Crestwood Cricket

Crestwood's caregiver/school communication hub

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Crestwood Spirit Apparel

CAPT is ordering every Crestwood student a “Cricket Power” T-shirt! Please help us get the size right! Enter sizing information for your Crestwood student[s] on the order form of the CAPT website ( by 2/10. Additional household shirts in two additional designs are also available in youth or adult sizes. CAPT is asking for donations to cover the cost of the $5 student "Cricket Power" shirts and $8 other shirts, which can be submitted through paper check, Paypal or Venmo (more info on the CAPT website).

Black Lives Matter at Crestwood

Students, parents, and staff helped create a permanent BLM sign to post in front of Crestwood. We wanted to show the community our support and that we are working to end racial injustice.

Thank you to all who donated to make this happen.

Lantern Walk (At-Home Edition)

Grab your mittens and some hot cocoa, it's time for our annual Lantern Walk! While we can't gather together this year, Mr. B has put together some wonderful videos and resources so you can enjoy your very own DIY Lantern Walk. Families can then upload their own videos of making the lanterns, going on the walk, reading the story, or just having fun in the snow.

Flipgrid link here.

Mark Your 2021 Calendar for January's CAPT Meeting

The Crestwood Association of Parents and Teachers will meet via Zoom on January 26 at 6:30 pm, and is an open forum to discuss any topic the community wishes to talk about. At the top of the agenda is determining what shape the Crestwood Caper will take this coming year. Zoom in with your ideas then:

Trivia Night Fundraiser — Save the Date

Trivia Night is coming! Challenge other Crestwood families, friends and alumni to family friendly trivia.

When: Friday, February 12th, 6pm

Where: Zoom! Grab your favorite game foods and login.

Who: Everyone! Family friendly questions for your entire team.

What: Anyone can join, just RSVP to the Evite link. We're suggesting a donation of $20 per team or household, which will be used to help Crestwood teachers, staff and families.


Buckthorn Removal Project

Our Crestwood School woods have been busy this winter with work to remove invasive species. We have a couple crews of workers from Operation Fresh Start working in our woods this week (Jan. 19-22, 8:30-3pm) to remove Buckthorn. Although we paid for two days of work, Operation Fresh Start is donating an additional two days! It has taken the help of many Outdoor Ed volunteers, office staff, teachers and Cory Rich from OFS to get this important project going. Thank you to all who have helped!

Normally, we'd do some all-school opportunities to learn about the project, so second grade teacher Connie Allen made a video to help educate kids (and staff). It is 8 minutes long and is taken in the woods with some help from Connie's daughters Evelyn and Isabel. It's important for everyone to know about it, because we will have about 400 black bags in the woods for a whole year, and we do not want people to remove them.

Check out this link to Connie's informational video on the Buckthorn Removal Project with Operation Fresh Start.

2019 LEAF School Forest Award

Last March, the Crestwood School Outdoor Education Committee was awarded the 2019 LEAF School Forest Award from LEAF: K-12 Forestry Program and the statewide Wisconsin School Forest Program. This award recognizes contributions as Community Members to the Wisconsin's School Forest program, one of Madison Public Schools' four state registered school forests. The nomination was made by Sandy Benton and Julie Jarvis from FIELD Edventures following their work with Crestwood. Sandy and Julie spent the summer of 2018 writing grade level curriculum with Crestwood teachers as well as supporting teachers and classrooms during the school year. The nomination was made based on evidence of the long standing dedication Crestwood has made to our School Forest. For many years Crestwood has developed and enhanced meaningful learning experiences through science lessons, literacy connections, restoration work and maintenance of our woods to name a few. We look forward to continuing to take learning outdoors for years to come.

Due to the pandemic, the award was presented by Steve Schmitdt, LEAF Outreach Specialist, over Zoom on January 14, 2021. Crestwood is very honored and grateful to receive this award.

Crestwood Caper and Silent Auction

Show us your talent! Are you a Master Gardener? Are you a Wizard with yarn? A creator of Artistic Masterpieces?

The Caper is the major annual fundraiser for Crestwood Elementary school. Kids and adults alike look forward to it every year. Sadly, this will be the second year affected by the pandemic, so we won't be celebrating in our traditional manner.

We do however still hope to go ahead with the Silent Auction portion and are looking for donations of time, talent, or goods from the community. Do you have a green thumb and could donate plants or assistance with garden planning? Do you crochet cozy blankets and have one to spare? Do you own a little cabin in the woods and could donate a weekend?

Any donations to help with our modified annual fundraiser would be greatly appreciated. Please reach out to if you would like to contribute. Thank you!