Letter Explaining the Opening of a Fourth Kindergarten Class at Givins/Shaw
On September 17, all schools across the Toronto District School Board were instructed as to whether or not their current school organization structure could remain for the rest of the school year or if they needed to re-organize. The number of students in each of our three kindergarten classes is over 30 and we have been asked to create a 4th kindergarten class in order to lower the number of students in each class. Please click here in order to read a letter to the community that more fully explains the process and how we intend to have the new class open by September 24.
Permission forms for Givins/Shaw's Girls' Soccer Team
Please click here for the permission forms for Givins/Shaw's Grade 4, 5, and 6 Girls' Soccer team. Practices will be Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday after school starting on September 21 and concluding when the season has ended.
Letter from the TDSB Regarding the Health and Physical Education Curriculum
Please click here for a letter from TDSB Chair, Robin Pilkey, and TDSB Director, Dr. John Malloy, regarding the Health and Physical Education Curriculum.
Curriculum Night and Community BBQ
Please click here for the information flyer regarding our Givins/Shaw Curriculum Night and Community BBQ which will be held on Wednesday, September 26. The BBQ will start at 5:00 p.m. and conclude at 6:30 p.m. The classrooms will be open for Curriculum Night from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. If you are a returning Givins/Shaw parent, then you will notice that the big change this year is that all orders for food are to be made in advance with the money and completed forms returned to your child's home room teacher by Wednesday, September 19. We look forward to seeing you all on the 26th.
As many of you know, last April we experienced flooding in our library that resulted in it being off-limits to our students, community and staff. Since the initial flooding, we have been working diligently to coordinate all the required support in order to remove what was damaged beyond repair, determine the cause of the flooding, get it fixed, and again make our library the hub of our school. We are pleased to say that the TDSB has now concluded the examinations of all of the possible internal causes for the flood and we can now start the process of redesigning the library space.
However, on Saturday, September 8, a work crew from the TDSB will be digging what they refer to as 'test holes' outside the external wall of the library. The work is being done to determine whether the flooding may have come through the ground. When the students return to school on Monday, they will notice a construction fence along the external wall of the library but we will still be able to use our regular door for entrance and dismissal. Depending upon the results found from the 'test holes', further work may be required or it may not. If further digging is required, we will likely need to make a change to our entrance and dismissal procedures. We will keep you informed as the process continues.
Bulldogs Cross-Country Running Team
Please click here for information and the permission forms regarding Givins/Shaw's Grades 1 - 6 Cross-Country Running team. Practices will occur from Monday to Thursday starting on Monday, Septemebr 10 and concluding on October 2. We will be practicing at Trinity Bellwoods Park from 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. The meet in which all the students may participate is on Wednesday, October 3 at Ashbridges Bay. There are subsequent meets scheduled for October 15 (Asbridges Bay -- Conference Final) and October 25 (Centennial Park -- City Final) and those meets are only for Grade 3 - 6 students. Qualifying for the conference or ctiy final is dependent upon the student's result in the previous meet. Go Bulldogs!
Starting the 2018/19 School Year
Givins/Shaw's first day of school is Tuesday, September 4, 2018. School begins at 8:50 a.m. The teachers will be in the yard to meet and greet the students at 8:40 a.m. See you there!
Givins/Shaw Welcome to 2018/19 Community Letter
Please click here for the Givins/Shaw community letter welcoming in the new school year.
Givins/Shaw opening week package of information and forms
Please click here and here for the opening day package of information and required school forms. Hard copies will come home with the students on the first day.
Givins/Shaw End-of-School-Year Community Letter
Please click here for the Givins/Shaw end-of-year letter for the community.
We wish you all a happy and safe summer and look forward to seeing you on the first day of school on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.
Tentative Classroom Teaching Assignments for the 2018/19 School Year
On Tuesday, June 26, 2018 Givins/Shaw students will be bringing home thier June report cards. For students who will be returning to Givins/Shaw in September, the report card will indicate in which grade the student has been placed and into which classroom for the 2018/19 school year. Please click here for the list of teachers and their tentaitve classroom assignments for the next school year. This list is subject to change if indeed we need to re-organize in September.
TDSB's Decision Regarding the Grade Configuration for Givins/Shaw PS
Please click here for the letter from the TDSB regarding the Board's decision that Givins/Shaw will remain a Kindergarten to Grade 6 School.
Safe Arrival Update
Please click here for the information regarding the changes to the TDSB's 'Safe Arrival' program. 'Safe Arrival' is the process through which families are informed of their children's absences in order to ensure that students who are marked absent at school are indeed safe with a caregiver.
Givins/Shaw's Roof to be Repaired/Replaced
In April, we experienced some flooding in our library. Part of the follow-up investigation into the flooding, and recommended next steps, included having Givins/Shaw's school roof replaced/repaired this coming summer. Construction is scheduled to begin in early July and should last between 6 to 8 weeks, depending upon the weather. Please click here, and here for more information regarding the roofing process and please join us at the next School Council meeting on Tuesday, June 5 at 6:15 p.m. in Room 11 to hear from the construction team and to be able to ask any questions you might have.
May 2018 Bulldog Bulletin Newsletter
Plesae click here to read the May, 2018 Bulldog Bulletin Newsletter.
Program Area Review Team (PART) public meeting on May 8, 2018, @ 6:30 p.m.
Givins/Shaw is currently involved in a Program Area Review Team (PART) process in order to determine whether we remain a Kindergarten to Grade 6 school or consider a Kindergarten to Grade 5 model. A key part of this process is to ensure that our community is able to receive all the pertinent information and have the opportunity to participate in a public forum. Please click here for information regarding the upcoming public meeting in the Givins/Shaw gymnasium on May 8 starting at 6:30 p.m. We will continue to post updated information on the PART process on our website.
TDSB Review of French Programs
In the coming weeks, as part of the TDSB's Equity focus, an examination of the Board's French programming will be taking place. Please go to the following link http://www.tdsb.on.ca/Community/Public-Consultations/French-Review in order to find the schedule for the public consultation meetings. You can also find this information on the main TDSB site under the banner 'French Review.'
TDSB's Integrated Equity Framework
Please go to http://www.tdsb.on.ca/About-Us/Equity for more information about the TDSB's proposed Integrated Equity Framework and recent response to it by Director John Malloy.
Information Shared at the First Grade Configuration Meeting
On Monday, December 11, 2017 we held our first meeting regarding the process involved in the coming decision for Givins/Shaw's grade configuration from the 2019/20 school year onward. Thanks to all the parents who attended as well as Trustee Ausma Malik, Superintendent of Education Mike Gallagher, and Bill Wallace from the TDSB planning department. For those who were unable to attend, please click here in order to access some of the information that was shared that night. Feel free to contact Principal Taylor if you have any questions.
Meeting Regarding the Grade Configuration for Givins/Shaw
There will be an information meeting held at the Givins/Shaw library on Monday, December 11 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. regarding the grade configuration for the school.
As we have already mentioned, Givins/Shaw remains Kindergarten to Grade 6 through the 2018/19 school year and discussion will focus on the alignment for the school from the 2019/20 year onward.
This is an initial meeting which will focus on the process involved and will be the first of likely two or three meetings.
All are welcome to attend.
Givins/Shaw Anaphylaxis Plan
At Givins/Shaw we pride ourselves in providing a safe and inclusive environment for all of our students. In our school we have children with life-threatening food allergies. Our Caring and Safe Schools Committee (which consists of Givins/Shaw staff and parents) has worked diligently to create our school's Anaphylaxis Plan which has been designed so that all of our students can fully engage in all aspects of school life. We have shared this plan with our staff and are pleased to make it available for our community. Please click here for a copy of our Anaphylaxis Plan.
Notice the tab on the website (to your left) Technology. Information on this topic will be posted here including the original letter that was distributed, the budget/what the school would like to purchase, photo examples of students and teachers using technology in the classroom.
Please click here for responses to some frequently asked questions about our technology plan.
Givins/Shaw Technology Plan Fund-Raising Initiative
Please click here for a letter from Principal Taylor and the chairs of our School Council regarding the fund-raising initiative for our school's technology plan.