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June letter to the Givins/Shaw Community

Please click here for 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.

Grade 6 Remote Graduation -- June 18 at 5:00 p.m.

Our remote graduation ceremony will take place on Thursday, June 18 at 5:00 p.m.  Please connect with your class parent rep or the school council executive for log-in information.  

Welcome Back Givins/Shaw!

We look forward to seeing everyone again as soon as it is safe to do so. We miss you all and are pleased that at least we can now connect online. 

Letter to the Givins/Shaw Community from April 2, 2020

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

March Break 2020

Please click here for a letter from the school regarding March Break 2020.

Congratulations to Ms. Rachael Chang

Please click here for a letter congratulating Ms. Rachael Chang on her successful completion of the Toronto District School Board's Teacher to Vice Principal promotion process.

Dates Changed for Parent Meeting Regarding Bell Time Changes

Please click here for a letter listing the revised dates for the meetings regarding the bell time changes for the 2020 / 21 school year.

Change to the Givins/Shaw Bell Times for 2020 / 2021 School Year

Please click here for a letter from the TDSB explaining the change to the Givins/Shaw bell times for the 2020/21 school year. For the 2020/2021 school year the school day will begin at 8:25 a.m. and conclue at 2:45 p.m.  Please feel free to join us at the school council meeting at 6:15 p.m. on Monday, March 2 in the Givins/Shaw library if you have any questions.  

Junior Kindergarten Registration for the 2020 / 2021 School Year

Please click here for the link to the TDSB website if you are looking to register your child for kindergarten. Please note that you only need to register your child for kindergarten if they will be new to the kindergarten program next year and are currently not enrolled at our school (parents of students who are currently at Givins/Shaw in year one of the kindergarten program do not need to register). 

School Schedule Update

Please click here for a letter regarding an update on teacher contract negotiations and the schedule surrounding the February reporting period.

Application information for the Downtown Vocal Music Academy

Please see below for the link to the Downtown Vocal Music Academy (DVMA) application.

DVMA will be accepting applications until the end of February 2020. If you have any questions about their unique program, please visit their website at

You can also contact the principal, Lisa Coffey at for specific questions not available from the website.

Optional Attendance Form

Please click here for the TDSB Optional Attendance form if you require.

Letter from the TDSB Regarding the ETFO Job Action to Take Place on Monday, January 20, 2020

Please click here for the letter from the TDSB regarding the job action to be taken by members of ETFO on Monday, January 20, 2020. Please check the TDSB's website at for the most up to date information regarding labour negotiations.

Open Houses Cancelled

Please be informed that open houses for schools have largely been cancelled at this point in time. If you are interested in examining the possibility of your child attending a certain school for the 2020/2021 school year, we would recommend you contact the school directly. Please go to for updates on labour negotiations. 


Open House for City View Alternative School

If your child is currently in grade 6 and you are interested in the possiblity of enrolling at City View Alternative School, please click here for information. 


Parent Information Session for Junior Extended French

This year, there will be two virtual (online webchat) information sessions for parents/guardians interested in the Junior Extended French (Gr. 4 entry) application process. Please note the following dates/times of the Virtual Information sessions below:




Virtual (online webchat) Information Session


January 16th, 2020


Virtual (online webchat) Information Session


January 28th, 2020

10:00-11:00 a.m.

For more information, please contact:

FSL Program Coordinator, Kirsten Johnston at

Centrally Assigned Principal, Angela Caccamo at


Application for the Downtown Vocal Music Academy

Please click here for information regarding the application process for the Downtown Vocal Music Academy.

An Update Regarding the Givins/Shaw Technology Plan

Four years ago, through consultation with families, students, and staff,  the Givins/Shaw team created a school technology plan. The goal of the plan was to augment the learning experience for our students by providing each teacher and Early Childhood Educator with an ipad and each grade-aged classroom with a set of 10 iPads, a charging cart, protective cases, and data projector with Apple TV so the devices could project wirelessly. 

Since the inception of this plan, the staff has been taking ongoing professional development in order to learn how to better modify and redefine our practices and make the most effective use of the new materials.The school council has enthusiastically supported the plan and have tirelessly raised funds towards its full implementation. Many individual families have also made generous donations to ehance the technology at our school. 

During the roll-out of technology kits, it has been amazing to witness the transformation to our school's learning environment. When you walk our hallways and school's grounds, you will see how both our internal and external locations are now alive with projects and assignements that would not have been possible otherwise. The fact that we had our first robotics team last year was directly linked to the opportunitites provided by the technology.

We are pleased to announce that in November 2019, our final classroom received their iPads and we wanted to congratulate the Givins/Shaw community on this accomplishment.

For our Primary (Grade 1 - 3 classes) having ten ipads works out to about 1 iPad for every 2 students which is the perfect ratio.

In order to replicate that ratio in our Junior clases (grade 4 - 6) we are hoping to get 5 more iPads in each of the Junior classes (20 ipads in total).

Donations to the Technology Fund can be made online by following the instructions at the link below:

You will receive a charitable donation receipt, and absolutely any amount helps us continue our school improvement goals. 

White Squirrel Coffee Fundraiser

Please click here for the form for the White Squirrel Coffee Fundraiser. If you are interested in participating, we ask for forms to be returned to Givins/Shaw by Friday, November 29. 

Pancake Breakfast on Fri. Nov. 22 Starting at 7:45 a.m. in the Gym

Please click here for the information flyer about the Pancake breakfast on Fri. Nov. 22 starting at 7:45 in the gym.

Information Night for Karen Kain School for the Arts

Please click here for the flyer about the information night for Karen Kain School for the Arts for any families of current grade 5 students.

Permission forms for Girls' Basketball and Boys' Volleyball

Please click here for the permission forms for any junior-aged girls and boys who are wishing to try out for the girls' basketball or boys' volleyball team at Givins/Shaw.  

Information Night for Claude Watson School for the Arts

Please click here for an information flyer about the information night for Claude Watson School for the Arts (CWSA). The program starts in grade 4 so current grade 3 student may go through the audition process if interested in the possiblity of attending for the 2020/21 school year. 

French Immersion Application Information for Families of Current Junior Kindergarten Students

Please click here for information from the Toronto District School Board regarding September, 2020 French Immersion program application information for current Junior Kindergarten students.

Photo Day at Givins/Shaw on Oct. 17

Picture Day is coming on Thursday, October 17. After Picture Day, order your pictures on using your Portrait ID and Access Code which can be found on your Picture Day order form.

Parent Permission Forms for the Givins/Shaw Cross Country Running Team

Please click here for the parent permission form, and other information for our Cross Country Running Team. The cross country team is open to all students from grades one to six. Once the form is completed, please have your child return it to his or her home room teacher. 

Welcome to the New School Year Letter and Alteration to our Entrance and Dismissal Procedures 

Please click here for a letter from Principal Taylor welcoming the community to a new school year and explaining some changes to the school's entrance and dismissal procedures due to the contstruction. Grade 1 - 6 students will be meeting their teachers on the south field and entering through the gym doors and they will be dismissed to the same location at the end of the day. We will continue using the field location until we are convinced that the Door 5 entrance is safe for students, families, and staff. Kindergarten students will use the procedures as outlined by their respective teachers and communicated to the families. 

Givins/Shaw Lunchroom Procedures and Permission Form for Grade 5 and 6 Students

Please click here for the Givins/Shaw lunchroom procedures form, which is also the form that allows for Grade 5 and 6 students to eat their lunch in a location away from the school. No Grade 5 or 6 child will be permitted to leave the school during lunch unless the form has been signed by the child's parent/guardian and delivered to the child's home room teacher.

Mandatory TDSB forms to Start the School Year

At the start of the school year, the TDSB will be sending out an email to all families for whom they have an email address. The email will contain a link to the mandatory forms that the families of all TDSB students are expected to complete. If the technology works as it is supposed to, families should be able to complete the forms on line, the school will be informed electronically that the forms have been completed, and no hard copy would need to be returned to the school.

However, in case there is a glitch in the program, or if the TDSB does not have your current email, please feel free to click here for the mandatory forms for TDSB students. As you will see, we have included a pdf of the forms which you could then print, complete, and send in with your child to be delivered to the home room teacher.

Again, hopefully the on-line program works as expected, and the paper versions are not necessary. If you do need to complete hard copies of the forms, it would be appreciated if parents could complete them and return them to their child's home room teacher by Friday, September 6, 2019. 

Construction Update and Welcoming New Staff to Givins/Shaw

Please click here for a letter regarding an update about the ongoing summer construction at Givins/Shaw and welcoming two new staff members to the school.  Ms. Dacia Lanning will be joining us in the afternoon as a Special Needs Asssistant and Mr. Max Evans will be teaching the Grade 5/6 class in Room 4.

Summer Construction at Givins/Shaw

External and internal construction projects at Givins/Shaw are scheduled to begin on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 and continue throughout the summer.  If you have any questions regarding the construction we suggest you call the caretaking office at Givins/Shaw (416-393-1240 -- ext. 20050) or the TDSB call centre at 416 - 395- 4620.  


End of Year Community Letter

Please click here for the end of year Givins/Shaw community letter. 

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.

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.

 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.