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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. 

Kids' Used Book Sale - June 26th 

Bring your used KIDS' books in by June 26th for our annual "kick off to summer reading".  ON June 26th don't forget to bring your money!  Suggested amount $1 - $5 BUT volunteers will ensure that EVERYONE goes home with a book no matter what. 

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. 

EQAO Dates

Just a remidner that our Grade 3 and 6 students will be writing their EQAO assessment from roughly 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 on the following dates:

May 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30


May 26th - Givins Shaw Fun Fair 

Please sign up here to volunteer  

Please click here to read the information sheet

More information will be shared in the coming week!  We hope to see everyone there! 

May 2018 Bulldog Bulletin Newsletter

Plesae click here to read the May, 2018 Bulldog Bulletin Newsletter.

EQAO Assessment Dates for Grade 3 and 6 Students

Each spring, the grade 3 and 6 students in the province of Ontario participate in a Language and Mathematics assessment created by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO). At Givins/Shaw, our Grade 3 and 6 students will be completing the EQAO assessment during the mornings of May 22, May 23, May 24, May 25, May 29, and May 30.  We ask that our families do their best to not schedule appointments for their children during that time. If you have any questions regarding the assessment, please feel free to contact the school or speak with your child's teacher.

Classroom Placement Parent Input Form for 2018/2019

Please click here for the parent input form with regards to class placements for the 2018/19 school year. Hardcopies of these forms were sent home with the students earlier in the week. If you wish to add your input to this process, we ask that forms be returned to your child's current home room teacher by Friday, April 27.

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.

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     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  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.




















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  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 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.