Eco-Week at Givins/Shaw -- Apr. 16 - 20
Please click here for information regarding Givins/Shaw's upoming Eco-Week.
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.'
Toronto Public Health -- Dental Screening
Please click here for information from Toronto Public Health regarding dental screening.
Givins/Shaw Cookbook 2018
Please click here for information about the Givins/Shaw 2018 cookbook. The cookbook is a fund-raiser for our nutrition program.
Givins Shaw School Spirit Wear is back. We encourage people to review the options online and order via https://gsjps.topuniforms.store/ Sample sizes are in the office and an information form will also go home this week. If you are unable to order online you can also drop off your form/money by April 3rd. Orders will be placed on April 4th.
Wishing Everyone in the Givins/Shaw community a restful, healthy and enjoyable March Break. We will see you all back at the school on March 19.
Announcing the Retirement of Givins/Shaw Teacher Debbie Stockton
Ms Stockton has decided to retire at the end of this school year after a thirty year teaching career. Ms. Stockton announced this decision at the School Council meeting and has informed her current class of students. We were trying to think of the appropriate words to sum up our appreciation for all that Ms. Stockton has done, and continues to do, for Givins/Shaw but we think it is best captured by the letter she sent home to the families of her students which you can read below. There will be more information regarding Ms. Stockton's retirement in the weeks ahead.
Dear Students and Parents,
It is with pleasure and a tinge of sadness that I announce my retirement from teaching at Givins/Shaw P.S. at the end of this school year. I have spent 30 years in the classroom and while it has been rewarding, inspiring, enjoyable, (and occasionally challenging), it is time for me to begin the next chapter of my life. I have chosen to leave teaching on a high note as my current class of students, whom I adore, are some of the most exceptional people with whom I have had the pleasure of working.
I will miss my wonderful and supportive colleagues as well as my Givins/Shaw parents and the greater school community. G/S is a very special place and I will take away with me many wonderful memories. Many people have been instrumental in making my time at Givins/Shaw unforgettable and I hope I have had as positive an influence on them as they have had on me. I am grateful to all the students who have passed through my classroom door for teaching me as much as I have taught them.
Thank you for everything.
Term 1 Report Card and Kindergarten Communication of Learning
On February 13, the students will be bringing home either their Kindergarten Communication of Learning report or their Term 1 Report Card. A letter from Givins/Shaw, (a copy of which can be found by clicking here ), will be coming home with your child explaining both the report and the opportunity for parents to request an interview with their child's teacher(s). Interviews are not mandatory and if you would like an interview we ask that you return the completed form to yoru child's home room teacher by no later than Wednesday, February 14. Interviews may be booked for either the evening of February 15 or the morning of February 16. Due to the interviews, there is no school for the students on Friday, February 16 and Monday, February 19 the school is closed for the Family Day holiday.
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.
Holiday Sing A Long
December 14th 6:00 PM in the gym! Followed by carolling in Trinity Bellwoods for those that would like to keep on singing!
2018 Kindergarten Registration Information
Please click here for information regarding Kindergarten registration for the 2018/19 school year.
Coffee Order Forms - White Squirrel Due on Thursday!
Please download your forms today - ask your colleagues, buy for your families and friends, shop for teachers or clients! It's a great deal and a wonderful way to support the Givins Shaw School Council.
Ms. Wendy Hird to Teach in Room 2 During Ms. Garcia's Parental Leave
Please click here to read the letter informing the community that Ms. Wendy Hird will be teaching in Room 2 during the duration of Ms. Garcia's parental leave.
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 - PANCAKE BREAKFAST
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 [email@example.com]!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/islandoutdoor
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.