 they will have the second installment of their annual cost of $350 for this program. At the end of the Grade 8, the student will own the device.

    Upper School: Students in Grades 9 to 12 are required to bring their own computing device to class. Students may use the device of their choice – Mac, PC, netbook, tablet – for taking notes, working on projects with classmates, completing assignments and doing homework. Any device with wireless capacity will work on Crescent’s system. We recommend a minimum of 8 GB of RAM and at least a 256 GB hard drive.

    All students must be in compliance with Crescent’s Acceptable Computer Use contract.
  • Lockers

    Lockers will not be available to students in Phase 1 of our reopening. The boys are encouraged to bring only what they need each day in a school bag or backpack. The bags and backpacks will stay with the boys at their desks or in classroom cubbies.
  • Musical Instruments

    Students in Grades 7-12 who are taking instrumental music courses may rent their instruments from Crescent School. Forms for instrument rentals will be issued in September.

    Please note that instrument rentals are not available for students who take private music lessons only.
  • Library Items

    If you have any Crescent Library materials to return, please keep them at home for the time being and watch for announcements after school starts about how to return them. There will be no overdue fines or replacement costs for any missing items. 
 



A Warm Welcome from the Crescent Parent Association

 
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We're looking forward to an exciting (and different) year at Crescent!

Heading back to Crescent will be different in many ways for the Bunker Family this year. For the first time in eight years, I won't be dropping my son, Jack, off at Crescent. He is a proud 2020 Crescent Grad and is heading off on a new adventure this fall. We also won't be heading back to Crescent in the “traditional” way. Masks, social distancing, cohorts and social bubbles are all new terms in our vocabulary. I know that due to the hard work of our dedicated Crescent staff throughout the summer, the first day of school will be just as special as in previous years. I also know that I will pinch myself as I drive onto the Crescent campus, knowing that our boys and their teachers will be safe.

As this year’s President of the Crescent Parent Association, I'm thrilled to lead a fantastic group of volunteers. Due to our circumstances, some of our favourite events have been postponed or cancelled, or will take on a new look this year. In particular, our traditional Coffee in the Courtyard event is postponed until we are able to gather as a larger community. Stay tuned for more details.

While our events and volunteer opportunities will look different, we are working hard to ensure that we are able to connect our parent community through smaller virtual and in-person events. I encourage you to participate in whatever way you are comfortable doing in our new reality. Our events and activities encompass community engagement, fundraising and outreach initiatives. Please visit the CPA resource post in the Green Room to learn more about ways you can get involved.

The CPA is an integral part of the Crescent community. We are an inclusive place and we welcome you to join the fun either as a volunteer or event participant. I believe you will be rewarded with a richer experience and exposure to Crescent’s unique sense of community.

I look forward to meeting you at our events, whether it is in person or virtually. It will be an interesting year!
 
Andrea Bunker P’20, ’22, ‘25
CPA President 2020/2021
andrea_bunker@hotmail.com