Crestwood Association of Parents and Teachers

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

This week is Teacher and Staff Appreciation, and we are excited to celebrate the wonderful work our teachers and staff do at Crestwood.

Wednesday, May 4th is Dress Up like a Superhero day, and we encourage all staff and students to dress up.

We also encourage students and families to create cards, drawings, or posters for their teachers and support staff to bring in on Wednesday. If you make a poster or larger item you'd like to hang up at the school, contact Mary Wright at to arrange for a drop off.

Caper Carnival Volunteers Needed

On May 14th at Crestwood, everyone's favorite carnival, The Crestwood Caper, will return for a special outside event with the theme "In Full Bloom." There will be an obstacle course, an array of carnival games, bake sale and cake raffle, food trucks, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, and much more!

Thank you to everyone who signed up to work a booth, set up or tear down, or to bring a baked good! We're super close to having all shifts covered, but we still have a few places we need volunteers.

Smoothie Bike Booth

We need 3 volunteers for the 12-1pm shift, and 3 for the 1-2pm shift.

Sign up

Bathroom Monitor

We need volunteers to regulate flow into the bathrooms and check for masks (required in the building).

Sign up

Questions? Contact one of the Caper coordinators. Karen Gibson:, Katy Sprinkel Morreau:, Chelsey Green:

May CAPT Meeting

Please join us Tuesday, May 3rd at 6:30pm to discuss what worked and what didn't for our Explore Science Night event, and how we can apply what we learned to planning the Caper Carnival. This is a critical Caper planning meeting, as this big event is only two weeks away.

Meeting link:

Caper Auction

A big part of the annual Caper fundraising effort, the auction is online again this year, with bidding open from Friday 5/6 (12pm) to Sunday 5/15 (10pm). Find gift certificates, hand crafted items, themed grade-level baskets, and more here:

Outdoor Education

Crestwood family and community members are invited to join our next outdoor education meeting!

We would love to have more family/community involvement in our outdoor education program and are excited to share about our efforts to support outdoor education at Crestwood. Mark your calendars now to join our next meeting on Zoom, Wednesday, May 25th at 3:30pm. Meetings normally last 1 hour or less and cover topics about our Farm to School program, prairie restoration, gardens, new plantings, and more!

Sign-up for Summer Gardening

We are excited for warmer weather to truly see our gardens begin to grow. Just about the time everything is growing beautifully, summer arrives, and we need families willing to help take care of the gardens. We need two families each week (one for the front gardens and one for the back garden) willing to weed, water, and harvest vegetables. Please take time to sign-up to volunteer caring for our amazing plants growing at Crestwood.

AmeriCorps Farm to School Parent Survey

The AmeriCorps Farm to School program is requesting parents, guardians and/or caretakers complete a participation survey due June 1, 2022. The links are below. All Crestwood scholars have participated in nutrition and garden programming with Amy Ford, Crestwood's AmeriCorps Farm to School Service Member, throughout the academic year. Thank you for your feedback.

English Farm to School Survey

Spanish Farm to School Survey

Arbor Day/Earth Day success!

A thank you letter from Eldon Ulrich on the widely successful Tree Planting!

Dear All,

The Crestwood All School Arbor Day/Earth Day Tree Planting was a great success!! Every class participated with student enthusiasm and energy on full display! Nearly 100 DNR supplied trees were planted throughout our School Forest. Each tree has been tagged by species and with the names of the student planters.

Please take a walk through the School Forest. Check out all of the new trees that have been planted and the beautiful Spring ephemerals that are beginning to bloom (also student planted). There are spring ephemeral scavenger hunt sheets in the 'mailbox' at the top of the trail. If you have a student at Crestwood, they will certainly lead you to the tree they planted!!

A HUGE thank you to all of the volunteers, teachers, and staff who braved the cold (sometimes drizzle and snow) to support the students in planting their tree and making this project possible. Thank you to Amy Ford our Rooted/AmeriCorps Farm to School Specialist for the use of her class schedule and time. This is what truly allowed ALL students to be involved in planting a tree!! Many thanks to the SPECIAL people involved in the execution, preparation, and planning of this event including Connie Allen, Amy Ford, Emily Foster-Hill, Barb Handa, Garrett Hughes, Karen Lenoch, Margie Pearse, Peter Plane, Bruce Szudy, and Camille Zanoni. This event would be impossible to carry out without the efforts of this amazing and dedicated team in clearing the forest, helping with the placement of the trees, labeling and color coding stakes and trees, laying the hoses, ideas and suggestions, and especially chaperoning the student teams.

There are many classroom and school wide Outdoor Education projects in progress or planned for this Spring. Gardening, prairie restoration, forest restoration, orcharding, and birding to name a few. Your presence and support in making these exciting opportunities come to life for our Crestwood students are always very much appreciated and a lot of fun!!! Please volunteer!

Spring is surely on its way!!

Many thanks,