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A Letter to the Givins/Shaw Community Regarding the Retirement of Ms. Melanie Brennan

Please click here to read the letter to the Givins/Shaw community regarding the retirement of Givins/Shaw teacher, Ms. Melanie Brennan. Ms. Brennan has been a key member of the Givins/Shaw staff and community for 16 years and we wish her all the best in her retirement and hope that we continue to see her at the school and in the neighbourhood. 

Junior Extended French Program Information -- Grade 4 Entry Point

It has been decided once again this year that the Junior Extended French (Gr. 4 entry) Parent/Guardian Information evenings will be held at specific area secondary schools across the system, hosted by the French as a Second Language Department rather than at each individual Junior Extended French school site. The change is intended to streamline the communication process, ensure consistent messaging to all parents/guardians who attend, reinforce the message that families are applying to a program and not to a particular school and to ensure that we can support all 38 of our Junior Extended French sites.

The secondary schools have been selected to ensure reasonable access across the system (location/parking/TTC where possible); 7 different dates/locations have been chosen. We will also be offering 1 online information evening as another opportunity for families to become familiar with the application process.

This information has been included in the print packages that have been delivered to every school with Gr. 3 students in the English program. Kindly feel free to share this information with your parent/guardian community in your newsletters and upcoming communications.

Please take note of the dates/location of the Parent/Guardian Information evenings below:

 

Location

Date

Time

George S. Henry Academy

200 Graydon Hall Drive

 

January 9th, 2019

7:00-8:00pm

Etobicoke CI

86 Montgomery Road

 

January 10th, 2019

7:00-8:00pm

Online Information Session

 

January 15th, 2019

7:00-8:00pm

Central Tech School

725 Bathurst Street

 

January 16th, 2019

7:00-8:00pm

Albert Campbell CI

1550 Sandhurst Circle

 

January 22nd, 2019

7:00-8:00pm

Forest Hill CI

730 Eglinton Avenue West

 

January 24th, 2019

7:00-8:00pm

Birchmount Park CI

3663 Danforth Avenue

 

January 28th, 2019

7:00-8:00pm

Danforth CTI

800 Greenwood Avenue

 

January 29th, 2019

7:00-8:00pm

 

For further inquiries, please contact Kirsten Johnston, FSL Program Coordinator or Angela Caccamo, Centrally Assigned Principal

Hour of Code at Givins/Shaw on December 5th

Over the past three school years, Givins/Shaw has placed a particular emphasis on the importance of the effective use of technology in our classroom programming. The reasoning and the vision for our technology initiative can be found on this website in our technology plan. Our community has been extremely supportive of advancing our work in this regard.  There are only three homeroom classes remaining to outfit with our technology 'kit' and the students have greatly benefitted from the creative, engaging, and empowering programming that has resulted from our community's support.

We know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly depend on understanding how technology works. At the end of the last school year, our staff completed a survey regarding what they saw as the greatest need in our overall technological programming and we overwhelming indicated that an increased need in teaching coding across all grade levels was required. Many of our classes have been engaged in coding lessons this year and we are pleased with the direction in which we are heading and excited about other opportunities that can stem from this focus.

With that in mind, our entire school is participating in the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (December 3-9). More than 100 million students worldwide have already tried an Hour of Code. Through our involvement in Hour of Code, Givins/Shaw Junior Public School students will be demonstrating that they are becoming increasingly skilled in applying these foundational global educational competencies.

Givins/Shaw will participate in Hour of Code on December 5th.

For more information on 'Hour of Code', please visit the website at:  https://hourofcode.com/ca

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Form for our White Squirrel Coffee Fund-Raiser

Please click here for the form for our School Council's White Squirrel Coffee Fund-Raiser. All forms are due to the office by Tuesday, November 27.

 

Parent/Guardian Information and Interview Request Letter regarding Progress Reports and Kindergarten Communication of Learning Documents

Please click here for the information letter regarding the Progress Reports and Kindergarten Communication of Learning document that will be going home with the students on Tuesday, November 13. As you will see, there is an opportunity for families to requst preferred interview times and we ask for the forms to be returned to the home room teacher by Friday, November 9. Interviews are to take place on the evening of Nov. 15 and the morning of Nov. 16. 

Information night for Karen Kain School for the Arts for Parents/Guradians of current Grade 5 Students

Please click here for the flyer regarding the information night for Karen Kain School for the Arts for Parents/Guardians of current Grade 5 students.

Information for Givins/Shaw Boys' Volleyball

Please click here for information regarding the Givins/Shaw boys' volleyball team for grade 4, 5, and 6 students.

Perimeter Fencing Plan for Givins/Shaw

Please click here to examine the perimeter fencing plans for Givins/Shaw. We will keep you informed of the process as we move towards installation.

Information for Givins/Shaw Girls' Basketball

Please click here for information regarding the Givins/Shaw girls' basketball team.

Welcome to our newest teachers:  Ms. Alexandra Melanson and Ms. Jessica Marrello

Please click here to read the letter welcoming Ms. Melanson and Ms. Marrello to the Givins/Shaw teaching team. Ms. Melanson will be teaching our new kindergarten class and Ms. Marrello will be assisting with the programming in all four kindergarten classes four mornings out of five.

Parent Information Sessions for Senior Kindergarten French Immersion Program

It has been decided once again this year that the Early French Immersion (SK entry) Parent/Guardian Information evenings will be held at specific area secondary schools across the system, hosted by the French as a Second Language Department rather than at each individual French Immersion school site. This change is intended to streamline the communication process, ensure consistent messaging to all parents/guardians who attend, reinforce the message that families are applying to a program and not to a particular school and to ensure that we can support all 73 of our SK French Immersion sites.

The secondary schools have been selected to ensure reasonable access across the system (location/parking/TTC where possible); 8 different dates/locations have been chosen. We will also be offering 1 virtual evening as another opportunity for families to become familiar with the application process.

Please note the dates/location of the Parent/Guardian Information evenings below:

 

Location

Date

Time

 

George S. Henry Academy

200 Graydon Hall Drive


 

October 30, 2018

7:00-8:00pm

 

Etobicoke CI

86 Montgomery Road


 

November 1, 2018

7:00-8:00pm

 

Albert Campbell CI

1550 Sandhurst Circle

 

 

November 6, 2018

7:00-8:00pm

 

Online Information Session

 

November 7, 2018

7:00-8:00pm

Birchmount Park CI

3663 Danforth Avenue

 

November 12, 2018

7:00-8:00pm

 

Central Tech School

725 Bathurst Street

 

 

November 14, 2018

7:00-8:00pm

 

Forest Hill CI

730 Eglinton Avenue West

 

November 19, 2018

7:00-8:00pm

 

Northview Heights SS

550 Finch Avenue West

 

 

November 20, 2018

7:00-8:00pm

 

Danforth CTI

800 Greenwood Avenue

 

 

November 22, 2018

7:00-8:00pm

Letter Regarding Givins/Shaw's Terry Fox Run on Friday, October 12 and Pledge Form

Please click here for the letter and pledge form regarding Givins/Shaw's Terry Fox Run on Friday, October 12.

Permission forms for Boys' Soccer

Please click here for the permission forms for the boys' soccer team.

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. 

Facilities Update:

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.