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Photo Re-Take Day -- Thursday, November 23, 2017

Our photo re-take day is scheduled for Thursday, November 23. There will be an opportunity for sibling photos, prior to the start of the school day, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.  Parents/ Guradians are to provide supervision for all sibling photos.



You are invited to attend our annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser on Thursday November 16th between 7:45am and 8:45am in the Givins Shaw gym. The cost is $5 per plate and we will be serving pancakes, sausage links, coffee and fruit. Vegetarian options will also be provided. All proceeds help support your School Council.

Volunteers are still needed the evening of Wednesday November 15th and/or the morning of Thursday November 16th. If you have some time to setup, prep, flip pancakes, or whatever, please email Kim MacFarlane to signup []!

Givins/Shaw to Remain Kindergarten to Grade 6 for the 2018/19 School Year

As announced by Trustee Malik at the November 7, 2017 School Council meeting, Givins/Shaw will retain its Kindergarten to Grade 6 configuration throughout the 2018/19 school year. In the coming weeks and months, public meetings will be held to examine the data available, and hold informed conversations, in order to determine the preferred grade range for Givins/Shaw for the long term. The Givins/Shaw community will be informed well in advance of the dates and times for these information sessions.

Letter Regarding Progress Reports and the November 16 and 17 Interview Schedule

Please click here for a copy of the letter regarding the Progress Reports, that are going home on Nov. 14, and the opportunity for an interview with your child's teacher(s) on the evening of Nov. 16 or the morning of Nov. 17.  Hard copies of the letter are going home with students either on Nov. 7 or Nov. 8. Please return the interview time request form to your child's homeroom teacher by Friday, Nov. 10.  


Students in grades 1, 2 and 3 will have the opportunity to join Primary Choir. The choir will practice during lunch recess on Day 4s, in the Music Room. Any primary students who love singing will be welcome to come, and the expectation is that if they want to be a member, they will attend on a regular basis. Mrs. Montanera will pick up the group from the lunch room at 12:05 on Day 4, starting on Tuesday, November 7th.

Morning Snack Program 

Everyone should have received an envelope/instructions regarding the Nutrition Committee's "direct ask" fundraising campaign. The Morning Snack Program provides all of the children at Givins Shaw a daily nutritious morning snack that includes a fruit or vegetable, dairy and a grain.  The program is partially funded by the Toronto Foundation for Student Success and the remaining funds come from parent contributions and fundraisers.  Your contribution can be made in cash or by cheque (made payable to Givins Shaw Nutrition Program).  Please return your contribution by November 7th.  The suggested amount is $50.00 per child for the entire school year (historically we asked twice per year but this will only be done the once).  Thank you in advance and keep the morning snack in mind when lunch is being made!  The tab on the left "Nutrition" has more information.  Thank you. 


Letter from TDSB Director John Malloy regarding the Enhancing Equity Task-Force Recommendations

Please go to the following link:

for a letter from TDSB Director John Malloy regarding the Enhancing Equity Task-Force Recommendations.


Canadian Wildlife Federation recognizes Givins/Shaw as a Certified Wildlife Friendly Habitat

Please click here to read the letter from the Canadian Wildlife Federation explaining how the Givins/Shaw 'butterfly garden' has lead to the school  being recognized as a certified wildlife friendly habitat.

As we know, the garden space located to the north side of our playground between the school and Artscape, is a favourite location for students to play, lessons to be held, and families to meet.

Many thanks to all the students, community members, and staff who were involved and a special shout out to our recently retired Kindergarten teacher, Ms. Kim MacIntyre, for her vision and leadership in this project.

Upcoming Guest Speaker - November 29th 6:30 - 8:00 

Reduce Anxiety in your Children (Doone Estey) 


Parent Involvement Advisory Committee Event - November 25th

Karen Kain School for the Arts Open House

Please click here for information regarding the open house for Karen Kain School for the Arts.

Claude Watson School for the Arts Open House

Please click here for information regarding the open house for Claude Watson school for the Arts. 

October Bulldog Bulletin

Please click here to read the October 2017 Bulldog Bulletin newsletter.


Parent Workshop - October 17th at 7:00 PM (Youth Wellness Network)

Givins/Shaw Council Meeting - October 17th at 6:15 PM

Childcare (and Pizza) provided between 6:15 - 8:00 PM (both the meeting and the guest speaker) in room 6/7

Givins/Shaw Community BBQ and Curriculum Night - October 5th 5:30 PM 

Hotdogs, Burgers and Veggie Burgers plus cut veggies will be available starting about 5:30 PM outside the gym/beside the field.  Water will be available. $2.00/plate. 

Anyone interested in helping with the BBQ please come to the BBQs outside of the gym anytime 4:30 PM onwards. We will also need a couple of people to help take money/orders from 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM.   If you have any questions or know you can help please email Dale

The classrooms will be open for you to visit from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Orange Shirt Day -- September 30

On September 30, schools across the TDSB will be recognizing Orange Shirt Day.  More information on the day itself can be found at:

In recognition of the day, we are asking our students and staff to wear something to school with which they identify and that makes them feel great about themselves .If people decide to wear something orange, that would be fine but it is not necessary. Our primary classes have been reading the book “When We Were Alone” by David Robertson in preparation for the day tomorrow. Our Junior classes have also been preparing for the day and there have been some rich discussions held in classes throughout the school. Tomorrow, we look forward to celebrating and appreciating the vibrant personalities that makes Givins/Shaw such a dynamic school.


Canadian Cognitive Abilities Test (CCAC)

Please click here for the information letter and parental permission form for Grade Three students to participate in the Canadian Cognitive Abilities Test. WE will be administering the test on Tuesday, October 2, Wednesday, October 4, and Thursday, October 5. Please feel free to contact the school if you have any questions. Click here for a copy of the permission form. 

Terry Fox Run at Givins/Shaw on Monday, September 25

Please click here for the letter about the upcoming Terry Fox Run at Givins/Shaw.

Grade 5 and 6 Parent Information and Permission forms for Givins/Shaw Outdoor Education Overnight Excursion to the Toronto Island School

Please click here for information for the parents of our grade 5 and 6 students about our Wednesday, September 27 - Friday, September 29, 2017 overnight excursion to the Toronto Island School. Please click here for other helpful information for parents. The link for the Toronto Island School is:  


Starting the 2017 - 2018 School Year!


Givins/Shaw's first day of school is Tuesday, September 5, 2016. 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 Opening Week Information Package

Please click here for a copy of the opening week information package that was distributed to students. We ask that all forms be returned to the home room teacher by Friday, September 8.

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.

Cross Country Running Permission Package

Please click here for a copy of the permission package for Givins/Shaw's cross country running team. The first practice will be held on Tuesday, September 12 at 8:10 a.m.  The Cross Country team is open to all Givins/Shaw students from Grade 1 - 6.


Check out the calendar tab (or bottom right on the home page) for upcoming events. 



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.




Upcoming Events


November 7th - Council Meeting at 6:15 PM

November 29th - Parenting Workshop - Reduce Anxiety in your Children


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Superintendent: Mike Gallagher
Trustee: Ausma Malik

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