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2021/22 TDSB Elementary School Year Calendar

Please click here for the 2021/22 TDSB Elementary School Year Calendar. First day of school for 2021/22 is scheduled for September 9, 2021.

A Letter to the Givins/Shaw Community

Please click here for a June 2021 letter to the Givins/Shaw community from Principal Taylor. 

A Letter to TDSB Families from Ryan Bird, the Manager of Corporate and Social Media Relations for the TDSB

Dear Parents/Guardians,

This is a very important update about the status of in-person learning at the TDSB. Toronto Public Health (TPH), has just announced that all schools in Toronto, including those at the TDSB, will be closed to in-person learning as of Wednesday, April 7, 2021 and remain closed up to and including Sunday, April 18, 2021. This TPH order is being made under Section 22 of Ontario’s Health Protection and Promotion Act in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

For the remainder of this week, students and staff will move to remote learning and the April Break scheduled for next week will continue as normal. Please note that, unlike the closure in January and February, this applies to all TDSB students in all TDSB schools. School-aged children will not be permitted to attend daycares located inside TDSB schools during the closure, however, pre-school-aged children will continue to be permitted to attend.

While we recognize that you may still have a number of questions, please know that we will share additional information once we receive it. In the meantime, we wanted to ensure you received this initial information as soon as possible. We know that this TPH order will impact our families in a number of different ways but we will do all that we can to support students and staff through this period. Teachers will be connecting with families about next steps on remote learning in the days ahead.

Thank you.

Community Letter March 31, 2021

Please click here for a copy of the Givins/Shaw community letter from March 31, 2021.

Letter Regarding Updated Toronto Public Health Protocols

Please click here for a letter regarding updated TPH covid protocols and schools. Please click here for the student screening tool which also includes a chart for the families to follow if their child has one of the covid symptoms.


Daily Student Health Screening Form

Please click here for a copy of the TDSB's daily student health screening form. A parent or caregiver needs to complete the health screening each day, sign this form, and send it to school with thier child. Some families with older children in the school are completing the health screening using an app on their child's phone which is also acceptable. A reminder that the screening must be completed each day in order for the student to attend class. Teachers will be verifying that the screening has been completed prior to entrance, and only students with completed forms will be allowed into the school. Please remember that if any member of your family is exhibiting one of the symptoms, your child(ren) are to stay at home and follow the Toronto Public Health guidlines regarding isloation and covid testing. We thank you for helping to keep Givins/Shaw safe.


First Year of Kindergarten Registration for the 2021/22 School Year

On-line registration for students who will enter their first year of Kindergarten in the 2021/22 school year is now open (students currently in their Junior Kindergarten year need not apply as they are already registered).

Children born in 2017 may apply for Kindergarten to start in September 2021.

The application process is entirely online and the school will contact you at a later date to confirm registration.

Givins/Shaw PS is only open to families living in our school's area.

If you are unsure of which school is aligned with your address, please just go to, click on the 'Find Your School' icon, and follow the instructions.

The link for registering your child for their first year of Kindergarten for the 2021/22 school year is:


Letter Regarding Switching to Virtual Learning in the Winter of 2021

Please click here for a letter regarding the process involved if you are intersted in having your child(ren) enter a TDSB virtual learning environment in the winter of 2021. If you are interested, please complete the survey (found in the included link within the letter) by January 4, 2021. 

Our Next School Council Meeting is: Monday, December 7 at 6:15 p.m.

Order Form for our Pancake Breakfast Fund-Raiser With the Lakeview Restaurant

Please click here for information regarding our pancake breakfast fund-raiser with the Lakeview Restaurant. Once again, many thanks to the Lakeview and to our school council for all that they do for Givins/Shaw.

Order Form for our Holiday Coffee and Hot Cocoa Fund-raiser

Please click here for the order form for our holiday coffee and hot cocoa fundraiser. Many thanks to our school council for organizing this very popular event and to White Squirrel for once again being the supplier of the coffee and cocoa.

Information For Families With Children Currently in JK who are Interested in French Immersion for September 2021

For families interested in the Toronto District School Board's Early French Immersion Program (begins in Senior Kindergarten), we offer an online process to apply. Attached please find an important information package.

To apply for the Early French Immersion Program (SK entry) for September 2021, applications must be completed online between November 2 and November 27, 2020.

An offer of placement in the program (not a specific school) is guaranteed to all on-time applicants and will be made in the weeks following the close of the application window.

Please note: Families with an older sibling currently enrolled in the same French program and who will be in attendance next year are still required to complete an online application for the new student. Please select the “sibling option” within the online application.

For more information about the Early French Immersion (SK) application process, please join us for a Virtual Information Session on one of the following dates:

  • November 2, 2020, 7 p.m.
  • November 12, 2020, 7 p.m.
  • November 19, 2020, 10 a.m.

 For more information about French as a Second Language programs, the application process and important dates, please visit

For additional inquiries, please contact:

  • Centrally Assigned Principal, Angela Caccamo at
  • FSL Program Coordinator, Kirsten Johnston at

Terry Fox Run 2020 at Givins/Shaw

Please see the letter below from Mr. Trevor Lightbody who is leading G/S' Terry Fox Run initiative once again this year.

Dear Families,

This year is the 40th anniversary for Terry's Marathon of Hope. The school cannot hold a school-wide Terry Fox Run like we do in regular years. So different classes are holding them during their Gym period, like we did today.

As the 'teacher liaison" for the Terry Fox Foundation, I have distributed the info to all the teachers at G/S as well as the Donation link that is setup for our school. All donations this year are done online, to reduce the transfer of paper and money between school and home.

Here is the Donation link for our school, if you are interested in supporting.

Procedures for a Positive Covid-19 Case

Please click here for a letter from Givins/Shaw regarding the procedures we would follow if we have a positive Covid-19 case at our school.

A Letter of Thanks to the Givins/Shaw Community

Please click here for a letter to the Givins/Shaw community.

Retrieving Student Clothing Items Left Behind During the Covid Closure

The school council will be dispalying student clothing items which were left behind during the closure, and not claimed during the times in June when families were able to come and retrieve them. They will be displayed in front of the school near the flag pole on the following dates and times:

Thursday, Sept. 24 -- 8:00 - 8:30 a.m.

Friday, Sept. 25 -- 8:00 - 8:30 a.m. , 2:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Friday is the last chance to claim any items.

2020/21 School Year Calendar

Please click here for the 2020/21 TDSB school year calandar.

Virtual Learning

If you have enrolled your child in virtual learning, please be advised that Givins/Shaw does not receive information from the virtual classroom, teacher, school or principal to which your child has been assigned. As you may have heard, in the past few weeks, there has been an increased demand for virtual learning and the TDSB continues to organize the classes based on the new requests. Our understanding is that families will be contacted by the teachers of the virtual classes prior to the first day next Tuesday, September 22, but Givins/Shaw will not be contacted.

TDSB Student Health Pass

Please click here for a pdf copy of the student health pass and accompanying COVID screening questions. At Givins/Shaw, we will ask for parents to include the signed and dated paper Health Pass in the student's knapsack each day. Parents are to ask their children the COVID screening questions and, if the child does not have any symptoms, sign and date the form and send it to school in the child's backpack. As per TDSB guidelines, if your child displays one of the symptoms, we ask you to keep the child at home. If your child starts to display symptoms while at school, they will be asked to stay in our wellness room and parents will be contacted to come and pick the child up and follow appropriate next steps as outlined by Toronto Public Health.

Drop off and Pick Up Locations for Givins/Shaw Students and Families for the 2020/21 School Year

For the 2020/21 school year, the Grade 1 - 6 students will be given set outdoor locations at which they are to meet their teacher and classmates in the morning. Kindergarten teachers will be informing their respective families of the kindergarten entrance and exit procedures.

In order to keep the number of students in manageable numbers, the students will start their day outside at their assigned locations. The Period 1 (first period of the day) teachers will start the school day with the class outside and then move inside intermittently so the hallways and staircases are not as crowded. The Period 6 teachers (final period of the day) will bring the students outside, in a similar fashion, to the same location, for dismissal.

You will see on the attached map (please click here ) that students will also be given a specific entrance and exit pathway to get to and from their class' location. We ask that parents drop the students off from the sidewalk closest to the assigned entrance at the beginning of the day (8:20 a.m.) and be on the sidewalk in the same location for dismissal (2:45 p.m.).

Teachers will be explaning all of this clearly to the students next week and please feel free to contact me with any questions.


Letter for the Givins/Shaw Community Regarding the Staggered Start dates and School Hours

Please click here for a letter to the Givins/Shaw community regarding some information about the start of the school year.


Information Regarding the Staggered Entry Schedule for the Week of September 14 - 18

As a K - 6 school, will expect our Senior Kindergarten  and Grade 6 students on Tuesday, September 15. 

On Wednesday, September 16 we will have our Junior Kindergarten students, Senior Kindergartens,Grade 1s, Grade 5's and Grade 6's.

The first day for all our students will be on Thursday, September 17.


Information Regarding the Parent Registration Survey for the 2020/21 School Year

On Wednesday, August 26, parents of students within the TDSB, for whom the TDSB has an email address, will receive an email regarding registering their child for the 2020/21 school year. For parents of students in an elementary school, the choice to parents is to either enrol their child for in-school learning five days a week, or to continue with remote learning from home five days a week. The forms are to be completed online by Saturday, August 29.  Please go to the following link on the TDSB website for the most up to date information.

Preparing Your Children for Returning to School in September

Please click here for some information regarding the wearing of masks and social distancing that you may find helpful as you prepare your child for the coming school year. Please click here for a list of materials that we would encourage our students to have with them in their backpacks this year.

Welcoming Teachers Marta Domingos Aleixo and Noel Greaves to the Givins/Shaw Staff

For those who were with us at Givins/Shaw for the 2019/20 school year, you will recall that Ms. Antra Brammanis retired and Ms. Elsa Camargo Gutierrez was assigned to Alexander Muir Gladstone JMS. Due to those vacancies on our staff, last week we were able to interview and hire two new teachers to our Givins/Shaw team.

Ms. Marta Domingos Aleixo will be joining Givins/Shaw during the afternoons this coming year as a Primary Resource Teacher. Ms. Domingos Aleixo has worked as an occasional teacher in several locations around the TDSB and has a very strong background in special education as well as a wealth of other qualifications which will make her a terrific fit at G/S.

Mr. Noel Greaves will be teaching the Grade 1 / 2 students in Room 17. Mr. Greaves’ educational background includes a focus on dramatic arts, music, and environmental education. Mr. Greaves also has strong mathematics qualifications and is quite familiar with our community having recently completed teaching positions at Charles G. Fraser and Niagara Street.

We welcome Ms. Domingos Aleixo and Mr. Greaves to Givins/Shaw and we know that they are excited to be joining us this year.


A Message from Ms. Marsha Metter Announcing her Retirement

Dear Givins/Shaw Community:

Please see the message below from Marsha Metter regarding her retirement as of the end of August.

Anyone who has been forutnate enough to have Ms. Metter teach their children will apprecaite just how much we have all gained from her knowledge, dedication, and collaborative nature.

In speaking with Marsha, I know that this was not an easy decision for her by any means but it was made for all the right reasons.

We wish Marsha and her family all the best and we know we will see her again soon.

Thanks and congratulations Ms. Metter.



Dear Parents and Students,


2020 has been a year like no other! As a class we learned, studied, sang, played, laughed, felt sadness,

distance, confusion, reconnection, adjusted to google classroom and learned how to handle and survive so many 'new normals'!

Parents you became teachers, cheerleaders, creative family planners while working from home. The demands on you and your time has never been more constant and stressful as now!

I have walked the halls of Givins/Shaw for almost 27 years! I've taught so many children from grade 2-8.

There have been some challenges and struggles along the way.

What I remember and reflect on the most, is the joy!

My passion for teaching and the love and caring I have for my students is why I have been teaching for such a long time.

I will be retiring at the end of this summer. This decision did not come easily. I will miss you all deeply!

I leave my teaching career on a high note, having had such a fantastic group of students and parents!

My dear students, always remember to strive to do your best. Remember to be kind to yourself and to others.

A few kind words can mean more than you can imagine, especially now!


Wishing all of you Good luck and the very best!


With love and gratitude,


Marsha Metter


June letter to the Givins/Shaw Community

The 2019/20 end of school year letter to the Givins/Shaw community.

June Report Card and Kindergarten Communication of Learning Distribution

This year, for nearly all of our Givins/Shaw families, June report cards and Kindergarten Communication of Learning documents will be sent to you via email from the Toronto District School Board.

Families for whom the TDSB does not have an email address will receive a hard copy of the child’s report in the mail.

According to the TDSB, the emailed reports are to be distributed between June 22 – June 26 and we are hopeful that the paper versions will arrive in the mail in a similar time frame.


TDSB's Integrated Equity Framework

More information about the TDSB's proposed Integrated Equity Framework and recent response to it by Director John Malloy.

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.